Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year y’all!

I’m slightly delayed on “starting” my New Year.  My husband took some extended time off for Christmas & New Year’s, and it was really nice. Between the two holidays, we traveled to see my mom in North Carolina. It was a new experience as a family of three as well as our first time up there since they moved. We had a nice time visiting and were blessed to see some beautiful views on our way out of town.

So, it was back to the hustle this past week. Honestly though, it was a little bit of a rough start. Trying to get into a groove has been tough. Around Thanksgiving I became consumed with preparing for Christmas. Then after, I feel burnt out just in time to clean it all up and try for a fresh start. And while trying to set goals and get a good schedule going, I am also starting to plan a birthday party for our soon-to-be two-year-old! How is this happening already?

With this New Year, it is clear we need to refresh our home, and declutter. We, like many, have a spare room that is mostly a storage space. I have a desk filled with paper work, my craft stuff and other miscellaneous items; there is also a full size bed and baby items we are keeping or only use sometimes. This room has been worked on a many times, but never quite reached its full potential. It has been my goal for since last week to get it closer to a guest/craft room. Next housekeeping goal: toys and outgrown clothes.

And YES, we have watched a couple episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, not entirely into it but I do like her folding techniques! Definitely worth a watch, y’all!

Do you agree it’s time for some cleaning up to start this new year off fresh? I am also excited, because I finally bought new sheets for our bed and am looking forward to a new design. What are some new things your are working on, mama? Let me know, I’d LalaLOVE to hear about it all!

Christmas Gift Ideas that are STILL an Option and EASY!

Christmas Gift Ideas that are STILL an Option and EASY!

Why hello, four days until Christmas! Or as parts of our family would say, three days and a wake-up.  Anyone still struggling with gifts? Well that was me, but now I’m all set, minus a quick errand.  This is the last “regular” day before Christmas.  Y’all know this weekend is going to be complete HAVOK and even though Monday is a business day, it’s partial in a lot of eyes (half days, the day off completely or even a day requested off, but there is mail everybody).

So I have some ideas for you, since there is STILL the option to order online, you’ll probably just be paying a little extra. A lot of stores offer order online- pickup in store and I also LaLaLaLOVE that.  I actually pickup in store often at Target.  I mean, come on, Target has nearly everything you could want or need.  Old Navy has this option too, so if clothes are on your radar they have what you want.

I ordered this photo puzzle from Personalization Mall for some family members:

If you’re an Amazon Prime Member like us (or check out the free trial) then there are LOTS of options left from there. Any ladies that like Alex and Ani bracelets? Then check out Amazon’s selection- still an option to get some of these by Monday! I love these bracelets personally, but for other too because there are so many options. One for your sister, mother, daughter, aunt, godmother, monogrammed, birthstones, etc.
Have a craft-lover on your list? Well PERRRFECT. Michael’s does buy online pick up in store. Amazon also has A LOT of craft materials. So stay home, or go to that party/get-together instead and have Amazon deliver it for you.  I have ordered materials for my silhouette on here many times as have some of my friends. Here is a link for tons of Silhouette related products and materials 🙂

How about an Oil Diffuser, that was actually on my wish list. Amazon has tons of those too! We have family that uses a couple throughout their house, and I lalalaLOVE it.  I also went to the Spa at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando and they had them which was AMAZING. I have purchased essential oils on amazon in the past as well, they have quite the selection.

Is there someone you like A LOT? Maybe they are a gadget person, or an Apple fan? How about the new Apple Watch or even a previous model? I realize this is not in everyones budget of course, but Best Buy does do same day pickup, so it will depend what you’re looking for and what your store has in stock.

Ok, who doesn’t love jammies or cozy blankets? Haven’t met anyone. I’m sure they exist, but we’re not focusing on them. Old Navy and Target have a lot to choose from for those snugglers in your life, and HEY- same day pickup!

There are soooo many great gifts out there that you can totally make yourself too. We usually make at least one gift for Christmas, if not more.  It’s such a great way to really give someone something special. I’ve made mugs, ornaments, plaques, monogrammed vases, etc.

