I mentioned recently Paperless Post here on the blog. Have you checked them out? Don't you think their e-vites are so cute? Do you know that Paperless Post also has actual paper posts in the form of notecards, announcements for births, save the dates, weddings, invitations for summer BBQs, birthday parties, baby showers, ALL which can be personalized

I got some notecards from them recently and if you noticed my recent obsession with macarons then it is no surprise as to what notecards I selected. The notecards came in cute packaging and these notecards are printed on quality paper, and I mean quality, thick, sturdy, easy to write on, quality!
Do you have an idea of a design for an invitation but don't quite see it on paper? Paperless Post awesome designers can work with you to make your invitations or notecards to match your personal style.

One feature that is so helpful too when ordering invitation is having your return address printed on the envelopes, which I requested on my notecards. It is one less thing to do before mailing out your postcards and it looks more fancy!

If you are looking for professional, polished and very tasteful notecards, invitations or announcements, Paperless Post is what I recommend.


Hydrate up this summer!

 This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerHydration #CollectiveBias

Are you looking for ways to stay hydrated this summer? Coca-Cola and your local Safeway/Vons/Albertson's are here to help with your #SummerHydration. When you buy $10 in participating items (smartwater, vitaminwater, fruitwater, Gold Peak, Honest Tea, and POWERADE) July 1st through July 28th, you will get a $4 coupon at checkout for your next Safeway shopping trip.

Participating products include:

vitaminwater 20oz
vitaminwater 6 pack .5 liter
smartwater 700 mL
smartwater 6 pack .5 liter
Honest Tea 59oz
Gold Peak 64oz

What do you like to drink to stay hydrated this summer?


Summer Outdoor Celebration

Summertime is definitely not a time to stay indoors. You want to be outside, you want to enjoy the warm nights, watch the sunset go down and you want to spend time with friends and family. What are you celebrating this summer? A baby coming? What about an upcoming wedding? When you think of an outdoor party what do you envision? For inspiration I put together a garden party featuring cake, roses, grey, blue, polka dots. If I can't have a garden party, I could at least try and convince Sean to put together this little setup for our 5th wedding anniversary next month for just the two of us!

A key aspect of a great garden or outdoor party is having invitations. It is the invitations that set the theme, mood or color palette prior to attending the party. At Paperless Post, you can find unique invitations that can help tell your guests what to expect. Is it a bbq? It is a night garden party? The invitations are the sneak peek to the reason you have been planning that awesome summer party!


Fuel Your Car Engine with Love

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When you think summer you definitely think of a road trip or two, maybe a longer week away to a beach, to the lake, somewhere special with your family or friends! Where are you traveling this summer? Sean, Caleb and I have a few road trips coming and it is super important that we make sure we get there safely and our car is in good working order, because the last thing you want on a car trip is a call to the tow truck company to take your car to the nearest service station. Having your car frequently serviced for an oil change is super important. I got my car serviced the other day at Walmart with the Platinum Pennzoil package, providing the best clean and protection for my car's engine at a rollback price from $49.88 to $45.88. For less than $50 I can get the best and peace of mind knowing we can travel from point A, our home, to point B, whatever final destination we have in mind while at the same time knowing Pennzoil can help remove sludge left behind from previous car engine oils used. But if you don't need synthetic engine oil, Pennzoil and Walmart still has great options for your car. 

Maybe an oil change is just another errand for you to do but prefer without children, if you have them, because children in a waiting room at a car service place just don't mix. One reason I went get my car serviced with Pennzoil at Walmart was because I could get errands done at the same time. I picked up some Father's Day cards and shopped for a meal I am taking over to a friend who had a baby recently. Plus Caleb is now opening the refrigerator by himself all the time now so I picked up a refrigerator lock too. 

Being able to pick up groceries, diapers or even prescriptions at Walmart even if you need them all while getting your car's oil changed is such a time saver especially before you head out on a road trip. As I previously mentioned, what a kill joy it could be to be waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck to come get your car all because you didn't make it a priority to have your oil changed withe Pennzoil prior to heading out. So get your beach towels, sunscreen, road trip snacks and oil changed all at the same location. What could be more convenient than that!

One feature I really like while shopping is being given a handy  bar code that I could scan in at any price check center around Walmart to find out the status of my car and knowing that when it was done, my name would be called over the intercom. It felt like being on a game show with the announcer proclaiming "Megan, come on down, your car is now ready!!" Now with Pennzoil in my car's engine, we can take an extra road trip if we want because having Pennzoil will give our car an additional 550 miles between oil changes. Now if you had extra 550 miles between oil changes, where would you go on your next road trip?


