How to make the perfect Charcuterie board + Our favorite summer wines

Happy Monday Ladies!

Who else is excited for Bachelorette Monday?!? I’ll be honest, I’m not a huuuuge fan of the season so far. I feel like the guys are so sub par and seriously how has the model guy not been sent home yet?! Not to mention the constant upbringing of the brutal way she was dumped on the last season (let the girl move on! lol!). But it’s like a bad train wreck, we cant help but stare. Whether you’re into this season, or not, its the perfect excuse to open up a bottle of wine (as if we needed one right? 😉 ) and have a few good laughs with your girlfriends.

I love throwing together Charcuterie boards together for nights like these. They are the easiest appetizer to put together when entertaining (or if your like me, sometimes they turn into your dinner too, oops). They are so effortless and simple, yet look so stylish and put together! A fool proof way to make sure you cover all your bases is to be sure to include each of the following categories: sliced meats, a few cheeses (goat cheese and brie are my personal favs), something sweet such as pears, apples, figs or honey, something spreadable (I did baked brie with spicy strawberry jam inside), & something crunchy (crackers, preztels, pickles, almonds, etc.). You can also include some tart accents like spicy mustard.

I picked up this wood board from our local Home Goods for under $10! I have also seen similar style at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, World Market, and Target! I also love this chalkboard one from World Market as well.

And of course the most important pairing to any Charcuterie board… the WINE! While this could take up it’s own blog post in itself, my three go-to wine selections are Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay. All three bottles are budget friendly, can be found at Target and are bottles that I drink on the regular (maybe a little too much:)).

Baked Brie recipe pictured:

  • 1 can of Phillsbury crescent rolls (original)

  • Brie cheese

  • Jam of your choice (I used spiced strawberry)

On parchment paper, roll out the crescent roll bread. Place Brie cheese in the center. Top with jam and fold the dough into the center of the cheese. Bake for 10 min at 375 degrees or until bread is golden brown. It’s thaaat easy!

Let us know your favorite Charcuterie & wine pairings below!

Baby Charlotte’s Nursery Reveal

nursery-reveal-7

I’m so excited to finally reveal all the details of baby Charlotte’s nursery with you all! I have to apologize for the radio silence these past couple of months. Between preparing for a baby, finishing up with work before maternity leave, and then having a newborn, it’s safe to say life has been pretty crazy. Charlotte has been absolutely amazing these past couple of weeks. She was born on May 9, and has completely stolen our hearts. I will be working on her birth story and a life lately post in the next few days, so stay tuned for all the details on baby girl. And you can expect a lot more baby and family content. (If there’s a post you’d like to see us write about, always feel free to leave us a comment below!)

Read More

26 Week Bumpdate: We Have A Name

26-week-bumpdate

Happy Tuesday, dolls! We hope everyone had great Super Bowl weekend. I won’t lie, it was pretty weird to be sipping on water during the game rather than my go-to Blue Moon this year. I’m officially 26 weeks along, and wanted to share all the updates thus far in my pregnancy. Most importantly, we have officially picked out the name for our baby girl! Here are all of the details:

How Far Along: 26 weeks

How Big Is Baby Hickey: As big as a butternut squash!

Weight Gained: 15 pounds

How Are You Feeling: I’m feeling VERY pregnant.. The bump is pretty unmistakable at this point! But I’m loving it. The only downside I’ve experienced lately is nonstop heartburn. I’ve tried everything, and have been living off of Tums. Any suggestions from you mamas out there?

Wearing Any Maternity Clothes: Still living in my favorite maternity jeans from A Pea In The Pod, available HERE. I also love the Ingrid & Isabel line of maternity wear at Target, I just picked up THIS TOP today, and I wear THESE leggings 24/7. If you’re looking for spring and summer maternity clothes, check out my post from our baby moon to Scottsdale. I’ve shared all my favorite dresses and swimwear.

Cravings: I’ve been craving mangoes and strawberries nonstop…. I can’t get enough of them. Also it’s Girl Scout cookie season, so I’ve been all over the Thin Mints these days. I could also live off of cereal… sounds terrible, but Frosted Mini Wheats and Lucky Charms have my heart.

Miss Anything: I’ve really been missing my skinny vanilla lattes lately. And I’d be totally lying if I said I wasn’t missing a good mimosa every once in awhile.

