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18 Neutral Throw Pillows to Spruce Up Any Space

Throw pillows; they’re an addiction. My husband gave up years ago on trying to limit the amount of throw pillows we had all over the house. Truth is, they’re a simple and relatively affordable way to change the feel or look of a room, and for someone who embraces the seasons and holidays with zeal, getting to add new flair every few months is basically a décor dream for me.

Changing up the pillows in Spring and Summer is especially fun for me because I love all of the neutral options that still manage to incorporate color – think lots of blue – and patterns – mudcloth prints and florals are topping my list currently – but manage to tie into most décor pretty effortlessly.

So I’m rounding up 18 neutral throw pillows to spruce up any space, from living rooms to dining rooms (throw one on a chair or two and you’ll love the look!) to bedrooms to playrooms. Pillows make every room happier, more styled and pulled together.

18 Neutral Throw Pillows to Spruce Up Any Space, with plenty on SALE. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Row 1: Caitlin Wilson Fiore Pillow in Grey | Lulu & Georgia Tuli Pillow Target Threshold Patterned Throw Pillow (On sale for $16.14!)

Row 2: Tonic Living Boho Stripe Pillow | Macall Pillow in Cloud | Lulu & Georgia Santos Pillow

Row 3: Threshold Target Embellished Medallion Square Decorative Pillow (On sale for just $20!) | Serena & Lily Camille Diamond Medallion Pillow | Lulu & Georgia Alda Fur Pillow

Row 4: Lulu & Georgia Radde Pillow | Caitlin Wilson Blue Belle PillowCupcakes & Cashmere Chambray Dot Fringe Pillow (If you love the fringe on this one, you may also adore this Target version; and it’s on sale!)

Row 5: Lulu & Georgia Luane Pillow in Slate | Lulu & Georgia Risa Pillow in Silver | Ramla Mudcloth Pillow

Row 6: Pacific Tile Pillow ($40) | Nyala Mudcloth Pillow | Tonic Living Classic Ticking Pillow ($36.95)

Any favorites?

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Cute Pregnancy Announcement: How I Told My Husband We Were Pregnant With Baby # 2

When I found out that we were pregnant with Scarlett, I could barely hold in my nervous energy, and immediately spilled the beans to my husband. (We had lost our first pregnancy, and finding out we were pregnant again just wasn’t something I could hold in. My husband was just as anxious and cautiously optimistic as I was, and I knew that the news would thrill him.)

Almost three years later, I held the secret – that I was pregnant with baby number two – for nearly a week! That may not seem like much, but when you’re holding in that kind of secret from a partner or spouse, at times you can feel like you just might burst with the news. I almost did. Several times.

I was actually nervous for another baby, nervous for another pregnancy, terrified of another labor and delivery, and worried about surviving the first few months as a new parent without our family being nearby to support us. Reading the results on that pregnancy test, though, it changed everything. Nerves immediately dissipated into joy, and plenty of tears, sitting on our big comfy bed, soaking up the most amazing information.

Cute Pregnancy Announcement: How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant Again, plus a FREE printable, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

One of the biggest differences for me, with this new pregnancy, is the feeling of calm that’s followed it. When we were pregnant with Scarlett, each movement I felt (or didn’t feel), each doctor’s visit, each stage of the planning process, felt terrifying. Having a baby; it was all so unknown. This time around, I know that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is worth every nauseous second of the first four months, every ache and pain, every nervously-awaited test and lab result.

I suppose it was with that calm that I was able to hold in such a monumental secret from my husband and prepare a cute pregnancy announcement. I’m sure he had an idea. We were “trying” and I’ve never been very good at keeping secrets or hiding my emotions. But he was also about to take his board exams, and I wanted him focused on that major hurdle before we tackled another biggie.

I wanted the “surprise” to be low-key, and very us. I searched Pinterest for a cute pregnancy announcement, but none of them truly fit. Breakfast in bed, plus a sweet announcement, that sounded like perfection to me. So just after his board exams (which he passed … yippee!), I came into the room with a surprise breakfast in bed; vegan cupcakes – so that Scarlett could celebrate with us – and coffee. Always coffee.*

*Except for the three-to-four months that you’re totally nauseous and coffee sounds like the worst thing ever.

How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant Again, plus a FREE printable, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I also whipped together a quick “Guess What? You’re going to be a Daddy again!” sign. We’re talking … I typed the phrase in pretty fonts on a Microsoft Word doc, printed it, and slapped it into an Ikea frame. Fancy.

Download your own FREE printable Surprise Baby # 2 Announcement for your husband here (or click the image below.)

How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant Again, plus a FREE printable, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Then, by some miracle, I was able to find the baby hat Scarlett was sent home from the hospital in, threw everything on a tray, including the positive pregnancy test, because you know, hubby is a man of science and needs the evidence, and called it “breakfast in bed.”

How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant Again, plus a FREE printable, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant Again, plus a FREE printable, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I brought the tray into the bedroom the morning after his boards and …

Hubby’s immediate, and very loud, reaction was, “I knew it!”

