Monday, August 22, 2011

Wedding Prep!

Just a few fun pics of our adventures in the "Wedding Prep" department.  Here we're trying on some flower girl dresses...turns out we had a lot of fun with these even though they aren't the ones we went with.  We loved the "pouf" factor:  fun! fun! and oh, so girly!
Just look at my very own barbi doll cakes!  Isn't that just what they look like?  Here's my Isabella cake...

 and here's my Charlotte cake.  They love these pics too and thought they were fun to take!
 Oh, it's just so much fun being a girl!
 Now here is the bride to be, Whitney, in a gown that she had her heart set on until....she tried on the very next one.
This little number is pretty sassy, but the bells just didn't quite go off for her when she donned this one.  The "ding, ding ding! We have a winner dress!" is coming soon, so stay tuned.

Better Luck Next Time!

Did I make it to five blogs in one week?  NOPE, but I gave it a good whirl!  It is really, really time consuming, surprisingly so.  Maybe I'm just not a wiz at it yet, not sure. 
So in the spirit of moving on with my "blog list", here we go to Isabella getting her ears pierced.  This was quite the under taking, although I must say she had her heart set on getting this done!
 Here she is holding onto my hand for dear life and the gal at Claire's is only making the placement marks on her sweet, little ears....maybe it was the little gal who went before her who screamed her head off (it's allowed, I figured, as it turns out she was only three and I'm convinced her mom "talked" her into it).
Now just look at how cute her first earrings are! Hello Kitty!  I mean, come on already!!  There were a lot of choices this time around.  I remember when I had it done (just a few years ago when I was 13, yeah right-LOL!) they only had the "gold balls".  Remember those?  Classic I suppose, but these Hello Kitty starter earrings are just too cute.  She knew it was a no brainer choice to get big sisie's approval from Whitney.  They both think anything Hello Kitty is the best!  Funny how these things keep coming back around, huh?  HK was cool when I was a tween, but not so much when Whitney and Lauren were tweens, but now it's back to Big Love for Hello Kitty.  Actually, when Lauren was 13, I distinctly remember Lauren basically being mortified that Santa brought her a pink HK TV for her bedroom.  Here my mom and I thought it was the bomb and she was like "what's that about?"  She soon realized HK or not, it was pretty darn cool to have a tv in her bedroom!  Now on that note, lesson learned by me:  "round two" will NOT have tv's in their bedrooms-EVER.  'Nough said about that.  Oh dear, I'm rambling about my mommy lessons learned and teenagers basically locking themseleves in each of their rooms watching 3 different shows.  Last thought about this, I promise:  I love the FAMILY room for the tv!
Now how about her too cute "loot" bag?  Pretty cute and hip is what I say that is.  She was so proud to be carrying that pink bag around at the mall with her cleaning solution in it.  Oh, the Glory Days, right?!!?
  Anyhoo, today is the one week anniversary of when I posted my intention of trying to blog five time in one week.   I say to myself "better luck next time!"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

You Spicy!

Look what I found...
"You spicy, Gwandma!"

Here are my mom and Liliana, my mom's 12th grandbaby, playing around.  I love this pic and I love her even more!!  I just had to post the pic below one more time.  It just says it all about my little Lili, fits here to a tee!   
Who else has a "Spicy" little one???

Ya know, it just ocurred to me that I haven't done a give away in a long time.  I'll have to think up a little something for you very soon:)  BTW, wedding blog coming soon, so many pics to weed thru.  I was looking thru our snapshots and there are just so many I want to share with you, but then it might actually bore you to sleep. I need to be very selective or I'll end up with the single longest blog in history! Anyhoo, until next blog for this week, have a great night!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Keeping my 2

Okay, day two here and happy to be keeping my word to you to blog at least 5 times this week.  There's so much to bring you up to date on, not even sure where to start!  I think the easiest and best thing to do is start with our most recent happenings and just go in reverse order.  I'm hoping by the end of the week that I'll be all up to date here and back on track.
Here's my list of upcoming topics to keep me on the straight and narrow:
1.  Back to School & being featured in Posh Little's Back to School Gift Guide AND  One Week Kids Boutique
2.  Isabella getting here ears pierced!!
3.  Whitney and Robert's Wedding Weekend
4.  Isabella getting her tonsils removed
5.  We moved...again!
6.  End of School Year 2010-2011

Okay, so here goes. I hope you enjoy this little display of my picture sharing of my little Loomis ladies (that's what I call them very often, my little Loomis ladies, it makes it easier to gather them up when we're at a gathering).

