Hatched Baby.

September 15, 2014



If you are ready to completely swoon over the cutest clothes ever for kiddos, then head on over to Hatched baby. No words! A few of these dresses are basically begging me to buy them for my girls!
Apple wears this sweet romper pictured all the time and then the other day after swimming Ains snuck it out of the pool bag and wore it the rest of the afternoon. They are truly beautiful clothes, unique and amazing plus the quality is top notch!  So honored to have the opportunity to share today!!




"Hatched is an online lifestyle boutique that offers fashionable, modern clothing for babies and kids. Some History: The story began when a love of fashion met a love of motherhood. From her years at Anthropologie, Jen was inspired by quality merchandise and artful design. Life changed when she and husband Dave welcomed their baby girl into the world. Like most parents, they quickly became overwhelmed by the endless search for trusted products with a creative style. They were eager to find a retailer that met their lifestyle standards but was convenient enough to shop online. The plan was hatched."


Use coupon code casey15 for 15% off, valid until Sept. 30th.

Ainsleigh's Day.

September 14, 2014




Ainsleigh Kate. My baby turns four on Tuesday, Happy Birthday my love! 
On September 16, 6 lbs 7 ounces...you changed my life forever. I will never forget running my fingers across your precious little nose and tiny lips. You smelled like pure heaven and came out of the womb content, sweet and joy-filled. You were everything from the first moments. 

You are my little light. Filled with joy and love, you light up every room. You love big and well. 
You are my sunshines girl, you are brave and adventurous and confident and independent. Your personality is infectious sweet Ains. I truly cannot believe you are mine. Thank you for being you, for showing me so much about life in just these 4 short years. 

I am the luckiest,
love, mama


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be a light.

September 11, 2014



My mantra for this year has been brave. and then freedom joined the mantra. My year to claim that for my life!

God has done so much for my heart this year. He has given and He has taken away. There are so many intimate parts of my story that I have yet to share, so many bits and pieces tucked away in my soul...still sifting through them.

The same week we moved out of our home, we gave away most of what we own- simplify into a much smaller space is the same week our second baby went to heaven. Everything has been moving so fast these past two months but sometimes when I stop long enough to look around, the ache will grab me. Remind me that it still hurts. 

I keep my eyes fixed on Him and I know that all will be okay, whatever that looks like. He has asked the broken me to trust, the want-to-control me to let go and the perfectionist me to surrender. He has placed me in a situation that cultivates compassion and humility. 

God talks to everyone differently but with me specifically He pursues me in really beautiful ways.  I mean, He knows me- He made me. He has had three different women that don't know each other over the past 6 months come to me with the exact same message and exact same bible verse, saying they were confident that God was telling them to share with me. There is beauty in knowing that He cares. 

It takes bravery to be vulnerable with your life and your story but I do believe that He is glorified when we do so. The hurting and broken see that they are not alone. This is a very broken world and hope is a beautiful message that we are able to cling to. 

I have claimed that He has a purpose for me and something that He has confirmed in my heart and sealed in my soul is to be a light. I want to be a light, my family to be a light. I want my heartaches to be forever sealed as redeemed because He made the broken, beautiful again. 

There is so much to be grateful for and amidst any heartache or confusion there comes clarity when I know there is a reason. The same God who leads us in, He will lead us out. We might be busted and broken but He uses our light to shine out and there is great purpose in that. 

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BEAUTY.

September 10, 2014



So so excited to see this beautiful post over here by my sweet sweet friend Anna! Check out the full post on her amazing blog :).

Over the next few months I am going to be sharing how some of my favorite friends are using their Essential Oils! I feel like it will be a really fun collaboration!!

 (for the above) post by In Honor of Design
Show stopping Florals by Lindsay Coletta
Photos by the talented Haley Sheffield




I have been opening up about my journey with Essential Oils and thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway today for one of my favorite beauty products- the Creme Masque!  

