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C A S O N | mad for plaid (and statement necklaces)

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In case you missed the memo, plaid is ALL THE RAGE and it’s one of the most versatile patterns in my closet. If I can pull off the same look that Joanna’s husband can pull off, either I really need to evaluate some things or we’ve found a winner! I’ve been pairing plaid with everything from fur vests to bold statement necklaces and haven’t gone wrong yet.

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Black and white plaid shirt: Old Navy | Army Green Vest: Old Navy, similar here | Statement Necklace: J.Crew Factory, similar here | Denim: Forever 21 | Booties: Target | Aviators: Ray-Ban

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we’re giving away this exact necklace through Instagram! Be sure to follow @sitwithusblog for details. Aren’t you so thankful for giveaways?! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We’ll see you bright and early next week!

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A U D G E | have a local yokel christmas

Thinking about skipping the Black Friday mayhem? Love shopping local? Well today I’ve got a line-up of totally worthy causes and quality products that you can get from right here in your own neck of the woods… with it being the season of giving and all, does it get any better?! There’s a little something for everyone, so take a peek! (And I won’t tell anyone if you just end up buying a little something for yourself… ;) )

1 | For the B O H O  L O V E R S | Orfana

OrfanaIf you buy a pair of these rockin sandals (made from all-natural materials might I add), all of the corporate profits go towards specific projects in selected orphanages from around the world. Right now the project they’re focusing on is a boy’s dormitory in India through Mercy Mission Welfare Society. Once they hit that goal, they’ll move on to the next… wanna help them get there? Try out a pair of their sandals for yourself! I’m loving these black ones!  They even have these little girl boot socks that are like beyond precious. I mean, seriously. THEY’RE MINI BOOT SOCKS. You can get them in grown up sizes too!

2 | For the F O O D I E | Mana in Our Foods

Mana In Our FoodFor the foodie in your life, these are the perfect stocking stuffer! Or get a bundle of them and make it a feast of a gift… they always say the way to one’s heart is through their stomach right? Alyssa’s story about how she got started is pretty great, and I’m convinced she seriously might be a supermom. I hope I’m half as cool as she is when I grow up! I used to watch her sweet little babies for her before I had my own, so I can vouch – her cooking is legit!! All hail the queen of the kitchen!

3 | For the F A S H I O N I S T A | Internoscia Designs

ID DesignsDenise is THE handbag guru… y’all. She makes these herself, and they are BALLIN. If you’re into the handmade gift giving and want to really impress your stylish mama, this is your bag. I LOVE this custom fringe bag – and they come in other way trendy colors too… even metallic. (Are you swooning yet??)

4 | For the W R I T E R | That Grace Restored

That Grace RestoredRemember the Stitched journal making classes I was telling you about? These are what we made! These journals come in super cute fabric patterns (this one is one my faves), leather, or you can even get one wrapped in canvas that you can customize yourself! The paper is all handmade from recycled paper and feels AH-mazing… this isn’t paper for your grocery lists. It’s like history-making paper! And by purchasing from That Grace Restored, you’re directly helping men and women move out of the commercial sex industry and transition into jobs (paper-making and beyond!). That’s a cause you can definitely get behind!

5 | For the W E E  O N E S | LolliArt

Lolli ArtI’m a sucker for some quality wall art. Especially for my kid’s room… they probably have the best stuff in the house! My friend, Meghan, makes the cuuuuutest paintings, you’ll love them! Plus (if you’re not buying for your own kiddos) the wee one’s parents will LOVE you for glamming up the place and not adding to the toy clutter (bonus points!). She also makes some really stinking cute burp cloths, which make great baby shower gifts too!

6 | For the O R G A N I Z E R | When It Rains Paper Co.

When It Rain Paper CoFor the woman who’s got it all together, you can’t go wrong some personalized paper goods! They’ve got the cutest notepads, to-do lists, sticky notes… you name it! You can also stock up on your own personalized thank you notes for your post-holiday gratitude… God bless multi-tasking! Cason + Kat are the masterminds behind this operation, so you know you’re in good hands!

Hope that gives you a few alternative gift ideas before you hit all of the Black Friday deals… why not shop local when it’s THIS awesome?! Let me know if you guys have any other great finds I should get in on… I’m always on the prowl for new ideas!

