Monthly Archives: August 2017


Little Love Notes

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares a few little love notes to the things she loved most this week, including coffee, a French-style apple tart, American small talk, and more. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Today’s a big day for us, and I’m a bundle of nerves. My little girl is having eye surgery. Thankfully, it’s a relatively small procedure, but she does have to be put under anesthesia, and truthfully, though I feel like I’m prepared, I can’t wait for this day to be behind us. I’ve talked to the doctors and nurses, I did all of my research, I have every hospital toy under the sun ready and waiting for her (How cool are these lace & trace animals, this wooden bead set, and this mess-free touch lights art activity station? By the way, everyone told me to get this one; it’s perfect for hospital visits and travel!); but really, I just wish I could make all of the tough stuff go away for her. I wish she didn’t have to get through these hard things at such a young age. (Scarlett was born almost a month early, and though she’s utterly perfect, we’ve had a few health bumps along the way. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: thank goodness for incredible doctors and nurses.) This will be her second time under general anesthesia, even though she’s only just turned three years old. I feel exhausted and worried and so, so guilty. But I also know that we’re helping her. I know that she needs US to make the tough calls for her. To help her. Wish us luck, send us good vibes, and here’s to hoping she rocks this surgery, and we can all cuddle up for a movie marathon tonight.

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? Weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes to the things I loved most this week …

Dear texting giggles, a look at how we “laugh” in text messages.

Dear TJ’s fix, Trader Joe’s just shared its top 50 (plus) products in honor of its 50th anniversary. Any favorites?

Dear lessons in history, America’s uncomfortable history of downplaying racism and white-supremacy. A worthwhile read after a hard week. Plus, 8 ways to help after Charlottesville.

Dear DIY’s to try, this DIY hanging chair. So cool.

Dear small talk, did you know this common American conversation starter is considered rude in most other places?

Dear worst/best reality show memories, the ‘Jersey Shore’ reunion trailer is here.

Dear weekend baking, a French-style apple tart (a.k.a., tarte tatin … one of my faves.)

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

Photography by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

6 Living Room Ideas To Make Your Room More Inviting

This post is part of a paid sponsorship 3M Window Film. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Sometimes, as a parent, you take a look around at your living room, and realize that it has become ground zero for all of the toys, books, games, bean bag chairs, discarded blankets, piles of mail, and laptop computers. Errr, at least, that’s exactly how our living room looks … all of the time. This summer, with Scarlett’s big birthday party, and preparing for baby number two, I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to give our family living space a bit of a facelift and to make the living room more inviting.

Through trial and error, and playing an interior designer on Pinterest (come on, you know you do too!) and in our own home, I’ve rounded up 6 living room ideas to make your living room more inviting.

6 Living Room Ideas To Make It More Inviting by NC lifestyle blogger Glitter, Inc.

Find Pretty Ways to Store the Mess.

Baskets are your BFF. I’m a big fan of these belly baskets (and here and here and here) because they look stylish, but are deceptively deep and can hide a lot of toys and clutter in one easy cleanup. We also use ours to stack and store throw pillows and folded blankets.

You’ll also almost always see a French market basket hanging by our front door. (An ode to the French market basket, right here.) This lifesaver of a carryall is perfect to throw on your arm for trips to the farmers market, the beach, a playdate or visit to the park, you name it. When you’re done using it, hang it back up as a pretty decorative piece. Because we have ours by the front door, I also like to keep our dog, Belly’s leash in there, plus a few other odds and ends I toss in in an effort to tidy up.

Last but not least, square storage bins. If you have any piece of furniture with cubbies or shelves, square baskets or storage bins can be a total game-changer. They hide the mess you would otherwise normally stuff haphazardly into those shelves, and they always look organized and tidy … even if you’re not.

Bring in Natural Elements.

Plants make a huge difference in any living space. Whether real or faux, bringing in greenery can make a living room (or any room, for that matter) feel instantly more inviting, natural, and bright.

If you have a black thumb (#guilty), look for stylish faux greenery. Faux plants are really popular in home décor right now, and there are plenty of great finds online. Loving these palm leaf branches, this fiddle leaf fig tree, this snake plant in the cutest stand, and both this set of olive trees and this larger olive tree. With any of these living room ideas, you’d never know they weren’t real plants.

6 Living Room Ideas To Make It More Inviting by NC lifestyle blogger Glitter, Inc.

Don’t Make Your Television the Focal Point.

In our last  house, our large TV was front and center, and right over the fireplace. It drove me crazy to lose my precious mantle (yep, I love decorating a good mantle!), and I always felt like the whole focus of the room was on the television. In our new house, the TV is off to the side, on a beautiful piece of furniture, and I’m so much happier.

Plus, when company comes over, the television doesn’t take away from conversation, etc.

Someday, I’d love to conceal our television behind some kind of custom cabinetry, but until then, even just having the TV off to the side, has made a big difference.

