Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Misha Mendicino Take II

Posted by Devin

As Tara mentioned in her last fashion post, we are attending Phoenix Fashion Week this week. Eep! We are super excited! We can't wait to see what all of the up-and-coming designers have in store for us! Keep your eye on our Instagram and Facebook feeds for our updates from the runway this Thursday night. :)

One of the designers we have fallen in love with this year is Misha Mendicino. Last week we visited with Misha in Phoenix to check out her studio and pick up a few dresses, which we will be wearing to Misha's show on Thursday. Tara chose the Short Santorini Dress and I chose the Long Santorini Dress, shown here. Tara and I have similar tastes, lol.

Misha's dresses have "elegant resort wear" written all over them, or "resort couture," as Misha calls it. I just want to grab a tall glass of lemonade and a good book, put on my sunnies, and go relax by the pool when I slip this dress on. Which is exactly what I intend to do in Mexico in a few weeks! Woohoo! This dress is for sure coming with me on that trip.

If you haven't heard of Misha before, you can check her out on Facebook, Instagram, or her website to learn more about her clothing line and her philanthropic efforts to help save elephants, which happen to be her design logo. And if you are looking for an extremely comfortable and beautiful dress to wear to the beach or resort, I highly recommend checking out her on-line store. Thanks so much for stopping by!

What I Wore:
Long Santorini Dress - Misha Mendicino
Heels - Ross
Turquoise Choker & Cuff - Gift

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy // Style Elixir // Because Shanna Said So // Trend Spin LinkUp // Three-fer Thursday //

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Monday, September 29, 2014

10 Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Posted by Tara

I promised after I did the apple recipe roundup that I would do a pumpkin one. So here it is!! Here are 10 delicious fall recipes that should be on your to-do list this week! They are in no particular order, but the first one is my "go-to" pumpkin recipe that I use all fall/winter long!


Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out all of the blogs featured for other amazing recipes! I follow most of these ladies, and they really are talented in the cooking department!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finds Linky Party #2

LinkyMain2-04 Woohoo! On to Week #2 of the Friday Finds Linky Party! We absolutely LOVED the links you guys posted last week and can't wait to see what you have for us this week!!! Here are our top picks:

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Spooky Sodas on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
Spooky Sodas from Shaken Together
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Fall Wreath on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
Fall Wreath from Blooming Homestead
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Farmhouse Table Makeover on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
Farmhouse Table Makeover from The Diary of Dave's Wife
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M&M Straw Game on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
M&M Straw Game from Fun on a Dime
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Wood Hedgehog Place Cards and Cupcake Stand on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
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Butcher Block Countertop on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
Butcher Block Countertop from Cherished Bliss
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Geometric Heart Wall Art on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
Geometric Heart Wall Art from the Bold Abode
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Hexagon Wooden Fall Wreath on Friday Finds #FridayFinds
Hexagon Wooden Fall Wreath on Cherished Bliss

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Egg Stand

Posted by Devin

As many of you know, we started raising chickens for eggs in our backyard last Spring. Our boys quickly fell in love with our 8 little chicks and we discovered that chickens are really fun pets to have! The whole family has enjoyed watching them grow and playing with them in the yard, it has been such a fun project with the boys.

But somehow or other we quickly went from 8 chickens to 21! That's right, 21! We became the official chicken adoption family of the neighborhood and ended up taking in an extra 13 chickens. Whoa! We had plenty of room in our coop and plenty of boys to help take care and love on the extra chickens, but what, we asked ourselves, were we going to do with all of the eggs from so many chickens?! And that's when we had the idea for The Egg Stand. We decided to let the boys start their own little business selling the extra eggs. What a great opportunity to teach the boys about money, hard work, and running a business.

We bought the boys a little notebook to keep track of their sales and expenditures. It's awesome watching Connor (the self proclaimed money manager) learn how to balance a budget and keep track of an income. We also registered the boys with our state's Department of Agriculture to be official egg sellers and got signed on with a local Farmer's Market so they can have their own stand this Fall through Spring to sell their eggs. We can't wait!

We have been collecting egg cartons and the boys are now painting and decorating them to use for selling. After the cartons have been painted, they add a sticker with a custom stamp we got from Tiny Prints!

The custom stamp adds the perfect touch to their little egg cartons. It reads "The Egg Stand - Eggs From Chickens Who Are Loved - 85326." I love that they get to have their business slogan on there along with our zip code (got to represent, right?). The self-inking feature is awesome and the stamp design is just so cute! We plan on using the stamp for little business cards when the boys go to the market, as well.

Although we haven't started the markets yet, the boys are already getting plenty of business from family, friends, and members of the community who love fresh eggs from Nest Run chickens. There is actually quite a demand for these eggs! I am so excited about this great learning experience for the boys. If you would like to follow the boys' journey, you can check out their Instagram account: @theeggstand .

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Just Us Four // Practically Functional // Fluster Buster // Moonlight and Mason Jars //

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Designer Dress at Sunset

Posted by Tara

Phoenix Fashion Week is next week and Devin and I are lucky enough to be able to attend this year! We loved going to the Shop Garment District where we had the chance to meet the designers for the show. One of the first designers we met was Misha Mendicino. She was absolutely adorable and we LOVED all of the elephants in her designs.

