Thursday, August 21, 2014

DIY Tassel Garland & Paper Straw Flags

I'm both honored and thrilled to be matron-of-honor in two of my best friends upcoming weddings this fall. With the weddings being less than a month apart, it's been very busy in the shower & party planning department (which I love)! Throw in planning a sweet friend's baby shower and Bear's upcoming birthday and let's just say one of our guest bedrooms is party planning central. And I've kind of turned into a crazy person. Anyway.

I'm loving getting to actually decorate with pink & gold for once! For months I've looked longingly at all of the pink & gold parties on Pinterest; now I'm getting to actually create with girly colors! There are so many details I want to share with you all but I'm waiting until after the bachelorette party next weekend :). Just in case the bride is reading!
First up, simple gold glitter paper straw flags. I thought about doing an actual picture tutorial but then decided it isn't necessary. Just grab some washi tape (this gold glitter tape came from Target), cut a strip about 3 inches long, wrap it around the straw, and cut a "triangle" out of the end to give it a flag shape. That's it! Really simple and a fun way to pretty up a drink. These polka dot paper straws are from Michael's; couldn't pass them up!
I've had my eye on this tassel garland tutorial for awhile and I'm so glad I finally got the chance to make some. No need for me to share a how-to; Linen, Lace, & Love did a great job of explaining. Now I want to hang some in every room of the house. That cool, Zach? Yeah, didn't think so. Worth a try.

I'm so excited for these upcoming parties & weddings! Any excuse to change out of my "momiform" and I'm down. :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week! It's almost Friday...reason to celebrate!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekend Fun

My little brother, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Jordan, came to visit this past weekend and we had so much fun! We took them to Galveston, Top Golf, Cheesecake Factory, and of course Freddy's :).
First things first, let's talk Oreos and how good these things are. We all agreed the Reese's ones are better, but the Cookie Dough are still pretty yummy. Zach maintains that nothing beats good old fashioned Double Stuf, and I have to say that while I allllmost agree, these Reese's Oreos are my new favorite.

riding a dolphin on The Strand

sizing up Truffles, the RMCF bear

Ryan & Jordan in La Kings, our favorite spot on The Strand
How could it not be, with the most amazing Coffee Bean Flake ice cream?

After lots of shopping, we headed for the beach. To say that Bear loved it would be an understatement; he had SO much fun! Running in the water, digging in the sand, trying to catch pigeons, etc. We loved watching him enjoy one of our favorite spots, too.

Ryan bought Bear this Olaf and even though Bear hasn't seen the movie, he's hardly put Olaf down since. In fact, he's napping with Olaf in his arms right now. It's pretty much the sweetest thing ever.

Everyone enjoyed Top Golf, except Bear who was confined to the couch minus this one brief moment of glory.

We've laughed so hard at this picture; Z tried to capture my swing but instead focused mostly on Ryan eating queso...

It's a pretty magical place once the sun goes down.

Yesterday afternoon, we headed to Freddy's for one last meal before Ryan and Jordan hit the road. They'd never been to a Freddy's, so it was a must! Bear brought Olaf, too.

Overall, it was such a great weekend and we were sad to see it fly by.
Ryan and Jordan, thank you for coming to see us! Can't wait to see y'all again!

Monday, August 18, 2014


Between having a busy toddler, a business from home, and planning four parties in two months, I've needed to hear this a lot lately. It's so easy to get caught up in the frustration of everyday life when things don't go exactly as we'd prefer. I've also started to notice that Bear picks up on my attitude, whether it's happiness or frustration. Whenever possible, I'm making a point to take deep breaths and be patient in those little moments that I'd normally lose my cool. I want Bear to think of his Momma as a happy, loving individual rather than a short-tempered, crazy one. :)

Monday's alllllmost over which means it's one day closer to the weekend. Hooray for that! Hope yours has been a good one!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tea Parties Are Not For Bears

Last Wednesday, Bear and I headed to the Crossroads Tea Room in Old Town Spring to celebrate our sweet friend Amy's birthday. Let's just say that it wasn't Bear's cup of tea. Two hours of wrestling him on my lap while he dipped his paws in my teacup and begged for Airheads from the diaper bag and I was ready for a nap myself. The party, however, was absolutely lovely and I'm so thankful Amy invited us. I'm always down for any excuse to wear a big hat and pearls! 

Spot Bear's horse, "Uh Oh", amongst all the fine china?

We also had lunch and did some shopping with our friend Nicole last week. Always a treat to see her pretty face!

Still battling this silly summer cold, but it's getting better thanks to these grocery store grabs. Have you had this B&J flavor? If not, please run to your vehicle right now and drive to the closest grocery store. You won't be sorry! It's that good.

Bath time is the best time! He would stay in there for hours.

This face. I can't even.

Is anyone else getting excited for fall? I've started looking only at all things pumpkin spice on Pinterest already....I think I have a problem.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weekend in Sweetwater

Last Thursday, Bear and I made the 7 1/2 hour drive back to Sweetwater to see family, friends, and celebrate my dear friend Britnee getting married! Bear was honestly an angel on the drive; I never heard a single peep out of him (thanks to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse).
We had so much fun seeing everyone and enjoying Brit's festivities. Bear especially loved being spoiled by his grandparents and playing with his cousins.
Perhaps his cousins didn't enjoy it as much? ;) Kamdon just wanted his hat back!
Beautiful evening on the Fullwood farm.

Every time we go home, I look longingly at my American Girl dolls and seriously contemplate pulling them off the shelf. Yes, I'm 27 years old. Not ashamed at all.

Worth every minute of the 7 1/2 hours to see this.

Little Man had a crazy fever this day and was still all smiles. He's one tough baby Bear! Thankfully it was just teething and he woke up fever-free the next morning.

More cousin fun at DQ!

This momma got a few minutes of R&R by the pool.

Britnee's bridal shower was beautiful! Thank you to the sweet ladies that made this occasion so special.

Bachelorette Party
My parents were kind enough to drive Bear & me back to Houston on Monday, which made the trip about 5,000 times less stressful. Thanks, Mom and Dad! We love y'all and can't wait to see you again soon!
Now we're getting ready for my little brother and his girlfriend to come visit this weekend; we can't wait for a beach trip and lots of good eats!
I'm battling a brutal summer cold that feels like the flu...any tips on remedies? Nothing seems to be helping much so far. Trying to kick it before the weekend!

Happy Hump Day, friends! Hope it's a great one!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Hi, friends!

Things have been busy lately, per usual, which just means we're having lots of fun! :)
Bear and I are headed "home" to west Texas tomorrow to celebrate my lifelong friend, Britnee, getting married. Showers, bachelorette, and lots of good times to be had! Bear will be spoiled rotten by his grandparents, which he loves.
Last weekend, Zach thought it'd be cute to color all over Bear in markers.

These thighs. I can't even handle them.

Bear and his BFF, Peyton, enjoyed a Freddy's date last Thursday.
They also had a Cheesecake Factory date. Heaven.

Bear destroyed his room on Friday. And Saturday. And Sunday.

But these sweet moments make up for the destruction.

We went to the Tomball Farmer's Market on Saturday and went home with only cupcakes. Not exactly fresh produce...

Sunday was a pool day. Daddy even joined us!

And Sunday night was spent at Chuck E. Cheese, Daddy's favorite place. He loves it even more than Bear.

Bear won't wear the sunglasses he has a home, but he was obsessed with these Dollar Tree shades.

Our sunsets are still gorgeous. One of my favorite things about Houston summers, but I'm still anxious for fall! Bring on the pumpkins and scarves.

Hope you're having a great week! We'll be back soon!