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Thoughts on 30-Something

This past weekend I turned 31, which is crazy to me, because I feel like I just posted our 30th birthday celebration not that long ago. How can another year already come and gone?! I swear life moves more quickly the older you get. But I am now officially in my thirties… not just 30 but in my thirties! Even though I struggle with the idea that I am older and that I’m a somewhat functioning adult – oh, and a mom; I still feel eternally grateful that I am getting older. Getting older is a privilege. I am grateful to have spent another year on this earth and that I got to spend it with my family and friends.

People say that the 20s are the best years. My 20s were great – they were years of self-discoveries, making mistakes, changing my mind, and exploring the world around me. In those years, I accomplished what others said I couldn’t – getting a degree in physics. In college, I met my best friends and my soulmate. I got married in my 20s, we bought our first house in our 20s, and we traveled to Italy and had many other great adventures. Yeah, my 20s were great. But, I feel like I am living the best years of my life now.

Since I have come into my 30s, I have discovered that I have changed, in a good way.

  • I am more self-confident, than I ever was in my early 20s. My self image has changed. Since having a baby, my body isn’t the same and you know what? I am perfectly ok with that. My body has done some amazing things these past few years and I am proud of it. Now I am more concerned of becoming an example for Ada. I want her to have a role model that can show her how to be confident in her own skin. To know that true beauty is within.
  • I feel more settled in my sense of style and who I am. I always felt like a late bloomer in this area. Before I got married, I worn nothing but jeans and t-shirts. But now I know who I am and what I like, regardless of popular opinion.
  • My health has become an invaluable asset. I have always been health conscious, but now that I’m getting older and starting to see some “age” on my face, I am taking even better care of myself. Like, washing my face every single night (yeah, I was one of those that didn’t do that!). And as always, eating healthy (well, as best as I can – I do love me some ice cream) and getting at least some physical activity everyday (having a toddler helps with that). You only have one body and I want to do the best I can to treat it right. 😉
  • And last but certainly not least, I became a mom when I was 29 (great way to end my 20s, uh?). Having Ada in our lives has been the greatest blessing of all. It is because of her, that I am now living the best years of my life.

So there you have it, 30s are so much better than your 20s! 😉

This weekend my family came up and went with me to the “Tour de Fat” at the New Belgium brewery. And whole reason we went was to see Third Eye Blind; my favorite band in high school. It was a fantastic concert and I felt young again! 😉 We had a blast eating food truck food, drinking beer, and singing at the top of our lungs to songs I blasted through my car stereo in my high school parking lot. It was a great night!

Thank you all for my birthday wishes and to those to celebrated with me. And a special thanks to my parents for watching over my little girl. 30 was a great year and I am looking forward to this year. Heres to living in your thirties and making them the best years of our lives!


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Mother’s Day Photoshoot

I can’t believe that I am getting ready to celebrate my second Mother’s Day. First, I still sometimes struggle with the idea that I am a mom and second, I can’t believe that my baby is almost two! The years have flown by, especially this year! So for Mother’s Day this year, I wanted a photoshoot with Ada. I know we do a lot of these, but I have been super emotional with Ada’s second birthday approaching. I just can’t believe that Ada will be two in just few short months! Where did my sweet, chubby baby go?! But I am grateful that I have had many photo sessions with Ada. I love looking back on them and remembering what Ada was like at that time.

Special thanks to my sweet, patient husband for taking the time to take these photos. We are the luckiest girls in the world!

Outfit Details: My Dress // Ada’s Dress // Ada’s Bow // Ada’s Bracelet

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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Our Weekend

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend because we certainly did! Friday night we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with our dear friends. It was a fun night, watching our kids play, while we enjoyed some margaritas.

Saturday was a rainy, cold day. So we did what we could to entertain Ada when all she wanted was to play outside. But Sunday, the weather cleared and we ran outside before it decided to rain on us again. We took Ada to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. We have been dying to go for a few years now, so we made it happen yesterday.

For those of you who don’t know, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a rare forest of old hardwoods. In fact, this forest is the largest old growth forest in the Eastern United States. Some of the trees are 100 feet tall and about 20 feet in circumference. They are magnificent trees that are about 450 years old! It truly is a beautiful forest, carpeted with moss, ferns and delicate flowers.

Ada loved hiking around, but the terrain was a bit rough for her. So she enjoyed most of the hike in her backpack carrier. I believe Ada has pretty bad allergies. She has had a constant runny nose and red, watery eyes this spring. I feel so bad for her! Any suggestions on how to help her out, besides locking her up inside all summer?

It was a beautiful hike! And yesterday was just a perfect day. We felt like we were exploring this old forest all by ourselves. We only ran into a few people and the forest was so very quiet. It was so peaceful and a nice change of pace for us. One that was definitely needed.

This forest is in memory of Joyce Kilmer, a journalist and a poet who was killed in service during World War I. He is known for his poem from 1913, “Trees.” I am ashamed to say that I have never seen this poem before, but find it really beautiful. My favorite part, “A tree that looks at God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray.”

This girl never goes anywhere without her “Hop-Hop.” They have shared so many wonderful adventures together.

A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content. If this saying is true, then my week is going to be awesome! 😉 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And if the mountains are calling to you, check out Joyce Kilmer. It is definitely worth seeing! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: April Showers

With all these April showers we should be getting tons of May flowers, am I right?! After days of rain, Ada and I could only stay inside for so long. So I put on my rain boots, grabbed my umbrella, and we took a stroll downtown. It was a wonderful change of scenery that Ada and I both needed.

Ada was fascinated by this clock that chimes every 15 minutes. She would keep pointing at it and say, “Tick, tock! Tick, tock!” Downtown is one of my favorite places to walk and window shop. I love all the old buildings and Ada likes to stop and smell the flowers. Not to mention, Kilwin’s ice-cream is simply the best!

My navy striped dress came from TJMaxx two years ago (similar, similar). I wore it a lot throughout my pregnancy. It is super soft and stretchy; hence why I worn it all the time while pregnant. My blush cardigan is a spring time favorite. You always need a sweater/jacket in the mountains. My floral rain boots are from Joules. They have so many adorable boots! I chose the shorter ones because I am so short! Regular rain boots hit me at my knees, which makes things like walking difficult. Joules also make some adorable matching rain boots for Ada, but since she is just learning to walk, I thought it would be better to wait till next year for rain boots.

Ada’s navy striped shirt is from Gap (similar) and her gray cardigan is from Old Navy. And her pink gingham bow is from Ellia May Designs.

After our fun in the rain, we ended our day with a popsicle pretending it was sunny outside. Next time she gets a popsicle, she can eat it outside, because dang that was messy! But totally worth it; just look at that face! 🙂

Well, I hope you are all staying dry out there! Let’s hope for some sunshine soon! Happy May 1st ya’ll!


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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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Floral Dress / Heels / Blue Polo

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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!