Hayes’s First Fiesta: The Fiesta Details

We had Hayes's First Fiesta at the historic home where Todd's firm is located. They have some gorgeous grounds around the property and we held the party on the grounds. It was so … [Continue Reading]


Hayes’s Noggin

Thank you all so much for your comments, texts, tweets, emails, and phone calls yesterday. I could really feel them and so much of my worry was taken away. Todd and I have a fairly … [Continue Reading]

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You Are My Sunshine baby shower!

This weekend, with 5 of my friends, I co-hosted a baby shower for a very dear friend. We decided on a You Are My Sunshine theme for the shower. We focused on yellow and orange … [Continue Reading]


battles and wars

Oh, life as a mom of a two-year-old. Is there anything more humbling? This post is not going to be pretty. Lately, I've just been feeling like I'm failing. I know that a lot of … [Continue Reading]

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I’m a boy mom

Boy mom. I hear this title used a lot. It's not a title I ever thought I'd have. I always imagined myself having two girls and then having a baby boy. You know, when I'd play … [Continue Reading]

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4 years of blogging

If you're new to Blue-Eyed Bride, this is a pretty decent recap post to get you all filled in since the beginning. Every September, this date rolls around. I don't celebrate it … [Continue Reading]

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now that I’m a mommy…

I say things like, "Because I said so" and "go to your room." I find myself counting to three and taking deep breaths to avoid confrontation with family members. I know how to … [Continue Reading]


my home organization notebook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned my desire to create a Home Organization Notebook based on the one I saw on Honey We're Home. I was so inspired to have everything all in one place … [Continue Reading]


Green Eggs and Ham birthday party: the details

These posts are going to have to be broken up into two or three parts because there are so many things to see! This post is just going to be the details: decorations, food, … [Continue Reading]

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the night before…

Our lives are going to change tomorrow. There's no way around it. We're checking into the hospital at 5:30 tomorrow morning and the induction begins at 6:30. I have no idea how … [Continue Reading]

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Back to School with Boden and a $250 giveaway!

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I can’t believe it’s already time for us to head back to school. We are still a week away from Hudson’s first day of Kindergarten and Hayes’s first day of preschool. We’re spending this week at the beach with our family and soaking up the last few days of our long summer.

I’ll admit that I’m ready for school and routine and for the boys to be back with their friends every day. I’m ready for cooler fall temperatures to roll in and for football games and even, wait for it… homework! I can’t believe I’m saying that!

But I’m seriously looking forward to fall wardrobes. For me, it’s the boots and the jackets and chunky sweaters. And I love back to school shopping for my boys.



Every year, I look to Mini Boden for favorites for my boys. I love their tees, their jackets, and their pants. In the fall, the cord baggies are some of my favorites and the brushed tartan cargos are my absolute favorite of the pants for boys. They’re so comfy and they’re warm, and they’re also just so cute!

Hayes is wearing the vehicle t-shirt and I just love Hayes in red. I love that the shirt is amazing quality and the applique is soft, comfortable, and holds up after countless washes. Hayes is heading off to the 3s class at his preschool, and it’s going to be a big year for him. There will be a lot more structure, more expectations, and more opportunities for him to thrive and grow.

Hudson is starting kindergarten in a week, and he is so excited! He has grown up so much in the last year, and I am so excited for this next phase of his life. He loves to learn and loves to be around his friends. Hudson is wearing the same vehicle t-shirt featuring the pirate ship.

I love it when my boys’ outfits coordinate, but don’t necessarily match. And I love that I can pass all of Hudson’s clothes down to Hayes to wear later.

The suede dessert boots are perfect for school, but also great for church or dressier occasions. And they boys love wearing them!


Boden is so awesome to giveaway $250 for a back to school giveaway! You can also use code CHRP to receive 15% off your order + free shipping! 
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I’m so excited to host this giveaway with 9 other awesome blogs! Be sure to visit their sites to see the great Mini Boden Back to School outfits they put together for their children. By visiting all of the blogs, you’ll have a chance to see over 25 ways to style the adorable clothes Boden has this season.

Back to School With Boden Blogs: The Chirping Moms, A Mommy In The City, Blue Eyed Bride, Style Smaller, House of Rose, Your Modern Family, The Vanilla Tulip, The Little Style File, Bon Bon Rose Girls and I Love You More Than Carrots.

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Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars

Todd was asking me for some kind of yummy dessert, and we were both looking for some comfort food after we lost Fiona. I hadn’t made these delicious butterscotch cream cheese bars in a long time, and I wasn’t really wanting chocolate, but I did want something super sweet. These are perfect!

They’re not the fastest dessert to make, and there have been times I’ve made this dessert when it has turned out to be a complete mess, but still delicious. I guess those are the best kinds of recipes… the ones that taste great no matter how ugly they look!

But, gosh, they sure are delicious! And worth every single calorie. And if you’re worried about the calories, then plan to just drop off half of the bars to your neighbor or best friend.

But I can tell you that I’m not really interested in sharing these.

Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars

Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 2 dozen

  • 2 cups butterscotch chips
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine the butterscotch chips and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and pecans.
  5. Press ½ of the crumb mixture over the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking pan.
  6. Beat the cream cheese in a mixer bowl until fluffy.
  7. Add the condensed milk, egg and vanilla.
  8. Beat until blended.
  9. Spread over the prepared layer.
  10. Top with the remaining crumb mixture.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  13. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator, before cutting into bars.





We said goodbye to our sweet Fiona on Saturday. About a month ago, she stopped eating for almost a week. We thought maybe she was just tired of her food. But when we took her to see a veterinary specialist, they did an ultrasound and told us that Fiona had severe liver failure and her liver was … [Read More...]

quick and easy DIY flowers

quick and easy guide to DIY flowers

Columbia, South Carolina is bursting with talent, and my friend Sarah from Fern Floral and Event Design is among the most talented! Their work has been featured in the top wedding publications. I asked Sarah to share her best tips for DIY flowers with the Every Day Cheer readers. Head over there to … [Read More...]