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April 2016

Home Design + Decor


April 28, 2016

After the terrible rain and Houston flooding that made national headlines last week, we’re finally seeing some better weather, which means a little progress on the home front. We’ve stopped by the house twice this week and saw that they drew some chalk lines one day and then started framing the next day.

Chalk Lines

Inspector Braden

B playing with nails

B likes to go around the site and collect nails. (Just a coincidence that he is wearing pants that have screws and washers on them. Baby Zara has the best everyday baby clothes for boys!) He found a bunch of washers and started counting and stacking them. I love that he’s really into counting and the ABCs these days. Such a little sponge.

B pointingBraden always enjoys going to what we call the “contruction site.” His eyes light up when dad says this like it’s the candy store. Totally all boy.


With the framing up, I’m able to envision the layout and rooms a little better now, too. Hopefully, we have some clear skies so we continue to see more progress this week!

More soon,



Fashion + Style


April 25, 2016

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Pineapple seems to be all the rage these days, and I’m definitely a fan. I noticed its popularity last summer, but I’m seeing it more and more lately. I don’t shy away from a whimsical print. Don’t get me wrong – I would never where multiple pineapple prints or accessories together, but I think it can be festive to pop a pineapple motif in with some other spring and summer basics. Plus, I almost instantly feel like it’ll be a cheery day when I wear one of these fun pieces.

I snatched up these cute pineapple studs in Charleston, SC during a fun bachelorette trip last summer but I’ve since picked up a few pineapple pieces over the past few weeks to brighten up some other wardrobe staples.

I wish I was holding a pineapple drink in hand on a tropical getaway, but until then I’ll be wearing a few of these instead.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites. Enjoy!


Bananas for Banana Nut Muffins

April 19, 2016

Y’all, these banana nut muffins are THE best. My husband always makes fun of me for saving my old bananas in the freezer, but they’re great for making muffins whenever you’re in the mood. I had two over ripe bananas on my counter, and I took two frozen bananas from my freezer stash to make this recipe.


There are two amazing ingredients in this recipe that absolutely make it: cream cheese and Mexican vanilla.  The latter is my way of doctoring it up. I think Mexican vanilla has such a flavorful taste and we use it to punch up a lot of baked goods, homemade waffles, etc. We definitely aren’t paleo is my house! I just believe in eating a little of what you want or you’ll obsess over it.


This is a recipe I found in Southern Living a few years ago and I’ve altered a little. My version is below, but you can find the original recipe here along with how to turn it into bread, too.  I prefer muffins since its kind of built-in portion control.


They’re definitely a crowd-pleaser. I’ve brought these to work before and gifted them to neighbors and friends who recently brought home babies. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love these muffins! And, they’re kid-friendly, too. Braden LOVES them. Enjoy!


3/4 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1.5 cup of sugar

2 large eggs

3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1.5 cups mashed bananas ( 4 medium bananas)

1.5 cups chopped pecans, toasted

1/2 tsp Mexican vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, pecans and vanillas. Place liners into4 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (My oven takes about 23 minutes, so watch it and test with a toothpick.)

Cool in pans 10 minutes. remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Makes 24 muffins. (I always seem to have extra so I end up make one mini banana nut loaf, too.)

Prep time: 15 minutes. Bake time: approx. 25 minutes.



Home Design + Decor


April 8, 2016

We have foundation! This happened on Thursday, and it’s a process that my husband has been very interested in, so he’s been going over there daily to micromanage check on things.



Trenching to form the concrete beams of the foundation

Rebar and Cables

Moisture barrier, rebar and post tension cables. These cables will be tensioned up to 33,000 lbs in 7-10 days which will keep the foundation from cracking and shifting. Thanks, Ben, for that little tidbit 😉

Concrete Pump Truck

Photo Credit to our future next door neighbors who have been kind enough to keep us posted about the activity going on at the new house.

A parade of cement trucks came on the street around 7am. Pumping started at 8:45am and took about 1.5 hours to pump the concrete.

Concrete setting up

Concrete setting up right before they remove the form boards that separate the garage and patio levels from the main house level.

Braden Playing on the Slab

At 5pm Braden is the first family member to walk on the slab. At 27 lbs, Braden weighs the least in our family, so Ben felt he wasn’t going to hurt anything. He loves playing there, and we hope that’ll be a trend we continue when there’s walls and other livable spaces. 🙂


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Home Design + Decor Travel

Marburger Farm Antique Show

April 7, 2016

(Photo by Megan Bruce Lucas)

I recently traveled  to Round Top, TX for the Marburger Farm Antique Show. This is about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of Houston. I’ve heard about this show from a few people and read that it’s one of the country’s best shows, so I thought it was worth making the trek. Since we’re building a home, I’ve been doing more window shopping lately. Normally, I hate going places without having a true purpose, but I’m still looking for home inspiration, especially on the decor front.  Overall, it was good to get a feel for the show and vendors since it comes twice a year —  March and September. I’ll definitely go back in the fall when we’re farther in the home building process, and I’ll have more specific pieces in mind. A few accessories caught my eye, and I did find two custom furniture stores I loved  as well. I plan to place an order for a pair of chairs that I think will look great in our new living room. The experience here as a first-timer was a tad overwhelming since there are 350 dealers from across the country in the show. I actually liked more of the vendors we saw along the way to the actual main Marburger Farm area.

Marburger Farms, longhorn

Hook ’em.  (Photo by Tabbetha Powers)

I’m on the hunt for light fixtures, and I’d love something like this for the mudroom.

I think these jars are fun, and I’ve love to have them for a candy bar for a party, but would use them for pantry staples, too.


It took awhile to find the letters in the shapes I had in mind, but we went home with some good ones.

Who doesn’t like kettle corn?

Our only family pic of the day. Braden was in a mood at this point.

We bought some metal letters to hang up in the new house. It took awhile to find the shapes that I had in mind. This was our only real purchase of the day.  It was a nice mid-week day trip.

I would consider spreading  my next visit to Marburger Farm over two days so we can look at more vendors, but I’m glad we went on the first day and on a weekday — I can only imagine how crowded it gets on the weekend, especially with all those one lane, small town roads! Overall, we had a nice day despite the some light rain. I’ll definitely go again, but probably sans child. I wouldn’t want to spend most of the day strapped in a stroller after being in a car seat for awhile either. Well, actually, I’d really love if someone would push me around and ask me if I’m thirsty or hungry all day. Sounds pretty dreamy actually! Our day trip to Round Top was actually on my birthday so I’d say it was a simple, yet wonderful birthday adventure. Does that mean I’m super old now if I want to go hunting for antiques on my birthday?!



Fashion + Style

Sand and swim on my mind

April 5, 2016

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I have a mental countdown clock ticking away until vacation. Shopbop has been a go-to for me the past few years and even more so lately since I do about 80% of my shopping online. They recently had a “Big Event” sale where I picked up a few items and thankfully they’re having one of their Friends and Family sales now. Enter INTHEFAM at checkout for 25% off full-price and sale items through 4/7.

A couple  of these items like this Marysia  top and bottom I’ve already picked up, but I have my eye on a few more for some events I have coming up including my Mexico trip.

Dreaming of sunny skies and sand beneath my toes until then.

More soon,