5 Completely Random Tidbits from our Summer so far


Is it me or is this summer going crazy fast this year?!

This summer has been so much fun, but I'm also probably the most exhausted I've ever, ever been. An almost 8 month old who still doesn't sleep through the night is part of that, but I digress.

There are some big things in the works that have pulled me away from the blog... So let's have a quick recap of what we've missed so far with a few random photos, shall we?


ONE

My night owl ways have been in full force because I'm finally (officially) launching my photography business! YAY! I've been busy with sessions lately and I'm absolutely loving it, but the editing does take away from my time here.

I've been doing sessions for over a year, working to build my portfolio, learn as much as I can, and find what inspires me as a photographer and I'm so happy with the progress I've made.

As much as I love my day job, sitting behind a computer all day does not fulfill me like photography does. I am counting down the days until I can do it full time and spend more time with my babies- so launching an Instagram page and a website (coming very soon!) has been a late night time suck that I'm happy to have.


TWO

Two mobile boys = crazy town. Finn started army crawling around 7 months and might be faster than Rowan ever was crawling on his hands and knees. He loves his big brother and is trying so hard to grow up way too fast just so he can keep up with Rowan.


THREE

We went on a 10 day trip to Florida last month, braved the Disney heat and crowds (fun but never doing that again in June), and spent some much needed time with family. Finn also went on a nursing strike and hated his car seat during that trip, so that was just about as chaotic as you'd expect.

FOUR

We're renovating our half bath and I'm SO pumped to show you guys!! Its taken me a while to really hone on my exact design style - I'm going with minimalist modern farmhouse? Or maybe wannabe minimalist. Ha. But really anything is better than the snoozefest builder grade bathroom we started with.

This has been a project that has been in the works for over a month now and we're just waiting on the tile right now, so once that is in I think it will be quick to put together.


FIVE

Honestly I got a little discouraged by the path the blogging industry has taken lately.

I have big plans for this space but it took having a second baby to slow me down and remind me of the important things, like blogging about what I love when I want to do it. Not how many likes my photos get, how many page views or followers I have. Blogging makes you think things like that, and I don't like that.

So from here on out I'm doing it my way! Thank you all for the support and for following along for years. I've heard from so many of you via Instagram and just love this community so much!

Small Shop Favorite :: The Humble Soles

We finally had a day without rain (yay!) so we took the boys for a stroll around the Charleston waterfront in the hopes of cooling off by the Pineapple Fountain. Though our toddler was uncooperative on so many levels, the heat was even worse.

Summer is here, my friends, and its not letting up anytime soon. Woof.

I've been attempting to dress my kids in whatever keeps them cool in these hot temps, but until recently I've had to assure Rowan he does not want to wear his rain boots in 90+ degree weather.

So when he finally switched gears and now repeatedly asks to wear his new Humble Soles Mateo sandals, I consider that a major mom win.


If you've been around here often, you know I don't take on a lot of sponsored posts and when I do, its only for brands that I truly love and shop at on my own dime (or not sponsored at all like this post).

So when I stumbled upon the Humble Soles a few months ago and saw the cutest eyelet sandals, handmade by artisans in Nicaragua, I immediately sent the link to my friend Jill who has two girls. I knew she'd love the style, but even more I knew she'd love the brand like I do.

Ten percent of your Humble Soles purchase goes toward children in Nicaragua - when you buy you get to choose whether it goes toward feeding a child, their home, or their education.


They are light weight and the soft leather seems to be getting more comfortable with every wear, which I think is why Rowan loves them so much.

And though my toddler is completely unaware of this, the details are so beautiful! Look at that stitching! I just can't believe these are handmade.


Some of my other favorite fair trade items sold by the Humble Soles are Nikko sandals for mama, this precious dress (seriously girl moms- someone get this since I can't!!), lovies, and this gorgeous macrame swing gives me all the heart eyes!

Read more about the story behind the Humble Soles brand here and check their Instagram for sales and new product info!

Thank you to the Humble Soles for graciously providing a pair of sandals for this review. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own, in fact I already placed my order for little brother sandals!

Big Boy Bedroom Reveal


This post has been such a long time coming! The irony is not lost on me that I am finally sharing it after my toddler suddenly decided sleeping by himself isn't his thing anymore but that's a different story for a different day.

Truthfully I got stuck on this room when it came to drapes. Despite sharing my inspiration way back when (PS somehow I almost forgot about the horrendous paint this room had in the before photo!), drapes were what tripped me up. Who knew? Thankfully Carousel Designs came to the rescue and this space is DONE!

Anyways, you guys I think I really hit the nail on the head with this room for Rowan.

He may not like sleeping in there by himself, but he does LOVE this room before 8 PM. I managed to avoid any major themes while giving him all the big boy bedroom things. There are blue walls, animals, shapes, sports, and books... so many books. They are crammed into every nook and cranny of this room.



Also bear with me on these photos... It was so overcast that day but as busy toddler mamas know, there is a very small window of time bedrooms stay this clean, so you do what you gotta do!


The wall color in Rowan's room is called Silver Half Dollar by Benjamin Moore and its such a chameleon color depending on the day in this space. The room has only one small window in it, so unless I photograph it on mid-day with the sun out, its super difficult for me even as a photographer to get a true color off of these walls... it reads somewhere between a steel blue grey and light blue in person.


I love all of the little details of this space - the black and white seersucker duvet, the DIY throw pillow, wire wall baskets. Even the banner, which is something we have said to Rowan every night at bedtime, has so much meaning to it I just had to include it.


On the side closest to his window we have his bookshelf that houses so. many. books. The drawers are full of them!

I had so much fun styling these bookshelves, which is typically not my strong suit. Target dollar section baskets, a random bag of baseballs I found in our garage, and Disney Baby books circa 1987 for the win.


I don't know what we'd do without those custom blackout curtains c/o Carousel Designs! They are so beautifully made and I was able to easily customize them with the exact colors, size and style I wanted for the room.

For the top half I chose antique white and bottom half is a basic black. The curtains have weights in them at the bottom which is genius and tabs in the back for hanging. You can choose the length and width of your curtains so I went a little long with ours so they would pool at the bottom.


On the opposite side of the room is the dresser and a little gallery wall with my favorite print, Whale Series One c/o Minted as the focal point. The colors of this print are so perfect for this space - watercolors with blue, grey and black hues, plus a modern black metal frame.


The love the train blueprint printable and scooped up the triangle shelf without realizing how much R would talk about having triangles in his room. Mom win! The rest I pulled from Rowan's original nursery so this part of the room came together really easily.


We try to get as much playtime in this space as we can because we love it so much, and hello... washable rug! And honestly after we added a bumper, I think it ended up being the coziest spot in the house!

Also for the record, I absolutely know someday this room will be filled with all of the superhero things and colors that make my eyes hurt, but its perfect for him to grow into and who knows, maybe we'll be crazy and add Finn in there eventually!


Thank you so much to Carousel Designs and Minted for partnering with me on this space! And thank you, my readers, for supporting the brands that keep this blog going all of these years!

Sources 

Custom Blackout Drapes by Carousel Designs | Whale Series One Print with Matte Black metal frame by Minted | Dresser (Similar) | Bookshelf | Nightstand | Lorena Canals rug | My Green MattressDIY Seersucker Side Tie PillowMetal Bed | Soccer Ball Pillow | Wire Wall Baskets | Personalized Name Blocks | Alphabet Bookends | Train Blueprint Printable | Seersucker Duvet Set | White Coverlet Set | Dog Sheets | Zinc Letter (Similar) | Wooden Triangle Shelf (Hobby Lobby) | Sound Machine
Powered by Blogger.