pulling off a surprise!

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my parents live in florida and i miss having them close by! facetime, skype and all these lovely pieces of technology make it nice to stay connected but you just can't beat actually being together in person. d and i have been going back and forth trying to figure a time to go to florida. well, it wasn't working out and time kept passing--d finally suggested going to florida for my mom's birthday. i immediately hopped on the computer, found tickets, made the purchase and frantically texted my aunt (who was visiting my parents at the time) to sneakily make sure mom didn't have any travel plans. i got this crazy idea to make this trip a surprise! i debated telling my dad, but i knew i would need a little help so i filled him in on my plans.

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just so happened that my dad was dropping a student off at the airport right when i was arriving. dad acted like he made a wrong turn leaving the airport and drove through arrivals--to my mom's surprise---there i was!

i am not the best at pulling off surprises but so so glad we all remained tight-lipped and made the surprise work! we had such a great time together--great talks, shopping and of course endless cups of coffee. next time, d is coming with me. hate travelling without my hubby....!

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family + a blog friend

if you need a little pick me up this friday morning--check out this fun interview about all things family and childhood plus a peak into some embarrasing photos!

i've been keeping up with Penelope's Pad for a while now and really enjoy reading her blog and know you will too. the world of blogging is pretty amazing and i just love being inspired & encouraged through all you smarties out there!

oh, and make sure to check out her home renovations & updates...especially the dining room + table.

happy friday my friends!

cardstock + washi tape.

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the past few days have been a whirlwind of getting last minute things together for my friends baby shower. so i thought i'd share this easy & fun way to serve up some party snacks. i grabbed some cardstock, paper cutter and some of my favorite washi tape. (bought here.)

simply cut the cardstock in half, roll to create a cone shape and secure with washi tape. it took me about 20 minutes to put together 35. simple and fast. done & done.

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weekend-ing + a new cabinet

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i tell ya...i love a weekend. lots a great things happened starting right off the bat on friday. our sweet friend elisa had her baby--beautiful and healthy baby boy, paul zachary. can't wait to meet him! derrick headed out after work to meet the little man. so bummed i wasn't able to join him. but, i did make the best of it and had fun spending time with family and tackling some guest bedroom rearranging...derrick said before he left "don't get into anything crazy with your projects. i won't be surprised if i come home and there's an addition built onto the house..." he knows me so well. ha.

our guest bedroom turns into a catch-all storage room, no matter how hard i try to keep it organized and tidy. with the hubby gone i figured this was the perfect time to get a game plan together.

here is the horrid mess i had to tackle. it was bad. and i can't believe i'm actually showing the world this awful mess. eek. once things were put away, thrown away or donated i could finally see the bedspread and the floor again! and more importantly, walk around the room without doing some sort of ballerina move.

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i've been eyeing this awesome metal filing cabinet for years. but, it was being used at my work office....so i did a little rearranging a few years ago in the supply room with the hopes of bring this beauty home--and a year or so later--here she is! i'm so excited for the extra storage. {have i mentioned how much i love organizing??} not sure if i want to leave it this color or not, but i'll live with it as is for now. oh, and here is the inspiration for the book wreath show above. i'll share my mere two cents on that another day.

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so here is the game plan for the guest bedroom's future:

  • paint the walls
  • replace the carpet
  • add shelving of some sort
  • get rid of the shutters, cabinet doors and other items needing to be tossed!
  • most importantly--put that awesome slab of wood to use again by adding hairpin legs
i'll keep you posted on the progress and how close we stay to just those five items. {it's never just that simple is it??}