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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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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?


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Mama & Mini Monday: Navy Dresses

The weather, here in the mountains, has been beautiful this past week! It has cooled down a lot but it is still warm enough to enjoy being outside; which we have done as often as we can. Ada loves sitting on our front lawn and looking around. She looks at all the trees and plays with all the fallen leaves. It has been so perfect! I never want this time to end! And the best part about this cooler weather, is now I can put Ada in all these cozy leggings and sweater dresses! 😉

Today, Ada and I are matching in our navy dresses!

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Ada’s navy dress actually inspired me to get mine. I have been looking for the perfect navy dress for some time, and I found it on ModCloth.com ( of course!). 😉 I really love everything about it – the style, the midi length, and the crochet details.

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My gray cardigan is from Target –  very soft and reasonably priced. My gray tights and red necklace (similar) are from ModCloth. (I am just a walking advertisement for ModCloth today!) And my beautiful gray shoes are from a small shoe shop in Venice, Italy. But there are tons of similar styles for fall.

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Ada’s navy dress and gray cardigan came as a set from a consignment shop, but the brand is Carter’s (similar). Her navy polka dot hair bow is from ZozuBaby. And her gray tights and red shoes are from Gap. I love that her dress has crochet details at the top, similar to my dress.

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I tried so hard to get her to stand on her own, but she wouldn’t have it. Silly girl. I guess she will get there eventually…

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Reaching for her dada – she is a daddy’s girl for sure!

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I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather with your families! And to those who are affected by the hurricane, I pray that you and your families are safe. Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Chambray & Mustard

Now that it is officially fall, it is ok for me to wear my favorite color every day, right?! It is? Ok, good! Because I sure do love it! So naturally, when I find mustard in Ada’s size I grab it! It is still a little warm here, but when the wind blows, you can feel a little chill. Cooler weather is on it’s way! But until then, we will rock our summer dresses with cardigans and booties. 😉

My dress is from J.Crew Factory (similar) and is a great transition piece. My cardigan is from Modcloth and they come in multiple colors. I have had mine for years and it still looks great. And of course, my mustard heels are from Seychelles.

And look! Ada is standing! Not completely on her own, but she can support her own weight and can balance pretty well. Hopefully, it won’t be long until she is running around! But would you look at those thighs?! Baby rolls are seriously the sweetest!

Ada’s chambray romper is from baby Gap, but I bought it at a consignment shop. Her mustard cardigan is from OldNavy. I am sure that she will be wearing this cardigan a lot this fall! Plus, the other colors are beautiful! Especially, the red and navy. Her gold moccasins are from a consignment shop as well, I do not know what brand they are. Her beautiful floral bow is from Ellia May Designs. She has been wearing this bow on repeat for days now! 🙂

These two little teeth are so cute! 🙂

I just love those baby blues…. they certainly get Randy and I in trouble already!

Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: ASU

Football season is upon us. Not that Randy and I are particular huge sport fantatics. In fact, this video pretty much sums up how Randy and I feel about sports. But I do enjoy what football season brings – cooler weather, hot wings, and hanging out with friends enjoying a cold one. 😉 So I decided to support my alma mater – Appalachian State University, since they will be playing their first game of the season on Thursday – Go Mountaineers!

That face! She is the cutest Mountaineer ever!

ASU is #1! It was just by chance that Randy captured that pose. Perfect timing!

Hope you have a great Monday!


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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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Mama + Mini Monday: Blue Romper

It has been crazy hot here the last few days! Being a mountain girl, I do not handle hot, sticky, humid heat, well at all! I get cranky, short tempered, and my hair poofs out like a poodle. I believe Ada handles heat the same way, too. She is very hot natured and sweats easily, so we have been hiding inside these past few days. Our style here lately has been anything that is comfortable and cool – so rompers it is!

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I know, I know! I love rompers! What can I say? They are easy, stylish, and fun! This romper I found at Target and I wear it a lot. It is light, comfortable, and it has all my favorite colors, mustard and navy. Oh, and it has pockets, cause you know, pockets! My shoes are another favorite from Seychelles. They are very comfortable and I love that I can wear them now and into fall.

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You can tell Ada is thrilled to be outside for these photos. The only good thing about this heat and Ada sweating, are those curls! Are they not the sweetest?! I found her romper at Sam’s Club, of all places. It is from Carter’s and I think I paid $5 for it. It has been a go-to outfit for Ada this summer. I don’t know about you, but every time I see this romper I think fiesta! 🙂

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And here is a terrible photo, but I couldn’t resist sharing because of Ada’s face. Haha! I love this silly girl of mine.

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I hope you are all staying cool this week! Here’s to praying that fall will come soon! Happy Monday!

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