mom style.

am i the only mama who has had a hard time figuring out her mom style?
especially in this transition from having a sweet sleepy babe to a messy on-the-go toddler. 
many of the pieces hanging in my closet just are not suitable these days.
either sticky peanut butter hands are tugging on my blouse.
or dirt. sweat. & tears. are being rubbed on my shorts. 

between messy meal times. playground visits. & florida summers . . .
about 90% of my closet is off limits. 

that being said. 
i don't want to trade in looking fashionable for looking like a grungy hot mess. 
that just will not work for me . . . maybe i am a bit too vain?
fashion has just been such a huge part of who i am.
thank goodness for the latest trend of street chic workout attire. 
that has become my solution. my staple. my every day go-to. 

it is so much more than just yoga pants & a work out top. 
{mind you that is definitely a part of my new uniform rotation}
i'm talking slouchy ankle pants. oversized tees. & cool kicks.
effortless street chic. durable mom style.
its a win-win. 

my current obsession is the athlete line by gap.
they are great quality & friendly on my pocketbook. 

love the slouchy pants. they are my fave. 

pair them with a cute tank. some oversized sunnies. a statement watch. 
& you look like one super cute mama. 

i even love these shorts. 
they are totally cool. 

again. loving this slouchy pant look. its just so breezy.
not too mention . . . those birkenstocks are totally with it. 
athlete certainly nailed it with these street style looks. 

so. tell me mama friends.
how do you keep looking fashionable while chasing after your kiddos?

lemon almond shortbread cookies.

i believe that summer days should be sprinkled with lemony treats.
it just seems so wonderfully appropriate to enjoy a zesty sweet on those hot summer days. 
whether it be a tall glass of ice cold lemonade or a slice of lemon pound cake . . .
i am always on board for a lemony treat. 

i baked a yummy. and quite darling
little lemony treat that i wanted to share with you.

this is my own little recipe for lemon almond shortbread cookies. 
topped with a scattered bouquet of summer daisies. 

the wonderful thing about this recipe is 
that you will likely always have the ingredients in your kitchen.
the ingredient list is short & simple.
basically pantry staples that one should always have. 

all you need is . . .

3 sticks of unsalted butter. room temperature.
1 cup white sugar.
2 teaspoons almond extract.
3 1/2 cups flour.
1/2 teaspoon salt. 
2 lemons.
1 cup powdered sugar.

thats it. 

start by mixing the butter & sugar until smooth.
add the almond extract in to the mixture.
squeeze the juice of one lemon in. as well. 

in a separate bowl. 
sift together the flour & salt.
then slowly add the dry mix into the butter mix.
keep mixing until the mixture forms into dough.

roll the dough onto a floured surface. 
wrap in saran wrap & chill in the fridge for thirty minutes. 

take the dough out & roll it to 1/4 of an inch thick. 
cut the cookies into whatever shape you desire.
i used round biscuit cutters. 

place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.
or just until the edges start to brown. 

while the cookies are cooling . . .
go ahead and make your glaze topping.

using a whisk. mix together the powdered sugar & the juice of one lemon.
add tiny bits of almond extract or water until you get the consistency that you like.
{i prefer to have my glaze a bit thicker so that it does not run off the cookies}

using a spoon. spread the glaze onto your cooled cookies.
i use the back of a spoon to bring the glaze to the edge of the cookie. 
while the glaze is still wet place your embellishment of choice.

i used sugar flowers from miette bakery in san francisco. 
i think they are just the sweetest little things.

and voila!
you have your lemon almond shortbread cookies!
both delicious & beautiful.


patrick's tribe.

little mister loves to hold little "guys" in his hands.
those chubby little fingers grasp on tight to little things all day long. 
i found these darling. just darling. little guys on etsy
and just as mama hoped . . . patrick adores them. 

see for yourself why . . . 
patrick's gang of buds is quite fun.

he's got cowboy sheriffs & bandits as buds.

& one little. two little. cute little indians. 

he's got robbers.
the cutest little bad guys you ever did see.

