four. i’m not sure about four. four is that year where munchkins turn to (little) men. somewhere in the year of four, you go to bed one night a baby, and wake up the next morning a boy. and, the thing is, you never really know which night that might be. you, though, liam have always been somewhat of a munchkin and a man. my old soul. words of wisdom, kindness and understanding, only known by those who have lived life, seem to float out with ease in a mini pitch. while, i know your voice will change with age, i pray your tone never will.
+you’re favorite food is spaghetti and pepperoni pizza, besides chocolate, of course.
+you ask if everything has coconut in it (which you are very against).
+all you seem to talk about these days are four wheelers.
+you say the most hilarious things like”you just got owned like a dog dog on a bun with mustard.”
and you tell me, “i’ll marry you everyday, cause your my wife.” #liambravesays
+you make sure we never miss “best part + and worst part of the day” at dinnertime. and, everyday your answer is : ”the best part of my day was going to gommy’s house” and if you haven’t been to her house, than the worst part of your day, obviously, is “i didn’t get to go to gommy’s house + ride 4 wheelers.”
+you’ve started growling like a cheetah, which actually sounds more like a snake hiss. i’m not sure? but, it is your favorite response when asked a question.
+you ask me if you can pray for me, if i’m having a hard day.
+you’re favorite show at the moment is peter rabbit (i love this)
+you’re very insistent on picking out your own clothes, more particular than most girls, and you always want to wear jeans and your tiger shirt. or, anything that you think makes you look like a worker (as you say).
+you learned to jump off the diving board + swim without water wings this summer.
+you are slightly obsessed with duck dynasty + have some how picked up some sort of twang accent. i’m puzzled.
+you love going to chicago. i think you will be my little traveler.
+you think your the boss (you kind of are) and you have no problem speaking for our entire family (like when the fireman came to our house – burnt food – and you answered the door and proceeded to introduce the entire family to the fire-chief).
+this year you asked santa for shoes + a stuffed animal reindeer.
+you’re favorite book is iggy peck architect.
bravey, although you are sandwiched in the middle, i hope you know how much you stand out. you are one of a kind. a kind that oozes kindness and curiosity, which makes for the best personality. you’re little arms uplift my tired ones and your little prayers help me to have big faith. i hope you will grow to know that you can always count on my arms and prayers too. lets always offer this to each other.
happy birthday, liam brave, age 4.
more birthday posts here.
i am all about little corners or happy spots, as i like to call them. and, my happy spot now happens to be in our family room thanks to my custom made day bed by adams and august.
it’s so great, i thought it deserved its own post. i wanted a piece that could be versatile and ultimately cozy. the piece nestled up to the bookshelves instantly turned our corner into a reading nook. but don’t think us to brainy. we also push the piece around (since its on casters) and cozy up on it for movie night. and, since it is actually a day bed it works great for an extra bed when guests are here (like this week)!
while i was busy dreaming up ways to stack and and pile blankets to make the piece soft, squidy and princes and the peay, jason of adams and august was busy working on all of the gorgeous details like the pretty circles on the edge of the piece.
i couldn’t be happier with my daybed. it’s fits our style and life style perfectly.
you can see more of adams & august work here + if anyone is intrested you can purchase the same model here.
tell me, do you have a happy spot in your home? i’d love to hear about it.
p.s. you can see the daybed in action on our video.
all images by white shutter photography
hi friends. it’s me. duh, of course it is. it’s monday morning and i have 11 guest arriving in a few short hours. but, that’s not what i’m writing about (its whats on my mind – so it came out). for the past couple of months i have been a very busy bee coordinating 9 holiday trunk shows across the country for The Land of Nod.
before i go any further i want to make mention that Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15% november 25-27th (code : LOVELY). This is good news because there are so many cute things to buy (for your kids, for yourself, for your tree!)
ok, you all know how much i love nod (remember when they came to my house). i mean, let me count the ways…. they have gorgeous, quality products (for the whole family), their creative direction is superb (hello catalog that is more like a magazine, which i can’t ever seem to throw away) and oh, the people – i heart them all.
the concept the holiday parties was a trunk show, showcasing Nod’s super rad holiday decor + toys, hosted by bloggers in 9 different cities. each blogger host was able to use Nod product to design their space uniquely…..
i headed out to LA to help with the trunk show there, which was hosted by kelly lanza of studio diy (do you know kelly? if you don’t, you should) at the honest company (love them too).
