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Mama + Mini Monday: Red, White, & Blue

I am so excited for July 4th weekend! I just can not wait to see Ada’s reaction to some fireworks and all the other wonderfulness that this holiday brings. We haven’t finalized our plans yet, due to Randy’s crazy work schedule. But I am hoping that we, at least, see some fireworks and enjoy some s’mores! I put together a little Mama + Mini 4th of July outfit today – this is just one of several that I have planned for us this week (yeah – sorry, I’m not sorry!). 😉

As I am sure you have noticed, this dress of mine is old. I got it from Belk’s about three years ago and is still a favorite of mine. The skirt is so flowy and it has a vintage flair to it. Here are a few options that are similar: chambray maxi , striped maxi , & navy skirt.

I found Ada’s dress last year on clearance at my local Gap outlet store. When I saw it, I literally jumped for joy because I knew it would match my my favorite maxi. A similar option is this one.

Ada’s bow is a favorite of mine this summer from Emmy’s Pretties. I love that it is red, white, & blue for the 4th; but it can still be worn all summer long.

So here’s to the week going by fast and for sunshine all weekend long! 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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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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Mama + Mini Monday: Hello Spring

Just when I think winter is my favorite season to share with Ada, she goes and changes my mind. Right now, Ada is obsessed with flowers. Every time we go outside, she makes it her mission to find a flower to pick and smell. It is pretty much the cutest thing ever!

And to top it all off, she is so very close to walking completely on her own. She is now standing up and taking about 12 steps all on her own! We are all super excited here in the Maples’ house!

I just got my blouse at TJMaxx this week and love the vintage feel; and the beautiful blush color (similarsimilar)!

I can’t wait till spring really gets here. I just know that Ada is going to love campfires, s’mores, and late nights on the porch listening to the crickets. Come on spring, we’re ready for ya! Hope you all have a great week! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini: Snow Day

It is sometimes difficult to live in the mountains around this time of year. With spring around the corner, you are teased with adorable summer dresses, sandals, and a few warm days. Then the day after you have beautiful 70 degree weather, you get snow. That is why I don’t pack away my winter things until April; maybe later. 😉 But Ada loved the little snow day we had this past weekend and her enthusiasm was contagious. She was so excited to see the all the snowflakes dancing around her. She just kept running around say, “Snow, snow!” It was pretty much the best thing ever!

I got my sweater during the winter sale at Nordstrom a few weeks ago and have been pulling it out every time the temperature drops. It is the perfect oversized sweater and is so soft and warm! And the best thing – it is 100% cotton and not acrylic. (I have a rather large dislike to acrylic sweaters.)

Ada’s dress is from Old Navy and it is a favorite of mine. I love all the colors and the peachy pink matches her bow so well! Her gray sweater cardigan is from Old Navy, too.

After walking around outside, we came inside to enjoy some hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. Just look at those adorable little tippy toes!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Stay warm or if you are out of the mountains, enjoy the spring weather! 😉

 


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Mama + Mini Monday: Lace

I am in love with these mama + mini outfits! Both of these lace tops are so beautiful and my red cardigan has been on repeat here lately. And what better way to enjoy a beautiful, windy day; then by dressing up and taking pictures! 😉

My top is from Anthro and I love all the beautiful lace details. The top is so feminine and vintage – just my style. My red cardigan is from ChicWish and is the perfect transition piece. It is warm without being too warm, it is super soft, it has pockets, and the tassels add a unique flair – need I say more? 😉

Ada’s top is from Crazy8 but I purchased it on Kidizen (have I mentioned how much I love this app?!). Ada’s red hair bow is from Ellia May Designs.

My little girl is getting so big! She is always on the move now and is so close to walking on her own! We are all so excited about it!

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend and all the awesome President’s Day sales going on! Happy Monday ya’ll!

And just so you can see where Ada gets all her funny faces…

 


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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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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!