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Deck the Halls

Christmas through a child’s eyes is truly magical. Even though Ada is just over a year old, watching her excitement has to be the best thing ever . This past week we put up our Christmas tree and decorated it together as a family. Ada is in love with Christmas trees and loves having one in our house. She loved helping put ornaments in the tree almost as much as throwing them across the room. Good thing we have shatter-proof ornaments – they have been put to the test this week.

Ada has had a blast playing with the ornaments. She has been taking them out of the tree, throwing them around, handing them to me, putting them back into the tree, and carrying one around the house most of the day. She is pretty much always covered in glitter and so is the house. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. What is it that they say? “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” That’s my girl, Ada! 😉

Sorry for all the floating green orbs – it is difficult to take pictures of Christmas lights. If anyone has any suggestions on taking photos of lights without flare or how to edit them – please share!

I am pretty sure that Ada’s favorite part was the star on top of the tree. When Randy turned it on she just gazed up at it in wonder. Then spent a good 10 minutes pointing at it and saying, “Star!” Yeah, it was pretty darn cute!

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We spent the day in our Christmas pjs, listening to Christmas music, decorating the tree, and sipping on eggnog. Well, we were enjoying some eggnog; Ada got to enjoy some Reddi Wip – ok, we all enjoyed some Reddi Wip. 🙂

She is such a little goober! I am guessing this picture was taken after the Reddi Wip – sugar rush perhaps?

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week filled with Christmas cheer! Happy first of December!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Cobalt Blue

Happy Cyber Monday ya’ll! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, turkey, and pie! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family, but it is always nice to come back home. Now we can decorate the house for Christmas and take advantage of all the Cyber Monday savings to finish up our Christmas shopping!

Today, we are wearing another favorite color of mine – cobalt blue. I think this color is great for the holidays and winter time.

I have been hunting for a cobalt blue shirt like this for about a year now and was so excited to find it at TJMaxx about a month ago. You can find this blouse here. I also like wearing this shirt with my J.Crew herringbone vest. It is so easy to dress this shirt up or down and this style looks so good on everyone.

My jeans are from Loft. Loft’s jeans fit me the best. Pretty much all my jeans come from there. 🙂 My shoes are another TJMaxx find. I love t-strap shoes! I love the vintage look and I feel like they slenderize my ankles and feet. They are Franco Sartos and even though they do not look comfy, they really are comfortable. I can wear them for hours without them hurting my feet (similar). YAY!

I was so excited to find Ada’s sweater at OldNavy the other day. I snagged it during the Black Friday sale this past weekend and I am considering getting the other colors. The sweater is soft and the tunic fit is so cute on a little one. It even has dolman style sleeves! How cute! Her leggings are from Gap and her gold Mary Janes are from Amazon. Her metallic gold bow is from SmallPeanutsShop.

She looks so cute standing up! She is getting better and better at standing. She still can’t quite pull herself up into standing position, but she can stand up against a table unassisted. I do worry about her not standing or walking yet. I know she will in her own time, but it still worries me. What if she doesn’t really walk till she is two? Has anyone else heard of or seen a little one take so long to walk?

Ada has shown a big interest in shoes right now; that’s my girl! She loves putting them on and taking them off. She even likes to go into my closet and play with my shoes. She usually comes back with one or two for me to put on for her. She is definitely my daughter! 😉 So there will probably be a pair or two under the tree for her this year.

There are some great sales going on today: Old Navy & Gap are having 50%; Loft is having 50% off + free shipping; Anthro is having 20% off + extra 30% off sale items. Amazon is having some good deals today – one being the FitBit Charge 2 and a Kitchen Aid Mixer. And don’t forget J.Crew – 40% + free shipping!

