Monday, April 28, 2014

Color Run & Weekend Fun

Well we survived the color run!  It was messy and crazy and hot, but we had a great time – thank you for the tips you shared on Friday.  Some of them sure came in handy! 

But let me back up a bit and recap our weekend in order.  I drove home on Friday and made it to town just in time to meet my mom at her school for lunch.  Her class and the other classes in her grade level were celebrating being done with their standardized testing for the year and were having a play day outside.  We got to chat for a bit, eat lunch, and I had the all-time cutest ice cream cone ever!  I’m now on a mission to find some of these little cuties for my freezer at home.  They were the perfect size for a summer treat! 

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I went home and met my sister, Mary Katherine, at home after she was done with school for the day, and we caught up and worked on some planning for Aggieland (she will be a freshman at A&M in the fall!).  I also admired all of the cute eggs and nests and flowers around my mom’s house.  Clearly I get my love of those things honestly.

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Those roses are from her yard – reason 1473892 that I cannot wait to have a yard.  She is going to need to teach me some gardening skills though!

Friday night we had one of our favorite easy springtime pasta dishes and a salad that I absolutely love.  I bought the ingredients at the grocery store once I got home to recreate it and I’ve been wondering every since Friday why it has taken me this long?  The dressing is to die for!

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Saturday morning we were up bright and EARLY to head to College Station for our run.  We got there early, picked up our packets, got a great parking spot, and killed some time taking selfies before we ran. 

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Then we ran and got covered in colored powder!  I’m not sure I’ll ever feel the need to do another one of these, but I’m glad we did it together.  I’m super proud of MK for training and making it through her first 5k!

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We got cleaned up and made a quick Hobby Lobby run and a stop for smoothies for the trip home.  My mom packed us some sassy water in mason jars to enjoy on the ride home as well – so refreshing!  We were exhausted when we got home and both took naps.  Saturday afternoon my mom and I worked on some crafts for the baby shower I am helping host this coming weekend, and I helped MK put together some things for sorority recruitment.  It was a fun and productive afternoon!  Sunday morning I sadly said goodbye and headed back to Dallas.  Austin and I met two other couples for lunch and the other wives and I did some planning for next weekend’s baby shower. 

Once we came home, I got busy on some chicken pot pie that we took to friends who just had a sweet baby boy.  We dropped their supper off and made a grocery store run yesterday evening, and that about sums up our weekend!  Hope yours was lovely as well. 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

5 on Friday – Vol. 32

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of 5 on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!

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My work week is over!  I took today off work to head “home” to spend the weekend with my mom and sister.  Why are four day weeks infinitely better than five day work weeks?  I’m hitting the road this morning and will make it to town in time to have lunch with my mom at her school, and then my sister gets out of school early on Fridays (the perks of senior year), so we will get to hang out all afternoon!

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ONE – The main reason for my trip is that Mary Katherine and I are doing our first color run tomorrow morning.  The run is actually in College Station, so we will have to make the quick drive over there in the morning and after the race.  We are both color run newbies, but I have been warned by my sister-in-law to wear a hat and sunglasses as the colored powder can get in your eyes and can be hard to get out of your hair –eeek!  Any other tips from color run veterans? 

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TWO – Austin and I are morning coffee drinkers – every morning we share a pot of coffee, and this is honestly one of my very favorite parts of our morning routine.  I like to sip on a cup while I’m having my quiet time, while I’m blogging, while I’m packing my lunch – basically all morning until I start getting ready. 

Austin pretty much always makes our coffee at night and sets it to go off right about the time our alarm first goes off in the morning.  Well last night at about 10:00, we realized we were totally OUT of coffee.  Neither of us was about to go to the grocery store at that hour, and so this morning we are having TEA.  Not quite the same, and you better believe I will be getting a nice big latte for the road on my way out of town!  I hope this “Awake” tea does its job this morning.

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THREE -   Although I was not happy about the coffee situation, Austin surprised me when I got home from work yesterday with two bunches of pretty tulips, and that was such a sweet treat that I really couldn’t get too upset about the coffee mishap :)  I moved these pretty yellow guys over to the table where I’m blogging this morning just so I can enjoy being in their presence! 

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FOUR – This week was a good week for my ears – ok that is a pretty odd statement.  I had a late visit from the Easter bunny via USPS (via my in-laws!) this week in the form of new mint Kendra Scotts, and one of my co-workers and friends gave me a pair of gorgeous earrings that she wasn’t really wearing and thought I would like.  I love them both, and I’ve already worn each pair once this week.  Earrings are totally my jewelry weakness, and I’m pretty sure new earrings have been one of my Friday five before.  Love love love! 

