Thursday, May 5, 2016

SIX NURSING FRIENDLY TOPS

as we're entering the warmer season, i rounded up a few of my favorite tops for any of you nursing mamas out there. it can be hard to find cute tops that are friendly for feeding your baby so i thought i'd share some of my favorites!

i own three of these linen shirts and they make nursing so easy because they're soft and drapey and i can easily tuck amelia right underneath without worrying about a coverup in public.

the button ups always make it much easier. plus i wear my chambray button up tank with everything.

a zipper on the top would be so easy for a quick feeding at night when it's just a bit cooler out don't you think? i just adore this poncho.

rompers are so cute for summer and they're so easy to feed your baby too.

this tank has a such a swing bottom, i feel like it would make the perfect tank to nurse in.

i have this thing for denim. and buttons. and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. because this dress is just so on point. i bought mine monday and it's already been worn. twice ;) #notsorry

Saturday, April 30, 2016

HAPPY WEEKEND

what are you up to this weekend? as i mentioned earlier this week, i finished watching the gilmore girl series and still haven't found a new show that i'm hooked on yet so i'll be fishing around on netflix and hulu for a new night time series. probably getting some cleaning of the house done too since andrew is at last coming home on sunday. have a good one and in the meantime, here are a few links i've been loving lately...

great for keeping your fitness on track and cute.

pretty much want it all for my girls.

my spouse it not my best friend.

pineapple breakfast bowls.

making this next week for dinner.

cute roundup of kiddo swimsuits.

loving this rashguard for me for the summer.

time to stop hugging your dog?

would you call someone a girl boss?

pretty shower curtains.

how often do you call your mom? this video made me laugh.

photo by ben wagner.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

RANDOM STUFF

andrew is out of town this week for work and i didn't think it would be too bad. i have lots of things planned with the girls and fun things to do, projects to work on and plenty to do on my list. but yesterday. oh man. sometimes kids just know exactly what buttons to press and they did just that. after bath time, i threw their pajamas on, brushed addison's teeth and they went straight to bed. usually we do a few books and rocking and whatnot but that just didn't happen. i put addison in bed with a book and she was perfectly content to read by herself until she fell asleep. let's just say i had a glass of wine in my hand before her head even touched the pillow (which is actually non-existent because she hates pillows and throws it out of her bed every night before she crawls in). and i watched the last few episodes of the Gilmore Girls season. pretty much cried the entirety of the last two shows too. because #hormones got me like whoa.

what are y'all watching on netflix/hulu these days? i need some recommendations for my next show!

also another hit my head against a wall moment came this afternoon when i realized that addison's school semester is over in three weeks and i never signed her up for the summer enrollment. and of course, they're not enrolling kids anymore because every other mom has their shiz together and the program is full. so. there's that.

what else...

i'm obsessed with the white chocolate mocha packets they're now selling in stores. i'm proud to say i haven't hit the starbucks drive thru every time i go out now.

i did manage to go to the library with amelia yesterday and we picked up some super great books. i've been really wanting to get the kinfolk home book but don't want to spend the extra money and they ended up having it at the library! i wasn't even looking for it...it was practically looking for me. and yes i scooped it up instantly. i left the library juggling nine books- five for me, four for addison (because since it was one of those days obviously i left my library bag at home) and a baby that was clutching onto my shirt for dear life. i'm sure i had the biggest spring in my step too because i am in love with all the books i found and i know i'll end up renewing them at least the three times that i can before having to return them.

this is my seventh week of doing the 22 minute hard corps program. i can truthfully say i've never in my life stuck to a program of working out six days a week for eight weeks straight until now. i didn't think i'd have it in me to do it everyday either since i never have before but wow. it makes me feel incredible to see the progress that i'm making. during week one, i couldn't do a burpee or a push up if my life depended on it. now, i can not only do both burpees and push ups but i can keep up with the people on the dvd. hooray!!!

i'd say that's probably enough random nonsense for today. sorry for wasting your time with the most all over post ever.

better luck tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

OUTDOOR CLOTHING LINES

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growing up, the two homes i remember from my childhood both had clothes drying lines. as a kid and even as a teenager, i didn't understand them or have an appreciation for hanging clothes in the fresh air and letting nature be the dryer. 

i grew up watching our shirts and dresses and pillowcases and sheets dancing in the wind though with my mom and my grandma having a drying line. this is ingrained in me. this form of drying clothes. it's such a simple task of taking it out of the washer and clipping the fabric onto a string to let nature do what she knows best but it also represents so much intention to me. it represents the care the women in my life put into doing everyday chores in the home. making a way to beautifying these domestic pleasures is something i've been trying to find. the chores and tasks aren't going away so i'm making them more joyous in the rhythm of my day.

i've been scouring pinterest for inspiration to put a clothes drying line in our backyard. i think this is going to be a task i take on this year. right now we have a clothes drying rack that i put outside to dry clothes but it's quite small and our laundry loads these days are anything but small.

i'm ready to make memories with addison and eventually amelia as we take our baskets of damp clothes outside to hang and retrieve them at the end of the day when the sun and breeze has done it's due diligence.

