Rylee turns 6

Well, I’m over a month late in posting this…but better late than never right!  A few weeks back we celebrated Rylee turning 6 with a mermaid pool party, per her request!  Quincy was born just two weeks before her birthday so I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pull off a party (or at least the kind of party I like to throw) for her with such a fresh babe in tow. I somehow managed to have all 3 kids just 2 weeks apart from each other, so birthdays will be really hard, or really easy if I just lump them all into one every year. Haha, I have a feeling that won’t fly.  BUT with the help of my family, we pulled a party together and I think it might have actually been her favorite one to date.  Swimming, cake and her best friends are really all a girl needs ;)  The last couple months have been a little crazy as we have been adjusting to life as a family of five and I’ve felt so bad for not giving Ry the time and attention that she is used to.  A new baby and a new school is a lot of change for a little person, and I’ve been so incredibly proud at how she has handled it all.  She is mature beyond her years and really is the best big sister.  I feel like she and I have a kindred spirit and I can read her very easily because I see so much of myself in her.  She is kind, sensitive, determined, and goofy. She has a lot of really amazing qualities about her, and I get emotional just thinking about how much she means to me.  I feel so lucky to be her momma and to have the privilege of raising her.  Rylee, you are one in a million.

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Plates & Napkins / Cupcake toppers / Mermaid Cushion / Mermaid Crown / Shell Pool Float / Invitation


33 weeks

Dress by Sisters of Nature

Well time has certainly slowed down these last few weeks!  I guess that always happens at the end…I’m just so ready to meet this little person I’ve been carrying around for so long.  But here we are at 33 weeks and that much closer to meeting this baby girl….(who sadly still does not have a name…but we are getting close!) haha.  Sam and I have been (very slowly) putting together the nursery for her the last few months and I’m just crossing my fingers we can get it finished before she arrives.  Because I know good and well that nothing will happen after she comes home with us and we are thrown into that infant stage again where a successful day means actually getting out of my pajama’s and remembering to eat breakfast.  So for now, I am trying my best to enjoy my sleep and check things off the to-do list and spend as much time as I can with my two “big” kids!  Which has made me somewhat of an emotional mess lately.  Time just goes by so quickly and here I am ready to send my first born to kindergarten.  It feels like just yesterday we were bringing Ry home from the hospital!  It’s been almost three years since we’ve had an infant in our house and I seem to have forgotten what I actually need for a newborn!  Question for the new mamas: what are the latest “must-have’s”!?  What couldn’t you live without those first six months?  If you have any suggestions or tips or products you’ve loved,  I’d love to hear about them!

Photos by Jackie Wonders


Nuna SUITED collection

Fathers day is coming up on Sunday and I wanted to share this beautiful new collection of baby gear by Nuna!  I’ve used Nuna products for years now and I am always so impressed with their quality and durability.  This collection is called the SUITED Collection and it’s geared more toward dads and has a really handsome, tailored, masculine feel to it. From hand-sewn leather-look accents to elegantly placed stitch lines, each piece of the SUITED collection boasts meticulous attention to detail on every element.  The fabric is a dark charcoal two-toned tweed that feels stylish and classic at the same time.  This collection includes the MIXX2 stroller + bassinet, the PIPA infant carseat (that adapts to the MIXX2 stroller base), the SENA aire cot which is amazing for traveling, and the LEAF cruv….a swaying lounger perfect for baby.  It basically checks off every major infant gear need for a new mom…and especially dad!  Can’t wait to use these pieces for the new babe come August!

Speaking of dad’s, I probably don’t tell him enough, but Sam is the backbone of this family and I can’t imagine going through this journey without him.  One of my favorite things is watching him be a dad to these 2 (soon to be 3!) kids.  I have never once felt alone or like I was carrying the weight in this parenting gig.  We are a team.  Sam is hands on, all the time…he always has been….constantly thinking of ways to serve us.  I thank God everyday for the husband and father he is.  Like any other couple, we have our ups and downs and disagreements on how to handle certain situations with our kids, but at the end of the day he’s got my back and I’ve got his and together we are doing the best we can to raise happy and kind little humans.  Happy (almost) Father’s day to you Sam…and to my own dad who set the bar pretty dang high of what a good father should look like.  And to all the other amazing dads out there and the moms who are playing both roles!


RAISING A CONFIDENT GIRL
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If there’s one thing I want Rylee to know is that she is beautiful and so very loved.  I grew up with amazing parents who loved me well and told me I was beautiful and always reminded me of my worth….and yet, I still remember struggling with self confidence.  There was so many things I felt were imperfect about appearance….my nose, my hips, my hair, my flat chest.  I was pretty good at picking out my flaws and telling myself that I just wasn’t good enough and that no, I was not beautiful.  I fed into those lies in my head and I let it affect who I was.  Oh to go back in time again and know the things I know now.  I believe that we are all created with purpose.  We all come in different shapes and sizes and colors and that is what makes us beautiful and unique.  Being a mom to a little girl scares me sometimes.  As women, we are so often held to an unrealistic standard of beauty and I want so much to protect her from that, but I know I can’t.  But as her mother, I know what I can do is love her (and tell her so), encourage her in her passions, acknowledge her strengths, and remind her that “even as a girl” she can be anything she wants to be if she works hard and believe’s in herself.  And hopefully, HOPEFULLY, she grows up to see herself the way I see her!

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I love the message that Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign is spreading. Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother.  Rylee is at an age now where she looks up to me in almost every way.  She wants to be just like me, and while I selfishly really love that, it also holds a certain weight, knowing my words and actions are being soaked up like a sponge.  Teaching her to love herself, starts with me.

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RACHEL ZOE X QUINNY
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Leave it to Rachel Zoe to design the chic-est stroller of all time!  She partnered with Quinny, merging their popular Moodd stroller with her own fashion sensibility.  It’s a perfect mix of classic black and white and brown cognac leather with oversized gold detailing.  It really is the most beautiful stroller I’ve ever seen!  Quinny’s Moodd stroller design is one of my favorites because it’s equipped with an automatic opening mechanism that makes opening and closing a breeze.  And let’s be honest, when it comes to strollers, functionality is at the top of the list.  Luckily, Quinny and Rachel Zoe have merged all of our dreams of functionality and style into one amazing stroller! :)  You can purchase the whole Rachel Zoe collection through the links below!  Now….if only I had a tiny baby to put in that beautiful infant carseat!  Sigh.  Still wrestling with the decision of adding #3 to our family or calling it quits.  Why does it have to be so hard!!?  For the moment, I am just trying to enjoy my two little loves, who as you can see, are finally starting to really love each other!

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