Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites: Our Love for Matilda Jane

It's Friday!!! The girls and I don't have anything planned this weekend except for cleaning and sewing. DJ has recruiting tonight and tomorrow, but i'm pretty sure this weekend will be fabulous! It's the first weekend in January that we have had zero plans!

In true Friday fashion, I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites! 
Over the last year, I have fallen in love with Matilda Jane clothing! I started buying it from my high school BFF's consignment store in Jonesboro, when we would go back to visit family. Last August, I purchased my first piece from a collection, and I've since stalked the buy, sell, trade groups on Facebook in order to add more to our collection. My favorite group is MJ Addicts; and you can request to join here.

MJ's newest collection releases on February 1st, so I thought I'd share my FAVORITE pieces that my girls already own.

The Fruit Punch dress is from the Serendipity- Spring 2012 collection. It's a size 6, and we've owned it for about a year and a half. It's one of my favorite pieces for Gretchen to wear in the summer. It's lightweight, and the fabric is really soft. 
We add a long sleeve ruffle tee underneath the Fruit Punch dress, and it's perfect for school!

I'm pretty sure, Gretchen will get another year out of this dress. 
These Kazoo shorties are one of my favorites for Gretchen to wear to soft. They're easy to wear, and thanks to all of the colors, she can wear them with almost anything! In October, we paired her shorties with a long sleeve tee, but she also wore them with her school t-shirt for her walk-a-thon.
The Kazoo shorties were released from "It's A Wonderful Parade" in Spring 2014. 

She also has the Bliss shorties from the same collection. 

One of my FAVORITE pieces for Gretchen are the Stone Cliff Ruffles, but she prefers dresses over pants. Thankfully, I can still convince her to wear them every once in a while! 
These dresses were the ones that officially put me over the MJ crazy ledge! I purchased Gretchen's dress during the release last August, and then I stalked the boards in order to find sister sets. This is the Funnel Cake No-Knot dress. There are so many vibrant colors, that it matches everything! The apron on the front of the dress is removable, which just makes me fall in love with it more! Gretchen prefers to wear the dress without the apron, but the little girls don't mind. 
I also purchased this top last August, and it's so versatile for all seasons! Adalyn is wearing the Love Bug Knot Top (Spring 2014) paired with the Macie Chevron Puffer tee. 
This is a horrible picture, because, fussy baby, but we paired Addy's fur vest with the Sky View Puffer tee. 
Here's the Macie Chevron Puffer with her fur vest, and she was wearing the Macie Chevron Puffer under her Funnel Cake Knot dress in the picture above.

See how their clothes are so versatile!!!!

Adalyn also has the Perry Inn Knot dress, which is just now starting to fit her. I bought it too big for her because I loved it so much, so I know we'll get lots of wear from it!
Sadly, Megan is not my dress girl, (except for "church and when she gets her picture taken"), but we love MJ tops and tanks for her! The one above is the Smoothy tank. 

She has the Mellow tee (shown in her dress picture above), Sweet Violet Ruffles (that are so fun for daycare!). Megan also has the Soul tank, which I think describes her personality perfectly!

I recently purchased the Blue Bonnet Pearl for Gretchen's birthday, and the Luna dress for Adalyn. 

I have a huge wish list too:

We also have the Holly Molly Skirt in a size 4 if anyone is looking for it! 

I confessed my love for the Matilda Jane Finn pants in this post. These are my FAVORITE pants hands down. They're perfect for work and weekend wear! They are totally dress yoga pants, and everyone needs a pair in their closet!

Obviously, my love of Matilda Jane is slightly absurd! I may have spent an entire hour browsing the Lookbooks in order to accurately name all of these pieces! 

And, now for my FAVORTE announcement of all...... 

Matilda Jane has their newest release this weekend! If you're local to the Tulsa area, you'll be able to come and view the Spring Collection, and make your wish list! Just message me for the address!
If you aren't local, you'll be able to shop online, and I'll have an entire post dedicated on Monday to the new collection and how you can shop for yourself or for your own Matilda Jane fan!

And, that's not all!!!! This past week, I've been working on made to match hair bows for the new collection! You can contact me here in order to purchase hair bows!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my FAVORITE Matilda Jane pieces with you! I'd love to know your favorites or the pieces you have in your own closet!
Leave me a comment below!

