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Springtime Fun

You know you are a mom of a toddler when you dread a rainy day. Especially, in the spring when you have had several days of beautiful weather to play outside. I am just so grateful that I live in the time of Pinterest! There are so many great ideas to help entertain your energetic toddler on a gloomy, spring day. Today I am sharing our favorites.

1. Cloud Dough – This stuff is so cool! It feels like silky, sand and it holds its form when you squeeze it in your hand or into a container. I found this recipe that just uses two ingredients: flour and coconut oil. You can add food coloring, but I decided not to. Ada loved it and it entertained her forever! She loved using her Easter eggs and other kitchen utensils to scoop the dough into. It was a little messy, but we have a large quilt that we use to let her play on, so it helped contained some of the mess.

Ada, of course, tried eating it, but only took one bite before realizing it wasn’t very tasty. That is also why I used coconut oil instead of baby oil.

 

She was covered in the dough, but she was happy & just look how cute she looks with that messy face! 😉

2. Swing: Randy and I just got Ada a swing… I know, took us long enough! She loves this swing! She could probably swing all day if I let her. We have two places that we can hang the swing. One on the front porch when the weather is nice and one inside for rainy days. I love having it inside because she can watch me cook dinner from her swing and she is perfectly content.

3. Whisking Bubbles/Pouring Station: This activity is a little difficult inside, but it is doable – with lots of towels! Today though, we were able to catch a little bit sunshine before the afternoon showers hit. I have also seen where you can use a large storage bin to help contain the water, but we actually don’t have one. (Weird, right?) With this activity we used a tupperware dish filled with water and some soap. I then let Ada use a whisk to create bubbles. She had all sorts of cups, bowls, and spoons to play in the water with.

She also had to sample the bubbles…. silly kid.

4. Coloring/Stickers: For rainy days, we will pull out our coloring & sticker books. I just started buying these for Ada, since she has just started playing with stickers. Her favorite right now, is this one. The reusable stickers are great and it has helped her with counting. I definitely plan to get more of these!

5. Indoor Picnic: To help bring some excitement to our days stuck indoors, we will have a picnic inside. I usually cut her food up into fun, bite-size shapes. Mini cookie cutters are my best friends when it comes to bringing some fun to Ada’s food. And sitting on the floor gives Ada the chance to play and eat at the same time.

Regardless of the weather, these activities are fun to do. But they are even better when you are stuck indoors and bored! 😉 What are some of your favorite rainy day activities?

Happy Friday ya’ll! I hope your weekend is sunny!

Ada’s Outfit: Peplum Tank / Leggings / Nike Water Shoes / Hair Bow


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Mama + Mini Monday: Spring Florals

It is that wonderful time of year when everything is blooming and, here in apple country, the air smells like apple blossoms. The apple & peach trees are blooming and they are the prettiest, delicate, pink flowers. Ada loved walking through our neighborhood orchard this weekend and wanted to smell & touch all the flowers.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but we had some gorgeous weather this past weekend. We pretty much spent our entire weekend outside exploring our yard & the neighborhood. We even enjoyed a simple picnic in our front yard, soaking in the sunshine. It was a perfect weekend.

With this beautiful spring weather, out came our beautiful spring dresses! My dress is actually a maternity dress from Old Navy that I bought two summers ago. But I love the colors and pattern in this maxi. Nordstrom has a similar dress here.

Ada’s dress is my favorite! Old Navy is killing it this spring with all there florals and bright colors! I want to buy everything! It is all just so darn cute! Her bow is from ZozuBaby and her pink leggings are another Old Navy purchase.

I just love Ada’s smile in this picture! It is absolutely precious!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Here’s to many more beautiful weekends! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Summer is for Fun

These past few weeks, we have been soaking up all the fun that only summer can bring here in the mountains. We have enjoyed the Apple Festival, the Mountain State Fair, and trying out the local vineyards. The evenings are starting to cool down and it is glorious! Our favorite thing to do every night is to take an evening stroll around the apple orchards with Ada or to sit out on our back porch with a glass a wine while Ada plays. Days like these, makes me wish for time to stop so I can enjoy these little moments with my family just a little bit longer. But alas, the only way to make time to last a little longer is to take lots of pictures! 😉

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I was so excited for the Mountain State Fair to get here because of all the farm animals they have. Ada loves all her toys and books about farm animals. Instead of calling them by name, she refers to the animals by what sound they make. She doesn’t call a cow, cow – she calls it moo. It so cute! She loved seeing all the animals and would make the sound of each one as we walked by.

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She had a blast on this stuffed horse! She didn’t want to leave it! I guess I’ll have to get her a rocking horse now. 😉

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And we all enjoyed the fair food!

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It was so much fun taking Ada to the fair. Next year, she just might be big enough for some of the rides!

The hiking back pack for Ada has been great for all these festivals and fairs. But we are looking forward to when she can walk on her own. Hopefully, soon!

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The pack is perfect for our evening strolls through the orchards, of course. She loves riding in it. She gets a great view where ever we go.

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I hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer. But I am glad to see fall coming! I am ready for the crisp, cool air; the beautiful colors; sweatshirts; and nights by the fire! Happy Hump Day ya’ll!

