GIFT GUIDE: top 10 for a one-year-old

So Fitz’s first birthday is tomorrow (cue all the tears) and I have been asked the dreaded question of “what does he need?” To be quite honest, he truly doesn’t need anything. Especially since he has an older brother whom already has ALL THE THINGS.

But, I know a lot of people don’t like to do the gift card route/love to take the time to shop for little ones, so I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites.


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Friday faves

Our first pumpkin[our very first pumpkin]

Anyone else get alarmingly overexcited when they see Pottery Barn + PBKids start to release this year’s Halloween items? No, just me? Well that blessed time is upon us folks. A few of my first glance faves: pierced bronze metal pumpkins, skeleton glassware and gingham chargers with coordinating pumpkin plates for the kids. PSLs are right around the corner people.

Local and looking for something to do this weekend? The annual National Balloon Classic, in Indianola, Iowa kicks off today and runs through August 5. We took Everett when he was little and I’m hoping to make a return trip this year.

One of my most recent guilty pleasures was starting to catch up and watch Bravo’s Southern Charm. #dontjudge It’s a hot mess, but part of me loves the Southern lifestyle. Bring on the plaids, seersucker and monograms. Well, I was doing a little shopping last week and found this sweatshirt on super sale. Come to find out later that it’s called a Shep shirt.

While Fitzie was young and I was nursing him (what felt like) all the time, I needed a show to keep me company. That show was Stranger Things on Netflix. My husband was the one that introduced me to it by saying it was “a mix of E.T. + Goonies + X-Files.” I was hooked after episode one and binge watched it in a time frame I won’t admit to… Fast-forward to a few days ago when the season two trailer came out. Oh em geeeeeee!

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Mom-approved summer sandals

About a month ago my favorite ‘wear with anything’ summer sandals broke. I know I’m being dramatic when I say I was devastated, but I was.

As I get older and am now running around after two young kids, I need practical shoes but I still want to look cute and professional at work. The stacked heel and secure strap on my old pair were perfect!

So I’m on the hunt for replacements, and have rounded up a few that are on my radar…


Jack Rogers Hadley Sandal // Sole Society ‘Linny’ Ankle Strap Sandal
Caslon Carden 2 Sandal // Frye Brielle Suede Gladiator Sandals
Splendid Janet Block Heel Sandal // Vince Camuto Tarita Block-Heel Leather Sandals
Kenneth Cole New York ‘Dylan’ Wedge Sandal // Hinge ‘Cora’ Block Heel Sandal

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: faves for boys

I love the selection for kids this year from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Some of the cutest little clothing + gear ever!

The annual sale is a great time to get items higher in price, like coats and shoes. The boys seem to blow through these because they won’t stop growing [silently sobs] or destroying them [I’m looking at you Everett].

In particular, I know they usually have great deals on The North Face gear. The boys both have their coats and the quality is great. I know Fitz will be in one of Ev’s hand-me-downs this fall/winter.

So since I love me a good round-up, here are a few of my #boymom faves:

TTDFaves_NordstromAnniversarySale_boys2017sneakers // sweatshirt // blanket // sippy cups
bear bunting // happy mat // backpack diaper bag
monitor // booster // pajamas

Shop the full selection for kids here. Nordstrom has free shipping & free returns and the Anniversary Sale ends August 6. Happy shopping!

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Friday faves

[just your standard morning scene around here]

We are heading to the lake this weekend with a few friends for some much needed relaxation after what seemed to be the longest week EVER at the office. I’m in charge of packing everything (per usual), and that includes all the gear for the boys. In the bag: these Euro-style swim trunks that I snagged for them from June & January. What is even better is that they are now ON SALE! [First timer to the brand? Use my referral link and receive 15% off your first order of $50+]

I’ve talked about my love for the TV show So You Think You Can Dance on the blog before, but there is a new kid in town this summer season – World of Dance. Um, can we talk about this performance from Kinjaz last week?! #ridiculous

Just a quick note to remind you that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is live for the general public as of early this morning. Things are moving fast, so you better get after it! Here are my must-haves for mamas.

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TTD DIY: child silhouette + GIVEAWAY

**G I V E A W A Y // C L O S E D**

The winner of the custom silhouette giveaway is Jami DeVries.

I’ve always been fascinated with silhouettes, but it wasn’t until I had children of my own that I realized just how sweet they could be. Deep with their own history, silhouettes first appeared in the 17th century as a cheap, quick way of capturing likenesses.

As Fitzgerald nears the one year mark, I have moments where I literally feel like time is slipping through my fingers. Creating silhouettes for the boys at this stage in their lives I guess is just my attempt at making time stand still.

I started with two photos of the boys that were shot from a side angle. Actually, finding these for each of them was pretty easy considering they don’t stop very often to pose for a photo straight on.


After editing the photos, I followed these Illustrator directions (you can also use Photoshop or just hand-trace) to complete the project.


I decided to add their first and middle names underneath each of their silhouettes, but you could also add the date or age.

I’m so incredibly happy with how this project turned out and I can’t wait to find the perfect place to hang them at the log home.


Guys, I love doing these + giveaways are just so much fun! One lucky reader will win a custom silhouette for each of their children. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! The giveaway is open now and will run through the end of the day on Friday, July 28. At that time I will pick+notify a winner and update the post.

Love it, want it, too impatient to wait to see if you’ll be the winner? No prob. You can also go ahead and visit my Etsy shop to order your custom silhouette prints today!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: faves for mama

It’s that time of year you guys! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale #NSALE is live and all items are shop-able for Nordies cardholders (open to the general public on July 21). I know we are in the dead of summer, but this sale always gets me excited about fall – pumpkins spice lattes and all!

Here are a few of my favorites from the sale that would be a perfect fit for that #momlife.

TTDFaves_NordstromAnniversarySale2017long cardigan // high rise ripped jeans
checked fringe scarf // mules // booties
leather tote // back zip pullover

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