Being Present In The Moment


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about being more present with my kids. I brought it up in a recent Instagram post. I’ve noticed in myself, and in so many around me, this need to constantly be connected. Nowadays, it’s really no secret that social media can be addicting. The problem for me came when I realized that maybe I was one of those people that was addicted. I like to think that I’m aware of how often I pull out my phone to scroll Instagram or check my email, but I could be doing SO MUCH BETTER. I know you can probably relate. I want my children to have memories of me being with them, playing, and being available to answer their many questions. And for myself, I want to be more present in all of those moments so that I can enjoy life more.

To be honest, I love Instagram. (Who doesn’t!?) I love posting pretty photos, the encouraging comments I receive, and the supportive community of other moms/creatives I’ve found. But I often turn to social media when I’m feeling bored. I like being creative and lately I’ve been scrolling Instagram for inspiration. But what I’ve found is that I’m doing more consuming than creating. And more and more often, I come away feeling discontent and insignificant.

Deep down, I know that I have creativity that is worth sharing and a life that is worth every bit of my attention and enjoyment. So I’ve made a plan to do a little less consuming and a little more creating. I’m going to make more of an effort to be fully THERE as a mother.


Last Friday as I was thinking about all of this, I decided to put my phone and computer away for the day and pull out my camera instead. I enjoyed so many beautiful and fun every day moments with my kids and I was able to be creative while doing it. Afternoons at home are often the hardest part of my day. It’s easy for me to get in a funk of feeling bored and uninspired. I can’t tell you how good it was for my soul to force myself to look for the inspiring moments where I wouldn’t usually see them. I ended up with a little video of our afternoon. I found special details in a completely normal day as Lucy woke up from her nap and figured out how to make sounds with a recorder, as Owen and Milo built a couch-fort, and Ande built an epic Lego parking garage. It made going out on a date that night feel great because I knew I had soaked up some good quality time with the babes beforehand. And now, with this video, I can enjoy those moments over and over again.

The video I worked on is below, and I hope you’ll follow along with my little journey through motherhood by subscribing to our channel while you’re there!



For our date night in the video, I wore my favorite lace midi dress! I got it from H&M a few years ago, and altered the sleeves from long sleeved to short! I looked for a similar lace dress to share and listed a few cute ones below!




(Click on a photo and the link will be listed below it!)


The Dress Every Nursing Mama Needs!


I brought my flowy wrap dress to the beach a couple weeks ago to wear to church. One evening, the sunset was just too beautiful to pass up a fun photo shoot with my mom and sister, and of course I had to wear this dress!

A flowing dress + the ocean winds + sunset = the perfect combination!

I love wrap front dresses lately! They are great for easy access for nursing. I snatched this dress up from Piper & Scoot while I was still pregnant because I knew I’d need something forgiving in the tummy area, and with a no-fuss option for breastfeeding! It has worked out great so far! Another thing that I love about wrap dresses is how they make your curves look good and your waist look small!

We had so much fun snapping away at some pictures that night at the beach, with Curtis and my sisters husband making us giggle! Here are a few of my favorite shots from that night!


My dress is no longer available, but below I rounded up some really cute wrap dress options for you! Just click the photo, then the link below each photo will take you straight to it! Hopefully you fellow nursing mama’s out there will find something you like! I find it SO important to find post-baby outfits that are not only functional, but that make you feel GOOD! Don’t you!?

Sunday Style {reflections on Mother’s Day}










a boy-and-his-view-finder










In all honesty, I don’t feel like I’ve done much mothering lately that’s worth celebrating. Pregnancy and allergy season has inflicted a monster cold that I haven’t been able to shake for a couple months now. I’ve had a hard time getting through the day without a lot of rest and in the meantime I’ve let a lot of things slide. Laundry and dishes get backed up, vacuuming doesn’t happen, and the kids have heard me complain about being sick one too many times. It has been frustrating and I feel so inadequate, but lucky for me the boys still love me anyway! They spoiled me yesterday with breakfast in bed and gifts from the heart. They love so unconditionally, and I am so blessed to be constantly learning from them.
Besides the support from my boys, sometimes just getting dressed and getting outside can be so beneficial! Yesterday, I got dolled up in an adorable maxi dress from Motherhood Maternity, curled my hair (seriously this one thing alone makes me feel like a million bucks), and after church we went for a stroll around a favorite lake. It turned out to be kinda hot, and there may have been some whining, but I was grateful that everyone indulged me for one afternoon!
Being a mom is hard. So much responsibility rests on my shoulders and sometimes that overwhelms me. But it’s also brought more joy and love into my life than I could even put into words. It humbles me and teaches me how to appreciate small and simple things. So even though this year on Mother’s Day, I didn’t feel like I had been doing such a great job, I do know that I have little people who love me no matter what and a husband who supports me, and that’s all that really matters.

our Easter and my favorite twirly dress!







