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Lilly - Eight Month Update!

*On a side note unrelated to this post, sorry for the blog absence for the last two days… my web host BlueHost crashed and all of their sites were down and so thus, my blog and email were down for over 32 hours! Yikes! Anyway, we are BACK UP AND RUNNING! Woop woop!! 

Lilly, I can’t believe you are EIGHT MONTHS OLD.

You are becoming more and more of a PERSONALITY every single day. You never cease to make your dad and I laugh – you are so full of joy and so wise and so full of love already. Everyone that meets you just instantly falls in love with you. You are special and you are wonderful – it’s so clear that God broke the mold when he made you, baby girl.lilly-8-month-update_2839

This month you have really become curious about EVERYTHING. You want to get into EVERYTHING. Mommy and daddy and quickly trying to figure out the best way to baby proof this new house because you are little miss adventurous. Because of your curiosity, you’re prone to falling or knocking your head on things or bumping into something… and of course, mommy feels HORRIBLE when you do. So, we’re working through that. BUT, you are one tough little lady.

You love your daddy so much and that makes my heart smile. When he gets home from work or walks in the room, you just absolutely LIGHT UP.

I love watching you grow into a little girl from a little baby, but at the same time, it’s just moving too fast.

We love you so much, Lilly!

Love,

Us.

LILLY’S SEVEN MONTH UPDATE

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REVIEW | Artsy Couture Photo-to-Canvas Prints

*I received a canvas print from Artsy Couture for review, however no other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% my own! See my full disclosure page for more information. :)

So, raise your hand if you remember that big review post I did a month or two ago breaking down the different photo-to-canvas companies, what I liked about them, what I didn’t like, quality, price, service, etc? A few of you? Awesome.

Well, if you read that post (and if you read this blog), then you know how much I LOVE photo-to-canvas prints! I had hung them ALL over our old house and now that we have moved to a new house, there’s SO MUCH blank wall space just WAITING to be filled will pretty canvases!

One of the things that really makes a house feel more like a HOME is when you finally are able to get those pictures on the wall and make it feel personal. And I don’t know, there’s just something about a new house and that blank slate that gets me really excited about the possibilities. Plus, our new house is so nice!! I want it to look nice too! haha I’m such a girl about this… 

Anyway, I’m rambling.

A lot of you emailed me after I posted the canvas review because many of you have been looking to buy canvases for your own apartments / homes / etc. I’m SO glad that it was helpful! I hope this one is helpful too!! 

With all of that being said, the fabulous folks at Artsy Couture contacted me after I posted that big review of the different companies last month and wanted to throw their hat in the ring to see what I thought of their canvases.  Continue Reading →

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SIDE DISH | The Easiest Red Potato Recipe Ever

*this recipe is Baby Led Weaning friendly!

I share a lot of main dishes on this blog… most of my recipes don’t include anything about SIDES. I’ve been really trying to get better at including more healthy sides with my meals. I have no idea why, but for some reason, I just have the hardest time thinking of what to serve WITH the main dishes that I cook. Am I the only one that has this problem?

I got a bag of small red potatoes from the grocery store last week on MAJOR sale and wanted to serve them up with the pork tenderloin I was making for dinner.

So, I threw a few ingredients together and BAM, these came out. They were SO easy (literally. so. easy.) and SO delicious.

What about you? What are your favorite side dishes to make? Leave your suggestions in the comments because I NEED IDEAS!!

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Twila & Co. Design Giveaways & Funday Monday Link-Up! (8)

I am so excited (you know, pretty much as always) to bring you today’s giveaways. There will be FIVE winners! One of my dearest friends and sorority sisters, Johnna, is the owner of Twila & Co. and this week is the one year anniversary of Johnna going full time with Twila! WOOP WOOP!! You might already know Johnna because she is the AMAZING woman behind my blog redesign!

Twila & Co. Design Giveaways & Funday Monday Link-Up! (7)

I worked with Johnna on my new logo, overall feel, talked about fonts, colors, ideas, etc. I had no idea where to start and Johnna kept me on track and totally helped me walk through the redesign process… Johnna is an amazing graphic designer and artist!

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Being Still | Rooted and Built in Him

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”

-Colossians 2: 6-10

I have some weeks where I feel REALLY great… like I’ve been really getting a lot from reading the bible and being “in the Word” and I really feel like I’m learning and growing. …and then there are weeks where I get totally caught up in the world and start to forget the Word and I feel awful and cranky and like “God isn’t speaking to me.” And I realize that those are the weeks that I’m kinda lapsing in my bible reading and I’m not being as diligent as I’d like to be.

When I sat down to write this week’s devotional I actually almost had a whole other topic sort of in mind, but this particular verse happened to pop up and it just struck me and I knew that I needed to focus on it.  Continue Reading →

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So I’m sitting here in our little Cape Cod house in Hillsborough writing a blog post from my desk for the last time. (The last time blogging from Hillsborough… not the last time blogging… I don’t know how to word that sentence correctly. LOL) I’m not one to usually get nostalgic (okay, maybe I am), but I have this weird mixed feeling of both excitement and sadness.

We close on our new house today (Friday)! AHH! 

