Spring Dresses

7 Spring Dresses

Spring is here and its time to celebrate by wearing dresses!  Ok, I don’t wear dresses often.  But I love to splurge and get a new one for Easter… which is just around the corner.    Here are my favorite 7 Spring Dresses.

Spring Dresses

  1. Khols / 2. Mod Cloth / 3. Nordstrom / 4. Macys / 5. Nordstrom / 6. J.Crew / 7. Nordstrom

I love the pastels and floral prints of spring.  I also threw in a polka dot that Jackie is sure to love!  Which is your favorite?  Share in the comments below.

Social Media

Hey guess what?  We started an Instagram account!  So here is a little refresher on our social media accounts.

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Ok its true, Jackie and I have had our own Instagrams for quite some time (here and here).  But now we have an in-lala-land official instagram.  Be sure to check us out and follow us :)  Jackie will be posting weekly funnies.  We will also be posting photos of our lives and such so you don’t want to miss out!

We also have a Facebook account here incase you haven’t liked us yet.  Our posts are always linked on Facebook and its a very easy way to follow what we are doing.

And… just incase you don’t use either you can follow us on Twitter here!

New Plans

New PlansSince we took an unplanned hiatus over the last few weeks we decided it was time for a change.  I have to admit I was getting burned out on crafting.  There are only so many things you really need in your house.  In addition its a little challenging crafting with a curious toddler in the room, not to mention once I’m done there is limited areas I can put a craft that will guarantee its safety!  So time for a change.

Don’t get me wrong Jackie and I still love to craft… but we plan on gearing our posts more towards life, how we are doing it currently, what we think about it and maybe a few crafts spiced in.  For us, blogging is about making memories and having a hobby we can do together.  We love all of our followers and anyone who reads our posts, but really we do this for ourselves.  We plan to share different parts of ourselves and our lives and we hope you are excited to see where this goes.

I’ll give you a little teaser of whats to come…  I will be sharing about life at home with a growing belly and toddler.  Then eventually two little ones and all that is entailed with them.  Jackie will share about finishing her college career and making big choices on what to pursue after.  Our dating lives with our hubbies, family travels and outings with friends.

We hope you will stick around to see what we come up with!  If you have any ideas of what you think we should talk about feel free to share them. Also, we are now excepting guest posts so feel free to contact if you would like to guest post or have us spotlight your blog or product.

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Why We Started Blogging

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First of all… Hey there!! It’s been a while since we last posted.  Hope you guys missed us as much as we missed blogging! We have had some major personal stuff going on and let’s be honest,  our laziness has gotten the best of us.  We planned out what to blog this last month but nothing got posted.  Nicole is pregnant (woo hoo!) and was going through the first trimester with a one year old at home (pretty tiring) on top of illnesses that seem to be back to back.  Also Jackie is kicking butt at school trying to get her last semester out of the way before graduation this May.  She buckled down and has really been focusing so she can go out with a bang… Yay, Jackie!

Since we had a huge lapse of activity here we decided it might be time to make some changes.  So we have brainstormed, discussed, planned, and come up with some fun new ideas.  More of that will come in the following weeks but first we wanted to share why we started this whole blog in the first place.  Mostly to show where we have come from and to give you a sneak peak on where we plan to go.

We started In-LaLa-Land back in 2011 after Nicole had gotten married and moved in with her new hubby, leaving Jackie at home missing her big sister.  I (Jackie) was largely inspired by Pintrest and all the wonderful craft, photo, and fashion ideas I had come across as well as the wonderful blogs.  I had toyed with the idea of starting my own blog but knew I would eventually get too lazy and stop doing it if I didn’t have someone to help motivate me. So I turned to my big sister and best friend to join me – a hobby we could do together, be creative, and grow as individuals and as friends.   Crafts have always been a hobby of ours and we love to share our crafts with others and see what others make. Personally, that has always been my favorite part of blogging.  But as we got more and more busy Nicole and I have realized we have much less time and energy to make wonderful crafts to share (and much less space to put them!).  For us, blogging is about making memories and having a hobby together.  We love all of our followers and anyone who reads our posts, but really we do this for ourselves.  It is our own creative outlet that allows us to be free to express ourselves.  

 

Winter Mantel

Winter Mantel

This winter I decided to change-up my mantel.  New year, new mantel.  I had searched for the perfect thing to hang.  Then on a spur of the moment Hobby Lobby trip I found these three cute shabby chic mirrors.  And they were 50% off!!  Funny how that works.

Winter Mantel

I started with the mirrors and had the hubby help me hang them straight.  Then I added pieces I already owned from around the house.  I am pretty excited with the way it turned out.  I feel like it gives our living room a fresh new look.

I made the moss monogram “B” a few years ago.  I used a thumb tack and pined it into the wall behind the mirror.

Starting from left to right.  The vintage camera I got from an antique store.  I actually have a few placed around the house.  The “Count Your Blessings” sign is also from Hobby Lobby.  The candle is a lovely sugar vanilla smell.  We received the glass cross as a wedding gift.  I found the owl at Hobby Lobby a few Christmas’s ago.  The vase of flowers I found at Target on super clearance for only $5, deal!!

