F.A.T. Night

Here’s the scoop on F.A.T. night… My brilliant friend Britney was inspired by a show she was watching that had this idea of F.A.T. Night. (Friends And Time) so she hit the rest of us up and we were all in. Once a month (we do a certain Friday of every month) one of us hosts, picks the theme and does the main dish and beverages. We each brought a yummy dish that fits the theme and voila! The best part was that ONLY the hostess can have her phone for a few photos at the beginning, everyone else turns theirs in at the door. Husbands knew ahead of time and were a little “meh” about it; but once they saw the food they happily complied! Wow did that one aspect make a huge difference! Britney hosted our first F.A.T. night; she chose Italian, plus they have the best pizza oven found here I am saving my $$$ to grab one. Here is another that was recommended as well for half the price. It makes delish pizza with perfect crust. The Pizzas are on the prettiest marble lazy Susans… she has six but they host pizza night a lot! I want 2 for myself, just because… they’re found here. Here lovely marble chargers found here for a 4 pack for $19.99! Marble Coasters with gold edge Here. Cute set of 7 vases for $35 found Here. My favorite huge marble and wood Charcuterie board is almost 2 ft in diameter and only $59 found here. The black slate ones are awesome too and come with soapstone chalk, found here. similar square white serving set of 3 found here. Gorgeous Williams and Sonoma everyday napkin found here– $16 for 4.

NOW onto the FOOD. Oh it was delish, I thought I would share a few of the recipes below! The pizza crust is Britneys husbands secret recipe; I haven’t gotten him to budge yet so I will link a good one from the food network found here (for now….) As for toppings the sky is the limit, they were all good. The key is to find the freshest local ingredients possible!

Salad- Dole Caesar salad kit.

Caprese: Gather up your fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and top with Trader Joes Balsamic Glaze (we all used it because its YUMMMM haha)

Honeyed Goat cheese and strawberry bruschetta found here

Salted Honey Lemon Gelato

The Salt, Lemon, and honey come togeher in perfect harmony for this Valters copycat recipe. (Valters is an amazing italian restaurant in Salt Lake City UT)
5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6
Author: Kylee Pickering

Ingredients

  • 1 Quart Lemon Gelato (we buy at our local Grocer who makes their gelato in house)
  • 1/2 Quart Sweet Cream Gelato (again at our local grocery store)
  • 1-2 tsp. Course Sea Salt
  • 1-2 Tbls Local Honey

Instructions

  • Add 1-2 T. of sweet cream gelato in the bottom of each dish
  • Add 1-2 scoops lemon Gelato on top of sweet cream Gelato
  • Add a pinch of salt to each serving
  • Drizzle honey on top

Wild Mushroom Bruschetta With Truffled Ricotta

Melt in your mouth bruschetta with just the right amount of truffle.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bruschetta, mushroom
Servings: 8
Author: Kylee Pickering

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Lb. Wild Mushrooms (oyster, cremini, mitake, etc.)
  • 1 Baguette sliced on bias
  • 1/2 C. Ricotta
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Parsley, rosemary or any herb you like
  • 1 tsp Truffle Sea Salt more to taste
  • 1-2 Tbls Trader Joes Balsamic Glaze or any other you prefer

Instructions

  • Brush Baguette slices with olive oil and toast in the oven (broil works but watch your oven for timing so they dont burn) .
  • Tear mushrooms, toss in bowl with olive oil, herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread on cookie sheet and roast on 400 until mushrooms begin to caramelize.
  • While mushrooms roast, mix truffle salt into ricotta and add more to taste. Spread ricotta mixture on Baguette
  • Top with hot mushrooms, drizzle Balsamic glaze on top. Serve immediately.

Where to shop for Tween & Teen Clothing!

Hey Hallie Here! I am taking over my moms blog today to help all of you shop for us “awkward in-between teenagers” (I am in fact, 13 though for the record, so I’m officially a teenager… just ask my mother:) We all know how hard it can be to shop for our age, I mean my gosh… I used to be the tallest in my grade or at least one of the tallest, and now I am a shrimp! Someone tell me what is happening? (before you ask, yes we did all go to maturation… and I do actually know what is happening;) Okay enough with that. I love to shop, so much that my friends mom had me come over to school shop for her too! It was almost like double the clothes!!!

Ok here I go- from left to right Kaia ( grew like 10 feet last year and made the cut into women sizes! We have all been trying to fit into them for a while now;) shirt $8: here Paper bag shorts sold out, but I also love this pair Shoes (platform Vans) Here Next in the center is petite Ava who is still in smaller sizes, and her outfit was picked by yours truly! Shirt is here and on sale for $8! Skirt is also on sale with a code now too! find it here shoes from Vans… Ava can still fit into kids sizes so they’re only $35 here. And I am wearing a Romper… still kids size 12 found here (my shirt is just an old one sorry… and platform style vans for me too of course found here
Ok now for our next outfits! Lets start with Kaia again, she is wearing this super cute vans shirt, you can find it here, the skirt is from Zara but is out of stock ( sorry ) and shoes are here. Next is me I’m wearing this cute top, find it here jeans: cotton on, found here ( mine are a women’s size 2… Yeah I am super proud of it! they are kaias, I prob need a 0 because they’re a tad long) shoes are the same as above. Ava’s shirt found at H&M for $9! Skirt: Old Navy $22 here but I think there are tons of coupon codes right now to get it for less!
Kaia has a shirt from the cutest shop called Indy Brand Clothing skirt is a little on the spendy side from free people… (at least thats what our moms say) but its here for $50… maybe you can get it for yourself instead;) Small size Fjallraven bag perfect for all our after school shenanigans found here It’s also a little pricey ($70) but I am asking for one for Christmas as it is the MUST have at school… at least here in good ol’ Utah. My pants are the best from Zara in size 11/12, found here And shirt from Zara as well found here its almost gone though, I will try to find another!
We finished off the shoot at Swig for a cookie and yummy drink in our matching
E&Hco hair scarves!
And the moms who buy our crap for us, and take the photos. And they both ordered stupid sparkling water drinks that taste like radio static… ick. (I saw that on Pinterest and was laughing so hard!) Thanks mom and Janeia!
Over and OUT.
-Hallie

