A day at Magnolia

This weekend was a fun but sad weekend. My sister, Morgan, dad, and I went to Waco, Tx to visit Magnolia on Saturday and my sister left the next day. She has an awesome job opportunity and is moving back to Kansas – our home state. I wanted to show you all of the fun and neat things about Magnolia. I didn’t want to flood my instagram with all the pictures; that is what a blog is for!

We enjoyed the sunshine for sure.

We enjoyed the sunshine for sure.

The huge #MagnoliaSilos and their Magnolia sign.

Me with the sign

Loved these lawn chairs!!

The magnolia lawn!! They have swings, jump ropes, soccer balls, hula hoops, large jenga blocks and more. An awesome place to bring family and have a picnic.

The magnolia lawn!! They have swings, jump ropes, soccer balls, hula hoops, large jenga blocks and more. An awesome place to bring family and have a picnic.

My sis and I!

My sis and I! Not a good idea to forget your sunglasses and sunscreen.

They did the barn raising the Thursday before we got there. This is what it is going to look like.

They did the barn raising the Thursday before we got there. This is what it is going to look like. (Photo from @Magnolia instagram.)

This is the part they have done.

This is the part they have done.

Loved all the food trucks. Got fresh squeezed juice and breakfast food for lunch.

Loved all the food trucks. Got fresh squeezed juice and breakfast food for lunch.

Loved all the the fresh flowers and plants Jojo has around the place. This is by the bathrooms. Making them look and smell lovely. You know a bathroom needs all the help it can get when it comes to SMELL.

Loved all the the fresh flowers and plants Jojo has around the place. This is by the bathrooms. Making them look and smell lovely. You know a bathroom needs all the help it can get when it comes to smell.

After we ate we went inside to shop. We all hoped to see Chip and Joanna but we didn’t get to. We did get to see Jo’s mom and she is such a sweet lady. The shop was packed with shoppers. So many people there that day. We also got some amazing popcorn to snack on while we shopped.

Back shop/Barn shop



We got the cinnamon toast flavor. It was yummy!!

We got the cinnamon toast flavor. It was yummy!!

The #MagnoliaSeedSupply (Photo from @Magnolia instagram.)

The #MagnoliaSeedSupply (Photo from @Magnolia instagram.)

The market

Look at all the people. We met a bunch of people. Some people travel far to come visit this spot.

The market-2

The market-3

We went shopping!!


We drove around afterwards to look at all the neat old buildings. We also found this wall of greens. So of course I had to get out and take a picture in front of it! My sister, dad and I took most of these pictures.

the green wall


Hope you had a wonderful weekend like I did. It was beautiful out. Did you do anything fun?


Covered Goods Giveaway

If you want an amazing nursing cover then you must buy a Covered Goods … or win one. If you want to win one, read all the details down below. Covered Goods is a nursing cover but really it is more than just that. Its very multi-use. It can not only be used as a nursing cover, but a carseat cover, infinity scarf, cart cover and even a highchair cover. It is super functional and lightweight. I make sure to never leave home without it. I have only forgotten it a few of times and I’m literally hitting myself because of it. I’d end up having to use a blanket. UGH! It has come in handy for so many uses (even use it as a pillow when I change Cora’s diaper in the car). I don’t know what I would do without it.

I use it as a nursing cover. I use it over both arms or on the side like this when I need a had out to help with Mekhi.

I use it as a nursing cover. I use it over both arms or on the side like this when I need a hand out to help with Mekhi. Cora clearly doesn’t want to eat with all the excitement of Mekhi’s adoption party.

I have used it as a carseat cover to protect Cora from the wind and sunshine.

I have used it as a carseat cover to protect Cora from the wind and sunshine.

I also have used it as a carseat cover when Cora needs to go to sleep and not get distracted by all the loud noises, like when I shop and try on clothes.

I have also need it as a carseat cover for shade on the stroller when the sun was still coming through and hitting Cora in the face.

I have even needed it for shade on the stroller when the sun was still coming through and hitting Cora in the face.

Now that she is older I use it as a highchair cover. Another way that is similar is using it for a cart cover. Both ways catch food from falling and protect the little ones from the germs or their body rubbing up against the metal sides of the cart.

Here it is on a cart.

Here it is as a cart cover.

It’s easy to get on and off. It is lightweight and can be washed and put in the dryer. I love the fact that it is breathable and stretchy.  So when I’m nursing she doesn’t get hot and sweaty. I also love that while she is nursing she can’t pull or kick the cover off because it has 360 degree coverage. I’m so thankful this product exists. I don’t know what I would do if I had to use the older products that only covered so much, and the baby could kick or pull it off. I’m so modest and would have freaked out if my boob got exposed. HAHA!

