Have a Rainbow & Sunshine Kind of Weekend

Have a Rainbow & Sunshine Kind of Weekend


The weekend is upon us & I want to share a few of my favorites from the week.


This home tour will leave you feeling full of rainbows & sunshine.

The Best Beauty Supplements for Every Concern.

I just downloaded this song on Amazon Prime - Rainbow Kitten Surprise & I plan to listen to it every chance I get. I can't wait for the new album in April 2018!

Two rainbow pillows that belong in your home here & here.

A little piece about E.E. Cummings - The Courage to Be Yourself

Take-me-away to one of these 25 rooms with ocean views! I'm craving the water right now.

This dust pan reminds me of my grandma & it's pink & I need it.

What are essential oils & are they legit? Read this.

I was at the dentist yesterday & The House of Horror came up in conversation. I was left with nothing much to say, except a sadness in my heart. This is not an uplifting read, but gives a little insight into the psychology of the parents.

A Vegan Super Bowl Party Platter that won't leave you missing the junk.

I've been wearing my Hunter Boots for weeks & they're currently on sale here.

Shepra pullovers are in right now & I'm loving this one.

Have you seen wood watches? I cannot wait to show you our new watches & you're going to want one. Next Friday I'll be sharing details of a giveaway you will not want to miss out on!

Have a happy one!
XO
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9 Adorable Baby Pajama Sets

9 Adorable Baby Pajama Sets


There is nothing cuter than a baby in sweet little jammies! Yesterday I shared Five Things I Didn't Know I Needed before bringing Magnolia home from the hospital. I mentioned the zip-up footed pajamas she's wearing here. When we have another baby we will stock up on these instead of all the cute outfits, especially if we have another winter baby.


With her first birthday quickly approaching I've been going down memory lane & looking at all the itty-bitty baby photos I have of her. We lived in pajamas those first few months. And who am I kidding, we still do! Today I'm sharing nine of my current favorites for the little tots.























Hey momma, if you're looking for some cute pajamas I'm currently eyeing these.

XO
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Bringing Home Baby & Five Things I Didn't Know I Needed

Bringing Home Baby & Five Things I Didn't Know I Needed


In 17 days our little baby will be ONE year old. I started to get sentimental this morning thinking about her birthday & the fact that I'll be one big ball of emotions at her first birthday party. While I was pregnant with Magnolia I read everything to prepare myself for motherhood. I talked to friends & my sisters, and I had years of experience with babies thanks to my early days of babysitting & all my nieces. I started on my baby registry months before my shower & I had everything I could imagine I'd possibly need before bringing her home for the hospital. One of my most popular blog posts was our Ikea Diaper Changing Cart that I had written before I had her. And while all those baby necessities came in handy, there were a few random things I didn't have. Today I'm sharing five items that I didn't know I needed.


1. Sound Machine // I had no idea how important it was to create a womb like experience for a baby until after I had Magnolia. It makes total sense now, but while I was pregnant with her it slipped my mind, it wasn't on any lists I read, and no one told me to get a sound machine. Thanks sisters, ha 😉! Magnolia slept like a baby, and by "sleeping like a baby" I mean she didn't sleep well at all. I went for weeks running on only a few hours of sleep & I was sleep deprived in a way I didn't know was possible. I did everything imaginable to help her sleep. For a little while I used an app on my phone to create a womb like experience. And then one day we were at a big box baby store & I found the Dohm All Natural Sound Machine & it changed my life! We still use it every night & honestly, I think I will continue to use it for years to come. I cannot describe the sound other than "real" & "soothing" for not only Magnolia, but us too. This is a must have!

2. Halo SleepSack Swaddle // Okay, so maybe this one is a no-brainer, and YES this was on lists & YES my sister told me to get some. In my defense, even her pediatrician said he felt the same way as me before he became a dad. I didn't think I needed them. I knew how to swaddle a baby & I wanted to use the pretty muslin swaddle blankets I had put on my registry. All the Instagram moms use the floral swaddles to get their babies to sleep, so that was my plan also! Side note: don't let Instagram staged photos fool you about infant sleep. It didn't work, she escaped my swaddling & she made me believe she hated to be swaddled. Finally her pediatrician convinced me to get some velcro sleep sacks & they helped, a lot! Now breaking the habit of the swaddle is a whole other blog post. The Halo brand was my favorite.

3. Cloth Diapers // This is an odd one if you plan on using disposable diapers like us. At the hospital they use cloth diapers as burp clothes & as changing pads. The nurse was nice enough to send a bunch home with us & we soon realized we needed more of them. To Amazon Prime we went for more. We had plenty of adorable burp clothes made by my sister, but it was the cloth diapers that we used each time we changed her poopy diapers. It felt as though she pooped 15x a day, maybe she did, I cannot remember now. Anyway, they came in handy to protect whatever surface we were using to change her & I still use them today. Under the cloth diapers I use a waterproof pad like these.

4. Probiotic Drops // I had no idea how terrible colic or acid reflux was in babies before I had Magnolia. I had heard stories about colic & I know my sister had it. My mom still talks about it to this day. There were days we could not get her to stop crying & there were so many nights I'd walk the house with a red-faced screaming baby wishing I could bring her comfort. She ended up having silent acid reflux & her doctor suggested probiotic drops. I shared about them here. I'm grateful that we didn't have to start a prescription medication & that the drops with time + patience was all she needed.

