Friday, January 13, 2017

Five Things Friday

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The Crown. Who's watching/watched it? It's my new favorite. I watched all 10 episodes of the first (and only right now) season in 3 days. Yes, 3 days. Lots of late nights. But I couldn't stop. The only down side to binge watching it, is that I have to wait until November for Season 2. I'll probably watch Season 1 again, I loved it that much. I've always been so intrigued with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family and this show seems pretty close to accurate. I would pause throughout to google and read more about something that happened or one of the characters and it seemed right on with what I read on the internets. And you know the internets never lie. Either way, fascinating stuff.

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Well, gone are the days of cute little birthday parties for my sweet little girl, WHO WILL BE SEVEN IN 3 WEEKS! After getting a couple emoji-themed presents for Christmas she became emoji-obsessed. So when I asked her what she wanted to do for her party, she of course said she wanted all things emoji. I've managed to get away with limiting the emojis to the cake, cookies and invites but today she asked me why the plates and napkins didn't have emojis on them.

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Today I am painting Harry's room! Ugh. I've been dreading it all week. I am excited to have it done but getting there is going to be painful.... We decided on the dark blue/green color thinking it would disguise dirt better. Harry is filthy and could care less, so his walls are already pretty dingy just after a year of living in our house. But now that I'm getting ready to paint I'm slightly regretting not doing a gray color. I like light and airy and I'm hoping this color is not too bold and dark. Once its done its done though because I won't be painting it ever again. Next time it will be painted is when Harry's old enough to care and then he can paint it himself.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandal

I just finished this book and it was so good. Heartwarming and sweet but also with moments of suspense. If you are looking for a new book, I highly suggest you read it! I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Zander | Zalen Leopard | Zalen | Zabra

I resolved in the New Year to shop less. But Maude is making it SO. DANG. HARD. Dying over all their new arrivals. All the new shoes are killing me, especially all the Dolce Vita sneaks. I think my favorite would have to be the top left style. I would wear them every day. But, I'm not going to get them. I'm going to practice a little self control. Crying all the while.

I am so thankful it is Friday. T.G.I.F. Truly. Thanking God it is Friday! It has been a super long week. And I'm ready for a little R&R. Hopefully I get Harry's room done today so I can actually veg out some this weekend.


Monday, January 9, 2017

My Favorite Christmas Present

My family did good with my Christmas gift this year. I've been hinting around for the last few months how I would love a coffee Ninja Coffee Bar. I kind of figured that Aaron wouldn't get one because our Keurig is only 2 years old but they delivered and I love it. It is so fun. The day I took it out of the box I made approximately 8 specialty drinks and I was so caffeinated I couldn't sleep that night! But they were just too fun to make that I kept making one after another. The Ninja came with a recipe book loaded with different coffee drinks. I didn't (and still don't) have any syrups so I've been limited on the drinks I can make but so far my favorite ones that I've made are the simple au lait (espresso + frothed milk) and the cafe con miel au lait (espresso + honey + cinnamon + frothed milk). As I am typing this I'm drinking an au lait. And dare I say they are 100 times better than Starbucks coffees. I even made a pumpkin spice latte even though I'm not a huge fan because I had the ingredients on hand and it wasn't too bad. The Ninja recipe calls for pumpkin spice seasoning and half and half not a sugary syrup so I actually liked it.

Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System
Now that I have this awesome coffee maker I want an equally awesome coffee station. But the problem is the space where I keep my coffee maker is small but its the perfect spot because it has a single cabinet above it and a drawer and cabinet below to keep my beans, grounds, teas, cups, etc. So I'm going to have to get creative to make it pretty and functional all the while not looking cluttered.

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These small space coffee bars are all so pretty, clean and functional. I love them all. Now to get going on my little coffee bar.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Harry's Bedroom

It's Wednesday! And, for me, that means my children are back in school. It's kind of a bittersweet day really. We've had the best time the past two weeks. The first two days were rough with the sibling fights and the running of a gazillion errands trying to get ready for Christmas but once we got that out of our system we had the best time. Aaron actually got the Friday before Christmas off and just went back to work yesterday so we have had some good family QT and it's been really good for the soul.

