Super Affordable Outfits

The Perfect Dress for Early Fall

August 12, 2018

Beautiful Tonal Striped Dress

I have to share this beautiful Tonal Striped Dress by Anthropologie because not only is it marked WAY down right now (orignally $148.00 now on sale for only $79.00) it is also super comfortable! The thicker material makes it ideal for slightly cooler temperatures making it the perfect dress for early fall and late summer. 

I’ll definitely be wearing this one to outdoor BBQ’s, church, or just Sunday brunch. The vertical stripes make for a very flattering fit and I love the gorgeous red color! It also has pockets which is an obvious win! Be sure to size down, I was about 8 months pregnant in this picture and am wearing a size small so it runs large. This dress is not maternity but works well for pregnant momma’s too!

It shows on Anthropologie’s website as $99.95 but they are currently running a sale for an additional 20% off on all dresses so after the dress is in your cart they take the additional 20% bringing it down to $79.96.

It’s really easy to pair this dress with a variety of different shoes. The ones I am wearing in the above picture are from Target. Wedges, sandals or even ballet flats all work great with this dress!  Here’s some really cute wedges I recently found on Amazon that come in a ton of different styles and colors.

These crazy girls are always running in opposite directions 🙂 If you are looking for something cute for back to school wear for the kiddos mine are wearing these adorable Ikat shorts from Gymboree and their shirts and shoes were both found at Target. 

If you’ve recently found a great deal on an outfit that you love for the kiddos or yourself please share it with me! Feel free to leave any questions or comments below or reach out to http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/.

Fun & Affordable Party Ideas

Unicorn and Rainbow Birthday Party

August 7, 2018

It really doesn’t seem possible but somehow my babies just turned three years old! They are just now starting to understand birthdays and parties so I wasn’t too keen on having a really big party that involved at a lot of effort this year since I’m now about 8 and a 1/2 months preggo, and as my husband keeps reminding me they will obviously not remember this when they are older. So, we opted to do a birthday party package through our gym that pretty much included all of the necessities. It worked out well because the girls have recently developed an obsession with rainbows and the gym has a giant inflatable they use for parties that looks like a rainbow (see below). The girls also love unicorns so we decided we had to have a unicorn and rainbow birthday party for them this year.

Giant Rainbow Inflatable

The giant rainbow inflatable definitely kept the kiddos entertained for a while, if you’re hosting your own rainbow/unicorn party check out this smaller size version of the rainbow inflatable bounce house.

The gym also opened up their rock climbing wall and passed around a couple of basketballs and some of these old fashioned scooter boards to provide a variety of activities.

Rainbow Glitter Slime

A table with glitter and slime was also provided and it seemed to be a pretty big hit! Find your own glitter slime here for only $10. I don’t recommend letting the kiddos bring this home from a birthday party, accidentally leaving it in a hot car makes for a very slimy mess!  

Unicorn/Rainbow Party Decor

My favorite thing about their party this year was all of the pretty, girly decorations. Walking into the party room felt like walking into a nice bridal shower! I loved the way the chairs and tables were decorated. Most of these decorations can be found at Party City.

You can find these gold unicorn dessert plates, beverage napkins, pastel rainbow cups and sparkling unicorn table cover all at Party City.

Rainbow Cakes

OK first of all, how completely adorable are these cake toppers??? So precious! My super talented friend, Chevonn of Celebrate. Every. Day. | Event Decor made these for the cakes and they could not have turned out any cuter! She makes all kinds of custom party decor that is very affordable and ships everywhere, to contact her e-mail chevonn@celebrateeverydayevents.com.

HEB’s bakery made the cakes for the party, we had one vanilla cake and one chocolate. I wasn’t too thrilled about how the rainbow sprinkled donuts looked around the bottom layer but I’m glad we got them because the girls were beyond excited to have both cake and donuts at their party!

Giant Unicorn Balloon

My girls went nuts over this giant unicorn balloon that I ordered through our HEB. It was super convenient to order because not only did they inflate it for me at the store, they also added tiny weights to the bottom so it would stand upright and not float away. The cost was great, only around $25! This balloon is HUGE and barely fit in the back of a small SUV so if you order it make sure you have enough extra space in your car to transport it.

