Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I promised to be back with our Christmas Cards this year and I aim to deliver, even if it is a couple days after Christmas!

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After Caveboy was born I was very insistent on having a family photo each year and would force my guys to comply and the photos always looked like they had been forced, but over the past couple of years I stopped trying to force the photo shoot horror on them and have attempted to just get a few decent photos of Caveboy.

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Front – Christmas Card 2013

This year, with my crazy school schedule, work and just normal life stuff, Caveman gave me the best Christmas gift a few months eary – a family photo shoot. Oddly enough even though my guys were cooperating, Caveboy looked like he could cry or was completely bored in most of the photos or they just turned out too blurry or dark.

This cover photo is the very first photo we took and it is completely us right now! Caveman has never been that relaxed in front of the camera so he looks to be more at attention, Caveboy currently sings/rhymes/talks all.the.time. these days and I’m smiling praying everyone else is too! This is what happens when you use the self timer to get family photos, but again this photo is completely us at this stage in our lives.

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Back – Christmas Card 2013

I decided to use our Halloween costume photo on the back because it was really cute and turned out remarkably well for an inpromptu family photo. If you’ll recall I wasn’t able to make the dress I had planned for the day of Halloween but the weekend after Halloween I quickly finished it in time for the postponed party at our church where we were able to attend as one of the Duck Dynasty families!! The pink & olive green camo pattern mini dress was a hit along with Caveboy’s fleece beard and Caveman’s attire. It was a great memory and a great photo to include in our Christmas greeting this year!

The individual photos of Caveboy were included because everyone loves to see how much he’s grown. On the cover that photo was taken after we had returned home, in our front yard. The photo on the back was taken during the photo shoot earlier in the day. It was the least dark and actually in focus of the bunch. So I guess you could say this Christmas card is filled with planned and unplanned photos and that makes it all the more special to me.

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Hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a very blessed and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!

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Happy Halloween 2013!

halloween, cowboy, Duck Dynasty

1st up we have my Caveman as a Cowboy! 2nd up, Caveboy as a lumberjack/Duck Dynasty cast member!

Please forgive the quality of these photos, but it was the end of the day and we were attempting to beat the rain that was threatening in order to get a few photos. Also I thought it would be beautiful to take our photos in front of this burning bush, but my poor cell phone camera couldn’t quite handle the vibrant reds.

I used this tutorial to make Caveboy’s beard! I love Ashley‘s blog, she has the best tutorials and check out her kids Halloween costumes! They are amazing. This little beard took me about 30 minutes to make the other night, with Caveboy jumping up and down, crying to wear his beard the whole time!! LOL Patience, he has yet to master!

Black, riding boots, lumberjack, duck dynasty

My Halloween outfit and Caveboy and I

Fall has exploded with some beautiful colors this week and hotter than normal temps!

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If you follow me over on Instagram you will see a few other fall photos I’ve taken on my daily walk to school. Not much has been happening other than work, school, family – repeat! I’ve survived 3 exams thus far this semester. Just wanted to drop in quickly today with a little update! I’m looking forward to the holidays just to I can slow down some!

Hope everyone had a great Halloween and Fall so far!!

5 Things: Life lately

I thought I’d play along and link up with Hallie this week for Five Favorites!

Y’all I’ve been longing for Fall! Caveman & I were talking the other day about the changing seasons. He is definitely a summertime kinda guy, while I absolutely love and get giddy, excited for the fall! Weird considering that I was a summertime baby and he was a middle-of-winter baby, but I digress. There is just something about the coming fall. The subtle changes in the leaves, the smell of the air, the light as the sun moves farther and farther south, the coming harvest with hayrides, fall fruits and vegetables and pumpkins and the warm mugs of apple cider or hot coco. I’m just so excited about the coming fall and all the changes it brings.

But back to our summer adventures….Let’s Talk about my Cavemen’s green thumbs!

Sunflowers

Caveboy’s Sunflowers Turned Out Really Beautiful This Year!

Our Garden

When we were getting seeds and seedlings ready for our garden this year, the first big garden we’ve had I might add, Caveboy requested sunflowers. Not just any sunflowers but the giant sunflowers. Caveman planted them along our chain link fence in front of our garden. I love seeing them everyday when we drive up! They are so happy and carefree looking. We are already talking about planting them again next year, only more of them too!

After the sunflowers were growing in the ground and while we were walking around the grocery store one day, Caveman commented he’d always wanted a Venus Fly Trap. Of course there were a few in the store so we bought one and brought it home. Let me just stop right here and say Caveman is truly a Renaissance Man; he gardens, raises fish, Mountain Bikes, can talk circles around most about Politics, is a very good engineer and financier; not to mention he really should have been a doctor! So when he said he wanted a Venus Fly Trap but really didn’t know anything about them, I had complete faith in his abilities. He researched on the internet, gathered his supplies and put it all together in a little fish bowl with rocks, water and peat moss.

Venus Fly Trap in Bloom

Caveman’s Venus Fly Trap in Bloom

Planting a Venus Fly Trap

**To assemble, start with a clean bowl, place the rocks in the bottom to a couple of inches deep, creating a depression in the middle. Then place Venus Fly Trap plant with peat moss surrounding it in the depression and fill to the top of the rocks with distilled water.**

Caveman started out with it inside the house but it just wasn’t thriving; so after he put it outside, with full sun most of the day it started putting out new growth like crazy. It’s been going strong and growing beautifully ever since, so much so that it bloomed last week. It seems that when they bloom, it starts to hurt the plant, but if you cut off the flower stems it saves the plant and you can plant the stems to make new plants. Just after I took this photo, Caveman cut the blooms and then stuck the blooms down into the peat moss. I’ll keep you posted on any new growth!

