March 2018 - Like Honey

A Fun Geometric Blazer + More Patterned Blazers for Spring





So, I've had this blazer for way longer than I can remember. Suffice it to say, it was one of the first items I ever purchased from a Target...so a loooong time ago. I remember spying it on a clearance rack and picking it up without even looking at the size (it's at least one size too big, but I still don't care) for around $7-10. Something about the pattern and color just jumped out at me and I couldn't say no--and here I am, 6+ years later still rocking it!





Honestly, I don't even know if I should call it a blazer...it's a very lightweight polyester material, with little to no structure, but I've always just called it a blazer. Maybe its a jacket? Obviously, this item is no longer available, but I thought it would be fun to share a favorite piece with you and link a few other fun patterned blazers I found!

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Do you have one of those spur of the moment, just gotta have it items in your closet? What is it?!


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5 Ways to Make Your Home More Welcoming


I don't know about you, but when spring rolls around I want to open all of my windows, clean the house, and have friends over! There's nothing more inviting to me than fresh air and warm weather, so my inner hostess always starts itching to plan another party when the spring season is back in full swing! Today, I've teamed up with Silk Plants Direct to share with you 5 simple tips to make your home more inviting, so you can start hosting your own spring flings!



PREP YOUR ENTRY

This is your home's first impression! Make sure you set a good one with a clean entry way and inviting decor. I live in a south facing home, so real plants are not always an option for my front door. I love the quality of this lifelike, silk magnolia wreath from Silk Plants Direct so much that I might never order my fake flowers from anywhere else again! They are a thick, high quality material that looks and feels real. The wreath itself is very sturdy and I just know it will brighten up my front porch for years to come. It's a bit of an investment, but you definitely get what you pay for and I think this purchase is totally worth the splurge!


Flowers are the perfect way to make your front step more inviting, but don't forget to make your interior entry a welcoming area as well! Since our space is pretty small, I like to have an area for shoes and coats that keeps the floor clean and free of clutter. Cozy decor accents provide a welcoming atmosphere, while a large mirror reflects extra light and allows guests to make an last minute adjustments before making their way upstairs.



OPEN THE WINDOWS

I absolutely love the way my home feels when there is a warm breeze rolling through it! Nothing feels fresher than a clean house with the windows open, so crank those babies up and let the air flow through! If for some reason you can't open your windows, turn your blinds or draw your curtains to let plenty of light shine in; your guests will feel extra welcome with the natural lighting and warm sunshine!


LIGHT CANDLES

Candles = cozy and are my absolute favorite way to change the atmosphere in my home without spending a fortune. I recently shared a new candle line I've been loving here and also love the selections available at Bath and Body Works, Yankee Candle, and even Walmart! It's so fun to switch up the scent with the seasons and a warm fragrance will make your guests feel so welcome!




CLEAR CLUTTER

Excessive clutter is extremely UNinviting! Your guests will feel awkward and uncomfortable if they're not sure where to sit or set their glass down. Make sure your living area is straightened and free of too much extra "stuff" before anyone arrives, and set out a few items like magazines and coasters so your guests will feel welcome and certain in your home.




ADD TEXTURE

Including multiple textures in your home decor will warm up your space and create comfortable, cozy vibes! I like to mix natural wood elements with soft fur and chunky knits. Sleek white furniture and clean lines are softened by fabric sofas and more faux plant life. Silk Plants Direct also has a large selection of lifelike bouquets, flower arrangements, and even indoor houseplants like fiddle leaf figs and ferns! I can't wait to give my brown thumb a rest and start adding more faux greenery into my home.


I'm so looking forward to breaking in the spring season with some fun little get-togethers! Soon it will be warm enough to BBQ! Who's with me?!

*Thank you to Silk Plants Direct for sponsoring this post!*



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Hot Pink Cold Shoulder Top








OUTFIT DETAILS
Cold Shoulder Top // JCPenney (under $20!)
Jeans // JCPenney (old, similar here)
Wedges // Macy's (old, similar here)
Tassel Earrings // Walmart (in store only, similar here comes in lots of colors!)
Sunglasses // Fossil (old, similar here)
Scallop Bracelet // Rocksbox (similar here)
Chain Bracelet // New York & Co (old, similar here)


When the sun finally decides to come out, I'm all about the cold shoulder and off the shoulder trends! Hot pink is always a favorite, so when I saw this fun top for less than $20 at JCPenney, I just had to add it to my collection! It has all the bright and summery vibes that I'm craving this time of year, but the longer sleeve works perfectly for my midwestern, chilly days of early spring.









I love that this top is totally a wear now--wear later item! I could totally see it with dark wash jeans and booties, layered with my tan moto jacket this fall! A cozy cardigan and Kendra Scott Rayne necklace would be cute, too! Any item that inspires multiple outfits is a winner in my book!


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Have you started shopping for spring styles or are you still rocking your winter sweaters? I definitely haven't packed up any sweaters just yet, but I love sneaking in a few transition pieces like this one as soon as I can!


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Springtime Fun at Eckert's!



*Thank you to Eckert's for sponsoring this post! Post contains affiliate links.*

Spring time is finally here! Anyone else always look forward to a season of sunshine and colorful eggs? We may have missed out on some sun, but we had an absolute blast at Eckert's Egg Hunt this past weekend! Eckert's Belleville farm will be running this Egg-citing Easter event every weekend until Easter, so there's still plenty of time to fill your own basket with fun! Here's a peek at all the eggcitement we had:








Is this the official start to spring? I think so! This was Parker's first hunt (and Lucy's first "real" one) ever, but that didn't stop them from diving in like experts. Parker was hesitant in his round and actually started helping another little girl fill her basket! He finally figured it all out during Lucy's age group and helped her fill her bag instead. No surprise, Lucy looked for as many pink eggs as she could find. I loved watching their faces light up as they filled their tote bags, and again when we got home and emptied all of our loot! This was so much fun for them and well worth the ticket price. If you're looking for a budget-friendly springtime activity--this is it!






 Is there anything sweeter than a snuggly baby bunny?! This was my absolute favorite part of the weekend and Preston had to talk me out of bringing one home for myself. The kids just melted over our little furry friend--Parker couldn't contain himself and spent several minutes just dancing and squealing with glee! Lucy had nothing but heart eyes and lots of "aww"s. I was surprised with how gentle they both were and impressed with the patience of all the employees handling the animals. Lucy says this was her favorite part of the festival, too, except for maybe the egg hunting!








When I finally pried their little hands off those snuggly bunnies, we headed over to check out the chicks and ducklings. My kids were over the moon seeing those little yellow duckies! The duckling we held was very talkative and even gave Parker a little nibble kiss on the nose! He was so excited about it! Lucy was a little nervous and preferred to watch the chicks hanging out in their warm trough. This little feature was definitely one of the highlights of our visit--nothing says spring like sweet little baby farm animals!





As always, there was plenty of entertainment outside to keep us busy between events! The kids loved riding the new carousel! Parker did NOT want to leave his "oink", but the fun pedal tractors distracted him from his grief ;)






There are ample photo opps all over the grounds, so of course we got our bunny ears out for a quick snap! Parker is fully embracing the "cheese" these days! The Easter Bunny is available for a posed photograph in the Garden Center as well, if that's more your style.



If you're looking for a fun Easter activity or just needing to get out of the house over spring break, Eckert's weekend festivals are always a hit! You can see their full calendar of events here and start planning your own visit!



CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS ADVENTURES AT ECKERT'S BELLEVILLE AND VERSAILLES FARMS BELOW:










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