#TommieTough

#TommieTough



While I had planned on putting together multiple gift guides, this weekend my best friend's daughter, and Georgia's sweet friend, Tommie, was diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma. It feels completely silly to put together a gift guide when your friends are going through absolute hell.

With that in mind, if you feel generous, please donate to support them through this GoFundMe. The goal of the fund is to allow them to concentrate their efforts on getting Tommie well, and don't have to worry about money. We are also working towards bracelets and t-shirts in the future.

I've also decided to run the Pittsburgh Marathon in May, in support of the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, where Tommie is receiving treatment, and my amazing niece, Cameron, receives care and has benefitted from the Down Syndrome Center. I've set a goal to raise $550 before the Marathon on May 5th. I'll be sure to share the story of my training as that gets underway. It's been a long time since I ran 26 miles, but it feels like the perfect time to raise some money in support of this hospital we are so lucky to have in Pittsburgh.


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Gifting Guide: The Girl Who is Hard to Shop For

Gifting Guide: The Girl Who is Hard to Shop For



When I was in high school, I used to design gift guides for my parents in PowerPoint, complete with link, size, and color preference. Little did I know that would essentially become an entire industry, so here I am. I recognize I'm tough to shop for, so why not start with a gift guide almost exclusively for my husband and family? Here's what I'm hoping for!




1. Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers: such a splurge but I seriously love the pair I have. Also all these different prints just make me so happy!

2. Fancy a Shag Fringe Cardigan: so easy to toss on and look immediately put together.

3. Women's Supersoft Supima raw-edge Shirt: could really use about 6 of these.

4. Eva Jeweled Mule: fun to dress up or down.

5. 9" High-Rise Toothpick Jean with Cut Hem: awesome everyday denim.

6. Ribbed Beanie with Faux-Fur Pom-Pom: I have this from a few year's ago and Georgia has stolen it and made it hers! Such a great bold color.

7. 6-Pack Trefoil Superlite No-Show Socks: anyone else in desperate need of new socks? The quintessential stocking stuffer.

8. Smooth Ball Chain Leather Belt: it's not easy to find a great belt and this has the perfect blend of edgy & cool, at an awesome price point too.

9. Madewell Leopard Dot Flannel Bedtime Pajamas: I bought these for myself. The leopard is just SO good! And they have this print in tons of other options on Madewell's site.

10. Apple Watch - Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band: Jeff got me an Apple Watch a few years ago for Mother's Day. I dropped it on our kitchen floor, it shattered (so sad!), and I never replaced it. Every time I start a barre class and clients are setting their watches up, I am jealous. I'm dying for a new one!

11. Fringe-Sleeve Pullover Sweater: More fringe! Obsessed with this color too. Perfect for the transition to spring and will look adorable with white denim!

12. Lululemon Turn & Twist Tank Light: saved the majority of my activewear for another post, but I'm dying for the cut of this and I love the peekaboo on the side to show off a great sports bra. How amazing is this color?

13. Penny Top: perfect with the belt & jeans above, love this for a night out!

14. Cubic Zirconia Earringsconstantly in need of new everyday earrings & these look like the perfect amount of sparkle.

15. Luminosity Foil Print Black Silver: loving the metallic look and this is my favorite cut of Lululemon leggings (though I usually lean towards the 7/8 option!).

16. Side Stripe Funnel-Neck Pullover Sweater: I bought this set and I seriously LOVE it. The best for everyday casual wear and it elevates my sweats look in a serious way!

18. Evie Swing Sweatshirt: how amazing is the shape of this sweatshirt? 

19. Rainbow Evie Swing Sweatshirt: same deal, but loving the colors on this. Perfect year-round!

20. Deerupt Runner Sneaker: let's face it, most days I am in leggings and hoodies and these look amazing for running errands in!

21. At The Disco Hoop Earrings: I've been waiting to dive into hoop earrings, and these are the perfect blend of bold shape and fun design.

22. Manière Kay Velvet Knot Headband: I got a velvet knot turban and my head is way too big for that stuff. It ended up pulling my hair back and looking super weird when I wore it... this headband cures all that!

Hoping to get the activewear gift guide out in the next few days! Xo!

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Our Family Photo Experience

Our Family Photo Experience


Photos are always a last minute thing for me. I value them so much and I still managed to fall behind on booking a mini session with our big move and life being a little hectic this Fall. Well, I won a photography session, talk about lucky! We worked with LeeAnn K Photography on an in-home session just last month. LeeAnn is newer to the area and is launching a really cool service. In our case, she virtually met with me via FaceTime to get a feel for what I wanted out of the session. I really just wanted some great lifestyle photos in our new house. There's something special about having photos taken in your own home and since we just moved, I knew it was something that was going to be meaningful.

When our photo day rolled around, LeeAnn sets up an awesome hair and makeup artist to come to your house to get the mom dolled up. Moms rejoice, right? Every year photos come up and I'm easily the last person to get ready. When we did our newborn photos with Georgia, I literally put my hair up in a bun because I was so worried about having her nursery finished. The photos were amazing, but I was so mad at myself for not preparing a little better. We worked with Rain's Skin Prescription (a current Pure Barre friend!) on the hair and makeup, and Natalie Labarbera Styling (a former Stitch Fix friend and current Pure Barre friend!) was on-hand to help make our home and clothing look its best. There is a lot of care that goes into women feeling like the best version of themselves before the photos are taken!

Our kids were not the easiest to work with that day, but amazingly she came out with photos we love, and it's clear the care and heart that goes into LeeAnn's work. She cares about your experience. She craves feedback. Are you curious about her services? Shoot her an email! It really was a special day and I loved the opportunity to talk about it here.










Our Clothes
Me: Dress (on sale for $27.00) | Shoes (similar) | Earrings are Stella & Dot
Bodie: One-Piece was old Gymboree | Vans
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Easy Recipe: Cookie Butter Cookies

Easy Recipe: Cookie Butter Cookies


When you realize you haven't blogged in two weeks! Yikes! Blame it on strep throat followed by a trip to New Orleans and I think I've been trying to recover ever since! Today I'm sharing a quick and easy holiday cookie recipe I made for our neighborhood's cookie exchange. We are avid CrossFit fans, so if you follow the sport at all, you're familiar with Mat Fraser. His fiancée does his cooking and documents all of it on her Instagram, @feedingthefrasers. When I saw her Cookie Butter Cookies, I knew I had to try them! The Trader Joes Cookie Butter is seriously amazing, and I'm dreaming of the ways to add on to this recipe... maybe a fun Nutter Butter-esque sandwich? As you can see, Jeff did most of the baking, but this was the easy and delicious recipe I was looking for on this lazy Sunday! Enjoy!



Cookie Butter Cookies, from Feeding the Frasers
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Trader Joe's Cookie Butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cooking Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together cookie butter, butter, and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla, mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually mix together the flour into the butter and sugar combination until it is well combined.
  4. Place 1 inch balls of dough onto parchment-covered  (or these great baking silpats!) baking sheet.
  5. Using a fork, create a cross-pattern on the dough. Dip fork into water to prevent sticking to the dough.
  6. Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Allow time to cool on tray before moving to a wire rack for effective cooling, they'll need time to set on the tray!
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