Peanut butter apple oatmeal cookies

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I love any and all desserts that include apples so I knew these would be delicious and I was totally right! And they were super easy which is a huge plus. They don't taste too sweet and they are fall apart soft. Add these to your menu next time you have a get together, I guarantee they will be a hit!

Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal Cookies

-1/2 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-1/2 cup light brown sugar
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-1 large egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
-1 cup diced apple, skin removed

-Preheat oven to 350*. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
-In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside.
-In another bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until smooth. Add in the peanut butter and mix again until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
-With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Stir in the oats and diced apples.
-Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies) or until light golden brown around the edges. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Scenes from our weekend

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Monday friends! We had a great weekend at home. I got in bed last night and told Garrett how much I love our life and our little family. It was one of those weekends :)

Friday night we went to a fundraiser event for the Boys & Girls Club and I only managed to get one picture. There was lots of good food and drinks and a really fun band. My MIL kept Vivi and I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss her the entire night.

My best friend Kate who lives in Charlotte was in town this weekend so Saturday morning we headed to her parents' house bright and early to see her. We have been best friends since 6th grade and now that she lives out of town we don't see each other nearly enough. Vivian Kate is named after her so it is so special to see my best friend holding my baby.

We spent Saturday afternoon running errands, going to the gym, cleaning the house and cooking. We had some friends over for dinner Saturday night which was so much fun. They have a little girl exactly 1 year older than Vivian and they were so sweet together. Garrett slow cooked ribs for 6 hours and they turned out aaaamazing. We also had crockpot macaroni and cheese and green bean casserole. Garrett and I agreed that this was our idea of the perfect weekend night... at home with friends. We got social interaction but didn't have to leave our baby with a babysitter. The best of both worlds!

Sunday morning we had all intentions of going to church and putting Vivi in the nursery for the first time but she woke up with a bad cold. Turns out her two bottom teeth had just popped through the skin! So we decided to stay home and watch church online. The rest of the day was spent watching football (go Panthers!), grocery shopping, snuggling my sick baby, and family dinner at my mom's house. Already looking forward to Friday!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday loves! Am I the only one who thought this week went by slooow? So excited it's the weekend!

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Girl mamas, this one is for you. I recently got Vivi this 3 pack of bows from Lou Lou and Company. I love passing on products and businesses that I have a good experience with and this is one of them!

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Confession: I can't remember the last time I ironed. Ever since we got this handheld steamer, ironing sounds like torture. It is so much quicker and easier than ironing. If you don't have a handheld steamer, get one now!

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One day this week we had a package delivered and I figured it was something for Vivi because that's all the shopping I do these days. To my surprise it was a surprise for me from my husband! These new tennis shoes! Maybe they will motivate me to get in the gym more often.

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This week we made shrimp "fried" cauliflower rice from Ashley's blog and it was so delicious. It was simple and healthy and I will definitely be making this again soon.

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I am almost done with the book "Magic of Motherhood" and oh my gosh, so good. If you're a mom, get this book right now! I am literally crying over every page.

2nd annual Anchor Run

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Wednesday friends! I am so glad hurricane Irma is gone and I am still just so saddened by the damage these two hurricanes have caused. It is heartbreaking to see how many people lost everything. The only bright side to all this sadness is how our country has come together to help those in need. It has warmed my heart to see people put their differences aside and just love each other. My dad just got word yesterday that his house in Key West sustained minor damage so we are very thankful for that.


This past Sunday we volunteered and participated in the 2nd annual Anchor Run in memory of sweet Georgia who lost her life to leukemia in December of 2015. We are friends with Georgia's family and losing her really just rocked our hearts and our entire town. Through Georgia's treatments her mom Amber clung to the bible verse Hebrews 6:19: "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure". Amber and Georgia made necklaces together while she was hospitalized during treatments and after she passed away Amber started Anchor Beads as a form of therapy and 10% of proceeds are given to childhood cancer research. My little sister nannies for Amber and helps her with Anchor Beads so this family and this event is very near and dear to our hearts.

Last year's Anchor Run raised so much money for childhood cancer research that Amber decided to make it a yearly event. This year $30,000 was raised to help fight childhood cancer, how amazing is that?! It was such an awesome day honoring sweet Georgia and her family.

Me, my little sister, and Georgia's mom Amber
Vivi and Ruthie, Georgia's little sister, are two months apart and are already best buds

Labor Day weekend in Key West!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

We are back from a long Labor Day weekend in Key West with my whole family. My dad recently got a vacation home there so it was our first of many trips! The house is beautiful and I know it will hold so many memories for our family in the future. I am heading back in 3 weeks so I will do a home tour if anyone is interested!

Thursday night we made the 2 hour drive west and stayed in a hotel right beside the airport. Our flight was at 7am so I refused to wake Vivi up at 3:30am to leave for the airport. It worked out perfectly and I'm so glad we did that! It definitely made our travel much more do-able.

Friday we were up bright and early to catch our flight. The rest of my family got there Thursday so they greeted us when we arrived at lunch time. My niece and nephew were so excited to see Vivian even though they see her every single day. It was so cute! We set up the pack-n-play, put Vivi down for a nap, grabbed a drink and headed straight to the pool.

Friday night we grilled out at the house because we were exhausted from traveling and waking up so early. It was so nice hanging out in our bathing suits until late in the evening and not having to rush to go anywhere.

Saturday morning we were all up bright and early so we rode our bikes to Blue Heaven for breakfast. This restaurant is a Key West landmark and an absolute must next time you're there!

