Adelaide got in on her very first pumpkin carving action a couple of days ago! She was very interested in all of the goings on and seemed very happy with the results (assuming her fascination and love of waving at and patting said pumpkin is any indication). We'll be heading out for trick-or-treating tonight with her cousin Hadley. How awesome is it that after so many years it is once again appropriate to go trick-or-treating?!?! I mean, it's not like anyone doesn't know that Adelaide won't be going home and gorging herself on all that candy, and yet it doesn't matter. I think a little candy is well deserved for parents. Hope it's a spooky, fun and safe Halloween all around!

And now for a little sneak peak of Adelaide's get-up for tonight:



^^Trying to switch it up for you mom! No, I wasn't trying to dance.^^

Shirt:, Jeans: Forever 21, Belt: Target, Moccasins: Gift

I look at this outfit and think maybe it's not worthy of posting. Maybe it's not special or "different" enough to post? I come across lots blogs with gorgeous girls in L.A. and NYC with post after post featuring them in their beautiful, sky-high heels, carrying Chanel bags. Of course I appreciate their impeccable sense of style, but it doesn't take long for me to go looking elsewhere for inspiration. (That's why I shamelessly devoted to The Daybook, and continually look to Sydney for my blog inspiration.)


Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is one single thing wrong with those blogs or those girls, I just can't relate to them. I would say that for the most part, Texas girls living in the suburbs don't really do it up like that on a daily basis. Not that there would be anything with them if they did. (Boy I'm spending a lot of time trying to make sure I don't offend anyone with this post!) I guess I'm just saying that this is me, on a daily basis. And if I can't relate to those far more glamorous girls living in the big cities that I can only dream of, then maybe there are other people like me too, who appreciate seeing a normal girl in normal clothes every once in a while ;)

Happy Wednesday!



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Even though our weather is in no hurry to acknowledge the fact that fall has indeed begun, my wish list has not. So here are a few things I thought looked right up my alley for fall. Can I just say that number 2, 5, 6, 9, and 10 (what am I saying, ALL of them) are things that I may not just want, but actually need. Like, right now. Particularly that perfect for fall purse, considering the fact that my current one is in the process of literally falling apart. 

Oh and number 2? That's a convertible vest that can be worn like, three different ways. Who doesn't need that?!? So anyway, check out the links if you like any of this stuff. And I think a few of the things from Ruche are in short supply, so don't wait too long! By the way, I only included a handful of things from their site which is full of I really need that stuff. Don't say I didn't warn you. 

P.S. While it may sound like I am talking up Ruche as if I were receiving something in return, I'm actually not (hint, hint, Ruche people). I just really like what I saw over there ;)



We wore Adelaide out this weekend with 3 whole days of going, going, going! We started things off on Friday with a trip to Ft. Worth for Boo at the Zoo (with a little trick-or-treat practice), did some bike riding on Saturday and visited with cuz Hadley yesterday. Poor baby had to spend quite a bit of time in the car, but she handled it like a trooper for the most part. 

I'd say the countdown to Halloween is definitely on now with only 4 days to go! Hope you've got your costumes ready, or if you're in the same boat as me, some good arguments for the hubs about how much fun it'll be for us to dress up too (like eggs to go with Adelaide's chicken, obviously). I hope your arguments are better than mine, because I'm getting nowhere.



^^It helps me balance my football gear with a little homegrown Texas pride^^

I picked up this Texas ring at Charming Charlie last week and love it so much, that I decided it was time to host my very first giveaway! Check out the different options for entering below and feel free to do as many as you like! The giveaway winner will be announced here on Friday, so make sure you check back! Good luck!

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^^When the camera won't focus... grrr...^^

 Dress: F21, Vest: Some fly-by-night store at the mall, Boots: Target

Ahhh! Adelaide just woke up from her nap, and I haven't had a chance to think about what I want to write! Think fast.... hurry up.... I DON'T KNOW!

See those leaves I found? In our backyard baby! So maybe there were only about 7 colorful leaves on the tree... make that 5 now. And maybe there was only one tree that had any color. But it's Texas, and that's major color right there if you ask me. Notice the sleeveless vest and bare legs. Doesn't really go with the fall leaves does it? How does 90 degrees this weekend sound? 


Okay, now go enter the giveaway. It's the last day. C'mon, it's a chance at a free ring. No trickery here, so what are you waiting for people?

Hope that doesn't sound rude or anything. Sorry if it did.

JUST ENTER ALREADY! You can do it here :)

Now I have to go get Adelaide out of her crib before she gets bored and starts acting like a little nut bouncing around until she whaps her head and starts crying. G'bye.



