5.25.2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Dinosaur 4th Birthday Party Planning

In just about a month Miller turns 4!! I cannot even believe I'm going to have a 4yr old soon.  Since we didn't have a big birthday party for Miller last year we decided to do one this year. When I asked him what kind of party he wanted for his 4th birthday he said "Dinosaur Party"!!   This is no surprise to anyone who knows us because Miller is dinosaur obsessed.

I of course started scouring my favorite places for ideas: Pinterest and Etsy.  Thankfully there are a lot of fellow dinosaur obsessed kids out there so I've found some great ideas.

Instead of a cake I'm thinking of doing cupcakes or dirt cake cups like these below:





For an activity I plan to have a Dino dig set up for the kids in our sand box or mini pool like this: 


I still feel like I need some other things to do with a bunch of 4 year olds so I'm hoping I can come up with some other ideas, anyone have any good ones?  I was thinking maybe a coloring station too?


For decor I will probably order some printables on Etsy like I always do, I haven't found any I love yet and then add this t-rex banner and some Dino prints up our entry way:




I saw these balloons on Amazon which I think will be perfect:




And this piñata too:  






This is what I've gathered so far!  If anyone has had a dinosaur party or knows of any good ideas feel free to pass them my way!! 

I linked to everything I could anything that didn't have a good link I just saved in my Birthday Party Board on Pinterest if you want to check it out. 


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5.24.2017

Current Obsessions: What's in My Shopping Cart

You guys I have been trying so hard not to shop this month.  Since renovating the house we have a lot of furniture, artwork, decor that we need to buy so I'm trying not to buy clothes but it's so hard thanks to social media and those 1000 emails I get everyday from the retailers.

So if I were shopping for clothes this month, this is what I would buy...


 Well this shirt I actually did pick up because I could to resist the price at 40% off and it's so cute!! It can easily be dressed up or down and it's light enough to wear all summer. 



How adorable is this mini bamboo clutch?  Would you believe me if I said it was from Walmart and only $30?! 


This pink shirt looks so fun for summer with white jeans! I love the bright pink color to break up my normally blue and white wardrobe, haha. If I change my mind though it comes in a fun bright blue and a gorgeous blush, plus it's under $50! 



The last thing I need is another white dress but I am loving this one.  I love the embroidered detail with the ruffle sleeves, a fun feminine touch. 




The perfect basic tee for summer!! While I really don't need another blue and white item in my closet, I just couldn't say no to these stripes.  



More ruffle, more stripes, more blue and white, sensing a theme here?!  


So I've found the perfect Baublebar knock off for only $10!! These are from Charming Charlie which I never shop in but I saw them when I was in the mall with the kids yesterday.  This is the smaller size and then they have a larger size for $12!  





I have a thing for Toms and I'm loving these sandals.  I don't feel like this picture does them justice and they're so much better in person.  



How adorable is this chambray top?  The ruffle sleeve is perfect for summer and could easily pair with colorful shorts or white jeans.  



This is such a fun tote for summer! I love that the bottom is woven straw but that the top is cloth so it would be easier to use as an everyday bag and carry on your shoulder, rather than just a beach bag. 


The perfect simple affordable black dress for summer! Not only does it have the adorable v neck but it also has a cut out in the back.  You could easily dress this one up with heels and jewelry or down with flip flops. Plus it's only $15! 


These earrings have my name written all over them! I cannot get enough of the tassel and drop earrings this summer and these are under $20 which is key for trendy jewelry.  



Love this simple peplum tee for summer.  Of course I picked the striped version but it comes in a bunch of solid colors too.  



I picked up these shorts this week, again couldn't resist the 40% off and they're so comfy and flattering! This drawstring waist might be my new favorite.  


Sooo what do we think of these?  I have never owned Birkenstocks, I just can't get behind the look but everyone has been raving about these lately and saying they're perfect for the beach and pool.  What do you all think?  Nerdy?  Cute?  



So what's in your shopping cart these days? 






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5.18.2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Getting Organized

Hi Friends! Welcome back to another Thoughts for Thursday!  Remember you can write about anything you want, just grab the button and link up below.

Today is all about organization!  Since returning from vacation I am on an organizing streak.  As most of you know we moved out of our house for a little over 5 months for our kitchen renovation to be completed.   Since moving back in we have been slowly getting unpacked and organized.  As much as I hated the process of packing everything up for storage or moving it to the townhouse with us it has been so good for purging and decluttering.  It's amazing how much junk can just sit around in closets or boxes for months or even years if you let it.


So now that we are back home and approaching the two year anniversary of living in this house I figured it was time to really start decluttering and getting organized.

My first spot to tackle is our new open pantry.  It's a mudroom/pantry combination so while it's not right out in the open it's still a spot that most people can see when they're in our home.  The only thing separating it from our kitchen is a pocket door, which we rarely keep closed.

Here is the pantry when we first moved in:




Here is our pantry now:


While it doesn't look awful, it is still cluttered and disorganized.  We also have all our cable and internet boxes on the top shelf so I need to figure out what to do with those, in addition to the random toilet paper in here (Kyle did that) that needs to move to the linen closet and a whole box of baking supplies I haven't even unpacked yet.  I don't need this to be Pinterest perfect but I do what it to feel less chaotic.  

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Houzz over the last few weeks trying to come up with a solution to make this pretty and functional.   It took a lot of measuring, planning, and reading reviews (I'm a review junkie) and I have my first phase of organization ready to put in place.  Here is what I've purchased to get started and then I'll see how it looks from here:





1. OXO Good Grips 3.4 quart Pop Container- I bought this container to store angel hair pasta.  This is Kyle's favorite and we always have 3 or 4 boxes on hand so I knew this would be the best for it.  

2. OXO Good Grips 3 piece Pop Round Canister- I bought these to store flour and sugar and I'll probably use the biggest one for snacks.  I haven't decided for sure yet but that's what I'm leaning towards.

3. Target Threshold Seagrass Small Basket- these have been awesome!! We already have five of these in our pantry and they have been great for holding snacks- goldfish, chips, crackers, apple sauces etc. I like that they keep the snacks hidden but are short enough so I can still see the tops of snacks so I can easily pull it out to get what I'm looking for.

4. OXO Good Grips Pop Cereal Dispenser- We always have at least two if not three cereals on hand for breakfast and snacks for the kids.  Since the kids are always pulling them out I feel like they're never shut properly and going stale faster than they should.  I'm hoping these will help with that!

5. Native Spring Chalkboard Labels- Lastly I bought these labels off Amazon with this chalk pen.  I'm planning to label the canisters and all the baskets to help keep it organized.


All of my stuff arrived yesterday so today during nap time it's operation get organized! Once I get all of this in place I will evaluate what else I think we need and what our next steps should be.  I'm excited to have the pantry a little less chaotic and a little more organized.  I promise to share the final product once we get it complete.

If you have any organization tips, tricks, or must haves please let me know!



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