{Free!} Nursery Letter Printable

Happy Friday sweet friends! I can't believe that Christmas is next week, so exciting! Since I have been on bedrest for the past few weeks I have had a lot of down time. Online shopping and HGTV have been my go to activities, ha! I also have been trying to prepare for Avery's arrival as much as possible. Her nursery will be mostly grays and pink so I wanted to add some color with fun framed prints. The first one I designed is an 8x10 letter and animal print. What do you think?!

Here is the link to an 8x10 sized PDF that you can print for your little one's nursery or even give as a gift at a shower! Please only use these prints for personal use; Using these prints for profit is prohibited. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xoxo 

Random Acts of Kindness

I am not sure where to begin this post...the events of this past week in Connecticut were so tragic and horrific that words don't seem adequate.  I can't even begin to imagine how the families and friends of these children feel. One of my good friends Julie at The Happy Home Fairy wrote a beautiful letter to all the mothers who did not know that the morning they sent their little one to school on December 14th would be their last. I pray and have been praying for comfort and peace for those affected. 

I love Ann Curry's idea about committing to complete random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Paying it forward and bringing joy to people's lives are real ways that we can combat the hate and trouble that can seem so pervasive at times.  I am committing to complete random acts of kindness whenever I can, it feels good to give! Some of the ways people are carrying out their random acts of kindness are: 

- Paying a layaway bill at ToysRUs for a mom with five children
- Donating winter clothing at a homeless shelter
- Bringing a crossing guard a donut
- Giving a $10 gift card to the person behind them in line at Dunkin Donuts
- Leaving a letter thanking the mail man

 This movement made me think of an idea that I definitely want to do at Christmas with my children when they are older. It is a RACK {Random Act of Christmas Kindness} Advent calendar from TSJ Photography. So often during the holidays it can be all about what we want rather than what others need. Each day you have an activity to complete based around an act of kindness. While I think that some of the best random acts of kindness can come from spur of the moment ideas, it is nice to add some focus around the concept of doing them daily during December. You can go here to download a RACK card and see more about this idea.
                                                                      Source: tsjphotography.com via Meggan on Pinterest

Serious Sparkle

Happy Friday everyone! Today for Friday's Fancies I put together a cute holiday look involving some sequins and sparkle! I love the nude color of this Equipment top mixed with the platinum glitter pumps! This look is not exactly bump friendly for where I am in my pregnancy, but definitely a look I would love to sport after baby! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xoxo Meggan 

Nursery Inspiration {Vintage Glam}

Picking out furniture for Avery's nursery has been so much fun! I have always dreamed about what my baby's nursery would look like and having it all come together is amazing! 

I am going for a very feminine and vintage look using pink and gray. I love the "old" feeling mixed some glam/bling! Also, I am planning on using some vintage style hot air balloons for decor accents. All of the major pieces have been ordered but they won't arrive until early January; so hard to wait! My glider is a piece that my mom found at a consignment shop and recovered. I will show you pictures of that piece later this week! 

Here is what has inspired me so far. 

{Free!} Christmas Printables!

This year I decided to design a few new prints for our house to add a little something extra to our Christmas decorations. I have always loved subway art so I created two of these prints. I also am loving the new chalkboard style prints so I designed one of those too.

I of course wanted to share these with you! The links are below, please feel free to download and print for your home. xoxo

Links to PDF files:
Chalkboard Christmas Print
Christmas Subway Art 1
Christmas Subway Art 2

* I uploaded the JPG version to the blog with high resolution so you should be able to just click on the picture and then right click to "save as" if you want the JPG version instead of a PDF.

Please only use these prints for personal use; Using these prints for profit is prohibited. 

Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

Happy Tuesday! Last night my mom made the most amazing brownies and I had to share them with you. We found the recipe in Paula Deen's cooking magazine and I was hooked at peanut butter cups and brownies...possibly the best combination ever! They were so delicious that when I asked my husband to take some with him to a guy's night with our small group he refused saying he is not sharing them with anyone else! :) Here is how you make this decadent dessert.

Start by unwrapping 18 mini peanut butter cups....I may have unwrapped a few more to eat before baking :)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the brownie batter as indicated on the box.

Line cupcake tins with 18 cupcake liners.
Add one tablespoon of brownie mix to each cupcake liner.

Here is where it gets really good! Add one peanut butter cup to each brownie cup. Cover with a bit more brownie mix so the peanut butter cup is covered.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies are set.  

