Since we had Cove, I have tried to put more of an emphasis on cooking clean and making sure we have plenty of healthy options at the house. This is especially true now that he is eating what we eat. Dinner used to be very unorganized or last minute, leaving us eating out more and eating food that made us feel like sloths afterwards. While I don’t think that my method is the best one out there, it is super easy and takes less than thirty minutes (for a mom with a little baby – that’s huge). Continue Reading…
“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”
Our family takes a lot of pictures. Not because we like seeing ourselves plastered all over the place, but because pictures are memories for me. I have never really journaled until more recently, and in a lot of ways, I think it was because photos were a journal for me. I could look at a photo and tell you exactly how I was feeling or what I was going through or experiencing at that exact moment. I find myself frequently going through old photos, reminiscing about those memories we made together as a family – good ones and even bad ones. Continue Reading…
If you read our blog, you have already met and know my love for Jen Allen. You’ve seen them in California, Styles’ Newborn Shoot, Nashville & The Allens . She is one of the truest and kindest people I have ever met and so much fun. We met 6 years ago on the Fourth of July. Our husbands were friends and so we kind of went on a blind double date with them. The rest is history. Three trips, three babies and a lifetime of memories between the four of us. She recently started Sun Jam Studio, which I immediately fell in love with and had to share with you all. We will be hosting a giveaway for the next three days, so make sure you check out our Instagrams @govictoria and @mrsjenallen to win one of her amazing wall-hangings. Continue Reading…
It’s true. We are pretty messy. We have a baby, which is mess enough. Ian also jokes that I am the “messy” kind of cook and my response is always, “the tastiest meals always require messes.” But I’m also type A, so when I make a mess, I always have to clean up after.
Something my mom taught me at a young age is that you don’t make memories by keeping things together. You make them by jumping in rain puddles, building forts and throwing flour around while you’re trying to make a cake that’s way out of your league. I’ve really tried to embrace that, especially since we have a little boy. I want to make sure that I let him live more than I try to keep things tidy.
If you know me personally, then you know that my bag is usually overflowing. I wish I was more minimalistic in the way I pack my bag, but I haven’t learned how to be minimalistic and make sure I have everything we need for Cove. I would rather be over prepared than end up without something (which has happened to me more than once). I thought I would share a little embarrassing insight into all I have crammed in my bag.
I am a huge fan of leather totes, and their ability to ‘catch-all.’ When I was pregnant, my mother-in-law bought me a Lily-Jade Diaper bag insert, and it is the biggest lifesaver. I don’t have to worry about buying an overpriced diaper bag. I literally just stick this in whatever bag matches my outfit best and go. (which by the way, I am dying to get back into my Madewell Tote. Just waiting until we are out of the milk stage so I don’t get any milk stains on the leather) It has tons of pockets and spaces to keep everything I need. Here are a few of the things I cram in there:
Wipes: I usually use Kirkland’s unscented wipes, but they are a little bulky for my bag, so I opt for a smaller package of Honest, Babyganics or Kroger’s small pack.
Aquaphor: This works for so many things. I used to keep Desitin and lotion in my bag. Now, I just pack a tube of this. It helps with diaper rashes, dry skin and so much more. I even rub a little on my lips if they are super dry and I can’t find my chapstick.
Extra pair of clothes for Cove: One pieces are easiest, so you don’t forget a top or bottom.
Extra shirt for me: So this is kind of nasty, but I have seriously had to go into target with poop down the front of my shirt (like a lot of it) because I forgot a spare shirt. The lady checking out in front of me was talking about how she was having a really (you know what day). I responded that at least she didn’t literally have it on her shirt, but she wasn’t amused, ha.
Dr. Brown’s bottle: I also bring a munchkin formula dispenser for feeding on the go.
Munchkin spoon: We are almost done using bottles, so these are great to keep when we are out and need to feed him a snack.
Honest hand sanitizer: Love. Love. Love this stuff. Doesn’t dry you out at all and keeps all the germs away.
Sophie: For distractions, teething and to make obnoxious noise when you are out in public.
Sunnies for me: Something that will match any outfit.
Sippy Cup for him: Now that were eating more solids, if I don’t have a bottle, I like to have some water for him.
Dirty diaper bags: You will desperately want these when your child goes through their clothes or if you are somewhere really nice and you don’t want to smell up their trash can.
Native Wilds Nest: This is great for so many reasons. Breast feeding cover, grocery cart cover and high seat cover. Sometimes, I even use it as a changing mat or blanket. It is so soft, stretchy and folds up into an easy little bag to throw in your diaper bag.
Changing mat or Blanket: We use swaddle blankets sometimes because its easy to wash them, but I also love the leather Gathre mats because you can wipe them off easily too.
Wallet: Well you know, to carry around the plastic:) Something light is always helpful.
I am sure it will change as Cove gets a little older. But that’s where we are at now. Do you have any items you and your little one can’t live without?
1. My heart has been so heavy lately with the events that have occurred in our nation. Broken for many brothers and sisters who fear for their lives. Broken for the world my son will grow up in. Broken for the darkness that seems so loud. But, there is a beautiful promise and hope we have. Hope in His word, His life and His love. 2 Chronicles – “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” May we humble ourselves. May we love our brothers and sisters. May God heal our land.
2. I’ve recently tried some fun summer recipes and I am no chef by any means, but I have really enjoyed coming up with healthy and fun recipes for our family. I am going to share some of my favorites with you all soon! But in the meantime, if you have something yummy, light and healthy you love to make, I would love for you to share with me!
We’ve been in our house for almost five years, and we are still refining and making this place a home. Our style has been refined a lot over the course of our marriage, but the most important thing to us is that we incorporate pieces we love or that have meaning to us. We wanted to make sure that it was about more than trends, and that it really expressed our personalities. It was more important for us to have people walk in and feel at home.
Overall, I am really afraid of color, so we have a lot of neutrals and then incorporate bold pieces or items from family or trips. One of my favorite things about our home is all the natural light we have. I think I would have a whole wall of windows if that was an option.
Our living room and kitchen open up into each other and that is where we tend to spend the most time with each other. In the last year, we added hardwood floors throughout the entire downstairs which really helped things stay more cohesive. I also added two couches across from each other to make things more conversational.