simply love : July 2016
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twine and twig marketplace

happy friday to you! i hope your week went well and wishing you a great weekend. any fun plans ahead? today, i thought i would share some exciting news from my favorite local shop, twine and twig. i have shared their naturally sourced and one of a kind necklaces/jewelry pieces before, but they now have a marketplace as well. it is full of beautiful and unique pieces that they have collected from around the world. so many cool pieces are available!

check out their marketplace here
this larger necklace might be an all-time favorite for me 
off to the beach with this cute tote! 
so beautiful, right? i love the natural and cozy feel 
their wall vine tiles are now back in stock! yay!

interested in a shop near you that sells twine and twig?

what's your favorite piece?
xo
 

life lately thoughts

+ i have been thinking a lot lately about how so many of my perspectives in life have changed. i yearn for different things than i did just a year ago... even months ago. my styles are evolving, my priorities are changing and my interests are moving from one thing to another. perhaps more quickly than they used to? or am i just more in tune with myself than i was in my twenties? for example, i am no longer a 'quantity over quality' girl. now i want to buy less, choose well, and make things last. i want better pieces and less things. i think i am turning into my little sister? which isn't necessarily a bad thing... she's younger, but i look up to her in many, many ways. #bff 

+ i have been thinking a lot lately about how i am not the best sometimes, but that i am making a promise to myself to always love my family and friends with my whole heart. especially my husband and baby boy, parks. i promise to recognize my faults {as hard as it is sometimes} and hope to always strive to become a better person. 

+ we love breweries and food trucks around charlotte. i am hoping to attend this one this friday! {or soon!} i love that they have art, yoga on the lawn, and a movie at dusk every friday. 

+ how cute are these homesick candles? i grew up in the country- around cornfields, farm animals, sports, and faith- where we road bikes and explored in small-town, ohio. i absolutely loved seeing that ohio's candle scent was honeysuckle and carnation. honeysuckle reminds me so much of 'home.' north carolina's is blackberries and vinegar bbq sauce- also so right on. how perfect would this be for a family/person moving away from the place they grew up/love? where do you want to raise your kids? 

+ the gilmore girls trailer is here!!! the return of stars hollow is no longer just a dream. i am thrilled beyond words. do you plan to watch? 

+ dreaming about leggings, cardigans, sweaters, and booties over here. and pumpkins. 

+ any other font lovers out there?  these best nye sign fonts are too cool.


+ i love my days with parks. there isn't a day that goes by that i don't think... how lucky am i? these days and times will never be here again and it's just all so close to my heart- being able to be his mom. as a 'thank you,' he said 'da da da da' in the tub tonight. he clearly loves being with me, too! :) 
my biggest crush lately

simply crushing

 hi! hope your week is going well so far! ours has been pretty busy but is going well. we are back from the beach and have a lot of exciting things to share soon- along with a lot of travels coming up. yay! in the mean time, here are some design inspirations that i am currently crushing on. 
this smoothie news will change your life 
the rug, the floors {esp. the floors} the mint bed, the watermelon pillow, the little cutie pie 
swooning over these floral robes 
six steps to a fun, fresh, and functional home office 
crisp, edgy and eclectic 
nine habits that will make you smarter
i have this in blush | pink and love this one, too. and this blog is a fav. 
any current crushes? 
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also, stop by my instagram for a great current giveaway! 

dear beautiful boy- i carried you

someday, when we are both much older, i will whisper to you about how much i carried you. i had the honor of carrying your fragile infant body- your pudgy arms, your joyful squeals, your boisterous kicks {those chubby thighs you have steal my heart daily} your curious looks up to me with your green, hazel eyes, and your ear to ear smiles.
i hope my presence made you feel safe and secure. 
i hope to be your calm- as you are my wild. 
you are my whole heart and my whole being. together- we are wrapped together as i carry you. even on the hard days; the days we climbed mountains together- always remember, i carried you. on the regular days that are no longer a memory-always remember, i carried you

six months together and you have brought me joy every step of the way. 

i hope i always remind you to pray for the simple joys, to take in the hardships with grace, and to always, always stay humble. 

when you are feeling life's stress... 
release hatred, anxiety and fear from your kind heart- my sweet baby boy. 

you snuggle so deeply into my chest- sleeping so sweetly and breathing so tenderly. 

i have carried you - i will always carry you. 

i carry your heart {i carry it in my heart} 
we are enjoying our week in litchfield beach- south carolina

this wrap is the solly baby wrap
it's our favorite.

