Trina Turk’s canvas tote with pink and green and shiny patent bottom also caught my eye.
Ahh, so fun to see all the new Spring stuff! It’s a good thing I’ve been staying out of the stores lately!
Our Easter weekend felt so good. As I sit here writing this post I just feel peaceful, relaxed, and so blessed. Our son is sound asleep for the night and all I can think is “We.Are.A.FAMILY.” I think because we did so many “family” things with James this weekend, it’s really sinking in that the three of us completely make up our own family. We (Jimmy & I) are obviously still our parents’ children, but now WE are the parents and the ones driving the car to the zoo and the beach with OUR little guy in tow! It’s a little surreal when I stop to consider it. . .
I do have some super cute photos of the zoo and beach trip to share with you, but today I’m giving you a glimpse of our
Last week I shared some of my inspiration photos, and this weekend we had Jimmy’s sister and family over to partake of a lazy Sunday brunch. I am SO thankful for having a sis-n-law that I love to be around. She’s funky and cool and sweet and wise (having been a mom for about 8 more years than me, even though she’s younger:), I really appreciate her perspective). And since they live pretty close, we’re able to spend a lot of time together, which is especially fun with the kids.
The table was inspired by these $2.00 plates from Target, which kinda remind me of the fun style of Jonathon Adler. And because they’re plastic, we can use them outside this summer.
James was really clingy, wanting to be held a lot on Sunday, so sista swooped in and played with him in the living room so Jimmy and I could finish cooking. (That’s the kind of greatness I meant about the sis-n-law- I didn’t even have to ask for her help and then I was relaxed because I could hear James laughing and playing, instead of pulling on my leg.)
Jimmy made the most awesome breakfast potatoes, and I made Barefoot Contessa’s sour cream coffee cake- so delicious! It’s a new tradition for Christmas, but was so good at Easter too. We also had pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon. And coffee!
I took a cue from Hi Sugarplum and planted some herbs in aluminum pails for a fresh addition to the table (they’ll go outside to grow tomorrow). WalMart sold the herbs in plantable pods for just $3.33 and the pails were $1.00 at Hobby Lobby.
I’m not a big drinker, but the
sure went down easy!
The food was delicious and we lingered at the dining table enjoying easy conversation that comes from lots of time spent together. We ate too much coffee cake. We laughed as we watched our nephew put chocolate chips on his pancakes (his request for chocolate chip pancakes came after the last one was cooked, so he got a side of chips instead.)
After the dishes were cleared, we hung out awhile in the living room, and Jimmy and our nephew played video games (a familiar scene in our house for sure- the couch seats are permanently indented). James played with his Easter pail and threw the plastic eggs in and out of the bucket.
Before they left, we made sure to get a few pics of James and his cousin together. James is so fascinated by him, but I can see why- that 8-year old kid is one of the funniest, smartest, and coolest kids I know. I love watching them interact with each other.
Hope y’all had a wonderful weekend too!
Since teaming up with the super folks at Silhouette to help promote some of their products on my blog, they’ll send me fun stuff to play with on my Silhouette machine from time to time. The machine is a craft cutter that cuts all kinds of shapes that I used to spend waaaay too much time trying to cut by hand. But the machine also cuts fabric and now they have a really cool rhinestone kit that lets you cut a template for your rhinestones to fit into, then adhere to whatever you want to put them on.
The other night I embellished a plain black tank top with rhinestones using a cross template from the Silhouette store. I feel kinda dorky posting this picture of myself wearing the tank, but I wanted to show you the finished result! (thanks to my babysitter for snapping the pic!)
It really was pretty easy to make, took me about an hour. I just watched this video on YouTube, then followed the directions.
So, if you’d like to get your hands on one of these Silhouette machines and rhinestone kits, Silhouette is having a SALE! Yay! I love to save money!
This Silhouette rhinestone bundle includes:
This Silhouette rhinestone bundle retails for $349.99, but with promo code HWH you can get it for $229! You can go HERE if you’d like to take advantage of this offer.
This promo code is good from April 21-26, 2011.
I was browsing around Pinterest, my latest obsession, when I stumbled upon some really gorgeous spaces designed by Ashley Goforth. And guess what, she’s in my city!! I love her clean and classic styling and muted tones. Nothing is too fussy or overdone. And the rooms look so effortless.
I feel like I am finally getting comfortable with my design style and what appeals to me, which is helping me create a more cohesive look for our home. I now realize that I can admire other styles, but don’t necessarily have to try to make them work in our house. Ahhhh, the revelation! It’s about time I learned that! I’m hoping it will save me lots of money and frustration in the future!
So, are y’all on Pinterest? And do you have a favorite designer?
Easter is upon us again, one of my favorite holidays. Full of the freshness and newness of Spring perfectly consistent with the hope that Jesus brought when he rose! Thank God for that!
This year, after church, we are hosting a small Easter brunch at our house. I love the casualness of brunch, it’s easy and relaxing. Having the brunch at home gives the kiddos free reign and lets the adults kick back and enjoy the morning without worrying about keeping kids in check at a restaurant.
I love a simple, light table setting with a few containers of flowers in the same hue. Too bad our view to the backyard isn’t as stunning!
But, what I really love about brunch is the food! I’ve always been a breakfast-for-dinner kind of gal, known to enjoy pancakes (with peanut butter and syrup!) or eggs in the evening. My cooking skills aren’t all that great, but my French toast, coffee cake, and blueberry muffins are actually pretty good. Fresh fruit is simple enough to assemble and with some coffee, oj, and perhaps a little champagne, you’ve got yourself a little brunch party!
And after we eat, of course it'll be time for an Easter egg hunt! I’ve been really impressed with the different variety of decorated eggs I’ve seen lately. We haven't done any here yet though.
I’m really looking forward to it! What are your plans??
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