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FIVE – As soon as I get back in town on Sunday, I’m meeting up with two of my co-hostesses for next weekend’s baby shower to do some finalizing of plans.  I can’t wait to see this sweet little boy baby shower come together!  My paper straw obsession continues, and those were the very first thing I bought for this shower. 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter for Two

Easter, I can’t believe you’re over already!  I’m not going to take down my Easter decorations for at least a few more days – now I’ll just refer to them as “spring” decorations. 

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We tried a good old self-timer picture before church Sunday morning, which I guess is just what you do when you’re on your own for Easter.  We also managed to avoid the Sunday morning “discussion” about getting out the door on time that we sometimes have, so that was a pleasant Easter occurrence!  Sunday school and the church service were both wonderful today.  I always love how joyful everyone seems on Easter.  Everyone I encountered when I was greeting at the worship center doors Sunday morning had a smile and seemed genuinely happy to be there. 

I had grand plans to take some pictures with friends in Sunday school, but we kind of ran out of time, so all I came home with on my camera was another one of me and Austin.  Oh well, Easter outfits are my favorite!

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We came home from church and put the finishing touch on lunch – deviled eggs, ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, and pound cake for dessert.  I talked to my mom later yesterday afternoon and realized that she had fixed an almost identical menu!  That doesn’t really surprise me, but it made me smile to think that our Easter celebrations were at least similar even though we weren’t together. 

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We set our table for two, which I’m ashamed to say doesn’t happen all that often, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch together.  We probably don’t have many Easters left of just the two of us, and it was crazy to think about how our little world might change in years to come. 

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Then we ate and both took a lovely 2+ hour nap!  Sunday evening we read magazines and played cards on our porch, and it was so nice to just spend some time at home before the craziness of another week starts. 

Oh and I completely did not mention Saturday in this post at all, and that is probably because I didn’t take a single picture, but our run was so much fun.  Everything went so smoothly, and the race atmosphere was just awesome – this was the first year for our church to put this race on, and we had over 900 runners!  Austin and I finished in 33:40 which was an 8:25 minute mile pace, and were thrilled with that.  Running in a race with people we know seemed to have made us more competitive, because that pace is quite a bit faster than we usually run.  Needless to say, we were pretty tired the rest of Saturday after running and then helping with the clean up and take down of the event. 

It was a wonderful weekend with a pretty much perfect balance of fellowship with friends, good food, good weather, and quality time at home.  These weekends are my favorite!

Friday, April 18, 2014

5 on Friday – Vol. 31

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of 5 on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!

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ONE – Good Friday is today, and I always find myself a little somber and a little sad on Good Friday.  Easter is my very favorite holiday, and I can’t wait for Sunday, but thinking about Jesus’ sacrifice all those years ago and the pain that was felt on this day is so humbling.

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TWO – Tomorrow our church is hosting a downtown Easter run for the first time, and Austin and I are excited to run in it and to get to see lots of our church friends for a fun Saturday morning run and brunch.  The run we are participating in is a 4 mile course, and there will also be a 1 mile family fun run and lots of activities for children.  I think it will be a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!  Austin and I ran 4 miles yesterday just to boost our confidence that we can actually go that far since we have been sticking to shorter runs lately, so we should make it… hopefully!  If you’re local and want more details, go here –> dallaseasterrun.com

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THREE – Last Saturday I started my day off with a Katy Trail run with my friend Cam, and then we went to breakfast at Dream Cafe.  I HIGHLY recommend the granola crusted french toast.  I haven’t really been able to stop thinking about it for the past six days!  It combined two of my favorite things (granola + french toast) and then made them even better with the addition of whipped cream, strawberries, and syrup – YUM. 

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FOUR – My office is having a little Easter potluck today, and I am taking this fun and festive bunny bait.  Wouldn’t you know that when I started poking around on Pinterest for a recipe, I found one on Darci’s blog!  So, thank you, Darci for hosting this wonderful link up and for your bunny bait guidance :)

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FIVE – Next year for Easter lunch, this NEEDS to happen on my table.  I can’t think of a better use for calligraphy than place cards on these precious little Easter baskets – I die!  This year I don’t really have my act together and haven’t even done my grocery shopping for Easter lunch.  It will just be me and Austin, so we probably won’t have cute place cards.  We have had friends over for lunch in the past on Easter, and I’d love to start doing that again next year.  Thank goodness for Pinterest to remind me of this adorableness!  Source for these cute little things = The House that Lars Built.

