Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Fave Five

Good Friday! Do you have Easter plans this weekend? We are going to celebrate Easter with my parents, and I'm looking forward to seeing them. The boys will be dressed in their Sunday best, and they will enjoy the Easter Egg hunt scheduled after the service. While I scramble to pack, check out this week's faves.

1. This Sunday is my Mom's birthday. In this picture you can see the pure joy that she gets from her grandchildren. My mom's brain cancer has returned, and she isn't doing well. I'm thankful to celebrate another birthday and Easter with her. This is how I want to always remember my mother. 

 2. My sister had a work event Wednesday at the Texas Ranger game. I was able to tag along. We got to go out on the field, watch the game, and eat funnel cake. It was a nice girls' night out.

3. Do you feel naked when you don't have a ring on your finger? I love these rings on Etsy.

4. Wednesday we had Tea & Testimony at MOPS. Our mentor mom decorated our table, and it was so elegant. We felt spoiled and ate chocolate. It was divine! 

5. I have a thing for green bags right now. Do you have a favorite accessory

Have a great weekend, and Happy Easter.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dress Up Any Outfit With These 3 Accessories

Schedules are packed, to do lists are made, and every day has a new agenda to accomplish. Looking put together is a special skill, and it can be achieved with 3 accessories you already have in your closet.  Whether you are going out with the girls after work or headed out for a weekend of running errands, you can be the envy of every fashionista within minutes.

Have you ever heard that shoes make or break the outfit? It’s true. A fabulous pair of heels or wedges will dress up a t-shirt, jeans, and a bomber jacket faster than anything else.  Use your closet full of shoes to glam up an outfit. When you are in a hurry, keep a pair of go to heels in the back of your car. You can slip them on before meeting your lunch date or when transitioning from a day look to a night look.

You would never leave home without your handbag. It carries all of your essentials for the day. Why not make a fashion statement with a functional and chic bag? The first step is taking the correct bag with you. If you are on the go, take a bag that will accommodate all of your necessities. A large handbag can be in a bright color or neutral. You will look like you planned ahead if the bag accents your look instead of clashing with it. Change over from your day look by putting only the necessities into a cute, sleek clutch.
The last thing to bring your look together is jewelry. There are a few simple rules that you can use for pulling together a night or day look. Balance is everything when it comes to jewelry. If you are wearing large earrings then pair it with a delicate necklace or no necklace at all. Layer one wrist with bangles and a large watch. On the other hand wear one ring. Think about jewelry in sections. The top half must be balanced and the wrists and hands have to be balanced as well.  Selecting the right pieces of jewelry will make you look put together for any time of day.
Using these accessories will look like you spent hours getting ready, when it only takes a couple of minutes.  Invest in a go to handbag, fabulous shoes, and balance out your jewelry for a style that makes a fashion statement.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Etsy: Rings

Do you feel naked if you leave home without jewelry? I have to put on my rings and earrings before leaving the house. Every girl has her favorite piece of jewelry. If you are looking for a new piece, check out these finds from Etsy.

The color of this ring by Hanging by a Thread1 is beautiful. It is simple and unique.

Mother's Day is around the corner, and this birthstone ring by Love Naomi Studio would be a great gift. 

This woven ring by Dogs Kin Jewelry is gorgeous! It's made of sterling silver, and it would look great with any outfit. 

Usually, I don't go for the animal themed rings, but this one is adorable. Apple Latte offers these brass rings for a great price.

Colby June Jewelry makes a rustic and beautiful twig ring set. 

There's just something about delicate jewelry that makes you feel more feminine. Check out this one from Green Tea Jewels.

I've always wanted a ruby ring. Bliss J Jewellery offers this fabulous ring in 14k gold.

Happy Shopping,


Monday, April 14, 2014

Alternatives to Easter Egg Candy

Every couple of months there is a holiday where children collect candy. This means I need to teach my children the importance of sharing their candy with mommy. It's a tough job, but it's what we mothers have to do. If you would like to offer alternatives to Easter candy, then you are not alone. It's better for our children and our waistlines. What items would you add to this list?

