Yearly Archives: 2017


You’re Going to Fall in Love With Zara Home’s New Kids Collection

If you’re not already a fan of Zara Home, prepare to seriously fall for the affordable home décor line.

Zara Home recently unveiled their charming new collection for kids and it’s dreamy as could be. Full of modern elements (plenty of Scandinavian touches), blush neutrals and soft blues, and understated patterns like florals and polka dots, the series also features subtle odes to classic, storybook creatures.

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These pictures have me dreaming of a playroom for Scarlett.

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Lexi

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts

My family has fallen hard for this simple homemade pop-tart recipe. These 3-ingredient pop-tarts are super simple to throw together; they use a combination of store bought ingredients, and stuff we always have on hand.

They’re also a lot of fun to make with your family and kids. Oh, and did I mention they’re totally yummy? To get your kids in on the action, just cut out your rectangles and let the little ones go to town filling and then decorating their own special pop-tarts. Scarlett loves topping hers with sprinkles and telling us exactly which ones are hers. The combinations are pretty endless and it’s extra fun eating a pop-tart you made yourself.

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And the best part in my book about these 3-ingredient homemade pop-tarts? They can be made vegan, because most store bought pie crust has no dairy in it! (We use Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust.)

I made two different milk-free, vegan versions of these homemade pop-tarts for Scarlett and she was SO excited. Her vegan versions had either jam inside or Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips* and marshmallow fluff; a.k.a., vegan s’mores pop-tarts. Both were then topped with a modified version of the frosting that’s super simple to make; we just substituted almond milk.

(Scarlett is allergic to milk protein, so we’re always experimenting with vegan and dairy-free recipes, in case you want to check them out!)

*We use Enjoy Life chocolate chunks and chips; they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free, and totally delicious. They also bake incredibly well. Even Target carries them! Obviously, you can use regular semi-sweet chocolate here instead if you don’t need to keep the recipe vegan or dairy-free.

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Now let’s talk about how to make these awesome 3-ingredient homemade pop-tarts …

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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE POP-TARTS

Makes 8-10 pop-tarts.

INGREDIENTS

Store bought refrigerated pie crust
Rectangle Cookie Cutter (or sharp knife)
Strawberry or Peach jam
Nutella (optional)
Marshmallow Fluff (optional)
Confectioners sugar
Milk (I used almond milk and it worked like a charm!)
Sprinkles (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Using a rectangle cookie cutter or sharp knife, cut each pie crust into 8, fairly equal sized rectangles.
  3. Lay half (about 8) of your rectangles on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Top each rectangle with about a tablespoon or less of jam or marshmallow fluff and/or Nutella (leaving a perimeter of about a half an inch all the way around). Be sure not to overstuff or it will leak out as it is baking.
  5. Lay the other halves of the rectangles on top of the 8 that you topped with jam, Nutella, etc., and using the tines of a fork, seal each pop-tart along all four edges.
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until crust is slightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool on the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

For the Icing

In the meantime, mix a half a cup of confectioners sugar with a tablespoon of milk. (Consistency is key here; if your icing is runny, add a bit more sugar and if it’s too thick, add a bit more milk. You want it spreadable/pourable.)

Spread or pour a bit of icing on top of each pop-tart (now on the wire rack) and top with sprinkles or drizzle with Nutella.

Recipe Adapted via Kozy & Co.

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Hubby loved our version of s’mores pop-tarts. We filled our s’mores pop-tarts with a thin layer of marshmallow fluff and Nutella and then drizzled a little glaze and Nutella on top. (See above for Scarlett’s vegan version.) The s’mores pop-tarts taste amazing still warm out of the oven.

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By the way, you can find both my gold whisk and gold wire cooling rack at Target.

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If you find yourself throwing together a batch of these 3-ingredient homemade pop-tarts, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun snacking!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

9 Nursery Must-Haves + a Tour of Scarlett’s Room

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Somehow we’ve been living in our new home for around 8 months and yet, I haven’t shared a tour of Scarlett’s nursery. I’m about to correct that today, because we’re finally revealing a look at Scarlett’s nursery! We’ll call it the official nursery tour of the new home.

We’ve been so lucky to be able to keep Scarlett’s nursery pretty consistent between the moves – here’s the original; she’s a great sleeper and hasn’t ever tried to climb out of her crib, so the plan is to let her stay in the crib just a little bit longer. I know she’s safe, and she sleeps so well in there.

