Do you remember way back on Friday when I said I had a really great giveaway planned for today? Well, I wasn’t lying. I have a great giveaway today.
One of P’s best friends came in town last night for a quick visit and I felt like the occasion deserved some type of homemade dessert. Please note that I didn’t feel like it deserved a home cooked dinner. Actually, that’s not true. It did deserve a home cooked dinner but it was so much easier to pick up barbecue instead.
But I was committed to dessert.
So I rummaged through my cabinets and found a chocolate cake mix and some caramel candy, everything I needed to make a turtle cake. But the cake mix looked funny. Perhaps because it had expired in 2005. A fact that would have been good to know before I added in three of my last five eggs.
I scrapped the cake because I read some horror story on the internet about someone dying from eating expired cake mix and everyone knows the internet NEVER presents the worst-case scenario.
Fortunately I had everything on hand to make chocolate chip cookies. Except I was halfway through the process when I realized I couldn’t remember if I’d already added 3/4 cup of sugar. Also, I was out of vanilla extract.
And that is why I need to stick to fashion
(See how I just made that transition?)
Okay, so before I show you the cute things I want to tell you two important things:
A. On Monday I’m going to post about a great fashion-related giveaway. You don’t want to miss it so make sure you come back on Monday.
B. Francesca’s is one of my favorite shops. And they’re offering 30% off any regular price item to Big Mama readers from today through Friday, April 30th. Just use the code BIGMAMA at checkout.
So here are some things I really like this week:
So since you have the opportunity to get 30% off at Francesca’s, I thought I should show you a few of my personal favorites.
I love the posies tunic in green. It’s actually great in all colors, but I have a deep desire to have something in emerald green. While I wouldn’t wear this as a dress, it would look great with white jeans and gold jewelry.
This summer stripes scarf is the perfect piece to throw on with a t-shirt and a cute skirt.
I also adore this dropping in necklace.
And there is nothing better than a great straw bag for the summer. Something like this beach bum tote.
(Not that you asked, but the FCC or CIA might be curious. Francesca’s has not compensated me in any way to offer this discount code. They just gave me the chance to give y’all a 30% discount and why wouldn’t I do that?)
Piperlime had a maxi version of this dress about a month ago and I adored it. But I also really like this shorter version because it would be so easy to dress up or down. Can’t you picture it with that dropping in necklace from Francesca’s? And maybe some cute turquoise sandals?
Because I totally can.
Did I mention I’m in the market to add some green to my Spring wardrobe? The verdict is out on whether or not this could actually be a dress for anyone over 25, but it would be a great tunic with leggings or skinny jeans.
I thought this was just darling.
Turquoise is such a great color for Spring and Summer. Remember that time last year when I painted my kitchen turquoise and left it that way for three months before I painted it? Good times.
This purse would be a much simpler way to add a little turquoise to your life.
I saw this in Target a few days ago and it stopped me in my tracks. Love it.
And while I was in Target I saw these darling wedge champagne sandals with a flower accent. I nearly bought a very similar pair at DSW for twice the price. These are a deal.
I wish I could get this picture to work on my blog just because it is so pretty. Love the orange and turquoise together.
Old Navy is the best place to buy t-shirts for summer because they’re inexpensive and come in any color of the rainbow. And stripes! Currently, they’re on sale for $7.50 each if you buy 2.
Gulley and I saw this in American Eagle this week and really liked it. It’s made of the softest cotton and would be perfect to throw on all summer long.
That’s it for today. I wish I could offer you all a homemade chocolate chip cookie, but really you’re better off.
Also, don’t forget your taxes are due today. God bless America.
(**Edited to add: Nevermind about the taxes. Apparently the deadline is the 18th this year. This is why you should never listen to me about anything.)
Y’all have a great weekend.
I could go into some big elaborate reasons for why I’m talking in bullet points today. That is, if big and elaborate could be qualified by BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT.
1. I’m sure you’ll all be relieved to know that the tooth has landed. I repeat, the tooth has landed.
It was still hanging on when I picked Caroline up from school yesterday so we drove to HEB and bought some Orajel. I put some on her gums, she gave the tooth a good tug, and out it came. She was so excited that she knocked over a full glass of water and dropped the tooth on the floor. Chaos and pandemonium ensued.
But, in the end, the tooth was located and all was well. It is currently awaiting pickup by the tooth fairy.
Caroline looks so dang cute with her little snaggletooth I can hardly stand it. I could sop her up with a biscuit.
2. I’d been keeping Gulley apprised of the tooth situation for the last few days, so I called her to tell her the news. As soon as she answered the phone I said, “THE TOOTH IS OUT”.
She gasped and asked, “ABOUT WHAT? WHAT HAPPENED?”
It would seem she thought I’d said, “THE TRUTH IS OUT” and thought I was on the verge of some sort of confession. Which is hilarious considering that if Gulley doesn’t know something about me, it’s only because it isn’t true. She knows it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
But I appreciated her enthusiasm for some potential drama.
3. Last night I dreamed that the message light came on in my car to notify me that my tuxedo was ten years old and I needed a new one. I woke up completely stressed out over the thought of having to buy a new tuxedo.
Needless to say, I was so relieved when I became conscious enough to realize I don’t own a tuxedo and, furthermore, don’t need one.
4. I’ve recently gotten on a sparkling water kick. I pour it over ice and then squeeze in a ton of lime juice. It’s become my nightly mocktail.
My sparkling water of choice has been Topo Chico because I like the way the bottles look. Kind of retro and vintage-y. But then P pointed out that most people don’t typically think of Mexico as the source for great water, much less do they pay for it in bottles no matter how cute they may be.
He makes a good point.
5. I finally committed to a pair of neutral-colored wedge heels. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.
They look like this except mine have cork wedge heels which I think makes them much cuter.
I bought mine at Rack Room. And of course I only paid $15.00.
6. Sometime last week my friend was complaining about getting hormone-related blemishes (Yes, blemish. It’s the only word I can tolerate for facial issues. The other ones gross me out.)
I made a huge error in judgement and said, “You know, I have other hormone-related issues such as wanting to throw the toaster out the kitchen window on occasion, but I don’t really get many blemishes”. And less than 24 hours later, I had something on my face that looked like a third eye. When I looked at it in the magnifying mirror it growled at me.
Gulley helped a sister out and told me about a miracle in a tube. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment. She said it would be gone the next day and I didn’t believe her. That’s just what people say to make you feel better.
But it was. IT WAS GONE THE NEXT DAY.
(This is not a paid endorsement. It’s just love.)
7. Friday Night Lights starts tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on NBC. If you’ve never watched, you need to go get the first four seasons and watch them before then. Or you could pace yourself, whatever.
8. We still don’t have beveled glass in our front door. Is anyone surprised?
9. I realize I haven’t announced the next book club selection. That’s because I haven’t decided on it yet.
10. There is no ten. Except now there is. But there’s nothing here.
Have a great day.