Mom and Baby

Things Not to Be Scared of for the First Time Mom

I don’t necessarily think I’ve earned my OG-Mom badge yet, but I’m also happy to say that this is no longer my first rodeo! Being a second time mom is…

Mom and Baby

I don’t necessarily think I’ve earned my OG-Mom badge yet, but I’m also happy to say that this is no longer my first rodeo! Being a second time mom is surreal, because you’ve been here before but it’s still all new again. But the beauty of the second time is that you’re way less scared. The little things that freaked you out the first time seem like child’s play, and you just feel more confident. I’m so thankful for that confidence, because momming is scary enough in and of itself. So! For you first time moms, here are a few things that you can take off your list of scary things.

Breaking the Baby With Hanky, I didn’t know how to hold the poor kid. He seemed so tiny and fragile and I was so uncomfortable handling him for the first few weeks. After he got a little more sturdy I felt so much more comfortable, like I wouldn’t break him if I held him wrong. But when Maggie came along, I realized that babies are much resilient and strong than we give them credit for. (Just watch the nurses in the hospital while they’re tossing your kid around like a softball if you need reassuring.)

The Belly Button Ah, the belly button stump. So weird. So gross. So in-the-way for the first week or two. Don’t be scared of it. It’ll either be there or not. Maybe it gets knocked around a little bit, but the kid will be fine. Keep an eye on it for signs of infection, keep it dry, and you’re good. Side note: when Hank lost his we didn’t know where it went and it showed up in one of my socks a week later. NOT OKAY.

Spitup My kids are spitters,  y’all. It’s unfortunate but true. Hank was a little dribbler and Maggie just barfs all over me all the time. I do laundry more often than I care to mention. But initially with Baby #1, I was so freaked any time he would spit up. I thought it meant that something was dramatically wrong and that my baby was broken. But guys, babies just spit up. Their little bodies don’t always have it together to keep food down and so it just… comes back up. Early on I learned the term “happy spitter” — a baby who spits up or vomits with no apparent discomfort or anguish. That’s my kids. Obviously if your little one seems to be in pain associated with the spitting, that’s a different story. But 9 times out of 10, it’s normal. Just ask your doctor.

Nighttime After Henry’s first night at home, I was convinced we had made a horrible mistake. It was torturous. Crying for hours, nursing nonstop, and approximately zero sleep. For every night after that for about 6 weeks I would dread what was coming. I hated the nighttimes because I was so worried I couldn’t help him or give him what he wanted, especially when I was so sleep deprived. But as the nights got better and better, a switch flipped and suddenly I looked forward to those quiet moments in the middle of the night, with just me and him. I have the clearest memories of walking him back and forth in our bedroom, getting him back to sleep, feeling his little breath on my neck. With Maggie, the nighttimes are equally hard but this time I’m relaxed enough about it to know it will soon pass, and that I just want to use the time to be near that sweet little baby.

Letting the Kid Cry I know, the sound of your baby crying is simultaneously like nails on a chalkboard and a knife in your heart. But sometimes, dang it, you just need to take a shower. Or go pee. Or, I dunno, eat a bite of food without a baby in your arms. So if the kid is fed, clothed, clean, and safe, don’t be afraid to let him cry for a couple of minutes.

Spoiling Your Baby On the other hand, if you want to snuggle that kid, snuggle away. We have done sleep training with both kiddos, and in that world there’s a lot of talk about not letting a baby get used to being held or rocked to sleep. And I understand that. But sometimes a baby needs to be held or rocked or snuggled, especially in the early weeks and months. I was afraid with Hank if we held him too much he’d always need us to hold him to get him to sleep, but no such thing happened. In fact, he was falling asleep by himself and sleeping for 12 hours at night by 3 months old. So with Maggie, I’ve let go of that fear and we just enjoy these days when she still needs some extra holding. Because those days are gone so fast. It’s all I can do to keep Hank still for 10 seconds to give me a hug these days!

