(In this whole process, I realized how many things I have that really would go with this color - so I may have bought myself a pair of mustard yellow leggings. They may have been from Forever21. Because I would like the $4 price tag.)
So I give you...eighteen ways to wear mustard yellow leggings! Yes, eighteen. I told you I got a little carried away.
Late Summer/ Early Fall Ideas
I think there are a couple formulas to making colored leggings fit into an interesting outfit:
1. Use a neutral-colored top (like white, grey or black) that covers your behind as a base, and then layer interesting pieces over that (like coordinating scarves, patterned kimonos/cardigans, jackets/vests, pretty jewelry).
2. Wear a multi-colored patterned top that coordinates with the leggings. Notice I said coordinates. The great thing about patterned tops is that it doesn't have to have mustard yellow in the pattern for you to pull it off. As long as the colors don't clash with yellow it still works.
I hope this post is helpful if you have been wanting to hop on board the colored legging-train!
Do you own any colored leggings? What tips do you have for how to wear them?
Seeing my own kids making friends now has made me think harder about what kinds of things I want to teach them about being a good friend. What makes a good friend? What can you do to help your kids treat their little friends well?
I'd love to hear your answers to these questions. Personally, Proverbs is like a handbook for friendship to me - there are so many principles there for all kinds of relationships, including friendship. I wrote a post that is up over at Tommy Nelson featuring some of my favorite Scriptural principles for friendship - and how to teach those to our children from a young age!
Check it out, and please let me know what you try to teach your kids about friendship in the comments below! I'd love to hear!
(Before we get into the fun woodland tea party/birthday party stuff, I just wanted to let you know that if you read my post last week on the election, I re-wrote it. I wrote it initially when I was feeling emotional, and I am afraid as a result my point was somewhat lost and some of you may have felt judged - which was not my intention, and I am sorry. I hope you'll forgive me for publishing the first time before I took time to pray more and let my emotions settle. I promise you I will try my best to remember this and not make a mistake like that on sensitive topics again. Now, let's forget about the mess of the election for a bit, shall we? On to the party!)
At the end of September we had Clarice's first birthday party! I have probably been planning and mulling over this party more than most of the other ones I've thrown, and I picked my theme months ago when I ordered our gorgeous invitations. Despite all my mental planning, I didn't actually buy anything else until a week before her party, but I am happy with the way it turned out!
Tissue paper flowers: I made them from a kit that I got on clearance at Joann's - they were so easy! You could easily make them without a kit, and maybe one of these days I'll do a post (or find one already written) to show you how.
String of balloons: The best idea I ever got from Pinterest.
Lemon drops and tea cups: The tea cups I have had for a while - whenever I find a pretty on in an antique shop I snag it, so they were perfect for my "tea party" vision.
Rose-shaped dessert mints: My mom made these for Clarice's party with an old family recipe! They fit in perfectly with all the decor. Thanks, Mom!
Tea pot: I've been wanting one anyway, so when I saw this Pioneer Woman tea pot at Walmart, I figured this was the perfect excuse to buy it!
Milk bottles with chalkboard tags: I bought some extra milk bottles, because these are my favorite cups for the kids - if they leave them around the house, they kind of look decorative! I added some chalkboard tags with these little cut-outs that I found at Hobby Lobby for $3.
Chalkboard: My attempt at hand-lettering! Don't laugh.
Water bottles: I got some scrapbook paper that looked like aspen tree bark to replace the water bottle labels, and I taped them on with pretty washi tape. The mint-colored tub I already had (Hobby Lobby).
Punch: Cranberry juice and Squirt. It's simple and very good.
White cabinet: Can you believe I won that in an Instagram giveaway? It was very exciting.
Small "dot" banner: Minted!
"Happy Birthday Clarice" banner: Minted!
"Sips" and "Treats" table signs: Minted!
Cupcake toppers: You guessed it - also part of the Minted party kit I received earlier this year!
Cupcakes: I made those, strawberry cake mix, store-bought strawberry frosting. Keeping it simple.
Jello Popcorn: See recipe here, minus the peanuts.
White chocolate leaves: I made those with Almond Bark chocolate and some leaf molds.
Flowers and Aspen tree candle holder: Hobby Lobby. I just loved the candle holders when I saw them, and it was very convenient since I could use them for Clarice's party too!
THE CAKE: All caps, because I am so proud of it! My sister made this cake - isn't she amazing? All I told her was that I wanted an "aspen tree stump", and the cake turned out better than I even imagined!
Glitter candle: I saw it on another Instagram account, and when I tried to find it again later to look at her DIY, I couldn't find it! So I just winged it and used Elmer's glue and glitter to cover a "1" candle. It worked out nicely.
Banner cake topper: I got the little triangle cutouts at Hobby Lobby and strung them between two paper straws that I already had.
Clarice's birthday dress: I found it on Taylor Joelle last year, and it just happened to work perfectly as her party dress!
Headband: I bought it from this shop.
So there you go! A year's worth of mental planning, and now it's over. It's a little sad really - where did the last year go? HOW IS MY BABY ONE?! It's cliche, but it really does go by too fast.