rewardStyle Conference Re-Cap

Hey mamacitas!  If you follow along on my insta-stories then you know that I spent the weekend in Dallas at the rewardStyle Conference and had the best time!  I won't bore you with the details of what rewardStyle is, but it is a company that helps bloggers monetize their brands.  Every year they invite the top 200 performing bloggers from around the world to Dallas for the conference and thanks to all of you guys, I got invited this year. Eeeeeeek! I literally died when I got the invite in January. We had classes, opportunities to meet with brands, all the in + out's of writing a book (really want to do that) and best of all...parties.  Oh the parties!  If you did watch, then you know mama went a little crazy this weekend and it was so fun!  I posted all of these looks on Instagram, but I wanted to give you a run down of everything here. Most Importantly: Thank you again to all of you who love me and support me.  I would not have ANY of this without you guys and I hope you always know how absolutely appreciative I am of it in every way. It's funny, something that I've always done (cook + decorate + be real + pull outfits together and help my friends) has evolved into something I NEVER dreamed of or for that matter even knew existed. It's been crazy and the ride has been a rollercoaster of emotions. It is fun, but it is hard work and I feel blessed beyond measure. Seriously, THANK YOU and I love you guys!

Now, lets get to the outfits! 



Dress | Purse (no longer available, but I love this one) | Shoes | Earrings | Sunglasses | Bracelet

So the first night Sole Society hosted a Tulum inspired pool party.  I am not going to lie, it is a little nerve-racking walking into a party full of bloggers when you only know one or two people.  I have never done any kind of blogging conference before and don't have a ton of blogging contacts so I didn't really know that many people going in.  As with most things though, the anticipation of the thing is so much worse than the thing itself and everyone I met was so nice and I ended the weekend with tons of new friends.  SInce it was a beach inspired theme, I wanted to wear something a little out of my normal color palette since black, white, gray and nude don't really scream beach.  I chose this gorgeous sunny little number and I am in love.  It is a perfect for all of your summer events- baby showers, bridal showers, weddings- and its less than $100!  I searched high and low for the little snakeskin clutch ( I found it here last summer) that I am carrying and could not find it anywhere, but I did find an adorable raffia clutch.  It is so cute, comes in four colors, is less than $50 and is perfect for summer!


Top | Pants | Hat | Shoes | Earrings | Bracelet| Bracelets

The second day started with a day full of classes, presentations, and brand meetings so I knew that I really wanted to be comfortable.  Guys, these pants are everything.  If you're criteria for pants are a.) they are as comfortable as pajamas b.) they aren't pajamas c.) you can look totally pulled together while still feeling like you are wearing pajamas, then these are totally the pants for you!  I was a little nervous to try a palazzo pant, but I am so glad I did.  Pair them with this black tank like I did, or style them with a white t-shirt and scarf and you are literally ready to conquer the world...or at the very least a full day of conferencing, "momming", working, etc.


Dress | Belt | Shoes | Earrings | Bracelet | Sunglasses

The second night was another fun party that was hosted by Bumble.  This party required cocktail attire so I found this great dress at Banana Republic and I am in love.  It is so sexy, while still being age appropriate, and so comfortable.  I also love all the micropleating.  Banana Republic is offering 30% off with code BRSURPRISE through the 25th, so hurry over there and snatch one up while it is on sale.  I promise you will not be disappointed!  I also think it would look so great for work dressed down with maybe a black belt and black flats.  Very chic!

DAY 3 

Top | Pants | Shoes | Bracelets | Sunglasses

If you guys did follow along with my weekend, you know that Friday night was a wild, late night.  I had the best time, made a bunch of new friends at the party, drank a lot of champagne and tequila, and stayed up til 3am.  #holyhannah For this 9:30 bedtime girl, you can imagine that I was needing something comfortable for day 3.  We got to spend some time in the brand hall, we had brand meetings, and more class sessions.  I really wanted to look professional and pulled together, since I was going to have the opportunity to meet with some of my favorite brands, so I headed straight to my closet for the Banana Republic Sloane Pant. Listen, every woman needs a pair of these black pants in their closet.  They are the most flattering, most comfortable pants in the universe and are currently my #1 favorite pair of pants.  They come in four colors, short/medium/long sizing, and are also 30% off with the code BRSURPRISE.  Seriously run to the store right now and get them and then wear them everyday and we can be twins.


Also, a note about my purse.  This is actually the bag Steve bought me in Vegas when he hit the jackpot on the slot machine one night.  It was literally so exciting and I just about died.  I have a REALLY hard time pulling the trigger on gifts like this for myself, but Steve was so sweet and wanted to get me something nice for our anniversary.  How could I resist?  #winkwink I am in absolute love with this bag. Her name is Chana Belle. Laugh, but I only own a couple (this one and this one) and they deserve a proper names and in most cases a seatbelt when riding shotgun with me. I LOVE them like my own children. Speaking of children, Lily will inherit quite the collection. I have had so many of you guys asking me about it and I have searched high and low for it, including calling the Chanel boutique in Vegas.  I have been able to find it in black and nude, but not beige. You can find the Spring/ Summer '17 collection here.  I will keep searching for the beige one and will let you know if I find it online.  If I can't, you can always call a Chanel boutique and they will assist you in locating one. 



So the very last night rewardStyle throws a huge finale party and this year it was black tie optional.  So I go this dress last summer from Hemline to wear to a wedding.  I loved it so much that I had to resurrect it for the finale party.  Two problems though.  The dress is nowhere to be found online and I ended up not wearing it due to a bra malfunction.  Yep, you read that right...a bra malfunction.  So I wore a pretty blue pleated skirt from Vici instead (don't forget to use my code for 25% off LANDYN25), but I still love this dress.  I sourced a Badgley Mischka that is on MAJOR sale form Neiman Marcus that is really similar and super pretty.  Both of the dresses are the perfect dress for dancing though because they are super fun to swing all around...and dance we did. We literally shut the dance party down and stayed until the DJ literally would not play another song.  It was like the most fun wedding you have ever been too.