With the color scheme, we stuck with black, white, gold, grey, white, and soft pops of pink. I figure, once we finally convert her to a “big girl” room (crying just thinking about it!), we’ll let her choose the colors and theme. All signs point to pink. Lots and lots of pink.

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And now that we’ve used Scarlett’s nursery, in one house or another, for over two years, I’m happy to report what things we’ve loved and used, and what’s kept us organized as she continues to grow. There are so many products out there, and planning a new nursery can feel overwhelming. Well rest-assured, you can skip some of that trial-and-error, and check out our 9 nursery must-haves and a tour of our baby girls room!

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NURSERY MUST-HAVES:

| 1. A system to keep the clothing sizes organized. I really like keeping two large clear plastic storage buckets in Scarlett’s closet, one that I can toss clothes that no longer fit her into, and one that I can put new clothes that don’t quite fit her yet into. Babies grow fast, and they’re constantly growing out of sizes. It can get messy and confusing trying to sort out what doesn’t fit, so if something doesn’t fit, I just fold it up and toss it in the “too small” bucket. When I have the time, and the bucket is pretty full, I label it (i.e., sizes 12-24 months), put the lid on it, and put it into our attic for storage. I also like having a bucket for the next size(s), because I’m always buying cute things that I see here and there in larger sizes, and Scarlett’s many Grandmas are always sending outfits as well. Once Scarlett is ready to wear the new size, I have everything ready and waiting in the bucket in her closet. Trust me, this makes everything so much easier.

| 2. A changing station. It is lightyears easier to have a dedicated diaper changing set-up. The top drawer of the dresser we use has all of the essentials – wipes, diapers, and diaper cream.

| 3. A Diaper Genie. I’ll admit, when registering for the first time, I wasn’t sure why a Diaper Genie was all that necessary. You could realistically throw the dirty diapers into a garbage pin in the room. But let me tell you, you’ll find out fast just how unpleasant even a couple of diapers left sitting can smell. A Diaper Genie is essential for a sweet smelling nursery, the pails and coordinating refills lock in odors and germs, clean-up is a breeze, and the new Diaper Genie Expressions covers are totally adorable, so the pail is stylish too. (The customizable designs were made to match your nursery décor and you can choose from five colors; Grey Clovers, Pink Starburst, Pink & grey, Blue Knit and Blue Tile.) This is one of my favorite things to recommend for new parents.

| 4. A Glider. I went back and forth on this one. Gliders are not inexpensive, and I wasn’t quite sure what all of that fuss was about. Now that we’ve been using ours for well over two years, I get what all of the hype is about. I loved holding her as a baby in that chair, feeding her there, rocking her to sleep; and now, we climb in together and read books, I can sit there comfortable and work when she’s playing in her room, and she sits there on her own, “reading” to her dolls.

| 5. A waterproof sheet liner for the mattress. Know this, there will be blowouts, there will be accidents. Protect the mattress and save your sanity. If you’ve got a waterproof liner under there, and an accident happens, your mattress is saved, and all you have to do is pull off the sheets and throw them in the wash.

| 6. Baskets, bins, and cubbies to keep your little one organized. The older Scarlett gets, the more we try to encourage her to clean up after playing. Usually her motivation to clean up only lasts for about a handful of toys or books, but giving her wide open bins and buckets to drop things in has really helped to encourage clean up.

| 7. Books, books, and more books. We read at least one or two books before every nap and at bedtime and it’s made her such a lover of books. I love watching her repeat the words with me, touch and point out the colors on the pages, and request her favorites again and again.

| 8. Black-out curtains. I have no idea why we didn’t discover the magic of black-out curtains until this most recent move, but now that we know, we’re never going back. I pull the black-out curtains shut during the afternoon to block out a lot of the daylight for nap time, and in the morning, as the sun is coming up, they’re a lifesaver for blocking most of that bright morning light that would otherwise wake her up like a rooster at 5am. There are actually so many cute options at Target too; so don’t feel limited to boring dark curtains. Scarlett’s striped curtains are 100% black-out and are from Target’s Pillowfort line.

| 9. | A baby monitor. Whether you go for the walkie talkie style (which work just fine!) or a fancy digital version (some even have apps where you can watch your little one from your phone), a baby monitor gave us SO much piece of mind. We’ve tried and loved both kinds for different reasons, and even travel with our audio baby monitor to this day. Scarlett also wore a heart monitor her first several months of life because of some health issues, and that gave me an extra layer of piece of mind that I loved. There are actually monitors to track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels that are now available in major retailers like Target; which I think is amazing. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

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What are your nursery must-haves? Anything you’ve found to be essential in your little one’s room?

