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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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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! 🙂

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

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

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

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.