Unicorn and Rainbow Themed Birthday Banners

I loved all of the banners for this party, the theme was just so pretty! The I Believe in Unicorns Banner above the table was made by Celebrate. Every. Day. | Event Decor and the unicorn pennant happy birthday banner located at the bottom of the table in the above picture is from Party City. 

The above gorgeous custom banner was also made by Celebrate. Every. Day. | Event Decor. I absolutely love how the gold letters and trim look with the pastel colors, it turned out so beautifully! Our party room was in a dance studio at the gym so there were mirrors everywhere and not much wall space. The kiddos seemed to love all of the mirrors for practicing their cartwheels and dance moves while all on a major cake and donut sugar high!

At first I was a little hesitant to do the unicorn/rainbow theme since it seems like it’s everywhere these days but there are so many different options and styles for decorations I think it turned out well! I loved the pastel rainbow colors mixed with gold, it was so pretty and very fairy tale like. Most importantly my girls seemed to absolutely love it and have already asked when the next unicorn rainbow party is! 

For questions or additional information comment below or contact http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/.

Mom Tales

Inspirational Quotes

July 23, 2018

Things have been so crazy busy lately that I’m in desperate need of some motivation today, so I decided to compile a list of my most favorite inspirational quotes.

I also added some super funny ones because Lord knows we could all use something to make us smile on a Monday! 

May your Monday be short and your coffee be extra strong!!!

Inspirational:

  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  • “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

  • “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
  • “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.” – Mark Cuban
  • “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffet

  • “Don’t look back – you’re not going that way.” – Unknown
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.” – Marc Jacobs

  • “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” – James Keller
  • “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” – Raymond Hull
  • “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” – Unknown

  • “Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you no one would believe it.” – Unknown
  • “It’s not happy people that are grateful, it’s grateful people that are happy.” – Unknown

 

Humor:

As far as I know all of these quotes were said by unknown authors but if you know who said any of this brilliance below please let me know!

  • “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”
  • “We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles???” 
  • “The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” 

  • “Advice from a tree – stand tall and proud, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view.”
  • “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘Plot twist!’ and move on.” 
  • “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine and that’s kind of the same thing.” 

  • “Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.”
  • “Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself.”
  • “Know when to give up and have a margarita.”

Share your motivational or favorite quotes with me! Comment below or contact http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/.

 

Savings & Deals

Money Saving Hacks at Chick-fil-A

July 12, 2018

I’m not really willing to admit the number of times per week I frequent the Chick-fil-A drive through…let’s just say I may or may not have had breakfast, lunch and dinner from there at some point this week. Our whole family loves it and I especially love the healthier salad options (absolute fav is the Market Salad). Not to mention their customer service is awesome!!! Cars can be backed up for half a mile at our location and somehow we still manage to get through the drive through in a matter of minutes. However, all of that convenience definitely comes at a cost so that’s why I started looking for some money saving hacks at Chick-fil-A and this is what I found:

I didn’t even know about this until recently and I’m so mad about all of the savings I’ve missed out on! After you download the Chick-fil-A One App you’ll receive a QR Code that will need to be scanned by the cashier each time you check out. Every time your code is scanned you earn points which adds up to free treats and of course the more you dine the more you save. We now get a free treat almost every time we go to Chick-fil-A which ends up saving around $3 – $5 per visit. You can also bypass the line by placing your order through the app. 

App users also receive freebies when Chick-fil-A spotlights new menu items or for their 12 days of Christmas promotion when every day there is a free treat in store but ONLY for app users!

  • Trade in a Kids Meal Toy for a Free Icedream Cone or Cup 

If your kids are anything like mine they already have 10000 kids meal toys laying around on the floor at home probably somewhere that mom is bound to trip on them so the last thing we need is one more!  When ordering a kid’s meal you can opt to skip the “kids premium” and allow your kids to have a sweet treat instead. Today the girls took their garden shovel kids meal toys back up to the register and traded them in for an icedream cone for free and as you can see they were very happy with that substitution.

