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Friday, April 27, 2012

InstaFriday

Sharing two weeks of instagram photos this week. Breadwinner was out of town last week, so I took full advantage of his time away to work on decor projects and Slumber Party prep.

A child free shopping trip is unusual, so I took full advantage of their school day. Crafting Slumber Party supplies, decor, camping stuff, oh my!


Love the days when swag arrives in the mail!




Did a little revamping of some old lampshades in the living room.


Enjoyed some Popsicle outside time with Kennedy while Madison was at school.



The first of the birthday mail! Thank you, Anthropologie May 19th will be here before I know it!



Mommy and the girls 'Girls night out' just before Daddy got back from his work trip.




Thank you, Pandora for entertaining me while I deep cleaned the carpet. It was a dance party in my ears.




I love clean carpet!

A little after church burger and stickers with Daddy.

Even our butter lettuce is blogging these days.


Enjoyed a few of my favorite Stacy Lynn handmade pieces for preschool picture day.



Worked the Scholastic Book Fair at the preschool.



I even managed to find a book for myself. Did you know Scholastic give 50% of the total sales back to the school in books and supplies?! 50%!


These girls love bath time in Mommy's giant bathtub.





Getting packed up for a beach camping trip. Making bacon the night before we leave is a bad idea! I'm surprised we had any left for the trip!



Loading up to beat the storm.


Don't you wear ruffles, rosies, posies, and blooms on your camping trips?
Making a stop at Lindsey's Stitch Market after we get camp set up.

What a beautiful drive. Hello Pacific Ocean.



After we set up camp we went back into town to visit The Stitch Market. I picked up a few happies and hugged a few friends.

What did you do this week?


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Let's Catch Up

I missed a few weeks of sharing and linking up with Lindsey.
Life got busy, blogging took a back burner. That doesn't mean my desire for fashion and personal style stopped. In fact, I've become more confident. Maybe braver would be more accurate.
Putting something together every day is such a part of my life, but documenting the outfits...well, that's fallen a bit.
This is kind of indicative of my life these days.
Scattered.
Productive, but scattered.
So much to share, no time to blog.
If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you have seen a few tastes of my progress. I'm hoping to reveal all these projects via a home tour! Would you like to see my home and all the changes?
First, the outfits.
Several weeks ago, I tried to layer, and layer, and layer. When I look back now...it doesn't seem like the greatest idea. I had just gotten my StacyLynn apron and couldn't stand the thought of it only being seen in my kitchen. So, I wore it layered with my new StacyLynn skirt. Weird?
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It warmed up as the day went on, so I ditched my scarf and denim jacket.
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Yes? No?
denim jacket-NY&Co, mustard scarf-gift from Eclectic Elegance, green ruffle henley-Old Navy, apron/skirt/leather bracelet-StacyLynn, lace tights-Forever 21, pink necklace-gift from Crystalb, cowboy boots-from my best friend, Kimberly. 
Have you heard me mention the wind in the desert? It's intense.
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lace bottom dress and belt-Target, jeans-American Eagle, black ruffled shrug-Belk's in Florida, silver sandals-NY&Co
Gramm came to visit back in March. Lots happened while she was here. Some good, some tough. And of course- some shopping.
Do you like my new stripes?
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 sassy stripe dress-Old Navy Clearance
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espadrilles-gift from Gramm, leather ruffle bracelet-gift from StacyLynn
And then today...another StacyLynn day.
Breadwinner just moved my giant Ikea mirror into the hallway for me and *gasp* it's hanging on the wall! I know, imagine- not just tilted against the wall. Gramm will be so proud. 
Comfort was the name of the game to survive day 2 of Preschool picture day. 100 kids, 5 hours- plus siblings..whew!
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jersey StacyLynn dress gathered as a tunic, wide belt-Target, gray shrug-Target, trouser jeans-American Eagle
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jersey rosettes-StacyLynn,  same silver sandals, pedicure courtesy of my 3 yr old. She loves me.
Feels great to catch up!
What's been keeping you busy?
As always, linking up with the fabulous Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy. SO excited to attend my first Stitch Market this Thursday! EEK
Know what else happens Thursday? My friend, April is launching a new nautical line!
Perfect for Summer.
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I know- fabulous, right?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shopping...with a little help

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I’m a co-dependent shopper.
There, I said it.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring has Sprung

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Finally! Spring has reached the desert.
Minus the wind, I love Spring in the desert. My friends with allergies on the other hand....that’s another story.
The gorgeous rose bushes we cut back to stumps in February are coming back like gangbusters.

And the grass...oh the grass (yes, we have grass in desert-I’ve been asked a billion times) is finally a lovely shade of green.

It’s time to start planting our above ground garden. Yes, above ground. We live a bit out of town in a slightly rural area. That means bunnies- lots of them. They love to eat, so do the gophers. Challenges we never had in our old city. Since we have all these new obstacles, it’s even more important than usual to have a great foundation.
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Love to Laugh

Easter was last Sunday.
What does that mean for fashion?
Well, I grew up in the South, so HELLO WHITE! I know, I know- it's acceptable to wear white before Easter and after Labor Day in Southern California, but I can't bring myself to do it.
Now that Easter has come and gone, it's Spring, it's warm, and it's time to wear white!
I've been working hard prepping the house for the Fairly Fabulous Crafting Slumber Party this week, so my daily outfits...well, unless paint splashed, covered in sawdust, or maybe showered are on your list of styles to try...let's just stick with this week's church outfit.
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As Breadwinner worked to snap a few photos of me, Kennedy came over to show us how it's really done.
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Her poses were cracking me up, so I did my best to mimic her.
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With this little girl, we love to laugh.
How can you not?

