Pretty Poised Nails

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OPI Infinite Shine day 2 on left vs Color Street day 8 on the right!
Manchester Mauve + Coming Up Rose Gold & Tokyo Lights Accent

Hey y’all!!! We are starting to get into the thick of the craziness that specifically that comes this time of year. As in a couple trips, too! I do not even know how everything is going to happen but I am not going to let myself stress about it (hopefully lol).

I wanted to share some new things happening in my personal life these days. About six weeks ago, I joined Color Street as an Independent Stylist. If you have not heard of Color Street yet, they make 100% real nail polish strips that go one dry. It had become a MAJOR game changer for me, so I ended up hosting a party for a friend. After my party, which I loved hosting and earned some amazing rewards, I felt this pull to join. It just felt like what I was supposed to do, and wow was I right!

My blog is dedicated to all things mama and the things this mama LalaLOVES, so I will share something here and there about Color Street. I’ll share some gorgeous nailfies (aka pictures of my manicures), tips and tricks and products I love as well. This product is amazing or I would not have made it part of my life!!! So if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me!

I will still feature recipes and crafts from time to time along with other things! Cause y’all know I LOVE to bake!

If you are interested in looking around visit prettypoisednails.com. Here is a great tutorial for applying them as well from Color Street. B3G1 is an awesome deal, you add four set to your cart and only pay for THREE. There are so many ways to mix & match and get creative.

Here are some products I love when doing my nails:

Mineral Fusion– it is non-acetone so it doesn’t dry out my nails, cuticles or skin. And the smell is SO MUCH more bearable.

A good Cuticle Cutter– I love to use my to trim my cuticles before applying a manicure. But also I use it to snip off the extra bit from the Color Street Nail Strips during application.

As I think of other useful items that help, I will add those. These are great additions for anyone who does their own nails.

I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any questions!

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The BEST DIY HalloWine Shirt

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Some people have been waiting for this day or time of year ever since November 1st of last year. Me, not so much.  I do love me some Fall, but Halloween isn’t as exciting for me. With the little being less little this year though, we are looking forward to having some extra fun on her account; however, that does not mean costumes for us- this year anyway. 

I can definitely get down with a cool shirt though, especially if it’s something I can make myself. Here you will find a quick tutorial for my Happy Hallo Wine shirt, and you can download the image if you’d like to make one yourself.  With Amazon Prime, or even a quick run to Hobby Lobby, you still have plenty of time to pull this off.

Happy Hallo Wine DIY Shirt

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Buy a shirt– Amazon has great options
  2. Get some vinyl- Siser is a great brand!
  3. Download this image or create your own
  4. Follow instructions
  5. Done!

I have a Silhouette, which I love. I googled “free Halloween fonts” and created the design in Silhouette’s software. If you have a Silhouette or Cricut, the process should be pretty similar and fairly simple.  I did not import any design, it was just text and then adjusting the font. With Heat Transfer Vinyl, you have to mirror your image prior to cutting. You will place vinyl glossy side down on your cutting mat so that the machine is cutting the actual vinyl. Depending on what HTV you’re using will depend on the exact process of applying the vinyl to the shirt.  

Once you download/save the image, you will want to open it in your program for your Silhouette or Cricut. Then you will need to trace it and cut the image (mirrored).

JPeg for download- DIY HALLOWINE SHIRT

Shop these items from Amazon for your convenience!

I cannot wait to see how yours looks! Please share for others to see too! You can follow my facebook page or my Instagram (@howthismamadoes) too Have a safe and Happy Halloween y’all!!!

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White Chocolate & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Ok, obsessed with these cookies.  Made them for a play date with some of our favorite people a little while back. My tin was empty upon leaving, which is always a good sign.  Then I doubled the recipe for a family day, cause well Steven pretty much wanted his own batch and I took some to my in-laws for dinner.

They’re light and fluffy with so much flavor. And I had to make them again (and again) just to take some pictures, well and getting to eat them is a pretty good reward. I’m sure my husband didn’t mind either. In fact, I mentioned keeping some dough in the freezer so that I can have these around more without having to bake a batch whenever we want some.

