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King Cake

My sweet friend, Lauren, of Lauren Haddox Designs (also a contributor of Every Day Cheer) sent us some fun mail last week…a decorate your own king cake!  I squealed when I opened up the door just in awe of her thoughtfulness.

My husband had LASIK surgery last week and the cake couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.  We needed a quiet after school activity & snack so Daddy could rest.  It may have not been the most beautifully decorated king cake…but it was a tasty one.

Thank you Lauren!

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Tips to take better iPhone pictures

I am giving some tips to take better iPhone pictures on Every Day Cheer today.  Head over to check it out:




Our Everyday

This picture just exudes our everyday life right now.  Hudson absolutely lives in his roller skates.  And Ella is obsessed with dresses.  Her favorites are this one and her ballet dresses & tutus.  She changes outfits about 10 times a day.  I used to forbid it but now I give in and realize it’s her version of playing dress-up.

I was finishing up some work in my office when I came out to see Ella sitting on the table playing with the train set with Hudson.  I ran to get my camera.  Couldn’t pass up a moment like this.

PHOTO TIP:  Pick up your camera today and photograph your children doing something they love.  Even if it seems ordinary in the moment it will be something you’ll treasure once they’ve outgrown that stage.

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Gray Monroe Resale Shop

I have spent the weekend going through clothing that my kids have outgrown.  Sizes 18 months – 4t.  Brands like True Religion, 7 for All Mankind, Gap, J Crew, H&M, Zara, Old Navy, and Juicy Couture.  Follow “graymonroe” on Instagram.

Adding 30+ more items today.



Organizing the pantry

The pantry is one of the places in our home that I can organize and it looks disastrous a short time later with so many hands always in it.  I recently reorganized and added a few things that I hope will help keep things tidy.  And I am making a point to take the time to put things back in order after each grocery trip.

Sources at the end of the post.

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Clear bins:  Wal-Mart

Chalkboard labels:  Amazon

Over-the-door racks:  Amazon

Cloth totes:  Wal-Mart

Can holder:  Amazon



Aja - I have the hardest time keeping our pantry organized, too. And then I end up buying things I already have, but couldn’t see! Yours looks great- good luck keeping it pretty! :)

Erin Vancura - you definitely just inspired me to get my pantry together. . . yours looks amazing!!

Colleen - Wow, your pantry is amazing! We have a large cabinet that serves as our pantry, but it also houses coffee mugs and drinking glasses. I am dying for one as large (and as ORGANIZED) as yours or a walk-in pantry. It’s on my list of “musts” for when we buy a house!

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