Outfits of the… Month?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted what I wore. Not for any reason other than I wasn’t loving having to post repeat outfits. (Seriously.)

Here are some of the things I wore in May and June.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Shoes: Payless

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How cool is this dress? Forever obsessed with CowCow.

Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow via Amazon
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: CowCow via Amazon
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Target (clearance, for only $10!!!)
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: WeLoveColors
  • Shoes: Not pictured, but surprise! They were those same ones from Payless.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW — they’re different shoes, guys!

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  • Dress: Ross
  • Sunglasses: Zenni Optical

Hope you like! xo.

Outfits of the Week: May 15, 2016

A good week, in which I wore many pants, which is not super common for me. Also: my birthday!

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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I needed to look a little professional on Tuesday for an important meeting. The meeting was a bust, but at least I looked cute!

Outfit details

  • Blazer: Target
  • V-neck: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless (they’re different than the shoes I normally wear, and yet you can barely see them in this photo)

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Thursday was our employee appreciation picnic, so I got to wear jeans (yay!). The best part? I GOT TO PET A DOG.

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His name is Stanley and I love him.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Sweater: Forever 21
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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This is almost 100% Old Navy approved.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW

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On Saturday, I went to my best friend’s baby shower. It was so wonderful to spend time with her and to celebrate her little guy, Liam, who surprised us all by coming early!

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

P.S. Her dress is from Macy’s.

Hope you had a fashionable week.😉

Outfits of the Week: May 8, 2016

The sun was back, so it was a good week! At work, we were preparing for commencement, and I’m into my second week of the social media course I’m taking. PLUS, I can’t stop buying new clothes, somebody please send help!

Here’s what I wore this week.

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I’m so pumped to have rediscovered this sweater. Polka dots are my favorite, and this tan color is fab.

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy (like, three years ago, sorry!)
  • Pants: Walmart
  • Shoes: Payless

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The eyeglasses dress made its triumphant return this week. While I wore it, I also met a stormtrooper.

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And he now lives in my house.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors

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I’m not convinced this cardigan (a peach color) worked well with the dress (which is a bit more pink), but ah well.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I got a few compliments on this ampersand tank top today. It was the perfect, casual outfit to chaperone a senior picnic!

Outfit details

  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy

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Casual Friday.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Have a great weekend!

Outfits of the Week: May 2, 2016

How is it May already? And why is it so cold even though it’s May? Like, it’s so uncharacteristically chilly and gray and rainy and sad that I’m starting to feel like I may never see the sun again. Sun, where are you? I miss you. Come home soon.

Here’s what I wore this week.

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This polka-dotted dress kicked off the week. Seeing it in this photo, I’m not sure I love it.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: I’m not wearing any in this pic, but big shock, the ones I wore are from Payless.😉

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Forever obsessed with these pastel pants. I needed them to brighten up the rainy week.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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How cute is this sweater?! I found it while “shopping” in my own closet and digging through old clothes.

I felt cute enough in it to take a few selfies.

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy (like a zillion years ago)
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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I also re-discovered this shirt, WHICH I ALSO NOW LOVE. Guys, shopping in your old, packed away clothes is the best. Everything is new again and you don’t have to spend any money!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Fashion Bug (again, like, a zillion years ago)
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Hope you had a good week!

xo.

Outfits of the Week: April 24, 2016

I was annoyed for most of this week without much reason. I didn’t feel very cute, either. Meh.

I did have a wonderful weekend this weekend and last, though. Here’s what I wore.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Cold, rainy day.😦 Had to break out my boots again!

Outfit details

  • Leopard Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Forever 21
  • Tights: Target
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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My favorite look of the week.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I liked this look but I couldn’t get it to photograph very well.

Outfit details

  • Blazer: Target
  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy (rockstar cut!)
  • Shoes: Payless

Bonus look: Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Just wanted to show off the cute shirt. It’s from Kohl’s!

On Sunday, my husband and I had brunch at the Alvah Stone.

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Then we visited Smith College to check out their botanical garden and art museum.

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And then we went to Florence Pie Bar to get (what else?) pie! Yum!

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xo.

 

Outfits of the Week: April 17, 2016

Work was crazy this week, but there were definitely some shining moments. LIKE THAT TIME I HUNG OUT WITH A CROCODILE. For real. Pics below.

Here’s what I wore! (P.S. Notice the better lighting? I switched my closet to the other room, which offers more light. Yay! Photo quality is still just okay, but I may switch to a better camera soon. No promises.)

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Do I look like spring? That was my goal.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless, but I’m not wearing them in the photo. Sue me.

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The sudoku dress made its triumphant return. For the longest time, it was a smidge too small, but it fits perfectly now so I want to wear it all the time. Plus, it’s hard to resist a dress with pockets!

