jettie’s fashion boot camp party


How are you?

It’s so typical of me to talk about posting and then never do it…

Seriously though, I am so sorry blog. My excuse is that I’ve got more paying customers than ever on etsy with important pending parties. Plus I have been doing quite a bit of custom work which basically eats up my precious kid free, try to get everything done, time. Excuses…excuses, I know. But I didn’t forget about you blog. (Or you either hot stuff…aka the person reading this.)

I’ve got things to post though. Good things too. Like this crafty, girlie, super fun birthday party we threw for our Jettie all the way back in May. (Which feels like a year ago.)

Jettie starts talking party themes early – like the candles are still warm from the previous party sort of early. I had mentioned this idea last summer, thinking she would stray from it and want something else. Much to my surprise the calendar turned to 2017 and she was still talking fashion craft party. I honestly was a little all over the place with it…and not finding much online in terms of inspiration. At which point I decided to keep it simple with colors, go bold and super clean. I could not have been more pleased with the way it all came together.

Once the invite was done I was still lost on how to tie it all in. That’s when I decided to simply extend all of the elements from the invite design into the party decor. It turned out even better than I thought it would.

Jettie is all about “stations” – which is totally my doing since her 3rd birthday party and all the kitty cat fun. I knew the girls were not going to actually sew, but I wanted every activity to involve their imagination and personal style in some way. I landed on “Paint a Tank”, “Dress a Mannequin” and “Design a Pillowcase”. I always worry the stations will be a snooze fest but low and behold they never are. The girls LOVED THEM. (I think parents did a little too.)

This one sure kept me, and my wonderful helpers, busy. (Parents too!) I absolutely could not have done this without my mom. She is the best right hand (wo)man out there. It was also very special to have my precious Granny not only help us create the party, but sew pillowcases for the girls as well. My sweet MIL even got in on the action with the fabric selection part of the process. Jettie’s friends have some amazing parents who see me running around like a chicken with my head cut off and jump in to help where they can. (Angels!) And of course Sticky is always there to do whatever crazy thing I ask… except lately it’s mostly been to keep Bing out of the way of party process.

“Sew” to all of you…I say THANK YOU! You made “the cut”. (Sorry, puns and parties go hand in hand in my world.)

Something I basically have only ONE image of (Brandy, someone else NEEDS to take pictures damnit!) is the “Create Your Own Design” station. We helped the girls create their own ensemble out of plastic tablecloths, tissue paper and tape. It was fun, kind of chaotic and there was some crying. Who knew “6” was such a dramatic age?! (Note Jettie’s incredibly fake smile after a major meltdown in the bottom left image. She pulled it together though!)

Jettie Jean I can’t believe we threw you a SIXTH birthday party. Don’t ever tame that imagination beautiful girl. It’s something special, that’s for sure. (And I’m not just saying that because I’m your mom.)

Now, I wonder when I’ll get Bing’s posted…






Invitation/Graphic Design/Party Decor: PPJ Shop

Cake: CakeCrazy

Large Party Signs: VistaPrint

Balloons: Bargain Balloons

Party Decor: Walmart/Amazon/Hobby Lobby

Fabric for Pillowcases: JoAnn’s

Jettie’s Dress: River Island

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baileys irish cream scones

Earlier this week I posted these Lucky Charms cereal cookies for the kiddos (and kiddos alike). Never one to leave out the adult fun on St Patrick’s Day, I simply had to post something for the 21+ crowd.

And you guys, this is a really good one.

I have posted scones quite a few times on the blog because a. I love them and b. they are ridiculously easy to make. That being said though, you can go wrong with a scone really fast by overworking your dough. So don’t that. Ever. (Never ever, ever, ever….your scones will have the texture of a hockey puck. Which is never good.)

This dough in particular turned out a little drier than I am accustomed to, which made it a lot less messy to work with. I was worried the scones would turnout dry but alas they did not. These lovely wedges are full of pillowy pockets of butter with bits of chocolate and peanut butter intertwined throughout. Plus there’s booze in them. I mean, who doesn’t want one right now?

