Friday, November 9, 2012

All the Leaves are Fallin...

I just had to share these pictures of my boys enjoying the fall leaves.  My boys LOVE to be outside.  Pretty much all day.  So sometimes we get a little tired of doing the same ole thing outside that we do almost everyday.  One afternoon after I picked Braden up from school, we were playing outside, as usual, and I noticed how many leaves were in the yard.  I told Braden we should probably rake all the leaves and he thought that was a great idea!  He loved using the big rake.  We collected all the leaves into a big pile and let them play.  It is amazing how much joy a big pile of leaves can bring!  I only hope it can be this joyful when they get older and have to do it for real!
Making his pile

Ready...  Set...  Go!

Let the rolling begin!

I think this one is going to have to be blown up.  Might be one of my favorite pictures.  You can just see how much fun he is having!

Those blue eyes...

Sweet brothers

This one might have to get framed too!

I kind of wish it could be Fall all year.  Love the changing leaves, all the colors, and the beautiful weather.  Get outside and enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

I love Fall.  I love pumpkin everything.  I love pumpkin patches.  And I love that they give you a cute little free pumpkin.  

One day a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article on Martha Stewart about what to do with the seeds from your pumpkin.  One of the ideas was to make this super cute bird feeder.  

Braden really loved carving pumpkins this year so I knew this would be a project he would enjoy.  So one afternoon while baby brother was napping, we picked out one of the pumpkins we took home from the pumpkin patch and got to work.  

We started out by cutting the pumpkin in half and pulling out all the insides.

Then, we made a ridge around the rim to add the seeds for some decoration.  We also found a couple little sticks to add for a place for the bids to land on.  To hang the feeder, we found some twine that I had already and cut 2 equal strands and attach them to the bottom with a thumbtack and tied the ends together at the top.

Braden was so proud of his little feeder!  

He had to get up in the tree and admire it.

And just because he's so little pumpkin patch buddy.

 Picking out his pumpkin

Happy Fall and Happy Pumpkins!

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Pirate-y Halloween...

I have never really been a big fan of Halloween.  I remember dressing up as a kid to go trick-or-treating but I don't ever remember just loving it.  This year Braden was ALL. ABOUT. IT.  He has pretty much talked about what he wanted to be since this summer.  He wanted to decorate the house with bats and spiders (um, no.)  He is really enjoying all the dressing up lately and very into pretend play.

So back in August after we went to this awesome pirate show in Myrtle Beach, SC on our family vacation, he kept telling me he wanted to dress up like a pirate for Halloween.  I found him a cute costume online at Target and went ahead and ordered it.  He pretty much wanted to wear it everyday!  Then I decided that Cooper could be a parrot to go along with Braden's pirate costume.  

About a month ago, Braden started saying how he HAD to have a ship for Halloween.  Oh boy.  How the heck do we get a ship for Halloween??  I tried putting it off for a few days but he was NOT having it.  SO I put my thinking cap on and came up with an idea.  We will use the wagon!  I had just bought his new car seat and had this giant box sitting in the garage.  I went out and set it on top of the wagon and low and behold, it was just the right size!  Hallelujah!  We cut one side off of it and a hole on the other side and it slid right over the top of the wagon.  We painted it black and added port holes made from cardstock to the sides.  I thought this was good and he would be satisfied with his wagon/pirate ship.  OH no.  We HAVE to have a sail!  Of course we do.  So we headed over to Hobby Lobby to see what we could come up with.  I ended up buying 3 dowel rods, one that was pretty thick and the other 2 a little thinner.  We also bought some canvas.  I had some twine left over at home.  We painted the dowel rods black and constructed our sail.  Then added his pirate flag to the top.  Wow.  I have to was pretty fun!  And pretty easy too!  And it definitely made trick-or-treating fun having the wagon to tote our little parrot in!

And I give you....Captain Braden and his parrot in their awesome ship...

Braden had a great time trick-or-treating and loved all of his loot!

Cooper was just along for the ride but always loves riding in the wagon, err, ship!

Who knows what we will come with next year.  Braden already has ideas.  Batman, a fireman, a cowboy.  He is just full of imagination these days!  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Featuring.....Dress TWO Dream

About a month ago, a friend of mine from high school contacted me about a new business she and a friend had started.  The company specializes in dress up attire for little ones - mostly capes and tutus.  She had noticed all of my posts and pictures of Braden loving super heroes, and most importantly Oklahoma State, and selected him to make a special OSU cape.  In return, I promote her business.  I am so, so excited to do this for her, not only because Braden got a cool OSU cape, but the philanthropic concept behind the business.

