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 his favorite memories with me. I mean… wow. I love that he’s always been so intentional and personal with his gifts. I guess you could say my love of SPS started then. I loved the quality of the prints and how well made they are. Plus, their company has the BEST customer service and sweetest employees. We’ve ordered from them quite a bit over the years and we usually like to pick up some extra new prints whenever we take…

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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 been a blast so far and it’s going by way too fast. I am going to let you guys in on a little secret. When I got pregnant with Cove, I was super paranoid about stretch marks. I knew if I got them, I would live and always remember the beautiful fact I got to carry my child, but I also just really didn’t want to have to deal with them or that adjustment. A friend from work told me…

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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 parenting – once you think you’ve got one thing figured out, you get thrown a curve ball and you’re learning how to deal with something new. I’ve really been trying to write down quick notes on my phone of things going on, happy or sad, that I want to remember. I may start a little series on here like Thoughts On Things. We’ll see… But for now, here are 10 things I want to forever keep and remember. Every morning…

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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 that unpacking creates. The following Saturday, it was just the three of us with no plans, so we decided to get outside and picnic together. I used my new Gathre mat, to which I’m now spoiled, because now, a blanket won’t ever do for us… It doesn’t heat up in the sun, it’s easier to brush off and it lays flat when the wind blows. We had a mini mat a friend gave us before Cove was born, and it…

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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 that later. I received the sweetest necklace from Reagan over at Henri Lou and loved the sterling and turquoise accents. I have been mixing dainty gold and silver jewelry for a while now, especially my rings, so I thought it would be fun to try a silver necklace. Most of mine are gold, so it’s been fun to switch things out here and there. For some reason, this necklace reminds me of the desert and the ocean both together and I…

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Stir Crazy & Bellabeat

  This past week was a tough one in the realm of health issues for our family. We were wiped out and didn’t leave the house for a few days, but when we finally started to feel better, we decided some fresh air was what the doctor ordered. I tend to get extremely stir crazy after about one day stuck at home, so I was really crazy at this point. Please tell me I am not the only one like that? We headed to the lake/park to walk around and it definitely helped lift our spirits. Cove loves throwing rocks in the water and was really into the ducks this time. He was screaming “DUCKS!” chasing after them. I was cracking up. Next time we go back, I will have to bring some bread to the lake with me to make it up to all the ducks who were scared to death of the toddler chasing them around. I wanted to share with you guys about this fun new fitness tracker made for women. I have never been a huge fan of…

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To the mother with children on earth, in heaven and those cultivating life in other ways…

  It took a lot in me to write this, and I went back and forth on whether I should or not. But at the end of the day, I felt someone needed to read it. I was lucky enough to have an incredible mother who loved and taught me the beauty of what motherhood is and can be. When I was growing up, she would always say it was more important to her that we loved and treated her well every day of the year than just one holiday where we felt obligated to do so. I took this to heart, but never really gave Mother’s Day much of a thought until about three years ago. I don’t think I was ever one of those girls who dreamed of being a mother from a young age. I knew I wanted to be one, but it wasn’t something I had this deep desire for. But one day, about three years into our marriage, God laid that desire heavy on my heart. So you might think we would have a baby right then and there,…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas | All About Sleep | Giveaway to aden + anais

  Sleep is a hot topic among young mamas, and we’re all desperately seeking it. I am so excited to be teaming up with the lovely Hannah Renee and the Let’s Be Honest Mamas to share a little about sleep, or the lack thereof, we’ve experienced with Cove. We are also hosting a fun giveaway for two mama’s to receive a $100 gift card to aden + anais on Instagram, so be sure to check it out. We just recently got this silky soft shibori dream blanket, and I am obsessed. It is SO SOFT. I have actually contemplated stealing it from Cove’s room so I can curl up with it. Anyways… back to sleep… Here are my answers. How well does your babe sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? I almost feel a little bad sharing because I don’t want to jinx myself with our next kid, but Cove started sleeping through the night at about two months. We had a harder time with naps, but once we got in a good routine, he…

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Quality Time | Jord Wood Watches

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and I am loving our new traditions we’ve started as a family of three. We spend time with both of our mothers and Cove’s grandmothers the day before Mother’s Day and then we take Sunday as a day for our immediate family to spend time together. This past year was my first year celebrating Mother’s day with Cove and Ian really went above and beyond to make the day special for me. I know he is going to do a wonderful job teaching Cove how you love and respect your mother (not just on Mother’s Day, but every day). One of my strongest love languages is quality time, so on Mother’s Day it’s definitely something I cherish the most. I thought I would put together a list of a few creative ways you can give your mom quality time on Mother’s day. Zoo or aquarium date. This is not for every mom, but if your mom is an animal lover this will be right up her alley. Spend time together wandering around and…

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Adventures Aren’t Just For Dreams

Do you remember when you were a kid and little things seemed so much bigger and more exciting then they do now? I remember how big my grandparents basement felt when we were down there playing or how fiber optic lamps from the seventies felt like make-believe aliens (random I know). I often wish the creative part of my mind would still work that way. Ian and I always talk about how much imagination and letting your mind wonder can bring innovation, and in careers / opportunities that really stretch your creative limits, how it would be so helpful to have those grand adventures like you did when you were a kid. I really hope we can help Cove embrace imagination and help bring his dreams to life. I believe as parents, it can be easy to get in ruts, or stick to reality all the time, but sometimes you have to feed those creative minds by taking it beyond their toys. Maybe it’s building forts in the living room, going on grand adventures in your own neighborhood or building things out of…

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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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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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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 Few Things on Being a New Mom

Those sweet little hands and twinkling eyes had me wrecked from the moment I laid eyes on them. I had no idea what I was in for. I guess that’s what the nine months of planning and growing is supposed to prepare you for. But just like people tell you, everything is different… Not only will your whole life be different, but you will be different. I completely anticipated for life to change. I knew that grocery bills would now include diapers, wipes and all sorts of itty bitty baby products. I knew that things like going to the store would take twice as long to do and that our house would probably never be as clean as it was before. I even knew that my heart would be so in love with this little person that I couldn’t even put it into words. But I had no idea that every emotion I ever had would be amplified. That I would feel more than I ever felt before. You see everything in a different light, a new mom view. You will…

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