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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Do you ever stop in a moment and look around you, suddenly realizing what magic is taking place? Last Sunday my little Vi—a toddler whose only home includes an elevator ride up to our 740 square feet—got to race down rows and rows of blueberry bushes. I watched her pluck blueberries off the branches and pop them into her mouth, again and again and again. Vi was born into a world that is sleek and clean, all plastic and metal casings. Automatic sanitization and intangible music. Robotic vacuums and televisions on refrigerators. As much as our world offers in the way of access to technology, medical advancement, and scientific understanding, it lacks something. There is hollowness in a life spent in front of a screen, to hands most familiar with the cold smoothness of plastic. It feels like a belly of spun sugar. I want more: warmth, dirt, danger, and fullness. […]