& coppers. too. 

he's got a whole gang of pirates.

yo ho. yo ho. 

i mean. honestly. it doesn't get much cuter. 
these little wooden guys are the perfect size for patrick.
not too big for his hands. 
not too small that mama has to worry.

i just adore them. 
consider yourself warned mama friends. 
this may be my new go-to birthday gift. 
cause hey. everyone needs their very own tribe of buds. 

my main squeeze.

i want to take a few minutes to brag about my main squeeze.
my lovie. my hubby. my best friend. & my supporter to the max. 

i don't tell him nearly enough how grateful i am for his love. 
and so today. i am going to tell him a few silly things i love best about him.

i love your devilishly handsome good looks.
i love your old. old. old. very old soul. 
i love that you are a bibliophile to the 10th power.
i love your organized & categorized collection of books.
i love that you drink your coffee black. 
i love that you dream of walking around in a robe. smoking a pipe. wearing slippers.
i love your deep manly voice & your school girl giggle. 
i love that you are impossibly practical. & terribly disciplined. 
i love that you wish you had more gray hair.
i love that you are such an intellectual scholar.
i love that your favorite outfit is a suit & tie. 

but most of all.
i love you for loving me. 

i simply cannot imagine going through this life without you by my side. 
you are such a wonderful gift to me. 

lela rose.

i love the lela rose 2015 resort collection. 
its simple. its elegant. its beautiful.
but i especially love the feel of the photo shoot.
check it out. 

all of my fave things in one photo shoot.
black. white. photography. coffee table books. linear decor.
 & a healthy dose of drama. 

well done miss lela. 

teaching grace.

at my ripe old age of twenty-nine . . .
it seems that i have learned 
that the foundation of all relationships we encounter in life
is based upon an unwavering mountain of grace. 

one little word. 
holds such a great big heaping amount of power.

the power to build love. the power to take love away.
the power to show kindness. the power to reveal a callus heart.  
the power to build a relationship with someone's heart.
and not simply with ones behaviors. 

if not for this little thing we call grace.
how could anyone possibly love us at all? 

are we all not in need of grace every. single. day.
{i happen to be in need of grace several times a day}

it took me a lot of years. 
a lot of stubbornness. 
& a lot of heartache 
to learn how glorious the power of grace actually is. 
to learn how to receive grace.
and more importantly . . . how to give grace. 

if i teach my child nothing more than to love jesus & to live by grace . . .
i will consider my role as a mama a success.
but how does one teach grace? 

how do you teach the immeasurable value of showing grace 
to a loved one that has let you down?
or to a friend who has wronged you?
or to someone who just has a bad attitude? 

i am making that my goal. 
to teach the freedom that comes with extending a heart full of grace.
the pure joy that fills your soul when accepting another being with an embrace of grace.
which in that very action causes you to only see the good in that person.

to recognize that everyone has their own story. their own struggle. their own sin.
& while it is likely behind closed doors. and unseen by you or me. 
there are reasons & circumstances that dictate all of our behaviors. 

& whether right or wrong. those behaviors are not ours to judge.
not ours to find entitlement to be hurt by. 
they are not ours to take ownership of. 
or be annoyed by. 
or be saddened by.

but rather.
those behaviors give us the divine appointed opportunity to show a gracious heart.
to show our grace. that is a direct reflection of christ's kindness.

& now that i think about it . . . 
i believe the only way to teach grace is by example.
i personally learned the true meaning of grace by receiving grace.
or more powerfully so . . . by not receiving grace.

we have all been hurt by the lack of grace our world tends to offer. 
the olive branches in this dry land are few & far between.

and sadly. as i am sure many of you have been. 
i have had experiences when grace was not easily gifted to me. 
when judgement came strong & swift. 
where lack of understanding allowed for bitterness & anger.

and oh. how desperately one longs for grace in those moments. 

so it is my hearts great desire to show grace to this world. 
to be an example for my baby boy. to teach him what it means to give grace.
and how wonderful it is to receive grace in return.

after all. 
grace is quite great. 
and it is contagious. 

so start sharing grace today. 
we all need it. 

easy chic.

these days. when at all possible. i choose to take easy street.
life can just be so busy. so hectic. & so messy.
especially when chasing after a walking one year old. 

one way to stay on easy street is wardrobing yourself in what i like to call
easy chic.

to me. emerson fry is the epitome of easy chic. 
she embodies effortless styles with pieces that coordinate.

i am coveting each look from the emerson fry 2014 spring collection.
take a peak & join me in the swooning.  

those pants. 
they are amazing. 

loving the lines of this top.

that mesh top. yes. please. 

who doesn't want a slate jumpsuit?

my go to look. neutrals. simplicity. perfection.

easy breezy monochromatic screams easy chic. 

love everything about this. 

again. this top. paired with crisp white denim.
 class to the max.

neutral. texture. simplicity at its finest. 

everything about this is easy chic. 
the summer sweater. the pants. those slide-ons.

& finally the raw edges shirt dress. 
the definition of effortless. easy. chic. 

i just love how the entire collection coordinates. 
mix & match made easy courtesy of the ever-so-chic emerson fry.

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