what wraps and carriers do you love most?
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i hope your week is going well 
-this post was not sponsored-

parks james | six months

and just like that, my sweet baby boy is half of a year. ironically, these july dates fall on the same day of the week as in january... so i could not help but think about what i was doing wednesday, yesterday, and of course, today at each time of the day. these six months have gone by so incredibly fast-- yet i also feel like he has always been with us. it has been magical. 
i feel like in the past he changed a tad here and there each month; however, this month brought lots of changes. he moves more and is way more interactive than in the past {and i think he doubled in size from month five to six} overall, on a day-to-day basis, i don't really worry about him- there are no red flags and he just seems really healthy. his six month check-up this morning went really well- yay! {minus the shots- my heart breaks into one million pieces when he cries during them!} by the way, a friend told me today to put lavender on the vaccine spots and to rub cilantro on his feet to draw out the heavy metals. but there are always stories in the news {or on blogs} and i am just trying not to fixate on those {while reminding myself to keep him as safe as possible.} i have been proud of myself for savoring the moments and not over-stressing about the little things- yet. and we've got our problems here and there, just like everyone else, but worrying about whether i love this baby enough certainly isn't one of them. 
here is a six month update:

let's talk milk. | quite possibly the most boring and yet fraught subject in all of motherhood. the milk situation has been challenging for me - that's for sure. honestly, i would much rather carry a baby than nurse/pump again. but i know i will attempt to do my best with each child we have in the future- just like i believe i have with parks. after going back and forth for the first three months, i have been exclusively pumping for the last three months. enter a lot of pain, clogged ducts, and thrush/itching non-stop off and on for fourteen weeks {while recovering from a major surgery.} there are so many things i have learned and hope to pass onto you all soon; in hopes that i can help at least one other mom {or hopefully more.} i won't lie- i strongly dislike pumping. it's time consuming, really boring {thank God for instagram} and isn't ideal- especially when packing up to leave the house. but when your kid is happy, you do things like this. i am playing it one month at a time and will keep you all posted. before i had parks, i was very passionate about breastfeeding. however, i have learned that it's much harder than people usually mention. especially while you are in the hospital {with no sleep} and you can't move/pick up your baby to feed him... and he never leaves the room. it's really hard. i also feel that, as women, we put so much pressure on ourselves to do it. as i have mentioned on here before, i am a 'fed is best' advocate and believe that whatever you choose for your family, is absolutely perfect. after april came and i promised to pray daily about this situation, things have been much better. to celebrate six months, i treated myself to a latte from starbuck's- thanks to the app, postmates. meaning they delivered it to my door yesterday morning- something i have never considered nor intended to ever do in life. {and won't continue, but i felt like i deserved this little treat.} and it was amazing. 
the sleeping situation | has been pretty much extraordinary. he sleeps in his crib {with some morning cuddles *often* with momma}. parks usually sleeps from 7:30pm-6am. he usually takes about three naps during the day and self soothes/puts himself to sleep. so no complaints at all. or the opposite of pumping. we usually give him a bath (every other night) and then read him a few books/rock and then lay him down and he's good. we are very thankful for this. today, he celebrated his half birthday by sleeping until 8:20am - it was wonderful. i was up until 1am {#hardcorenightowl} so i really loved this. 
milestone blanket: batzkids 


milestones |
+ still just two bottom front teeth
+ rolling over - each way 
+ parks can sit up on his own for several minutes but does fall over frequently 
+ sleeps on his stomach and side now - goodbye, sleep suit- you were very good to us. 
+ no longer uses a binky - he's officially a thumb sucker now and i love it. he can self- soothe anywhere and at any time. ask me again in a few years... but for now- i love. 
+ eating avocados, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and green beans
+ we are starting fruits, lots of other veggies, and a sippy cup/water starting today 
+ you put him down on a play mat in one corner - and two seconds later, he's five feet away
things i want to remember |
+ that belly laugh- it's getting bigger daily and is too cute to handle
+ your happy little personality
+ snuggling
+ when you fall asleep on my chest
+ our walks together
+ your first beach trip - you loved sleeping on the beach
+ you also loved downtown charleston
+ your first fourth of july and fireworks show... i think you love it as much as your dad
+ slow dancing around the house
+ babywearing - the solly baby wrap is still my very favorite wrap
+ the way you smile when i walk into your room in the morning
+ when i walk in and you and your dad are having a 'boys bonding moment.' he loves you.
+ your boisterous squeals of excitement
+ dressing you - whoever said it's not fun to dress boys, is absolutely crazy.
+ our days together- i savor every moment {even on the hard days}
six month stats |

