Friday, December 6, 2013

Disneyland Recap

Well, we made it back from Disneyland. Brian did have to drag me away (picture me desperately clinging to a lightpost on Main Street while Brian tugged at my legs and yelled "But you have a family! And a home!). Okay, not really but it makes for a funny looking scenario in my head.

So a recap... It was 3 days packed with Disney fun! The babies slept for the most part and the adults ate for the most part which makes for a fabulous Disneyland trip if you ask me. My aunt, uncle and cousins were able to join us for one day because they have passes so it was fun to see my family since we won't see them again for the rest of this year.

Turns out the magic rides for making babies fall asleep are It's A Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean. It sometimes works on adults too.

Allie was NOT a fan of the characters. We decided at the last minute to the do the Character Breakfast and I had a feeling she wouldn't be too excited about them considering how she reacts to normal people (crying and freaking out). Well, she full on screamed and panicked when Tigger came up to her. We managed to get a picture with Eeyore because he snuck up behind her and we snapped it before she could notice him. She'll probably need therapy.

The one ride she did stay awake for and happen to love was King Arthur's Carousel. She was a little unsure at first but once it started going, she was loving it and oohing and aahing.

So I had my fill of Disneyland which will get me through the end of the year. At least. Anyway, enough of this. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.













We were treated to dinner Friday night at the Blue Bayou by my parents. It was DELICIOUS!!!!!













Our Christmas Card. Ladies and Gentlemen, my husband.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Happiest Place on Earth

It's finally here. We leave tomorrow morning to fly down to Southern California and eventually, visit Disneyland. I've made lists of everything to pack and I think I'm 95% sure what I'm going to wear. Allie keeps emptying the suitcases though so I can't say that we're packed. I also found her sitting in my suitcase trying to chew on my straightener so I think it's safe to say she's not the most effective helper when it comes to packing.

I don't think my excitement can be matched. And I totally get it, some people hate Disneyland. I'm not sure why... maybe they had a bad experience with happiness as a child? Just kidding... it's obviously not for everyone. Maybe it's like how I feel about puppies. Smelly, messy and not worth the trouble. Don't hate me, it's pretty much how I feel towards all animals.

But I digress. My feelings toward Disneyland are not like something that just recently happened. I remember being much younger (like 6 years old) and hardly being able to sleep a wink the night before going to Disneyland. My outfit would have been planned down to my matching socks and underwear. (Yeah, I started that habit at a young age.) I would be wearing my spiffy new L.A. Gears with the double laces. I would have my fanny pack ready to go with my autograph book, an assortment of Disney character pens and my special flavored Bonne Bell lip gloss that I'd been saving for a special occasion. I would mentally plan out how the day would go, what rides we'd hit, the junk food I'd eat, the souvenirs I'd buy with my saved up allowance.

Speaking of souvenirs... One that I ALWAYS wanted was a Disneyland charm bracelet. It didn't look exactly like the one below because I remember it had Tinkerbell and the Sleeping Beauty castle. I also remember it was always out of my price range. I never did get that charm bracelet. Not that I'm bitter or anything but... someday I'll force one on Allie so I can live vicariously through her.
All that to say on a more serious note, I'm sitting here reflecting on what a blessing it is. God has made it possible for us to enjoy something that we entirely don't deserve or need, but He's allowing it just the same. In fact, it's because of His blessing us with Brian's new job and loving parents that spoil us that we are able to do this at all. It's just a good reminder of who causes all things to happen, good or bad and who pours out His grace on us -- even when we don't deserve it.

And because ending on a serious note is so not me...

DISNEYLAND OR BUST Y'ALL!!!

P.S. You can follow me on Instagram to see the pics I'll be posting of our trip (aka pics of Allie wearing Disney gear, cool decorations at Disneyland, and me being overly excited and eating yummy food)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Friday List on a Thursday

Another Friday list on a random day of the week!
  • This time next week, I'll be packing last minute snacks and toiletries, doubting my wardrobe choices and hyperventilating. Can you believe it? It was like 6 months ago that we planned this Disneyland trip and now it's finally here! I haven't started packing yet, but I am mentally working on outfits already. Also, Brian says he can tell I'm excited because instead of listening to Christmas music I've had this playlist on YouTube looping for the past 2 months...
  • Allie had some garlic hummus this past weekend. She loved it but oh my word, the girl had the WORST smelling breath! I brushed her teeth twice that night and gave her a bath and she was still breathing her stinky garlic dragon breath all over my face for 3 days. It was awful. Never again.
  • Brian is working during the day for the first time in a month. He's been working 6 pm - 4 am which has been pretty rough on us but we're thankful that it's brought it's own blessings and it's finally over! The down side is now I'm back to running errands with Allie again. Try explaining to a tired, cranky toddler that you have to make a real quick stop at Target after a play date. Yeah, that goes over really well.
  • I made these oatmeal raisin cookies (just the cookie part, not the filling) for Brian and his reaction was "I've had better." Now granted, he really enjoys saying that because he thinks it's hilarious, but he did really think they were missing something. So I turned to the trusty Pioneer Woman. I used this recipe but didn't do the whoopie pie part. I added nutmeg and raisins and his eyes lit up when he took his first bite. He then proceeded to eat half the batch and decided that instead of a sandwich for lunch, he'd just pack the rest of the cookies. Success!
  • I think I've put on a few pounds and you know what really helps? Maternity jeans. Why anyone would ever go back to wearing normal pants is beyond me.
  • Allie learned to give Brian kisses. It's really cute because he'll make the "mmmm" sound so she'll do it too and lean in and smack him on the lips. I tried to get her to give me kisses the other day and she leaned in... and licked my cheek. 
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sayeth what?