Our days consisted of sleeping in, lounging around, going to the movies, watching new movies that Santa brought, playing with Junie, cleaning house, making room for new toys, playing with said new toys, finishing a few projects around the house, cleaning the garage, eating out too much, trying to find Aaron a new car, and so on and so forth. It seemed busy but it really wasn't. So back to reality today is going to be rough.

We are having Elle's birthday party at our house in a few weeks (how is my baby girl almost 7?) so I would like to get a few projects finished before we have company. And one of the things is Harry's bedroom. I really wanted to tackle it over the break but he's been having the best time playing in his room with all his new toys (hello, Batman Batcave, best Christmas present ever!) so I just decided to let him be and have his room over the break and work on it when he started back to school. SO, I'm hoping next week I can get it done.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share my ideas for his bedroom with you.


We have it all ready to go. Except for wall art, I'm going to wait until I get the room painted and everything put in it's place to figure all that out. But we have the bed, bedding, dresser (Aaron put it together on Monday!), paint for the walls (it's a really dark teal navy color, kind of hard to explain) and teepee (Santa brought it!). Harry is all set to have a super cute big boy room for sure. He just needs his lazy mom to get it done for him.

Maybe by posting my ideas it will motivate me to get it done sooner than later so that I can share it with you :)


Monday, January 2, 2017

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"Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you have always wanted to do but could not find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you do not think you can keep. Walk tall and smile more. You will look 10 years younger. Do not be afraid to say I love you. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world" -Ann Landers

HAPPY 2017 sweet friends. 2016 was such a good year for our family and I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for us this new year. I pray that this year is full of many blessings for us.

I dare not make resolutions because I have a hard time keeping them but when I saw this quote from Ann Landers I knew it would be my mantra for this year. 

I want to be better and work harder. I want to spend less money and be more content with what I have. I want to work on the hard relationships and cherish the easy ones. I want to finish the projects that I've started around the house. I want to have people over more. I want to blog more. And I want everything that is quoted above for 2017. And I'm going to try my hardest to get Elle through this second semester with no tardies. Ha ha!

It's going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones. 


Saturday, October 29, 2016

What I Wore {Summer Rompers in the Fall}

Jo Johnson, the genius behind the camera at Maude, took some pics for me a few weeks ago. Love how they turned out and as awkward as having pictures of yourself taken is for me, she made it enjoyable. Way more enjoyable than when Aaron takes my pictures. Which he hasn't done in so long (hence why there haven't been any WIW posts lately) because it's torturous....for the both of us!

Anywho...I love ROMPERS. They are effortless,  stylish, and on trend. I thought it would be fun to pair a couple of my favorite summer rompers with fall staples for a fun transitional look. And in Arkansas, with our fall weather allllllll over the place, you can wear either of these outfits well into November. End of October and the high today is 80ยบ. Feels like June. And I swear it always seems to be sunny and in the 70s on Thanksgiving Day.

tencel tank romper [here--on sale!] | coney plaid button up [here]
combust cut out bootie [here] | handbag [similar]

I got this romper from Gap over the summer and love it so much. I wore the heck out of it this summer and love it paired with this flannel and booties for the fall. And y'all this flannel is EVERYTHING. It's long so you can pair it with leggings and it is so super soft.

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wide leg jumpsuit [here] | denim shirt jacket [similar]
handbag [similar] | sandals [similar]

This jumpsuit is everything. I got it over the summer for an event I went to and it is so comfortable and easy to wear! Super flattering and looks great with heavy jewels and fancy shoes for a night out on the town. But also so great paired with a denim jacket for a more casual look.

-->> don't forget when shopping at to use code: HELLOHIGH at checkout to receive 10% off! the jumpsuit, booties, and the flannel are all still in stock! and as always, they offer FREE SHIPPING. woo hoo! 

