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Halloween Fun

Since it is Halloween month, I have been having so much fun finding Halloween activities for Ada to do. After the pumpkin painting party, she has been talking non-stop about it. (Which makes me feel like mom of year over here!) So I thought I would print out some pumpkins for her to decorate and send to the grandparents.

I ordered more Crayola Kid’s Washable Paint, but this time I got glitter paint. I love the vivid colors and the glitter just makes it so fun. Ada calls it shiny paint then proceeds to sing, “Cause I’m shiny!” (Moana song for those of you who do not know).

After painting, we had a picnic lunch that was pumpkin themed. I cut her PB&J sandwich with a mini pumpkin cookie cutter, served carrots and ranch in a pumpkin bowl and cheez-its (because they are orange and delicious and addicting — oh, why did I buy cheez-its?!). Oh and her orange drink is actually orange Pedialyte (she has been under the weather for the past couple of days).

And to top it all off, an adorable kitty outfit! OldNavy has done it again with their Boo-tique this year. I love all the black cats and Ada’s second favorite animal is a kitty. So she will be sporting this outfit all month long and then some. 😉

I hope you are all having as much fun as we are! And that you are celebrating Halloween all month long! 😉

Ada’s Outfit: Black Sweatshirt Dress / Black Cat Leggings / Black & White Bow


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Sunday Funday: Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

To celebrate the first weekend of October, we went to Stepp’s Orchard to enjoy some fall festivities. We walked around the farm, enjoyed the sunflowers, picked out pumpkins, devoured pumpkin donuts, and ate excellent BBQ from a food truck (yay for food trucks!). The weather was perfect – sunny with beautiful blue skies. I just love fall’s blue skies!

The kids had so much fun; running around in large fields, picking flowers, and sitting on pumpkins. But I believe Ada’s favorite part of the day was eating pumpkin donuts!

Ada viewed the pumpkins from a comfortable distance and would eventually get up the courage to touch one with one finger. My poor, cautious girl!

 

I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off October then visiting the pumpkin patch with our dear friends! I hope you are all enjoying all that fall has to offer. Happy October ya’ll!


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Hello Fall + Cleo Madison Review

Happy October! I am so excited that fall has finally arrived! With the arrival of cooler weather, I have been pulling out my fall wardrobe and I couldn’t be happier! And speaking of clothes, I would like to introduce to you all a clothing company that I just adore. They are called Cleo Madison and they specialize in modest, fashionable clothing. Just my kind store! They offer a variety of modest, stylish items – from t-shirts to dresses. I love how everything is super soft and conservative (without looking like a grandma!). You can definitely find the most perfect “mom-uniform” here. 😉

Today, I will be reviewing the Camille Striped Tee. I love navy and stripes because it is something you can wear in the summer or in the fall. The fit of this shirt is amazing! It is loose without it looking like a bag and I love how the sides cut up a bit higher. For a fall look, I paired the shirt with a navy utility vest that is my favorite fall staple. And of course, my favorite combo of white jeans and booties.

 

If you are looking for effortless, stylish, comfy looks this fall – check out Cleo Madison. Join their newsletter and get 10% your first order along with free US shipping! Happy shopping ya’ll!

Tee Shirt / Navy Utility Vest (old but here are similar ones: here, here) / White Jeans / Taupe Booties (old but here is a similar pair) / Necklace


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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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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.

Those pigtails just kill me!

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!