a new blog + a new business

the day is here!!! this is something i have been dreaming about for a very long time. and it's here! the truth is, i have a dream of opening up my own space or business someday; hopefully once my kids are in school full-time. many of you know this. my hopes are that this opportunity gives me the ability to get business experience/knowledge while being able to support my family and do something i feel passionate about- being with my son + sharing my love for cute clothes. i am really looking forward to providing them to other people. last summer, before school was about to begin, i witnessed my first, of many, lularoe parties online and it was love at first sight. i told my husband last fall, 'i want to do this...!' as i watched a stay-at-home mom post the most beautiful pieces and i was so intrigued. and my love has only grown over the last year. i have been following some very inspirational girls on the west coast for about a year now and as summer came to a close, i officially decided to join. yay! the clothes are very comfortable, so cute, and i just love the mission of the company, which is to support your family and always give to others. all consultants have different inventory and the focus is not about getting people to join under you, which i really love, instead, it's about collaborating with one another- not competing.  

i plan to share more on here from time to time, but decided to launch a new space for my journey. i plan to share mom + baby styles on my new blog, fawn + linen. i also plan to collaborate with others and share outfit ideas (not as a professional fashion blogger but more as the 'girl next door' type). i hope you will follow along... and know i am always here to help. my goal is to make women feel confident and beautiful. 

'simply love' will remain my lifestyle blog where i share everyday snapshots, gatherings, writings from the heart, travels, home decor, motherhood, etc. i plan to share more information over the next few days on fawn + linen, along with a few giveaways so please go check it out. i posted an 'inspiration board' for the new space today + information about a giveaway (worth $100!). tomorrow, i plan to share more on fawn + linen about lularoe and why i love it so much. (+ another giveaway!)

my facebook page: lularoe | janelle monaco 
instagram: fawnlinen 
have you heard of lularoe?

...if so, what's your favorite style?...

my favorites are the amelia dress, lucy skirt, sarah duster cardigan, ana dress, and carly dress. 
(of of course, the butter soft leggings!) 

a special 'thank you' and love to these woman who have inspired/help me in the most unbelievable ways already- you are all inspirations to me. 

(go check them out for some cute fall styles!) 
lastly, to my family, friends, and readers:
thank you in advance for any prayers you can send my way 
i am so excited and appreciate any support/love you all send
i will keep you all posted on my initial inventory 
it should be here soon
(i never want my family/friends to feel obligated to buy, but i also want them to know that i am always here. ps: if you live in charlotte, feel free to stop over and shop whenever you wish!) 
i have been blown away by the support already and appreciate it so much
i plan to host both online and at local pop-up shops
and am always here
here's to a new journey 
in this one life.

i am participating in the blogtember challenge with bailey jean this month
(today's prompt was to share five of our blogging besties... so i shared some of my future blog/business besties! ) 

five photos that represent this year

without a doubt, it has been my fastest and best year of my life. for many reasons... and thankfully lots of photos to remember these special days. today i am sharing five photos that represent my year so far. 
welcoming a baby boy in january; life changed in the most extraordinary way possible
dreaming about a future business... stay tuned for an update (very soon!!) so unbelievably excited 
reading books + simplifying parts of our life and home (and loving the beach/travels/time with family!) 
introducing parks james to our catholic faith, something we both love very much. 
i am proud of many things in life, but nothing beats being a mother
celebrating my first mother's day at tandem creperie and coffeehouse | traveler's rest, south carolina
(one of my favorite spots ever)

what about you
what photos + memories from this year stand out most to you? 

i am participating in the blogtember challenge with bailey jean this month
(today's prompt was to share five photos that represent this year so far) 

a memory | i carry your heart

this past weekend we went to a wedding (i posted a few details on instagram but it was very beautiful- so intimate, colorful, and we had a blast!!) during the outdoor ceremony, a friend of the bride read the poem, i carry your heart by ee. cummings. this poem means so much to my sister and i (our friendship is so special to me) and was read at both of our weddings. i was so excited to hear it read again at another wedding. today, parks and i are road tripping to cincinnati to visit my sister and her husband... so when i heard that today's prompt was to share a recent photo, video, or memory that brought emotion... i decided to share these photos with you. i recently found them on my phone and they made me so happy to relive. the night before my wedding day, after the rehearsal, my sister and i jumped on the bed together... as my dad snapped a few photos. these photos. i will always cherish these.
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
 i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

a book review | meditate your weight

(i read this book at the beach, which i would also totally recommend- if possible!!) 
i am so excited to introduce a book that has already changed my life for the better. when i first moved to charlotte in the summer of 2007, i had a lot of anxiety and considered going on medication. instead, i started practicing yoga and saw dramatic results. little things did not seem to affect me as much and i felt happier- more at peace with daily tasks and experiences. at the beginning of this year, i wanted to take it a step further after hearing more about the powers of meditation from a few family members. so when i saw this book, i knew i was interested. it did not disappoint. 

what if you could meditate to lose weight? would you do it? for many of us, our lives are jam-packed and often include very hectic days. this book teaches you that stress does not have to control your life. the author, tiffany cruikshank, is a meditation expert and the yoga medicine founder. she did such an incredible job of setting the book up in parts that make it very user friendly- both informational and hands-on. she teaches that a few minutes of meditation per day can help you address the physical, mental, and emotional restraints we often put on ourselves; the things that stand in the way of achieving our best inner and outer health. a few minutes of mindfulness (one of my goals for this year) can also help you achieve the weight you want by giving you a better self-image and instilling healthier eating habits.

i think it's important to note that you can meditate no matter your religion. you can adapt to your own beliefs to make better choices and maximize your metabolism. i am a christian and have found great success with meditation and its stress-relieving techniques. this book provides a very helpful way for how to get started, works through what things are weighing you down, addresses the myths and facts of the practice, and most of all, talks about how to bust through the mental blocks. the second part of the book is a 21-day retreat that focuses on awareness, presence, authenticity, cravings, nourishment, food vs. fuel, vitality, stress, self-limiting beliefs, and radiance, self-esteem, love and so much more. there are daily journal prompts and advice to guide you along the way. this part of the book was done in such a fantastic way- so powerful and eye-opening. lastly, the book ends with an awesome 'meditation tool kit' that focuses on meditating through food and movement. 

overall, the book is easy-to-use and teaches a whole new way to lose weight, relax, and energize

less stress = less belly fat.
more calm + more balance = a healthier you. 

a diy wreath for fall

today i am so, so excited to share this diy wreath i recently created. it felt so good to create again. my mom and i went to hobby lobby and found all of the materials and then she watched parks while i put it together the next day. it was super easy. my wreath was inspired by one of my favorites on instagram, @amylouhawthrone (she's so sweet and creative!) and a friend in charlotte (go check out her amazing art studio, create in us art studio) thank you both for the inspiration- it was fun and i love the way it turned out. i feel like it's just my style. 
how cute is amy, her sweet daughter, everly, and everything that she posts
ahh. all the heart eyes for her front porch!! 
i love the white pumpkins and the color of the door so much 
my wreath!
(we also picked up this mat for our front door for $15 at hobby lobby)
the stripes, feathers, pom poms, gold, pastels - just loved it from the moment i saw hers