We had a really great Easter weekend! Pretty much every holiday is more exciting now that I’m at parent. I love doing special things for them. This year, Ande had seen a video where a kid planted jelly beans and by Easter they had “grown” into plastic Easter eggs. He was dying to try it out and see if it would really work. On the Friday before Easter, we went to my parents house and let the boys plant dozens of jelly beans in the grass. When we came over for Easter dinner on Sunday they were SO excited to find that all of their jelly beans were suddenly colorful eggs scattered throughout the yard!

On Sunday we got all dressed up in our Sunday best. I finally got to wear a dress that I fell in love with and bought a few weeks ago. It probably wouldn’t have fit if Easter was even one day later, but I sucked in and literally twirled in it all day long!

Another thing that made the weekend great was that I was filled with gratitude for my family and for this sweet baby kicking in my belly. Last year we battled hard with infertility. But as I took some time to think about the real reason for Easter, I felt so grateful that my Savior was right there with us through it all. Because of His sacrifice, he knew exactly how it felt and was there to comfort us at every turn.

I confess I still have a childish love for holiday traditions and gifts, but I’m glad I was able to look past the fun stuff a little bit this time and to reflect on the real gifts in my life!

Boy’s shirts: Old Navy here and here
Boy’s bowties: imperfectly made last minute by me
My twirly dress: Chicwish

sunday style {my vintage dress refashion}

I got this dress at a clothing swap that we did with a group of women from church. I’m pretty sure it is originally from some time in the 90’s, and it was pretty big on me, but I saw so much potential in it! I loved the bright red color, which thankfully wasn’t faded, and who doesn’t love polka dots? The dress has these perfect little fabric covered buttons along the front and I particularly love the three buttons along the band at the waist. The chest is darted and the sleeves puffed just a little bit. Once I got the dress home I cut the sleeves so they would be a little shorter, but kept the “puff.” I took in the bodice on each side, all the way down to the waist, then tapered back into the original seam so that the skirt remained the same. Lastly, I took the hem up a few inches so that it hits just below my knees.

I love how this dress refashion turned out. It used to be a frumpy, shapeless, out of style dress and it became this amazing, vintage looking, 40’s style dress! I wore it this past week when my family and I stayed at a beach side cottage for the week. My mom and I had so much fun traipsing around the yard snapping photos of each other in our Sunday outfits! The big trees in the backyard reminded me of a southern plantation home from long ago, so it turned out to be the perfect backdrop for my little polka dotted vintage dress!

Taking old, forgotten things and making them fresh and new again is so fun! What are your consignment store clothing cast off redo’s? Share them with me via Instagram with #lovecityblog!

Dress: old, refashion by me

sunday style {mothers day edition}

dress: DownEast
shoes: LimeLight from Rack Room Shoes (can’t find originals)
floral pants: Loft

May has always been my favorite month. For starters, my birthday is this month. Add to that the blossoming trees, gorgeous warm (but not too hot) weather, and mother’s day. You just can’t beat this awesome month!

My mother’s day was so wonderful this year (possibly because I made a point to remind Curtis about it a couple weeks before). I got to sleep in and then enjoy a delicious breakfast in bed. The boys brought me little love notes and a new book to read as well. I felt pretty special and pampered all day!

I also wore my pretty new dress from DownEast to church! I love how comfortable this dress is while still holding the slim-cut pencil skirt shape. This dress fit me like a glove. It seemed like it was custom fit just for me!

And then the highlight of the day was reading the boys comments about me in the “all about mom” questionnaire that they filled out in sunday school. They are hilarious and I love them.

Curtis and I always debate about celebrating “made up” holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. He doesn’t want to conform and I say, who cares! Let’s conform, because it sure is nice to be pampered every year!!!

Sunday Style {stripes for spring}

Sundays are usually the only day of the week that I put any real thought or planning into my outfits. I also have a love affair with dresses (I rarely wear jeans), and love wearing them and styling them each week. I thought I would start documenting some of my favorite Sunday dresses so I can have a log of the outfits I put together, and hopefully give any of you some dressing inspiration as well!

Dress: Old Navy
(old but similar here, here, and here)
Nude Pumps: old, Target
Old Belt
I originally bought this dress in the fall and had dedicated it to cold weather days. I had been pairing it with black tights and black boots as a casual, kinda punky, everyday outfit. 
When this past Sunday was so warm, I thought I’d see how it worked as a fun spring dress. I love a good black and white stripe/floral pairing so I added flowers to my braided crown and a touch of pink in the belt. It turned out to be sweet and subtle and a great way to start the warmer months!
And because I always have 3 little helpers wherever I go, here are the boys in their Sunday Style…