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oh baby.

SURPRISE! J + Jay are expecting a baby this coming May and could NOT be more excited! A little look into their gender reveal last month:

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you’re invited via paperless post.
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had to have these giant balloons from shop sweet lulu! jay was a trooper getting transporting them. #largeandincharge
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cake stand for THE cake was a wedding gift from L’s sweet mom, Jan. paper goods | shop sweet lulu + toot sweet. additional serving pieces | pottery barn.
girlfriends ready to see if baby b is a he or a she!
girlfriends ready to see if baby b is a he or a she!
YOU do the honors, Jay.
YOU do the honors, Jay. (With the Kate Spade cake servers from our wedding)
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it’s a BOY!
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precious cake topper by Clover & Bloom Co and delicious cake from Henri’s Bakery.
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James Murray Baker V will join us in May! J sweater | blouse | jeans | shoes
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give thanks.

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Happy thanksgiving! 2015 has been an especially wonderful year for us. We celebrated Jennifer and Jay’s marriage in April, we welcomed Baby Ed in September… and there have been countless other small victories and miracles in between. And of course we are thankful for all you who read this blog! We are truly blessed beyond measure. We hope you all have a relaxing day with family or friends (or maybe both!), with plenty of time to reflect on your own blessings as well. xo

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bacon-y brussels sprouts.

From L:

You know how adult children are always assigned something non-essential at family Thanksgiving, like an appetizer or “the salad”? Well, I’ve graduated from the salad to…side vegetable!

I’m actually really excited because I lovvve sides at Thanksgiving. Turkey isn’t my thing, so I always load up on veggies. Behold, my vegetable contribution this year: Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts. Bonus: this recipe is SUPER SIMPLE and easy – the perfect thing to whip up for that last-minute Friendsgiving celebration tonight.

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green goodness

Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs baby brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed (halved if very large)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces diced bacon (3 – 4 slices)
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots (about 2)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley, if desired

What You Do:

  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until lightly browned, tossing often.
  • Add the bacon and saute for ten more minutes, or until well browned.
  • Reduce the heat and add the shallots and the garlic. Saute for two more minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high and slowly add the chicken broth, a little at a time. Cook for ten more minutes or until the sprouts are tender, tossing often.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
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bacon, shallots and garlic make everything better.

NOTE: This recipe is adapted from Par 3: Tea Time at the Masters (a Glitter Life favorite). The original recipe called for the addition of balsamic vinegar and fresh bread crumbs at the end. We don’t think you need either one…the brussels sprouts are SO GOOD on their own that we didn’t want to mask their flavor or beautiful color. But if you’re new to brussels sprouts (or you think your family will be weirded out by them), you may want to experiment by adding one or both of those ingredients to this recipe. Honestly, if you get fresh Brussels sprouts you can’t go wrong!

 

 

 

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doing good.

J: Last month Jay and I joined Chick Fil A + Feeding Children Everywhere at City of Refuge in Atlanta to package over 54,000 meals for families in need. No better feeling than giving back on a Saturday morning!

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ready to get to work!
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we had around 100 volunteers who divided into 10 at each station.
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our assembly line. I was the funneler…
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Jay on lentil duty.

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some of the meals packed and ready to go!
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and then we lunched.
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#targetstyle: our favorite fall finds

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You guys know we heart Target – it’s great style at great prices, areweright? Both of us own this Target sequined-collar plaid button-down from two years ago, and we’re bringing it back this season. And since we have Target on the brain, we linked our top picks from Target for fall over on Shop Style. Clickย this link to shop, or like our photo on Instagram (@glitter_blog_xo) today and you’ll get a shoppable email sent to your inbox.ย And check out our other posts featuring Target items here and hereย and here.

L Sequined Collar
love this shirt so much, i wore it last week too…with a topknot to show off the collar.
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’tis the season.

We woke up this past Sunday like it was Christmas morning… Sugar Paper Holiday for Target had ARRIVED. We legit couldn’t get our orders in fast enough. Here are a few of the gift-wrapping goods we scooped, but let’s be honest… we scooped pretty much everything.

Psssst Order today and get 10% off the prices below! 15% off if you order 3 items! Ridiculous…

Merry Must-Haves
star wrap | mitten wrap | bell tie ons | mint box | foil gift bag

Now, time to buy presents to wrap! Shouldn’t be a problem…

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friday five | best foot forward.

Fall. Has. ARRIVED. Is your wardrobe ready? Most specifically… your footwear? Let’s ensure you have a well-rounded shoe collection for Fall 2015:

Pumps | Go from day to night. Jeans to dresses. Whenever, wherever. Shakira Shakira. In these fun bow pumps.

hm pumps

Sneakers | Your get up and GO (in style) shoe.

Vans Slip On

Booties | Every girl needs a pair of tan suede booties for every day wear. A small, block heel is key for optimal comfort.

Lulu's Booties

Cut Out Booties | We’re obsessing over this trend. A super flattering twist on the classic bootie.

Lulu's how you slice it

Riding Boots | A closet staple every year. Go ahead and splurge on a good pair. They will never go out of style!

riding-boots

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