Life, Motherhood, Style

Lavender Love | Giveaway

March 29, 2017

I’m so over the moon it’s spring. I’m even more excited to experience it all with Cove this year. Easter, planting in the yard, strawberry picking and all the other fun things that come with spring time. This past week we were outside pretty much every day, all day. I started clearing out our flower beds and planted a few rose bushes, along with some other plants, to fill it up before we mulched. This year, my mom bought me another lavender bush to go with the the smaller one I bought from Pikes. I’m slightly obsessed with lavender… We use the lavender essential oil in our house daily and now that I have the fresh stuff everywhere in our garden, we’ll be spreading that around too.

I fell in love with this flowy top from PinkBlush when I saw it. The delicate details and lavender color were perfect for spring. PinkBlush has some amazing new items for this season. I picked up this top, a long sleeveless tunic, and another dress I’ll be sharing with you guys very soon for Easter. You may remember from this post how much I love their company and their maternity/non-maternity items. I’ve been really happy with the quality of their clothes and the fun styles they add every season. So much so, I thought we’d do another giveaway for a $50 gift card to their shop. Head on over to my Instagram – @govictoria to enter today. Continue Reading…

Home, Motherhood

It’s Spring: Time To Clean

March 27, 2017

I can’t say I’m a fan of cleaning… But there is something about spring that really get’s me in the mood to clean out every nook and cranny. Ian has walked in on me multiple times pulling everything out of the bathroom cabinets, closets and our pantry, before asking me why I decided to start cleaning at 9 o’clock at night. I never really have a good answer for it, but it’s just some weird urge that overtakes me, and it always seems to hit me late at night. I am trying to be more proactive by starting earlier in the day and prioritizing so I don’t get distracted.

I put together a quick list of things I am doing this spring as well as some of my favorite products I’m using to help declutter and deep clean.

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Life, Style, Travel

Thoughts On Things: Callaway Gardens, Blooming Where You’re Planted & Things I’m Loving Right Now

March 23, 2017

This past weekend was full of really fun activities which left me inspired and rejuvenated. I kicked off the weekend with two really fun events, one hosted by The Honest Co. / Bump Club and another by Little Black Dress Little Red Wagon. Then I capped off the weekend with a Ladies Retreat, hosted by my church at Callaway Gardens. I hadn’t been to Callaway since I was a little girl and when I got there, I quickly fell in love all over again. It was such a beautiful place full of butterfly gardens, sweet tucked away paths with flowers and just an overall peaceful place. After spending the weekend there I can’t wait to take the boys back for a family getaway. They recently renovated the Lodge and Spa we were staying at, and it was really dreamy. I’d recommend staying there if you are planning on making a trip.

This quote from Lisa Chan is taped to my Bible right now. which is timely for spring and my weekend at the gardens.

“One day as we were driving back from one of these villages, I saw the most amazing tree perched on a hill. It had a thick and sturdy trunk, with gorgeous full branches of a beautiful shade of green. I felt the Lord say, “That is what a strong woman looks like.” A strong woman has waited patiently while her roots grew down deep into the Word of God. Over time, she becomes unshakeable in her faith. She starts bearing fruit naturally and is full of life. People are attracted to her strength and growth, and many find rest and peace as they lean on her. And when storms and trials come, as they always do, they will not be able to take her down. A few branches may be lost or pruned away, but in their place comes new growth, new life. This is what I long to be! A strong woman who is anchored in God’s promises.”

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Home, Motherhood, Style

Life Lately | Spring 17 Edition

March 20, 2017

It’s been some time since I’ve filled you in on our life. We’ve been busy getting ready to launch some new things here on TST and Ian’s been working away at his company, which has some big things coming. This means it’s been a lot of late nights and working through the weekends or us. But we are so grateful for where we are, even if there is little to no down time. God has blessed us both and we know it’s all part of where we are right now. The busyness has helped us be really intentional in our time with each other, and we’ve felt the freedom to say no to things. Even if those no’s are for really great things, having too much going on leaves us not doing anything well.

I was reading about Johnny Cash the other weekend while we were in Nashville, and I came across this quote when he was asked what his idea of paradise is, “This morning, having coffee, with her.” (talking about June Carter). I can’t get over how much I resonate with that. Saturday mornings are my favorite with my boys. Slow, with lots of coffee. We really aim to make time for the three of us even in all the chaos. At least one dinner and park date every week, and one night for one-on-one time with Ian and I. It’s what keeps us energized and motivated to keep working hard.

Every age with Cove is so much fun, but this one has been particularly sweet. His little personality has developed so much. Even though he’s not talking, he is so animated and picks up everything. One thing I particularly want to remember about this age is his affection. He is so sweet and will run up to me or Ian, sit in our lap and throw his arms around us. Most of the time, he’ll lay a big open mouth kiss right on our face too. Before we lay him down for his nap or bedtime, we sing “You are My Sunshine” or “Amazing Grace” and he lays his head on us until we’re finished with the song. It’s perfect. He’s also obsessed with blueberries, crackers and rocks. I can’t wait to see what this summer brings for us together.