Happy Tuesday! Until next time,

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J O A N N A | messy 2-braid updo

photo (2)Alright folks, we’ve given you recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, helped with your style so you can look your best for the family, now… it’s time to talk hair (my fave!).Wearing my hair down and wavy is my usual go-to look, however, on days like Thanksgiving when I’ll be all over town (we have three stops this year) and no place to touch up, I like to have my hair in a style that’s set, secure, and totally controlled for the whole day. There’s nothing worse than taking a picture at the end of your event only to discover that your hair has gone rogue. Having said all of that, I want to share with you a quick, 4 step hair tutorial that is sure to be a crowd pleaser but is also super easy!

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:: Bobby pins

:: Teasing comb

:: Clear hair ties

:: Hairspray

Step 1 | Braid two sections of hair. (I like to prep my hair beforehand by teasing it a bit, I feel like it’s easier to work with when there’s more volume.)

Step 2 | Separate the braids (pull the braid apart). I like for the braids to be more on the messy side so I separate them a good bit.

Step 3 | Take one braid and wrap around the base of your head and use a bobby pin (or several) to secure in place. Repeat on the other side.  My hair is long so I actually have to fold the end of the braid under a bit.

Step 4 | Use bobby pins to position the braids and hold flyaways down where needed. This needs to be done even if you want it messy. Braids are fickle and need lots of taming.  Now, hairspray!mosaic33221291b40224abfe4b67f4dca8b9e721cde2b8I added a headband for a little more pizzazz! Decorative bobby pins would look great as well!

See, isn’t that simple? You can whip this up and then get straight to the cookin’ and the lovin’! I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving! Love you guys!joanna_crop

C A S O N | sweetwater meet-up lookbook

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Y’all, thank you so much for joining us at SweetWater a couple of weeks ago! We can’t think of anybody we’d rather mix, mingle, and enjoy a little BBQ with. If you couldn’t make it (or if you did and just want to relive the SweetWater magic) check out our afternoon…

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Let’s get together again soon! (We really like you guys.) Big thank you to Natalie for making sure we were legit bloggers and documenting the event for us. Have a great weekend!

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K A T | chicken enchilada recipe

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Who doesn’t love a good mexican night? Our friend Holly lived with Cason and I several summers ago and the 3 of us really fostered our love for mexican food. We were on a cooking rotation and one of us would fix chicken tacos at least once a week. There’s potential we ate it twice a week. So, of course when we visited Holly in AZ she pulled out all the stops and fixed us chicken enchiladas for dinner. I was so impressed that I stole her recipe and decided to share it with the rest of y’all! If you’re craving mexican and need a simple dinner idea, this is the meal for you!

Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

:: 8 flour tortillas
:: 3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
:: 3 tablespoons flour
:: 3 tablespoons butter
:: 2 cups chicken broth
:: 1 cup sour cream
:: 1 small can green chilis
:: 2 cups mexican blend cheese

Step 1 | I cooked my chicken in the crockpot all day (7-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high) with salsa so that it was seasoned good and shredded easily! If you’re short on time you can also boil the chicken for about 20-30 minutes and shred it.

Step 2 | Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray.

Step 3 | Mix together shredded chicken with 1 cup of the mexican cheese. Fill tortillas with the chicken and cheese mixture and roll. It helps if you place them in the pan seam-down so they don’t open up!

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Step 4 | In a small sauce pan heat butter until melted. Add flour and whisk until blended, cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and whisk together until smooth. Allow the sauce to thicken then remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and chilies.

Step 5 | Pour mixture over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes and then broil an additional 5 minutes to brown the cheese!

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Serve it up with some guacamole and a marg (maybe find a Pandora salsa station) and you’ve got yourself a fun night!

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A U D G E | printstagram frames

Prinstagram Frame DIY_002Have you ever heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children will have no shoes”? Sometimes I feel that way about having photos of my kids around. Whenever we sit around and look at old family albums or see prints from wayyy back in the day, I think about what I’m going to hand over to my kids when I’m old. My Facebook password? My Instagram account? That’s so depressing. I’m on a mission these days to make more of an effort with printing photos out on a semi-regular basis. I also got a little scrapbook from an arts festival that I can’t wait to start using – it wasn’t anything crazy, but it’s just this cutesy little bound book with all different sizes and patterns of paper inside and it’s meant for anything and everything to be included. Photos, receipts, ticket stubs, magazine clippings, you name it. It came in a little kit with a mini stapler and a glue stick, and the idea is to make remembering things as quick and easy as possible while still making it personal and including the little things you’ll wish you took the time to remember later. Remember when gas was under $1.00? Who says that receipt won’t mean something one day??

