it’s 79 degrees. all of the windows are open. the big girls are playing upstairs. tiny and i are just down here loungin’ and living our best life. 🙌🏻
baby rocker from @smallable_store #smallable
Will have to come back here one day! Amazing place
Probably the most exciting thing I’ll do all weekend: string together carnations from Sam’s club, in hopes that they dry as pretty as the ones I saw at @florafayetteville
this past week. I do love a slow weekend, and any chance to play with flowers. 🌧🌧🌧
We found chickens while Harlow played her soccer game today. The kids mostly just sat and watched them for long periods of time 🤪
Newest obsession is looking out the windows 😋
This antique lockets holds photos of @this.little.wandering
’s sweet girls, each on their first day in the world ✨ I became a mama 6 years ago today, so I am also feeling nostalgic about my baby’s first day in the world today ✨ a locket is a way to keep those memories close 💗 you can enter to win your own locket on @this.little.wandering
’s post yesterday ✨ just follow us both and tag a friend ✨ whose photo would you put inside?
Kyle’s birthday is tomorrow. He’s been a good sport about using the same wallet for seven years now, just because I gave it to him when we were dating and that’s the kind of guy he is. 💗 I figured it was probably time for a new one before he broke out the duct tape. 😉 Now he has all his girls with him, always. 👩🏻👧🏻👼🏻 (Thank you, @aprilandkiwi
, for taking an ordinary object and making it extraordinary.)
Mama told me when I was young
"Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it'll help you some sunny day"
Some days the beach just calls your name 💙☀️🏖. . . . At least I’m pretty sure it was the beach . ? . . . Maybe I’m hearing voices . . Oh well, I’m okay with it 🤷♀️
Were just staying inside and pretending it’s warm out. 😏 Vivian got a special delivery of bows all the way from Hawaii 🐠 we’ve teamed up with @alohabowss
🥥 use code “Julia” to get 10% off.
M O R N I N G spent well by a window bench & my nose in a book 📚 🌻
Did you know we fight sometimes? Did you know my house is not always picture perfect? Did you know we eat ice cream for dinner sometimes? It’s all true. And sometimes the same pile of clean laundry goes from our bed to the floor every day for a week straight before it basically ends up dirty again. Just want to make sure you know I’m human like you 😘 ...and also we had a really amazing morning out at this lake even though we even bickered on the way. Married life and kids and a hard job and finances can take their tolls, but doing stuff for US helps. It actually helps a ton. We laughed, we hugged, we snuggled, we laid in the sun and climbed rocks. If you’re having a tough time with your people, get outside. Or just do something that brought you together in the first place. I promise it helps ❤️
Guys, we are so obsessed with this Milk Snob cover! It’s so soft and so practical, and today we’ve already used it several times. We love the versatility of it. So far we’ve used it as a blanket, car seat canopy, in the high chair, and even in the shopping cart. Seriously, what more could you want? Also - how cute is this print?
Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
I love their relationship. Watching them just melts my heart!
I just hope she’s a little bit nicer to her brother than I was to mine!
😬 love you @ronmann345
What would I do without this guy 💙 I was so worried to leave Heidi today but couldn’t miss (and didn’t want to miss) my besties 30th so he txt me throughout the day to reassure me and even sent me photos of her playing 😍 she has been much better and the calpol has kept her temperature down today so hoping it is just her teeth! Thank you for all the messages and the reassurance that I’m not a crazy mum, it really is the best having this little mama community 💗💗💗💗 #allthefeels #myguy #bestdadandhusband
We went shopping today- wish I hadn’t. Nothing fits right. 😫 In other news, Evie’s tear duct is still messed up after nearly 3 months. So she will have to have it surgically (not anything major) fixed. Little baby is still cute though. 🎀
My favorite people to do life with BY FAR.
Despite the stress from constant, HUGE life changes (and my lack of ability to adapt quickly enough), I’m genuinely happy with everything God has brought me. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a bed to sleep on, and three cuties to share it all with (Okay, I only share food with the one growing inside of me and that’s only because I have to...). Sure, it’s not always fun or easy to be a wife or a mother. Social media has a way of letting us play pretend sometimes, but again I will say... IT IS NOT ALWAYS FUN. OR EASY. IT IS WORK. But it is, without a doubt, the most rewarding job you will ever find.
Also, can I just say how happy I am that I decided to get my camera out even though it was pitch black in our room and I had to use the overhead light? Lesson learned: Always take a photo even if you don’t think it’ll look good because you just might capture some of your favorite photos ever.
