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Five on Friday – Friday Favorites

After taking a two week hiatus – I’m back at it for Five on Friday and Friday Favorites. We’ve been gone for the last seven days, so the fact that today is Friday is blowing my mind. 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that today is the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (unless you have the credit card, and you could shop last week). While the rest of the world is shopping for fall booties and winter jackets, I’ve been surfing the  home department – which is usually not that great, but they do have a few things worth a good mention! 

ONE:
My FAV rug of all time is big time on sale. Any other time – you better be buying this rug from the best dealer out there. But for today – Nordstrom has slashed some prices. If you need a big area rug for your play room or just something small in front of your kitchen sink – I’m a big fan of these. You can spray them off with the water hose in your drive way and they look brand new. Even after red Gatorade has been spilled…..not sure how I know that!!!Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 9.38.40 PM

TWO:
If you need teacher, babysitter, or friend gifts – click HERE. Voluspa is one of my favorite candles, and the party pack is a good way to have the same smell in several different rooms. I tried ordering this last year for a few Christmas gifts, and they were sold out everywhere. I’m stocking up early this year!
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THREE:
This blanket has always been in and out of my shopping cart for quite a while. I think it’s so cute and would be a great baby gift. Or, if I was pregnant right now,  which I am NOT, I would be buying this. Who doesn’t love a good monogrammed gift.
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FOUR:
Maybe it’s because the AC is blaring, and I’m currently typing this while under a bad throw, but I have blankets on the brain. Who doesn’t love a soft, plush throw, with pom poms at that? Only approximately 100 more days until you turn that AC off, start a fire, and curl up with a cup of coffee and this blanket. Ok – back to reality of 102 temps.
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FIVE:
Since it is 102 outside, why not enjoy it. I actually put this print on a clients design board  a couple of weeks ago for her playroom. When I saw it was on sale AND framed, I got so excited. Super cute way to add some “Summer” to any room.
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Well, folks, that’s my non-fashion-self giving you some non-clothing items to purchase from the
Nordstrom Sale.
On Monday, I plan to blog about our fun little vacation trip to NYC this past week….with TWO toddlers. Thanks for stopping by each Friday!!  Have a great weekend, and try not to sweat too much. 

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Our Weekend – Birthday Party Style!

We had the best weekend celebrating a couple of friends’ birthdays. At this point in our life, we have A LOT of birthday parties – and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. Which is just fine. We have so much fun, and it’s a good excuse for the parents to hang out, too. I’m gonna be real sad when we reach the point of just sending our kids to the birthday, and we don’t get to tag along.

On Saturday morning, we celebrated Wyatt turning four at the cutest children’s museum. Cows, horses, a farmer’s market and a tractor……my kids were in heaven! AB really was amazed that she could actually milk the cow! Oh, and we may or may not have been an hour and a half early and in the wrong town. I swear I must have just read the invitation when we got it in the mail and then never looked at it again. I had everyone up and out the door only to realize we had a good hour to waste and 10 miles to drive to get to the actual party. Whoops!

Our Sundays usually consist of church, kids falling asleep on the way home, and then eating lunch after they wake up. Sunday was an extra long nap (hallelujah), so we had two happy kids eating lunch at 2:30 p.m.!

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Sunday night we celebrated sweet Blake and Kylee at the water party. Both kids had a blast, and we had to pull them out to leave. We’ve come light years with PB just in these few short weeks of summer. He’s so much more outgoing and not near as shy as he was just six weeks ago. Mdub and I both looked at each other at one point during the party and said “Who is that kid?” He’s just so fun to watch now.

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We’re having the best summer!! 

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Five on Friday – Friday Favorites

Because this week has really been a blur, we’ve had zero favorite things and zero happenings other than July 4th. When Monday is a holiday, you take off Tuesday to travel back home, you are really thrown off Wednesday morning, and you for sure don’t think Friday is Friday. Hallelujah to getting back to normal next week.

SOOOO – Since I’ve been summering it up lately, and I’m lacking in the design department, I’m sharing a few of my favorite spaces I’ve created over the past couple of years.
Linking up as always for FIVE ON FRIDAY and FRIDAY FAVORITES

 

ONE:
What started it all……not that it was the first nursery for me to work on, but it was the first to get a few likes on FB, and probably the nursery that finally made me create a website.  Sweet Mila’s nursery is one for the books. Gold and white stripes with touches of pink make this one of my favorite girl nurseries. You would never know that it’s definitely the smallest space I’ve transformed. 