Have fun shopping today!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Thanksgiving Style

Happy Thanksgiving week ya’ll! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love getting together with family and friends and eat, eat, eat! 😉 Although, this week has been tough. It took me two days to get these photos and they are certainly not our best. Ada was not in the mood for pictures. But here they are in their full glory! 😉 #thisisreallife

This cape has to be one of my favorite things in my closet. Orange and blue just go so well together, in both fashion and home decor. I usually steer clear from orange, because it usually washes me out and poor Ada, has her mother’s complexion as well. 🙁 But having just a little bit of orange works just fine. The cape is another ModCloth purchase and has to be one of the nicest quality jackets I own. It is so soft, warm, and the colors are even better in person. “Don’t think about it, buy it!” (Can anyone name that movie?) 😉 And the best thing about wearing this cape during all these holiday dinners, is that it covers a multitude of sins.

My shoes are from, you guessed it, ModCloth. They do not offer the exact same ones I have, but these are very similar. Plus, they are super cute! I think I like them even better than the ones I have.

Ada’s shirt is from a consignment shop but here is a similar one. Her sweet orange bow is from SmallPeanutsShop. Her velvet Christmas bows are to die for! I am not sure which colors I want for Ada – probably all of them. 😉

Yesterday, we had our good friends over for a Friendsgiving dinner. We had a blast; laughing together and eating the most delicious food. Not to mention enjoying this new drink, Cranberry Mule.

 

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Well, I hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving week with family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll!


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Fashion for Families


I am excited to share a new company who I just love – Kin & Kith. They are “a lifestyle brand focused on bringing family style to the forefront of the clothing industry.” They make coordinating/matching outfits for the whole family. How perfect is that for me? 😉 I just received our dresses and I love them! They are made from high quality fabric and they offer great versatile styles and colors.

For my dress, I picked the grey and white pinstripe. There are so many ways to wear this dress, which I hope to share with you all later. But I thought the red went so well with the gray and it is a perfect outfit for all the upcoming holiday festivities. My red cardigan is from TJMaxx, similar here and here. My red shoes are from ModCloth and they are of course, Seychelles brand (similar). I bought my necklace from BenevolentJewels.com years ago, but they don’t seem to be in business anymore. There are so many options out there and one of my favorite places to get statement pieces is from BaubleBar.com.

Ada’s coordinating dress is black with pinstripe pockets. This dress is so cute on her! I love the style and the tiny pockets are so adorable. And do you know how hard it is to find simple black clothes for little girls? I love all the pinks and purples for little girls, but come on. Every girl needs a little black dress in her closet! Her gray tights and red glitter shoes are both from Gap.com. Her metallic gray bow is from SmallPeanutsShop.

And my favorite picture from the shoot. Look at how well she is standing up now! I am so proud! It is a big accomplishment for her. Hopefully this means she will be walking soon, but I think it is going to be little while longer still.

These coordinating dresses will be available for purchase on November 25th. And not only do they offer dresses for mama and minis but they also offer dress shirts for dads and little boys. The dress shirts for the little boys are the cutest ever! And I am really excited about the new color they will be offering on the 25th, cobalt blue! Isn’t it gorgeous?! The gray pinstripe and black will be available as well.

For all my readers out there, use code, “MAPLETREE,” to get 10% off your purchase! I would act quickly because they sell out of select colors and sizes fast. I’m betting that beautiful cobalt will be the first to sell out. You bet I’ll be first in line to get that one!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and holiday fun!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Buffalo Check

It has been a bit crazy here at the Maples’ house. The terrible forest fire near Lake Lure is only about 6 miles from our house. We have been covered in smoke and the fire is too close for comfort, for me. I hope and pray that we get some rain soon and that those who are closer to the fire are safe.

On a brighter note, we took some mama + mini photos wearing some holiday-ish colors. I really like red buffalo check for Christmas time. It can be worn both casually and formally. Not to mention the adorable Christmas decor in buffalo check. 🙂

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I had a hard time getting Ada to take some photos with me today. She just wanted to wiggle, squirm, and scoot around. Exhibit A…

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But Randy was able to capture a few sweet moments. Thank goodness for a fast shutter speed. 😉

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I have been looking for a red buffalo check shirt for some time now. I finally found mine at TJMaxx and it is Lucky Brand (similar here). I like the loose fit and love the detail in the back. Ada’s sweater dress is from Target and is super soft. And I love the gold button details. This sweater will be perfect for all the holiday festivities for the next couple of months. 🙂

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My hat is from REI from a few years ago – the brand being Pistil. I love this style so much that I have them in several different colors. Ada’s red buffalo check bow is from The Small Peanuts Shop.