I love Social Print Studio (formally known as “Prinstagram”) because you can print photos directly from your Instagram account… which takes bascially every excuse away for not printing photos. Could it get any easier?! The quality of their prints are really great too, which I’m kind of snobby about. I’ve used their square prints also, which are perfect for scrapbooking and baby books. It’s hard to bust out the big camera for everyday little moments, so these are the perfect way to make sure those moments make the cut too!

Prinstagram Frame DIY_007I ordered their Mini-Prints, and then had an idea. I was trying to come up with a big wall display for our living room, but didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I gathered a few supplies, tinkered around and came up with these super fun Printstagram frames, and I totally love how they look in the mix with everything else! It always draws people in and makes them wanna see the tiny little prints too, which is kind of fun. Wanna make your own??

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:: A wooden frame (I found mine at Wal-Mart on clearance for $1. You could totally thrift for this too!)
:: Mini clothespins
:: Twine
:: Small Wire Nails
:: Mini Prints from Social Print Studio

1 | Lay your frame down and decide what your layout will be. My frame was 17.5″ x 20.5″ and I fit in four rows of string with six mini prints each. Depending on what size your frame is and how many you put in each row, your number of prints will obviously vary.

Prinstagram Frame DIY_0052 | Measure out the distance between the tops of each row and make a mark on each side. This will be where you hammer in your wire nails. Make sure they’re the same distance apart on both sides so you don’t get any crooked rows. (Not that I learned that from experience or anything… ahem.) Also, make sure you take into account that each string will probably have a slight droop from the weight of the prints, so leave a little wiggle room.

3 | When you hammer in your nails, angle them slightly up towards the top of your frame. This will just help keep the string from slipping off. Once all of your nails are in place, tie on your twine. You can just use a simple double knot and trim off the extra.

Prinstagram Frame DIY_0064 | Space out each print, then clip those bad boys on! If your frame doesn’t have a hanger on the back, you can add one yourself. But you’ll want to do this step before you clip everything on!

Prinstagram Frame DIY_0045 | Hang it up, pat yourself on the back, and carry on living life… so you can create more photos to print for your next frame project. Obviously.

I wanna see yours now! Post a photo if you end up making one and you’re feeling frisky… it’s totally do-able, you’ll love it!

Until next time,

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J O A N N A | his & hers fall fashion

Did you guys enjoy our Thanksgiving recipe takeover week? I know I did! Food is obviously important to us, but I have to be honest, fashion is a close second! SO, in addition to helping you get your table looking good for Thanksgiving, I would like to help YOU look your best as well. You’ll be seeing lots of family next week and nobody wants to hear from grandma that you’ve let yourself go.

I’ve received several requests from our readers for some YCSWU blog post directed towards men (apparently the ladies are the only ones getting the love, oops!), so I decided to put together a list of several items that I have my eye on for the Thanksgiving holiday, not only for myself, but for my husband as well! He actually has a great style and always looks so cute. Unfortunately, I haven’t convinced him to model for the blog yet… just give it time.

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Bonus, most of these styles are on sale! And yes, I consider a flask an appropriate accessory for a man (especially during the holidays).

Alright ladies and gents, I hope you are all inspired to look your absolute best for Thanksgiving! Happy shopping! joanna_crop

K A T | winter beauty routine

It’s starting to get cooler in GA and that means changing up my beauty routine to a more “winter” look. You know what I’m talking about- your finger nails can’t be hot pink (unless you’ve got a random Caribbean Christmas planned), they’ve got to be a dark shade. Your eyes definitely need a more “smokey” affect and if you’re anything like me your face could use a little more TLC. These are a few of my go-to beauty products that get me through the colder months!

1 | Nothing says fall and winter like a dark polish. It’s November and I’m ditching my bright reds and pinks for a brooding maroon. I particularly love this Essie shade, Wicked.

2 | I don’t know about you but during the summer months my makeup brushes take a beating. They get gross on beach trips because of all the sun tan lotion on my face.  It’s the changing of the seasons and that means it’s time to clean your brushes! I LOVE Sephora’s brush cleaner…after a quick shampoo they look brand new! (If you don’t clean your makeup brushes, this is life changing…the amount of makeup that washes out will blow your mind.)

