Valentine’s Day Cocktail Idea

By Jessica Lee

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and while everyone else is celebrating with chocolate and sweets, I’m much more inclined to toast to love with a festive red Negroni cocktail.

I was first introduced to the concoction of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth when I was living in New York City and helping recipe test a cocktail book. It didn’t take long for it to become my go-to cocktail of choice. Not only is it super easy to make, but it also just looks so classy. Win win!

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Backcountry Semi Annual Sale

Y’all know I am a HUGE Backcountry fan and have been shopping with them for years, so today is extra exciting because they’re hosting their Semi Annual Sale!! SO MANY of my favorite pieces are now up to 30% off… sweaters, jackets, shoes, accessories…time to stock up on your favorites from brands like Sorel, Patagonia, Backcountry, Alo Yoga and more! Sharing some of my favorite pieces featured in the sale…

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Baby P Nursery Reveal

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-baby-boy-gender-neutral-safari-nursery-theme-tour-reveal-earth-tones-12livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-baby-boy-gender-neutral-safari-nursery-theme-tour-reveal-earth-tones-3Ohh my heart! …Bursting with all of the emotions as I write this post. This nursery has been a slow and steady project filled with thoughtful pieces from family and friends. Every corner has items with meaning or memories associated…from hand sewn blankets to books from Blake’s childhood and beautiful artwork created with our little guy in mind, this space is a true sanctuary in our house and provides so much joy already! I am 38 weeks today and lately it feels like we are just twiddling our thumbs over here, patiently awaiting his arrival. Until then, I’ll rock in that cozy glider and daydream about what big changes the next few weeks will bring…

I want to thank y’all for your shared excitement as we begin this new chapter! It’s been so fun to connect here and via social media with fellow mama-to-be’s and current moms throughout my pregnancy. I’ve had such great feedback as we’ve furnished the nursery and I’m thrilled to finally share it!! I’ll be linking as many details as possible at the end of this post, so stay tuned…

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crib – WAYFAIR / rug – WAYFAIR / rocking chair – OVERSTOCK / side table – WORLD MARKET / lamp – WORLD MARKET / bookshelves – IKEA / curtain rod – TARGET / diaper changing pad – KEEKAROO / moses woven bassinet – DESIGN DUA / crib sheet – SPEARMINT BABY / swaddle blankets – SPEARMINT BABY / mobile – ETSY / natural wood frames – TARGET / safari illustrations (set of 4 or individual) – ETSY / accordion hanger – AMAZON

Miso Pesto Ramen

By Jessica Lee

When I posted this recipe to my Instagram Stories one night, I got more DMs than I’ve ever gotten. A lot of people had seen the recipe on Bon Appetit and were curious what I thought of it. Others were like, “What is that, and how can I make it right now?” I knew I had to share the recipe with you guys ASAP.

A friend of mine made it for her boyfriend the day after I sent her the recipe and he has taken to calling them “Smoothie Noodles”. While that may sound odd, it actually makes sense as almost the entire recipe is made in a blender with the exception of the noodles. As Ina Garten would say, “How great is that?”

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12 Things To Increase Work Productivity

As we inch our way out of January, I’m still on a “let’s make the most out of 2019!” kick over here. In the midst of being very very pregnant, one thing I am still finding joy in is my work. Though it’s getting more challenging to sit for lengthy periods of time (…pee breaks every 20 minutes…leg spasms…all that fun pregnancy stuff), I am still spending a few hours each day at my desk. Whether I’m sitting down to photo edit (spent a few hours editing the baby nursery pics yesterday…that post is headed to LL this week, yay!), research new content ideas or simply tend to my email inbox, a few trusty things are helping me keep my head in the game (HSM reference, ya feel me? 😉 ), and make me more productive in my work! Sharing 12 items that can come in handy when you’re ready to throw in the workday towel…

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Babydoll Dress

Hello and happy Thursday, friends! Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been MIA on my blog and social media lately…we are renovating our master bathroom (meaning contractors in and out of the house) and honestly, pregnancy pains have been pretty unbearable lately (ligaments stretching = ouch!) …so I’ve been laying low trying to focus on our house and overall just staying sane and healthy. I shot this look with my sister a few weeks back and am finally sharing it…! This babydoll dress is DARLING whether you’re pregnant or not, and I love it worn over a chic black turtleneck.

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DRESS / TURTLENECK (non-maternity option HERE) / LEGGINGS (maternity) / BOOTIES / HANDBAG / SUNGLASSES

3 Books to Inspire You In 2019

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-best-inspiring-books-2018-2019-5livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-best-inspiring-books-2018-2019-3Refill your mug of coffee, throw on your comfiest lounge pants and cozy up to a new book that will change your year for the better. (…I mean, that’s the goal here!). The older I get, the more I enjoy inspiring reads that force me to self reflect and make positive changes in my own life. Though I love a good fiction novel, a few self-help books have been on my “must read” radar for a while now…and I’m diving right in! I received the new Michelle Obama memoir for Christmas and recently purchased Girl, Wash Your Face after seeing rave reviews flood my Instagram feed. I should also note, The Power Of Now completely transformed my year in 2018 (truly, if you read one book this year, it should be this one!!) and Watson ate half of it after I left it sitting on my bath tray (rookie mistake on my end!)…thus, I ordered a fresh one because I like to refer back to it for words of wisdom, encouragement and to keep my rambling brain (…er, those thoughts of self doubt) at bay…

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A big thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

The Great Outdoors

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-lifestyle-blogger-backcountry-patagonia-better-sweater-jacket-sorel-hiking-boots-yeti-rambler-bottle-hiking-outfit-6livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-lifestyle-blogger-backcountry-patagonia-better-sweater-jacket-sorel-hiking-boots-yeti-rambler-bottle-hiking-outfit-4Can y’all believe we’re flying through January?! I’ve been in nesting mode preparing for Baby P’s arrival, which means lots of time spent indoors tending to everything nursery related! Truth be told, forcing myself to stop and get outside has been SUCH a welcome part of my day. Y’all know I go on a daily walk, but with all the rain that has hit Austin recently, Blake and I were itching to get over to Barton Creek and see the flowing water, soak in the colorful foliage and enjoy some time together in nature…

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A big thank you to Backcountry for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Delicious Honey Matcha Latte

By Jessica Lee

I used to be convinced that I didn’t like matcha. When the green tea started gaining traction a few years ago I tried it and immediately wrote it off as a drink that tastes like dirt. Not my finest moment.

So when a friend of mine started singing matcha’s praises (…it’s packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, rich in fiber and vitamins…to name a few benefits), I decided to give it another go. She recommended adding a tablespoon of honey to the mix, and it changed everything. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the concoction. I hope you enjoy it!

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Pregnancy Diaries: Third Trimester Update!

Hello, from the throes of third trimester-land! Not going to lie, this part of pregnancy has left me feeling some kind of way…lack of sleep, kankles galore, gas and indigestion (Tums are the bff I never knew I needed in my life), hemorrhoids (yep, just went there!), and of course, less mobility as my growing bump has thrown off my center of balance and taking a walk around the block results in my considering which neighbors bathroom I can use to relieve my bladder. But like, 35 weeks and g-l-o-w-i-n-g, right?! 😉

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