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Independence Day

First, Happy 4th of July! I am most thankful to be an American, and proud of the heritage of our country.

Second, the past 24 hours has thrown our family a little upside down. Both sides lost a family member yesterday morning, in fact they passed within minutes of each other, two souls who never met! We do not mourn them, instead we celebrate their lives and the fact that they are no longer in pain here on earth. That said, it was the most difficult moment as a parent I’ve encountered yet, having to tell the children.

So in honour of my grandfather, build a cake and play some show tunes!! *smiles* I’m just glad he was around to see the 6-tier creation I made when The Engineer and I got married 3 years ago. I wish I had inherited his musical ability as well, but I shall leave that to my baby sister, who is quite talented in that department!

On a lighter note, I am keeping up with wearing something different. In fact, I’m on outfit #2 at this point!

Today I started in this, as I had crafting to do:


Top: Target
Shorts: Kate Spade

And have since changed into this for dinner & fireworks:


Top: Target (same as above)
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

As you can see, I never did make my bed today! Instead I worked on the details for a candy bar for this weekend and did mani-pedis with my mini-me.

Candy bar details:




Yes, I put crystals on the tags! Why not!

And glitter nails:



Hope you have a safe and sparkly 4th of July!!!

Until next time,


A whole lot of Crazy

I’ve put together quite a unique blend of colors today, but I quite like it, crazy a it sounds! We have special aprons for bible study (I serve on the hospitality team), so this is my attempt to match them this morning!


Cardigan: Target, $7 (I love waiting for their cardigans to go on sale! I scored yesterday!)
Blouse: Kate Spade
Skirt: Kate Spade
Belt: from my Lela Rose for Target dress
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats
Necklace: Banana Republic
Watch: Omega Seamaster (vintage)
Handbag: Kate Spade

My necklace with the detail on my blouse:


My watch:


And for fun, the manicure I have myself last night! I use the gelish polishes, with the light and all that. Over Christmas I put crystals on my daughters nails, but I used glue. I got the great idea last night to cure the crystals right into the top coat! It worked marvelously!!


And for those who don’t follow me on Instagram (katespadegirl), here’s my fun I had yesterday!

First, macawrongs. I tried a new recipe, the one from Bouchon. Sorry, but Chez Jules kicks it’s patootie!:


But I thought I’d give it a second try, just in case it was user error. The second batch? I call these “macamoons”:


They still taste amazing, so it’s not a total loss. Luckily my friends at bible study love them no matter how they look!

But finally, reverting back to MY recipe (through lots of trial and error last year!), I had a 95% success rate! My perfect footed Macarons:


Mmmmm. I was jumping up and down in excitement last night! It’s always unknown with these cookies. I’ve been baking since I was a teenager, and I have never encountered such a fussy little cookie. But they are worth the effort and heartache.

So yes, I had tea and almond Macarons for breakfast. Yummy yummy!!

Until next time,