People always ask where I got it from and comment on how amazing and practical it is. Everyone loves the fun patterns too. You should visit their site and see all the other patterns. I have their mismatch pattern and want to get their grey & ivory pinstripe to go with the grey things I have. They are $34.99. It is a great price for the amount of use you get out of it.

You can win the classic black & ivory pinstripe like the one I have in all the photos up above. Just head on over to my Instagram account and tag some friends to win. I will select a winner randomly on Monday, April 25th and the giveaway ends the night of Sunday, April 24th at 11:59pm.


Lavender Essential Oil


LAVENDER (Lavandula anguvstifolia)
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Origin: Utah, Idaho, France


  • Gentle enough to use on babies and children’s skin.
  • Burns/Sunburns
  • Helps combat allergies. Just drop under your tongue. You can also take it in a capsule, swab it in your nostril and swipe it inside your cheeks to stop sneezing, itching, hives, and watery eyes.
  • Athlete’s Foot/Ringworm
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Shingles
  • Helps with earaches. Rub around the outside of your ear. It helps to drain and relieve ear congestion and pain.
  • Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)
  • Sprain/Muscle inflammation
  • Helps with high blood pressure (Hypertension). Balances your body. It will only raise or lower as needed.
  • Insomnia
  • Aids in healing cuts, bruises, blisters, boils, and scars.
  • Dandruff
  • Hair Loss
  • You can use it topically on your skin. It is effective for acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, diaper rash, scarring and other skin disorders.
  • Anxiety/Stress/Fatigue
  • Backache/Lumbago
  • Attention Deficit ADD & ADHD
  • Autism
  • Helps with bug, insect, spider bites, bee stings and many more bites.
  • Emotional trauma
  • Respiratory infections
  • Menstrual problems/PMS
  • Nervous Tension

Best substitute for these:

  • Neosporin/Bacitracin Aleve/Motrin
  • Advil Sinus
  • Tylenol PM
  • Unisom
  • Zyrtec/Clartin D
  • Benadryl
  • Calamine Lotion
  • plus many more.

Medical Properties:

  • Antiseptic
  • Antifungal
  • Analgesic
  • Antitumoral
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Vasodilating
  • Relaxant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces blood fat/cholesterol
  • Combats Excess Sebum on skin

Fragrant Influence:

  • Calming
  • Relaxing
  • Balancing – both physically and emotionally.
  • Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.
  • University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation.
  • It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance.
  • A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness.


Our Favorite Wooden Toy Brands


1. Alphabet Puzzle by Janod

2. Heart Shape teether by Maple Landmark

3. Abacus mula by Ikea

4. Toy shapes sorter by Hebe

5. Box of Macaroons by Djeco

6. Whirlygig by Haba

7. Little Forest Train set by Brio

8. Flamingo animal by Holtztiger

9. Ice Lollies by Le Toy Van

10. Cone Sorting by Plan Toys

11. Whale Shaker by Green Tones

12. Classic Baby Beads by Manhattan Toy

13. Low Loader by Melissa & Doug

14. Crate of Vegetables by Voila

15. Geo-Blocks by Grimm’s Wooden Toys

16. Color & Shape Sorter by Hape Toys

My Life w/Mekhi

My son. So many words can describe my son, and yet at times I fail to convey in words the way I feel about him. I love him so much and he is a gift to us. We’re eternally grateful.

However, he’s hit this age where his personality is blooming in full, and his strong willed nature, daily disobedience, and utter defiance for all that is good… and orderly, is trying my patience like never before. My frustration builds all day long while I try to remain cool, and it really only dissipates slowly after he goes down for the night at the end of each day. This daily occurrence is trying. My husband gets a small taste of it on his days off or on the weekends.

Don’t get me wrong – I know this is normal. I read this all the time. I hear it from everyone. He’s a boy. Right. He’s very independent and he’s super curious. Yes. But he’s incredibly talented at pushing the boundaries, challenging everything, climbing everything, knocking over everything, and pretty much saying no to everything, all the while laughing his way through this tornado-like path that makes. Thankfully his younger sister is immune to his antics and doesn’t let any of it bother her, but as of right now, I have failed to grow immune to his constant trials, like his sibling has. It’s a learned art or a built-in trait to some, but either way, I don’t have it.

