elissa's baby shower

Last weekend, we showered my best friend Elissa with lots of love and anticipation for her baby boy on the way (you may remember the beautiful baby shower Elissa gave me here). Elissa’s shower was held in our home but it was a group effort that wouldn’t have been possible without Elissa’s Mom, Jody, and Elissa’s good friends, Kristen and Rubi. Lots of thought and love were put into every detail of the shower, from the gorgeous florals (thank you, Jody!) to the yummy food (thank you, Kristen!), it was truly a special day that I hope Elissa and baby boy enjoyed. Sharing all details and lots of photos below!

Shower details:
photos: Ban Avenue Photography
cake: Tiny Bakes
This cake was so delicious! I had heard about Tiny Bakes from a friend and now I can honestly say that Elizabeth will be my go-to for cakes in Houston from here on out. The top layer of the shower cake was funfetti and the bottom layer was chocolate (Elissa’s favorite). Both flavors melted in your mouth and were moist, flavorful, and just so good. Highly recommend!
invitations/thank you notes: Whitney Farnsworth Design
I looked far and wide on Etsy for a shower invitation that wasn’t “cheesy” and had more of a classic nautical feel. As soon as I saw the watercolor sailboats on these Whitney Farnsworth Design invitations, I knew Elissa would love them. Even more of a bonus that they came with matching thank you notes which we set out for guests to address at the shower. Whitney was so easy to work with and does amazing work.
cookies: Cookie Queen of Spring
You guys know I’m all about the sugar cookies at parties and we had to have some for Elissa’s shower, of course. Jody found a design on Pinterest and the Cookie Queen of Spring made the cookies come to life. In fact, I love how they turned out even more than the inspo picture. The Cookie Queen herself, Brooke, is such a kind soul and is truly talented beyond words at her craft. The cookies tasted just as good as they look, as every single one got eaten at the shower. Houston friends, you have to use Brooke for your next event!
florals: Lary’s
seashell garland: Michael’s
guestbook: Seeonee
Elissa’s dress: Pink Blush
food: Zoe’s Kitchen
other decor: Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, etc.

Jody found the centerpiece boat and painted it to match Elissa’s nursery, along with making the sail. Lary’s filled the boat with flowers which made such a gorgeous centerpiece for the table. Jody also did the “message in a bottle” with wishes for Jose, Elissa, and Baby.
Kristen was in charge of the guest book which will be such a cute touch in Baby Carmona’s nursery. Kristen also was in charge of all the food from Zoe’s…and boy was there food! We had a huge, delicious spread that everyone enjoyed. Kristen also found all the paper goods, which were also a hit.
Rubi flew in from Florida just to be here for Elissa’s shower, which was such a special gift in itself. Rubi was in charge of all the games for the shower, which provided some laughs, and props that made for the cutest photos.
Guest took home bath bomb favors wrapped in burlap and tied with anchor ribbon, with a sign reading “Please take a favor from Elissa’s shower to yours”.
Kristen made the food label cards, and Zach helped me make (aka he did 90% of) the wooden card holders.
The mantle was a stunning work of art done entirely by Jody. She took wooden 2x4’s to add height to the seashell garland, which she surrounded by cream colored florals. The hydrangea’s smelled so good! She also made the banner that hung from the mantle reading “It’s a boy” with sea creatures matching the theme.
Most of the decor we used all belongs to Elissa; she kindly let us use her nursery decor for the shower since she already had a lot pieces. I love her nursery theme; it feels “vintage nautical” and is going to be so sweet for their baby boy.


Beanie (Elissa and I have called each other this since college),
We cannot wait to meet sweet Baby Carmona! We love him so much already and you and Jose are going to be the best parents ever. We love you so much and can’t wait to see you as a family of 3!
xo, Britt

easter recap

I didn’t plan on doing an Easter recap on the blog because I haven’t done anything like it in a long time, but then I remembered why I started this blog in the first place. It’s always been a place to document what I love (mostly fashion, of course), and I don’t love anything more than I love my boys. I have these pictures on social media and in my phone, but it’s also special for me to have the blog as an online diary of sorts where I can look back on our memories all in one place.

Easter was a whirlwind for us- we went home on Friday (got to Sweetwater around 10pm), spent Saturday in Snyder with Zach’s family, went to church and had lunch with my family Sunday, then headed home and got to Houston around 10pm Sunday night. Although it was fast and furious and we spend most of the weekend in the car, it was such a sweet time that I’ll always remember. Both boys enjoyed hunting eggs and sadly I didn’t get any pictures of it, only videos, but they made out like bandits :). Sharing some snaps from the weekend below!
ps- Boone had fallen and scraped his chin on Thursday before we left hence the big red spot you’ll see in these pictures. It’s thankfully almost completely healed up now. Life with a 13 month old boy!

Zach’s family always does a big Easter celebration with lots of extended family, amazing food, and a full day of fun. His cousins Tyson and Riley Ann hosted this year and Riley goes over the top with everything she does (in the best way)- everything was so fun for the kids, and adults, and we were sad when the day was over.

Sunday was special, seeing my Mamaw with the boys and going to church with my parents and brother. We missed my big brother, Shane, and his family, as well as our cousins who couldn’t make it. But Bear and Boone didn’t mind getting all the eggs to themselves. We even dyed eggs this year, a tradition we used to do every Easter and one I want to start back up for the boys. Bear prefers his eggs plastic with something inside of them but he also thought it was so much fun to dye and decorate them. I was bad and didn’t do Easter baskets for the boys this year even though I fully intended to…so I’m thinking I’ll do a special “Summer Kit” for each of the boys when school is out. Things like sand castle building supplies, swimsuits, beach towels with their favorite characters (LEGO Movie for Bear and Baby Shark for Boone), etc. I’ll throw a few practical things in too like bug spray and sunscreen.

Speaking of, we are getting so excited for summer! I know a lot of parents dread it, but I actually love summertime. Getting to sleep in(ish) every day, going to the pool…just a constant feeling of “vacation” that I’ve always enjoyed.
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
xo, Britt

baby registry must-haves

Happy Monday, friends! Is that an oxymoron? Feels like a bit of one, after recovering from Super Bowl Sunday and trying to beat the Monday blues. BUT, I’m determined to have a productive day and spend lots of time with my boys in the process! Speaking of my boys, I wanted to share something special with y’all that’s been in the works since before Christmas. We partnered with one of our very favorite brands ever, Pottery Barn Kids, to share 10 must-haves for a baby registry. The project was so much fun, even Boonester loved it!

all of our playroom details HERE
photos by Ban Avenue Photography


We made a video that you can watch HERE, and were featured on the PBK blog HERE. Y’all know that I never pretend to be an expert on anything, let alone baby stuff, but I hope this helps anyone who’s currently expecting to make the registry process a little bit easier. I know firsthand how stressful it can be preparing for a new baby and being clueless as to what you’ll need. We truly love Pottery Barn Kids products and while I have worked with them quite a bit now, PBK was one of our favorite places to shop long before that.

I hope you’ll check out the post and that your week is off to a great start! What did you think of the big game? And more importantly, the halftime show? I’m a big Maroon 5 fan but honestly, found the show to be lackluster at best. At least the commercials were good! And of course the snacks.
xo, Britt