Last but certainly not least, a huge THANKS to Beckley + Co. for shooting these beautiful images of me. Rebecca is so freakin' great and If you live in Dallas or know someone that does.....have her take your picture. So talented! 





Hi friends!  I am not going to lie, re-entry from this past weekends conference is going to be rough.  That is why we all need really easy, quick recipes to fall on.  These are the types of days were my crockpot really gets a workout.  I threw this together last week on Insta-stories and honestly I had no idea whether it was going to turn out or not.  I basically just threw a bunch of ingredients that I had on hand in my fridge, said a little prayer over my crockpot, and viola, 8 hours later I had this delicious Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken.  You can serve this over brown rice or quinoa and it makes a really delicious sauce.



  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 16 oz jar Frontera Foods Tomatillo Salsa 
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers, sliced
  • 26 oz can Whole Tomatillo's 
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped 
  • 4 oz can green chilies, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • avocado, sliced
  • Queso Fresco (crumbly mexican cheese) 
  • fresh cilantro 


  1. Place chicken breast in slow cooker. 
  2. Chop, slice and dice peppers, onions and mince garlic. 
  3. Add salsa, can chilies and tomatillos. 
  4. Squeeze juice of lime. 
  5. Mix all ingredients well and cover. 
  6. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. 

Serve over rice or quinoa. I like to top mine with sliced avocado, crumbled fresco and fresh cilantro. 
*feeds 4-6


This is probably my favorite story to tell. It’s my love story and today I’d like to share it with you. It all started in 1991. My mom remarried a wonderful man named Kevin, he had two boys. We became an instant family. It was exciting for all of us. I gained siblings and a ‘dad’ that would one day walk me 1/2 way down the isle, that's another great story. We moved the summer before 8th grade, and if you remember being in middle school, moving from your friends and changing schools was NOT ideal. But like my love for new spaces and decorating, I was game for a new room, but missed my friends and old neighborhood terribly. I’ve always been friendly and outgoing, so making friends wasn’t going to be hard. School started that fall, and on the first day I sat down in my math class amongst my new classmates. It was like a scene out of Forrest Gump, you know the part when they're on the bus and every time he went to sit down he got a dirty look or was told, ‘you can’t sit here’. Yep, it wasn't the warmest welcome. Funny enough, most of those rude middle schoolers ended up as bridesmaids in my wedding, became my best friend and I am the god mother to their children. See it all works out. Just keep smiling and kill them with kindness, that’s what my mom always said. 

1992/8th grade dance

1992/8th grade dance

Things were going well. I was making friends, leading clubs and winning them all over. Including the teachers. I landed that cool gig of picking up attendance cards from all the classes daily during first period. And it was on that day we locked eyes. He was a tall, had dark hair, green eyes and a great big smile, with no braces. That was rare for a middle school boy. I hadn't really seen him before, yet how could I have missed this 6ft "boy"? He can’t really go unnoticed. He was cute and the crush was instant. I looked forward to seeing him daily and planned my entrance into the classroom and probably my outfit too. Not sure he thought about his wardrobe, but I remember it well. It was knee length jean shorts (which was cool then) Guy Harvey t-shirt, Reeboks and Chicago Bulls gold charm. Totally hot, right? 

Mid way through the year I invented ways to get him out of class and say he was needed for Peer Counseling or some BS like that. Remember, the teachers loved me and I was running things by now. He would watch me walk to the lunch room, and word started getting back to me that he thought I had nice legs. We were pretty smitten with each other. But it wasn’t middle school official until we kissed by the buses, before we our 8th grade trip to Disney World. From that moment on we’ve been pretty much inseparable. I would watch him shoot baskets at the local park, make collages on my wall of pictures of us and talk on the phone every single night. My notebooks were covered with LG + SH, you know all the things you do at 14 when you’re obsessed with a boy. I saved our 1st movie ticket (Lethal Weapon 3) and every single one since, and still do. 

Landyn and Steve were pretty much an item, there wasn't one without the other. That trend continued into freshman year of high school. There were the occasional breakups, you know the ones that lasted for 2 hours, 2 days or two weeks max. The ones where your friends don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend and they talk you into breaking up. Dumb stuff like that. Neither of us drove, so his mom would take us to the movies or drop us off at Outback Steak House for dinner, followed up with a pizza when we went back to his house. That was our thing, and you need to remember I was dating an future athlete with an appetite. He was 6’ 1”and 190 lbs and cleaned shaved when we started this thing. I often times wonder if my mom and dad thought I was lying when I said he was in my grade. He was a gentle giant. Kind, sensitive and made me laugh. We were best buds. 

His mom worked for the school we attended, so we were spoiled and spent most lunch periods in her office. She made us a matching lunch everyday: turkey & cheese sandwich + chips + gummy life-savers, followed by a late pass back to class. Hand in hand we roamed those halls. That continued and so did this love. He was the captain of the football team, I was the Senior Class President. He lettered three sports, I ran the high school newspaper + hosted our radio station. He was the Homecoming King, I was the Prom Queen. He was being looked at by colleges across the country, and I was planning on staying in state to pursue interior design. 


10th grade Homecoming Dance

10th grade Homecoming Dance

He was offered a full scholarship by the University of Michigan to play football, so naturally I made him a football cake using at least 7 different cake decorating tips. Our parents gave us a graduation party together and it was an exciting time for all of us. But that also meant that we would soon be apart. We spent that summer together, packing in as much as we could. There were tears. What would happen? Would we make it? Would the distance be too much? Those were the questions we would ask each other. Our communication has always been really good, and looking back, I’m grateful we developed that early on. 