Stitching, stitching. We have a lot of new designs in the works. Sometimes I find myself longing for time alone to get all my new patterns finalised, to be able to step away from my busy mother role and just be free to create. It doesn’t work like that though, my creating is taken in little moments everyday. I often feel like it’s not enough and how will I ever get all my ideas out there if I make such little progress each day. Amazingly though bit by tiny bit, it does add up and I know that the day will come when I’m not needed as much by my darlings. Ha, just writing that makes me feel funny so clearly I’m not ready for it just yet!
Señorita indígena 🌞
How do you explain to your child, to your girl, that her culture is “in” right now? As if if it’s cool, but only for right now. A conversation her and I recently had. She said this; “Mama. People tell me they love my brown skin. Especially other people who aren’t brown. They call me bronze. Or copper. I think that’s what they say. I use to tell them thank you. But now, I don’t know, it doesn’t feel right. It seems like it’s only to be popular” -Lilliana Inez. 11.
Note this down somewhere. “Babe. Your brown skin is the coffee they drink. Your brown skin is the caramelo they eat. Your brown skin is the desert sun they seek.”
5-7 pm. If you’re a mom to tiny humans, you know what time this is, what this look means, and what’s in that mug.
La guarda sempre con una ammirazione sconfinata. E’ innamorato della sua sorellona matta. ✨☘️
Traditionally, the go-to resource that has prepared tomorrow's business leaders for the management of businesses has been the #MBA
Yet, a recent report from the Financial Times shows that over the past two years MBA graduates have cooled on entrepreneurship, with less than one in five choosing the less stable startup experience.
This begs the question: Does the MBA just attract a different breed of people or is it less suited for entrepreneurial endeavors? 🧐
I’m a mom.
I wake up in the morning when my alarm tells me to. I plan out what days I’ll wash my hair weeks in advance. I lay with the boys at night to put them to bed just to open my eyes at 3am on the world’s tiniest toddler mattress, just to go down to my own bed and lay there for hours thinking of how to use the chicken in the fridge.
My Pinterest “suggestions for you” is bipolar with gym workouts, science experiments, recipes, backyard ideas, time management articles and “how to guide your toddler without squashing his independence” ideas... about the same amount of thoughts I have myself in an average minute.
...but it’s all totally worth it when your little boy does the “floss” after he scores a goal. I’m obviously doing something right 🤷♀️😳🙄
#momlife #momofboys #adayinthelifeof #thelittlethings #mom #kidsofinstagram
I used to be the kind of person who REALLY cared what people thought about me. And it made me pretty miserable. I'd always panic about who liked me and who didn't. I'd always fret about whether I fitted in, whether I was making enough effort to look nice or wear the "right thing" or say the right things. Even here on Instagram, I'd worry about doing stories...I'd refilm them again and again until I was sure I sounded ok. The same with YouTube videos, I cringed at the thought of them...I could barely bring myself to edit them. All I could see and hear were faults. It was exhausting. I remember my mum saying to me one day "You'll stop caring so much about what other people think when you get older" and I remember wondering "When?!", not really believing that I ever would stop. But do you know what? I think I'm getting there. Maybe not 100%, but closer. The thing is, you'll never be everybody's cup of tea in life. It's about realising that it's ok not to be....you don't need to be liked by everybody. As Dita Von Teese famously said "You can be the juiciest peach in the world, but there'll always be someone who doesn't like peaches". What matters is that you like yourself. And that you find the right people to be around, who make you feel accepted. I've always struggled with that too, I've made no secret of the fact that friendships are something I haven't found easy in life. But this year, I feel like I'm getting better at making them. And at appreciating the right ones. I feel less concerned about what people think about me. I feel less self conscious about what I'm saying and when. And I feel less inclined to care about the opinions of people who don't really matter to me. Because in all honesty.... I like me. It feels weird to say that so publically, vain almost, but what's so wrong with liking who we are?! I'm a good person. I'm worthy of people's time and friendship. I like me! Finally, at 36, it seems my mum was right...I guess there are perks to getting older!!
Yippie for the weekend! 🎉🎉 These photos were taken by the very talented M&Him photo when baby D was 2 weeks old! How time FLIES!
Zac and I were just talking this morning about life before baby, and how funny it is that it felt like he’s been here all along! God truly knew my heart needed you.
I hope it’s sunny wherever you are. 💕 #husbandappreciationday
This is my sister-in-law and one of my bestest friends. Her name is Alia. Also featured her dopey Dalmatian Kong. She’s beautiful, smart, kind, ambitious, the best gift giver, thoughtful, energetic. We are similar in a lot ways but complete opposite in others. She’s got that East Coast Sass, I have that west coast chill. Despite our differences and distances she has shown me so much love through some of the hardest and loneliest years. She doesn’t know it but I day dream of being half the woman she is when I grow up. She’s pretty amazing and adorable.