Shopping Experiment

The greatest sale ever invented started today, tell it to your neighbor!!!  It's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  What's special about this?  All sale items are new, pre-season!  And the pricing is amazing!

So I thought it would be fun to do an experiment.  When I shop for my kids I do my best to keep their likes and dislikes in mind.  But do I really?  And if my kids were shopping without me, they wouldn't have to think about versatility, price, size/growth.  What would that look like?  So first I selected realistic favorites I thought they'd like.  Then they picked out their favorites without any help from me.  Let's see if I came close to their personal style and what their picks look like!

First up are Lilly's Picks!  She turns 7 this fall.

1st Day of School Outfit (I came close with the shoes!):

Winter Coat (my pick left, her pick right):

Boots and Sneakers (we had the same pics!):

Hoodie/Sweater (my pick left, her pick right):

Something Extra Shoes (my pick left, her pick right):

Next up are Beau's Picks!  He just turned 4.

1st Day of School Outfit (I think I came pretty close on this one!):

Outfit Links:  Blue Polo, Blue Plaid Shorts, Graphic Tee, Red Plaid Shorts.

Winter Jacket (my pick left, his pick right):

Sneakers (my pick left, his pick right):

Hoodie (my pick left, his pick right):

Of course Beau's picks would include Snoopy, Spider Man and car looking sneakers!  Maybe I should  stay out of the wardrobe selection for my kids from now on!  Their style has a lot more pizzazz than mine does, ha!

Good luck shopping the Anniversary Sale!  If you have a card with Nordstrom, it's double points till Sunday.  And prices go up August 4th!  I'll be purchasing workout clothes because for the first time in 12 years I'm working out!  And I love the Zella brand!


United Colors of Wimbledon

Billie Weiss/AELTC
Every time I watch professional tennis I get inspired.  I like the game, the preppy style, the colors, the atmosphere, the sportsmanship, the fanfare and the athletes.  The height of all this tennis inspiration happens for me at Wimbledon.

Jon Buckle/AELTC
At Wimbledon the mix of colors are classic and fresh.  Working together are green, purple, white, navy, gold and silver.  The players have to wear all WHITE, the court is grass GREEN, the brand logo is GREEN and PURPLE, the ball kids wear a NAVY uniform and the trophies are mixed metals, GOLD and SILVER.

Jon Buckle/AELTC
Sprinkle in the rainbow of colors coming from the audience, the shine of the sun, the blue sky and an exciting yellow tennis ball and I am left completely inspired.  So I went searching for interiors with these United Colors of Wimbledon and created a collection! (Stay to the end of this post to see a different and more important inspiration.)

Apartment Therapy
Urban Walker
Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy
Ellen Degeneres / Architectural Digest / Emily Henderson Blog
Design Sponge
Domain Home
House and Home
House Beautitul

Style Me Pretty
Colin Cowie Weddings
And there's more where those came from, I created a Pin board called United Colors of Wimbledon if you're digging these colors.
Djokovic: You Live For This Moment
Before you go, there was something more importantly inspirational than the colors of this past Wimbledon.  It was the Champion of the "Gentlemen's" Final, Novak Djokovic.  Did you watch the match last Sunday?  It was EPIC!  Djokovic beat my favorite player, Roger Federer, after an amazing and entertaining fight.  Regardless of winning or runner-up-ing I am always impressed with the humility of tennis players and Djokovic didn't disappoint.  If you're inspired by honestly and vulnerability, watch the first 2 minutes his post champ interview.  The #1 tennis player in the world shares how he went to the restroom mid-game and had a "chat to himself" to overcome the mental game.  Love it!


Emma and I

Did you see Emma Stone on The Tonight Show back in April?  I missed it but I caught the clip.  Here's two of my favorite entertainers being adorably funny and talking about things I love:

So, Emma Stone and I have something in common, we both Pin inspirational quotes on Pinterest.  Her board is a secret and mine is disguised by the title "Typography Art", ha ha ha!  I guess I thought if I called it art then it wasn't really an "inspirational quote".  When I was younger my Mom used to create these images of quotes and frame them.  I thought they were ridiculous.  Now I find myself creating my own with Shapely and even posting them on Instagram for the whole world to see.  Slowly but surely I will eat all the words I've ever said.  I have officially become a quote loving fool!  So, I was just looking over the "art" I've collected on Pinterest and thought I could share some of my favorites here.

And here are a couple of my own I've made with the Shapely app:

As I get older I need reminders for everything!


Here We Go Again!

I'm feeling overwhelmed by my house again and as I said in My Clutter Recovery post, that was just the beginning and I have a lot more to go!  So tomorrow I'll be starting a set of challenges from the past.  Peter Walsh's 31 Days To Get Organized from 2013.  Are you interested, too?  Please, join me!  It's been half a year since the 2014 "31 Days" so the timing is great.  And the 2015 "31 Days" will be here in just 6 months!  It'll be the best July you've ever had!  Or, it will at least be the most freeing July you've ever had, tell it to your neighbor!