Get the Look: Mid-Century Bookcase: DwellStudio | Mid-Century Crib and Dresser: DwellStudio via AllModern | Blabla Knit Dolls: Layla Grace | Quilt: Handmade by my Mom | Emily + Merritt Wardrobe Rack: PB Teen | Glider Arm Chair and Ottoman: AllModern | Gold Prints: Lindsay Letters | Pink Velvet Hangers: Amazon | Gold Sequin Hanger: Pearls and Pastries | Hand-painted Announcement Chalkboard: Beth + Borrow | Hottsie Dottsie Fitted Crib Sheet: Cotton Tale Designs | In Bloom Book Collection: Rifle Paper Co. | Intaglio Dresser: Anthropologie | Gold Star Sequin Pillow: PBTeen | Metallic Pandan Bins: Serena & Lily | Pebble Pure Crib Mattress: Layla Grace | Hamper: HomeGoods | Light Blocking Striped Curtain Panel: Target | Sneakers: Converse | Huarache Sandals: TargetDiaper Genie + Diaper Genie Expressions covers | Souk Wool Rug: West Elm

Looking for more? These are our favorite sites to shop for your modern nursery design.

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

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I’m officially willing Spring to come. It is too darn cold. Meanwhile, we have a packed weekend, including a princess party that Scarlett could not be any more excited about if she tried, brunch with a friend and her little one, and work catch-up. Any fun Spring content you’re hoping to see? I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear end-of-week giggles14 things women do in advertisements that make absolutely no sense.

Dear wanderlust, where to travel in 2017, according to Instagram.

Dear over-hyped, food trends that need to disappear in 2017. (These totally made me laugh.)

Dear sweet tooth, these are the best bakeries in every state, according to Yelp.

Dear DIY’s to try, check out this adorable $10 bathroom floor makeover.

Dear Spring vibes, hold out hope for warmer temps and snatch up this smocked gingham dress before it sells out.

Dear organization goals, here’s exactly how to have an insanely organized kitchen.

Dear weekend baking, homemade strawberry white chocolate pop tarts.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

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How to Throw a Super Simple At-Home Date Night


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Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by with hubby. We’ve been together for more than a dozen years, and married more than six, and honestly, I still look at him all googly-eyed the way I did when we first met back in high school. (You can read more about our nerdy love story here.) Nowadays, “busy” is just our day-to-day reality, and sometimes we have to remember to slow it down and celebrate the little things. Small anniversaries, work achievements, basically anything awesome that Scarlett does; they’re all reasons to celebrate. It’s rare that we can arrange an actual date night on the town, complete with babysitter and reservations (that’s for really special occasions, ha), but we do try to celebrate at home in small ways.

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So when Walmart asked us to test out Bertolli’s Meals for Two (and family size Bertolli), we were happy for any venture into an easy and romantic dinner.

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Truth is, I’m a total novice at frozen meals, but lately, the busier we get, the more hubby and I keep talking about easier meal solutions that won’t eat up so much of my time trying to prepare. I’m a big believer in a hot dinner served up every night, but I’m also all about saving myself a little stress. Walmart has a huge display of amazing meals from Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s so you can stock up and always have a simple dinner on hand for impromptu celebrations.

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We tried out Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine and honestly, I could not have been more surprised by how good the meal was. Bertolli’s version of the classic Italian favorite, the farfalle pasta cooks up al dente, the grilled white meat chicken and tender spinach are in a really delicate sauce made with white wine and Parmesan and Romano cheeses, and all you have to do is throw the contents into a pan and heat. I think I always thought that if I didn’t spend hours buying the groceries and then working away at it in the kitchen, how could it taste fresh? But it totally was and did!

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The funniest part is that as I was stirring it on the stove and my photographer, Annie, was setting up to shoot for this post, she actually told me that the chicken florentine was one of her favorites and she and her husband ate it for dinner all of the time. I swear I felt like I had been living under a rock.

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Top with a little fresh parmesan and serve!

