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My current outfit is on major repeat!! Raise your hand if you love a good workout outfit! These shorts are my very favorite pair! They’re great for everything from downward dog pose in yoga to running after cute kiddos! The waistband is wide and sit at a very comfortable mid-rise position. They also have full pockets! How awesome is that? The top is one of my new favs as well! It’s long enough to tuck and can easily be worn with shorts or leggings! Linking my favorite sneakers too! For reference, I’m wearing a medium in the top and bottoms. Hurry only a few sizes left and marked way down!!

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Shorts | Top | Shoes

 

Today’s top was a nursing friendly find from my favorite online store! I love how cool it is in the summer with its waffle weave, and button front! It’s a little hard to tell, but I tied the bottom into the cutest knot! These shorts are also a favorite. High rise and you’ll definitely want to size up one since they run a bit small. My slides are super comfy, and super affordable! I love how they give just a little sparkle to my outfit! My ring sling is sold out, but I’ve linked other options for you as well!

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Top | Shorts | Slides | Ring Sling

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My favorites:

 

Booby (solid)

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Covey (Chambray) 

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Northern Mockingbird (Chambray)

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Honeybird  (Chambray)

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Kolea (Modal)

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Lava Gull (Modal)

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Roseate (Modal)

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If you have any questions about the fabrics, feel free to send me a message! Happy Shopping!

 

xo,

Christine

Dresses for Spring!

The weather has finally warmed up here, and we’re heading to the beach soon to celebrate the end of busy season! So that means its time to start looking for dresses! Many of these would be great for weddings, bridal showers, Easter, Mother’s Day or just to take on vacation!

I’ve tried to select reasonably priced dresses, all of the dresses are under $100, most are under $50! I love all of these dresses and rompers, they remind me of winter melting away with their bold colors and fresh floral patterns.

 

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Floral Dress | Nude Pumps | Bamboo Bag | Statement Earrings

 

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Side Plunge Halter Dress | Pump Sandals | Statement Earrings |Neutral Clutch

 

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Romper | Sandal | Earrings | Clutch | Earrings

 

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Striped Maxi |Neutral Clutch | Earrings| Slip on Sandals | Earrings

 

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Romper | Caramel Sandals | Hat | Bag | Earrings

More fun spring dresses…

 

Floral | Stripes |Purple

 

White Floral | Blue Stripes | Green

White mules and sandals are perfect for this time of year, here are a few fun styles.

Greece Sandal|Bay Cutout Slide Sandal | Mule | Clara Mule

 

I love these neutral handbags to pair with the bold stripes and lots of pops of color of the dresses and rompers this spring. I’d recommend a liner with the bamboo clutch.

 

Leather Clutch | Small Round Bag | Larger Round Bag | Bamboo Clutch

There are so many affordable statement earrings to choose from, its so hard to pick only one! Which is your favorite?

 

I hope you’ll enjoy being outdoors this spring! If you try any of these outfits, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #delightfulsouthernmoments

 

xo,

Christine

 

My Favorite Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day!


We are so ready for Valentine’s Day!

One of my very favorite gifts I received when my husband and I first met was a box of chocolate covered strawberries from one of those fancy retailers! How could he already know me so well to pick such a wonderful gift? I felt like such a lucky girl.

Fast forward years later, chocolate covered strawberries might still be one of my favorite treats. I’m sharing my super easy recipe so you can make them at home too!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • 12 Large Strawberries
  • ¬Ĺ Package of White Chocolate Chips, Carob Chips, or Dark Chocolate Chips; plus 1 tbsp of contrast shade for decorating
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Sprinkles, Edible Pearls or other Edible Decorations

 

  1. Wash strawberries, patting dry or allow to air dry
  2. Reserve 1 tbsp of chocolate chips (for drizzling)
  3. Combine chocolate chips and 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl
  4. Heat in microwave on melt or 50% power for 1 minute, and mix; add additional 30 seconds until melted (can also add more vegetable oil for carob chips)
  5. Dip Strawberries, one at a time into the melted chocolate and place on cookie sheet or parchment lined tray

Repeat until all strawberries have been covered in chocolate

  1. Melt the reserved contrasting color, and drizzle onto the covered strawberries, or sprinkle on edible decorations
  2. Place strawberries into refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving

 

Consume within 3-5 days for best taste!

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These would go really well with our favorite Valentine’s Day date ideas, espeically a cozy night in with your significant other!

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We love to hear from you! Share with us your favorite treats for Valentine’s Day, is it something you buy, or something you make?

 

xo,

Christine

10 Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas for a Memorable Valentine’s Day

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Before we started a family, and before we got married, my husband and I dated. We went on a wide variety dates including a few very special trips overseas. These days our dating budget is a little more limited. But having a family budget, doesn’t mean couples shouldn’t stop dating!

