Happy weekend everyone! We’re excusing Emily today as she is a busy bee running Bijou Market – a local handmade event in Provo this weekend! If you’re around, don’t miss it!  As for the rest of us, here’s what we’re thinking about this week:



Wearing: Can I see a raise of hands from everyone who gets a uniform, essentially, and wears it, or a version of it for a month at a time? ME! Here it is, I’ve been in a turtle neck, coat and beanie this entire month. Typically all black, but I’ve been adding in some pops of color – does tortoise shell count? (stay tuned for next week’s Fryday).
Listening: ON REPEAT! New Carly Rae Jepsen and new Biebs, of course! Especially Carly’s “Gimme Love” and “Run Away With Me”
Reading: Just bought this for my kids and they are on FIRE with it. They already love the song, and the bright photographs along with the words is just next level.
 Anticipating: BIJOU! ALWAYS the best Christmas Shopping of the year!
Also, I just launched The Studio Forty Six photography studio! Check it out on Insta for a peek @thestudiofortysix
Eating: Just a lot of Doritos.
Feeling: I feel pretty settled currently. Not a ton of worrying. I attribute this to prayer and keeping my priorities straight. Which we all know it really hard to do sometimes.
 Wearing: Pajamas. I’ll get in to this later, but we’ve not been well around here. My FAVORITE pair that I’ve bought three times are these $25 ones from Target. They feel like butter and are just the coziest. I love wearing matching pjs when I feel and look crappy cause then it seems I have a portion of my life together 😉
 Decorating: Is anyone else chomping at the bit to decorate for christmas?! I am!! But to resist I’ve been decking out my backyard instead since we’re gearing up for our first hosted Thanksgiving which we’re holding outside! I bought this hammock from the same place I bought my table I shared last week, Joss & Main. If you want a hammock this is THE ONE. I love that it’s got a stand so you don’t need to have trees to tie them to! Also it’s a lot wider then I anticipated so there’s plenty of room for the whole family! I love it. I’ve recently become so obsessed with Joss & Main, and we now have some exciting news coming up with them, I can’t wait!!
Listening: I’ve been heavy into podcasts lately. Ted Radio Hour, This American Life and Take Control of Your Money to name a few #boring.
Feeling: SICK. I’ve had a major #essentialoilfail the last two weeks with our family and everyone has been passing around the illness and I wanna cry! Outside of my essential oil regimen I’ve found gems in this humidifierthis diffuser for my oils cheap enough to buy for every room and Zarbees all natural cough syrup for babies!
I am also feeling GRATEFUL. We were able to raise over $7000 in our Christmas for Syria project. I can’t wait to share how this money blesses the lives of so many while we are in Turkey. Stay tuned and all my thanks to you!!!!
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houseguest cart DIY

Holidays are upon us and that means guests! We absolutely love having family underfoot, but anyone who’s been a houseguest knows that it can feel uncomfortable trying to stumble around and find the things we need even when the host insists it’s not a bother. So, we wanted to come up with a way to make our guests feel even more at home, having the things they might need right on hand so they don’t even need to ask!

All you need is a container and a few supplies and you can have your own guest room cart  for your next visitors! Houseguest CartSo what goes inside? First, a robe. Why? Because even with the fluffiest white towels, you still have to do that tip-toe sleuth run from the bathroom to your room. Even the biggest towel feels a little revealing when you’re not in your own house, so a robe is extra coverage, warmth, and feels so luxe! Pair it with candles and matches and it’s basically a spa you’ve got going.

Second, bathroom supplies like our favorite Cottonelle Mega Rolls, soap, hair products, a brush, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Who wants to ask someone for more TP? Nobody.

Houseguest CartThen, we always joke that hotel nights are stressful because it feels like your food options are super limited and not without challenges. So, stock up on easy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, bottled drinks and more. Better yet ask your guests what they love and fill it with their favorite things, they’ll never forget it!Houseguest CartOnly downside is that they may never leave. We love you fam, but you can’t stay forever!Houseguest Cart

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post! Thanks to them we’re always #OnAMegaRoll. 😉

egg-free cupcakes!

So happy to have Amy of Yummy Toddler Food back today with an egg-free cupcake recipe! Amy’s recipes are always a hit and we’re so happy for her and her new cookbook release! 35 of her best recipes of the year into a giftable cookbook that’s perfect to share with other mamas of little ones. Check it out right here and enter “HAPPY” for $5 off! Welcome back, Amy!

“A few of our little friends can’t eat eggs, so whenever we’re having a gathering with friends, I try to include a dessert that everyone can eat. These Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting happen to be free from eggs, gluten, and nuts, but they taste just like you’d hope a cupcake would—moist, decadent, and with a delicate crumb.Egg Free Cupcakes My daughter helped me to bake this batch over a recent cloudy weekend and since there aren’t any raw eggs in the batter, it was even okay with me when she wanted to lick the spoon clean! I started with the recipe for my Brownie Cupcakes and made a few tweaks. Here’s the scoop on the few less traditional ingredients:

Egg Free CupcakesChia seeds: These seeds, which plump up into an almost gel when wet, help the batter bind together. They also add some good fats, which is a nice nutritional bonus. (You can’t see them in the final cupcakes since the color blends right in with the cocoa powder.)

Buckwheat: We love to bake with this gluten-free flour, which is not made of wheat despite its name. It has a nutty flavor, is high in nutrients, and is really versatile.

Yogurt: Using yogurt in baked goods adds a nice richness (along with protein and calcium) and helps to cut down on the amount of butter needed.

