Monday, September 28, 2015

Camp Matilda

Over the weekend we celebrated Matilda's 7th birthday!! This was the first year that I asked her to put together the guest list and it was a fun combination of friends old and new, mostly gal pals and a few fellows mixed in. Our hearts were so full celebrating that precious girl! Wish we could have hosted all her buddies but we tried to keep it intimate, hosting everyone's family. So much fun!

We decided on a "Camp Matilda" theme. I found this great invitation on Etsy. The colors set the tone: pinks, greys, mint green, black, and natural.

Found this adorable teepee idea here. The cake stand in from here. I created a dessert table from s'mores, teepees, snacks and "bug juice." :)

I honestly think that Matilda was most excited about the "bug juice." Thanks, Costco!

My friend Alison shared the cutest "Modern Bear Party" on her blog that inspired the black balloons and "feed the bears" sign.
Pinterest had all of these great "back yard game" ideas and this was one of them. Can't remember where we saw it but we tweaked it a bit with bad mitten balls and little buckets from Hobby Lobby. Sam took the girls to forage for the perfect sticks.

We had a craft table set up where the kids could "yarn bomb" sticks and paint pet rocks. The crafts were a HUGE hit. Wish I would have pre-cut the yarn to make it easier. This was so much fun, though!

Sam made a tic tac toe board from a stump, some nails and twine and rocks. Love this!

After hot dogs and dinner we did a crazy scavenger hunt. We let the littlest go first. Highlight of the night for sure. I made the scavenger bag from a template that I tweaked on photoshop and then printed directly onto the paper bag by attaching it with washi tape to a piece of computer paper. I was pretty proud of my craftiness. :) Doesn't happen often! Found those awesome pencils here.

Sam made the pup tent from some rope and a drop cloth. We found masses of kids in there throughout the party. So fun! Sam was the mc of the event and maybe found his life calling?!

We ended the night with s'mores and a campfire song of "happy birthday." One of the best days. Ever.

You are so loved baby girl. Praying big things for this year for you. You are precious and mighty!


+ Straws
+ Hot dog crates + liners
+ Cups
+ Water pitcher
+ Party Hats
+ Mint cake stand
+ Copper bunting banner
+ Stick pencils
+ Wood slabs
+ Wooden forks
+ Wooden place card holder

special thank you to my daddy and grandparents for watching the girls so we could get ready (it takes a village!) and to my friend scott for capturing some of these amazing photos and for all my mama friends for helping keep the chaos to a minimum! we love y'all!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fence Inspiration

I mentioned earlier this week that I was debating on staining our fence black... Here is some inspiration:

What do you think? Yay or nay?


More backyard inspiration and gardening plans here. See our Home Depot Patio Challenge here.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Slices of Life Right Now

Getting out my dustpan to dust off this little space of the internet. You know when life changes and you look back and think, "how did I ever pull off xyz?!" This is the current vibe. August was full of great things and then some really hard things too. We learned that Bee has asthma. Two attacks sent us running to the emergency room. There is nothing scarier than a child struggling to breathe. I was in awe of the amazing people at Children's who took such incredible care of us. Turns out the kittens we gave the girls for Christmas were the culprit. We were so fortunate to find an amazing family to take them in as their own within 24 hours of the last attack. Oh my heavens. The expression "wrangling cats" is for real. We finally had our fence installed! Sam sprained his ankle the last week of August and I had some really fun work happenings and here we are September!

The girls are really into reading the Jesus Storybook Bible - oh my heart. This makes me so happy. Matilda has been highlighting her way through it (LOVE to see my girl hungry for the word) and I'll read a chapter to them and then Matilda will read a chapter. They love it when I diffuse while we are doing our bedtime rituals. Thieves is usually our go-to. :)

Here is a peek at our new fence. Currently debating on staining black vs painting white? Will post some inspiration photos soon. Can't wait to share more as well as the before/afters when we get some more done. We ended up going with this company and asking for a privacy fence with the cross bars facing the street (this isn't a typical design for them but I love the way it turned out!).

Matilda (and ok, maybe I am too) is obsessed with Project Mc2. This Netflix original follows a group of adorable and super pre-teen smart girls as they try to solve mysteries using science and their own unique skill sets. We went "ice fishing" where you take a cup, water, several ice cubes and a pinch of salt. Use a string to "fish" for ice cubes. So fun!!

