Wednesday, May 29, 2013

3 years ago today

This stud muffin asked me to be his girlfriend.
and of course I said YESSSS.



Sometimes I still pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming all of this!! Matthew is the kindest, most patient, sweetest boyfriend in the world. I know, I know gag me with a plastic spoon, this is so super cheesy and you want to quit reading or role your eyes, that’s cool too. But, seriously if know us together, then you know. You really just know y’all.



 I can’t believe I get to hug him, love him, annoy him, kiss him and bug him every day. I couldn’t imagine living this crazy life with anyone else but him. I thank God for YOU and this incredible love that we share together every single day. Thank you for choosing me to be your girlfriend and being my best friend and thank you for challenging me every day to be the woman you deserve. I will love you better every day. Also, thanks for being so dang good lookin. I don’t hate it. Happy three years, Matthew!
LOVE YOU SO MUCH

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

Well my weekend started on Saturday at 1:15...when I got off from one of the craziest Saturday's I have ever worked. Ever.
I came straight home and went into full decorating mode.
We were throwing my younger sister a surprise sweet sixteen birthday party. 
Her original birthday was back in April but with Proms, her sorority activities and graduations going on this was the first weekend we were able to have it...crazy busy.
Her best friend invited her over Friday night and took her shopping Saturday morning, so we could set everything up on our back patio.
The theme of her party was Madison & Co. 
y'all get ready for an overload of pictures....
She was definitely surprised!

If you are following me on Instagram then you have already seen some of these!
The candy and cake table
Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party


The candy holders...are from Dollar Tree
I got bowls and wine/martini glasses and just glued them together and then spray painted them!
Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

Three tier candy stand...also from Dollar Tree
plates and candle stands glued together
Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party


 The food table 
DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party


I found paper mache boxes at Hobby Lobby and painted and added white satin ribbon to them
DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

Absolutely IN love with these straws
DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

The centerpieces
DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party


Balloons lining the drive way
DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party


and the cake...
oh.
my.
goooooodness.
DIY Tiffany & Co. inspired birthday party

not only was it absolutely adorable but it was absolutely delicious.
My mom's friend recently started her own business and we were so thrilled when she said she would make it for us.
Wendy over at Million Dollar Desserts, out did herself on this one! Go look at all her other adorable cakes!



I have been DYING to share all these decoration ideas with y'all and I am so excited I can now!
I will be doing different posts on certain items we used for her party and the "how to" so don't miss it!


I have definitely been
 staying crafty my friends ;)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SPD linkup: Sucker bouquet

This is an easy project to make but it's not the cheapest or quickest. Already have you hooked, right?


BUT
 they are adorable so it makes up for it!

What you will need:
-Styrofoam ball
-300 count bag of dum dum suckers
-candle stand or flower pot

-I bought my Styrofoam ball at Joann's and I used this lil handy coupon (and Joann's lets you use the coupon as many times as you want, even breaking up the transactions...HOLLA)


-Don't make the mistake like I did thinking that small bag of dum dum suckers  from Dollar General will do because it won't even cover half of the dang ball, so drive across town and buy the big bag of 300.
-I chose to use a candle stand and I bought it for a $1 at Dollar Tree

Buy this.

NOT THIS




How to make it:
1. Just stick the sucker in the ball one at a time, get them as close as you can so there aren't any gaps showing.
2. Put the finished sucker ball on the stand or the flower pot
3. Make a picture of it, duh.


Obviously don't cover the whole ball in suckers because then it wouldn't sit on the stand



{See SO easy, just time consuming but if you work on it while watching TV or the Bachelorette coming up...eeek then it won't seem like so long}


Linking up with Steph today!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A little happy for your Tuesday



I don't know about you but there is just something about an elderly couple that just 
melts.my.heart.


Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 20, 2013

{16 inexpensive summer date night ideas}

It is finally summer and you know what that means...Matthew is home for three whole months (only this time he won't be going back to Cookeville alone!!!! I will be moving in with two girls and attending Tech this fall! F I N A L L Y)
Anyways now that it is finally summer and we are back in the same area code for longer than 3 days we will be spending more time together and going on dates :)
Sadly these days dates can be rather expensive, like $40 for a dinner and movie. For college students or even newlyweds that can be a little too much. So I am going to share with you today some inexpensive but still fun date ideas you can do with your man! Who knows you might end up liking these ideas better than the  usual dinner & a movie date!
1. Themed movie nights
Pick a movie you already have or run to your local Redbox (if you are going to do Redbox, LOOK UP PROMO CODES) and pick a movie you can do a themed date night. 
Ex: The Tourist
- You can make your man an invite for the date, maybe an admit one ticket on a map.
Or the two main characters meet on a train so you could make a train ticket and leave for him to find.
-If you and your man have traveled before then put out some pictures from y'all's trip.
-You can begin the date by being "tourist" of your town, cheesy? Maybe but you might actually learn some pretty cool things about where you live (& most of it's free)
- Since they are American tourist you can have American food for dinner (grill hamburgers and have fries)
- Angelina's character travels around a lot in the movie so pick a place she goes and make a dessert from there. Ex: Crepes 
-End the date night watching the movie
Ex: The Holiday
-Climb up in the attic and get out 1 or 2 Christmas decorations (wreath, small Santa, Christmas lights)
-Get some hot chocolate packets and put one on a small box & wrap it up and leave for him to find and leave a little note in there with hints on it for what to expect for the night.
-Make sure to drink the hot chocolate at the point in the movie that Cameron & Jude do with his girls...make sure you each have 5 marshmallows ;)
-For dinner fix a few of your favorite dishes you have around Christmas (Sausage balls, Casseroles, Cheesecake)
-Put up the Christmas lights in the room you are going to watch the movie 
-End the night snuggled up under the blanket under the Christmas lights watching the movie with your man


2. Recreate your 1st date
Do you remember what you did on your first date, what your wore or where you went?
If it wasn't too long ago where the same outfit, have your man pick you up (or walk out the door and act like he is coming to pick you up).
Did you hold hands? Did he open the door for you?
If your went to dinner & a movie then go pick up dinner at the same place & go rent the movie and head back home & watch it.
Do it all again just like the first time!!

3. Arcade games
Remember when you were younger and skee ball was the stuff?
Get about $10 in quarters and head to the local arcade and play all of your favorite games
Are you or your man competitive? Make it a challenge and whoever wins the most games buys ice cream after!
4. Bonfire
Do you have a backyard that you can have a bonfire or one of those fire pits?
Run to the store and get Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to make s'mores!
and since we are still have a few cool nights, bring a quilt and bundle up by the fire.


5. Cooking date
Do you and your man like to cook?
Hop on Pinterest and both of your pick something to make, pick something you have never made before. Let him pick the main dish and you pick dessert and swap the next time.
both of you make out the list of things you need and head to the store. 
Want to make it a challenge again? Both of you get your own basket and whoever gets all their ingredients and makes  it to the front of the store first wins.


6. Mini Golf or Go karts
In our town we have a place called Go USA fun park
They have mini golf, go karts, an arcade, batting cages and a driving range
Just because they have all these things doesn't mean you have to do all of them in one night.
If your local place has all of these that is great but only pick one for each time, not only is it cheaper but you will get more fun dates out of one place.
7. Drive In movie
This has to be one of my FAVORITE things to do in the summer. I actually went to my first drive in movie last summer...crazy I know! It was so much fun and it's SO much cheaper than going to a regular theater. 
So pack your car down with some treats and a few cokes and grab some chairs or quilts and head to your local drive in. They usually do 2 movies for the price of one.
8. Living room fort
Remember when you were a kid and you and your siblings or bff's built forts in your living room and watched movies out of it?
Well be a kid again for the night. Grab all the extra sheets and blankets you can and build a fort in your living room with you man. If you have some extra Christmas lights put them in and around the fort.
Make a homemade pizza and eat in the fort while watching a movie.
Any guys reading this? Surprise your girl by doing this and I can promise you that you will win boyfriend of the year & melt her heart all over again.
9. Game night
Pick out your favorite board games that you have and go play out on the back deck one night.
Stay up late playing 2 or 3 games, make it a challenge and whoever wins has to make the milkshakes.


