Winter White

Last week, Georgia experienced Snow Storm Benji out of nowhere. What was supposed to be a light dusting ended up being a twelve inches of snow with thousands of power outages? That morning, I had gone to take my glucose test and in the middle of my appointment, I heard people talking about how it was starting to stick and they were thinking about closing the office early. I made it home just in time and later that day Ian, was able to wrap up and enjoy the snow with us. Ian built a snowman taller than him, and we…

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Oh Christmas Tree! & Some Thoughts On Motherhood

Ever since I was pregnant with Cove, we made it a little family tradition to go walk around and look at the Christmas trees. We usually go the weekend right after Thanksgiving and sip on Hot Chocolate or Cider and buy some fresh garland or a wreath to make the house smell nice. It’s so fun to see how each year our family has grown and how blessed we are. Cove has loved running around and hiding in the trees the past two years, and it’s surreal to think we will have another little boy in the mix the next…

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Basement Update and Artwork that Brightens Up A Space

  So I have talked a lot about the basement renovations, but I haven’t really shared very many pictures with you guys. I am happy to say that we are almost in working condition. Actually, we are pretty much in working condition, we’re just piecing together all the decorating now. I’m just so proud of Ian and all the work he put into this space. We only had a little idea of what we were doing, and we figured it all out and made it look beautiful. AND a big thank you to my brother-in-law Aaron and the company he…

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Do They Have Gingerbread House Insurance?

When I was little, we celebrated a lot of holidays away from home. Not visiting extended family, but instead, just quality time with my parents and sister, experiencing new places. I loved that my parents did that with us, and it is sort of what led us to have Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving instead of cooking. A few times over the years, we’ve visited Asheville, North Carolina and would do Christmas Tours of the Biltmore House. One of the things my sister and I loved was in the basement of the house where the kitchen was, there were huge decorated gingerbread…

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Shopping Small Business, Making a Big Difference

Thank you PayPal for sponsoring this post. Shop small merchants with PayPal to make your holiday shopping a breeze. If you have been around for a while, you know how passionate I am about supporting small businesses. I’ve always been about supporting the local and their hearts and hard work. And I can say from personal experience how much joy it brings small businesses when people support and shop from them. It never get’s old. The internet has made it so much easier for you to be able to support these local businesses and makers and even from the comfort…

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Cove’s National Parks Birthday Party

We had such a great time celebrating Cove’s second birthday. We decided not to do big parties until our kids were older and they requested them because we try to have more of an emphasis on experiences and time. For the past two years, we’ve just done something intimate and small with both of our families. I still love to include special details to make it memorable for him. Last year, we did a Wild Animal party because it was a big Zoo year for Cove. Animals were a huge hit and he visited the zoo here in Atlanta and…

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Thoughts on Things | New Recipes, Jumpsuits & Minimal Decorating + Advent Download (In case you started a day late)

So now that the weather is actually getting cooler here in the south, I have been pulling out my warmer recipes. I just purchased an instant pot from the Cyber Monday deals, and have loved getting to put it to good use. I really wanted something I could put meals together with pretty quickly because I knew with a new baby coming early next year, there just wouldn’t be a lot of time each day to cook some of the things I cook now. The first meal I made was chicken and rice (like the fresh kind, not the kind…

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23 Week Bump Date Update

One of my favorite things about this season is the fact that we can take the mornings slow. I know that it won’t be like this forever, and it certainly isn’t like that every day, but as much as possible, I try to savor those mornings where it’s just Cove and me relaxing and playing at home. We’ve got a little morning routine, but it’s laid back. We have breakfast, the boys still bring me my coffee like the sweetest gentlemen, and then we just relax and play. I guess I have been thinking about it more lately because it’s just…

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New York & What We Did | Babymoon

So I am sure a few of you were wondering why we chose New York to do a “babymoon”. We had a few places on our list, London, Paris, Arizona, Oregon or back out to California, but to be honest, timing just didn’t work in our favor. We wanted to wait and take both the boys to Europe and do a big Arizona trip when they are old enough to appreciate the Grand Canyon, so those two were out. The other places didn’t seem to work out as far as weather goes. I really like to visit places when it…

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Bright & Frost Bite

When we started planning to take a trip to New York in the fall, we knew it would be chilly, but not as chilly as it turned out to be. Averages were in the 50’s and the Friday after we got there ended up being a high of 32 degrees… Most of the day with the wind, it felt like it was in the 20’s. Although we were bitter cold, we made the most of the day, shielding the weather in cozy cafes and museums. We took Uber here and there and the subway most of the time. I will…

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Cove’s Big Boy Bedroom

Welp, it officially happened. Cove is in his big boy bed. The transition from crib to toddler bed went so well that we thought, why not?! Until I saw it all in his room and realized my baby wasn’t a baby anymore… Tomorrow gifted us a beautiful full-size mattress and bedding to go with his full-size metal bed we purchased him, so it really made everything a little easier. I have to say, the memory form hybrid mattress is incredibly comfortable. Even Ian and I enjoy laying on it and Cove is absolutely in love with it. He actually asks…

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Quick & Easy Sheet Pan Dinner | Rosemary Butter Herb Chicken and Veggies

I love to cook for my boys. One of my favorite things every day is to make a home cooked meal for them and have them enjoy it. Unfortunately, time doesn’t always lend me that luxury, so I have to come up with creative ways to make sure we have healthy meals I can make quickly. One of the reasons I love sheet pan dinners is because everything goes on the same pan and it just get’s popped in the oven. There is not as much mess, clean up and you still get that home cooked, warm meal everyone enjoys.…

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Sweet Transitions

  The thought of Cove moving to a big boy bed is just so bittersweet to me. I mean, in some regards I was totally excited to see how cute he would be bouncing around in his big boy bed, but I also have that lost boys mentality sometimes where I want him to stay small forever. Ian reminded me this weekend that our crib, which we love and is so stinkin’ cheap, can be changed into a toddler bed. The more I thought about it, I decided it would be better to start the transition this way instead of…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas | Family Traditions

As the holidays approach, time seems to fly by even faster than it normally does. Even though there’s a lot going on, we try to carve out time for family and the special traditions we have every year. Kacie from elementsofellis.com put together some great questions for the panel of Let’s Be Honest Mama’s to answer regarding family traditions. I hope you all enjoy! What do family traditions mean to you? Why are they important to you? I have always loved traditions because they remind me of sweet memories with the ones we love most. We had some special ones growing up that I…

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Hand Me Downs and Saving Money on Kids Clothing

When we started working on the nursery and finally moved the dresser in, I decided to go ahead and go through Cove’s old clothes so we could see what we needed for baby boy number two. One of the great things about having boys so close in age is HAND ME DOWNS! We are going to save so much money by not having to buy a whole new wardrobe for our second little man. Since they will be born in different seasons, some things aren’t going to work, but overall, we had a lot that we could save and use…

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Stolling Around | Joovy Caboose Too Review

Ever since we got our new Joovy Caboose Too, Cove has been dying to take it out for a stroll. Normally 3-4 times a week, we go for walks around the neighborhood in his Radio Flyer tricycle. Since the double stroller came though, he just wants to be pushed in that. He actually ate his breakfast in it one morning. I have this sweet picture of him in the living room with a blanket draped over him, eating at his tray. It reminded me of a sweet old man in a wheelchair having a cup of coffee. Since he has…

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