It’s still so hot here in Florida, but I am trying my best to get into the fall spirit. I’m working on some ideas for easy, minimal decorations for the holidays, and the first thing I thought of was framing pretty artwork. I already have frames out, so all I have to do is change out the art for something festive. And because I just couldn’t wait to share, I’m giving it to you here! Just open these beauties in a new tab and print. Happy October!
If you have been following me on Pinterest you have probably noticed the flurry of minimalism inspiration I have been pinning away. Going minimal has been an interest of mine for a while, and I have been doing some mini purges over the past year (mostly because we moved our stuff twice last year and there were lots of boxes I would rather get rid of instead of moving it…again), but with jobs and kids and trying to actually leave the house sometimes it has fallen by the wayside. I am all about intentional living and making your home reflect the life you want to lead, so it’s about time I stop pinning and start making some moves! If you are kicking around the idea of decluttering, join me! We can commiserate over all the pairs of jeans we bought and never wore (ugh, I don’t even want to think about […]
I remember summertime growing up as freedom. Rules were a little more relaxed, we rarely had tight schedules, and the hot weather meant swimming to our hearts’ content. Vi is just two (almost three!), but I want to make sure she gets the same slow summers I loved as a kid. I have found some favorite ideas around the web for us to stay grounded this summer. This list of quickly growing plants for kids is perfect to help her feel connected to the earth and help us out in our garden. My favorite easy hot-weather treat is making a big comeback and is as delicious as ever (and fast and pretty healthy too, so this is a win for sure). My parents got Vi an adorable water table for her backyard amusement and, I have to say, she is absolutely obsessed with it. We haven’t tried grilling a pizza in a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I want to help you create a life that is happier, better, and more like the life projected behind your eyes. Starting this blog has been written in my heart for a long time, but it just never seemed like the right time. Now that I am a mom, a working mom trying to hustle my writing into a career, I am determined to start piecing together my own puzzle. I’m a pretty simple girl: I create things for people I love. I like to share. I like words—my favorite is “crisp” followed closely by “lovely.” I want to build a colorful life filled with passionate people who aren’t afraid to use every crayon in the box. I love my wily toddler. I am sarcastic and sometimes inappropriate…but you get me, right? My happiness philosophy? Create. Love. Add a little honey.