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Beau roars along with vintage car-themed birthday

Little kids only turn two once and the theme for Beau's second birthday couldn't have been more obvious. CARS! This toddler is obsessed with anything that goes: cars, trucks, planes, boats, you name it.

It's been months since the bash, but it was such a fun theme, I still wanted to share!  For decor, I gathered a number of vintage decorations and toys from around the house.  The next time you have a party, I highly encourage you look around and see what useable stuff you already own. It'll be classier than anything from the party store and the best part... it's free!  

I blew up a couple photos of Beau in his favorite cars and hung them on the wall.  I also created cute signs with wooden placards from the craft store, stick-on letters, craft paper and photos.

We munched on chocolate checkered flag cake, stoplight brownies, and Cracker Jacks, along with some savory snacks for both kids and adults.

I also spray-painted small cardboard boxes, hot-glued on mason jar lids for wheels and let the kids decorate their own box cars will stickers and markers.  I think the adults had just as much fun as the little ones!

Anthropologie everything.

Anthropologie Spring 2015 Draped Bijoux Chandelier

I'll never forget many, many Christmases ago, shopping with my best friend Liz.  She'd asked her entire family for Anthropologie gift cards... and they seriously delivered.

She was like a kid in a candy store!

Liz's obsession was my first glimpse into how great Anthropologie really is.  I've bought countless dresses for special occasions, tops, shoes, home decor... but I've never quite understood my fascination.

When I walk inside, the clothes never really seem to suit my style.  Yet somehow, I adore everything I've ever bought there.

And so it is with their home decor.

Flipping through the pages of Anthropologie's "HOUSE and HOME spring 2015" catalog, nothing seems quite my taste, yet I want every single thing inside.

Maybe it's the touch of whimsy I'm lacking in my life.  Maybe it's the unapologetic splashes of color.  Maybe it's sense of daring I secretly envy.

Who knows why I love it all so much, but I'm already filling up my wish list!

Shabby chic Christmas decor with rustic burlap and sparkling touches

DSC05252 Merry Christmas, y'all!

This is a big one.  Two years ago, Joe was fighting for our country in Afghanistan.  Last year, I was unexpectedly in the hospital as Beau decided to arrive two months early!  So, it's our first real Christmas in years.

In the spirit of celebration, I decked out the homestead in burlap, silver and gold.  It's rustic and *sparkly*!

For the burlap garland, I used my favorite trick.  I took a roll of burlap (you could also use ribbon) and every two or three feet, I tied a big bow.  Then, I wove it through the swags and tree.  It adds much more dimension than the burlap or ribbon would on its own.

Beau and the beagles are already trying to dig into the gifts.  We'll see if they can hold out until the big day!

Glowing with gold: My Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving Table This year I decided to go golden for my Thanksgiving table!

The centerpiece is comprised of two shimmering leaf garlands from a local decor shop called Gordon's of Metairie.  I placed a small wreath around my glass hurricane and wove burlap ribbon between it all.

Here's a tip: get a thick roll of burlap, ribbon or fabric.  Roughly every two feet, tie a bow, until you have a long garland.  Then, weave that in an out of whatever is on your table.  It adds some great dimension and depth!  The finishing touch for the centerpiece was the addition of some golden pine cones and grapes.

For the table setting, I broke out my Wedgwood 'Golden Bird' china and toned down the formal look with rustic woven chargers and mismatched napkins from Pottery Barn.

The finished table is warm, inviting and ready for a feast!

Giving thanks...for Pinterest

Feather garland, Simple Stylings This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for.... a loving family, a precious baby, two rambunctious beagles, a warm home, a fulfilling career... and of course... Pinterest!

Gosh darn it, it's the best thing since sliced bread.

As I scoured the site for Thanksgiving table ideas, I came across some great ones.  Here are just a few.