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Room Design // Dreaming of Botanicals

March 8, 2016

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Later this year, I’ll be redecorating a couple of spaces in my home. Namely, Marina’s nursery and my office. In the meantime, these spaces are stuck being uninspiring — to say the least. That doesn’t stop me from daydreaming and planning for the redesign, however.

In the past few years, I’ve developed a deep love for vintage style prints featuring botanicals, animals, and insects. There is something very nostalgic about them to me. I think they remind me of my elementary school science books. I’ll definitely be decorating one of the two spaces in this theme. If I do it in Marina’s room, it will be a soft woodland feel. If I do it in my office, it will be a bohemian, earthy feel with lots of plants and macrame. Furniture truly makes the room, in my opinion.

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I’ve got my eye on several pieces. I love this local flora rug from Land of Nod for a nursery. This gorgeous bee pillow from Tesco would be perfect in a nursery or an office. Tesco has a bunch of lovely pillows and throws. I’m also a bit obsessed with this hanging chair from Anthropologie. How perfect would that be for cozying into to read or write? I think I’d never leave my office again.

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These last, drawn-out months of winter and cold weather are starting to get to me. There’s no doubt that I’m just on the verge of spring fever. It’s no wonder I’m feeling the home design itch at the moment. Since these re-designs are a way off, I suppose I had better get started on my spring cleaning to keep me busy until then.

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Christmas Morning 2015 // Happy New Year!

January 1, 2016

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Just a few snaps from Christmas morning. I hope that you had a beautiful holiday season, friends. It’s 2016–which is really difficult for me to grasp because I still feel like 1990 was just ten years ago! But such is life.

Here’s wishing that the coming year is full of peace, magic, growth, and joy for all of us. ♥

A Day in Our Life // with Pavilion Gifts

September 11, 2015

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It’s been over a year since my last “day in our life” post, which is a little silly considering how much I love these posts. It’s easy to remember to document the big, important, adventurous days. But there’s something to be said for documenting the mundane days, too, right?

So at the beginning of the week, I decided to document our Thursday. Little did I know that the “normal” Thursday I anticipated would prove to be not-quite-so-normal after all. See, the babies had their shots on Wednesday and overnight they both became sick. Roman succumbed to a cold he’d been fighting and Marina became restless with a fever in the wee hours of the morning. On top of them being sick, after months of drought, the skies opened up and it poured with thunder & lightning to boot. So our typical outdoor play was foiled and we spent the day cooped up inside.

It all made for quite a boring day, but when you’re documenting the mundane, I suppose that boring isn’t such a bad thing.

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This is how all of my days start, with the brightest smile from the little princess who sleeps in my arms. Even though she was feverish, she still had the brightest smile. Fever can’t bring her down. (As long as she’s never more than a couple of inches away from her Mama, that is!)

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While my sweet girl wakes up from her beauty rest I grab my phone and check in on emails & social media.

The hour after we wake is my most productive time of day because it’s really the only time that Marina is well-rested and I can put her down for a bit. You’ll usually find me running around like a chicken with my head off at that time, trying to squeeze all of the stuff that needs to get done for the day into that little window of opportunity.

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Our living area was in desperate need of tidying, but I was dragging from a 4 a.m. wake up call. So first, coffee.

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I just love my “Live in the Moment” mug. It’s the perfect reminder to start the day off with the right mindset.

After coffee, I got to tidying. One of my favorite things to do is to organize & decorate our bar. It’s one of the very few places in our home that isn’t all about function and actually allows me to get a bit creative. This sweet fox figurine and this pretty “Trust God” plaque are recent additions that bring joy and precious reminders to that special space.

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Most days Roman wakes up shortly after Marina and me. But on this day he slept in, probably because he was sick. By the time he woke up, Marina was ready for her first nap. She won’t sleep without me, so into the bedroom we went for her nap. Roman hung out with Papa & ate oatmeal. No photos since I was otherwise engaged…

After her nap, Marina was bright-eyed & bushy tailed. We played dress up which is absolutely typical for us. I just love these sweet Izzy & Owie baby fox leggings. They’re so soft & warm — perfect for fall. I’ve been dreaming up all sorts of warm weather outfits to pair them with.

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We watched a couple episodes of Dora cuddled up on the couch with Roman and then he was ready for his nap. While Roman was sleeping, Matthew harvested a bunch of kale & cherry tomatoes from the garden. Then he roasted up kale & tomato chips for an afternoon snack. Unbelievably delicious.

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I got a tiny bit of work done on the computer with my right hand while nursing Marina on my left side. Good grief. It’s an honest-to-goodness circus around here, friends.

Next up was lunchtime for baby girl. Sweet potatoes were on the menu today. We’ve recently started our foray into the wonderful world of solids & it’s such a sweet, silly mess!

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M. & I were getting really hungry by this point in the day and neither of us had the ambition to cook, so we decided on takeaway from our favorite Irish restaurant. I suited up in my favorite baseball cap in a desperate attempt to hide the massive bags under my eyes & my unbrushed hair. I used to promise myself I’d never leave the house like this. Ha! #momlife

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We returned home with the goods. This is the worst picture of the best fish & chips. So good. (Side note — I’ve had fish & chips all over the world and Thatcher McGhee’s in Pompton Lakes, NJ has the best!)

