1. around here lately





    + we have had some happy days these past few months. lots of vacations. lots of tantrums. lots of kisses. lots of quality time with our dearest of friends and family. it certainly was a magical summer and rather than being sad it is all over, it just excites me even more for next year.

    + william is obsessed with flags. especially american flags and now texas flags. as a surprise one random day, i snuck away with just william and pulled up to our local flag shop. he was so ecstatic that he was able to pick out his own “merica flag” and we installed in in our backyard. he loves being able to see it from the playroom and his bedroom.

    + on one of our last evenings with friends in sea island, john took his first steps. not a shabby place to learn to walk if you ask me. the last picture above is from that eventful night.

    + next month the boys have big birthdays, which william talks about every day.

  2. links. links. links.


    + i recently found the best baby/ toddler food blog.

    + this book was recommended to me by two different women [both married for over 30 years] on the same day, so i amazon primed it immediately. i am only a few chapters in and it has already changed the way i think about my role as a wife and what my marriage is supposed to be about. i have a feeling it will be life changing.

    + this is a perfect coat for the finicky texas fall/winter weather.

    + two things i religiously  add to my baby’s bottles. cod liver oil and a probiotic.

    + have you heard of zola wedding registry. it is genius and i really wish it had been around back in 2011 [why is it that 2011 sounds like eons ago?? weren’t the 90’s like 5 years ago?].

    + this mother of 4’s take on all of the horrendous things going on with planned parenthood. i found it so eloquent and powerful. definitely worth reading.

    + the prettiest dresses

    + happy weekend


  3. insta moms you need to be following


      @courtneyadamo | @raisingupnine

      @mommasgonecity | @allieroyall

     @beebeebrittany | @_sarahtucker

    it is no secret that i love instagram for many reasons. one of my favorite things is being connected with other like minded mothers. these six mama’s are so inspirational, beautiful and talented. some i know firsthand and others are strangers. but we are all in the world of motherhood together and that is what i love about following them.

    *images all via their respective instagram accounts