Friday Favorites #56

2017 Friday Favorites

Happy weekend!!

Jake and I have a wedding to attend, and I’m hoping to hit up the farmer’s market, too! Saturdays are so fun. Then Sunday, I will catch up on school stuff! It just started this week and I already have catching up to do. Isn’t that funny? (It’s really not funny, but I’m trying to be positive. LOL.)

Speaking of school, I saw all of my new speech therapy clients this week! And overall, it went pretty well! I am excited to help them work on their speech and communication skills this summer. My clients are all so different from each other so they will keep me on my toes!

Next week will be crazy, but I can do it! Then I will have a better grip on my new routine and schedule.

Now, let’s talk weekly favorites!

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1 | The Pitch Pizza & Pub

We tried this new restaurant (where we live in Springfield, MO) and it was really good! Service was good, too. If you’re looking for a new local pizza spot, you should definitely try The Pitch. (It was opened by one of the co-founders of Brew Co, just an FYI for my fellow Springfield peeps.)

2 | Trolls

Are you looking for a fun, joy-filled, upbeat movie? If so, you don’t wanna miss Trolls. It’s on Netflix right now, and full of catchy songs, jokes, and cute characters. It’s a must-see in my book! And if you have kids, I’m sure they’ll love it, too!

3 | PB & J Smoothie

Now that temperatures are heating up outside, smoothies for breakfast have been sounding so good to me. This week I’ve been loving “PB & J” smoothies, which I whip up in minutes. Simply add a handful of frozen strawberries, a banana, and a spoonful of peanut butter to your blender, then fill it halfway up with plain almond milk. Blend it up, and enjoy! It’s refreshing and so yummy.

4 | Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Hand Soap

I think I featured Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Room Spray in a past favorites post (and I still LOVE that), but recently I picked up the matching soap and LOVE having my hands smell so good. It is a unique lavender scent, and you really just have to smell it to see. It has brightened my week, and I had to share.


 

Have a good weekend!! Relax + have fun.

2017 REAL Caitlin

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My Bridal Shower

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

This Monday hit me pretty hard, and was generally a long day! Much more activity than I’ve been used to, but I will re-adjust and be just fine! Getting back into a routine has always been so tough for me. Can anyone relate?

I am FINALLY here to share about my bridal shower that my FAB sister/MOH/best friend threw for me. She’s the best. So shout out to her.

Also, thanks to my future in-laws for letting us have my shower at their new home! It was the perfect venue!

Just being honest, I really haven’t felt like writing lately. And that doesn’t make for fun posts for anyone to read, so I decided to give myself some time. But I really do want to recap my bridal shower, if only for the documentation of a wonderful memory.

So here I am! And here is my bridal shower recap!

PS, sorry for the less-than-professional photo quality. I was having too much fun to worry about how good the photos turned out. 😉

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As you can immediately see, my shower was fiesta-themed! How fun is that? I love that Cassidy chose such a unique theme. My dress is from Francesca’s, and I got it on sale for less than $25!

Naturally, we had a taco bar. AND churro and margarita-flavored cupcakes that were SO GOOD OMG.

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This is me with Cassidy, my sister + MOH. You can see some of the cute fiesta-themed decor behind me! (Also, check out that bow-quet!)

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All my bridesmaids are so pretty, right?? Oh and all my best friends. I love that I’ll have friends from all stages of my life standing up there with me on our big day.

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MY MOM. I love this lady. She’s pretty much the best mom in the world. She helped plan the best shower ever!

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This is my future MIL. I’m so thankful she’s always accepted me as an extra family member. Oh, and that she had a certain son named Jake… 😉

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Had to include this pic so you could see the flower crown veil! So fun, right?! I’m nacho average bride-to-be… (I HAD TO SLIP ONE IN. SRY.)

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Some of my best high school friends! These ladies and I will be friends for life. Oh, and don’t you love the dainty “Future Mrs.” headband?? My future SIL gifted it to me to wear during my shower! I have the sweetest people in my life, I swear.

We played fun games, ate yummy food, and I survived opening gifts in front of 40 people.  It was a success. Thank you so much to everyone who made my shower so special and gifted us beautiful home goods! I am so grateful. And it totally made me 10x more excited to be a Mrs. in just 2 short months.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, we are officially at the 2-month mark today. Hooray! I can’t wait to be married!!!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

2017 REAL Caitlin

 

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Friday Favorites #55

2017 Friday Favorites

I think this past week was the fastest one, yet!

