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Pumpkin Patch Fun!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This past weekend hubs and I took my nephews to the pumpkin patch down the street. We had all the fun to be had with 3 rambunctious boys (and only 2 adults...)
There was a lot of picking up the biggest pumpkin you could find, running, chasing, playing, jumping in the bouncy house, crying when it was time to leave and of course cute pictures. 
It's all about the pictures right?



He really did try to pick them up.

I mean, this face tho! He is the cutest ever!





My oldest nephew has been begging me to carve our new little pumpkins... I'm still trying to prepare myself to get into all this pumpkin pulp.

I don't think its *officially* fall until you visit a pumpkin patch right?

Happy picking (and carving)!


Boots Galore!

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOOTS, BOOTS, BOOTS!

I'm on the hunt again for the perfect boot. 
I would've started this process earlier, but like pretty much everything in my personal life, it takes about a month to get a couple of things done. 
I'm really trying to actively work on that.

Of course I've been scouring the web for the perfect boot -in my size- and I haven't found much for me, everyone else with a regular size foot, yes! The options available are un-real.

I've seen some from all over- Anthropologie, Tory Burch, Target, Avenue (for my larger girls), Steve Madden (of course) and Free People. Beautiful selection ladies... I don't know how the regular size gals do it. If I could walk into literally anywhere and buy shoes, believe me, I most certainly would. 

Y'all are lucky.

Since I'm babbling on about my saltiness concerning my shoe size, 
I don't think I actually mentioned my size. Ladies and gents, I wear a freakin size 12.... Yep.

Here are my options:
The Avenue
Payless
Nordstrom Rack (not so bad though)

Yeah, that's it. Understand and feel my pain.

 Either way, please enjoy the collage of beautiful boots 
I put together for your enjoyment.



Those studs in the back are just about everything for me right now. Just the right amount of class, sass and edge. Love it.




American Eagle, Avenue, Anthro....
I'm trying to find a way to fit those black booties in my budget this month. I've been thinking about them almost everyday.


I want this whole outfit and I want to wear it everyday.

Have you found your fall boot yet? Please share!




The Perfect Gift

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I love a good crafty art project. It's always my go-to for a present if I'm short on cash or if I want to do something truly personal for that special person in my life.

My boss had a recent birthday and I was at a loss of what to get her. She literally has everything that she could want and we have been doing 8 years worth of gift giving so I was really out of ideas. I have been kind of obsessing over Evelyn Henson's creative and original artwork and saw that she does prints (It's really really cute). I found so many fun and inspiring prints and I knew I hit a gold mine for her gift. The good thing between me and her is that we have the same taste for cuteness.

Lattes and Lipstick


Reading List


Aren't they beautiful? These prints fit her to a *tee*. Her favorite coffee drink is a classic vanilla latte and she ALWAYS reapplies her lipstick. Plus she is an awesome, virtuous and inspiring woman. All of the qualities listed in the prints are all lovely characteristics she possess.

The good thing about the prints on her website is that they are very reasonably priced. The 8x10 is $24.50. I had a 15% off coupon code because I signed up for her mailing list which literally brought the price down to about $20. Not too bad huh? The shipping was really good too, only 4 days.

I decided to dress them up and present them in frames. I went to Ikea and picked this one up. Such a good deal for a great frame at only $7.99!
Since the prints were on a white background and the matte inside the frame is white, I felt like it needed to stand out. I found a post on Evelyn's blog (here) about painting the mattes to make the print (or whatever is inside) stand out. I didn't want to spend too much time on it since it was a Sunday night and I planned to give the gift on early Monday morning. So I ended up painting the inside edge of the matte in gold paint and followed it up with glitter paint. 

Here is what it looked like:



Painting the inside makes a really big impact. It literally took 10 mins to paint each matte. 

At her house...


Needless to say, she loved her gift so much and I was really happy with the results.

If you're interested in looking at her fall collection, check it out here!

xoxo,

April

P.S. I got a personal shout out from Evelyn Henson herself in her blog. It was such a sweet and honorable gesture. Thank you Evelyn!




#ootd #psfashion

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Some #ootd and #psfashion love for ya.

I wore my brightest to our Lilly appointment earlier this month. I love this dress I got from Forever 21. Its made of the scuba material so its actually super comfy and stretchy. I also love the neon color!

A white eyelet dress is summer with a southern accent. I love my white one and I love to wear it. I recently went to L.A. and the weather was SO nice, I could literally wear my jean jacket AND scarf in JUNE of all months! Y'all I was in summer heaven.

A close up of my favorite scarf.

Ahhh.... This is one of my favorite dresses to wear. A ModCloth fave as well. I love the Kate Spade feel this dress has and I often get asked if it is a Kate Spade dress and it fills my fashion heart to the brim.

What have you been wearing lately? Any favorites?



Food Prep, Me???