Throw Pillows Are Always a Good Idea.

It’s no secret that I love and regularly harness the power of a good throw pillow, or three. They instantly glam up and breathe new life into a space, and depending on the season, can really give the room a whole new look. Plus, pillows are comfy. Talk about inviting.

Put a Rug on It.

Even if your floors are carpeted, but especially if they’re wood, laminate, or tile, adding a cozy soft rug, with a bit of texture, can really brighten up and soften the look of a living room. Don’t break the bank by hunting for the perfect 8×10 rug. A small-ish rug that fits between your two sofas, chair and sofa, or sectional, and/or under a coffee table, is really all you’ll need to add that inviting affect.

Remember your windows.

Ever find that those huge windows that let in all of that dreamy light when you first laid eyes on your would-be home let in TOO much light? We’ve totally run into that problem this summer in our home. We have these two huge windows that let in gorgeous natural light – and we all know how good lighting can make a space feel more inviting – but it can also make the room feel like a furnace on hot summer days.

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6 Living Room Ideas To Make It More Inviting by NC lifestyle blogger Glitter, Inc.

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Lifestyle and home décor blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares 6 ways to make your living room more inviting. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Love these living room ideas? See more home décor tips, tricks, and plenty of design inspiration right here.

Photography by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

What’s Old Is New Again: The Low Ponytail

Plenty of beauty trends come and go; and some, like blue eyeshadow, are best left forgotten if you ask me. But some manage to slip back into the beauty landscape, and this one in particular – the low ponytail – I’m not all that mad about. As a fan of no-fuss hair (read: I’m a tired mom), a relaxed ponytail that requires no hairspray, or any effort really at all, sounds ideal.

Tie or top your low ponytail with a scarf, bow, or barrette (totally channeling my mom during the early 90s right here), and out the door you go.

I also love this kind of ponytail (and I think you’ll love it too!) because a low ponytail is softer than a slicked back, more styled ponytail, and if you pull a few strands of hair out around your face, it can look totally intentional and beautiful with so little effort. Easy hairstyle game strong.

What's Old Is New Again: The Low Ponytail by popular NC blogger Glitter, Inc.

Silk Bow Barrette

Beauty trends making a comeback: the low-slung ponytail (and why you'll love this easy hairstyle!) Knotted Velvet Scrunchie. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Knotted Velvet Scrunchie

What's Old Is New Again: The Low Ponytail by popular NC blogger Glitter, Inc.

Studded Bow Hair Tie

Beauty trends making a comeback: the low-slung ponytail (and why you'll love this easy hairstyle!) Spiral Hair Ties. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Spiral Hair Ties

Are you a fan of the low ponytail? Any other favorite low-maintenance hairstyles (i.e., the kind you can accomplish in two minutes or less?)? 😂

See more of our favorite beauty tips, tricks, and trends right here.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

Homemade Roasted Peach and Oatmeal Cookie No Churn Ice Cream

Nothing like starting the week off with a little ice cream, amiright? And this one in particular – roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no churn ice cream, packed with chewy homemade cookie chunks – OMG. Besides, we only have about five weeks left of summer, so why not enjoy every last second of it. With homemade ice cream.

Psst .. love ice cream? You do not want to miss our confetti cookie cup ice cream sundaes and double chocolate peanut butter ice cream sandwiches (made with homemade salted chocolate and peanut butter swirl ice cream and chocolate sugar cookies.)

But back to today’s summer-perfect roasted peaches and oatmeal cookie no churn ice cream …

Homemade Roasted Peach and Oatmeal Cookie No Churn Ice Cream by NC foodie blogger Glitter, Inc

Our awesome food contributor, Hope, perfected this homemade no churn ice cream crammed with roasted peaches and oatmeal cookies, and the result is so, so good.

Roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no-churn ice cream, packed with chewy homemade cookie chunks - OMG. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

From Hope:

The combination of flavors in this roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no churn ice cream is amazing! The sweet roasted peaches and chewy oatmeal cookies suspended in a smooth and easy no churn ice cream base are perfectly delicious. Each bite is a little different, but each spoonful brings a bit of nostalgia for those warm, slow summer nights on the front porch.

Roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no-churn ice cream, packed with chewy homemade cookie chunks - OMG. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Peach and Oatmeal Cookie Crumble No Churn Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

5 smallish or 4 medium to large peaches, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon bourbon
2 cups cold heavy cream
Oatmeal cookie chunks (recipe below)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the peach slices out in a single layer and sprinkle with the brown sugar and salt. Roast until golden and caramely, flipping once or twice during roast time, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Line a loaf pan or ice cream freezer container with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and bourbon until combined.

Place the cold cream in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the mixture – constantly folding over and over until everything is combined. This will take a few minutes! Fold in the sugar roasted peaches, reserving a few for the top of the ice cream.

