Mother Daughter Date

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Happy Thursday! This week has been crazy busy. We’ve been meeting with people, hanging out, done piles of laundry, and a mountain of dishes. So I decided we needed a good ol’ fashioned mother daughter date day and it was so fun! Shopping, ice cream, and lots of giggles. 🙂

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Funniest thing happened at Marshalls! We were in the dressing room and I had one thing left to try on. Lilly said, “I have to go potty!” AHHH! That’s like the worst situation to be in when your kiddo needs to go! Half naked and scrambling to get dressed! Haha! Of course 2 seconds later a waterfall of pee comes from my child and gets all over the cart and the floor. ALL OVER. After cleaning it up, I wrapped my cardigan around my butt naked child and tied it into a dress. Barefoot, makeshift dress, and one happy kiddo. I thought it was actually pretty cute. 😉 The old ladies in the store were dying laughing. I’m sure they’ve had their fair share of accidents and makeshift outfits from mothering young tots. 🙂

We bought a bag of veggie straws at Marshalls (because why not?) and ate them when we got home. My toddler and I ate a whole bag of veggie straws. A whole bag you guys. In one sitting. Whoops!

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And then what summer day is complete without ice cream? So. Much. Ice cream. I thought, “I can get 2 scoops! I can do this!” Note to self: if you have to give yourself a pep talk to eat it, don’t. Right?! I shared a bunch with Lilly. I think we actually probably ate the same amount! Needless to say my run was a bit longer this morning and I’ll probably slip in a few more ab workouts.

Shopping and ice cream – probably going to be a tradition for our mother daughter dates. I hope so anyway! 🙂

What are your favorite parent child dates?

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Summer Clothes for Kids

It’s so crazy that we are almost halfway done with July! Where’d the time go?! Like, seriously? What happened? Even though it’s already July, there’s still plenty of summer left. Yep, still time to buy watermelon, run through sprinklers, hit up the pool, and chalk on every sidewalk within a mile of your house. Oh, that’s just me? 😉

And with plenty of summer left, there’s plenty of time to buy some kids’ summer clothes for this year and next if they’re on sale. Everyone likes a sale, right? Thanks so much Amazon Prime Day! 🙂 So here are some of my fave kiddo clothes. Cute, functional, comfy. Basically the 3 essentials to buying anything, right guys?

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Girls: palm dress, overalls, floral stripe dress, vintage stripe romper, summer food tie topembroidered top, floral top

Boys:  orange shortsshark polopalm polo, surfboard tee, surf shirtgiraffe shirt

What are some of your favorite fun summer kids’ clothes?

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Mother’s Day Gifts

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Flowers are here, spring dresses are everywhere, summer is coming up, and so is Mother’s Day. Here are some practical ideas! And some pretty ones too! 😉

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1. // World’s okayest mom mug

2. // Floral scarf

3. // Straw tote (on sale!)

4. // Pride & Prejudice book scarf (love this!)

5. // Gold calligraphy notebook

6. // Concrete cork planter

7. // Ring dish

8. // Patterned panama hat

9. // Yarn bowl

10. // Insulated wine glass (or a pint glass for beer drinkers)

11. // Pineapple corer/slicer/peeler (I need this!!!)

12. // Key & phone finder

13. // Amazon gift card

14. // Target gift card

15. // Bar necklace

16. // Mama Bird tee

17. // Family portrait drawing (so cute!)

18. // Layered necklaces

19. // Kate Spade lemon tumbler

I straight told my hubby to get me this for Mother’s Day. Haha! Gotta love the transparency and honesty in marriage, right you guys? 🙂

What are you getting for Mother’s Day? Any mamas out there getting themselves something? A nap maybe?

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14 Favorite Baby Books

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Everyone’s having babies you guys! Like everyone. I know a sweet lady who just had a little boy and 3 ladies who are pregnant right now. Actually 4 I think. Or maybe it’s 5. Anyway, ALL the babies! I love working in the nursery at church with the little babies. Even though it was not my favorite stage, it’s so sweet to look back at photos of little newborn Lilly who just wanted to sleep on my chest.