All in all mamas, there are so many things that you could worry about or be scared of, but the bottom line is that you’re gonna be just fine. If you’re a mom I would LOVE to know some of the things that totally freaked you out when you brought home your babies! Or if you’re a mom-to-be, what are you scared of? xoxo

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

DIY Custom Cover for Annual Photo Book

It’s that time again! I’ve been sorting through all of our zillions of photos from the year to compile into an annual family photo book. I love this tradition, and to…

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

It’s that time again! I’ve been sorting through all of our zillions of photos from the year to compile into an annual family photo book. I love this tradition, and to me it’s totally worth all of the work of organizing all of those photos. Looking back at our family photo books is always such a treat, especially now that Hank likes to look at them with us. And this year, after we had ours printed I decided to add a little custom DIY to the mix, because you know I can’t leave well enough alone. 😉

I came across the premium photo books from Mpix this year and really fell in love with the covers — they’re linen and they come in a bunch of colors, including my current favorite shade of aqua. So I got to work on their site and once I got the hang of the book editor it all came together in about 90 minutes. Seriously! You can customize every page if you like with different layouts, text, and all that jazz. I did a custom layout for every page and it still went super fast. I made myself a rule a few years back when I started putting together these albums, and it’s this: Don’t Agonize. You could spend days and days agonizing over every choice, but then you’ll most likely toss your hands up and forget the whole project. So I gathered all of my photos, uploaded them to the site, and popped them into the layouts. Mpix does the rest, and their printing makes it all look so beautiful. I especially love using full-frame layouts where the images go right up to the edges of the page — I think it looks so fun! And if you’re into the DIY cover, here’s the how-to.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

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Step 1: Download our printable 2016 template. If you have a cutting machine, upload the file to your machine’s software and cut out the design from the vinyl. If not, print and cut the design and trace it onto the back of the vinyl. Use the craft knife to cut out the design, leaving the rectangle outline and the numbers on the vinyl backing and pulling away the excess vinyl. Either way, be sure to reverse the image so that it’s correct when you iron it on.

Step 2: Place the design with the backing down on the front of your linen photo book. Be sure to center it. Smooth the design in place.

Step 3: With a hot iron, press firmly onto the clear backing of the vinyl. Press and hold for about 15 seconds in each area, being sure that it all adheres to the linen.

Step 4: Carefully pull away the clear backing; the gold design should remain affixed to the book.

That’s it! I love the gold against the aqua color of the book. And I love how the linen cover feels in your hands. Just a little something to make the book extra special! This one will be going on the shelf right next to our previous years — that is, after Henry finishes looking at it for the 37th time. (Have I mentioned that kid loves pictures?) xoxo

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

This post is sponsored by Mpix. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Jalapeño Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Who’s having people over for the holidays?! We’ve had lots of peeps coming and going from our house with the new little one and the holiday season. I was messing…

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Who’s having people over for the holidays?! We’ve had lots of peeps coming and going from our house with the new little one and the holiday season. I was messing around in the kitchen recently and came up with this fun appetizer snack that I love having around when people are stopping by. It’s kind of a deconstructed jalopeño popper on a cute little crostini. So good! And for the folks who need an extra compliment to something spicy, I’ve been making these refreshing spiced milk shots to go with the crostini, because, after all, #FoodLovesMilk.

Ingredients

  • milk
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • thin baguette bread
  • olive oil
  • jalapeños
  • cream cheese
  • shredded cheese (we used a mix of cheddar and monterey jack, but you can choose your fave!)
  • pancetta
  • fried onion strings (substitute bread crumbs if you like!)

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Jalapeño Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Start by dicing and pan frying your pancetta until you have small, crispy pieces. Set aside to cool.

Prep your jalapeños. Slice off the stem, cut them in half, and scoop out all the seeds. Place them skin-side-up on a cookie sheet and broil for about 2-3 minutes, or until the skins start to blister and turn black.

Slice your baguette into 1/2″. Mist or brush on a light layer of olive oil on each piece. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and broil for 1-2 minutes, until the tops of the slices become slightly crisp and begin to brown.

Leaving the bread on a cookie sheet, spread a layer of cream cheese on each slice of bread. On top of that, stack a piece of jalapeño, topped with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, a few pieces of pancetta, and some onion strings or bread crumbs. Place the pan under the broiler for a quick burst (you may only need about 30 seconds), just until the shredded cheese melts. Remove and set aside.

While your crostini is cooling just a bit, mix up some spiced milk shots! Fill a rocks glass half full with cold milk; add a dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Whisk quickly with a fork. If you’re feeling fancy, whip up a batch ahead of time and pour it from a bottle just for fun.

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Serve your guests a few crostini with a milk shot and enjoy! The milk is a perfect chaser for the slight spice of the jalapeño, and the added spices in the milk are a subtle nod to the holidays that’s just right (although I’d serve this all year!). It’s a little unexpected but a totally fun combination, and a great way to get some milk in your day. Have fun! xoxo

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

Jalapeno Popper Crostini with Spiced Milk Shots

This post is sponsored by got milk?. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! 
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Two month old baby girl

Maggie // Two Months

Sweet Marguerite is two big months old! I’m sure I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how time flies. And, it seems, time flies even faster with…

Two month old baby girl

Sweet Marguerite is two big months old! I’m sure I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how time flies. And, it seems, time flies even faster with a second baby. We are deep into life over here, passing milestones like crazy between our two little nuggets and trying our best to sit in every moment and enjoy it before it passes. Maggie is just a little doll and she wanted to swing by and tell you what’s what with her these days.