Gently stir in most the cookie crumbs. Pour the mixture into your prepared loaf pan and freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

Roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no-churn ice cream, packed with chewy homemade cookie chunks - OMG. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup of quick cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until combined in a medium sized bowl. In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs, beating well to combine thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients slowly and mix just until combined.

Pat out the dough into the bottom of an 8.5″ x 4.5″ loaf pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the dough at the center of the pan looks nearly done. Allow the cookies to cool at room temperature or in a fridge. Cut into small cubes, or break it into small pieces, just before using.

Roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no-churn ice cream, packed with chewy homemade cookie chunks - OMG. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you make your own roasted peach and oatmeal cookie no churn ice cream, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your yummy ice cream creations!


Lexi

Little Love Notes

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares a few little love notes to the things she loved most this week, including this dreamy pop-up bohemian camper. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Hi all and happy weekend! I can’t believe today, Friday, is the last day of summer camp for Scarlett. This summer has flown by in the blink of an eye. Which means, baby number two is right around the corner. Eep! This weekend is a FUN one because my Mama and sister are in town. We spent last night sorting clothes for a huge purge/giveaway (it takes my mom to finally get me to clean house!) and laughing around my dining room table. It feels SO good to have them here. We’ll be bouncing around town all weekend, including a trip to my most favorite farmer’s market here in the Triangle, plus plenty of good restaurants along the way. 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 to the things I loved most this week …

Dear wanderlust, who wouldn’t want to trek the country in this dreamy pop-up bohemian camper?

Dear caffeine aficionados, here’s why Starbucks has their own drink size names.

Dear Sephora lovers, the company just made Thursdays your new favorite day EVER. Most everything sold out yesterday, but this Twinkle Lighting Palette (that’s been on my wish list!) is still 50% off through next week. And be sure to set your alarms for next Thursday’s “weekly wow” steals!

Dear tried and true parenting advice, “always take the trip.”

Dear cold drink obsessed, everyone’s favorite YETI is 27% off on Amazon for a limited time. If you basically want your drink to stay cold for all of eternity, it’s time to get on board.

Dear dating woesinteresting conversation starters you’ll actually want to use for your next first date.

Dear weekend baking, nutella coffee crunch brownies. YUM.

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

image via @zevyjoy (See the full camper tour here.)

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

Thoughts on Maternity Photos

Thoughts on Maternity Photos and why they're probably definitely worth it. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

As the due date for baby number two* looms ever closer, my mind is racing with the things I have to do. I’m a planner, by nature. I feel a sense of accomplishment creating lists and ticking things off those lists. But something I’ve neglected to plan? Maternity photos. Which strikes me as funny because I am a blogger, and so much of what I do involves taking pictures, creating and capturing beautiful content, and preserving memories. I think part of my reluctance to have maternity photos taken, lies with my own insecurities. I felt the same unease about my expanding body the first time around and never took official maternity photos. Though in my defense, Scarlett did decide to show up nearly a month early, so there wasn’t a whole lot of time left to squeeze in photos. Looking back on the photos we had taken of our newly-formed family of three, after Scarlett was born, I realize now that I should have captured every moment, because those photos are precious to me.

These days, Scarlett holds my belly, and demands to kiss her baby sister (my belly) “goodbye” each morning when I drop her off for those few hours of summer camp. She wraps her tiny arms around my growing mid-section and buries her face deep into the hardening belly that cradles her sister, and screams … yes, screams … “Mwah! I love you baby sister.” And I think to myself, how can I NOT capture these memories? Scarlett’s joy over her new baby sister only magnifies the feelings of warmth I get when I dream of our second baby.

I’ve never been very good at posing in a field. I can’t muster the look of serenity when I’m busy fidgeting, and nowadays, worrying over Scarlett’s every move. I’m convinced I look like the most awkward person ever in all of our family photos.

I keep circling back to the idea of doing a maternity photo shoot at home, where we’re comfortable. It seems natural to want to capture our soon-to-be family of four in our home, where we can be us. I flinch when I think about the stretch marks I’ll have to hide and the care I’ll inevitably put into when choosing our outfits, styling our hair, finding a way to superficially feel comfortable when I’ve never been one to like being the subject of photos. Vanity is awfully stupid, isn’t it? But I think that the end result will be worth it. Even if I can just capture the joy Scarlett feels over her impending baby sister.

So tell me, mamas: What are your thoughts on maternity photos? Did you have photos taken of your while pregnant? With your first? Your second? Your third child? Are you glad that you did? How did you find a way to feel comfortable in your own skin when rapid expansion and a dwindling wardrobe seems to have taken over?

*You can see how our little family announced that we were expecting baby number two here, how I told hubby we were pregnant (again) here, and the gender reveal here.

Photo via @elizabethmessina


Lexi