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Thursday, May 23, 2013

throwback thursday - beach edition

In light of our can't-get-here-soon-enough beach trip, here's few sweet pictures of my little man's first Florida trip last summer. Has it really been that long ago?!

See you on the other side of this vacation, friends!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

embracing the maxi dress

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I'm really only about two years behind on this fashion trend, right?

It's because I'm short. Really short. Maxi dresses always end up being about a foot too long, and I've put off buying/wearing any because they would need major hemming. Maybe I'm a curmudgeon but there's nothing I hate more that spending good money on clothes only to have to tailor them myself.

Well, this girl is leaving for the beach in a couple of days and I really would love to have a couple of these comfy dresses to pack into my bags. I guess it's time for some DIY action.

After searching around, I decided that I'd really like to try my hand at making a tank top maxi dress. Similar to these...

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 And maybe a skirt or two like this:

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I found quite a few tutorials that make it look pretty simple. But I'm still a beginner sewer, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Want to try one of these yourself? 
Here are my dress making go-to's for both of these projects:

Tank top dress:

Also using tips from these ladies:

And here's the maxi skirt:

Other great sources:

Ever tried your own version of these? 
Got a favorite link? Helpful hints?
Pass them along!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

three books worth reading...

We're heading to the beach next week for a much much much needed getaway. 
And if you're anything like me, you know that one of the most important things for a beach vacay is great reading material.

These three books have been on my mind for months and I'm so excited to officially pack them into my bags.

I hear over and over again that this book will change your life.

7 is the true story of how Jen {along with her husband and her children to varying degrees} took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.
Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” 
So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence. {via amazon}

I have to say, I love love love Jen Hatmaker's blog. She is hilarious, conversational, and incredibly brave in all of her writings. I love to hear another Christian mom's take on things and this lady always seems to such an insightful perspective. Pretty excited {and nervous!} to delve into this one!

2. Inferno by Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered. {via amazon}

I love Dan Brown. Don't we all? 
And I'm been not so patiently waiting for the release of his latest Robert Langdon novel. It was finally released yesterday and I can't wait to be up in the wee hours of the morning attempting to solve Professor Langdon's latest puzzle. Always a great read for any who loves mystery, history and action. 

3. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

It all started when the author, her husband and 18-month old daughter were out to eat at a cafe in France.  She took a peek around and realized that even though the restaurant was filled with other families like hers, her daughter was the only one throwing food, needing constant attention and making the meal unenjoyable for her parents. Which got Ms. Druckerman thinking: what do French parents do to raise such polite, calm children?

I've heard nothing but positive things about this book, which shows a variation of parenting that we don't often see in the U.S. anymore. As first time parents of a toddler, J.B. and I are always looking for our footing as to how we want to raise Jake and creating the very best environment for him to grow. Entertaining and educational? Count me in.

So here's to my next few books! 
Have you read any of these? Got your own reading for the summer? 
Do share!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

green with envy

I'm not sure when I became the gal with these nails...

But I am that girl.
They're different. And a little funky. Apparently neons are all the rage this season.
And the mere fact that I just said "all the rage" means I'm 85 on the inside. 
Oh well. At least my fingernails are hip.

I suppose Maybelline's Green with Envy polish has inspired me today...

Green with Envy style-board from Project Decor:

And a few other green rooms:

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Green with envy fashion:


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A few green projects:

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So much gorgeous stuff!
And here I thought my nail color was exciting...

Thursday, May 2, 2013


I really do love having Instagram.

It's basically a way for me to take a couple million cute pictures of my kid {sorry about that}
and also capture what I'm crafting/cooking/doing. 

Here's what we were up to in April...

We played.

We crafted.

{moss letter tutorial}

We did some cooking.

{quinoa mac & cheese recipe via Eat Drink Pretty}

{striped delight recipe via Kraft}

And we even hosted a family dinner.

{banner place card tutorial}

Jake made messes.

And so did Mom and Dad...

the great closet collapse of '13...

Jake got his first haircut.

and visited Gramma's first grade class on her birthday.

We played with cousins from California

and took a road trip of our own to the Tennessee Aquarium.

All in all, April was pretty kind to us. Here's hoping May is full of some extra sunshine.

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