Who Runs the World (Girls)

Feel free to put a little Beyonce on while I spill the latest baby beans on Sara (due in July) and Kacie (due in August). They’re both having BABY GIRLS!!! Cue the pink confetti!!!

Do you know what this means? It means if I have a little boy one day, that gives me double the chances of having him marry mini-Sara or mini-Kacie and inheriting one of these awesome ladies as family 🙂 And if I have a little girl one day, she’s already promised to Baby Connor, so my future child is all set. That’s right buddy, I’m talking to you…

Oh, wait, this isn’t about me? OK, I digress.

With two precious baby girls on the horizon, I couldn’t help but do a little Etsy surfing for the little princesses. Here are my top 5 must haves, of course ignoring all practical items you need when having a baby and totally going for the awwwwww factor.

This hat is just ridiculous, but why not, right?? Buy it here. 

Holy tiny sweet little shoesys! Buy them here.

Cool girls have a sense of humor. Buy this onesie here.

Dads avert your eyes. Tutus are inevitable. Buy this dress here.

I can’t get enough of frilly little headbands, just keep it tasteful Mamas. The flower should be larger than a quarter but smaller than their entire head (crochet hats are an exception to the rule). Buy this sweet one here.

Baby Showers are on the horizon. More to come (as long as these ladies keep giving me permission to post their personal life for you to read about!)

All the Small Things

Sunday we received the motherload. The online gallery of all our wedding photos. Nearly 800 pictures to pour over, the culmination of a very interesting journey. And as we looked through the photos, I kept thinking wow I make a lot of really stupid faces man I really need to get thank you notes ordered about how we really got it right in the end. Like Kate Hudson’s character says in Almost Famous, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it isn’t the end.” I can say with a very happy heart that it was okay (better than okay in fact) and I’m so glad it’s the end.

I promised more thoughts on the whole wedding process, and that post is coming later this week with what I’m trying to somehow narrow down into my top 10 favorite photos, but tonight I’m sharing the small things. Because just like the ‘big picture’, the happy little details have their time and place too.

Our “Message in a Bottle” Guest Book

Framed chalkboard custom gift from Kacie, blue bottle from thrift store

Seating Chart — From Etsy

Candy Favors

Bags and labels from Etsy, dark chocolate covered almonds from Whole Foods

Clay Cake Topper with Yellow LabsEtsy

Koozie Wedding Favors

Ordered online, forget where! Came with free Bride & Groom Koozie though, so that was cool 🙂

Necklace and Earrings

You all remember this necklace from way back when, earrings came from same Etsy shop. 

Mason Jar Centerpieces

Jars from grocery story, berry/twig garland and candles from Michaels, bottom filled with rock salt.

Something Blue

Quite possibly my favorite detail, my blue shoes from Zappos. Highly suggest fun colored shoes!

If you’re anxious for more photos, and your name is Kacie and you don’t use social media, check out my Facebook album HERE. 

Oh, and speaking of Kacie, here’s something else to get excited about…

We were onto them the night of the wedding, but finally I can confirm and share the news that these two love birds are expecting a baby in August! Who’s ready to talk baby showers?! (Two hands high in the air over here)

Love Is All Around

Did you know Valentine’s Day is next week? How did that happen? A typical Valentine’s Day for us is sitting around eating an entire heart shaped box of chocolates, but this year I’m thinking maybe we should do it up a bit more — you know, with it being our first ‘married’ Valentine’s Day and all. NBD.

With no idea as to what ‘doing it up’ will consist of, I decided to at least try and get into the fake holiday spirit. I had some old boxes of conversation hearts (yummy), chalkboard banners from our wedding (used as table chart, bought from this shop on Etsy), and of course my trusty makes-everything-instantly-more-charming mason jars.

I doubt Martha’s jumping up and down over my quicky craft, but in this house it’s getting two paws up…errr, make that four. Eight if you count Moose.

I think we can all benefit from a little extra love here and there.

Pulling the Trigger

Suffice it to say that I’ve been fawning over this necklace since I posted about it way back when. Well, after thinking about it for a couple months, and continuing to love this piece, I finally pulled the trigger and bought it. I decided that after surviving an earthquake and hurricane in the same week, that I should celebrate life, and what better way to do it than with a sparkly necklace? Ok, not really…but hey, if I needed an excuse that’s as good as any.

I actually decided to purchase it with the intent of wearing it on my wedding day, even though I haven’t finalized the dress yet. Come on, you know I’m a little backwards/non-traditional when it comes to this planning stuff (see here and here). Here’s the thing, I know I want a classic, simple dress — if the dress glitzes or glitters than it’s not for me — so this necklace will add the perfect amount of  “Here Comes the Bride.” I have it all envisioned in my head, just trust me 🙂

Will post pictures when it arrives!


Will someone please buy me this amazing vintage 1950s rhinestone necklace? You can find it here on Etsy, from the shop Luxe Deluxe. It’s seriously so fabulous I can’t stand it. But I can’t justify the $165 pricetag without knowing where I’m going to wear it. I think it may be a taaad dressy for work 😉

::::Sigh:::: Where’s a trust fund when you  need it?


In a Row

As of yesterday, I am now officially 3/3 on my bridesmaid dress purchases for the upcoming wedding season. But if you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, then you know it doesn’t stop there. I also need to plan what I’m wearing for the bridal showers, bachelorette weekends and rehearsal dinners. Not to mention the other 3 weddings we’ve been invited to between June and October.

So it’s time to get all my ducks dresses in a row.

In an attempt to not break the bank, I’m trying to figure out how I can ‘update’ some of the dresses I already own/have worn to other events and buy new dresses that can work double (or triple?) duty over the next few months. The obvious way of doing this is with statement jewelry — as in, “Yeah, I’ve worn this navy blue dress 3 times, but you’re totally not noticing because of my awesome necklace you can’t take your eyes off of.”

And speaking of navy blue – I love me a good navy blue/yellow combination, so I’ve been looking at some great necklaces on Etsy to pair with a navy blue dress for Alex’s upcoming shower. Feel free to vote on your favorite!

I think I’m leaning toward the yellow turquoise chocker with the citrine nugget from Willowette. It reminds me of a turquoise necklace I bought in New Mexico when Joey and I were on our road trip – and anything that reminds me of that trip still has a way of tugging at my heartstrings.

Cut. It. Out

How much do you love this silhouette portrait from Nella Designs? You can find her shop on Etsy – just send in your photo with the text you want and VIOLA. Starting at $35 a pop, these custom silhouettes would make an awesome, affordable and unique gift. For all my 2011 brides, don’t be surprised if you find one coming to a home near you 😉

You can enter for a chance to win your own print on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love:  Fab Freebie: Cut It Out | Young House Love.

Keep Calm & Carry On

I’m very excited about my new Etsy purchase from the shop “By Order of the Crown” – it’s a reproduction of Britain’s WWII ear poster with the slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Some background:

In the spring of 1939 and a looming war with Germany of everyone’s mind, The British Government’s Ministry of Information commissioned a series of propaganda posters to be distributed throughout the country upon the outbreak of war. The posters were initially printed to send a soothing message from King George VI to reassure his people that all capable measures to defend the country were being taken.

I love that this simple message still carries modern day implications given our fast paced, crazy society. It’s a daily reminder to take a deep breath – King George has got it under control! I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it in my home.

And if keeping calm isn’t for you, there’s always this: