FRIDAY FAVORITES...DREAM BIG EDITION

Friday in da house! Yay! But guys, rough week and I wince just thinking of baby boy....another football injury. Thank goodness no break and no surgery but out for 5 weeks. I LOVE football but I’m done having kids that play...so scary. I’ll bid High school sports howdios after this year. Let’s talk about dreaming big this fine Friday leading me to my sweet blogger spotlight:

1. BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT:
Oh sweet Emelia from the blog with the sensational name, Dream Big and Buy the Shoes, where do I begin? I have been reading this sweetheart’s blog for several years now. I have seen her heart overflow with love and gratitude. I have seen her passionate about life and causes. I have seen her BFF relationship with Miss Britney Spears encourage those of us who adore certain celebs. What fun! In her post About Me in 3's, you'll find out about all the fun things she loves and what means so much to this precious gal. I have seen her love for her husband Chuck at their darkest hour and her life enriched by her son Ethan. Then, watch their family grow and become complete with the addition of Bella Boo, the sweet baby girl she spent weeks in the hospital with before and after her birth. This Pennsylvania girl has my heart and I know she will have yours if you read her blog. She recently celebrated her 35th birthday and you'll love her post about Her Thoughts on turning 35. Favorite posts like Balancing Her Career and Parenting will have many of you going "That's exactly how I feel too!". Emelia and I share of love of the Sprinkles Cupcake Experience and in her post Las Vegas Must Do's, you'll find her at that same Cupcake ATM, some really CUTE photos of she and Chuck and some awesome tips for enjoying all LV has to offer! This sweet, smart, sassy and sensational mama is the whole package and you will LOVE her just like I do! Go Check her out HERE!
How Precious is this photo!
Both Emelia and Bella will inspire you to "DREAM BIG!"
AND speaking of this thoughtful friend of mine, look what she sent me in the mail as a surprise! How amazing of her to see it and think of me. I love it!



2. Family Weekend
Well, family weekend didn’t quite turn out how we planned. With the youngest having his injury, all he wanted to do was hang with his new girlfriend since He couldn’t bend his leg. We let it slide and opted to do a college boys going back weekend and spoil them. It consisted of pool time, a dinner at grandma’s, fishing, a Farmer’s Market/Gift shop, lunch at the Brewery and listening to a band at the winery.

We figure this one will get us all year.



Even let mom and dad sit in the back on the way home.


3. Week's Attire
Similar FIG Brand Dress HERE, TB Miller Sandals HERE

TJ Maxx dress and Tee, Marc Fisher Sandals HERE

Similar Vineyard Vines Dresses HERE and HERE, TB Miller Sandals HERE

4. Chambray Dresses
Just look at my cute mom. Having her join me for a favorite outfit today as she showed up and we both had chambray on. I got this Lauren Conrad dress from Kohl’s and kept forgetting to wear it. Loved it with the peep toe booties. Mom can wear hers on the shoulder or off and looks cute paired with some white jeans.
DRESS HERE
No Chambray left but super cute prints and $17, the fit is great! 


More Inspo




5. Misc. Fun
Day with Mom 
Just look at that yummy salad and strawberry lemonade martinis. Mom and I went over to Notre Dame one day where they have a commons area with great restaurants. 

Day with a Friend 
A dear friend of 18 years brought her sweet boys over to hang out, swim and fish on Monday. Her oldest son, who is into photography captured this shot of us chilling on the front porch. 

Lamb's Ear
I absolutely love Lamb’s ear stems and have been decorating my house with it. Looks so good with white pumpkins too so will be nice for Fall. Sometimes it’s hard to find but here is some if you love it too.
BUY HERE


I leave you with my favorite Emelia Quote:
"Life doesn't wait for any of us; you must get your fill every single day...that's why it's important to dream big & always buy the shoes."

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND and NEVER FORGET TO DREAM BIG!!

Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday
xoxo

41 comments:

  1. Oh no! Your poor son! Thank goodness there is nothing broken and no surgery. What a scare though. Look how cute you two are in your chambray! I love chambray in the summer and it is so easy to wear into fall, too! Have a great weekend, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  2. Love so much about this post except your sons injury. Hope he heals fast!! Prayers friend.
    Love that chambray dress. So precious.
    And Lambs ear. My favorite.
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Oh no - so sorry to hear about your youngest! Hopefully he is back in playing shape in no time! You and your mom are just the cutest - love the chambray! And I love lamb's eat - my mom has some in their backyard and growing up I always loved touching it because it was so soft. I never thought of using it to decorate with, though - such a great idea! And I can totally envision it with white pumpkins like you said!

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  4. Ah high school football can be so tough, I'm glad your son is ok! I'm loving your day with your mama, those salads, those chambray outfits! I can't wait to wear my chambray shirts again in the fall. Have a great weekend Andrea!
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  5. OH no! I hope he heals quickly and pray for no more injuries. Looks like it was a great college boys weekend!

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  6. Oh no, not an injury already! It looks like he missed out on a lot of fun over the weekend, but I am sure the college boys didn't mind the extra attention! You guys sure do know how to enjoy life and I love it <3 Have a fabulous weekend!

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  7. Your favorites are always my favorite! Always so packed with goodness and it's fun to come along with you on your fun outings! Yes, your sweet boy will get to be the only child this year once again and he sure looks happy with his girlfriend. You and your mom are just too cute in chambray! Have a wonderful weekend beautiful friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear your boy is injured!!!! Hoping he recovers well. Love the pictures with your mom! She looks amazing in her chambray outfit. Have a beautiful weekend Mrs. Andrea :) - Shannon @slayitagainshan.com

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  9. You and your mom look so cute in your chambray! My mom and I laugh every time we show up to church dressed alike haha!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  10. I love so much about this post!! First of all, that's a super cute pillow that she sent you! Yay for family time with the college boys before they head back! And I absolutely love that shot of you & your friend! Happy Friday!!