How are you, friends? Dying for the weekend to begin? SAME, girl, SAME. My bridal shower is tomorrow and I’m v excited. And a little nervous because all eyes on me=scary for this introvert. Anyone else out there hate opening gifts in front of people??

Anyway, I’m excited to chat about my shower next week and share any photos I take. But for tonight, I have a few weekly favorites to share with you. Let’s get started!

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1 | Off-The-Shoulder Everything

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While I try not to get sucked into every trend that happens, I just can’t help myself with OTS stuff. This little cutie is a new favorite and it was pretty affordable at Forever 21. With trendy “fast-fashion” items, I always try to buy cheaper options. They won’t last forever, and won’t be on-trend for years and years, so the cheaper route is just smarter in my opinion.

2 | Oversized Sunnies

I bought these sunglasses (pictured on my head above) from Amazon recently, and they are a fun summer accessory I’ve been rocking lately. I linked some similar ones here (same glasses, different color), or you could splurge on the real-deal Celine ones here. (See favorite #1 for why I chose the $10 ones ;))

3 | DIY Vow Books

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I made these this week (another little project checked off my list!) using a super easy DIY from Pipkin Paper Company. I’ll link it here! I think they turned out SO CUTE and I can’t wait to fill them up with mushy gushy stuff. It’ll be great. But seriously, if you want a cute (and REALLY cheap – we’re talking $1 or less depending on ribbon) way to store your vows, look no further.

4 | Rice + Salad Bowls

So I have no pretty picture to show, but I’ve been buying salad kits at the grocery store for an easy meal, and this week I mixed some salad with brown rice and it was delish. So I had to share that with you. It sounds weird, but I promise it was tasty! It was a Thai-style salad BTW, and it was really good. The addition of rice made the meal a bit more satisfying, and the warm and cold was interesting.


 

Okay I am gonna go finish watching the Maze Runner with the fam now. Have a great weekend!

2017 REAL Caitlin

 

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Top 4 Unconventional Places to Shop for Wedding Decor

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I don’t know if you know this about me, but my obsession with all things wedding is REAL. Since my own wedding is just around the corner (2-ish months away!), I have been gathering bits and bobs here and there to use for our big day.

Having the world’s longest engagement (I kid, I kid) has allowed me to gather items pretty slowly, and to browse in non-wedding stores before jumping to the wedding retailers.

You’ll notice a major theme when you do this, too… everything is so much more affordable! For my fellow brides-on-a-budget, you need to start shopping at these places like, yesterday.

So now, I want to share those places with you! Keep reading to find out my four favorite places to shop for wedding decor.

TJ Maxx

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I love this place. The home goods portion of the store is especially my favorite, and where I have found several things for the wedding. My favorite: our guestbook. *insert heart eyes emoji* It couldn’t be more perfect for our wedding, and I know it is a small detail, but for only $10, it made me pretty happy. (The pretty gold pen is a Target-at-Goodwill find!) Anyway, make sure you frequent TJ Maxx to look for random wedding (or non-wedding) items they carry.

Target

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ESPECIALLY the dollar spot. Some of my favorite finds include two white cake stands and giant gold balloons (each for $5 or less). Never underestimate the dollar spot. Also, Target clearance is the bomb.com, and I found lots of good after-Christmas items that are gonna be so cute at our wedding.

Michaels/Hobby Lobby

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…Or any craft store in general. While they carry conventional wedding stuff (I scored 100 blank invites and envelopes to DIY on clearance for $6.99!!!), I have also bought some things like pretty ribbon for bouquets that are from the non-wedding section. Plus, you can almost always get 40% off an item, AKA really cheap stuff.

Ikea

I won’t go into much detail, but rather direct you to a post I made a while back full of wedding items from Ikea. For super super cheap prices, you just can’t beat the basics you can find here! I’m DIYing our welcome sign soon, so I’ll be sure to share how that turns out.


 

I hope my little blurbs encourage you to step outside of the box when shopping for your wedding! If you have a dynamite place you shop for wedding decor, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Happy wedding planning!

2017 REAL Caitlin

 

 

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