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outfit roundup 6.5.17

Happy MONDAY – welcome to a five-day week. Yay? I’m teaching Vacation Bible School all this week, so you may not see me much…but Jennifer is ready with lots of cute Insta posts! In the meantime, here’s a look back at our week…

Family Swimsuit Look The Glitter Life
jennifer’s swim top + bottom + sunnies // james’ swim trunks + rash guard

Jennifer and Jay celebrated Baby James’ first birthday last weekend. Jennifer has promised to share party details soon, but in the meantime you can check out her swim look: one-shoulder top // bottom // sunnies // similar sunnies.

Comfy Shorts Look The Glitter Life
striped tee // pull-on shorts // vegan suede baseball hat

Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit of a struggle. Vacations are nice, but there’s so much to do when you return to the real world! Also, RAIN. My Wednesday look says it all: comfy basics (my fave striped tee and these cute pull-on Madewell shorts) + coffee + trusty ball cap. My hat is from Dish comes in tons of colors – this one from Kohl’s is similar.

Striped Maxi The Glitter Life
the cutest maxi

Target always has a great selection of summer maxis, and this year is no different. Our picks: this striped one and this floral one. Both are under $30!

Brunch Table Setting The Glitter Life
stemless champs flutes // water carafe // cake stand // serving bowl // placemat // gold flatware // 16-piece place setting

Brunch is the most important meal of the day, so when Jennifer’s al fresco Sunday brunch was rained out yesterday, she just moved it inside. Honestly, I would have eaten outside in the rain if it meant using this amazing table setting! Palm print and gold flatware and beaded plates, oh my.

Swimsuit Cover Look The Glitter Life
strapless swim top // swim bottom // tassel earrings // sunnies

So, something exciting happened last week – my boys and I were on the cover of Moments Magazine! We had a blast shooting the cover, even though it was a challenge to get both boys to look in the same direction at the same time – witness my death-grip on Ed. I was flattered to be featured, and Joe and I are grateful for the opportunity to share our family’s story. You can read the article via ISSU here.

Moments Cover The Glitter Life
little joe (6), ed (1) and yours truly

I’m wearing my favorite bandeau swim top from Target (shop both pieces here), tassel earrings (see more of our fave tassel earrings here) and Toms Memphis sunglasses. The boys’ matching red Prodoh shorts are from local Statesboro store Bellies, Babies and Ballerinas.

Hope everyone has an amazing week – catch us on Insta! xo

Moments Photos Cred: Statesboro Herald

 

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weekend wrap up | chicago.

J: WOW. What a weekend. A group of girlfriends and I took over Chicago to celebrate Mary’s 30th. Here are a few snaps to sum it up:

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pre-flight presents! marge by mac for this Simpsons lover.
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first stop. pizza at Gino’s East.
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post pizza picture. <3
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annnd now we’re brunching. at chicago q. amazing.
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the cucumber margarita at bar takito is out of this world. highly recommend.
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until next time!
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friday five | the windy city.

J: You guys. Tomorrow is my friend Mary’s 30th birthday! YAY! Here we are the night Jay and I got engaged. I hope she has that same smile on her face all weekend long in CHICAGO.

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HBD, MARES <3

We’re skipping town to meet up with our girls, Anny and Shaili, in The Windy City. I can hardly contain my excitement.

With that, here are 5 things that are on our agenda this weekend. As you will see, we’re eating our way through the city. Reviews to follow after we’re back and recovered.

1. Gino’s East: Mary’s first birthday request… to eat pizza at Gino’s East. She says it’s the best. I’ll be the judge of that.

2. Tanta Chicago: We were lucky to land a reservation at this Peruvian hot spot. Let’s see what this cebiche is all about.

3. Chicago Q: Who doesn’t love a good BBQ joint? The bruleed macaroni and cheese is calling my name.

4. Bar Takito: Just the decor in this place looks so fun. Already dreaming of a cucumber margarita

5. Bottlefork: This will be me: “One bag of sour cream donut holes, please.”

I have my BFF and Chicagoan, Anny Kitchen, to thank for this amazing itinerary. Stay tuned for trip pics on our Instagram page!

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instagram diary.

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J + Jay finally moved into their new townhouse // Romes is worn out from heavy lifting // just a few of our favorite things #wine #nails // Jay had a birthday! // J + Jay with the photo cake at Kobe // Jay eating… Jay // Baby Joe’s chopsticks from J // L’s delicious dinner: blackened tilapia, parmesan risotto, spinach // L’s super cute mug from J c/o Anthropologie.

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instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Instagram Diary
we celebrated L’s birthday at Del Frisco’s // …the after party… // L’s birthday gift from J // distressed denim // J’s beauty purchase from Sephora // J and her friend Maggie at Sweetwater Brewery’s “Brew Your Cask Off” // amazing ahi tacos from Del Friscos // Mags playing dress up // hello, big city! can’t beat the view from Del Friscos patio // J spent Sunday afternoon with Jay’s niece Ellery and pup Riley // ahhh the red cups have arrived // scallop appetizer from Chops on Main in Statesboro (a much-needed date night after a week away) // baby joe the monkey

L spent last week in Atlanta, so we were able to do a little celebrating together. Love that. We’re gearing up for a busy week: stay tuned for a review of our experience at Roots Pressed Juices, our favorite holiday entertaining finds and a little dinner party how-to.

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baked macaroni and cheese.

Baby Joe turned three last week (maybe you heard?), and when L asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he said “macaroni and cheese!” This baked macaroni and cheese turned out perfectly and will definitely make an appearance again.

The Glitter Life Mac and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese by Alton Brown

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard (don’t have any on hand? no big deal. just leave it out.)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
  • Temper in the egg. (Don’t know how to do that? Learn how here.) Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

This was DELICIOUS and can totally be made ahead. Just cover, refrigerate and bake when ready. Add a few extra minutes of baking time if it comes out of the refrigerator. Read more here.

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