Wanted to get these ideas out sooner, but you know how life goes.  I hope you still find it helpful and get to finish up your shopping! We have something going on each night through Christmas so we will definitely not have much time to do anymore shopping. Enjoy the rest of Christmas time, the events, the giving, the true meaning- JESUS.  It is a time to be grateful and spend time with those we love most, even during the craziness that goes along with it.


Merry Christmas!


*I have not been paid in anyway to share any of my ideas here, maybe next year- Mama can always use a couple bucks. This post as with all my posts are based COMPLETELY on my own opinions and ideas. You are free to shop wherever you like.

Christmas Sugar Cookies- Get the Recipe

Christmas Sugar Cookies- Get the Recipe

Hey y’all! Christmas is only a week away, and that means cookies are a MUST.  I’ve already made a few batches over the last couple of weeks.  My mother-in-law and I made a couple new recipes together recently too, even little A “helped.”  The recipe I will be sharing though, I have been baking up this cookie for the last SEVEN years.  That may not seem like a very long time, but it’s getting close to a decade. Oh gosh, let’s forget I said that…. Anyway, this recipe never fails, and NEVER disappoints.

I love to gift these to friends, family and neighbors- or bring them to a get-together.  I lalaLOVE to grab some festive tins from the Dollar Tree every year. Cookies are always welcomed and especially Christmas cookies. I baked a batch for one of my husband’s clients too, and they were almost gone before he left their office.

Don’t hit me, buuuut these are even tasty without frosting, especially when they’re still warm. Yum.

Sooo, with one full weekend left before Christmas be sure to bake a batch -or two- to bring wherever you’re headed. An ugly sweater party? YES.  Church? YES. An evening stroll looking at lights or caroling… you know it- YES, take the cookies. Or you could eat them all, have at ya. ‘Tis the season for Jesus and eating.

Tried-and-True Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cook Time 7 minutes


  • 1 cup Butter unsalted, softened
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 1/2 cup all purpose flour


  1. Cream butter and sugar together in a stand mixer. Then add eggs and vanilla, mixing until incorporated. Add sour cream.

  2. Combine salt, baking soda and flour.  Then add to mixture a bit at a time (this helps it mix as well as keeps flour from flying everywhere). 

  3. Place in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 min or until ready to use. 

  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°. 

  5. Roll out dough, not too thin though, try to get it about 1/4 of an inch or so. Cut out your angels, stars, bells, trees, snowflakes, snowmen, gingerbread men, etc... 

  6. Place on baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper and bake for 7-8 minutes.  You do not want to bake for much longer or they will lose their fluffiness. 

Recipe Notes

You can cut this batch in half and it will work just fine. I have done that many times.  I often will make all the dough and bake half or so of it and save the rest for the next week.  

You can take the dough after it is cut and re-roll it, but only 2-3 times before the texture starts to change.


While cookies are cooling make the frosting.

Buttercream Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp milk


  1. Cream butter in a stand mixer. Add sugar and vanilla mixing until crumbly.  Pour in milk a little at a time until it reaches desired consistency.

  2. If you'd like your frosting a special color feel free to do so. 

Recipe Notes

If it gets too runny just add more sugar until it thickens up. 

Frost away! I usually use a butter knife or an icing knife.  I did dip some of them this last time and that was pretty easy and looked great. You can also pipe your icing if you prefer.  There is no wrong way to ice a cookie. Make sure you sprinkle your favorite sprinkles before the icing sets. I lalalaLOVE to use a variety of sprinkles, so fun.


Ok y’all. Hopefully you have everything you need to go from here.  I hope you enjoy these yummies and there definitely is plenty for sharing (if you so choose).  Merry Christmas!

Let me know how they turn out for you!

Christmas Labels {Free Download}

Christmas Labels {Free Download}

It’s almost Christmas already! Ahhh, how?  No matter how much I try, it always seems to sneak on up on me! Are you with me? “Next year I’ll be more prepared” I say, and well it doesn’t really happen that way.  I feel as though this year, I may be the most behind I’ve been in a while.  Usually by now, I have 80-90% of my shopping done and even mostly wrapped.  It’s really because I enjoy placing the gifts under the tree, which pushes me to shop and wrap earlier, haha.

