Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cupcakes and Sprinkles

Last night before dinner Blair said prayer. It pretty much went like this, "Dear God, fank you for Mama, Dada, Blair, cupcakes, and sprinkles. AMEN!" Pretty sure she nailed it. Those are the things I'm most thankful for too. ;)

Annnnnd if you have sprinkles at home you definitely need to get them out. B stacked and re-stacked ours for no joke 30 minutes...she only stopped because it was bed time! Totally getting these out tomorrow so I can finish packing for our trip to San Jose to visit the besties this weekend.



unfocused pictures...that's what you get with a toddler (ps do you spy the photobomber?)

she was SO proud of herself! i was beyond surprised that she could even do this on her own!
earlier that day she proved princesses can be doctors too! ;)
Hope I gave some of you toddler mamas a little inspiration to get your sprinkles out! What odd things do your kiddos like to play with? Tell me please!

Stay tuned for tomorrow...we finally got some chairs for our living room and I can't wait to show you!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Wear {black and white patterned blouse}

Yes, I'm that mom. Before you read today's post go here and vote for Blair. :) 

I recently bought this simple black and white patterned tank (for 1/2 off!) and am in love with it. The fit is so forgiving and it goes with everything! Check out all the ways I'm excited to wear it this spring/summer...

white pants

black maxi

jean short cut offs (with a front tuck...eeek!)

green boyfriend trousers

boyfriend jeans (and another front tuck...i'm so brave!)

cargo skirt for all you teachers

print on print for you adventurous ladies
There you have it! Black and white printed tops are easy to find and don't go out of style. I like this one and this one. Oh and if you happened to miss this little gem from yesterday's instagram feed...



Blair has really been into chapstick lately. She got some in her Easter basket that didn't have any color to it but found the ones stashed in my purse that do. She loves them. I'm sure once I discover it on the walls or other places I will instantly regret this. But for now she's getting her daily serving of fruit from eating all the chapstick. Just kidding. She actually knows not to eat it. ;) For the record this is my favorite kind.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Knock Knock

It's embarrassing really, how long it has taken us to get new hardware on our front door. We had a straight bedroom lock basically when we moved in two years ago and just got around to changing it out so both doors match. Not only were the old locks hideous, they weren't really functional either. You couldn't lock it and then shut the door behind you. You had to have a key and do it from the outside. Now we have the luxury of having a locking door! Thanks for tackling this, honey!


before

embarrassing... i told you!


yay! i like how the silver pops off the black

so much better! it's the little things.

don't judge the finger prints Blair has left behind. i would have wiped it down but hubby took the picture so i'm not complaining. ;)
We really love the new look and so does she...

:)


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Re-cap

Hi friends! What a fun weekend we had celebrating Easter! M had Good Friday off of work so that was an extra treat. We spent a lot of time with family and Blair enjoyed a couple Easter egg hunts as well. That girl could search for eggs all day long. And apparently the Easter bunny is her new bff because she cried when we told her he went "night night." She even kissed him on the nose! Move over Santa, there's a new bunny in town!

 There was no shortage of food and I certainly stuffed myself silly. Whether I like it or not the gym is going to be my bff this week. :/

i helped my mama with her easter centerpiece

yay for pinterest giving me this idea! chalk pen on brown eggs

family photo at my parents house

pinterest making me look good again ;) of course B ate everything BUT the bananas :/

opening her "resurrection eggs" with syrup from breakfast adorning her pjs

sparkle eggs! with no candy inside! what she doesn't know won't hurt her ;)

watch out for Bella's "brown eggs!"

she was pretty proud of her stash


our little fam at easter brunch

In other news my ultra sound came back totally normal and my doctor's appointment went well. Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers! We've officially discovered that there is nothing hindering me from getting pregnant except for my old age...how nice! :/ We are on strict orders to keep trying till December and then we will be off to the fertility clinic. Hoping it doesn't come to that and just trying to take my doctor's advice to relax...easier said than done!

