To Explore / Peach Tree Farms

 
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     Hi there! Just wanted to share a few photos from our visit to the pumpkin patch! Ironically, we didn't get any photos with the pumpkins - we were too busy enjoying all of the other activities that Peach Tree Farms offers!

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      They have sunflower patches all over the farm, and this was as close as I could get, as the bees were thoroughly covering the flowers. They also had a new feature this year: a "corn crib" for kids to play in! It's a giant crib filled with dried corn, like a sandbox or ball pit but with corn. It was Bailey's favorite part, as you can probably tell! 

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      More pretty flowers! The ones on the left were swarmed with butterflies, so much so that I couldn't help but think they plant them specifically for the butterflies! 

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      Brett's going to kill me for this picture, but Bailey looks so glorious with the sunlight shining on her! It looks like she's on a mission, which she probably was (she adamantly insisted on getting popcorn and pumpkins after this)! And yes, she's covered in dirt. Apparently the children's corn maze was a little muddy and poor girl took a tumble inside while trying to run around! 

      Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday! We will be moving all weekend to a new house, so it may be a little quiet in this space next week. However, regularly scheduled content will follow the week after, so be on the look out for more fall goodness!

To Love / Welcoming Fall with Bailey

 
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      Good morning! Tomorrow is the first day of fall, and thought temps are supposed to be in the 90's, I'm going to ignore that and bake pumpkin cookies (recipe coming in October), decorate the house with our fall things, and do a fall craft with Bailey. The leaves are dropping like flies around here, and that's enough for me to say bye to summer!  

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        Now, one of the fun things about parenting is that you get to make a big deal out of stuff like the seasons changing! It's to get kids excited about a new season, and to also teach them something about the way our Earth works, which I think you're never to young to be aware of. That being said, I've rounded up a list of fun fall activities for everyone in the family, most of which I plan on trying to do this season with my own family. Check it out below!

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Fall To-Do (Bailey Included!):

- Do a few fall crafts / My favorite ones are this fox puppet, these pumpkin apple stamps, and any of these nature projects (fall is the perfect time for foraging outdoors!)

- Go apple picking / There is an orchard near Columbia that lets you pick 'em yourself, and we plan to finally go this year! I've never been apple picking, and neither has Bailey, so this is the fall activity I'm most looking forward to!

- Bake all of the pumpkin treats / As I mentioned, I'm making pumpkin cookies for the blog (and our pumpkin loving tummies) this weekend, but we've already made these brownies, and ya they were as good as they look!

Explore new trails / Fall is my favorite time for hiking (hello pretty trees everywhere), and though I've lived here for 6 years, I still haven't trekked all of the ones in and around Columbia. I plan to chip away at the list this season! (Bonus: Bailey has endless energy and is an excellent hiking companion)

Visit Rocheport / Rocheport, MO is the closest thing we have to a wine country around here. We like to do an outing each fall, starting at our favorite pumpkin patch with a corn maze and tepees, and ending with a picnic on the bluffs of Les Bourgeois winery.  

Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday!

 

 

To Style / Bailey's Fall Wardrobe

 
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     Hi there! Just wanted to share the items I consider essentials to a toddler fall/winter wardrobe. They're mostly the same as adults but much cuter, as always! See below for more!

Bailey's Cold-Weather Essentials:

- A denim jacket / goes with everything and the warmth from the denim goes a long way

- joggers (also known as sweatpants) / these are perfect for little ones because they are just as comfy as leggings, but are cozier for their little legs

- boots of some kind / this year it happened to be star patterned motorcycle boots (she picked them herself) :)

- a "fall-ish" blouse / I typically get her one nice shirt, as even toddlers get to dress up sometimes

- the coziest sweater you can find / no reason why adults are the only ones who get to enjoy #sweaterweather

 

     Thanks for reading, and we'll see you back here on Monday for one of my favorite #MomStyle's yet!

For #MomStyle / Shorts Season with Bailey

 

      Hi there! It's shorts season! It's one of the best feelings, when you get to finally bare your legs in the sunshine (with sunscreen of course). Here in Columbia, it's already been too hot for a few days to not wear shorts or a skirt, and I anticipate it will probably stay that way for a while. With that in mind, I wanted to share Bailey + I's go-to outfits for when it's finally time to break out the denim shorts!