 


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One Year & Family Photos

Taking family pictures with a little one can be difficult, at best. Obviously, when Ada was a newborn it was easy. But now that she is more interested in moving around and playing, it is much harder. Thankfully, we teamed up with our best friends, who have a little one, to get our family photos done together!

It is so hard to get a picture of Ada smiling. I promise you that she does smile, just not in front of a camera!

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We were able to get one picture of Ada smiling, but her hands are in her mouth. Close enough!

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And probably my favorite picture from the whole day – my daughter and I with my bestie and her son! I am definitely framing this one!

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Since it was so hot that day, it was difficult to get decent pictures of Ada. So a few days later I took some more at home and love how they turned out!

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That face just kills me! She is such a little goober and I love it! Poor kid gets it honestly!

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I adore this vintage style dress! I got it at a consignment shop months ago and have been waiting for it to fit her. It is still a little big, but I still love it! The top has beautiful, dainty embroidery and buttons and the dress is trimmed in tiny lace – what’s not to love?!

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I am very grateful that we were able to get some photos at this time of our lives and a special shout out to our friends for helping us out! I know that these pictures will be treasured and ones that I will look back on in the years to come. Happy birthday my darling Ada Marie!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Yellow Dot

Several months ago, I bought Ada this yellow bow and instantly fell in love with it. The color and pattern is just beautiful. I love it so much, that it became the inspiration for Ada’s first birthday party. Sadly, the bow is no longer available and this pattern is no where to be found. This past weekend, while I was shopping with my mom, I came across this yellow swiss dot shirt. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it! This shirt is the same fabric as Ada’s bow! Needless to say, I bought the shirt without hesitation and I love how well it matches my little!

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Ada’s “Little Miss Sunshine” romper is from Paper Doll Clothing Co. They make the cutest clothes for every season. This romper is no longer available, but their fall line is adorable! You bet I’ll be picking up a “Little Miss Pumpkin” shirt soon! Her yellow bow is from Free Babes Handmade, which is no longer available either. But her fall line is about to launch and I am excited to see what she is going to have.

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My button up is from Anthropologie – sadly, I cannot find it online; but it should be in store. For reference, this shirt runs a little small, but I prefer my shirts to be loose. I bought it in a size 8 when I am normally a size 4 or 6. My gold t-shirt is from TJMaxx two years ago. It is my go to layering shirt in the fall. Target has some shirts similar available right now. My white jeans are from Loft and my blush sandals are last season Seychelles (can you tell that I am a big Seychelles fan? 🙂 ).

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Ada certainly is my little sunshine. Even though it is hard to capture in photos, she is the sweetest, happiest little baby.

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I hope you are staying cool and I hope you are enjoying these last few weeks of summer! As for me, fall can not get here fast enough! Happy Monday ya’ll!

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Our July 4th

I have always enjoyed the 4th of July – sunshine, parades, cookouts, fireworks, and all red, white and blue! And I was even more excited to share this holiday with my daughter! We had a low key weekend at home, mostly because I am pretty sure fireworks and parades would absolutely terrify Ada right now! But next year, I am sure that we will watch fireworks. I can’t wait to see her first reaction to them! Although, I am sure she will be terrified of fireworks then, too! 😉

I am glad that we were able to get a July 4th family photo – thanks to a newly required selfie stick. I think they are terribly hilarious, but they sure do make family photos a lot easier!

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We even sported our red, white, and blue for church. I love her little pointed toes in this photo.

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For the 4th, we had our friends over for a cookout, complete with red, white, and blue sangria! It was the first time I have ever made sangria and it was pretty darn delicious! You can find the recipe I used here. We had a great time, drinking sangria and watching our little babies play together.

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Ada’s first July 4th outfit was so cute! When I saw this onesie, I couldn’t resist. I knew it would make the perfect first July 4th outfit for Ada!

She is definitely our little firecracker!

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It is getting a little bit harder to take good picture of her any more, she is such a little wiggle worm!

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I hope you had a wonderful 4th filled with fun, friends, and family! Now that July 4th is over, it is officially fall in my mind. Bring on the cooler weather and everything pumpkin!


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Life Lately

We have been pretty busy here lately, but busy doing fun things! Just the way I like it! 😉

Randy and I had a great time on our day date a couple of weeks ago. My sweet mother-in-law came up for the weekend to watch our little while we got out of the house and enjoyed Asheville. We stopped by some of our favorite places and enjoyed our favorite foods.

The first stop was Urban Orchard, a cidery that I have been wanting to go to for a long time. They opened when I was pregnant, so I am just now getting a chance to go. And it did not disappoint! They had 8 different hard ciders to chose from that tasted any where from sweet, dry, to spicy. The vanilla habanero was my favorite!

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We also got their meat and cheese plate with our flights. The food was either grown or prepared here locally – apples from Hendersonville and the cheese and meat from Hickory Nut Farm. We loved everything we tried! If you are looking for a place to try that isn’t a brewery, try a cidery!

