Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!! It’s been a whirlwind of snow days, birthday party prep and procrastinating classroom valentines until the last possible minute. Say it’s not just me. I thought it would be fun to round up a few of my Valentine’s inspired favorites, really just all the pink things + all the heart eyes!!!
These red & pink pajamas have been at the top of my wishlist since after Christmas & I cannnnnot wait to wear them all Spring! I have them in purple and they are sooo soft. They pair perfectly with fuzzy slippers, a glass of red & a cozy night in!
What are your Valentine’s plans?! We are going out on an early date night to our favorite dive bar & then home to snuggle up for a movie with the girls. I LOVE Valentine’s Day!! Hope yours is the best one yet! XO
PS. Also needed to add, if you need a good flick for the evening & haven’t seen the movie Valentine’s Day, WATCH IT. Soooo sweet & such an amazing cast. Bradley Cooper (and Julia Roberts) forever!!!!!
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen our exciting news that we announced at the beginning of the year, we bought a lake house!!!
I’ll back up a little bit. Growing up both Brandon & I spent most of our weekends and summers at our grandparent’s farms. His was in Iowa, mine was in Missouri. Our favorite childhood memories took place at these little “home away from homes” and we both felt like it was something that really shaped us into who we are today. I can vividly remember being in middle school, having all sorts of middle school girl drama, and would come home from school to my parents who would say “pack a bag, we are going to the farm for the weekend!” And just like that, my troubles were forgotten. It was a place we could spend with family, granted this was before your troubles could follow you with technology, but it was such a good way to unplug and have fun without a worry in the world.
After we started having kids, we dreamt of having a place like this for our kids. In the last five years, we have lost two of our grandmas, and both of our grandparents farms. And earlier this year when my grandma was diagnosed with Cancer, we really felt pulled to find our “place” that will remind us of our grandparents and be a place that our kids can have as their “farm” growing up.
We spent a lot of time this past summer with some of our best friends in KC here at Lake Lotawana, and knew right away this was it for us. We were going to buy a lake house, spend lots of weekends and summers there, and also open it up to our own friends & family to be a getaway for them whenever they need it.
We house hunted for about six months, lost the cutest fixer-upper gem of a house over the summer, made an offer on another that ended up going off the market, and eventually found the lake house of our dreams.
We started moving in just before Christmas, and had the most fun celebrating NYE there with Brandon’s family. So far it is a mix of thrifted pieces & Ikea furniture and we are loving how it is coming together. We have never furnished a house from start to finish and know it is going to be a huge project, but we could not be more excited for it!
In the spirit of making this house feel lived in, truly like it could have been our grandparent’s lake house, I wanted to share a little bit of the design inspiration that we have in mind. This is very different than my normal decorating style so I see it as a challenge and can’t wait to bring it all to life!
Happy New Year, sweet friends!!!!! We are just coming back to life after a very long and relaxing holiday break spent with lots of friends & family. It has been so restful and good for the soul!! I wanted to share a couple of my favorite photos from our Christmas, including the most beautiful snowfall earlier in December, our Christmas Vacation inspired outfits for our neighborhood holiday party & lots of favorite of the girls from Christmas Eve & Christmas morning!
I say this every year but the girls are at such fun ages right now, I never want to forget their cookie frosting skills, their sweet voices singing in church or their excitement on Christmas morning as they shuffled down the stairs.
We hope you had the merriest Christmas with the ones you love, cheers to the new year, may it be filled with hope, happiness and lots of new magical adventures!! XO