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Mama + Mini Monday: Gray & Pink

There is always something magical about snow days. Snow always brings such a beautiful peace. I love watching the snow fall, snuggled up to the fire while reading a good book. But now that we have a little one, all we want to do is enjoy the snow with Ada all day! So our days here lately have been filled with bundling Ada up, playing outside until our noses are red & running, then running back inside to warm up, peel off all of our wet layers to be dried in the dryer, make some snow cream, and then repeat. It is a lot of work, but it is totally worth it to watch Ada light up every time we go outside.

Taking our photos out in the snow, was so fun and probably my favorite pictures of Ada and I, so far! Tesla even join in on the fun!

Ada’s dress is from June&January. I love their dresses and Ada has a few in different colors. The white cardigan is from Target and the detail around the bottom is so sweet. Her rose gold shoes are from Livie&Luca – they have worked very well for her since she is starting to take steps. They are soft and bend easily. They also fit her feet better than StrideRite shoes. She has tiny, narrow feet and these shoes fit so much better.

It was all I could do to keep her from sitting in the snow. But she did manage to touch the snow – which she did not like. Hence, the face below.

Snuggling with this girl is my favorite. 🙂

My dress is my gray pinstripe dress from Kin&Kith. This dress is so versatile and I love how comfortable it is. My cream sweater is from Loft and this is my go to cardigan during the fall and winter months. It is so very warm (similiar)! My rain boots are from Joules and I love the height of them. Being a bit on the short side, these shorter rain boots work so much better for me. Taller rain boots hit right at my knees and it is hard for me to maneuver in them. My hat and scarf were Christmas gifts this year and I love the metallic rose gold thread.

I hope you are enjoying the snow and staying warm! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Emerald Green

Christmas is just 6 days away!! I am so excited for Christmas morning. I can not wait to see how Ada reacts to all the chaos of opening presents, eating cinnamon rolls, and being past around the family for some love! It is going to be so much fun!

Today, I am sharing another simple holiday outfit. I feel that the color green gets overlooked at Christmas time. Don’t get me wrong, I love red. And red pretty much looks good on everyone, but a beautiful emerald green is hard to beat. Today I paired my green top with jeans. It is hard for me to wear dresses or skirts right now, because I am mostly on the floor playing with Ada. I spend a lot of my days sitting on the floor while she sits on my lap or me getting up and down to help her walk around the house. So pants are necessary anymore. 😉 This green blouse is one of my favorites and I have it in cranberry red as well. It is comfortable, flowy, and flattering – what’s not to love? I bought them both at TJMaxx and have been hunting for more. There are a few options on PoshMark and eBay – just look up Violet and Claire blouses.

Ada’s shirt is from Kidizen – I cannot describe how much I love this app. I have found so many beautiful clothes for Ada already! I love the green flower with a gold button center. Such cute detail!

My little scooter is always on the move. She can crawl and stand while holding on to something, but her preferred method of transportation is still scooting on her booty. 🙂

This face though! How can anyone say no to this face? We certainly can’t! 😉

And my favorite gold velvet bow from Small Peanuts Shop is on repeat here lately.

She gets her silly faces from her mama. I’ll show you what I mean as soon as I can get a hold of my baby pictures.

My jewelry is another TJMaxx find. They are very unique pieces, I have yet to find anything else like it. The necklace and bracelet are even prettier in person. If anyone knows where I can find more jewelry in this style, please let me know! A sapphire blue would be gorgeous, right?!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas week!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Black & White

“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…” This pretty much sums up our days here at the Maples’ house. It has been very cold and rainy for days now – the kind of weather that you really don’t want to take a toddler into. We have spent a lot of time snuggling up by the fire in our pjs. But we have gotten out and enjoyed some Christmas festivities. So today I am sharing a casual holiday outfit to wear when it is too cold to wear a dress! 😉

As I have said before, buffalo check is one of my favorite prints for Christmas. And the black and white buffalo check is perfect to pair with holiday colors. You can pair it with red, emerald green, metallic silver or gold. Today, we paired it with gold.