Recent Purchases For Baby: All of our nursery furniture is here! We ordered everything from Restoration Hardware, and I’ll be sharing all the details and pictures with you all soon! Oh and obviously I’ve been stocking up in the clothes department… her drawers are already full. HAHA.

Name: Charlotte Raye Hickey! We will be calling her Charli. We both really wanted her to have a name that represented both sides of our family. Ryan’s great grandma’s name was Charlotte. My grandpa and dad both have Ray as their middle names, and mine is Raye. So we figured we’d keep the tradition going.

Thanks for sending all your love and support! Be sure to send me any questions in the comments below!

Clean Skincare Products to Love

Happy Monday Gals!

We are kicking off this week with a majjjjjor overhaul of my skin care routine. My skin was in need of some major TLC and after doing some research, I decided to make the switch to “clean” skin care products.

I was shocked to find out that the cosmetic industry is not regulated in the same ways that other sectors are. In fact, its pretty much not regulated AT ALL. To summarize, cosmetic companies are able to put nearly any chemicals they wish in their products, without the requirement of any safety testings aaaand to make matters even worse, they are not required to disclose all chemicals on the product packaging. Meaning, hundreds and thousands of potentially harmful ingredients that fill the cosmetic shelves have not been properly vetted or researched for their long term health effects. This absolutely disgusted me!

Because the cosmetic industry is highly unregulated, there are no standards cosmetic companies need to meet in order to label their product with misleading text such as “natural” or “organic”. I mean, how much harder can they make it for us?! As always, it’s super important to always read the ingredient lists. Key words to avoid are: parabens, phthalates, PEGs, ethanolamines, chemical sunscreens, synthetic fragrance, BHT, BHA which are linked to causing hormone deficiencies, cancer, and skin irritation.

If your scratching your head RN, you’re not alone. I was legit dumbfounded. and confused. and lost. I stood in the cosmetic aisle for a solid 30 min trying to figure out which products were in fact clean and which labels were actually just lying to me. Luckily, I discovered the “Think Dirty” app. It takes all the thinking out of it for you! You can search thousands of products to find which are clean vs dirty, see full ingredient lists, and they provide you with a detailed explanation on why some ingredients are deemed as harmful. Check it out here.

I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes RN. And I get it. I promise you I’m not one of those kale eating- all organic- never have gluten-types (but even if I was, so be it!) but I do believe if there is a healthier alternative that works great why not try it? Obviously, I am not a dermatologist or skin care expert so I encourage anyone who is struggling with their skin to do lots of research and to experiment with different products to find what works best for you! These products below are what have worked for me! 🙂

The Body Shop- Tea Tree Imperfection Daily Solution

Tea Tree oil is great to combat pesky blemishes. This pre-serum treatment helps improve the overall condition of your skin. A little goes a long way! And unlike many natural serums, this one smells so good and refreshing! Grab it for under $25! All of The Body Shops products are 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

Garnier- Micellar Cleansing Water

This stuff is AMAZING! By far the best drug store find when it comes to makeup remover. It literally melts away your makeup without the harsh rubbing of makeup wipes or other cleansers. It ranks a 3 on the “Think Dirty” app (10 is the worst). Best part, its under $10!

ACURE- Sensitive Facial Cleanser

I have used Neutrogena for years and was appalled at the high rating of it on Think Dirty. To think I was putting that many chemicals and toxins known to cause cancer on my face had me running the next day to find a clean alternative. I picked up this one from Target and so far so good! I picked up the sensitive version, but it also comes in a type specific for those with oily skin. Under $10!

Shea Moisture – Body Lotion

If there is one product that we use everywhere and every day, its body lotion. Especially in the winter! Making it even more important to use a clean product! I have extremely dry skin, and had been using Gold Bond Healing Lotion… until I discovered it ranked a 9 for developmental and reproductive toxicity! So in the trash that went and I picked up this one by Shea Moisture. All of their products are cruelty free and 10% of all proceeds go towards women led businesses (how awesome is that?).

Burt’s Bee’s – Lip Shimmer

Burt’s Bee’s is probably not knew to anyone but I recently picked up their tinted chap stick and am hooked! Perfect for those light makeup days where you want some color on your lips without looking too “done up”. I am so excited that they have expanded their cosmetic line to lipsticks, foundation, blush and more! I picked up their mascara and will report back how it works!

 

Shop my skin care routine here:

Let us know if the comments below what your favorite “clean” products are!