5. Zip-up Footed Pajamas // As a first time mom I wanted all the cute outfits for my baby. She has a few darling dresses she never wore because she grew out of them faster than we had places to wear them. It was the footed zip-up pajamas from The Gap, that my bestie from college sent me, that she wore on repeat for a good month or two. I didn't realize the importance of a zipper until I started changing diapers every single hour of the day. Who wants to deal with snaps at one am!?!? The Gap jammies were the best quality & definitely my favorite. If I was shopping for a new baby I'd probably get at least five pairs of them!

Before wrapping this up, I must mention the 1 Second Everyday - Video Diary because I just now started to use it. I wish I would have started sooner! Each day you add one photo or small one second video to the app & then it'll make a video diary for you. It's so cool & fun, and such a great way to document your baby's life. Even if you don't use the app, I highly suggest taking photos each day. Some nights while she is sleeping next to me I'll scroll through my camera roll & look at all the photos of her & I'll literally relive my emotions in the moment that I have saved forever. Taking lots of photos will always be my #1 piece of advice for new parents. 

Well there is my list of must-haves that you may or may not find on all the new parent lists out there.

Please comment below if there is anything you'd like to add to this list, I'd love to hear.

XO


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White Glitter Falling From The Black Sky

White Glitter Falling From The Black Sky


I read the other day that toddlers laugh an average of 400 times a day --- isn't that the cutest thing?

Sunday morning we woke up before the sunrise & to our delight we saw white glitter falling from the black sky. I turned on the string lights that hang above our back deck & we stood at the kitchen door watching the air sparkle. By the time the sun came up the ground was all white. We barely got an inch of snow, but for Magnolia the world looked quite different. And for that reason we decided to celebrate it.


Ryan & I decided that it'd be a good day to go for a Sunday drive. We bundled up & hopped in the car to head south to his parent's land. As soon as we stopped the car & got out, Ryan spotted a bald eagle. He only saw it flying in the air for a moment so he likes to add the disclaimer that he's not 100% positive it was a bald eagle, but he's pretty darn sure it was. I only saw the tip of it's white tail flying over the snow covered grown. Did you know Native Americans consider bald eagles to be sacred? They are the highest flying birds & seen to be nearer to our creator. The bald eagle symbolizes courage, wisdom, and strength and it's purpose is a messenger from our creator.



We snapped a few photos by the water, at the very spot Ryan & I were married. On our wedding day we had several moments that were certainly messages from our Heavenly Father.

We drove around the land & saw a family of deer in the distance. From the warm car we watched them prance through the snow & up a hill. Being out in nature, breathing in the cold air, was the refreshment I needed.






Did you know that the average 40-year-old only laughs four times a day?

This little girl has changed me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. She's straight from the arms of angel & teaching me so much each day. To simply see the white glitter falling from the dark sky like she did - it was so very good for the soul.


On the topic of good for the soul, this story will literally warm your heart.

And remember, small pleasures are a big deal.

XO
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Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the Little Girls

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the Little Girls


I always say Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday, of course I say that about Christmas too. And everyone's birthday, oh, and also Easter! If there is a reason to celebrate love & happiness I'm all in. My mom always made Valentine's Day a special day, with sweet little gifts for all of us. I'll always remember the year she surprised me with a watch I had wanted for a long time. I hope to make each & every holiday a big deal for our Sweet Magnolia.

I put together some girly pink + glittery gifts for the little girls in your life. They range in price from $5 and up. You don't have to spend a fortune to make someone feel loved on Sweetheart's Day!


1. Rainbow Pillow Pink // I'm really into rainbows lately, and the soft pastel colors in this handmade pillow are darling. Everyone wants to hug a rainbow!

2. Glitter Heart Sleep Set // You cannot celebrate Valentine's Day without pink + hearts + glitter.  We spend a lot of time in our pajamas, so it's always a good investment to have new ones to go along with the holiday of the moment.

3. Crayola Valentine's Day Marker, Stamp & Paper Set // Let them make Valentine's for all the ones they love.

4. Ryan & Wren Glitter Hair Snap Clips // Modern + simple + glittery & only $5 each. I love to support handmade shops and this is one that I adore.

5. 250 Valentine's Stickers // I saw this huge bucket of stickers at Target yesterday & I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that it was only $5. They are really nice quality, sparkly, pretty stickers & such a great deal. I think even for a sticker obsessed little girl this would last years, or you'll have a bedroom wall covered in all things Valentine's Day 😉 !!!

6. Pink Garden Chair // How darling is this Little Tikes Garden Chair? Magnolia will most likely have this on our back deck by spring. And it's not even $15 on Amazon.

7. Strawberry Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera // Ok, I have to admit, the little girl in me really wants this camera. Is Magnolia old enough for this yet!?!?

8. Jellycat Swan Rose // We are obsessed with everything by Jellycat. And I'll tell you why! They are incredibly soft, pretty, & they don't shed like some cheaper stuffed animals. Magnolia was able to play with her Jellycat bunny when she was itty bitty because the fur didn't get in her mouth. Jellycat is the way to go if you want a plush toy for a little tot.

9. Glitter Bow Ballet Flats // Not only does your little girl need to wear these with all her Valentine's Day outfits now, she can wear them all year long for just a pinch of sweetness each day! And they are currently on sale.

Sealed with a kiss xo

Shop more sweet Valentine's Gifts below.


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