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TWO:
Paige’s entire house is my favorite. Slowly but surely, we will complete her entire home, but until then, you can just stare at Mr. Griffin’s man room. Because he lives in a house with four other females, a major dude room was on the agenda!
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THREE:
Speaking of Paige’s house, I love, love her family room. A good bookshelf is always needed! Thank goodness Paige knows a little something about outfit styling when it comes to family photos. This giant canvas is the perfect addition and wasn’t planned at all.  

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FOUR:
My absolute favorite, favorite was my first house ever. The kitchen, laundry room and the master bathroom were amazing if I do say so myself. Someone please tell me why we moved??
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FIVE:
Not design related at all, but if you didn’t read my July 4th round up – check it out here. We love Rotan time!

Happy weekend friends! Here’s to a weekend of playing catch up before we go again. 

 

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Family Fun on the Fourth!

Y’all we had the best Fourth!!  Super hot, but super fun! Every year, for the most part, we head to Rotan for the 4th. In earlier years, MDub played in the annual softball tournament, but then he got old, and now it’s not worth all the soreness for the next week. So, he played golf for two days and had a mini heat stroke instead.

PB loved the fireworks we set off ourselves, so we just knew Monday night would blow his mind. Not a chance!  Both kids couldn’t have cared less. We looked up at one point, and they were in the house playing during the fireworks show. Oh well, better luck next year!

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Patiently waiting for the fireworks to start!

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These next two pictures are so fuzzy, and the quality is awful. But, I had to share. My dad was trying to entertain AB when she went in to kiss him. Touching heads is kissing to her…..let’s keep it that way sister!  IMG_4286

……and I promise my Papaw does NOT look this old in person, but PB needed a hug after the fireworks. Papaw may not even know PB’s name (just because he has so many great-grandkids), but he certainly knows he’s the one from Dallas!  
IMG_4290Two nights of sparklers, amazing food, and cousin time made for a great weekend. We’re already missing “ayes” and “yay yay.”

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Five on Friday – Friday Favorites

Friday blog post……Summer Style!

ONE:
I blogged on Monday about our Framily vacation trip to the lake last weekend. Check it out if you missed it. So much fun with 10 littles and 7 high school best friends!!!

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TWO:
When we got home from the lake last weekend, MDub went to the store to get wasp spray and came home with a plethora of toys. Never send men to the store! However, we’ve been loving our pool he purchased. Some of our friends have the same one, and it’s the perfect size for toddlers…..and their parents. When it feels like a 110 outside, you end up putting things in your backyard you swore you’d never do!  A little action shot of PB coming off the slide!

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THREE:
These towels are our absolute favorite. My mom got them for the kids, and they are just the right size……..and on sale right now. Nothing worse than a giant beach towel on a tiny toddler. Public service announcement – those are not our goggles, but he found them at the pool and must wear them each day for swim lessons.

 

FOUR:
Ok, let me begin by saying I am NOT a product person. I’m not up on the latest greatest, I hate spending money on hair and face products, and I don’t take care of my hair or skin like I should. But, my mom put this  in my stocking last year, I think, could have been two years ago, and I recently found it in a drawer. I’ve been using it on my hair for about a month, and I’m obsessed. In the summer, I take a shower at night and let my hair air dry. No way am I using a blow dryer in this heat. So, my hair can sometimes feel coarse and hard to brush through. After using this the first time, my hair is much softer and feels healthier. 

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FIVE:
Flash back 4th of July’s! The first picture was two years ago, and I was already preggo with AB. I was sucking in big time in those shorts and so afraid someone was going to notice. Apparently PB’s scared picture taking face was in full force his first and second July 4th!

……….And since this weekend is the Fourth, we hope to be doing a lot of this. Eating homemade ice cream outside with all our friends and family. We got a head start earlier this week with our sweet neighbors. The kids were more interested in the ice cream than looking at me for a pic.
Happy July 4th!
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I’m linking up again for Five on Friday and Friday Favorites! 

