Feminine LWD + Easter basket ideas

Everyone knows the LBD (little black dress) is something fierce. But this feminine loving mama is quite fond of the less poular LWD (little white dress) as well.

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This gorgeous dress is PERFECT to wear to Spring events like Easter, baby showers, and garden parties.

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And as a side note, taking pictures with my little minion is my absolute favorite. I promise the excitement and love in our eyes is NOT posed. This is how we feel/look/react to eachother 90% of the time (unless she’s in trouble or I’ve spent too much time editing pictures and she’s irritated with me)

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EASTER. Easter is coming up, and I will be the first to admit it is my favorite holiday. Christmas had always been the winner for me, but the past few years Easter (and it’s true meaning) has grown more and more on my heart. I love the spring time weather, the florals, the “everything is new” feeling, the femininity of it all, and the concept that we are all reborn through the resurrection of Christ. It’s such a beautiful and true concept that has touched my soul so much since becoming a mother that I cannot help but celebrate the spirit of Easter all year round. And let’s face it, the chocolates and light dresses are an added bonus.


This year, Easter will be a little different for our family. We will still be doing a community easter egg hunt, church service, and an eater basket filled with swim suits and beach towels, but unfortunately, we wont be celebrating it with Scott. It’s always hard on our hearts when we have to go a holiday without our dad and husband, but we know that there is a reason for each season in our life, and that we need to embrace this one, as well as all others in the future. I’m a firm believe that a positive mentality will always outshine a negative circumstance. So that is what we will do. We will embrace the seperation and use technology to our advantage, as well as look forward to the day we are together for an easter celebration.

ALSO, because I know people struggle with coming up with things to put in Easter baskets other than chocolate, I wanted to make a few suggestions:

I personally do a beach/ Summer themed basket. It typically includes a swim suit, beach towel, sunscreen, and beach or pool toys. Another idea is a garden themed basket. It would include seeds, soil, spring based books, and mini shovels and maybe rain boots. I also love the idea of an exploration basket. This one would have a magnifying glass, ant farm, books on bugs, animals, and plants. It would also have a sun hat and hiking boots.

Whatever you choose to pack in your childs basket, have fun with it and remember to include the true reason behind the holiday.


This year I am wearing Pink Blush for several ocassions. It’s hard not to when their dresses are catered to motherhood and femininity. One of the several ocassions is Easter and my good friend Shelby’s baby shower. This one in particular is such a light weight and detailed dress, and really ties into this years victorian revival trend.

*What are some things you all have planned for Easter?*

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Wine not Wednesday Vol.2

Happy Wine not Wednesday! Today I’m going to start with a few places on my Bucket List, and end with some of my all time favorite books.

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Today I am drinking Noble Vine’s Rosé

Bucket List Destinations:

  1. Provence, France
  2. Ireland
  3. Santorini, Greece
  4. India
  5. The Virgin Islands

Favorite books:

  1. “The Island” by Victoria Hislop
  2. “The Birth of Venus” by Sarah Dunant
  3. “Last Light over Caolina” by Mary Alice Monroe
  4. “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See
  5. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown

What I’m reading this Spring

Let’s face it. I’m a mom with a million things going on. I don’t even want to bore you with my on-going list of the daily duties and activities my life entails, because I’m sure most moms can already relate. But I swore to myself when I had Aspen that I would not stop doing the things I love just because I now have another person to love. Reading is one of the numerous activities that fill my heart with content, but as we all know, time is limited when you’re raising a child(ren). So each season I choose a book and I stick with it for the season. Spring’s book is “Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution” by Michelle Moran.Spring reading January2018-2Spring reading January2018

My good friend, Morgan, has been known to me for her similar taste in historical fiction (and her love for vintage inspired clothing), so I knew when she recommended this book that it would be a good one, and so far it is.

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Although I have just began reading this novel, I have already been captivated by how the author balances fact with fiction. For more reviews, I linked the Goodreads page here.

I will give my own personal review once I am done, but I don’t expect that to be too soon.


I would love to know what your favorite Spring time books are, and what you are currently reading! 