They taste their absolute best on day one and two, but not so bad on day three- if they make it that long. Steven started a trend of dipping the cookies in freshly made whipped cream, which was pretty delicious, y’all. This actually reminded me of a local spot that is probably my favorite lunch place, where they serve their large-fresh cookies with whipped cream on the side- yum!

I will alwayssss, always be an advocate for my KitchenAid stand mixer. I always recommend it to guys when they aren’t sure what to get their wives. Cause really y’all, it’s good for EVERYTHING. Since the day I got mine I would not choose a hand mixer again.  Now don’t get me wrong, I used a hand mixer up until the day my life changed, and it will certainly get the job done.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/2 cup quick-cook oats
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Put aside.

  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (I love my KitchenAid), or an electric mixer, cream together the butter with the sugars for 1-2 minutes until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until fully combined.

  3. Gradually mix in the flour mixture and continue mixing until just combined, then mix in the oats, chocolate chips and cranberries until fully combined. It is important to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. During this time, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then set aside.

  6. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll into balls. Place on prepared baking sheet leaving a little room between each cookie. Gently press down to flatten just slightly.

  7. Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden and the top is set. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Recipe Notes

Before measuring out flour lay out some parchment.  Using a large spoon mix up the flour and scoop into measuring cup.  With the back of a butter knife level excess flour and add to bowl.  Then you can pour the excess flour on parchment back into flour container. 

Chilling allows for a fluffier cookie, if you prefer yours to be thinner chilling can be cut down or out altogether. 

Cookies store well at room temperature in an air-tight container, best when eaten in the first few days.

Here are the items I lalaLOVE to use when baking these cookies, among many other things at home.

These products make all the difference in my baking processes.

The cookies are great year round, but I really think they have some fall flavors in there. So I am happy to share them with y’all during my favorite time of the year!  I cannot wait to hear how they turn out for you!

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Some of my Favorite Things- Prime Day & always!

Some of my Favorite Things- Prime Day & always!

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Hey y’all! With Prime Day being today and tomorrow I wanted to put some things together that I lalalalove and use often- if not daily. Maybe you’ll find something for a friend that has a birthday coming up or start stashing gifts for Christmas, how about something you may need for yourself, mama?

I cannot tell you how often I find things online, sometimes such simple things and my husband is quite the advocate of cutting down errands and shoppings lists. But it really is a life changer when I don’t have to hit a bunch of different stores or spend nearly as much time in one— except Target, I could spend allll day there. It’s just not really ideal now is it? For many reasons, but I’ll stop that thought there, as you could probably imagine. So friends, feel free to look through here for any ideas. I am listing only things I love, and I mean reallly lalaLOVE.

OK, how cute are these notebooks?! I love the size of these and use them for keeping track of ideas, thoughts, goals, prayers, notes from church or bible study, etc. I also love to gift them, so I’m always happy to find cute ones like this. And come on, anyone else obsessed with florals like me?

This KitchenAid Stand Mixer, y’all.

I will alwayssss, always be an advocate for my KitchenAid stand mixer. I recommend it to guys when they aren’t sure what to get their wives for Christmas or a birthday. Cause really y’all, it’s good for EVERYTHING. I make most of my baked treats with this thing as well as, meatballs, pancakes, deviled egg filling and so much more! So much good has come from this appliance that my husband gifted me SEVERAL Christmases ago. I use it so often and it really makes my life easier. There are also a TON of attachments too! Plus, I love the glass bowl option. This appliance functions as a display piece in your kitchen with so many colors to match or stand out!

This Azure Blue KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a HUGE deal through Prime Day! It comes in two other colors as well, friends.

Love this little Contigo Water Bottle. Recently got one for the mini since she loves the one I use during workouts. It doesn’t leak and she drinks much more water with it compared to other water cups and bottles we have used. I’d also like to try the kids’ cup with a straw, cause ya know, straws are fun and when you’re little they’re even more fun, haha. I lalalaLOVE all the color and design options too!

