October 13, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Harvest Bread | With The Butter Half

SWEET GOODNESS. Mouth effin' watering... amazingness! Abbey is back sharing something your Fall festivities and pumpkin spice cravings can't even handle. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Harvest Bread. Too good. When we connected on this one I told her gimme something all you blog readers would go nuts over and boy!... she delivered! Shall we?

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together sugar, butter and eggs in a stand mixer on medium speed until it is light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking soda, and spices together in a sifter, and sift half of it into the sugar mixture. Add in the pumpkin, mix well, and then sift in the remaining flour. Add the chocolate chips last.
2. Bake on 350° in greased 4 cup mini loaf pans for 24 minutes. (I feel like that is a random number, but it is the magic baking time! Any less, it is runny and not done. Any more, and it starts to dry.) Serve immediately while warm and gooey, and enjoy!

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October 12, 2015

A Harry Potter Birthday Party

A Harry Potter birthday party?! Oh, Drake's mom and I were both elated when he decided on that for his 10th birthday and we were so excited to bring this to life for him. We're all about staying under a strict budget (because it's a 2 hour party with kids...who don't care!) and we found so many great ideas to throw an awesome party from BuzzFeed. We had Drake pick a few things he wanted to do so we did the broom goodie bags, DIY wands for the kids, butterbeer, a cake like Harry's, pin the glasses on Harry and a super cute birthday banner (made by Two Chihuahuas!). Nothing too extreme and over the top but enough things to keep the party moving along and give the vibe of Hogwarts!

I hope you enjoy the party pictures!

We got him the new illustrated version of HP.... he was stoked! And I won't lie, I've already taken it and am reading it! ;)

*party ideas and games adapted from here

HUGE thank you to Christine for the custom banner!
She is doing a lot of Emery's party details so stay tuned in a couple weeks for that!

October 11, 2015

Festive Hues

Happy Sunday! A rare weekend post but I wanted to share my church outfit from today. I was loving this tunic recently but didn't want to spend that amount on something I wasn't sure I'd be into next season. You know those purchases you invest in and quickly grow away from the style? Yeah, that. BUT I was introduced to SheIn and found one that's almost identical.... for an amazing deal! I figure it was something I could definitely snatch up and get some usage out this Fall season. It's still in the high 90's here so strappy sandals and a top knot we're the perfect compliment while staying cool.

dress | sandals- Steve Madden | clutch- Marshalls

October 9, 2015

An Easy Mom Look

Do you see the trend happening here? I'm really into flannels/paid/tartan/gingham and am all about pairing it with the basics for a pulled together look. I really get discouraged when other people share outfit ideas for moms but they actually aren't functional at all so I am striving to share practical outfits that can be manageable while toting around a babe. Ya feel me?

Have a great weekend!

tunic- Nobella Grace | denim- Paige Denim | booties- Old Navy | necklace- Miaearrings | bracelet- Loren Hope | watch- Kate Spade | ring & earrings- Rocksbox (aubreykinchxoxo for your first month free!)

October 7, 2015

Fall Festive

Pumpkins. Apparently the best toy or thing to play with on the planet. Who knew? We spent yesterday getting the front "porch" (it's really just a door) ready for fall with a few festive touches. I moved the rug in our downstairs powder room out and I feel like it really ties everything together so nicely! Emery was looooving the cooler weather and the time we had outside enjoying it and really, who can blame her? It was 63 and rainy so I was elated I could actually wear a sweater (this one is from Evy's Tree) without sweating. What a novel idea! ;)

emery: top | socks | moccs | headband - aubrey: top (similar options) | sweater | leggings - rug | stool (homegoods) | wreath