Weekend Wrap-Up & Easter Basket Finds

After a very full weekend, I’m kind of wishing I could have had a couple more days to catch up on sleep, do some laundry, and straighten up the house…however, that’s definitely not on the agenda, so, I’ll just have to get over that notion.

The weekend started early on Thursday night when I picked up my sister from the airport — in our general area for business, she made a detour to Houston to hang out with us over her birthday weekend — after several delays, we finally made it back home around 10PM…toddler delirium was in full-force. Without regard for Caroline’s mental state, we celebrated with cake…and she definitely helped herself to several handfuls of chocolate frosting.

katebday27Tutorial for yarn tassel banner can be found here.

On our agenda for the weekend was an overnight trip to New Orleans, so, our 5am departure on Friday from the Katy area put us in the Crescent City around 11am. Yes, we drove. Nearly six hours of cypress trees and swamps. Thank goodness for early check-in at our hotel, because I’m not sure I could have powered through without a quick change, and the opportunity to kick my feet up for five minutes.

neworleanscollagePictures courtesy of Kate Cole @whatchamacoleit

Our 24 hours gave us just long enough to scratch off most items on our must-see list, and not long enough to want to strangle each other. Hoping that feeling was mutual. We had lunch at Coop’s Place — a hole in the wall in the French Quarter, had beignets and iced café au lait at Café du Monde, listened to a Jazz band on Royal Street, made our way to Bourbon Street — and quickly off Bourbon Street..it’s SO gross {or maybe we’re just old}, visited the Garden District to gawk at the beautiful homes, walked around Lafayette Cemetery #1, and had brunch at Stanley back in the French Quarter. And then made the trek back to Texas.

And because I clearly didn’t plan enough for myself over the weekend, I also woke up bright and early to work on a slate for my friend Melissa who for a newborn session she was shooting Sunday afternoon. Pretty fun to see your work in action! And I’m excited to work with her to make more boards for future sessions!


…and last but certainly not least, I finished up getting everything together for Caroline’s Easter basket. I started collecting items a couple of weeks ago, so that this week I could focus on my menu additions for Easter brunch, so, I’m glad I planned accordingly and I’m not having to battle some nutty individuals in the aisles of Target for the last chalk eggs {though, at this point they’re most likely long gone}. Tragic. I loved picking things out for Caroline’s basket — she definitely has defined tastes this year, SO it was easy for me to find things that I knew she would love. Sources for all items listed below :

easterfavesHow to Grow a Friend / Metallic Dot Eggs / JellyCat Lion / Straw Tote / Chalk Eggs / Tortoise Retro Sunglasses / Poppy Flutter Dress

I loved the idea of doing a straw tote in lieu of an Easter basket — one less thing to store somewhere, and it will definitely do double-duty this summer on trips to the beach and the pool…plus, Caroline is currently OBSESSED with purses! AND to make my life easier, I will most likely fill all of her eggs with blueberries…definitely not feeling the need to battle my two year old over whether or not she can eat her weight in jelly beans, or the sugar high after she inevitably gets her way, so, blueberries it will be. In case you need more candy-free ideas for Easter baskets (and some Easter meltdown avoiding tips), check out my latest post for Houston Moms Blog


Hope you had a great weekend, too! What do you have in store for this week?!


  1. Mandy March 31, 2015

    You seriously were super busy! Love the Easter “bag” ideas!

    • amy.rstewart@yahoo.com March 31, 2015

      It was kind of out of control! I need a weekend for my weekend! Ha! …and thanks! Hoping Caroline is as thrilled about it as I am!

  2. Amber March 31, 2015

    This makes me want to go back to NOLA! I was sick last time we went and didn’t get to enjoy much.

    • amy.rstewart@yahoo.com April 2, 2015

      Oh shoot! That’s such a bummer! It’s such a fun city! So much to do, and all of its craziness makes it pretty beautiful! xo

  3. Your weekend was WAY more exciting than mine haha! And I love Coop’s Place!!

    • amy.rstewart@yahoo.com April 2, 2015

      Yes! It was so good — though, kind of an interesting menu, lol! My sister had jambalaya that had rabbit in it — that’s a little too much for me, especially this close to Easter, ha! xo

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