magnolia banana pudding

Everyone once and awhile I have the craziest craving for Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding. I’ve had it a number of times in their New York City bakeries, but luckily for all of us they released their recipe so we can make it anytime we want!Magnolia Banana PuddingMy son Cal loves this dessert and requested it for his birthday party, I figured I better come up with a few swaps to make it a little more kid-party friendly and maybe a little easier to make?I teamed up with Food Club on this zero hesitation because they have a Double Your Money Back Guarantee. If you don’t like any of the products you buy from them, they’ll refund your money and then pay you that same amount from their pocket. WHAT?! These types of guarantees are nearly extinct in 2018 so I was super intrigued to give the brand a try and they’ve been around since 1945 so you can rest easy that can back it all up! You can find a participating store near you with this link!

I swapped out several of the ingredients for Food Club products but here is the recipe from Magnolia’s recipe book!

  • 1 small can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 small box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream (I swapped mine out for Food Club’s Ready Made whipped cream
  • 4 cups sliced ripe bananas
  • 1 box of Food Club Vanilla Wafers

If you want to see what it looks like plated in a trifle and not for a 7-year-olds birthday, look no further than my friend Christy! Is this not gorgeous??

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

But like I said we’re making it easier, less time intensive for a birthday party full of kiddos who likely prefer store bought whipped cream, so let’s do it! Food Club Double Money Back Guarantee

Pudding:

Beat the Sweetened Condensed Milk with the ice cold water for about a minute. Add the pudding mix powder and continue to beat for about 2 minutes. Put saran wrap flat on the surface of the pudding so it doesn’t harden on the top and refrigerate overnight or minimum of a few hours.

Assembly:

Alternating layers of the Vanilla Cookies, Sliced Bananas, Whipped Cream, Pudding until you fill your desired pan. I love a trifle but for Cal’s birthday I thought it could be fun to spoon the mixture into waffle cones! ! Easier for kids to manage and (fingers crossed) less mess than serving it with plates and forks. He digs it so I guess that’s all that really matters, right?Magnolia Banana Pudding Top with a banana, whipped cream, a Vanilla cookie or all three!Magnolia Banana Pudding

Thanks to Food Club for sponsoring today’s post!

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prime day 2018: beauty

I saved the best for last. I am FREAKING out about these deals. ALL my faves!!

Brow Wiz $16 // 30% off Stila – my all time favorite eyeliner, all time favorite stay all day lip formula, all-time favorite liquid glitter shadow. Just grabbed  this pretty gun metal color! // Favorite waterproof mascara! // 30% off Mario Badescu. Swear by this stuff for zits. // Full Size Wet Brushes for $5 each. // All the right ingredients for a super amazing zit formula — I have one like this that is $50 so this a steal at $18! // $10 Piper Wai all natural deodorant, on Shark Tank works amazing! // Vichy Idealia moisturizer, smells amazing, works amazing. 30% off // 60% off Plackers (flossers that I never leave home without.)

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prime day: WOMEN’S

$30 for a Columbia Hooded Jacket?? // $8 Sports Bra with hundreds or 4+ Star Reviews  $30 carry all tote // Pretty ankle strap pumps from Jessica Simpson $27! She has 30% off her shoes for Prime and these gray pumps are $50 // These Glittery Lacy Tied Pumps are so freaking pretty. $90 via Betsey Johnson // Nightingale is 50% off. Such a good read! // $30 Adidas Sneakers // Portable Charger, what the 12,000 5 star reviews?? $30 // Love these leather and suede heels for $60 // This full pleated skirt comes in every color imaginable and is $20. 4+ stars and hundreds of reviews! // Between 30-50% off Loeffler Randall shoes! These slides! 

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prime day 2018: kids

Prime Day coverage is so stressful because their deals do not last. So basically check this out and then hurry over! I’ll be adding new deals as they roll out so keep scrolling!

50% off this playkitchen!

50% off Kidcraft Kitchen

Prime Day Kids

Play Dresses in a million colors for $13 // Art Supplies Galore, love these brush pens // Building Set Flash Deal under $12 // Play Sand that doesn’t dry out // Love this airplane + book set. So cute and would make a great gift to stock up on for your gift closet! $12// Bubble Maker $25 // PJs in lots of options under $15 // EZPZ Dinner Tray Mats that grip! // Fly Zapper for all ages really but kids love it! // Astronaut Helmet for play time! // Micro Scooter Deal – a rare find which might be gone by the time I publish this!