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After our late lunch/early dinner, Marina was ready for her next nap. So into the bedroom we went while Papa & Roman built some giant Lego towers in the living room. When we emerged a little while later, we found my sweet boy in his highchair eating mac & cheese and watching Diego. Sick days are made for eating takeout & watching cartoons, right?

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Soon after, we all started getting ready for bed. Roman did a bit of arts & crafts with me, while Marina had some “tummy time” with Papa.

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We all headed off to bed early only to be woke up at 1:30 a.m. by a little boy with a 103-degree fever. But that’s a story for another day. ♥

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Happy, Healthy, Odor Free // with Fresh Wave

September 1, 2015

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Do you want to know a secret? Sometimes our house smells terrible! It’s the worst. It’s so embarrassing. We have to constantly stay on top of it. We can’t really figure it out. We’ve lived here for seven years and it’s always been an issue. We think it has to do with humidity and the fact that we have an unfinished, dirt-floor basement. Of course our stinky dog & the ever-full trash bin of poopy diapers doesn’t help anything. Oh, and then there’s our compost pile, too. We keep the compost outside, but we always have a bowl full of egg shells, vegetable peels, coffee grinds, etc. waiting to be brought out.

Even though it’s embarrassing, I feel like it’s probably a pretty common occurrence. Maybe? Thing is, I refuse to plug something into the wall, spray something in the house, or burn candles that contain chemicals. I just will not do it. On the rare occasion when I do burn regular candles, it actually hurts my throat. Can you imagine what that must be doing to our insides? Yuck and no thanks. Matthew and I are both super-sensitive to smells — we don’t wear perfume or cologne for this reason.

So we’ve always dealt with things the best way that we could. Baths for Bella, burning natural incense once in awhile, lots of vacuuming and taking out the trash. Then recently, the folks over at Fresh Wave reached out to invite us to try their line of natural, odor removing products. Obviously we were all ears. (…Or all noses?)

The main reason that I said yes — aside from our smelly house — is because Fresh Wave’s products are all natural. They’re literally just made with natural ingredients: water and essential plant oils. They’re non-toxic and non-hazardous. They’re safe for people, pets, and the environment. I was sold!

Fresh Wave sent along their three signature products — odor removing spray, gel, and packs. The products have been working wonders. They actually remove odors rather than covering them up with perfumes and chemicals. I use the spray on furniture and carpets about once a week, especially after Bella’s been spending time in the living room. I use the packets inside the trash can and inside of our diaper pail. I keep the gel in the bathroom.

Honestly, since we’ve started using the Fresh Wave products, our house has never smelled better. It doesn’t irritate our sensitives schnozes and I know it’s safe for our whole family. Win, win, win. I think that our days as smelly-house owners might be behind us. 😉

You can learn more about the Fresh Wave products on their website — Happy, Healthy, Odor Free. The products that I’ve mentioned are exclusively carried at Target stores. Just enter your ZIP code on the site and you’ll get a list of the Target stores closest to you.

Here’s to being #happyhealthyodorfree!

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in the garden // late july

July 27, 2015

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Late July brings bounty & beauty to our garden. These are my favorite photographs from the garden yet. I could just sit and stare at them all day. They capture the plant life out there so beautifully. What I didn’t capture is the animal life! It’s constantly buzzing back there. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other birds (eating insects) are a constant presence. We deliberately cultivated the garden to be fauna-friendly, including plants that are especially attractive to our beautiful pollinators. Hooray for bees & butterflies!

When we returned from vacation over the weekend, there was so much deliciousness to be harvested. We are thrilled that our hopes for a bountiful season have panned out. It’s truly wonderful to eat these fresh, organic vegetables that we grew ourselves from seed!

At the moment, the flowers that are in bloom are zinnias, bee balm, black-eyed Susans, lavender, anise, hostas, and yarrow. We have some flowers that we hope will bloom soon, including one giant one that is seven-feet-tall!

The vegetables that we are currently harvesting are cherry tomatoes (red & gold), salad tomatoes, yellow zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers, cayenne peppers, and red cabbage. We’re bringing in lots of thyme & basil for cooking and there’s spearmint for garnishing drinks. We just harvested all of our carrots. Our sugar snap peas are finished for the season. We’ve got two big bags of them in the freezer. We have a crop of fall vegetables coming in strong, too; including pumpkins, broccoli, onions, beets, kale, Brussels sprouts, and winter squash. We’ll be seeding spinach shortly, as well.

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We are very pleased with our garden. It’s been an incredible journey from seed to harvest. It means a lot to us that Roman has had a big role in the process. He helps with all of the watering and harvesting. We love being able to expose him to the labor & miracle of growing food.

Here are the previous phases of our garden this year:

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us. Also, you have no idea how excited we are that we are going to have our own little pumpkin patch this autumn. It’s a dream come true for this Halloween-obsessed lady right here! xo

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