twine & twig.

i am really digging earthy. organic. accessories this fall.
whether is is a glossy bone necklace. a gold shark tooth pendant. or a sparkly geode bracelet.
i am all about the glam meets natural look right now.

i am especially loving the latest collection from twine & twig

how fabulous are those necklaces?

two sisters. born & raised in north carolina. started twine & twig two years ago.
their collection has exploded. and it is no surprise why.

the pieces. are. amazing. 

love the layering here. 

talk about a statement necklace!

all the pieces are one.of.a.kind. & handcrafted. 

there are three main lines: trail. cliff. & shore.
each line is representative of its name.
tips & tails. shells & spines. 

they even make the most darling little twig collection for our kiddos. 
they are great accessories for both boys & girls. 

i simply cannot decide which piece i need to start my collection.
they are all so wonderfully unique & striking. 

which one is your fave? 

tot tupperware town.

i am always looking for activities that will 
encourage independent & imaginative play.

not only does it give mommy a few minutes to herself.
but it also is so beneficial in stimulating creativity 
& setting the stage for make believe play.

one of patrick's {and mommys} favorite activities is our
tot tupperware town.

i simply bought an extra large tupperware & lid.
and then filled it with sand. rocks. pebbles. sticks.
that is the foundation for this activity.

every week or so i rotate out little towns for patrick to play with.
sometimes it is construction town. sometimes its dinosaur town.
sometimes its jungle town. and so on.

i had all of our towns out today to take pictures.
and somehow {haha} they ended up all in the bin together.
so for today. we have a construction town that is being invaded by dinosaurs. 
so totally awesome.

i love sitting to the side & observing patrick play.
it is so neat to watch his imagination soar.

bulldozers push through the sand.
monster dump trucks get filled with rocks.

mama giraffes walk the sand dunes 
with their baby giraffes close behind.

broccoli-sauraus {brachiosaurus} eat the sticks.
while t rex jumps over big boulders.

& sometimes patrick really gets into it.

it is his own personal sandbox safari.

what is really great about this activity is the portability.
we keep this tupperware in our garage. it is easy to pull out whenever we want.

& because of the lid. it is easy to pack in the trunk to take on-the-go.
to grandmas. to a friends house. to the park. 

we really love it. & we truly use it several times a week.
the possibilities are endless. & so are the hours of fun to be had. 

so mamas. grandmas. aunts . . .
go snag a tupperware & create some fun for your little tots.

oh. and i also like the idea of getting several small tupperware boxes to create mini towns.
that way instead of switching out the towns every week
you could just leave them in their own personal bin. 

just another reason to love tupperware. 

sugar paper for target.

i am completely & utterly dying over the  
s u g a r  p a p e r   x   t a r g e t  
holiday collaboration.

it is gift wrapping & decor perfection. 
it. is. perfection. 

i have been a devoted sugar paper lover for several years now.
& was fortunate enough to have collaborated with them before they made it super big time.
{yes. when you collab with tarjay. you have made it super big time in my book}
you can see two of my previous posts on them here and here.

this collection has my name all over it.
take a peak.

you may find thirty-seven of these boxes under my christmas tree.
they may be empty. & simply there for looks. 
but boy will it look pretty. 

i happen to love wrapping presents. 
i guess i just love creating pretty little things.
and the presentation of a gift is equally as important as the gift itself.

that structured bow.
those perfect little bobble ornaments. 
they knock it out of the park.

the gold piping on these gift boxes.
it is so impossibly beautiful.

and the ornament gift topper is just stinkin cute. 

love that the gift boxes are 
lovely enough to use as table decor.

be. still. my. heart.
the black. the gold. the white.
the jumbo polka dots.
the scalloped gift boxes.

was this collection made just for me?! 

adore these embellished wreaths as chair decor.
but they would be even sweeter as plate embellishments 
for a holiday dinner party or supper club. 

completely darling. 

beautiful ribbon is a must for beautiful gift wrapping.
anytime you see some you love. snag it. 
you'll be thankful one day.