There is always one or two who are hard to shop for, or you’re waiting for the sale or a paycheck to come in. Y’all who have your budget set and put aside for Christmas presents, you rock.  Owning our own business (more so my husband’s business lol) can definitely have perks but it does make planning a little more difficult, maybe next year we will be better (haha).

I will be sharing some Christmas gift inspiration off my own list for y’all too, so you can stroll on over to that post when it’s available and check out some ideas if you’re still needing some presents. Some of the ideas are custom so you’ll have to jump right on those. I’ll also be sharing my (and everyone else’s) absolute favorite sugar cookies for some baking inspo.

Christmas cards were always something we would talk about doing, and then drop the ball on.  Once we came to our first Christmas with little A, it was a priority. So last year we had Christmas cards made, and this year as well.  I’ve been wanting to make a personalized label or sticker to add to gifts or Christmas cards this year. I LaLaLove adding special touches to things and even more so around Christmas. So, obviously I made some and you’ll be able to grab those today. You can upload to a template for precut labels, or upload into software for silhouette, cricut or other similar system. If you use sticker paper you can just trace the outer edge and use print and cut settings to get the finished product.

Please note, if you are using the basic Silhouette Studio software you will only be able to use the PNG. While learning new thing with my Silhouette or whenever I need a refresher I check out YouTube.  This was very useful the first time I wanted to print and cut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzAUkiJJq0M. 

I hope y’all enjoy these and get to reuse them for the years to come!  Merry Christmas to y’all too!

Get Swampy Shirts

Get Swampy Shirts

In case you’re wondering, I am not a Gators fan by choice exactly.  I am a Gator’s fan by association.  I am a wife and best friend; therefore, through the power of love and supporting my husband I root for the Gators. Of course I have a choice to reject his team, but that is not how I roll.Now that we’re all clear on that we can move on.

Well, we went to the Missouri game recently at the Swamp.  A couple we are really close friends with went with us, one of them (Sarah) being a Gators fan and the other was for the opponent.  Clearly, Sarah and I had to have cool matching shirts.  I played around with a few different ideas and designs before deciding on “Get Swampy.” Cause yea, obviously, they play at the swamp.

The game didn’t end the way we (3/4 of the group) would have preferred, but at least one person was happy- I supposed. Either way, it was a day away spent with good friends and we had fun.

ANYWAYYYY, on to other things…. There aren’t many games left for the regular College Football season, but you KNOW rivalry weekend is rapidly approaching.  If you GOTTA have a cool shirt then look no further. And because I like to share with my friends, the file is free to download! I got the blue glitter HTV from Hobby Lobby, it’s by Paper Studio. As for the orange glitter it’s from Siser; I ordered off Amazon. We picked up basic white shirts from Target. I love these shirts from A New Day, they’re not a standard t-shirt plus so soft, cute and simple. I have four of these, and counting…

Now, you’ll download the file and upload it into Silhouette Studio. Then trace the design, mirror it and cut. I cut each color separately, but I know some prefer to place the amount of color they need in the proper area on their matt and do one cut round.  Then you will follow the instructions to apply it to the material based on the vinyl brand.


Here is the list to make your life a whole-lot easier:

I use a standard iron and a towel in place of an ironing board. I use parchment paper to create an extra layer of protection when applying heat transfer, especially if layering or doing colors in steps. When washing a handmade item, take care.  Turn item inside out and either wash on gentle or hand washable cycle in cold water.  Air dry to preserve the vinyl longer.

I hope you enjoy your new handmade Get Swampy shirt to wear the rest of the season and many more to come. I would love to hear how it turns out!

DIY Fall Wreath

DIY Fall Wreath

Hey y’all, I am SOOOO excited to share my FALL wreath creation.  This is my second go at this. I picked up a few supplies from the Dollar Tree.  The wreath structure I originally had was a whicker-type and small, only option at the location by my house. I had to cover it and it just didn’t look right to me.  So I made a special trip to Hobby Lobby (always special & any excuse to go there, I’ll take it) to grab a grapevine wreath, which is really what I wanted all along.

