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Mama + Mini Monday: Hearts On Our Sleeves

It amazes me how much Ada has grown since her 2nd birthday. She has shot up like a weed and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. So all the clothes I bought last spring, a size too big, most likely won’t fit her this spring/summer. 🙁 But there have been a few items that I have been able to use again this year. Like, my favorite “Fries Before Guys” sweatshirt and the navy sweater with heart elbows. Although, they only work on top of a dress because she is so freakin tall that they are practically belly shirts on her. Haha! So even though she has outgrown several of my favorite things, I can make them work for a little while longer. So this is our last time dressing in the same navy sweater with heart elbows. 🙁

 

 

And just so you can see the difference between this year’s and last year’s, here are a few pictures from our Valentine’s Day photoshoot last year. She couldn’t even walk on her own yet, this time last year. Being a parent is so bittersweet. I love watching her grow up but at the same time it makes me so sad.

 

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate with a kid; especially since the holiday blues have definitely set in. Ada has been worried about the disappearance of Christmas lights for weeks now. Hopefully, Valentine’s Day will help distract her from the passing of the Christmas season. So expect more heart shaped things, festive crafts, and sweets until the end of February – we are pushing this holiday out for as long as possible! 😉 Happy Monday ya’ll!

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My Sweater: similar , similar

Ada’s Bow: similar

Ada’s Dress: J&J Dress

Ada’s Necklace: Hooray Everyday Necklace

Ada’s Boots: similar


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Valentine’s Fun

Now that we are all on the mend, we have been trying to squeeze in all the Valentine’s Day festiveness before the big day. To be honest, we are all about to go a little crazy during this flu season. We haven’t been able to play much outside & we have been avoiding people to keep away from germs. And it seems that we are taking turns with our friends – when we are sick, they are well and when they are sick we are better. Hopefully, this season of illness will pass soon, because being stuck at home all the time is starting to get to us! So to help entertain a two year old, we have been making Valentine’s to send to our family & friends. And I hope sometime we can make some pink & heart shaped goodies. Because how can you properly celebrate Valentine’s Day without sweets, right? 😉

We started off with a simple craft, cut out hearts to color and put stickers on because Ada loves stickers. And an adorable printable for Ada to color. I hope that we can try to do this craft later. I can definitely use some Ada hands/hearts in my life.

Can you tell that she is super excited about doing a craft?

And of course, hop-hop can never be left out on all the fun. 😉

I picked up a few Valentine’s Day goodies for Ada because just look how cute she is, all decked out in Valentine cheer! 😉 How can I resist that sweet face?

I hope everyone is having a great week and that you are all staying healthy! Happy Hump Day!


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Life Lately + Valentine’s Day

What a week! This past week, Ada was sick – like, first time having a fever and all, sick. All she wanted to do was snuggle with me and sleep. It was so terrible to watch and I felt so helpless; especially when she started whimpering. The only good thing that came from Ada being sick was all the snuggle time. Luckily, she was only sick for about 3 days and was her sweet, silly self in no time. Just in time for mine and Randy’s night away.

We have been planning a night away for about two months now. Randy’s mom offered to watch Ada around Valentine’s Day and we jumped at the offer. We haven’t had a night away, just the two of us, since our 30 birthdays last year. So needless to say, we were practically giddy when we drove out of the driveway. Randy and I stayed at the Westin in Greenville, SC. I forgot how beautiful the city of Greenville is. Last time I was there, I was getting my bridal photos done at the Westin. The hotel is beautiful! It is like stepping back in time and I love very inch of it! From the polished brass, to the delicate tiles, and to the intricate iron works – just beautiful!

Here is a photo from my bridal shoot:

We had a wonderful time strolling around downtown and admiring all the beautiful architecture. But I am pretty sure that the best part was sleeping in! It was glorious!

The following morning, we enjoyed a Sunday brunch at Westin’s restaurant. The breakfast room is breathtaking beautiful and the food doesn’t disappoint. Although, I am pretty certain that I spent more time admiring the room than eating. 😉

After breakfast, we headed back home to our sweet, happy girl.

Ada had a great time with her mimi and we felt rejuvenated, mostly because we got to sleep in. Yay for more sleep, am I right?!

We had a low key Valentine’s at home as a family. We enjoyed cheese & crackers (Ada ate most of the cheese), a nice home cooked meal by the fire, and the best angel food cupcakes for dessert.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s filled with love, family, friends, and fun! Love ya’ll! 😉

 


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Mama + Mini Monday: Valentine’s Sweaters

I love little girl’s clothes around Valentine’s Day. All the red, pink, and heart patterns… so stinkin cute! I look forward to Valentine’s just for the clothes! I even enjoy sporting hearts on my own sleeves. 😉

I found my cardigan last year from ModCloth and I love how easy it has been to find matching outfits for Ada. Navy and red go so well together. Last year, Ada wore the cutest navy and red bloomers to match my cardigan. This year, I literally squealed in delight when I found her navy sweater on Kidizen. It is the cutest sweater and it matches my cardigan perfectly! Gosh, I am going to be so sad when she outgrows it! Hopefully, someone will make a sweater similar to this next year. If not, there are plenty of other options out there, like this chambray dress with a heart print.

My striped tee is from Gap and Ada’s leggings are from OldNavy. Ada’s adorable heart hair bow is from Ellia May Designs. And Ada’s sunglasses are from Babiators.

As you can see – Ada is kind of walking!! Super big deal here! It won’t be long till she is running circles around me. We are all so happy for her right now.

And she can now climb the stairs all by herself. It is one of her favorite things to do. Way to go Ada!

 

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day ya’ll!


