Thoughts on Things: Social Media Babies, Hands Free Fashion and Trends I Love

So one of my sweet friends on Instagram shared a post on social media babies and how this will be the first generation to ever grow up with cameras in their face at all time and every single part of their lives being documented on iPhones and often through social media. To be honest, it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to and Ian and I have talked about before. We have a few friends who don’t share about their children at all on social media, no photos at all, and others who document bare booties and glorious details of real life and the moments in between. I personally don’t think either is wrong, because each of us have our own ideas of what parenting should look like and ideas of how we should be raising our kids. I am sure social media will affect our children, just like it’s affected us, if we are all being completely honest here. For some of us, it’s impacted us in a completely positive way. Some have built businesses, met friends, created a digital journal their…

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Thoughts on Things: Managing Time, Sand and a Few of My Current Favorites

  I normally feel like I am pretty good at managing time. I’m type A and make lists for everything. It’s probably a little OCD, but as of late, I’ve really been struggling. It feels like the days go by so fast and my lists never get done. I try to be really intentional about my time with family, so some things definitely get put on the back burner, but it still feels like time is moving way to fast to completely everything I need to. I would love some suggestions for those of you who manage a bunch of different things like jobs, kids, family and other priorities, and how you do it without letting things slip through the cracks. Hoping it’s just a season, because I hate laying my head on the pillow knowing that the list keeps growing. When we took the above pictures, Cove was having a big issue with the sand. He loves the water, but he’s really funny about textures. As soon as it got in his sandals he had a major melt-down and we had…

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Thoughts on Things: Current Favorites and Forgotten Photos

The other day I was scrolling through photos on my phone, and I realized I had never shared these photos with you all. I am still all googly eyed over my boys in their cute matching ties from ZUZU. We took these on Valentine’s Day after church and Cove did not want to sit still, as you can probably tell. I love these pictures of the two of them together. You can see so much similarities in their eyes. Also, what are your thoughts on the nineties trends coming back so quick? I had to admit it brought back nostalgia of grade school when I put my lace cami on over a tee, but I really like it. Plus, it’s so much more practical for me as a mom. I’m loving these slip dresses here and here too. I can’t wait to pair them with some vans and my favorite choker from The Curly Haired Fox for a casual look (When I am I not going for a casual look though? haha). You guys know how much I love my oils. Well, I…

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The Happy Things

It’s officially the love month and my birthday month! We’ve got a lot going on but I’m looking forward to all of it. If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you may have seen that two years ago at the beginning of February we were in the emergency room finding out that our first baby’s heart had stopped beating. A year ago I was struggling with postpartum and unsure of how to handle it without taking any medication, and three years ago we were dealing with some pretty heavy family illnesses and I was basically sick the entire month. I say all of that not to throw myself a pity party, but to let you know that this month I’m really going into it with a heart of openness instead of fear that it will be like years past. I recently read a book called Hope Heals about a family that’s gone through more than I could possibly imagine and way worse than any of my problems compare. I wanted to share one of the quotes that really…

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Thoughts on Things: Sweatshirts, Fringe High Tops and 5 ways I am dealing with winter blues

I really feel like you can never have enough sweatpants or sweatshirts. If you saw my closet you would probably gasp at the amount of loungewear I have, but I don’t care. It’s what I’m most comfortable in. I found this blush sweatshirt the other day, and it brought me back to Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World days. I feel like Kelly Kapowski might have owned it at one point. I paired it with some jeans and my new favorite sneakers from Guilty Soles. When I found out fringe high top sneakers existed, I knew they were meant to be in my closet. I LOVE these shoes. The other day we were doing our Chick-fil-A run, and I didn’t even realize I had dressed Cove in a sweatsuit too, haha. We were like a sweatsuit family from the 80’s. —

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2016 RECAP: Thoughts on Things

I can’t wait to see the path these three sets of feet get to take together in 2017. Last year, 2015, left such a strong mark on our lives with 2016 being a year of excitement and so much growth. Another year has come and gone where we made plans, but God had other things in mind. In the most beautiful of ways, He revealed how His plan was far better than what we could have ever imagined. 

