Wooden chairs under $500

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I wish I had available space in my apartment because one of these bad boys would be coming home with me! Numbers 1 and 11 are my favorites, but you can’t go wrong with any of these neutral pieces. Especially since they are all under $500! Add a bright patterned pillow, and these are ready to be enjoyed. Shoutout to Target for these fabulous furniture finds!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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I love chocolate, especially chocolate chip cookies. One of my favorite treats is a warm Tiny Boxwoods’ chocolate chip cookie that you can only get in Houston or Austin. This obviously poses a problem when you live in neither of those cities! Henry’s mom found this recipe claiming to be the closest thing to a Tiny’s cookie, so we had to make them – another great quarantine activity!

First of all this recipe makes a ton of cookies! LARGE cookies at that. We cut the recipe in half, and we still ended up with 18.

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound unsalted butter (4 sticks)
  2. 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
  6. 3 cups bread flour
  7. 1 tablespoon salt
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  10. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  11. 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (we chose Ghirardelli)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the butter and the sugars with your mixer.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each.
  5. Now add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla and chocolate to combine.
  6. We used an ice cream scoop to scoop each cookie onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Recommended 2 inches apart. If you want smaller cookies, use a tablespoon.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size of cookie, until lightly browned. We baked for just under 20 for a gooey middle.
  8. Let them cool and then EAT!

 

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I hope you try this recipe. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

* Visit Hannah Bunker’s site for more pictures and details of this recipe.

Most used items during quarantine

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| leopard blanket | books: 1 & 2 | wine glasses | star leggings | tie dye sweatshirt |

| fuzzy socks | sneakers | wireless headphones | yoga mat |

I hope you all are doing well! Today, I want to share some of my most-used items since all of this craziness started. I’ve spent a lot of time outside, whether that’s working out or reading. These plastic wine glasses have been perfect for our neighborhood walks and time spent on the screen porch. On rainy days, I’ve stayed cozied up under this cashmere blanket and in these fuzzy socks.

Let me know what you’re loving right now!

 

Quarantine Activities

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| tee | shorts | sneakers | headband |

I thought I would share some of the activities that have kept me busy while we’ve been stuck at home! It’s not often we don’t leave the house for weeks on end, so while we are staying put, let’s try new things, revisit old things and enjoy nature.

  1. Walks: I think this is one of my favorite activities, in and out of quarantine. There’s a 3.25 mile route I take often around my parent’s neighborhood when the weather is nice. I’ve realized how much I love being outside in the sunshine.
  2. New recipes: We’ve tried a few new recipes, and this includes the sangria recipe I shared last week. IMG_4102
  3. Puzzles: This is a great way to avoid screen time and get strategic and start thinking. I finally finished my 3rd puzzle – it was a doozy. Love this one, this one and this one. Screen Shot 2020-04-23 at 12.19.07 PM.png
  4. New workouts: My brother, Myatt, came up with a workout for my mom and I to follow, but I’ve also enjoyed doing the workouts that other bloggers have shared like Brighton Keller Butler and Mary Lawless Lee.
  5. Organization: I organized my closet in Dallas as well as parts of my parent’s house. It felt therapeutic to get rid of things we don’t need, and I even listed some pieces on Poshmark!
  6. Pinterest: Pinterest has been a source of inspiration for me! Whether that’s outfit inspo, home decor, workouts or organization. You can find just about anything here, and of course, it’s nice to look at pretty things.
  7. Podcasts: These are a great way to learn something new and keep up with the news, among other things. I like to listen to them on my walks. I went through a phase of listening to podcasts only on cold case files, but I listen to church sermons too – I’m a little all over the place! You can find podcasts on just about anything.
  8. Friendship bracelets: I used to make bracelets all the time as a kid, and thank goodness my parents didn’t throw away my string because I picked up the hobby again. I even sent some to my friends in hopes the bracelets would brighten their days. 5DBE60B2-89D4-4F0B-AF60-F8ECD12789E2.JPG
  9. Bike rides: My mom and I have taken a few bike rides, and it seems many of our neighbors have had the same idea too. It’s fun seeing our neighbors out and about enjoying the nice spring weather!
  10. Eating local: My family has ordered from many of our favorite local restaurants including Las Delicias, Paulettes and Ciao Bella. We are trying to support our local businesses as much as we can!
  11. Dominoes: Our grandparents gave us this set over 10 years ago, and we’ve brought it back out many times since the stay-at-home order started. I love that you can play a bunch of different games with this set, listed in the directions of course.
  12. New book: I purchased Little Fires Everywhere from a local Memphis bookstore, Novel, but you can also get it here. Can’t wait to see what all the hype is about! Screen Shot 2020-04-23 at 12.15.49 PM.png

I hope these ideas inspire you to do something different this week during quarantine!

 

 

White Wine Sangria Recipe

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Want to make a tasty treat? I’m not a huge drinker, but I do enjoy a margarita or a glass of sangria, especially on a pretty day! Memphis has had some nice weather since I’ve been here, so my mom and I decided to have a little quarantine fun and enjoy some sangria on the screened porch. Check out the recipe we used below!

  1. 1/2 cup brandy
  2. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  3. 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  4. 1/3 cup orange juice
  5. bottle of dry white wine (750 milliliter)
  6. 1/2 cup triple sec
  7. 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  8. 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  9. 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  10. 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  11. 2 cups carbonated water (optional; makes drink less sweet)

Once you mix these ingredients in the pitcher, let them cool in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. You’ll be enjoying a glass in no time!

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FYI: The recipe makes more than what is shown in the pitcher above. We had already had some by the time I took this photo, oops!

Tips for cleaning out your closet

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Now that we seem to have a little bit of time on our hands, let’s clean out our closets. Spring cleaning, quarantine edition! Below I’m going to share some of the questions I ask myself when I’m going through my closet. I hope this helps, and feel free to reach out with images of items you aren’t sure you should keep.

  1. Have you worn this item in a year? If no, time to get rid of it.
  2. Are you keeping something for sentimental reasons? I’m such a sentimental person. I can attach meaning to just about anything, but believe me, those items aren’t doing you any good just sitting in your closet. Let someone else enjoy them!
  3. Do you have items that are too big or too small? If it doesn’t fit, it’s time to move on.
  4. Is this item a classic piece? If so, it’s worth keeping. Examples: dark denim, plain sweaters, button up blouses.
  5. Do you have duplicates of this item? We don’t need multiples of the same piece!
  6. Do you feel good in this item? If not, time to toss!

Don’t know what to do with the items you aren’t keeping? Donate them to places like Goodwill or The Salvation Army. You can also take them to a consignment store, and they will sell your items for you. If you are wiling to put in a little work, sell them on Poshmark or other resell sites!

I hope this helps you purge your closet!