Work Life Balance

Earlier this week, I shared with you why I started blogging, with a little insight into where we are with it all. Another question I get asked a lot is how and when do I work. I feel like it’s a little ironic for me to write this because I have yet to figure it all out. I am actually sitting here planning for what work / life and two babies will look like when we have a newborn and everything changes again. So maybe I will end up revisiting this post again in a year and let you know what it…

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Coffee Talk: 4 Years Later & Why I Started Blogging

We just celebrated our four year anniversary of starting The Southern Trunk, and I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to start this, to keep going, and to stay true to myself. To everyone who reads, whether you just started or you’ve been there since the beginning, I couldn’t do what I do and what I love without you. I couldn’t think of a better time to start a new series with you all then right now. I’ve been thinking a great deal on what is going on with “influencers” and social media…

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What’s in My Diaper Bag for 2 under 3

I haven’t started packing my hospital bag yet, but I have been thinking about how I’m going to cram stuff for a toddler and baby into ONE bag. I felt like I carried way more than I needed to with Cove as a newborn, but I was always so worried I wasn’t going to have something. This time around I am grateful to be a little bit more laid back and more minimalistic in what we actually need. I have to say, out of the many different bags I’ve carried over the past 2 years, Fawn Design is my absolute…

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Freezing Temps + 5 Random Things

It’s been freezing here the past two weeks so we are definitely having an actual winter here in Georgia, unlike years past. Just like most people, the cold weather makes me want to curl up in my pajamas and not do a single thing. I try really hard to stay motivated, because in the winter, it’s just so hard, ha. I recently received this sherpa jacket and it has been perfect for when we actually go out and brave the bitter cold. It is oversized, hooded and makes me feel like I am wearing a blanket. When Ian and I…

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Thoughts on Things | More Monochromatic Looks, Embracing Your Season and Products I’m Loving

Oh look… it’s me in another cardigan… haha. I guess since my pregnancies are a few months different from each other, I totally forgot about dressing myself in the winter. I wore dresses most of the time with Cove, but won’t work for January in Georgia. The temps have dropped to below freezing quite a few times, so layering it is. Since cardigans are something you can wear even when you aren’t pregnant, I felt they were better options to include in my wardrobe so I wouldn’t be investing in a bunch of maternity sweaters that I couldn’t ever wear…

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Freshen Up For The New Year

I have been in crazy nesting mode lately. It is actually kind of crazy how much I have been nesting compared to when I was pregnant with Cove. We took down all of our holiday decor the day after Christmas, the toy room was redecorated (more to come soon) and all of the closets have been cleaned out and reorganized.  I am actually really proud of myself because sometimes I can be a pack rat, but I cleared out carloads of stuff! Along with all the nesting, I got an early start on refreshing our bed linens too. January is…

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Your Last Holiday To-Do List | Present Over Perfect

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks earlier, but here it is now! This year, I have talked a lot about a simpler Christmas. More minimal decorations. Fewer to-dos. Which I guess is why the title of this is a bit ironic. But with it being the week before Christmas, I thought I’d share with you a few to-dos that will make your life easier, less hectic and more meaningful. Stop buying presents and be present. Don’t worry about that last minute person who got you a gift and don’t worry about the stockings being packed to the brim.…

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Winter White

Last week, Georgia experienced Snow Storm Benji out of nowhere. What was supposed to be a light dusting ended up being a twelve inches of snow with thousands of power outages? That morning, I had gone to take my glucose test and in the middle of my appointment, I heard people talking about how it was starting to stick and they were thinking about closing the office early. I made it home just in time and later that day Ian, was able to wrap up and enjoy the snow with us. Ian built a snowman taller than him, and we…

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Oh Christmas Tree! & Some Thoughts On Motherhood

Ever since I was pregnant with Cove, we made it a little family tradition to go walk around and look at the Christmas trees. We usually go the weekend right after Thanksgiving and sip on Hot Chocolate or Cider and buy some fresh garland or a wreath to make the house smell nice. It’s so fun to see how each year our family has grown and how blessed we are. Cove has loved running around and hiding in the trees the past two years, and it’s surreal to think we will have another little boy in the mix the next…

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Thoughts on Things | New Recipes, Jumpsuits & Minimal Decorating + Advent Download (In case you started a day late)

So now that the weather is actually getting cooler here in the south, I have been pulling out my warmer recipes. I just purchased an instant pot from the Cyber Monday deals, and have loved getting to put it to good use. I really wanted something I could put meals together with pretty quickly because I knew with a new baby coming early next year, there just wouldn’t be a lot of time each day to cook some of the things I cook now. The first meal I made was chicken and rice (like the fresh kind, not the kind…

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Bright & Frost Bite

When we started planning to take a trip to New York in the fall, we knew it would be chilly, but not as chilly as it turned out to be. Averages were in the 50’s and the Friday after we got there ended up being a high of 32 degrees… Most of the day with the wind, it felt like it was in the 20’s. Although we were bitter cold, we made the most of the day, shielding the weather in cozy cafes and museums. We took Uber here and there and the subway most of the time. I will…

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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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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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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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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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