His parents had a cabin in the Smokey Mountains, so that summer we spent a few weeks there relaxing, hiking, grilling, fishing and strolling those country flea markets. We were soaking up every single second of being together and not wanting it to end. But the day arrived when we had to leave that summer in the rearview, and start looking ahead. So, we packed up the truck full of all his college loot and headed towards Michigan and on the way, they dropped me at the Nashville International Airport (It’s funny now to think this is where we’d end up with our two kids 25 years later. Life is pretty cool) And this is where we said our goodbyes. Oh man, the tears were flowing. I’m pretty certain we hugged for a good 20 minutes. I didn't want to let go. Neither of us did. His mom told me later that when I boarded that plane, he broke down like a baby and just sobbed.

1996/ Prom

1996/ Prom

Freshmen year was good. School was going well for both of us. I was working and saving money to fly back and fourth to Ann Arbor to watch as many home games as I could. Seriously, $79 bucks round trip on Spirt Airlines. Dear lord, why did my parents let me do that? Ha! I was getting to know his teammates and my way around campus. It was crazy to see his size change with each visit. He was stronger, more muscular and getting more handsome. How was that possible? I was smitten with him and loved watching him live out his childhood dreams. By this time both of our families were decked out in Maize + Blue, and college football Saturdays became a BIG DEAL. 

Sophomore year was much the same. Plenty of visits, long distance phone bills and dreams of the future discussed nightly. With the addition of some pretty amazing awards and honors he was receiving {Two year Team Captain, 4 year All Big 10 Selection, Big Ten Offensive Lineman Of the Year, 2 Time All American, 1st Team All American Honors, not to mention a National Championship win} This boyfriend of mine was becoming quite the the star. Crazy enough, none of that was an indicator to me. I never could have dreamt up this amazing life he worked so hard to give us. All I knew back then, is that I wanted to marry him, live in a white house and have a son named Wyatt. That’s all. Well, two out of the three is pretty good. 

Now, this is when the true love story starts. It was the summer before our junior year. I’m now in nursing school and working in a hospital. I know, you’re like…. wait, what? I had enrolled in Design School and remember telling my parents a few semesters in, “Design school is really expensive and I feel like I already know all this” *side note: my dad is a builder and my mom is like Martha freakin’ Stewart. So basically, I was born with all those skills. So while in school I was working for a doctor, answering phones and billing etc. I realized that I loved the patients and became overly interested in the blood and guts. So I switched careers. And while floating between med-surg. and the ER I realized this is what I wanted to do. You know that time in your life, when one day you know what you want and the next day you don’t. Basically your early 20’s. 

Steve + Tom Brady

Steve + Tom Brady

Things between Steve and I were moving along, but the distance was taking it’s toll on us both. The phone conversations became a little like groundhogs day. It was the same old thing for him and me. Practice, work, school, labs, practice, work, school, labs…… We were running out of things to say. We were both busy and living thousands of miles from one another. It’s not as if we had the desire to date other people, we were both crazy busy and I think just probably needed some space. But neither one of us wanted to utter those words. But one day I suggested it. Don’t ask me why? I’m just going to say, thank god I was the mature girl that I was. Something told me space is what we needed. I mean, think about it…..we literally had been inseparable since 8th grade and here it is our junior year of college. All I knew is that I didn’t want to wake up one day at thirty-five with two kids and had never dated anyone else. I was only getting married once and it was going to be for the right reasons. And that saying kept playing in my head….If it’s meant to be, then it will all work out. And with those words we broke up. He didn't take it well, don’t let me fool you, neither did I. But deep down I knew this was the right decision. I hoped. It was hard. Really hard. Lot’s of tears and phone calls back and fourth of why we should get back together. But as hard as it was I stood by my decision. The one I made for both of us. But did I ever question myself? Hell yes I did. Did I really just throw this incredibly smart, handsome, loving man to the wolves? Dear god, what was I thinking? I'm not sure, but I trusted my heart. As you can imagine we had plenty of mutual friends, and by that time I was pretty close with most of his teammates. Plus, with me being in Florida, all of our high school friends made really great PI’s. Let’s just say, everyone was keeping tabs on both of our whereabouts + comings and goings. 

Time passed, holidays came and went. And without fail a sweet greeting card would arrive in my parents mailbox, his way of just checking in. I was having fun going out with my girlfriends, staying out all night and acting 22. It was different. I had a boyfriend most of my life, so being single was new. Weird really. We were both exploring this new territory. Did we like it? Nobody knew really what the other was thinking. I wondered what he was up to? Was he sad? Did he meet the one? Did he think about me? Time would pass and I’d hear nothing. Once in a while word would get back that he had gone on a few dates and I went on a few myself. 

I could write 10 more paragraphs about what happened next, but let me just sum it up for you real quick. I met a guy, we moved to Virgina for 6 months. Moved back home. He was in love with me. Popped the question on a Saturday night, I said yes. woke up in shock. Gave back the ring on Monday. Steve heard about that. Took a red-eye home. Asked me what I was thinking. We got in a fight. He flew back to Michigan. He was sad. So was I. That was December. 

 2 Time All American / University Of Michigan

 2 Time All American / University Of Michigan

Now it’s January, I’m working for Dr. Tanner again. Steve is training/ preparing for the NFL Draft. Signed with his agent and was back in Florida, and would be for a few months. Meanwhile I know none of this. It’s a Friday about 12 noon and for some reason I called home during lunch to talk to my mom. She says, “Guess who came by the house today?” I said, “Who?” She says, “Steve!” If you could have seen my face. I was like WHAT? WHY? WHAT DID HE SAY? “We had a nice visit and caught up. It was so good to see him” Then what I asked? She said, “Well that’s it really, but he did ask where you were working.” I hung up that phone faster than fast and headed straight for my makeup bag and toothbrush. I was dying!!!! Was he going to show up? 

