we have a little love for plain cheerios at our house. they really are the perfect, no mess snack and you can really eat them anywhere. and sometimes, when the light is right and we have a new bonnet, that means have a little cheerio photoshoot in the afternoon. june isle clothier sent us this adorable juniper bonnet for baby no. 2, but i just had to try it on my first because she loves wearing little bonnets. and ohmygosh, she looked so darn sweet in it. i swear, everything about these photos give me all the feels. from the dimpled hands, to those little lips, to that bonnet and the little curls that peek out from underneath it. gah! this might be one of my favorite photo series of her. and now, this little bonnet is tucked away for our little winter baby to be.
at 16 months, she loves to put things in jar…especially food. i put her cheerios in a little mason jar and she loves eating a couple and then plopping them in the jar. and when she isn’t munching on her cheerios or plopping them in the jar, she is sharing some with mama. she loves, loves, loves to share her snack with others. unless it is blueberries, of course. those are too good to share and i can’t blame her. this age is proving to be my favorite, as she follows simple directions so easily and loves sitting like a big girl at her little table.
Cheerios, Cheerios, Cheerios
this weekend marked the beginning of september, which meant two things: autumn decor was put up (unapologetically) around the house and the husband and i ordered warm pumpkin spice lattes two days in a row! it also meant autumn apple picking with some of our new great friends and all our sweet kiddos. but did i mention pumpkin spice lattes? i think i even purchased a fall scarf over the weekend too.
now that our little one is 16.5 months, she has officially decided to go from two naps a day, to one. which is actually really lovely because we can venture further away from home on the weekends without hurrying home for a nap. this weekend we traveled great country farms to enjoy all things apple picking, wagon rides, a picnic lunch, fun with friends, and apple cider donuts.
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with the goal to make an apple pie with our apples, we set off to find the perfect batch of apples. (and mama wanted the most photographable ones, because…photos). the night before, we read amelia bedelia’s first apple pie (which is darling!) to prepare for apple day and to also refer to the apple pie recipe in the back of the book! we have an almost walker on our hands who loves to be on her feet, but tightly holding a hand (per her request). while the apples were too high for her to pick, mama picked a bunch and she loved picking them up out of the box and plopping them back in. she was almost a little apple inspector…carefully looking at each one and determining if mama did a good enough job for the pie.
Autumn Apple Picking : Our First Fall Weekend
needless to say, our day of autumn apple picking was very memorable. my husband and i are passionate about creating experiences for our family, instead of focusing on things so this was a perfect first annual autumn apple picking adventure. we definitely want to make a tradition out of it and cannot wait until pumpkin season starts so we take her to search for the perfect pumpkin…with pumpkin spice lattes. this was truly the perfect kickoff to fall.
Shop Baby’s Outfit
mary janes : mon petit shoes
jeans : burt’s bees baby
bow : harper kate & co.
top : target
well the original plan was to surprise our little girl with this rifle paper co. inspired play kitchen for christmas but, she accidentally saw it and became obsessed with it. and it was just so cute to see her play with it that my husband smiled and said, “random christmas wednesday!” and we all cheered hooray! so needless to say, we have to start from the beginning for a new christmas idea this year. but don’t you worry, i have plenty more ideas.
if you know me, you know that i am utterly obsessed with every product rifle paper co. makes and i am all about classic wooden toys for our kids because…well first, they are pretty and second, they are timeless. also, they are super durable…so i guess that it three reasons. luckily, my husband totally understands my want for simple classic toys for our kids and he totally supports me spending a little extra for quality and pretty toys since they will last forever and still look nice years from now. plus, i love the idea that my children can give their toys to their children and the toys will still be in style. because is wooden ever really going to go out of style? i, for one, would be surprised.
but back to the kitchen, i can’t take all the credit. i was totally inspired by christine of ‘this haus of ours’ and followed her directions for creating this dream kitchen for our little girl. i initially wasn’t a huge fan of having toys in our common areas of our home because i didn’t want “the mess,” but because this kitchen looks so classic and perfect, it fits in flawlessly with our home decor and looks great in our dining room. because, let’s be real…kids want to play where their parents are so it was equally important to me to have toys available to our daughter in our common area but for our home to not look like a kid zone. you know what i mean? and to be honest, her kitchen is prettier than mine.
below you will find all of the resources i used to make this new play kitchen for our daughter, including where i bought the accessories and a special story about the tea towel that hangs on the kitchen. enjoy!
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Rifle Paper Co. Inspired Play Kitchen : A Classic Wooden Play Kitchen
so, the tea towels. i knew i wanted this kitchen to be very classic and soft. i looked forever for the perfect tea towels and couldn’t find anything that i loved. until…i called my mama. i knew she had so many beautiful tea towels that we used when i was growing up and i wanted to know if she still had them. she did! and when she heard that they were going to be used for her granddaughter’s kitchen, she was over the moon. how special is that!? even more special, these tea towels were made by my grandma (her mother-in-law) and given to her at her bridal shower. she made her a set of six, i believe. i really liked the two of the kittens, one sweeping and one with a ball of yarn.
the tea towels were originally HUGE! think, half the size of a bath towel, so with my mama’s encouragement, i cut them down, resewed them and then added a little pom pom trim to the bottom of each to give them an even more antique and girly feel. they were a labor of love, as i am not much of a sewer, but my husband said, even though i felt they were imperfectly sewed, that our daughter would love that her mama put so much love into them. plus, i love that she has a little heirloom piece in her place kitchen and that i can tell her the story behind them one day.
