Tee Time or Tea Party

I am so thrilled to be sharing this post with the world! My best friend is having a baby and it’s a….GIRL! I don’t think it’s possible to share how excited I am for my friend of many years and her husband!

There are going to be so many precious moments and joyous experiences happening for them! Although I haven’t personally experienced motherhood, I know without a doubt that she will be one of the greatest moms ever! I remember the exact moment when she sent me the photo of her ultrasound! I burst into tears right at my desk at work! I was upset and happy all at the same time! How? I was so annoyed that she hadn’t told me sooner, but I was extremely happy that she was pregnant and having my next niece or nephew (I didn’t know the gender at the time).

You know the next thing the best friend is supposed to do after finding out news like this, right? Right!  I instantly started surfing the web for cute baby outfits!  I immediately became obsessed! We talked all day long and fed off of each other’s excitement. Now, with finding out the gender of baby Talbert, this has taken it to an entirely different level of excitement!

I pray for nothing but great health, great times, great memories, and great amounts of love to surround this growing family of THREE!

Invitations

Here are a few shots from her Tee Time or Tea Party themed gathering!

Tee time or Tea Party…Tea Party!

 

The parents-to-be
ITS A GIRL
#BabyTalbert due May 2017

Planning a gender reveal can be stressful for some and for others it’s a breeze! I created a small list of four (4) helpful tips that can make planning a little bit easier!


4 Helpful Tips When Planning A Gender Reveal Party


  1.  Make sure you consult with the honoree – find out his and her likes; the vision of the parents is what’s most important.
  2. Appoint a trust worthy friend also known as the “secret keeper” to know the gender and plan the party! (I was not that person because I would have ruined the surprise!)
  3. Try not to do one color more than the other – – have a balanced amount of pink and blue. (And, yes, it’s okay to use a different color scheme for the gathering.)
  4. Be sure to have a reliable person to have the camera ready and rolling to capture the big moment of the reveal and all the other details that make the day so special.

 

the Aunties to be
“The greatest gift of life is friendship & I have received it” – Hubert Humphries

XO

Christmas Cheer

Can you believe that it is Christmas Day?  I am still blown away at how fast this year has gone by!  Most times we only want to talk about what we are thankful for and how grateful we are during the Thanksgiving holiday but I really believe that it should be an every day type of thankfulness.  We just “present it” or “post about it” when it is holiday time.  And the crazy part is….I am guilty of it.  A small take away from this is to share and celebrate life’s small and big blessings year-round and not just during holiday season! Soon you (we) will love celebrating your (our) own & others victories!

 So to all – – my readers, the people that are following, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU reading this right now, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope that you got all of the items your heart desired but I also pray that you were able to be with your loved ones and share some Christmas Cheer! Here are a few photos from Christmas Eve (day) and  “cozies by the Christmas tree” (night) for you to see!

dress:Express//vest:HM//OTK:Target
 

“Love the giver more the gift!” – Brigham Young

Christmas tree décor provided by my Auntie Beverly and cousins



PJs: Target//Mug: Starbucks
Pajama set =MY ALL TIME FAVORITE for the holiday season

Starbucks mugs and the featured designs are always changing and this one is from last years holiday line. Tons more are available here

The greatest present that you could gift to me is to like this post and/or leave a comment describing your Christmas 2016 experience in a word or several! *wink* 

Gift Giving Guide – Under $50

and that’s a wrap folks!

I know that sometimes we all, including myself, get a tad bit stomped on what in the world to gift our friends and family for the holidays without asking or giving hints of there being a purchase of something.  Me, personally, I try to get most if not all gifts on a budgeted scale.  I know that some people try to spend, spend, spend until they have no more funds to make it after the holidays and we definitely want to try to avoid this from ever having to happen! Whether you begin shopping earlier than most or later than others, there are still great gifts out there awaiting your purchase!  So with these things in mind, I created a “Gift Giving Guide for the Holidays” and all of the gifts included are under $50.00!  I figured that this was an acceptable budget if you are looking to gift several people this year.  This may be slightly bias due to some of the items being gifts that I would love so if something here isn’t necessarily “your taste” or preference, no worries!  These are just ideas and visuals for you to get an idea of what gifts to have in mind.

gifts

  1. Gabriella Rocha Elissa Bucket Purse with Wristlet -$36.99
  2. NARS Velvet Lip Glide – $26.00 – -comes in multiple colors too
  3. Orange Plaid Blanket Scarf – $21.89
  4. 10-Pc Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mini Set – $28.95
  5. Starbucks or Target gift cards
  6. Alex and Ani Wire Bangles – $48.00
  7. MAC Lip Conditioner – $16.00
  8. Kate Spade NY Mug – $19.99
  9. Kate Spade NY Gold Dot Medium Agenda – $30.00
  10. Michael Kors Fur & Leather Aviator Keychain – $34.00 [this is now SOLD OUT] and these are the reasons you want to get a head start and shop early!