Happy H A L L O W E E N weekend ghouls + goblins. Hope its spooky + spectacular!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

First Day of Fall {favorites}

Y'all, hi! Its been a while. We have been all consumed with school and after school activities. I took on a few Hello, High Handmades orders over the last month so that was fun to sit at my sewing machine a little bit. I had great intentions of releasing a fall line but like always, I was over zealous and have only one pattern of the eight different styles cut out. So instead of releasing them all at once into my Etsy shop they will be gradually added piece by piece. Harry started PreK-3 a couple of weeks ago so I finally have some free time to actually think and hopefully I'll get back into my creating mode. All that to say, we've been busy and life is good right now. As unstructured and chaotic as it is.

So, today is the first day of fall SOOOOOO WHERE IS FALL? It's so blasted hot and humid in NW-AR right now that it feels like the dead middle of summer. It's all good. I really do love the heat and I'll be praying for it when winter hits BUT I am ready for cozy clothes. Sweaters, booties, layers...

I haven't done too much fall shopping lately, just a few pieces from Maude here and there. Its just been too dang hot to even entertain sweaters and layers. But I have been pinning lots of inspirational fall outfits and pieces I want to add to my wardrobe this fall and winter.

Oversized sweater. Denim on colored denim. Oversized cardigan. Trench with sneakers.

Denim on denim on denim. Hat and clogs. OVERALLS! Bomber, plaid and sneakers.

LOVE all these looks! Can't wait to replicate them this fall. I really have got to find a pair of overalls. That has been on my list for months but I just can't find a pair I love.

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Some of my favorite fall finds from Maude. I recently purchased the oversized leopard sweater and the coney plaid shirt. Both are so super soft. I'm sure I will live in them in the coming months. And they have the CUTEST BOOTIES YOU EVER DID SEE RIGHT NOW. Basically I'm never going to get a paycheck. But at least I'll have cute clothes and shoes.

AND guess what? I got a laptop a few days ago! WOO HOO. I see so much more blogging in my future. SO much more convenient and appealing to be able to have it on my lap anywhere I choose rather than being holed up in my office. Who knew?

Happy Thursday! Hope its a great one. It's our Friday..yayay! The kids are out of school tomorrow and I am so looking forward to sleeping in.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The creative masterminds at Maude had the GENIUS idea to color-block the back of their building in the most amazing vibrant colors! It is stunning and a fashion bloggers' dream! It's been fun seeing lots of local bloggers already posing in front of the wall. Such a unique and fun addition to Fayetteville.

A couple of Saturdays ago Maude revealed the wall with an event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All proceeds went straight to CFF with fun vendors and desserts. It was such a great night at the #MaudeWall.

Jo Johnson, the amazing photographer behind all the images on the Maude website and instagram page, took the most beautiful pictures at the event. I thought it would be fun to share some of them here!

377B8898377B8897377B8894DESSERTS! Alchemy Macarons graciously donated 5 dozen macarons and they were delicious. My mouth is watering looking at this picture. I would give my left pinky toe for a mint chocolate one right now.

377B8918Y'ALL. All the heart-eyed emojis for these Zuzu's Petals crowns. Just gorgeous!! Everyone loved using these in the pictures.

377B8908Valere Rene Handbags and Crown Beauty Bar both set up tables. I love everything from VRH. I want a piece. My mom got the cutest makeup bag.

377B9161377B9193377B9495377B9502377B8903377B9490My crew. My people. My family. I love them. So much so that I can't even open my eyes for the group picture. HA!

377B9529#MaudeSquad. I absolutely ADORE and love getting to work and spend time with these ladies!

377B9560The TALENT behind the flower crowns!!
SavvyMadisonCollage Do you know these lovely ladies? Savvy is MISS ARKANSAS and is getting ready to compete in MISS USA! Madison is an up and coming musical talent. Recently on America's Got Talent!! Total local celebs. Beautiful and sweet and joyful and so much drive and talent for such young ages. It was fun having these girls be a part of the #MaudeWall event.

If you're in Fayetteville you HAVE TO CHECK OUT THE #MaudeWall! Take a picture or two! Its super fun.