 We actually really had a doozie of a week last week. I couldn't wait for the week to be over and I actually ended up at the doctor's TWICE! Turns out I got an ear infection from a cold I've been suffering from. How cute...me and Blair had twin ear infections. No, not cute. At least I escaped the double pink eye she also had. OY. Here's to a new week and me looking forward to visiting my besties in San Jose this weekend! Flying alone with my toddler on Friday...yikes!

white lace dress: target
multi colored maxi: nordstrom last year
blair's floral dress: gap outlet 2013
blair's purple bunny dress: gap kids

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ta-Da! Kitchen Cabinet Completion

Drum roll please... the kitchen cabinets are ALL done! Hip hip hooray! I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. Our kitchen looks a million times better and more updated and is no longer all brown. Pretty sure we are all done painting for a while (cabinets anyway). I love a good before and after so check it out below...

First up is the island:







someone photo bombed while eating her lunch and watching the frozen soundtrack ;)

photo bomber #2 eagerly awaiting Blair's dropped food

The transformation is insane to me and so worth the nights we were up till midnight painting. Hey do it while you can, right? Because there is no way we could ever tackle this with me either prego or with a newborn. Like I've said previously we literally followed the directions on the Rustoleum box to get our cabinets from oak to white. M was meticulous about following the directions and I just did what I was told. :)

Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend! We will be enjoying the gift of grace from God, good food, egg hunts, and more!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blair's Big Girl Bed (and then some)

     This last weekend we moved Blair into her big girl bed. M and I were ready for WWIII but she did so good! It was getting to the point where she looked like a giant in her crib and she was started to lean over the edge too much for our comfort. So we converted her crib into a full sized bed and she hasn't looked back. I may have even taken a nap with her this week. I haven't done that since she was an infant and it was the sweetest time we had together. Neither of us was feeling great but the nap did wonders.

She did cry for a few seconds the first and second night but since then it has been smooth sailing and we're thrilled! Here is the before and after...









We also bought these bumpers for her bed and LOVE them! They are deflatable which will be awesome for taking them on vacation with us. So easy! 

On to things that have not been so easy lately: operation have another baby. Found out this week that we're not pregnant again. The feelings I get every month that this happens are so mixed. I'm clearly disappointed, then I start to worry that something is wrong, then I tailspin into thinking we will never be able to have kids again. Then I usually get a hold of myself and am reminded that God still has a plan. His ways are still higher than mine. He loves me and cares for me and knows what is best for me. I keep telling myself "many are the plans of a mans heart but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." And all of this comforts me.

But I'm human. And this sucks. And while I haven't waited a fraction of the time that some people wait, it's still hard for me.

So Friday I go to the doctor because my cycles have been wonky (of course NOW when I want to get prego this happens) and I want some answers. Things haven't been normal and I'm hoping to get possible problems either ruled out or solved. Prayers are much appreciated.

In the meantime Blair is a great distraction and such a joy to be around (except for Tuesday when she had a 30 minute tantrum). She's been singing the lyrics to "Frozen" and her little voice just gets me. "Let it go....let it go!" Adorable. And the girl knows what's up when it comes to Jesus which is super sweet to see. "Jesus, up high! Jesus come down!"

So is life perfect? No. Not even close. But I know that God is good and he's got this.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diamond Shape Style Challenge {cushion cut}

My friends over at Brilliant Earth have given me the opportunity to share my favorite engagement ring style from a fashion perspective. I love what their company stands for: conflict free diamonds from Canada made with recycled gold. Good for your conscious...and the environment! After browsing all of their options I choose them gem below...

rose gold felicity diamond {cushion cut}
Are you as in love with rose gold as I am lately? I have several rose gold pieces in my jewelry box. I love the cushion style cut because I think it creates the most sparkle...and who doesn't love that?! If it were my ten year anniversary I'd be dragging my hubby down to their store to put this bad boy on my finger! But alas...we're only at 7 years. Three more years to save up honey! ;)

I thought it would be fun to create a style board featuring this ring below. If I could was forced to get married again here is the theme I would go with:

I love the softness of peach and the timeless neutrality of gray. Throw in a little blush and you've got yourself one stunning look! If they made rose gold shoes and silverware I'd be all over it but not everyone has caught onto the trend yet. It's ok, I forgive you. ;) I'm obsessed with lace, open back dresses that have a vintage feel. They are so feminine and graceful. Naked cakes are in right now and I like how "homemade" they feel versus "overdone."

{ring}
{invitations}
{bridesmaid gown}
{dress}
{shoes}
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