The mantel is simple but I think I can add and take away for every season and still love it.  What does your mantel currently look like?

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Top DIY Gifts That Are Easy to Make

The holidays are upon us! While people frantically shop to get the perfect gift for the best deal, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite crafts we have done that would make a great gift.  In my opinion, a handmade gift is better than something store bought  because you put time, effort, and love into making it. So take a peak at some of our crafts we think would make great gifts that are easy to do.  (Click on the project title for a link the original post and directions) If you do make any, we would love to see it!  Share a photo with us by email, Instagram, our Facebook page, or comment below letting us know how it went. :)

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Advent Calendar 2014

Advent Calendar 2014

I have always wanted a little Advent Calendar to count down the days of Christmas.  Usually I would think of it too late and never get one made up in time.  Well this year I got the ball rolling early and ordered The Perfect Advent Calendar on Zulily.  I was a little hesitant buying it without checking it out first.  Now that I have it, it is everything I was hopping for.

It comes with red ribbon. 25 envelopes. 30 advent cards. instructions. and two supply lists.

Each card has and activity to help your family connect, it has a verse to read as a family and a prayer.  Jon and I really wanted a verse to read each day to lead up to Christmas and I am excited that they are already built in.  I am also looking forward to doing the activities together to help us bond before Christmas.  This year will probably be more of a trial year since Little E is so young but I know she will have fun with us.  I look forward to doing this every year as our family grows up.

Some of the activities are: looking at christmas lights, baking cookies, making cards, hanging wreathes, stockings and watching movies together.  If you still need an Advent Calendar for 2014 I suggest this one!

How does your family count down before Christmas?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel‎ Nail Polish

Jackie and I are always excited to do our own nails.  Going out to get them done is exciting too, but not really in our budgets.  For my birthday I treated myself to Sally Hansen Miracle Gel‎ Nail Polish.  I am a full-time mom so I need nail polish that will last longer than a few days but is also quick to apply.  I hate when you find the time to do your nails only to have them chip the next day while you are doing dishes.  Or worse, smudge them picking you baby up from the crib.  Gel nail polish without a lamp sounded like the perfect solution, time-saving and long-lasting!

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I have used the Miracle Gel‎ Nail Polish a few times now and love it.  It lasts one to two weeks depending on how rough I am on my hands.  You need to apply two coats of Miracle Gel‎ color polish.  I have “Shock Wave”.  Then a final coat of “Top Coat”.  It dries pretty quickly but isn’t as solid as a professional gel nail job.  I dented mine trying to put pants on the first time.  It also removes easily with nail polish remover.  I am very happy with the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel‎ Nail Polish and recommend it to anyone who wants gel polish without all the steps of the light.

I have also used to top coat on top of regular nail polish.  I used it on my toes, which always keeps polish longer anyways.  I have had them painted for almost a month with no chipping, yay!

Have you tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel‎ Nail Polish??  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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First Birthday Party

Saturday we celebrated Eleanor’s first birthday with a birthday party.  I have to say, she had a blast!!! Jon and I were so touched by all the people who came to celebrate with us and helped put the whole thing together.

When I was picking my theme, I found a set of great printables from How to Nest for Less.  Check out the site for the printables we used and loads of other cute ones!!  We used the OH MY! I can’t believe the year has flown by.  This theme was perfect because I have said over and over again how fast a year went by.  This year has been amazing but WAY too quick!

Every month we took three pictures.  One sitting in our nursing chair, one laying in the crib and one sitting.  I wrote her achievements on each months image sitting in the chair and posted them on my family blog.  For the party we hung them in order and pinned them on satin ribbon.  The other two images I mounted on scrapbook paper and we hung behind our smash cake high chair.  I also wanted to share some candid photos so I arranged them in the shape of a bug number one we made on foam board.

Getting ready for her birthday was a lot of fun.  It was great to look back over the year and I can’t wait to do it every year.

They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Normally  I only post product reviews when I get my Ipsy or Birchbox subscriptions once a month, but I couldn’t wait. A few months ago my eyeliner exploded when I tried to apply it after taking it on an airplane – big mistake on my part!  I love to use liquid eyeliner pens because they are so easy to use and the brushes allow for thin lines.  So I went a weeks without eyeliner until Nicole gave me one of hers she wasn’t using.  And then someone suggested to me I try this…

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Elf Ghost Cookies

Tomorrow Eleanor and I are going to a little Halloween party with our mommy and me group.  Moms are brining snacks and I decided to make some cute festive cookies to bring along.  I saw this idea on Pinterest with Nutter Butters but thought it would be cute with Keebler Elves because it’s adding a little costume to the cookie.

What you need:

  • Keebler Elf cookies
  • White Wilton candy melts
  • Black icing
  • Cookie sheet lined with wax paper

It’s very simple, first melt the candy melts.  I use a microwave at half power in minute increments stirring in-between.  Once the candy is melted dip an elf cookie into the candy and swirl to get an even coating.  Then place on the wax paper to cool.  Dip all the elves then go back and place two dots for ghost eyes.  Then place the cookies in the refrigerator to cool.  Enjoy!