The Perfect Fall Dress + A Recap

September 23, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Style

J.Crew Striped Dress | Love LolaToday is the first day of fall, and I am so excited (Piper also turns 10 months today!)! We are currently at the beach, soaking up the last of the summer, but it even feels like fall here. The slight crisp in the air has me constantly reminiscing on life this time last year. I was pregnant with Piper, and there was so much anticipation in the air. I seriously cannot shake the nostalgia. If I thought I loved fall before, just add a baby to the mix. There’s no way this season can ever be beat.J.Crew Striped Dress | Love LolaJ.Crew Striped Dress | Love LolaJ.Crew Striped Dress | Love LolaJ.Crew Striped Dress | Love LolaDress | Jacket | Purse | Hat | Bracelet

I put together this J.Crew look recently in preparation of the Haywood Mall Fall Fashion Sip ‘N Shop event that I helped to host. It was so great to see everyone that came out! I loved spending the evening connecting with my blogger pals, Stephanie and Cara. These girls are the best, and I feel so lucky to be connected with such a wonderful creative community here in the Greenville area. Below are a few pictures from the event, if you care to see!

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Happy fall, friends!

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Raising a Healthy Eater

September 17, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

Raising a healthy eater | Click through for recipe!Man, oh man, there is so much I can say about this topic of “raising a healthy eater,” but I will try and spare you ;). To summarize, I am a firm believer in being the mom that bakes homemade quinoa granola bars and brings them along to the park. I am also a firm believer in being the mom that bakes a cake for birthday celebrations, or goes on family dates to get ice cream. I am so very passionate about balance (because let’s be real, what is life without chocolate!!?), and think there is give and take when it comes to food.Raising a healthy eater | Click through for recipe!As I think about Piper and the relationship with food that she is building, it is my hope and prayer for her that she, chocolate, and carrots, all have a mutual friendship throughout her life. It’s something that took me a long time to build (man, those high school days were rough), so as her need for food (vs. breastmilk/formula) grows, it’s something I find myself thinking a lot of.Raising a healthy eater | Click through for recipe!For a while, we’ve been moving through the fruit and vegetable category, teaching her about different flavors. I love to combine flavors and add hints of spices to [hopefully] build her palette. Now, it’s hard to believe, but we’re on to textures! Most of Piper’s dinners consist of a combination of finger foods (bananas and avocado are her favorite!) and stage 3 baby foods. I love how Gerber 3rd Foods with Lil’ Bits combine tiny bites of soft foods with purees to help little crawler’s get use to new textures. Every time we sit down to eat, I feel like Piper gets better and better at chewing, and I get less and less anxiety as her mom ;).Raising a healthy eater | Click through for recipe!I recently put a little breakfast recipe together with Gerber Lil’ Bits Apple, Banana, Strawberry blend, and she loved it! I’ll normally make this for her for breakfast, but let’s be real, sometimes when we need something quick I’ll make it for dinner too. I mean, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner!?Raising a healthy eater | Click through for recipe!

Apple, Banana, Strawberry Oatmeal Bowl

Ingredients:

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Apple, Banana, Strawberry
2-3 tbsp. Gerber Oatmeal Cereal
1-2 tbsp. Breastmilk, Formula, or Water, for mixing
Dash of Cinnamon

To make, first blend the oatmeal and breastmilk (or formula, or water) together to reach the consistency you prefer. Add a dash of cinnamon and stir until combined. Next, take a generous spoonful of the apple, banana, strawberry blend and top the oatmeal. Serve, and watch your little one enjoy! Find more recipe inspiration for your little crawler by visiting Gerber’s website, here!Raising a healthy eater | Click through for recipe!Happy eating, my love!

Reading Time

September 13, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

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One thing we have been trying to do more of is reading with P. It’s so good for their development, and she loves our reading time so much! I love sneaking in on Scofield reading to her, using all kinds of voice inflections and making her giggle like only a daddy can. It’s my favorite.

It’s been so fun watching her become more aware and observant, the older she gets. When she’s not trying to eat the books, she gets lost in the different colors on all the pages and loves touching the books with different textures. At this point, board books are still on the top of our list because she has been known to rip a book or two.

Her nursery is still a work in progress, and we have been thinking through a way to store all of her books. I wanted to store them in a way that was cute, easily accessible, and no-fuss clean up. I absolutely love this blue herringbone basket from Uncommon Goods. It’s the perfect size to hold all of her books, and looks so cute sitting in her room. To clean up, we just toss them all back in the bin, and voila!

I recently discovered Uncommon Goods, and love their mission to provide recycled, organic products and their goal of having a positive impact in the workplace, and the world. I discovered so many fun artists, and products browsing the website and love all the fun products they offer. It’s the perfect place to shop for birthday gifts, baby shower, or baby gifts. If you’re looking for little knick knacks to fill your nursery or home, or a thoughtful gift for a friend, Uncommon Goods is a great place to start!

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This post is sponsored by uncommon goods, but all opinions are my own!

Florida Sunset

September 9, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Style - Travel

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One of my favorite times to be on the beach is sunset. There is truly something so magical about watching the sun go down over the ocean and glisten on the water. It was such a treat to share that time with my girl on our recent beach trip to Santa Rosa, FL. I swear, the water’s a little bluer, and the sun’s a little brighter down there. I’m already wondering when we can go back!

I also wanted to give you guys one last chance to enter the ASOS giveaway, which closes tomorrow! Use the widget below to enter!

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