Thoughts on Things: Boundaries with other people, Love and Hate and Casual Fridays

Hey Everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a thoughts on things post. I’ve considered sharing what I’ve been learning about boundaries with you for a while. I even considered writing a whole blog post on it. But honestly, I’ve struggled with boundaries the majority of my life and felt like I needed to just sit on what I’ve been learning instead of trying to explain all the revelations I’ve had. Let me rewind… Total transparency here, please take what you read and know that it’s coming from a place of vulnerability and openness because I do not have it all together. Boundaries Last year, I was struggling with some stomach issues. I lost quite a bit of weight and kept needing blood tests to see if it was from abnormal hormones, thyroid issues, etc. We could never find any answers. I had a doctor tell me it was due to unconscious stress, and I was like, “Yeah, well I am actually pretty happy. So I don’t think that’s it…” Well, when every door seemed to be shutting in my face and…

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St. Simons Island | The King and Prince Beach Resort

It didn’t take long for us to feel at home at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The only beach front hotel on St. Simons Island greeted us with the most beautiful beach castle elevation, surrounded by palm trees and Spanish moss. The Lobby, which was recently renovated in 2013, is just beautiful and has the most stunning interior design. We checked into a North Beach Villa with two bedrooms and two baths, with a fully equipped kitchen and large living area. It was perfect for our little family for the long weekend. They have a lot of other great options on the property, from single rooms to guest houses. Cove and I immediately found the big bed with the ocean view and made ourselves comfortable. It didn’t take long before he was jumping up and down and we made a little game out of it. We got very little sleep this trip due to a very active and excited toddler, so a comfortable bed made a world of difference when we did finally get some shut eye. A lot…

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Savannah for Twenty Four Hours

On our way to the beach, we decided to extend our trip 1 day and do a quick trip to Savannah to break up the drive. Ian and I have been to Savannah before, but we had never brought Cove and thought it would be fun to wander the city with him. It was incredibly hot, and Georgia humidity really doesn’t help. But we made the most of it and stopped for cold treats several times. Savannah’s history and Spanish moss make it one of the most quaint and charming of places. We love that it’s a walking city and you can stop at a park / square every few blocks. Cove wanted to jump in every water fountain and had so much fun running around, he ended up passing out on Ian’s shoulder as we walked by the river front market, which is becoming habit as we travel. Since it was such a quick trip, I thought I’d share some of our favorite places and things to do in case you’re making a trip there soon. It is a perfect…

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Palms to Pines | Tips on Long Car Rides with Toddlers

We’ve had our fair share of long car rides this year. From traveling across half of Canada to our quick trip to the beach. We’ve learned a few tips on surviving the long trek of pavement with as few breakdowns as possible.   Snacks – The more the better. I shared with you guys two days ago about healthy snacking on the go. Snacks are a life saver and keep everyone happy and full. I usually like to take some regular and dried fruit, healthy protein bars and organic snacks / crackers. I also try to stick with individual snack bags too so that it’s easy to grab and go. We also bring plenty of water bottles and fill up our Yeti cups before we hit the road so we stay hydrated.   New Toys and Books – Having something to preoccupy their minds and hands is so helpful. We love these water books from Melissa and Doug because they are reusable and you get plenty of use out of them. Sticker books are always a big hit with Cove. If I can find a book…

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Healthy Feeding On The Go with b.box

I’ve written about traveling with a baby before, but feeding on the go is something I haven’t shared much about. Although we love to take lots of day trips and travel, it’s important to me that we don’t sacrifice our health. This is especially true for Cove. I’m not saying he doesn’t eat crackers and the occasional french fries, but I want to make sure he’s got a balanced diet and plenty of healthy foods. Since having a baby, I always like to stay somewhere that has a kitchen. We bring our own snacks and some breakfast foods from home. Things like apples, bananas, Cheerios, and other things. Cove and Ian love Annie’s Organic graham and cheddar snacks as treats too (yes, Ian eats Cove’s snacks). If we don’t have a fridge, we will often use this organic whole milk that doesn’t need to be refrigerated (lifesaver when we fly). If we do have a fridge, then we’ll pick up cold whole milk, fresh veggies, and some yogurt. When we’re eating out, we’ll share meals often. This helps us justify treating…