       My uniform of sorts for the summer is usually a white t with denim shorts, mostly because my favorite cotton t-shirt is so breathable, and these shorts are just the easiest to throw on. Simple = big time saver. I like to spruce up the look with a cute bandana as a necktie or a fun necklace! Add in chic and classic flat slides (a thrift score!) and I'm good to go.

     Bailey's looks are always a bit more fun, because really, children can pull off anything. She's still loving this adorable cactus + succulent t-shirt my mom got for her (no longer available!) and it pairs perfectly with her basic denim shorts and cute jellies! 

       Her jellies really are the perfect summer shoe. They can get wet, are breathable, and much more durable than your average toddler shoe. Bonus: they are velcro, so little girl can get them on and off on her own! Now, to just get her to acknowledge that there's a difference between her right foot and her left foot...

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

For Inspiration / April 30th - May 5th

 

     Good morning! This week was a bit more eventful than usual, as Bailey finally decided she deemed the potty useful to her. I'm way more excited about this than I should be. Also, Brett graduates from Mizzou a week from tomorrow, and secured a "grownup" job this week! Everything is starting to line up as we are about to go through some big changes as a family, and we are all ready for it. 

       A not so big thing, but somehow just as exciting to me as Bailey being potty-trained, is that I bought my dream shoes of the moment from Target! Eeeek!! I've already worn them a ton since they were delivered on Tuesday, and I plan to wear them 24/7 for the next few seasons, until that dreaded winter shows up again. 

      Another favorite from this week are these Maple Bacon waffles I made on Sunday! I know, I'm going a bit waffle crazy, but there are just so many recipes out there. I topped these with yogurt, honey, and more bacon, and as I said on Instagram, you know you're doing something right when your toddler is stealing your bacon. :)

      Speaking of said toddler, we took her to Shelter Gardens twice this week. Once was for some puddle jumping in between rain showers on Sunday, and the other was on Tuesday afternoon because the sun finally came out! I prefer the gardens to a play ground every now and then, because Bailey gets to run her little heart out on the winding pathways, and we get to leisurely follow behind. Win-win!

     Lastly, I made this adorable little succulent planter to add to my collection, because honestly, I've already bought too many succulents this year, and I'm running out of planters! I like to make my own sometimes, because it's more customizable and less boring that way. This pretty little DIY will be on the blog next week, so keep an eye out!

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Friyay!

To Celebrate / Easter!

 

     Hi there! Just wanted to share some snaps from our Easter weekend at the lake! We made natural dye this year (tutorial coming Thursday!), and they made the prettiest pastel colors.

     I made the pink dye from avocado pits, and the yellow is made from turmeric! You just boil each in water, and then for egg dye you add a little vinegar after the boiling. So easy!

      The light pink was my favorite, although the turmeric created different shades depending on opacity of the dye. Both were awesome!

     Brett's parents also brought along some confetti eggs, which are hollowed out shells you can smash and they explode with confetti. I'm sure you can guess which activity was Bailey's favorite!

      All in all, we had a great time. Bailey doesn't stop moving when she goes anywhere that's not home, so hopefully this will lead to an easy Monday evening (but let's be honest, toddlers have an amazing ability to bounce back from a busy weekend, so I'm not expecting much :))!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Adventure / Cosmo Park

 

     Hi there! We had a blast a couple of weekends back at Cosmo Park in Columbia, so I just wanted to share some snaps from that day! 

     Bailey was very into throwing all of the pebbles she could into the water, as most toddlers are. 

     Everything was just starting to bloom around town, so I had to stop and pick the tiniest bouquet! 

      They have the coolest playground equipment here, and this little set is probably my favorite. I can't resist the cabin vibe! 

     Bailey can't not look cute playing on a slide. You can see the look of quiet excitement on her face! 

     Thanks for reading and have a fun Monday! 

For an Adventure / Sister Weekend

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share some of the photos from a couple of weekends ago when my little sister came up to visit! She hadn't been to Columbia for a few years, so I took her around the downtown area and to a town-favorite french restaurant, Upper Crust. First we did some shopping downtown though, and picked up some cute stuff! That chocolate is definitely already gone, and the mug has been a staple in my collection. We found most of these items at Route!