3 | I use my Urban Decay Naked (2 is my favorite) pallet year round but I definitely start honing in on those darker shades that I couldn’t pull off in the summer. My go-to’s are snake bite, pistol, and tease!

4 | My face is basically bi-polar during the winter months. I can’t put too much moisturizer on it or I break out (victim of oily skin) but heaven forbid I use a strong face wash (to prevent breakouts) and face gets so dry and flakey. Several years ago my dermatologist suggested I use Cetaphil during the winter months because it helps keep my skin clear but it’s not harsh and doesn’t dry my face out.

5 | You have your “summer” red lipsticks and your “winter” red lipsticks. My mom let me borrow her Maybelline, Red Revival lipstick  last week and I’ve already gone out and bought my own tube. It’s not too dark and it’s definitely not too bright. It’s the perfect shade this season and my mom swore she read in a magazine that it “Looks great on everyone!” so that definitely means you should go get it.

6 | I swear by MAC eye kohl. It goes on great and you can “smudge” it to get that perfect smokey eye. This eye kohl + Urban Decay, Naked will definitely give you that “winter” look!

7 | Obviously, I can’t post about my favorite winter beauty products and not share a chapstick. I adore all Fresh lip balms! Berry is my favorite tint but I’ve tried a lot and loved them all. This is one of the few tinted chapsticks that I feel actually give you a pretty color AND keep your lips moisturized.

Does anyone else have any beauty products they swear by in the winter? Do us all a favor and share!

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A U D G E | cornbread casserole

Guys. We’ve come to the end of Thanksgiving recipe take-over week…. almost! I know I’m dying to bust out a couple of these new recipes myself, especially that Strawberry Pretzel Salad and all of those little tiny Sour Cream Muffins… Desserts and breads. They’re my kryptonite, what can I say?!

Cornbread Casserole_001copyI love a good, simple yet satisfying recipe that doesn’t take too many ingredients or much skill because I’m not a master chef by any means. That’s one reason why I luhOOOOOVE this Cornbread Casserole recipe! It’s super simple, crazy good, and reheats really well for leftovers (if you have any left that actually make it that long). Usually I can keep most of the ingredients in the house and have it on the ready for whenever you need an emergency side dish… you know it’s bound to happen! But all of that to say… if you are an extremely mediocre chef, this recipe is for you (and me). It’s foolproof!

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:: 1 Box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix
:: 1 Can of Corn, drained
:: 1 Can of Creamed Corn
:: 1 Stick of Butter, melted (you can also do 1/2 if that freaks you out)
:: 1 – 8 oz. container of Sour Cream

1 | In a large bowl, mix all of your ingredients together. Just throw em all in there and give it a whirl!

2 | Spray a 9×13 baking dish (I use Olive Oil, but you can use any kind of spray really). Pour your mixed ingredients in and spread around until everything is in one even layer.

3 | Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Stick a toothpick in the middle to check it – if it comes out clean, you’re good to go!

Cornbread Casserole_0024 | Pretend like that corner piece you snuck out to eat got burned and you didn’t want to serve it. Because you’re so thoughtful like that.

Hope your weekend is awesome! Spend some time with the people you love. Be thankful. Rest. Life’s too short to wait until Thanksgiving, go on and start now! ;)

Until next time…

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C A S O N | sour cream muffins

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Are you hungry yet?! All this cooking has me really looking forward to Thanksgiving with the fam! I am about to introduce you the one of my all time favorites. Sour cream muffins. Why I only get these ONCE out of 365 days is beyond me. They are super easy. They only have 3 ingredients. And they can be made ahead of time and frozen. SIGN. ME. UP. These sour cream muffins have been the bread to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner since before I was alive. (That’s a minimum of 30+ years y’all.) One year my mom went for a simple yeast roll instead of sour cream muffins and I swear there was an uprising and we went all Hunger Games on her. She learned her lesson.

Sour Cream Muffins
Servings: 24 mini muffins

:: 2 cups self-rising flour
:: 8 ounces sour cream
:: 1.5 sticks of butter melted

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1 | Combine all ingredients and spoon into mini-muffin tins

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2 | Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes

3 | Try really hard not to eat a dozen of them.

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I already told my family not to worry about making these because I would freeze the batch I made for posting on the blog. I may or may not have to make another batch for Thanksgiving. That’s how good these are. Look for one last Thanksgiving recipe from Audge tomorrow!

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