Friday, February 12, 2016

five on friday || all things happy

Love is in the air my friends... and it's not just because valentine's is fast approaching! Today I'm sharing some happy little things that have made me smile this week. We are headed to visit Jeff's side of the family in Knoxville so I am checking out and saying adios until next week. Have a WONDERFUL, relaxing few days. 

one. you can never go wrong with nude
Well, that rings true in shoes at least! I just scooped up these pretty little sandals for spring and cannot wait for warm weather to break them in... special occasion, dressing up an outfit, or wearing with jeans, these are going to be a staple for the season for this high-heel loving lady!  Other favs I checked out included these Bongo Booties, these Yardley Laceups, and these Kova Wedge Sandals

two. give a little love
Check out these LOVELY tees that a fellow mompreneur sent to the girls and I to sport this weekend... she's got her own embroidery shop, Mrs B and Company, that she runs and I am all about supporting other moms working AND succeeding. Matching tees for running around town are fun and the girls love coordinating with mama whenever possible. Thanks Julia! 

three. did you say pimento cheese?? 
I found this recipe on Natalie's blog a few weeks ago and bookmarked it in my Pinterest food love board so that I could easily find it! Pimento cheese + bacon = winning! We have a few functions coming up involving both the ladies and the guys and I am thinking this is going to be an app that will please everyone. 

four. packing help for the weak AKA me
I'm a horrible packer. Yep, as much as I try, I simply cannot pack "just" the essentials... I'm a girl and I change my mind, or feel like something doesn't fit correctly and let's face it, my mood changes a lot so I never know what I am going to feel like bringing on a trip. That's where packing bags come into play... easy to compartmentalize, easy to group items together [workout wear, unmentionables, jeans, tops, toiletries, etc] and these handy dandy ones from Ikea are just $10 for a pack of four. I use them for pretty much anywhere I go and have started using them for the girls, too! Money well spent to feel WAY more organized when we're away from home. 

five.  big fancy valentine's day plans
Please tell me I'm not the only one out there that isn't doing a fancy date night out Sunday night?? Instead, Jeff and I decided that since we've both been traveling so much, we wanted to take the girls out for a family date night instead... we've got a fun evening planned, packed with Kung Fu Panda 3 at the movies, and then out to eat wherever the girls choose. Heavens, V-day plans sure have changed, and I wouldn't have it ANY other way! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Caroline's 4th Birthday Party || The Inspiration

In a little more than a month, my sweet Caroline will turn four... cue the waterworks! 

For all of you out there that think I am crazy when it comes to party planning [and yes, Jeff feels the same way], I'm happy to report we are venturing out of parties at our home as Caroline has asked that we head to Jumpstreet to have her birthday party where our friends and family can come, jump to their heart's content, eat a little pizza, ice cream, and cake, and then have a little meet and greet with Caroline's favorite Disney Princess, Cinderella [courtesy of the Party Belles of Nashville]. 

Here is a little inspiration board I've assembled, showcasing her oh so sweet invitations and color palette [via Beth Hart Designs] and pins I saved onto my Pinterest Birthday Party Board

No worries, though, I am on the hunt for the perfect party attire, favors, cake, and any other decor I can add to the space and of course put a fun little spin on my big girl's special day! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Atlanta Market Trip Rewind

Goodness gracious it feels good to be home... this past week has been a whirlwind of fun, but loads of work. It's amazing how I look forward to market each season, but then my mind suddenly forgets just how exhausting and how I come back even more tired than I left. 
I'm not complaining though, as I did have a wonderful time stocking up for Sugar Bit's fall and holiday 2015 collection AND had a night of fun with my college sorority sisters, but home was calling my name and I couldn't wait to get back to my three favorite people. 
If you're in Atlanta, be sure to check out the Southern Gentleman for dinner/drinks... loved it! And our friend Leslie recently moved back to Roswell, which is the cutest suburb ever, and we had dinner at 1920 which was AMAZING! 