kelly has some serious mad diy skillz (sorry there is no other way to put it). i found myself either gushing or feeling pangs of jealousy because, truthfully, i am not even this crafty in my mind (and, i try to be very crafty – in my mind). i mean look at this dollhouse . . . each host was given a cottage dollhouse to design and display. do you see the little mac computer? kelly transformed her house into a loft space. it’s LA. of course.
there was crafting, and chatting, and shopping ,and the tiniest tacos that you ever did see. we had such a fun time. and this was only one event (hey look, its me in the blue dress in the left hand corner). you can see more photos from Nod’s party at Honest here.
i hope you’ll take advantage of the discount and get in on this holiday goodness :
Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15% november 25-27th. use the code LOVELY
here are some of the items kelly used in LA. i love it all …
All the Colors of the Rainbow Ornaments / Candy Cane Ornament / Festive Felt Garland / Candy Cane Garland / Peppermint Twist Felt Garland / This Garland is Shaping Up / Confetti Stocking / Rainbow Stocking / Kardboard Kingdom / Cottage Dollhouse /Toot Sweet Hanging Pinwheels / Gingerbread Girl / Gingerbread Boy / Candy Cane / Prefab Housing
AND, pop on over to the other hosts sites to take a look at all of the events (equal amounts of creativity and total awesomeness) and how the product was styled differently :
Lay Baby Lay / Simply Grove / Look Linger Love / No Monsters in My Bed + A Feteful Life /Ampersand Design Studio / Finding My Feet / 6th Street Design School + Small Fry Blog / Simplified Bee + Michaela Noelle Design + The Makery
more photos on instagram under #nodevents
Photos by Mary Costa Photography
i often gaze at your sweet face and try to figure if it is your glass blue eyes or beaming infectious smile that lights up entire rooms. yes, your eyes radiate life, still in it’s purest form. and, your smile . . . it is a window, wide open, giving voice to the happiness of your heart, through the sound of laughter. a sound which is best described as a giggle of thousand happy babies combined. however, i find it not to be your baby blues or your window of a smile but your soft heart that warms every room it enters.
+ if you were a care bear you’d be tenderheart bear
+ you like to buy shoes more than i do. and every pair has to be high tops, of course.
+ you’re still a candy thief and wrappers are turning up in the most interesting of places
+ this year reading is not your favorite but i’m working on changing that
+ you’re still trying to get rid of those curls but they aren’t going anywhere (thank god)
+ you wear your shaun white ocean motif tank top from target at least every other day and with basketball shorts (much to my dismay)
+ you write raps about your best friend. ”you’re so cool, you rule the school.”
+ you wear sports socks pulled up to your shorts and don’t like to leave the house without a flat bill
+ you still like to snuggle more than any other and i’m certain that won’t change
+ you love your friends and your family feircly
+ pink is your favorite color because it is a manly color (?)
+ your favorite thing to do is ride 4 wheelers with your dad
+ you are so great at literally every athletic thing that you try
+ you love to carry around your little brothers
+ your favorite show is duck dynasty
don’t ever change. only grow. grow stronger. grow smarter. grow taller, if you must. but don’t change the you that you are at eight.
happy birthday luke, age 8.
school starts today. i’ve been dragging my feet. it’s transition really. yesterday, i was thinking about, and wondering, why i don’t fare well with it. i’m always fine a few weeks in. but, the process of new routine is always sticky for me. and, the only sticky i care for is sticky fingers after a cinnabonn.
i love routines. and rituals, i’m even more fond of. it’s just when they change or i can’t keep up with them that i get a little bothered. and, the truth is, i’ve been a little bothered these days because i haven’t been keeping a few of my necessary rituals. things that should be routine. i have been religious about walking 30 minutes a day for over 5 years and somehow since last winter, i walked away from the walking. frankly, i’ve walked away from regular routines and things that should be routine. anyone else? i’ve almost been a bit paralyzed in putting a strict routine together because i know me and i know that i get a little upset if i can’t keep my own self imposed demands, i mean my routine.
then i’m reminded that the things that i need to make routine, are simply self care. and in caring for myself (gosh that sounds selfish – i know it’s not) i need to be kind to myself. kind by way of doing but also kind in the way i respond when i might not get the doing done that day.
currently, i’m stuck on the idea rituals. i’m wondering if you have any daily rituals . . . that, well, have become routine? i think the difference may be in the doing. rituals, at least for me, have come about from enjoyment. an enjoyment that finds itself turning into a happy little habit or necessary part of your day and, dare i say, routine.
for me . . .