XOXO

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Social Media w/ HPA

Hey guys! It's Thursday and we are officially on the downhill slide of the week! I am crazy excited about the weekend because I have absolutely NO major plans. January has been crazy busy for us. We've been majorly cleaning, hosting out of town family, taking the girls to activities, celebrating Gretchen's birthday, and finally we have nothing on the calendar! 

I wanted to take some time out today to talk about my social media accounts. I've had some new followers lately, and I want to make sure you know some of the best ways to stay in touch with my every day!

I'm kind of a social media socialite! Ha! I'm just addicted. Every day, I tell myself I won't be as addicted as I was yesterday, but I'm sucked in. 

I was a huge pinner when Pinterest began a few years ago. I'm proud to say that I've scaled back to only pinning when I'm crazy bored! (Like today while I'm sitting in meetings all day long, you might find some new pins on my boards!) You can find me on Pinterest here.

My favorite boards are my Fashionista, Makes You Smile, and Dinner Ideas. These are the boards I turn to on an almost daily basis. They don't fail me! 

We are currently planning a Disney trip, and I have a crazy amount pinned on my Disney board. Most of which, I will probably never read. 

It's not about the pins you read, it's about the pins you pin. 

You can follow me every day on Instagram too. I love, love, love Instagram. It's my social media happy place. Instagram is full of happy moments, design inspiration, and my favorite people. There's no drama, there's no sad sap story, no political business. It's just happy. Instagram makes me smile.

Last year, I Instagramed (is that a word?) a picture of our family every day using #weltegram2014. By the end of the year, I was over these every day pins and decided this year to just hashtag our happies from the year. I use #theweltesanyday2015

Some of the other hashtags that I use are:
#honeypieaccessories (where you can keep up with all my biz postings)
#gretchenrose (where you'll see lots of my oldest honey pie)
#meganclaire (but there's lots of Megan Claire's out there!)
#addypearl (apparently there's one more Addy Pearl in the world and her mom uses that hashtag too. However, I want you all to know that I USED IT FIRST!)

My business page on Facebook is also a great place to keep up with my business happenings! You'll find daily blog links, and all of my creations, with some fun games, and chances to win prizes thrown out there too! 

Thanks to Facebook limited business page visibilities, I created an HPA group back in December and it's been a great way to connect more personally with all of my fans! You can join that group here. My group offers sales and you get the very first peeks at my newest creations and the chance to purchase limited items!

If you love bows, personalized appliqué shirts, and monograms, you need to follow me on my group page and my business page!

I choose to keep my personal Facebook personal. It's pretty private, and I only connect to people I know in real life! It's the one area, that I'm pretty private with and I love that I know every single one of my friends. Every once in a while, I'll do a Facebook friends clean out, in order to keep it an even more secure place for my postings and family happenings. It's where you'll find all the dirty stuff going on- ha! Our life isn't really that juicy though. 

I do use Twitter, but not often. My twitter is connected to my business page, so once I post on my biz page, it automatically posts to my twitter page. I am so grateful for that, because I never tweet! It's the one area of social media that I cannot get on board with, and I have no idea why. 

I hope you'll follow me on social media if you don't already! I love how social media has allowed me to connect with family, friends, and customers/fans. I've formed some amazing relationships, just through clicks on a mouse and typing on a keyboard. 

DJ and I have lived in 4 states in our 9 years of marriage. Along the way, we've met amazing people. I love that I can keep up with every single one of them. It's made good bye a lot easier! And, we're all to busy for lots of phone calls, so social media, is just the best way to take those little glimpses and connect in the easiest ways that allow us to still feel close to each other. To feel like we never moved away. 

Social media has also allowed me to connect with high school acquaintances. Those people that I knew in high school, but we weren't really in the same group. It takes away the drama, the stereotypes, and those girls that I wasn't really friends with in high school, we're friends now. And, i'm thankful for the relationship we now have in our older, wise years!

