The Husband’s Graduation Party

graduation party couple

A few weekends ago we celebrated the husband! He recently graduated from the University of Central Florida’s college of engineering! My smarty pants husband is officially a civil engineer and I am so very proud. College is hard work, engineering is ridiculously hard work. When we decided to make the move to central Florida a few years ago for him to return to college I knew this day would come, but I still can’t believe it’s here.

In honor of this major accomplishment our families hosted a graduation celebration. I whipped up some DIY decor along with help from the family and we had a blast celebrating. Florida’s weather during the summer months is always unpredictable. We had tents ready for an outdoor backyard celebration and then the rain came. We didn’t let it get us down, we moved the celebration inside and had a blast.

These are true in the moment party photos and not my tradition styled photos. It feels good to share a party that isn’t styled from time to time. Enjoy these “real” party pics. 

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College Student Gift Bag for Under $20 with Bigelow Tea

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college gift bag for under $20

It’s back to school time! I love seeing all the Facebook posts of the kids returning to grade school. The moms have gotten so creative with their first day of signs. As cute as the kids are we can’t forget about the college students too! My sister is starting her first semester of nursing school on Friday and I’m so proud of her! She might be in another state but that doesn’t mean I can’t ensure she begins college in style. I have teamed up with Bigelow Tea and created a college student gift bag to get her through the first semester. Creating a gift bag for under $20 is actually an easy (and fun) task.

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Basil Mayo Spread Recipe

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basil mayo spread sandwhich recipe

I love summer entertaining and even more so trying out new summer themed recipes! I’ve been known to host a tea party or two and the summer months are the perfect  time to have a tea party. What gal doesn’t love a simple tea gathering? Tea, sandwiches, chit chat and warm weather… so refreshing.

For those of you who can’t get enough of a good tea pairing I’m sharing a delicious spread that will have your taste buds jumping for joy. You don’t have to be hosting a tea party to enjoy this one, but you totally should. Your girlfriends will be impressed by your fancy sandwich and Lipton tea pairing.

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Be Brave Divergent Movie Celebration

be brave divergent party

How many of you ran out and bought a copy of the Divergent movie last week? I am so excited it’s out on DVD to enjoy over and over. My sweet husband came home from work one day with it in hand, how lucky am I? In celebration of the movie release I teamed up with one of my favorite people, Sandy of Firefly Confections, to show a little extra love to this addictive series! I flew through the books and enjoyed the movie… I liked the books better but that’s always how it goes.

There’s a celebration code to use on all my Divergent inspired Be Brave items at bottom of this post. The Be Brave mug is a popular one and such a great gift for fans to gift and receive!   Continue reading

Oh Baby! Update

Oh Baby! Update

I’ve embraced the bump. It took some time to embrace the bump and get over that I just feel fat feeling.

So many of you have sent me sweet messages and continue to ask how I’m doing. Y’all are the best! From time to time I’ll give an Oh Baby! update. I have to say the second trimester is easier than the first.

  • How far along: 15 Weeks
  • Cravings: eggs, fruit (fruit popsicles are the bomb) and cheesecake
  • NOT craving aka food aversions: tacos, hot sauce and anything with BBQ sauce
  • Drinking: water and ginger ale
  • Wearing: just a few maternity items but mostly comfy dresses and skirts
  • Feeling: tired, battling bad headaches, dizzy and blessed
  • Keeping it real: growing a baby is hard work but it’s awesome

A Fancy Coffee Station with Melissa Creates

A fancy coffee date with Melissa Creates

A fancy coffee station is something I’ve wanted to set up for awhile now. I’m a coffee fanatic with an endless amount of coffee mugs on hand so setting up a fancy station was the right thing to do. I started sipping very small cups of coffee now that I am in my second trimester. Going  3 months without coffee was tough for this gal and I’m happy to be enjoying it in moderation again.

I have moved the shop directly to the site, yay! This is a big change and one that has been a little labor of love. Everything that takes lots of work calls for a celebration at completion, right? My gal Michele is still tweaking the shop page aka making it pretty, she’s the best.

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