Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baby Boy's Room

I am still here and still pregnant :) Life has been crazy these last few weeks with little down time but I rely on this blog for memories. I couldn't miss out on sharing little man's room as we patiently await his arrival.

I know now that a good sitting area is a nursery must-have and I could not be more in love with this little space. Luckily, we could reuse a lot from Mary Tilman's nursery but add some new touches as well.

I love this sweet sign and this classic quote. I needed to fill the wall between the room doorway and the closet doorway and this was the perfect addition.

Again, I reused a lot from Mary Tilman's room like the crib and bedding but love the masculine look. The sheet is from my favorite, Serena and Lily.

Ever since finding out we were having a boy, I knew I wanted to incorporate a federal mirror. This little area is just like I imagined.

Picture close-up of the mirror and paintings, done by my dad. I wasn't planning for a jungle theme but it turned out in a subtle way.

I can't wait to have bring little boy home here in (hopefully) less than two weeks.

Chair - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery
Ottoman pouf - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery
Side table/ottoman - One Kings Lane
Floor lamp - Target
Curtains - Made by my mom; fabric here
Curtain Rod (how amazing is this lucite rod) - Ballard Designs
Crib sheet - Serena and Lily
Crib - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery 
Dresser - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery
Toy Storage Bags - Pehr Designs
Table lamp - Home Goods
Federal Mirror - Etsy
Peter Pan quote painting - House of Belonging
Animal paintings - painted by my dad
Animal Heads - gift from in-laws; found here

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baby #2 Gear

Again sorry for the sporadic posts. My time management and lack of remembering anything is going downhill with only nine weeks left. 

Luckily I went the gender neutral route with our first, so little boy won't be surrounded by pink. However, there are still a few items I need to stock up on before his arrival (aka the no travel zone when we are scrounging for things to do).

Baby Monitor | So apparently our monitor has been discontinued by the manufacturer so I not only need another camera but need a two camera bundle. The first go-around I really wanted a Wifi version so I could view from my phone but with my decreased travel schedule, that is not a priority. Why are there so many options?!

Swaddles | I got rid of all our pink swaddles with the hopes of adding some new ones with this little man. How adorable is this line and these precious prints?

Wubbanub | Mary Tilman was never a pacifier lover as she much preferred her thumb, which was super convenient. In case he follows suit, I plan to not to stock up but maybe get one or two.

Nursing / Car Seat Cover | The 2-in-1 functionality of this is amazing! I love the fact that I can use this as a car seat cover and nursing cover as well, especially since we will be on-the-go more with this little. There is no playing around with little Miss's weekend time.

Convertible Gown | Not to plug J. Wills but these gowns are the best! You can make it a gown for easy diaper changes but also pant legs when a little more warmth is needed. Again I love a versatile piece.

Bath products | I am a true believer in Aveeno baby bath products but there is something amazing about Noodle and Boo. While on the pricier side, it is worth the splurge for that sweet clean baby smell.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

South's Best

Southern Living just released their South's Best list and it has great old and new favorites taking part!

Best Small Town
Beaufort is #1 and I could not agree more. After visiting last September, it is one of my new favorite places, perfect for a girl's getaway or a romantic retreat. The laidback vibe makes it the perfect escape.

Best Restaurants
The sad part of this list is I have not eaten at the Atlanta location but I have for two others! Hominy Grill in Charleston could be one of the best brunches I have ever had and Highlands in Birmingham is always a great meal. Saying that, this list contains several other must-try spots in my future.

Best Hotels
The only Alabama property is a beautiful restoration to the Battle House's glory. There are other great places I am eager to visit like the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Best Islands
I love everything about Florida's Emerald Coast but there is something idyllic about South Carolina and Georgia's coastal island towns. Having never been to Hilton Head or Jekyll, I would love to cross those off my list.

Best Breweries
If you are an avid beer drinker and never been to Asheville then you are missing out. No wonder the Wicked Weed was #1 on the list.

Thanks Southern Living for adding to my ever-long travel list :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

As if you couldn't tell, this ole blog has been taking a backseat. Not that I want it to but I don't have the time. Yes there are busier people out there but being a wife, mommy, employee, business owner, cook, cleaner, laundress and just a plain human being are sucking me dry of any free time. I haven't caught up on the latest Real Housewives or Scandal episodes if that tells you anything :) Hopefully I will have a nursery to unveil, fun weekends to post about or great new recipes, but right now I am running dry on ideas and stamina.

Baby boy has a name! While we are inadvertently keeping it close, thank goodness a name has been picked. Let the monograms commence.

Chrissy Teigen was all over the news this week for her Glamour essay. Mad props to her for opening up on a taboo topic like postpartum depression. To be honest, I think all of us mommas get something of the sort. I sure know I did. Your world is just rocked and you have so many body changes on top of so many new responsibilities that you don't know which end is up. I just wish people were more open about it. Kudos to her!

I am in the mood for some more sandals (I don't need them) but my feet seem to be the only thing not huge these days. These are too cute!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

J. Wills is hosting a Virtual Trunk Show today only! We had a successful show last August in my hometown but wanted to open it up to everyone this go-around. There is still time to participate by emailing to get your exclusive 15% off new arrivals code!

Potty training is for the birds. Mary Tilman has been doing great for three straight days without messing up until the other night she peed on the stairs. The post conversation went like this:
  • Me - "Mary Tilman, why did you pee on the floor"
  • Mary Tilman - " Mommy I didn't. I peed on the stairs."
  • Me - sitting in silence as I just got schooled by a toddler
Lesson Learned - don't potty train when you are pregnant. The lack of wine is not ideal.

We have started back up on HelloFresh. The convenience factor and my lack of wanting to do anything have spurred this back up. Plus I think their meals are great and have us eating healthy and differently than we usually would.

We went to the circus last weekend for Mary Tilman's first and last time. She was entralled the entire time but I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting more animals and less humans. However they know a thing or two on coaxing you into forking over $25 for a light-up toy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I am not a lover of Valentine's Day but little Miss has made it pretty special. Her pronunciation of "Valentine" is the true gift :)

What I really wanted to do with this post is to share a great experience with Minted. I do not love the store bought Valentines so opted another route. These were too sweet and pretty easy (click, order, assemble).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Don't Blink

The days are long but the years are short.

I never really got it until I had Mary Tilman. I never got the exhaustion, the busy, the lifechanging-ness that everyone said would come. I never got a lot of it until I had Mary Tilman.

When she was an infant, I yearned for more sleep, less baby weight, more help, less fear. I longed for the next phase, whether that be sleeping through the night, sitting up, crawling, walking and talking. I was always ready for the next phase. 

Expecting our second baby, you tell yourself what you would do differently. You set new expectations because you have already lived through it and come out the other side. You know that the moments are fleeting. There will be good days but there will be bad ones too. There will be long days but days that will fly by. There will be a moment when you look up and see this toddler standing in front of you and you wonder where the time went.

The days, yes they are long, but the years are way too short.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

We got to see little man last week and he is growing like a weed! Already one pound, he may end up being a big boy at the end of these next 18 weeks. I say little man because we don't have a name yet although there have been some intense discussions. Hopefully we will come to a consensus soon for all our sanity (and monogramming needs).

J. Wills is headed to market later this week and I am so excited. The 2016 February market was my first and I have learned so much since then. Each season is a new experience but it gets more and more rewarding every time! Follow J. Wills on Instagram for some sneak peeks!

We headed down to Ponce City Market last weekend and it was a really cool place. The Food Hall had some outstanding eateries, even allowing us our first famous H&F burger. We also stopped into Candlefish (as little Miss chowed down on a lollipop) and it was a candle-lovers haven. I am itching to try one of their candle-making classes.

