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Harper Turns Six!

This weekend we celebrated our Harper girl’s SIXTH birthday! It seems like just yesterday we were planning her little princess party for her third birthday, I’m not sure why that one vividly stands out so much to me but it just doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. Harper wanted unicorns & lemonade for her birthday this year, so that is just what we did! Lots of balloons, strawberry unicorn cupcakes & every flavor of lemonade you could think of! All of her little besties came over and the weather was beautiful, a sunshine day in the middle of two weeks of straight rain! The girls ate lunch, birthday cake & then ran around the yard for two hours taking turns jumping on the trampoline & doing sidewalk chalk. Also worth noting, Harper chose peanut butter & jelly uncrustables for her fancy birthday party meal & Eloise refused to change out of pajamas.

SIX things I want to remember about Harper right now:

1. She loves to express herself with art, she is always making the sweetest pictures of our family with thought bubbles and writing what people are saying or thinking. It is SO sweet. She loves to draw us love notes and leave them on our night stands. I will treasure her art forever!

2. She takes the best care of her sisters (and really everyone!) but will always find a way to make them happy. She reads to them, always lets them play with her dolls & tells them jokes when they’re upset (or getting their hair brushed and are unhappy about it!)

3. She is the girliest girl, always dancing, always singing & always wants to dress up.

4. She is such a daddy’s girl (how can you not be?!) she loves to ride in his truck or hang out in the garage with him.

5. She has such a sweet tooth, loves pancakes & wants to eat candy canes all year round.

6. She is so much fun to hang out with!!! It is so fun to take her places (just the two of us!) or even sit with her and scroll pinterest or watch cooking shows! I love my little six year old best friend!

Happy birthday, Harper doodle!! We love you so so much, stay magical sweet girl!


Getting Inspired

Lots of you asked on my Cultivating Happiness post about ways that I get inspired & what some of my favorite podcasts are. I thought it would make for a fun blog post to talk about these things & a few other ways that I like to spend my alone time. We’ve all heard the saying, you can’t drink from an empty well. This is so true for women & moms, as we constantly take care of others & pour ourselves into them, we must also fill our own well. Be intentional about your own happiness so that you can radiate happiness to others.

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I was chatting with one of my good friends last week and she asked me “what do you like to do for fun, for yourself, like when your husband takes the kids and you can go do anything, what do you do?” She said she had a hard time coming up with an answer for this for herself. It took me a second, and I realize I was trying to think of an answer that would sound right, like maybe go do yoga or read or go for a run, all of those are not for me. I wouldn’t choose to go get a massage or facial, or even to go shopping. I would choose to curl up in my bed, with my favorite blankets and pajamas, and a huge iced coffee and flip through design magazines, scroll pinterest (I keep a private pin board for images + quotes that inspire me!) or maybe work on lettering/design projects while watching Diane Keaton movies in the background. It’s how I get inspired. And after I get a little time to do these things, I feel completely recharged & full of ideas!!

I’m also a compulsive multitasker when I am by myself, if I am getting a pedicure, doing mindless work, putting away dishes, or sitting in traffic, I have to be doing something else. Sometimes I just listen to music (mostly if I am in the kitchen I am listening to Ray Lamontagne or VanMorrison) but when I have a little more time, I like to squeeze in a podcast! Here are a few go-tos (and ones that have been recommended to me!) that you can add to your queue: Girlboss Radio, The Chic Site DAISMagic Lessons, Happier, Brene (the queen!), Chris Loves JuliaRisen Motherhood. Dozens of people have told me that they are obsessed with True Crime podcasts, I have literally never listened to a single one but I am SO curious about Serial & Dirty John, may have to give them a whirl on one of our next flights or roadtrips!

So that’s it, a few of my favorite things to do when I have free time all to myself! Would love to hear a few of yours & any books or podcasts you might recommend!

Have an amazing week, friends!! xo


Cultivating Happiness.

We have been a little quiet over here, although we have a lot of big things in the works, and one of those is bringing more content to the blog that focuses on health & happiness. I talked a little bit about some of the healthier habits we will be making in our lives & thought I should touch a little bit on the happy habits as well. I have been working on this for a few weeks, jotting down notes here & there of things we try to do, listening to a lot of personal development podcasts & learning more about the habits of happy people, and wanted to share my list with you today!

1. Make the things you love a priority. Write down five things that you love doing (reading, running, laying in bed drinking coffee while scrolling pinterest, whatever it is) and put them on your calendar, make them a non negotiable.

2. Take care of yourself. Self care is not optional, you must take care of yourself before you can care for others. Wash off your makeup & take your vitamins, you will feel like a brand new human.

3. Get a full night’s sleep & wake up early.

4. Eat your veggies but never say no to your favorite dessert. Putting good things into our bodies is important, but so is giving ourselves grace.

5. Be proactive about getting rid of negativity in your life. Unfollow social media accounts that evoke negative feelings or comparison & take breaks from spending time with people who make you feel anything but good.

6. Be grateful. Make a list daily of five things you are thankful for, and tell the people in your life how thankful you are for them.

7. Get inspired! Listen to podcasts or ted talks, make a playlist of songs that give you good vibes and make a pinterest board full of inspiring quotes or images & look at it first thing in the morning while you sip your coffee. Refueling your idea bank is good for the soul!

8. Live in the moment. Easier said than done, especially if you are a dreamer (or a multitasker), but we must live in the moment to experience true happiness, especially if you have babies growing up right before your eyes.

9. PRAY. “The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked. Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers, he is offended by anything less. ” – The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

10. Go out of your way to do something kind for someone else, as often as you can. Spread love!

What steps do you take in your daily life to cultivate happiness for yourself & your family? Do you want to see more content like this on the blog moving forward?! Hope you all have had an amazing start to your new year!! xo