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Our next stop on our date was downtown Asheville, where we enjoyed the shopping and our favorite restaurants – French Broad Chocolate Lounge and Bouchon. We had such a great day in Asheville. It was a wonderful break, having fun, just the two of us.

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After our date, Randy went on a week long business trip, so I went to visit family for the week. While there I chopped off my hair! I know, right? I cut off about 6-8 inches! It feels so much better. I love my long hair, but it was giving me headaches. It was definitely time for a change! And a huge thank you to my wonderful father for watching Ada while I got my hair cut!

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I love this picture of Ada and my mom. So freakin cute! 😉

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This past weekend, we went to the Firefly Festival at the Blue Ghose Brewery. Pretty day, food trucks, beer and music – perfect day! We had a blast! Even Ada loved it! She loved listening to the music, she would dance and clap her hands. And she of course, loved all the food. She tried garlic parmesan french fries, toppings from our hotdogs, and strawberry sorbet.

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We have had so much fun here lately! But I guess it is time to slow down and get some rest! Hope you all have a restful, beautiful Sunday!


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Mama & Mini Style

I have had a blast representing an awesome company called, “Camp Light Apparel.” They are a wonderful company with the cutest clothes for the whole family. And what makes it so amazing, is that each purchase helps feed malnourished children. How cool is that? Head over to their website and Instagram account – their story is truly touching and you are just going to love their products!

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I love the face she is making in this photo. She is such a goober! 🙂

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And here are my favorite photos! They are simply adorable. I love that gummy smile of hers!

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This has quickly become one of my favorite shirts to wear. It is really soft and I love how is fits. The sleeves drop a little off the shoulders and the shirt is loose without it looking baggy. Perfect t-shirt! I will be getting some more that is for sure! (For reference in sizing, I am wearing the medium and Ada is wearing the 6-12months).

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Go check out Camp Light Apparel! You will love their products and on top of all that, you will be helping support a great cause! Now that is a win win in my book. Happy Friday ya’ll!


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Farewell 2015 – Our Year in Pictures

Happy New Year’s Eve! 2015 has been an amazing year! It has been so much fun looking back on all our memories and seeing how much our lives have changed; for the better, of course!

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This has certainly been the best, most exciting year of our lives, so far! I look forward to another year of adventures with Randy and now with our sweet little girl!

I wish you the happiest New Year! Cheers!


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10 Year High School Reunion + Fashion Talk

Nothing says like you are getting old like getting the invitation to your 10 year high school reunion. Has it really been 10 years? Already? I would like to say that it felt like yesterday, but looking back to my high school self, I realized how much I had changed over the years. I am almost a completely different person now then I was 10 years ago. My core values haven’t changed, but my perspective, my way of thinking and the way I see the world now… all that is different.

The one memory that sticks out the most to me at 18 was a conversation I had with my mother. I can’t exactly remember what we were talking about – something along the lines of life decisions – and my mom said something that surprised me. She said, “You will change the most between the ages of 18 and 25.” I remember thinking, no I won’t. I will still be me, I will still want the same things and my plans will never change. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is funny to look back at the years and see yourself change. But I like the way I have changed. I haven’t accomplish everything I thought I would, but the life I have now is better than I could had ever dreamed. 🙂

Before heading to the reunion, we did a quick photo shoot of just the two of us.

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And yes, I planned our outfits to match because I am cheesy like that! We got Randy’s shirt last year from Banana Republic. It is both of our favorites! 🙂 And it looks so good on him!

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I got this dress online at Ruche. I love, love, love the colors! Of course, you all know how much I love mustard. The shoes were my birthday present this year from Modcloth, which are no longer available. But they have tons of different options!

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I found the purse at an antique store in Hendersonville. I bought it for $12!

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My favorite picture from the whole night! Thank you Randy!

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And for my jewelry… the necklace is an antique and my gold bracelet was my high school graduation present from my parents. Seemed only fitting to wear it to my reunion. 🙂

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Our 10 year reunion was at a new brewery in Boone, the Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Coming from the beer capital of America, I was pretty impressed with their beers. Good job Boone! For dinner, they had a local food truck called From Farm to Flame. They made wood-fire pizzas and they were out of this world amazing! I will be on the hunt for this truck every time I go to Boone now.

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The night was a little awkward at first. It is hard to start up conversations with people who you haven’t seen in 10 years. But an hour into the night (after everyone had some drinks) it got easier.

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It was so nice catching up with old friends.

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Especially with these two. We have all been friends since we were 4 years old!

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First thought regarding reunions – Facebook can make it hard to have these, “I haven’t seen you in 10 years. How are you doing?” conversations. Mostly because you already know where they are and what they are doing. But seeing people in the flesh, being able to hug them and talk to them – it is so much better than seeing pictures on Facebook.

At the end of the day, I have to conclude that our parents did a pretty awesome job with all of us. We are lawyers, doctors, judges, engineers and small business owners and living all over the country – not bad for a tiny town in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Just goes to show you it is not how you start, but how you finish.

Overall, I am glad that I went to my reunion. I had a great time catching up with old friends and making new connections with those who I didn’t know as well in high school. Until next time WHS… see you in 10 years!

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