Friday Favorites + Birthday Weekend

Friday, August 12, 2016

Can I get a hell yea for Friday?!


Not only is it almost the weekend, but it's my birthday weekend at that! 

I love birthdays, and the fact that mine is tomorrow has put me in a good mood all week!
We don't have any huge plans, except to spend the day BABY FREE!
Don't get me wrong, I love my kiddos something fierce, but Mama needs a break badly.
So we'll call this weekend a little birthday staycation.

Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things this week! 

Halloween at Old Navy // I was checking out the new arrivals for baby stuff at Old Navy and came across some Halloween goodies like this onesie and this super cute set! I can't wait until they get some of their toddler stuff! I know it's only August, but I am so excited for Fall. Chances are we will have two walkers this Halloween, and I am so excited for some matching outfits and coordinating costumes.


Hot Pink Pedi's for August // I may or may not have spent nap time the other day with my cup of coffee on the bathroom floor painting my toes. Sometime's you gotta do what you gotta do. OPI's "charged up cherry" is my all time favorite hot pink shade for summer. I might even be an overachiever and try to paint my fingernails for this weekend to match my toes, because no kids.

Fish Taco Recipe // I made these fish tacos for dinner the other night and they turned out amazing. The avocado sauce is perfect, and we subbed greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Delish.


Classic Dot Toddlers are my Cardio tank // I mean, could this be any more true? You can score this tank for 10% off until the end of today too! Just check out this post for the promo code.

Current Blog Obsession // I am obsessed with this blog right now. For the past 3 years I have either been pregnant or just had a baby, and my wardrobe needs a serious overhaul. I'm tired of feeling like a frumpy mommy and ready to add a little style back into my life. Julia from Gal meets Glam is total fashion inspiration. 

Follow along with my birthday weekend on Instagram stories!
@ncravinho

Sincerely,
Nicole

Easy Homemade Granola

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I love granola.
Whether it's on top of my Greek yogurt or with some almond milk "cereal style," it's one of my favorite foods these days.
I've been trying to cut out excess sugar from my diet (boo), and store bought granola is not only full of it, but it's also pretty expensive too.

I've been wanting to make my own granola for a while now, and the other day I finally did it!
Obviously, I thought I would share it with all of you.


Here's the recipe for my super easy homemade granola:

3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp of honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp grape seed oil

Combine everything in a bowl, spread it out on a baking sheet, and stick it in the oven on 350. Check on it after about 15 minutes, move it around, and stick it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes (depending on how you like your granola).

I like to store mine in a Mason jar, and it stays good for quite a while (not that it'll last that long).

Sincerely,
Nicole


Temporarily Unplugged + Classic Dot Apparel

Monday, August 8, 2016

Yes, I am still here.
I know, it's been a few weeks of silence from me. Both here on the blog and on other forms of social media. About three weeks ago we went on a camping trip and I didn't get my phone out once for the entire weekend.
You guys, it felt so good. 
So good in fact that once we returned home I sort of unconsciously stayed unplugged.
Life has been busy lately, both with the kids and with different social engagements/commitments. 
This blog is a fun personal space for me, but instead of putting my free time/energy into it I've been focusing mainly on my shop Classic Dot.


I am so excited to share that we now carry apparel for babies, toddlers and moms too!

I'm constantly working on new designs and trying to get them from my head and into the shop as quickly as I can.

I would love for you to take a moment to check out the new products! I appreciate those of you who follow this blog so much, and I would love to share a little discount with you. From now until the end of the week use code PEARLS10 to get 10% off of any apparel in the shop!

Sincerely,
Nicole

The Easiest DIY Chalkboard Ever

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Just in case you couldn't find enough chalkboard DIY tutorials on Pinterest, I thought I would share one more. 
BUT this one is super easy. Probably the easiest chalkboard tutorial ever.
Wanna know why?
Because we are going to skip an entire step.
No chalkboard paint here my friends.