oh. and master a perfect bow this holiday season.
it makes the world of a difference in present presentation. 

yes. yes. yes. 
i do believe that sugar paper had me in mind when they designed this collection.
it is as if they have perfectly gift wrapped my whole style in one pretty little package.

now. ladies. run don't walk to target to snag some pretties of your own.
{they are already sold out of a lot of items online!} 

lenny & eva.

i have a major crush on the brand lenny & eva.
this inspirational & sentimental jewelry line totally speaks my language. 

it is super cute. it is adorably original. & it is jam-packed with faith. 
it is the perfect everyday accessory collection. 

i was so over the moon when i discovered this line at marion's

all the pieces are interchangeable. 
which guarantees a one-of-a-kind look
that is completely catered to your style & personality. 

the cuffs. the beaded bracelets. the chains. the wraps.
the charms. the sentiment plaques. the add ons.
they all can be switched & worn in so many different ways. 
it is just brilliant. 

i have stacked my arm full of faith reminders.
i need those throughout the days.
it is so sweet to look down & be reminded 
of grace. or to pray. or of His truths. 

i mean. really?!
how cute is this little bundle?!
i just adore them. 

these would be the perfect gift for any girlfriend
as they speak to all women, in all walks of life. 
some are centered on love. some are centered on encouragement. 
but all are equally inspiring.
i just love it. 

so run out today and snag your interchangable lenny & eva.
marion's has a big collection with a ton of options to choose from. 
visit her & she can help you create the perfect look. 

inchbug love.

are you a label lover like i am?

i get such joy out of neatly labeling all of my kiddos belongings.
sippy cups. bottles. shoes. snack packs. tote bags. 
you name it. it is labeled.

not only is labeling functional. 
after all. epic meltdowns have been spurred from a misplaced sippy cup.
and lord knows that every two year old needs to stake their claim on their snacks. 

but it is also super cute. 
that is. when you find super darling labels
like those from inch bug.

i am especially loving their line of non-adhesive reusable orbit labels. 
they are personalized. they stretch to fit your kiddos ever-changing cups. 
they are dishwasher safe. they will never peel or fade.
and they are just too stinkin cute.

from bottles. to sippy cups. to snack containers. 
they fit them all. 
they are just brilliant. 

inch bug has also created an assortment of adhesive labels
that are cute to boot and totally essential.  

with the rise in kiddo allergies. 
the fear of your child getting his paws on something he shouldn't 
can be crippling for a mama as she is sending her baby out of her care. 

these adhesive allergy labels are perfect.
they are great to go on lunch boxes. snack packs. 
or even to be worn on your kiddos shirt. 

a great alert & reminder for teachers or caretakers. 

oh. how wonderful are these shoe labels. 
a lost little shoe can be just as sad as a lost sippy cup. 
{maybe more so for the mama than for the kiddo}

these little shoe labels are darling. 
an added bonus is that they help to teach your kiddo
the difference between left & right
and how to put shoes on the correct little footie. 

i am just loving all of my labels. 
and thankful to inchbug for making my life 
a tiny bit easier & more organized. 

inch bug has another product that i cannot say enough great things about.
please let me introduce you to the MyDrinky sippy cup.

this. is. genius. 

are you tired of cleaning up spilled juice pouches from 
little fingers that squeeze too tightly?
if so. this is the answer to your prayers. 

this squeeze protector fit all sizes of juice boxes & juice pouches.
with adjustable height settings. you can truly make it work with any drink pouch.

the MyDrinky makes it impossible for your kiddos to squeeze the drink pouch. 
how glorious is that?! 

are you just chomping at the bit to go fill your cart at inch bug?
not so fast mamas. 
today is your lucky day. 

inchbug is offering a fabulous gift basket giveaway for one lucky reader.
you have a shot at winning . . .

your own set of personalized orbit labels. 
plus your own set of personalized adhesive labels.
plus your very own MyDrinky drink box holder. 

that is a fantastic giveaway.

to enter the giveaway simply follow these three steps.
like inchbug on Facebook.
share this post on your facebook wall.
& tag three mommy friends in your post.

this would make a great birthday gift. shower gift. 
or just a gift to yourself! 

giveaway ends on october 29th.

good luck! 