If you want me to connect with you via social media, leave me a comment below! I can't wait to follow you and get to know you more!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday

This week has been crazy busy y'all! I am so thankful that it's Wednesday and we are now on the downhill slide. I have a dentist appointment this afternoon, and three IEP meetings this week, so I'm already counting down for the weekend. Anyone else?

I'm linking up today with a few of my favorite fashion bloggers for What I Wore Wednesday! You can check out their blogs: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On, and Because Shanna Said So.

I'm feeling a bit in the winter slump, so I decided to get some Pinterest inspiration, and I may have purchased a few new pieces to help get me over the winter fashion blues. 
Recently, I have sold monogrammed blanket scarves over in my shop, and I've heard from so many of you that you're loving yours as much as I love mine! 

I got Pinspired by this look, and put my own little twist on it. My tunic is from Loft; this one is similar; my jeans are my FAVORITE and I bought them from Nordstrom. I couldn't find my shoes on Nordstrom, but these booties are similar, and are crazy cute!

Thanks to my full time speech path job, I have to dress up 3 days a week. I got Pinspired again by this look. At first, I loved it, and then throughout the day, I was itchy and uncomfortable! I couldn't wait to get home and change my clothes- ha! I think it was a great idea, it just looked way better on the model. My 5'2 frame is not model material!
And, then I pulled out this more casual look and loved it! I wore my Hue leggings with a shirt dress from Loft and paired it with my denim jacket. 

Last Friday night, I hosted a Spring Premiere Party with a few other ladies who own small businesses. I was able to do a little shopping and I'm officially in love with this look. I wish I could get away with wearing it every single day! 
My jeans are Gap, and I'm wearing my favorite booties. And, after 4 years of living in Oklahoma, I've officially given up the Arkansas hat that I wore for years, and traded it in for this Okie tee. This tee is the perfect length, and it's crazy soft. If you're an Okie, you need this shirt in your closet. I also bought this cardigan, and after wearing it for one evening, I messaged Johanna asking if she had anything else similar. It is lightweight, soft, and cozy. Again, it's the perfect length and just so much fun! You need to shop online at Sashy Pants; I think you'll fall in love just as I have!

And just for some fun, I thought I'd share an outfit that Gretchen wore last week!
She woke up Friday morning telling me that she had to dress like a "Rockstar." She and some friends have formed a rockstar club at school. She knew she had to have a denim jacket and her hair in a ponytail! I about died laughing, and I pulled together the best "rockstar" look from her closet that I could think of! Her shoes are pink glitter spree's, and her skirt and top are from Crazy 8.  I think her jacket is Gap, but it may be Old Navy or Crazy 8 too. 

After school, she told me that she had passed her first round of her rockstar training. I asked them what they did, and she said, "Just walked around in circles." She said she wasn't sure exactly how that helped her be a rockstar, but hoped that day 2 of her training would be "poses." 

These 1st grade girls crack me up! 

Hope you gals have a great Wednesday! Pray for me while I'm at the dentist this afternoon! The only good thing about the dentist is the massage chair that I get to lay in!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gretchen's Birthday Celebrations!

Yesterday, my baby girl turned 7! We have had lots of fun celebrating her over the last few days! This year, I decided to forgo the birthday party, and keep our celebration low key, and I am so glad that I did! Her birthday was stress free and all about her and our family. 

My parents came up Friday and took the girls out to eat and to Bass Pro while I spent Friday hosting a Spring Premiere Party with a few friends. We had about 40+ people in my house, and I didn't get any pictures from the event! I just had a blast shopping and hanging out with friends. 

DJ had recruiting events Friday night and most of Saturday, but Saturday night, we were able to head out to Olive Garden for Gretchen's annual birthday dinner! We've been taking her to OG for her birthday since she was 2 years old, and we've made it a fun little tradition!
I promise Gretchen was happier than she looks in this picture- ha! She looks so angry! She does these weird little poses when we try to take pictures, and I think we were trying to talk her out of looking like she was praying, or this was probably in between when she didn't really know what was going on! 
The big girls were so well behaved while we were out to eat! 

Adalyn on the other hand was a hot mess and I had to take her out of the restaurant while we waited on our food, and DJ had to take her out as soon as we were finished eating! 

I snapped these pictures while we were waiting on our check. The big girls were acting crazy!
Reggie kept turning around and sticking her booty out for the picture! She just giggled and giggled. 