It’s been a surprisingly easy and smooth process from the time we put the offer in on our new home, went through the inspection, underwriting, mortgage application, etc. up until to today… I will definitely be sharing some more about the process and some tips and tricks for new home buyers, etc. in the coming weeks… but I wanted to get through it all before I really tried to go into a lot of detail. I haven’t talked about it all that much because anything can change at a moment’s notice! Continue Reading →

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#WhoToFollow - Beauty Vlogger Edition

So, WAY back in the day on this blog (like 4+ years ago) I used to do a #FollowFriday series where I’d talk about some of my favorite Twitter account, Facebook accounts, YouTube accounts, etc. to follow. Anyway, I don’t plan on bringing back the series in full force or doing it weekly, but I definitely want to bring it back in a different way and just share some of the accounts I’ve been following and loving recently in different categories. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Now also back in the day (like a la 2008 / 2009) I was OBSESSED with YouTube beauty videos and beauty vloggers. Like, I used to watch them ALL. THE. TIME. For whatever reason I got out of the habit for a while watching them but over the last year or so I’ve been back to watching them. I don’t know what it is, I could just watch some of these YouTube beauty videos all day long.

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White Plum Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress: White Plum c/o | Shoes: White Plum c/o | Necklace: White Plum c/o - Use code MOLLY20 for 20% off your purchase from White Plum! | Watch: Michael Kors

If I had to think of my FAVORITE kind of outfit, outside of just my standard old jeans and t-shirt, it would be the kind of outfit that is crazy comfortable, BUT, people think you’re really dressed up. That’s basically why I love maxi dresses so much… and this maxi dress from White Plum is. the. exact. kind. I’m. talking. about. No, for real. It’s one of those dresses that is so comfortable, but looks REALLY fancy and pretty.

When I put this dress on after it came in the mail my husband was like, “WHOA! Look at you! You look gorgeous.” And let me tell you, ladies… when your husband says that to you, you KNOW it’s good. :)

The fabric is a really lightweight, stretchy fabric and so there’s just A LOT of room to move, but it hugs you in all the right places. And for you fellow nursing moms, this maxi is a HUGE win because of the crossover part of the dress in the front makes for really easy nursing access for baby. WOOP!

White Plum Maxi Dress

My only “complaint” about the dress is that the sleeves are a little tight when I first put the dress on and so it takes a little wrangling to get them on straight, but because the fabric is so stretchy, it’s not uncomfortable in any way, so once they’re on right, they’re on and I don’t even notice the tightness anymore.

I also have been wearing these shoes almost every day since I got them. I’ve been on the HUNT for months for the perfect pair of neutral, classic FLATS. I’ve mentioned time and time again that I am just NOT a girl who wears heels. Sure, it happens every so often, but it’s rare… and while I LOVE my TOMS and cowboy boots, I really have needed just a pair of dressier, yet could-be-casual, FLATS. And these Verona Pointed Toe flats are the answer. They’re super comfortable and I have gotten compliments on them every time that I wear them. Continue Reading →

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Blouse: OVI Fab’rik Boutique (similar) | Callahan Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes: TOMS | Bag: Longchamp | Bracelet: Chewbeads (yes, it’s a teething bracelet for Lilly!) | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: Lia Sophia | Necklaces: Apricot Lane Boutique (similar) & White Plum c/o 

I apologize if the title of this post is misleading… there isn’t really a “story” about these shorts, per se. It’s really more just the fact that I’m wearing shorts. Or something.

Yellow blouse, Lilly Pulitzer Callahan Shorts, TOMS (3)

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Audrey Hepburn Inspired "Retro Glam" Makeup Tutorial (23)

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I had so. much. fun. coming up with the look for today’s makeup tutorial! You can ask my husband, I was getting all sortsa giddy and stuff as I was testing it out. Sure, it’s a pretty simple, basic, “classic / retro” look, but I don’t know why… I just had FUN!

Audrey Hepburn Inspired "Retro Glam" Makeup Tutorial (20)SO, today’s look is all about “Retro Glam” – using ALL Rimmel London products (super affordable, for the win!), but FEATURING the new Stay Matte Foundation and Retro Glam mascara. I talked about the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation on my blog back in November and I have been using it ever since – I am a HUGE fan of it. I also have become addicted to Rimmel mascaras (I’ve mentioned them in a few favorites videos) - they give your lashes CRAZY volume. They have seriously some of the BEST cheap mascaras on the market. Continue Reading →

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Being Still | You're Good Enough

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
-Jeremiah 1:5

If I’m being totally honest with you, I’ve been struggling a lot recently with feelings of inadequacy and struggles with my identity. And if I’m being honest with myself, these are feelings that I’ve really struggled with for a large portion of my life.

And the more that I share these feelings with some of my close friends and even some of my family members, I find that so many of us, if not ALL of us, struggle with these same feelings a lot. It’s just not necessarily something we openly talk about.

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I realized the other day that I haven’t done a High Five for Friday “Friday Fives” in a while. I just sorta got out of the habit… for no particular reason, but thought it would be fun to do one this week and catch up on life. We’re just in such a frantic mode of packing and getting ready to move that I need to remember to SLOW. DOWN. and treasure the little moments.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

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