Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Favorites: Snow Edition

It's Friday!!! I would be super excited for a Friday, but I'm sitting in a continuing education conference today, and to top that off, it's a 2 hour drive away. I was really hoping it would be cancelled since we had snow this week; maybe there was an off chance that the roads would still be bad in that part of Oklahoma. But, it's still on, so away I go.

DJ will have his hands full today, but I'm confident that he'll get the girls where they need to go and get them picked up on time! 

In true Friday Fashion, I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites. 
I never did a weekend wrap up on Monday... we really had a low key weekend since we woke up to snow on Saturday morning. I stayed in my pajamas all day and cleaned house and did some sewing

DJ took the big girls sledding while Adalyn took her afternoon nap.
We bundled them up and off they went! I had a snow suit for Megan since we use to live in Indiana. (I had saved it from when Gretchen wore it). I may have put way too many layers on her! Poor Gretchen was left in a few layers and blue jeans. I must remember to buy proper snow gear next year for the three days that we get snow!

DJ said sledding was Gretchen's FAVORITE, but Megan only went down once. She definitely does not like the snow! 
Sunday afternoon, I packed up lots of made to match Matilda Jane hair bows and a few other goodies for a Spring Release party. 

That afternoon, I came home, we had dinner, and we got ready for school on Monday.

See, a pretty boring weekend. Those are my FAVORITE.
Monday was Dr. Seuss day. Gretchen had an assembly at school, and got her face painted. Her class made hats and bowties to wear too.
I was surprised to pick Megan up to see that she had her nose painted and her hat! 

By Monday, the snow was beginning to melt away!
Tuesday, Gretchen had spring picture day at school She wore one of my FAVORITE Matilda Jane dresses! I went back and forth on buying this dress, but I am SO glad that I did! I love it!
Addy Pearl was pretty fussy Tuesday evening. She's been really clingy to me lately, so I put her in the Ergo and got dinner cooked! Being held is her FAVORITE!

School was cancelled on Wednesday since we had a thread of sleet and lots of snow!
The big girls woke up bright and early and Megan pretended it was class picture day. She had Gretchen take a picture of her "class".
That morning, I let the girls color to pass some time.
This is Addy Pearl's idea of coloring. Do a little here and there, and then suck her thumb with her FAVORITE ballet baby.
Then she rode around on her princess car. 
And we attempted window clings, but that was a fail.
Later that afternoon, I was sewing, and I looked over to find Megan "reading" to her class with her legs crossed! It cracked me up! She is growing up SO fast!

School was cancelled on Thursday, since we finally did get some snow on Wednesday night. I shared a snow day list yesterday, and the girls and I had lots of fun yesterday crossing off our snow day list!
I put paper in large ziplock bags, squirted paint, and let the girls "finger paint."
Afterwards, we hung them on the window, and Gretchen figured out she could still "paint" with them hanging up. I think the girls stood in the windowsill for at least 10 minutes "painting". Now we have fun "stained glass" in our window!
I was fixing lunch, and Adalyn layed down on the counter top with her diaper! I texted DJ this picture of her... she is such a nut! She goes to her room now to get her diaper and wipes and brings them to us whens he's ready for a diaper change or when we ask her! I'm thinking potty training will be right around the corner!
Once Addy went down for a nap, the big girls and I made play-doh.
It was super easy and the girls had so much fun playing with it!

I was finally able to finish all of the girls' Disney shirts and I even made this shirt for Gretchen. 
I've been wanting to make her one for a while, and it matches perfectly with her FAVORITE new Matilda Jane skirt! 
Once Addy woke up, we made blueberry muffins and watched Brave. 

I have never made blueberry muffins from scratch and these were so yummy!
I think they were Adalyn's FAVORITE snack!

We ended the night making homemade pizza, and once DJ got home, I was able to get out for a run. It was so nice to get out of the house and get some "me" time. I've been able to run 4 times over the last week and a half, and the weather is finally getting warmer, so i'm hoping to get out more! I honestly hate to run, but maybe one day, it'll be one of my FAVORITE activities!

Now, if you'll do me a favor, leave me some comment love- funny jokes, or post some super funny and fabulous things on social media today to help keep me entertained during my continuing ed conference! I would REALLY appreciate it!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Snow Day Fun!

We are stuck inside for another snow day! Our district called schools out Tuesday night since we expected to get lots of bad weather on Wednesday. We had some sleet in the morning, but snow didn't move in until the afternoon, and by Wednesday night, they were already canceling school for today! 

The girls and I actually had a really good snow day yesterday! I was able to catch up on some laundry, house cleaning, and made a few shirts for our Disney trip, and the girls did some arts and crafts this morning to prepare for our trip! 

In my head, I'm going stir crazy, but I'll happily take just one more day off work!

I thought I'd share with y'all a few ideas that I found (thanks to Pinterest!) to keep us busy today!


The girls would love to do some painting! I can totally get down with this idea of putting paint in a bag and letting them finger paint and squish it around!


I had really wanted to make play doh today, but we filled our morning with our Disney arts and crafts, so I saved this one for today!


Snow days are the perfect excuse to do some baking! I found these strawberry muffins on Mix and Match mama, and I think we will bake them with blueberries instead!


Of course, winter days are the perfect excuse for soup! I don't have the ingredients to make this Broccoli Cheese Soup, but I DID make it a few weeks ago, and I can promise you, it is mouth watering! Honestly, it is THE BEST Broccoli Cheese Soup I have ever had! 

If you don't have the ingredients for this soup on hand, you can browse my Pinterest Soup board for some more yummy ideas!

I definitely think some comfort food is on the menu for tonight!

Y'all have a great snow day! Stay safe and warm!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesdays: My Favorite Room!

It's time for Show & Tell Tuesdays with Momfessionals today

The link up list is below, in case you want to join in next time!
Today is all about our favorite room in the house! I thought I'd show off my bedroom, because there's nothing I love more than crawling in bed at the end of the day, but y'all have seen that room already!

And, then I thought I'd share my sewing space, but it's a hot mess right now because I'm catching up on orders

I decided that right now, my favorite room is our living room.
For those of you that don't know, we rent our house. Thanks to my husband's job in college football- we've moved a lot! Every time, we buy a house, we've moved, so we've been renting for several years now, and we are contemplating buying again but we don't want to jinx ourselves!

We always make do with whatever we have at the time, and while I love the size of our living room, there are several things that I'd change IF we owned this house. 

However, I love our comfy leather chair, that is now broken since the girls have used the foot rest as a stool and climbed in and out of the chair. 

We recently painted our antique drum table in Anne Sloan chalk paint, and I love how it turned out! I love my little collection of photos on my focus wall, 

I bought the armless chair from TJ Maxx. It was a steal!

We've had our couch since we first got married, and it's definitely time for a new sofa! I'm hoping that either this coming Christmas/ our 10 year anniversary, we will be able to update our couch and a few other pieces in the living room. 

I found the ottoman at TJ Maxx as well. It opens up and use to hold toys, but now it holds blankets, and the girls nap mats and little pillows for our movie nights! 
My father in law gave me the old cabinet door hanging above our fireplace. I painted it with chalk board paint, and it's been fun to change out over the holidays! I hosted an event in January, and I still have not updated the chalk board! (#lazy)

I purchased the plate on the fireplace mantle from my trip to Italy, and our family photo was a recent one taken for our church directory. 
I set up this corner after Christmas and I love it. It's the perfect little reading nook, and the girls enjoy climbing up and sitting in this chair. The chair belonged to my grandparents (it use to be a green satin) and we have it's matching pair in DJ's office. We recovered the chairs when we got married to a more neutral, and over the years, I've debated painting the wood on the chair.