Oh, be still my scone loving heart...

If you must know something about me, I love things in cycles. Like a certain type of cookie, I want that cookie a lot and will make multiple batches then move onto the next sweet treat. Last week I made some delicious orange scones. Then yesterday I wanted to make the same scones again except I didn't have any oranges and I was out of sour cream which I substituted Greek yogurt. But I wanted scones so I wasn't going to let a few ingredients stand in my way! If you have been around my blog long enough, you know my insane obsession for all things yellow, citrus and sour. 
I think the best part of these scones are the citrus sugar you put into the scones. Mixing the citrus zest and sugar beforehand enhances the citrus more!
One final word: make these scones!

Ingredients: 1/3 cup sugar, zest of 1 orange or 2 lemons (whatever citrus you prefer),  2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup frozen butter, grated, 1/2 cup sour cream (I mentioned I didn't have sour cream and substituted plain Greek yogurt), 1 egg. Glaze: 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 2-4 tablespoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet.
Zest your chosen citrus fruit into the granulated sugar into a small bowl and mix. 

In another bowl, mix the sour cream and egg until well combined. 

In a large bowl, add the flour, baking soda and baking powder. 
Add in the citrus/sugar mixture and stir. 

Grate a frozen stick of butter into the dry ingredients and mix. 

Lastly, add in the sour cream and egg stirring to combine completely but don't over mix. On a slightly floured counter, pat the dough into a circle that is 3/4" thick and about 8" across. 

Cut the circle into 8 pieces then place on the prepared baking sheet. 

Bake your scones for 15-17 minutes until golden brown on top. 

Don't take them out any earlier! Allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes before applying the glaze. Mix the glaze ingredients in a shallow bowl. Either dip the scones into the glaze or drizzle it across the top of the scones. Then enjoy!!

(recipe found here)


five years...

Next month, Sean and I will celebrate 5 years of anniversary. 5 years of marriedness, 5 years of knowing each other more good and bad and 5 years of all that mush and hard stuff that occurs in marriage. If you are married, do you ever look back at your wedding and wonder if you were getting married now, would you pick the same wedding dress, the same color scheme and the same bridesmaids dresses. I admit at times I look at dresses or the current trends of wedding of what I would select or how I would design my wedding today.

If you know last year my husband and I with Caleb in tow to ALL the weddings attended 7 weddings and there would have been more but some of the weddings were on the same day so we had to decline a few. One of the weddings we attended was a patriotic theme, which was near Flag Day and we all waved mini American flags as the happy couple walked down the aisle! I used that wedding to help me create a patriotic bridesmaid style. Plus Independence Day, July 4 will be here before you know it! You cant help but feel patriotic and proud of the red, white and blue in this chic bridesmaid look! Want to find some more chic bridesmaids dresses? Weddington Way has some awesome bridesmaid dresses, be sure to check them out!

patriotic bridesmaid style

And so far this year we have only attended 1 wedding and don't have any more on the horizon. Good thing because I need a break from all the wedding foods, drinks and cake!


A Strong Woman

Stop real quick before you continue reading. Think of a woman you consider a strong woman. Have someone in mind? Good! Now why do you consider her a strong woman? Is it her personality? Is it her circumstances that she pushed through despite all odds she didn't crumble? She kept on keeping on? There are one woman I think of when I think of strong women, and this is one woman I have yet to meet but hopefully will one day. 

The first woman is my friend Whitney, of the blog Black Little Button. That is how I know her only through blogland. Why do I consider her a strong woman? Because her husband served overseas, during the entire time of her pregnancy that resulted in her precious son, Beau being born at 32 weeks and then after that her husband didn't return until her son was 10 months. She did the temporary single mom thing, she did the hard thing of carrying for a baby in the NICU without her husband's physical support and she did the hard thing of bring him home, getting up day after day to care for him without the help of her husband until he returned from serving our country. She is a strong woman because she kept on keeping on. I remember texting her one day asking how do you do it by yourself day after day and her response was I just do it. There was no why me, no pity for herself, she had a baby to care for, a husband who was overseas and she just continued doing what she loved, photography on the side. Want to read more of her story? Check out her blog and her amazing photography skills. 

 Go read her story, view photos of her super cute kids and discover for yourself why I consider her a strong woman!