September 21, 2016

Fall Chambray + clogs

Signs of fall are showing everywhere, and today is the last full day of summer! Waaaah!
I always hate to see summer go, but, the beauty of fall just can't be beat. 
The next few posts I put together a few pieces I've worn all summer with some fall touches. 
I love the idea of wearing what you already have, and just tweaking it a bit/adding a fall piece to change the look and make it appropriate for that next season.

This big initial necklace has been a favorite of mine and of course can be worn year round. 
I got lucky when I married and got the same initial as my first name "B" it's fun to represent both. 

So this top from Nest Boutique is the perfect fall chambray. 
It's unique, not your typical chambray. 
The long sleeves are perfect for a fall look and it's light weight so it's not too hot for this weather.



 So, these comfiest motto leggings from Love Winnie James have been my staple.
I wore them this spring, and summer, and now fall! They work great for all seasons.
Of course the clogs! I am a sucker for clogs! I remember when my Mom bought me clogs as a little girl, I never wanted to take them off. They were even shiny, patent leather, so fancy!

September 14, 2016

Seasons of life, with cabana life

Summer will forever be my favorite season. I'm such a warm weather girl. The sunshine and warm salt water just speak to my heart and soothe my soul. The years we spent living in Florida (the land of the endless summer is what they call it) just made my sunshine chasing self even more of a summer girl. It was perfection, we still we able to celebrate all the seasons, holidays, etc. Christmas in shorts and 75 degree weather, potted poinsettias donning all the porches, palm trees strung with christmas lights, beach days making "sandmen" instead of snowmen. It was pretty amazing. I got used to it and thoroughly loved it. However, there were (short) times I would miss the changes of the seasons. The turning of the leaves, beautiful Autumn colors, crisp cool mornings, and the smell of fresh snow on the ground. I did miss those aspects. I've been thinking a lot lately about seasons. Seasons of life as well. We are all in different seasons of life. Each season has its beauty, charm, and happiness, as each season also has its challenges, heartache, and discomfort. Although it would be nice to be able to stay comfortably in our favorite season, we can't. One thing we know is a constant in life is change. seasons change and continue to change. I have really been trying to LIVE this season of life I am in. Whether it's warm and sunny, full of palm trees and sparkling sea water every day, or cold and sometimes dark, living in the moment is something we will never regret. Last night I had to speak for a few minutes to a group of women at our church, I talked about seasons of life and the one thing I wanted to make sure to impress upon anyone listening was that no matter what season of life we might be in, we can find some joy. Don't focus on the many things you can't do in that particular season of life, instead focus on what you CAN do. Helping others, serving, free time, travel, hobbies, taking care of others, career, etc. Think about the many opportunities you have to make a difference and the ways that you can in your current season.

I love these photos of my and my girls because they so accurately show the season of life we are in right now. (Besides the piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and toys spread throughout the house)
We're exploring, we're growing, we're learning. We are always trying harder to be better, somedays it is easier than others. We love to play and giggle, run and laugh. We aren't perfect, but we are doing our best, and LIVING life, trying to soak up every single moment, because we all know these little ones wont be little much longer.


 These darling scalloped rash guards are from Cabana Life. I'm such a sucker for matching anything!
I especially love when they have some Mommy and Me Matchy Match!! 
These are so darling, yet so functional. 
Perfect for the little chillier nights, 
or a sunny day at the beach to protect those little arms from the sun.
The scallops! I just can't handle how cute they are. 


These softest ever, and beautiful, handwoven towels are from My havlu.




Seasons of life, with cabana life

Summer will forever be my favorite season. I'm such a warm weather girl. The sunshine and warm salt water just speak to my heart and soothe my soul. The years we spent living in Florida (the land of the endless summer is what they call it) just made my sunshine chasing self even more of a summer girl. It was perfection, we still we able to celebrate all the seasons, holidays, etc. Christmas in shorts and 75 degree weather, potted poinsettias donning all the porches, palm trees strung with christmas lights, beach days making "sandmen" instead of snowmen. It was pretty amazing. I got used to it and thoroughly loved it. However, there were (short) times I would miss the changes of the seasons. The turning of the leaves, beautiful Autumn colors, crisp cool mornings, and the smell of fresh snow on the ground. I did miss those aspects. I've been thinking a lot lately about seasons. Seasons of life as well. We are all in different seasons of life. Each season has its beauty, charm, and happiness, as each season also has its challenges, heartache, and discomfort. Although it would be nice to be able to stay comfortably in our favorite season, we can't. One thing we know is a constant in life is change. seasons change and continue to change. I have really been trying to LIVE this season of life I am in. Whether it's warm and sunny, full of palm trees and sparkling sea water every day, or cold and sometimes dark, living in the moment is something we will never regret. Last night I had to speak for a few minutes to a group of women at our church, I talked about seasons of life and the one thing I wanted to make sure to impress upon anyone listening was that no matter what season of life we might be in, we can find some joy. Don't focus on the many things you can't do in that particular season of life, instead focus on what you CAN do. Helping others, serving, free time, travel, hobbies, taking care of others, career, etc. Think about the many opportunities you have to make a difference and the ways that you can in your current season.

I love these photos of my and my girls because they so accurately show the season of life we are in right now. (Besides the piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and toys spread throughout the house)
We're exploring, we're growing, we're learning. We are always trying harder to be better, somedays it is easier than others. We love to play and giggle, run and laugh. We aren't perfect, but we are doing our best, and LIVING life, trying to soak up every single moment, because we all know these little ones wont be little much longer.