10. Workout
Trying to lose a few pounds or just stay in shape?
Go rent some workout videos, get your cute workout clothes on, throw your hair up and get to moving!
Rent a few different ones like cardio or yoga (try not to laugh watching your man try to do yoga)

11. Go to the park
Do you live close to a park where you can go walking or ride your bikes?
We live close to the greenway and I LOVE going there to ride bikes or just to go on a walk. 
We get so caught up talking that we don't even realize we have walked a few miles.
Take a Frisbee or if you have gloves and a softball take it and throw back and forth.


12. Eno date
If you have an Eno or even just a regular hammock that you can fold up and take on the go then take them to the local park or even your backyard and just hang out (see what I did there, eh?)
It's the perfect way to relax and to just catch up on your day .


13. Nerf gun night
If you have more than one then you could have a little Nerf gun war.
Only have one? That's fine too.
Just sit up little targets on a shelf or the mantel and see who can knock down the most. Start out close to the targets and then back and around to make it more difficult to hit the targets.

14. YouTube watching
Grab your lap top and cozy up on the couch together and just watch funny YouTube videos.
Matthew and I love to watch funny videos and laugh until I cry.
There is actually this couple that pull pranks on each other all the time and they are absolutely HILARIOUS.
Just search on YouTube 'Couple pranks Jesse and Jeana" 
They have a ton of videos so just watch all of theirs and you will be set for the night

15. Window shopping
Do you have an outside mall? We have one called the Avenue and we love it.
Leave your wallets in the car (hidden of course) and go from store to store and just look at the different things they have to offer. You could even try on clothes and see what you like and what sizes you'll need for later purchases. 
I personally love going to Target and picking out furniture and home decor for our future apartment/house (we aren't even engaged yet and I am already planning on how to decorate our home haha)
It's actually fun and you can find out when the stores you like will be having sales and when the sales happen you will already know what you want and what size!

16. Restaurant at home 
One of my favorite surprises I have ever done for Matthew was in our second summer together. All I told him was to get dressed up and be ready by a certain time. I had ran by O'Charleys and picked up two steak dinners and then I had decorated the back patio. I blind folded him and gave him untrue hints to throw him off on where we were going. It was so funny listening to him ask about 50 questions. I took off the blind fold and this is what he saw...
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Well there are 16 different ideas that I love doing or that I am excited about doing this summer with my man!! When it comes to date nights you just have to be creative and really think about it so you don't end up doing the same things over and over. Some of these might not interest you or you might not want to do them and that is completely okay, just use that creative mind of yours and think of something you and your man would both enjoy! 
Do you have any ideas or dates that you are planning on doing with your man this summer? Please share I would love to hear about them!! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

SPD: Lilly Pulitzer post it note holder

I found this cute pin on Pinterest months ago and I have been waiting to make it for someone and this past weekend I had the opportunity to!

This lil craft only coast me....are you ready for it?
$0.97



Anytime a craft costs $0.97 you know I am all over it

What you will need:

1. The clear $0.97 picture frame (I bought mine at Wal-Mart)
2. Scrapbook paper
3.Tape (I used double sided Scotch tape)
3. Scissors 

How to:
It is really easy from here, you just slide the paper in the frame and put the sticky notes on the front of the frame. I added a small piece of the double sided tape to the sticky part of the post it notes (on back) and stuck it to the frame and it stayed!







*Also if your don't have scrapbook paper just search a design you want on google images and then print it off to use (I printed off a Lilly Pulitzer one for my sister)
She doesn't know I made this yet, so Mady if you are seeing this try to forget about it. I haven't decided when I am going to give it to you. 




So easy and it will look so cute on their desk! I am going to have to make myself one soon for my desk, I am still trying to decide on what design I want.

Linking up with Steph and Katie

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