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2016 ended on a high note with a fabulous New Year’s Eve dance party in our living room, and so far 2017 doesn’t disappoint either! We started things off just right with a beautiful snow fall.

We were prepared for 6-8 inches, but woke up to a light icing on the grass. We were feeling pretty disappointed when suddenly giant snow flakes began to fall from the sky! Down here in the south, snow is a novelty, so we were pretty excited!

I spent most of the day bundled up inside with a crochet project and warm blanket, and the rest of the day watching the boys sled! Our fun neighbor spent the majority of the day pulling the kids around behind his riding lawn mower. Lucy and I even got a ride, and it was pretty awesome!

Isn’t snow just so magical!? I love when the world is covered in white. It’s like the real world suddenly transforms into  a fairy tale when it snows. I love it, and it was such a good day, one that I know the kids will remember!

Snow days from years past… the white fluffy stuff , snow day

Snow Day Outfit Details:

classic Women’s Plus Size Chalet Down Shawl Collar Coat-Black Floral • Classic • $149.97
Shimmer sweater leggings • Gap • $27.99

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life lately

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Reading… The Baby Name Wizard. Yes, still. I’ve read it top to bottom but I still flip through it a couple times a week hoping for something to pop out at me as “the one.”


Watching… Besides a lot of tball and soccer practices…The Barkley Marathons. I loved this documentary. It made me want to go out and accomplish something. It’s about this kind of secretive marathon held deep in the Tennessee mountains. It’s long and almost impossible to finish, but watching the runners go for it makes me want to go for it with projects in my own life that I keep thinking are “too hard.” (Can also be found on Netflix).


Buying… this adorable romper for the baby.



Making… a dress for myself. I spent an entire afternoon making it and I felt so accomplished at the end of the day, which is a feeling I’ve been lacking lately! Also, it fits and I can’t wait to wear it!


Eating… Chicken Noodle Soup. I love this simple video recipe. It’s simple and the kids gobbled it up and even asked for it again the next week!


Wanting… any flowing, comfortable dress like this one. I also can’t get enough of flutter sleeves and florals lately!


Acquiring… these stools for our bar height counter. They have been great! With a messy child like Milo, I’m always loving furniture that’s easy to clean off!


Anticipating… my 31st birthday at the end of this month! Holy moly! I’m kind of terrified to be that old, but I love the month of May, spring, and warm weather, so I’m excited nonetheless!

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life lately

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loving… all of the pictures we took in front of the cute aqua colored ice cream shop at the beach, like the one of our family ^ above (also these pics).

wearing… this cherry red dress from old navy and already planning how to style it with a cute cardi and boots for fall!

reading… this book, given to me by a sweet friend who knows my love for happy, romantic teen fiction so well.

watching… this show on Netflix and loving the amazing costume design. Can amazing hats from the 1920’s please come back in style!?

painting… my nails, and really bothered by how long it’s taking for them to dry!

enjoying… the colors for fall this year and hoping to incorporate them into my shop soon!

Read my last “loving lately” post…

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Making… As many pretty things as I can to prepare for the Raleigh Maker’s Market this coming Saturday!


Watching… Flea Market Flip on Netflix. Over. And. Over.

Listening… to the new She Percolates podcast about creativity and success and feeling so inspired by it.

DIY-ing… a fun lighting fixture for our dining room. I can’t wait to share it…if it turns out!

Wishing… my sewing machine wasn’t broken because I have an awesomely ugly mumu in the closet ready to be reinvented!!!

Writing… a new knitting pattern (sneak peek above ^ ) that will hopefully be ready by Friday!

What are you doing, reading, loving lately?

life lately {according to Milo}

My baby is two today! Usually on their birthdays, I get all nostalgic and look back at their baby photos remember all the adorable moments from their life so far. But today, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I seriously do not want this kid to grow up any more! So, there’s no need to look back at his baby pictures just yet because I’m pretending that he’s still my baby.

Instead, we’ll just go through some of the things he’s doing lately and loving lately.

Here’s life lately according to Milo…

playing… with anything helicopter or airplane related

riding… on his Scuttlebug (which he’s almost too big for!)

reading…Giraffes Can’t Dance , a favorite from our Christmas present book haul.

learning… to go potty…crazy kid pretty much taught himself and we’ve been diaper free for at least a week now (my thoughts on potty training).

speaking… in full sentences all. the. time. His favorite phrase at the moment is, “What’s that noise!?”

terrified… of the humidifier, which is #1 cause for his favorite phrase ^ it’s a frog. how scary is that?

loving… sharing a room with his brothers now and talking to them even after they are fast asleep.

giving… hugs and snuggles and sitting in my lap as often as possible. Thank you baby.

Happy birthday to my goofy, loving, playful, energetic Milo!





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life lately {according to Owen}

Reading… Otis and the Puppy Such a sweet, sweet book! (He’ll be getting A Is for Apple from Santa. It has indented letters so he can trace each one with his finger.)

Watching…a long time favorite for our kids,Pingu The funny penguin characters talk in this nonsensical, made up language which makes it fun for little toddlers who can’t always follow a story line.

Fighting…with both brothers over the trusty ole’ cozy coupe.

Wearing…some seriously cute and soft leggings from this shop.

Learning…his letters. Well…trying to anyways. So far he’s got O and T down pat.

Playing…in his dinosaur Halloween costume, still. everyday.

Singing…all the time but the ABC’s, I am a Child of God, and Mary Had a Little Lamb are usually on the rotation.

Preparing…to finally sleep in a “big boy bed” (yep, he’s 3 1/4 and still in a crib…by golly I keep them in there as long as I can!). The boys are getting bunk beds for Christmas so to practice, we’ve been making a huge floor bed with his and Ande’s mattresses. Owen has been doing great, and finding him all snuggled up next to his big brother just melts my heart!

Oh, to be three!



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life lately: according to Milo

Reading: an I-spy book with “funny teeth.”
Loving: monkeys. always, monkeys.
Saying: “Ta-da!” about 100 times per day repeating any other word he hears and likes.
Wearing: a random usb cord around his neck like a necklace, or cape?
Playing: with legos, because he has to be just like his brothers. and they have to play with him, or he gets cranky!
Giving: loves and kisses and endless entertainment

life lately

Reading… Longbourn by Jo Baker. I’ve read the first chapter about three times now because I either get distracted or fall asleep. Next on the list to read: The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
Enjoying…Sleeping in. Ande is “tracked out” of school for three weeks so I get a reprieve from the 645 am trek to the bus stop!
Watching…Murdoch Mysteries. It’s a crime/detective show that is set in the late 1800’s. Not the best acting in the world but it’s clean and of course I love the Edwardian period!
Dreaming…a lot of crazy, scary dreams lately. What does that mean!?
Working…on listing all of the new fall crochet and knit accessories for my shop (www.lovecitycrochet.etsy.com) and hopefully getting the patterns for some of the items listed soon as well!
Loving…my new dress from Forever 21 and the time spent shopping with friends!
Learning…a lot about how kids learn to read and getting so excited watching Ande figure it out!
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What are you watching, reading, doing lately?
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