 These darling scalloped rash guards are from Cabana Life. I'm such a sucker for matching anything!
I especially love when they have some Mommy and Me Matchy Match!! 
These are so darling, yet so functional. 
Perfect for the little chillier nights, 
or a sunny day at the beach to protect those little arms from the sun.
The scallops! I just can't handle how cute they are. 


These softest ever towels are from Myhavlu




August 17, 2016

Unicorn Party! (Unicorn dance party, that is)

Rosie requested a "Unicorn Dance Party" for her fourth Birthday!
I had to smile because she's totally my kind of girl, any party should have "dance party" added to the end of it right? It was a lot of fun planning this party because she had opinions on things and she was so into helping me pick everything out. It was exactly what her colorful, sparkly, dreams had dreamt. 


 Our signature pose together 

  This unicorn bark was so easy to make, Rosie picked out all the colors and sprinkles. 

All these cute unicorn details, picks, banners, etc. are from Meri Meri. 
The cutest, most magical party decorations. 

 I usually make the cakes for my girls, but I knew it wasn't going to work out with the timing this time, so I had the cake made by Granite Bakery. They frosted it so perfectly and then Rosie and I poured on the glitter sugar and fluffed up a few pieces of cotton candy with the flowers and unicorns.
It turned out so fun!
 I made these "unicorn horn" crescent rolls, super easy and the kids loved them.
 The pixie dust was one of the hits of the party along with this list I found on pinterest where it finds your "unicorn name" and the girls literally listened so intently, each giggling and smiling as we poured the dust on their head as they received their unicorn names. 


 Birthday girl with her unicorn horn

 The unicorn dance party!!!

 It was pretty magical when we had a real unicorn show up!!
Dolly, was her name. 
Each of the girls got a chance to ride. It was such a fun sight to see walking through our backyard ha!




 Pin the horn on the unicorn. 
I also found this on pinterest, but I was in too big of a hurry to get it printed, sooooooo luckily my husband has much better art skills than I do, and he quickly drew this unicorn for me!
we used these easy expressions Vinyl sheets and cut out the horns. 




June 29, 2016

Our little mover + Huggies Diapers

If I've learned one thing with our second child, it's "let it go". Wait! Not what you're thinking, it's not in a bad way. I mean let it go, as in allowing the baby/child to be his or her self.
 (Obviously safety comes first, so I'm not saying to let go of all)
 but, rather let them be 'little movers'
explore, run, scream. laugh, jump, be stubborn, independent, etc.
 Even when it's not the most convenient for you as a parent. 
I have realized how much these little ones need to be their own self.
 They need to learn and grow and sometimes that takes a lot from us parents. 
I finally captured my little one for more than a few seconds. 
She was exhausted from being at the pool all day!
 And...... she couldn't stay and snuggle for long, shes already on the go!

 Our little one is constantly on the go, go, go. She can't hold still for more than a few minutes.
Running, climbing, jumping, falling, she just doesn't stop. She's so independent right now too.
At first it was a bit hard for me to get used to. I tried to stop her, slow her down, etc.
My first was so opposite, so this was all new to me. I realized how uniquely different each child is, and how different we must parent.
I started to allow her to be more adventurous (even if it gave me heart attacks, ha ha!)
Rather than get frustrated with her, or embarrassed about how loud she was or how busy she was in public, I started to praise her and encourage her to explore, but be careful at the same time.
It's not easy, its still a struggle, but it's so much better, and we are all happy.

Thanks to Huggies for sponsoring this post.
I can't get my little wiggle worm to hold still even long enough to change her diaper. It's never easy. These Huggies Little Movers have been perfect for our girl.



Only Huggies® diapers have a stretchy SnugFit Waistband to help our diapers stay in place like no other diaper. The unique contoured shape provides a comfortable fit and stays in place as babies move and play.

Now even more absorbent with new and improved LEAK LOCK®—the protection and security you both need between changes.
DryTouch® liner. Part of the new Moving Baby System*, the new DryTouch® liner absorbs on contact, so your baby stays dry throughout all of their little adventures.

Right now Sams Club is offering $3.00 off  These Huggies Little Movers, and the pack also has a bonus +16 diapers. Win, win!!



Don't forget to enter the Sams Club Sweepstakes for $500 gift card!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Head to the link above for details. All you have to do is post a photo of your baby's moves!


 

Two-tti Fruitti Birthday Party.. Second Birthday

Our Wynnie girl turned two a few weeks ago.
For the longest time, when I asked her what she wanted on her cake she would answer "strawberries, and cookies". ha ha! So, I went with the strawberries and created a fun little "Two-tti Fruitti" party.

Like always, I had some last mintue ideas... 
I was threading these lemon and lime slices onto fishing wire right before the party.
They turned out super cute, and super easy. 

The Birthday girl and her pup, trying to get a bite of that cake of course!

 It was a great family party, so much fun with all these cousins. 
Bobbing for apples was a hit. 

She knows whats up. Digging right into her presents!


 The pinata was also a hit! All the kids loved it, and the adults even got really into it too. 
(Zurchers party store has so many darling pinatas)

 This face just kills me. Cutest EVER!!!



 I made Wynnie a fun little cake to decorate, chocolate with whipped cream/buttercream mix frosting. I alway love making my family thir own cakes. I'm no pro, but I love to do it. 
I can't get over these cute little sonny angel dolls. I had to put it on her cake. 
We also LOVE the chantilly cake (below) from Whole Foods. Warning! You will want to eat it all!
Its unreal.

 I made these super easy little fruit tarts. 
You can buy the mini crusts already made,
 just fill with a cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon mixture, top with fruit and voila!