“You have the whole driveway.”

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Ariana and I are¬†playing outside with two friends: one who’s three and one who’s six months. The 6-month-old is in my lap while Ari and her friend explore the front yard. I’m carefully keeping the little one in the shade. The two bigger girls are enjoying the warm sun shining down after spending most of the morning inside eating goldfish. Now that we’re outside, they pop the bubbles as I blow a new gust their way. The little one in my lap gazes at the iridescent circles floating toward the big girls. “Won’t be long until you join them,” I… Read More

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A day in the life

Here’s a peek into what our days look like around here. I love learning from others and a little bit of how they do life and if you’re the same way, you’ll probably love this. If not, you probably think its super weird. I’ve actually attempted this several times — you’d be surprised how difficult it is to remember to snap pictures of random things throughout your day. I’ve started this so many times and gotten to 3 pm and realized that I didn’t have a single photo since 8 am. I can’t say that I did a great time… Read More

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What I’m Wearing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ūüćÄ These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of traveling for us. Since the beginning of March, we’ve been to Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, Blowing Rock, and Knoxville. Ariana, who used to never sleep while we were traveling, seems to have all of that figured out. Or maybe I just learned that she needed to be a bit more tired than normal when I lay her down. Either way, it’s working and it’s glorious. I’ve taken a few snapshots of my favorite looks from this winter and linked similar items below each image. Note:… Read More

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3 Things I’m Loving: Beauty Edition

So this new adventure with F+F has taken things in a new direction. I’ll probably post once or twice a week, max. And then other weeks it’ll be mostly silent. I’d categorize most of what I’m currently writing as reflective pieces. They’re deeper than the¬†here’s what we did this week posts of Fashion + Feathers, round 1. Or the here’s an outfit you can try.¬†I’m really enjoying getting back into writing, but it is a little bit of an adjustment. I find that I have 834093284098 topics running through my mind at any given time, and about 17 (actually more… Read More

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I’m glad I shared our miscarriage

In case you missed it: In December of 2016, we lost a baby just a few weeks after finding out we were expecting. Our experience is detailed in an essay on Her View from Home titled Will God Give Us A Second Child?¬† I think the topic of miscarriage is becoming something that people are more willing to talk about. As I was walking at the park this week with a friend, she said she had read my piece of Her View from Home and that she knew of many friends who had battled a miscarriage. I agreed. It’s unfortunate… Read More

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Make your social media experience fun

The comparison game on social media can be real. Here’s my take on a¬†healthy and fun social media experience: 1. Post for yourself.¬†If you’re focused on how many likes or comments¬†you’ll get, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. Post because you want to share something. Maybe its a gorgeous sunset over the lake or your kids acting like goofballs. Post for you. Share because the memory is important. 2.¬†Don’t let social media replace real interaction. Social media is meant to be just that — social. But seriously, it’s not meant to replace face-to-face conversations so don’t get sucked in… Read More

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Staying Energized

“Do you go somewhere everyday?” One of my best friends asked me this after she was home with her sick little one for a few days. She works a full-time job¬†and then comes home to tackle mom-life, household chores, family time, dinner, and everything else. I know it’s pretty much impossible to relate to those of us who stay home with our littles unless you’re a fellow SAHMer. And even then, I don’t know because we all seem to do things a little differently. When I think back to my 40-hour work weeks,¬†I couldn’t have envisioned the trials and triumphs… Read More

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A New Journey with F+F

Do you ever have an idea rolling around in your head but you just don’t know exactly how to proceed? And then you just get to a point and it’s kind of like,¬†Ok. I’m just going for it. I don’t know if this is the best way to do it but I literally can’t sit here thinking about it anymore. Have you ever been there? Because when it comes to Fashion + Feathers, I’ve just let it lay dormant for so¬†long. And I miss writing. When I started this whole thing, I wanted to be a fashion blogger. Like a… Read More

Random Ariana updates

Remember the days when I blogged weekly updates and easily published 15-20 posts in a month’s time?¬†Yeah, me too. Well, today’s a new day and all the conditions are right to write: we got about 7 inches of snow last night so¬†we’re hunkered in. I tend to get antsy when I’m home for too long so I’m trying to mix it up and do things I don’t normally do. Like, for example, posting on here. So, for anyone who still reads this thing — here are some recent happenings. Ariana keeps us entertained on a daily basis. She’s formed many… Read More

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Letters to Ariana | 11 Months

October 15, 2016 Ari, Hey Girl. Someone asked me recently if I could believe you were almost a year old. And no, I can’t. But at the same time, I can’t believe that you weren’t with us this time last year. It’s funny how time does that. You’ve decided you hate-hate-hate your carseat unless I’m stuffing your face with crackers. It makes me carefully analyze if we actually need to go wherever it is that we’re supposed to go. Some days it’s just not worth it but when we do get to our destination, you come out grinning and waving… Read More

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