Anyone looking for some comfy pajama pants that are cute and cool enough for summer? Look no further than Amazon Essentials Women’s Poplin Sleep Pant. I REEEAAALLLY LOVE THESE. I wear them A LOT, y’all! Lots of different patterns available too. I may end up buying another pair today myself.

Looking for a new bible study to try? I have a couple of my top faves to share with y’all!!! One I did with our church’s Mothers of Young Children last year and the other is one I found through @christcenteredmama on Instagram, which is my current personal study. Bot are aimed toward women but could definitely benefit men as well.

Also, this is the Bible I currently use and have used for nearly two years. I love that there is room for notes and has beautifully highlighted verses throughout.

Do you have an Aromatherapy Essential oil Diffuser yet? If not, it is so great. If so, maybe another? We have three throughout our house and may even add another one. The natural smell can be so soothing, or energizing, even relaxing! Listed first is the one we have in our living room, plus there are many other options out there to look through on Amazon. I gifted this one to my dear friend for her birthday recently, and she LOVES it. I love mixing lemongrass with rosemary, or peppermint with lavender. What’s your favorite blend?

Not all the items I have listed fall under Prime Day Deals, so get to looking for anything you else you may need or want during this time (today & tomorrow). Happy shopping y’all!

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Homemade Sweet Vanilla Cream

Homemade Sweet Vanilla Cream

If this title gets you excited, then we clearly would be good friends. Plus, Monday can really be tough, so if you need something sweet this is perfect.

A couple weeks back we had brunch with a friend, after picking my husband up from the airport. I ordered a cold brew coffee, cause obviously I needed it, then the server asked me if I’d like sweet vanilla cream. “Uh yes, definitely” was my response without any delay.  My coffee was cool and delicious, without being too sweet (nothing at all against sweeter coffee). I even ordered one to-go for our drive home.

After chatting with a friend about it that week it has been on my mind to make it ever since. In fact, I probably would have made some for her too, if we would have gotten a visit in this past week. I have heard of some people using sweetened condensed milk in their coffee and I have made that at home, so how hard could some sweet cream be? After looking around on Pinterest I decided to kind of wing it, and no disappointment here.  With it being my first try, I may try to mix it up next time- which I am almost out so that won’t be too far out.

I pulled some heavy whipping cream out, along with whole milk and poured those into a pot. With the heat set on a medium-low, I then added in some sugar and vanilla.  After giving the mixture a few minutes to cook down the sugar, while continually stirring, I lowered the burner to a simmer and allowed it to finish cooking. Then after removing from heat, I whisked it as it cooled. Once it was cool enough I transferred it to a mason jar to store in the fridge, and it has accompanied my coffee each day since. I just give the jar a little shake before pouring (while it’s still closed, of course).

You too can enjoy this sweet and simple addition with just a few basic ingredients and your stove. Don’t have heavy whipping cream? Try half and half or just milk altogether. You can also play with the type of sugar or try pure maple syrup- even honey. Like coconut? Try it with coconut cream and/or coconut milk, then please report back on that version! This Sweet Vanilla Cream goes wonderfully in coffee, but I imagine it would also be delicious in chai tea, anybody with me here?

Home Sweet Vanilla Cream

Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients into a pot set on medium-low heat.

  2. Whisk constantly while sugar melts down 4-5 min.

  3. Turn heat to low/simmer for an additional 5 min, still stirring often.

  4. Remove from heat to allow to cool and continue to stir.

  5. Transfer to a mason jar or other airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week- if it lasts that long. 

sweet vanilla cream and cranberry white chocolate chip cookies

(Stay tuned for the recipe to these White Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies).

Does this Sweet Vanilla Cream go with your morning coffee? Yes, of course. How about that pick me up cup later on? Certainly! To accompany dessert or a snack? Yup!!!

I hope you enjoy this easy recipe for Homemade Sweet Vanilla Cream. As always, I’d love to know how it works out for you, so please share it up!

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