Fashion Friday- It’s All in the Details

Even the simplest piece can be amazing if it has that little detail that makes it special. Whether that’s an awesome print, embellishment or a bit of lace, that one great detail can make a “basic” piece so fun.

I’ve realized that those “basic” pieces also end up being some of my favorites. They are definitely the foundation of my wardrobe- I find myself reaching for my military jacket with metal embellishments, a simple skirt in bright blue, or my favorite white shirt with gold detailing more than anything else in my closet.

With that in mind, here are some great basics that are just a bit unusual and fun. Enjoy!

Top with Rhinestones


So pretty!

Crochet Backpack 


We found this at Target and it’s actually cuter in person than on the website- if that’s possible. I’m not totally sure about how I’d do with a white-ish backpack – I’d always be afraid it would get dirty. I guess that’s a risk that I’d just have to live with 😉

Crochet Detail Skirt


This seems like a great, simple skirt and I love the crocheting along the waistline.

Aztec Empire Embroidered Sweatshirt


The perfect way to fancy-up a simple sweatshirt.

Cheetah Ballet Flats


We’re on the hunt for a perfect pair of leopard print (or in this case, cheetah print :)) flats for my mom. Just another example of how a basic, wardrobe staple, like a pair of ballet flats, can be taken up a notch with a fun print.

Romantics Gigi Tee


Ahhhhh….so pretty.

Bow Belt


I love me a good waist belt. This is one that I received for Christmas, and I really like it. The picture makes it look shinier than it really is- the leather is doesn’t look nearly as fake. It’s a perfect, simple belt to wear with dresses and skirts and the bow makes it fun and girly.

Street Fair Top

street fair top

Cute! Perfect with jeans, boots and an adorable cardigan.

St. Barths Printed  Dress


This dress doesn’t look like a basic, but the cut is totally a classic- the beautiful print is definitely what makes the dress special. I also love the neckline.



Apple Crisp Muffins

Apple Crisp Muffins 1 - My Daughter and I

These muffins are delicious, hearty and not too sweet. We made ours using green apples, if you used a different variety of apple, they would be sweeter. I wouldn’t say they are exactly health food, but with the addition of unsweetened applesauce you use less fat and less sugar than some muffin recipes. They are great for breakfast on the go. The topping is crunchy and sweet and delicious!

Apple Crisp Muffins 2 - My Daughter and I

Apple Crisp Muffins
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups to 2 cups chopped apple, about 2 medium

Crisp topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Line muffin tin with liners and then lightly spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl mix together butter, oil, sugars, and applesauce until combined, mixture will look curdled. Add egg and vanilla and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Remove 2 T of the flour mixture then toss with the apples in a separate bowl to coat.

Add remaining flour mixture to wet ingredients in two batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch. Fold in the apples. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups filling them 3/4 of the way full.

For the crisp topping: mix the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon on top of each muffin and bake for 15 – 17 minutes or until done. Let cool in the tins before removing to a cooling rack.

Makes about 15 muffins.


Cindy & Jordan

Treat of the Month- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 1 - My Daughter and I

These. Were. Delicious.

For only making one batch, I sure did get a lot of feedback about them- I received a text, a phone call, and an email, all from different people, all saying how amazing the cookies were. Not to mention the in-person comments. Danae said, “these are as good as my grandma’s” (which is saying something, trust me).


^^^ This picture was attached to the email I mentioned above that we received from a friend- “We enjoyed the oatmeal cookie recipe. Put in coconut and chocolate chips. Took picture of Cole and neighbors enjoying them.”

A while back we posted a Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie recipe, which was an absolute hit. So when Treat of the Month time rolled around, I decided to modify the original recipe a bit. Danae loves oatmeal raisin cookies, so I just added a cup of raisins and some cinnamon.

I didn’t think it was possible, but the modifications almost made the cookies better. The jury’s still out about that declaration though. I guess you’ll just have to try both versions and get back to me with your vote  🙂

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 2 - My Daughter and I

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 whole eggs

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3 cups Old Fashioned oats

1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350*. Beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each one. Mix together the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and add it to the creamed mixture in 2 or 3 batches, mixing until just combined. Mix in the oats and raisins until just combined.

Scoop onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper spacing them a couple inches apart, and bake them for 12 – 13 minutes. Let them cool slightly on the pan then transfer to a plate or cooling rack.

Using my cookie scoop, I made 3 dozen cookies.


Fashion Friday- Just Peachy

Happy Friday everybody!

I don’t think “peachy” is technically correct for today’s title. The colors actually range from pink to bright orange, but I figured that it was all right since everything is cute 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Easy Striped Sweater

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Mira Loma Floral Dress


This is so adorable!

To the Top Shorts


I have a pair of Roxy denim shorts that I absolutely love- I bought them two summers ago and have worn them a ton. These shorts are a bit different, but the color and cut is super cute.

Pastry Taster Top


Wouldn’t this be so cute with a pair of skinny jeans and boots?

Boho Print Slip Dress


I love this- it’s just so fun and looks really comfy.

Puppy Screen Tee


His ears are peach-y so it counts, right?

Love N Surf Cross Back


This is the most secure bathing suit that I’ve ever owned- I had it in the bright blue a couple of summer’s ago and I really like it.

Marilu Blouse in Coral

coral top

Don’t ask me why the model has a giant X on her hand. I just don’t get it.

But! The top is adorable and I love the detailing on the sleeves.


What I’m Listening To Right Now

I thought it might be time to do another music post- so here are a few of the songs that have been on repeat in my room.

(Click on the pink links to listen to the songs)

Brokenness Aside– All My Sons and Daughters


We sing this once in a while at youth group and I love it. So beautiful and a great reminder about the unending grace of God.

Shelter You Through– Andrew Duhon


I’m pretty sure I highlighted this song last time I did a music post, but listen to this live version- it is so amazing. It’s not very often when you come across an artist who’s live recordings sound just as good (or better!) than their studio recordings.

10,000 Reasons– Rend Collective Experiment


This worship band has remade some of my favorite worship songs- this one is a particular favorite.

Quittin’ Kind– Kristin Diable


Her voice is so amazing. I’ve also been listening to one of her songs called I’ve Been Searching. I have absolutely no idea how you could walk by someone singing like that and not even slow down. That blows my mind.

Times- Tenth Avenue North


Okay, first- isn’t this a really cool album cover? Second- this song is beautiful.

Home– Jack Johnson


One of the songs off of Jack Johnson’s most recent album, From Here to Now to You.