{c'est si bon was not compensated for this post. i was given  product to review. all opinions are my own}

purposeful time.

one of my biggest adjustments in becoming a mom
has been learning time management.

i have never been super stellar at time management.
& honestly. its mostly because i never really had to be. 

when you are single or a newlywed. time management can be flexible. 
aside from your job. you are pretty much footloose & fancy free. 

you can eat when you want. work out when you want. 
socialize when you want. nap when you want. 
cook when you want. swim when you want. 
watch the oprah show when you want. shop when you want. 
do absolutely nothing when you want. 

you are basically living on your own preferred time table.

all of that changes when you become a mom. 

suddenly. your time is now revolved around these precious little babies.
your sleeping. your eating. your cleaning. your exercising. 
even your daily shower time can be dictated by your babies. 

the first two months of having two babies
i often felt as if i had no free minutes for just myself.

i felt as if i was constantly being pulled in three different directions. 
and i most certainly was. 

i was trying to clean while i played with patrick. i was trying to cook while i fed pierce. 
i was trying to play on pinterest while i had conversation with my lovie.
everything i did was multitasked. 
resulting in divided attention & diminished success. 

my quiet times with the lord took a backseat to catching up on sleep.
my playtime with patrick was lacking in quality and attention.
evening time with my lovie was taken over with wanting of few moments for myself. 

thats when i realized the value of time management. 
purposeful time management. 

i realized that i would gain so much more fulfillment in my life
if i were giving 100% to each of my roles. my chores. my jobs. my luxuries. 

at this point in my life. my faith & my family are my top priorities. 
while my social life may sometimes suffer. 
& my community involvement may take a backseat. 

i know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the lord has called me to be
his child. lovie's wife. patrick & pierce's mama. 
& that is where my time. energy. love. sacrifices need to be poured into first.

to have great success in this assignment my time management needed to change. 
purposeful time management looks different to everyone. 
this is what it now looks like to me. 

it means sacrificing extra sleep to wake up at 6 every morning. 
this gives me two hours of a quiet. sleepy. peaceful house. 
two hours before the boys wake & run ahead full speed.

two hours to have purposeful me time. 
to fill my tank. to have some fun. & feed my soul. 
to have prayer time. to play on pinterest. to write. 
to put on makeup for the day.

if you know me well. you know i love to sleep. i am not a morning person.
shockingly. this has been one of my favorite changes.
i look forward to getting up early every morning. 
i love my purposeful. quiet. alone time. 

purposeful time management means putting everything aside
during playtime with patrick & pierce. 

dedicating time to just being present in the moment with my boys. 

not playing puzzles while i am playing facebook. 
not speed racing cars while i speed race through pinterest.
not filling a sand bucket while i am filling an online shopping cart. 
not turning the pages to a children's book while i am turning the pages of my magazine.
not building my to-do list while i am building a big block tower. 

completely devoted. uninterrupted. undivided. focus on my boys. 
this makes for such meaningful time spent together. 

purposeful time management means
using nap time to get my household chores done instead of resting.
this way my time with lovie is not compromised in the evenings. 

i try to make sure that almost everything is done & tidied before lovie gets home from work. 
he works long hours. he gets home after dinner time. & boy does he work hard. 
we are both tired at the end of the day. 
we are both ready to just relax at the end of the day.

ensuring that most of my chores are done before lovie gets home 
allows us to have a few minutes alone together after bed time routines.
uninterrupted. just to talk. just to be together. even if we are just laying beside each other. 

being purposeful in the time throughout my day has made such a huge difference. 
it has strengthened relationships. it has allowed me to accomplish more. 

it is amazing to see the difference of exclusive dedication to each task at hand. 
the quality of each assignment is exponentially greater. 

how do you establish purposeful time management in your home?
i would love some tips from other mamas. 

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