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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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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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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It’s a….(Gender Reveal)

Ian and I are so excited for two scoops of sweet baby boys! That’s right, we are having a little boy! My heart is so excited to see Cove have a little brother so close in age to him, and I am so happy God wanted me to be a boy mom. Boys just steal your hearts and do they love their mama’s. It’s so funny to think that this girly girl who thought she would grow up to have the all little girls will now never have tutus and princess tea time, but a house full of little men.…

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Baking Together | Lemon Butter Cookies

I am truly not a great baker. I love the idea of baking, but I am a much better cook than baker. But, baking with other people is so much fun. Cove has finally gotten to the age where he loves to help in the kitchen. He usually is more helpful when it comes to helping us load and unload the dishwasher and organizing the Tupperware, hah. If I am making something and have some extra time, I try to include him as much as possible. I think it’s so important for all kids to learn how to work and…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Print of Your Heart

About three years ago, Ian and I decided not to purchase each other Christmas presents. I say that, but usually every time we say we’re not going to get each other presents, Ian still is so sweet and picks me up something beautiful or makes something beyond what I could have ever wanted. That year, in true Ian fashion, he gave me a Christmas present about a week before Christmas. He made wooden frames and burned things he loved about me on the the bottom of each one. He then had square prints from Social Print Studio printed with some of…

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An Avocado a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

This weekend was exactly what our family needed. No plans. Just us and whatever we felt like doing. For the first time in months, we decided to tackle a few home renovation projects. I can’t wait to show you guys the before and after. It’s been a while since we’ve done a DIY on here, so hopefully we’ll put something together really soon. Besides that, we took the mornings slow together as a family, visiting our favorite local bagel shop and spending some time by the kiddie pool. I’m a little upset that June is already almost over. This summer has…

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Forever Keeps

I know I am generally a sappy person, but kids will do that to you. I find myself going through pictures while Cove is asleep wandering how time slipped by us so quickly. Now that it’s summer, I honestly feel like he and I have grown even closer. It might sound silly because we’ve been together since he was in my womb, but we’ve connected and laughed together, cried together and he’s so much more cognitive. It hasn’t come without its challenges though… We’ve experienced the terrible twos so much earlier than I anticipated. I guess that’s the thing about…

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Picnics + 5 Other Practical Ways We Use Gathre Mats

  Picnics are one of my very favorite things to do together as a family. Almost every year, the boys take me to do it for Mother’s Day or when they know I just need some time with them. It could be the fact I love cheese, bread and fruit and it’s usually the majority of what our picnics consist of, or that I LOVE outdoor dining. Anytime you combine food + a beautiful view, it’s my kind of heaven. After coming home from our trip the other day, our house was pure chaos with laundry, groceries and the mess…

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Mother’s Day Recap

  This past weekend my boys spoiled me well. Saturday and Sunday they let me sleep in, brought me a card with the cutest little otter on them (this meme is my favorite and I literally said, ‘I Made Dis’ when Cove was born), and took me out for a day of doing whatever I wanted. I opted for a park date and dinner with a little shopping in between, of course. The slow and relaxed days with them are my favorite. Nothing too fancy, just quality time. Ian’s currently building my Mother’s Day present so I’ll show you guys…

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