1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 4 o'clock and nothing, no Steve. I was beginning to wonder. Then while taking an X-ray in the back, the front widow bell rings and behind the glass stands the love of my life. At this point I have no idea he’s here. The receptionist comes to the back and says, “Landyn, there is a really big guy in a suit with roses asking for you” The butterflies of all butterflies took over my stomach and all the girls in the office came rushing over to me. Asking to take the xray. Even the Dr.’s wife, Sue, whipped out her compact offering to powder my face. I calmly said, “No, I’ve got it. I’ve waited my whole life for this, he can wait 10 minutes.” So I let the poor guy sweat to out in the waiting room. His ears were beet red. I was sweating. He looked so good. I hope I did. And I just couldn't stop smiling, we both couldn’t. He asked if we could go outside to talk, and so we did. Long enough that the office closed and my co-workers had to bring me my purse and keys. He said let’s go to dinner, and then out. He wanted to go back to see my parents. He wanted me to quit my job. He wanted me to come live with him while he trained. He wanted to get a ring. He wanted everything. He wanted ME. He said, “It’s happening Landyn, and I only wanted to ever do this with you” I cried. So did he.  

The weekend was amazing. It felt so good to be back in his arms. It felt so good to be us. Monday he headed back to the training facility near Sarasota and I went back to work. We talked 100 times a day and planned our weekends. That continued for a few weeks, then on a Wednesday he called and asked what I was doing this weekend, well duh. Spending it with you. He said, “I want you to come back with me for good this time.” I was like, “I can’t quit my job.”  Friday rolls around and I walk back to Dr. Tanner’s office to grab my paycheck. (backstory… I babysat for Dr.Tanner and his wife in I was in High School, and my parents now live next door to them. So, needless to say, they are very familiar with the Steve + Landyn saga) He says to me, “ So, things seem to be going well with Steve. You look really happy!” “Yes, Very. Thanks”, “That’s good to hear” “Have a good weekend Dr. T!” and I walk towards the door. He says’ “Landyn, one more thing…. and I walk back to his desk. “Here’s next weeks check too. You're fired. Go with Steve. That’s where you’re meant to be.” I hugged him and tears ran down my face. 

We spent that weekend packing up my stuff, only about six duffle bags of clothes, and pulled out of my parents driveway. I haven't been home since. We spent the next two months living together in Bradenton, Florida at IMG Academy where Steve and other top NFL prospects would train for the 2001 draft that April. It was fun. He’d work out, practice, condition daily. I would make these big guys lunch and then we’d either hit the beach or chill. They were tiring days for these guys, and I was so happy to be there to take care of him, all the while reconnecting after being apart for the last year and a half. Life was good. When the program was complete we decided to go live at his parents vacation home in Georgia. Not knowing where home would be for us in the future, that would depend on the team that drafted him. This would be the best option and would give us a place to relax get ready to write the next chapter in our life together. Draft day rolls around. We couldn’t sleep, none of us. Everyone was up early. His mom and I made appetizers, and chilled champagne. Steve’s dad tried to keep busy by tinkering in the garage and Steve pretty much paced the house for hours. We were all trying not to go insane and thinking of anything other than football we could to pass the time.  Wasn’t easy. Actually impossible. I swear that day went so slow. When you are predicted to got the the first round of the draft they invite you and your family to New York City, where you can sit around the table and wait for the phone to ring. The entire thing is televised. I’m sure you’ve seen it on TV. Steve wanted no part of that. He just wanted to be home with us and not being watched by the world. 

Mel Kipper is an analyst and slotted Steve to be the 13th overall pick of the 2001 Draft, which was to Jacksonville. So you can imagine when the the Jaguars were on the clock we were all filled with nervous excitement, but you never can really know what teams will do during those 2 minutes. There are so many moving parts and things change for a team from one pick to the next. Once they selected and it wasn’t Steve, lets just say we all got nervous. Now what? What team will it be? Pick 14, 15, 16……came and went. Next up on the clock was the Seattle Seahawks, followed by the Detroit Lions. None of us never really thought about Seattle. It was Detroit we were thinking would be our home. Steve just finished his college career with the University of Michigan, so more than likely they would take their hometown boy. Right? That’s what we were thinking too. The phone rings and rings again. This is when the head coach calls and says, “Son, Welcome to the team!” Steve answers, assuming it was Detroit. Nope it was Mike Holmgren, Head coach of the Seahawks! Steve answers the phone, meanwhile his parents and I have no idea who’s on the other end. He takes the call and runs into the guest bedroom. We can hear him talking, but still have no idea. Then he peeks his head out the door and says, “WE’RE GOING TO SEATTLE!” We all started jumping up and down. Crying, laughing, giving high-fives. It was bananas. Seriously, one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced. After things settled down a little….these two Florida kids, turned to each other and said, “where in the hell is Seattle?!?” HA! We knew where it was, but it was the furthest of all 32 teams that could have selected him. But man, what an rush! 

2001 NFL DRAFT / 1st Round 17th Overall Pick

2001 NFL DRAFT / 1st Round 17th Overall Pick

Next comes the flashbulbs and that classic photo of the rookie holding his jersey grinning from ear to ear. It was happening! It was ALL THE THINGS! Pretty surreal for all of us. This was what he’d worked so hard for. I couldn’t have been more proud. We moved to Seattle that May, and lived at the La Quinta for a good 2 weeks. We started the house hunt. Now, remember we are two college kids, that a month ago we had a couple thousand dollars to our name, now buying a house!?! We had no idea what we were doing. Ha! After realizing that houses (and Seattle) are expensive and having to broaden our budget a little, we found our very first home. To this day and after moving 9 times, it will always be my favorite. It was in a darling neighborhood with lots of families. We bought it from a couple and they along with most of the neighbors on our street are still our friends to this day. I guarantee most of them will reads this. (Nothing but love for my Stonegate peeps) 