 Now it is time to make the fudge like topping! Melt one bag of peanut butter morsels and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream.

Add the peanut butter topping to each brownie.  Once set remove the brownie cupcakes and serve!

  The final product!

1 19.9oz box of brownie mix
18 mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped
1 10oz bag peanut butter morsels
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 18 regular muffin cups with paper cupcake liners.

Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions.  Fill the cups with 1 tblsp brownie batter.  Press 1 peanut butter cup into the batter in each muffin cup. Cover with remaining brownie mix. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cupcakes are set.  
Melt the peanut butter morsels with the heavy whipping cream until melted through. Cover cooked brownies with peanut butter mixture and let set. Remove from muffin tins and store in air tight container. 

Pink & Gray Baby Shower

A few months ago, I helped my mother in law to plan an incredible shower for my sister in law, Michael Marie. She is due in just a few days now with my niece. I am so excited that Avery will have an older cousin who is so close in age! 

We kept the shower inspiration consistent with her nursery...pink and gray, chevron patterns and giraffes. That way Michael was able to use a lot of the shower decor in the nursery as well. 

This post is very picture heavy but I hope you enjoy!

Guests brought books instead of cards to start the baby's nursery!

I was in charge of the dessert bar, which was so much fun to design! 

Our good friend Stacy made the cake pops, she is so talented!

All of the moms to be at the shower. My sister in law is in the middle and I am to her left (was 12 weeks!)

My MIL Terri and my other sister in law Mel!

Where I Have Been...Some Exciting News!!

Hi sweet friends, I have been the worst blogger recently, I can't believe my last post was 3 months ago! The past few months have been so exciting, challenging and amazing all at the same time. 
In July, I found out that I am pregnant!!  Such a blessing from God! 

Our sweet baby is 23 weeks along and we are having a GIRL!! Both Kris and I are so in love with her already; it is amazing! We are naming her Avery Grace. She is super active which I love; her kicks might be my favorite thing. 

Around 21 weeks Miss Avery tried to make an early entrance into the world. While we can't wait to meet her, it's much too early. So now I am officially on bedrest.  Bedrest is not exactly something that gels with my personality, so this is taking some getting used to. I am so blessed to have my husband and family here to help me be able to actually rest. I can't wait to share our journey with you! Here are some pictures from my pregnancy so far! xoxo

18 weeks - Babymoon at the Atlantis in the Bahamas! 

13 Week Visit

Sweet Avery at 18 weeks...so pretty even in ultrasound! 

A small peek into her already brimming closet...this little girl will be better dressed than her mama! Baby clothes are the best! 

Road Trip: Beach Bound

Road trip style is all about comfort for me. For any road trip I love to throw on a maxi dress, sandals, a cute necklace, and a jacket (because I am always freezing in the car). 

For this post I am putting a twist on my classic road trip outfit because we are headed to the beach today! I am so excited for the next several days of relaxation on Marco Island. Marco Island is a quick trip from Fort Lauderdale, about an hours drive across Alligator Alley (it sounds scarier than it is!). Since we are beach bound I added a beach tote and a cute bathing suit....oh and my favorite candy ever, Sour Patch Kids, no road trip would be complete with out them, ha! 

Linking up with {av} over at Long Distance Loving, be sure to check out the other road trip styles! 

Emmaline Bride Feature

Hi sweet friends!! I am so sorry for my absence; I have been feeling seriously under the weather for the past few weeks in addition to being slammed at work. But I wanted to share an incredible wedding website/blog with you called Emmaline Bride. I was completely blown away when I found out that this DIY "Love Story" Chalkboard that I made for my sister in law's bridal shower was featured on their beautiful site!

For all of the brides, brides to be and those of us who just love weddings, I highly recommend checking out Emmaline Bride. They focus on everything wedding and handmade, and do it all with such style. Thank you so much Emmaline Bride for featuring us!!

Go For The Gold

Top, Jeans, Necklace, BagShoes

I was so completely hooked on the Olympics over the weekend! I love everything about the Olympics...the nail biting competition, the human interest stories, and mostly the unity that the games can only bring. I went to the summer Olympics in Atlanta and I would love nothing more than to be in London! However, since I have to live the Olympics vicariously through TV, I decided to put together an Olympic inspired outfit :)

Did you watch the Olympics this weekend?

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