 


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spring fun, pink eye, and why we don’t want much for Aspen’s birthday

 

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Spring is upon us, and I for one, am thrilled! Spring is my favorite season for many reasons. One being, it’s mine and Aspen’s birthday season! Two, the weather is absolutely perfect; and three, it’s gardening season!

This week has been rough for us. So, so rough. Aspen is teething, has a cold, AND had pink eyes in both eyes. Three sleepless nights, and five incredibly difficult and clingy days nearly made me lose my mind. We were home bound from the pink eye for a few days, which really puts a damper on my mood because I am a busy body. I love being on the move and exploring and doing a million and one things throughout the day. But I have a feeling God was like, “hey girl, you obviously wont slow down on your own, so here’s a little bit of pink eye to FORCE you to learn how to relax.”

Most people know that I am not huge on Aspen watching loads of TV. She is only eleven months old anyway, and I just feel like there is so much more we can do to entertain ourselves and let our childrens immagination grow than sitting in front of a screen all day. But it’s hard to stay home three days in a row without wanting to watch all three seasons of Super Why just to keep her quiet for a few hours. But as tempting as it was, I opted out (most of the time). Instead, we gardened, colored, played in our yard, read dozens of books, and visited quiet beaches.

Now she is feeling much better, and we are back to our crazy schedule of constantly moving and having fun. But during this home bound period, as short lived as it was, it reminded me how great minimalism is for children. We have a few house toys she plays with throughout our indoor time, but more often than not, I want her to explore her outdoor surroundings and continue to grow her gross and fine motor skills. She’s about to turn one year old in a few weeks, and I keep thinking of what we want as gifts. And to be completely honest, we don’t really need or want anything. However, to appease those who insist on gifting, we have made a small list of things we think would benefit her experiences, but beyond these few items I feel it is a waste of time, money, and room in our small minimalistic home. Besides, there are dozens of studies out there saying that too many toys actually overwhelms a child and hinders their immagination and creativity. Instead, we’d prefer:

  1. A wagon- for our walks around the neighborhood when she wants to collect all the flowers and pine cones we cross paths with.
  2. books- Aspen loves nothing more than story time. I’m serious, her favorite is Brown Bear Brown Bear. I read it fifteen times in one day because she insisted. And I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too many books.
  3. An evolving tricycle- These look so fun! And it grows with them, so it’ll last a while.
  4. craft box- As she gets older she finds more and more interest in creating. I think a small craft box where we can store crayons, paper, paint, yarn, etc. would benefit her creativity and indoor time for quite a while.
  5. Water table- These are perfect for the hot summer days ahead of us, and are great for sensory play!

At the end of the day, we want to be intentional parents. To us, teaching Aspen that less is sometimes more is a great lesson about life. I’m sure there will be a ton of disagreements on how we parent our child, but that just comes with parenthood during the age of social media. But please, know that we are diliberately not making a big list for a reason. And respecting mom and dad’s wishes are always appreciated.

So, outside of discussing our minimalistic birthday wishes, we are anticipating a beautiful few weeks of spring-time fun before Scott leaves for deployment. What’s your favorite thing to do in the Spring?

Lazy mondays

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I am a busy body.

No, seriously. I cannot stay still. I always want to be doing something. Ocassionally Scott will invite me to lay on the couch with him during Aspen’s naptime, and I can’t. I find myself figeting and getting restless. I always think that there’s something more productive I could be doing. Cleaning the house, folding laundry, taking a walk, checking my email, making meals. There is no such thing as down time in my book.

But, knowing this, Scott occassionally wont give me an option.

So he had monday off, and he went out Sunday evening and bought me roses, and turned off my alarm clock so that Aspen and I could sleep in. He let me take my time getting ready, and instead of spending the day cleaning like a mad woman (which I do daily anyway), he took Aspen and I out to starbucks. We just SAT there, drinking our drinks and talking. It may seem silly, but that is a pretty big deal to me. It is so necessary to just relax every once in awhile.

But, needless to say, the moment we got home I was back to cleaning, yard work, and cooking. I’m a real mess.

In other news, I scored this vintage Beatrix Potter collection book for $5.00 at our local antique shop and I tell you friends, I nearly died. I’m still grinning thinking about it.

Also, flowers are my love language.