Best served with coffee on St Patrick’s Day. Nope, I take that back. Best served with coffee and Baileys on any given day.




baileys irish cream scones
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Serves: 8
  • For the scones:
  • 1½cup all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1½tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp kosher salt
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 5tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled
  • ½cup half&half
  • 2tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • ½ cup morsels or chips (I used chocolate and peanut butter)
  • 1 large egg beaten and blended with 1tbsp water
  • 1tbsp sugar to top scones with before baking
  • For the glaze:
  • 2tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • ¾cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 to 4tbsp milk or cream for thinning
  1. Preheat the oven 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the butter and pulse 5 to 6 times....until butter is about pea size. Add the half&half and Baileys and pulse a couple of times until it's just incorporated. DO NOT OVER PULSE. The dough should look crumbly - not formed into a large ball.
  3. Dump dough onto a lightly flour surface. Pour the morsels/chips on top and lightly toss them together with dough a few time. Next start kneading the dough - 3 or 4 turns, until it comes together. Shape it into a large disk, about 1" thick and cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and top with sugar.
  4. Place scones in oven, on the middle rack, for 12 to 15 minutes or the bottoms and tops begin to turn golden. (Be sure not to over bake.) Remove from oven and place immediately on wire rack to cool.
  5. While scones are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and Baileys. If it is too thick add 1tbsp of milk or cream. Too thin add a little more sugar. Once you have the consistency you like drizzle over the cooled scones. Serve with coffee and enjoy!

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lucky charms cereal cookies

Now through the end of March I am declaring random recipe posting month – I have been shooting recipes, teasing you with the “coming soon” on my insta stories (which aren’t all that exciting – but I am giving it a go), and all the while not finding the time to actually post them.

Disclaimer: I could of been posting those recipes instead of watching back to back episodes of “Grace & Frankie” buuuuut that show speaks to me on a out of this world level and I needed it in my life. [I may have a dirty martini obsession now but it’s okay.]

Sadly, I am all caught up with G&F so onto productive things….productive things like these breakfast cookies. Which are not the kind of “breakfast” cookies that are loaded with whole grains, dried fruit, oatmeal or good for you protein powder. No, you are not consuming those things here. Not even a little.

What you are getting is a cookie that tastes like your childhood. And that is 100% worth the sugar crash you’ll experience 45 minutes after you eat one.

Never having made a cereal laced cookie before, I really wasn’t sure how the taste and texture would turnout intertwined in my typical go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. [Found on Pinch of Yum – I am not sure what it is about their butter melting technique, but it creates perfect, puffy, slightly crispy on the edges, chocolate chip cookies every single time.] I did have to make a couple of ingredient adjustments, since I was adding ground cereal, but I gotta say these were winners the fist batch out.

Soft and chewy with that delectable golden bottom. The white chocolate is the milk in your 5 year self’s bowl. And oh boy when you catch a crunch of mallow…it’s like Saturday morning and you’ve got your cartoon lineup to watch sort of good.

Alright guys, St Patrick’s Day is this Friday so you have no other choice to make these bad boys these week. You, your fam, your friends…basically anyone you give a cookie to (including yourself) will thank you immensely. My husband suggested washing them down with a shot of Baileys. (Man, he really does have the best ideas sometimes!)





