Hey! So I’ve seen so many new followers lately I thought I should give you new guys some deets on myself and the shop☺️
I’m a mama of three sweet babies Ira Edward 👼🏼 who got to be with Jesus way sooner than I would have liked but His ways are bigger than mine, Camden Walter, my spunky almost two year old and Anita Mae who’s 6 months and will never do anything wrong 😁 They are my number one fans... more like they’re forced to wear moms knits 😂 My hubs, Jon, and I love playing instruments and singing on our church’s worship team regularly and adventuring around our gorgeous town of Missoula MT! ...
I opened this little shop of mine about two months before Cam was born and man was it a struggle 😩 It’s not easy finding your place sometimes but I just stuck to the things I loved all the while building some really amazing relationships that are honestly more valuable than the shop itself. Also, meeting all these other moms helped with finding my groove as a mom too! So there’s a few little tidbits about myself and the shop. Now for some really great news! ...
I’m flying through these orders and will be sending them out this coming week! So that means a new drop date will be scheduled for Nov. 2nd at 6pm MST!! Wahooo! If you’re still reading thank you, and tell me about yourself! I’d love to meet some new friends ☺️
If you've followed me for a while, you might remember that we stopped going to any structured classes when the twiglets were about 18 months old, because they'd be so feral it was just too stressful for me to manage them both 🙈 Now that they're a bit older and have been going to nursery etc, I figured we'd try again... They love dancing so I chose a @diddidancecrew class near us. I was quite nervous as to whether they'd listen/join in etc, especially as when we arrived, they started by tearing round the hall like complete maniacs, slamming into the walls and shouting 'Lady Gaga' at the tops of their voices 😳😩 But actually, they did brilliantly once it started - they listened and joined in the majority of the time and most importantly, they LOVED it 😊 I was so proud of them 😍 It's nice when they surprise you isn't it 🤣😊 We also had a really lovely park afternoon in the gorgeous autumn sunshine so all in all a pretty fab day 😁 I hope Friday has been as kind to everyone else - weekend now yay👍🏻😘
and to this little guy 💙 a year ago we were only a few weeks away from the beginning of when things started to get real and I was scared beyond belief. From the moment I stepped out on PICU at Glenfield I knew I wanted to do something positive from our experience, to fundraise, raise awareness of CHD and to give hope to other families about to head into the unknown. almost a year on, thank you for inspiring me to do good things each and everyday my little love... we’ve nearly made it to a year (how has that happened!) 💙
My poor little man is teething. He's chewing on everything, cheeks all rosy red and it is definitely making me feel useless in helping him. Luckily I don't have to be! So thankful for these rollers that can help him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌿 Copaiba and Lavender on his little jaw
🌿 Gentle Baby on those little feet day and night! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Check out my wellness account @courageouslynavigatingoils for more of our wellness journey! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
it definitely helps this mama feel a little less useless.
Is your little girl still dreaming of unicorns 🦄?
We have these cute handcrafted headbands in stock and ready to ship. What a perfect Halloween prop to add to your and her costume 👸🏻
DM to purchase • Only 2 available • Priority shipping available • Based in the USA 🇺🇸
You ever get in a funk? Feel frustrated, cranky, indifferent, drained — just tired of everything, but not even really sure why? I woke up Monday feeling all this, emotions everywhere. I felt this weird frustration with life in general, like I’d hit a wall and was blocked — I was getting annoyed and angry with Kinsley and my husband over the smallest of things for no reason. I couldn’t pin point where it was coming from, which was even more frustrating.
To be honest, I think it was a combination of factors such as a needy baby, dreary weather, lack of seeing my husband much, lack of self care, but the main culprit behind this “mood,” was my hormones.
Too often, I feel like as women we forget that HORMONES AND EMOTIONS ARE REAL and they do, in fact, effect us. Up until Wednesday night this mood just took over me, so I turned to some oily friends for help and stumbled across an oil called •Northern Lights Black Spruce.• This is the description I found on it:
“It can be used to release emotional blocks and can bring about feelings of balance — it actually has the capacity to make you feel grounded and elevated all at the same time.”
Well guess what, they were right! I’ve been diffusing this oil for the past two days straight now and I was in shock at the difference in how I felt. My emotions haven’t felt like they were stuffed in a bottle about to explode, I’ve felt calm, relieved, grounded. 2.5 years of using oils and they still blow my mind.
So here’s to looking forward to a great weekend, with emotions in check! Happy Friday friends!
