What I Wore Wednesday – End of Summer

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a What I Wore post but I recently stumbled upon a new site that had some cute items at inexpensive prices that I couldn’t resist!

This Orange Sleeveless Color Block Dress is a summer dress but thankfully it’s still warm enough here to wear it with a cardigan in the morning and without in the afternoon. photo-001 backview-001

What I Wore to work which included a coffee date, a home inspection with a buyer and final walk through with another client.

Dress: This orange sleeveless colorblock dress was only 13.99 from Shein.com.

Shoes: Nine West Drusilla Pumps from DSW

Necklace and bracelet: Banana Republic Factory

Not only do I love the color and pattern of this shift dress but it has a built in slip so it’s not too sheer or clingy!

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Our Little Girl Turns Five! Mermaid Princess Party

It is so hard to believe that we are here. Another year has gone by and our little Lily Grace is five! Why does it have to fly by! She was so excited to be five but Walt and I have a different opinion. We love watching her grow and learn but she is our little girl and we aren’t ready for her to start Kindergarten.


Lily has known since she attended a neighbor’s birthday party in December that she wanted to have her party at a local indoor water park. Quickly after that, she decided she wanted to have a Mermaid Princess Party this year. One thing we have noticed as she approached 5 is she has become even more independent, opinionated and decisive (which can sometimes be a challenge).

The theme started with a mermaid invitation that I ordered from Shindigz. I’m not sure how I stumbled across them but I used them for a few of her decorations as well. Mermaid Invitation

This was our first time not having her party at the home but I still wanted it to be special and I wanted to use it as a chance to craft!

Easy Mermaid Party Decorations

My inspiration! I loved this tablecloth but the price was not in my budget.

So I decided to try to make my own scalloped ombre tablecloth.  It was definitely an experiment. I was using cheap plastic tablecloths and didn’t have a lot of patience or time.
2015-07-292 I folded the tablecloth like an accordion then folded it in half. Using a large bowl, I traced the scalloped shape and then cut the folded tablecloth.  There was some trial and error involved. First I cut the wrong side of the fold and ended up with two pieces – oops. Then I folded it incorrectly and had cutouts in the center. But I finally figured it out – accordian style, fold in half and cut the outer edge (the edge that opens). I cut each piece shorter than the first but I only had turquoise, light blue and white. I would have been more noticeable if I had a wider range of the turquoise/blue color.
DSC_0152 Because it was an indoor party, we were not having a piñata, but the mermaid piñata was too cute not to purchase! The turquoise fish net and seashells were also from Shindigz. I love the extra touch they provide.
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The cake was one of my favorite things about the party!!! Therefore I have a ton of photos of it! I was inspired by this ombre ruffle cake featured on TomKat Studio but my kids do not like fondant so we went with the best comparable cake buttercream could provide.
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Look like my boys may have been having an argument going on in the background. Busted! :)
DSC_0213 DSC_0217 DSC_0218 The cake was amazing!! It was from a local Charlotte bakery, Sweet Lorraine’s. I added an Arial mermaid doll that I found at Walmart. The plates, napkins and utensils were also from Walmart. They weren’t mermaid themed but matched the colors of her party perfectly!

I also made these candy seashells to go with the theme. DSC_0184

Party Favors

I struggle with party favors because alot of times it’s stuff you want to just throw away. I considered about doing M&M jars but we did that for her 2nd birthday so I thought I’d try something different. This year we did mini gum ball machines. The idea is you can fill it with M&M or skittles later and this is a fun way to get them out and eat them. I know many kids lily’s age do not chew gum but I thought they were too cute to pass up.
The gumball machines were from … and the gumballs were from TomKat Studio.  DSC_0090 Everyone got a gumball machine, a shell bracelet and a candy string necklace, however, the boys got a building block vehicle and the girls received a Dollar store mermaid doll.
DSC_0083 The gift bags were sort of a fluke. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. At first I planned to do something with doilies and flowers but it seemed to plan for Lily.
So I changed course last minute and ended up with what you saw above.
The #5 wreath was a quick cupcake holder and cardboard project that left me minor hot glue gun injuries but it only cost a few dollars so what can I say.


The kids splashed in the splash grounds, playground area, whirlpool and lazy river for a couple of hours.




About our Lily

She is growing up so quickly yet some things haven’t changed.

  • She loves all things princess related!
  • She watches Sofia the First daily.
  • She still loves purple and pink but has now also added turquoise.
  • She is a little more concerned about matching than before but doesn’t overly stress about it. (thank goodness)
  • She is incredibly smart and has a spectacular memory. She remembers details I didn’t even notice happened. We can’t get much past her.
  • She is great at math. She can add and subtract things like 5+6, 10-2, 11+4, 9-5, 10+10. I’m quizzing her as I type this. Of she can tell me what age her brothers will be when she turns 7,8,9,10 etc.
  • She loves science and is obsessed with rocks. She has collected hundreds of rocks! She will find a special rock from every playground, roadside, park we cross. She likes to group them in rock families and assign a mother, sisters and brothers.
  • She enjoys soccer and is pretty good at it. She is a pretty aggressive player courtesy her older brother that rarely cuts her a break to let her win.
  • She is self motivated to learn Spanish. She insists we do our night time routine in Spanish.
  • The loves shoes, jewelry and all things girly but will run barefoot in the backyard and have mud up to her knees playing with the boys.
  • Her favorite thing to do is play mommy or teacher. It’s always so fun to hear her act out the roles she has observed at home and school.
  • She is so many things….a daddy’s girl, a mommy’s helper, a little sister, a big sister, a leader, a teacher, a good friend and our little angel.

DSC_0234-002 We love you Lily Grace more than you will ever know! Happy Birthday dear darling!

Townes Turns ‘Free’ Also Known As Three – Hot Wheel Birthday Party


Another year has flown by! Townes turned three!!! He is our youngest. I’ll admit I still see him as a baby despite how many times he may say (or yell) “I’m not a baby anymore, I’m a big boy!!” I hope that doesn’t cost me top dollar in therapy bills down the road for babying […]

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Splashing in the Rain

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My house is a mess, we have no groceries, I haven’t worked out in weeks and my to-do list is forever long but I think I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!! I have a backlog of ideas for posts I hope to catch up on soon, but for now…it’s just the kids […]

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Quick and Easy DIY Wall Art Project


Hi there! I was on a roll with my home office makeover, but got sidetracked with the busy Spring season. It’s about 80% there but I need to find a few more minutes to knock it out and take pictures. In the meantime, I have a quick and easy DIY wall art project to share. This […]

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