The Wild Way | Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

I’ve always loved a good sandwich. We ate them a lot growing up. It was probably because we were a huge bread household. Good bread makes every meal better. Since it’s officially picnic weather, we decided to cook up some Tuscan Tuna Sandwiches for a quick and easy meal. Sometimes you just need to upgrade your standard sandwiches. I prefer canned Tuna in olive oil because it honestly has more flavor than tuna in water. Wild Selections is my favorite, and that is partly due to the fact that it also gives back to the World Wildlife Fund marine conservation and fishery improvement projects with every purchase you make. And the fact that there are only three ingredients: White tuna, olive oil and salt. Plus, they tell you exactly where your fish comes from on the can by searching here. These sandwiches are packed full of flavor and taste so fresh. If you are looking to wow a crowd with an easy recipe, these sandwiches will definitely do the trick. Now for the recipe… Ingredients 1/2 Mayo (I use the kind with olive oil)…

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We’re Live! Shop til’ You Drop

I’ve been itching to share this all with everyone for so long! Today we’ve officially launched The Southern Trunk shop, along with a nice little site upgrade! We’ve been dreaming and working on this space for months, and are so happy to finally share it with everyone. When I was a little kid, instead of playing with Barbies and other toys, I begged my mom for a sketch book. I started designing clothing and outfits. Going into middle school, my parents bought me my first sewing machine so I could make the clothing I had designed. One problem. I failed miserably. I had zero patience and ended up only making a few pillows and a floral skirt. But despite failure back then, I knew that I wanted to use that same creativity and heart for design in a career one day.

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Step Into Spring

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is doing well! We’ve been soaking up spring ever since it started. This past weekend we visited friends in Chattanooga and it honestly felt like summer. We walked around the downtown art district and across the walking bridge, which Cove absolutely loved. I’m a huge fan our how Chattanooga is an active and walking city. So many people were out walking, riding bikes and playing in Coolidge Park. We will definitely be back soon to take Cove to the aquarium. Although spring means lots of pastels and cool colors, I still love wearing neutral and my go-to black and white. I love this fun and flowy top from PinkBlush. They have some amazing spring tops and dresses. The white floral pattern still makes it springy and light. I dressed it down a little with some distressed jeans and paired it with these lace-up flats from Guilty Soles. What kind of plans do you have for spring? I would love to hear what kind of spring traditions you have.

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas: Living Simply & Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year where we start packaging up loads of trash bags with items we’ve managed to collect in our house but never use and dust out every nook and corner in our home to make it squeaky clean. Spring Cleaning. You may remember, when the beautiful Hannah Renee asked me to join the Let’s Be Honest Mamas panel. This time around, I was so excited to team up with her and a handful of other beautiful mamas (all at the bottom of this post) to share about living simply and our spring cleaning routine. You can read our previous Let’s Be Honest Mamas panel here. For full disclosure, I can’t really say that cleaning is something I get excited about, but I am very passionate about living simply. And I guess those two things can somewhat go hand in hand. Read my answers below regarding Spring Cleaning and Living Simply.

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On-The-Go | JJ Cole

Now that the weather is warm enough to be outside all day, we’ve been on the go ever since. The zoo, the park, the lake…. We are naturally on-the-go people. Even as a kid, my mom said I would go stir-crazy if I was at our house all day long, and I think Cove inherited that from me. Since marrying Ian, I have learned to slow down a bit, but we still all love to be outside together. This past week, we headed to a downtown square near us to walk around, pick some wildflowers and grab a snow cone. When it’s 85 degrees, the weather is just screaming for some rainbow shaved ice. We had so much fun window shopping and running around together. I recently got the Arrington Diaper Bag by JJ Cole. Honestly, I have never had a diaper bag. We just used inserts in different bags and backpacks. I was really interested to try it out. Sine switching over, I have LOVED having all the room and separate sections for “momma” things vs. “baby” things. With 3…

