Happy birthday, Mom!

Today is my mom's 50th birthday! (Sorry for announcing that, mom.) To celebrate such a significant, amazing milestone and woman, I orchestrated a fun little surprise party last weekend, complete with friends and family from near and far. Thank you so much to every who came to celebrate with us; you are what made it so special! Here are a few photos:

My sister, Kayla, took mom out for a lunch date and day of shopping "for mom's birthday, just the two of them," while Kelsi, our extended family, and I drove into town and started setting up at home. Dad and Grandpa set up the new patio set (her present), and did the grocery shopping while the rest of us ran errands and got the cakes and picked up the catering and decorated the house--phew!

When they got to our street, Kayla pulled over and made mom put on a blindfold, telling her that dad had built her a present and set it up in the yard as a surprise. He led her to the back patio, where everyone was waiting (silently) in anticipation.

When she peeked out from under the blindfold and everyone yelled SURPRISE!, she immediately pulled it back down over her eyes! Ha!

Who knew Kayla could juggle? ;)

We're professionals. Just look at these forms:

Okay, so maybe Uncle Kevin is the only one who looks professional, ha! But we still had fun trying. 

Thank you, everyone, for a fun night!

Friday Five: Pineapples!

Hello! It's finally Friday, AND a long weekend. If that's not a reason to celebrate with some Memorial Day sale shopping, then I don't know what is. If you're looking to add a few summer-inspired pieces to your closet or home, try something fruity! My favorite fruit style right now has to be pineapples, and I'm not alone. They're everywhere! Here are five pineapple-themed pieces I'm loving:


door knocker | earrings | soap | dress | tee

This refreshing trend is one of my favorites for the summer, but it can also easily go childish or tacky. Here are just a couple tips for wearing or decorating with fruit:

keep the color palette chic mixing the bright, primary colors of fruit can look kindergarten-esque so try picking one, or opt for prints in "unnatural" shades (ie muted tones or black and white) stick to one fruit piece wearing head-to-toe fruit can look like a costume, and when used in decor it can look like you're setting up for a luau pick pieces that showcase only one type of fruit—like pineapples! mixing multiple fruits can look kinda jumbled and can go "baby" in a heartbeat

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! xoxo


Halfway There!

It's Wednesday, which means only two more days until the weekend! If your week's been dragging like mine has, here are a few fun links to get you over the hump. DS-Phone-backgroundfinal

This waiter for the homeless really warmed my heart. Kickstarter recently passed $1 billion in pledges! These 17 things you start doing when you get an office job couldn't be more spot-on. This woman gives one of the most riveting TED talks I've heard. Are you better at science than the average American? How to kill an entire afternoon at work without actually getting anything done.

Cactus design by Helen Dealtry PS- You can download this as wallpaper for your desktop or phone here.