Being in nature is definitely a Site of Mutual Fulfillment for us. Have you heard of this concept? It’s a bit of a gamechanger. @lulasticblog coined it: “An SMF is a place where both child and parent have a great time.” Simple but powerful. Building as many SMFs as possible into our rhythms is such a big act of self-care. These activities help fill me up rather than leaving me depleted the way some of overcrowded, chaotic play groups do. Our local cafe. The walled garden. The park. Nature Club. These woods. @clarejasminebeloved’s studio. Lazy mornings reading books and drinking tea (me) on the sofa. These are all SMFs for our family. What are some of yours? ✨
P.S. I have never had as many comments on a garment as we have on this bunny hat from @leopardspotsbaby. You can get 10% off her Etsy shop using the code PETER10
New mom tip: it should be your babe's own job to put themselves to sleep. It is important to not let your little one become overly dependent on nursing, bottles and constant physical contact to put them to sleep. While swaddling and shushing are fine, try to refrain from holding, rocking or feeding as a tactic to get your little one to sleep. 💤 #WeeSleep101#WeeSleep ⠀
special thanks to these two lovely ladies for helping to make today happen, you both rock and couldn’t have done it without you! when women support women good things happen! #mumssupportingmums#womensupportwomen @sparksensory @my_fashionforecast
Guys, I'm sorry, I wasnt able to knit all of the colors for the bloomers by today, so the release date will be pushed back to next Friday. .
I need to prepare items for my class this Sunday ( I have so many goodies for you all!!!)
Plus, @dabbledenver is holding a Harvest New Experiences Sale on ALL classes, take advantage for the next 12 hours on discounts for the classes. Dabble in a few local classes, get to know local artists, and enjoy a new experience. .
My class will be held at @rivernorthworkshop ! Sign up, and get ready to dive into the world if crochet!
We had ourselves a little 1/2 birthday for our sissy girl yesterday. She is seriously the ham of all hams. I can’t believe we’ve been loving on her for an entire 6 months now. We love you baby girl, even when we make you eat those awful green beans and go to bed at a decent hour. (You’ll thank us one day 🤪) #ourislamae#growingisla#gerberphotosearch2018
Parenthood is an amazing lesson in what we’re capable of. Most days I scarcely feel like an adult. And yet, when I’m woken in the middle of the night by my sick baby, I will shake off the exhaustion and my own aches, catch as much throw up as my hands can hold, and sing “Silent Night” five-hundred times if that’s what it takes to help him sleep. There’s coffee on the other side, but more than that, there’s the incredible realization that we are capable of giving our precious little ones exactly what they need when they need it most: comfort, sacrifice, and love. Weary parents, you’re doing the good, good work. Keep it up.
Gooooood morning from my crew to yours!! 🐱🦖🐰🦄 We have started our day with about 20 rounds of Guess Who. 😄 So far we have no weekend plans and it feels strange! What do y’all have going on this weekend?? OH! And what are y’all being for Halloween?!?! Kate can’t decide between a unicorn or a wolf. Decisions decisions... 😆😍 #lovecarters
It was a play date. Our guests (and myself) were immediately informed upon arrival that they’d be watching a performance and seats were provided in a perfect semi circle. I respectfully asked Harper if I could film this improv experience and she said “yes”. Enjoy... #arianagrande
Is it weird that she only will wear shoes inside, but wants them off as soon as she hits grass/dirt? Because if it is, oh well. I was barefoot most of my childhood, and actually have several memories of my dad telling me I needed to wear shoes outside, especially when it's cold. Guess she takes after me that way. Which probably means she'll never have soft girlie feet 😂💁🏻♀️
Annie 23 meses, como o tempo passa rápido, daqui a um mês são 2 anos... 2 anos! Ontem revi todas as roupinhas que eram dela e que vão passar para o irmão. Chorei, devem ser das hormonas da gravidez 😅 ❤️ #23monthsold#maededois
How has this week gone by so fast?!?! We’re definitely not sitting around turning into pumpkins over here!!! Looking forward to clocking out and enjoying some fall filled fun this weekend! Whooooooo’s with me?!? 🎃🍂🍁 #fallfun#pumpkinpatch#girlsweekend
“If you call me, need me!”
During potty training, I’d always tell Ryah, “If you need me, call me” and this is her attempt at saying it 😜 Whenever she walks away from me, she says this and it’s seriously the cutest thing ever. ☺️
You know all those funny, cute things your kids do? It’s kind of sad that one day, they’ll do it for the last time but you won’t know it until months later, when you think, “remember when she used to ____?” 😭 It just makes me when to bottle up every cute moment I have with my kids (and trust me, there are a lot of them) 🤗
We meet our son in less than 5 weeks, and I hope he’s just like you. Just as kind, just as centered, just as selfless. So thankful for a partner who will raise our boy to be strong but gentle, to seek love and equality, and who will never tell him “boys don’t cry.” Thankful for you today and every day. 📷: @nurseclara
I wanted Apple pie then saw pumpkin pie at the store. I went back to that pie stand three times trying to decide if I really wanted the pumpkin pie or if I should stick to my original craving of apple pie. Then I got tired and wanted to cry and a cheeseburger. 🤷🏻♀️ being pregnant with a girl is WAY different than with my boys. Sometimes Eric finds me eating in bed and I’ll say don’t hug me I’ll cry and of course being the sweet husband he is he’ll hug me and then I’ll cry. Most times I’m crying because of silly things and my logical side knows they’re silly but damn do these hormones think the world is ending. Also I hate pie. 🙃
Sweet baby girl Mara is nine months old today! She is the spunkiest little girl, with the cutest personality. She LOVES to eat and is getting pretty good at feeding herself. Not crawling yet, but she is starting to get there and wanting to go places! She grabs everything in her sight, and she probably loves her brother’s toys more than her own. She loves to be held and is always so friendly to everyone she sees. She is a happy little girl! We love you so much sweet Mimi 💜
2 Halloween crafts with objects that you likely have laying around the house! Masking tape mummies + cotton ball ghosts. Did you know little hands love putting glue on with paint brushes? 12 days till Halloween!
