Fall-La-La

It is finally almost here and while it may not feel like fall tempatures outside, it is starting to feel like fall inside.  Right now, I am making simple fall, not Halloween, updates around the house.

I added some new fall pillow covers in the living room and some neutral pumpkins to the entry way.  I also picked up this tortoise vase from Pottery Barn in the clearance section last week for $28 during their take additional off clearance sale.  Score!!

imageimagePlaid Pillow , Pumpkins , Vase

In the kitchen, I simply picked up a copper basket to fill with mini pumpkins, and added my favorite Halloween snack ( candy corn & sealed peanuts). More to come for Halloween in October, but for now I’m welcoming Fall with open arms and many Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

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Copper Basket old from Homegoods (similar here)

Bridal Shower!

We are currently counting down days, not weeks, until my baby sister gets married.  This weekend, I hosted her bridal shower in my home, which was a welcomed distraction to take my mind off of IVF and put my energy into something enjoyable.  I really enjoy planning and hosting, but my sweet husband in an effort to reduce my stress, hired a cleaning lady the day before, who proceeded to ask us if we were house poor…I mean WTF!!!! Clearly, she has never paid for IVF!  A new first for me in life, being judged by the cleaning lady.  We have laughed about this all weekend.  Anyways, enough rambling and bring on the photos!

For decor, I kept things very simple with lots and lots of greenery and flowers.  I actually bought all the florals at Kroger and most of the roses were from the clearance bin, so they cost me between $6-$8 per dozen.  Not bad if you ask me.  The greenery was $4-$5 per bunch.  I used 6 bunches of greenery and 4 dozen roses.   I had made my arrangements and garland for the fireplace, which took me about 40 minutes. This is one of my favorite go tos for showers. I had countless people ask me if it was real and where I bought it…success!

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Vase old (similar here), Sofa , Kitchen Chairs , Kitchen Table

For drinks, we kept things simple.  I cut up fresh mint and cucumbers and froze them into giant cubed ice cubes, to put into a dispenser for infused water.  Then I made a batch of white virgin sangria. I’ll post the recipe another time, but it looks and tastes amazing.  For a kick you just add white wine to spice it up!  I displayed these in the kitchen to keep the sticky secluded to one area.  🙂

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Cocktail Shaker , Bar Tools , Drink Stands , Drink Dispenser

For the menu my plan was to keep it light to avoid having to provide a full meal.  We had a cheese and fruit tray, lemon and fruit tarts, blueberry infused goat cheese tarts, watermelon and feta skewers and mini caprese salad skewers.  Instead of volume , I focused more on the presentation.  I ran butcher paper down our dining room table with the intentions to creatively write around the serving pieces what was on them, but…ran out of time.  I always need like 45 more minutes then I think I do.

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imageCheese Knives , Wood Platter , Flatware , Plates , Table ,

I am a firm believer that details are so super important with these types of gatherings.  I wanted to really focus on all senses so created a playlist of sweet love songs, that were covered by unknown artists and instead of playing them through an iPad or speakers, I purchased this gramophone, which made the sound so full and kind of vintage in sound (not sure if it makes sense), but I would HIGHLY recommend this product before it sells out!  I also picked up a handful of these candles from Anthropologie.  Marcy loves the smell and they tied in with the copper accents.  I LOVE them!!!

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Maxi Dress

The day was so fun and my heart is so full watching my baby sister on her journey of love to become Mrs. Douglass!

#DefinitelyDouglass

3 Day Weekend

Our Memorial Day weekend was great and a much needed time to disconnect.  Friday evening I ran the errands which I typically reserve for Saturdays, while Eric had a “man night” with his friends.  Saturday, we spent time working on a few things around the house, including a bathroom update coming to you soon. Sunday was spent at my parents, eating and playing board games, followed by a Memorial Day brunch, neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ and some quality time with Eric prepping for our fertility planning.

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Glitter Sandals (currently 30% off on Cartwheel App)

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American Dreamer Tee

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Latte Bowl

Home of the FREE, because of the Brave!

Life According to my iPhone

The last few days have been non stop for us: family, work and everything else in between, but we certainly have some highlights to share!

Mother’s Day was AH-MAZING!  My mom and I ended up taking a Maine themed cooking class at Sur La Table ; we made crab cakes, lobster rolls and strawberry shortcakes, and some new friends, which was perfect for my mother.  I swear she would move to Maine tomorrow, if all her children were not in Texas!  This is a PERFECT gift in the future for  all mothers or a great girls night out ( and it’s BYOW)!

At the same time, Mother’s Day is always bitter sweet for me, as I am sure it is for all women who are not mothers and wish to be.  While sometimes I feel so isolated in my infertility journey, it was amazing to see the outpouring of support last Sunday and know that you are not alone.

That being said, we started our fertility treatments!!! Exciting and painful.  I feel like a science experiment! None the less, I just keeping thinking every appointment, test, etc. will bring us one step closer to Baby Holt!

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Also, baby sister’s graduation.  My littlest sister graduated from Texas A&M on Saturday (Queue proud sister feelings)!  We spent the day with family enjoying each others’ company, celebrating Marcy’s accomplishments and eating way too much comfort food.

Pink Dress , White Dress (currently 40% off)

And, on a final note, my new Magnolia Home kitchen table arrived! It is currently still residing in its box, but once Mr. Holt decides to build, then I will share!

Now, who’s ready for a glass of wine to bring in hump day?

 

 

Fixer Upper & A New Table

The day is almost here!!! I ordered a table for our kitchen nook the opening weekend of Joanna Gaines’ furniture release and it is scheduled to arrive on May 13th!  I blogged about this table here , but it is almost here.  In honor of my LOVE for Fixer Upper and my new table, I have rounded up a few items to add to my Magnolia wish list!

Magnolia Market

Now, I will need to locate knock offs and start saving some $ before Mr. Holt starts banning Fixer Upper from the DVR! 🙂

Fiesta like there’s no Mañana!

I am so excited for next week’s celebration: Cinco de Drinko  Cinco de Mayo!  I have some plans here including a taco bar, margarita bar including this skinny girl margarita recipe, cactus and loads of guac.  I rounded up a few of my favorites for a little inspiration for your fiesta.

Mexican Blankets , Party Balloons , Guac Tee , Margarita Glasses

Updates to our Kitchen

I have officially exhausted our window of time waiting for Joanna Gaines’ to release her home furnishing line and make my dream table a reality. But, with Easter around the corner (10 days yikes!) and 2 brunches to host, we have got to make a decision ASAP, which I am completely cool with.  Table shopping is my jam, it is my favorite piece to shop for other than lighting.  First, I bring to you a SAVE v. SPLURGE!

Splurge Table @ $2595,  Save Table @$699 AND currently 17% off of that!

While, I wish I could do my entire home in Restoration Hardware furnishings, we are just not in that financial position, but I do plan to purchase my chairs from RH.

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RH Chairs @ $99 (similar and more budget friendly here)

And, finally we come to kitchen lighting.  Once again, I would LOVE to drop a couple thousand dollars in RH, but can’t so here is where we land. These fun shaped glass pendants will find a home above the island, and this industrial pendant for above the table.  I wanted to keep it very simple in kitchen.

Glass Pendant , Large Pendant