Weekend Recap

I really need to manage my time better since it’s now Tuesday and I’m just now getting around to recapping the weekend.

This weekend was our big Valentine’s Brunch and I think it was a huge success!  We had just under 30 people at the house and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  The downside to hosting?  I don’t get a chance to catch up with all of my friends!  But it is nice to see a few of these faces a few times a year and I’m glad our brunch is one of those occasions :).

Friday was full of prepping for Saturday but I did manage to squeeze in a manicure and quality time with Jessica.  Their new pup is absolutely delicious and I couldn’t get enough of her little kisses!

darlaLunch with Lee followed at a new favorite, Guru in Sugar Land.  The food is always fresh and why wouldn’t I love a place with such a cute atmosphere?  And your drink is served in a mason jar.  Love.

meganThe rest of the evening flew by as we prepped for an early Saturday morning and of course, not a single photo was taken.  So disappointed!  I whipped up some of my favorite brunch recipes, served fruit with Nutella (because you can’t have fruit without it), and had an adorable selection of Jolie Delights cookies.  Ambre creates these delicious cookies right here in Fort Bend County and they are always a hit!  I’m already planning the next party just so I can place another order.

Sunday greeted us with a perfectly gloomy day that was made for cuddling on the couch.  Hosting really takes it’s toll on Lucy; she probably slept for a good 20 hours afterward!

lucyWe finished the evening off with a modified version of Better Than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice and the Grammy’s.  I love award season and this show did not disappoint.  Favorite moment?  Mumford and Sons performances and Album of the Year win.  I could listen to these guys for days.  (runner up to my favorite moment?  JT, duh)


Catch up

Wowza.  Time sure flies when you’re having fun.  It’s been a little over three months since I last updated this here blog but it does not seem that long at all.  Let’s catch up a bit.

September: Lee and I hosted a grilling day for the Leonhardt family.  We realized that we had been in the house for nearly eight months and none of them had seen it!  Such bad hosts we are!  The Leonhardts made the trek to the opposite side of town and we enjoyed Lee’s first go at burgers on his brand new grill.

A week later Belle spent her birthday evening with us and requested ribs.  Lee tried James’ fool-proof method and it proved to be a success yet again!  Now that I think back, we had an entire Shuler night without them even being present!  I ordered cupcakes from Ashley’s Scout Baked Goods; could anything be more perfect for my Disney obsessed sister?  I didn’t think so 😉

Mickey Mouse cupcake!

Mickey Mouse cupcake!

October was FULL of wedding prep.  Wedding prep and plenty of champagne!



November.  NOVEMBER!  I felt as though November took ages to arrive, but the month absolutely flew by.  We started the month out by getting our marriage license and having a photo shoot in the car {nerds}.  The next day we celebrated our dear friends’ wedding and had such a great time enjoying their big day.  It was so fun to go through the entire process together and finally see their wedding day dreams come true.  I think this is one of the best photos Lee and I have ever taken.

wedding month!

wedding month!

And here we are in December.  We have decorated the house {errr…living room} for Christmas and I started shopping for gifts this week {sooo late}.  The packages are slowly starting to roll in and I can’t wait to get some gifts under the tree!  Now if only the temperatures could drop about 15 degrees.


‘Tis the Season to be Fall-y

Last December when we moved into our house, I couldn’t wait to decorate for fall since it’s no secret that fall is my absolute favorite season of the year.  The air is crisp, the weather {slowly} gets cooler, and best of all it’s the beginning of the holiday season!  My weekends between now and November 17th are booked and now weekdays are beginning to fill up so decorating is going to be very minimal this year.  But you can bet next year I’m going all out!

With the internet at my fingertips and catalogs showing up in my mailbox every day, it’s pretty difficult not to think about decorating!  Luckily, Ashley and I are going to take advantage of a great sale this weekend so I thought I’d get all of my inspiration photos together {because Pinterest is just not enough}.

I think this photo is from Pottery Barn’s 2009 campaign but I love this galvanized tiered serving piece.  I found something very similar on Amazon that has officially been added to my wish list. {found here}

I’m not a fan of painted pumpkins, but these look so cute in the fireplace!  Not sure how practical it is, but adorable nonetheless. {I found this image on Pinterest but I couldn’t locate a direct link.  Pet. Peeve.}

The next three photos are from Pottery Barn’s current campaign.  I can safely say that I want one, maybe two, of everything!

I kinda love how popular owls are these days.

Mercury glass pumpkins? Yes, please!

Such pretty ceramic luminaries!

So these are my inspiration photos I’ll be referencing this weekend.  I hope I come back with a couple of similar pieces!

High Five for Friday

I’ve been looking forward to this week for well…weeks and as always, it has flown by.  Busy busy busy: a wedding, two birthday parties, movie date, dinner with friends, another dinner with friends, Independence Day, prepping for our engagement shoot, another birthday party.  Squeeze work into that schedule and I’m ready for a vacation.

I don’t feel like I took nearly enough pictures to capture everything that we squeezed in, but this is our week at a glance. {I really should get better at that if I’m going to keep up this blogging gig}

1.  You’re all well aware that I love my EC Life Planner so any free time I had this week, was occupied by getting my new one ready to go.  Of course Lucy Eleanor had to be right in the middle of the action 🙂

2.  An afternoon at the Texas Medical Center for work reminded me how much I enjoy the hustle and bustle of it all.  Top it off with a beautiful afternoon and I was plain ol’ happy.

3.  Last month I forgot to download Ashley Brooke Designs‘ iPad calendar so I made a point to get to it this week.  Aren’t her designs adorable!

4. This year’s 4th of July was low key for me.  I spent the morning at my parents house for a classic {i.e. loud}, family breakfast and planned an impromptu ‘semi-homemade’ dinner.  Can you go wrong with crock pot pulled pork and strawberry shortcake?  I didn’t think so.

5.  How can I be such an avid planner yet procrastinate just as much?  We’ve had our engagement shoot planned for weeks and I had one particular photo that I want to re-create.  Of course, I couldn’t find the perfect confetti so I took on the challenge of making some.  This mess is hard work but with Felicity at my side, I’m positive the results are going to be amazing!  With this lovely lady behind the camera, I don’t have anything other than the 90+ degree weather to worry about.


Head over to Lauren’s page and view all the other High Five for Friday’s!

Girl’s Night

It’s always fun to entertain but Lee and I don’t do it nearly often enough.  When Jamie suggested that Jessica and I meet her for happy hour, I jumped at the opportunity and invited the girls over instead.

What am I supposed to feed the girls? immediately ran through my head but I didn’t have any other ideas other than my go-to antipasto plate {my attempt at fancy-ing ‘snacks’}: cheese, meat, crackers, and fruit.  I could enjoy these goodies every couple of weeks and they would be just as delicious every single time!  Easy way to feed your guests so you can focus on wine!

I happened to be browsing Pinterest {duh} Monday night and found a quick tip for home fragrance.  Pour a couple cap-fulls of vanilla extract into an oven safe dish and put it in the oven on 300 F for up to one hour.  After about 20 minutes in the hot oven, your house will smell like you’ve been baking chocolate chip cookies!  I didn’t have time to switch out my Scentsy fragrance before the girls got here so this was a fantastic substitute!