All I can be is real. This is hard. Striking the balance between discipline, freedom, independence, and grace is hard. We’re learning as we go and relying heavily on God’s word, and smarter people around us. I have some friends with boys that can relate and others that can’t. Every child is different. Some are complacent, some are obedient, and some stay in line. Not my son. He marches to the beat of his own drum. Everything is worth challenging, in his eyes. And while I know it’s tough for us as parents right now, we both understand the incredible godly strength that God’s put in him that will manifest differently as he matures into a man. It’s our role to help him see his potential and help him mature and grow into a strong man that leads, that challenges status quo, blazes trails, and pushes others to be better. We couldn’t be more thrilled with where he’s headed and what God’s got in store for him; but right now, it’s almost breaking us as parents and we have to take this day by day.

Slumber Party!


Want a girls night soon. One of those nights when you stay up too late, drink tea, make floral crowns, eat macaroons, take #instaxphotos , paint your nails and chat about life.

I want a girls night soon. One of those nights when you stay up too late, drink tea, make floral crowns, eat macaroons, take #instaxphotos , paint your nails and chat about life.

PJ’s // slippers // floral crown // nail polish // FUJIinstax

I have been in mom mode since I had Cora and haven’t had break from the kids. A long extended break. I’m dreaming of the day I can have a girls night and a break. I’m also trying to be content where I’m at. A girl can dream though. I’m trying to take in all these moments because she won’t be little much longer and who knows how much longer she will breastfeed. I don’t know when I’ll stop. At least she is eating solids and I’m not her main source. Those months were long and hard. I’m thankful I get to breastfeed her, and I don’t take that for granted. I just wish (only a few times) that she would sometimes take a bottle and give me a break.

All my girls get ready – soon I will be inviting you to a girls SLUMBER PARTY event. We’ll get to do all these fun things!

my life

We played outside this morning before the rain came.

Mekhi pushed his wheel barrow all around the backyard and gathered sticks. This boy and his love for sticks!

Mekhi pushed his wheel barrow all around the backyard and gathered sticks. This boy and his love for sticks!

Mekhi pushed his wheel barrow all around the backyard and gathered sticks. This boy and his love for sticks!

We went to lunch with dad today. We forgot to get a picture as a family so he took a picture of us when we got home.

Mekhi didn’t want to stand. He just wanted to roll around on the ground.

Mekhi didn’t want to stand. He just wanted to roll around on the ground.

I really wish you could see the live photos of Mekhi. Maybe I can post a gif or find a way to do it and post them tomorrow. He is so funny. He is dramatic and his facial expressions are priceless. While looking through the photos I couldn’t stop cracking up . My style is the 70s vibe. Speaking of 70s vibe. Check out our ovens.

Our ovens haven’t been working for awhile. They get to hot and then start cooling off instead of staying at the right temperature, so we haven’t had successful baking experiences. We had our home warranty come out again today. Found out they don’t make the specific part we need so they are going to give us some money to get a new one. Yay!! The oven is the original from when they built the home, somewhere around 40 years old. At one point someone tried painting them. Really people?

Tornado sirens went off 4 times today while I was working on my prints. The tornado was nearby, thankfully it didn’t hit us. This was a fun part of the day.

My man crush, hubby, hero, Court!

My man crush, hubby, hero, Court!

We had our date night tonight and went to BJ’s Brewhouse. Yummy!!  Had to get a photo of him. He barely ever is in photos.

my life

I took this picture because it is so pretty how these little clovers popped up after all the rain we had last weekend.

I took this picture because it is so pretty how these little clovers popped up after all the rain we had last weekend.

Today was a hard day. Cora did not want to be away from me. I had to wear her in my wrap all day. Mekhi’s strong personality really stood out. He wanted to disobey all day long. It was a go all day and don’t stop kind of day. They didn’t want to nap at the same time. They didn’t want to play together. Then at about 4 o’clock I broke my toe. I was cleaning Mekhi’s closet out, trying to get rid of old clothes, books, all these types of things (Fall instead of Spring cleaning around here), and I went to walk out of the closet and hit the frame. It is so painful. I grabbed my phone to call my husband and saw it was only 4 and not 6:30. Sad! I still had 2 and a half hours to manage the kids on my own when I couldn’t walk. I survived. I always do. God gives me strength. So as you can tell my day was very eventful. Didn’t even get but that one photo this morning when Mekhi and I want outside to enjoy the nice weather while sissy was asleep. Funny how this photo was of my feet and now I have a broken black and blue toe.

