9/30/15

Simple Fall Decor + DIY Polka Dot Burlap Bunting

The first official day of Fall arrived and as much as I was trying to resist--- I broke down and bought some pumpkins. (Target!!) I have a few Halloween decorations in the attic that I will bring down once the calendar flips to October. But until then- this is me getting 'festive'.


The bunting is a DIY project that took about 10 minutes.



9/26/15

Fall Make-Up Review: Allure & ButterLondon Polish (GIVEAWAY)

It's time for another installment of my favorite Fall Make-Up! Today I am sharing a new polish - it is created by Allure and ButterLondon. The group is called "Arm Candy" and it is a limited edition collection of high gloss nail lacquers. 


After wearing hot pink, turquoise and purple polish all summer, this group of fall shades is refreshing. It has me dreaming of plaid scarves, cable knit sweaters, and ankle booties! 


9/23/15

Visit San Francisco (with Kids)

This summer we took a trip to San Francisco. We were in the Northern California area for an entire week- our trip took us from San Fran to Sonoma to Sacramento and back to San Francisco. I am excited to finally share the photos, places, we stayed and food we ate :) Links to these places are included in the post- just in case you are planning to visit this area too! My husband spent almost a year planning this trip, and I have to say it was my favorite "Conner Family adventure" so far!


9/19/15

Fall Make-Up Review: Younique 3D Fiber Lash+

I am excited to share a few of my fall favorites for make-up with you. Today, it's all about mascara! I have talked about mascara so many times, because it is my favorite make-up (right next to lipstick!)


The people of Younique are back with a new formula of the 3D mascara. This one is called 3D Fiber Lashes+.  If you have used their mascara before ( or remember this post)-- you know that you get two tubes. One is the 'transplanting gel' and the other tube is the '3D fibers'. I think the transplanting gel is smoother in this new version. The fibers seemed to be better too- I didn't get clumps on my lashes or have any flake off into my eyes. The application is easy- coat once with regular mascara, coat once with the 3D Plus transplanting gel, coat once with the fibers, seal it with one final coat of the transplanting gel. I did curl my eyelashes before application, but there is a bit of a lift to this new formula too.

9/16/15

Super Girls: Mother Daughter Retreat

On Sunday, we hosted our second Mother-Daughter Retreat at White's Chapel. The theme of the event was "Super Girls". The retreat included lunch, a photo booth, games and crafts.
A talented group of ladies worked together for months to make it all happen. And I am proud to say I got to help with the planning, leading one of the crafts, and serving as the featured speaker. It was a big day!



9/9/15

DIY How to Make Flower Crowns

I have been adoring flower crowns on Pinterest for awhile now. They are beautiful on littles and sophisticated on women. I have seen flower crowns everywhere from weddings to music festivals, photo shoots to a playdate with friends. So I finally decided to spend an afternoon making them with my girls. They are really quite simple and oh-so-hippie-chic.


The supplies needed are: 
-Floral wire (I like this kind that is pre-wrapped) but the plain green works well too.
-Silk flowers (or real!) of your choice
-Greenery 
-Floral tape
-Wire cutters


And these are the final products. 



Directions for creating your own Flower Crowns

1. Using two pieces of floral wire, measure your head and then twist the ends to create the hoop. Cover the raw twisted pieces with floral tape to secure.



2. Cut apart your flowers using the wire cutters. I pulled the greenery from the floral bunches out and attached those to the hoop first. It makes a nice 'base' for the flowers.


3. Attach the flowers using more floral tape. Repeat until you are satisfied with the final look.



Love this project? Me too! Which is why I am so excited to lead a group of 100 women in making them! The flower crown is just one of the fun activities we have planned for the "Super Girls Mother Daughter Mini-Retreat" hosted by Whites Chapel UMC on September 13th.

I am thrilled to be speaking to the group about ways mothers and daughters can connect and then sharing this beautiful craft with them. Say a prayer that it all goes well and that Jesus works through us to touch the hearts of the sweet mothers and daughters in attendance.

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9/2/15

"Snickers & Joy" Teacher Treat Idea

At the beginning of the school year, I think everyone needs a little extra TLC. Kids, parents, teachers-- we are all feeling the stress of early mornings, busy afternoons, and late evenings. I have noticed my kids have needed more snuggles this past week and half. Which made me think, that our teachers (who are with our kids all day) might need a little extra sweetness too. So I made goodie bags for each staff member!



I saw a similar treat idea on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own version. (Click here to see the original idea via the fabulous Lil' Luna.) I used her phrase "Hope your school year is full of snickers and joy!" and added it to these cute blank ziploc bag labels.  The labels (designed by Tatertots and Jello) are a blank download (click here)- so you could add whatever phrase you want.
Or you can use the ones I made- that have the wording on them! Just print, cut and add to baggies stuffed with Almond Joy and Snickers. I used leopard washi tape to affix the labels to the bags. (You could print the labels on actual 'Avery Labels' and then they would already be sticky!)


                
I hope that we all have a year full of snickers and joy. Love and laughter make adjusting to these long days so much better! (Photo via Instagram @craftytexasgirl - come find me on IG!)



>>>>>>To print my "Snickers and Joy" treat bag labels for free, simply click here.
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