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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5 Tips for Better Sleep and Sweeter Dreams

Saturday mornings are my favorite. Ian get’s Cove out of bed, and the two of them come in and wake me up after letting me sleep in just a little bit. It’s one of those things I honestly dreamed about before having babies, slow Saturday mornings with my family, and I absolutely look forward to them all week long. These pictures are from last Saturday (our first slow Saturday morning in a while) and Cove and I hanging out in bed for a bit before we got ready for the day. When it comes to sleep, I simply cannot do without…

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Happy Halloween | Jurassic World & Marsupial Edition

We had to really stretch Halloween this year. Cove was really not interested in costumes, actually most of them he would melt in when I tried to put them on him. So I tried to come up with something he would love that required minimal costume and more of what he was comfortable in. He has always been a big fan of Dinosaurs and we play with them pretty frequently, so we went the Jurassic World theme and made him Owen Grady. I tried really hard to not be a pregnant Claire, but you can still see some bump showing…

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Real Life Moments – How We Capture Them and What We Keep for Ourselves

“Instagram has always been a creative outlet for me, and I have personally chosen not to share much of the every day lives of our children for their sake. However, as I continue to share style and design images, remember that this space for me is only meant to inspire an idea. Encourage, and uplift. The best moments of my life are actually the insignificant ones… Usually with a baby or two at my ankles while I’m sipping a coffee. I just choose to keep them just for me most of the time. So this is just a reminder for…

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5 Ways We’re Planning On Giving Back This Season

So I realize we are a month out from December, but Christmas trees are already popping up in home decor stores, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Since before Cove was born it has always been super important to me that he never be greedy and that he always knew what seasons/holidays were really about. I am not going to lie and say I didn’t grow up privileged. I worked hard for what I wanted, but my family never lacked food on our table, I grew up with two Christian parents who loved each other and went to private…

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A Little Life Update | Basement Renovations + 17 Weeks & More

It’s been a little while since I shared what’s going on with us, so I thought I would give a little update for those who are interested. I’m sure you’ve picked up on little tidbits here and there, but we’re currently in the process of renovating part of the basement – OURSELVES. Well, when I say “ourselves”, Ian has been doing all of the work and I’ve just been doing my part here and there… Basically, moral support and bringing snacks, ha. We decided with the second baby on the way, and Ian working from home a few days a week,…

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Thoughts on Things: Current Favorite Fall Meals, Balance in Decorating and Neutral Layers

Current Favorite Fall Meals Now that Ian has completed Whole30 and I am eating regular food besides bread, I have loved putting together some fall meals for our family. A few of you have mentioned on Instagram you like seeing what we are eating and some of the recipes we come up with, so I thought I would start sharing some of those with you. I will share our original recipes in separate posts so they are easier to find and the ones I’ve found elsewhere in a little list here and there. For now, here are the ones we have…

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Daily Routines and Cold Weather Skin Care + $100 Giveaway to Mustela

I’ve used lotion daily, usually morning and night, since I was in high school. I’ve always heard it helps keep your skin glowing and healthier, and figured the younger I started, the better off I would be. It’s been really funny to see how intensely Cove watches every move I make and how much he mimics. When I get ready in the morning, he wants to do everything I do – from brushing his teeth to combing his hair and putting on lotion just like me. In fact, he likes to put on lotion so much, we have to limit…

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Can we have a pumpkin patch in our backyard?

One of my favorite traditions every year is to go to the pumpkin patch. We started doing it before we had children, and now it’s even more fun watching Cove want every kind of pumpkin they have! You can see years past here and here. This past weekend we found a new pumpkin patch to visit that had farm animals, hay rides, bounce houses, ice cream / snacks, and lots of pumpkins varieties. I love the Fairytale and Casperia pumpkin ones, so it was just perfect. Cove had so much fun this year and wanted to take all the pumpkins…

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Lets Be Honest Mamas: Postpartum and other Real Talk

It’s been a minute, but I am so excited to be teaming up with the Lets Be Honest Mamas crew again to talk about motherhood and all the sticky beautiful messes in between. Kacie Ellis of www.elementsofellis.com (which by the way is so awesome) put everything together and asked me to join this month and I am so so excited. You might think I am a little weird for being excited to talk about postpartum, but I have been wanting to talk about it on the blog for a while now, but just haven’t been able to form my thoughts into a…

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Hearts Like Wildflowers | Flourishing In the Most Broken of Places

I drive by this field almost every single day. There’s nothing special about it, and it’s not a particularly stunning drive. Ever so often though, a group of wildflowers will spring up. It happens when I least expect it and they don’t typically hang around all that long. But when I drive by and see them, it always reminds me of the beauty in the simplest of things, in the ugliest of places. I remember Ian being out of town last year for a week. It was his first time being away from Cove and me for that long and…

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National Taco Day Round Up and The Bag that Makes Mom Life a Breeze

There was absolutely no way I could let National Taco Day slip by without giving you a round-up of some of my all-time favorite taco places. If you’re not in Georgia, it’s okay! I am going to include some of my favorite Taco Recipes too! Tacos have been a long-time favorite in our house. When we were in San Diego last year, it took everything in me to not eat them every single meal, and we often have to barter on not going to eat Mexican food for date night… I have a little bit of an obsession. We even…

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Fair Family Date Night

This past weekend we went on a little impromptu family date night to the Fair here in North Georgia. I wasn’t sure if Cove would like it or not, but Ian and I hadn’t been in years and the funnel cakes were calling our name. We had such a blast! Cove found this fun, huge organ that played carnival-like music and we ate in front of it while he danced around. We got up and danced with him like crazy people. He would stop long enough to eat a bite and then keep dancing. The fair was a lot bigger…

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