Rookie Year

Rookie Year

Ok, so now we have a house. But we have nothing to put in it. Literally. We closed that afternoon and laid in the middle of our empty living room floor surrounded by duffle bags of clothes and laughed. Steve said, “Let’s go! We got to go shopping. We have nothing!” First stop, Bed Bath and Beyond. He actually dropped me off and headed towards Sears. He was so excited to go buy some tools to fill up his new garage. I grabbed a cart and made my way down the first isle. I was checking it all out and deciding between pot holders and a new drying rack, when he came back. He looked in my cart and said, “what are you doing?” I was nervous for a second, like I had picked out too much. I said, “ just deciding what color I wanted, but I can put one back.” He was like, “This is all you got so far?” Babe, we need EVERYTHING!” We laughed and then the shopping spree of all sprees began. Cart after cart, isle after isle we were loading up and laughing along the way. At one point the manager came one to us, I think he thought we were going to fill all these carts and walk out. Like some sort of prank. I mean, what business do two college looking kids have in the middle of a Bed Bath and Beyond at 6pm on a Friday night? Let’s just say NINE carts later and a scroll for a receipt, we put a pretty good dent in it. Man, we still laugh about that night, and I still have the receipt. 

Training camp rolled around and the big guy headed off to Cheney, WA where he would live in a dorm, sleep on a cheap mattress and go to battle twice a day for the next month. I would drive over and visit weekly to what seemed like jail for these poor guys. Over the next month, I took on my new roll of playing house. I was planting flowers, painting walls and making our house into a home. I was liking this whole domestic thing. Teaching myself how to cook, trying to keep busy and exploring a whole new city. Now, you may be thinking……are you two ever gonna get engaged? Yes and here’s how that went down. It was October 10th, 2001, I was making dinner, roasted chicken I think. I do remember heating the oven and getting ready to put the rolls in when the phone rang. It was Steve and I could hear the frustration in his voice when I answered. “Hello”, “ Hi” he said….. “Everything Ok?”  I asked. “ No, the damn steering on my truck is bad and I’m pulled over on that dirt turn off on Coal Creek Pkwy” “Oh no, seriously? What can I do?” I asked. “ I need you to go in the garage and grab me a 3/16 wrench, that flathead screwdriver and a flashlight” I remember thinking to myself, that’s a brand new truck. He literally just bought it weeks after he signed. What could possibly be wrong? I grew up with brothers and I knew a thing or two about cars. But hey, shit happens right? I tuned off the oven and left everything right were it was. I grabbed all the tools and jumped in my car and drove to him. He was standing there with his hands on his hips. He gave me a quick kiss and crawled under the truck. He asked me to jump up in the drivers seat and turn the wheel left and right as he asked. I kept trying to lean down and see what the problem was, but every time I did, he instructed me   to do something else with the wheel. I had NO IDEA what he was doing. Next thing he says is, “Here, hold these bolts, and don’t drop them” So I did…. One by one he plopped them into my hand. The third one was THE RING. I didn't realize it at first and then that setting 5 o’clock sun caught that beautiful diamond and I about fell over. I think I screamed. I jumped out of that truck so fast. He pulled himself from under the truck and got down on one knee. Cars were honking, we were kissing. It was ALL THE THINGS. I was so surprised. 

April 20, 2002

April 20, 2002


We certainly had been talking about it and both knew it was going to happen. He knew if he took me to a nice romantic dinner that I would probably would have had an idea. He wanted to surprise me and boy did he ever. And I had to ask…. how did you come up with this idea? He said while sitting in his O-line meetings that week he thought of it. On the way home he stopped by a hardware store and bought these large bolts. Of course they were shinny and new, so while I was turning the wheel, he was rubbing grease on them to make them appear used and from the truck. Very clever. We went home, never ate that chicken. We had way too many people to call and share our news with. We spent the next hour on speaker phone with our families. Then to celebrate we went to, ready for it….. Arby’s for dinner and ate it in the truck. Ha! You guys, it was perfect. I have the bolts and they sit in a delicate tray on my dresser, still. 

I started planning the wedding from afar. The date was set and we made it official on April 20th 2002 in Miami surrounded by 400+ of our closest friends and family. Yes, a BIG wedding, but when you’ve been together that long and have a history like ours you can’t leave anyone out. From Steve’s HS football coach to Dr. & Mrs.Tanner, they’re all part of the story. So, today I celebrate 15 AMAZING years with my 8th grade sweetheart and I thank you for letting me share our love story. Wether you wanted to hear it or not, It was fun to reminisce and actually write it down. I’ve told it so many times, but now it’s documented right here. 

Happy Anniversary to us! I couldn't have written a more perfect story. I love you. 









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I had so much fun last week sharing some of my favorite spring accessories with you guys, that I had to come back and round it off with my favorite nude shoes and straw totes for spring.  In my opinion, a nude wedge and a straw tote are a must for spring and summer.  You already know my love for Vici Collection and I am wearing one of my favorite maxi's this spring in the above picture.  They only have mine left in a large, but they have so many great maxi's to choose from.  Best part, you'll recieve 25% off your entire purchase using the code LANDYN25 at checkoutAnd the fun doesn't end there.  How about this killer tote bag I'm rockin' and have been for the last week? Well, it is from Lovestitch and they are offering 10% off with code LANDYNLOVE. You know I'm obsessed with all the Lovestitch maxi's, and you might not have realized that they have tons of other great stuff too. Definitely check out their site. Their tote selection this year is pretty amazing!

Below are some of my favorite nude shoes and totes that would look perfect whether you're boppin' around town, headed to the pool or strolling along at some tropical destination!




Did you guys catch that title?  I am about to share with you the absolute easiest Easter desert on the planet.  The best part is that it tastes delicious and looks absolutely adorable.  It is a great recipe to make with your kids because it is so simple and fun.  Don't let the Chow Mein noodles scare you off, I promise that it tastes like a delicious, crunchy Rice Krispy treat.  I frequently will use these as a little place setting for my Easter table and put the name cards in the nest surrounding by the eggs or propped against the marshmeallow peep.