I LaLaLaLOVE the partially exposed look of this wreath, it has such a simplistic, rustic look and requires less supplies. It also didn’t take too much time, easily less than 30 minutes. I just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to make it to Hobby Lobby.

I was so happy to hang my wreath this past weekend (a bit behind, remember I kept missing out on getting to Hobby Lobby, not like it’s far lol). I LaLaLOVE Fall, even though Florida seems to miss the memo on that. With that said, this Saturday was the coolest day of the season and really felt like Fall was starting to make an appearance- finally.  I really enjoy opening the windows and letting that Autumn scent in the air circulate through the house.

So… how did I make this?  Here’s the how-to y’all:

Supplies to gather:

  • Grapevine Wreath 14″– Hobby Lobby (Michael’s also carries)
  • Monogram Letter– mine was from Hobby Lobby (since I was already there 🙂 but you can find them at Michael’s and Wal Mart too).
  • Sunflowers- one set (bunch) from Dollar Tree
  • Fall Leaves- cut from one garland purchased at Dollar Tree
  • Paint (I used an antique white I already had) for your letter & a brush (if you don’t have a brush on hand you can use a cheap makeup sponge)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Juke rope, twine or ribbon to hang wreath with

Now, get to your designated crafting area and plug that glue gun in to get heating. You will want to make your wreath based on where you will hang it from, so find a good strong twig or two that will be centered enough to tie your twine to. Then you can turn it around and begin designing. If your wreath hanger has a big enough hook you may be able to skip this step.

I cut each sunflower, so that they are all separate. Trim them for what works with your wreath, then bend and push through the vines or glue if need be. It’s easiest to use the wire stem to help the flower stay put. Next, cut however many leaves and glue in place. Lastly, hot glue the letter in desired location. And BOOM, just like that you’re ready to hang your wreath!

Feel free to mimic this one, mirror it or use it for inspiration. Some other ideas to add or change yours up: different flowers, burlap, add a bow, small pumpkins or gourds. You could even go a little scary or more Halloween themed.  I love Fall as a whole, and I LaLaLOVE that I can put up my Autumn decor and it works before Halloween through Thanksgiving; therefore, making this wreath perfect from beginning to end.  Be sure to share any other ideas or ways to add a special touch. I’d also LaLaLOVE to see how yours turns out, please share!

Pesto, Por Favore.

Pesto, Por Favore.

We recently purchased a basil plant. It’s something I have thought about and wanted to do for some time.  They’re not pricey, especially if you compare it to what fresh basil costs at the grocery store for a handful of leaves. I guess the idea of keeping a plant alive wasn’t something I was too eager for; however, I had read they help repel mosquitos (our state bird).  Plus, I LaLaLaLOVE basil, the way it smells and tastes as well as its vibrant color.

My husband graciously planted the basil outside our front door.  With all the rain we had been getting I barely had to water it except a few occasions.  I will, of course, need to get into a watering routine as our rainy season slows down. This thing has grown and looks great with very little effort on my part. Maybe every 7-10 days or so I’ll do a small harvest.  This last harvest I knew I wanted to make some pesto to go with macaroni. My mini loves to try new foods (LaLaLaLOVE that about her) and loves macaroni too, so I was excited to give her a new flavor combination to try out.

My pesto recipe is EXTREMELY simple. Fresh basil, freshly grated parmesan, freshly minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil and salt & pepper (to taste).  THAT’S IT, y’all!  Yes, I am Italian, and yes I say y’all. I don’t bother with pine nuts, nothing against them- well besides their price, but it’s mainly because I do not believe pesto needs pine nuts.

So anyway, I throw those into my CuisineArt food processor and let it do its thing.  I add more olive oil as it blends. Then, grab a mason jar of an appropriate size to store the pesto.  I top it with additional olive oil to help preserve it just a bit; however, the shelf life isn’t long. One-two weeks is about how much time you have, so use that good stuff up.  Pair it with macaroni, use it in place of marinara on your homemade pizza, top your chicken with it, DIP BREAD IN IT, and so on.

Now that I have a basil plant, I can make pesto whenever I want. You know I always have garlic, olive oil and parmesan around here, and if you didn’t know now you do.

