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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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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Our Fall Bucket List

This dress is from Pink Blush and I’ve been loving their fall line. All their clothing fits so well, yet still loose enough for a pizza / baby bump. Which means it will last me throughout my pregnancy. I have quite a few of their non-maternity items also and love them. They have so many great styles for everyone. Now that it’s officially fall, I feel like I can share our fall bucket list. Some things are every year traditions, and others are things we’ve never done before. I am so excited for all the family time and activities for Cove.…

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How to Survive the Grocery Store With a Toddler

  I have to admit, we have been using Kroger ClickList way more than we actually go to the grocery store, but sometimes you just have to walk around Target. Am I Right? And we probably go to Costco about once every three weeks to get a lot of our bulk goods and almost all of our meat. So while the drive-thru grocery store concept is still my favorite, going to the grocery store is still inevitable. I thought I would share five tips for surviving the grocery store with minimal breakdowns. *Also, I am going to point out, it…

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We’re Having A Baby!

That’s right! We are so blessed and thankful for the gift of another sweet baby. Cove is finally coming around to the idea that the baby is in my belly and not his, but it was pretty cute for him to lift up his shirt and point to his stomach when we asked ‘where the baby is?’ I guess you could say it was a bit of a surprise, but an answer to prayers too. I won’t go into the long of it, but I had some health issues that led me to believe it wasn’t in the cards for…

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Losing My Identity and Perfectionism All at Once

Some people walk into motherhood gracefully as if they were playing the harp in a long formal gown, I on the other hand, walked into it like a 2nd grader blowing random notes into a recorder clutzing around the house.  My life pre-baby was a great deal different. Hair curled, outfit pressed and hot coffee in tow, I would head to my full time job as a Marketing Director. As my Type A personality led me, outfits were planned, pillows were perfectly fluffed and my day planner was always organized. When we lost our first, I learned to relinquish some of the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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