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Emily’s Dreamy Pink & Gold Nursery

Since the very moment I found out we were having a sweet baby giiirl, my daydreams became flooded with pinks & golds, florals, pastels & creamy shades of white. I couldn’t ever really visualize what our little Emily would look like, and could only hope she would possess at least a few traits that were unquestionably from mommy. Of course, no mommy-to-be wants to set herself up for disappointment. So even if she turned out to be all daddy, I’d be perfectly over the moon happy. But juuuust in case, I’ll go ahead and confess that my dream of her little nursery has mommy all over it. Let’s be honest, I think all of us millennial mommas can say that our babies’ nurseries and wardrobes are an extension of us and our momma’s hearts wanting to pour out every little thing within our being that could possibly take on the expression of love. And that is exactly what this little nursery has been to me. An ultimate labor of love from this Mommy to her one and only baby girl, whispering in my best Parent Trap voice “I hope she likes me…please, please like me.”

Well, fast forward 2 years and this whimsical little girl room is the sweetest most peaceful haven of reading, playing, discovering, and dreaming sweet, sweet little dreams. Whether it is nature (her true liking of pretty girly things, aka mommy’s favorite things) or nurture (knowing nothing else other than her surroundings that were created and curated by mommy) there is no doubt that this little girl is all girl, and loves all things pink and pretty! I surely can’t get enough of it.

It all starts right here, where we begin and end our days. The most peaceful, dreamy, inspiring, and life giving little corner of our home. And I’m so happy to share it with you!

My first priority was to find the perfect crib with just the style and color that I was looking for. Let me go ahead and say that I definitely had a budget friendly mindset when planning this nursery, but decided that there would be a few things that I would splurge on. The main furniture being the priority. I went back and forth for quite a while on if I wanted a matching crib and dresser, or if I wanted to mix and match. When I came across this Wendy Bellissimo crib and dresser on Wayfair, I instantly melted and had heart eyes for days…literally days, weeks even! It was a good bit out of my price range, so for a while I kinda moped around the internet to try to find a similar look. Well with a mix of prayers, patience, a gift from my parents along with a very significant Wayfair sale on baby furniture, those pieces that I absolutely loved were set to arrive on our doorstep! And they were absolutely perfect.

Our rocker was a similar situation. I was particular about the color, material, size, and movement of our rocker. I also wanted one that came with an ottoman that didn’t move. Yes, that was very important. You see, I am relatively clumsy, so the experience of having my chair and propped feet moving like the ocean while needing to sturdy myself with a baby in arms was and is just too much for me. Anyway! I also very much wanted a wide chair (because comfort is life) and one that was a swivel rocker. It took me a while to find this one. It was also a Wayfair sale and was also a gift. Yay for squishy comfort!

All the other details came together piece by piece with a hundred back and forth trips of buying and returning decor pieces until everything was juuuust right. The gallery wall was my biggest project of all. I have literally been rearranging and updating it for 2 whole years!

All of the medium pieces were all less expensive and came from Kirkland’s & AtHome, and were all bought in one day on a shopping trip with my mom. Talk about feeling accomplished! The two small wooden tables came from Kirkland’s and were both under $100. They are pretty, functional, and have a touch of vintage look to them, which I loved.

The white vintage scroll table, rug, bird cage, and my personal favorite vintage rolling buggy all came from AtHome! And I’m pretty sure were all right at or under $50!

The sweet monogram on the wall was also a thoughtful gift from one of my church friends. Then unbeknownst to me, I became friends with the girl who made it while serving with the kids program at church. I put two and two together like a year later! So now I’m friends with Carrie who makes all these adorable signs that you should definitely check out!

The whimsical ribbon mobile was made by hand, by yours truly! I’ve realized that when I get something specific in my head, I can’t ever quite find exactly what I’m looking for. In this case, I got the idea from ones I had seen on Etsy, but didn’t feel like paying $50 for a little dinky sizes one. If what I’m dreaming of is something artsy, I usually weigh the question if it is something I could attempt at making myself. And boy, did this turn out better than I thought it would! I ended up finding the perfect combination of ribbons from Michael’s and this is still one of my favorite pieces in Emily’s nursery. I personally think it looks pretty in pictures, but they really don’t do it full justice! Maybe I’ll do a spin-off post of just how much I love this mobile.