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prime day: HOME

$30 for a dining chair?? 4 for $120 // 30% off OXO Pop Up Canisters // Down Mattress Topper 20% off// My favorite Mezza Luna knife for pizzas, quesdillas, chopping crusts off. // $70 for a full size metal bed frame that is AMAZING and I’d put anywhere in my house // 300 Count Sheets in a SLEW of colors and patterns under $20 // Bike Rack Deals // Cooking Pan Deals // Pretty Door Handle Set $30 off // This is a MUST in my office at home // Pretty Cooking Utensils $16

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#nsale prep + wish list

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks of Thursdasy #nsale and it’s one of my favorite shopping days simply because it’s a chance to get pre-season buys at a discount! We’re all so used to buying season clearance items, it feels so much more exciting this way! I have my Nordstrom Rewards card so I am shopping early and it’s not too late to get yours, too!

The catalog came (you can view it online, here!) so we all have a little more info on what to expect in this sale and although the styling is wack, they’re highlighting what (I think) they do best. Fall Staples like sweaters, jackets and on-trend denim. Shoe + Beauty Deals, and Activewear. Here’s what I virtually “circled” in my catalog so you can see what caught my eye.#nsale2018

Rad Mountain Boots (boots galore actually!) // Rag & Bone Denim deals // Frame denim deals // Dry Bar curling wand kits // Le Labo perfume bundles // Nike, Adidas, Zella activewear deals // Fall accessories like this perfect wool hat via Treasure and Bond ($31!) // More teddybear, yay! This coat via Vince. // Great deals on bags and carry-alls this Madewell perforated on is $70 off!. // This pretty Leith pump for $50!

And just putting it out to the universe that any of these items could be in the sale, too! Just saying, Nords.

 

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sunglasses FAQ

This post took far too long to get put up, but she’s here and that’s all that matters, right?Sunglasses FAQ

Sunglasses. Windows to the soul. JK. But, one of my favorite accessories to buy because it can update your whole outfit. I tend to dress pretty plain, but my accessories all have opinions. Sunnies, shoes, jackets, make-up, jewelry etc. Easy to stay on-trend this way in a less expensive way.

So here’s my plan of attack on sunglasses. Trendy styles I buy on the cheap. Styles that I know will have some staying power I put more money into! I have tried a million different ways to store my sunnies and these cases are best for me. I have two, one for just black sunglasses and one for colored. I store them under my bed and I love being able to slide them out, pick what I want and not have to fuss to much. They also have lasted infinitely longer this way.

Sunglasses FAQ

COLUMN ONE – Ali (Karen Walker replica) more colors here,I also had these ones but lost them! // Free People // Quay Cafe Racer (other color options) // Ali Express x 3 ( pink aviator I can’t find but similar (or google lensless pink aviator and there’s tons!) bottom two are Chloe Carina replicas)

COLUMN TWO – Kortni Jeane // Amazon x 2 (Red are Celine replicas) I got mine here on Ali but for $4 ($10 off) but it takes longer. Pick your poison! // Ray Ban // Amazon x 2 (Yellow are SO crappy but fine for the price. Ray Ban round + gold replicas)

COLUMN THREE – Amazon (Celine replicas) // Raising Wild // Karen Walker x 2 I got both used! 1st- Faithfulls I saw two on eBay and Poshmark as of this post going up!, 2nd – FlowerPatch, a bunch on Poshmark! // Valley Eyewear “DB” // Amazon (Navy Celine replicas)

ALL BLACK CASE (case from here)Sunglasses FAQ

Grey Rimless // Black Stars (I have brown, too!) // Quay “After Hours” Matte Black (my all time favorites, I’ve bought them twice due to losing them)  // Retrosuperfuture Matte Black “Gals” // Celine Boxy Replicas // ASOS Oval Black // Le Spec “Prince” in mirrored gold and all black, be prepared to tighten the little screws.

WHERE TO BUY TRENDY + CHEAP

Ali Express (direct from China and takes a couple+ weeks to arrive so not always necessary since at times Amazon has them too, but a resource for inspiration! They seem to be ahead the curve in the states), ASOS, Free People — I like FP because they have their signature frames like “Abbey Road” that they put out the hot color of the season each season, so you can bank on the shapes you like. GOJane.com always has knock-offs and seemingly faster than other sites I know of. I’ll scroll their sunnies for inspiration. Quay (pronounced KEY, just looking out for ya) is usually middle of the road but the quality is just as good as designer and their styles are on points they could go in either category for me. They have so many new collections they almost always have something on clearance!