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and that everyone remains safe from all these forest fires. Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Cozy Favorites

The cold mountain weather has arrived making it so all I want to do is snuggle up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa (with extra marshmallows, of course!). This is my favorite part of winter. I look forward to the cold days just so we can use our fireplace. Ada is fascinated by the fireplace and we have been teaching her that is hot. So now every time she sees it she holds her little hand out and says, “ah-it.” It is pretty darn cute!

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With this cold weather, I have been living in cozy, comfy clothes. So I gathered up my favorites for both mamas and minis.

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One: The gray sweatshirt has been my go to this week. It has everything I want in a sweatshirt – thumb holes, no hoodie, soft, and warm.

Two: I am in love with this scarf! I love the pattern and colors. It is on my wish list for Christmas this year.

Three: I wear a big, warm cardigan all the time when it is cold. It is what I constantly grab on my way out to run errands. Makes me feel a little bit more put together, even though I am not!

Four: Hats are definitely my thing and always have been. But now they are necessary, since I don’t always have the time to wash my hair every day! 😉 And pom pom beanies are so cute for both mamas and minis!

Five: This gray magical shirt for Ada, is seriously the softest thing I have ever touched. I wished it came in my size, too!

Six: Are these not the cutest little boots you have ever seen?! This is going on my wish list for Ada for Christmas; because every girl needs a cute pair of boots!

Seven: Another cardigan from Old Navy that is just so perfect!

And look! I was able to capture Ada’s sweet little smile! It is so hard to get a photo of her smiling. She is either looking away or staring into your soul. I love this shy, sweet girl of mine!

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I hope you are staying warm and happy Friday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Chambray & Leggings

It is hard to believe that Halloween has come and gone. But now that it is November, the holiday season has officially begun! Bring on the decorations, the festive music, and yummy food!  The days here have been absolutely gorgeous! Perfect blue skies, warm days with a cool wind, and falling leaves. We have been outside as much as we can and Ada has been loving it!

We finally got around to gathering up the leaves in our front yard this week and we took full advantage of it and played. Ada was a little unsure about it at first, but I think she enjoyed herself at the end. She loves tearing up the dry leaves.

This is her growl face, that Randy taught her. She holds up her little hands and says, “RAWR!” She mastered it, just in time for Halloween!

Then I joined her in the leaf pile. I can’t resist a good leaf pile!

It was all fun and games until I saw a spider. I jumped out of there so fast I scared Ada. But I don’t do spiders…. I just don’t! *shivers*

I found Ada’s chambray shirt at a consignment shop (surprise, surprise) and couldn’t wait to match her to me. Ada’s shirt is Carter’s brand and her black leggings are my favorite for her. They are from Gap and they have adorable lace trim. Her mustard bow is from Ellia May Designs. My mustard scarf is from Modcloth and my leggings are simply amazing. They are from Nordstrom, Zella brand. I cannot brag enough about these leggings. They are so comfortable and they compress a little, which helps hold everything in. 😉

She is not standing on her own yet, but she has really improved in the last week or so. She can now hold her self up using a table or a couch; which is a big deal! I guess it won’t be long now!

I hope you are having a wonderful week enjoying this beautiful fall weather!


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Welcome to Oz: Our Halloween

I have been patiently impatiently waiting to do family costumes for Halloween for a long time now, and this year my dream came true! We had a blast dressing up together and I hope to continue to do so for years to come!

This year we were : Glinda the Good Witch, little Dorothy Gale, and the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz!

For mine and Randy’s costumes we were inspired by the movie, “The Great and Powerful Oz.” Plus, it was easy to replicate their versions of the characters. I don’t exactly have a big, pink ball gown laying around, like what Billie Burke wore on, “The Wizard of Oz.” 😉 But I do have a dress similar to what Michelle Williams wore. All I had to add was a crown and ta da! Glinda the Good Witch.