My shirt is very warm and soft – just perfect for these cold days (similar). My scarf is a favorite of mine. It is really soft, like a silky material and the color is the prettiest mustard/gold color. I finally found some black jeans. I have been on the hunt for a little while for black jeans and got them during the Black Friday sale at Loft. My black pom pom beanie is from TJMaxx, but you can find these anywhere. I have been wearing this hat on repeat because it is so warm and because, who has the energy to fix their hair during this crazy holiday season?! 😉

I purchased Ada’s shirt through Kidizen. Have you heard of this app, yet? A friend introduced me and I love it. It is a place to easily sell all of your baby’s clothes. And they have beautiful, practically new clothes for a great price. This shirt is from Gap (similar) and it was brand new with tags for $8! I love the details in this shirt – it has ruffles around the buttons and there is a metallic gold stripe woven in with the plaid – perfect for Christmas! I have started to sell some of Ada’s clothes, for anyone interested, go check us out (JamaMaples)! Ada’s bow is my new favorite. Small Peanuts Shop have the prettiest velvet bows you have ever seen. I really struggled to pick out a color, but you all knew that I had to get the gold one, right? 😉

As we were taking these pictures, the lights came one. Ada was so excited when they turned on. This girl loves her some Christmas lights! 🙂 #makesmyhearthappy

And some of my favorites. I love all the faces she makes. She is so sweet….

Well, most of the time! 😉

I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying all the fun that Christmas brings! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Owl Sweaters

Like all children, Ada loves animals and her favorite toys are all her stuffed animals. And like most, her favorites are dogs, cats, and bunnies. But then she has a few that she loves that are a little out of the ordinary. And those animals are sheep, goats, and owls. She lights up the most when she sees these three animals and always loudly says the animal noise when she sees them. So when I came across this owl sweatshirt for her at OldNavy, I just knew I had to get it for her.

She loves this sweatshirt! Whenever she wears it she scoots around the house saying, “Who! Who!”; over and over again! Not to mention it is very soft and warm. Perfect for these cold, rainy days; like we had this weekend. And Ada loves when I wear my owl sweater, too.

She points at my sweater and says, “Who! Who!” and is fascinated with the beaded eyes. As you can tell, this is her favorite game. She enjoys finding animals everywhere and saying what they say. She loves going to Target because of the big dog that they have all over the store. She just sits in the buggy, points at every dog she sees, and barks.

My owl sweater is from WallisFashion. I bought this sweater several years ago when owls were big. It is hard to find an owl sweater now. But J.Crew, Anthropologie, and ModCloth have been known to have some. So this poses a question – are owls sweaters out of style now? Oh well if they are, I like mine and Ada’s too much to care if it is or not! 😉 My jeggings are from No Nonsense and are perfect for wearing with boots. Not to mention, they feel like you are wearing yoga pants!

Please excuse my very tired eyes, I haven’t slept well in about a week and I am feeling it! Ada has been working on so many teeth here lately and has been crazy fussy. I mean, scream at the top of her lungs just out of the blue, fussy! Her temper tantrums are pretty hard core, too. Last night, she got mad at me when I took her out of her bubble bath, for bed time, and she clawed my face and neck. Needless to say, it has been a rough week in our house. And to finish up our weekend, we stayed up late wrapping Christmas presents! I love making Christmas special for Ada, but dang I am tired! #momlife

But you can’t tell in this picture that Ada has been screaming and just down right mean this week. She looks like a perfect little angel here.

She makes the funniest faces! And as you can tell, she did not want to hold still. For a baby that doesn’t walk, she sure can get around. But good news on the moving – Ada crawled for the first time this weekend! It was slow going and she still scooted on her knees rather than crawl. But this is a big deal for us! The fact that she is even putting herself into a crawling position and trying to move that way is huge! So way to go Ada!

I do love this crazy, sweet little girl. Even when she is a bit unpleasant, I know that she doesn’t mean to be. And most of the time, Ada is a loving, sweet, snuggly baby. I hope that she gets to feeling more herself soon. We all need some sleep around here! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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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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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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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?