Monday, June 30, 2014

So, I finally-finally-finally did it. I planned my meals and snacks for the week and prepared and cooked them all in one day. Geez, seriously? Yes y'all, seriously. Let me be the first to tell you, I honestly didn't think I could do it. Its something about planning something that I'm kind of excited about and at the same time definitely NOT excited about putting the work in. I really had to think this through. I started out by making a list of meals I thought would be good to eat, picked about 3 of them, bought what I needed, came home and slaved (and I really mean that) in my kitchen for about three and a half hours.

First, let me tell you what my menu is for this week:

Breakfast
Cheese Omelet with chopped bell peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Lunch (two options)
Meal One: baked chicken fajitas, baked sweet potato spears and steamed broccoli.
Meal Two: baked salmon burgers, quinoa, baked green beans. 

Dinner
Fruit with granola and yogurt

Snacks
Apples
Pineapple cubes
Baby carrots
Roma tomatoes and sliced mozzarella

Since July 4th is this Friday, it will be a short working week so I feel confident that this is more than enough for the full day. Also, you might think its weird that I am choosing to eat fruit and yogurt for dinner. Actually this works for me because I don't want to eat heavy dinners. I feel that this works better with my body AND another important wonder is that it actually helps keep my weight down. I love how light I feel when I wake up the next day. Its like the best thing ever for me.

Oh yeah, so guess how much we spent at the grocery store? Yes, a whopping $60. Yeah baby, I am too excited about that because one of the main reasons for me to plan out my meals was to save money! When I think about how much money I spend on lunch and dinner and sometimes breakfast, I can't even.... I immediately think about that dress I'm drooling over on Modcloth or that necklace I saw at J.Crew. I could've bought that with the money I spent for unplanned meals! So much waste. Eventually I would like to see if I can get the $60 down to $40. For two people, not so bad right?

I'll tell you a little secret for saving money at the grocery store- shop at a farmers market. You would be surprised at the amount of food you can buy at a fraction of the cost of the amount it would've been at a popular, more well known grocery store.




Chicken fajitas, broccoli and sweet potato spears- yum! 

My snacks and food prep.
Found this cutie hiding out in my linen closet. Who knew aprons could be so useful? I loved wearing this!

I will keep you guys updated with how my week went with all this preparation.

Do you guys do any food prep? How does it work for you?

xoxo,

April


A Little Summer Reading...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

With my busy schedule, I've been trying hard to pick up a book. Its hard when you're a busy person to just stop, sit and read a book.

It looks a little loved on doesn't it?
Hubs and I were going through my many boxes of books and I came across one of my high school faves, The Great Gatsby. Eeek! I was so excited because I love this book! And I loved the movie too, mostly for the twist on the story because of the director (I love all of his movies) and the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby (I'm a HUGE Leonardo fan- like HUGE). I thought it was perfect. Since I found my high school book, I decided to pop it open and give it a read. I haven't been able to make a substantial dent in the book, but I'm working on it. My goal is to have it finished by mid-July.


Now this book right here is just what I needed to pick up. I rushed into Barnes and Noble (looking a hot mess I may add) to see what everyone was raving about. I'm already halfway through and now a die-hard Sophia Amoruso fan. The book was a good chunk of change ($28.95) for a girl on a budget but it was totally worth it, ya know, for personal investment (wink). But seriously, every girl, whether you're in college or a working girl trying to make your mark on this world, this is a great book to read to inspire you along your way.

I have to ask, what are you reading this summer?

xoxo,

April

All About Love

Monday, June 23, 2014


You're probably wondering what does that date mean, right? It's actually the date of our recently celebrated 8th wedding anniversary! Yes, it has been 8 years since we skipped off to the courthouse in Lawrenceville, Ga and nervously said "I DO." Don't worry, it was a good nervous. I mean, getting married is a pretty serious event. There I was saying that I promised to love and cherish this man forever in front of not only the judge but God. Its just hard to renege on a thing like that, especially when you promised God. I don't know how else to explain it only to say you just have to experience it yourself, haha.

We hadn't seen a beach in about a year and a half and decided that a beach trip would be perfect for celebrating our day. We drove about four and a half hours to Charleston, SC and spent most of days at Kiawah Island. We took our fur-baby, Daisy, along and made it a cute family weekend getaway. Believe me when I say that we definitely needed it.


I know guys- I just had to. The beach wouldn't be right without a beer in hand.





Our walkway to the beach.


We had a wonderfully beautiful time, just relaxing, riding some waves and soaking up the sun. I was so relaxed that I ended up not dressing up or wearing any makeup the whole trip, even for anniversary dinner (which was at Texas Roadhouse). We really enjoyed each other and just celebrated our love. 

Note my arm holding my phone. Haha, I'm a dork.
Isn't he handsome?


Here's to many more!

xoxo,

April


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