God has such a sense of humor. I used to get up every morning and read my bible and devotionals plus journal, but this was all before kids. I was so close with God. Things are much different now. I am close with Him in a different kind of way. I’m not a morning person. I prefer the night. I love when it is dark and quiet. I know everyone will stay asleep – well for the most part – and not bother me. I know people say that you can be a morning person if you shift your schedule and get up earlier but I still don’t want to do that. I still feel like it is different. So if I can’t get to my devotional during the morning or day I read it at night. Most of the time that is what happens. I will pray all day long and ask for His help, His wisdom, His joy, His peace, and His guidance on how to get through this day. Listening to worship music helps when things are getting tough. So I read my devotional tonight. I’m laughing because usually the devotional is perfect for the day I had. Of course it is.

This was the first devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:

Walk peacefully with Me through this day. You are wondering how you will cope with all that is expected of you. You must traverse this day like any other; one step at a time. Instead of mentally rehearsing how you will do this or that, keep your mind on My Presence and on taking the next step. The more demanding your day, the more help you can expect from Me. This is a training opportunity, since I designed you for deep dependence on your Shepherd-King. Challenging times wake you up and amplify your awareness of needing My help.

When you don’t know what to do, wait while I open the way before you. Trust that I know what I’m doing, and be ready to follow My lead. I will give strength to you, and I will bless you with Peace.

And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. -Exodus 33:14

The Lord will give strength to His people: the Lord will bless His people with peace. -Psalm 29:11

The other one was this:

Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining (against God) and questioning and doubting (among yourselves). -Philippians 2:14

It talks about how you may be having difficult problems, even for an extended time and how you can choose to have a positive attitude or a negative attitude about your life. You can complain, be grouchy or just simply seek God and ask for joy and help to get through that season with a positive attitude and to be stable even when you may be in pain and not comfortable. Every situation we embark on in life requires us to make a decision about how are we going to handle it.

I am guilty of having a complaining spirit sometimes and that isn’t fun because it’s hard to be around people that are like that. I would rather be positive and be stable for my family and friends.

So when you deal with the next hard season, will you be a complainer or be joyous?

my life

Today was a relaxing day. We had to get one of Cora’s shots this morning. We space out her shots and I try and only give her one at a time. We were the family that didn’t want to give our kids immunizations but after doing fostering we had no choice with Mekhi – we had to give them all to him. With Cora we are saying no to some and spacing out even more than we did with Mekhi. How do you feel about immunizations? I am right in the middle of giving the kids them and not giving them. I understand both sides.


This is Cora after her shot. She did so good. She cries for a second and then I feed her and she is her happy self again.

We were right by the mall so went to get some fall clothes for Mekhi. We will have to get some for Cora next month. Where are your favorite places to shop for kids clothes? I love jcrew, h&m, gap, zara, peek kids, oshkosh, old navy and sometimes carters, janie and jack, and thrift stores have cute things too. I wish I could always buy from etsy and support all the other handmade clothing out there. I need to get better at that.


Us heading to the car after shopping. Mekhi wants the bags. Cora loves my keys. Thankfully Mekhi had pretend keys when he was little so I can swap them out for mine to drive.


After we got home before we headed inside. They played with the fall leaves on the ground.


I decide to get in a photo so I can have a photo once a day with them. They aren’t even realizing I’m right beside them. Ha!


Mekhi was over sitting and picture taking. Caught him putting leaves on her head. He loves putting things on top of her head. It is the perfect level I guess for him to treat her head like a table or something, who knows?!


Mekhi was off. She watches his every move. Had to get this one by herself. She is such a beauty. I got this cute zara outfit long before I was even pregnant. I thought it was the cutest little outfit. My sis got her cute moccasions.


Kids both went down at the same time again today which meant I got to read my devotions and bible plus have my tea. Win for me! What are your favorite devotionals?

The rest of the day I listened to Christmas music and started making a christmas list for the kids to give to grandparents and family members. They always ask each year and I never have one ready. I will be ready this year!


If you want to listen to my Christmas playlist from last year head on over to rdio. I even have a kids Christmas playlist.

I will be posting my Christmas wishlist for Mekhi and one for Cora too soon.

my life

I got some sleep last night! Yay!! I lost my voice yesterday which happened to be when I was throwing my friend’s baby shower. That made for an interesting day. So thank the Lord I woke up and could talk again. Most people know I love to talk and tell detailed stories so losing my voice for the first time was extremely hard for me. 


I ran outside to take a picture of this. All the rain we got made the grass come back and it looks so lovely. I can’t wait to get chickens and add more garden beds – maybe a goat. It was a beautiful morning. Dew on the ground, the crisp fall air. Loved it!

