October 20, 2016


So, Spanx. Sara Blakely is laughing all the way to the bank while the rest of us rely on her shapewear to suck us in and smooth us out. And I'm not just a fan of her miraculous granny shorts, but also the Spanx bras. I know I've blogged about them before, but seriously, check them out. Up until recently I'd never ventured beyond undergarments. But these babies caught my eye in the store window out at Tyson's Corner and I went in to investigate...and eventually bring them home.
They also come in green!

Who knew that Spanx made what I'll now call, "fancy leggings." You know, the ones that are a slightly more appropriate to wear in public (just slightly). They're definitely holding their own in the athleisure game. Here are a few other pairs worth venturing out to run errands in.
Aztec Stripe Pure Navy Seamless Leggings
Moto Ponte Very Black Leggings

Faux Leather Black Leggings

October 19, 2016

Framing Made Easy

Remember this post from Regan earlier this summer about this awesome Little Truths Studio watercolor alphabet poster? Well, being the good sister that she is, she ordered one for me for my (our) birthday. I knew right away that it was just the finishing touch for the bare wall in Baby McB's nursery. The colors and the message are a perfect match!

I've been wanting to try out Framebridge for a framing project, and this was my chance! You can take a photo of what you want framed and it loads into their app, showing you all your frame options. Once you've decided what you want (or you can have their experts chose for you), they send you a pre-paid package to mail in your print - or in my case, just the label, as I already had the envelope it arrived in. And just over a week later, I got back the final product.

I love the personal touches (like this handwritten note) that the company uses. They also included the hardware to hang the frame.

And there was a note that I forgot to take out when I sent them the print, that they made a special little envelope for on the back of the frame. Small details like these are what make me want to shop a retailer like this time and time again.

Thanks Framebridge! Now Baby McB can enjoy looking at this special print on her wall for years to come! Consider me a repeat customer. 

If you want to try it out for yourself, there was a card in my package for 15% off using code FRIEND15.

October 18, 2016

C&C in the Kitchen

Sometimes we cook with white flour and sugar, and it's not healthy, but it's good. Really good.

This pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of my all time favorites. These cookies are delicious and moist (does anyone else hate that word??) and perfect for the dreary fall days.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tbs pumpkin spice (or more if you really like pumpkin flavor)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola or corn oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips, or any chip you like

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, mix the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Mix in the flour mixture to incorporate it. Mix in the chips.

Scoop mounds of the dough onto baking sheets (about 1/4 cup per cookie), spacing the cookies at least 2 1/2-inches apart. Use a thin metal spatula to smooth and flatten the rounds.

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 16 minutes.

October 17, 2016

What I Wore...Athleta Makes Real Clothes

Up until a month ago I hadn't bought ANYTHING but maternity clothes. And it must be said, it's pretty nice to buy regular clothes again even if I've got a few more lbs to lose. I took a trip to the mall, yes THE MALL, the other day when I was still on maternity leave and went into the Athleta store. Did you know that Athleta makes something other than workout clothes? Yeah, me neither. And it's cute.
I've been in the market for a wide-knit sweater and the Merino Lodge Sweater was JUST the ticket. And the price, especially compared to some of the others I'd seen and liked, is completely reasonable at $108. I bought it in black but am seriously contemplating the walnut.

The sweater looks great on its own (it's not itchy) or with a button down underneath. I love how it's a little longer in the back, giving you nice bootie coverage. It was the perfect thing to wear on our recent trip apple picking. 

Here are a few other non-workout clothes from Athleta that I'm eying.
Ponte Night on the Town Dress
Long and Lean Shirt & Helena Suede Jacket
Ponte Moto Pant

October 14, 2016

What I Wore...Baby Blues

My maternity leave wardrobe has mostly consisted of Kikilynn caftans and workout clothes (God bless spandex!). But there've been a few occasions when I actually put on REAL clothes, dried my hair AND even applied makeup. Two of those happened when we were at home in Idaho and they gave me the chance to wear some new baby blues I picked up at Zara.

First, this tunic does all the right things in all the right places in my mind. Stripes, wide cuffs, long in the back, great buttons...and a completely reasonable price.

Zara does outerwear so well and I know I'm going to get a ton of use out of this blue coat. I wear it like a blazer and it was perfect for Baby McB's baptism at the same church where we were married.

And I put the two together for some wine tasting in Walla Walla.

Zara, you never fail to perform. 

October 13, 2016

Currently Coveting

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes from Sole Society? I have a pair of wedge boots that I got a few years ago. I've been really happy with them. 

This season Sole Society has an amazing collection of shoes and boots, all at amazing prices. If I was buying right now, which I'm not (insert tears), I would add these two pairs to my closet. 

October 12, 2016

Life Lately

Life has been good lately. On Saturday we drove out into the Columbia Gorge for some hiking at Catherine Creek. It's on the Washington Side of the Columbia River about 10 minutes past Hood River. We went for a 3 mile hike with fantastic views of the Gorge and Mt. Hood. 

Afterwards we stopped at our favorite spot in Hood River, Solstice, for lunch. If you are in Hood River, you should definitely try it. Their pizza is especially delicious, and next door (during the warmer seasons) is the most amazing little gelato stand, Cicci.  

Saturday night we joined some of our French friends for a raclette dinner....raclette is a cow's milk cheese that you melt and eat with meat, potatoes, etc. This was my second raclette dinner, and it was just as tasty as the first. The electric grill makes it interactive and fun! 

Sunday was a wet and rainy day and after a long and very wet walk in the rain, I decided to make (and eat) banana bread. I used this recipe from Oh She Glows, and it turned out super well. It has a little more sweetener than I usually put into my bread, but that made it extra tasty.