Pumpkin Bread Recipe

For me, this equals the perfect way to spend a cool fall morning. Pumpkin bread, steaming cup of coffee and a fall cover (magazine that is). I will actually drag myself out of bed at 5:30 some mornings, just so that I can have those precious minutes to sit outside and enjoy the crisp, quiet morning before I have to really start my day... and maybe take a nap later when Adelaide does to make up for it :) And having a cup of coffee and slice of pumpkin bread just makes it all that much better!

I've been using this recipe for pumpkin bread for several years, with an added crumb topping that I found for another recipe. I have yet to taste a pumpkin bread that tops this one (for me, at least). It's from the Better Homes and Gardens, red and white checkered cookbook. You know the one, right? I halve the recipe to make one loaf since I'm the only one who eats it in our house. Crazy right? Yes. Yes he is.

Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cooking oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 + 1/6 cups all-purpose flour (weird measurements, but it's the easiest way given 
                                                                 the measuring cups I have to choose from)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup water
1/2 can of pumpkin (15 oz can)


  1. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a very large mixing bowl beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs and beat well; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add flour mixture and water alternately to sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Top with crumb topping if you choose.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight before slicing (which I never do).

Crumb Topping


1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons butter

Mix dry ingredients and then cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Let me know if you try it and how you like it! I can't imagine it would be anything short of a fall explosion in your mouth. Of the best kind, of course. Plus, what's not to like about basically making a cake and calling it bread, which takes it from being a somewhat less than responsible choice to being a completely acceptable choice for breakfast, lunch, snack or dessert?? Like I said, perfect.

P.S. Time's running out to enter the giveaway! It'll only take a minute, do it here. Pleeeease?!



^^Shirt, Necklace, Skirt: F21, Jacket: Old Navy, Belt: Target, Shoes: Nordstrom Rack^^

Our sweet baby girl is officially off of bottles (insert head tilted, pouty/proud mommy face here)! While I  am partly mourning the loss of our baby to toddlerhood, I am also jumping for joy, fist pumping and running around the house clicking my heels at the return of our countertops! See, for the last year, about 60% of our not huge counterspace has been monopolized by 2 drying racks (one for dirty, one for clean), a bottle warmer and various other bottle related what have you. And now that Adelaide is no longer taking any bottles (cue the cheers for the fact that we got off eeeeeasy on that one), I have packed all bottles and bottle related things away.

Welcome back countertop, it's soooo good to see you once again!

P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway if you haven't yet. You can do it here. Winner announced Friday!



Six years ago, on a perfect autumn evening, I married my best friend. You're still my best friend, my husband and now my baby's daddy ;) What can I say? I'm lucky. I found one of the good ones. While we have our ups and downs like anyone else, I know I can always count on you to love me. You're good like that. Thank you for stalking ;) me all those years ago, and working so hard at making conversation, cause lord knows if you hadn't, we wouldn't be where we are today. I don't know why you chose me, given how hard I made it for you, but I am incredibly grateful that you did. Six years of marriage and a decade together... I'd say we're in it for the long haul.

Love you x1,000,000 Jordy!

A-Frame Tent Tutorial


A-frame tent tutorial

I made this little A-frame tent as Adelaide's birthday present. I had originally looked for one to buy on etsy, but these things don't come pre-made for very cheap. So, I found a tutorial on Pinterest and did it myself. 

I know there's already several tutorials out there on DIY A-Frame Tents, but there's always room for one more, right? I got most of my info from this tutorial that I found on Pinterest, but also saw this one that incorporated the idea of the lower dowel, which was what I wanted to do also.

Here's what you'll need:


4 - 1"x2"x48" boards (I think I bought pine, it was cheaper)
3 - 3/4" Dowels
3 Yards of fabric (I bought 2 1/2, and while it was enough, it was only just. Your call.)
Drill with 3/4" spade bit
Measuring tape
Not Pictured: Sewing machine & sand paper

To start, make a mark on your 1x2's about 6" down from the top and about 2" up from the bottom, both centered (centered-ish if you're like me) on the board.

Now grab the drill and drill a hole on each mark. These holes will be where your dowels will slide through. It's an extremely tight fit if you just go straight through once. You want it to be tight, so that the tent doesn't just flop open, but I couldn't even get the dowel through a couple of the holes. What I did here was just "wallow" (don't let the technical terms throw you ;) the bit around in the hole, just a little (according to hubs, spade bits aren't great for "wallowing", but it worked fine for me to get just that little bit of room).

