Perfect unicorn cake for little girl's birthday

Parties & Celebrations {Part 1} — DIY Unicorn Cake

I’ve been promising y’all forever that I was going to start a blog series on parties, events, and cake decorating!  Well, finally, here it is!!  Part 1!!  If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that we (my mom, MIL and me) just made my daughter THE COOLEST two-tiered unicorn cake for her 6th birthday.  The amazing response I got after sharing that cake is what finally made me sit down & start this series!! So THANK Y’ALL!!!

I’m so excited to share with you guys over the next few weeks, some of the parties me, my mom, and my sister have hosted together and/or for each other, and for our littles over the last 5+ years!  I hope y’all enjoy!!

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How to Shop for the Best and Most Affordable Farmhouse Rugs on Amazon

The Best Farmhouse Rugs on Amazon, & Tips for Finding The Perfect Rug for YOU!!

Rugs.  I’m not gonna lie y’all.  When it comes to rugs…I always drop the ball!  Not because I don’t know how to pick ’em, but because they’re always the LAST thing I think of when it comes to home decor.  I am so ashamed to say I have like 3 rugs in my house right now!  I know.  It’s basically a crime.  We have so much wood floor in our house and I only have, MAYBE, 5% of it covered.  No wonder my house is cold and my feet always hurt, lol 😂.

Seriously though, I’ve been searching high and low for rugs over these last few weeks and was THRILLED to see that Amazon not only has GREAT options, but they’re SUPER affordable too!!  And because I liked what I saw while I was perusing the infinite webspace that is The Amazon Marketplace (seriously, they have SO MUCH STUFF), I decided it might be helpful to go ahead and round-up my absolute fave farmhouse-style finds to share them with you guys as well!!

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Affordable & AWESOME Faux Floral Finds From T.J.Maxx

Who out there is ready for spring?? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

Well, as ready as I am, I can tell you it’s absolutely no where in sight for those of us here in the Chicagoland area.  But, rather than wish away the weeks, I’m actually soaking up these beautiful snow covered views we’ve had the last few days/weeks.  Y’all, I’ve never seen snow so glittery!!  It literally looks like billions of diamonds covering the ground and trees.  It’s absolutely breathtaking.

All that said, I’m still lookin forward to the warmer temps, bright colors, and sweet sweet smells of spring.

I’ve already started brainstorming the aesthetic I’m going for this spring, and while doing that, a light bulb went off! Y’all are always asking me where I get my faux greenery and floral, so as I was shopping around for my spring inspiration, I thought I’d throw a blog post together for y’all to share some of my favorite affordable floral finds!! And the truth is, even though I found these items while brainstorming my spring design plan, most (if not all) of these items would work very nicely for ANY season!! Y’all know I love versatility in my decor!! So the fact that this collection of faux floral and greenery could work all year-round is just an added bonus!!

Because I know the cost of floral and greenery can add up, I made sure to only add items that were super affordable—and where do you think I went to look for these goodies?!  T.J. Maxx of course!!! (No, this is NOT sponsored, I just love that their decor is so fairly priced, super on trend, and AVAILABLE ONLINE!!  I’m a fan of shopping from my couch if you couldn’t tell, lol.

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EC Life Planner to stay organized in the new year

Getting & Staying Organized in 2019

And just like that the first three weeks of the new year are already over!  I seriously can’t believe it!  Although, for us, Weeks 1, 2, & 3  were spent recovering from a wicked stomach bug, strep, and scarlet fever;  so that could be why it was kind of a blur…my memory must be trying to just block it out. 😂

Anywho, Week 4, I see you!  And this week has been dedicated to preparing & planning for 2019! If you’ve followed me on Instagram for awhile, then you already know I’m a planner.  And a list maker.  And an all around control freak (but that’s neither here nor there).  Well, my Holy Grail of planning & staying on track is my Erin Condren Life Planner.

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JORD Wooden Watch Frankie Series

Is Better Time Management On Your List of Goals this Year?? I Can Help You Out!! JORD Watch GIVEAWAY!!!

