Fall Fashions

I am so excited to wear (and maybe buy a new pair of) boots, sweaters and jeans this fall season. Here are some fun fall fashion finds (say that five times fast):

Yellow for the fall - sure, why not?

Super cute boots - too bad they're sold out. Boo.

Hoodie - love the angled buttons. I have a similar PUMA zip-up jacket like this. Love the simplicity and style.

A chunky red scarf - all you need to make any ordinary outfit pop.


Eye Candy

It’s here! It’s here! Autumn has officially arrived. And although SD is now in the high 90s, I am not going to let the heat stop me from enjoying my favorite season. I picked up a bag of Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Flavored coffee, I’m enjoying football every Sunday, I’ve made a big batch of chicken noodle soup, I’ve already started my holiday shopping, and I’m making plans for the holidays with a big grin on my face (can you say Disneyland?? hehehe) – I love it! I can’t wait to start baking too and making fun treats with the kids, especially little Ella since I’ll know she’ll enjoy the messy creativity that goes on in the kitchen.

Check out some of these fun fall treats and ideas from hostesswiththemostess.com  and be inspired!

Who says Halloween parties can't be hip??

The sweetest looking spiders...

Love the purple & green color scheme

Adorable (and edible) monsters...

Simple and spooky!

Creative candy bars...

Girls’ Bedroom Remodel

It’s been awhile since I last mentioned the girls’ room remodel. Still in progress with little details to tend to – like installing the reading lights and hanging their individual cork boards – the room has come together as a stylish and bright space appropriate for a toddler, a tween and a teen – believe it or not, it was possible to find colors, a common style and enough personal space for each girl.

We had the two older girls come up with ideas and the one that they brought to life were the stripes on the wall. After I pitched the “Paul Frank” comforter set, that helped to drive the color scheme. But make note that the girls did a TON of work in their room from disassembing their own beds to painting the walls to assembling the shelves. Credit for all other pieces goes to my handyman Hubby. He assembled the bed all by himself – impressive but not surprising!

Bold colored stripes along the strikingly white wall...after having a pastel yellow room for the past 5 years, the white was truly refreshing!

The bed is a twin over full with a pull-out trundle – a bed for each girl. Because the Paul Frank comforter was pricey, we decided to get color coordinate beddings from Walmart. The entire cost of the beddings including the comforter was less than $100.

The bed. We ordered the bed from Bunk Bed King for a really good price.

We took the mirrored sliding doors off the girls’ closet awhile ago and replaced it with inexpensive curtains. For the remodel, we went to IKEA and bought a silver rod and red curtains for a total of $20.

A peek at their closet complete with Ella's red All-Stars :)

We made the difficult decision to remove the desk from their bedroom since it wouldn’t allow the trundle to pull out completely. Since there were other places in the house to do homework, the girls agreed to make the sacrifice. We bought cube shelves from Target for less than $100 and low and behold – they had fabric boxes in the same colors as the girls’ room so it was perfect. Each girl is assigned to a color.

Shelves with fabric boxes for each girl to keep their belongings.

Mission accomplished. We are near finished with their room – it is so nice to see them enjoying their new space and it’s so nice that Ella finally has a room to call her own. :)

Sew Inspired!

This Christmas, I plan on asking Santa for a new Singer sewing machine. Now that I am a mommy, I am motivated to sew dresses for my little girl as well as other crafty items and gifts for other family members and friends. I am “SEW” inspired by beautiful colorful fabrics – there is something so personal about them. Take a look at some of these photos for inspiration. You may not find me on Etsy anytime soon, but you may be seeing little Ella rocking a number by her very own momma. ;)

A girlfriend of mine gave me a gift wrapped in beautiful fabric years ago and I absolutely loved it - it can be passed on from gift to gift, and it just makes whatever gift wrapped inside THAT much more special.


Tried and true - and sew easy! Try using remnant fabric to save money.

Love these aprons - a clever gift idea for my girlfriends!

So cute - a fabric corsage for the mom-to-be at a sewing-themed baby shower in her honor.

Not your ordinary party banner - I'm sure this took lots of time and effort, but so well-worth it. Plus you can use it over and over again!

Party Inspiration

Happy Friday to all! I know I’ve been out of sight but this woman has been busy wrapping up work projects, home projects, back-to-school stuff, family newsletter, appointments, running errands…you get the picture.

Before we head into a long 3 day weekend, I wanted to share some fun things I found on one of my favorite blog sites (hostesswiththemostess.com).

Here are photos from a sock-monkey-themed 3 year old birthday party.

Simple and striking

Love the details...

Sweet and clever favor

This next themed party has got to be one of my top favorites – One Year In A Flash Birthday. The little celebrant Liv definitely has a set of creative parents! I love all of the attention to detail and quirky ideas incorporating the word “flash”. Love the vibrant colors too!

The invitation

Cute water bottle labels (I heart the curly frame illustration)

So incredibly FUN!