Dress TWO Dream is based out of Phoenix, Arizona where its two owners live with their families.  Here is the description from their Facebook page:
"Dress TWO Dream takes pride in enabling parents and children the ability to make a difference and give hope to children in need and make dreams come true. For every tutu or cape purchased, Dress TWO Dream will donate one tutu or cape to a child in need or in the hospital. To complete the pact, Dress Two Dream has attached a half heart embellishment to each dress up item purchased and the coordinating half is donated to the child in need. Also, shortly after the donation is made, a member from Dress Two Dream will follow up with a short story about the life that was impacted because a tutu or cape was purchased. This follow up email or letter will allow the child the opportunity who purchased the item to realize the impact of that purchase.

Donations are made, but not limited to:
-Children's Hospital
-Ronald McDonald House
-Special Olympics/Best Buddies

Specializing in dress-up, holiday and special event inspired attire, Dress TWO Dream provides children with the means to create and explore the depths of their imagination, and channel the creativity that is inside of each one of us.

Dress TWO Dream was founded by Cianne Hensley and Veronica Frost. Cianne is blessed with two boys and Veronica with one girl and all are the inspiration for this shop. Our passion and heart is raising our children and having the ability to make a difference in the community, and Dress TWO Dream enables us to combine our passions and instill the same love and passion in our children.

All products are $30, and custom orders may have additional charges, keep in mind that all capes are reversible. Please contact us with ordering requests via a facebook message or email us at

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!" -Dr. Seuss"

What a great way to show love to others!  I am just so honored that they chose Braden to receive one of their special products.  He was SO excited when it came in the mail and literally wore it for the whole day.  He puts it on almost every day to play super heroes....or to take a walk to feed the ducks.

Here are a few pictures of his awesome cape...

My favorite part is the little heart.  I was also very impressed with the quality of their product.  It will definitely last a long time and through many super hero adventures!

Cianne, thank you again.  We are so proud to show off Braden's cape and even more proud to tell people about your business and the heart of its owners.  Many lives will be blessed by your generosity!

To order a creation from Dress TWO Dream, here is a link to their Etsy shop and Facebook page.  They just posted some new capes and tutus in time for Halloween.


Friday, September 7, 2012

It's Orange Friday, y'all!


Whoohoo for Friday.....and College Football is back!!  We had a great time last Saturday being in our favorite place....Stillwater, cheer on our Cowboys!  Started the season off right with a major blowout!  Go Pokes!!

So I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite ORANGE things so far this season...

I bought these awesome shorts from JCrew this summer and they are my favorite!  I wear them at least once a week usually more...and now EVERY Friday!  They are the perfect length for me and can really go with so many different tops.

One of my best friends, Jenn, put this necklace on her of course I had to get it in ORANGE!  It was about $15 including shipping...can't beat that!!  I love it so much and it can go with just about anything as well.

My neighbor alerted me to a cute boutique shop located in Weatherford, OK.  "It's All About Moi!" has some great tops and adorable dresses for both OSU and OU, as well as some really cute Thunder apparel {I might have to go back for basketball season :)}  Since our cousins live in Weatherford and we don't get to see them very often, the boys and I loaded up for a play day with our cousins and a quick shopping trip for mommy!  And I bought this....

LOVE IT!  And SO comfortable!
For my birthday last year, my awesome sister sent me a super cute bracelet.  It came from this Etsy shop and I LOVE it.  I love that it has the different pictures and highlights some OSU but mostly our wonderful state of Oklahoma.  And you can add other bracelets to wear with it.

This is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I can't wait for the temperatures to get cooler so it will really feel like fall - and then I can find some cool weather orange favorites!
From our family to yours...
Happy Friday and GO POKES!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

a book theme baby shower

I don't know what it is but there is a huge baby boom going on around here.  Just about everyone we know is either pregnant or has had a baby within the last year.  It is so much fun to see our friends become parents and welcome these sweet little babies into their families. 

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for one of our good friends, Alison.  She is due with her first baby in September.  Our Sunday School class helped organize the shower as well as our pastor's wife and worship pastor's wife.  It was so fun to plan and decorate. 

I just wanted to share some of the ideas we used.  We wanted to start a library for the baby so we asked everyone invited to bring a book, along with their gift.  All of our decorations were centered around books and we used the colors that Alison is using in the baby's room. 

Photographs taken by Lindsay Burnett at LK Images and a few by myself.

I wanted to make a banner with the baby's name, so I found some scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby with writing (it actually had Bible verses written all over it, which I loved!) and then solid colored paper to match the colors of the shower.
I also made some tissue poms, love those things, using a great tutorial I found on Pinterest. So easy and cheap! 

One of the hostesses had a couple different collections of children's books so we stacked those and scattered them around to keep with the theme.  She also was so crafty and made the adorable frames.  She used children's books torn into pieces and mod podged them onto a wooden frame, then made a bow for the top.  She printed out popular quotes and added those to the center of the frame.  This hostess also made a cardboard book into a utensil server, super cute!
Our crafty hostess finished it off by making these adorable favors to pass out.  I love the quote on the bookmarks. 
We had such a great time visiting and celebrating this precious baby and his parents.  I am so thankful for their friendship and cannot wait to meet their newest member in a few short weeks!
And just because I love her so much....