Our Yellow Jackets kicked off the 2014 football season yesterday!!  It was a scorcher, but we had the very best time hanging out with friends and family and cheering on Tech to a win.

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After the game we spent a fabulous evening with bestie M (in her amazing back yard that I totally should have photographed), feasting on BBQ, swimming, watching football and cocktail-ing. 

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I’m so going to miss these dog days of summer!!  To that end, we are squeezing every last ounce of fun out of summer this holiday weekend!!  On tap tomorrow we have more swimming and baseball for John, and Cookie is getting dropped off at Bird’s house for a play date full of rescue bots, transformers and pizza. 



Team Tags {Free Printable}

Fall football kicks off for the Yellow Jackets here in Atlanta tomorrow afternoon and I’m super excited to cheer on our favorite team!!! 

(Who am I kidding?  I’m actually excited because Sister told me I can be CeeCee’s mommy for the day, I can wear my one shoulder yellow Lilly dress since it’s not yet Labor Day, I get a day date with Honey, aaaannndddd season ticket holders received fabulous clear bags to bring in our own food and drinks this year.  But I digress…) 
Since football is synonymous with fall here in the South, it’s all anyone has been talking about all week.  I thought it would be the perfect time to remind y’all about the free printable team tags I made last year.

Hop on over to the original post to find the updated file NOW including:
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Georgia (THWG)
  • Auburn
  • Alabama
  • Clemson
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Florida
  • Florida State
  • Mississippi State
  • Notre Dame
  • University of Louisville
  • Appalachian State
  • University of North Carolina
  • Louisiana State University
  • Rice
  • Texas Christian University
  • Ole Miss
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Miami
  • Syracuse University
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Tennessee

The instructions for the salty sweet team treats are also on that post.

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Or you can use your favorite break and bake cookies and just pop the m&m's on in the last couple of minutes in the oven.  Yum!!

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Happy Labor Day weekend, y’all!! We’re kicking ours off with our last pool-side Friday night happy hour at the club!!



TBT Disney Style

So, these beauties arrived in the mail this week…

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And I thought it would be fun to show a few #TBT Disney style pictures I came across at Mother and Daddy-O’s house this summer.   Remember when you could just walk right up to Mickey?  No 180 days worth of planning or strategically scheduled fast passes back then.

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Sister and I adored the trolleys on Main Street.   And I’m sure some of y’all had those Disney visors.

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The animal topiaries were the first sign you’d hit the most magical place on earth.  That and the fact that Daddy-O would turn the dial to the Disney radio station.  Such amazing memories coming down that long road with anticipation of the fun that would lie ahead!!

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And then there was our grad night trip.  SO much fun!!!  If only I could find the pics from a college trip with big sis :-)

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Oh, and I had to sneak this one in of Mother’s 40th birthday!!  (A sketchy) Mickey delivered balloons and a diamond ring to the Pirate’s House for dinner.  Don’t think for a second that I won’t be celebrating my own 40th with the mouse.

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Now we’re making our own Disney memories with the littles.

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2013 Dream Cruise
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2013 Halloween Visit
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Y’all know that I think there’s no place more magical than Disney.  I am beside myself with excitement over our next visit!!!

PS. Tomorrow is the last day to order autograph books and preppy notebooks and have them ship out on 9/2.  After that, I won’t be shipping again until the very end of September.
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Find Me At {House of Turquoise}

I’m so excited and flattered to be back at House of Turquoise today!!   Erin never ceases to amaze me with beautiful interiors in my favorite hue, and I literally want to pinch myself when little ol me gets to contribute.

Today I'm dishing on my dining room so hop on over and say hi!!

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Dressing Southern Tots {ebay sale}

After my original Dressing Southern Tots post and last ebay sale, I continue to get questions about when I’ll sell the next set.  Well, the time is here!  Some are new, many are like new, and some have been well loved but still have life left in them.  I start all of my auctions at $0.99 and I do combine shipping.  Most of them are size 5 but there are a few larger and smaller sprinkled in.  Auctions will end Tuesday September 2.

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I haven’t been able to figure out a good way to give you a link to all of my items.  Here’s a surefire way to find them:
1. Go to www.eBay.com and click on Advanced next to the blue Search button in the upper right corner.
2. Under Items in the left hand menu, click By Seller.
3. My Seller ID is ratsisters.

Feel free to message me through eBay if you have questions about a particular item.


Classroom Birthday Picture Chart {Free Printable}

The baby’s delightful teaching team asked me to help them out with their classroom birthday chart and I was excited to help.  I mean, that’s a job for me if there ever was one!  :-)

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You’ll need:
Standard sized poster board
Printable file (follows)
Camera / photos
Scissors / Paper cutter (affiliate link)

Here’s how:
1. Print and cut the day of the month cards in the downloadable file.  Group the kids by month and have them each hold the card for their birthdate.  Take a picture for each month and print.

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2. Print and cut the pages for the months (measure 1x6” when cut) and the big BIRTHDAYS letters at the top of the page.  I added dragonflies to mine since that is their class mascot.

3. Glue the letters and months to your poster and laminate.

4. Tape the pictures to the laminated board to finish!

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And you will have a fun, personalized birthday chart that can be used each year!!  Kids adore seeing pictures of themselves and Whit was so excited to tell me everyone’s names and call out their birthdays.

You can find the printable file here.  I printed mine on regular white cardstock.

Happy crafting, y’all!!


On My Bedside {Outlander Series}

Now that the series is out on Starz (which I do not have…boohoohoo), I feel like I’m hearing more chatter than ever about the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon. 

Blonde Amanda introduced me to this epic story when we first met a little more than five years ago.  Over the course of a sleepless month (I had a newborn so my nights would have been sleepless anyway), I read books 1-7.  You’ll know that this in and of itself is pretty epic if you’ve ever seen one of her books (they aren’t little).  I took care of my littles during the day, reading every chance I had.  I stayed up all night, reading while feeding the baby.  And in the afternoons, Blonde Amanda and I would sit on her porch or mine, having a cocktail and discussing dreamy Jamie and old Scotland.  It was somewhat of a problem seeing as I had a brand new house and hoards of boxes to unpack.  But I remember those days so clearly and fondly!!


Here’s the Goodreads synopsis of the first novel:
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.  Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
This series is hands-down, without-a-doubt the most engaging, intriguing, and enthralling I’ve ever read.  I know the characters and their families and their trials and triumphs and I care about them.  I adore historical fiction and this is it at it’s best.  And Jamie Fraser is seriously the most dreamy hero of all time.  Seriously.  It almost makes me glad I don’t have Starz because I’m not sure how the on-screen Jamie could ever live up to the one in my mind’s eye.

Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)

After finishing the first seven, I have been on pins and needles for FIVE YEARS waiting on number eight.  Diana averages four years per book – but they are SO worth the wait!!  I read Written In My Own Heart’s Blood just before school started back and it was amazing.  I think I cried when I finished it because I will be in my early 40’s by the time the next one comes out.  LOL.

I realize the books are a little scary to look at, and the thought of reading eight of them can seem daunting.  But if you ever try one book I’ve ever reviewed, let this be the one!!!

Now that I’ve gone totally over the top with my love for Outlander, raise your hand if you’re with me!!!!  And let me know if the Starz series is worth camping out at my friend MZ’s house to watch!!

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