  • Free Mommy Meal for Expectant Moms

Contact your local Chick-fil-A for information on how to register for this one. Our Chick-fil-A offers a free mommy meal to expectant moms that arrives in the form of this certificate in the mail close to your due date. This is so nice to have when the baby arrives and you don’t want to eat the yucky hospital food, or when you return home and life is just too hectic to cook. The mommy meal from our Chick-fil-A includes a 6-count of chocolate chunk cookies!!!

I was told the Chick-fil-A Cow Calendars are sold during the months of November through January (while supplies last). The calendar offers different free treats each month all year long. Take a look at this year’s monthly offerings.

  • Split Adult Meals Between Kids

I save roughly $1.25 by ordering one 12 -count nugget meal for $7.65 (before tax) instead of two chicken nugget kids meals for $8.90. This is if you want to forgo the toy and option for free ice cream. I know $1.25 doesn’t sound like a lot of savings but it definitely adds up when you frequent Chick-fil-A as often as we do! 

  • Free Breakfast for Seniors

This is a great way to treat grandma or grandpa to a free breakfast! Again, check your local Chick-fil-A for info on this one. Our’s offers a free breakfast for seniors 65 years and older every Wednesday morning. 

Keep in mind that all Chick-fil-A locations are franchises which are all individually owned and operated and events and promos can vary depending on the location. The best way to know what deals are happening at your Chick-fil-A is to follow your store’s location on Facebook.  Find you nearest location here.

What are some of your Chick-fil-A savings hacks??? Feel free to add to this list by sharing your thoughts and comments with me below or contact http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/.

Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

The Ultimate Summer Reading List

July 5, 2018

Don’t forget to add any of these great books to your beach tote this summer!  I’m a complete book worm and LOVE finding a new good read so please share with me if you find something you love too!!! Check out the ultimate summer reading list for 2018, I’ll continue to add on to this list throughout the summer.

 A Tribe Called Bliss is not the kind of book I usually read, self help/personal development books are not the type of genre I typically look for. However, after reading a lot of rave reviews about this one I decided to check it out and I’m very glad I did!  I really enjoyed reading Lori Harder’s incredible personal journey of how she learned to love herself first in order to have stronger relationships with others. Harder encourages readers to follow their bliss to live their best life and I really embraced the positive messages in this book and love how she incorporates uplifting quotes throughout the novel as well.

If you are looking for something positive and encouraging to read this summer definitely check this one out!

 

The Woman In The Window gave me the chills!!! It’s really good, reminded me at first of the The Girl On The Train because the main character, Anna Fox seems to be a hot mess who drinks too much and mixes her medications so you aren’t sure if you can trust her. Anna is also a former psychologist who has been diagnosed with Agoraphobia and never leaves her New York home that she used to share with her estranged husband and daughter. Anna fills her days with watching her neighbors through the lens of her camera and talking to other patients with Agoraphobia online. One day she sees something out her window that changes her life forever. 

This book is filled with mystery and lots of suspense all the way until the last page and there is a huge twist towards the end that you will not see coming! 

 

I wanted something light and easy after reading The Woman In The Window and When Life Gives You Lululemons was perfect! I finished the whole book in less than three days because I just could not put it down! It’s a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada and is about Emily’s life post working in runway for Miranda Priestly. Emily now works as a public relations agent for celebrities but when her list of celebrity clientele begins to dwindle she takes on the exciting case of a client who is married to a very shady politician. 

When Life Gives You Lululemons is a really funny light read about the trials and tribulations of surviving suburbia, motherhood, and marriage.

 

The Great Alone is the only book on this list I haven’t read yet and I cannot wait to get started on this one! It has rave reviews everywhere!!! If you’ve already read this one please let me know what you thought of it by commenting below!

 

Orphan Train takes place in the late 1920’s right around the time of the Great Depression. It’s a fictional story that follows a young Irish girl’s journey to the Midwest on a train for orphans with hopes of finding a new family after she loses her own in a house fire.  At first I wasn’t sure if I could get through this book because it’s just so sad to know that although the story is based on a fictional character these types of living situations for orphans are unfortunately a very real part of our country’s history. The book goes back and forth between two parallel stories, one about a young Irish girl named “Niamh” who finds herself moving from one troubled living situation to the next and the present day story of a girl named Molly who is currently in foster care and doing some community service hours for an elderly woman.