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Potty Training | Here We Go

Scared. Ready. Excited. Anxious. All feelings describing the thought of potty training. I think every parent dreams of that day when they won’t have to change diapers and we are in the beginning stages. Ian and I both decided we weren’t going to push anything on Cove, but since there were some signs that Cove was ready, we thought we’d give it a go. It’s still really early for us, considering he isn’t even two yet, but I heard that there was a gap around 18-20 months where some kids are ready, so we thought we’d give it a try. It was important for me to not put pressure on Ian or myself and cause us to get upset or get impatient, so we’ve just started talking about the subject and bringing it up with Cove. We’ll talk about it whenever we have to go and read a potty training book with him frequently. We also received the Bumbo Step ‘n Potty which you can get on Amazon. It’s so nice that you have the option to use the potty as a…

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Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin or Shoes

I was the first girl to wear gauchos to school even when the boys made fun of me, I’ve rocked hot pink lipstick and I was never afraid to go introduce myself to someone, but motherhood, that was a completely different story. I felt so much insecurity. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, and then when I did start doing something I had people tell me I wasn’t doing it right, and my kid isn’t even two yet! I’ve come a long way since those first few months of newborn-ness wore off and the hormones subsided, and I’ve grown comfortable in my own skin as a mother, wife, friend, and who I am in general. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have my moments of insecurity, considering I am terrible at awkward silences and will say things to fill the void, often leaving myself face palming in the car later, but I’m really working on breaking that habit. One of the things that helped me jump over that motherhood insecurity was one when I was eating at Chick-fil-a (big…

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Rest, Dreams Come True and Priorities

Sorry… I’m about to get sappy. Looking through these pictures has me so incredibly thankful. Three years ago, Ian and I sat on the beach talking about how one day we will have littles running around while we sat in the sand. We talked about the memories we’d make, how different our time and energy would be spent, and how we we’re hopeful we would be blessed with that family we’d dreamed about. We’ve traveled quite a bit with Cove already, but relaxing at the beach brought all those memories back from those conversations we had a few years ago. This trip has been exactly what we needed. It seems like right before every vacation, everything seems to get crazy and Ian has to work crazy hours all the way up to the day before we leave. By the time the vacation actually gets here, we’re so ready for it and the hustle to get there makes everything worth it. So far, we’ve napped, played, swam, baked in the sun, ate our hearts out, and made some incredible memories together.…

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Honey Yellow | What I am packing for the beach

It’s no secret I’ve been obsessed with yellow this summer. Mustard, golden and honey. Especially this honey dress from Thistle & Finn. I love the criss cross details and the boho feel of the layers at the bottom. I wore it on a double date the other night, and it was a perfect day to night dress. I just threw a long crotchet cardigan over it and paired it with some strappy sandals. You probably remember Thistle & Finn from this post here. Their clothing is made well and is perfect for a bohemian look. We’re headed to the beach soon, and the timing of this trip could not be any more perfect. We are in some desperate need of time for just the three of us. The salty air and the sound of the waves is just what the doctor ordered. We are definitely beach people, and I often ask myself why we don’t just pack up and move there. This trip, since Cove is not as little, I am hoping to pack way less than last time. If you…

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Summer Date Night | Five Summer Date Night Ideas

  I know school is about to start back soon here in the south, but summer is still around for a while. We’ve had a lot of rain this summer. It makes for very humid days but incredible sunsets. I’ve always joked with Ian that I am a cheap date. It really doesn’t take a lot to impress me. Just quality time and good food. One of my favorite date nights this summer was when we went to a local seafood restaurant that we both love. They have the best salmon and parmesan truffle fries. We skipped dessert and headed to the ice cream store because dark chocolate ice cream is my favorite desert, and Ian is the best and takes me to all the places he knows I will enjoy. Then we headed to the lake by our house to watch the sunset. We had the camera in the car already, so Ian snapped a few of these. I loved how pink the sun made the water look. I thought it might be fun to share some date night ideas for…

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My Everyday Hair & Beauty Products

I feel a little bit funny writing this post because I am in no way a beauty or makeup artist. In fact, I think I probably do the bare minimum when it comes to beauty. If you are anything like me and only give maybe 5-10 minutes on your beauty regime in the morning, then you may be interested in reading about my favorite products. When it comes to hair and makeup I always believe you should be working towards effortless and natural more than trying to achieve a look that transforms you into someone else. Beauty products should be to enhance your natural beauty and be fun, not something we feel like we have to live by or for. HAIR I probably spend the majority of time on my hair everyday. I have naturally fine hair, but I have a lot of it. Because it’s so fine it falls heavy around my face. I don’t wash it everyday, so dry shampoo is a lifesaver and keeps my hair from looking greasy and gives it some texture. Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry…