Trying to avoid many new maternity clothes, I am loving the "baggy" trend. This Anthropologie dress would be a little dark for Easter but nothing some bright jewelry couldn't fix.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday

Now that the Dirty Birds have made it all the way to the Super Bowl, I have a reason to cook plan some yummy food. The hubs wants to grill and that is a-okay with me.

Here are some great looking options for the big game and the real attraction - the commercials:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

If you like Habachi salad dressing then go to your local Fresh Market and get this dressing. While not an exact replica, it is a pretty good second.

I got a spiralizer for Christmas and it is a new favorite. The best part is you can trick your kids into eating more vegetables :) Here are some recipes that look like good tries:

We have started down the potty training path and it doesn't look good. Most stories I have read said don't push if you have an "independent" child and they are so right. I have doled out so many bribes and come up useless. Prayers we will have her out of diapers before brother comes.

I had Monday off so Mary Tilman and I made a visit to the mall (we both happily obliged to a shopping trip). We popped in Anthropologie and they have some great new arrivals. Unfortunately for me I can't fit in my normal clothes anymore. Although I am tempted to buy some "lose baby weight" inspiration pieces:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Words

Having an opinionated two-year-old puts things in perspective. She has some headstrong thoughts on what she wants to eat, what she wants to wear and what she wants to do. She can push her limits (multiple times a day) but as hard as it gets, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

As much as I would love to say I have grown into this amazingly confident women the older I have become, that would be a lie. I can fight tooth and nail on some issues but on others just curl up and keep my thoughts to myself. There are some people I can share anything with because I know we have that relationship but there are others I just can't seem to be the real me. In both professional and personal life, it is a constant battle to stay true but also please others.

However, the older I have grown, the more I have been able to see both sides. While I know I am right in a lot of situations, boy do I know when I am wrong. Growing up in a small town and moving to an (extremely) big city has given me new perspective on all walks of life. Everyone has a story--something they are going through but may not share. We all have our bad days but we also all have our good. 

When I look at my little sassy pants, I can't help but smile because I know she will be a remarkable woman one day. She will fight for herself but also has the most loving and caring demeanor. It is crazy that a child can teach you to stay true and stay humble but most of all just stay yourself.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery Inspiration

Since Baby Boy is the second bambino, he is getting several items from Mary Tilman's Nursery. Mainly, the crib / bedding / dresser / chair. The chair needs a reupholstering job but other than that, everything is perfect for its new home.

Even though we are re-using a lot, his arrival still gives me lots of inspiration.

I am leaning towards wallpapering a focal point in the room and love this safari animal print. While I wasn't really going for an animal theme, I am kind of loving it.  I am also still debating on a buffalo check for the curtains but overall slightly giddy over this room board of gold, grey, white and blue. Now if only I had an abundant amount of time. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ikea Hack | Rast Chest

I love a good DIY and it is even better when you like the final project (there have been many craft fails in my time).

I can't take full credit for this hack due to to Hubs doing everything but I did find the inspiration picture :) This sweet little chest is in Mary Tilman's new big girl room. We moved her dresser to the nursery so I needed some drawers and for under $75, this turned out pretty cute.

Materials Needed:
Instructions include: build, paint, attach hardware and you are done! Easy peasy and super cute.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I rarely look in the past. Yes I reflect but I am always looking forward.

What will I eat for lunch? What will our next vacation be? What will our next big "life thing" be? What is to come? 

I am always looking into the future and thinking. Thinking about the what-ifs and not the right nows.

As simple as it is, my new mantra is to live in the moment. Live in the now and embrace the present.

I want to remember the hilarious one-liners my toddler is saying. I want to be able to play without worrying about the next household chore. I want to go on a date night with my husband without thinking of the next item on my to-do list.  I want to appreciate vacations, not thinking about where next.

While it sounds simple I think with social media and life today, this is a hard accomplishment that few conquer. It will take sacrifices and less me-time but I will be richer in memories. If you take all of life's luxuries away, aren't you only left with the memories you made?

My other 2016 goals are also carryovers to this year. Scratch that, not goals but a new way of living in the moment.