Wednesday, March 16, 2016

baby shower, backyard plans and so forth.

These photos were taken at a sip & see/ diaper shower I co-hosted a few weeks ago. It was simple & lovely. The menu included chicken salad over your choice of croissant or cracker, french bread with a delicious garlic-butter spread, chips, grapes, thumbprint cookies & white cake with raspberry filling. Minimalistic & understated. Since the birth of Pinterest we (ladies) have killed ourselves trying to keep up. We spend hours crafting elaborate birthday parties, baby showers & bridal showers... while I can appreciate a beautiful tissue paper flower & a perfectly placed garland, it's not always necessary. Anyway it was a lovely evening filled with yummy food & baby cuddles, what more could we need?

Spring came early this year & while I am a little sad we didn't get any snow, I am excited by the prospect of spending more time outside. I moved into my house nearly three years ago (this summer will mark 3 years) & in that time I have successfully avoided anything having to do with my backyard. It has so much potential to be a beautiful oasis (see the house tour from when I moved in here) but the hot tub is broken, the landscaping is overwhelming & the deck is in rough shape. I can't tell you how intimidated I am by the jungle behind my house...I can't even look out my window without stressing out over the daunting workload that awaits me back there!

This is what it looks like now:

I've spent a lot of time thinking about my priorities in the backyard & have decided to remove the hot tub. It's old & not worth fixing. I've hired someone to remove the tub & repair the deck. He's scheduled to start today! I am so excited!

After the deck is repaired & stained, I am going to move the table & chairs to the lower deck (where the hot tub sits now). I plan on getting a fire pit like this one to put in front of the bench & maybe a few potted plants to bring in some color (as well as new bench cushions & an umbrella for my table).

I cannot wait to have this space completed! I'm dreaming of cookouts, cozy nights by the fire & coffee on the patio. Pure bliss.

Sweet potato chicken soup with thyme -my new favorite. So fresh for spring but warm and comforting after a long day at work. (It's chicken noodle soup but instead of noodles, use sweet potatoes -toss in thyme at the end. Delish!)

What else...

I'm on snapchat (late to the party, I know) find me:  @orrbritt

I somehow managed to snag Kyle Jenner's lip kit & I was surprised at how much I liked it! See how it looks here.

A few of my favorite things on the internet:

For Us -this is so wrong.

How theSkimm's first employee got her amazing job. Love Kaylin -I've worked with her as a skimm'bassador and she is awesome!

Did you know you can get a free MAC lipstick? You're welcome.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 accessories.

SoulCycle instructor auditions. I wan't to try this workout so bad! Please come to Oklahoma!

Color Story.  My new favorite iPhone photo editing app that allows you to design and save your own filters.  *btw I used it on the photos in this post -excluding the photo of my backyard. 

I pay my own wages for housework.  -I swear this was written about my life because I couldn't agree more!

"You can’t always fix the shit that’s stressing you out, but you can always scrub down the stove. You can make something better, more beautiful, more correct."


"It’s 2016, and my home has nothing to do with a husband. When I wash dishes in my apartment, I don’t feel frigid or desperate or condemned. Rather, I feel calm, productive, and capable. I feel like I’m putting things right, and carving out a quiet space for my mind to rest while my hands are busy."


Okay if you made it to the end of this post you're my best friend.

Have a wonderful day!