      This was at the restaurant. We were all surprised by how large Bailey is now, compared to the last time she got to sit on Becca's lap (btw, Bailey turns 3 tomorrow!).

     We had a delicious brunch at the aforementioned Upper Crust, and yes, that Bloody Mary was too good!

     Thanks for reading! For family that is reading, can't wait to see you all this weekend for Bailey's birthday! For everyone else, have a great Wednesday!!

To Take Photos / Over the Weekend

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share some photos from this weekend with you all today. It was a nice, relaxing one, and it was warm enough to venture out to our favorite gardens! The sidewalks are basically Bailey's running track, so we just walk behind and make sure she doesn't get too far ahead. We had to stop in the school house to snap a picture of Bailey of course!

     Then, all weekend, Bailey was styling her stuffed animals. She's gotten in the habit of arranging them somewhere then asking me to take a picture. I guess she's picked up on some of what I do!

       At the gardens, they didn't have a ton of blooming plants yet. Shockingly though, there were quite a few beds and bushes that already had shoots coming out of the ground.

      They did have some magnolia trees already flowering. This type of tree is the only kind I've seen doing that so far. Brett's parents have one in their backyard, and it was also flowering last week! Crazy!

     Lastly, I've started meal prepping on Sunday's something to eat for breakfast all week. This time, it was whole wheat banana muffin bread, and it's the perfect thing to have on hand for my busy mornings.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

For a Gift Guide / Her

 

      Hi there! For the last gift guide, I have some amazing options for your s/o, bff, mom, or any female in your life! I personally have asked for a few of these things myself, but all of them are good choices and should be received well. Check out the products below!

1. Face masks are still all the rage, and this one with calendula + turmeric is the best organic option for all skin types.

2. For the frequent farmer's market shopper, this fair trade handmade basket is a dream come true!

3. This book is basically the bible for all things seasonal and natural. It's at the top of my wishlist for the new year!

4. For something luxurious, look no further than Everlane's beautiful Spanish made pouches. The gold option is my personal favorite, but any of the colors would be a winner!

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5. You all know how I feel about Mast Brothers design, but the actual chocolate is so quality that anyone would appreciate a bar.

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6. Anything Wes Anderson is always a good choice, but this art print takes the cake!

For an Adventure / Christmas Tree Shopping

 

      Good morning! Just wanted to share our photos from picking out the Christmas tree today! Kristen took a few of these, like the one above, and I just love them. We didn't send out a Christmas Card this year, but if we did, the one above would be perfect!

     The tree farm is always so pretty. Sometimes, I wish it would snow when we go, because there's nothing prettier than a tree farm blanketed in snow. However, I'm aware of the driving difficulties of snow, so I'm only half sad it didn't happen.

      Bailey's quite the little rascal when we go to places like this. I think she gets the sense that it's a fairly safe place for her to run around, so she tries, but there are tree stumps everywhere. She gets wary of those darn things pretty quickly!

     The barn here is just too cool! If I had to live in a barn or on a farm with one, this would be ideal.

     Seeing stacks of logs everywhere during the winter is the best. It reminds me of ours at my home in Arkansas, where my sisters and I used to spot frogs, lizards, and even a baby bunny one rare time.

      This is probably my favorite picture. Bailey only sat here for about five seconds, but it was long enough for Kristen to snap Mommy and Me photo gold.

     I may or may not have taken a few souvenirs from the farm. Small pine branches make the cutest decorations around the house, and happen to smell amazing too!

     Brett's parents picked out a huge 8ft. tree for their house, and Bailey was pretty entertained watching her grandpa and dada cut it down and haul it to the truck.

      It's their tradition to have Brett do a lot of the work, but at this point, I don't think he minds so much. He's always the person who likes having a job to do.

     That's all folks! I'm so happy I get to continue this tradition that my dad passed down to me with Bailey. She really loves it, hopefully just as much as I do. Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

For a Gift Guide / The Littles

 

     Good morning! I'm back with gift guides this season, and today's is for the littles in your life! Below, I've picked a few of the things that I plan to get Bailey, and added a few that I'm sure she would endorse. Check them out below!

