Happy Anniversary: {Celebrating Three Years}

I had a lot of words to say, but none of them really felt right being shared on such a public forum. Instead, I wrote them down for the love of my life in a card this morning.

What I will say is that I never really understood the concept of unconditional, selfless, whole love until I met and married Stephen.

In three years, he has shown me more love, more laughter, more adventures, more sparks, more everything than I'd seen in all the previous without him.

Him. That man. That six foot tall man with the brown hair and piercing blue eyes that came to my doorstep on July 30, 2010 and made off with my heart like a bandit.

And I thank God every day for letting me do life with this guy.


I've Never Loved TOMS...Until Now

Here's what I've got today. Shoes galore. Lots of booties. (Not to be confused with "lots of booty". That would be my pregnant backside, which is expanding at an alarming rate.)

I know these certainly aren't new to the shoe scene, (many had them last year), but I decided this year might be the year to purchase. I'm on top of the latest trends like that, you see... 


However, yesterday, I finally put my foot down (ba-dum-bum!!) and ordered a pair. And I want them to come to my mailbox YESTERDAY. 

If you're oh-so-current with trends like me (cough, cough) and were also living under a rock when these became popular last year, you should buy yourself a pair, too!

This is the pair that I bought yesterday. The TOMS Desert Wedge Bootie in cheetah. (I bought from Nordstrom and got free shipping, just FYI, if you want to save a little moolah.)

If you aren't a fan of prints, it comes in the taupe color and is just beautiful. My mom has these and loves 'em.

These are freaking chic. I mean, if TOMS were ever considered sleek, these would be the shoe that earned them that title. TOMS 'Desert' Wedge High Bootie in Black.

I also love this one with the snakeskin sides...very cool.

Here's a medium brown version. These will probably be the next pair I purchase. I think they'd get more wear than a riding boot (for me), since a bootie can be transitioned a bit more easily into spring.

The Herringbone patterned pair has me in fits. LOVE.


That's all she wrote, folks. Stay tuned tomorrow for a very touching and not-gag-inducing-at-all wedding anniversary post.

Bring your tissues, (or your air sickness bags), ladies.


Caroline Rose: {11 Months}

Caroline turned 11 months old today, which can only mean one thing: we're having a birthday next month, folks!

Weight/Length: 18 lbs., 12 oz. and 27 inches tall 

Hair: Hair is blondish-brown now and really thick and long. She still loves to wear her bows and ribbons, my sweet girly girl!

Diapers: Size 3 Pampers Swaddlers. Her tiny hiney has remained, well, quite tiny : )

Clothing: 12 month clothing across the board.

Favorite Things: Her Humpty Dumpty piggy bank, (which she uses as a drum…go figure), remote controls of any variety, her musical activity table, the Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls her Nana got her, vacuum cleaners – ha!

Likes: Right now, our petite princess loves: following Ruby around the house, petting Ruby and Ari, “helping” me clean out the dishwasher, emptying the dish towels out of the bottom kitchen drawers, feeding herself, Facetiming her grandparents, digging through mommy’s jewelry and purse drawers in the closet, going to the grocery store, being rowdy with daddy – she thinks he’s hilarious!

Dislikes: Getting her diaper changed, (girlfriend has no time for that nonsense), being separated from mommy, (and it’s getting worse every month), and having to get her face and hands wiped after mealtime.

Favorite Foods: Her favorite of all favorites is green beans. The kiddo would eat an entire plateful, if we let her. She also loves roasted butternut squash, pears, berries, peaches, tomatoes, avocado, yellow squash, hummus, artichoke hearts (so random and strange), turkey and roast beef with carrots and mashed potatoes. We have yet to find anything she won’t eat or doesn’t like.

I’m so glad we’ve stuck with preparing all of her food ourselves. We’ve saved a fortune by doing so and I like knowing exactly what she's getting. 

Milestones/Funny Things: She cruises using anything and everything to balance herself, can stand by herself for a few seconds at a time, can jump up and down with both feet in her crib, can keep a beat if she drums on something after watching us, (she’ll copy our rhythm – it’s so cool to watch), waves, sympathy coughs if she hears someone else do it.

Words: Mama, dada, bye-bye, nana (my mom), bah-bah (bottle), uh-oh, yum (!)

Mama Thoughts: 
Well, it’s finally here. The last month that she’ll be less than a year old. It’s bittersweet for me, to be honest. For so many reasons, I’m elated. She’s healthy and thriving and it isn’t something we take lightly. We are very grateful for the gift of celebrating a year with this amazing little girl. It has also been incredible to see her grow and change so tremendously over the past year.

On the other hand, a part of me aches that time has passed so quickly. It seems like only yesterday they were wheeling me into the OR to deliver Caroline. That first moment I saw her and breathed in her sweet smell. A mass of raven-colored hair and creamy, rosy skin. My own flesh and blood. 

I love her so much it really does hurt sometimes. 

Her laugh and smile have become the two things I look forward to most every day. Her name couldn't fit her more perfectly; she really is Sweet Caroline. 