 

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Framily Vacation…..Round 2

It’s no secret we love going on vacation trips with our friends and their kids. This past weekend was round two for the summer. Some of the same friends as the Padre Trip, but this was Marcus’ high school friends that he still talks to every day. Twelve adults and 10 kids this time, and we all had a blast. The kids range in ages from eight years to nine months old, and even though that’s a big gap, they all love playing with each other. The older kids take care of the younger, and the younger love trying to keep up with the oldest. Swimming, naps, food, and then repeat for the entire weekend. It was hot, hot unless we were in the water – hence AB sweating to death in real clothes headed to dinner Saturday night. Both kids love the water, and as expected, AB has zero fear. 

Picture overload as I document our summer! Oh, and why do life jackets have to be so miserable for kids? I so remember that feeling of being uncomfortable like it was yesterday. I remember not being able to wait until the age I didn’t have to wear one in the boat. #safetyfirst
S.M. (my granddad) would be proud that we still enjoy the lake, yet a little concerned that puddle jumpers are coast guard approved!

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These three pictures crack me up. Boys not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, PB running cuz he’s scared, and then both doing the walk of shame back to the house. I see this happening a lot in the next several years! #PartnersInCrime #TheyGetItFromTheirDads

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Such a fun weekend that we look forward to every year. Thanks Fitz’s!

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Five on Friday – Friday Favorites!

Y’all it’s been the best week!!  Summer school, swim lessons, and a weekend ahead of us at the lake – hallelujah! Although, I can’t believe June is almost gone. Where is the summer going? This is the first week for us that’s really felt like summer – a hot, hot summer!

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ONE:
Summer School…. woohoo, we waited 30 long days for you! We’ve been at the same school for the last two years and loved it, but decided we needed to make a change because of schedules and pricing. We officially start the new school in September, but when we found out they’re offering a summer program, we gladly signed up! Both walked in holding hands and cried when they had to leave each other. It was quite possibly my favorite moment all week. AB thought she had to carry her lunchbox in all by herself! Successful first day in the books!IMG_3735-1IMG_3750IMG_3749

TWO:
Speaking of school, these are a must when sending kids to daycare or school. As you all know, EVERYTHING has to be labeled, and when you have your favorite sippy cup, you definitely don’t want it going home with someone else. Aunt TayTay gave us these labels about a year ago, and since then I’ve ordered more. They fit on all sippies, snack containers, bottles, etc. and stay on in the dishwasher. They don’t peel off like stickers, and you can switch them out from cup to cup if you need to. A definite favorite instead of the ole black sharpie…and they make great gifts!

THREE:
This quote – I came across it this week and thought it was fabulous. Simplicity in so many aspects of our lives is much needed. Our schedules, the clothes and jewelry we wear, how we decorate our houses, the things we collect or hold onto, the number of fantasy teams we have, etc. (kidding…sort of) Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 9.07.58 PM

FOUR:
AB in goggles and PB with his trains have been a constant favorite all week. We’ve put on and taken off goggles approximately 54 times in the last five days…And I’ve stepped on about the same number of trains. 

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FIVE:
This was the scene the second day of school. All dressed and ready to go……sort of! I was loading everything in the car and kept yelling for them to come get in. They had both crawled back into my bed and made themselves comfy. I get it kids, some days I don’t want to get out of bed either!  
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This afternoon we’re headed to the lake with 12 adults and 10 kids for a nice relaxing weekend (said no parent of a toddler, ever).  Happy Fri-yay everyone!

I’m linking up again this week for Five on Friday and Friday Favorites

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Our Weekend – Father’s Day 2016

We had the best weekend! Absolutely no plans other than a little splash park and pool fun. Y’all, it’s HOT. Is it worse this year, or am I just getting older and can’t deal? Either way, you will find us in the water for the next three months, if you’re looking!

On Friday, we met Mdub after work so that he and PB could both get hair cuts. Suckers are always a must….three or four suckers at that.  A couple of errands in matching clothes is as much fun as feeding the Old Navy dog.  I pray they don’t notice they’re matching for a long, long time – like 10 years from now! 

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Saturday might have been the first day in forever that we didn’t have a single thing to do. No birthday parties, no work events…nothing. So, some early morning soccer watching (without a diaper on), mowing the grass, and then finding a splash park were on the agenda. As much fun as it was, it didn’t cut it – we needed a pool! 

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Sunday we TRIED taking a couple of pictures before church…..in the parking garage. They crack me up because they really do have the same gestures.  After church we celebrated Father’s Day….in the pool at Mdub’s parent’s house, and then headed to another pool with friends.  Goggles and corn on the cob might have been some favorites of the weekend. 

