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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES

I know, I know... it's Saturday, but I didn't quite get this post wrapped up yesterday so I hope you enjoy some weekend reading!  Here are my Five Friday Favorites (on a Saturday๐Ÿ˜‚) for this week, hope you have a wonderful weekend! (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)


Summer dresses under $40, Affordable Summer tote, Tory Burch Look alike sandals, comfy $16 summer pj set, Packed Party for Walmart Patio Party Collection


1) New Packed Party Patio Collection- I've shared various pieces multiple times in the past (y'all loved their Christmas stuff as much as I did!) but here's a heads up that Packed Party has some new pieces out with Walmart!  Their things are always so colorful and fun, including not only the cutest paper goods and decor pieces but new hair tools, peel and stick wallpaper, and wireless speakers too!

String Lights  ||  Plaid Scalloped Paper Plates  ||  Leopard Spot Fringe Napkins  ||  Confetti Hairbrush  ||  Gold Glitter Wide Comb  ||  Colorblock Taper Candles  || Scallop Edge Candle Holders- will update with link when possible!


I picked some things that caught my eye or that I own and love, but I wanted to link every piece!  See the entire line here.  (I've found some things in store that aren't on the website, take a look the next time you're in.  Most of this Patio collection is usually at the front of the Home/Drug side with other seasonal items, but they also have things in the hair accessories and party aisles.  The candles and scalloped candle holders keep showing up and then disappearing off the website, I'll add those when I can but picked mine up in store.)




2) Medallion Sandals-  Several years ago I made what I thought was an investment purchase and bought my first pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals.  After the first Summer of wear a spot on the footbed started to wear, and it eventually turned into a full blown hole!  


I loved the color and style of the sandals but I was so disappointed in the quality for the price tag, I expected to wear them for years and get my money's worth out of them.  I know that many people have a great experience with them but I did not, so I went in search of a similar style from a different brand.  Found a winner from one of my favorite brands, in the same light gold metallic color that goes with everything!  AND... at about 1/4 of the price of TB!  The look is similar and dare I say I almost like these better?  The double strap feels a bit more secure on my foot. 


I found these several places and am linking them all here, get details by clicking on each photo.  Some of the photos are the same but they are all from different retailers- sizes and colors vary at each so hopefully you can find what you need from one of them.  I've also linked a couple that are the same style but different brands from Amazon with good reviews and an even better price point.  I'd say they are true to size but if you're in between sizes or don't want the back of your heel to hang off at all go up a 1/2 size.  Also just a note, totally normal for the color on the footbed of the metallic style to wear off (just like my TB ones did- that didn't bother me as much as the giant hole!๐Ÿ˜‚) but the color on the piece across the top of your foot will stay true with wear. 



3) Summer Tote- I needed to freshen up my Summer accessories and went on the hunt for a new straw-type tote.  I succeeded and found a great affordable bag that looks much more expensive than it is!  

Summer Tote  ||  Press On Nails  ||  Dress and Shoes old, sorry! 

It's a generous size but not heavy, has several interior pockets and one pocket on the outside that's perfect for your phone, a detachable crossbody strap, and the top zips closed if you want it to.  It comes in 3 different colors, and there are also a few different versions/sizes of it with the same look and materials as this one, I'll link those below! 



I also came across several other cute bags in my search and picked up a traditional straw tote too! 



4) Super comfy $16 PJs- One of my IG friends posted the cutest new pjs she came across, and I had to try some for myself!  She shared the fruit pattern which I wanted to check out, but I also snagged this darling light animal print pair, couldn't resist!  They are so super soft, true to size, don't shrink, the shorts have pockets!, and I don't notice them sleeping warm.  They come in many colors and you bet I plan to add a monogram to the top! 


5) Dresses I'm loving-  I shared a some cute Spring and Summer dress picks a while back and in the meantime have been wearing a few that I bought off the list, and I've since found a few more cute ones to share with you.  Dresses are my go to this time of year, I'd much rather throw on a loose, flowy dress than pick out an outfit, especially when it gets really hot.  These are all very affordable, I don't think there are any over $40.   

Easter- this Amazon dress looked so pretty on my daughter, and I loved the green shirt dress.  She's wearing a Small and mine runs very large, size down one or even two sizes.  I'm typically a M but wearing a small with plenty of room left, could have done an XS.  And just FYI the side slits dip up more than I'm used to, I'll probably sew them up just a bit so I'm not always worried about how high they are.  The dress and color makes it worth it to me! 


I ordered this dress from my earlier list and love it!  The fabric is really nice and it's easy to dress up with heels and accessories or down with sandals.  Again, runs large.  I'm in a small and probably could have done an XS.  (I wish H&M would size their "oversized" dresses more appropriately, their looser dresses generally always run big.)  The neck opening dips a little lower than I prefer without wearing anything underneath so I sewed that closed a few inches, can't even tell! 