Rifle Paper Co. Inspired Play Kitchen
Wooden Play Kitchen : IKEA
(all parts washed with TSP first. sink spray painted white + fixtures spray painted gold)
Wallpaper Backsplash : Rifle Paper Co. Wrapping Paper
Pots + Pans + Wooden Utensils : Plan Toys on Amazon
Wooden Eggs : Amazon
Wooden Play Food : Land of Nod
Wooden Baguette : Etsy
Egg Carton : Target (similar one found here)
Vintage Tea Tin : Local Home Store (similar one found here)
Small Wooden Bowls : Local Home Store (similar set found here)
Letters To My Children | 16 Months + 20 Weeks (In My Belly)
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friday, september 1, 2017
life is just so good.
with summer coming to a close and mama reaching 20 weeks pregnant, we are reminded that our family is that much closer to growing by one more. we will have a house full of more toes, more love, and more fun. we aren’t ones to wish time to hurry by, especially these days, but we are also anxious to start another adventure with two babies under two! these days mean everything to us.
to my oldest:
my goodness, have you changed in the past month! i feel like daddy and i are on repeat because we are always telling each other, “look at how much she has grown and learned!” you are just learning so much, these days. we finally completed our 1000 books read together and you have developed a few favorites along the way. you love to hand us books to read and will even grab our hands to place the books in. your favorite books right now are big little, your baby’s first word will be dada (eye roll), and spot’s birthday party. you really love the interactive books where you can open and close the flaps on each page.
you may have said “dada” first, but you were first to give mama kisses! you started giving mama kisses this week and it is the best feeling in the entire world. now you love to give everything kisses, from your stuffed animals to characters in your book. you are too precious for words. i cannot even describe how sweet you are. and soon you will be giving kisses to your new baby brother or sister, which melts my heart.
you still prefer crawling and standing, but are yet to walk. you are so cautious and just love holding onto mama and dada’s hand. you did, however, take two steps on your own on tuesday! mama actually cried. seriously, she did. i was so excited for you and you just did it out of the blue. i think walking will be any day now, so look out world! i think you are waiting to walk because mama is always telling you to stop growing! you are such a good listener.
i love love love everything about you. from the way you hand me your blanket every morning to the way you say “dada” all the time to the way you wave hello and bye bye to everyone, especially the shoppers at target. we are having so much fun everyday, even more now that you are officially down to one nap a day. instead of an afternoon nap, we now spend our time reading stories, playing in your new play kitchen, and working on stacking blocks. just seeing how much you’ve changed in just one month leaves me really excited to see what you will be like in the next month.
to my littlest:
you finally started kicking at exactly 18 weeks! you especially love to kick when mama eats apples with peanut butter, that is your favorite! you don’t react much to spicy food, like your sister did, but mama loves spicy food all the same. last night you were really kicking up a storm at bedtime and daddy felt your rambunctious kicks. i love waking up and falling asleep to your little kicks, it makes me whole.
we have been spending a lot of time preparing your nursery and your big sister has been a lot of help. she has helped me fold all of your little clothes, organize your baby things in your dresser, put the crib together with daddy, and test drive all your new toys. you are going to love your new room and your new sister, both are perfectly made for you.
if the first 20 weeks went by as fast as they did, mama knows that if we blink we will find ourselves in january meeting you! i got so excited last night, i think because of all the kicking. just knowing how amazing your sister is, we are so excited to meet you and learn just how special and amazing you are too. life always seems to surprise us with the best things, so we know the future is going to be full of happiness for us four.
for those of you who follow me on instagram, you know this story. my husband is so super practical. he hates shopping for clothes. let me clarify, he hates shopping for clothes for himself, but has no problem with my love for clothes shopping for us and the littles. thank god. just for him, it’s not his favorite pastime. so as a result, he rocks the same seven polos and pair of leather flip flops since high school. though, i will tell you this…when he does by something for himself, he goes for quality not quantity so the minimal wardrobe he does have is perfecto. and so his wardrobe involves me being his personal shopper and him coming home from work to a million different try ons every so often. but hey, we are like peanut butter and jelly, i enjoy the shopping and he enjoys not having to shop but getting new things. win win.
so when JORD asked if i wanted to collaborate with them to do a giveaway, i instantly thought of my husband. he has been wearing the same watch since high school and i have been begging him to get a new one. only problem, he is particular. but when i showed him the watches by JORD, he instantly thought they were awesome! score! he instantly was drawn to this walnut and black hyde watch, which is definitely his style.
My Hubby’s New Wooden Watch | JORD Giveaway
this watch is even prettier in person and my husband loves to wear it. not only is it a watch that is unique and different, but it is classic. i love that he has a watch that you don’t see on every man’s wrist and that it’s beautiful wood allows it so go with just about every outfit.
i partnered with JORD to do a giveaway, where the winner will win a $100 credit towards a JORD wooden watch! to enter, check out the details below:
giveaway ends on 09/03/2017, when JORD will pick and contact the winner! good luck!