And I'll tell you what, friends; I don't care if I do anything else well in this lifetime, as long as I'm a great mother to her. 

My daughter. 

My child that is half me and half him. The vessel that will carry my heart around forever because it no longer belongs to me; it is all hers.

Until month 12...

Rhea Lana's of Northwest Arkansas

Friends, I wanted to pop in really quickly and let you know that Rhea Lana's consignment event is going on right now until September 20 here in Northwest Arkansas!

I had the privilege of being able to shop the preview on Friday night and let me tell you - AMAZING. 

I scored several really cute things for Caroline, including the most darling Giggle Moon outfit, a Molly and Millie pants suit, a pair of Persnickety pants, a fur vest, a Rare Editions Thanksgiving outfit, and found a couple of really beautiful gowns for Ainsley, including a (genuine) Paty gown, which I'm going to have monogrammed, naturally ; )

Here's the thing about spending a fortune on designer labels for kiddos...it's silly. Now, I might splurge once and a while for special occasions or family photos, but I refuse to drop $90 on a Persnickety dress for everyday wear. It's just not practical, you know?

But a Persnickety dress for $15? Um, done and done.

That's what you can expect at Rhea Lana's. It's like a garage sale on steroids and with a far more pleasant shopping experience, (and better brands!)

Owner Ashley found this new-with-tags genuine Burberry coat (originally $450) in the pile. Sold at Rhea Lana's for only $20!

Some new and very gently worn toddlers' and kids' Northface jackets hanging on the racks at Rhea Lana's of NWA.

Rhea Lana's has everything you need for your babes including clothing, gently used toys and furniture, shoes and more - all at prices you won't believe. For instance, a genuine Paty gown runs about $30 online. I got Ainsley's on Friday for $3! True story, folks.

That's all. Go forth and shop Rhea Lana's of NWA if you're in the area between now and September 20. 

Find them on Facebook here, or if you're a "Grammer", on Instagram at @rhealanasofnwa

See y'all tomorrow right back here.


Confessional Friday: {Link Up}

Hey, girls! Friday is upon us once again and I, for one, am not sad about that. Let's get to confessing.

1. I confess that...you need to snag one of these cool buttons for yourself to use on this weekly link-up! Just right click, save to your computer and embed on your blog's side navigation, (if you have a blog.) You can also use it as the opening photo for your weekly Confessional post, if you so desire. The more folks that join this link up, the better and more fun it will be.

2. I confess that Stephen and I are obsessed with The Knick, a brand new show on Cinemax about a New York hospital in 1900. (See a graphic, but awesome preview here.) I'd tell you more, but all you really need to know is that it stars the ever-so-lovely Clive Owen.

(See? Your interest in piqued, isn't it?)

3. I confess that there are few things that make my skin crawl quite like someone I barely know putting their hands allllllll over the baby bump. I know some women may be okay with this, but I do not fall into that category. The only thing more awkward is when they stand there and rub it, as if trying to coax a freaking' genie out of a bottle.

I also love when they will look at it, push around on it and say things like, "Come on little one, give me a kick!"

4. I confess that I'm also a super awkward hugger. Like, I never know whether to full-out hug, side hug or just stand there and fiddle with my hands??

5. I confess that we have lived in our home for six weeks now and have not ONE thing on the walls. Wedding pics, baby photos of Caroline, shelves that were previously on her nursery walls…nada. Zilch. My goal, which I stated out loud to my husband, was to have everything decorated to perfection by the time her party rolled around in October. 

Um, yeah. 

Apparently, I had also lost my ever loving mind when I made that statement. 

I should have specified which October. I’m thinking October 2018? That seems reasonable.

6. I confess that I made white chicken chili on Wednesday night and, between Stephen and me, we ate the entire Crockpot within two days. If you’re hankering for some comfort food during these cooler temps, here is my recipe.

7. I confess that I think I have more fun doing outfit posts when I have a bump. I've very much enjoyed dressing my maternity body this go'round! I'm really going to miss it after Ainsley makes her debut. (But I'm pretty darn excited to meet her!!)

8. I confess that I have completely taken advantage of the unbelievable sale that LOFT is having this weekend, (in store and online.) Get this...everything is 40%, including shoes, maternity...you get the picture. Additionally, you get TWO $25 cash cards for every $50 you spend. Yes, go ahead and process that info. It's no joke. 

I scored the following last night and I'm pumped to see it all arrive in my mail box:

Loft Ankle Strap Pumps - Regular $89.50, On Sale Now for $53.70

Loft Floral Romper (for after the baby, obviously)- Regular $79.50, On Sale Now for $47.70

Intense Burgundy Windowpane Sweater- Regular $79.50, On Sale Now for $47.70
(Style tip: pair with this utility blouse for a layered look or if you're pregnant to give the bump coverage- works amazingly well on a maternity body or on longer torsos because I tried it myself last night in store before I bought! Nice coverage over the booty, too, if you're like me and prefer to cover yours.)


Your turn. Annnnnnnd, GO.