HOW I BUY DESIGNER

There really is something to designer sunglasses, if you know, you know. The quality, weight, and ahead of trend styles (and logo if you’re into that) are what you’re paying for. Doesn’t mean they don’t snap when you sit on them, scratch when you put them face down on the sidewalk, or get lost just the same as your cheap ones.

Check Poshmark. Then eBay. Poshmark is more instant gratification since it’s not bid format and their shipping gets it there in 2-3 days usually! Watch for sales, Nordstrom Anniversary, ShopBop Friends and Family, Asos has a few designer brands and they do sales weekly it seems. I have several designer pairs but I’ve only paid full price for maybe 1 or 2.

Sunglasses FAQ

cocoon cam [giveaway!]

Sponsored by Cocoon Cam picked by BabyList as the best baby monitor in 2018!

You’ve heard by now that our kids’ rooms are all in the basement while our room is on the main floor. We did this because we intend to be in the house for many years, and it while it’s not ideal when they’re little, it seemed preferable for a much bigger section of time. Have you done this? Are we in for it?  More worried about the big boys honestly. Does this kid look like he cares? Ha. (Never want to forget how he puts his legs up on the crib slats. They’re covered in footprints!)Cocoon Cam Giveaway We have an office on the main floor that could easily double as a nursery if it proves to be too much, but I am hoping that it won’t be too bad! To calm my own fears I think something like the Cocoon Cam in each room would be amazing! I am giving away one on Instagram today but check out all these features!Cocoon Cam Giveaway

  • Try it free for 100 nights no risk
  • Tracks breathing
  • Easy HD video pinch, zoom and night vision
  • Activity Log + Notifications
  • Intercom option
  • WiFi or Hardwired
  • Accommodates multiple cameras/rooms

I know so many of you (like me) just can’t sleep well when you have a brand new baby. Even the nights THEY sleep, I am always checking their breathing and stressing. I love that this monitor tracks breathing without wearables. It installs and tilts so you have a perfect birds eye view or has an adhesive option, too! Cocoon Cam Giveaway I love that it tracks the baby’s day so you can get a better idea of how they are actually sleeping, stirring, or details you’d like to track when you’re at work or if they’re with a sitter. I love that you can try it out for 100 days, because there’s truly hundreds in the market and finding the right one for you shouldn’t be such a risky investment! Cocoon Cam is confident enough in their product that they offer this with pride and for good reason!Cocoon Cam Giveaway

Head here to enter the giveaway! And here are some good posts if you are expecting!

An overview of all our best new baby posts through the years // Some of my personal favorites, and here too! 

weekend deals

DEALS YOU CANT MISS!

Prime Day isn’t until the 17th but they’re already rolling out deals. $.99/month for 4 months Amazon’s music streaming. If you have Alexa it’s the path of least resistance for sure.

Audible (the ONLY reason I read anymore. Is $5/month for 3 months. Cheapest books ever!

Apple Watch + a band for $159!

Pressure Washer for 40% off

Vizio 65″ discoutned under $1000 from $1700! We had a Vizio for years and loved it.

Noise Cancelling Headphones by Bose usually $279, now $169!

Just in time for some crazy Summer temperatures – Lifetime has 30% off their 55 Quart Cooler. $99 right now and it has longer ice retention than even the Yeti (which is $329 for 50 quarts.) Grab it before its gone!

$99 + better than a yeti!

Images via KSL + Walmart.Com

modern backed barstools

I’ve got a tall order for my ideal barstools:

  • High back — kids fall off, and they’re not that comfortable
  • Minimal design — more nooks and crannies = more spots to clean
  • No stainless steel or other high shine metals — so hard to keep looking nice with all the smudges!
  • No upholstery — ruined in 60 seconds over here
  • No faux leather cushions — I can’t vouch for the molded leather, but faux leather cushions wear horribly!
  • Not necessary but definitely a bonus: swivel!
  • $100-$200 each. Modern Barstools: Backed, Wipeable + Under $200

Here are 32 options that were considered. That plaid upholstery made the cut because they’re the freaking cutest ever. And there is one chair that’s over my budget but 40% off so I had to include such a discount as the chair is killer!