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A Trip to the Mountains with Toyota

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I realize I have said this before, but this summer is flying by! In a lot of ways, our summer is slowing down a little bit right now because we don’t have anything major planned over the next couple of weeks… but man, the first few weeks of summer were jam. packed.
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A few weeks ago, my family and I got to take a little mini-vacation to Grandfather mountain in Western North Carolina! I’ve lived in North Carolina seven years and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to really getting to know (and see!) the beauty that exists in the state which I call home.

My in-laws LOVE the mountains, and within the last couple years, got a little home near Grandfather Mountain and this was the first time John and I had the chance to take the kiddos up there for a weekend!

Now, traveling with two kids is a WHOLE lot different than traveling with just adults… or even one kid. (And, not to mention, my car no longer has functioning air conditioning… so getting around has been funnnnn this summer… haha!)

So, to make our family trip even MORE fun, I partnered up with Toyota to test drive a brand spankin’ new 2016 Toyota RAV4 for the weekend! My husband loves his Toyota Tundra and I have heard such awesome things about the new RAV4… so yeah, needless to say, I was PUMPED.

Funny side story… we went to pick up the car on Friday night and we pulled into the Mark Jacobson Toyota dealership and John saw the RAV4 with a giant red bow on it and joked that it was probably for me… and as we got closer, we realized it was and it had a sign on it. Then, one of the staff came out to introduce herself and tell me she was the one who made my sign because they told her a celebrity was coming. John hasn’t let me live that one down yet… Bahaha! I told her, celebrity, I am not… 🙂 it was really sweet of them, though!

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ANYWAY! We got home and packed the car up and got ready to head west to the mountains!

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Amos is Five Months Old! (21)

Our sweet, snuggly, happy, lovable boy is FIVE months old! The past month has gone even faster because I have been traveling so much… I feel like I am just blinking and everything is flashing before my eyes. It’s crazy!

We love sweet Amos and he is just such a blessing to us! Here’s his monthly update…

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Weight & Height: He was just about 15 pounds and 24.4″ at his 4 month appointment, so I’m guessing he’s around 17 pounds and maybe 26″ now? This is a complete guess…Amos is Five Months Old! (20) Continue Reading →

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Grace & Lace kimono, PACT apparel v-neck tee, Stitch Fix "Kensie" red jeans, Lily Jade diaper bag | North Carolina Fashion Blogger (1)

Kimono: Grace & Lace c/oTee: PACT Apparel c/oDiaper Bag: Lily Jade c/oJeans: Stitch FixShoes: The Root Collective (use this link for 10% off)Earrings: Nickel and SuedeNecklace and Rings: Heidi J. Hale Designs c/o (Use code “stillbeingmolly25” for 25% off)Bangles: R&E Avenue c/o

Photography by Em Grey

One of my favorite classes in high school AND college was psychology. I am FASCINATED by the brain and all that it is capable of. I’m fascinated by personality traits. I LOVE personality tests and seeing different people’s personality types. I just think that stuff is so interesting!

I have loved taking different personality tests over the years to see if things about me change and, while sometimes they do, most of the time, they haven’t. Grace & Lace kimono, PACT apparel v-neck tee, Stitch Fix "Kensie" red jeans, Lily Jade diaper bag | North Carolina Fashion Blogger (2)

One of the things that people are always interested to learn about me is that I am, technically, an introvert. Everyone always assumes that I’m an extrovert because I have a bold, bubbly, and loud personality. I have no trouble talking to new people and I make friends pretty quickly. I am super open and love to welcome people into my home and host events. I LOVE public speaking and, well, I used to do comedy! So, of course, everyone thinks that because of all of that, I’m an extrovert.

BUT, that’s not the case… I’m totally an introvert.

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DIY "No More Monsters!" Spray with Essential Oils for Toddlers and Kids (5)

So, today’s DIY is a little different than normal, but very relevant for us right now. Lilly is in a very imaginative stage right now and with that imagination comes: monsters.

I have NO CLUE where she got this from or where she even learned about “monsters,” but she is full-on terrified of monsters. She thinks there are monsters in her bed, in her closet, in her room, etc. etc. etc. She randomly will just get scared and she thinks there are monsters. Because of this, she’s waking up a lot or refusing to nap because of the “monsters.”

We’ve tried so many things to help her ease her monster fear – we’ve tried explaining to her that there are no monsters, we’ve done “monster checks,” we’ve prayed with her… But none of those things were really helping!

My sister told me about “monster spray” she used with my nephew when he was little and I thought, “YES! GENIUS!” So, we made a “bye bye, monsters!” spray for HER to take charge of getting rid of the monsters.

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We told Lilly that the spray would help to keep the monsters away and we let her use it and spray it on all the places the monsters come… doorknobs, the railing of the bed, in the closet, etc. It was actually really sweet! She took charge and said, “No more monsters!” while she sprayed. And so far, she hasn’t mentioned the monsters again.

I realize this might seem silly, but it really has helped! And, it was tough seeing her be so upset about these imaginary monsters so much… I was having a hard time helping her… but her taking “charge,” if you will, helps a lot!

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For the spray itself, I chose to add oils that are relaxing and calming. The spray smells so good! I would totally use it as a room spray. 🙂

If you have a little one who’s got a “monster” problem, I hope you give this a try!

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Matching LulaRoe Mommy & Me Nicole & DotDotSmile Dresses (1)

LILLY: LulaRoe DotDotSmile Dress c/o | Chambray Shirt: Thrifted
ME: LulaRoe Nicole Dress c/oChambray: SimilarShoes: The Root Collective (use this link for 10% off)Earrings: Nickel and Suede c/oDiaper Bag: Lily Jade c/o

Y’all know how much I love my LulaRoe and y’all know how much I love matching my little girl… I wanted to show you guys another way to wear your LulaRoe Nicole dress – I love wearing it as a “skirt” with a shirt over it!

Well, the other day I was wearing my dress like this and Lilly wanted to “wear match” with Mommy and so I decided to try it on her and she LOVED it.

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