We Lived Happily Ever After: January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Top Valentine's Day DIY's and Free Printables

Today I am sharing my favorite DIY's to make your Valentine's Day a fun & creative one...oh yeah, and romantic!

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Baby Sister's Wedding: Ceromony and Reception

My little sister got married in October... and earlier this month she left us and moved to India to live with her husband. I miss her, but I'm SO happy for her. 

Today I wanted to share her beautiful day with you all. It was seriously the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen. If I could re-do my wedding, I'm sure I would steal most of her ideas. Lol!

Since she was having a small wedding, they had the ceremony and reception in one room & it was breathtaking. 

For anyone wondering where it was held, it was at 701 Whaley St. in SC.

The venue was a historical restored building with STUNNING halls, pillars, and chippy paint gorgeousness! It was a designer's dream.

She had the ceremony and reception in the same room, which I was unsure of at first, but it actually worked brilliantly. 

I just have to say, because it's not already apparent, that I worked my butt off (along with many other wonderful family members who came up for the wedding!) to make this room look this good. 

DIY runs in the family. 'Nuff said. To summarize, we were all limping out to the car EXHAUSTED as soon as the wedding was done. 

But it was worth it! I'll be sharing a few of the DIY's at a later date, but lets just say that most of my home decor ended up in her wedding. Not even joking. LOL!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Photo Credit Anthropologie 

So I have been DYING over this adorable Floral Wallpaper from Anthropologie ever since I laid eyes on it... but I'm a dirt cheap type of person... and my DIY skillz are a great excuse for my husband to bar me from buying stuff so that we can save money...

Well, I was looking at this gorgeous, crush-worth wallpaper, when I had a light bulb moment. 

You know, the type you try to hide from your husband because it will just confirm what he's been suspicious of for quite a while... you know... 

That you are CraZy. 

Yup. I confirmed it for him. I painted myself some wallpaper. And it's darn pretty!

Monday, January 18, 2016

June's Updated Room

Hey Guys! Today I am sharing June's new room. When we lived on base housing, I did a super cool room for her (see it HERE), and since moving into a new house, I never really felt it was complete. But now I do. Not to say that I won't get any other crazy ideas, but I finally feel like it's ready for that "Ta-Da!" moment.

I'd been drooling over Anthropologie's gorgeous floral wallpaper since the first time I pinned it on pinterest. When I saw it on my friend Nikki's Instagram, I knew I couldn't live without it. June needed this in her room! So I DIY'ed it. BTW,  I'm pretty sure DIY should be a recognized, official word in the dictionary now, solely based off of how many times I use it.

UPDATE: See the tutorial for this DIY watercolor wallpaper HERE.

I didn't want to go all wallpaper though... and I'm cheap as dirt... as in the husband knows my DIY skills, which in turn make it so that he won;t give me any money to buy brand new stuff... because, you know, I have DIY skillz.... sometimes I wish I wasn't so talented! Lol! JK!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Happy Birthday June

So I have this little princess named June. She's smart, strong willed, and super sweet.

She is also a dynamite model & poser.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Mermaid Birthday Party

Hey guys! Sorry I've been MIA for the past week or so... I've been so busy working at home and performing mom duties... because let's face it: keeping tiny humans alive is a lot of work! So I took a little bit of a winter break from my blog, to destress, and recoop, but I'm back! 

Last weekend we celebrated my baby girl's Birthday.

I seriously think that this birthday party should win me at least runner up for best mom of the year! Haha!

So, my little Junie has never had a party. It's totally due to all the moves from the Marine lifestyle. So this year, I wanted to do something amazing... I mean, at 4 years old she should be able to slightly remember this party, right? I may have gone a little overboard... 

Warning: This is a totally Pinterest Birthday Party!

The birthday girl, June, is currently into mermaids. So I ran with that theme for her party! 

With that said, every mermaid needs a dinglehopper/fork, right?

I originally wanted to do fondant tails for the cupcakes, but I got burned out and didn't want to DIY it (or pay crazy prices on etsy for pre-made fondant mermaid tails) so I got myself some toothpicks, cardboard cereal boxes, and washi tape to make some flat ones... oh and glitter puff paint, can't forget that! Boom. Same effect.

I also NEEDED to have blue gummy sharks. I remember those from when I was a kid. I also used jolly ranchers for jewels, and we found some other cute sea creature candies to go with them.

This DIY turquoise drink was actually just lemonade with some wilton food coloring.

I told June, "Hey! Look at this Mermaid Water!" and she said, "No mommy. It's Mermaid Juice." Haha! So we called it mermaid juice.

Okay, so maybe I went overboard with the decorations... but it was a blast! 

When I was photographing it all, I had to keep pushing people away so I could take photos. I mean, I have to pretend like my house isn't lived in, right? #bloggerproblems

THIS is the recipe I used for the frosting. It's a sour cream frosting (yummy!) on top of cake box cupcakes (I'm so fancy!) I literally used my (very clean) fingers to dollop the frosting on to make it look like waves. Totally worked. And no, I didn't lick them in between applications... "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

And then there were these little guys. I had seen orange candy crabs on pinterest, but I decided that I already had too much sugar out, so I grabbed my toothpicks, some eye candies from walmart, and made a healthy version.

And then there were these sand dollar sugar cookies with almonds. I put them on a platter with left over cinnamon sugar to look like beach sand. I used this recipe HERE.

Aren't they adorable? Btw- I went overboard with the swedish fish and jello thing... only one kid had one, and she made us take out the fish! Lol! #fail

And you can't have a mermaid party without gold fish!

Also, notice our pretty betta fish. June named him "fish." My child is so creative.

More crabs stealing the show...

I used the same pillar from my sister's wedding to support the cake. Isn't it something mighty wonderful to behold?

My little sis made these adorable jelly fish out of coffee filters. I think they are so cool!

I tried pulling the whole house together for the party by adding subtle details throughout. Bottles of sand in the bathrooms, this sign in the kitchen, etc.

Again with this gorgeous naked cake: I think I want to marry it. 

It was delicious and seriously only took me under an hour start to finish. I've made wedding cakes before (they are a nightmare) and swore to never do another one... but I am totally willing to do a naked cake for my friends.... because what makes it so perfect is that it's very nature is imperfection.

Don't get stung by the coffee filter jelly fish!

Isn't this Red Bell Pepper Octopus in the veggie dip adorable? My sis made him.

And she also made this mermaid tail out of pineapple. Brilliant!

Overall, I think it was a pretty cool set up. I tried to use what I had on hand, for the most part, but I did splurge a tiny bit on this party.

We played a fun game with the kids where they used a makeshift fishing rod (stick and string) to go fishing over a curtain, where someone tied goodie bags & stuffed animals to them. They LOVED it (and so did all the adults)

My husband would probably say that the best part of this party was that it forced me to take down all my Christmas decor...

... minus the lights all over my house!

It was seriously a blast & I hope she remembers it! She's my little sunshine & it brought me so much joy to do somethign special for her.

Tomorrow I'm going to post a short birthday candle photoshoot I did with June. Heads up: she's a little poser!

Hope you all enjoyed this little glimpse into June's Mermaid Party!