1. A Montessori-esque wooden blocks set, handmade in North Carolina.

2. A Mini Market basket to go along with mamas!

3. Some juice cups for the toddler who has graduated to big-kid status.

4. An easel, for the budding artist.

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5. A play teepee, for the little who loves to adventure in their imagination (or who just likes a cozy spot to sift through their books in).

6. This interactive book, for those curious about colors.

For a Photo Project / November

      Hi there! With the first holiday of the season having passed, and the continuation of yearly traditions, there were a lot of photo opps in November. We had a blast, and Bailey's really coming out of her shell and starting to connect with cameras. Above is our monthly mommy and me shot, and in matching coats for this edition! 

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      She's recently started showing the camera her toys! Here she is with one of her cars. 

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     One of the last trips to the playground for the season (sheds a tear).  

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       In the bath, showing her crayon to mama. 

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      Snoozing one evening. She was curled up and cuddling in a blanket, and you would be hard pressed to find anything cuter.  

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       Stirring a casserole at thanksgiving. She was very serious about her role. 

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     In profile, at the playground. I'm loving black and white shots in really exposed sunlight pictures these days! 

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      A close up of that pretty visage on the way to pick a tree! Kristen toon this one with her big camera, and Bailey is super interested in what the heck that thing is.  

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Friday! 

For Mornings at Home

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     Good morning! This is what my day has looked like so far, just hanging out and reading with my sweetie while I drink some coffee. She's gotten very into taking pictures, and asks to do it constantly, and may be turning into a little ham. I'm not sure if I was the same when I was her age, but it's definitely a possibility! The only plans we have for today are to finish a book (me) and to eat as much chicken nuggets / Greek yogurt / avocado as possible (Bailey). Have a great Saturday everyone, and thanks for reading! 

Bailey, Lately

 

Bailey, Lately:

- has started to say "thank you" without being prompted! The other day, I handed her some milk, and she said "thank you" quietly and ran into the living room. Like what?! My child is becoming polite!

- is going to start a new activity this winter: gymnastics! She can't stop climbing and jumping off things, so I think it's time to channel that energy elsewhere.

- has been drawing shapes along with her scribbles. She actually concentrates on making little circles instead of just random marks on the page.

- is napping less and less. We are down to only a few a week, and I'm pretty sad to see this phase coming to an end.

- is getting more interested in her books. She's still a busy toddler, but is starting to actually sit down and take time out of her shenanigans to look at a book for awhile.

- has been more adventurous on the playground. She's mastered the scary ladders instead of just using the stairs, and yes it is terrifying for me to watch.

- is hungry enough to finally start eating more than one sit-down meal a day. Also, she's always liked greek yogurt, but is now obsessed with it and wants it with every meal. Can't say I blame her!

- is finally into Play-Doh! Now, to see if my mom still has all of the cool gadgets that go with it that we had when we were little. I'm sure they have cooler stuff now, but Bailey isn't picky.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday! I'll be back tomorrow with a fun DIY for your Thanksgiving table. Happy almost Turkey Day!

For a Craft with Bailey

 

     Hello! With all of the fallen leaves at our disposal, I decided it was time to introduce Bailey to leaf-rubbing. I loved doing this as a kid, and hoped Bailey would as well!

      First, we collected some leaves. I tried to pick all different shapes and sizes, and wound up with 3 mostly intact leaves.

       Then, we got our supplies together. I'll probably try and do one more collection on unlined paper before all of the leaves blow away, so that we can frame them and have pretty decor for the season!

       Then we got to work! I showed her how when you rub the crayon over the leaf underneath the paper, it transfers the shape. She was mesmerized, and tried it herself, but her fine motor skills are more geared towards drawing shapes than the shading, coloring movement that is required to do the craft. She'll get there though, and it was fun just showing her this cool trick!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

For an Adventure / To the Lake!

 

     Good morning! As I mentioned on Saturday, my little family and I packed up the car and headed to the lake house for a peaceful evening. It was gorgeous and still, and was just what we needed. The leaves were still on the trees for the most part, and it is finally cold outside in the mornings and evenings, which just made it ideal for a fall getaway. The fog, pictured above, was so intense in the morning that you couldn't even see the actual lake, just a small part of our cove. It was really a sight to see (or not see, depending on how you look at it).