Tips for Holiday Shopping

  • Keep the recipient in mind when making your purchase – – this is NOT for you
  • Do not spend all of your money to save face – – don’t be that person to spend all of your money on a gift that is out of budget for you; always look for deals ahead of time if you know exactly what item you want to purchase
  • Know the recipients clothing sizes if you are gifting clothes – – that worse thing ever is to get a gift that is the wrong size because now you have to go out to exchange or return the item
  • IF you are gifting someone & they have no idea BE SURE to include a gift receipt just in case they prefer something else
  • Gift cards are excellent gifts BUT never load funds under $10.00 – this is just courteous and says “here have something on me with no worries” versus “you may need to add some cash to your purchase”

I hope that this is helpful and easily guides you to purchasing the best gifts for your loved one(s)!

 

 

 

 

Non-traditional, Traditional Thanksgiving Vacation 

Wow! This is really the only word to describe my non-traditional, traditional Thanksgiving vacation with my family! Every year for the past 4 years we have taken 7 day cruises through Norwegian (NCL) and Carnival. Absolutely amazing times! And this year was no different for us. This year we were able to take Carnival Sunshine! She was a beaut! I know most people are still pretty hesitant to sail with Carnival since that issue took place with the toilet systems and I can be the first to say…I was one of those people. But to me and the family’s surprise everything was so nice! The rooms were small little match boxes, the bathrooms were renovated and in great condition, & the heating/cooling system was on point – – perfect! But enough about the room…I just needed you to feel as if you were there too.

FYI – – During this time I chose to UNPLUG from social media…well really, my phone all together.  I wanted to take this time to enjoy the moment because life really is a precious thing.  Unplugging allowed me to focus more on the beautiful sites, people, and things that I more than likely would have missed trying to find a wi-fi connection somewhere.  So photos, keeping up with the time, and letting the family and friends back home know that we were okay was my only use!

Day 1 & 2: Arrival was shockingly not hectic at all. Very smooth transition going from South Carolina to Port Canaveral onto the ship. Registration was available online with Carnival so that really helped too. These two days were dedicated to exploring the ship and meeting new people! My favorite find was the candy store! Super cute and colorful…and expensive too! $12 per lb of candy can cause a lot of trouble.


Day 3: First stop…Amber Cove! Gorgeous place with great shops…and cheap bottled water, thank God! The family really isn’t into shore excursions but more so of touring the city and ruins. Learning some of the history of the area. The Dominican Republic was full of sun-kissing weather! If only my name was “Amber” this would be an even cooler photo.

Also, while in Amber Cove, I was able to get my Passport stamped. I always forget to do this when we go out of the country but I finally remembered!

Day 4: Stop number two for the crew was the beautiful St Thomas but unfortunately as soon as my foot hit land it poured down raining! Literally nonstop rain! This was a bummer but the family and I still tried to push through and explore some of the local shops but it just didn’t work out. Thankfully we had visited this area on last years cruise so I totally can look at this as a win-win situation. I got a beautiful picture when we pulled up to dock.


Day 5: Puerto Rico was fun! Definitely had a Cuban/Columbian feel to the city. This was the most Americanized area visited. I saw tons of familiar stores and shops such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Foot Locker, CVS, and they even had a Starbucks. We didn’t do a paid tour here, instead we walked all through the little streets and small shops on our own. The brick roads were intense on my Tory Burch Millers. Tip: those sandals are not for walking long distances AT ALL! The foot traffic was unbelievable so trying to stop and take a photo was pretty much impossible. Luckily I was able to capture this beautiful seahorse in front of the cities most popular living area in town.


Day 6 & 7: Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos) was next on the list. The weather wasn’t so bad but the winds were out of this world! The Captain was unable to dock safely so we were unable to visit this beautiful place! So everyone was refunded their tax fees and port fees and to the casino we went! I had no luck there the entire trip! Bummer.


It’s also tradition to have a family, private party, cocktail hour. We were initially going to have three separate events but Carnival canceled 2/3 on us last minute. Thankfully,  the travel agency that my aunt is a member of, was able to have all rooms compensated with $100 on board credit – this was pretty neat and appreciated. Thanks TPN!


To wrap this up, everything was so super awesome and wonderful for the Coleman/Spearman (and more) 2016 Family vacation. I hope that next year we are able to do a little bit more and maybe even start something twice a year. Here are a few extras from our trip!


This is in Amber Cove! Say cheese! Shades: Quay/Top: Express/Shorts: H&M/Shoes: Target


Photos with my honey dear


St Thomas attire with a twist of Paris! Too bad I was completely soaked after this! Top: H&M/Jeans: Express /Shoes & Purse: Target


This was a Thanksgiving cruise but the decor definitely Christmas oriented throughout. This was our week-long neighbors door.


Here is the main entrance to the cruise! And yes, I totally wrote a letter to Santa and placed it in the mailbox!

Has anyone noticed a difference with self planning vacations and having a travel agent handle it all? I’ve never used a travel agent so please feel free to share some pointers, ideas, pros and cons with me for next years vacation!