Shopping adventures – Dallas recap part 2

As promised in my last post, here is the second part of my Dallas recap from a few weeks ago.

I was in town for my sister’s baby shower and I’m so glad we got to squeeze in some much needed shopping. So much to share, that I decided pictures on their own are enough. I saw so many pretty things – some that will serve as inspiration and some that will go on my wish list. And a couple of pretty little gems that I got to take home with me.

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That gorgeous orange planter from Anthropology is now sitting pretty in my kitchen. I’m hoping it will bring out my “green thumb.”

And that rug in the last picture? I saw it hanging up in a coffee shop and knew I had to have it! It reads “Think Happy. Be Happy.”

Just perfect.

It will eventually hang on a wall in my studio, but for now Skya’s enjoying it. πŸ™‚

Till next time!

*~ Ina

My Sister’s Baby Shower – Dallas recap part 1

A few short weekends ago my mom and I (and little Baby F) packed our bags and flew to Dallas, TX to visit my sister and be part of her baby shower. She’s due a month before me and it’s been so fun sharing stories, asking questions and comparing bellies with her.

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I feel so lucky that I have this special time to share with my sister. And even though she’s miles away, it’s still comforting to know and understand what she’s going through.

Her and her husband are expecting a girl, so her shower was all pink! We prepared all of the food, desserts and drinks the day before and had a blast staying up late making the finishing touches.

The morning of the shower we hung decorations – including this super cute pink balloons Β in the front yard. An idea I “stole” for my own shower just last weekend. πŸ™‚

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The mason jars were also dressed in pink and the food was delicious!

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After lots of cute gifts, fun games and more cupcakes (I couldn’t have just one!), it was time for some photos.

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And how cute are our dresses? Gotta love last minute consignment store shopping!

The whole weekend went by way too quickly and before we took off, we squeezed in some much needed shopping – I’ll post those finds in Part 2 of my Dallas recap.

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What a blast it was!

So happy for my big sis! πŸ™‚

*~ Ina

Blogs I Love

One of my favorite things to do Saturday mornings is walk over to my computer (still in my PJs, of course!) with a bowl of cereal and catch up on recent posts from bloggers I follow. Today I’m sharing my favorites.

Gussy Sews

Gussy Sews

I discovered Gussy Sews last year and just can’t get enough of her bags and zippered pouches. They are adorable! And now that Maggie herself is a new mom, I love following her story even more. She’s a great example of what it takes to run a home-made biz and being a mommy. Oh, and she’s really sweet too! πŸ™‚

Little Miss Momma

Little Miss Momma

This blog is a more recent find for me. I enjoy Ashley’s style and especially her words. Her most recent post speaks to something most bloggers go through, I think. Effortlessly simple and well written too.

House of Smiths

House of Smiths

This entire blog is pure eye candy for me. I have found lots of inspiration in Shelley’s DIY projects. Her home is bright, colorful and stunning!

I Heart Organizing

I Heart Organizing

I Heart Organizing is another blog I have followed for a long time. Sometimes when my own house is a disaster, I can easily escape my messes by checking in to see what closet or room Jen is making more organized and pretty.

Young House Love

Young House Love

Chances are you’ve heard of this duo. Their posts are filled with DIY projects and their adventures in home ownership. Bonus points for making me LOL every once in a while.

Shelly Colvin Photography

Shelly Colvin Photography

Sure I’m biased (Shelly is a newborn photographer and a really good friend of mine), but she is so talented and that’s what makes her blog shine. Her pictures melt my heart and make me so excited for my very own session this fall. πŸ™‚

Des Moines Moms Blog

Des Moines Moms Blog

I met Sarah, the co-founder of the Des Moines Moms Blog, last summer during a Market Day event and have stayed in touch with her ever since. This great blog features a lot of local businesses and events focusing on moms and their families. I have also had the chance to do a few IF Only Pretty giveaways and the reader comments and feedback are always so nice. I feel so lucky (and excited!) to be part of the Des Moines Moms Blog team, as I will be contributing posts throughout my pregnancy. My first post went live today!! Yay!

Beauty Broadcast

Beauty Broadcast

I have watched Emily’s YouTube videos for years and now her blog is a great extension showcasing her love for all things makeup and beauty. She’s fun to watch, has a lot of great information to share and her tutorials are thorough and easy to follow.

So there you have it. Just a sneak peek into what’s bookmarked on my internet browser and the blogs that show up on the Bloglovin App on my phone.

Till next time!

*~ Ina