       I never travel without a book, especially when it comes to the lake house. I'm currently reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, and it's the perfect book to fly through when you actually have the time.

     It was so chilly out that I packed my slipper boots to tromp along in for the weekend. They are shearling-lined moccasin booties, and they are a lifesaver for enjoying time outdoors when it's 50 degrees or below.

     I also brought out my vintage red flannel coat that I snagged from my older sisters castoffs recently, and realized that it almost exactly matches Bailey's red poncho! Yay for one more thing we can match in!

      Getting used to the early sunsets has been a little rough, but with a view like this, I don't mind losing the daylight. Also, the supermoon (which is full tonight, make sure to check it out!) was starting to really glow, and that is a-o.k. with me!

     Last, but not least, we were basically obligated to do a fire in the fire pit, now that it's actually appropriately cold outside. Bailey resisted sitting and watching it for awhile, but once she finally gave in, the mesmerizing flames put her to sleep for the night!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

For Bailey Style

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     Hi there! In lieu of a #momstyle post, I wanted to share an outfit from Baileys closet! Children's clothes are cuter than adult clothes, and honestly, kids can pull off anything. It makes kids fashion a little bit more fun than adults clothing. 

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      Last Christmas, my sister Hannah got Bailey this adorable poncho from Old Navy. She wore it all of last winter, and it still fits so you can bet you'll see it a lot on her this winter too! Thanks Hannah!! The brilliant sister also got Bailey these sneakers for her birthday, and they are her #1 pair.  

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      For the layers underneath, I usually keep it light unless it's freezing cold out, which it hasn't been yet. For this particular outfit, we went French with a striped t and black skinny leggings!  

      Thanks for reading, and have a great Sunday! 

For an Adventure / To the Farm!

 

      Good morning! Today, I wanted to share some photos that both Kristen and I took from our adventure at Peach Tree Farms. Bailey just loved it, as most kids there did. From the animals to the random teepee, there were smiling faces everywhere! Check out our snaps below! 

     We beelined for the teepee as soon as we saw it. I think it was Baileys first time seeing one, so she was pretty taken aback. I plan to put a small play one in her room as a potty training reward once she gets there! 

      She really loved the goats and animals on the farm. I know it's sheep that go "bahhh", but every time Bailey sees a goat, she brays at it.

      I didn't get close enough to feed them, because of the smell, but her daddy loved showing her how they'll eat out of your hand! 

      There were little cabins in every pen, and they were just so cute. I wish I had an excuse to have one! 

     The pumpkin patches were also a hit! All I could think of was Charlie Brown, but Bailey was clearly only interested in sitting on them. 

     Sometimes I forget how similar Bailey and I are in skin tone and hair. It's not until I see pictures like these, where our coloring matches up exactly, that I can see it.

      Like I said, she really liked sitting on the pumpkins, even the ones that were so small they just rolled away underneath her!  

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Friday! TGIF!! 

For a Weekend

 

     Good morning! This weekend was a fun one, and a strangely relieving one. Day light savings time ending on Sunday actually made my day better, rather than worse. We were well rested, and it seemed like I had an endless day to get things ready for the week ahead. Before that though, we had a great Friday and a rough Saturday. On Friday, Kristen and I ventured down town for some photo shoots and to get some exploring done! We tried a newish coffee shop in Columbia called Shortwave Coffee, and their wood wall (pictured above) was one of the coolest installations I've ever seen. The textures and different shades of wood gave off the best vibe. It doesn't hurt that their Cortado is one of the best I've ever had. I'm definitely going to have to go back.

     Saturday was a rough day for this mama and her toddler. Bailey was just being so defiant, and it felt like she was purposefully doing everything she wasn't supposed to do. She didn't get a good nights sleep the previous night, so it was just one of those days. Towards the end of the day, we gave up and took her to a park to turn the evening around, and it worked. We went home, and I made this hazelnut butter. Bailey finally went to sleep, and all was well.

      Sunday was the best day, thanks to the time change. I've been hating these dark early mornings, so when Bailey woke up at 5:30 (which definitely felt like 6:30), we were both chipper and awake instead of grumpy and groggy. The sun came up shortly after, and we spent the day enjoying the extra time.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!