The rest of the day we spent hanging out in the pool and riding around on the new golf cart which is SO much fun. I put Vivi in the baby bjorn and she absolutely loved riding in the golf cart and exploring the island! Key West is tiny so having a golf cart and bikes is so convenient. Plus, you can't park a car anywhere so bikes are the way to go.

Saturday night we went to Mallory Square for sunset which is also a must in Key West. There are all sorts of shows and people playing music and singing. You can get a drink and watch the sun set from the best spot on the island.

After sunset we put the kids to bed and a babysitter stayed with them while the adults went to Duval Street for a few hours. We went to a drag show which is absolutely hilarious and so entertaining. Had a few drinks, got some late night pizza, and headed home way past my bedtime.

Sunday morning it was overcast and raining off and on so we rode bikes to Island Dogs bar for mimosas and bloody marys. We rode around and did some exploring until the sun came out then it was pool time for the afternoon.

Vivi absolutely loves the pool so it made it enjoyable and so fun to watch her splash around. She is a water baby for sure!

Sunday night we had dinner at Conch Republic which is perfect for kids because it's outdoors and right on the water so it doesn't matter if they're noisy. And you can take them on the pier and feed the fish for entertainment. Tip: when in Key West, you have to try a piece of key lime pie at every restaurant you go to!

Our vacations aren't what they used to be... there is a lot less reading, sleeping and relaxing but making memories as a new family of 3 is priceless.

Flying With A Baby

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We officially survived our first time flying with a baby. I was honestly scared to death to fly with her but she surprised me and did much better than I expected. We traveled to Key West (recap coming tomorrow) and it was 2 flights there and 2 flights back. When we booked our trip I began scouring blogland for tips on flying with a baby and I rounded up all the things we packed in her carry on. Yep, all this just for the plane. As is life with a baby. I would much rather be over-prepared than under-prepared.

1. Diapers and wipes. Duh.

2. Bottles. Bring more than you think you need because when all else fails, milk makes them happy. Also, security may drop one of them and the nipple will touch all over the floor and no one has time to wash a bottle in an airport (true story).

3. Water in a S'well bottle. These bottles are perfect because you can throw them in your bag and it won't leak or spill. Vivi drinks her bottles room temperate but if your babe likes them warm, S'well bottles keep liquids warm or hot for a long time! I did a lot of research and called the airport beforehand and they told me you can take liquids through security as long as you let them know it's for bottles.

3. Formula (unless you breastfeed, obviously). I packed this formula dispenser as well as a ziplock bag of formula for backup.

4. Pacis. I packed hers in this small clutch inside the carry on bag because I wanted to have them all together and know exactly where they were when needed. Having them in a separate smaller bag also kept them clean.

5. Baby Bjorn. This was SO helpful getting through security and the airports. I threw her in this so that I could be hands free which was so much easier than holding her. Plus she is a stage 5 clinger right now so she was super content.

6. Happy Baby organic greek yogurt melts. These were our "big guns". Aka when nothing else was making her happy, break out the food. Definitely try these (and any other snacks) a few times before doing it on the plane to make sure your little one isn't allergic.

7. Jennifer Ann personalized blanket. Not only is it super cute, but it folds up easily and doesn't take up a lot of space. We laid this on the airport floor between flights so she could play and get down for a while since I'm sure she was tired of being held.

8. Toys. I purchased a few new toys that I didn't let her play with until the flights so that they would be new and "interesting" to her. I brought take-along tunesocean glow sensory shakerneptune musical tunesSophie the giraffe and whimzle grasping toy.

9. Little Unicorn burp cloth and bibs because drool and spit up. Multiple of each!

10. Clean outfit. Thankfully no blowouts were had so we didn't end up needing this but always be prepared!

11. Happy Baby organic puffs. Again, these were our "big guns" and worked perfectly. She loved them and they kept her quiet. I'm not against bribery.

12. Hand and face wipes. Perfect after eating yogurt melts and puffs.

13. Bunny lovey. She likes to hold onto this when she sleeps.

I'm definitely no pro at flying with children but we successfully survived our first trip! Major mom win! Please let me know if you have any questions.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Friday! We are currently en route to Key West for a long weekend! First flight for baby girl... let's hope we all survive ;) Follow along via Insta stories @mrsordavis

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At the beginning of the summer I was on the hunt for reasonably priced, cute one piece swimsuits because #mombod. Someone mentioned Cupshe to me and at first I was super hesitant because I am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" and a bathing suit for $26 just did not seem possible. However, I purchased my first one and was so surprised by the quality. Since then I have purchased 3 more and have loved all of them. My favorite are the high-waisted tankinis because it covers my belly but is still super cute and when no one is around I can still get sun on my mom belly ;)

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I made blueberry banana chia bars from Ashley's blog this week and they are so good! You can definitely tell they are healthy but they are the perfect snack. I have to have healthy snacks prepped and ready to go because when I get hangry I'm reaching for the first thing I can find. Having snacks like these on hand prevents me from eating an entire bag of chips.

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Target is killing it lately! I absolutely love small cosmetic bags for organization of makeup, toiletries, pacis, you name it. Target has the cutest makeup bags right now. I had to hold myself back from getting all of them! Here are two of my favorites:

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know it was our first baby's 6th birthday this week. She has had a rough year to say the least... 2 ACL surgeries and welcoming a new baby into the family. Things have definitely changed for her since Vivi came into the picture but she is the sweetest dog, the best companion and such great company. Hopefully year 6 is much better for her!

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I just got these jeans that Stephanie posted about on her blog and they are perfect. So soft, comfy and the step-hem is apparently the fall trend this year? Jeans are 50% off online right now so you can scoop these jeans up for just $18! You cannot beat that!

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