This suspenseful book is definitely worth the read! It keeps you wondering what will happen next in the lives of these two troubled characters. 

 

The Girl Before is about a young couple who moves into a unique apartment with a strangely rigorous selection process for it’s tenants. After they move in they start to realize more and more unsettling facts about the history of the building and about the strange architect who built it, who is also their land lord.

I read this one a few months back & it was really good, mysteries & suspense are my absolute favorites! Apparently it’s also being made into a movie!

 

I just finished reading Still Me and it really sucked me in. It’s about a woman who temporarily moves to New York City from England for a fresh start and what sounds like an amazing new job opportunity. The only problem is her boyfriend is back in England and the two really struggle to make their long distance relationship work. She then finds herself getting mixed in with New York’s elite social circles and entering into a world she never knew existed. She eventually has to decide who she really is and what she wants out of life.

It’s a good soul searching, romantic novel and it’s also extremely funny! This book is part of a trilogy by Jojo Mojes, Me Before You and After You are the other two books in this series but you definitely do not need to of read the first two to appreciate this one.

 

The Last Mrs. Parrish is a page-turner!!! It’s a suspenseful thriller told from two different women’s perspectives, one woman seems to have it all and the other woman wants to take it all from her. This book definitely keeps you guessing until the very end! I couldn’t put it down!

If you aren’t following the Reesesbookclubxhellosunshine on Instagram, DO IT! There are so many good ones on there!

 

OK this one is CREEPY! LOL There is just no other way to describe it. I loved it though, read the whole thing in less than 3 days because I just had to know what was going to happen. Behind Closed Doors is about a woman named Grace who seems to have a perfect house, a loving husband, and she seems to be an amazing homemaker but what lies behind the closed doors in her home is a completely different story!

Seriously, be prepared to stay up super late reading this one!

 

Since I have identical twin girls I obviously had to give The Identicals a shot and I’m really glad I did because I loved it! It’s about the very different lives of identical twins, Tabitha & Harper who live on separate islands only a few miles apart, one in Nantucket and the other on Martha’s Vineyard. The girls haven’t spoken to each other in over a decade until some unforeseen circumstances start unraveling within their family and the girls are forced to reunite to try to put all the pieces back together.

It’s a great story about romance, love, family and of course sisterhood.

 

As mentioned I am always looking for a great book and would love to add to this list! Please share your favorite summer reads with me by commenting below! Or by visiting http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/

 

 

Super Affordable Outfits

Patriotic Maxi Dress

June 23, 2018

Cute & Affordable Patriotic Maxi Dress

Just had to share this super cute and affordable patriotic maxi dress from ShopImpressions Online Boutique!  The Boardwalk T-shirt Maxi is available in both red and navy blue, which is perfect for the 4th of July! It runs a little large, and is very light and comfortable.  I’m wearing a size small and am 6 months preggo, so it’s great for both pregnant and non pregnant mamas. This dress is also perfect for the rest of summer after the holiday, I’ll probably be wearing mine well into the fall!

This dress can be worn all summer long and since I live in Houston I’ll probably be wearing it well into the fall. I’m always on the look out for an outfit that is easy to wear while wrangling kiddos and this dress has been perfect for that! Big Bonus – there are pockets on the sides!!! The cost is only $24 plus shipping and you can take 10% off at check out if you are a new customer. 

Underneath I am wearing this Women’s T-Shirts Modern Micro Seamfree Cami Strap Bralette by Jockey on Amazon.

Here is another option that is currently on sale for $5!!! I own both of these and you can’t go wrong with either one, they are both very comfortable and can be worn with dresses or camis.

The earrings are in this picture are from Kendra Scott – Tessa Stud Earrings in White Pearl.

The necklace I am wearing is also by Kendra Scott but is no longer available, however this one is very similar and also comes in a pretty turquoise color.  The dress would also look great with a long tassel necklace but my kiddos would probably try to choke me with it 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July week & weekend!!! Share your patriotic outfit finds with me and let me know if you have any questions or comments by writing below or by visiting http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/.