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Lavender Love | Giveaway

I’m so over the moon it’s spring. I’m even more excited to experience it all with Cove this year. Easter, planting in the yard, strawberry picking and all the other fun things that come with spring time. This past week we were outside pretty much every day, all day. I started clearing out our flower beds and planted a few rose bushes, along with some other plants, to fill it up before we mulched. This year, my mom bought me another lavender bush to go with the the smaller one I bought from Pikes. I’m slightly obsessed with lavender… We use the lavender essential oil in our house daily and now that I have the fresh stuff everywhere in our garden, we’ll be spreading that around too. I fell in love with this flowy top from PinkBlush when I saw it. The delicate details and lavender color were perfect for spring. PinkBlush has some amazing new items for this season. I picked up this top, a long sleeveless tunic, and another dress I’ll be sharing with you guys very soon for Easter. You may…

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It’s Spring: Time To Clean

I can’t say I’m a fan of cleaning… But there is something about spring that really get’s me in the mood to clean out every nook and cranny. Ian has walked in on me multiple times pulling everything out of the bathroom cabinets, closets and our pantry, before asking me why I decided to start cleaning at 9 o’clock at night. I never really have a good answer for it, but it’s just some weird urge that overtakes me, and it always seems to hit me late at night. I am trying to be more proactive by starting earlier in the day and prioritizing so I don’t get distracted. I put together a quick list of things I am doing this spring as well as some of my favorite products I’m using to help declutter and deep clean.

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Life Lately | Spring 17 Edition

It’s been some time since I’ve filled you in on our life. We’ve been busy getting ready to launch some new things here on TST and Ian’s been working away at his company, which has some big things coming. This means it’s been a lot of late nights and working through the weekends or us. But we are so grateful for where we are, even if there is little to no down time. God has blessed us both and we know it’s all part of where we are right now. The busyness has helped us be really intentional in our time with each other, and we’ve felt the freedom to say no to things. Even if those no’s are for really great things, having too much going on leaves us not doing anything well. I was reading about Johnny Cash the other weekend while we were in Nashville, and I came across this quote when he was asked what his idea of paradise is, “This morning, having coffee, with her.” (talking about June Carter). I can’t get over how much I resonate with that. Saturday mornings…

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One In One Out

Some days you have to just pack up the car and get out of the house. We love spending time in our home, but when it’s 70 degrees, sunny and still winter, you need to get outside and enjoy the weather. We are really lucky to live near a large lake and being by the water (our favorite being the ocean) is so peaceful for us. Cove loves to pick up sticks and rocks and just walk around making new friends, so it’s really a lot of fun for all of us. I packed our Turkish Towel from Bali Market and a few snacks so we could have a picnic while we were there. I first came across Turkish towels with my mom. She uses them instead of regular towels because they are a flat weave instead of a loop weave, making them super compact and absorbent. I always loved hers and how they looked in her bathroom, so I was excited when I cam across Bali Market. I love how you can use it in so many different ways – as a blanket,…

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Tunnel Vision

Only about a month after I shared with you how Cove had taken his first steps here, he started full on sprinting. I have to say it has been a really fun stage for us. Cove really loves to be outside, so most days we fit that into our schedule. Since temps have been mild this winter, we will usually go to the park and walk around or collect sticks and rocks around our house. We are doing a couple renovations on our house (not large ones, thank goodness), so last week we were able visit the lumber store by our house and had lunch together as a family. Burger Fi has an amazing veggie burger, so we stopped by there and walked next to the train tracks and through the tunnel. Cove figured out his voice echoed and was screaming and giggling so much. It was a perfect afternoon. See Kai Run has shoes that are perfect for every stage of development. The first two pairs we received were for first walkers, which means the cartilage in his foot is…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas

Before I had a baby, I was really unsure of whether I would stay home with him / her or not. I’m a big advocate for encouraging mothers, no matter what they decide to do, because being a mama is already hard enough without all the unnecessary guilt others like to impose. We all have different circumstances, challenges and struggles. When we had Cove, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to decide for myself whether I wanted to stay at home or not, and after returning from maternity leave (to the most amazing job, which I loved), I felt like God had another plan for my life. There was a little guy at home who I wanted to spend every second with and a husband who was all in with their startup. More than my boys needing me, I needed them. I was so excited when the beautiful Hannah Rennee asked me to be a part of the “Let’s Be Honest Mama’s” interview group to share some insight into my life as a stay at home mom. Motherhood itself…

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A Little Book Goes A Long Way

In my mind, every year is a year for the books. Whether it is the best year of our lives or we’ve been to hell and back, each year is one of growing, shaping and celebration. After all, we aren’t promised tomorrow. Every day we have here counts. With that in mind, Ian and I have always done yearly photo books. We love to take pictures. We are so grateful we enjoy documenting things all the time because it is so great to look back and remember seasons and specific memories we shared with each other. In the past it has taken us days to sort through and edit photo books just the way we want them, but I was so excited when Shutterfly reached out to us to try their new Make My Book Service. For an additional $9.99, Shutterfly will edit and compile your book for you. I chose the theme and color scheme I wanted and uploaded all my pics (I think there were over 400). There team then sifts through all the images and places them perfectly…

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Stay for the Sunsets

I promise, I will stop posting about California after this. (Until our next trip…) But, I did save the best for last. On our last day, we enjoyed soaking up the beaches around where we were staying in Dana Point. We didn’t really make plans to see anything in particular. We knew on the last day we would want some time to just soak up the things we loved. After lunch in Laguna, we drove up the coast a ways to Newport Beach to enjoy the scenic drive and let Cove sleep. On our way back, Ian told me he had a surprise for when we got back. A few months before our trip, I had mentioned how I wanted to dedicate Cove on the beach at some point. A little after Cove was born, we dedicated him formally at our church in front of friends and family, but I still wanted just the three of us to do something special together. Ian, being the gem of a husband and father he is, had remembered me mentioning it and surprised me by taking us to one of…

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Christmas Recap | 2016

I can now say that there are few things sweeter than watching your child run with excitement to the tree filled with gifts, and then sitting on your lap as he opens each one with a sweet glimmer in his eyes. I feel like each year is going to get more excited as he learns what Christmas is all about. I think the best part for me was when he first saw all of his gifts, he went to his books first, grabbed one and brought it to us to read. We’re raising a book worm and I am totally okay with it! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday with your family and were able to relax and rest. Our prayer and wish for you is Romans 15:13 – “May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in believing, that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may ABOUND in HOPE.”  Please enjoy a few highlights from our Christmas morning!

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Tava Travels

Adventure and traveling is something we hold dear in our hearts. It challenges us to think outside our comfort zone, to learn other cultures and capture the absolute beauty of creation through more than just a picture. Traveling is something that has created beautiful memories for our family that will last longer than any ‘thing.’ When I came across Tava, I fell in love with their adorable passports and mission to inspire children to always search for the next adventure. Tava makes adorable childrens passports with cards that explain and have games about where they are traveling. We picked up a San Diego passport and a USA Road trip passport for Cove. It was so fun to go through with him on all the places we visited like the San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines and Balboa Park and read about all the fun facts about San Diego. The idea of teaching kids about where you are taking your adventures as well as giving them a fun keepsake is something I want to do for every trip. It would be so…

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Cove’s First Birthday | Modern Geo Jungle Party

When it came time for us to start thinking about a theme for Cove’s first birthday, I knew I wanted it to be from something we experienced together as a family during his first year of life. We were able to take Cove to both the Atlanta Zoo and the San Diego Zoo this year and he loved it. Since we had such great memories there together as a family, I decided to do a modern jungle theme. We have always used #gocove since before he was born, so we played on that to theme the party GO COVE, GO WILD. We tied together modern and geometric patterns with African Mudcloth to build out the branding and design. I designed the logo and invites, and then had them printed. We also crafted handmade wooden geometric photo frames to hold the Polaroid’s that we had people take at the party as party favors. Then we added jungle greenery and tiny zoo animals to pull it all together.

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