Allie is starting to be able to communicate better. I didn't teach her sign language or anything, being the huge procrastinator that I am, so mostly she just points and grunts. But she's finally started to nod her head 'yes' when I ask her questions. I'm also 100% sure she knows what I'm saying... Here's a few scenarios:
  • I smell poop. There's obviously only one culprit. I ask her "Allie, did you poop? Do you need a clean diaper?" She says "Umm.... yeah" and nods her head. And then runs away because she knows exactly what's coming next and there's nothing this girl hates more than getting her diaper changed. 
  • She's being really cranky. It's close to naptime, but a little early. I ask "Allie, are you tired? Is it time to sleep?" She says "Ummmmm...." and nods her head. She grabs her pacifier (which she's only been into recently) and raises her arms for me to pick her up. I put her in her crib and she sings and talks to herself for about 15 minutes before falling asleep. 
  • She'll walk over to the cabinet (where I keep her snacks) and start grunting and pointing. Then walk over to me and grunt and get this huge, cheesy smile on her face. So I'll ask "Allie, are you hungry?" Again, "Ummmmmmmmm.... yeah" and nods her head. 
Now in all of these scenarios, she might shake her head if she doesn't want food, or a clean diaper, or sleep. The funny thing is the "Ummm..." and look on her face like she's actually contemplating what she wants. I have no idea where she picked that up but it's the cutest thing ever.

Also, if you try to get any of this on video, you'll just end up with a blank stare and then she starts trying to grab the phone. So I have no evidence of this all actually happening...

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Most Controversial Day of the Year

Today is Halloween. I've seen this article posted by a lot of mom's on Facebook and I decided to sound off on it. I KNOW, RIGHT?!?! CONTROVERSY??? ON THIS BLOG? Not really, but feel free to read on. Or not.

We don't celebrate Halloween but really because we're lazy. Making a costume sounds like such a lot of work. Plus buying candy that I have to give AWAY??? Umm... sounds like a terrible idea to me. I think I'd have a lot of fun if we really got into it, planning an outfit for all 3 of us to wear like this one (wouldn't Allie be darling as a little penguin??) or this one but we don't really have anywhere to go, so basically we'd dress up and sit at home in our costumes. Which might actually be fun. But I digress.

As a kid, we weren't allowed to celebrate Halloween but every year our church had something like a Harvest festival where we could dress up, play games, win candy and sweets, all that good stuff. I LOVED dressing up. I always wanted to be a princess. Something about wearing a big, poofy dress and getting to wear fake plastic heels and a tiara was super appealing to me. Shocker, right?

I can't say I remember doing anything at all in High School. Maybe I blocked the memories? In college, I remember going to a few costume parties or dressing up for work but that was about it. And then, of course, there was last year's debacle...

I guess what I'm saying is, whether you choose to celebrate or not, doesn't give you the right to judge. Right? All it's saying is that you have different convictions than other people do. Choosing to dress your children up and take them to some sort of festivity does not mean you are a Satan worshiper. And choosing to ignore this holiday for whatever reasons you have does not make you a prude.

I think the point we're all really missing is that there's an even bigger, more IMPORTANT holiday coming up soon.



My birthday.

I know, how can we even think about Halloween with this around the corner???? Just in case you are wondering, I do accept presents in the form of cash or checks. I will also never say no to a Starbuck's or some cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.

Monday, October 21, 2013

More Mother // Daughter Style

I can't help it. I LOVE having a daughter just because she is like my own personal doll that I get to dress up ALL THE TIME. Okay, so it's not the only reason. Of course I love coordinating with her but you can't show up in matching tie-dye shirts, you know what I mean? This is a classier coordinating that is perfect for that photo shoot trip to Target. 

I'm not usually a fan of leopard print but when I was putting this style post together, it seemed to fit very well. Allie has those darling gold polka dot leggings which I found at Old Navy for $1.50 before she was born. I've been waiting and waiting patiently for her to finally fit into them!

