Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bee's Favorite Board Books

Phoebe is completely obsessed with board books right now. She wants to read all the time, which I totally love. It's also about the only way she will sit still for more than 2 seconds, so bring on the books! I thought I would share some of our favorites and I would love to hear yours! Buying and reading children's books are two of my most cherished past times. I'm a real sucker for sweet illustrations, too. These drawings are forever ingrained in my brain. Love them so much.

Who Hoo are You? | See You in the Morning | Little Oink | We're Going on a Bear Hunt | Dear Zoo | Potty

If I had to pick the very favorite it would be Dear Zoo. We have read it a gillion times. I really do love a good lift and flap oh and this one for sure is a favorite! Can't wait to hear yours! xo
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn Harvest Shower

Yesterday I hosted a wedding shower with my mama and sister for my cousin Leah! She is getting married in less than three weeks and we wanted to do something special for her and her fiance, Jimmy. Because Leah's favorite season is fall we thought it would be fun to put on an "Autumn Harvest Shower" where guests showered them with tools and garden accessories. For the party we went with a theme of all things pumpkin, harvest, apples, rustic, etc. We started with corals and mustards and added in cheery orange and chocolate brown. It was such a fun afternoon! We are so excited for the happy couple.

I really wanted there to be a special element that guests would see right when they walked in. My sister Rachel did the hand lettering and we echoed the flower fans with the chalk flowers which I love the way she drew the flowers to look like mums. We also have under stair storage that is less than pretty so we covered it with kraft paper and some of my favorite wrapping paper to create a "back drop." I taped the fans + table confetti all over the top to frame the bar cart.
My mom made her own spin on these pumpkin bites by adding an extra 1/2 a can of pumpkin, baking them in a square baking pan for 30 min at 350, then topping with coconut flakes and baking at 300 for 10 min. SO good.
We had originally planned on hosting most of the party on the patio but weather had other plans. We set up "the harvest" in our dining room with a spread of rustic desserts, seasonal vegetables, fruit and some of our favorite dips.
Rachel made the most incredible apple cobbler (one of the hits of the party for sure) and we displayed a store-bought cherry pie on my favorite milk glass cake plate. We served both warm with vanilla ice cream.
While I was getting ready Mama whipped up our go-to party side: warm artichoke dip with green onions. If we're friends, most likely you've had it. We NEVER go home with leftovers. We served it with lentil crackers and crusty bread. The artichokes were just for decoration. Aren't they so gorgeous? Nature is by far the best table decoration in my opinion.
My mom scooped up these "hearts of fire" proteas and they were a hot topic. The colors were so perfect for the party. Rachel divided the bouquets to add height variety and texture. We used a brass planter, a short wooden vase and this skinny amber vase. It was really lovely in person. 

For on the main wall and the table we used these really lovely natural lotka banners. They have the prettiest paper texture and really brought a festive element to the room. I think I'll leave them up.

I shared the invitations on friday but wanted to have a photo here as well. Just loved them. We used this fun table runner (which can be wiped down and used again!) and it really brought that touch of fall without it being cheesy or over the top. You can also personalize it!

Another hit of the party was this spinach dip that my mom served in a carved out red cabbage. It turned out so pretty. We served all of the nuts, cheeses, fruits on a cutting board to give it a really natural, harvest feel. Pumpkins aren't quite out yet but we got lucky with these pie pumpkins.

It's so wonderful getting to see the people you love fall in love. Congrats Jimmy and Leah!

special thank you to minted for making the day so special!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Notes 27

Today I am starting to think about cleaning my house because we have a lot of people coming over this weekend to celebrate my cousin Leah and her fiance Jimmy. I am having so much fun putting together the details for the Autumn Harvest Shower I am hosting with my Mama and sister, Rachel. Lots of corals, oranges, chocolate browns, etc. I am SO excited. I should really throw parties every day, it's the only way my house gets clean. Haha! I thought these invitations from Minted were perfect, more modern than country harvest. Totally into them and my sweet friend Natalie sent us this AMAZING address stamp and I am completely obsessed with it.

In case you didn't have a chance to drop into our Intro to Essential Oils class last night, here's a link. You can also get little tips + recipes + other things wellness over here if you're into that sort of thing. :)

If you're doing a Whole 30 (seems like everyone is right now!) here are some awesome meal plans.

Made an impulse buy and snagged these boots today. So excited for cooler weather and as we affectionally call it: "bootie season."

Loving Anna's post on 24 hours in Atlanta. I concur!

I'm really getting into making my own beauty products. Have you checked out this book? On my wish list.

OK, time to stuff my face before Bee wakes up! We have a little friend spending the night tonight. Our first time doing that. Let me know if you have any tips. :) Happy weekend!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mornings with Bee

"This! This!" Phoebe was so excited when she ran into this little guy yesterday. I wanted to take her somewhere where she could feel free and I also wanted to pick up some flowers for the shower I'm hosting this weekend. This is one of my favorite places ever, the nursery. I just feel the happiest here. I also love the excitement that comes with each season, strolling the aisles for fresh lettuces and the prettiest mums.

