Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Outfit- Summer Casual Under $50

Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week has started off well.  We've been busy running errands, going to gymnastics and I'm about to start cooking dinner for our friends coming over tonight.  We're planning for an upcoming trip to the beach and I've been thinking of cute outfits that are casual but still put together enough to be thrown on to go shopping, out to eat seafood, or to the pier.  I can imagine the outfit below just for those outings!  The plus, every piece is under $50 and can be paired with so many more outfits.

Dress: here
Bag: here
Slides: here


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Outfit- Fourth of July

I can't believe tomorrow is the 4th of July!  This summer is starting to fly by.  We decided to host a small cookout at our house tomorrow with my dad, uncle, and grandmother coming over.  We will have hot dogs, hot dog chili, baked beans, chips with dip, and I'm still deciding on a dessert (maybe the s'mores I mentioned yesterday?).

The 4th is one of my favorite holidays.  I love all of the decor, American flags, fireworks, hot dogs, and spending time with family and friends. I especially love a holiday that includes an outfit "theme".  Most people wear red, white, and blue, and/or something with Americana design.  

Mary-Grace and Benton will be wearing these outfits pictured below, from Little English.  They also wore them for Memorial Day and it was so precious.  

Tomorrow I'll be wearing these shorts with this shirt.  I have these earrings in red that I'll pair with the outfit but they are currently sold out in that color.  You can check it all out on Instagram!

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Must-Haves for Fourth of July

Last week was a crazy week for me which is why I only posted once.  Josh was in San Diego for work so I was home alone with the kids.  We were all very excited when he arrived back home!  I got by just fine but I did miss his help during dinner and bath time.  We stayed busy with play dates, gymnastics, swimming, and plus the usual responsibilities.  We have a good bit going on this week too but at least I'll have help at night! Do you have plans for the fourth?  We had some tentative plans but I'm not sure if they'll hold up so we're thinking of new plans.  I'd love to go see fireworks but with a 16 month old who goes to bed a couple of hours before the show usually starts, it's not really feasible.  The poor little guy just can't stay awake past 7:30 and it wouldn't be fair to him to drag him out somewhere that late.  What are your plans?  Do you have any traditions?

For those of having cookouts or parties, how cute is this set up below? You can shop here for the look.  Also, how stinking cute is the cupcake kit? Found here.  It would be fun to have the little ones help bake and decorate some cupcakes to take to a cookout or share with friends.

These sparklers would be a lot of fun to pass out to guests at a party.  You can print out the sleeves here.  

And how perfect are these s'mores kits?  S'mores kits are easy and simple to put together.  You don't have to go all out with a label. A clear box or plastic baking bag from the dollar store or craft store with some festive ribbon would also look great!  I can't take credit for the ones below though... you can find the creative gal here.  


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Outfit- Summer Jumpsuit

I love dressing for summer with all of the cute shorts, sundresses, and rompers.  I have to admit though that I haven't been a huge fan of rompers because I feel like some look too juvenile or that they don't fit right around the hips and rear.  This jumpsuit I have featured looks sophisticated though and I have seen on a few different body types and it looks amazing on everyone!  I could picture this outfit at a fun summer cookout, dinner out with friends and family, or going to a fun event.  

Jumpsuit: here
Bag: here
Earrings: here


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Home Inspiration- Linens

It feels like I just said "Happy Hump Day".  The past 7 days have flown by!  As I said in my post from yesterday, it's hot as an oven here in NC.  The kids and I took a break from everything today and just stayed home in the air conditioning.  We read a ton of books, played make-believe, I organized some of Mary-Grace's baby clothes that I'm letting go of, cooked meals, watched cartoons, and just enjoyed staying cool and not rushing around (although I do like staying busy).  It's just nice to have a break sometimes.  Do you agree?  

For today's home inspiration post, I wanted to share some of my favorite linen items for the home.  She are very affordable and some are dream items.  

 Pillow Sham
I absolutely love love love this scalloped sham with the cornflower blue trim.  They are very pricey and not currently in my budget of what I can spend on pillow shams, but if I had an unlimited budget I would love to have them.  They also come in several other color choices. 

From the same company as the above shams, these gorgeous embroidered sheets are also on my list. Speaking of sheets, I just read an article from Town & Country about using a top sheet and how it's becoming more popular to not use one. Do you use one?

A southern home is never complete without a monogram.  These monogramed cocktail napkins are the perfect keepsake for any home and make any gathering a touch more sophisticated.  

These solid white buffet napkins are a great steal at 9.99 for a set of 6.  They would match any table or holiday decor and can be bleached in the wash.  

I also have a love for vintage and think these vintage napkins found on Etsy are beautiful and tell a story of the household that used them prior. Found here and here.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Outift- Summer Day in the Sun

The scorching hot days of summer are here, at least in NC.  The high today is 99.  I try not to complain too much about the hot days because I know once winter gets here I'll get tired of the cold days.  We've spent a few days at the pool and at cookouts, and hopefully will be having a few more!  I could see wearing this outfit below to a fun summer outing.

Top: here
 Shorts: here 
Bag: here
 Shoes: here


Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Must-Haves Accessories for the Littles

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  Did you do anything for Fathers Day? We went to a cookout yesterday for lunch with my grandparents, stepdad, mom, and an uncle that was in town. I stuffed myself full of salmon, pasta salad, potato casserole, salad, and chocolate pie. We then had my dad over for dinner.  I was worn out by the end of the day and fell asleep a lot earlier than I usually do!  It was a really special day though getting to spend time with the men in my life and I feel very blessed to be able to do so.  

I was browsing around social media the other day and a sponsored post for the umbrella below came up.  It's so stinking cute.  It made me start thinking about the other accessories that Mary-Grace (and Benton) loves and a couple of other things that are on my list.

How cute is this little umbrella?!  Mary-Grace would love to have it, found here.  It's also available in a blue gingham (shown below) and a couple of other patterns.  It's on sale right now and has a matching rain jacket available!

I got Mary-Grace her first pair of Saltwater sandals (here) when she started walking and she has had 4 pairs since then.  Benton is now on his second pair.  I love that they are classic and go with just about any outfit.  They have a sturdy sole and can get wet without damaging them.  

I also really like these for Mary-Grace to wear around the pool, splash-pad, or anywhere else!


These bows are the best I've found so far because they stay in Mary-Grace's hair without budging much.  They come in a ton of colors and different sizes.  

This bracelet is definitely more of an heirloom piece but it is so precious.  I would get my child's name engraved on it.  

I have this sunhat for Benton in white but I also love the light blue stripe shown below.  It fits true to size and has an adjustable tie.