Friday, July 26, 2013

Karli & Afton's Wedding

Two weeks ago, our little family traveled back to West Texas for the wedding of my dear friend, Karli. We grew up together, and some of my favorite childhood memories are from Mrs. Homeman's kindergarten class with Karli. We also found some stray kittens that year and got our very first ringworms together...but that's another story. Needless to say, we've been friends for as long as I can remember and I love her so much; she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is in these pictures. Such a stunning bride! I love you, Karli, and wish you and Afton a lifetime of laughter and happiness.
p.s. Afton, take good care of our girl :)
Karli's Mom, Laura, posted these on Facebook and I thought they were too lovely not to share. They did an amazing job on the wedding; everything was perfect!


 all photos by Rosson Photography
Wish I had a picture of the dress she changed in to for the reception; it was gorgeous, too!
Thanks for letting me "borrow" these, Laura! :)
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Skin Care Guest Post

I was recently reach out to by a sweet woman named Michelle who works at a spa called Skana in a small town in Upstate NY. Her desire is to share her skin care knowledge with others and I'm thrilled she decided to use our blog as an outlet!
Hope you'll find her advice and "recipe" useful; makes me want to start doing more for my (and my son's!) skin. Michelle would LOVE your feedback; please leave her some love in the comments :).
Lately a common topic of discussion around the spa has been the dangerous
effects the sun has on our skin. Most people are aware of the dangers prolonged exposure to the sun can cause, but are unaware of the dangerous chemicals found in most sunscreens. With all the time spent outdoors during the summer season skin safety should
be a primary concern.
Beach Beauty Hydration Mask
In the summer, moms are busier than ever keeping their children entertained until school starts again in the fall. It's easy to get caught up in all of the summer fun and let some of your routines slide. In the summer, I tend to wear less makeup, meaning I also end up skipping my skincare regimen more often than I'd like to admit. Even though your skin may feel oily at times in the summer heat, you still need moisture. The sun and the heat of summer dry out skin. The experts from Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone have contributed this recipe for an easy to make summer hydration mask.

What You Need

1 cup of natural yogurt

1/2 cup of oatmeal

1 tablespoon of honey

Start by mixing all ingredients in a large bowl until the mixture is well combined. You want a smooth consistency so that the mask can easily be spread evenly on your face.

Spread the hydration mask on your face. Avoid placing it too close to your eyes, as it may sting if it accidentally gets in them. Don't use the mask sparingly - you want a good, thick layer on your skin. Now it's time to relax. I love to lock myself in my bedroom while my husband takes care of the kids for a little while. Candles and smooth jazz music help set the atmosphere. After chasing the kids all week, it feels amazing to lay still and do absolutely nothing for a few minutes.

Relax for 10 to 15 minutes, and then wash the hydration mask off with a warm washcloth. I like to take my time with this step, as the warmth from the washcloth really helps open up and unclog your pores.

In addition to being relaxing, this hydration mask is amazing for your skin because it is all-natural and free from the chemicals contained in store bought products. The enzymes in yogurt kill bacteria that can cause acne. Oatmeal softens the skin and gives it that natural glow every woman seeks in the summer. Honey is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture and helps the skin absorb it.

The recipe is quick and easy - an essential quality for any busy woman. And because the ingredients are cheap and items that I usually keep on hand in the kitchen, this indulgence doesn't break the budget. This hydration mask will leave your skin with that summer glow and have you ready for whatever the day throws at you.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Michelle!
I tried this recipe last night and woke up with my skin feeling AMAZING. Love that all the ingredients can be found around the house and are natural. Hope you'll try it out, too!



Monday, July 22, 2013

Trip Back Home

The weekend before last, we headed back to West Texas for the beautiful wedding of my lifelong friend, Karli, and to visit family. The wedding was just perfect; congratulations Karli and Afton! We wish you many, many years of happiness.
before hitting the road
Logs 'n Lace packages ready to be delivered
We took the truck so Zach could bring wood back with us; Bear likes his new DVD player!
Bear Crockett
 My parents and Bear before Karli & Afton's wedding
Bear and his cousin, Kamdon, at the wedding (more pictures from that celebration coming soon!)
Tractor Bear

Bear and his grandpa, Squadboard, ready to go see Bear's cow for the first time

There she is! Hope you like her, Mr. Bear :)

West Texas sunset

My cousins, Collin and Braylie, came to visit!

Uncle Ryan

Papaw Joe loved on Bear, too. Bear got to see so many people! We had such a great visit.
Hope your weekend was a sweet one!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Birthday Party Outfits: Momma & Baby

On Momma: shirt-F21, capris-7 For All Mankind, watch-Kohl's, shoes-Target
On Bear: shirt-Polo Ralph Lauren, shorts-Baby Gap, paci clip-Mud Pie, football paci-Nuk
 Last Saturday, my parents threw an amazing birthday party complete with homemade ice cream, lots of sweet family, and an absurd amount of presents (I'm not complaining). You only turn 26 once, right?
Bear kicked off his Sperry's to go to town on some ice cream. That stuff's serious business; shoes are way too much of a deterrence. Sadly he didn't get any cake...he has to wait four more months (from today! happy 8 month birthday, Bear!) before he gets the whole shebang. Zach and I made up for what he didn't eat.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for having such an incredible party and bringing our family together to celebrate. Spending time with y'all was the best present of all. Love you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer Wedding Ready: Momma & Baby

On Bear: shirt-Polo Ralph Lauren, shorts-The Children's Place, shoes-Sperry Top-Sider, paci clip-Mud Pie
On Momma: dress-BCBG, necklace-Anthropologie (gift), watch-Kohl's, shoes-Unisa via Home Goods

Summertime means wedding season and boat shoes. And, at least in Texas, a more laid-back style of "dressy" is acceptable and even encouraged. My life-long friend, Karli, had her wedding last weekend and we were so honored and thrilled to witness her special day. She was such a stunning bride; pictures from the wedding will be up soon! Bear and I snapped these before heading out...the ceremony was outside so we wanted to be in lightweight, comfy fabrics. Luckily the bride was so stunning, we didn't even notice the heat. :)

What's your go-to summer wedding style?

Monday, July 15, 2013


I have been such a bad blogger lately; I'm so sorry for not commenting on your blogs as much as I should! I promise they're still being read and I love keeping up with each of you!
My 26th birthday is today (it's been a special one!) and it seemed like a good day to reflect on the last couple of weeks. They've been a whirlwind, but so much fun! We took a trip back to West Texas this weekend and I'll recap on that soon, too.
Bear loves playdates with his buddy, Leo
Bear and his cousins house-hunting (they found one!)
enjoying our new hammock (get it here!)
sweet potato monster
Wings 'n More with Grandma Candy
Saltgrass with Uncle Ryan

yummiest dessert ever...chocolate brownie cookie sundae

cuties in blue

Logs 'n Lace goodies ready for delivery

Bear's sweet cousin, Jagger, and his brothers came to visit

pickle monster!

Came home last night to find the most amazing Lush package from my brother and sister-in-law...totally made my night! Thank you so much, Shane and Scarlett! LOVE it!

Hope you had a fantastic weekend! I'm off for some birthday giggles with my boys :)