Their last "Hurrah!" the night before officially becoming a 2nd grader, a Kindergartner, and off to The Little Brown School for some great fun with other toddlers.

All set and ready to go!

And now we're off...the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round...

Here's our proud and excited big girl, Isabella, going into the 2nd grade.  Already?  Really? the 2nd grade?  So hard to believe.

 Our little LaLa, aka Charlotte, setting off for the big K!  Wow, is this ever hard to let her go.  I thought it would get easier, but no such's getting harder with each one as I'm realizing they're growing up every bit as fast or maybe even faster than my "lovely round one".  Oh, but our little Charlotte was full of anticpation to go as she should've been.  I really wouldn't want it any other way, right? It would be sooo hard to have a crying one not wanting to take that leap!  She just looks so little still...isn't she still a baby?  Maybe just to me.

 Speaking of's a "spicy" one for ya!  Our Miss Liliana is something else, I'll tell ya.  She is the funniest little cat! When my folks were here recently for Whitney's wedding her and my mom were playing when Lili took it upon herself to take my moms face in her little hands, get nose to nose with her and then proceed to tell my mom that she is "spicy".  What a hoot that was!  She gets it honestly, that's for sure. My mom is our original spicy one, then it skipped to my daughter Whitney (THE queen of spicy) and now onto Lili. She was trying to think of the word "fiesty"as she's been referred to, fyi.  Isn't that a hoot?  I sure think so-LOL!  I enjoy my little "spicy" one immensely.  She's got some real gumption, which I really, really admire.

Now that I've recovered from starting off on another school year and letting go just a bit of another baby of mine...onto a bit of fun news for Fabulous Girl Clothing.  We've been selected to be featured in Posh Little's Back to School Guide 2011.  They've got some really cool stuff  showcased over there!  I'm glad to be a part of their special picks.  Our "Smart Girls Rock!" tee and Ruffled Uniform School Pants were the items they selected to feature.  Check out this link:

As seen in the 2011 PoshLittle.Com Back To School Guide

You can also find several of my "So Cool for Back to School" pieces ready to go at the One Week Kids Boutique Sale in Beaufort.  Just click on the link above for all the info on times and location, etc.  Speaking of the Sale...I must run straight there.  I've got work to do!  Pricing, hanging, arranging, tagging new dresses (you'll love them!) etc. 
Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Yep, something has been on my mind.  A lot has been on my mind, acutally, but one thing in particular...the yummy salad recipe waaaay back from Easter!  Can you believe I've been so sidetracked?  Ridiculous, I say! 
Doesn't it look so good?  It really is so yummy, the flavor combos are delicious.  However, I have to give a shout out to my girlfriend, Kate, this is her recipe that she was so nice to share with me.
Here ya go:  Spinach Salad by Kate Wallace
3/4 C sugar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp worchestershire sauce
3/4 C olive oil
1 tsp minced onion
1/2 C vinegar
3 Tbs poppy seed
3 Tbs sesame seeds, toasted
1 lb fresh spinach leaves
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
4 medium bananas, sliced
1 C chopped walnuts, toasted

Process sugar, paprika, dry mustard, worchestershire sauce, olive oil, onion, vinegar, poppy & sesame seeds until thick.  Layer spinach, strawberries, bananas,walnuts on a large platter.  Drizzle dressing onto each layer as you build the salad.

Now brace yourself...I'm telling you this is so good.  The toasted walnuts and sesame seeds just really pull this recipe together with the sweet of the dressing and fruit.  It's the perfect balance!

I wish I had a handy pic of Kate to share with you. She is a dear!! She's always so supportive and thoughtful.  Ya know, her and her family recently moved up to Charleston (we really miss her down here in Beaufort!) and her and her husband came down for the evening to be at my daughter's wedding.  They have three little ones to juggle, it's an 1 1/2 drive just one way, too.  Isn't that so sweet of them.  Ed, her hubby is a sweetheart, too.  He was so cute, getting everyone a drink to get the party Ed of him!

  Anyhoo, I should have some cute pics from the wedding  to share with you soon.  This summer has been the biggest whirlwind for me yet...and let me tell you, that is REALLY saying something!  Besides just a great recipe, I O U a lot of catching up, too.

I'm hoping for no typo's, but I'm on the fly this morning.  My girls are officially back in school (my Charlotte went off to the big K~pics of that coming soon) and I have so much catching up to do.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and EnJOY your prettty salad!
Just a quick pic here of a my girls  enjoying our swing and porch on a hot summer day :)

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you something!  I've set a new blogging goal for myself this week:  blog a minimum of 5 times to help me get you caught up to date on our whirlwind summer.  Much to share!!

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