wherever you are, be all there. have you seen that touted around the internet? hand drawn and hung up, at least on a pinboard or twenty or two? i have. i try it but i’m pretty crap at it. ever since i remember, from when i can first remember remembering things, i remember day dreaming of there. meaning, anywhere but here. and there, of course, changes, as all things do.
and, what if wherever you are is not where you “really” are? i mean sometimes your heart just lives outside your body. tell me you’ve felt this too? my heart is in ethiopia this week. there is no sense of being all “here” because i’m just not. sometimes we have to let our hearts travel and wander a bit so that when they return, they decorate our lives so beautifully. they seemingly fit in our bodies better and more comfortably than they ever have.
some moments (ok, a lot of moments), this week, my heart beats fast and i wonder what is exactly happening this very moment an ocean and two continents away. and so i say a prayer. a prayer that knows no distance. only hope. encouragement. strength. and change. it carries change. change and love.
the truth is, i’ve been on a few trips in my time. the life changing kind. you go and in the purest way you set out to bring things. literal things, but also things like hope. and you do your best to give but what you end up finding, in the end, is that you did more taking than giving. you find that the people you wish to bring hope + joy to end up giving you an even bigger dose of it. the very kind that decorates the home of your heart.
part of the mantra of this trip (and the mocha club) is i need africa more than africa needs me. i have been to africa before. but, if i’m honest, i didn’t fall hard for her like so many others seem to (africa got under my husbands skin after his trip and it is still there itching away). i wondered the same thing hayley wondered. but, something strange is happening here. in the not going, i’m only finding myself falling for her all the more. who knew? god did. yes.
this trip, i knew, would be full of treasure. treasure, a little word, with big potential, was the very word hidden in my heart (it took residence there the day i said yes to going). i knew it would be there, but i had no idea what it would look like or what it would be. and, wouldn’t you know, shannan found it (her post is a must read!). the treasure is the beautiful women they are meeting (jenna captured their beauty here) . . . the women that are broken but carry a beauty that can come no other way but by brokenness. and even today, the team is unearthing more treasure. the kind that will decorate their hearts forever.
as my heart is wandering this week, i know it will continue on. on the journey to fit me more beautifully than it ever has. i’m grateful for the treasure that my friends are unearthing. grateful that they are sharing it with me and with you to decorate our lives so beautifully. so beautifully that it will no longer be a hidden treasure. but a bright shining one.
one day i’ll see those treasures first hand. i’ll get to do some unearthing, myself. words like treasure know no time.
p.s. don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a beautiful scarf + leather clutch made by the beautiful women of ethiopia!
image : flower patch farm girl
happy monday! i wanted to share a few photos from the anthro craft night the other week. we had such a super time making hand stitched journals. anthropologie’s theme for this summer was preserve and so i got thinking and thought about what the word means to me (since i have no idea how to traditionally preserve as in canning jams and such). one thing i have been preserving over the years has been words and ideas and love encouraging others to do the same.
in fact, over the past year the idea of slowing down and noticing has been an unintentional theme in my life. it’s amazing what you will see if you actually look. and in the finding, i’ve found that when you begin to pay attention to the details, you find what you didn’t even know you were looking for.
i’m supposed to be heading to ethiopia today and i’m not. i’m still trying to swallow those words myself. i’ve been planning and prepping and waiting with anticipation. and, somewhere in the midst of that i found myself overwhelmed with some things and made the very hard decision that….the timing, for me, isn’t right.
to say it was a hard decision is an understatement. you see, so much change has happened in my life just in the preparation for this trip. and now, this over thinker is trying not to over think things too much but to trust that the lessons learned, and the friendships made all have a purpose and that there will, in fact, be a right time for me. i love the purpose behind fashionABLE + the mocha club . . . the mission, the work, the product and the people. i’ll be supporting and working with fashionABLE + the mocha club, however i can.
as for this week, i’m going to be a virtual traveler with the team! i’ll be following along, reading the updates, and joining in on the twitter chat (Tues. 8/13 @ 1pm Central) with @livefashionable. you can follow the journey here and by following the hashtag #blogABLE
i hope you’ll join me!
(if you want to know who’s blogs, twitter, etc to follow they are : design for mankind, flower patch farm girl, emily maynard, eat live run, possesionista, what’s gaby cooking, the tiny twigand ellie holcomb, wild & precious).
AND, in honor of my friends traveling to see the work first-hand, I’m giving away 2 new amazing fashionABLE products:
the Meseret scarf (perfect for these warmer months) + the brand new Tigist leather clutch!
One lucky winner will get both products!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
if you’d like to learn more about fashionABLE + the mocha club keep reading . . .