Sunday, November 30, 2014

Boston's First Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Every year we have so many friends and family come in town and my parents' house is always headquarters for all the fun. This year was even better because my best friend from New Zealand came in town and because it was our first Thanksgiving as parents.


We started the day with the annual tradition of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade while we got ready. This year was our year to have lunch at my in-laws' house so after we all got dressed we headed over there for some sangria and fun with that side of the family. 
// My Sweater // 

We stuffed our faces and then played some board games. Our nieces are always bringing over games to play and this year they brought Battle Ship and Twister. Two of the classics. And Boston was all in the middle of their game of Twister. I think he loved the colorful spots. 
After we were done hanging out with D's family, we drove to my parents house for the Cowboy game and our annual ornament exchange. This is my favorite part of the day because we usually have around 20 people come over and everyone brings an ornament. It's pretty much like a white elephant gift exchange and it always gets a little rowdy. There's always some strategizing, alliance forming and a little bit of trash talking and this year I had the perfect partner to form my alliance with a napping 7 month old whose taste in ornaments just happens to match mommy's. 
We even had a few guests bring Boston his own ornaments for his little tree in his room. So sweet!
What a great day and now we have our first family cruise and all of the Christmas festivities to look forward to! Bring on a month full of fun! 

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pumpkin Dip

I am sure everyone is in full Thanksgiving food prep but in case you need one last dessert this one is amazing and so so easy! My mom has been making this Pumpkin Dip for years and it is one of my all-time favorites. 

Ingredients 
2 cups of Powdered Sugar 
8oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese 
15oz can of Pumpkin Pie Filling Mix 
1tsp Ground Cinnamon 
1/2tsp Ginger 
1pkg Ginger Snap Cookies (for dipping) 

Mix all the ingredients together. If you are feeling really festive you can place the dip in a hollowed out pumpkin. And this snack pairs great with a glass of bubbly or Sam Adams OctoberFest. 

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving. 

Simply, 
Summer Ann

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Boston's Vintage Car Nursery Tour

This post has been improved and moved to http://alamum.com/vintage-car-nursery/


Sunday, November 23, 2014

DIY Studded Pumpkin Vase

I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving week. This year is going by way too quick and that baby of mine is growing way too fast. Since Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, I wanted to show you all an easy centerpiece idea that would be so pretty on any Thanksgiving Day table. I am a big fan of simple crafts and this one is just that.

Supplies
- Flowers 
- Pumpkin. I used a medium sized pumpkin but you could use a larger one for a bigger display.
- Thumb Tacks. I used around 100 tacks per pumpkin.
- Floral tape or regular scotch tape. I forgot to purchase floral tape so I ended up using the regular kind and it worked out just fine.
- Solo cup

Step 1
Use the solo cup to trace a hole at the top of the pumpkin. This will insure that the opening will be just big enough for the cup to nestle inside.
Pumpkin Vase Floral Arrangement
Step 2
With a knife or a pumpkin carving kit, cut the hole out and clean out the inside of the pumpkin.Pumpkin Vase Floral Arrangement
Step 3
Using the natural lines on the pumpkin as your guide, push in tacks all the way from the opening down to the base. Then fill the solo cup with water and place it in the pumpkin.
Pumpkin Vase Floral Arrangement
Step 4
Arrange your flowers in your hand and get them configured how you want them. Then tape the stems together and cut off the excess stems. You may need to use the solo cup to get the correct height for the stems. 
Pumpkin Vase Floral Arrangement
Step 5
Put the flowers in the cup.Pumpkin Vase Floral Arrangement
Step 6 (optional)
Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and admire your craftiness.

I hope y'all have an awesome Thanksgiving!

Simply,
Summer Ann

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

Well another weekend has come and gone way too quickly for my liking. Here was our weekend in photos.

Friday evening we grabbed dinner and made a quick run to Target. Boston got to sit in the cart for the first time and he loved it. I think it totally bought me a few extra minutes in the Christmas decor aisle.
Saturday morning D went duck hunting so it was me and these crazy boys all morning.
When dad came home we got ready and took Boston to grandma's so we could have a date night. We had some drinks at the Omni before heading to the horse races, where I lost every bet I made, but we had a blast!
Sunday we got up and went straight to ihop for some pancakes in our pj's. 
We were cracking up at Boston who kept trying to flirt with a table of girls behind us. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
We spent the rest of the day curled up by the fire, playing and watching football.
I hope y'all had a great weekend!