Did you know that Home Depot sells giant sheets of chalkboard over by where they keep all the lumber? 
For $10 you can get a 4x2 ft sheet of chalkboard.

All you need to do is create the frame for your chalkboard.
I wanted mine to have a rustic feel to it, so I used reclaimed wood that I cut my sweet Dad cut for me.

I wanted my chalkboard to be big and take up a good chunk of wall in our dining/eating area. I had my trusty helper (aka Dad) cut the chalkboard sheet to 3ft x 2ft. We cut the wood for the frame, and since I was going for a rustic look, perfection was not necessary. We attached the pieces of wood around my chalkboard with screws to create the frame.

A few weeks ago we had some family visiting from out of town, and I wanted to do something a little special for when they stopped by. Jacob and I made some scones and I got a chance to break in my new chalkboard.
Now I just need to work on my chalk-art skills!





Sincerely,
Nicole


Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

There's something about a three day weekend that makes it next to impossible to get back into the swing of things. Somehow it's Wednesday and I just cannot get myself back into our normal weekday routine. 

Both kids and Jake were still fighting summer colds over the weekend, which was no fun for me. Somehow I'm the only one in our clan that's managed to stay healthy, thank goodness.
Luckily by the 4th everyone was on the road to recovery so we were able to enjoy the holiday like we had planned. 

We kicked off Independence day with pancakes (of course) and a parade. 
We skipped some of the festivities we had planned on in order to head home and put the kiddos down for naps. 
We headed over to my parents house for a big BBQ with visiting family in the afternoon, and learned that Jacob does not like the loud sounds emitted from fireworks. 
Perhaps next year. 
Luckily sparklers were a hit and a great way to finish off our night. 







Sincerely,
Nicole

Weekend Fun {Lake Day}

Monday, June 27, 2016

I think we've officially hit summer weather here, which is great because I was getting tired of the constant dip in temperatures! 
On Saturday afternoon we went to a nearby lake where some of my husbands family was camping and spent the day. The weather was gorgeous, Jacob had a blast, and it was so relaxing for me. We have plans to go back in a few weeks and actually camp, which I think Jacob will absolutely love




On another note, I'm kicking off this week with some major goals!
Last night I made a deal with my husband to go two weeks without sugar or alcohol, I don't know what I was thinking. I told him 4th if July has to be an exception, so right now my mini goal is to make it one week. I have an insane sweet tooth, so that basically means we can't have anything of the sort in the house because my willpower sucks. I've also decided to start the 21 day fix again and I'm determined to actually make it through this time. Wish me luck (I'm going to need it)!

Happy Monday, I hope y'all have a great start to your week! 

Sincerely,
Nicole



The sweet spot {first week of summer}

Friday, June 24, 2016


It's finally Friday and our first week of summer has rocked!
We made it to the park every single day, had play dates with friends, attended a Minnie themed birthday party and enjoyed a family friendly beer festival last night.
I feel like we've finally hit that sweet spot with the kids where we are more mobile than ever and able to do more than we've ever done with two kids in tow. 

After having each babe it would take a while until I got to that point where they seem less like a tiny baby and more like a little person who can be out and enjoy things. I don't even know if it has so much to do with the child as it does just feeling more confident as a parent, but with Annabelle nearing 9 months and Jacob almost 2 and a half I feel like we are definitely at that sweet spot now.
Jacob loves to have fun and Annabelle is pretty content just being along for the ride. It's the perfect combination.  

I'm sure that this will be without a doubt the most fun summer we've had. Can't make it home in time for naps because we're having too much fun? No big deal. Is the house a little messy because we rushed out to the park first thing in the morning and ended up out all day? We'll live.
Summer has changed my attitude and I'm so excited to do fun stuff with my kiddos!


Bring on the bbq's, splash pads, park dates and long summer evenings on the porch.
I'm ready for them!

How are you planning on spending your summer?

Sincerely,
Nicole