Before I dive in here, let me just start by saying, YES, one of you lucky readers will be taking home a $100 voucher to JORD watches for whatever timepiece your little heart desires!!  I’m so excited to see who wins!!  (Details on how to enter are included below😉)


Sooooo….with that said, maybe you’ve already heard of JORD watches, maybe you haven’t.  One thing you NEED to know right off the bat….they’re AMAZING!!!  Now, I’d seen these puppies floating around Instagram for awhile, but boy, lemme tell ya, I WAY underestimated them!  Y’all, I ACTUALLY put down my Apple watch to wear this thing.  That’s how much I LOVE IT!!! I can’t even explain the look of jealousy my husband gave me when I told him JORD wanted to collaborate with me!!  Ahh!! 😂😂  He’s a huge watch buff.  So much so that I ALMOST let him pick a watch instead of me.  Sorry Babe, not this time, lol.  Oh, and yes, they also have Men’s Watches too (do I hear “great gift idea”??)! Continue reading

Easy Neutral Holiday Tablescape

One of my FAVORITE things to decorate for the holidays (or any season really) is my dining room table!  There’s just something about tablescapes that make me feel all warm & fuzzy!  Whether I’m hosting for Christmas or not, I still love to dress up my table.  Just makes the whole room feel so warm & magical!!

This year, when I was planning our table setup in my head, greens and garlands just kept poppin’ in there.  So I went with it!  That became the mental (and literal) centerpiece with which I designed everything around.  Now, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel here!  If you plan to replicate or pull inspiration from what I’m about to show, FEEL FREE TO USE WHATEVER GARLANDS YOU ALREADY HAVE!!  No need to go buy more, trust me, I know how expensive they can be!  Just use whatever you have lying around!  And if it’s not full enough or “interesting” enough for you.  I’ll show you some ways to dress it up, without breaking the bank! 😉  That’s actually exactly what I did with mine.

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Cute & Casual Holiday Outfits {Plus Great Suggestions for the Fam}

Any of you guys already planning (or trying to plan) your holiday outfits?? 🙋🏻🙋🏻  My excuse is that I’m traveling for the holidays so I’ll have to plan & pack in advance. 😆

But even if that weren’t the case, I’m sure I’d still be franticly searching Pinterest for ideas.  Lol.  I do it every year!

I noticed, while exercising my thumbs on the Pinterest search page, however, that most of what I was finding was a little too dressy for what I’m going for.  Don’t get me wrong…I love a good sequins skirt as much as the next girl, but for our family Christmas, I thought that might be a bit much.

So…I thought some of you might be in that same pickle; looking for some holiday outfit inspo that’s a little more casual, still cute, and can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of accessories.  So, if that’s you, then read on Sister! Continue reading

Pottery Barn Gift Guide & Great Holiday Steals UNDER $50!!!

Hi Friends!!

So, as I’m sure you know, over the past few weeks I’ve shared a few holiday round ups from some of our FAVE budget friendly places to shop.  Well, as much as I LOVE those retailers, I also wanted to put something together for y’all that might be a little more “gift giving friendly”.  Not that giving (or getting) gifts from Target isn’t fabulous, BECAUSE IT IS!!!  But I know sometimes, for Christmas we try & step up our game a little bit for certain people in our lives (Moms, Mother in Laws, Best Friends, Sisters, Grandmothers, Favorite Aunts, etc.)

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The Best Target Holiday Decor

Okay so I know it took me a little longer than planned to get this out to you guys (so sorry! Y’all know hosting out-of-town family for Thanksgiving can be a little cray. Fun, but cray).  But anyway, it’s ready now!!  And I’m not gonna lie.  Narrowing this down to just a few items was SO HARD!!! I’m a Target junkie!!  Seriously, I love EVERYTHING in that store.

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Old Navy Sale & Seasonal Faves

Ask & you shall receive!!

You guys wanted me to do a quick round-up while Old Navy was having their HUGE 50% off sale!  So I’ve gathered my faves here in this post for y’all!  I’ve even included mens & kids items too!  Happy Shopping Friends!!

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