I like mixing patterns but I always have to start simple. I'm not one to mash polka dots and flowers together just yet. Maybe someday...

Stripes // Gold // Leopard

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Friday List

You can totally tell my mood by the direction my blog takes. Obviously with the cooler weather looming on the horizon, that put me into a fashion frenzy so my blog reflects that. I guess that's the perk of not having a particular niche... if this was a home reno blog then you guys would be like, umm what's with the clothes? But since my niche is "weird," it means I can blog about whatever I want.

All that to say... I think it's time for a Friday list, don't you?
  • It's the middle of October. In exactly 4 weeks, we will be on a plane to Disneyland. Just try to imagine how excited I am. 
  • It's the middle of October. In 3 weeks, I'll be 29. Weirdly enough, I'm not worried about it. I don't even have a bucket list of things to do before I'm 30. I'm going to assume it's because I embrace life and not because I'm too lazy. 
  • It's the middle of October. The weather is starting to cool down at nights, but is still pretty warm during the day. It really makes getting dressed difficult. 
  • It's the middle of October. Allie turned 14 months yesterday. She is definitely not a baby anymore. Girl can walk, sorta talk, feed herself, and is starting to have an opinion on things. WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!?!?!
  • I'm making Oatmeal Raisin cookies as I type this. I DESPISE Oatmeal Raisin Cookies but Brian loves them. Sometimes I wonder how this marriage works. 
  • I'm also on a crocheting kick. I'm in the middle of 6 different projects -- all less than halfway done. I may or may not have a slight ADD when it comes to finishing a project.
  • Brian has been working 6pm-3am for the past few weeks. That means that every night, I fall asleep watching movies and crocheting. I know, right? I walk on the wild side when he's not around. Actually the movies are so that I won't drive myself crazy over-analyzing every little sound/creak/rustle I hear. This way, if the bad guy breaks in, he'll be like "Surprise!" and I really will be surprised. Except that I hate surprises. I might have to rethink my strategy. Sleep with a gun? Put booby traps all around the house like Kevin in Home Alone? I'm sure Brian would love that at 3 am.
  • Happy Friday!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Style Tips 101 - Part 2

Another thing I like to do is take something patterned and multi-colored and build an outfit around it. This can be a scarf, a shirt, a jacket, whatev. You can be mixing all the colors in this one item and it still goes because that one piece is blending everything. Make sense? Or just babbling?

Mint and Black

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Style Tips 101

I don't really claim to be a style connoisseur. I love shopping and putting outfits together but I'm sure you wouldn't find me at New York Fashion Week. Ever.

Maybe I'm more of a practical, every day fashionista. Like, I am not going to wear high heels to the grocery store. I'm going to wear something flat and comfortable. It could also be because I stay at home. When I worked in an office, I dressed up pretty much every day (high heels included).

But I digress. The point is that I do know a thing or two about shopping and I think I have some knowledge of what it takes to make an outfit.

So I will impart my priceless wisdom to you.

Style Tip #1: ACCESSORIZE


You would be surprised how simply adding accessories to an outfit can make it seem more dressed up. A t-shirt and jeans can be made "fashionable" by adding a scarf and earrings or a chunky bracelet. It's really the most basic, simple rule to make everyone think that you've put some effort in without really putting a lot of effort in. 

For example, take a simple, plain, white t-shirt and jeans... it can be dressed up or dressed down. And no one ever has to know you didn't do laundry!

1 outfit 6 ways

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sad days.

Remember how I really wanted these boots from Nine West?

Remember how I kept putting them in every single style post?

Well.

During a sale and with a coupon, they ended up being less than half of their list price.

So, naturally, I snatched them up.

I could hardly wait for them to arrive (since I ordered them online). I was so anxious to have my beautiful new, real leather boots that I'd purchased for SUCH a good deal.

And then they came.

And I died.

Okay, fine. I didn't die. But I ordered these boots thinking they would be cognac color and when they came, they were definitely not cognac. The description says Dark Taupe which is accurate. They were a dark grayish brown color.

BUT THE PICTURE LOOKS COGNAC!!!  This is what I yelled to myself and anyone who would listen (so Brian and Allie), over and over. I sat there in disbelief staring at the image on my screen and the boots in my hand. Crushed. Absolutely crushed.

I briefly considered dying them. I actually Googled it. Then I came to my senses.

Sadly and slowly I repackaged them to send back to Nine West. It might've been the saddest, most dramatic day of my life.

Goodbye, leather boots. I will wait silently patiently anxiously for Nine West to realize their error and send me some cognac flat riding boots.

For free.

Because, you know, I suffered emotional damage.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Gray // White // Bedroom

I decided to share the inspiration board I did for our bedroom before I change my mind again... You can check out my bedroom Pinterest board to see a few of my inspiration pins.

Our bedroom



When we first got married, we decided to just get a bunch of stuff from Ikea "for now" until we could afford something nicer. 3 years later and it's still in really good shape so I'm going to stick with it. We already have the pintucked duvet cover (but the $60 version from Target). It was the one thing that Brian actually agreed that we needed in our bedroom. Well, he agreed we needed a duvet cover, I got to pick which one.

My original jumping off point was that fabric swatch. I wanted to make a throw pillow out of it so it would pull together the grays and whites and also lend some color. The problem is I'm trying to convince Brian to let me have throw pillows. He simply does not understand why on earth you would put pillows on the bed everyday only to be removed that night. I don't think "because it looks pretty" is working out too well as an argument for me.

If I'm unsuccessful, then I'll probably just stick to the whites and grays and try to bring pops of colors in elsewhere. Like the print of Yosemite (a picture that Brian took) or the Rifle Paper Co. vintage city prints.

The sheets we have right now are a burnt orange (purchased when we were newlyweds and needed sheets that were cheap). I've bought some dye to make them gray so I'll let you know how that goes... maybe.

I am 95% sure this is what our room is going to look like.

Well, 92.8%.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Shop Til You Drop 5K

I really hate running. I'm just not the sporty athletic type. Sure I like the occasional volleyball game or maybe I'll run to my car in the rain if I don't have an umbrella, but I really have to force myself to do any sort of exercise at all.

That said, I love shopping. I'm sure you all know that by now. So I was thinking... what if they did a 5K but it was a shopping marathon? Like they give you $500 and you have to buy as many things as possible to put together several outfits for different occasions. Seriously, how crazy awesome would that be???

Who can I contact to make this a real thing?

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Modern Bedroom

Sometimes I get texts from friends or family asking for my design advice. Usually it's for clothes but every once in awhile I get consulted on home decor.

This past weekend, I had a text from my friend Jen asking for help on choosing a duvet cover. The decision turned into designing her whole bedroom. I've only done a mood board for a room once or twice, but I felt confident enough in my skills to put one together for her. Besides it's not like I'm a professional and worst case scenario... she hates it and begrudges me for the rest of our lives.

A Modern Bedroom



They already have the offset striped duvet cover from West Elm, so she asked me to put together something that revolved around that. I'm also pretty certain they still have the Malm furniture from Ikea so I wanted to make sure I incorporated that as well, without making everything clash.

I couldn't decide which mirror or rug to pick. I thought the yellow and white rug would maybe be too much pattern thrown together with the cover and pillows but it just looked so cool, I couldn't bring myself to delete it.

I also initially liked a warm wood mirror to go with the dresser and bed, but the gold one had such a cool texture and went well with the retro vibe. But then I always have a soft spot for captain mirrors so.... yeah.

Lastly, their bedroom doesn't get a ton of light so I tried to keep the accessories either white or yellow (except for the cool retro chair). 

And... now I'm questioning my whole design idea for our room.

Friday, September 27, 2013

More Sister Sister Style

You'll notice that both days I've styled her with a purse. Usually we don't bring purses to Disneyland, but it just completes the outfit doesn't it? I also like that this is sorta mixing patterns but not really  because they both have that wintery lodge feel.

P.S. I've crocheted a scarf for her that looks exactly like that. It looks great if you guys can imagine it. Because I don't have pictures. Are you surprised? 


Baby Sister Style 2

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sister Style Part 2

Now I know why my parents used to make sure we had plenty of Barbies and Cabbage Patch Dolls to go around. Whatever one sister has, it's pretty much a guarantee that the other 2 will want the same.

So of course when my baby sister saw that I had styled myself here and here and then my older sister here and here, she of course wanted her own styling for our Disneyland trip.

Comfy Style

H M sweater, $24 / Old Navy tank top / Current/Elliott mint green jeans / Nine West knee high boots / Merona cell phone cross body purse / Earrings / Michael Kors stainless steel bracelet, $370 / Mossimo scarve

Monday, September 23, 2013

You've got mail

I love getting mail... whether it's a note from a friend, a package from my family or that darling sweater I had to order for Allie because it's just too cute. Emails just aren't as exciting anymore.

But I have one gripe about the mail system these days - specifically UPS, Fed Ex and On Trac.

I think their training for the job is basically just ding dong ditching.

Day 1: Practice ringing the doorbell and running away. 

Day 2: Congratulations, you're ready to start delivering packages. 

Seriously, whatever happened to signing for packages? I'd hate for something to get stolen just because I didn't hear the UPS guy chuck a package at our doorstop as he drove by without stopping the truck.

Okay, I exaggerate but it seriously seems that way sometimes.

I'll be back in a few days with another fashion-y post because I'm in the mood for it and because my baby sister wants to be styled too. Shocker, right?