We had a chill morning. Mekhi was in a great mood because he didn’t wake up in the middle of the night. Yay! That meant he shouldn’t have as many behavior outburst or major meltdowns. I mean we still have meltdowns; he is a toddler boy, but not what seems like every second of the day. The kids played together until Cora needed to go down for her morning nap.


Cora playing with one of the balls Mekhi got out. She happened to pick the ball that matched her pants. Mekhi kept taking the balls and tapping her head with them. He also has been wanting to sit on her back. I keep telling him he is too big. Cora has been army crawling for awhile now. She started getting on her knees. She is getting so close to crawling. She has been trying to go up and down our one step in the house. We have a sunken in living room or others call it step down, which was very common for a 70s home. No stairs – just that one step. It is funny because I grew up with a ton of stairs. The stairs we had in our house reminded me of the artist M. C. Escher art piece called Relativity. We had 6 flights of stairs. I loved my childhood home. I wish I could buy it and move it to Texas. As I write this, I am reminded of another funny thing about me. I almost love all decades and design styles that exist; I mean I am an Interior Designer and went to an art school so how could I not? My style is eclectic. Sorry – got off topic. Well the funny thing about me is… I bought a 70s home which was the same decade of home I grew up in. I didn’t even realize it until my parents came to help us work on the house. My mom pointed out all the similarities to my childhood home. The beams in the living room, slanted ceiling, paneling, the detailing on the cabinets.


Mekhi playing with a stick (he loves all the sticks and pebbles in our backyard) sporting his new do. I decided to do something different with his hair this morning. It is getting so long and I love it. I tighten it in on the sides  and left it long on top to let his length show. I usually pat it down and make it tight and neat. 

We have a routine to get out the door. Style his hair, put his shoes on, and then I tell him to grab his water. I usually have to get him to pick up his water off the sidewalk because the first thing he wants to do is go find a stick. When I go to put him in the car and see him without his water I ask him to get it and bring it. He is usually good about this. The times I don’t see it I have to go hunt it down. It is like a game of hide and seek with the sippy cup. I find his water in such funny places. I have found it in our watering can, his car, in the sand box (he knows how to put the lid on) behind trees; you name the place I’m sure it has been hidden there. 


Went on a walk with my good friend Ash, which is who took this awesome photo! We chatted about motherhood. All the ups and downs. It was literally perfect out. Sun shining with a cool break. Trees starting to turn colors. (photo by Ashley)


We went to the park. They swang and played. Ashley told me to stop because she wanted to take this photo of me. She thought my shirt look great next to the playground because of the matching colors. It made my shirt pop. I agree. It was a great shot. I’m thankful to have this photo of me with the kids for them to look back on and see me with them. I don’t want all my photos that they see to be of just the kids but to have me as there mom being their mom, and being in the photo. Thanks again Ashley for taking this photo.


After the park we went to Ashley’s house to get a drink and play (photo by Ashley too). This is Colt, her son. Cora’s little bf!! He is just a little bit older than Cora. Colt loved having friends over to his house and the kids had so much fun. Kids always love friend’s houses and friend’s TOYS. Isn’t this so true? It made me happy to hear that before I got in the house Mekhi had asked his auntie Ashley to take of his shoes. He knows we do this first thing when we get in our house. I know all that I am teaching him isn’t going in one ear and out the other. Lately I have been noticing him doing other things like this. As a mother you feel like you are simply a repeating robot and nothing is getting heard. You feel ignored. As I write this it reminds me that he is in the stage of mocking what we do and say and I think of this – “Be careful little eyes what you see, oh be careful little eyes what you see.” You have to be intentional as a parent. Your kids mimic you and will eventually resemble you. They are what their parents are. You are their role models. 

I lost track of time because we were chatting away and we didn’t get home until almost 3. Mekhi goes down at 1. Usually he would have passed out in the car at this point but he didn’t and Cora did, which usually isn’t the case. Thankfully Cora stayed asleep and I got to move her to her crib and Mekhi went right to sleep. This meant time to myself. Been thankful that they have been napping almost the same time everyday. Even if I get an hour of peace, it’s awesome. I know a lot of moms don’t get that. So for this I am thankful.  This is what I decided to do:


Paint! I have been wanting the outside of our house painted so I decide to start doing it myself since it was so nice out. I started painting our beams on the back patio and our back door. Here is the before picture of the back door. Once I get it done I will post a before and after picture. 


Yes, that is the intercom. I don’t even know what to do with it. We had all the others removed in the house but the living room is covered by a chalkboard until we figure what to do with it since we can’t patch it up because it is on the panel wall. Did anyone have one of these in their house growing up? We had one and my grandma had one in her house. Ours had a radio in it too.