You probably noticed in the above pics that my ends weren't in great shape, thanks to the less than delicate sawing by the person helping me at Lowes (I had to buy two 8' boards and have them cut in half at the store in order to fit them in my car, because they were out of the 48" boards). So this is where the sandpaper comes in. I sanded down the ends, as well as around the holes I drilled where there were some splinters (maybe due to my less than delicate drilling?) and just a quick up and down the long edges, since I had the sandpaper out anyway.

Now you're ready to put the frame together!

Now comes the hardest part of the project (for me anyway). I didn't do myself any favors by buying a fabric with a directional print, which I didn't even think about that until it was actually time to start work on the cover. I would suggest buying either a solid fabric or a print that doesn't have a certain top or bottom. 

At this point I cut my fabric in half and then sewed it back together so that the print was facing the correct direction on both sides (of course, you could always leave it as is, and just have the print upside down on one side, I highly doubt any kid would care).  I did 2 straight stitches all the way across, just to make sure it was going to be nice and strong.

Now you can go ahead and iron down your hems on the sides (this will be the front and back edges of the tent). I folded it over twice so the raw edge wouldn't be exposed. I'd say the fold was about an inch or so wide (I'm not really a measure-er if you can't already tell). And you can go ahead and hem these edges. 

Again, my lack of measuring will come into play here. I took the cover out and draped it over the frame to get an idea of where I stood. It was at this point when I realized that #1, I didn't manage to cut my fabric exactly in half, as one side was several inches longer than the other, and #2, one side was going to be a very close fit around the bottom dowel. 

*Measuring probably would've helped a lot in this case, but try as I might, my measuring is almost always off. I swear, I will measure something exactly right, I check and double check, but at least half the time it comes out all off. So on this project I didn't even try.

I went ahead and folded the fabric under the bottom dowels and pinned it in place (you're making an opening like that on a curtain for a curtain rod, in case you didn't already figure that out). I also pinned my ribbons in place. Again, I mostly just eyeballed where I wanted my ribbon to be. I went ahead and tied them and everything just to make sure they looked right.

Once everything is looking like you want it to, untie your bows and either slide the bottom dowels out of the cover, or (the option I chose, because those dowels were really tight) unpin the the very bottom pin that's holding your hem, noting exactly where it is so you can pin it back in place once you take it off of the dowel, and pull the cover off of the frame (I really hope this is making sense... I think I did all of this the hard way. Anyone who reads this will probably be thinking "Why didn't she just...")

Now you can iron down your bottom hem and pin it all the way across to hold it in place. If you have enough fabric, you can fold it under a couple of times to avoid having a raw edge exposed. Or don't, I certainly won't tell (clearly I'm no professional). Now you just need to hem all the way around, right over the ribbons as you go to attach them in place.

You're ready to put it all back together again! This time you do have to take those bottom dowels out and slide them through the slots you just created. Tie some cute bows and there you have it!

It really was a pretty easy project (though I'm sure my tutorial made it seem difficult and/or confusing... sorry about that!). As long as you have a basic knowledge of sewing (straight lines only!) and the use of a drill, you should be good to go. If you're not to keen on doing quite so much sewing and don't care about that bottom dowel, this tutorial makes it even easier... and the tutorial itself is far less rambley and easier to follow. Give me a break though, eh? It was my first go at any kind of tutorial. The simple fact that I even got a few pictures along the way equals a success in my book!

Let me know if you decide to make one of your own, I'd love to see them! 

Also, I'd super-duper, reeeeaaally appreciate it if you would pin this tutorial if you decide to use it, share it with all of your Pinterest friends!



^^Shirt: Ross, Sweater, Jeans & Jewelry: Forever 21, Boots: Target^^

My hair that is. I know I've complained about my hair here before, with its indecisiveness: frizzy, wavy, curly-ish, never straight... though I will say that I do appreciate its ability to hold a curl. It's just rough on those days when I don't want to mess with it. I want so badly to just throw it up in a ponytail, but it would be more of a fuzzy poof if I did.

Well, today I tried to restrain as much as I could and then use the remaining poof to my advantage. I'm not sure if this is kinda different and cool, or just goofy looking. I think I kind of like it. I see pictures from fashion shows a lot that feature girls with frizzy/poofy hair, so maybe there's a place for it in real life too?



Tank: Old Navy, Button Up: Urban Outfitters, Jeans, Boots & Jewelry: Forever 21 

This is what I'm wearing today. Yahoooo for a day cool enough to pull out boots and the favorite denim shirt! 

And now I'm outta here, cause I'm going to soak up every last minute I can of this absolutely perfect autumn day. Cause you know what? The housework will still be here waiting for me tomorrow, but this  couldn't ask for anything better day... well, it won't.

Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy at least a little of it!


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