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Casual Friday | Dainty Piece Edition

You may be able to tell from the photos above that our house is pretty out of sorts. There is stuff on the counter. The pillows are un-fluffed. We are in casual attire. But that’s okay. I’m really working hard to make this space beautiful but authentic too. And sometimes our life just isn’t all that glamorous. It’s perfect in its own way to me. I kind of love that everyday feeling where stuff is lying around that we’re using, blankets out of sort on the couch and half drunk coffee cups. The house just feels lived in. Just like I love a pair of lived-in jeans or a well-worn tee, I love the kind of jewelry you can wear every day. I’ve always been a fan of dainty pieces. I usually wear some sort of dainty necklace every single day plus an assortment of stacking rings. I will often layer them even more based on the kind of top I am wearing. I think what I love most about dainty jewelry is that it usually is personalized or has some meaning to…

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Modern White Brick Fireplace & Walnut Mantel DIY

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); "It's time for a fireplace update." Fast forward 4 weeks and the aroma of freshly cut walnut and poly still linger in our living room as I write this. Nothing fancy here, just a simple paint and build, striving for simplicity and clean lines. I've detailed everything out below, minus the exact dimensions since it's custom to our space and different for each house. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below! As with each DIY project I've posted here, I'm not a professional craftsman and I don't play one online. Detailed pictures and further info located in each section as you expand them. Best of luck! Total Cost $300 Walnut Boards$200Common Boards + Screws$50Primer + Paint$50 Materials Walnut Lumber Common Boards 4" Screws 1.5" Screws Wood Glue Oil Based Primer Indoor Latex Paint Painters Tape Tools Table Saw Miter Saw Kreg Jig Clamps Planer How To Expand each step for more instructions and photos 1. Out with the…
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Chill Frills

Happy Monday, friends! You all know how much I love a good deal, so I wanted to share a little gem I recently discovered. This striped wrap blouse and ruffle top are both under $25! I have been working to step up my top game. I feel like I always gravitate towards comfy tees and graphics (which I still love), but I’m working to create a little bit of diversity in my wardrobe. I received both of the tops above from this shop. I feel in the past some similar shops have gotten a bad rap and as with most stores, there are always pros and cons. One of my favorite things about this shop in particular is everything is super reasonable. You can get some of the hottest trends for a fraction of the price. The downside here, being we live in the world of Amazon Prime and orders are here in 2 days, the pieces take a while to actually get to you. Considering it’s shipping from overseas, I think it’s to be expected. I suggest to always always always read the reviews, especially…

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Thoughts on Things: Summer Blush, Eyelashes and My Favorite Tacos Right Now

I hope you are all having a great week! It has been crazy hot here, but we’re living it up in true summer fashion with lots of pool days and day trips. We even went to Ikea just to get out of the house and ended up with more plant babies. My living room looks a little bit like a green house right now and for lunch, we of course ended up at my favorite Taqueria del Sol. I was actually thinking about doing a taco round up on here for all the Atlanta locals. Would anyone be interested? I honestly go through phases where I crave certain ones more than others. Taqueria del Sol is my all time favorite, but I have been obsessed with Bahama Breeze Coconut Shrimp Tacos lately… You can get them with black beans and rice, plus a little chipotle sauce and its to die for. Okay…I am kind of getting hungry as I write this. This blush top has been a favorite this summer. It’s soft and comfortable, so it gives me an excuse…

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Beauty while you ZZZ

I am a big fan of sleep. Unlike most people my age, I can’t sleep for five hours and be okay. I need a good 8 hours + of sleep every night or the next day I feel useless. (Newborn stage, I was a walking ZOMBIE) I typically go to bed around ten every night and am up at seven every morning. As a lover of sleep, you can only imagine I am a also a fan of good bedding. We have layers upon layers of down, memory foam, gel and high thread counts. I know I may sound a little ridiculous, but you spend almost half your life in a bed… I think it should be comfortable. I had heard about Slip Silk Pillowcases a while ago, but never made the plunge to purchase them. We recently received two King Size covers for our pillows and Ian and I have both been converted. Ian’s favorite thing about them is the fact they are incredibly soft and stay cool all night, and I am a huge fan of how they help with anti-aging and decrease…

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