head: 17.91 inches {96th percentile}
length: 28.25 inches {97th percentile}
weight: 19 pounds {77th percentile} 

he currently wears 6-12 month clothing and is in size three diapers {the honest company} and grovia cloth diapers when at home
so six months down and all feels pretty good. i want to bottle up this age forever and ever. i am his momma and he will always be my baby. parks makes me want to have another one like right now. well, not actually right now {my body is still recovering from my c-section in many ways}, but you know, soon. i am the stereotypical 'baby hoarding' type. i love, love, love the babes of the world and always have. so having my own- has brought me all of the love in the world. i also tell myself daily that i know- for a fact- that someday i will miss these special days; these days where it has just been the two of us. i can't wait for {God willing} more babies, but for now, i am enjoying our time- just the two of us. again, it's been a magical journey.
praying he continues to be healthy and continues to be just as happy as he seems to be right now.
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parks james | one month 

five things you may not know about me

if you have been around here for awhile... you probably know a lot about me. my love for florals, white walls, thrifting, coffee shops, motherhood, my faith, acoustic music, pops of color, yoga, books, my loved ones... and of course, anything vintage. however, today i thought i would share five things that you might not know? 

+ my nails are almost always painted. before i had parks, i treated myself to a manicure about twice a month but lately, i have been painting them myself and am loving miracle gel by sally hansen. my favorite colors at the salon are funny bunny {white} and i cannoli wear opi {a beautiful light gray}. funny story about 'funny bunny' ... i once walked into a salon and asked them if they had the color, 'funky rabbit' - so close. 

+ craft beer and gourmet donuts are two of my favorite things in life. i feel like the older i get, the more i like donuts. and let's be honest, i loved them as a child... i think it is supposed to be the other way around? another love, especially lately, is fresh juice! this is how i roll. it's not uncommon for me to have a coffee, beer, and juice in one sitting. throw in a yummy donut and i am full of happiness. totally normal, right?

+ it doesn't really bother me when people are a little late. i don't know why? it just doesn't. as long as it isn't overly late, i don't see why people get so worked up about it? people have busy lives with many things going on and if they make an effort, i am ok with it. in fact, i recently read an article that said that the happiest and most optimistic people are usually a little late. i usually give myself just enough time... so i normally arrive right on time or am about five-ten minutes late... if something comes up... because, you know, i did not give myself any extra time {however, i am good about getting to appointments early!} so i will take that. my biggest pet peeve? when people are excessively and unnaturally loud. that i just don't understand? when i was young, i had a fear of fireworks, gun shots, and balloons popping unexpectedly- so i think it began early. we moved to a new house on the fourth of july when i was four years old and i hid underneath my parent's bed in fear... so i think that's where it officially began. on another note, parks loved the fireworks this year - a.k.a his dad's favorite holiday! so yay!

+ my favorite commercial ever is this extra gum commercial- it's just so precious. as you can see, i am a self proclaimed, 'hopeless romantic!' -- "give extra- get extra"

+ i yearn for a minimalistic lifestyle, but yet love so many things. i love for a home to feel cozy, eclectic, and personal ... but also want something {hopefully a farmhouse in the country- yet near a cool city} that is natural with a clean feel- a place where lots of love occurs. where we play games, play outside, and run free. i have learned already that it's a hard balance, but it really means a lot to me. so i hope to continue to strive for this... acquiring a lot of things and living in a high end subdivision does not interest me- even in the slightest.  i also strongly want my kids to have a 'forever home' like in the movie, the family stone, where they can come back when they are older and feel lots of nostalgia. i want them to be able to run and explore and act like kids. i want them to feel adventurous, creative, and safe. in the upcoming years, while my kids are young, i hope to de-clutter, purge, and gain knowledge in essentials oils/healthy living {again, in balance- enter donuts}. in the end, i hope to live an authentic, simple, and spiritual life with my family. that's one of my many, many dreams. i hope to share some of my many inspirational photos about this with you all soon. like usual, i have a lot of visuals going on in my head.
what about you? 

anything about you that want to share?
favorite foods, nail polishes, pet peeves {or non-pet peeves!}, a favorite commercial, a dream home or desired lifestyle? 

... i would love to hear ...