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Thoughts on Things | Being Present, Pikes and Magnolia Story

We recently took Cove to Pikes to look at some of the garland and wreaths and he went crazy. If I would have known that Pikes would result in that much joy, we would have gone everyday last week. He kept finding branches and made friends with a few of the employees. No joke, we probably stayed there for over half an hour just letting him walk around and giggle. Just a little over a year ago we were waiting on his arrival and picking up our tree. You may remember seeing the pictures of me waddling around here. I recently finished the The Magnolia Story (which I am obsessed with).I loved how Joanna shared how she had an epiphany where she realized that working to obtain perfection made her miss out on letting her kids be kids. It made me reconsider the moments like the ones we had a Pikes where I might be in a rush and don’t let him experience things to the fullest. Or I miss soaking in all the fun he is having because I am too…

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A Door of Hope | Joshua Tree

I remember so vividly the time I laid there, wondering how I had found myself in the wilderness so quickly. Dry. Parched. Unsure of how exactly I would live the next day, or feeling aimless like there was no direction because everything looked the same. I would love to say it was because I was some martyr. Because suffering can somehow be glamorous in today’s society. But really, it was something the Lord was trying to prepare and refine me for. I kept putting trust in myself while trying to control everything around me. I kept thinking I was the one dealing the cards, but it wasn’t the case. Pride drove my actions and emotions, then suddenly I was stripped of everything. Not all, but most people have been through some sort of ‘desert’ experience. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness before God called him to lead Israel out of Egypt. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before entering the promise land. David spent time in the desert hiding from Saul before God later made him king. And…

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Thoughts on Things | Christmas trees, Traditions and My Favorite Recipes Currently

Although last year was one of the best Christmases because we became a family of three, it also felt like we skipped over everything due to our newborn fatigue and the fact it was almost 80 degrees here. Now that we have a little boy walking around, I am so excited for this year’s festivities. Everything seems more magical when you are experiencing it for the first time with someone. Cove now points at the tree when we ask him where the ‘Christmas’ tree is, and whispers when we get close to the lights like he is experiencing something magical. It might be the fact I have an almost one year old, that I am curled up on the couch with the lights twinkling behind my coffee cup or that I’m watching the Gilmore Girls revival, but I am just so sentimental and nostalgic right now over the holidays. For the past five years Ian and I have been married, we’ve had some really great traditions just the two of us this time of year. We always talked about traditions we would…

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Thoughts on Things | iOS 10, Joy and Enchilada Soup

Although I am not sold on needing the new iPhone, I do like the new software update. All the updates to iMessages have been really fun. I guess that’s the total nerd in me. Ian and I spent like an hour after Cove went to sleep just texting each other back and forth, sending gifs, heart beats, drawings, etc. I am also totally grateful for the updates to Maps. Well, to be honest, I never used Maps before because of all the glitches, so now I probably will.

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Thoughts on Things | Netflix, Instagram Stories and Being Lost

1. So I know we are way behind, but we just recently finished the BBC Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch (which I am obsessed with). After that, we didn’t really want to start a show, so we just started going through 90’s movies. I have to be honest, I kind of loved it. 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, Remember the Titans… you get the picture. Does anyone else feel so much nostalgia when watching old movies like that? The best part is watching with them Ian because it’s almost like I am seeing them for the first time again. Are you watching anything on Netflix right now? If we were to start a show, what would you suggest? We got rid of cable a few years ago, and don’t really watch TV unless it’s on Netflix, so I am always open to suggestions :).

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Thoughts on Things | Our Country, Telanti Gelato and Maker’s Market

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…

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2015 Recap…Looking ahead | Thoughts on Things

2015 has been one for the books. Literally, I think I could have written a book. January – We had a rough start. New Years Eve last year, Ian and I were both passed out on the couch with a terrible flu. We rang in the new year with miso soup and antibiotics. Three days later, we found out I was pregnant with a baby due in September. February – A month later, we lost our little love due to a miscarriage. February was incredibly rough as we moved out of our home for renovations during a time of grief and physical recovery, but at the same time, my faith and hope grew so much during that period. I learned to release control for the first time ever and give myself a break at always trying to keep the “plan” together. March – In March, Ian and I prayed over the possibility of him starting a new venture and leaving the “security” of his corporate job. I have always been risk averse, but God had worked so much on my…

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Thoughts on Things: Keeping My Eyes Above the Waves

Some days my feet are in the ocean and there is a warm breeze with peace and comfort. Other days, the wind is knocked out of me. Wave after wave of grief and anxiety hit me. The vacant room we had painted for our baby. Walking by the baby section at Target. The uncertainty of what will be next for our family. I don’t think I fully understood how little control I would have over my body after a miscarriage. I told Ian I felt like a walking bag of tears. I would be in the middle of working on something and then all of a sudden just lose it. Some things I could hear or see and be perfectly fine with, and others would break my heart again. A friend who has experienced a similar loss, referred to these moments as waves and there was nothing I could do to stop them.  Although the time between them may grow longer, I would have no control over when they hit me. What matters is what I did when they hit. Did I trust when…

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