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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

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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!

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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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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

 

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About Me & My Little Life

Hey Y’all, I’m Krystle 🙂

I am a 28 year old, Jesus loving, wife & mommy to a handsome hubby and a precious little 13 month old baby girl. Like many of you, I am simply enjoying the journey of figuring out the right balance to creating the most joy filled version of my world that is possible!

I have always been a dreamer. I’ve always had a huge imagination with big ideas, big hopes, with an equal amount of fear, and a heaping spoonful of being a little scatterbrained. I can be silly, sweet, sincere, & serious all in the same conversation. I could be called an introverted-extrovert. I don’t know if that’s even a thing, but I know that I identify with it! I have a huge heart which makes me a lover of many things! –I love people and their stories! I love coffee, girl time, dogs, reading books, anything floral, the beauty and temperatures of fall, watching morning television, cooking, running, traveling, and perusing Pinterest for pretty things (yes, that’s a hobby)! I love going to the beach, or sipping sweet iced tea, poolside. I’m a Starbucks, Target, Hobby Lobby and boutique kind of girl. I was born and raised in Texas, and went to Texas A&M in College Station, where a part of my heart will remain forever and ever, Amen! I am a Texas girl, through-and through, but I also fell in LOVE with the deep, deep south while living in South Carolina! I am a foodie who loves organic, gluten free, vegetarian, while also being a life long lover of good ol’ southern cooking, & specifically, anything that has ever came from my Nanny Georgia’s kitchen. I love shopping– clothes shopping, online shopping, local shopping, grocery shopping, boutique shopping (did I mention shopping?) I’ve always had a love for fashion, interior decorating, food & cooking, and most of all, enjoying time with my family and closest friends!

I have spent a good part of my life in a church or ministry setting and have always felt a calling to minister to the lives of young girls, teenage girls, and now, young adult women! For the last 5 years that “ministry” has predominantly poured out through my role as an elementary teacher, loving on those little angels with crooked halos. Since the school year has been out, I have been able to make the change from teacher to full time mommy, wife, & homemaker! I couldn’t be more excited for this new journey with the freedom to explore more of life, my dreams, & the opportunity to just slow down and love my family more deeply, & to love others more intentionally!

I’m so excited for you to join in with my journey! My hope is that by visiting this blog, you will find a refreshed love of life, hope, and inspiration, with a little bit of laughter, too. 😉

xoxo, Krystle