I’m sharing a few of our very favorite budget friendly date ideas, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I hope these inspire you to enjoy the company of your significant other, no matter what your budget!

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1 // Cozy date night in: Discover Your Love Languages

I wouldn’t recommend this as a first date, but if you’ve been seriously dating your significant other, engaged, or married for any number of years, you can’t go wrong with this cozy date night in idea. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts is such an amazing book, but you don’t have to purchase the book to have a cozy date night in together! You can take the quiz here¬†and talk about your individual love languages. It’s a great way to get closer.

2 // Classic Date Night: Wine and Art Museum Tour

We love our local art museum, it’s such a treasure. On Friday nights they have a wine bar, and once a month do a docent lead tour of the permanent collection. Even if you can’t catch a tour, most museums have options for self guided tours, and visiting exhibits!

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3 // Twist on the Classic: Champaign and Chocolate Tasting

You can stick to a budget, and still enjoy a high end date. Often smaller, local restaurants will let you bring your own bottle of wine, including sparkling wine. With a small corking fee you can enjoy your favorite bottle of bubbly with your restaurant dinner! We have a local Chocolate Factory that offers bean-to-bar chocolate, delectable sipping cocoa, and silky ganache! Its the perfect place to enjoy a date night!

4 // Volunteer Together at a Food Pantry

Volunteering at a food pantry is a great way to spend time with your significant other! If you’ve never volunteered before, give it a try. My hubby and I use to spend a lot of time volunteering at our local food bank, and I always felt like we grew closer together after our time volunteering. We enjoy volunteering at this food pantry.

5 // Take a Cooking Class

If you’ve never taken a cooking class, it’s something you should try at least once. Learning a new cooking skill can be fun and challenging. You can learn to cook with wine, or date night meals from Paris, French desserts or even brunch meals! There are so many options to choose from! Check to see if you have a class near you!

6 // Head to the Batting Cages

Looking for a different kind of date night? Guys love to do activities with their significant others, including hitting the batting cages. Even if you’re not a Babe Ruth, it’s still a really fun way to get out of your comfort zone and connect with your partner.

7 // Compete in your own Go-Kart Race

Ready, set, go! Are you and your sweetie the competitive type? Reve your engines and let loose at closed course go-kart racing track! We love this track.

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8 // Plan a Hike at a Local Park

One of our favorite ways to spend time together while we were dating was to go on group hikes. Spending time outside in nature is such a great way to relieve stress and get some much needed fresh air for those of us stuck inside all day! When the days are shorter, like in winter, parks tend to close a little earlier than in the longer summer days. As long as you plan around this it should a a really fun date! Bonus points if you pop into a local brewery after to share a beer!

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9 // Picnic in a Botanical Garden

Another favorite date of ours that never gets old is visiting our local botanical garden! Bring along snacks, or even a meal for dining¬†alfresco, or eating outside to linger a little longer in the gardens! We’ve been enjoying a bit of a warm spell in the south and now’s the perfect time to take your meals outside while there are no bugs!

10 // Game Night

Did you have game nights in college? How about during camp, or on retreats when you were younger? Why not do it again? Many of us met our significant other while in college, or shortly after. Dates don’t have to be expensive to be fun, pull out a pack of cards and play poker or Blackjack. There are tons of great two player games too that you can play while the kids are in bed for a date-night-in!¬† We love to play this quick and easy game, this one that’s a bit more challenging or even this classic one that always brings on the giggles!

 

Budget Friendly Date Night

 

We LOVE hearing from you! Comment below if you tried any of these date night ideas, or if we missed one of your favorite ways to spend time with your significant other!

xo,

Christine

What I’ll be Packing in my Hospital Bag for Baby #2

What do you do first, pack your hospital bag, or prepare a nursery? Get ready to pack your bags mama with these essentials!

Experts recommend to have your bags (one for you, and baby) packed and in your car by¬†35 weeks. (Taxi-taking moms ‚ÄĒ stash your bags in the front hall closet.) This list is meant to be helpful, so please don’t think you have to have everything on this list! Since this is our second baby, we’ve got a much better idea this time around of what to bring, and what to leave behind!

Also, a tip for the thrifty: Ask your hospital what they provide for babies and mothers, and take those items off your list.