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We rarely have a weekend when we can just go with the flow and do whatever we want. After this weekend, I never want to schedule another thing for us….ever. It was so nice to just take it easy. Happy Father’s Day, Mdub – you’re one amazing dad!
(and, of course, we FaceTimed with Donny to wish him a Happy Father’s Day, too!)

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Five on Friday – Friday Favorites

It’s Friday, so you know what that means. The one time a week I actually blog!  However this week, this makes #2 – woohoo! I’m linking up again for Five on Friday and Friday Favorites.

ONE:
Y’all – this candle is Ahhhh-mazing. A couple of weeks ago, I helped host a baby shower at a friend’s house. When I walked in, the smell was noticeable, and it stayed that way the entire morning. Even with a packed house full of people, everyone kept mentioning how great it smelled. Well, since my good friend, Paige, told me a couple of months ago that my house stinks, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect candle. One that just smells fresh and clean and not like food. Mdub gets mad when he comes home, and it smells like cookies, and there’s no cookies!  Well, I think I may have found it. I texted the host after the shower, ordered on Amazon, and have been enjoying a house that smells like a flower shop ever since. And yes, Paige flat out told me my house stunk, what are best friends for, right?

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TWO:
Speaking of Amazon, has anyone used Amazon Prime-Now? If you haven’t, jump on the band wagon NOW. I swear a mom with little kids had to have taken this idea to the CEO of Amazon. You simply order online, and it’s at your house within two hours. So when we are out of diapers or milk, I hit the button, and it’s delivered on my doorstep. One day last week we were out of the necessities, you know, fruit snacks and white Cheetos! I submitted an order, and it was delivered while I was at work and the kids were home with a sitter. Killing multiple birds with one stone!amazon-prime-now

THREE:
If you missed my Tuesday post, you missed an adorable nursery. I can’t take full credit as I didn’t put it all together, but I did help come up with the idea. My SIL took the plan and ran with it, and now sweet baby Knox has the most adorable “antler chic” nursery….that’s my made up name for it! 

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FOUR:
Sippy Cups – something we use approximately 25 a day and can never have too many. I was with a couple of moms last weekend and talking about this blog, different posts, etc. One of them said she really wished I would do a post on my favorite sippy cups. Done and done! I searched forever and these Gerber Nuk cups are the ones that have worked best for us. Both of my kids are rough on sippies. Like, throw them as hard as they possibly can on the ground after every drink. They don’t leak, and that’s basically the number one deciding factor for me. Since finding these, I’ve branched out and tried a couple of others that look a lot cooler or more hip, but keep coming back to these every time. We don’t leave home without them, and on a daily basis, you can probably find 4-6 of them in my car at one time. Oh the smell of old milk! #onedayIwillmissthis. #doubtit

 

FIVE:
And since Sunday is Father’s Day – Happy Happy Father’s Day to the two most amazing dads in the world. Donny & Mdub couldn’t be more different, yet they both have the best thing in common – being great dads!

Happy Friday Friends!

As usual, check out more pics on IG

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E-Design Neutral Nursery

If you remember, way back, almost a year now, I did an E-Design for my sister in law that was pregnant with her THIRD boy. Yes, her third, so this needed to be a sweet baby boy nursery using both his big brothers’ furniture. I really just put something together that was partly my brother, yet simple and chic enough for my SIL. 

Remember this design board? Well, she ran with it, and I can take NO credit for pulling it all together. She did it all herself, and now it’s the perfect little space for a future chic hunter! (Don’t tell my brother we named it that!)

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She kept all her existing furniture from the older two boys, and then added the fun. The antler sconce puts off the right amount of light when feeding that sweet boy at night. 

Can we talk about this wallpaper? It’s the perfect, subtle addition of animal print without being too much….and did I mention, my dad installed it? #IwishHeLivedInDallas

Roman shades in a nursery are a great choice since most already come with blackout liner. They keep the room a little more masculine without the fluff of curtains. (If I’ve used curtains in your boy’s nursery, I promise they look good!)

I really do enjoy doing E-Design and then watching it come to life through pictures. When I can’t be in the same town as the client, it’s the next best thing!  This nursery will be able to grow with sweet Knox as he gets older. 

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