Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Fashion

I have been MIA all for good reason. We have had travel, MT's first birthday and lots of work packed in these last few weeks. But I am trying to get back in the swing of connecting back on here!

Can I get an amen that if finally feels like fall? I love fall! Like pumpkin everything, wear a scarf like you just don't care, type of fall love.

Here are few new fall additions to the wardrode:

Scarf | Green Sweater (I snagged in two colors) | Booties | Beige Sweater

Friday, September 4, 2015

My Wish for You

Dear Mary Tilman,
My wish for you sweet girl is that you stay true to yourself. Your daddy and I are going to raise you right so I want you to remember that. Be kind to others but stand up for what you believe in. You will face situations that are uncomfortable and trying, but stay strong. It my take a lifetime to be comfortable in your own skin but I hope you find that peace. You are a beautiful, smart, strong little girl and I hope you maintain that identity for years to come. You will have heartaches and mistakes but those moments will make you stronger. While I don't wish failure on you, I know it will come. You will mess up at school, work or say the wrong thing at the wrong time, but those moments make you who you are. You appreciate the happy times after the bad. Be you little one and stay just the way you are.

My wish for you is that you find your "people". Your family will always be there but friends are the family you get to pick. Some of my best friends are ones I found in childhood and in college. You will laugh, cry, experience loss and love with these "people". They are the ones that will carry you through difficult times from near and far. Some of your friends will grow distant but some new ones will come. Those great friends are the ones you see after months and months and it is like you never left. I hope your "people" are as good as mine, yet I also hope to be one of your "people". While I agree with the statement, I am your parent not your friend, I hope I am that person you call during good times and the bad.

My wish for you is that you live with no regrets. This is my biggest aspiration but the hardest to attain. When you were really little, I wished so much for you to sleep or stop crying. Now I regret not savoring those snuggles and precious moments. I wanted to make those first few months perfect but was never willing to ask for help. Time is such a valuable thing and regrets stop you from appreciating it. Live in the moment and don't look back. You can't change yesterday but you have an influence on tomorrow. This past year with you has flown. As I think of all the exciting times ahead, it makes me yearn for those little baby moments I will never get back. Stay young and naive for as long as possible. Live life in each moment and the regrets will never come.

My wish for you is that you never stop learning. I want to take to oh so many places so you can learn, grow and explore. The reason I love to travel is learning about different people and walks of life. I hope you always learn and appreciate the things around. Do the touristy thing if it teaches you nothing else other than what it is like to live in someone else's shoes. Volunteer, give back, because it makes you a better person. Visit museums and art exhibits just to learn something new. I want you to know where you came from but also be willing to have a vision for where you want to go. Your opportunities are endless and completely up to you.

My wish for you is that you know you are loved. You have changed my life in every way imaginable but I wouldn't change a thing. My goal is for you to be safe, happy and loved. I see so much of myself in you, your independence, your determination but also your sensitivity. While you are a spitfire, you are also so, so sweet. You love so much which only makes it easier to love you that much more. You are such an amazing little girl and the love of our lives.

Happy First Birthday my sweet little one! You are so loved.

- Momma

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


My blogging has been sub-par lately. If I am not working after Mary Tilman goes to bed, I am crafting for the big O.N.E.

While Pinterest is still a stellar site, I don't have countless hours for it. I do however have time to scour it for first birthday party ideas. I am not going to share those and spoil the big surprise but here are a few recent pinning favs.

I have been tested lately with managing it all and doing so gracefully. There have been tears and stomach cramp induced doctor visits but I am looking forward.

 Tomatoes + blue cheese = enough said

I love this Thanksgiving tablescape. We are hosting my family this year and I love any reason to think up a new, fresh table arrangement.

 In hindsight, I should have done a one year fiesta. This is a front runner for year two's celebration. I would say Mexican is our favorite food group when the hostess knows when we divert from our usual Monday night ritual (and yes I know Mexican is not considered a food group for everyone but it is for this clan).

I wear my hair up about 95% of the time in the summer and I love this easy do... think the hubs can master this braid?

We have fish at least once a week and this ranch, rosemary salmon is super easy and a really good fridge condiment cleaner-outer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Baby's 1st Birthday | Gift Ideas

My baby is almost one. I don't want to think about it.

Considering she is only one, I wanted to get her a few sweet things but ones that won't be tossed to the side tomorrow either.

water table | I actually already got this for MT and maybe overshot the advanced category. It is super fun but could be targeted for some older kids.

 teepee | Mary Tilman loves playing "fort" on our rides home so I thought a teepee would be a great idea. I haven't actually purchased this yet but love this gold one.

 book | MT is obsessed with Brown Bear. We will uncover every book to find it. To alleviate our horrible car rides, I thought a smaller version would be perfect. Fingers crossed!

doll pram | Mary Tilman has started loving on baby dolls so I think this pram is a no-brainer. If only I would think the hubs would agree.
cake server | Friends of ours did this for their little girl and I though it was precious (thanks Mandy). I bought a cake server (in my silver pattern) and engraved her initials and birth date. We will use the server at every birthday and then she can use it at her wedding (tear, tear).