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!



Friday Favorites

It has been another fun and busy week around here! Last night I attended a Kendra Scott event at South Park hosted by April and Sarah. This is the first of this kind of event I’ve been to, and I’m so happy I went! My friend Caroline went with me, and we had a great time! I even came home with some fun jewels!  Just wish I had taken some pictures.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and stay as cool as possible this weekend!

I’m linking up with April; Karli; Erika, Narci, and Andrea again this week.

ONE: I’m already thinking Fall clothes – anyone else?  I ordered these booties from Sole Society.  I need some updated booties this year, especially in black.  These look great online.  I will post more details once I receive them!  (Just fyi, you can receive 20% off your first order).

sole society booties, HOLLIE_BLACK_0852151

TWO: More hair updates. I had my hair cut shorter and updated the balayage color on Wednesday. My hair hasn’t been this short since 2007 but so far I’m enjoying it! The shorter blow-drying time doesn’t hurt either! Thank you Planet 21 for another great hair experience! 

medium length bob with balayage color medium length bob with balayage

THREE: The Honor Roll is BuzzFeed-worthy! Todd and Ryan’s t-shirt business was featured in an article on BuzzFeed last week: 18 “Friday Night Lights” Products That Will Make You Miss Dillon. Way to go guys! “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.” Check them out!  They’re currently sold out, but another order is on it’s way! 

Friday Night Lights memorabilia

FOUR: I am planning to start a new series (of sorts, I won’t be too strict) on my healthy habits. I’m a total nerd about health trends and keeping myself and my family in shape. If you want to get into a lengthy conversation with me, bring up nutrition. It’s my thing! So I am always fascinated by what’s new and hot in health and I thought I should start posting about what I’ve tried and what works for me. I want to try some new trends, but for now, here are some of my blog post ideas of practices that I currently put into habit:

  • Dry Brushing
  • Clean, Green, Lean
  • Gallon of Water
  • Oil Pulling
  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Clay Mask
  • Gluten & Dairy Free
  • Healthy Fats
  • Vegetable-Based Diet
  • Probiotics
  • Healthy “Extras”
  • Essential Oils
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Manuka Honey

FIVE: Working on this.  It is perfect timing, too, seeing as how LOVE Week begins at our church this weekend.  If you’re looking for a way to volunteer and serve the city of Charlotte, we have tons of opportunities!

generosity quote


Have a lovely weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!
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Our Weekend + Sea Salt Spray

Last weekend was low-key….working around the house, dinners at home, church, etc.  It was nice to be home with my family, but I have to be honest – I did have flashbacks of our island trip and it made me miss vacation!

I took Davis to the pool Friday morning for swimming and a “picnic” lunch.


That night I felt the need to get some “superfoods” in our system, plus I had some vegetables left from our CSA.  I made a kale and quinoa salad for dinner that included carrots, toasted pecans, cucumber, creamy balsamic vinaigrette, and we topped it with avocado.  I may post the recipe soon.

kale and quinoa salad with avocado

Saturday I had a girls morning with Sarah and Ashley!  I wish I had gotten a picture.  We were just chatting and catching up too much to remember to snap one.

The rest of the day was spent around the house.  Seeing these two together is such a dream come true!


Saturday night I made some very simple tacos: chicken, arugula (from our CSA), avocado, cheese, chipotle sauce.  And champagne, duh. ;)

We started watching Bloodline on Netflix over the weekend.  Anyone watch it?  We have watched 2 episodes so far.  Not sure exactly what to think yet! 

Stickers before church on Sunday.  Those Melissa & Doug sticker books are great.  The stickers can be used over and over again.  I found this one for Marshall’s for around $4.

Melissa & Doug sticker book

We attempted a family selfie on the way to church.  Davis wasn’t thrilled with the idea, clearly. ;)


Besides last Sunday, when our pastor preached about the tragic events in Charleston, our church has had a “staycation” in June.  The sermons have been a little shorter, giving people time to hang out and get to know other after church.  This weekend our campus had a bounce house, sweet summery treats, and other games for the kids.  Todd and Jeremy convinced some of the kids playing basketball to give them a turn.

We are truly blessed to have so many great friends through church.


Todd had a little assistant when he mowed the yard later that day!

Side note – our back yard needs a ton of work.  We have big dreams, but we’re trying to take the house projects one at a time.  Maybe it will look better by next Summer?!


Okay, now onto my new favorite hair product!  I bought Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and now I’m hooked.  It’s less than $5 at Target, and it’s also on sale at Ulta.  I use it on dry hair, before using a curling iron to add loose waves to my hair.  My hair is very straight and slick.  It is not naturally curly at all.  This adds enough texture to my hair to hold the waves, and it gives a natural look.  Plus, I can fix my hair when it’s dirty (my hair hadn’t been washed in 2 days).  For being so inexpensive, I am very happy with the results.  And smelling like the beach is an added bonus.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray


Sea Salt Spray

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray