9.28.2016

A Friendly Survey for my Readers

Hi friends, It's important to me to check in with my readers from time to time to make sure I am providing you with the content that you want to read.  I love to get to know each of you and what it is that you like to read most here at Home of Malones.  

I would appreciate it so much if you would take a minute or two to fill out this survey to the best of your ability.  Love you. xoxo






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9.26.2016

Scenes From Our Weekend + Giveaway Details

Better late than never!! I've had some internet problems for the last two day and haven't been able to get a post up!   

Our weekend was really quite low key (hubby is still in a soft cast so we're fairly limited), so I will let the photos do most of the talking.  And if you're totally bored by weekend recaps, just scroll right on down to the bottom to get some details about a cute giveaway and discount code!

Thursday evening I went to a friends house for a Cabi Clothing show.  Have you ever heard of Cabi or been to a home show?  I had never heard of them before until this year, but they have some cute clothes.  I fell in love with their leggings for this Fall.  They are a thick fabric that is so flattering. 

Ruffle Top | Jeans | Necklace | Purse (30% off ends tonight!) | Sunnies

She had these wine glass markers to label our glasses that I thought were brilliant.  I'm sure that I'm so late to the game to learning these, but I always used the little wine glass charms and people would still forget what charm they had!! These markers are brilliant :)


Friday was Fall picture day at school.  It was still 80 degrees out, but I had to break out some of the kids Fall clothes just for the pictures.  They were so sweet to cooperate for some photos for me.  This one was right before Madelyn stood up and went tumbling face first down the steps! Ahh Thankfully she was not hurt... 



Saturday morning the kids were up early and we decided to head to Dunkin Doughnuts for some breakfast.  These are not my favorite at all.  In fact, I don't even like them.  Someone in Pensacola needs to open a specialty doughnut shop!! 


While Madelyn was taking her morning nap and the boys were watching football in the mancave, Mama broke out all of her Fall decor.  It was a tad earlier than I normally do; but we had a free weekend with no plans, so I figured I should take advantage. 

Each year I love to add one new decoration to my collection and this year it was this beauty from Lindsey Letters.  I love this canvas so much and took advantage of some Fall savings that she shared a couple weeks ago.  She is super talented and has some amazing pieces.  Last year, I bought a Christmas canvas that I adore too. 

Canvas {16x20 in Pumpkin lettering on Marshmellow with Gold Gallery Framing}

Saturday afternoon my brother came over to watch some football because he was a bachelor for the weekend and the two of us ended up getting to sneak away for dinner.  Matt still isn't feeling great from surgery, so he stayed home with the kiddos and me and my brother got a rare date night!  It was a special treat. 

Dress (also available in white) | Purse | Earrings (I'm obsessed!) | Sandals
close up of the earrings!! Sorry for the weird selfie :)

Sunday morning we cooked breakfast at home, let Madelyn nap and then headed out to the beach to go out for lunch with the kids! 

My hubby has been seriously pampered for the past week.  I shared this below on instastories this weekend for #wifeoftheyear award.  I think I've delivered about 10 meals in bed this week.  


We enjoyed the beautiful weather (so hot still) and took the kids to lunch.  Honestly, the kids were the best behaved that I think they've ever been at a restaurant.  It was such a treat and hope it means good things for our future :)


And thank you if you made it this far!!!! 

Madelyn received the sweetest package this week in the mail. She got a new Jellycat bunny that is monogrammed and is the softest thing ever.  Peekawho is the cutest store that is located in Greenville, but also has a great website and instagram presence.  They were so sweet to reach out to me about doing a giveaway on instagram and are also offering all of my readers 10% off with coupon code: Malone10.  

They carry some of our favorite brands including 3Marthas and Petite Plume Sleepwear.  All of their gift sets are adorable and make it easy to shop for babies or a girlfriend! 

So hop on over to my instagram and enter for a chance to win your own personalized jellycat bunny! It's super easy to enter and we appreciate your support. Contest winner will be announced Thursday. 





Linking up with Biana

* We were gifted Madelyn's new bunny, but all opinions are our own of course! :)
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9.23.2016

Five On Friday | Books on my 'Want to Read' List

I've been on a bit of a reading kick lately which is so refreshing because I haven't really read a book since before I got pregnant with Brody.  I picked up my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in July and I have been hooked ever since.   It's small so I can through it in my purse if I know I am going to be out and about waiting in a doctors office or getting a pedicure and lately I've loved reading it while on the elliptical.  It's super convenient.  Right now I just started reading The Woman in Cabin 10, but here's a look at some of the books on my "want to read" list.

