5/13/14

A girl and her doll.

Last week, on the worst day possible, I wanted to do a shoot with Isabelle and her American girl doll. She treats it like it's her child and I thought it would be so sweet to capture some moments of her, with the doll.

Ofcourse, I picked the rainiest day, out of the whole week, but Isabelle was a trooper and totally went along with my plan, even though she was wet by the time we were done.

Isabelle has a very sweet, nurturing spirit, so its no surprise that she treats that doll, like its her own child. She has slept with her every night since she got her, back in January, for her birthday. And she will take her anywhere I allow her to.

 She is the queen of tea parties and I love it. 
I wanted to get detailed shots of the actual tea party, with she and Kit, but it was just too wet and cold, so I got what I could, before we needed to go and warm up.


I hope that someday, her sweet, sweet personality is used in a positive way and that she blesses everyone around her.


I love this one and only, princess of mine.



5/12/14

Mothers day flowers.

Sunday morning, the kids surprised me with four bouquets of flowers, a card and a balloon.

I love that they know how much I love flowers.

And instead of just sticking them in a vase, I made a beautiful arrangement out of them and put them right in the entry way so its the first thing you see when you come in {along with the mess all over the floor}.


There were pink and purple tulips, small and big mums and pink carnations. The greenery I picked from our backyard. 
I absolutely love the bright colors against my gray walls.


I love that you don't need fancy flowers to make a beautiful arrangement. All of these flowers cost less than $20 and this would make a stunning centerpiece.

I am fully enjoying looking at it every time I'm in the living room… The kids' toys all over the floor? Not so much.

Hope you all had a great weekend!!!



5/11/14

Charlie turns 3...



This is my baby, #4.

On May 10th, this little handsome turned 3… 3 folks!!! 

He has a kind heart, extremely sweet and cuddly, and has the best manners... He truly is my little man.

I pray that his gentle spirit stays well into his youth and that he loves, the way he loves, always.

And even though he is growing up fast, he will always be my baby. Always.

Happy birthday, sweet boy.



Happy Mothers Day!!!



Happy Mothers day, dear ladies!!!

I am so thankful The Lord granted me my wish, since I was a little girl, to be a mom and not just a mom, but a mom to four, beautiful kids {missing one stubborn turkey who despises taking pictures}!

Hope your day was filled with lots and lots of love, flowers and chocolate.

Be blessed!!!



5/9/14

Mothers day flowers: Pt. 1


Every Mothers day, I make one of a kind arrangements for my mom and mother-in-law. 
Putting flowers together is something I extremely enjoy and the fact that Peonies are finally in bloom, makes it that much sweeter. 

Here are a couple of pretty shots, as the flowers sit in water and wait for their moment to shine.

I will be back in a couple of days, to show you the finished product… 

I'm so excited to see how they turn out, I can hardly contain myself!!!





























Until then...




4/9/14

Spring touches.

Its no surprise that Spring is my favorite time of year, hence all the flowers your about to see.

Not to mention, lilacs are in bloom a month earlier than last year! Eeeeek!

The entry way dresser is ever evolving in its decor and when I pulled out my little nest, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it there. 
It was just enough and not to much.


My lamp tables pretty much stay the same, I just change the flowers out. I LOVE the pop of color from all the flowers. It freshens up the house.


And these beauties are on the coffee table. Im STILL on the hunt for that perfect table, thats in my budget. It's becoming almost impossible to find what I want, sadly.


My trustee, ceramic rabbit, finally made his appearance on my "mantle". 
I love him there.


I just needed some big blooming branches somewhere in the house. Our ceilings aren't high, so it's always a challenge finding a good spot for them, but I found a spot and love it, since I never really do anything there. 
It's a small, brick, mantle from where our wood stove sits. 
I try to keep it simple, as it always gets more dusty there, so the flowers add a "pretty" touch to a spot that can be blah and boring, especially in the winter time.


Not only are there so many beautiful flowers outside, but the weather has been absolutely glorious. There is nothing better than waking up to sunshine, streaming into the bedroom window.
Its hit almost 75 in the last couple of days and here in Oregon, thats pretty much summer! Haha!


The nice weather {and my laziness} has also encouraged me to do some Spring cleaning. And I have found that because it can seem so overwhelming, to do one or two tasks a day.
I've still got a few things I need to finish, but I've tackled some things I haven't in over a year and it feels good to finally have them done.

What has the sunshine inspired in you???