Peter recently posted a link to a website where all of the past challenges can be found.  It's a guide with a list of the challenges including videos and place for discussion and questions.  It looks like this:

Here's a link to the 2013 Challenge.  Register there to get to the guide.  It's free right now, but I don't know for how long!  I'll be on Instagram @tellittoyourneighbor and Facebook @tellittoyourneighbor documenting the journey with before and after pictures (I hope you don't mind, this keeps me motivated)!  I'd love for you to join me, the more of us working together the better the motivation!!!  Use the hashtags #31Days2GetOrganized and #GetOrganizedInJuly if you're public and if you're private, please tag me so I can see your hard work!  Let's do it!


A Few Birthday Party Tips

This is the last post of Birthday Party Week!  (Pretend it's still the month of May and I didn't start this birthday party week a month ago.  Ha!)  This post is a little different, it's a few tips to make your life easier.  First, I found a way to cut my stress in half when setting up a party-on-location, tell it to your neighbor!  All you need is a laundry basket and Jumbo storage bags:

Take all of your supplies out of their packaging.  That means unwrap plates, napkins, candles, decorations, you name it.

Put like things in jumbo storage bags.  For example all the unwrapped plates, napkins and utensils in one bag.

Then put everything you need for the party into a laundry basket.  Now everything is easy to transport from house to car to party.

The stress of setting up a party-on-location is cut in half because all the time it took to unwrap everything was completed at home ahead of time.  And all the trash is taken care of and left at home!

I used this same tip for my TITYN DIY Night.

And also for my daughter's Wild Kratts party at the Houston Zoo.  A second reason this cuts stress in half: When you get to the party, you can hand a party helper a bag and they can pretty much figure out what needs to be done with it. :)

The second tip is to reuse your party decorations for a birthday morning surprise, tell it to your neighbor!  Whether it's streamers on the bedroom door or hanging from the chandelier for breakfast, it only takes a second because you already have it from the birthday party.  I've done this twice now (it's another benefit of my clutter recovery).

Third, I am terrible at thank you notes but I am very thankful!  I know our party guests want to know we received their gift, that it didn't get left behind.  I like to see a kiddo's reaction to a gift and I assume other people do as well.  Also, I enjoy making a slideshow with music, it doesn't fail to procrastination like a handwritten note does for me.  So I created a slideshow and sent it to our friends to say thank you.  I couldn't worry about etiquette here, this slideshow is way better than the usual: no thank you note at all.  It's a new era for thank you etiquette, whatever works for you!


Scooby-Doo Meets Batman Party

Birthday Party Week continues!  Last week our little boy turned 4 and he had his first "real" birthday party.  This means it was the first time he had more than an easy party with family in our backyard.  And he wanted another mixed theme, this time "Scooby-Doo Meets Batman"  So I did my best to make the mix look great!

Nobody makes Scooby-Doo Meets Batman invitations so I had to make them myself.  I don't have software for making invitations so I made Picasa do as much as it could for me and I had to do it very quickly. :)  Yes, the party was at Wonderwild again, they've got a good thing going there!

My nephew gave us the best reaction when he walked into this room and saw this table.  He said, "I knew it. (long pause) I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!"  And then he couldn't stop smiling as he checked it all out.  For the birthday boy, nothing was new, he'd been opening deliveries and running errands with me all week, ha!  My nephew though was like a kid in a candy store!  Now, pretend like you're him as you check this out:

FYI - links to everything are at the end of this post.  

This is the spectacular Scooby-Doo Meets Batman cupcake tower!  The tower was from Crave but the cupcakes were from HEB (I provided the cupcake rings).  The cardboard tower was $25 and I've been able reuse it.  It's awesome for serving, the tiers can be taken off the top and used as trays for passing out cupcakes, tell it to your neighbor!

Our cupcake figurines, the Mystery Gang and Batman and Robin, were the Birthday Boy's main gift and we gave it to him the day before the party.  

Our Scooby-Doo party favors!  The bag is a lunch sack and Scooby-Doo is made out of stickers we cut out ourselves, a lot of work but worth it!  How cute does the Party Table Fringe from Emerson Sloan look on this counter?!  The fringe tied it all together!

I had a blank wall so I grabbed a few party favors and hung them as decoration.

B-E-A-U was turning 4, so I couldn't resist the letter candles.

Our Baby had an awesome time at his Scooby-Doo Meets Batman Party!  I can't believe he's four!

Below are links to everything and if I could, the link is to an AmazonPrime item.  If you're in Houston, I got most of these supplies at Arne's and Emerson Sloan.  Kim with ES helped me bring the mix together.  Thank you, Kim!