Today we are working on getting Sam's ankle nice and iced down and catching up on laundry. I'm also making these for dinner. My friend Stephanie's husband made these for us when I stayed with her and I have been dreaming about them ever since! Three cheers for an extra day of rest.<3

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Five Things

1. Over the weekend Sam and I took the girls to our family lake house. It was wonderful to get to be together and to get those last little beats of summer to fill our hearts for the cooler months ahead. We ended up catching a marathon of Fixer Upper on HGTV (I literally never watch tv, but we don't have HGTV and I got sucked in!!). I feel like Joanna has a very similar aesthetic (a little more country) and loved watching them bring these houses back to life. Love this mint green in her Magnolia Market. Sam and I started brainstorming about joining forces to flip some houses in our town...

2. The summer completely derailed me. I was rocking it with the bikini series but 7 days a week of hardcore exercise is just a bit much for this stage of life. Fit mamas... how did you survive the summer? My girls wanted NOTHING to do with the stroller. Ordering this today.

3. I'm reading this book which I think is an amazing book for any girl/person.

4. I received some powersheets as a gift from one of my inspiring mentors and I am plowing through them. Highly recommend them for goal setting and just clearing out the noise so that you can focus on what is important. If you haven't read Make it Happen, I also HIGHLY recommend that book as well. Lara Casey is just a force of encouragement. This somehow turned into a book post!

5. I have been wearing this multiple times a week. Love it paired with a drapey black cardigan, black skinnies and booties (these are perfect!). Bring on the fall wardrobe! Bootie season is upon us.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Oh my goodness! I just got home from a whirlwind five day trip to Texas for Young Living's International Convention. It was so surreal to be there with my Golden Drop girls and my precious mentor's Casey and Kristen. I missed my people something fierce but it was such a special and wonderful time and I can't wait to do it again next year! Casey and Kristen threw the cutest mocktail party the first night with cookies from Alicia the Cookie Girl and Ningxia Red (a super food drink) mixed with La Croix and grapefruit. Yum!

Ashley, Eryn, Erin, me, Kristina, Erin, Katie, Rebecca

This group of women right here I've been working with for a year, they are the heart and soul of the Golden Drop Society. They are smart, funny, wise, creative and obviously beautiful. So thankful for each and every one of them. They traveled from Tennessee, London, California! It was the first time I had met several of them in real life. So fun! The convention was hosted at the beautiful Gaylord hotel in Grapevine, Texas. This place is seriously unreal. The indoor atrium was so gorgeous.

I found the cutest customizable journals from Minted that I personalized with a note on the inside. My dear friend Erica from Yes Ma'am Paper + Goods did the hand lettering for me. I love it so much!

Here is some of our extended team with our amazing mentor Courtney Critz of the Babysteps team.

Katie and Ashley were the first to jump right in with me. They loved the oils from the beginning and have been my rocks and leaders from the get go. They are both incredible, strong, gorgeous women!

The RED bar at the Expo was You could order Ningxia red slushies, shots with different oils (I loved the "Tingly Lips") as well as the new drink, "Zyng." One of the neatest parts about Convention was getting to hands-on experience all of the new products that they released before anyone else. I absolutely love the new Thieves laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid and Cool Azul feels amazing and tingly on tired body parts. Love! The new oil, "Northern Lights Farm Black Spruce" is also a new favorite. We diffused it the whole time we were there and they diffused it during the release as well. Amazing!

A special group of ladies got to ride in a Hummer limo to the Babysteps office where we were spoiled with the sweetest gifts and delicious treats from Courtney. I felt so lucky to be there!

I participated in my first ever organized run! The Light Up the Night fun run was a crazy explosion of neon glow and was for such an amazing cause. We got to learn more about the Young Living Foundation while we were there and their mission to partner with Sole Hope and to support children in Croatia and Ecuador. It was incredible to be a part of.

I feel so blessed to get to share health and wellness alongside some of my favorite people. Rebecca was one of the first people to introduce oils to me and Erin and I were pregnant with our sweet baby girls at the same time and met through blogging. It was so fun to get to hang out with everyone this weekend!

Kristen and Casey are my go-tos, some of my best friends, my business inspirations and more. They are such a huge blessing to my life and it was so fun to be with them for five days. It was surreal! Nothing better than working with your friends.

If you are interested at all in joining our amazing community and getting started with your own oils, you can click here to find out more. I was so inspired to hear the vision and history of Young Living and firmly believe more than ever that I made the right choice with signing up with them. They are precious, God loving people. Also, if you sign up for oils with a premium starter kit this month I will send you some goodies and this adorable oils pouch. Can't wait to welcome you to the Golden Drop Society!

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