Enjoy the beautiful weather, friends!




3/20/14

Spring!!!


Happy first day of Spring, my friends!!!

This is my favorite season, by far, and that picture above, tells you why... Those beauties are sitting on my table right now and they make me smile.

Hope your all enjoying your day... I'm off to run errands and treat the kids to something fun, for the first day of Spring break!!!

Enjoy!!!


3/19/14

Waterlogue app.

Have you all seen the fun, new Waterlogue app for the iPhone???

I finally caved and paid the $3. 

Its a LOT of fun and makes me wish I can water paint in real life!

Check out some of the pictures I played around with...






































{from top left to right}:

1. Spring flowers at the store and my sneakers... Which I love.
2. Coffee on a rainy day... And everyday.
3. Testing out my new curling iron.
4. Flowers by the kitchen sink. Always puts a smile on my face.


Isn't it fun!

Show the creators of this app some love and download it... You'll have tons of fun playing around with it!

And happy almost Spring, hence all the flowers!



3/18/14

Recent treasures.







































Not only do I thrift for my little Instagram shop {which has kept me busy, hence the lack of posts}, but I am always on the lookout for goodies for the family.

Here are some recent treasures I scored for the kids and I, brought to you via Insapost.


{from top left to right}:

1. Handmade, leather ankle sandals. I've been on the hunt for similar ones for ages!
2. A shrunken RL wool sweater makes for a great cardi, for little girls.
3. Leather ballet flats {my favorite for everyday} and a leather envelope clutch on major clearance from Marshalls.
4. Leather bag. Made in Italy and absolutely beautiful.
5. Chunky, animal print heels. These are HOT.
6. A vintage, cozy knit sweater.
7. Brand new Minnetonkas for Noah. I love these.
8. A fun, warm hat for Charlie.
9. Vintage, crossbody bag. I couldn't find any history on it, but I love the horse logo on the front.


It's a good thing I've got my little shop, cause if I didn't, I would be on the next episode of hoarders.

Have you found anything special lately???




3/16/14

Noah's 5th birthday party!



I promised to blog a lot sooner than last time and I have delivered. And not only that, but I have REAL pictures, folks. Real ones. Like I actually took my big camera out, charged the battery and took nice pictures.
I always forget how big of a difference there is in the quality. 

Moving on.

This weekend, we celebrated Mr. Noah turning the big 5. You know what that means, right? 
He will start school this fall. I mean, where in heavens name does the time go!!?!



A week before the party, I already had ideas brewing and I was pretty excited, but come the night before and my brain shut down. 
Everything I tried to do either didn't turn out or just wasn't turning out the way I wanted it to. I was tired and I hadn't even finished all the cleaning. I had to call it a night, though.

But waking up in the morning, I was just that much driven, to finish the cleaning and get that table set up.
A new day and new ideas. I was pleasantly surprised at how all of a sudden my ideas were coming together and everything looked just as I had imagined... And even better. 

I knew I somehow wanted to incorporate "dots" into the decor, so I started with purchasing a round hole punch.


I kept the decor pretty simple, by adding dots to some string and hanging it around the window and the empty frame and made the table extra fun.


I used different shades of orange and two different sizes for the dots. I had covered the table with packaging paper and glued the dots right down on it {so they wouldn't be all over the floor}.

I was originally gonna keep the party orange, but then saw the cute striped straws at Target and thought orange and turqouise go so well together! I added white to break up all the color a bit.


I was clueless as to how to fill up the center of the long table, so I blew up balloons {really small} and taped them down in no particular order.


Adding the mandarins to the plates was totally last minute and it was one of my favorite touches. It was a great way to personalize everyones places. A place card, if you will.


Be creative when your creating your own tablescape. Some of the things you never thought to try, will sometimes be the perfect touch needed!

I love how it turned out. It was fun, still age appropriate and most of all Noah loved it.


For entertainment, I normally just have the kids play with the new toys or play outside if its nice {which they did}, but we had seen this balloon artist on a night out with the family and decided to hire him. The kids loved him!


Here's just one of the animals Noah requested. 
The eyes and tongue on this snake are my favorite.
































The kids had a blast and this mama was exhausted, but as always, it was SO worth it at the end. 

Now, to start planning the other boys' parties. 
Yep, they're all back to back... March, Gabe in April and Charlie in May. 

Lord have mercy. Amen.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to catch some zzz's. Tomorrows Monday *sigh*.

Goodnight friends and hope you had a restful weekend!