I would love to hear your reviews on any of these if you have read them or any other good book suggestions that you may have for me! 

{ONE}
I was so obsessed with the first 3 books in this series I can't even tell you.  They would probably have to go down as my favorite books ever.  I couldn't put them down.  It's been since 2009 since I read them and I was devastated when I heard the author died after the third book because he had plans to make this a 10 book series.  I understand that a new novelist has picked up where he left off and also found some notes that the author left behind for the future books.  So I would like to pick this one up and see what I think.  Has any one read it???






{TWO}
Luckiest Girl Alive
I understand this is a good suspense novel that keeps you on your toes.  I love a good thriller.


{THREE}
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
A friend of mine told me about this novel that she picked up in the airport and read on one flight.  She picked up some great tips from the author that shares his secrets on how to get your way when staying at hotels around the world.  I love to smooze the front desk clerks when checking in to always try to get an upgrade and apparently you just need to remember that, "money talks!"



{FOUR}
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful, Life
I love an inspirational book every now and then too and this one is supposed to be awesome.  Let's face it.  Life is messy.  Whether you have kids or not, we're all busy and life can get crazy.  I definitely need to be reminded sometimes to embrace the now and love YOUR beautiful life.


{FIVE}
The Good Girl
Another suspense novel, but I'm not 100% sure that I will read this one.  It's  a kidnapping story that may freak me out a little bit.  The girl is meant to be abducted for ransom, but her kidnapper decides to change the plans.  Has anyone read this one?? Would you recommend??


:: Reading Wishlist::


Linking up with AprilChristina, and Natasha for Five on Friday
Amanda for Friday Favorites 
Farmer Bell for Oh Hey Friday
Momfessionals for Friday Favorites
High Five for Friday {H54F} hosted by Bright on a BudgetCup of TeaCoffee with Caitlinand Della Devoted

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9.22.2016

Thoughts for Thursday

Hey Friends,
I'm a little behind today but wanted to make sure the link-up was up and running. 

Until I get a few minutes to get my post up, here's a link to the professional pictures from Madelyn's first birthday party that you can take a look at:
Madelyn's 1st Birthday

I'm back!  Here's a few random thoughts from our week so far.

+ I just finished up Truly Madly Guilty by Loraine Morairty.  I think it's been a pretty popular book because people like her as an author.  I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Good Reads (friend me) because I felt like it took half of the book to really get good.  I thought the first half was so slow and then it finally got better.  It wasn't my favorite, but was relatable at times.



+ I feel like we have all been a bit under the weather this week.  Matt had elbow surgery on Monday morning and he has pretty much been out of commission.  That means that Mama has to pick up all the slack plus play nurse and cook to hubby.  Add on not feeling well and it make for a pretty long week!  Both of the kids are healthy, but Madelyn has had a serious runny nose all week.  We also all got our flu shots! Those babies sting!!!

+ Today starts the Tory Burch Fall Sale.  I can't say enough wonderful things about her boots.  I own about 4 pairs and I love them all so much.  Miller sandals and Carolina flats (newer version) are also my go-tos.  This year, you get 30% off your entire purchase if you spend more than $250.  That's pretty awesome.  I wear this tote every single day.  It works great as a diaper bag for kids because it wipes down really easy but it's cute and doesn't look like a diaper bag.  There's a few other purses  that I would love to pick up and I'm always wanting another pair of Miller sandals.  Use code FALL16 for discount. Here's a few of my favorites:






+ Tonight I am headed to a girls night for a Cabi Clothing party.  Has anyone ever heard of Cabi before?  I hadn't until a friend of mine started selling it, but they have some really cute stuff.


Link up with Natalie and I below for Thoughts for Thursday.

9.21.2016

Chicken Piccata + Cucumber Tomato Salad

After Matt's surgery on Monday, my Mom was kind enough to come over and cook some dinner for us all.  She made the best chicken piccata and a simple little salad.  We are huge fans of Italian around here.  They are usually pretty easy and can just be served with salad and some garlic bread if you want.  Here's the recipe that she whipped up for us:


Chicken Piccata
adapted via


Ingredients


2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut in half so they aren't so thick then pounded if needed
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Directions


Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.



This salad is so easy but really is delicious.  

Fresh Mozzarella 
Good Tomato
Cucumbers
Sliced Onion
Italian Dressing

Cut your vegetables and then toss everything together with Italian dressing.  Refreshing and delicious! 

Some of our other Italian favorites:
Chicken Marsala is one of my favorites and I can't believe I haven't shared that one on here yet! 



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