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Making Valentines

Sorry that I have been a bit MIA lately. We have been super busy visiting grandparents and traveling for business. This mama is exhausted from hotel living with a toddler! We are all so happy to be back home and we are getting back to normal around here. Even though traveling was tiring, it was nice to take a little break from social media and just enjoy being with my family.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I put together a little craft for Ada this week. Ada loves to color and she is fascinated with stickers. Even though she does panic when she can’t get the sticker off her finger. 😉 For her Valentines, I cut out some hearts and bought some stickers that I knew she would like; she loved the owl stickers!

I plan on sending these Valentines to friends and family. They might get them before Valentine’s Day. 🙂

This face… wow. I can’t imagine what kind of looks we are going to get when she is a teenager!!!

I hope you are all having a great week! Happy Hump Day!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Hearts

‘Tis the season for heart-shaped everything! It is so easy and fun to celebrate and decorate for Valentine’s Day. And with all the Christmas decor gone, Ada is loving all the heart shapes and fun colors! She has been loving how I cut her food into heart shapes. She just points at her pancakes saying, “Heart, heart!”

Not to mention, all the clothes for littles’ this time of year are so adorable! I just love all the hearts, cute sayings, and cheery colors!

Just like this sweatshirt and leggings from Old Navy. Not only are they super cute, but they are soft and warm. Perfect for this wintry rain we have been having lately.

We celebrated with our friends last weekend, by taking fun photos and eating homemade heart-shaped pizzas. You can find my favorite pizza dough recipe here. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pepperoni hearts (it was harder than I thought it was going to be!). But they turned out cute and delicious! 😉

The photo back drop was just plastic tablecloths and the two banners came from Target. The heart garland was something I made using my Cricut machine and bakers twine.

My t-shirt is from Hello Apparel and I have had it for years. They no longer carry this design but they have a sweatshirt that is similar that I love!

As you can tell, Ada was thrilled to have her picture taken with me. 🙂

But I was able to get a few good ones of Ada.

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of love and hearts – lots of hearts! 😉

“But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13


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Ada’s First Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day this year was simple and easy going – like most of our holidays around here anymore! We did enjoy some Valentine’s Day festiveness at home – brownies, flowers, and a romantic dinner for just the two of us!

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A few days ago, I had a few of my girlfriend’s, and their babies, over for a simple Galentine’s Day breakfast. We try to meet at least once a week to talk about motherhood, marriage and life. We are reading a book together called, “Hoodwinked: Ten Myths That Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off”. It has been such a great book for all of us moms to read together. These ladies have been a wonderful blessing to me and they have become my dearest friends. I am grateful that I have them in life, especially during this time, because let’s face it; being a mom is hard… wonderful, but hard! 😉

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We enjoyed a simple breakfast of waffles, bacon, cupcakes and of course; mimosas!

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Ada enjoyed watching all the other babies play. Hopefully watching them move around will inspire her to try to move around too! This kid has no interest in moving or sitting up by her self yet! I guess she will try it when she is good and ready!

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I hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with love! Happy Monday ya’ll!

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Mama & Mini Style: Valentine’s Day

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite things to do with Ada is to dress her in coordinating outfits with me. So when ever there is an occasion to match, I jump on it!

Valentine’s Day offers the most adorable outfit for babies – all the cute little hearts and the cheery colors – even mom can join in on the fun!

When Gap came out with all their Valentine’s Day outfits, I knew that I had to find something to match! Luckily, Modcloth had the perfect cardigan for me! 🙂

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I just love that she is making a “Zoolander” face here! So sweet! 🙂

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Hello I Love You Shirt / Heart Bloomers / Red Bow / Heart Cardigan / Navy & Brown Shoes 

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.”― Agatha Christie

Since becoming a mother, I have experienced a love that can not be defined. This year, Valentine’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning and I am excited to start new traditions with my daughter.


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Valentine’s Day Fun

Hello February! Hard to believe that January is already over and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Just two weeks away and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this holiday with a little one! For the past two years, Valentine’s Day has been pretty epic for us. Two years ago, I was suppose to fly out to San Francisco to meet Randy, but got snowed in by snowstorm Pax instead (we still had a romantic weekend, regardless!). Last year, we announced that we were expecting Ada! And this year, we get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our sweet little girl!

As you can see, I really enjoy celebrating every holiday with Ada. Having a baby is so much fun during any of the holidays and I love all the Valentine’s Day outfits and books for little ones. Here are some goodies I plan to give Ada for her first Valentine’s Day!

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Book – I love getting books for each holiday for Ada. Actually, I just love getting books for Ada… it’s pretty bad! She already has a library of books, I just keep buying more! It’s an obsession! Good thing Ada loves looking at books, she has plenty to choose from!

Sippy cup – This cup has been great for Ada so far. She drinks from it with ease and loves looking at the colors. She has just started holding it too, so this cup is great for training!

Sleeper – Ada lives in sleepers! They are the best thing (I think) to put a baby in. This one is really cute with it’s matching bib. Ada also has several more Valentine’s Day themed sleepers from Old Navy. They are just too cute to pass up!

Heart Bath Cups – Since Ada finally enjoys bath time, I picked up these bath cups for her to play with. They have little holes on the bottom and they have soft edges. I think she is going to love playing with them.

Socks – These socks from Old Navy are not only really cute, but they are super soft. And the colors go with a lot of her wardrobe already, so she will be wearing them for a long time!

Bow – Zozu Baby is my favorite place to get Ada’s bows. This bow is so beautiful! I am excited for Ada to wear it for Valentine’s Day and for Easter! FYI, all the mini felt bows Ada wears everyday, I get them here.

Happy Monday 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!