One thing I DID love about that baby stage though? Books. I loved reading to her and still do. We love Dr. Seuss books, but there are some others that we loved in our house or that our friends have that we love. Um…Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? for any of my 90’s kid peers?! Plus there’s a line of classic literature baby books that I’m totally swooning over. Swooning you guys. I don’t use that word very often so you know it’s serious. 🙂

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1.) My Mother Gave Me The Moon // 2.) Little Owl’s Night // 3.) Counting Kisses // 4.) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? // 5.) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom // 6.) I Love You Through And Through // 7.) There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! // 8.) The Very Hungry Caterpillar // 9.) Anne of Green Gables // 10.)Pride & Prejudice // 11.) Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles // 12.) Alice in Wonderland // 13.) Sense & Sensibility // 14.) Little Women

Books make the perfect bridal shower gift! Along with plenty of diapers, wipes, coffee, pacifiers, freezer meals, free babysitting, and free let-me-come-over-and-clean-your-house! 😉 But seriously.

What are your favorite baby books?

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Bloom

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The flowers are blooming, the sunshine warms up our bodies and calls us outside more and more, every plant is flourishing, and drinking up the spring rain. Although spring isn’t my favorite season, it is my second favorite. The cool air, warm sun, the flowers, the comforting spring rain. Just to sit with a hot cup of tea and watch the rain quench the flowers’ thirst, making them grow more and more. That might be one of my favorite things. Besides hot chocolate and pumpkins.

But I wasn’t thinking about that when I bought this planner in January. Definitely not. I wasn’t thinking about flowers blooming, sunshine warming the atmosphere, hot tea, or rain. In fact when I saw this planner, I thought, “Hmm…I’m not so sure that I’m into florals.” But that phrase. Oh, that phrase. It caught me off guard and my heart said, “Yep, this is the one.”

Now let me just say that I am a planner maniac. I used to carry a planner and like 3 separate notebooks for everything else – to do lists, grocery lists, reminders, etc. I once bought like a $25 planner that had sections for everything, literally everything you could imagine. So when I felt my heart screaming to buy this one, I was a bit confused. There’s nothing super special about this planner. It’s not one that comes with 15 different sections, one you can sketch in, one that has a removable bookmark that you can keep your daily to dos. It’s just a planner. Simple, basic, practical, gets the job done kind of planner.

But looking back now (I mean, it’s already April you guys!), I can see why I chose this planner. I now love florals which this planner jumpstarted for me. And every single morning when I see the cover of my planner, it reminds me to take a few moments and reflect. What kind of mom am I going to choose to be today? How can I glorify God today? What can I do to help my husband today?

And it has changed everything.

I’m happier as a mom, more thoughtful as a wife, more intentional in seeking Jesus, AND make me time.

All because of this simple little planner.

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Friday Favorites

It’s finally Friday! This week was kind of blah. It’s been raining and raining and RAINING so much. We’ve splashed in the rain a bit which was so fun but my phone ran out of storage so I didn’t get photos! Ugh! Thankfully I cleared it last night so I’ll ready to snap photos with my phone. 🙂

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one // NO SPOILERS – We have been watching a lot of movies lately. My hubby and I recently watched 10 Cloverfield Lane. Oh. My. Gosh. Psychological thriller, what is going on, wait what is that kind of movie. SO good! I loved it! The characters are so relatable, which is something I love especially in female characters. And then we watched Beauty and the Beast you guys!!! YAS!!! I was so excited! Like I literally couldn’t handle myself. Laughter, tears, anxiety, anger, disgust. So many emotions! Perfect performance by the cast! Also Emma Watson. Need I say more? And then after that, we watched Moana and it was so cute! I keep humming the songs when I do dishes!

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two // Watching this girl nap never gets old. Her gorgeous, hand-crocheted blanket, a pillow that she totally stole from us (and helps her sleep because it smells like us), and of course she has to have her friends with her. It’s just precious and sweet and oh my gosh baby girl stay little for a little longer please!

