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Don't Trade Your Authenticity for Approval


I turn 4-0 in April! And she turned 4 in February! 

I look at her & think about all that life has taught me that I am blessed to teach her. When I'm in deep thought, I realize she is the one teaching me. She loves with purity, she does what she wants, she never worries about what anyone thinks of her, she speaks her mind, she is kind & true. She is her authentic self. She is MAGGIE MERMAID full of all that sparkles and shines. I promise to do my damndest to keep her light shining bright always.

As I consciously parent her, one of the many things I have to be careful of doing is granting "approval." And saying this is good or this is bad, or you should say this or do that. As I make this effort to let her soul shine in its truest form I see that I get to relearn the same lessons.

+ It's okay NOT to be everyone's cup of tea.
+ It's okay to say no to things that you don't want to do. "NO THANKS!" carries a lot of power & the freedom feels so damn good.
+ Create boundaries that support YOUR flourishing.
+ Don't do things out of obligation. Do things out of love & joy.
+ You need to know who you are so you aren't told who you are.

I want unshakeable confidence to be her guiding light. Her love for herself should rise above all else. She only has one person to please - MAGGIE MERMAID. I hope she spends time in prayer and meditation so listening to her heart and following her dreams is as natural as eating, sleeping, & breathing.

Thanking God for the gift of motherhood & the gift of Magnolia. All children offer a gift - a reminder of how to be TRUE & AUTHENTIC!

p.s. off to make her toast with ketchup for breakfast!



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A Slice of Heaven on Earth


I often ask Mags what is her favorite thing that her & I do together. She always says "when we go to the park!" 

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A Valentine's Day to Remember


A Valentine's Day to remember. Magnolia, age four, her favorite love day gift: GLITTER PRESS ON NAILS! Mommy wore a robe around the house LITERALLY all weekend long #noshameinmygame! I added some red lipstick and mascara to spice up my look before our romantic candlelit dinner at home Sunday night. The house was full of fresh blooms thanks to the guy that spoils us rotten and puts up with a whole lotta sass from his two ladies.  Over a dozen shiny heart shaped balloons floated from room to room because Magnolia insisted we carry them around the house all weekend long, even to the bedroom for our attempted V-day nap. We made dark chocolate covered strawberries for dessert & they are to blame for the failed nap! The weekend was spent watching the snow fall as we blamed Magnolia's friend Elsa for freezing the town. We listened to a good share of romantic music. Ryan and Mags talked me into walking out in the bitter cold to watch a rom-com at the carriage house. Water was served in wine glasses for our carryout romantic dinner by candlelight. The living room became a dance floor. And my favorite part of the whole entire weekend was Magnolia's giggles as she was sandwiched between her mommy and daddy singing and dancing to our first dance wedding song "From Here to the Moon and Back" by Dolly Parton + Willie Nelson. Ryan is setting the bar very high for our Sweet Magnolia. He is the kindest husband and gentlest daddy. We didn't get fancy and go out on the town, but I have a really good feeling when we are old and thinking back on our life this will be the kind of weekend we miss the very most. 

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Freedom


Reflections on motherhood, because she is FOUR now & I get so sentimental around her birthday. 

If I had to describe my mom & grandparents "parenting/grand-parenting style" in one word it would be FREEDOM. As a grown woman I see so many children (& adults) that are constantly seeking the approval & validation of their parents and/or another person. And it makes me sad. If there is one thing I hope Magnolia grows up knowing it is that we will love her unconditionally no matter what. I didn't now this as a child, but I do now, that having the FREEDOM to be me is a huge blessing. I read this quote & felt like I needed to print it out for our walls, I WANT MAGNOLIA TO ALWAYS FEEL THIS FREEDOM!!! She might not always please the world (actually I hope she ruffles some feathers), but I pray she'll be happy, secure, and authentic. I pray that she follows her dreams & the path God has set out for her. 

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Magnolia's Frozen Fourth Birthday Party


MAGNOLIA CAROLINE IS FOUR YEARS OLD!!! How can it be!?! I feel like I've known her FOREVER, but I also feel as though it was just yesterday she was an itty-bitty baby. 

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A Valentine's Day Love Basket


January always feels like an extension of the holiday season as we have Magnolia's birthday party to plan the first week of February & we have one of our very favorite holidays to get excited about at the same time. VALENTINE'S DAY! 

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The Most Magical Month of 2020


December 2020, the most magical month of the year, unless of course we want to count February (also Maggie Mermaid's birthday month) when the whole entire world was naive to how it was all going to change right before our eyes. Christmas this year was nothing like years past, and I know that is true for anyone reading this. While many traditions were sadly skipped, I know Ryan & I felt the absence in our hearts much deeper than our sweet girl. I pray that Magnolia remembers this December as the one when her Elves - Poppy Poppy & Little Girl - arrived from The North Pole. The little stinkers TP'd our house on Christmas Eve. How dare they when 2020 is the year of the TP shortage? She will probably remember video chatting with Santa Claus and how he convinced her to use her electric tooth brush again. December was the month we also drank hot chocolate by the roaring fire literally every single day as Christmas movies played on repeat. We also tried hot chocolate bombs for the first time and they are as delightful and fun as they sound. And hot chocolate covered in whipped cream + chocolate syrup at all the restaurants and Starbucks too, of course, because we are obsessed. Santa's Bake Shop with my sister & nieces was a special night as the girls danced under the faux falling snow! We went shopping as much as we could, but we also had Amazon, FedEx & UPS at our house pretty much daily. We wore Christmas jammies for long afternoon naps cuddling together, Mag's did her usual modeling for Little Lucca Love, and we got fancy for our Christmas Tree Farm photos! We made the cutest Salt Dough Santa ornaments for the grandparents. I had the most fun decorating every inch of our house so that it would feel merry & bright for all of us to enjoy. Christmas music started playing on Alexa every single morning as the sun came up. We got dressed up fancy for dinner on the Country Club Plaza & then drove around after dinner to see all the mansions shining bright with the very best Christmas decorations. The Annual Gingerbread Party with the cousin crew was a day filled with too much sugar, lots of crazy laughter, and some not-so-structurally-sound gingerbread houses. Magnolia & I used the cute Gingerbread House decorations, that didn't make it on her crumbling house, to bake a cake for Christmas Eve. Our traditional dinner reservations were cancelled so we did carry-out and sat by glowing candles at our kitchen table. Mags & I drank out of wine classes and she felt as special as can be. We talked about our blessings together and to be honest the romance & intimacy may have been better than eating at the actual restaurant. And THEN SANTA ARRIVED with all her wishes and then some. It didn't snow on Christmas, BUT it snowed on New Year's Day & it was BEAUTIFUL. Magnolia laughed and screamed "THIS IS SO MUCH FUN" as Ryan pulled her rosy cheek baby doll face around our neighborhood. On Christmas break we went to the park & went for walks in the warm winter sunshine. Lastly,  I'm mushing a bit of January in here because my mom & I took Mags to my brother's restaurant earlier this week. We talked about her upcoming birthday party & he's going to bake her an extra special Frozen + Elsa cake & we CANNOT WAIT to see + taste it.  And now onto all the photos I have saved & need to share in my special spot here. 

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