Secret…

I have been a Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant fan for years now… I actually started using it around the time Jeff and I started dating because I couldn’t stand to feel like I needed deodorant or that I was going to get nervous or sweat… I hate that feeling! I was so excited when Secret reached out because it is a product I already use and love! Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid goes on smooth and dry, and truly keeps me dry and smelling fresh all day, and I don’t have to reapply or worry about sweating. I am constantly on the go and have a tendency to put myself outside of my comfort zone often which can work up an unexpected sweat. Especially with my job as a celebrity hairstylist, the last thing I want is to be up in their faces smelling horrible or feeling sweaty.As many of you know I just had my 5th baby 4 months ago in march- I am super proud of myself for being consistent in picking back up with my BBG workouts since my baby was 6 weeks old, and I have lost all but 5 lbs of my baby weight from doing it. I am not trying to be a super athlete or have the perfect body, I want to feel my best both mentally and physically, if I am being honest- I am not one who likes to work out AT ALL- so being disciplined with my workouts and forcing myself to make the time and get it done even though I do not want to makes me feel extra strong mentally… it helps me remember that I can do hard things. I love that I was able to partner with Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant- located at CVS.

Sponsored by Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant

Our Favorite Carseat

This Cybex Sirona M Carseat is seriously high tech! Not only is Scotty super comfy in it, it features state of the art sensors that alert me on both my phone and from a receiver my car. It allows me to be worry free and hands free while I’m driving. This has all the things I look for with both safety and comfort. As a busy mom of 5 I dont want to worry about any added things like if my 12 year old buckled the car seat correctly while helping me get out the door in the morning.

 

we love our Cybex Sirona M and I love that she can face forward once that time comes. Thank you Kindly cyber for sponsoring this post!

Brickyard & Buffalo Maternity Guest Editor Week

I am thrilled to be the guest editor this week over at Brickyard & Buffalo!

I have rounded up a bunch of my favorite shops for maternity and baby, Brickyard and Buffalo

offers these favorite things at a a discount for the week while I am guest editor! I will link them all here!

First This Darling Wendy Anne Moses Basket These are on sale for $150 this week only. Also all of these

stunning pics were taken by one of the most talented newborn and maternity photographers in UT

Amber DeHaas Photography

 

And look at my cute model niece at two weeks old so comfy in it. I love the fact that I can easily move this basket around the home! Another pick is this gorgeous Minky Couture pink blanket I laid down inside the Moses basket for added snuggle factor! they are $40 this week which is 40% off! One thing I love about this is that its large enough for me to use for those late night feedings when its a little chilly!

Bahhh I am dead over my new niece… she is SO sweet. She is swaddled in the cutest organic cotton swaddles from Plum and Sparrow for $12 (40% off) Also one of my picks for this week! I love that these are gentle on baby and stay put… and they’re oh so soft!

Next on the list- These adorable Cozy’s White star knotted gowns for 20% off… these are SO soft I can’t even tell you! 

Comes in black as well. I really really need like 5, haha! I also love these knotted gowns from Brickyard and buffalo, they are 60% off retail! steal of a deal!

 

And because I own these joggers in 4 different prints, you know I had to add them to the lineup this week! They are amazing and can be worn out and about or just at home! Plus Pockets… say no more!

Another BB pick are these adorable Annie swing dresses for my little girls! I can’t leave them off the deal week! they are so pretty and only $12.99 for the week! Aren’t they cute?

Remember when ring around the Rosies was fun? LOL, I am getting old. So now that we are in the girls room I am so excited to show you my FAVE wallpaper ever! Shop B darling wallpaper is 100% removable and damage free so you can dress up a wall or an entire room even if you’re renting! and they are totally up to date with the styles. Cannot say enough good things about them! on sale for 25% off here! Bedroom photos below: Barbie Decker

    

Next up: I LOVE the softness of Turkish towels for baby and toddlers, on sale for almost 70% off- $9.99

Another amazing swaddle from Modern Burlap: on sale for 50% off this week! I can’t wait to wrap my baby girl up in this fresh print!

Now- nursing… I love that this next item doubles as a scarf! How handy is that from Bebe Au Lait, on sale for 30% off!

I did a great job pretend nursing didn’t I?! Serious I think this is just brilliant. Another item I am so excited about are these awesome cups! I literally am in shock at how much less I am running my dishwasher… kids, at least my kids, LOVE to dirty every cup in the house while getting their cups of water during the day! These are on sale this week for 20% off best thing ever!

  

Alright, this long sleeve dress is wonderful for maternity, or just normal! I just sized up one size and viola- maternity! on sale for 50% off here.

    

Since I don’t fit in my regular clothes at the moment I love to splurge on jewelry when I’m pregnant and need to shop… these Little Sycamore earrings are a fast favorite, I love that each piece is custom and handmade!

Last but not least I love stretchy dual Carseat/nursing covers! They are almost 60% off this week and you know I just love me some black and white prints! Found here- $14.99 is a steal! I couldn’t get my own pic yet because I am waiting on my new carseat in the mail!

I always LOVE working with Brickyard and Buffalo, they are so kind and I love the deals so much! Hope you all score some great stuff this week!