Shades of Fall - Nails

Fall Nails
1. (Sally Hanson Gel Nail Polish in Boho A Go-Go) | 2. ( Essie in In the Lobby) | 3. (Deborah Lippmann in Single Ladies) | 4. (Essie in Sand Tropez) | 5. (Nars in Bad Influence) | 6. (Essie in Sable Collar) | 7. (NARS in Amarapura) | 8. (OPI in Dark Side of the Mood) | 9. (NARS in Mots Blues) | 10. (Essie in ChinChilly)

Going to the nail salon isn't as easy as it used to be so I've rounded up my favorite Fall nail colors for manis at home! I have to say the Sally Hanson Gel Nail system (no light, two-step process) has been my go-to since having baby boy. It stays strong for a week which is great considering the mounds of bottles and pumping parts I wash each day!

I'd love to hear some of your favorites!


Fall Bucket List

Pumpkins have appeared and the season has officially changed to Fall. While I don't think Texas has received the memo that 90 degree temps are no longer welcome, I can't help but get holiday happy when I see plaid in the store windows and bright orange mums on door steps. This time of the year is my favorite and 2015 is just a little sweeter with the addition of our little man. I know he has no idea what Fall is, but I have a list of things I want to experience with my boys this season. In years past my fall bucket list may have been a little more on-the-go and elaborate. This year my desire is to enjoy the season simply; evening walks, pumpkin pies and piles of leaves. Here's a few things at the top of my list.  I would love to hear what's on yours...especially if you have a little one that will be tagging along!

Take Lincoln to a Pumpkin Patch (Love this one)

Host a Chili Potluck with Friends

Sunday Afternoon Naps in the Backyard

Make My Classic Pumpkin Pie for an Afternoon Visit

Halloween Party with Family

Evening Walks with a Bundled-up Baby 

Bake Ginger Snaps for Neighbors (I'm going to try this one)

Take Pictures for our First Family Christmas Card

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Lincoln Miller Vaughan

It's been pretty sweet in the Vaughan house lately, introducing....

Lincoln Miller Vaughan.

Hello friends! Our sweet baby boy is here and we are just smitten. After 6 hours of labor and an hour and a half of pushing he entered this world at 8 lb 1 oz and 20 1/4 inches. The last 11 weeks have moved my soul and stretched my heart more than I could ever imagine. I'm in awe of God and this gift he has given Tanner and I. We are undeserving of this kind of love, but boy are we grateful he picked up to raise this little man.


Veggie Pasta with Goat Cheese Medallions

Fresh summer veggies are a must on my dinner menu right now and this veggie pasta was a perfect hit. I'm a fan of any dinner idea that includes ingredients we regularly have in house and takes less than 30 minutes to make. I hope you enjoy!

  • 8 oz whole-wheat bow tie pasta
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2 Tbl. EVOO
  • 2 Cups thinly sliced small onions
  • 1 Shallot 
  • 1 Can diced italian tomatoes
  • 2 Tbl. minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 6 Cups baby spinach
  • Olive oil cooking spray
*Recipe modified from Eating Well Magazine.

  1. Line a small baking sheet with foil and preheat oven to broiler.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  3. Combine dill and panko in small bowl. Divide goat cheese into 4 portions; shape each into a 1-inch-wide disk. Coat the disks in the panko mix making sure the mixture sticks on each side. Transfer to the baking sheet and lightly coat the tops with cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and onions, stirring, until lightly browned. Add tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved 1/2 cup water, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in spinach and the pasta; remove from heat.
  5. Broil the goat cheese rounds until light brown and crispy on top; 1-2 minutes. Serve each portion of pasta topped with goat cheese medallion.


Shades of Summer - Lips

Spring and Summer lip shades are some of the best. The endless options of sweet pinks and bright corals make me swoon. With a baby coming this month my summer clothing options were a bit limited so fun lip colors and pretty nail polishes have been my saving grace. For those of you looking for some new summer lips, here are my favorites.

Shades of Summer- Lips
Nudes: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Peony; NARS Sheer Lipstick in Falbala, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Pale Neutral Pink
Blush: Tarte Cosmetic Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Golden Pink; Michael Marcus Lipstick in Flirt; Pur Minerals Lipstick in Socialite
Pinks: Butter LONDON Moisture Matte Lipstick in Loved Up; Laura Geller Luscious Lips in Fuchsia Fever ;Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia
Corals: Butter LONDON Brick Lane Collection Tinted Balm in Jaffa; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia; Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Shocking Coral

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Homemade Mixed Berry Ice Cream

Hello friends! How is July going so far? I hope you it's beeb full of the sweet sun, good friends and cool water! In the spirit of sweet summer time, I wanted to share one of my favorite childhood treats.

Growing up in Texas, the Summer was always marked by the arrival of Junebugs, the first sunburn sting, late night slumber parties and the sound of the ice cream maker on the back porch churning a creamy treat. Surprisingly enough, I haven't craved ice cream at all this pregnancy but now that baby boy is about to arrive and the temperatures are getting up there, my taste for homemade ice cream is coming back. I love mixing fruit into my homemade ice cream and wanted to share this easy Mixed Berry Ice Cream with you today. My tool of choice for homemade ice cream is the Cusine Art Ice Cream Maker. It is so easy to use and I LOVE the bright green color; perfect for summer!


Mixed Berry Homemade Ice Cream
This makes about 5 cups (ten ½-cup servings)
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Strawberries, hulled
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 3/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  1. Put the strawberries and blueberries into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Pulse berries until rough/finely chopped (depending on preference). Reserve in bowl. 
  2. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Stir in reserved berries with all juices. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Turn on the ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.


A Letter to Baby

We are on the way to the hospital this morning to meet our sweet little boy. My mind is all over the place as I try to take mental snap shots of each moment we experience. I've scheduled a few posts for the next few weeks but wanted to share my last letter to baby boy today, on his birthday. I wanted to remember all the thoughts and feelings we experienced the last month before his arrival so I wrote him letters each week.

July 13, 2015

Dear Baby Boy,

We will see your sweet face tomorrow. I will become a mommy and Tanner will become a daddy. My whole being will change and my heart is going to feel things I didn’t know were possible. I’m swimming in so many feelings; excited, nervous, happy, scared. I’m trying to soak up the last day of just being Ashton but I know God is already preparing my heart for tomorrow. Today’s Ashton is going to be a much better version by tomorrow night.

Every time I get nervous about the actual delivery I think about the moment they will lay you on my chest and we will see you for the first time. I think about your daddy right by my side, seeing his face change as he takes you in. I think about how sweet your skin will feel and how much that amazing newborn smell will fill my heart. I think about how much my love for your daddy will grow as he coaches me through your arrival and holds my heart as we make our family of two and family of three. I think about introducing you to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, great grandparents and cousins and seeing the joy and pride in their eyes. I think about feeding you for the first time and all the little noises your going to make as you sleep.

Each one of these thoughts brings a tear and rush of emotions. We will close this chapter of our lives tonight and start the best chapter of our story tomorrow, with you.

We love you sweet baby boy. Thank you for making us parents.

Love, your mama 
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