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  11. Happy Friday! Emelia the sweetest and her little Bella is adorable! I'm sorry family weekend didn't go as planned but glad you still had fun with your big boys. I hope your other guy's leg is better. Loving those chambray dress options! Have a great weekend! Sierra xo

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your baby's injury. I'd be a wreck if Jacob ever decided to play football. It's by far my favorite sport to watch, but not if my own child is playing. Prayers for a speedy recovery!

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  13. Oh no your poor son!! I'm sorry he got hurt!! Looks like you had a fun college boys night though!!

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  14. How sweet to hang out with the family, and see your boys with their girlfriends too---I bet that is so heartwarming, Andrea!!
    And your mom??? You two are so lovely together, and what a wonderful bond!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  15. Okay, I need a chambray dress like and sunglasses like yours ASAP. Love them! I also love that gorgeous gold necklace you paired with it! So sorry to hear about your son's injury! That is so frustrating and I am sure football would be incredibly tough to to watch as a mom. I hope you enjoy your weekend!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  16. Oh that pillow is so cute and so perfect! I love it. What a sweet gift. I love all your daily outfits too.

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  17. Wow - such a gorgeous looking family!! Hope your son continues to recover xx Maria

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  18. What a great tribute to sweet Emelia! You and your mom are so cute! I love the matching chambray and martini's! Sorry about the youngest's injury. I'm kind of glad my hopefully future stepsons aren't into football for that reason. Sounds like fun family time even though he stayed back. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. You are beyond sweet and this totally made my day. Thank you so so much for your sweet words. I love It and you. I’m soooo sorry to hear your boy is injured. Sending thoughts and prayers for a good recovery. Happy weekend. Xoxo

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  20. So sorry to hear about your son and hope he feels better. I love the vineyard vines dress on you and the one of your and your mom's outfits. Thanks for hosting and have nice Friday and weekend.
    Julie xo

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  21. Happy Friday, sweet Andrea! I'm so sorry to see your son got injured! Isn't it just the worst when they're hurt? Here's to swift healing and recovery. I love that you were able to still get out and have fun though and, as always, you're fashionable and lovely! Have the best weekend!

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  22. Hope your son gets better soon. I used to have a chambray dress years ago!

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  23. What a fun pillow Emelia sent! I am sorry to hear about your youngest getting injured. I hope he has a quick recovery! You and your mom are too cute! Love the outfits and your lunch out. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  24. Your sweet family gets me every time! Precious! I love you and your mom matching in your chambray too!! Her blog and attitude sounds amazing. Will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  25. What a cute pillow! So perfect. UGHHHHH...an injury all ready??? I am so sorry. Gosh, what a pain (literally) You and your mama are just the cutest. I love Lambs Ear too and those stems are so lifelike. I think I need a good stroll around Hobby Lobby. I haven't been in a while and it's high time. Maybe they would have some there on sale. Cha-ching. Have the best weekend precious friend. XOXO

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  26. Oh, pooy on a football injury. I was always so glad that our son played golf, and basketball for a short while. I love, love your Mom's top and she wears it well, like mother, like daughter. Have yourself a wonderful weekend dear!

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  27. I'm so sorry to hear about your son's football injury. That's not a good way to start the school year. I'm with you - too hard to watch them get hurt playing football. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. Sucks about the injury but you guys still looked like you had a good time. Hope he heals up quickly.

    Those pillows are super cute!

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  29. Awww I hate your baby boy had an injury, I hope he gets to feeling better quick. Your mom is as adorable as you are! The Chambray is perfect. Now Im headed over to check out Emelia’s blog.
    Lisa

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  30. Hope your boy gets better soon. What a cool weekend you had. Very nice.

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  31. What a beautiful words you said about Emilia. And what a great good bye weekend that was!

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  32. So sorry to hear of your poor son's woes but you did put together a fun weekend for them. Love the mum post and your cute dresses. And dreams I've finally realized one of mine after 45 years! Hugs, x.

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  33. Lots of good stuff in this post! That pillow is so perfect....what a great find and gift! Your poor son! I am so thankful my son never wanted to play football! Although he did fall a few times during basketball. LOVE the lamb's ears....gotta get some of those. Your Mom is so cute! What a sweet pair you make side by side. I have been wearing chambray for years and I love it. It is a classic.

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  34. I have never seen Lambs Ear before but it is beautiful and now I am going to be on the lookout. That will look so good with pumpkins. I love your outfit insp and looks. That pillow is such a sweet surprise. I love how your boys all love hanging out with you guys, how did you cultivate that family bond and relationship? It is really inspiring and something I strive for! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  35. I had lamb's ear in my garden and my daughter loved to pick it because it's so soft! The stems look great in a vase! I'm loving your vineyard vines dress too!

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  36. Aw I love Emelia- she's one of my fave bloggers/blogger friends alongside you! And you and your mom look beautiful in the chambray! Happy Saturday <3

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  37. Love you and your mom in your chambray looks :)

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  38. Injuries are no fun! Hope his recovery is smooth! Love a great chambray dress! I have been on the hunt for another one! They are perfect to dress up or down!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

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  39. My Oldest is starting football right now. It terrifies me. I secretly hope he won’t like it. Eek! Happy Weekend!

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  40. Fun read! I always enjoy when our fam gets together, too! ;-) Here from Celebrate Your Story!

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  41. You and your Mom are absolutely gorgeous and stylish like movie stars! What a fun family weekend with the boys although I'm sorry to hear about baby son's injury! That is never fun. I hope he's healing up and feeling better. Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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