The Fourth

I hope you all had a safe and fun Fourth of July! (I also hope your husbands were all successful in the “lit firework hustle”, and didn’t overuse the word “MURRICA”)

My good friend and her son spent the day with us, and we my brother and Dave’s dad came out for the parade. And the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! My parents came over for a cookout and a pool day. Our perfect day was followed by an extremely buggy night for fireworks. All the fireworks sulfur in the world couldn’t have stopped them from feasting on us. The city also changed where they were setting fireworks off from? And we missed the memo. So we ended up with a giant maple tree in our way – awesome. So we grabbed our chairs and blankets, and sprinted to a nearby bank parking lot and had a pretty awesome view, aside from the bright orange truck that’s in all of our photos.

Sunday, we headed to the east side of the state for a cookout and pool party at my aunt and uncle’s house. Always fun to see all the littlest cousins get together and play!

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My absolute favorite part of the entire weekend was during the parade. Peyton was loving waving at every car, in hopes they would toss candy to her. One car threw a GIGANTIC handful right at her feet, and as she bent to pick it up, she yelled, “I LOVE AMERICA!!!” Which was adorable and hilarious at the same time.

As I write this, I am nagging David to finish packing, because in true guy-fashion, we are leaving for an overnight trip to a friend’s cottage in an hour, and he hasn’t packed anything. Fingers crossed the perfect Michigan summer weather continues!!

And Happy Monday!!


my dress | my sunglasses | peyton’s parade dress | peyton’s mocs | london’s parade dress | bowsunscreen | london’s tank onesie | sunhat

American Pie

Last week, I mentioned I was going to attempt this pie I found on Pinterest. Well, I did it. I’m calling it a win. In true Pinterest-attempt fashion, it’s like the less attractive little sister, but hey – looks are only half! All that matters is that it tastes good!!

The recipe can be found here. You can see some progress photos of my pie below!

IMG_2028 IMG_2029IMG_2030I used a knife to make the flag shape – it was actually a lot easier than I thought. If I did it again, I would make these thicker!IMG_2031 IMG_2032I placed my pie on a tray, per my mom’s suggestion. Apparently pies tend to leak in the oven. I also put aluminum foil on top of the other baking sheet, so nothing got baked on/would take an eternity to clean!

And the finished product:

11430192_1018074921536414_1025957463_nI couldn’t be happier. It’s actually my first attempt at making a pie, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. However, I would also add more stars to my “crust”.

I’m going to be busy in the kitchen today! I’m making a pasta salad, a potato salad, and dirt pudding (my favorite)! I cannot wait for the parade tomorrow morning, and of course the fireworks in the evening. Monday we are heading up north for a few days on a big, inland lake! So fun to be doing “Michigan Summer” to the max!!

Happy early Fourth of July!!

Family Fun Carnival

Friday night was the annual carnival at the country club. They go all out. Dunk tanks, face paint, cotton candy, an amazing buffet, and a ton of games with fun little prizes for the kids to win. London surprised us by going strong all night, and we stayed until the very end of the carnival. I think it must have been the little licks I kept giving her off of my fudgesicle. We went with our good friends. They have two girls, too, and Peyton absolutely loves them.

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Both girls partied themselves out, and were asleep before we were out of the parking lot. We had a pretty lazy weekend otherwise. Dave’s aunt and uncle were in town, so we went out to dinner with them Saturday. They live across the state, so we don’t see them as often as we’d like.


peyton’s dress | peyton’s mocs | london’s romper is old, similar here | my shorts | my tank top | my blouse

It looks like it’s going to be a rainy week here, hopefully Mother Nature gets that out of her system by this weekend! We have some serious parade and pool party plans for the holiday! Happy Monday!!

A Night With Katie Dean

I think Katie Dean just became my bae. At least as of Thursday night!Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 5.38.56 PM

Every time she comes back to Grand Rapids for a trunk show, I make sure to be there. She has this effervescence about her that is beyond contagious. I brought a friend along for the night, and as we left, she commented on how genuine Katie is. Truer words were never spoken.

Ok, so do I have you sold on the gal? Just wait until you see the jewels!! I’ve been featuring Katie’s jewelry on here since my blog was a baby; since before I knew Katie grew up just minutes from where I currently live. Talk about a small world. Katie has a limited collection currently available at Forever 21, which is SO exciting for her! I am loving this necklace, and loove any excuse to rock my double diamond ring. She also tells me she has a GORGEOUS new line ready to be photographed. Definitely cannot wait to add some new pieces to my ever-growing Katie Dean Jewelry collection!

Ok, enough about my girl-crush on Katie (haha but really), I’ll let the jewels speak for themselves!

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FullSizeRender_4Some of my favorites from her current line include her feather chain earrings, the Light as a Feather necklace will always be an old stand-by, and I am dying for the Guinevere necklace.

 You can catch up on Katie’s previous trunk show’s at Cheeky Strut Salon in Grand Rapids here , here, and here. And you can see some of my favorite styled looks featuring Katie’s pieces in this post here :)

Are you crushing on any of Katie’s killer pieces?? Let me know in the comments below which is your favorite!

Festive Favorites

I have a weird love for the Fourth of July. Something about the red, white, and blue snack possibilities make my holiday-loving heart swoon. Dave doesn’t understand. Halloween, sure. Christmas, of course. But the 4th? He just doesn’t understand 😉 Click here to see some serious 4th of July inspo! (and here for my favorite firecracker popcorn recipe!)

One of my favorite things about being a parent around a holiday is dressing the girls up in adorably festive outfits! Here is an inspiration board with some pieces we have, and some that I might need to grab before next week:

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blue striped dress | star sunnies | jelly sandals | tie dye dress | star onesie | red top | chambray bloomers | metallic mocs | eyelet romper

I also have a long list of patriotic snacks I plan on making. These popsicles look amazing. I also have a strange desire to make attempt to make this pie, I’ve never made a pie before, but look at how cute it is!! I also made these pudding cups last year and they were a major hit – will have to do them again! They were so good by the pool!

We will get up early and head to the parade in town, which Peyton loooooves. It’ll be Lo’s first parade, and I don’t have high hopes, especially since the sirens are just so dang loud. Dave usually goes rouge and splurges at the firework store (the day the big fireworks became legal in Michigan was like a national holiday to him!), and he will probably do his annual firework show in the front yard. White trash fabulous. And OF COURSE we will play with sparklers. They’re my jam.

What are your plans for the fourth?? :)

RocksBox #2

I just received my second Rocksbox, and couldn’t wait to open it! Just like last time, I got a piece that was on my wishlist, so that’s fun!

FullSizeRenderWhen I first opened it, I thought the earrings were little angels and I hated them. Upon a closer look, they’re what I would consider “statement” earrings. They aren’t really my style, but the Gorjana earrings make up for it! They’re killer! And the necklace is delicate and gold; two requirements for “everyday” necklaces for me!

FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_1Check out my previous post about Rocksbox to learn about how it works in detail! But basically, it’s a jewelry rental company. You get to borrow jewelry to wear on loan as much as you want, then you keep it or return it for a new box! It’s so simple, and an affordable way to keep your jewelry on rotation!

You can sign up at and use my code HEYITSJENNAXOXO for a free month! You can exchange your boxes as many times as you want in that month, too! It took four days from when I returned my rocksbox to when I got my new one today! Can you say super fast!!!


Perry Street Charlotte Earrings (seem to be a Rocksbox exclusive) | Gorjana Earrings | Gorjana Necklace 

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