Misha designs with her elephant logo because she wants to make a difference in the lives of elephants. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will aid in anti-poaching efforts and help fund the elephant orphanage and nursery. Isn't that amazing!? For more information on how you can help or details visit : http://www.mishamendicinodesigns.com/Our-Story_ep_43.html

Let me tell you about Misha's line of dresses. These dresses are perfect for Arizona. They are light and flowy: something you could wear ALL summer long! You could throw any of her dresses over a bathing suit and they are perfectly suited for lounging at a resort (I plan to next month in Mexico). They are incredibly comfortable, but can be dressed up for a night out as well!

I wore some black wedges with mine to dress it up, but you can also wear your favorite pair of sandals for a day in town. It's so versatile. I need to mention that her dresses are very reasonably priced. I love that I can buy a dress that has been designed and made with such care and get a good price for it!

Thanks for check out my dress this week and be sure to come back next week for all the pictures and post from Phoenix Fashion Week!

What I Wore:
Shoes: Target 
Earrings: Nickel and Suede

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Monday, September 22, 2014

25 Truths About Boys

Posted By Devin

As most of you know, I am mother to four little boys; ages 10, 9, 6, and 4. Tara has four boys of similar ages herself so between the two of us you might say we are something of "boy experts." And over the past 10 years of raising sons, I have learned a thing or two that I thought I would share with all of you. Perhaps you might be expecting a new little baby boy to your family? If so, pay attention, because here are my 25 Truths About Boys.

Truth #1 - Things get lost. Often. - I really don't think boys can be bothered with little details like where their water bottle or jacket or shoes might be, they have too many other things to do like climb a tree or kick a ball around. Besides, mom can just buy new stuff, right?

Truth #2 - They get hurt. A lot. - Scraped knees, bruised shins, splinters in palms, fat lips, black eyes... If you're gonna have little boys around, make sure you have an ample first aid kit.

Truth #3 - They love cereal at night. This never changes.

Truth #4 - Sometimes they just need to where a cape. Everywhere.

Truth #5 - They horde treasures. - And anything and everything can be a "treasure." Rocks, twigs, seashells, coins, tiny beads and craft materials they find on the floor at Hobby Lobby... these all apply. You will find these collections stashed in various places and you will be absolutely forbidden to throw them out.

Truth #6 - If you throw anything out, you will never hear the end of it. - Make sure to hide your Goodwill box, or they will pull everything right back out of it. If something is going into the garbage, stuff it down in there good and out of sight or they will pull it right back out too. And then they will look at you with those sad, puppy dog eyes brimming with tears in a way that clearly says "you have betrayed me mother." Sigh...

Truth #7 - You have to beg them to bathe, but once they're in there they will refuse to come out.

Truth #8 - There is nothing more fun than wrestling with their dad. Nothing.

Truth #9 - A single frog can keep them entertained for hours.

Truth #10 - They love fire. - I'm not sure who came up with the saying "like moths to a flame," it should really be "like boys to a flame."

Truth #11 - They WILL have a cars-obession stage. - If someone you know is going to be having a boy, you should just take Hot Wheels to the baby shower. They're going to need them and they're going to need a lot because toy cars are another of those frequently lost items...

Truth #12 - Going shirtless is always preferred. - Unless it's snowing. Weeeellll... nah, shirtless is still preferred.

Truth #13 - They love plastic bugs. And those suckers are gonna scare the crap out of you.

Truth #14 - They love real bugs. And those suckers are gonna scare the crap out of you.

Truth #15 - If you buy them a Nerf gun, the bullets will multiply and spread like a bad disease. - You will be finding them all over your house, car, yard, roof, etc. for the Rest. Of Your. Life.

Truth #16 - There are no shoes that are cooler than boots.

Truth #17 - They would rather live in a self-made fort than the Taj Majal.

Truth #18 - If they see a flower, they WILL pick it for you. - Which is the sweetest thing EVER and makes your momma-heart swell but is also a bit of a problem when it's straight out of the florist display at the store.

Truth #19 - They all know how to make gun and car and farting noises. - It's, like, in their DNA or something. No one ever teaches them, they just know how to do it. Oh, and they also know how to burp on demand.

Truth #20 - They like video games. - And if you never tell them to stop, they never will. You have been warned.

Truth #21 - Goggles are fun to wear whether there's water involved or not.

Truth #22 - They're loud. - If they're not loud, find them immediately. Something bad and potentially destructive is in the works.

Truth #23 - They always prefer to pee outside.  Again, this never changes.

Truth #24 - With that being said, good luck with potty training. It's a doozy.

Truth #25 - They love hugs and kisses and squeezes and snuggles. Don't let them fool you. They do.

Little boys are incredibly sweet and funny and energetic and loving and creative and messy all wrapped up into one awesome little person.  They have my heart and I couldn't love them more! If you are blessed enough to have a little boy in your life (or perhaps, 4?), squeeze them tight, soak in all of the fun, and enjoy the ride!

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Fluster Buster // Practically Functional // Just Us Four // The Creative Collection // Pink When //

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