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pink sweater-Old Navy, striped flowy top-NY&Co (thank you, Gramm!), white wide leg pants-Ann Taylor Loft, purple necklace-etsy shop/gift from friend, green wedges- lovely boutique in Athens, GA
Kennedy's clip-Lillybug Lane
Do you wear white before Easter? Hello Spring!
Linking up with Nina for Real Momma, Real Style, Lindsey for What I Wore Wednesday, and Krystina for What I Love Wednesday this week.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Beautiful Week

The last few months have been less than perfect.
Tough on our marriage, tough on our parenting skills. Stress. Worry. Sadness. Frustration.
You name it- we've experienced it.
God has been so good throughout.
He knew we needed some time together as a family- and this week he provided.
The girls were on Spring Break last week and Breadwinner decided he would take Friday off work to round out their week off with our very first family tent camping trip.
Before we had the kids, Breadwinner and I went tent camping all the time. We would load up the mighty jeep, Sierra-our trusty dog, coolers full of food and drinks, and our tent and head toward the desert. Our last civilization stop was always the Taco Bell in Mojave for 'dinner' and extra soft tacos for the camp fire hang out time that first night.
Now we live in the desert 15 minutes from Mojave, but we didn't want to deprive the girls of the full experience *wink, wink*
We left just after lunch time on Friday with a now slightly larger camping vehicle-the Excursion...or as Kennedy says "Daddy's Monsta Truck" and made our first pit stop.

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PS The Doritos tacos taste just like regular tacos. Total bust there.
An hour or so later, we were driving past Lake Isabella well on our way to our camp destination.
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The girls couldn't get out of the truck to explore fast enough when we finally arrived at the Kern River.
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I helped Breadwinner set up camp as the girls explored our new territory. The last time we were at the Kern, I was 4 months pregnant with Kennedy and we were camping in our little old Class C motorhome. It went to live with another family when we moved.
After a few hours of setting up, skipping rocks on the river, searching for treasures, and climbing big boulders it was time to settle in for the night.
Breadwinner made our campfire.
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We kept it easy with hotdogs and fruit for dinner.
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As the sun quickly set, the fire roared.
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So naturally the S'more fixins came out!
They were gooey and melty and sticky- just as they should be.
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The girls made no argument at pj, brushing teeth, and bed time. They were exhausted! No sooner did their bodies slide into sleeping bags and their heads hit pillows were they out!
It was lovely. Breadwinner and I spent nearly 5 glorious hours alone by the campfire. Just the two of us and no interruptions in conversation. Words just poured out of us. It was the date night we so desperately needed. It was a time of reflection, a beautiful bonding time. Time in conversation and fellowship we so desperately needed to recharge our marriage.
We headed to bed way too late, but felt such an energy the next morning. Before you get your mind too far in the gutter...it was a night of conversation. We were talking....not, eh hem...
In any event, we decided to skip our original plan of heading north to see the Sequoias and instead meet up with some of our best friends who were camping in their brand new giant class A motorhome out in the desert.
We spent the afternoon with them, then made the trek home.
Windmills on the horizon told us we were close!

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It was so fantastic to be home, unpacked, kids bathed an in their own beds all in ample time for a good nights sleep the night before Easter.
I tweeted that night a photo of this years Easter baskets.
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The girls have had trouble with selfishness and greed in the past several months. Lots of 'I Want that!'s and 'I don't want to share's. Disobedience. I know it's my fault. I've spoiled them too much. We are working to change that by reminding them more of their blessings. Easter is about our RISEN Savior and the Empty tomb. This year we focused on the true meaning of Easter. I expected more tears Sunday morning, but was pleasantly surprised with big smiles because of their new white dress shoes and sundresses for church.
We made Resurrection Rolls, thanks to Kristen's post, before church.
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It was such a blessing to celebrate Jesus, our RISEN Savior. The most beautiful sacrifice.
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Kennedy couldn't have been cuter with her favorite 'boyfriend'. My oh my does she love this little man! We are honored to call his family our friends.
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The girls and I spent our Monday after Easter- the last day off before we were back to school from Spring Break- doing a little Ikea shopping. Quite the haul and a perfect temporary solution to our living room problem. (that's the next post!) I spent my evening assembling.
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The rest of this week has been a bit crazy. I used my spare time to clean up and out a few things in the garage. It's always fun to find hidden treasures you've long since forgotten about.
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Editing our Easter pics made me grin from ear to ear.
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And then there is this. My inspiration for our living room makeover and kitchen spruce up. Oh I can't wait to show you what we've done thus far and where I need your help.
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Linking up for my VERY FIRST Insta-Friday. Thank you, Jeannett.
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Did you see- it's nearly time for the Fairly Fabulous Crafting Slumber Party (whew- that's a mouthful!) Are you registered yet?!