My other fixation was finding the perrrfect gold mirror with a wow factor! I literally gasped when I saw this one online at Pottery Barn Kids. Then I dug out an old gift card that my husband had gotten me the previous Christmas, waited for a sale, and this gold flower mirror made all my dreams come true. I think I teared up when it arrived. I would consider this item another splurge, but sometimes there is just no other way and you are forever glad you did.

Ok girlies! All the other cutesy little details are all from affordable, easily accessible places—which is how I roll! Some items are from over two years ago and are no longer available in stores, but there are so many similar cute options out there! So here’s my list of places I frequented while trying to find the perfect items! And p.s. they all are really great with returns if something doesn’t work out like you thought!

Hobby Lobby (duh) Target (duh) HomeGoods/Marshall’s, Etsy, and that’s it!

If you want to know details about every specific little thing you see, comment on my Instagram posts and I would absolutely love to share!

So here it is…my heart and soul of pretty inspiration in a 10×10 room for my sweet little princess. I’m not a professional designer or professional photographer, but I’m a momma who hopes to fill my daughter’s world with beauty, and enjoy the journey of doing so. I have loved sharing this with you and can’t wait to chat more about our favorite pretty little things!

I guess if you could give this nursery a theme name, it would be “Vintage Garden” or “Parisian Vintage Garden” or “Boho Princess Garden Nursery”. Haha oh, I don’t know! How ‘bout you tell me what you would call it!

Xoxo,

Krystle

Family · Lifestyle · Me & My Little Life

The Unfolding of Motherhood

Motherhood. The most amazing associations that I have had the privilege to be a part of. Still a relatively new member, but wow am I a fan!

If you could travel into my little girl heart from 20 years ago, you would find a dreamer girl with a massive imagination, and ideas of a pretty little world painted in pinks and yellows, sunshine and watercolor flowers. Fast forward to now and there is practically no change, except for the fact that I have been given a rare gift of being able to see a glimpse of this dream in real life. God gave me a little girl who is truly “all girl” and it indefinitely makes my heart spill over every single day.

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It’s no question that becoming a mother changes you, and changes your life completely. What some may not know is the deep and profound ways that your heart and soul take on a new form that you have never known. You surprise yourself as what you thought you could handle gets multiplied, then multiplied even more. Even on the biggest days of doubt, you realize that somehow, you are still succeeding.

It’s no secret, motherhood comes with it’s challenges–a word that doesn’t quite do it justice when you get to those deep rooted places that are perfectly unseen.

I have struggled with body image issues for my entire teenage and adult life. But whew! Dealing with post pregnancy weight and body changes has quite possibly been one of the most trying events in my life that I am still in the trenches of as you are reading this. Being on a near two year long weight loss journey and not seeing a single pound move past a certain point…when you still have 20 pounds to go to your pre-pregnancy weight…is discouraging, and is not dreamy.

When “tired” and “frumpy” are two words that would be in your top 10 list of ways to describe yourself, life does not feel very dream-worthy either.

When you’re cleaning up the same things multiple times in a 12 hour span, just for the day to end with the exact same mess to be tidied up once more. It may not be what you think “life-goals” are made of.

These are the woes of motherhood that we hear about casually on social media and through laughable parodies, but Lord knows those are the easier ones to speak of. You may read this and inwardly groan because of the longing you have to hear someone else mention what you are dealing with in your own motherhood journey. If that’s you, that was me too, and without this just being an undoing of all of our discouraging trials, just know that I hear you! I feel you!

Most importantly, God does too. He knows your heart, your tears, your struggles right where you are. He loves you immensely and cares for you unconditionally. He has called you to this life of motherhood and will provide for every drop of faith you need to thrive joyfully. I also feel pressing on my heart to say to all the women with a mother’s heart that may not have seen your dream take place before your eyes–You are not unseen. Whatever your place, if your soul is begging to be heard and understood and noticed, He is there and he is everything you need.