Our t.v. stand is an old dresser, and we removed the middle drawer. It holds all of our movies. It's stark white and retro style, which doesn't match my decor at all! We bought it last fall, and I want to paint it, but I'm waiting until we do a huge living room make over next winter, to really decide on what color I want it. 

Our living room is such a hodge podge! But, it's where we come together at the end of the day and make memories. We snuggle and read books and watch t.v. The girls have dance parties, they play, and they build forts. We have family movie nights, pizza picnics, and it's where DJ and I relax after a long day. It is the perfect place in our room for us to come together and just BE together. 

That's why it's my favorite, we are making some pretty incredible memories here! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

You're Invited!!!

This past Sunday, I had a blast hanging out with friends at a Matilda Jane Release 2 party!!! Lots of other vendors were there too, and y'all know how much I love supporting other mom business owners! These ladies were so sweet and so much fun, and I loved looking at all of their products!

So many of my friends and family live so far away! Today, I'm inviting you all to the party, online style! Take some time for yourself today, window shop, browse, and spoil yourself, or your kids with some online shopping!!!

First up, y'all know my love affair with Matilda Jane! Today is Release 2 of the Hello Lovely collection!!! I have a few sneaks, but you can shop online here!
To purchase, you'll want to hover on "Our Collections", click on "Collections" to view items from Hello Lovely. To view everything available in the size you are shopping for, make certain you click "search by size" on the left hand side of the page.If you do not see a particular piece after searching by size, that item isn't available in the selected size.  You can add items into your "wishlist" (similar to adding items into a shopping cart), by clicking on that item. Once you have completed your wishlist, you can email it to, tclaybrook@matildajaneclothing.com   Trunk Keeper ID 674.

You'll also want to let Traci know that you're connected to my (Elaine's) show!
Now, let's all take a moment to ooh and aah, over the dress above. Do you notice the metallic gold dots?!?! Squeel!
I absolutely love the fabrics and colors that Matilda Jane pairs together- that hot air balloon fabric is to die for!
This is the perfect time to shop for Easter! Matilda Jane has Easter dress for moms, tweens (in their 435 collection) and the little ones! 

You can read about the 1st Release of Hello Lovely here.

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During the party, I also took some time out to talk with Melanie about skincare! As I'm getting older, I'm beginning to notice some smile lines around my eyes. I'm not calling them wrinkles yet, because they only appear when I smile! I also have freckles and dark spots on my face. Getting older is not fun!
Melanie introduced me to a few R+F products that I need to try! The Redefine line helps to fight against the signs of aging for firmer and smoother skin!
The Reverse line helps to erase the signs of aging, as well as skin discolorations, brown spots, and dullness. 
Last year, I talked about their sunless tanner! It sold out crazy fast, and I was lucky to get some before it sold out! I'm sure, that this time of year, it's beginning to sell out since Spring Break is right around the corner!

You can shop all R+F products here or go here to take the online consultation if you're not sure which product is right for you!

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After checking out skincare products, I played with Ronette's jewelry! Rosette sells KEEP Collective! KEEP Collective has just launched over the last few months, and I'm already in love with everything I've seen! 
KEEP Collective is a branch of Stella & Dot Jewelry. I'm going to go ahead and call it now, but this is going to be the next BIG thing in jewelry! 
To shop KEEP Collective, go here.

You'll be able to choose your bracelet color (the bracelets are reversible!), and then you can choose your charms! 

Once you pick your starter piece, you'll be able to add charms including lockets, script words, wishing stones and so much more! Listen people, the possibilities are endless!

I've already decided that I'm wanting to host an online and in-home party later this spring! The pink leather wrap bracelet is calling my name! I'm going to add each of the girls' birthstones, a football, because of my hubby, and the script "blessed"

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Christa was there as well with Stella & Dot! Again, you all know my love for S&D, and I even gave away a Wishing bracelet last week! If you weren't the winner, you can head to Christa's site, and grab one for yourself or as a Mother's day present!
DJ's grandmother loves elephants, and I think this would be the perfect gift for her!
S&D also carries hand bags, wallets, and they even have a girls collection!
I think this necklace would be adorable to add to Gretchen's Easter basket!