AND of course, I have to give big props to the best dad and hubby... he held the fort down all by himself, and I know the girls loved their daddy/daughter time. Thanks babe, I appreciate it more than you know!! 

 dinner and drinks at the Sundial

 because I couldn't say no... let's go vols, I mean Broncos ;) 

 love these girls so much... more than 15 years of friendship 
and I always treasure our time together

Friday, February 5, 2016

five on friday || all my current loves

one. rompers make me happy
Nothing says spring and summer quite like a romper... they're easier than dresses, especially when you're chasing around little ones, and I love that I can dress them up and down. Showing off a few early spring favorites today, a few for the minis and a few for the mamas:

two. two roast coffee 
Whenever I'm able to support other local shops and businesses, I am HONORED as I always hope I am able to pay it forward like other friends did for me when I started my business... and today, I'm here to share another new find for you Nashville peeps AND those non-locals, too. Say hello to Two Roast Coffee, a premium roasted organic coffee blended with fresh ground cacao. It's gluten free, and is free of sugar, dairy, and chemicals so it's something we can all taste! And for those who are unfamiliar, yes, cacao is the most-important ingredient in chocolate making... curious? Yes, you get a hint of chocolate when you first drink it, but it's not an overwhelming flavor. It's made by Nashvillians Jenny and Dan and if you'd like to try some out for yourself, you can purchase online here

three. minted does it again
As if I couldn't love Minted anymore than I already do, they came out with THE cutest assortment of Valentine's I've ever seen... and the price point is budget friendly for all those classroom holiday parties, too!! Here are a few of my newest favorites, and yes, this reminds me I need to step it up and get the girls V-day goodies handled ASAP. 

four. dining room teaser
Let's just say I am anxiously counting down the days until our dining room photo shoot in a mere two weeks! It is absolutely, 100% my favorite room in our home and I cannot wait to host our first dinner party ASAP... yet again, my girl Kendall Simmons knocked it out of the park and brought my dreams to reality! Stay tuned for more goodness coming ASAP. 

art via erin mcintosh

five. it's time for a refresh
I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets tired of the same blog design, right??! I've been having the itch to tweak my blog for a bit now, and I finally pulled the trigger... I took the recommendation from some lovely blogging gals and am working with the fabulous folks at 17th Avenue Designs on a new look for my little slice of internet heaven. They are working on my design now and the look design should be live within a few weeks... I cannot wait! And yes, for anyone looking for a fresh look for 2016, they offer Blogger AND Wordpress designs, so they can help you, too! 

Cheers to the weekend lovely friends... I'm working hard in Atlanta for all things Sugar Bit, then headed to meet up with my college sorority sisters tomorrow afternoon for some much-needed girl time, and then home to snuggle with my babies Sunday morning. See you next week ;) 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Year, New You || Mejuri's Beautiful Baubles & Giveaway

This year, I made a point to use 2016 as my year to prioritize... curious about how I came up with that word, see my post here. During the past month, I've made it a priority to treat myself a little bit more than I used to, to workout, to cook more, to read, to make the most of each day, and today I'm here to treat one of you to something special and to prioritize YOU. 

I'm a girl who loves simple, unique pieces when it comes to jewelry and today I'm here to share the fabulousness of Mejuri... they provide luxury precious metal pieces that integrate effortlessly into the on-the-go woman's lifestyle [i.e. pretty much all of us gals out there, right?!?!]

loving layering it with my gold bar necklace too!

What's unique about Mejuri is that they hand-make and hand-set every individual piece to ensure flawless quality and lifetime durability... basically, their baubles are made to be worn all day, every day. I browsed through their site a few weeks ago and instantly, the Heartbreaker Necklace caught my eye. I wear my heart on my sleeve in most circumstances, but now I can wear my heart around my neck, too! 

Looking for a special bauble to sport for your Valentine's Day date night or give to someone you love as a gift?? Check out the Happiness Pendant, the Dainty Black Heart Bangle, or the Dainty Love Ring
And be sure to use my discount code hellohappiness20 to take 20% off your order!

Dainty, feminine, and classic... just my style. AND, I'm giving one of you lucky ladies the chance to win a $200 gift card to shop at Mejuri for some new pretties to add to your own jewelry box! 

Simply utilize the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and good luck everyone. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

FYI: Hello! Happiness utilizes Rafflecopter for giveaways... you will be asked to submit your first name and email upon entering, and Mejuri will add you to their mailing list, though you may opt-out at any time. 
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