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Target Holiday and Beauty Haul

Last night we made a quick run to Target to get Boston's first can of baby formula :'( (I plan on doing a post on my breastfeeding journey soon but clearly things aren't going as planned). And like always I wasn't able to get out of there with just the items I needed. 

Dustin has never been a fan of putting up Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving but that doesn't mean I can't go ahead and look for some festive stuff now right? Wrong. I think he complained the whole time we were walking down the Christmas isle… Saying things like "You can't buy candy canes yet!!" "We don't need new stockings." "Summer, you are ruining Christmas." I ended up buying the candy canes, some new holiday decor and some new beauty products but I did promise I would not put up our tree until after turkey day was over. Marriage is all about compromise.
Target Holiday Haul
Revlon Colorstay ReviewL'Oreal Gel Eyeliner ReviewTarget Holiday MugSally Hansen Miracle Gel Review
- Wreath: I plan on doing a little diy flocking and then jazzing it up a little more to hang on the door. After Thanksgiving of course.
- Mugs (in-store only): Because when its cold out you can never have too many mugs for coffee or hot cocoa.
- L'Oreal Gel Eyeliner (in Blackest Black): I have heard this stuff makes winged eyeliner a breeze so I had to buy some to try out. I feel like winged liner and red lips make for a very pretty and classic look. Perfect for the holidays.
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (in Creme de la creme): I am always going to the salon to get gel nails but my mom and best friend swear this stuff lasts almost as long. And since I am always down to save a few bucks I figured I would give it a try.
- Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay Foundation (in Fresh Beige): I normally use Makeup Forever Foundation but one of my favorite beauty bloggers recommends this stuff over a lot of the expensive brands and I thought it would be worth a shot. P.S. I have already tried this one out and so far I love it!

Happy Shopping!
Summer Ann

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thrusday: Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

Here's another Throwback Thursday party post for ya! When I said I had been putting off blogging for a long time I really meant it. The little girl we threw this shower for is now 4 years old and I took these pictures in hopes of one day posting them to a blog. I am such a procrastinator.

This shower is one of my all-time favorites for parties I have helped throw. The mama was the first in our group of friends to get pregnant which meant that me and her other best friend went a little nuts when it came to the planning. We had numerous meetups to pick out invites, shop for adorable little girl clothes, pick out flowers... We even met up to glue ribbons and pearls to straws. To say this mom and little girl are loved would be an understatement. 

When we started planning we asked the soon to be mom what she wanted for the shower and her only request was for it to be as eco-friendly as possible and hosted at her house so she could show off the adorable nursery. Aside from sending out paper invites (I just couldn't pass up some that I had found at a paper boutique here in Dallas) it was a very "green" shower. We asked the guests to bring their gifts unwrapped or wrapped in something reusable like a baby blanket. We used mason jars and mismatched china instead of paper cups and plates. And we decorated with baby clothes and potted plants that the guests could take home. Mom loved it so much she almost cried when she came in the door which made all the work so worth it.
XOXO,
Summer Ann

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Freezer Meals For Those Who Hate Cooking

I really hate cooking. Ok so maybe hate is a strong word but honestly I don't like it and most of the time I don't have time for it

Before Boston was born I remember my mom coming over to our house and looking in our pantry, which before was always pretty bare, and saying something like "What in the world do you guys eat? You know you're going to have to cook for that boy don't you?". She was also pretty shocked to discover that I didn't even have a set of measuring spoons... Yes you read that right. We had been married for 4 years and I hadn't even used a measuring spoon. Yikes. I knew my cooking style was pretty lazy but I guess I hadn't realized how bad it was. (And it's even worse now because of this cute little stinker right here.)
Here's how most nights went...
Me: What do you want for dinner?
D: I don't care. What do you want?
Me: Well we've got chicken and veggies, chicken and rice, or pizza.


Poor Dustin. But my argument was that I didn't feel like cooking after a full day of work and he didn't either. So those were the options unless he wanted to make something else (which of course he never did). And so chicken or pizza it was unless we stopped for food on the way home.

But that changed towards the end of my pregnancy when I starting the nesting period. All of the sudden I had a really strong urge to stock up our pantry and our freezer with easy meals I could throw in the oven once we were home. I made a few different meals that I found on Pinterest and honestly that was one of the best things I could have done.

