Just a Small Attic Sale, a Birthday, & a Baby Shower

This weekend was crazy busy and I am still exhausted from Saturday's little attic sale at my mom's house. After 40+ years of junk accumulating in the attic (and most of it really was junk) and many former attempts to purge the collections, my mom finally decided that it was just time to get rid of it all.  So all of us girls unloaded the contents of the attic to the front lawn and had ourselves a little attic sale.
Some of the goodies included about 70 old bottles of Coca-Cola, at least a hundred books / magazines / cookbooks, cassette tapes (including Hanson... it's alright if you're a little jealous), 2 8-track tapes, and 6 old dented storage trunks. The weather was perfect and we sold lots of stuff.  Unfortunately, we had lots of stuff junk still leftover at the end of the attic sale.
Carney sent out a Craigslist add for free curbside junk and within minutes people started showing up to haul it away.  We didn't even have to carry most of it to the curb.  People just showed up and carried the junk straight to their cars.
On Sunday morning, this was all that was left of the attic sale rejects - a cardboard box and a coat hanger. It was absolutely crazy how fast the Craigslist people came and collected all of the leftover junk!
In addition to the attic sale, we were also in Charlotte to celebrate Halmoni's birthday.  We started the celebration off with with great Italian food from Buca di Beppo.  We had lots of leftover that I didn't mind bringing home to finish off.  Then, we finished with ice cream cake & it was straight to bed from there.

Sunday was a bit less productive and hectic, but we still had to make it back in Durham in time for the surprise baby shower of one of my favorite photographers, Melissa of Haven Love Photography.  It was the perfect baby shower (thrown by one of Melissa's dear friends and subject of her latest photography session) with yummy desserts from Foster's Market and lots of friends.
I even got to design the above baby shower game and actually won a prize for getting the most answers correct.  Sadly, I did not win the prize for the nursery rhyme game above... it was for a game involving matching celebrities to their chosen baby names.  Sigh. Maybe I need to cut back on TMZ and gossip magazines.
Almost forgot to mention this amazing rainbow circling the sun that appeared during the attic sale.  Absolutely gorgeous!  All in all, it was a very exhausting - productive - family filled weekend.

Spring Cleaning...

I don't know when it happened or if I have always been this way, but I think I am a bit of a hoarder.  And I am now way overdue for a major spring cleaning, especially in the wardrobe department!

One of my favorite rules is to get rid of any clothing that you haven't worn in a year.  Well, I haven't worn most of my clothes in a year... or two.  I have a very good reason though, I was pregnant / post pregnant / nursing.  Now I have no excuses!  The weight is off, nursing is almost over, and there is no preggo belly to squeeze into non-maternity clothes.

I have already started to get rid of a few things (maybe there was a dress and a tube top that still had tags??).  That was even hard to do.  Tube tops will come back in style, right?

I have given myself a timeline: get rid of everything that I don't / won't wear by the end of the month!

4th of July Inspiration

We will not be hosting a 4th of July party this year due to lack of deck decor, but I still have dreams of the perfect 4th of July party planned out in my head. I hope to one day get all of these ideas out of my head. Until then, you'll just have to look at other parties that I use as my inspiration:
Patriotic Cheesecake Shots? Yes, please! Perfect for a grown up or kid friendly gathering.
There is not a thing that I dislike about this spread. Simply change the color scheme to red, white, and blue and you are all set for the 4th of July. The cute / simple cupcake toppers are just perfect and I LOVE the hanging mason jars... maybe label them with I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E for the 4th?
These starbursts are just a fun little project to make the background pop :)
And who can take their eyes off of this gorgeous paper background? Changing out the greys and yellows for red, white, and blue will make all of those folded circles look just like mini fireworks at your party. Love it!

Happy Party Planning!