Motherhood is a journey of depth, that may sometimes make us feel as if we are drowning.   

Oh but the beauty of the life that is your child.

The life that is given from the Lord, whether a beautiful blessing from your body, with the shared woven threads of you and your husband, or as a specially delivered gift that once was not yours, but that you have been specifically blessed and trusted with now. There quite simply may not be anything more beautiful than a mother with a deep, unexplainable, heart and soul love for her child.

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I did not always know if I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I always thought I would have a creative type of career, but would still be devoted to being a great mom. Wisdom tells us that life does not hardly ever go how you think it will. Biblical wisdom tells us that the Lord has our best interest in mind. And boy, did God know mine and my husband’s lives needed a sweet little thing like our Emily. He knew that I, myself, needed to completely stop and step away from everything else that I thought I should be doing, and just be “mommy”.

I stepped away from work, I stepped away from volunteering, away from a schedule peppered with social engagements and gym schedules. I even stepped away from social media completely for a time. One by one, these obligations and personal expectations fell away, until I was left with a handful of things to give my full attention to. My walk with God, my home & marriage, and the blessing of raising my beautiful daughter with full intention and love of the Lord.  God brought me to a place and quietly said to my heart “This. This right here is what I want for you right now, in this season. Pour your heart fully into this place, then we’ll see…”

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“The days are long, but the years are short” as the saying goes, with the thousands of heads nodding yes in agreeance. Mine is one of them. By no credit of my own, God has put a very specific message in my soul from the minute I wake up, to the minute that sweet little blonde head lays back down to sleep. To soak in every single moment. To teach this child how to grow in the love of The Lord, and in the little world that is our home and our life. To hear and be obedient to what he is teaching me, and to allow him to shape me into who he is calling me to be. The Lord has set this time aside for me to see the beauty and the dreams that have been in my heart for over 20 years, unfold right before my eyes. He has allowed me to find my inner beauty again. To find a new window of amazement in my soul that had not yet been opened to let the sunlight in and the sheer curtains billow.

I am seeing those blessings. I have just begun to see that beauty of the dreams that have been stored as secret treasures in my heart. I can’t even put it all accurately into words, yet I take the chance in knowing that some of you moms are totally getting what I’m saying.

I think through my life, to all the seasons that I have felt especially close to the Lord, those pivotal moments in life where I look back and say, “that was a time that completely changed me for the better.” This season of motherhood is one of them. This journey that I am barely in the midst of, is one that will mark my life forevermore in the very best way.

So here is to all the Mothers! You are beautiful! You are a blessing! You have a magnificent calling on your life. I echo the hundreds of other voices you’ve already heard in saying, do not take this time for granted. Do not let it go by without savoring the sweet simple moments of our babies growing into toddlers, and toddlers into children. Don’t lose yourself in the perception of expectations, but remember that you are doing this life for an audience of One. My prayer for my fellow mommies with little ones is that every single day, you can feel the joy, grace, and amazement of the blessing that is before you in the way that you love and raise your children, as we are on this joyful, beautiful journey together!

Be blessed. Live loved!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Emily's Book Club · Family · Lifestyle

A Few Favorite {Non-Christmasy} Winter Books for Toddlers

As I always state, the girls in this house LOVE books. “Bookies” as miss Emily calls them. Christmas books are so much wonderful, whimsical fun! But once Christmas is over, and the Christmas books are packed away, you don’t want there to be a lull of the wanderlust of seasonal reading and discovering! Hopefully you got your little love some books for Christmas 😉 but if not, go get these if you haven’t already! There are so many lovely little wintery books out there, but all of these are ones that I’ve found to be suitable for my only point of reference, my 18 month old daughter 🙂

That’s Not My Snowman

That's Not My Snowman

We love Usborne Books and through every season we always have to have a “That’s Not My…” touchy feely book. This one stayed out after the Christmas books were packed away with hopes of being able to build an actual snowman here in the south before winter is over. Here is to wishful thinking!