  • 2  12oz bags of Chow Mein Noodles
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2  16oz bags of Jet-Puffed Marshmallows 
  • 10oz bag of mini eggs for decoration
  • peeps
  • 12 cup muffin tin
  1. In a large pot melt two sticks of butter on low heat. Add marshmallows and continually stir until melted. 
  2. Remove from heat and add chow mein noodles, stirring until well coated. 
  3. Allow to cool, so that you're able to handle. 
  4. Fill each muffin tin with marshmallow noodles and press into tin. Using your fingers to mold to shape of muffin cup, yet allowing some to spill over. That will give you the look of a birds nest. 
  5. Let cool and then carefully remove and arrange on platter or cake stand. Fill with a few eggs and a peep. 

Makes 12-16 nest. 


I am pulling a recipe out of the Hutchinson family vault to share with you guys today.  My mother-in-law Sandi, has made this recipe for as long as I can remember.  It is one of Steve's absolute favorites, in fact it is even in the NFL wives cookbook, it's that good. Sandi calls these potatoes "funeral potatoes", but that felt a little depressing, but I guess appropriate based on the occasion. Whatever you want to call them, I can guarantee that they will become a regular on your family's holiday table.  Hope you all enjoy them as much as we do!



  • 32 oz bag Diced Hash Brown Potatoes, frozen
  • 12 oz carton/can Cream of Chicken condensed soup
  • 6 oz bag shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz bag Monterey Jack shredded cheese
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 single serve size (1.5 oz) Potato Chips, crushed


  1. In a medium sauté pan, cook down onions and butter until onions are translucent. Be careful not to brown the onions. 
  2. Meanwhile in a large bowl, mix together frozen hash browns,  both cheeses, sour cream and cream of chicken, stir well. 
  3. Add sautéed onions and butter and mix again. 
  4. Spread into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle crush potato chips on top. 
  6. Bake in a 350° oven uncovered for 1 hour, or until bubbly. 

Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 8-10 depending on how many helpings. They'll be going back for seconds. 


I am back tonight with the next installment of my Nashville Travel Series.  Where to shop in Nashville is one of my most frequently asked questions, so today I am going to give you all the details about the best places to shop in Nashville.  We have a great mall, the Mall at Green Hills, that is right in my neighborhood, but I wanted to share with you guys all of my favorite boutiques and local gems that you will find outside the mall.  We are blessed with so many creative men and women, in particular, who have opened up beautiful local shops.  There truly is something for everything and every price point.  I am going to break it down by neighborhood and give you the details on my favorite places to shop. 



HEMLINE $-$$$:

It should come as no surprise that I am listing Hemline as my first stop on your shopping trip around Nashville.  It is one of my very favorite places to shop.  Hemline is actually a chain of franchised boutiques and each one is locally owned and the owner buys all the merchandise for her local market.  Mary has done such an amazing job here in Nashville, and I am excited to announce that a second location is soon to open in Brentwood.  Hemline's merchandise is always so on trend with a boho chic vibe.  They just renovated the store location for the first time in 10 years and it looks beautiful.  The staff and atmosphere is so friendly and fun, but never pushy which is a huge thing for me when I am shopping in a boutique.  There is a wide range of price points here and it is an awesome place to shop if you have a tween or teenage daughter because you can find great stuff for mom and daughter all in one place.  A must visit!

photo/ alyssa rosenheck

photo/ alyssa rosenheck

The Perfect Pair $$:

The Perfect Pair is located in the Hill Center, along with Hemline, and is co-owned by Ronnie Dunn's daughter Whitney.  What started as just a shoe store has grown to be a full range boutique that carries the most amazing pieces.  Stepping in to The Perfect Pair is like stepping into that perfectly curated hotel boutique on vacation.  It has a very monochromatic, muted look that obviously I love.  The price points are awesome. They have really beautiful and unique jewelry and hand bags too.  It goes without saying that they have an amazing shoe selection and it is where I always go for the perfect wedge in spring and the best bootie in fall.

Providence Interiors $-$$$:

One last stop you have to make in the Green Hills area is Providence Interiors.  I actually did a full write up on Providence Interiors that you can find here, so I won't need to go on and on, although I could write a ton.  They have the most beautiful furniture, accessories and fixtures for your home.  If you are an interior design lover then it is an absolute must stop for a trip in Nashville.



e.Allen $$-$$$:

This is my favorite place to stop in when we are staying at The Thompson or eating at Little Octopus. The Gulch is a really hip area of Nashville that has a very urban, big city vibe with tons of restaurants and shops.  e.Allen is across the street from The Thompson and it caters to the dinner crowd with later hours.  It has the perfect mix of clothing, everything from casual clothes to the perfect going out top.  I am guaranteed to find something I like every time I go in there.  Everything is very on trend and appeals to a really wide age range like Hemline.  The price points are very reasonable and range from $50-$150.  The great news for all you non-locals is that they have an awesome website that you can shop too.

Frye:  $$$

This isn't a local boutique, but they just opened a brand new Frye store in The Gulch and it is absolutely gorgeous.  I know that Frye boutiques are not super common outside of big cities, so it is definitely a fun place to visit if you are in from out of town.  They have all the beautiful leather goods and boots that we know and love them for, as well as some really great clothes.


White's Mercantile

White's Mercantile $$-$$$: 

Located in a true walking neighborhood, White's Mercantile is the place to go for the hippest home accessories, the best local made good, and the perfect gift.  Owned by Holly Williams, Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter, it is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir from your trip to Nashville that you would actually wear or use.  It is my go to place every time I need to pick up a gift.  They have an edited selection of clothes and beautiful leather goods. 

