When Life Gives You Lemons…

June 22, 2017

Filed Under : Style

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Dress: Goodnight Macaroon | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Purse: Cult Gaia | Earrings: Hart Studio | Sunglasses: Le Spec

This past week, we’ve had to make the best out of some tough situations. We had been hoping our AC unit would hold out until fall but, as things seem to always happen, it decided to bust it on the hottest day of the year. Scofield and I might have been able to tough out the heat, but with our little redheaded, and now red-cheeked little babe, we knew we had to seek cooler air elsewhere. We have felt so fortunate to have friends and family nearby who have so graciously hosted us. We were able to escape to my in-law’s lake condo for father’s day weekend, which ended up feeling like a little vacation. Our sour inconvenience turned sweet … kinda like turning lemons into lemonade, ‘ay!? ;)

Cheers to a cool, refreshing weekend ahead! Stay cool!

photos by jessi nichols photography

The Importance of Getting Away With Your Spouse

June 16, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Style - Travel

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Dress: Goodnight Macaroon | Sunglasses: Le Spec | Earrings: Hart | Lips: Stila in ‘Patina’ | Hair products: Wilson’s on Washington

There’s no doubt about it, marriage is tough. I remember as a young 20 year old, newly engaged, looking at my mom and telling her “Scofield and I will never fight.” ha!!!! So young. So naive. As hard as marriage is, though, it gets better and better as the days and years go by. We are 5 years in, and I’ve never been more in love with him.

Whether it’s a smooth or bumpy season, we’ve learned a few tricks over the years that have made all the difference in our relationship.

One non-negotiable is that we take a trip away 4x/year (so, once a quarter). Now that we have Piper, they aren’t always by ourselves, but we make two trips just the two of us. Taking one of those trips at our anniversary in May, and another one around my birthday in November has worked really well for us. Even if we run out of time, or can’t fit a full getaway into our budget, we’ll opt for an overnight staycation at a fun hotel or airnb. The goal is to get out of the house, just the two of us, and really focus on each other and our marriage.

We recently spent our anniversary out on the lake and spent upward of our 48 hours away on the screened in porch. We both came home refreshed, re-energized, and united.

It can be hard to make time to get away, but it’s worth every ounce of energy. Here are some tips that have helped us commit to, and get the most out of our getaways…

1 | Plan ahead. We are so bad about planning things last minutes, but have found its so much easier when we plan ahead. We’ve been trying to look at the entire year before us and pick a date and place well in advance. It gives us something to look forward to, and keeps us committed!

2 | Find childcare. I had so much guilt the first time I left Piper, but it ended up being so good for both us and her. She had the best time with her grandparents, they loved having her, and we loved getting a break ;). As hard as it can be to leave Piper, I firmly believe it helps me be a better mom.

3 | Come with an agenda. This one might not be for everyone, but we always come with a list of things to discuss regarding our marriage, personal growth, and family. Areas we feel like we need to improve, goals we’d like to set, and action steps to get there. This might sound a little exhausting, and in some ways it is ;), but its worth the return.

4 | Make room for spontaneity. Even though we have a list of things we want to make sure we talk about, we make sure to leave part of our trip unplanned. This allows us to decide if we’re in the mood for going to dinner, eating in, watching a movie, or sleeping in, etc.

5 | Embrace adventure. One of the values for our family is “adventure.” We love to take trips, go on hikes, explore our town, and its a value we want to teach Piper. We have a ‘bucket list,’ so to speak, of places we’d like to visit and trips we’d like to take. This aspect of adventure makes allows us to create memories we’ll never forget and cherish together forever.

I hope this is helpful! I’d love to hear about your favorite getaways!!

Gift Guide for Father’s Day

June 15, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle

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Some gift ideas for your men this father’s day. I had so much fun scouring gifts. Scofield never buys anything for himself, so I love any special chance I have to get him something. So looking forward to celebrating him this weekend. Happy father’s day weekend ahead!

5 Ways to Style Small Paintings in Your Home

June 12, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Small paintings are the perfect accessory  to add a pop of color to a room. I love that they are small and make a statement, without being overwhelming. These cute little paintings by Julie Marriott are currently residing in my living room, but I wanted to share with you a few other ways to style them!

1 | Use them to accessorize a credenza – For my prints I went with a blue and pink color scheme, to match the rest of our living room. I love that Julie can customize them to bring the colors in a room together. It was the perfect little missing piece to our credenza.

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2 | Style honeycomb shelves – I think honeycomb shelves are such a cute addition to any room. I have loved them in Piper’s nursery and switch out how I style them every once in a while. Small square paintings fit perfectly on them and add a fun pop of color!

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3 | On a bookshelf – Pattern mixing at it’s finest. Mix it up by adding a print to a bookshelf.

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4 | Over a crib –  I have them styled here with a set of three, but they would look just as adorable in a set of four or five. Instead of one big print over a crib, opt for multiple small ones.

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5  | As part of a gallery wall – Add some dimension to a gallery wall by incorporating multiple small pieces of art amidst larger paintings and frames.

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Some other ways to style small prints include on a mantle, over a reading nook. The possibilities are endless! It’s also an affordable way to feature original artwork in your home.

See more of Julie’s work, and snag your own paintings, here.

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