Notes: The consistency is entirely up to you, I like mine a little a tad runny- but keep in mind that if you will be refrigerating you’ll be adding more olive oil. If you are buying the prepackaged basil from the store that often comes in a small plastic container you will want to use it all.

Fresh Basil Pesto


  • 3-4 handfuls Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese Freshly Grated
  • 2 plus tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and let it do it's magic.

  2.  Add some more olive oil to help blend as needed or to reach desired consistency.

  3. Serve with prepared dish, or store in a jar or container for later use.  Additional olive oil poured over pesto will help protect it for saving. Fresh Pesto will not survive for long, so use up within 1-2 weeks. 

Recipe Notes

Please note, this is a guideline for pesto.  I do not believe there is a perfect breakdown, as it depends on tastes and preferences. Either way you will adjust everything based on how much basil you use and what consistency you like. 

Feel free to add more garlic and/or parmesan, those are incredible ingredients.  Add pine nuts if desired, or get creative with other ideas such as sundried tomatoes, roasted red papers or additional fresh herbs.

Either way, I'd LaLaLaLOVE to hear how it went, and ENJOY!

Learning Self Care

Learning Self Care

Self Care is one of the new goals I have set for myself. I’m kinda figuring it out as I go.

Yea, mani & pedis are nice (not like I get much of those lol) and massages, too. Who doesn’t love a new outfit?

But really, it is so much more than that.  Although, when we do any of the above mentioned we are spending time on ourselves, and we may feel that we are taking care of ourselves, BUT are we missing an opportunity for something we really need though? What could we be doing with our time alone instead of “pampering?” Some quiet time? A change of scenery?  A chance for deep prayer? A time to force ourselves not to think about any negative and recognize we cannot control or solve everything? These things could also be viewed as pampering.  I suppose it’s a balance of the mind, body and soul. While my body could always use some pampering, I think the mind and soul are more of what I need to stay sane.

I have started trying to give my worries to God rather than drowning in them. Worry and anxiety stepped into my life in such a way, it had began to rule me.  God doesn’t want that for me, or any of us! I was letting it happen though, not him. My Mom’s Bible Study group is reading “How to have a Mary heart in a Martha world,” and that has really been helping me to realize some things about myself.  Pray more, Worry Less- Philippians 4:6. (I’m buying the T-SHIRT or making it, lol). It seems simple, but it takes some changing. Changing of habits, a change of perspective, and so on.

Another thing I finally did was take a personal day. Just me. Mom life is constant.  While I love my mini and being her mama, I felt exhausted and nearly burnt out. I found myself extremely irritable and inpatient.  It may not have been super obvious, (not all the time anyway- not a perfect person right here) but I could feel myself boiling so much that my pot was overflowing. So I did it, I went to the beach and it was great. I had a simple and delicious lunch, alone, as I chewed each bite slowly and sipped on a freshly made cappuccino. Even being away from my family for the day, I could not clear my thoughts of them completely– so still partial mom-mode. The point is, I was away.  I took a day for me and they are fine.

I could feel the positive effects of my mama day off.  I returned home calm and to hear of a great day at the zoo.  The next day I was able to stop myself from feeling frustrated.  This is a work in progress though, y’all.  Sunday night was a little rough, I got emotional; however, I got through it.  A day away certainly helped me to take a moment to reflect and realize (even more) I need to be taking better care of my mind and soul- the body too, yes.

I encourage all my fellow mamas out there to do this too! And all ladies alike. We’ve all heard it before take care of yourself so that you can take care of others, but it really is true.  Until you make it happen you don’t realize how much you may have been neglecting yourself.  And ladies, if you want a pedicure that DOES count, my point is though that it’s not just what’s on the outside. If our insides are rotting, the outside will eventually show in some ways- whether or not our toe nails have been polished.

LaLaLOVE La Casa Del Pane Italian Bakery in St. Pete Beach. Cannot pass this place whenever I am nearby.