If you live in California, don’t be duped by our sneaky politicians who manipulated the title of Prop. 6! Voting YES on 6 REPEALS the gas tax and higher car registration fees. I don't really see myself riding my bike with two toddlers on the handlebars anytime soon. #vote#YESon6#repealthegastax
I just read the boys a story about a dragon who was looking for a pumpkin “as big as a house” to make the scariest jack-o’-lantern. But there were only 6 small pumpkins so he brought them home. His friend laughed at him and told him he couldn’t make a scary jack-o’-lantern out of a small pumpkin. The dragon said, “just wait.” His friend saw the dragon’s progress and laughed. Dragon said, “just wait.” His friend saw small holes carved in the small pumpkins and laughed. The dragon said, “just wait.” And then the dragon stacked the pumpkins to make a stack of jack-o’-lanterns so scary he scared himself! He knew he could do it, but didn’t know how or what it would look like!
We strive for the perfect giant pumpkin in life. Our dreams are big! We want the perfect ending all wrapped in one nice efficient package. We picture it to be like someone else’s (but bigger!) and we don’t feel successful unless it is shaping up to be just how it appears in our mind.
We’re going along and then something changes and we have to adjust. This happens constantly, it seems! It takes longer than we hoped. We have to recommit. It’s harder than we thought. We doubt ourselves. People don’t understand or support us like we want. We have to keep going. 🎃
You hear, “believe in the process” but how can you when you can’t even picture it?! What will it all look like?! Will you ever get “there?!” You have to keep going! 🎃
Get back up. Be flexible. Trust. Be grateful. Keep pushing. And most of all, believe you can do it! You are worth it. It will be worth it. Even though you can’t picture it now. Just wait.
Swipe for pics of this great book, Dragon’s Halloween 📚 by Dav Pilkey.
We’ve been thinking about this post from @sondermama and wanted to share it, directly in her own words, “I see so many posts about raising girls to be strong women. Women who will make a difference, women with a voice and I want to high five those parents and cheer on those girls. Part of me is a little sad I won’t have the opportunity to raise a girl as I was blessed with boys. However, I’m beginning to realize how we raise our sons is just as important. So here is to raising boys that respect women and embrace their sensitive side. That aren’t taught to man up but that showing emotion is ok for boys too. Because having a world full of strong women only solves half the problem.” Beautifully said @sondermama. Thank you for sharing 💕 #repost
What a day!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for the coffee & sensory morning today and for making it such a special morning! We raised £650 (whoop!!!!)for @tinytickers and @heartlinkglenfield which is pretty amazing for a morning of doing all the things we love with our little ones - drinking coffee, eating cake, shopping and singing! ✨🧡 Thanks to the amazing Helen from @sparksensory for bringing her sparkle & magic to the day, everyone old and young loved the singing and music! Thanks to all of the wonderful stall holders @lilypad_designs @stelladotuk @sensoryplayboxuk @littlejemsphotography @babytreebabies for bringing their gorgeous products for sale and thanks to everyone who donated a raffle prize, it is much appreciated and we’re delighted to have raised so much!
And big thanks to @bk_nottingham for letting us transform your wonderful restaurant into a kiddies paradise for the morning and to @mothers_meetup for supporting the event and just generally being ace! I really appreciate it 😍
Good morning, I had some extra time to edit some pictures and came across these gems. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo bombing is their specialty and they do it quite well. 📸👀
Kiwi (her cat) clearly makes her happy lol and I’m pretty sure the picture that Buddah (her pup) photobombed would have been an amazing picture, but it’s a perfect representation of mom life over here lol the battle between fur babies and human baby.
In other news, Rhea became an official Brand Rep for @ilanielyse and we can’t wait to get our order and add to my ridiculous plethora of Rhea pictures 💕
Do you take regular family vacations?
I’m trying to be better at planning quality family time away from home. We get so caught up in our busy lives, we forget that vacations are (much) needed!
Come find out what we did on our last mini vacation, up on the blog today! #linkinbio
In case you missed it on our stories, two of your new fall staples are in stock... swipe right to see the @graceandlaceco pocket ponchos and scarves we have on the shelves!
We have a few shades and styles of each and you have to come in and see for yourself just how cozy they are. What’s even better is that any fashion purchase you make in our shop is for a cause. Look great and make a difference all in one?
Sign us up 🙌 ✨