Our budget friendly gender reveal

I am beginning to sincerely dislike days where I update my husband and I’s calendars. That was this mornings coffee-time task. You know what I realized? We have three weekends between now and May that we have absolutely nothing planned. Only. Three. It’s only the beginning of February! Frightening. I’ve already told Charles that we are reserving those weekends for alone time unless something drastic comes up. We have so much to do around the house / for Grayson’s arrival and we are going to have to start saying no to people, something neither of us are very good at, ha! Thankfully, I think we can make everything work, and it may even pass the time before baby arrives, but still, there’s a limit! Our world is about to change in a big way, so spending time together, just the two of us, is something high on my list of priorities!

Today I want to share with you a few pictures of our gender reveal party! Now, we didn’t know what we were having until the day of the party. Our party was on a Saturday,, but we had our gender ultrasound the Tuesday before. We wanted to be surprised at the party, so we had the tech place the gender in an envelope, which we promptly gave to my sister. Spoiler Alert: It was the most brutal few days. It almost makes me wish we just found out at the ultrasound!

We didn’t want anything fancy, nothing over the top, just very relaxed, limited amount of “fuss,” so we could just enjoy the day. We ordered “exploding golf balls” from Amazon, {called stork balls, HA!} because Charles loves golf so much. Aside from that, we had chicken salad croissants, tortellini pasta salad, the cutest cookies, chips and dip, and fruit. We had a few decorations, and that was that! All in all, we were extremely pleased with how it turned out. We actually were so nervous about finding out the gender that we forgot to take pictures of our guests! Or ourselves, for that matter, but we still had a wonderful time. Obviously you all know the outcome of our gender reveal, IT’S A BOY! Grayson Lowrey Alley will be making his debut in June. Enjoy a few pictures from his sweet, simple, and budget friendly gender reveal!



I hope you all enjoyed the not so slightly delayed photos of Grayson’s gender reveal! Mommy and Daddy are thrilled to meet this sweet baby boy. I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday night. Me? I have a brand new comforter sitting that just came out of the dryer, a clean room, two puppies cuddling at my feet, and a kicking baby boy. It’s also 7pm on a Saturday night, I’m in pjs, it’s raining outside, and there’s a marathon coming essentially through our neighborhood tomorrow which means I’m not leaving this house until Monday morning, happy pajama Sunday to ME. I hope your Sunday is just as pleasant!


So Clutch


I’m not sure about you all, but where I’m located, it seems as if winter has made a comeback. Although I do enjoy cuddling up under my blanket in the mornings, I’m not a fan of pulling my sweaters back out…especially when I’ve been preparing for lake season. There’s just something wrong with wearing long sleeves while cleaning the boat. It’s just not right.

Remember when I said that we started going out and getting more social towards the summer? Well the business of our summer schedule has already started {despite this unfortunate cold snap..}

When we go out for a stroll around downtown, or go to a wedding, or to a concert {you get the idea…}, I can’t stand toting around my heavy MK purse. Although I love, love, LOVE this bag, it just gets in the way and I’m always afraid I’ll set it down somewhere and forget about it.

Enter the envelope bag.

First and foremost, this bag has the cutest gold chain ever.  It’s not so long that the bag hangs to my knees {yes, I’ve had handbags with that problem..or maybe it’s my shortness causing the problem..} and it’s not so short that I can’t wear the bag crossbody. This clutch is my favorite – out of all that I own, I am always drawn to this one.

An added benefit? The pop of color adds dimension to anything I pair it with and surprisingly matches with everything I own. I bought this clutch about two years ago at Suite One, but you can find similar bags here at J.Crew or even  here at Amazon! {Psst..deal alert!!  These amazon bags are only $9 – and look at all of the colors!! I’m going to pick out a few of these for myself!}





Because life happens, I thought I would share this funny story…right after my sister and I did this blog shoot, I went home, ready to change clothes into pajamas and eat take out while watching a movie with the husband, so in my rush to get comfy, I tossed this clutch to a chair and I missed. I ended up breaking the chain off on this clutch – I was heartbroken!

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