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Photos, Style

All Day Kiss Proof and Thoughts From The Heart

March 15, 2017

Its not quite warm enough to pull out my shorts yet, but I have pulled out all my spring tops and floral pieces. I figured if my backyard is blooming, it’s acceptable. With the weather being chilly in the mornings but warming up in the day, my favorite trend is to wear a lighter peasant top and throw an oversized cardigan over it for when the temps are lower. I fell in love with this adorable key hole top, which is lightweight and has the perfect colored pattern, paired with these super comfy suede booties from Guilty Soles.

Im sure you’re all wondering about the title of this post. Well, do you see that really pretty beige/pink lipstick that I am wearing? It stays on my lips all day, doesn’t come off on my cups, and is totally kiss proof. I wish I would have had it on my wedding day so I didn’t have to carry lipstick around in the bust of my dress and Ian didn’t have to keep wiping his mouth off after every kiss. My beautiful friend Illene, introduced me to Lipsense. I have to say it does take some adjusting to because our lips are so used to putting wax and products with vaseline on them, but my lips are actually becoming less chapped from using this product consistently. And for all of you who are concerned about what is in this product that would cause it to stay on your lips all day long, I did some research for you and me. The majority of ingredients are root and flower extract, SD alcohol – which is in almost all your makeup and shampoo, mica and titanium dioxide. This is literally HALF the ingredients compared to all the other products you would find in your standard drugstore lipstick and the majority of high-end lipsticks. If you’re interested in learning more, head on over to my friend Illene’s page or email her at muchloveilly@gmail.com. Continue Reading…

Edibles, Home

Two Things To Ask Before You Buy Produce and What Our Favorites Are Right Now

March 13, 2017

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

If you have read TST for any length of time, you know how important it is to me to shop local. But that doesn’t just apply to goods for me, it applies to food also. When it comes to grocery shopping, and food in general, there are two important factors I like to consider before purchasing.

  1. Is it local? When products are from local farms, they are usually fresher and have better nutrition due to them not having to travel as far.
  2. Is it in season or not? Buying in season keeps my grocery bill down because the food is cheaper and it helps ensure all my meals have the most flavor in them. You can read in this post how I meal plan and how I make sure to plan my meals around what is in season.

Even though it’s winter, that doesn’t mean I have to compromise on eating fresh food and produce. Florida has some great farms and agriculture which makes it easy to eat fresh produce all year long. They don’t call it “The Sunshine State” for no reason. They have a lot of variety growing there and our family loves their products, especially Cove. He is really into berries right now, which is perfect, because blueberries and strawberries are both in season for Florida. I always love Mexican inspired dishes and all things tacos, so with green bell peppers and sweet corn in season also, my go to dishes are fajitas or enchiladas, with fresh bell peppers / onions and Mexican street corn on the side (I’ll have to share that recipe with you soon – it’s one of Ian’s favorite things I make). Look for the tag “Fresh From Florida” on your produce next time you are at the store. I’d love for you to share what recipes you have using what’s in season right now.

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Life, Photos

Pieces with Meaning

March 8, 2017

Daylight Savings is one of my favorite days of the year. No joke. I don’t even care that we loose an hour of sleep because I am so pumped for a later sunset. One of my favorite things to do every spring / summer day is sit on the back porch and watch the sunset. And if I don’t get to be outside, I open up all the blinds and watch it as I cook and eat dinner. The other day we spent the afternoon in Chattanooga right at golden hour. It was stunning to see the sun set over the water and all the golden light it shed over the art district.

With spring approaching, I decided to pull together a lighter look with some white jeans. This chambray top has some of the cutest details and is super flowy so you don’t have to worry about what you eat for dinner. WIN! My necklace was made by my girl Dee at Dee Ruel. You may remember one of her pieces from this look last summer. She is a fabulous jeweler and makes some of my most cherished pieces of jewelry. Last year, when we were in California, I wrote about how we dedicated Cove on the beach, right next to the state park where his name was inspired. That night, there were tons of beautiful pieces of sea glass and pebbles across the sand. I decided to pick some up and take them home with us (I guess we know now why Cove is a rock fanatic, ha). I reached out to Dee soon after to see if she would make me a piece, using one of the stones, and she came up with the most dainty sterling silver pieces. I fell in love and was so excited to be able to wear that memory we had as a family. I thought it fit this look perfectly. Continue Reading…

Life, Motherhood

One In One Out

March 6, 2017

Some days you have to just pack up the car and get out of the house. We love spending time in our home, but when it’s 70 degrees, sunny and still winter, you need to get outside and enjoy the weather. We are really lucky to live near a large lake and being by the water (our favorite being the ocean) is so peaceful for us. Cove loves to pick up sticks and rocks and just walk around making new friends, so it’s really a lot of fun for all of us.

I packed our Turkish Towel from Bali Market and a few snacks so we could have a picnic while we were there. I first came across Turkish towels with my mom. She uses them instead of regular towels because they are a flat weave instead of a loop weave, making them super compact and absorbent. I always loved hers and how they looked in her bathroom, so I was excited when I cam across Bali Market. I love how you can use it in so many different ways – as a blanket, bath towel, wall tapestry, scarf/shaw or for picnics like us. BALI stands for Bestow Abundance Lend Inspiration. Part of their mission is to inspire those who purchase a towel to give away an item that you don’t use in your home. As you know from this post, I’m a big believer in decluttering and making impactful purchases. The one in one out movement is something I believe really helps us be conscious about what we have in our home and how we purchase things as consumers. Continue Reading…