After dinner, we headed across the street to Cherry Berry. Another birthday tradition that we started when we moved to Tulsa. 
I let Gretchen wear her crown since we were celebrating!
Addy wore one too, but it kept falling in her face! And somehow it ended up in the toilet, so now this cute little crown headband is in our trash. 
We all loved our ice cream!
Gretchen has some great men in her life.... her daddy and mine!
I cannot believe that she is 7 years old! 
DJ and I with the birthday girl! It feels like just yesterday when she was born!

Once we got home, she opened her presents. 
We decided that all of the grandparents, and us would go in together to buy her a big birthday gift. 

With her birthday being right after Christmas, she really didn't need too many toys!
Do you think she was excited?!?!?!?
Gretchen got the 2014 American Girl doll of the year, Isabelle. She also received Isabelle's ballet outfit, and my mom and stepdad bought her a soccer outfit for her doll. 
All of the girls were excited to play with the doll. 

Monday was Gretchen's actual birthday. She had birthday cinnamon rolls before school. 
She insisted on putting candles on them and blowing them out!

After breakfast, she was ready to school in her appliqué shirt that she picked out, her M2M bow, and her "Frozen" necklace. 

On Sunday, I let her pick out whatever design she wanted for her shirt and she chose a "Frozen" theme number 7. The crown has metallic gold and silver, and the shirt has light pink, blue, and silver snowflakes. 
DJ went Monday morning and picked up doughnuts for Gretchen's class. She picked out Ninja Turtle for the boys and crowns for the girls. I'm not sure why the Ninja Turtle's ended up with the biggest nose ever, but the kids loved them!
Taking doughnuts down to Gretchen's class is another perk that I get since she goes to school where I work! DJ and I both took the doughnuts down and passed them out to her class. 

I ate lunch with Gretchen in the cafeteria and we rounded out her birthday celebrations! 

After school, she had dance, and we picked up pizza and the girls ate leftover doughnuts!

We had so much fun celebrating our oldest honey pie! Again, i'm so thankful that we didn't throw a big party for her this year! We are taking the girls to Disney World in March, and part of the deal is that we wouldn't throw birthday parties for the girls this year.  I just really enjoyed the stress free celebration of her. Doing little things she wanted, not making a huge fuss, and not having endless amounts of toys. We celebrated in simple ways, just the way we celebrated on the day she was born. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Gretchen.....

Dear Gretchen,

         Seven years ago today you were born. Seven years ago, I became a mom. You made me a mom. For that, I thank you.
I thank you for teaching me about unconditional love. I never knew a love that a mother could have for her child until you were born. You were perfect. You are perfect. 

Every day you teach me. You open my eyes to things that you love. You open my eyes to new adventures and you show me the excited simplicity of little things through your eyes. You get so excited to show me things. Your pictures, the way that you read, when you learn something new. I love your excitement for life. It's contagious. 

I love your girly ways. I love that you wear dresses. I love that your favorite color is pink. I love that you love Barbies and princesses. 

Your love for Jesus is beyond control. I am so happy that you already love Jesus and that you are excited to read and learn more. I love our Bible studies together, and spending time with just you and me. I pray that one day, you'll do something BIG for Jesus! I know that you have the determination to make a difference. 
I love your kind heart. Thank you for loving your sisters, even when it's hard. Thank you for playing with your sisters and making them giggle. You are setting such a big example for them. You are leading the way, and you are doing a mighty fine job!

I am so excited that I get to spend every single day with you. I love that you are not embarrassed yet by my presence. I love that you jump out of your chair when I walk into your classroom, or those moments that you want me to walk you to class. I love when you walk into my office at the end of the day, excited to tell me about yours. Thank you for making me slow down and listen. I love that you run up to me in the hallway, after lunch, at recess, and that you greet me with a big hug and kiss. I'm so thankful that I get to take you to school every day. 
You have big dreams for life. This weekend, you want to be a fashion designer. You just started saying that on Friday night, but you've drawn and designed clothes all weekend. You're really starting to take an interest when I sew. You also have said that you want to be an artist or that you want to be a singer. Taylor Swift is your favorite, and last week, you and a few girls formed a Rock Star club and all dressed the same! You've always loved to sing, and you often make up your own songs- you have since you were three! You have passion. I pray that you will do anything and everything you set your mind to!
I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you! I can't wait to see how much you grow and learn and change! You love fiercely, you are spirited, and independent. It's such a blessing to see you write your story with God's gentle guidance. I'm so thankful that He chose me to be your mommy. It's an adventure and a gift that every single day, I'm thankful for. 