I grabbed this super comfy maxi for a recent trip (sharing with you next week!) and absolutely loved wearing it.  There's a huge selection of colors and patterns but this print reminded me of something I'd find at Kate Spade Lilly Pulitzer, for a fraction of the cost.  I'm in my regular M for a comfortable loose fit.  This dress also comes in a thin strap sundress version but I really like the short sleeves. 


Mother's Day- I got the same shirt dress in three colors!  Emily loves her dress too, she preferred to size up to a M just so the smocked bodice wouldn't be quite so tight.  There's a wide variety of colors available in hers. 

Green Dress  ||  Pink Shirt Dress  ||  My leopard sandals here, or similar here or here


Purple Dress- This had a longer delivery and I didn't want to mess with a return so I sized up to a Large just to make sure it fit.  Plenty of room, I'm confident I could have stayed with a M and it would have been fine.  Super comfortable and long (I'm 5'7").  One heads up, it's polyester which is great for easy care and easy packing for travel, but still, polyester... I don't expect it to be a cool fabric on super hot days.  Still happy with my purchase! 

Purple Dress  ||  Alternate- Very similar if not the same style with a wider variety of colors

Orange Ruffle Strap Sundress- My girl is home for the Summer and we were running some errands on an early unseasonably hot day, so again I love a loose breezy dress option better than anything else! This one can be a little tricky for sizing because there's a LOT of fabric and would be tempting to size down, but you want the band across the chest to not be too tight.  My regular M was just right and I receive so many compliments when I wear this one.  The blue and white floral option is gorgeous in person and it comes in several other colors too. 

Orange Dress  ||  Hat  ||  $13 Gold Plated Chunky Hoop Earrings  ||  Gold Bracelets  ||  Her belt bag- she and every one of her friends that have one as well love it, tons of color options


Road Trip-  This week we made a quick day trip down and back to Dallas to visit friends (and hit a few of my usual stops there!).  It's a long day and I wanted to wear something comfortable for 6 hours in the car, but something that looked nice for lunch and shopping/errands as well.  This dress was perfect all day long.  Again, it runs ridiculously large, I'm wearing an XS. The fabric is thin and lightweight but not sheer, but I still wore a half slip underneath just in case. ๐Ÿ˜‰  And there's my new bag again! 

Leopard Dress  ||  Straw Tote  ||  Tan Wedges- I've had these for years, so comfy!
This dress is similar but more true to size, have a V tie back


I started with wedges for lunch and switched into flat sandals and added a hat when I knew we'd be doing a lot a walking through the afternoon. 

Hat- TJ Maxx but I have this one too and it's very similar  ||  Shoes, past season




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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE


Mother's Day is right around the corner and I've got you covered with my Mother's Day Gift Guide ideas  if you need some help!  I've selected all of these to share with you because they are either something I already have and love or I would appreciate and think any other Mom would too. 

roses and hydrangeas fresh flowers on coffee table, Mother's Day gift ideas
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Because the big day is quickly sneaking up on us, I also tried to choose things that have a fairly quick ship time.  I believe most of these should arrive by Mother's Day (although I've been know to wrap an IOU note for things that don't arrive in time- ha!).  Click on photo for more details, and I've also linked each item below with my thoughts about it.  







Cane Decorative Box Set- I've admired this gorgeous set, as as of the time I'm publishing this post they're on a really good sale!  They are a generous size and would be beautiful on a coffee table, Entry table, bookshelf, or anywhere you want some pretty concealed storage.  Use stacked together or split the set! 

Chippendale Planter Set- These are the perfect size to pop some ferns or a hanging basket of flowers (just pop off the hanger piece) into for an instant pretty porch or patio! 

Rifle Paper Company Mug- Love the designs from this company!

Family Tree Birthstone Initial Bracelet- This bracelet caught my eye because it's so unique.  Fully customizable for your family, the birthstone "leaves" represent your family tree with an initial charm for each child attached.  Pretty! 

Soft Classic Shorts Pajamas Set- Who wouldn't want a cozy, soft set of pjs?  These are highly rated and have many color options.

Lightweight Robe- to accompany those pjs, this is the perfect fabric for warmer seasons.  Get it monogrammed to make it extra special! 

Clinique Happiness Perfume Set- Fun to sample different kinds and it's travel size!

Vegetable and Herb Wood Cutout Garden Markers- these are visually interesting, I suspect garden lovers would be thrilled with them!

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook-  I own this book and everything I've cooked out of it is just perfection, AND, the photos are gorgeous! 

Bust Planter- fun accessory for indoors or outdoors. 

Blue White Ginger Jar- can't have a gift guide without blue and white! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Personalized Tote- Another thing I always include on my gift guides, they're that good!  I own 3 of these totes and can't say enough about the quality.  One if them goes with me on every single trip and I can't tell you how heavy they are when I load them down with all of my stuff... they continue to look brand new!  So fun to customize with tons of pattern and color choices, monogram options, etc. and many other styles and travel pieces are available.  