Randy just wore one of his suits and I found a bow tie and top hat for him to wear from Amazon. Ada’s dress came from a consignment shop and I have been holding on to it for about 6 months now. Luckily, it fit her beautifully! Her shoes came from Gap and her red glitter bows came from BeckandBelle. I did get some thick, white tights for Ada to wear because it is always freezing cold on Halloween. But this year, was the first year that I can remember that it was in the high 70s for Halloween. Say what? But I was grateful for the beautiful day, because we were able to enjoy outside and take cute pictures of Ada.

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We celebrated Halloween by taking Ada to a local petting zoo that was having a Halloween party. She had a blast! She loves farm animals right now. She “moo-ed” and “baa-ed” all through the zoo. It was the cutest ever! Our dear friend came along, too, with her adorable son.

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I think Ada’s favorite animal was the bunny. Her lovie that she sleeps with every night is a bunny, so she just loved seeing and petting a real one.

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They had music playing and a dance party as well. They played Ada’s favorite song, “Old MacDonald”; which she tries so hard to sing, “E-I-E-I-O”. Makes my heart melt every time!

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After the petting zoo, we all came back to our house to have a simple Halloween party. Our babies were about to lose it about this time, so Ada did not stay up long after getting put into her costume. But we still had fun together taking photos of everyone! I made this photo backdrop to use for our pictures. The kids thought it was awesome and tore up all the yellow brick road bricks and hid behind the rainbow.

Isn’t Aldrick the cutest scarecrow? It was even better when he was walking around and his little scarecrow feet were flopping around.

And here we have the scarecrow and the cowardly lion. They are so cute!

Overall, we had a wonderful time and look forward to doing it again next year!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Plaid

This post is a bit late, but it is still Monday, right? These past few days have been a little difficult, Ada has started temper tantrums. I know it is a normal thing, but I didn’t expect them so soon. So our days have been long and I am exhausted at the end of the day. Does this phase end soon or is this something that is here to stay? Regardless, we still have good times. It is a good thing that these tantrums have started during the fall, because the weather has been great and nothing makes Ada happier than being outside.

Today, we are matching in our red and navy plaid shirts. I found both of our shirts at Old Navy. Ada’s outfit came as a set – shirt and jeggings. The jeggings are my favorite “jeans” for Ada. Actual jeans do not seem comfortable for her. I think they will be better when she is standing and walking around. Right now, they seem too tight for her chubby little thighs. 😉

My navy utility vest is from TJMaxx last year (similar). It is actually a little difficult to find a utility vest in a different color than olive. Unfortunately, I cannot wear olive; so I was excited to find it in navy. My booties (similar) are from TJMaxx as well, they are Dolce Vita brand. I love these booties! I have been searching for the perfect booties for two years now and I am so happy that I came across these. Not only are they cute and the color I wanted, they are very comfortable.

And my favorite photos from the day. The golden hour is so lovely in the fall.

Now it is crunch time for Halloween – just one week away! I am so excited to dress up Ada this year. It should be so fun, not to mention, absolutely adorable! What are your plans for Halloween?


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Ada’s First Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend, we enjoyed perfect fall weather, in Boone, while visiting family. So we took the opportunity to take Ada to her first pumpkin patch. I am so happy that my family got to be there with us.

There are not that many pumpkin patches in Boone, but I picked the New River Corn Maze because it had a beautiful fall setting. A corn field, a pumpkin patch, and a big red barn; all nestled in a valley surrounded by Christmas trees and fall foliage. I mean, it can’t get any better than that, am I right? 😉

It was also great to have my family there to help take pictures. They would dance around and act silly to get Ada to smile. It was so sweet! Not only did it make Ada smile, but it made her dance, too!

She was really getting into those dance moves!

They, of course, offered pumpkins in every shape, color, and size. It was a lot of fun walking around the patch and looking at all the different pumpkins.

But I believe Ada was the cutest little pumpkin in the entire pumpkin patch. I love her sweet little smile!

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When we finished walking through the pumpkin patch, we relaxed by the river. The perfect end, to a perfect day!

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I hope you are out enjoying fall this weekend! Happy Saturday ya’ll!