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Must-Haves for Mama:

[ ] Insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)

[ ] A warm robe or sweater (you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause if need be)

[¬†]¬†2¬†maternity bras¬†‚ÄĒ no underwire, with no padding, we love this one

[¬†]¬†Toiletries and personal items ‚ÄĒ hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)

[ ] Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips)

[ ] Cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people to call after birth, prepaid calling card (if your hospital doesn’t allow cell phones)

[ ] Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size; an open front cardigan, nursing camisole, and / or nursing top and flat shoes

[ ] 2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks and slip-on hard sole slippers that can get ruined (for walking the halls indoor before and after labor)

[ ] Eyeglasses and/ or contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)

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What to Bring For Baby:

[ ] Approved car seat

[ ] Nursing pillow (your lactation consultant can help you position baby if you plan to nurse)

[ ] A coming-home outfit

[ ] Warm blankets (for the ride home)

[ ] Outdoor gear like a snowsuit and hat, as seasonally appropriate (remember, babies are extra sensitive to cold)

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Hubby’s List:

[ ] A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner

 

Optional Items it for Mama:

[ ] Very light reading (think magazines)

[ ] Your MP3 player (loaded with your favorite tunes, of course)

[ ] Massage oil and tools like rolling pins or tennis balls, and lucky or inspirational objects for labor

[ ] Pen and paper

[ ] Lip balm (hospitals tend to have dry air)

[ ] Camera, film or extra memory card, battery or charger

[ ] A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human) how cute is this one?

[ ] Nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you might appreciate the support and leak-protection)

[ ] Your favorite brand of face wash, shampoo and conditioner (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky) makeup (as if), lotion

[ ] A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs that can be worn)

[ ] Protein bar or other favorite snacks

 

Leave at Home:

[ ] Any clothes or nighties you really like (they could get ruined)

[ ] Stopwatch (your nurse or a monitor will take care of timing contractions)

[ ] Heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re super picky)

[ ] Fluffy Slippers (they will get dirty)

[  ] Extra pillow (unless you’re ok with one that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)

[ ] Your own bathing towel (of course the hospital will provide small towels)

[ ] Hairdryer (the hospital will provide, so leave at home unless you absolutely must have your own, this one is really awesome)

[ ] Breast pump, (the hospital should have one you can borrow)

 

Did we miss any of your ‘must haves?’ What would you add? Let us know in the comments below!

 

xo,

Christine

 

 

 

Gift Guide for Parents and the In-Laws

The Holidays are filled with joy and thanksgiving! Finding the right gift for everyone in your family shouldn’t stress you. As long as it comes from the heart, all parents will be thankful you thought of them. Some of my parents favorite gifts were items we made for them. If you’re looking for a few things to send, or wrap under the tree, I’m sharing my picks with you here!

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This might just be my very favorite gift on this list. A kitchen with a dutch oven makes a very happy cook. On a cream-colored backing, with a graceful spill of gold leaves and a gold-toned knobby this beautiful Le Creuset dutch oven is exclusive to Crate and Barrel.

 

 

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Fresh coffee in the morning is at the top of almost everyone’s list. I personally love having fresh ground coffee each morning with my coffee. This Grind & Brew is perfect for the coffee drinker, you can fill up the hopper on top once a week, and set a timer for fresh coffee each morning!

 

 

For the mama that loves cozy things, give her a plush teddy bear robe, cozy fur slippers, or pom-pom ballet slippers a faux fur eye mask and the softest pom-pom throw!

 

 

Entertaining is a breeze, and even more stylish with these fun gifts! I love this beautiful carafe, marble platter, and corkcicle for chilling white wine. And can we talk about how perfect this modular serving platter is?

 

 

 

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If you’re looking for a useful gift with a classic look, this Analog Weather Station, with Galileo Thermometer, a Precision Quartz Clock, and Barometer and Hygrometer will be the perfect edition to a study or living room.

 

 

 

 

 

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The perfect edition to a game room, a deluxe wood dart cabinet and chalkboard scoreboard, will bring a touch of class.

 

 

 

Instead of trendy electronics, consider these useful items! Drug free pain relief¬†from this T.E.N.S. Massager with Heat is portable can can be used anywhere! How about a way to clean eye glasses? This¬†ultra sonic eye glass cleaner¬†will remind them how thoughtful you are ever time they drop their glasses into a simple bath of water for a quick clean! As we age, our hair thins, but LED light in this specialized hair brush boosts cell energy for thicker, healthier hair. With all the sever weather we’ve had in the south, parents will be thankful for an¬†emergency solar hand crank radio, reliable and never needs batteries! For the foodie that has everything, this kitchen scale¬†will make baking, meal prep and more to the next level!

 

 

yogurt

 

We all know we should be eating more fermented foods, and with this yogurt maker parents can make their own!

 

 

 

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A wonderful part of Christmas is the magic of the holidays are all the treats and delicious desserts. How perfect would this cake stand and dome be on the holiday table?

 

 

 

 

 

Do your in-laws or parents love to travel? These personalized gifts will make them smile when you open them! A bottle bag for the beer drinker that has everything, luggage tags that won’t fall off after one flight, and a compact jewelry portfolio to bring a few special items.

 

What items would you add? Any favorites that we missed? Comment below!

 

xo,

Christine