Also, this was the day I held a crocodile named Darth Vader. No bigs.

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It was an important week at the college where I work and, as part of that, they brought in a bunch of animals for the students to meet. Thankfully, I was able to get in on that and made friends with a lynx, lemur, ferret, skunk, and a crocodile (among other animals). Greatest day ever?

Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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It was a little chilly this day, so I needed tights. Sigh.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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I’ve been dying to wear this new cardi/dress combo! The cardigan—loose, dolman shape—matches this white and mustard striped dress perfectly. It’s been sitting in my closet for weeks because I refused to wear this dress with black leggings or tights. So happy to wear it, and I got a lot of compliments on it!

Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I felt like I had nothing to wear on Friday. It was one of those mornings spent trying tons of things on and getting mad at everything I tried on. I finally settled on this floral dress, which was okay, but not quite what I wanted to wear. You know? Clothes are complicated.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

My favorite outfit was Wednesday’s yellow frock. I loved that it was monochromatic.

Here’s to a fashionable next week.

xo.

Outfits of the Week: April 10, 2016

Is it spring yet? I’m over this cold weather, so I’m praying for warmer days. I’m really tired of wearing leggings/tights with my dresses.

At home, we’re changing our second bedroom into a workout room and moving all of our clothes into the bedroom, so fingers crossed that helps with lighting for outfit photos!

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I love this ampersand tank, which I got it for only $5!

Outfit details

  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Pants: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Leggings: Walgreens
  • Boots: Rainbow

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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I can’t stop buying dresses from CowCow! Ahhhh. This one is my latest.

Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Finally got to wear my R2D2 dress to work! I was hoping to wear it without leggings. It was still too cold, unfortunately.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (also available from Her Universe)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Favorite thing I wore this week: my R2D2 dress, followed closely by the geometric dress from CowCow.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Disney and Universal Studios Edition

I had an amazing time in Orlando, Fla., last week at Disney and Universal Studios. Here are some of the great things I bought, starting with the incredible Mickey Mouse tiara (above).

We also nabbed this amazing-and-totally-impractical, Han-Solo-in-carbonite popcorn holder.

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And I got these earrings!

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Some items from Universal (more specifically, Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter):

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BUTTERBEER MUG (the second in my collection because I’m spoiled)!

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Pins that say “head girl” and “Ravenclaw.” 

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All of these goodies, including:

  • A love potion from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
  • A Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes T-shirt
  • A pygmy puff keychain (I already own a pink pygmy puff named Sparkles)
  • Triwizard keychain
  • 9 3/4 button

I got a few other Disney items, too, including:

  • Black and white Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush toys (which are now displayed on our mantel)
  • Mickey Mouse bracelet
  • Minnie Mouse button

And, the BEST OF ALL…

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THIS COMPLETELY INCREDIBLE R2D2 DRESS.

GUYS.

GUYS.

I gasped out loud and snatched this thing off the rack so goddamn fast. I didn’t care the cost. I had to have it. It is truly one of the best items I own. You can find most of these items here and here.

xo.

Five Amazing Days at Disney (and Universal Studios)

Hello, best vacation ever.

Last week, Bill and I spent five days at Disney World, staying at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort in Orlando, Fla. And, we couldn’t stop in Orlando without also visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Because obviously.

We left on Saturday evening.

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The day we left, I literally bought an app called RealBokeh so I could add Mickey Mouse bokeh to photos as I saw fit. I’m a fiend. (And, I was just really, really excited.)

Never in a million years did I think we’d be able to afford to stay at an actual Disney resort. But some of their hotels are surprisingly affordable. We stayed at the All-Star Music Resort and loved it.

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Each building had a different musical theme, like calypso, rock’n’roll, jazz, and country. We got Broadway.

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The resort itself was lovely. Well-kept, surprisingly serene, with plenty of amenities (including two pools, a laundry service, a food court, an on-site Disney store, and complimentary transportation to/from the parks, as well as to/from the airport).

I was obsessed with the little details, like the Mickey-shaped cap on the shampoo bottles!

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Beautiful, right?

Day 1 – Animal Kingdom

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I’ll admit I’ve never been a huge fan of Animal Kingdom. I liked it well enough, but I’d always heard it called a “half-day” park—AKA it’s the kind of Disney park without much to do in it. Bill had had a similar experience.

This time around, though, we loved it.

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We got to the Kilimanjaro Safari first thing, using our first-ever Fastpass. Uhh, I’m literally never going on another Disney ride unless I have a Fastpass? Those things are amazing and we didn’t have to wait for more than five minutes to get on a ride.

I knew I wanted to get onto the safari early. I had done some reading and learned that it’s best to go on the ride in the morning when the animals are active. Previously, I’d gone on the safari in the afternoon and it was tough to catch a glimpse of the animals who might have already been seeking refuge from the sun.

