Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friday Favorites!

TGIF, Y'all!!  Seriously.

I haven't been this excited about a Friday since May :) hahaha  

It's time for Friday Favorites!!! WOO HOO!!! 

Be sure to copy our image from below and paste it into your post, write about your Friday Favorites and then link to me, Erika or Narci! Easy!


Favorite 1!
Matilda Jane Fall 2014

I am BEYOND excited about this one!  My very favorite brand of girls (and women's!) clothing is releasing Part One of their Fall collection NEXT FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st!  If you're interested in ordering, PLEASE join my Trunk Show Facebook group for updates, instructions and lots and lots of pictures of mix and match combos of the clothes on release day.  

If you're local YOU'RE INVITED to my real life trunk show!  It's 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. at Stonebridge Country Club (7003 Beacon Hill Rd, McKinney, TX 75070) and it's come and go as you have time.  All the clothes will be there for you to see, feel and try on your girls (or you!).   If you're coming, shoot me an email at and don't forget to join the Facebook Group!

If you're not local, no worries!  Join the Facebook group anyway - and you'll be able to place your orders online like always.  Hope y'all are as excited as I am about this!!! :)  Here are a few sneak peeks to get you excited...

Favorite 2!
My Favorite Post From The Week

I saw this post last week and bawled like a baby through the whole thing.  If you have a son(s) you TOTALLY need to check it out.  In case you don't believe me, read this excerpt...

So today as your husband looks up at me and smiles and coos, I will think of you. I will pray for you. And I will do my best by you to raise a man among men. A leader among leaders. And to help him be strong, resilient, brave, loving, and humble. A good man in a storm.
Your Future Mother-in-Law
I mean.

So awesome.

Favorite 3!
My New Favorite Drink

I have always been a Starbucks "purist".  Hot tea in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon. 
That was until a SWEET SWEET SWEET blog reader INSISTED that I try a green tea lemonade with peach.  I was skeptical - but I had a free drink on my gold card and so I gave it a whirl.
And my life will never be the same.  Amen.

Do yourself a favor and get one today!  And then again tomorrow.  And then maybe again the day after that.

Favorite 4!
My new favorite craft!

I posted our back-to-school decorations on Tuesday and promised a tutorial for the apple I hung above my stove - so here it is. hahaha  Hopefully it's better than my American flag tutorial :)

I originally planned on making this out of burlap - but didn't have any at home, so I pulled out some canvas material I had in my stash and sketched out an apple.

I cut two of them out (they look different - but I promise they're the same.... I just cut the two layers of material together.

I used acrylic paint to paint my apple - BE WARNED! The canvas SUCKS UP THE PAINT!  I used paint I had around, but the red took an entire bottle.

I let it dry for a couple of hours and then started to assemble it.  The paint kind of shrunk the painted apple, but no worries!  I started at the stem and hot glued around the edge.

Originally I was going to stuff it full of grocery bags, but (despite the giant pile on my counter) I didn't have enough.  so I busted out my trusty roll of butcher paper and started tearing off sections and stuffing it.  Once it was stuffed to my liking, I hot glued it closed and then trimmed the edges.

I took some wire I had in my junk drawer, doubled it up and used a TON of hot glue to adhere it to the back.  I trimmed off the excess wire and it was ready to go!

It didn't turn out like I planned it to - but I think I love it more :)  I have plans to make these for LOTS of different occasions (I'm thinking a pumpkin, birthday cake for the kids birthdays, shamrock, etc.!)  The best part was that it cost me $0 to make.  That's right.  Nothing.

Favorite 5!
A Favorite Summer Pic/Memory
I was looking through pictures last week and came across this one of me and my cousin back in 1992.

This was at my grandparents cottage (one of my favorite places!), making mud pies (one of my favorite things to do!) wearing my favorite bathing suit EVER. hahaha
sidenote: in case you were curious - my stomach still totally looks like that.  Totally. :)

Don't forget - if you missed my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Sale you can check them out HERE.

So, grab the logo, link to one (or all!) of us and share your Friday Favorites!




  1. Happy Friday! I love all your back to school decorations. I start back to school Monday since I'm an administrator. There is always something exciting about the new, fresh blank slate of the beginning of the school year. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  2. The apple turned out so well!
    You are so dang creative :)
    Cute cute pic from '92!!

  3. Woohoo! I love all of your favorites today! Thanks to you...I'm now hooked on those Starbucks drinks too :). And listen...that's just fabulous friend! See you at the pool! XO

  4. I'm new to your blog - I found it through the link up. What a darling family you have! And I love your apple craft. That would be great to change up for different holidays and season like you said. Looks like something I will have to try! -Jess

  5. That apple! And, that is why you are so fabulous. Love you, friend! Glad your long week is over! Yay!

  6. Andrea! I am laughing soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hard! SO FLIPPING HARD! I had that same swimsuit as you!!!!! Hilarious!

  7. Thanks for hosting! Also, I love your monogramed apple. You are so crafty!

  8. You are like the Queen of Craftiness!! Love!! And that bathing suit from 1992? timeless!! Pretty sure it's making a comeback!

  9. Ok so I love this post but my favorite part is the fact that you now love peach green lemonade as much as I do! I told you it was life changing happy Friday sweet girl

  10. I want that drink right now! Thanks, I will try it today!

  11. OMG, I had that same bathing suit and I LOVED It so much and the tan lines it made, AWESOME! LOL

  12. Oh my gosh, that post! I have tears running down my face! What an amazing gift it is to be a mama!

  13. I so need a little girl for those MJ clothes!!! I would love to try that drink at Starbucks...but peach, green tea and lemonade are not faves of mine :(
    I must do that apple craft for our house! That sounds super easy!!! Thanks!
    I had a swimsuit just like that and I loved it!!!! And my abs look the same too! Weird! lol!
    Heading to read that post you shared now :)

  14. I love the apple, super cute! and a friend just started selling MJ and it made me think of you.

  15. Love the smiling faces of you and your cousin... and yes, my abs look like that as well ;)

  16. I almost ordered that peach green tea today, but changed my mind at the last second. I'll definitely give it a try next time! :)

  17. Love your apple! Curious if you had used burlap I'm assuming you would have painted it red as well? I have some extra lying around....thinking about making a bunch of small apples into an apple garland!

  18. I've been reading for a while and never commented, but I just had to say I tried the green tea lemonade with peach....oh goodness, it is wonderful! It almost reminds me of those gummy peach ring so good!!

  19. I am normally a passion tea lemonade drinker but I tried the peach green tea lemonade yesterday and LOVED it!! Thanks!!

  20. Can I it a Texas thing? I don't understand the age/grade correlation you guys have. In Tennessee, 6 year olds are in 1st grade. Your 6 year old is in pre-k still? What? He's so big. He totally looks like a first grader to me.

    1. Hey! I actually addressed this in my post here:

      Luke started PreK at 4, did two years of PreK and is now entering Kinder as a six year old.

      I don't think it's a "Texas thing" as much as it is a doing what's best for your child thing. Hope that answers your question! :)

  21. (as I'm sure you can tell by all of my comments, I'm catching up on my blog reading! haha) Girl, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE peach green tea lemonade! I'm surprised I didn't see this sooner! I discovered it last summer and have been hoping it would come back this summer. It's so depressing because when they run out of peach... it's gone! Thinking of buying myself some so I can order regular green tea lemonade and make my own at home! Haha.