the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you need!

Sometimes you just need to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. This recipe is super easy, and perfect if you have little helpers. I make it anytime I’m attending a holiday party or get together. These cookies are crunchy on the outside, ooey-gooey on the inside, and basically the size of my hand. It doesn’t get much better than that! I have tried too many cookie recipes to count, and this one is my absolute favorite. It’s a great base cookie recipe as well, and would do just fine with some flavor changes. You could add nuts + butterscotch chips to it for a little twist, or cranberries + white chocolate chips. Yum. I know what I’ll be trying next! For now, here’s how to make these killer cookies.


1/2 cup of salted butter (make sure it’s room temp)

1 egg

1/2 cup of brown sugar

6 tablespoons of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups of AP flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 cups of chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate Ghirardelli chips. They’re huge + delish)

First, preheat your oven to 350* Fahrenheit. Add butter and sugars to a large bowl. Mix on medium until they are creamed together. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. In a separate bowl, soft flour, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do your best to not over mix. Add chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, scoop roughly 4 tablespoon size portions of dough and place on baking sheet. This next step is very important, cool your dough!! It helps to ensure big, moist cookies, rather than flat pathetic ones. Once your dough has cooled a bit, place your baking sheet in the oven and cook for roughly 14 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different, so be sure to keep an eye on these suckers! If you make smaller cookies, they most likely will need less time to cook. One baked, remove from oven and allow to set and cool.

My favorite is to devour these as soon as they’re cool enough to pick up. I hope you enjoy them as much as my little family does!


playroom style | feat. lorena canals rugs

I’ve been working hard on the boys’ playroom ever since we moved into our house {last August!} It’s been a work in progress, to say the least. I have had such a specific {basically unrealistic} vision engrained in my mind, and it’s all finally starting to fall into place. Continue reading “playroom style | feat. lorena canals rugs”

accessorizing this holiday season | feat. jord watches

While winter in Chicago isn’t always ideal, I can’t deny my love for the fashion. Chunky sweaters, knee-high boots accompanied by the
coziest socks, gorgeous scarves, and the perfect accessory to it all; a stylish JORD watch. Continue reading “accessorizing this holiday season | feat. jord watches”

a sleeping toddler | feat. dock-a-tot

If you are preggo, or know someone who is expecting, you need to get your hands on a Dock-A-Tot. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Dock-A-Tot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger. It’s perfect for diaper changes, nap time, and even tummy time! They come in two sizes; Deluxe + Grand. The Deluxe is appropriate for babies 0-8 months while the Grand is ideal for your 9-36 month olds. I was skeptical of the Dock-A-Tot obsession. Not going to lie. BUT, they were kind enough to send me my very own Dock-A-Tot Grand to try out. I never thought it would be so helpful with Lincoln’s transition into his toddler bed, but I’m so glad we have it now! Continue reading “a sleeping toddler | feat. dock-a-tot”

The Perfect Hostess Gyft

With the holidays quickly approaching, shopping is on my brain. I promised myself that this year, I would not wait until the last minute. {We’ll see if that actually happens. I just can’t get away from the annual “Christmas is in three days” trip to Target!} BUT, I do know one small shop that is going to make my holiday shopping that much easier this year!

Gyftia Co., and their stunning hand crafted gift boxes, caught my eye a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to get my hands on their “Fall Gratitude” box, and was completely blown away! If fall isn’t your jam, don’t fret! Gyftia has a box for everyone; from the avid coffee drinker, to your bestie with the green thumb! Trust me, not even your impossible to shop for mother, {love ya, ma!} will be able to refuse the luxurious charm of a Gyftia box!


When you choose the “Fall Gratitude” box, you will be dazzled with a high quality Spanish olive oil, two scrumptious Ritual handcrafted chocolate bars, an adorable box of brightly tipped matches, a Holiday Citrus soy candle that will make your house smell divine, a bundle of blue sagebrush, that is guaranteed to turn your every day shower into a relaxing spa like experience, and the most perfect cherry wood spoon, that you’re bound to reach for over and over again, during your Thanksgiving meal prep!

You cannot deny the beauty of these boxes. The perfect surprise for the annual Friendsgiving hostess…the picture perfect secret santa present, for your holiday work party! The possibilities are endless!

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Be sure to follow Gyftia over on Instagram to see more beautiful curated gift boxes! Or, visit their website! Get a head start on your holiday shopping, I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!







*This post was made possible by Gyftia Co. But, as always, opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Story of a Boy Mom possible. 

Nectar Sleep Mattress Review

I’ve wanted a new mattress for a while, a loooong while. Jason, like a typical husband, thought I was crazy for thinking the old, queen sized mattress we had, was anything but perfect. Let me tell you though, it was horrible; uncomfortable, too small, and loud. {Dont’t read into that. I literally mean, when I’d get in and out of bed, it made noise.} Continue reading “Nectar Sleep Mattress Review”

Spiral Femoral Fracture & How To Deal…

A little over eight months ago, Lincoln broke his femur. To think it’s been 8 months, blows my mind! I never thought we’d survive that 6 weeks of recovery {on top of the arrival of Wyatt} but, we did it! Huge shout out to my parents, in-laws, siblings, friends, God, etc., for all of the help. We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Continue reading “Spiral Femoral Fracture & How To Deal…”