lucky charms cereal cookies
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Serves: about 2 dozen
  • 8tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1cup Lucky Charms cereal only (marshmallows picked out)
  • ¾cup granulated sugar
  • 2tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1¾cup all purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • ½tsp kosher salt
  • ½cup Lucky Charms cereal, no marshmallows, coarsely chopped
  • ½cup Lucky Charms marshmallows only
  • ½cup white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the one 350ºF. Place the butter in an oven safe dish and put in oven. Once ⅓ of the butter is melted, remove from the oven and allow to come to room temperature. (About 30 minutes. DO NOY over melt your butter, ⅓ is all you need melted.)
  2. Place the 1 cup cereal only in a food processor and pulse until it is a coarse powder. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl fitted to a stand mixer, place the butter, egg, sugars and vanilla. Cream until mixed well, pale yellow and slightly fluffy. Add the ground cereal, flour, baking soda and salt. Mix on low until it all comes together. Fold in the chopped cereal, marshmallows and white chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, drop mounds of dough on sheet leaving at least 2 inches in between each. You can place some extra marshmallows on top to ensure the cookie shows them off - just don't flatten the mound when doing so. Bake in a 350º oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until the bottoms begin to turn golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet until transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy!

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hitched for 10 in key west

We have always talked about going BIG for our 10 year anniversary…we just neglected to actually make plans. After a January like no other — Sticky started a new job at the beginning of this year… while I am absolutely thrilled and excited for him, it has definitely been an adjustment at home (to say the least)  — we needed a vacation like no other. February 1st came and we knew we had to be somewhere warm, relaxing and gorgeous come our actual wedding anniversary. We decided why not Key West…  I am so glad we didn’t have a plan because Key West turned out to be exactly what we needed.

If you know my man and I you know that we love to eat and drink. (Don’t we all?!) We also like to walk ridiculously fast and far no matter where we are….but we won’t go into that. Often times I get asked where we recommend staying/dining at some of the places we have visited. I thought why not make it easy and post all of our favorites while they are fresh in my mind.

So here are our recommendations along with some annoying vacation iphone pictures (didn’t even get the big girl camera out…I was on full vacation, take it all in mode – and it was great).

W H E R E   W E   S T A Y E D

24 NORTH – Key West, Fl

A modern, easy to find hotel located close to the entrance into Key West. Bright and clean rooms (light is big for me – dark hotels give me the creeps) with a gorgeous hotel pool and fantastic outdoor bar. Free internet, parking – as well as a fitness center. It is not located super close to the main drag of Key West but there is a free shuttle that we used our entire stay. (Shuttle wasn’t perfect as far as being on time – some drivers better than others – but all in all it worked great for us.)

THE DIPLOMAT Beach Resort – Hollywood, Fl

We had quite the drive to the airport so on our way home we opted to spend one night near Fort Lauderdale. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much as I knew this was our last day of vacation. Sticky really shocked me with this one though. Absolutely GORGEOUS hotel located right on the beach. So much to do on property, but close to many fabulous things as well. Rooms are bright and super swanky. (The carpet was so lovely!) And even though we were not with our children it was evident this would be a fun beach hotel to bring the kids to.

W H E R E   W E   A T E


This came HIGHLY recommended and for good reason. Excellent food, service and location.  We had our official anniversary dinner here and I don’t think it could have been more perfect for us. Be sure to make reservations – the porch is where it is at as far as people watching.

LATITUDES, Sunset Key (right off Key West)

Make your reservations NOW for this place (outside table). Just a short ferry ride to the private island of Sunset Key – this restaurant is your view of the ocean. We could only score lunch here, but I am sure sunset is absolutely breathtaking. Our lunch was incredible with the Key Lime Martini being the best I have ever tasted.

GARBO’s GRILL, Key West, Fl

We love us some fish tacos and this was the place that most online sources said was the best…and they could not have been more right. Tucked behind a bar called “Grunt’s” you’ll find the silver bullet of Garbo’s food truck. Super friendly people and out of this world taco fare.


Fun little place, located right on Duval St, serving up New England favorites (lobster rolls, clams) as well as local fare (conch fritters, fish tacos). If your belly is wanting something sinful and/or fried (with an ice cold beer to wash it down) this is your stop.


Our first night in the Keys we landed in this fun, local establishment per a recommendation from the hotel. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect – we had been traveling all day with an earlier lunch stop that was less than desirable. Much to my surprise – and delight – Hurricane Hole was just the place we needed. You can tell that it is a local favorite – that’s the best kind of place – and the food was wonderful. Located right before you get into Key West.

SNAPPERS, Key Largo, Fl

Our lunch stop on the drive back up the Keys. Lots of outdoor waterfront seating with a fun, laid back atmosphere (honestly all of the Florida Keys had this vibe). The winner here though was the tuna nachos. Oh my goodness, so yum!

SARDELLI’S, Hollywood, Fl

We ended the trip at this hot spot in Hollywood. The menu, setting and scene were all very Florida sexy. (So yeah, you’ll want to ditch the flip flips and shorts here.) Worth the stop though if you are looking for something luxurious and special.

W H E R E   W E   D I D N ‘ T   M A K E   I T  (but were told not to miss)

ROOSTICA, Key West, Fl – pizza

BLUE HEAVEN, Key West, Fl – great menu and best key lime pie (so we have been told)

Side note — If you are seeing a lack of “beach images” that is because we didn’t technically go to a beach – although we certainly could have. Laying out on the beach is something Sticky and I can do for about 15 minutes before we get restless (I know, we are weird). Key West though is perfect for beach goers, foodies, water sporters and people watchers alike. There is definitely something for everyone.

It’s so good to be back with the kids and in the groove…but we definitely need more breaks like this one in our lives. Our marriage (and our sanity) deserves it. Hopefully the next 10 will bring many, many more.

Cheers to the married life!





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chocolate raspberry sandwich cookies

Valentine’s day is literally a blink away and I feel we all deserve a little something decadent. And cute. And damn delicious.

Say hello to dark chocolate shortbread cookies stuffed with raspberry buttercream. (Made with fresh raspberries no less.)  Shaped like hearts …. because everyone knows a treat shaped like a heart tastes better than a treat not shaped like one.

I do not post cookies often because honestly, I really don’t like making them. But I do LOOOVE a good shortbread cookie so there are exceptions, especially when they are as special as these little gems.

There is some fussiness to this between making sure the dough is chilled enough, to whipping up the frosting and then assembling it all. That said, these are worth every second of the effort and then some. Plus it Valentine’s Day – its worth the extra lovin’…am I right??!!

You could of course forgo the filling. The chocolate shortbread happens to pair AMAZINGLY well with coffee. If you have raspberries on hand though make the filling. You will not regret it!




chocolate raspberry sandwich cookies
chocolate raspberry sandwich cookies Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 12 mins Total time: 42 mins Serves: 18 sandwiches
  • cookies:
  • 1cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • ½tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½cups flour
  • ½cup dark cocoa powder
  • ½tsp kosher salt
  • filling:
  • 1pint fresh or frozen raspberries
  • ½cup butter, room temperature
  • 2cups confectioners sugar (more or less depending on how thick you would like it)
  • 1 to 2tbsp milk
  1. Cookies: In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on low-medium speed until combined. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla on low until just combined.
  2. On low speed, beat in flour, cocoa powder and salt until the dough starts to come together. Stop mixing at this point, over mixing will cause cookie to be tough.
  3. Divide dough in half and form each into a disk. (You can use a little flour if its too sticky.) Place one disk in between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll out to ¼" thickness. Do the same with the other disk. Place both in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  4. After dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the dough out into desired shapes using a cookie cutter (I used a 2" heart to make 18 sandwiches). Place cutouts on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-13 minutes. Allow the cookies to set on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before placing on wire rack.
  5. Spread raspberry filling on the completely cooled cookies to create sandwiches. Keep in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
  6. For the Raspberry Filling: Place raspberries and 2tbsp water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer. Allow to simmer until raspberries completely break down. Pour raspberries into a fine sieve to remove seeds. Pour back into the pan and simmer until reduced to ¼ cup. Allow to cool completely.
  7. In a stand mixer, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the cooled raspberries reduction and sugar and beat until completely incorporated and fluffy. Add more sugar if it's too wet, a little milk if too dense. Keep in refrigerator until ready to assemble cookies.

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