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How to Throw a Super Simple At-Home Date Night:

  1. Set the table. Even if it’s your living room coffee table and date night is from the comfort of your sofa, setting the table makes it feel just a little bit more special and like you’re celebrating something (even if it’s just something small.)
  2. Unplug. I know it’s tough, but on most nights, at any given time, I can look up, and both hubby and I are frantically typing away on our laptops. Dinner may just be for 20 minutes, but give yourself that break and shut off your tech.
  3. Eat something yummy. This goes without saying, but still, skip the cold cereal and have a nice dinner together.
  4. Talk about your day. The good, the bad, your partner is your sounding board, and it’s nice to just focus on one another for a few minutes.
  5. Pour yourselves a drink. Hey, it is a celebration after all!

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How do you celebrate the everyday? Are you a fan of stay-at-home date night?

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Lexi

The Family-Friendly Guide to San Diego, Part 1

As you may have seen on social media, we have been traveling literally coast to coast this past week. We had a family wedding in San Diego, so we spent the first weekend and few days of last week (and luckily, hubby’s vacation time) in and around San Diego. You might remember, we’ve traveled to San Diego before, and if you’re looking for a beautifully scenic visit, you’ll love this post. (Can you believe how teeny tiny Scarlett was back then?)

We were lucky enough to split up our time in San Diego between two different areas – Coronado and La Jolla – so I thought I’d share all about our visit to Coronado and the surrounding areas in this post, including some of our favorite family-friendly things to do in San Diego and plenty of adorable pictures of Scarlett having a blast at the wedding.

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We stayed at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and had such an amazing experience. The resort was practically made for families with so many restaurant options, activities like yoga, kickboxing, spin classes, jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, beach cruisers, kids bikes, even tandem bikes, ping-pong tables, a huge outdoor chess board, and pools (including a dedicated kids’ pool).

Even the in-room bath tub could probably fit a whole family; and trust me, Scarlett and her toys spent plenty of time in there.

And the staff was incredible. Everyone went above and beyond to take care of our family.

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We started each morning at Silver Strand Exchange for coffee and a quick bite, and usually walked the massive property (the hotel sits on its own 15-acre peninsula) to get a good stretch in.

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It was definitely too cold to hop in the pools during our visit, but Scarlett and her Daddy played plenty of “chess” out by the pool which mostly consisted of Scarlett dragging around the horseman pieces.

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Whether or not you’re staying at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, you have got to try Crown Landing. The restaurant has gorgeous water views and between the incredible cocktails (try just about anything with their juice of the day – I had a green pepper pineapple juice that was totally bizarre but tasted amazing!) and all of the yummy bites (get the shrimp toast), you’ll definitely be adding this one to your must visit list.

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The nearby shopping area in Coronado is adorable. It’s quintessential California, with a plethora of great boutiques. I went into as many as I could squeeze in.

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Two standouts: Studio 1220 (a fashion boutique with cool girl bohemian California vibes) and Seaside Papery (the cutest party store with adorable home and paper goods … just try to leave without buying something!)

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If you find yourself starving in Coronado, stop into The Islander for amazing fresh fish tacos and fish and chips.

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Clayton’s Coffee Shop is another great place to stop for breakfast or a really great coffee. (I had a Mexican Mocha with almond milk and it was delicious.)

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If you’re willing to take a short drive, Dark Horse brews their own coffee and makes the most amazing vegan donuts we’ve probably ever tried.

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For a fun night on the town, Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego is chock full of great restaurants and shops and is the perfect place to stroll and soak up the awesome California weather.

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The wedding was at Heritage County Park and to top off the wedding fun, there were lawn games.

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Scarlett was in heaven!

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It was so nice to spend time with family, and I love a good wedding. Such a sap.

Old Town is not too far from Heritage and is the perfect place to walk around, soak in the historic sites, and indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants (plenty with strolling mariachis that kids are sure to love!)

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Both the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld are relatively close to Coronado, so if you’re in the Coronado area with your family, definitely consider one of these for a day out. We opted for the San Diego Zoo and it was perfect for our animal-loving toddler.

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Scarlett was in love with the polar bears.

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Although it was pretty cold the week we were in San Diego, the sun was still on full volume, so be sure to cover yourselves in sunscreen; you’re gonna need it!

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Stay tuned: part two of our San Diego, California adventure is coming soon!

Huge thanks to Loews Coronado Bay Resort for having us! All thoughts and opinions are my own. And thank YOU for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.

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Lexi