Friday Favorites

Running a little behind this Friday.  Todd and I hosted a party for some friends last night, and Davis basically had to drag me out of bed at 7 this morning.  Mom of the year.   Anyway, it’s been a big, busy week around here, and I am very much looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home!
Today I am linking up with April, Natasha, and Christina; Karli; Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Five on Friday, Oh Hey Friday!, and Friday Favorites.  I am also linking up with the group from High Five for Friday, Bright on a Budget!

ONE: I have a hair secret weapon!  I like to do my hair in a simple, low updo for special occasions, if my curls aren’t acting right, or if my hair is in need of a wash, but I still need to look presentable.  I have had these corkscrew bobby pin things for at least 6 years and I love them! I did my hair like this for the wedding we attended on Sunday, and we didn’t have a mirror for me to see the back, so I asked Todd to take some pictures so that I could see what I was doing.  I decided since I had the photos, to share one of my go-to hair tools.

the best hair tools for simple updos; simple undo for medium to long hair

I pinned a few of those loose pieces in after this picture. 

style spin bobby pins

To fix my hair this way, I:

  • curl it into waves with a 1 inch curling iron – the curls don’t need to be perfect – then spray it with flexible hold hair spray
  • pin the top half back with 3 or so bobby pins (a parted half up, half down look). Make sure to bump it up a little for some volume.  Don’t worry if this entire style is messy – that is what you want. I left the very front piece of my hair (bangs I guess) out of the half-up pins, and pinned that back last
  • spin your hair into a loose bun or twist
  • spin one of the pins through your hair, then from the opposite side, spin the other pin.  They will twist together and should hold the majority of your hair
  • pin the loose pieces in with bobby pins as needed.

I don’t aim for a perfect bun!  These pins are magic, and sure beat using a million bobby pins!

the best bobby pins for updos

P.S. My robe is Pink Blush Maternity!  Full post about it coming soon.

TWO: Our gender reveal!  I will post a how-to next week, because paint in squirt guns is basically the most fun ever for a 3 year old boy.  (I posted a video of Davis finding out he’s having a brother on instagram earlier this week). But obviously getting to see our second baby BOY again was a favorite this week.  Todd and I were both a little shocked to find out we are having another boy, but we’re really excited!  It confirmed our decision to move further out into the country to this house last year. :)

older sibling gender reveal

His “Big Brother” t-shirt is Honey Bee Tees and was a gift from Todd’s parents!

Honey Bee Tees big brother t-shirt

THREE: I made these cupcakes for a few different celebrations this week, and I fell in love with their charm.  If only I could eat gluten!  These are pretty tough to resist.  I made a mini version of the absolute best sea salt chocolate chip cookies.  The cupcakes are my classic chocolate cake with my go-to vanilla cream cheese buttercream.  I rolled the sides of the buttercream in sprinkles, then topped with a cookie!

I can’t believe I’ve never shared this cupcake recipe on my blog.  I will fix that soon!

birthday cupcake; chocolate cupcake; cream cheese buttercream with sprinkles, topped with a chocolate chip cookie

rustic baby shower setup; sprinkle cupcakes

FOUR: One of the reasons I made the cookies was for a couples baby shower that we hosted for some of our dearest friends last night.  They are also our Honor Roll Designs partners.  Look for a post with more details of the shower later, but here is a glimpse of the party.

baby boy shower; rustic and gold centerpiece

FIVE: Davis spent last weekend with my parents while Todd and I were in Charleston.  While there, my mom had this fun activity planned!  She bought 4 craft paper mache animals (from Target!) – 2 dinosaurs, a lion, and a rhinoceros – for them to paint.  We left the dinosaurs at their house, and brought home the lion and rhino.  I love them!  I even included them in our living room as decor!

Target craft paper mache animals to paint for kids; kids craft idea

Don’t forget!  If you’d like a chance to win $75 to Pink Blush, you have until NOON today to enter!  All the details are in this post from Wednesday!  You can also enter on instagram.  THANK YOU to everyone who has entered so far!  I will announce the winner early next week!