No Two Alike

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This is such a cute little book with two little birdie friends who are “just alike.” Actually, they are “almost…almost…but not quite.” Little Em loves this book and when she wants to read it she calls it “Al-mo” {Almost}. We love little creatures in the woods and even more-so with the backdrop of blanket white snow and dreamy snowflakes. This one is a daily reader for us!

The Mitten

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So this book was given as a baby gift and had stayed in the closet for a while because I thought it was a little busy for Emily’s age this time last year, and well as you may know, I like seasons. So we hadn’t gotten it out anytime since then. Well low and behold, it is now Emily’s most requested book of the winter season. “Mitt! Mitt!” she calls it, except for sometimes when she calls it BaBa. LOL! If you’ve read the book, you know that BaBa is the sweet grandma who knits her grandson the special white mittens. Another fun adventure of wintery forest animals, with a tad of baby appropriate suspension. 😉 We will definitely be adding more Jan Brett books to our collection!

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And who doesn’t love a book without words? haha, Ok so that may sound strange to some of you 🙂 But I LOVE IT! I know some of my other Montessori mommas out there love it too! The freedom to make up your own story with your little one, or just use it as a sweet little learning book to identify new things. Yes, it does have one corner picture with a Christmas tree in it, but it is still a predominantly “winter” book, more than it is about Christmas. Gerda Muller has one of these books for every season. Yay! 🙂

Biscuit’s Snowy Day

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We LOVE “Bih-cut” at our house! We are a family of 6. 3 humans and 3 dogs. So anything with puppy dogs that look anything like our golden retriever, great Pyrenees, or husky mix, are an easy winner. 🙂 We are growing quite the collection of Biscuit books around here, so naturally, we have Biscuit’s Snowy Day. A sweet little adventure with Biscuit, his little girl, and their adorable friends.

The World is a Wonderland Collection

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When I became a mommy and went exploring for sweet, dreamy, treasures of books for my baby girl, Nancy Tillman was the first author I fell completely in love with! Her book, My Love Will Find You, is still our most read year round book. My heart gets even more ooey-gooey over the moments where my favorite choice books, are also Emily’s favorites too in her little mind. Doesn’t that make you just stop and thank Jesus for blessing you with a little person that carries a little piece of you inside of them? {sweet sigh} Anyway! I came across this collection of Nancy Tillman MINI books that have somewhat of a wintery theme. I love them of course. But, oh my word, Emily REALLY loves them! Her favorite hobby is holding any little thing that can fit in her precious hand. These books qualify! Therefore, she always has one in tote around the house.

No need to venture out in the cold unless you just have to have these today! All of these books can be ordered from my links to Amazon, or Usborne Books.

Happy snuggle time with your sweet ones! Have other favorite wintery books for toddlers? Leave us a message! I would love to add some more to our “to-read” list!

Xoxo,

Krystle

 

Faith · Family · Lifestyle · Me & My Little Life

Sweet Songs for My Sweet One

I love to have Pandora playing my favorite Christian mood music during our morning quite play time. I feel something in me come alive when good, sweet music is filling the rooms of my home. It seems to bring a peace and an extra invitation from my heart & home to Jesus saying “Please come in, you are SO very welcome here in these moments, and always.” 

My favorite stations on days when my soul is quiet and in need of rest, sweetness and grace are from the voices of Bethany Dillon, JJ Heller, Audrey Assad, Ellie Holcomb, Allie Rogers, & Jillian Edwards with a little bit of Kari Jobe & Nichole Nordeman.

This song piece from Bethany Dillon has marked the last 18 months of having my sweet girl. I feel my insides tighten saying “hold on to this moment, let this be your heart song for this season.”

This will forever be my song to Emily. Take a listen and be blessed.  I hope you sing this over you’re sweet one in some of your quiet moments.

Disclaimer: There may be tears.

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Family · Lifestyle · Me & My Little Life

Christmas Photos 2017

When we make our trips out to South Carolina, we try to squeeze in some family photos with my sister-in-law, Allison, who is an amazing photographer! We are very blessed to have a handful of photoshoot collections from our years and different milestones together. Here is yet another treasure of memories from our Christmas 2017 Photoshoot.

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From our family to yours,

Merry Christmas!

