Summer Sequel Refresher at Studio Movie Grill

This post is sponsored by SMG, but all opinions are my own.

Within the next year, there will be tons of sequels released in movie theaters. Like, we probably won't see a single mew movie in 2014-2015 that doesn't have a "2," "3" or other creative sequel alternative behind it. Since these new titles are in production, my friends at Studio Movie Grill in Colleyville are hosting a $2 summer refresher course for the originals, in case you missed them or want to see them again (I mean, I was 3 years old when some of these first released!)

July 21 - July 24 you can see the original Skyfall, Jurassic Park, Hunger Games and Magic Mike.


July 28 - July 31 you can check out the first Despicable Me, Mrs. Doubtfire, Pitch Perfect and Dumb + Dumber.


Tickets for these prequels are only $2, but you can treat yourself to the $5 drink special, instead (which is even better)! Plus, you can book online with no additional fee! Check out all their movie times on their website.

What sequel are you most excited to see this year?


Balancing Act on the Mantle

Slowly but surely, parts of our new home are nearing completion (even if there may be a guest room full of unpacked boxes). Because of awkward fireplace-placement, we had to mount a tv in our living room for the first time. Not one of the two tvs we already owned, of course. It had to be newer. "Smarter," even. Montrell enjoyed that little purchase during move-in week and I must admit that I'm loving it too. 

Boys will be boys and the tv was mounted a little higher than originally planned. After a few moments hours of me being sad about it's placement, I realized that there was more room for cute decorations, so I got over it. I'll have to save the cable-hiding details for another day. It deserves a post in itself! Here's the supplies I've used to balance out the mantle: 

1. This pretty print was made by Jenny of Maidae. I don't see the exact one available now, but check out the others in her print shop.
2. Room Essentials at Target pretty much made their new line of college decorations for me. Love this modern arrow light.
3. The cork character is from the same RE collection (They have every letter and lots of symbols. We all just know the hashtag is my fav!) 
4. The FEJKA artificial plant is one of my favorites from IKEA. I've got several of them around the place. Looks real, doesn't die. 
5. All the frames are from IKEA as well. The classic white RIBBA holds the Maidae print and the striped set of frames (├ůSARNA) is not available online yet. The large frame underneath the tv is the NORRLIDA.

Now, all I need is to decide which pictures will fill these empty frames!
Can't wait to share when I get some things completed around here.


Jon + Bethany's Engagement Session

I was so excited when my sister, Bethany and her fiance, Jon, came to stay the past weekend with me for engagement pictures. After some much-needed home decor shopping trips (much to Jon's dismay), we went to one of my favorite little spots in Frisco and these lovey-dovey pictures ensued. 

I know I'm a little biased, but Bethany is going to make such a beautiful bride. Her bridal session is coming up in the next couple weekends. I already can't wait to share those as soon as the "I Dos" are said. It'll be tough to keep those a secret!

Love you two so much! Can't wait to be on a beach soon, celebrating your big day. 
FYI - Location: Frisco Central Park | Black Groom Jersey: David's Bridal | Bride + Groom Custom Outfits: The Armor of God


Happy Slurpee Day!

'Happy birthday' to 7-eleven and a big 'thank you' for giving us a gift on your big day. Free slurpees, friends! Don't miss it!

[K] and I have been counting down the days until July 11. So, today, right after cheer camp ended, we rushed over to the closest 7-eleven and got ourselves some slurpees. Simple way to make a kids day, that's for sure!

[K] got the new lemonade flavor (which she loved) and I tried a new light watermelong flavor (which I loved).

You have until 7:00 p.m. to get your free slurpee-on! Go get one. It's what summer is all about!


Glimmers of Gold in the Laundry Room

First of all, can I just praise the Lord for finally having a washer and dryer in my home? Spending 80 weeks lugging loads of laundry down three flights of stairs, to the laundromat, waiting, waiting, spending all my quarters, waiting some more, folding, lugging them back up those 3 flights isn't the most fun. I definitely got used to it, but it never became easy. 

My sister recently purchased a washer and dryer from a friend of ours and then signed a lease to an apartment that includes a set. So, Montrell and I get to have a free washer and dryer for a year! High five to us. Our first night in the new place, Montrell just kept saying, "Do you hear that? That is laundry being washed IN HERE!" We're so grateful!

When you look around and all you see as boxes during the moving process, your mind will make up any project just to distract yourself from having to unpack anything else. The laundry room was the one space where everything was unpacked and ready to use. That's why it's project room overhaul numero uno!

To spruce up the washer and dryer, I wanted some to add some girly golden sparkle. Because I'm borrowing these beauties from my sister, I definitely couldn't do anything on the permanent-side. That's where my hoarded party streamers come in...


The only supplies I used for this project were yellow streamers (from my 2012 Olympics party) and gold duck tape. First, I measured enough tape for one strip across the front of the washer (and a little to wrap around the sides). Then, I cut a streamer about 2 inches shorter than the tape. Leaving one inch on either end, I added the streamer along the sticky side of the tape to cover it up. Then, I placed it across the appliance with the sticky edges wrapping around the washer. *repeat 18 times* Measuring, lining up, sticking, removing and re-sticking eventually created those pretty little lines. Since most of the stickiness is covered by the streamers, cleanup will be super easy. 


To decorate the rest of the shelf-space and clean up the messiness of all the washing products, I brought in the gold-sprayed Dollar Tree bins from my old closet makeover and added a few faux-plants. 


Let's face it, washing clothes isn't all that fun, but I know seeing those gold stripes will put a smile on my face for quite a while. There's nothing wrong with making a hidden-place a little more happy! 


I was able to snap a little before-and-after action with my phone the night I put it all together. Forgive the quality )or lack thereof), but you get the picture. It's a little bit different than it was before, am I right?


I think that the large white wall space in-between the shelf and utilities may need a little something-something in the near future. I'll be browsing Pinterest and hopefully have a couple lightbulb moments for that spot soon!