I’m finally getting around to sharing our wintry front porch decor! I planned to share it a while ago, but sheesh – sometimes time just gets away from you! So even though my mind is thinking towards spring and warm weather, I still wanted to share some of our winter decor on the blog.
My sweet mother-in-law actually decorated our porch in time for Piper’s first birthday party, as a birthday gift to me (Piper’s birthday is just a day before mine!). She captured my style and vision perfectly. It is simple, with a lot of greenery and gold, just how I like it :). And can you believe she put together that amazing magnolia wreath from scratch!? Obsessed. Sadly, it is no longer with us, but it was beautiful all through the holiday season!
I love how our porch transitioned perfectly from fall, to Christmas, to a January winter. In November we had gold spray painted pumpkins, both big and small, and pinecones. For Christmas we added the garland and threw out the pumpkins (they were rotting – whoops), and then for January we’ve taken down the garland again and sadly said goodbye to our wreath.
I’ve never given much thought to the exterior decor of our house, because I am always working on the inside, but after this little project I might be hooked. Already thinking through plans for a spring front porch!
Hat: Anthropologie, old (similar here) | Coat: H&M (similar) | Stroller: Bugaboo
As much as I love the cold weather and a cozy fire, the winter months can take a toll on this mama. I’m a gal who needs her daily dose of sunshine to make it through the day. The colder it gets, the more I want to stay inside and hide away, but I know I will be a better wife and mom if I get outside and get a little exercise and fresh air. Something that I’ve found quite helpful is going out for family walks. I’m thankful to have a stroller that is cozy for Piper, and easy to tote around, because then I don’t have any excuses not to get our family up and moving!
Recently, we strapped Piper into her Bugaboo stroller and did a little window shopping before grabbing dinner at Sidewall downtown. We love this stroller so much because it is cozy and convenient for not only Piper, but for me as well. When it’s really cold, we’ll bring the sun shade all the way down to block the wind and hopefully hold in a little heat for our Piper girl. I’m also loving my Bugaboo organizer because it easily straps to the stroller and fits a variety of necessities. There’s been many times when I go out with Piper and realize I forgot to pack diapers, and of course those are the outings when she’ll make a big mess. This little organizer makes life a bit simpler for me, which I’ll take any day.
It’s these simple, day to day activities that I know I will look back at one day and cherish the most. I tell you what, having a little one makes the ordinary extraordinary, whether you’re lounging around the house, or taking a family walk together. I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything else in the world.
Thank you so much to Bugaboo for partnering on this post!
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One thing I do not think I will ever master is baking cakes. I can’t tell you how many cakes I have tried to make, and how many of them have turned out bad. Okay I can… all of them! The taste of this was wasn’t terrible, but of course I underestimated the amount of powdered sugar I would need for icing and ran out midway through icing it. So I decided to go for the ‘naked cake’ look ;). I think i’ll outsource the cake next time, ha.I just knew she was going to dive into her cake, and love it. But she hated it!! She took a bite and spit it out. This is her saying “all done!”Sweater: Tobi, c/o | Piper’s dress: Cat and Jack | Piper’s sweater: Cat and Jack
I’m finally getting around to sharing pictures from Piper’s first birthday party. I had so much fun putting together her party, and loved celebrating our girl alongside close friends and family. She was born the week of Thanksgiving, so I had plans to go for a ‘fall theme,’ but we didn’t get a chance to celebrate until the following week, due to the holidays. So instead, I went for a ‘wintry’ theme. I didn’t want it to turn into a Christmas theme, so I opted for pinks, golds, and greenery.
I will always jump at a chance to match with my little girl, and of course couldn’t miss an opportunity on her birthday ;). I fell in love with this little pink tutu dress for Piper. Babies in tutus…I’ll never get enough! I wore this sweater from Tobi to match her, and to go along with the pink theme.
It was a special day for our special girl. Happy Birthday, Piper Rose! You are our bright ray of sunshine, and we love you so much!!
I seem to decorate a little more for Christmas every year. Our first year of marriage consisted of a tiny little Christmas tree in a tiny studio apartment. We used balls of yarn as ornaments, an old suitcase as our tree stand, and wrapped our gifts in brown paper. It was simple, much like our life :). You can see that little post here. It was my first year with a real tree (I grew up with artificial trees) and I fell in love. We continued the tradition and got a real tree the following year, but being in a more temporary space, I strung lights and tassle on it and called it a day. The next year was our first Christmas in our new home, and we were still very much in the middle of renovations. We went tree shopping with our good friends, but I don’t think we ever made it around to actually decorating the tree.
Last year was the first year I put actual ornaments on our tree, haha. You can see that post here. My mom put up a wreath in our house and I lit a few candles, but that was about it. But THIS YEAR … this year we have garland people!! And stockings!! I definitely prefer white, sparkly gold, and bright pops of color to the traditional red and green decor, but what’s new!? ;)
I hope you had a very merry Christmas!