Xoxo, Krystle

 

Family · Food · Lifestyle

Rice Krispie Christmas Treats

I have always loved Rice Krispie treats! They are such a simple form of perfect deliciousness! They are also a great way to mold and create a cute creative treat for kiddos! If you can mold it, you can make it with Rice Krispies! Here are some of my favorite ideas that I’ve seen!

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Christmas Tree Krispy Treats

 

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Rice Krispy Ornaments

 

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Rice Krispy Wreath

 

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Rice Krispy Treat Gingerbread Men

 

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Emily's Book Club · Family · Lifestyle · Uncategorized

Favorite Usborne Christmas Books! (for 12-24 months)

I love books! And I have been blessed to have a little girl who is already showing a love of books, creativity, music, and beautiful things. But we especially love our reading time. Twice a day in fact! My little Emily is about to be 18 months old, and I thought it would be fun to create a running list of her favorite books! Like a baby book club you could say 😉 Since I am also a consultant with Usborne Books & More, I’m going to start off with some of her favorite books that we have from Usborme! 🙂 I’ve included links for you to click and shop on my Usborne page, and also some helpful videos from other Usborne ladies 🙂

 

That’s Not My Reindeer

Not My Reindeer

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That’s Not My Snowman

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These are just 2 books from Usborne’s “That’s Not My…” series. This series has over 50 TITLES! We have quite a few more of these on Miss Emily’s shelf, but these are 2 of our favorite Chirstmas-y ones! I’ll feature some more of our favorites another time, but if you just can’t wait, click here to shop the full series!

The Nativity Touchy Feely

The Nativity

This Nativity Touchy Feely book has the cutest little pictures with vibrant colors and engaging touchy feely items on every page for your little one to discover. They are incorporated enough to keep my little 18 month old engaged for the full (baby version) of the story of Jesus! And that makes my heart happy 🙂

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Nativity Flap Book

The Nativity Flap Book

Another Nativity book that my little Emily loves! It’s fun seeing her recognize the story and familiar characters, but with a different look than the touchy feely version, and a different way to interact using the fun little flaps! She loves finding Baby Jesus behind the hay!

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Slide and See Christmas

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This book is a fun festive one that is more about the pictures and surprises from the “slide and see” tabs on each page. This book has hardly any words, but the pictures are so cute and fun. Since it’s not so much a story book, we like to use this book as another fun resource to identify new Christmas-y things together like ice skating, reindeer, and a gingerbread house!

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Pop-Up Christmas

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Love, love, love this adorable book! The pop ups are beautiful and elaborate! They are also sturdy, but to keep your book in good condition, it’s best for toddlers that are a little more removed from the “ripping and tearing” phase.

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Usborne Books & More has some really, REALLY cute books for your younger and older kids! Some of my favorites for my niece and nephews (and any other kid that loves Christmas) are the Christmas activity books! They are fun for keeping busy while traveling, (and waiting to open presents at grandma’s) or some down time over the school holiday break. I’ve included a video, in the link below, that some other lovely Usborne lady has made. Check out the video, but come back here to shop 😉

Usborne Christmas Books for ALL Ages!

See something you like? HURRY and grab it by shopping from my link. Many of the Christmas Books are almost out of stock! By clicking any of these “Shop this book” links, it directly takes you to my website where you can place your order 🙂

Shop Usborne Christmas books and ALL of our other collections for year round! Our books make the best Christmas gifts & stocking stuffers!

Join the movement. Balance your child’s Christmas by giving them…

“Something they want

Something they need

Something to wear

SOMETHING TO READ!”

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Just in case you’re interested…

I know there are so many more moms out there like me that have visions of walls and bookshelves full of dreamy books for their child’s home library. That’s the main reason I joined Usborne! Free books, discounted books, and a little money on the side!

If you’re interested in earning free and half priced books, You can always host an ONLINE book party, or even jump right in and become a consultant like me for even more rewards! Send me an email anytime at usbornebookskrystle@gmail.com

Those who book an online party before the end of January will have the opportunity to earn DOUBLE the hostess awards! That’s a good deal, y’all! Can’t wait to hear from you and share even more amazing books with you and your friends!

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