Monday, April 25, 2016

AROUND HERE

around here things are getting very warm and toasty. the weather was in the 80's this weekend and we had the most magnificent time outdoors. no boat this time but we had a magnificent morning at the farmers market in the morning on saturday and some friends over for a cookout and then an entire day spent at the zoo. i mean it was all outside stuff and our pale skin competing with the sun and all the good stuff.

around here i've been doing a lot of thinking and writing and just being in the moment.

around here boxes and stuff is strewn everywhere because i am still in spring cleaning mode of purging our stuff. stuff just weighs me down and stresses me out so i'm binning up boxes of just stuff to take to the thrift store for donations. it feels good to clean it all out. addison sends it all off with a hand wave and a "bye box".

around here my to-do list is a mile long and just keeps on growing. i thrive on to-do lists but just when you think you don't have anything left to do, you think of twelve more things. isn't that how it always works?

around here we have family visiting in three weeks and it's all addison can talk about. granted we talk about nana and papa every day anyways but still, now we can give an end date on it! as excited as i am to see for that weekend they're here, i'm also dreading for the simple reason of having to have toe surgery again for the third time in the last three years. i mean really lord? can't we just put this issue behind us already?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

HAPPY WEEKEND

what are you up to this weekend? our local farmers market opened up last weekend and we are going there this morning to check it out again. i absolutely love this farmers market so i'm so so happy that it's open again. other than that not a whole lot of plans but definitely enjoying this sweet sweet time with our girls <3 hope you have a good weekend and here are a few links to some things i've been loving lately...

the truth about present parenting.

on my reading list.

affordable and adorable moccasins.

new summer sandals (i may get addison a matching pair too).

i signed up for this newsletter via email a few weeks ago and i thoroughly enjoy reading it.

i'm in LOVE with these handwoven clutches.

lunch next week for sure.

need a denim vest for the summer, why must this one be sold out?

how absolutely breathtaking are these wall hangings.

18 no fail pillow combos.

Friday, April 15, 2016

FINDING GRACE IN MOTHERHOOD

grace.

it can be such a tricky thing. in life yes, but when you're a mama? oh man. it can be extremely tough to give yourself a little grace. i mean you have these little beans whose lives depend on you.

my mind sometimes races at the speed of light; am i doing this right? is this a good decision? how will this choice affect my tiny human in the long run?

also questions fly through my head like; will she remember me cooking most nights? what will she say about me when she's in grade school? high school? college? will she be proud to call me her mother? or will she be embarrassed and not want me to meet her friends? should i be getting her into more activities while she's young? i mean she already goes to music class once a week and school for five hours twice a week but is that enough? and should she really be going to school already?

there are days when the questions that go through my head kill me. literally, i close my eyes and i'm exhausted from everything i'm thinking about.

but i'm a mom and if these girls parents aren't going to worry about them who will? i think it's completely natural for any mom to question or worry. but eventually i have to just realize that if i'm doing the very best i can do, that's all anyone can ask. and sometimes there are going to be missteps and sometimes there are going to be victories. i learn from them all.

and i want to protect them from it all. all the scary things in this world. all the bullies and the ugly words and the heartache.

i may not always be able to give them what they want as they grow.

i may not be able to tell all the mean girls off or answer why that man standing alone on the corner is asking for help or how sometimes the people we love with all our hearts can hurt us without knowing.

i may not be able to stop her from crying when she feels too uncomfortable in her own skin to put on a swimsuit like everyone else and i may not be the first one she tells when she's first in love, although god i hope i am, and i may have the door slammed in my face when i ask her what's wrong and i may not be able to console her after that boy she's in love with kisses another girl at that party and i may not be there to see her into her twenties or thirties because life isn't guaranteed.

it's a damn privilege, but today.

today i can hold her hand as we walk across the parking lot and today i can rock her until she's calm enough to dream while she slowly unlatches from another nursing session and today i can say that i am the luckiest mama in the world because i have two beautiful healthy happy girls and they are safe under our roof. who could ask for anything more?
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