Make sure to check out Christa's Stella & Dot!

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And, before you go shop, I wanted to show y'all a few of my made to match hair bows for the Hello Lovely collection! 
You can head to my Facebook page to request a custom order for any of your Hello Lovely items!
This dress is probably my favorite, and these bows make me weak in the knees!
The newest release, has some of the softest fabrics ever! I love how these bows complete the looks and can mix and match with so many of the pieces!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head over and show these ladies some love and support their businesses! 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites: A Random Edition

It's Friday!!! In usual Friday fashion, I'm linking up with a few of my favorite bloggers for Friday favorites!
Most Fridays, I talk about how fast the week was, how crazy busy we seem to be. This week was entirely different. Not necessarily great, but not bad either. It was just a typical week, where I stayed caught up on things around the house, work wasn't hectic, and things ran smoothly. 

We needed this type of week, and this weekend, I'm looking forward to a low-key, stay indoors snuggle fest with my girls, and hoping to complete all of the orders on my to-do list!

On Tuesday, I shared a raw, real, and honest post in my #girlmom series! Thank you so much to all of you who confessed that you had the same weakness as me! Thank you for your messages, texts, comments- it meant so much for me to know that I'm not alone, even though I feel like I am every single day! I've been praying for y'all!

One of my Lent goals was to not yell at the girls. Since Lent began, I've only yelled twice, and I can pinpoint the reasons that it happens. I've really been working on avoiding these moments and staying in control. 

In light of this, I've decided that one of the ways, I need to maintain control, is giving the girls some structure when we get home in the evenings. I've come up with simple activities each night when we get home, that are becoming favorites with the girls!
The girls have been loving Cosmic Kids Yoga! I've hooked up our Apple t.v. and the girls have spent hours doing yoga this past week! I've even joined in on the fun!
It's definitely been one of Gretchen's favorite activities and it's been adorable to watch Adalyn do yoga too!
We also drug out our Mr. Potato Head pieces, and it's been one of Addy's favorite activities!

We came home Monday to snow on the ground! It snowed the entire day we were at school, and the girls couldn't wait to get in it!
Gretchen loves the snow most of all! It's her favorite! (Probably because she spent the first half of her life in Indiana!)
Adalyn thought the snow was pretty neat too!
This is how Megan felt about the snow! It is definitely not her favorite!

#itsnotmineeither

Tuesday, Gretchen and I were out of school, so we dropped off the little girls at daycare and ran errands. 
We bought, Gretchen these shoes for our Disney trip. 

She really wanted pink ones, but I don't want to pack a ton of shoes for our trip. (I'm trying to pack as light as possible, since we will only be gone for a few days.) And, I wanted one pair of shoes that will match all of her outfits. 
I bought these shoes from Carters for the little girls. Sparkles are their favorite!
These sisters love each other! I'm so glad that they are each other's favorite friend!
DJ had to stay home with Adalyn on Wednesday, and he sent me this picture. It's one of my favorites! And, I'm sure a favorite moment of his! She crawled up in his lap and within minutes, she was passed out sucking her thumb!
I got these earrings in from Nordstrom this week, and they'll be a favorite of mine, since they're only $8.00!
And, I finished this Easter shirt this week, and it's already a favorite! I seriously love everything about it! 

Unfortunately, I'm closed to Easter orders, but I am open to Spring/Summer orders, including birthdays, and I'll be opening for graduation shirts and 4th of July orders very soon!

You can check out my shop here, and join my group for special orders here.
Last week, I ordered a few marketing materials for my shop! I was out of business cards, so I re-ordered those, and I added thank you postcards, and sticker labels! I also received the tags for my handmade products that will be sewn onto orders! Don't forget that all of my orders get a freebie hair tie! Some of kid size, and others are just for you mom's! And how adorable are these sequin clothespins that I found on Instagram!

All of these items are favorites of mine!

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