Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter's on it's way...

We are having a pretty low key Easter weekend.  My sis and her family are coming to visit along with my mom and step-dad.  We plan on dying eggs, hunting eggs, baking and swimming.  Yes, we are hoping to heat our pool for the first time!  We'll see how this goes.  It's supposed to be warm and the weather has been beautiful, so we're crossing our fingers.  The guys are also going to go tak in a college baseball game on Saturday, which I heard my nephew is pretty pumped about.  At first, I thought he was just really excited about coming to visit me.....but it appears that he's 12, and I'm old news now.  :(  Big heart breaking news for me!  But moving on...

I threw up some decorations last night in a last minute attempt to add some Easter cheer to our home.  Here's what I wrote on our new chalkboard.

*quote and design source unknown*
I saved a picture and drew this from looking at the picture, but it was not my creation.

I went ahead and set the table although we're keeping our meals pretty simple.  We're going to have BBQ on Saturday, but I am going to try to at least make Easter breakfast a bit fancier.  So we're stepping it up and using real plates...with our paper napkins! hah  I figured I would keep it easy with the kiddos around, and I also thought I didn't want knives laying around with the little one running around, so I just put out the forks for now.

For the centerpiece, I used plastic eggs to fill around the inside of my Hurricane Vase, and then I used another glass to hold the tulips together inside.  I was inspired by Cassie's adorable centerpieces and tablescapes at Hi Sugarplum!.  I also have some peeps and wooden skewers on hand to add to the flowers if my nieces want to help!

I was inspired and made these "namecards" to put at each place setting.  I think I saw this on pinterest maybe?  It was really cheap and simple.

Of course we have to add a little candy to the mix.  I tied some ribbon with eggs around my glass jar and candle holders to add some color.

As for the mantle, it hasn't changed much.  I still have the mirror there until we get a new tv to mount, so for now I'm trying to cover the cable box and outlet.  I added more eggs, a framed prinout and a banner from Target.

HAPPY EASTER to all of you!!

I'm off to go on a small girl's trip tonight.  We are shopping in Canton, TX which is a big market/festival that is held once a month.  I hope I find some good stuff for the house, which of course I'll let you know if I do.  I'll be returning tomorrow night to start the Easter festivities.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Rodeo and What I Wore

Happy Friday! 

I'm going to keep it short and sweet for you today.

Last Sunday night we were able to see George Strait at the Houston Rodeo Finale!!!  Enough said right there if you are a country music fan, right?! 

It was such an amazing show!  We lucked out getting to go with some good friends of ours, and we were so happy they asked us to tag along. 

The crowd was amazing.  George came back out to do an encore.  He didn't disappoint that's for sure!

I wore this dress that I got from Piperlime with my boots.

Since it was St. Patty's Day, I paired it with this beautiful Stella and Dot statement necklace.

I also think this necklace would be perfect for summer with a simple white tee.  I think I'll be getting lots of wear out of it.

My husband's parents and my dad and step-mom are coming into town to be with us this weekend, and I know we'll be having a good time.  Hope all of you have a splendid weekend as well!


Friday, March 1, 2013

What I've Been Up To

Happy Friday!!  So glad it's the final countdown till the weekend begins.  I have all kinds of things I want to share with you all.

Here in Houston, it's rodeo time.  It's kind of a big deal.  However, I don't usually make it to the rodeo but once or twice at most.  If you aren't familiar, for a few weeks there is a daily rodeo with a concert directly after.  In addition, while you are there, you can shop, visit the livestock show with a petting zoo for the kiddos, go to the carnival, and the whole thing begins with a big cookoff weekend full of all kinds of BBQ.  My sister brought my niece and nephew this week, and I was able to join them.  We saw Gary Allen, and the kids were amazed at how much there was going on, which was so fun to see their reactions.  I threw this together after I got off of work to try to join in on the "cowgirl" attire.  :)

What I'm wearing:  Black HUE jeggings, denim shirt, CAbi fur vest, and Old Navy Camel boots.

I've been LOVING my Michael Kors watch, and I like pairing it with the Renegade Stella and Dot bracelet. 

Also, I recently picked this chalkboard up for the house from HomeGoods.  I thought it would be perfect for writing menus on or making lists for groceries and errands and all sorts of other fun things.  The husband asked if I was going to be teaching class.  shake my head.  They just don't get it, do they?

I thought it was the perfect place to put it in between the kitchen and the laundry room in the hallway going to the office.  See it will be easily used and functional in this space.

Also, one last thing is that I purchased this tote recently, and I was a little hesitant at first if I would like carrying it as my everyday bag, but it's working out perfectly.  I've gotten use to the size as it's a little wider, which was a concern when wearing it on the shoulders, but I don't even notice that so much now.  The color is gorgeous too!  So, if perhaps you are in the market for a tote, this is a good choice for sure! Or even if you weren't, but want one now, I understand.  You should get one.

Have a wonderful weekend.