Hi, I’m a mom blogger

Hi, I’m a mom blogger

Hey y’all! Here I am, blogging.  This is not the first time I have started a blog; however, this is the first time I am starting with a purpose and a direction.  In the past, I liked the idea of blogging, the idea of using it as a creative outlet, but I struggled to find a voice or what to exactly share.  My husband would often mention to me my strengths, and even though they were not foreign traits to me I still just did not have the voice I felt I needed to truly move forward.

Even now, as I have been planning this out and writing down every single idea for a post or strategy, I feel some doubt about continuing to have things to write about. But that is part of the journey, always looking for things to write and share.  I also feel like there is passion behind this specific drive to blog. I need to be better about looking at uncertainty as a positive challenge, an opportunity to grow rather than something to fear.  We all have our fears, we all get discouraged and feel doubts whether about ourselves, individually or in aspects of our lives.

What changed? I became a mother.  This is a career path I have considered many times and for quite some time– remember not my first blog. I even for a short time, had my own (at home) bakery. I love to bake, it seemed straight forward, but baking alone all day not as exciting as expected. Being a mother has been an experience I would have never been able to really comprehend before it happened.  I know I am not alone in this feeling, even while carrying a child it just didn’t hit me. Going through all the beginning stages of learning to breastfeed and how to change diapers, it still seemed mostly surreal. Now, 19+ months later even though I don’t claim to have this down pat, I have sort of settled in.  I’m still a work in progress as a mother and person. My child is growing more and more everyday and just when I think I have something figured out that stage is over.  This is motherhood.

I am sooo extremely blessed to be a stay-at-home mama.  With that said, it is no walk in the park.  We are not wealthy or financially comfortable, but this is what we want and we are somehow (by the grace of God) making it work. Even though this is what I wanted for me and my child in the season of our lives, I still have felt a little lost at times.  Here I am a mom now, I’m not getting dressed for my old 9-5 days, but instead rolling out of bed to an awake toddler every morning.  It is truly a wonderful way to wake up, the best actually, even in my zombie-like/still asleep/get me coffee/need more sleep/whyyyy feeling (seriously though even if it were 10 a.m. I would probably feel this way).  This mama is NOT a morning person, never have been. Add it to my list of struggles.  I awake each day usually feeling behind but still wanting more sleep and starting the cycle over every single morning.  Nonetheless, my mini wakes me and we go on with our day. Back to the lostness in motherhood though…. I can’t quite explain it but if you are a mom you must have some idea what I am talking about.  That too is part of my drive for this.  A way to find myself.  Although, I don’t feel lost as often as I used to, time does not slow down and I need to kick it into gear. I need to do more for myself, because doing more for myself does in turn do more for my family.

This is my outlet.  To share and be me.   I am a lover of baked goods, crafts, style, cooking, coffee, wine and more.

Being a mother is a gift from God, and I plan to be more intentional in my duty. Thank you for joining me on this journey! I hope that this will also inspire you to make moves toward a better you– a happier you.

College Football Pride

College Football Pride

With College Football back and in full swing, I had to make sure my mini was well- equipped for the season. We LalalaLOVE college football around here; that is what Saturdays are for in the fall. #itsfallyall

With that said, as if it’s not obvious, we all need to look our best to rep our teams.  I am a proud South Florida Bulls alumni and my husband is a die-hard Gators fan, so we have sort of a split house.  It’s not so bad since they are in different conferences, or else things might get a little crazy up in here. Nonetheless, our sweet little girl has to rep both sides, duh.

I LaLaLaLOVE my Silhouette Cameo.  It was a birthday gift from the hubby a few years back, and it has aided in a many crafting adventures. I am also pretty loyal to Hobby Lobby, they have everything I need to fulfill my ideas, not to mention such an enjoyable shopping environment. Then there are those times when I’m in my super-homebody mood and Amazon Prime is a good friend of mine. So with all of that, these shirts have been made possible.  And um, me of course – – – – – kinda an important part, lol.

So without further ado check these out!


It was fun to make these and then see the little wearing them.  I have a drawer full of USF attire, but do opt to support the Gators on occasion.  But instead of buying something new I also made myself a shirt to wear.  It was my lucky day when Target had basic woman’s tees on sale too!



Stay tuned for some tasty bites that go well with football and beer (or wine if you’re me).