I use a lot of the Young Living beauty products- the ART skincare line, the wrinkle cream, the Creme Masque, shampoo, handsoap and more! We also have switched over to the kid's shampoo/bodywash and lotions! They are AMAZING!

About the ART skincare:
"A·R·T® Skin Care System- Age Refining Technology - is a superior concept in skin restoration that combines the advanced technology of DNA recovery enzymes with a proprietary anti-aging Peptide Complex to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, even skin tone, and increase the elasticity and density of skin. Recognizing the incredible power of essential oils, Young Living added frankincense and sandalwood to this unique formula to reinforce DNA renewal. Add the legendary wolfberry seed oil, known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties, and you have the formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system."



If you are interested in essential oils but really don't know where to start, here is a class  that might be helpful as a starting off point! If you have an extra 40 minutes, check it out! 

I also have a fun online magazine here, an oily instagram here & info on joining my team here 
 


Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

September 09, 2014

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Mary Beth Johnson is a photographer, blogger, and journalist with a passion for finding beauty in unexpected places and celebrating the everyday. Originally from the east coast, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children (dubbed "schooners”). From an office full of fingerprints and walls scattered with imperfect artwork, she’s writing her first book, a memoir of her parents' journey in raising 14 children, and her own lifestyle blog, Annapolis & Company.

Apple season begins in September and I get giddy about it every year. To me, it signifies the turning of the season and the calm, crisp routine of days before the holiday season hits. I revel in that. This September we are adding another baby to our family and I have a feeling it will take us a bit to establish that steadiness I look forward to with every new apple harvest, yet we are so beyond excited to have our first autumn baby that I know the sleepless nights will soon be forgotten. Somewhere in the craziness we'll find time for apple pies, apple butter, and easy homemade applesauce in the crockpot.
  ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

There is a little orchard in the North Carolina mountains that we love to visit when we've lived on the east coast in the past. Stunning views of the mountains, apple cider donuts, red wagons, and miles of every variety apple you could imagine. It's a happy little place and a nice change of scenery from the rolling hills of South Carolina. After moving back from the midwest this year, I'm excited to take a Saturday to drive up there for a morning of exploring and gathering with the kids. I have a lot of favorite apple recipes to use our apples on, but this one is probably my favorite. It makes a large cake, so I like to share it with the neighbors or host a dessert night with friends, pairing it with coffee or apple cider. It's fun to look back and see all the different places I've made this and the different people in our lives at the time. Food can have a history all of its' own and I like that my tastebuds tingle and memories trigger just by pulling out a well-loved recipe. I hope that wherever you are you get a chance to make this and share it with the ones you love...
  ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

//APPLE CAKE WITH BROWN SUGAR GLAZE

  For the Cake:
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups finely chopped apples (I like to use a little more)
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

Brown Sugar Glaze:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons heavy cream

For the Cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch pan with butter and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk to mix everything together. Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter till the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the hot cake on a wire cooling rack. While it’s still hot, prepare the glaze. 

  For the glaze: Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan. 

  Notes: This makes a huge cake, which is perfect when having company over or for sharing with the neighbors, but should you want a smaller portion this recipe is easily divided in half. Bake in a square, 8 x 8-inch pan. This is also even better the next day if you keep it tightly sealed or covered!

Tuesday Giveaway.

September 08, 2014



This dress from Fancy Free is one of my all-time favorite dresses ever. I have such a hard time finding beautiful maxis with long sleeves and when I saw this one my heart absolutely jumped! It's perfect because you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion and it's so cute yet comfy. Her whole shop is filled with adorable outfits for great prices. So excited to share with you today AND for one of you to get $100 shopping spree! too fun! 



"An online clothing & accessories boutique for the FANCY & FREE kind of girl... She's Feminine, Chic and Trendy with a love for all things Style & Fashion. She's Confident, Strong, Adventurous, Bold and not afraid to set her own trends."


Use Coupon Code: Casey15 for 15% off your entire order.

GIVEAWAY: $100 gift card to Fancy Free