I had one of those magical motherhood days yesterday. Truly magical. Days don't come often enough where I am completely aware in the moment for what a gift it is to be present and in awe of the beauty of motherhood. It was of those days where I felt like hard conversations were bringing great fruit, the meltdowns were few and far between, to be able to watch Phoebe explore the water fountains and let her tiny white hairs blow in the oversized greenhouse fan, a day to listen to my Matilda read "Green Eggs and Ham" in its entirety with very little help. A day where their little faces felt that much more precious in my hands, where I couldn't kiss them enough or hold them tight enough. It was a really sweet day. I thank God for those moments over and over because I'm so grateful that He is allowing me, imperfect me, to shepard these darling spirits. My heart is truly full.
If you're free tonight or tomorrow night I'm going to be hosting a little class with my friend Ashley. Details here!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Paleo Chocolate Pots De Creme

So, you may remember that I have a super soft spot for pots de creme. Like, super soft. Unfortunately the pots don't really love me. I'm always looking to make a healthier version of my guiltiest pleasures and THIS was a total accident. I've been on sugar restriction and really craving chocolate so this was completely serendipitous. Only three ingredients: raw cacao powder, coconut milk and one packet of sweet leaf stevia.

Paleo Chocolate Pots de Creme

You will need:

- one can full fat coconut milk (refrigerated over night)
- 4 T cacao or cocoa powder (look for all-natural and unsweetened)
- 1 packet sweet leaf stevia

In a mixer scrape out solidified coconut milk from can and whip on how. Slowly add the cocoa powder until it darkens, then add the stevia. Whip on high until thick and creamy.

I don't usually like to use sugar substitutes, but this stevia has no bad aftertaste and makes for the richest chocolate flavor with just a hint of sweetness. You could also use coconut sugar or raw honey. The texture is whipped, chocolate-y heaven. I seriously have to stop myself from making it every day. You can eat it right away or put it back in the fridge to get a more mousse-like consistency. Equally delicious.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Dressing Up for Date Night

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My mama surprised Sam and I with a date night this weekend. Just for the record, that is the best gift you could ever give parents of small children. Thank you Mama! I've been pouring over my "september issues" trying to get inspired for fall. I mean, really all I wear are jeans and t-shirts and I don't know what's cool so it's pretty awesome to have a fun girly, magazine session from time to time.

So, a date night was the perfect excuse to put some new fashion ideas to the test. I really like getting dressed up for dates. There is just something about still trying to look your best for each other when you're married. I always really appreciate Sam taking the time to smell nice and that he puts on a tie for dates. It makes me feel really loved and I want to be able to look my prettiest for him too.

hat | bag | top | skirt (similar) | booties (similar)

This outfit is a hybrid of some things from last year mixed with some new things like this aubergine blouse. I am really feeling that trend. It's such a rich and romantic color. Don't you think? I also really love wearing hats in the cooler months. It's not cool here AT ALL, but I wanted to feel fancy so I put that hat on and I also love the tone on tone with the top. I pretty much wear those booties every day.

Sam made this bag for me and I am so crazy about it. I get so many compliments on it and it makes me so, so proud to be able to tell people that Sam made it. We spend many hours with me on my laptop and him sewing leather. I love that he's passionate about creating. Makes me happy.

Date nights are my favorite kinds of nights. We got stuck in the rain under an awning with tea and coffee in hand and had real conversations. A luxury these days.

PS Right now at Target if you buy any two Fall Fashion magazines (InStyle, ELLE, and/or Vogue) you get a $5 Target gift card (hizzah!). Available now through Sept 13th.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Relaxing with Lavender

You guys my house smells so dreamy right now and I wanted to share with you what I've been doing. I've been obsessed with lavender oil since I was pregnant with Phoebe. I literally put it everywhere: in my car, on my body, in the bath. It was in the room when Pheobe was born. It's my happy smell. Recently in this amazing and supportive facebook group, a new friend introduced me to wool dryer balls. The ones I bought are made from New Zealand sheep wool and they soften the laundry naturally without chemicals or synthetics, which I love! She told me she puts a few drops of essential oils on the balls and then throws them in the dryer and seriously it makes everything smell SO good. I also like to put a few drops in with the detergent (I get the free and clear kind).

In addition to using lavender on blemishes, bug bites and cuts, etc I love to make a really simple linen spray. I use these glass spray bottles and fill them with distilled water and then add 10-12 drops of oil (would be amazing with Peace & Calming too). I spray it on our pillows and also use it as a face mist. So luxurious. You can also add a few drops to coconut oil and use as a stretch mark cream or as a diaper cream. Great for sunburns too!

To sign up for your own oils, click here for more info. You can also sign up for Lesley Graham Essentials here.

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