Park walks and a recap on Easter

Friends in the north, I’m apologizing in advance for the warm pictures. If it’s any consolation, the humidity has hit and there is no hiding the sweat.

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WHAT A WEEK! Am I right, or am I right? I hope you all had a lovely Easter spent with loved ones, good food, and long lasting memories.

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We spent the holiday hunting for eggs, going to a memorable church service (those in the area- if you haven’t gone to a service at Momentum, contact me so we can go together!), feasting with great friends, going to the beach while the littles had their first real swim on the season, and later on had an impromptu moms night out (nope, definitely not sharing pictures from that (; )

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Overall, we had such a fun Easter. It is a complete game changer when you spend the holidays with an awesome and absolutely adorable toddler, good friends, delicious food, and nice weather. We are so fortunate to have met the people we have met, and to be where we are now. In other news, Aspen and I are finally settling into a routine since Scott’s departure. This is helping so much with mine and Aspen’s sanity.

We spend our days literally working or playing. When we’re not at mamas work, we are at the beach, at a friends house, or at home playing with blocks and coloring. We wake up around 6am, eat a healthy breakfast, spend a few hours at work, go home to cuddle and/or take a nap, clean up the house, run errands, spend time outside, then come home to dinner and a movie before getting ready for bed. These are the good days, and i’m trying to soak them in. We won’t be here forever. We will move (eventually, hopefully), Aspen will grow, our friends will continue on, and our current will become past, and our adventures will become memories. This is a reminder to myself, as well as all who may read this- love your moments. Even the unbearable ones. Someday they will only be pictures in our heads of what life used to be like. So cherish them, hold them for another moment longer, and release them with a smile of content on your face.

THANK YOU again to Pink Blush Maternity for collaborating on this post. Guys, If you have not checked out their motherhood line, you are missing out. This dress can be found here .

As a side note, that hat was gifted by my grandma after she decided it wasn’t to her linking anymore. It’s now one of my favorite accessories. Somehow handed down “vintage” items are always my favorites. 

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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?*

Farmers Market and Taco+Tequila Fest

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This morning was a doozy. I had stayed up way too late watching Molana (which was beyond adorable). So when Aspen woke me up at 7am, I was like, “for reals kid??”. And she was, in fact, for reals. So we got dressed and headed out to the farmers market. And there I scored some beautiful home grown fruits and vegetables. After talking to a few local farmers about starting a spring and summer crop, Aspen and I made our way to the local coffee roasters and got an iced mocha for Scott and a vanilla latte for me.

Afterwards, we rushed home to pick up Scott and head out to the taco and tequila fest. Although there were an estimated 2,000+ people there, it was a lovely time. Why? because I got a few gormet tacos that reminded me of down town Phoenix, and Scott let me be the designated drinker for the day (which I haven’t been since getting pregnant nearly two years ago!). So needless to say, I had a great time. Aspen enjoyed the tacos as much as I did, but eventually did get fussy towards the end. But up until that point, mama got to drink a total of four margaritas and a shot of grapefruit tequila without being paranoid of contaminated breast milk or drunk driving. Which was kind of amazing.

As for the Taco and Tequila event, I’m not sure if we would go again next year. It was a lot of fun, but there were so many people that it made the lines unbearable, and taking a stroller in that was difficult. But for those without kids and with patience, I would highly recomend it.

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?

Gardening days

To me, there is nothing more important than to let your child freely explore the earth. As Maria Montessori said, “Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”

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we’ve been meaning to check out the community garden, but have been so buy with travels and work and trying to get a nap time routine down, that we haven’t found the time. Until now, that is. We live in a pretty small and quaint half coastal/ half southern town along the emerald coast in Florida. I honestly didn’t think the community was big enough for a community garden center, but it apparently is. Because the Mary Esther Gardens was not only flourishing with wonderful vegetables and herbs, but also much larger that I had anticipated.

I let Aspen roam the garden without me hovering. In my opinion, a child should have unorganized play outdoors without an adult hovering over them for at least an hour a day. And that is what we did here. I brought little fruit packets and soft granola bars for us to munch on while she explored all of the plants. Watching the wheels spin in her head was absolutely miraculous. I think that’s one of my favorite parts of motherhood: watching her take it all in.

Today I encourage all of you parents to stop what you’re doing and take your child outside. It’ll do wonders with their imagination, their behavior, AND their naps 😉 .