Family Running

Running with my Cavemen!

Family Summer Fun: Running

Lately, as in a few months now, we’ve been taking Caveboy to a local park next to the river and running with him. When we first started in the late spring we went with the intention of walking, but Caveboy had other ideas. Caveman & I both used to run before Caveboy came along, so now that we can all enjoy running together it has really become such a blessing and stress reliever for all of us, not to mention great family time. The track is 2 miles long, so we let Caveboy set the pace and then we basically interval train with him. He loves relay racing, “On your mark, get set, (long pause) GO!”! We do this with him, stopping at various points then running to another point and/or roaring like dinosaurs! Yes we are those people! The other people enjoying the track either love that we are all running or think we are killing the little guy! HA, he’s usually killing us!! When he takes off, boy you had better watch out and Momma is usually bring up the rear!

Sunset, River

Sunset on the River

Moving on….

Caveboy starts pre-school this week and in another month he’ll be 4! I seriously want my baby back! Kidding mostly, I’m so excited to see him grow and mature, but I also long for him to be little again. He tells everyone who’ll listen, “When I was a little baby…”, as if it were soooooo many years ago! He’s already talking about being a Pirate again this year for Halloween and then what Santa’s gonna bring him…. a corn snake!! Heaven help us! 😉 🙂

Upcoming DIY Plans…

If you’ve been following me on Pinterest lately you’ve seen all the bedrooms I’ve been pinning, especially Navy Blue bedrooms. Caveman has promised we will paint an accent wall in our bedroom Navy Blue as soon as the weather turns cooler and less humid! I’ve been gathering ideas and planning/pinning my little heart out. I’ve also got a few DIY’s up my sleeve; sewing a few pillow covers, photo frame projects, DIY curtains, & maybe even a bleach job that I’m planning. They may not come on a schedule, but I’ll have a few posts on our Master Bedroom Redo: Operation Cozy upgrade throughout the fall.

Hope you guys are having a great week!

Casual Friday: Dressing Up a White Tee & Jeans

Most days in our office you will see any number of styles due to the nature of each individual’s job, however on Friday’s everyone’s ready for the weekend and casual looks abound. I love wearing jeans at the office however I like to keep my look dressy just in case I run into a client, there’s an impromptu meeting, etc. Today I opted for a white tee and jeans with a navy blazer, white sandals and yellow accessories.

White Tee, Jeans, Navy, Yellow, Blazer, Sandals, Ray Ban sunnies

Blazer & Jeans – Thrifted, Tee & Statement Earrings – Target, Sandals – Shoe Show, Sunnies – Ray Ban

I recently wore these yellow accessories with a cobalt cardigan here, but for today I wanted to add a little extra punch.

Sunnies, Jeans, White Tee, Yellow, Navy, Blazer, Sandals

The navy blazer is a must with the cooler temps we’ve been experiencing this week and the navy polka dot belt/scarf helps tie it all together (pun intended). 😉

White Tee, Jeans, Navy, Yellow, Blazer, Sandals, Ray Ban sunnies

$1.99 Red Lipstick – NYC 308 Retro Red

There’s been quite a bit of talk lately in blog-land about which shades of RED or PINK or ORANGE lipstick are best. I found this super cheap RED lipstick at Wal-mart last fall from NYC and I love it. I can make it pinker with a light application and lip gloss or I can go all out RED, as I’ve done here with a heavier dose. It’s long wearing and again – super cheap! I think I paid about $1.99 total. I have a favorite PINK lipstick I received in a Birchbox I got for Christmas that I’ll highlight Monday.

White Tee, Jeans, Navy, Yellow, Blazer, Sandals, Ray Ban sunnies

Although the temperatures have cooled somewhat, Spring is here to stay and I am so glad. I can’t wait to get out and enjoy more sun this weekend!! We’ve been continuing our Operation Outdoor Spruce up this spring so I’ll be posting about these changes and more throughout the month of May!

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Vodka Infused Lemonade Thursday Link-up! / Fridays Five

Casual Friday: DIY Statement Necklace

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my DIY Skirt featured in Wednesday’s post. I really appreciated each and every one!

I love DIY projects; most are sewing projects but I have branched out to other areas via Pinterest! Recently I made this great Pin: T-shirts to Statement Necklaces

DIY Statement Necklace, T-shirt to Statement Necklace, Celtic Knot, Braids

and ended up making a bracelet too!

T-shirt to Statement Necklace, Bracelet, Celtic Knot, Braids, DIY Statement Necklace

These statement pieces were super quick and easy to make. I hope to make a couple more in different colors, but currently I have enough white tees to make more and then try some dyeing techniques – maybe ombre?!

I also hope to find the time to sew another skirt using the same technique I used to create my DIY Skirt I wore on Wednesday, but this time I’ll be adding a bottom ruffle or pleats to it. The main material I found is just too short for my liking. I might try to photograph my steps, but the material is black and that may or may not photograph well.

DIY Projects Around Our Home:

In the coming weeks I’ll be showing you a few DIY related projects Caveman and I have completed over the past year.

OUTDOORS: Last spring I left you with only one installment of Operation Outdoor Spruce Up, part 1. We Caveman has completed a few more items on our list and I plan to bring them to you this spring.

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INDOORS: Last weekend on our shopping trip I found some great spring/summer fabric for pillow covers. I really want to update a few of the ones I made last year to incorporate some brighter colors. Thanks to Pinterest and the amazingly crafty bloggers behind Pinterest I also tried a new technique with the “A” on our gallery wall that I’ll be posting soon. DIY-Wooden-Frames

That’s all for today! Sounds like I have some serious work today this weekend! 😉 We also plan to get out and enjoy this amazing spring weather too! What are you guys planning, anything fun?

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up