We did not run into that problem this time around.

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EEEEEEEE, look at those cutie pie elephants!

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The safari was hands down my favorite part about the day. We did some walking tours, too, stopped in plenty of gift shops, and swung by the petting area, which I had no idea existed until this very trip. I ended up petting a bearded dragon. No big deal.

We also ate a Mickey-shaped pretzel. Why does Mickey-shaped food taste better?

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As well as some samosas and falafel.

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Day 2 – Disney Springs and Hollywood Studios

It was on this trip that I learned Downtown Disney has been rebranded to be Disney Springs. Mostly the same shops; different name. We had fun in the Disney merchandise store, which is supposed to be the biggest one around (it was a madhouse, though). We also stopped by the Lego store (also crazy!) and Goofy’s Candy Company (which had yummy treats).

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Then we went to Hollywood Studios, which we were super excited about because of the new Star Wars additions (especially the late-night fireworks set to Star Wars music).

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Hollywood Studios did not disappoint. Disney has been working to revamp the park, which in recent years had probably begun to feel a bit stale. Some of the updates they’ve made include substituting their American Idol experience for a new Frozen sing-a-long and changing the Art of Animation area (which previously showed a film about animation featuring Mu-Shu, the dragon from Mulan) to an immersive Star Wars experience—with STORM TROOPERS and Jawas, as well as memorabilia from the Star Wars films. The Star Wars ride has also been updated to include an appearance by the beautiful John Boyega. Sigh.

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And, of course, you can get some incredible lightsabers. Like this one.

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It was amazing. We also stuck around for the Fantasmic! evening show, which was a first for us. I’ll admit I even got a little emotional during the show. Something about it was so magical.

And, of course, we had to stay for the new Star Wars fireworks show—which was incredible. Set to Star Wars music, there was nothing about it I didn’t love.

Day 3 – Epcot

Epcot was going to be a big day for us. We knew this going in. One of Bill’s goals was to “eat and drink” his way through Epcot, an idea he and his dad came up with when Bill was a little kid. This time around, he wanted to see if he could make it happen.

I loved the idea so I threw in my full support. Also, I love food, so it was kind of a no-brainer.

I’m happy to report that HE DID IT. HE FUCKING DID IT. He ate and drank his way through all 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Not pictured are the sushi/sake from Japan; kabab/white sangria from Morocco; and salmon cake/beer from the UK because I was starting to feel a little sick from all the food and sun. But I made a comeback and we finished strong.

This photo about sums up the day.

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Bonus: it also happened to be the 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, so it was beautiful.

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Bonus bonus: I just loved this photo I took of a building in China.

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Day 4 – Magic Kingdom

It’s the mother of all Disney parks, right? The park.

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So excited! We loved exploring all of the areas, including the little circus section (which I had no clue existed). Plus, we had some yummy food on this day, too. What can I say? We like to eat.

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Nutella, strawberry, and banana waffle from Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square

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Pot roast macaroni and cheese (highly recommended) from the Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland

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And a Mickey-shaped ice cream (vanilla with milk chocolate shell), which you can get basically anywhere  It’s irresistibly cute and delicious.

Day 5 – Universal Studios

On this day, we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Because that’s where I want to live.

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Can I move to Diagon Alley yet?

All in all: a perfect vacation. Beautiful weather, a playful resort, and so much fun every single day. I’m happy. And I’m already trying to figure out a way to go back.

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie Bars Recipe

For the last few holidays, I was contributing a dessert you may know as “slutty brownies.” They’re amazing, but very rich. And, I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie girl, so I wanted to bake something chocolate chip cookie-ish for Easter.

Hence, these bars.

I’ve had them pinned forever and never got around to making them, but now that I have, I feel like this recipe will be a staple. It’s from Averie Cooks and she’s got a ton of other “cookie bar” recipes you should check out if you like this one.

Enjoy!

xo.

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie Bar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbl vanilla extract
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c brown sugar (I used light)
  • 1 c M&Ms (I used milk chocolate, but the original recipe suggestions crispy, which also sounds delicious!)
  • 1/2 c semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place aluminum foil in a square pan (the one I used was 8×8), then spray with cooking spray. (I made two batches of these cookie bars. The first was just with a greased pan and the second was with the aluminum foil. You will thank yourself a zillion times over for using the foil.)
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
  4. In a separate bowl, add vanilla and brown sugar. Then add melted butter (let it cool a bit before you do) and egg. Stir until it’s creamy.
  5. To this mixture, add flour and salt, and combine.
  6. Finally, add the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
  7. Spread batter evenly in pan.
  8. OPTIONAL: Add extra M&Ms and chocolate chips to the top (pressing in just a bit so it sticks in the mixture).
  9. Cook for 25-30 minutes.

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