Alternatives to Easter Candy:


Parachute Animals
Small Dollar Store Toys

Hair Clips
Coupons for Ice Cream at Chick-fil-A

Happy Easter!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Fave Five

Hello Friday! It finally feels like spring, and we are getting out of the house this weekend. What plans do you have? We are still working on getting the house ready before the baby comes, and my ankles are starting to show the signs of how long I have been on my feet. While we make some finally preparations, check out this week's fave five.


My sweetie surprised me with macaroons from Mozart last Friday. It was my first time to ever have one, and it was delicious! He didn't stop there. Kevin also brought home a decadent chocolate treat from the same bakery. It was like eating a piece of heaven.

The published copies of my books came in this week. They are readers for SNAP Learning, I'm so pleased with how they turned out.

Rachel did our maternity pics a couple of weeks ago, and they turned out great.

I love this Easter wreath. Do you decorate for Easter?

This was a super easy project. The hardest part was waiting for everything to dry. 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you here on Monday.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mod-Podge Cardboard Letter Project

A couple of weeks ago I missed the craft at MOPS, and the ladies at my table were nice enough to save my cardboard letter W. It was just a plain cardboard letter waiting to be beautified, and it kept staring at me like so many of my projects. I didn't want to buy any more supplies for this project, so I used things I already had in my craft drawer. The scrapbook paper was from another crafty project that didn't work out, and the paint was leftover from the front door wreath. It just so happens they match! This craft was super easy, and it turned out pretty good. 

The W now sits proudly on our mantel.

The first step is to trace the letter, and cut it out.

I laid down a large sheet of packing paper (I save way too many craft supplies) to catch any paint driblets and for the letter to lay on while drying.

It only took one coat of the acrylic paint.

I found a recipe for mod podge on Pinterest. After the paint dried on the letter, I brushed the letter with mod podge. Then, I placed the letter on top. I probably should have waited until the bottom coat dried before applying the top coat of mod podge. It made the paper too wet and it began to wrinkle. Note to self: Let the bottom coat dry before applying mod podge to the top of the scrapbook paper.

After the paper dried the wrinkles disappeared! Yay!

Including drying time, this project took about 6 hours. Assembling the project only took about 30 minutes. One project down, and who knows how many left to go.

Do you have any projects staring you in the face too?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maternity Pictures and Pose Ideas

A couple of weeks ago my sister took our maternity pictures. She is really good at what she does, and I've learned a lot about what to do and not to do in pictures from her. I wanted to share our pictures, but also give a few tips on what to do for maternity pictures.

Include the family for the pictures. I wish I had done this with P's pictures, and I wasn't going to make that mistake again.

We used a prop this time, and it turned out great.

Don't you love black and white photos? Ask your photographer to make some of your pictures look vintage and black and white.

Have fun with the photo session. Take some pictures being silly and playful. Please no pictures of you wrapped in a sheet with your belly showing. That is unnecessary and awkward.

This cute little guy loved the idea of putting his hand in his pocket. He is the big brother after all.

Looking down is one of my least favorite poses. It's not the most flattering in the chin area, but I did it because after all this session is about the baby.

I wanted pictures with just Kevin and me. This is one of my favorite pictures with Kevin (and baby girl).

Take advantage of the photo session, and sneak in family pictures. These two pictures have nothing to do with my belly, but they are priceless.

I had to throw this one in. It took forever for Kevin and I to figure out how to form a heart in front of my baby bump. It was so sad, but I'm going to blame it on the fact that I was watching two little boys. I didn't want them to fall into the water. It has absolutely nothing to do Kevin and me. Ha!

Are there maternity poses you wish you had taken? I should have asked for a silhouette pose. Those are amazing, and have a whimsical feel. 


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