Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{ella's easter basket 2014}

Can you believe Easter is just a few days away?! It's even later this year and it has still snuck up on me!!! I have to say, Easter is one of my favorite holiday's! Ella has already had so much fun at our neighborhood Easter egg hunt {although, she is not a fan of being up close and personal with the Easter bunny}! I can't wait to see her little face when she opens her basked on Sunday morning! :-) Today, I wanted to share what's inside Ella's Easter basket this year. I always try to go for practical items - and this year was no different. I have several books pictured; however, these aren't actually the books I purchased {I just couldn't find the exact ones on Polyvore, but I will share a link for them}. Hope you enjoy!

Sure, the Easter bunny, Easter egg hunts, cute gifts, yummy treats area all so much fun, but Easter is SO much more than all these "things". Without Easter, there would be no hope for us. I'm so thankful for what this weekend means and holds for us. He is Risen, He is Risen indeed! Matthew 28:6

Friday, April 11, 2014

{five on friday!}

The weekend is here!!! Happy Friday, y'all! I'm back again for another week with Five on Friday! So here we go!
I made this yumminess for dinner this week! Quiche is one of my favorites! My picky little eater even said {after she cleared her plate}, "this is so good, mommy!" Winner! You can find the recipe here.
My spring porch inspiration! I LOVE everything about this! Love the look of the all white flowers on the front porch!
This past weekend our neighborhood put on their annual Egg-stravaganza! Ella was in her element!!! It was amazing what a difference a year makes! This year, she wanted to do everything {including the mini roller coaster}!!! It was fun seeing her running into her friends from school - every time we turned around, she was running off to hug her friends - little social butterfly! :-)
By now, I'm sure you've figured out that I absolutely love Chick-fil-A! {I've passed on this love to Ella!} Maybe this recipe could save me some dollas during the hot summer months! ;)  
Wishing you all a very happy weekend! I'm headed to Ft. Worth for my sister's first wedding shower! It's season has arrived!!!
You to can join in on the Friday fun with Darci, April, Natasha and Christina! Check it out!

Monday, April 7, 2014

{Easter book favorites} for the mini

One of Ella's most favorite things to do is to read! And I love that! Growing up, I remember getting to pull out all of our "holiday" books whether it be for Christmas, Easter, Halloween! It was always fun to change up our books for about a month or so! I love getting to continue this tradition with Ella. Today, I'm sharing a few of our Easter favorites! Some were books that I remember enjoying as a little girl and others are newer ones {to both her and myself}! If you have some favorites that are different from our little list, please do share!

{Easter book favorites} for the mini
Happy browsing and shopping!

Friday, April 4, 2014

{five on friday} florals + photos + food and more!

Hellooooo, Friday! Linking up again with the gals behind The Good Life Blog, Hello Happiness, A.Liz Adventures, and Carolina Charm.
I came across this centerpiece the other day and love, love, love it! So simple! Love the pop of pink with the turquoise mason jars! Might just be my springtime winner this year!
Speaking of flowers, we did a little photo shoot this past week with the gorgeous Texas blue bonnets! We've been wanting to do these for several years, but it never worked until now! Here's a little preview! Can't WAIT to see the rest!!!
There's nothing better than seasonal popcorn mix! My mouth is watering already! Can't wait to make this "bunny bait" for myself our sweet little friends and co-workers!
And while I'm at it, is this not the cutest little packaging you ever did see?!? Click here for this easter tag instant download!
Thank you, Pinterest! I always love finding "winner" recipes! I made this the other night to go along with some grilled chicken and the caption says it best....the best you'll ever eat! So delish!!! Recipe can be found here.
In case you missed it, I shared some of my favorite "spring things" this week! Check it out here!
Wishing you a happy weekend!!!! Xx

Thursday, April 3, 2014

{ella at 30 months}

Dear Ella,
Happy 2 1/2 years, my sweet girl {a week late}! You can just get use to this phrase, because it is so true..."where oh where does the time go?" In some ways it feels like yesterday I was having to feed you, change you and carry you around and on the other hand that feels like so long ago as you are the most independent little thing I've ever seen! You bring more joy to your daddy and I than we will ever be able to tell you! You make us laugh harder than we ever have and put a constant smile on our faces {okay, for the most part at least}! ;) This is what 2 1/2 years looks like for you, my dear!
Weight: 27.8 lbs (35%)  Height: 37.75 inches (56%)
Potty: You have been completely potty trained since you were 28 months. You are still just as proud to tell us when you've gone as you were the first time! Too cute! 
TV show - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse {still}, you enjoy watching Dora, Bubble Guppies, Barney and Yo Gabba Gabba as well!
Song - You LOVE to sing! Some of your favorites are ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Row Row Your Boat, and Jesus Loves Me.
Color - PINK and PURPLE (you tell us this about 20 times a day!!!!)
Food - Ice Cream, Pizza, Spaghetti, Mac & Cheese, Chocolate milk (a new one for you), Strawberries and Cheese!
Activities - The Zoo, playing with your cousins, dancing as soon as you hear music play, reading, playing babies, "cooking" in your kitchen, looking at pictures on mommy's phone, and being outside!
Having a mommy as a Speech Path means that I am constantly {just out of habit} analyzing speech and language. Girlfriend, your vocabulary and sentence structure blow me away! I often times have to remind myself you're just TWO! I love hearing your little voice {yes, even if they aren't always the nicest words} hint hint "NO, mommy, I not do that!"  To hear you say, "Mommy, I give you a big hug and a kiss" or "I love you mommy" are still just as sweet as the first time you said them!
My prayer for you:
Father, I thank you for Ella. The sweetest gift EVER! I pray you would keep her little heart just as tender as it is today and that she would continue to love others no matter their color, size, and differences. I pray that she would grow up to love you with all of her heart.

We love you to the moon and back, baby girl!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

{spring favorites}

Spring is in the air! Sharing a few favorites today. Anything from scents to flowers. I guess I'm an all the way 4 seasons girl as I LOVE what each season brings. I always think "this is my favorite", but then the next season rolls around and I say the exact same thing! :-) Spring time is my favorite for the colors! My little fam loves being outdoors, so I always appreciate the new blooms {not the allergies that go along with it}! Enjoy... 
{spring favorites}

Friday, March 28, 2014

{five on friday} five randoms

Happy Friday, friends!!! I might not be getting my post out until 8:30pm, but hey, at least it's still Friday!! ;) Linking up again with my sweet friend Darci, April, Christina and Natasha!

I am in full party planning mode for my sister's bachelorette party weekend in May! LOVE getting plan, pick out, and dream about this weekend! Invitations were ordered today and a proof was sent excited! Not ready to give it away just yet! ;)

Speaking of my sister's wedding, that also means lots of showers and parties! I ordered this little beauty! Hopefully it'll be just as cute in person {and on} as it is in the picture!!! I'm loving bold, bright pink!

You know those last minute thoughts that actually turn into plans that end up being SO FUN and just what you needed at that time?!? I called my sweet friend down the street this week to see if she was free to go get margs and pedi's, and literally within five minutes, we were out the door! Such a fun {and random} afternoon out!!! Those are always the best!

Loved getting to meet up with my sweet friend Emily and her precious Owen and Claire for a play date this past week!!! Ella and Owen were so cute and fun to watch together! And how about those coordinating shirts?!?!?

Today was "rain day" at Ella's school! She was all decked out and!!! Love seeing that sweet, happy smile!
Here's to a happy weekend!!! XO