Each bite of these cupcakes delivers just-sweet-enough flavor and hits of chocolate, and the Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect pair. We highly recommend enjoying these with a tall glass (or sippy cup) of milk!Egg Free Cupcakes

Super Yummy Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
You can use whole-wheat flour instead of the buckwheat if you prefer.
Makes 12

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably not nonfat)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

1. Stir the milk and the chia seeds together and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Add the butter, yogurt, and vanilla to the milk mixture and stir to combine well.
3. Add the sugar, buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Use a spatula to fold in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon evenly into the prepared paper liners, filling each about 3/4 full and smoothing the tops. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Stir together 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2-3 tablespoons honey with a wooden spoon. Spread onto cupcakes.

Make-Ahead: You can bake and frost these cupcakes up to a full day ahead of time but I suggest that you skip the paper liners and simply grease the muffin tin instead. The paper liners have a tendency to get totally stuck to the cupcakes during overnight storage—but otherwise, they taste nearly identical when stored in the fridge in an airtight container!

shutterfly christmas cards!

Is Christmas really almost here?! I can’t help but compound both Lolly’s first Christmas and first birthday soon thereafter. My emotions are so close to the surface on this one! Spending so many months aching, wishing for, and then anticipating her arrival, each milestone while she’s here breaks my heart a little more! How is time going so fast when it felt so slow before she came? IMG_4382-6Since my family and I will be visiting my family in Turkey this holiday, I wanted to share our Christmas card early. Earlier than I’ve even mailed them, so you sweet readers get an extra special sneak peek! We made these with Shutterfly for those of you still on the hunt for your perfect card!Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.59.12 PMI’m not sure if it’s having the new baby we all waited for, or that she’s the only girl for her two brothers, but the last eleven months she has been absolutely cherished. Every waking moment someone is loving on her, admiring her, cooing at her, kissing her cheeks. Her every achievement has been cheered on by these loving faces. We feel so lucky to have her!  IMG_4392-7 Since we’ll be spending lots of Holiday time away from home we are really trying to make each element of the holidays family-oriented. Making memories here in California, too! Usually I stay up late into the night prepping cards, but this year we brought out the hot chocolate and warm cookies and we all stuffed envelopes and signed cards together! We picked this Bright Bokeh card and it goes so beautifully with the Sunset family photo we wanted to send out!IMG_4396-8 Not exactly sure if it took more time or less with these extra helping hands, but they loved it!IMG_4429-11 We’ve used Shutterfly in years past and I am always so pleased with the quality and attention to detail. With so many beautiful options to choose from and customize, everything feels so unique and special! I especially loved that you can search for specific design details you are looking for like cursive script (see all their script options here!) or by color. This is sure to be an amazing Christmas, even more so with this little Lady’s eyes to see it all for the first time!IMG_4504-17

Photo Credit // Michelle Dixon!

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Brickyard Buffalo Guest Editor Week

Happy Monday, everyone! It has been awhile since we’ve done this, and we’re so happy to be back on Brickyard Buffalo as Guest Editors! We’ve selected awesome items from some of our favorite shops and vendors to be sold at a special deal to Y-O-U! Here’s a peek at what you can find, and follow along on Instagram and our other social sites to see how we’re styling and wearing them, too!
Small_Fry_IG_square-2First of all, Kickee Pants! You have all asked how to get a sweet deal on our all-time favorite pajamas and we’ve got it for you at BB! A ton of colors to choose at starting at $24!kickeeSecond, a Public strider! We know lots of you have bikes and balance bikes on your shopping list this Chstimas and Public is offering their strider for only $90 – $40 off retail!! If you haven’t dipped into the Strider pool let us assure you, it truly does help your kiddo transitioon more smoothly to a two-wheeler. Their form is correct from the start and our little Hayes got it in his first try at 4 years old, we think largely due to to this awesome bike!publicbikes

And more cozy options for your kiddos like these Brickyard exclusive colorful camo harem pants (in three colors!) or these sweet Sleep gowns from Shop Plain

Handmade goods to help you celebrate, like these darling animal candle holders from Gnome Sweet Gnome, Stockings with amazing fabrics and details from Tinsel Holiday, and sweet felt banners from The Bees Knees Shoppe – all at a deal of course!

partybrickyardWe wouldn’t forget you, we love each of these sweet little picks to spoil ourselves with:

This plaid dress fits awesome and is only $21.99! Also for you Jcrew fans, this quilted buffalo plaid vest is only $32 (50% off!) but a pretty spot-on substitute for Jcrew’s sold-out $118 version! Find them here!

dressesAlso our long time favorite, Anna Bee Jewelry is offering these sweet birthstone bracelets (they look amazing stacked, combined with other bracelets, or so elegant as a standalone everyday piece, too!) $8.00 of retail! // We know how daunting it can be to try a new beauty care line, so we wanted to offer up our favorite product as a tester for you! This Everything Balm is such a must have for your bag or make-up drawer. Dry skin, cuts, acne, rashes, whatever you can think of, this balm will help! brickyardfor youFor your littlest babes: A bonnet trio from Petite Soul Shop // $2 off Splendid Cotton Bows // Safe necklaces you can wear, and they can munch on! Wrap up as a bracelet, too! From  the Jones Market. // And save $11 on a sweet matching onesie trio from Petite Soul Shop.babyHappy shopping! Follow along to see how we’re rocking it all. Thanks for having us Brickyard Buffalo, we love you!


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