Pink Blush Maternity; dressing the bump; 17 weeks pregnant bump

Also from this week: my second Charlotte Restaurant Review featuring healthy, casual spots, and a caterer.  And I wrote about our Charleston trip, with some restaurant ideas included.

Enjoy your, everyone!  Thank you so much for reading!



Erin’s Baby Shower

One of my dear friends, Erin, has been trying for a baby for many years.  She and her husband love the Lord, and are truly wonderful people.  They made the decision to adopt last year, and this summer, they were able to bring their BABY GIRL home!!!  Her name is Izzy (Isabel), and she is precious!

Three of us, Moira, Kate, and I, threw Erin a baby shower at my house a few weeks ago.   Erin loves Fall and cooler weather, so we wanted to incorporate some Fall details into her girly shower.  We did this with the natural-colored pumpkins and fresh flowers.  Here are some of the pictures and details from the day…

banner from torn fabric and burlap for baby girl shower

The prints above the mantle were a gift from us to Erin.  The first one has 1 Samuel 1:27 “For this child I have prayed…” and the other print has an “I” and says her name under it.  The banner was made by Moira, and is all torn fabric to match Izzy’s nursery!  She bought the burlap banner from Hobby Lobby (I think) and wrote her name on it with chalk. baby girl shower flower arrangements

My mom and I arranged the flowers at her house before the shower.  I bought some from Trader Joe’s, and then we went around her yard and cut plenty of branches, greenery, and flowers.


Erin with Izzy, and Sarah with Ezra!  IMG_2513

Me with Kate, Erin/Izzy, and Moira.  I had such a wonderful time hosting with Kate and Moira, and we were honored to do this for Erin. IMG_2495

We have a chalkboard wall right outside of our dining room.  I do not have the greatest handwriting, but I LOVE the words in this verse.

This was set up in my foyer.  Kate put together the print of a tree, and had all of the shower guests place their fingerprints on the tree.  Many people have prayed for Erin and Jason’s journey to be parents, and this tree shows her “framily.”  We also had bins to place addressed envelopes for Erin to use for thank you notes. IMG_2490


  • Mimosa Bar (champagne and sparkling apple cider + mixers, including mango nectar; apple cider; blood orange juice; berry juice)
  • Coffee Bar (with chocolate-dipped spoons; pumpkin spice creamer + a special coffee mug for Erin that says “Mom est. 2015”)
  • Bagel Bar (everything bagels + plain bagels with smoked salmon, capers, homemade herb/garlic/lemon cream cheese, cucumbers, red onion, dill, parsley, lemon; cinnamon crunch bagels with homemade honey walnut cream cheese)
  • Pumpkin Spice Donuts
  • Yogurt + Granola + Fruit
  • Chicken and Waffle Bites

mimosa bar for baby shower


fruit water for baby girl shower mimosa bar Fall baby girl shower coffee bar

bagel bar for brunch

chicken and waffles for brunch baby shower brunch baby shower food pumpkin spice donuts for baby shower brunch food for baby shower


Sarah’s Baby Sprinkle + Ezra is Here!

The baby sprinkle portion of this post is quite belated!  Along with several other girls, I hosted a baby sprinkle for Sarah earlier this Summer.  At the time she was expecting, and now her new son, Ezra Patrick, is here!  He was born last week!  I don’t want to steal her thunder, because I know she will want to post about his birthday, but I did include a couple of pictures of that sweet baby boy in Monday’s post.

I did still want to post about her sprinkle, so even though it is quite after-the-fact, here are the party details.

baby boy shower

Bryleigh (her oldest) and Sarah.  Didn’t she look beautiful in that Free People dress?!


LOVE these sweet girls: Bryleigh and Mary Elliott.  (Our family has some adorable little ones, just saying ;)). And the flowers that Lauren picked and arranged are so lovely!  Oh, and that is April’s cute daughter, Mills, peeking in from the background!

We had brunch food, mimosas (virgin and regular), and relatively simple decor.

