March 31, 2015

American Girl Baking Party

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Good Morning!  Lyla celebrated her seventh birthday over the weekend and I thought I would share a little about her party today.  She loves the American Girl Dolls!  Anytime anyone asks her what she wants for her birthday or Christmas, etc. it's always AG doll related.  If you're not familiar with the dolls, they have a girl of the year that they bring out January 1st and she is only available for one year.  And this year the girl is Grace Thomas, who loves to bake and takes a trip to Paris.  So, to go along with that theme, we had her party at a cute little bakery called "The Sweet Boutique." 

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We kept the guest list small and only invited five of her closest friends.  The girls each brought their AG dolls to the party (or borrowed one) and each doll had their own seat at the table as well.  The girls decorated Baker's hats, goodie boxes and cupcakes.

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And there was also lots of finger licking and silliness as well :)

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For party favors we did cakepops and Eiffel Tower charm necklaces which we wrapped in these darling macaron boxes that I picked up at World Market.  The girls also got to keep their aprons (found at Hobby Lobby) as part of their party favors.

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Love how her cake turned out!

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And one more picture of me and the birthday girl! 

It was such a cute party with a really sweet group of girls.  But I'm still in shock that she is 7!  Slow down Father Time.

Have a great day!



March 27, 2015

Happy Friday

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Good Morning!  I just love everything about this picture, starting with this sailor striped suit!  And it's perfectly paired with a crisp, white linen shirt cover-up and original aviator Ray-Ban sunglasses.  All so, so good!  This picture has me excited for warm, sunny, carefree summertime days. 

And closing out the week with a few more of my favorite fashion pieces right now.  Loving this shirt pair with these jeans.  And these are my favorite white skinnies that pair perfectly with this crepe top.  And because it has been so popular with great feedback to me after my last post, I thought I would share this dress again.  It's such a flattering fit!  I think you'll love it!

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend...

March 24, 2015

From My Kitchen | Round Top

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Hey there!  How was your weekend?  It was super rainy here, but has now cleared out and we have a beautiful forecast ahead.  It was so pretty yesterday after my run that I made my first stop of the season into the Garden Center.  I love Spring when everything is so green and blooming.  I know a lot of people love Fall, but I'm definitely a Spring lover.

Today, I thought I would do a little recipe roundup of a few of my favorites that I myself have made and tested.  Probably my favorite of these favorites is the Chicken and Spinach Pasta...so good!  And the easiest of the these favorites is the Crockpot Burritos...throw in all the ingredients and walk away.  Links to these recipes are listed above and you can also check out my "FOOD" tab for more yummy recipes.

I also wanted to share a little about my weekend with you guys.  I was so excited to finally meet my friend Kris, from Driven By Décor.  She lives in Connecticut and came down to do a little shopping in Round Top (an antique market place) with a group of interior designers, bloggers and shop owners.  Round Top, TX is about 1 1/2 hours from my home, so I drove there on Sunday to meet up with them.  Kris is just as sweet as I thought she would be.  It was a fun day shopping and chit chatting with her!  I also had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly from Off the Cape who lives in Fort Worth, Cindy from Rough Luxe and her daughter who live in California, and Debra from 5th and State who is from Atlanta.  Kris did a great post before she arrived about the weekend, including a little more detail about the other fabulous ladies who attended, and you can check it out here

Enjoy your day!

March 20, 2015

DIY Easter Banner

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Happy Weekend!  I am finally getting some Easter decorations up around our home and wanted to share with you guys.  My kids still get really excited when I put up any kind of holiday decorations, so I wanted to add a few Easter touches to our home.  Not finding a whole lot of décor that I liked in the stores, I decided to make my own.  I love how this little bunny banner turned out...sweet and simple.

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To create this, I only had to buy the canvas banner kit and the stencil, everything else I already had on hand.  I found the banner kit at Michael's and the cute bunny stencil here.  I bought it for $0.99 even though I don't have a silhouette machine.  I figured that I could still print it and then trace it and cut my own stencil.  So that's what I did and it worked well :)  I traced the bunny to the size I wanted on cardstock and then cut it out.  I simply placed it on the canvas banner piece and started painting.  Really easy!

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I usually hang all my banners from my mantel, but really liked this one against the white cabinets, so I thought I would try a new spot. 

And totally switching gears...I am extremely excited that we finally bought new tile for our backsplash!!  Now, let's see how long it takes to get it installed...



March 16, 2015

Cabo San Lucas

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Good Morning!  Our Spring Break has now come and gone and it was a great one!  After a rough two weeks leading up to it, we were more than ever really for a vacation.  Grant and I will celebrate 15 years on the 8th of April, so we decided to take a quick trip to Cabo, while the kids spent some time in Shiner with grandparents.  Cabo was amazing and we had the best time!  Although I love taking our kids and they are getting really easy to travel with, it was a nice change to not be in charge of anyone...well for the most part ;)

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We didn't do any major excursions, but did a lot of relaxing and eating.  On two occasions I had to wake Grant for really loud snoring on the beach...zzzzzz.  The resort we stayed at was Villa La Estancia and it was perfect.  It was a little ways from all the Spring Break crowd, so it was thankfully fairly quiet. 

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It was overcast one day, so we walked into town and spent a large part of the day there doing more eating and shopping.  We strolled around the marina before heading back to our resort.

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Our last night in Cabo, we took a cab and had dinner at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina.  It was highly recommended to us by a friend and the food and views were amazing!  And again on this trip, I brought my nice, big camera but didn't take it out of my bag.  So all these pictures are from my phone.  The two pictures above are from my seat at the dinner table. 

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These last two pictures are at our resort.  The first one was down by the pool as it was getting dark and this last one was the view from our balcony as the sun was setting.  Such a beautiful place.



March 13, 2015

New Favorite Dress

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Happy Friday!  Today, I'm keeping it short and sweet, as my kids are still on Spring Break this week and I'm still washing clothes from our trip earlier in the week :)  While I was unpacking clothes, it reminded me about this adorable dress I bought for our trip and I loved it so much, I wanted to share with you all.  It's priced under $50 and comes in four colors.  I bought black, but thinking about ordering it in pink too.  I rolled it in my suitcase and pulled it right out and threw it on.  It's super cute with a long necklace or a statement necklace.  Add a denim jacket, cardigan or scarf to change the look.  Wear it with flip flops or dress it up with heels.  So many options with this one!  As for sizing, it's true to size...I usually wear a 4-6 and I ordered a small.

Anyways, if you're looking for a new LBD that is cute, comfy, affordable and very versatile (lots of adjectives for this one :) I think you'll love this one!

Have a wonderful weekend!

March 11, 2015

Home Tour Update


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Good Morning!  Things have been a little slow around here lately, as Grant and I were able to sneak away on a little getaway.  We will be celebrating 15 years next month and decided to do an early trip while the kids were out on Spring Break.  We had an amazing time and I will share more soon.

You may or may not have noticed that I did a little updated on some of my home tour pictures.  I previously had it in a flipbook, which I really liked too, but a little more difficult to update and change as my home décor and projects changed, which happens a lot.  Even as I look at these pictures, I see a few updates I've made already :)  And we have finally started to price tile for our kitchen backsplash, so I'm hoping after spring break we can get rolling on that.

Anyways, I finally decided to just make my home tour a traditional post.  You can scroll down to take a little tour of most rooms in our home...

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Kitchen

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Dining

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Living

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Office


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Master Bedroom

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Lyla's Room

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Preston's Room


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Playroom

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Mudroom

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Patio

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Have a great day!