Vinnie Louise $:

Okay ladies, get ready for this.  Vinnie and Louise is basically the Vici Collection of Nashville.  Yes you heard me right, the Vici Collection of Nashville!  Can you believe it?!?  I really feel like I don't need to say anything else, other then get your bottom's over there.  They have really great, trendy pieces and shoes for less than $50.  They also have a really amazing website, so even if you aren't coming to Nashville you should totally check it out.

Emerson Grace

Emerson Grace $$$:

Emerson Grace is one of the most beautifully decorated stores that covers great basics primarily in black, white and gray.  They also carry items for men and women, so it would be a great stop is you are shopping with the hubby.  They carry a wide range of brands and you will definitely find smaller more boutique brands there.  They are definitely on the pricier side and I would say that almost everything starts at around $100. But boy do I ever swoon over every. single. piece. Totally worth every penny. 

12 South is one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods in Nashville.  You literally could spend an entire day there just eating and shopping your way through the neighborhood.  Some of the other places I wanted to mention are Draper James-Resse Witherspoon's clothing and home line, Imogene + Willie- a custom blue jean maker who makes Luke Bryan's jeans, and Craft South- a cool craft shop that offers great workshops. Don't forget to grab dessert at Jeni's or Sprinkle's while you walk. 


photo/ Nashville Guru

photo/ Nashville Guru

Revv $-$$:

Revv is a great place to find a cute trendy piece at an awesome price.  It is another store that I always find something I love when I go in there and I can get it without breaking the bank.  They have a great staff who are so friendly and willing to help.  I love to head into Revv and then pop across the street to eat at Fido.  It is also close to the Nashville institution, The Pancake Pantry.  The carry the Nash Collection which would make a great souvenir of your trip.

native and nomad

Native and Nomad $$-$$$:

If you are looking for something a little edgier, a little more rock and roll, than Native and Nomad is the place for you.  Definitely a little on the hipsterish side, this is the best place to find your next going out outfit.  They also have really cool t-shirts from the 615 Project that would make awesome souvenirs.  Carrying both men and women's clothes this is another great place to stop by if you are shopping with the men in your life.


Sidco Drive otherwise known as Nashville Design District is home to many amazing Interior showrooms, but there's ONE that really stands out and is one of my all-time favorites to shop for all the things, Redo Home + Design. Some of Nashvilles top designers work out of this space. One I'm quite certain you may know, if not, then go follow her now... Lori Paranjape. (@mrsparanjape) She is a hoot and so majorly talented it's RIDICULOUS. It's definitely not to be missed. And prepare yourself to be overlyInspired when you leave and you'll probably want to redo your entire home after leaving. 


Hey mama's!  I am here today to sing the praises of my favorite piece of clothing ever, the maxi dress, and share my favorite Spring accessories from my friends at Nordstrom.  If you have followed me for any length of time then you know that the maxi dress is my absolute go to when I am looking for easy dressing options.  I love that I can throw it on, add a couple of pretty accessories and it looks like I really tried....but I didn't!  I basically get to run around in glorified pajama's all day long and look like I am stylish and have it all together. #iftheyonlyknew If that is not a win ladies, I really don't know what is.  My other favorite reason for loving a good maxi is that it is absolutely timeless.  You can literally dust it off every year, add some new accessories to it and you are good to go. 

I am going to show you some of my favorite spring accessories at Nordstrom right now, and how I used them to spruce up two of my favorite maxi dresses.  Nordstrom's accessory selection is always so on point.  As with all things Nordstrom, I love that I can get all of my accessory shopping done in one stop and find everything that I need. Here is a little shopping tip for you. I actually prefer to order most of my accessories online from Nordstrom.  Their selection and range of price points is much wider online then it is in store....although I do always find several goodies when I am in store (their scarf and cover-up section is always the best!). In fact, all of the fun accessories I am wearing today I actually ordered online. So make sure you head to their site asap to check everything out!



Here is something else you probably already know if you have followed me for any length of time, but I love a good hat.  As soon as I saw this one online I knew I had to have it.  I love that it is a little different and unexpected with the black and white pattern.  It is the perfect beach hat! Funny story, one day I was telling Steve how I wished I was the kind of person who could wear hats. He laughed at me and said then why don't you just wear them. So I did just that and I have been a hat wearer and lover ever since then. Isn't that just how guys are, he took something I had agonized over in my mind and made the solution so simple. Basically you guys can thank Steve for me being here today sourcing my favorite hats for Spring for you guys.  



Dress (similar) | Hat | Sunglasses | Bracelets | Bracelets | Bracelet

I don't know about you, but I love a good pair of sunglasses. Something about a new pair makes me feel super glamourous.  I am loving the oversized aviator trend this year. I got these awesome Quay sunglasses for only $60 and I am loving them.  They also come in a gorgeous gold frame with rose lenses that are super pretty too.  Quay is my number 1 favorite brand for affordable and on-trend glasses.  I always, always find pairs I love from them.  If you have never checked them out, I am going to link to their page on Nordstrom so you can go see what they have.  Seriously, none of them are over $60!  I am also seriously crushing on this pair of of double framed aviators by Marc Jacobs that I saw on my sweet online friend Callie. They look so cool on and are on sale right now for $150.



Who doesn't want a little arm candy for spring? Since I design bracelets for you guys, you know that I love a good bracelet. I have found some of the cutest bracelets and I seriously want to buy them all.  #braceletbuyersannonymous I love a good bangle like the ones I am wearing in the pictures, but they also have some cuffs that I am absolutely dying over. They also have tons of really cute beaded and tasseled options that are perfect for Spring.


How cute are these little earrings that I am wearing?  I love that they are big, but lightweight so that they don't pull at my ear too much. I am loving the trend of threader earrings where there is a piece of the earring that hangs in the back as well as the front.  I have sourced everything from some of my favorite studs for a more subtle look to some serious statement making earrings.  There is definitely something there for everyone, no matter what look you prefer.




A special thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.