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three // Okay, so I’ve recently changed my dish-washing habit. Game changer you guys. I used to wash dishes after I put Lilly down. It took me forever, the dishwasher and dish mat would be full and there’d STILL be dishes in the sink (super discouraging!), and I wouldn’t get much time with my hubby. So late last week I decided to do dishes after meals and it’s been awesome. Less time washing dishes at night means more time with the hubby. Um yes please!

four // I’m due for some new mascara and super excited! I’m debating on between this one and this one. What do you think? They also have blue and purple toned ones, which I think are pretty fun but not for me.

What are your weekend plans?

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Favorite Baby Names

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in painful childbirth with no sleep to follow for at least 3 years. Wait. What? That’s not how the song goes? 😉

But while childbirth IS painful and having no sleep sucks (let’s pause to praise God for coffee and tea…alright, moving along), you’ll find yourself sometimes losing more sleep just staring at your tiny newborn. You might cry during this one-sided starting contest. I usually did. Little eyes, faint eyebrows, tiny nose, itty bitty mouth, delicate fingers. Those little features that were grown inside of a human body. It’s amazing.

Little babies are just so precious, which means picking out a name can be stressful and extremely overwhelming. They’re going to have that name the rest of their lives! No pressure or anything but don’t screw it up, parents.

We spent MONTHS going through names, searching Google like crazies. I think we went through the first 6 pages on Google looking for girl names. No joke. It was intense. I love these names. My husband…well not so much. But who needs husbands anyway? (Just kidding babe. I love you. And I literally need you to make babies because, ya know, I can’t do it by myself. Haha!)

Girls:

1.) Nessa – It’s a shortened version of Vanessa and I love it. I found it here and thought it sounded so sweet rolling off the tongue. Nessa.

2.) Nora – I know a sweet little girl who was born not too long ago named Nora and it’s such a pretty name. Sort of like a modern version of the old-fashioned name Eleanor. I found it here.

3.) Olivia – I’ve basically loved this name since I was a middle schooler watching Law & Order: SVU. Mariska Hargitay is amazing!

4.) Elizabeth – Um…Pride & Prejudice anyone?! I read the book long before watching any of the movies. Loved it!

5.) Anya/Auna – I’ve always loved this name and never knew why. Until I was babysitting some kiddos one day and rewatched Anastasia. Oh, that’s why. 😉

6.) Grace – Simple, elegant, and pretty. This was on our list for girl names when we were pregnant with Lilly. We might see this one again if we get pregnant in the future.

7.) Harper – At first, I didn’t like this one. I was just kind of meh about it. But I must say that it’s grown on me.

8.) Amara – I met a girl that I worked with one summer named Amara. Such a pretty name so I stowed it away for possible future use!

9.) Iris – Pretty just like the flower and would be so cute to call a daughter named Iris “my flower” as a name of endearment.

10.) Penelope – Whimsical, pretty, old-fashioned, and perfect! I hope this one becomes more popular.

Boys:

1.) William – I’ve got a thing for strong boys’ names. And this one I love. Simple, old-fashioned, but still relevant.

2.) Cole – Oh! And this one but my brother-in-law’s name is Cole soooo that might get a little weird, yeah?

3.) Bruce – It has nothing to do with Finding Nemo or Superman. I promise. Just a strong boy’s name that I absolutely love. And, best part, it’s husband approved! 🙂

4.) Quinn – I’ll admit: when I saw it here, this was another meh one for me. But the more I started to say it, the more it grew on me, and the more I liked it. So it made it to the list.

5.) Colm – I had never heard this name before until I saw it here and I was automatically like yep. I like it a lot. Not so much love. But definitely a strong like.

6.) Oliver – Very similar to Olivia. Basically just the boy version, right? Also Oliver and Company with Oliver the cat.

7.) Darcy – Yep, another Pride & Prejudice steal. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” My heart.

8.) Emerson – This would never be husband approved but I’m so in love with this name!

9.) Micah – Not really biblically related at all even though he was a minor prophet. I really just like the name.

10.) Asher – I love this name! It’s basically like the boy version of Ashley, am I right?

What are your favorite baby names? Have you tried this name generator? It’s hilarious!

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