That boy, he’s full of romance I tell ya.

Then of course I wouldn’t let him eat the cupcakes until I stood barefoot on the bed and took a bunch of pictures. You know, blog life, and all that.

Cozy coffee in bed, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

By the way, Scarlett licked the frosting off of both cupcakes so all we got were two soggy chocolate “muffins” and some cold coffee. I think she’s the real winner here.

How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant Again, plus a FREE printable, by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

So there you have it: my cute pregnancy announcement to tell my husband we were pregnant with baby number two.

Don’t forget to download your FREE printable Surprise Announcement here.

If you’re expecting or have already had little ones of your own, what cute pregnancy announcement are you planning on doing? How did you tell your partner or spouse the big news?


Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including our pool party plans, two buck chuck, and chocolate hazelnut tartlets. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy weekend, everyone! We have a busy one, including our first pool party of the season. Scarlett is so excited, she might burst. Here’s to hoping the weather plays nice. I’m also getting ready for a few fun shoots next week and attempting to paint our outdoor furniture on Sunday (because you know I can’t leave well enough along … especially at 20 weeks pregnant!) I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear shop til you drop, the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is here! These are my picks; but hurry, the good stuff always goes fast.

Dear happiness solved, find a meaningful project.

Dear two buck chuck, here’s how Trader Joe’s is able to sell wine for $2 a bottle.

Dear end-of-Spring cleaning, how to clean a mattress.

Dear DIY’s to try, this homemade house number planter makes the prettiest front porch décor.

Dear wanderlust, the best coastlines, rivers, and lakes worth visiting in Europe.

Dear weekend baking, chocolate hazelnut tartlets with sea salt.

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

image via J.Crew (Shop their swim collection here!)

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Lexi

Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies (Perfect for a Summer Picnic!)

This post has been sponsored by Frito-Lay. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, I’m breaking out our picnic basket, stuffing it with goodies, including the most amazing double chocolate potato chip cookies, and heading to the beach. We like to keep our picnics simple: chips or bread, cheese, nuts, plenty of fruit, sometimes I’ll mix in hard-boiled or deviled eggs, and an easy-to-throw-together cookie or dessert; a.k.a. finger food. We also bring hats, a blanket, throw or scarf to sit on, sunscreen, and a few shovels and buckets for Scarlett.

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

We recently discovered Jordan Lake here in Durham, and although it is technically a lake, there are seven sandy beaches scattered throughout the 14,000-acre property. It’s probably the closest I’ve felt to home since being here in North Carolina and I relished every second of the warm shoreline. I’m guessing it will become our new favorite summer hangout, and so, easy picnics will most definitely be on the agenda all summer-long.

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

As for the double chocolate potato chip cookies, you’d be amazed at how simple this decadent dessert is to throw together. And for the record: this recipe was adapted via a recipe I found and re-created years ago here on the blog, aptly named the “Win Friends and Influence People Cookies“; so that should tell you everything you need to know. (You’ve gotta admire my 2011 photography skills!)

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I added the LAY’S® Classic Potato Chips component because I can’t get enough of the salted dessert trend, and classic potato chips just scream “summer” to me. Trust me on this one: that sweet and salty crunch on each bite is pretty incredible. You can taste that subtle chip crunch on the finish and it feels like potato chips and double chocolate anything were just meant to be.

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

How to Make Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

Makes about 48 cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
One 12-ounce package semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
2 cups of crumbled LAY’S® Classic Potato Chips

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy; about 4 minutes.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla until combined. Add the flour mixture and combine thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips and crumbled Lay’s potato chips and mix once more.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto un-greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 8 minutes, until puffy and the bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool on baking sheets about 2 minutes, then transfer potato chip cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


 

Recipe adapted via Glamour’s Win Friends and Influence People Cookies

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Recipe Hack: If you are looking to squeeze in even more time in the sun, use pre-made cookie dough to shorten prep time!

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Who knew adding a bit of salted potato chip crunch to something sweet could produce something so utterly delicious?

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

These potato chip cookies travel well, so they’re great to bring for any of your summer occasions, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, picnics, or for a weekend away.

Decadent Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies by foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

You can check out more great summer recipes on the Frito-Lay Pinterest board!

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Best of The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (What to Shop Right Now)

Like clockwork, just a few weeks before the start of summer, comes one of Nordstrom‘s biggest sales of the year, and let me just say, I am obsessed with the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. Most seasoned shoppers will tell you that the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is hands-down one of the best sales of the year. My mom got me hooked years and years ago. We used to love going through the catalog and circling our “must-haves” and then heading to the store on the first day of the sale to see all of the goodies in person. It really is a GREAT sale.

So what’s all the fuss about? Once a year, Nordstrom rolls out this huge sale where you can save up to 40% on the season’s most popular Men, Women and Kids styles, plus home and shoes. The items marked on sale are SO good, that things sell out fast. That’s because the items marked down during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale are actually brand new in-season items, just hitting shelves, and marked down for a super limited time as part of Nordstrom’s big sales push.