Happy Birthday baby girl! May your 7th birthday, and your 7th year be your best.

Love you to the moon & back,
Your mommy

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Not So Friday Favorites!

I'm linking up today with Andrea, Narci, and Erika for Friday Favorites! 

If you keep up with me on Facebook or Instagram, then you will know that this week has been ROUGH.

So today's rendition of Friday Favorites, is that in reverse. As Gretchen would say, it's opposite day!

These are my not so Friday Favorites from the week!
Addy Pearl started our weekend off with a tummy bug. She and DJ stayed home from church while I took the big ones and worked in the two year old classroom. I came home and found them like this. 
She was miserable. We had lots of cuddles on Sunday afternoon. 

Monday, I woke up not feeling well, and DJ agreed to take Gretchen to her doctor's appointment. (She has a cyst on her back that we will be having removed at some point this spring. ) Once they came home, Gretchen decided she wasn't feeling well either, and I spent the rest of the day with my big girls like this.......
We were all snuggled (entirely too close) on the couch with lots of Disney Jr. playing!
Adalyn still wasn't feeling in better, so all she had to eat was crackers and honey nut cheerios. She is still mad at me today for not giving her real food all week! That girl loves to eat!
I found Gretchen asleep in her bed around 11 am on Monday. I knew instantly that she was getting sick too because she never naps!
We kept the t.v. on repeat and played a few movies to entertain us. 

Our house was pathetic on Monday. 
By mid-afternoon, Megan was the only one "dressed" and smiling! 

Don't you love the outfit she picked out?! Ha- girl has some style!
This was my view from the chair at one point that afternoon. You can tell that our house was starting to fall apart. 
And fall apart, it did! The girls were all lounging on the floor, toys and clothes thrown everywhere, and Addy Pearl was screaming her head off! I texted this pic to a friend just to let her know how crazy my house was at the moment! 

I was so thankful that we were all out of school Monday!

By that afternoon, Gretchen and I were both throwing up, and Addy still had a tummy bug. 
I knew that I would need to take Tuesday off to keep the girls home again, and our morning started off with lots of snuggles. 
I'm not going to lie, I loved that we were forced to slow down, cuddle, and I was able to just sit and hold my girls. I don't sit down with them often enough. I always have a running to-do list in my head and it's a marathon just to get half of it crossed off at the end of the day. 

This was bliss.

Thankfully, most of us were feeling better on Tuesday, but there was still lots of laying around had by all!
Tuesday afternoon, Addy fell asleep on me again.

For the most part, we were all in one piece Tuesday evening, and I had decided that Megan and Gretchen would be going to school. I ended up with a temperature, and decided that Adalyn and I needed another day home. 

DJ woke Megan up to take her to preschool, and she was a crabby pants. I tried getting her dressed, and all she did was lay back down refusing to move. I finally just told DJ that I would keep her home since I was staying home anyway. It's not like she HAS to go to preschool. 

I tried to wake up Gretchen, but she wouldn't budge. After two attempts, I threw in the towel, and figured I could take her to school late whenever she woke up.
Then, I found Megan asleep like this on the floor.

So far, the tummy bug was winning at our house.

We all stayed home one more day.
By Wednesday afternoon, Adalyn was beginning to perk up. DJ came home early, and I went to an IEP meeting at school, to the grocery store, and then I picked up Raising Canes on my way home. 

Thankfully, we were all able to return to school on Thursday!

This week has definitely not been my FAVORITE week, but I have had some FAVORITE cuddles with my FAVORITE little Honey Pie's!

Y'all have a blessed weekend!

And, if you want to know what it's like when football season is over (I laugh, because it's NEVER over in our house), you'll want to read my post here.

XOXO,
Elaine

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