Easter is right around the corner.  Yep, you heard me right.  EASTER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!  Can you tell that I am freaking out right now because I am not really prepared at all.  Are you guys?  If you are, then I am totally jealous and a little skeptical of how together you have it.  However, if you are in the same boat as I am and are currently staring at your kids empty Easter baskets, then this is the post for you.  I have put together some really simple lists by age and sourced some fun products for you to choose from.  All you have to do is scroll down to your age group or age groups and I have tons of ideas for both boys and girls in each age group.  I feel like when they are little, they are pretty easy to come up with stuff for, but the older they get the trickier is can be to pick out things that they will like that won't cost you an absolute fortune.  Hopefully this helps all of us out (I pretty much have Luke and Lily's baskets done after sourcing all of this!) and let's us get Easter baskets checked off our mom list!



So your sweet baby probably isn't racing to the door on Easter morning to see what the bunny brought them, but I do like having a little something for them.  In fact, I love the tradition of getting them a really pretty Easter basket that they'll then use as they grow up.  Etsy has some really cute ones, as do Pottery Barn Kids and World Market.  I also think it is a good idea to get them things that they will actually need, like pjs, teethers, pacis, etc.

Board Books

Stuffed Animal



Onesies and Pajamas

First Easter Basket

Baby Snacks-Puffs, Yogurt Melts, Mum Mums

AGE 3-5 


In my opinion, these next two age brackets are the easiest to buy for.  They are still right in the thick of believing in the Easter Bunny, so it is super fun to put their baskets together.  There are also the most choices of small, inexpensive things that you can include in the baskets.  And most importantly their expectations are still low, so they won't be a pouting Penny when they don't get an iPhone in their basket like their friend Suzie that is every going to happen.


Sidewalk Chalk

Water Color Paints


Spring Time Book

Stick-On Earrings

Mini Flashlights

Little People Figurines



AGE 5-7

photo styling / Living With Landyn

photo styling / Living With Landyn

Okay, we are still in the easy years here.  Get them some matchbox cars or doll clothes and some candy and you are good to go. They're still excited about their basket and are usually just happy to be getting toys.  They typically still believe in the Easter Bunny, so there's still magic when they see their basket for the first time. So sweet!

Small Cars


Coloring Book

Toy Figurines

Craft Kit

Sports Equipment- Balls, Gloves, Bats, etc

Barbie Clothes


AGE 7-10

photo styling / Living With Landyn 

photo styling / Living With Landyn 

This age can start to get a little tricky.  They aren't really babies any more, but at this age they are starting to grow out of the idea of the Easter Bunny....but still want the toys.  Stuck in between babies and big kids. Luckily there are still lots of fun, relatively inexpensive things you can get them.  Luke is right at this age and I love getting him sports related things. I always try and squeeze in something that I know he is going to need like new baseball socks or a glove as a gift since I know I am going to have to be buying one anyway.

Art Set



Mad Libs


Garden Kit

Nail Stickers

Book Mark

Colored Shoe Laces



So by this age it gets pretty tricky.  The kids are obviously not believing in the Easter Bunny any more, but still want the symbolism...and the goodies of an Easter basket.  You can always choose to get one larger gift-like a piece of clothing or electronic that they have been wanting- or you can go with smaller gifts and get an actual basket.  This is a great age for gift cards like iTunes, gas cards, cards to their favorite restaurants, and the gifts of experiences like tickets to a sporting event or concert.  I did go through and pick some of my favorite things to get my kids, especially Lily, since she is right at this age.

Lip Gloss

Key Chain

Washi Tape

Colored Pens

Ice Cream / Starbucks Gift Card

Movie Tickets


Baseball Hats

Athletic Wear


Phone Cases


This is one of my favorite salads to make, next to my Lemon Dill Tuna Salad and one I eat ALL YEAR LONG. But, it seems only fitting to share it with you on this bright and sunny Spring day. Especially served inside these precious carrot shaped crescent rolls. Don't these just beg for you to throw an little Easter Brunch or some sort of spring party? Speaking of parties, please make sure you hop on over to my festive Kid Easter Party tablescape being featured on Fashionable Hostess blog today! We got together for a little Q & A on entertaining + my party style and go-to cocktail. It's such a treat to be showcased in part of her FH Dinner Party Series over on her website. You must head over and read the full post, and see all the fun details. It's full of color, treats and pom-pom bunny tails. 

And since we're talking kids and parties, these carrot shaped crescent rolls are easy enough for the kids to help with. Best part, it involves ice cream cones and you can't let the extras go to waste. So, I guess we're having ICE CREAM after!  



  • 2  8oz pkgs Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • orange food coloring or (red + yellow food coloring to make orange)
  • whites of one egg
  • 4 sugar cones
  • aluminum foil
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • pastry brush
  • fresh dill to garnish


  1. Wrap sugar cone in a single layer of foil, covering the outside completely. Tucking any extra foil inside the cone. 
  2. Spray foil wrapped come with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Using 2 crescent rolls, one at a time wrap cone. Using your fingers to press seams of the two together. Lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl mix egg white and a few drops of food coloring to achieve desired color of orange. I used 1-3 drops. 
  5. With a pastry brush, or new craft paint brush, apply a thin layer of colored whites to each crescent roll. 
  6. Bake in a 350° oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until done. 
  7. Remove and let cool completely. 
  8. Once cool, carefully remove crescent roll from cone, pulling and wiggling it off the cone, without breaking. 


This egg salad recipe came from a girlfriend of mine about 10 years ago. She made
it for me one day and I've been making it ever since. Make it once and you'll see why. OH MY GOSH! So delicious and oh so simple. I love the way the fresh tarragon + splash of white wine takes the flavors up a notch. Try this one! 


  • 1 dozen hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 2 table spoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • salt + pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and chill in refrigerator overnight. Allowing all of the ingredients to marinate. Simply stuff each carrot roll before serving and add a sprig of fresh dill for fun. Your guest are sure to get a kick out of this presentation. Serve and enjoy! 

serves 4