Trying to Enjoy It All (Without Completely Freaking Out)

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Parenthood might be one of the trickiest gigs ever. We are totally responsible for the care of these little people (if they grow up and rob a bank, that’s on us). There is pressure from every direction for the best way to guide them along the “right” path (whatever that means). It is exhausting, messy, frustrating, and full of physical and emotional extremes (I have been both the happiest and saddest in my entire life in the span of two and a half years). And, in the middle of it all, we are supposed to cherish every moment. Every. Single. One. Damn. That is a lot of cherishing. “It is hard to cherish the moment that your toddler is having a Britney-circa-2007 breakdown in the grocery store.” Since having my daughter two (wow, almost three) years ago, I have tried to live more slowly and be more present. I try to […]

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6.17 Links // Lazy Days

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This week has been hard, but that is for another day. Gib had surgery last Friday so this week has been filled with lots of snuggles and lazy days. I have perfected my carrot cake overnight oats, decided on curtain rods for the kids’ room, and walked past a full sink of dishes about a million times (my life is super riveting right now, I know). Here is what else I have been into this week. Happy Fathers Day weekend! Maybe it is all the rain we have been having and all the time we are spending inside, but I have been itching to redo our whole house. Not gonna happen, I know, but a girl can dream, right? This overdyed rug just needs to occupy the still bare spot in my living room under my couch. It is rich and saturated and would add just the pop of color that […]

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DIY Flower Crown Party Station

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Scroll through Pinterest and you will see lots of flower crowns. Lots and lots. I couldn’t be happier to see everyone embracing flower crowns and turning into bohemian forest nymphs for all of their special occasions. For my wedding I wore a subdued crown with spots of baby’s breath, and my bridesmaids made more colorful ones; they were the perfect addition to my simple, whimsical, laid-back wedding. I wore a floral headband with purple daisies in my maternity pictures. And I made matching crowns with violets for my daughter’s one-year photos. So yeah, I am highly in favor of flower crowns! When my best friend, Samantha, wanted flower crowns for her baby shower, I knew I could make it happen! Her sister and I decided that letting everyone make their own at the party would not only give them a fun favor to take home with them, but would be […]

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Adding a Baby Corner

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Well…I had a baby! I wanted to share the little baby corner I created in our bedroom. It is just the cutest spot for Gib to sleep…babies eventually do that, right?   When we brought Vi home two years ago we lived in a one-bedroom apartment, so we didn’t have much choice other than keeping her in our room. Even though we now have two bedrooms, I still want to keep this baby close for the first few months. Our bedroom is small, but I am determined to carve out a little space for baby and everything he needs. We moved in after I knew I was pregnant, so I consciously kept this corner pretty cleared out from the beginning, only adding what I thought we would need once our little bean got here. I only wanted to keep essentials in here to make it nice and relaxing and uncluttered, and I […]

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These Thanksgiving Pins Will Totally Save My Butt This Year

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There isn’t much of a chill in the air here in Orlando, and the only changing leaves are the dying palm fronds, but fall is here. Yes, I am going to be totally stereotypical and get all heart-eyed about all things fall. It might be different in Florida, but I am always thankful for the less-sweltering weather and the excuse to wear my boots for a couple of months. Since having Vi, this time of year has taken on a totally different meaning though. I used to see all kinds of “this is such a stressful time of year” and I was like, huh? To me, this time of year meant breaks from work, tons of food, and shopping for a few gifts. Now I’m a wife and mom and… um… it can get stressful. I try to keep it low key still, but planning who will be where when and […]

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It’s Been a Minute…but I’m Back!

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Holy moly, guys. So sorry for suddenly being all M.I.A., but things have been crazy over here! Lots of changes, lots of projects. All summer I have been putting together our Reader Guides for the Orlando Moms Blog (and wow is it a lot of work!). But on the upside I have gotten to spend time with the loveliest women you could imagine at the best events, like our third birthday bash at Paper Goat Post. Vi even came with me to this adorable little shop and fell in love with the fresh flowers, balloons, and cards. And the cotton candy cookies. We are also saying goodbye to our little nest after six years. It is bittersweet for sure, but definitely needed. We moved into the building right after college, and we can only make excuses to stay in a tiny one bedroom apartment for so long (or so Scott […]

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The Easiest Ever Pineapple Coconut Sorbet

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Ok, so I know I have mentioned how hot is here right now, but dang. It is meltingly, oppressively, stick your head in a bucket of ice hot. I simply cannot believe that just a couple years ago I was very (very, very) pregnant in this heat. All you pregnant-in-the-summer mamas know what I am saying. Pineapple coconut sorbet to the rescue! I have to admit that ice cream and other frozen treats are not my usual go-to sweet things—I am a cookie girl—but at this time of year something cold and yummy is a necessity just to survive (am I being too dramatic? No, I don’t think I am). I have seen other versions of this really easy recipe (it is so easy that to even call it a “recipe” is misleading), but I have super simplified it for the lazy easygoing days of summer when more than two steps standing […]

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5 Amazing DIY Baskets You Should Start Today

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My husband just does not understand my love for baskets and bins. They are cute and useful, and when you live in a tiny apartment with a munchkin and all of her rogue toys, they become sanity savers. At least, that is how I see it.  My question is, why the heck are they so pricey? It never fails that every time I find a basket that I love, I glance at the price tag and slowly slide it back on the shelf. I guess when I win the lottery, I know what I will spend my millions on (Reporter: “What are going to do with your winnings?” Me: “To Anthropologie to buy all the baskets!”).  Honestly though, this is how I developed some craftiness to begin with. There is something really satisfying about creating something pretty and utilitarian. Plus, I get to personalize it and sometimes even reuse something instead […]

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Four Cocktail Garnishes for Summer

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What do you mean it’s not summer? Well, here in Central Florida the days start out hot and end up muggy, so I am declaring an early jump on bikinis, big floppy hats, and fruity cocktails meant to be sipped on the beach. There is no way I am waiting for June 20th. My husband happens to have spent a majority of his working life as a bartender, so I may have a little more affection for the aesthetics of my drinks. I definitely drink with my eyes first. As much as I enjoy popping a little paper umbrella in my drink and pretending I’m in Blue Hawaii, I much prefer my cocktail garnishes to actually do something; I like to use fruit, herbs, and the occasion vegetable that plays well with other flavors. We normally like to drink something fizzy and crisp when we are by the pool or at the […]

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Looking Back at the Long Baby Days One Year Later

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The days around here have been…challenging recently. My sweet one year old is quickly approaching two, and she is developing all of the opinions to match. Every silly toddler parent joke makes so much more sense now. She really did melt down today because I gave her milk—the milk she asked for. I stood there, just looking at her, not sure of how to respond while she threw herself down on the ottoman in a dramatic fashion that would color any Disney princess impressed: one arm flung forward, the other crooked with her face buried into her elbow. Sometimes I think about when, exactly, did the new baby smell wear off? What were we doing the last time I inhaled that sweet scent? I would have lingered a little longer. I remember chubby baby legs and squishy little hands. I remember toothless grins and wispy hair. You know what I don’t really […]

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