We had a few people offer to bring food over after we returned home from the hospital but I had a pretty bad case of the "Baby Blues" and entertaining people was the last thing I wanted to do. So I turned down most of the offers and grabbed a meal from the freezer instead. Since then I have been such a huge fan of the Freezer Meals. I can normally muster up enough motivation to cook for a few hours once every month or two and we are good for dinners for a while.

My main criteria for choosing meals is they can't have too many ingredients, they can't require a ton of prep, and they need to be pretty low calorie. So here are some of my favorite meals right now...

- Buffalo Cream Cheese Chicken (I used reduced fat cream cheese to make it lower calorie)
- Honey Garlic Chicken (I throw in a package of stir-fry veggie mix before putting it in the freezer)
- Meatballs (can be served in spaghetti, in a sandwich, or with teriyaki and stir-fry veggies)

I'd love some new recipes to try so if you have anything you love and is easy, feel free to post the link in the comments!

Simply,
Summer Ann

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday after work we had a get together at my aunt's house. My cousin and his wife have a little girl who is almost 2 and a son who is exactly a month older than Boston which makes it so fun when we are together. The boys played while we chatted and Boston found himself a new favorite toy, a different bouncer. Once it got late, and way past Boston's bed time, we said our goodbyes to everyone and to the most awesome bouncer ever made.
(Cardigan is from H&M last season but you find similar here and here.)

Before Boston was born I swore up and down that I wouldn't be that mom with a house overran with toys.  I didn't want a special "baby holder" for everything, our house was going to stay clutter free. And our baby was going to love everything we had purchased for him because after all I had done my research.  I was so naive. I have since learned that anything that offers you 20 minutes of free time (or more than 2 hours of sleep) is worth any amount of clutter so Saturday afternoon we ran to Target to buy Boston his 3rd bouncer. (To date we have 4 different beds for him, baskets full of toys, and after Saturday, 3 different bouncers/walkers. Ridiculous.)
// Infinity Scarf (great for drooly babes)// Jeggings // Bodysuit // Loafer (similar)//

Saturday evening we put on some comfy clothes and went over to our friends' house for dinner. We ate, played with the babies (they also have a son B's age) and once they were tired and cranky we put them down to sleep so we could watch UFC and drink our first Sam Adams holiday beers of the season. My favorite is the White Christmas. Delicious!

Sunday morning we cuddled in our pjs and watched a live stream of our church service. Boston was so fussy which reaffirmed my decision to not take him to an actual service just yet and we tried to lay him down for nap which he protested.
By 11am Dustin and I were about to pull out our hair because B would not stop fussing so we decided to get out of the house for a walk. Boston loves being outside and after a mile he finally passed out. Sometimes he makes us work for it.
 Blanket made by: Lonestarwonders
XOXO,
Summer Ann

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bowties or Bows: Our Gender Reveal Party

Happy pre-Friday y'all! In honor of this Throwback Thursday I thought I'd share a few of the pics from our gender reveal party that occurred almost a year ago today. It's so crazy how much can change in a year.

I really love planning parties and most of the time they are for everyone else. So when I found out I was pregnant I couldn't wait to throw a party for ourselves in honor of the little person growing inside of me.

We had a blast celebrating with a few of our favorite people. And we got such exciting news that we would be having a son. We would have been thrilled no matter what the gender was though. :)

Crazy side note: As some of you may have read we had trouble conceiving (you can read about that here) and I was placed on a drug called Femara to help us out. About 3 weeks into our first medicated cycle I woke up, still slightly in a dream state but a little awake, and I had this really powerful thought come to my head and it said "you're pregnant and it's a boy". A week later I got my positive pregnancy test and a few months later we found out my feeling was correct and we were going to have a boy! It's so amazing what your body can tell your brain.
 (Handmade Photo Booth props. We used an Instax Mini Polaroid Camera for the pics. It was a hit!)
(I think I was saying "I was right!!" :D) 
(Grandpa was a little choked up. He can't wait to take Boston camping.)
 (Smiling for the camera.)
 (Praying over our sweet little boy.)
Photos: Kandice Ray Photography
Cake: Belly's Bake Shop
Tassle Garland: Handmade by me
Balloons: Sweet Lulu
Invites and Printables: Emmy Jo's Parties
Maternity Jeans (confession... I still wear these. They are so comfy!): DL1961

XOXO, 
Summer Ann