Memory Foam Indoor/Outdoor Bow Slipper Slides- These are so cute for warmer weather.  Over 11K near perfect ratings and 5 colors!

Round Marble and Gold Tray- I have this tray and it's perfect for so many spots.  Good for an appealing food spread or pretty base for a group of accessories.  

Chinoiserie Hand Towels Set of 2-  Stumbled on these and I think they are fabulous!  Perfect as is or add a monogram.

Herringbone Fringe Throw Blanket-  I love these throws for more decorative uses like adding some color to the back or a sofa or chair or across the end of the bed, but they're a soft lightweight throw as well.  Several colors. 

Cozy Plush Leopard Throw Blanket-  Super soft for a little more warmth. 

Blue and White Garden Stool-  one of my favorite pieces at a great price!

Twisted Rope Hoop Earrings- This super affordable brand is great quality.  I own a different style that I wear often and the finish has not worn or tarnished one bit. 14K gold plated, the rope design feels classic, a bit vintage, and a little more special than a basic hoop. 





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QUICK, EASY AND DELICIOUS ORANGE CAKE

Easter is just a few days away, and I thought I'd share this quick and easy Orange Cake recipe that would be a tasty addition to your menu! 


I got this recipe years ago from a sweet lady in our church who shared it with me, and agreed to share it with all of you as well!  She's the same one that I mentioned in this post when I found a pair of these darling dalmatian bookends that used to belong to her mother wrapped and dropped off of my porch one day, just because she knew I would love them.  I treasure them and was touched by her generous kindness and thoughtfulness! 


So let's make the cake!  Here's what you'll need-


On a side note, can I just say how much I love this little thrifted TG&Y measuring cup?  It brings back such fond memories growing up of visiting our local TG&Y on Saturdays, perusing the toys then later in Elementary and Middle School the clothes, accessories, and purses.   They were Walmart before there was Walmart!  We had TG&Y stores in Oklahoma, but I'm curious what other states they might have been in too. 



Orange Cake

1 box white cake mix
1 box orange jello (3 oz., not sugar free)
4 eggs
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix ingredients well with mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.  Pour into greased & flour dusted bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (toothpick should come out clean but don't overbake).  Cool for 10-15 minutes and remove from pan.    



Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
juice of 1/2 orange
Optional: drop or two of orange food coloring, orange zest

Whisk glaze ingredients together until smooth.  Powdered sugar+orange juice proportions might vary.  Glaze should be thick but pourable.  Drizzle glaze over the top.   Serve at room temperature or chilled if desired.  It's probably best if made the day before to allow time for the flavor to really set in!

*Optional flavors:  substitute lemon jello and juice of 1 whole lemon for orange ingredients above, or I think it would be good with lime jello and lime juice as well! 


It literally took about 5 minutes to get this cake ready for the oven.  Such a time saver when there are multiple dishes that need to be made, yet it's so yummy it tastes like you spent hours on it! 


I will say, I'm pretty proud of these darling little orange peel flowers I made!  I had sliced off the end of an orange and when I was embellishing the cake for some reason I saw that little round piece and thought the stem looked like the center of a flower, so I used my kitchen shears and cut the edges to look like petals.  


The other orange pieces are just slices, then I made a slit to the center and twisted the slice open.  I used a few toothpicks where needed to secure them to the cake.  Grate a bit of the orange peel to sprinkle on top if you'd like to garnish with that as well. 


So easy and tasty!  I had some extra glaze so drizzled a bit more on the top of each cut side before serving.  We got to sample the prop pieces last night and my husband just closed his eyes and say "Mmmm!  That is so good!"  I know my Mother-in-law would love hers with a cup of coffee.  


This is such a fresh, light, flavorful cake for Spring and Summer gatherings.  I think you'll love it, let me know if you try it some time!  (I'm going to try it with lime flavors next time!)



Here are a few other favorites that you might enjoy for Easter too-





Chicken Cheese Ball Appetizer










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BOLD AND COLORFUL EASTER TABLE


Easter is right around the corner, and my table is set to share with you!  Pastels are typically the traditional color palette for Easter, but I'm sure you're not surprised that I opted for my favorite blue/green/pink color combo for a bold and colorful Easter table this year.  

Green, Pink, Blue and White Easter Table

CUTE SPRING AND EASTER DRESSES


I've been on the lookout for some new cute Spring and Easter dresses for some events I have coming up.  I picked up a couple of new dresses that I wanted to share with you today and found some other darling options that I thought you might like too!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)


First up, I knew as soon as I saw this dress it was perfect for me, I mean... red, pink, and ruffles!  It's technically a midi dress, but I wanted a little more length so I ordered a Tall (I'm about 5' 7").  I found it to be true to size, but the chest might lean a little tight if you have a larger chest or really broad shoulders. And I'm sharing on the perfect day, it's 50% off with code SHOP! I have a DIY in mind for this dress too just to make it a little more extra.... ha! 

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