I hosted it at my house, along with Sarah’s older sister, my cousin Lauren, and several of Sarah’s close friends, Brittany, April, another Lindsay, and another Lauren. :)

baby boy sprinkle food

For the brunch, we took some of Sarah’s favorite things, plus foods she had been craving, and worked on making it a cohesive menu:

  • Cheese Tray
  • Donuts
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Green Salad with Blueberries, Mandarin Oranges, Feta, Candied Almonds
  • Chicken Salad – 2 Kinds from MayoBird in Charlotte
  • Mini Peach Crisps in Mason Jars

brunch on dining room table for a baby shower

baby boy shower food

brunch menu and table set up for a baby shower IMG_1026 IMG_1043 IMG_1034

IMG_1049 baby boy sprinkle flowers

The leftover flowers, plus some hostess gifts (flowers and pitchers) from Sarah.

It was such a privilege to celebrate one of my best friends!  She is a terrific mom, and I am thrilled for their family.  Plus I am an ‘aunt’ again!!!

Thank you for reading!

Baby Girl Sprinkle

One of my roommates from Chapel Hill, and dear friend, Margaret, is having her second baby within the week (hopefully!).  She has a son, and is now having a baby girl, and I cannot wait to meet her.  I know Margaret feels the same way – the very end of a pregnancy is tough!

I wanted to do something to celebrate this special baby girl, so one of Margaret’s friends from work and I co-hosted this baby sprinkle.  Her nursery is turquoise/teal, gold, and white.  It is perfectly feminine and classic!  We started with the inspiration for this sprinkle of turquoise and gold, and I knew I wanted to have plenty of fresh flowers. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen how happy those blooms made me!

On to the baby sprinkle details:

evite for a baby girl shower; turquoise, gold, floral

We just used an online invitation from evite…simply done!

white pom pom trim pillow with gold monogram for baby girl's nursery

My gift to Margaret was not practical at all, but I had to give her this pillow for baby girl’s nursery. This white pillow with pom pom trim (from Marshall’s!!) was begging for a gold monogram.

welcome table for a baby shower

floral arrangement: hydrangea, tulips, roses, eucalyptus

We always move our kitchen island into the open French doors of Todd’s office for parties at our house.  This time at served as a welcome table and a place for the guests to address thank-you note envelopes so that Margaret won’t have to worry about it.

All of the flowers were from Trader Joe’s and Costco.

turquoise, teal, gold, white baby girl shower; tassel garland; brunch

Brunch table with plentiful flowers and the tassel garland

gold, turquoise and pink cupcakes for a baby shower

I made mini strawberry cupcakes with turquoise colored buttercream and gold sprinkles.

juice bar for baby shower

We decided to have simple juice, pink lemonade, and water for drinks.  We also had a coffee bar.

turquoise, gold, white, pink tassel garland for a baby shower

My mantle is always a work in progress.  My mom helped me with the latest styling, and I added flowers and the tassel garland for the baby sprinkle.

flower arrangement with hydrangea, tulips, roses, eucalyptus

rustic wooden box with flowers

floral arrangement in rustic wooden box

pink florals in rustic wooden box

All the flowers.  These all made me so happy, and brought a lot of life to the look of the baby sprinkle!  (And hopefully Margaret enjoyed them, too).


Me, Margaret, Jennifer

I regret not taking more pictures of Margaret and her friends and family during the sprinkle.  This is the only one I got!

Neely’s Baby Shower

Neely is a good friend and one of my college roommates.  She is beautiful, witty, Southern, fashionable, smart, and I can’t wait to meet her baby boy!  His initials are MAC, and they’ve chosen to call him that: Mac.  I love it!

Allison, Margaret, and I (2 other college roommates and friends) hosted a baby shower for Neely in August at her parents’ home.  Neely’s mom and dad are wonderful – Mac is going to be so spoiled and loved!  Anyway, on to the shower details….  We planned around a pattern that Neely had mentioned she liked for her baby boy: madras.  Allison, Margaret and I found an invitation from this Etsy shop, and took it from there!  Allison found the fabric for the table runners, and we all worked on the flowers, food, and serving pieces.  We also incorporated his initials on the wreath, invitation, and food table.

I loved being able to help host this for Neely, and I am so excited for she and Andrew to welcome Mac.  Praying for an easy delivery and a strong, healthy baby boy.  Love you, Neely!

baby boy shower invitation; madras red and blue plaid

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