I get my favorite bags, shoessunglasses (they even have Prada and Dior on sale and up to 40% off!), clothes, and home décor (the options are amazing this sale) every year at the Half-Yearly Sale. They really and end up being some of my favorite pieces each year. So I’m helping YOU while the best items are still available and telling you what to shop right now!

Best of The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (What to Shop Right Now). Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

REBECCA MINKOFF Isobel Tassel Leather Hobo (40% off) | Nordstrom Mudcloth Accent Pillow | Kate Spade Clear Eyes Umbrella (20% off) | Stokke Xplory Stroller (10% off … and these are never on sale!) | Shiraleah Small Pineapple Aluminum Container (33% off) | Steve Madden Kapri Wraparound Lace Sandal (25% off) | Dash & Albert Venus Hand Knotted Rug (25% off) | kate spade new york jackson street trista leather wallet (33% off) (If you’re on the hunt for a new wallet, this Marc Jacobs Gotham Leather Wallet is gorgeous too and also 33% off.) | Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (20% off … just read the reviews!) | Tory Burch Logo Straw Tote (33% off) | Lauren Olivia Chokers (40% off and under $12 for all three!) | Sonix Elliot 48mm Cat Eye Gradient Sunglasses (40% off) | Bose SoundLink II Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (15% off) Also an awesome tech deal  Bose Wave SoundTouch IV Wi-Fi® Music System (10% off) | Barefoot Dreams Cozychic® Vertical Stripe Throw Blanket (20% off … my favorite soft-as-butter blankets, ever) | Elizabeth and James London Cuff (40% off) | Dior Eclats 60mm Sunglasses (40% off) | Marc Jacobs Navigator Leather Crossbody Bag (33% off) | FITBIT Flex 2 Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband (40% off) | Free People Bonsai Tee (40% off … one of my favorite brands and SO much is up to 40% off right now) | Nuna Leaf Curv Baby Seat (10% off) | Free People The Incredible Tee (40% off and this top gets the BEST reviews) | Magnolia Home Wall Memo/picture Board (40% off) | Fun in the Sun Turkish Pestemal Towel (20% off) | Ted Baker London Morcor Leather Briefcase (33% off) | dash & albert Tilda Hand Knotted Wool Blend Rug (25% off … this would be SO cute for a playroom! Also loving this one.) | Home Wall Sign (40% off) | Vince Camuto Lindel Open Toe Bootie (40% off) | BaubleBar Mason Pavé Ring (One of BaubleBar’s most popular pieces, and it’s just $19!) | deny designs Ombré Beach Wall Art Gallery (33% off) | Fendi Orchidea Cat Eye Sunglasses (40% off)

Right now I have my eye on a pair of the super popular ADIDAS Gazelle sneakers, this perfectly-slouchy tassel leather hobo, a pair of designer sunglasses, these Valentino Rockstud espadrilles (#swoon), and a new Barefoot Dreams throw blanket.

Plus a few more of my favorite things:

 

Plus, Nordstrom always has FREE Shipping and FREE Returns; a huge perk (ahem, incentive for ordering online and actually getting to check the item out, try it on, and be sure it’s everything you want and more).

So what are you waiting for, get to shopping! Don’t forget, the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale runs from May 24th through June 4th.

And be sure to let me know what you scoop up!

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Lexi

12 Pretty Little Summer Dresses

Once the summer heat sets in, temperatures can be pretty brutal on fashion. Style gets compromised for comfort, because let’s face it, no one wants to sweat in a brand new outfit. Lucky for us, season after season, pretty little summer dresses always come back, and this season, there are some seriously cute contenders. I’m loving feminine, lightweight dresses that feel just a little more special than the norm and/or have the right flattering cut to battle any day, but are casual enough to throw on with a pair of flat sandals and be out the door.

By the way, this dress, at just $34 is an awesome casual basic that you’ll wear all Spring and Summer long, and transitions really easily into Fall over a pair of leggings or tights. (I have it both in black and the striped version, and because it’s so flowy, it works really well as a non-maternity maternity dress too. For reference, I wear a medium, and it runs big.)

I’m rounding up a few favorite pretty little summer dresses with those special details, so that you can beat the heat in style … and a top knot, and a very large bottle of water.

12 Pretty Little Summer Dresses, including a favorite I wear all year long. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Row 1: Alexis Fulton Dress // Cynthia Rowley Zodiac Print Multi Ruffle Dress // Apiece Apart Piper Petal Dress // ENGLISH FACTORY Striped Dress

Row 2: Rhode Resort Ella Print Dress // Free People Dear You Mini Dress // Pia Pauro Embroidered Swing Dress // Lemlem Assaman Beach Dress

Row 3: For Love & Lemons Strapless Shirtdress // Free People Fleur Du Jour Mini Dress // Moon River Asymmetrical Drape Strap Dress // Poupette St Barth Sasha Mini Dress

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