Category Archives: Love

These Months

12th March 2014

Seconds. Hours. Days. Months. Where do they go so fast?

Our little girl is growing up before me. At 15 months she is at this incredibly fun stage of talking, laughing at silly things, and being friendly to everyone. Our days are full of blown kisses and sweet hugs. Her hair is growing into wispy curls along with her curiosity for all things. I love watching her explore and seek out undiscovered corners of her little world.

I am not the best at keeping up with milestones. I don’t have a baby book filled with firsts, but I take a lot of pictures and document our life when I can find the time.

I mostly want to remember the little things. The way her face lights up as she reads a book for the first time. The way her eyes get big as she sees  something that surprises her. I want to remember the feel of her hands around mine and the way she so sweetly nestles into my arms. Our afternoon walks, our fun adventures…I want to capture it all in my mind for safe keeping.

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I want to remember the not so glamorous things too. The nightly wakings, early mornings, the dark circles under my eyes, and the lethargic foggy feelings. I want to remember how every time I sit down to return an email or cook dinner, two little hands reach up and loud noises begin to come out of my tiny little human. The unclean floors, the dusty shelves, the always dirty dishes…I want to remember those too. They will remind me that its ok to not be perfect and its ok to let things be. Just let things be.

These are my seconds, my hours, my days…my months. Filled with ups and downs and smiles and tears. This heart is full and this life is joy.


A Winter “One”-Derland Themed Party

17th December 2013

We had such a lovely Birthday party for sweet L. I knew I wanted a Winter Wonderland theme with her birthday being so close to Christmas. Plus we don’t really get a Winter here in Florida, so I wanted it to be special, fun, festive and bring winter here to the sunshine state. I was inspired by snowflakes and silver with cool blues, mints, and mauves. I wanted it to have a wintery, icy feel.

I loved getting creative with the food and naming them things like “muddy snowballs” for the meatballs, “Ice chips” for the chips and dip and “snowflakes” for the popcorn. I made all of the party crafts myself out of card stock and I made the serving platters out of antique silver trays glued atop crystal candle holders.


Location: Sawyer Lake Park at Heathrow Country Club, FL

Photography: Artful Life Studios

Food: Friends and Family

Cake: I wanted to make a healthy cake and since we mostly follow the Paleo diet, I made a Paleo smash cake that was so good.

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Dessert Table

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Food/Drink Table

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Crafts/Party Favors/Gift Table

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Cake Time! I made L a Paleo coconut vanilla cake with coconut and maple butter frosting. It was soooooo good, and she loved it.

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A lot of L’s little friends came to help celebrate her turning one!

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We had such a great time! And I am still in shock that my baby is 1!!!







Friday Love

9th November 2013

Hello beautiful, cool weather, and hello Friday! I have been getting crafty this week working on a gallery wall up the stairs, decorations for L’s 1st Bday, and painting a paper-mache giraffe to hang in the nursery. This weekend I am looking forward to getting outside and enjoying this lovely weather

Here is what I am loving this week:

* Thanksgiving Decor.

* It’s that time a year…Five ways to help with the FLU. blech.

* Pumpkin Chili…YUM.

* This reupholstered chair…so pretty.

Also Loving ~

* Paleo pumpkin pancakes.

* My munch blowing me sweet kisses.

* Crafting.

* Cooler weather.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday Love

4th October 2013

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It has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks. I have been working a lot more and I am trying to find that sweet balance between working from home and being a mom and a wife. It is not easy. But I am always up for a challenge. After a very full week, I am looking forward to a somewhat relaxing weekend with my family.

Here is what I am loving this week:

* This Print!

* Fun fall projects. (I can’t believe its FALL!)

* Carrot soup. yum.

* I am loving this space.

Also Loving ~

* Cooler nights.

* Busy days.

* Grain-free banana bread.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday Love

30th August 2013

Yay! For the weekend. I have been so busy this week and I am looking forward to some family time. We have a big day planned on Sunday with some boating and grilling out. I love three day weekends, don’t you?

Here is what I am loving this week. ~

* What a beautiful home in Norway.

* These Bags!

* Adorable handmade seahorse.

* I made these short ribs last night…and ohmygoodness. They are so yum.

Also Loving ~

* Hints of Fall.

* Frozen Grapes.

* Unruly Hair.

Have a lovely weekend!

Photo Credit: FLEE

Friday Love

9th August 2013

Grandpa's backyard
So excited about this coming week. L and I are taking our first solo airplane trip to visit my Grandma in Ohio. Slightly nervous about how she will do, but excited just the same. This week was great…I made it to the gym every single day and have so much energy despite lack of sleep. Looking forward to a fun weekend and getting ready to go north.

Here is what I am loving this week:

* Such a great post on “hurrying up”, I am definitely more of a stop and smell the roses gal.

* I may have to get this suit for my superman loving spouse. lol.

* I love everything about this changing table.

* I am kind of on a rhubarb kick as of late. YUM.

Also loving:

* This book.

* Homemade frappuccinos with coconut milk.

* New projects.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday Love

2nd August 2013

Wind Surfer
Well I didn’t get much done this week. Sheesh! The week flew by so fast. I did somehow manage to make it to the gym everyday this week though, so this Mama is feeling good. Our paleo diet is going lovely, aside from the occasional handfuls of popcorn here and there, but seriously…my body feels great. Oh, and I got a haircut for the first time in 5 months…total win.

Here is what I am loving this week:

* Ways to help a child be blessing…love it.

* This print.

* This photo shoot is lovely.

* White chocolate pie…oh my.

Also loving ~

* A nice day at the salon.

* Breezy nights.

* Coconut manna.

* Smoothies.

Friday Love

26th July 2013

A walk in the forest

This week has been so slooooow. Mostly because my daughter has given up sleep all together, I am about ready to do the same. I am very glad it is Friday, I desperately need to get out and do something fun.

Here is what I am loving this week:

* This post was kind of needed this week.

* I love beets and these burgers look interesting.

* I want these jeans.

* How adorable is this suitcase!

Also Loving ~

* coffee…lots of coffee.

* pilates.

* Anything coconut.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Friday Love

19th July 2013

Hard to believe the week is over…we have been so busy catching up from vacation that it kind of feels like its the middle of the week. Not sure what the weekend holds yet, but I am hoping for a trip to the beach.

Here is what I am loving this week:

* Great post on how to get your kids to eat everything.

* Fox party theme…so cute.

* These bags…love.

* This cookbook.

Also Loving ~

* Getting back into a routine…of sorts.

* Summer cherries.

* Getting healthy.

Have a lovely weekend!

7 months.

15th July 2013

Baby L is 7 months old. She is sitting up, babbling, can say “hey”, wave, scoot, giggle, and likes to eat her feet (among other things). She melts our hearts every day.