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Happy Easter weekend! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Birchbox Treats

Birchbox reigns supreme as the birthday gift that keeps on giving from my sweet sister-in-law, Courtney.  I was so excited to get home and see my box when I got the email notification that it had been delivered last week.

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My box contained a new-to-me flavor of KIND bar (love those little guys!), some spray-on leave in conditioner, a sample of CC cream, mint nail polish (perfect for spring), and some purple eyeliner. 

I promptly devoured the KIND bar within a day or two, and it was a perfect mid-morning snack.  I’m trying to reduce my gluten intake, so it really came at a convenient time! 

My nails are light pink right now, but I think this little guy might get his turn to shine in an at home mani session this weekend. 

I used the CC cream on Saturday instead of foundation and was pleased with it.  Putting on makeup on the weekends, other than for church on Sunday, is one of my least favorite things ever, so it was nice to be able to get away with a little less than usual since I had several errands to run. 

Oddly enough I found myself in a conversation with two other girls at church on Sunday about colored eyeliner.  I mentioned that I got the purple (it is really more of a “plum” I guess) in my Birchbox, and I didn’t think it would go very well with my coloring.  Then I had the brilliant idea to give it to my friend Ali, who was involved in this eyeliner convo, because it will look so good on her!  So, that is what I plan to do with that. :)  And finally, I haven’t gotten a chance to try the conditioner yet, but probably will this weekend at some point. 

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What other box subscriptions should I know about?  I think they might become my new go-to gift idea since there seem to be so many different box-of-the-month options out there! 

P.S. Yet another reason I love BB – the actual boxes that everything comes in are perfect for wrapping other gifts!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Bright Baby Shower for Kara

My first baby shower to hostess this spring has come and gone, and we had such a fun time celebrating Kara and baby Kalli!  We had the shower at our church on Sunday afternoon, which worked out well since most of us were at church most of the day yesterday anyway.  Also, since our church is downtown, it was nice to have the shower in a central location that was as convenient as possible for everyone. 

Because the shower was in the middle of the afternoon, we kept it simple in the food department and just served fresh fruit with fruit dip, veggies and dip, and teeny tiny bundt cakes.  I left some of the cakes plain, topped some with a lemon and orange glaze, and topped the rest with a strawberry glaze.  We also had citrus water and pink lemonade to drink. 

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The mason jars and striped straws were a fun touch.  Ever since Emily’s St. Patrick’s Day engagement party when I discovered the magic of paper straws, I’ve been kind of obsessed.  I have bunches of these pink ones left over, so I’ll be over here drinking smoothies and anything else I can think to liquefy if you need me. ;)

I have to give a huge shout out to my mom who made the cute name banner that we hung above the food table and the precious Kalli Jo canvas for the table!  Kara took both of these home with her to use in the nursery, and I think she loved them just as much as I did.

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(I am embarrassed to tell y’all how many pictures I took of those sweet little pink birds on the ends!)

One of my co-hostesses, Brooke, did a great job coming up with games and activities for us to do during the shower.  Our other co-hostess, Sarah, brought fun balloons that we used to decorate the gift table and Kara’s chair where she sat to open gifts.  Sarah also facilitated the games after we realized that she would have absolutely smoked us all in a nursery rhyme game.  She has a six month old and has clearly been reading nursery rhymes for the past six months straight! 

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We played the nursery rhyme game that I mentioned above and a “Price is Right” game where guests had to guess the prices of various baby essentials.  This was surprisingly hilarious, and a bonus was that Kara got to take everything home with her after the shower!  Brooke also printed off cute little cards for us to write wishes for Kara and the baby.  We also had a little station where guests could write messages on diapers to hopefully provide a little comic relief in the wee hours of the morning when Kara is up changing diapers. 

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I probably shouldn’t admit this on the world wide web, but I wrote one that said “I’m sleeping really good right now ;) xoxo – Emily.”  I am sure that will come back to haunt me one day!

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Kara got so many cute, tiny, girly gifts!  We had a ball ooohing and ahhing over each one.  Brooke (on the left) is also pregnant, and her shower is up next!  She is having a baby boy, so hers will be totally opposite of this one, but I am equally as excited to help host that in just a few weeks.   

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Have a great week everyone!  I’m glad I at least had something bright and cheery to blog about today since the weather here in Dallas is anything but bright and cheery.  I’m hoping that spring will come on back in the next day or two!