She’s an observer. She’ll sit quietly and watch people/toys/fans/whatever is in front of her forever. Until you get in front of her and encourage her to talk and then she’ll give you an earful of cooing and ahhhh’s and she’ll smile for you as long as you like. I’m wondering if she’ll stay like that, because that’s kind of how I am — an introverted extrovert who just needs a little coaxing. She’s on a rockstar schedule during the day, eating every 3 hours and napping in between. At night we’re still… working out the kinks. 😉 She goes to sleep at 8 and  wakes around 3 am and 6 am to eat. Which I guess could be a lot worse! She isn’t the best of friends with her carseat and just doesn’t understand why she has to be strapped in there. Until she falls asleep, then she’ll sleep in it for a good 2 hours. She loves it when Daddy whistles, and when Mama blows raspberries. Bath time is like her own personal little spa day. She’s super into it. And that, friends, is our Maggie. xoxo

P.S. Maggie at one month! And Henry at two months!

Geometric Holiday Wreaths with Air Plants

Deeeeck the hall with lots of air plants, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-laaaaa! Did you know that it’s actually Deck the Hall, and not Halls, in the original version? Just a little bit…

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Deeeeck the hall with lots of air plants, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-laaaaa! Did you know that it’s actually Deck the Hall, and not Halls, in the original version? Just a little bit of Christmas carol trivia for you there, from my music nerd past. Anyway, speaking of decking the hall, I put together these fun additions to our holiday decor this year and these geometric wreaths are hanging in our entry, being totally festive. I love the modern geometric touch, especially hanging on those pretty moveable hooks from Command™. Perfect for hanging wreaths or any other holiday goodies! Here’s how you can make some too.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes per Wreath (Plus Drying Time)

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Step 1: Lay out your wood rectangles on a piece of cardboard and spray paint in your favorite holiday colors. Leave some unpainted as well. Allow them to dry thoroughly.

Step 2: On your cardboard or scratch paper, draw the outline of the shape you’d like your wreath. We sketched out an equilateral triangle, with each side 12″ long.

Step 3: Start glueing pieces together, using the shape you’ve drawn as a template. Use the glue gun to glue pieces together one by one. I recommend mixing unpainted pieces with painted pieces for a random look. Place some pieces over and some pieces under their neighbors so that the wreath doesn’t warp.

Step 4: Continue tracing the outline you drew until your pieces form an entire wreath.

Step 5: Remove the red side from your Command adhesive strip and press it onto the back of the hook. Clean the wall area where you’ll be mounting your hook.

Step 6: Remove the black side from the adhesive strip and press the hook firmly onto the wall, holding for 10 seconds.

Step 7: Slide the hook up and off, and press the base for 30 seconds. Slide the hook back on and wait for about an hour for the adhesive to full stick before hanging any heavy items on your hook.

Step 8: Grab some air plants and nestle them in among the geometric tiles on your wreaths. You shouldn’t need to glue or affix them in any way — just let the tendrils of the air plants curl around the tiles and they should hold well.

Henry loves seeing these things when we come and go from the house! He calls the air plants “tiny trees.” So this one’s a win-win for grownups and kids! Now go deck that hall! xoxo

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White Christmas tree with pink ornaments

Happy Friday + Feeling Festive

As of this week I officially have a two year old and a two month old! I also have my Christmas tree up and all of my shopping done so…

White Christmas tree with pink ornaments

As of this week I officially have a two year old and a two month old! I also have my Christmas tree up and all of my shopping done so I basically feel like superwoman. On the other hand, I’ve been wearing the same jeans for 5 days straight and my hair is in a perpetual state of “high bun” so there’s that. You pick your battles, right?! (Semi-related: I posted on Instagram the other day that I’m super pumped to have a husband who is down with a white tree and pink ornaments. Now that is a real man. Also, if you look reaaaallllly close at my reflection in the ornaments in that photo, you can see that I had a nursing pillow around my waist when I took the photo. That is glamour, people.)

Anyway, just a little Friday check-in to wish you all a happy weekend! Tonight I’m headed to the symphony for a holiday pops concert with my sweet mom, and tomorrow there’s a Christmas parade and tree lighting downtown. All in all a pretty festive weekend, which is exactly how I like it. Leave a comment and let me know what you’re up to for the weekend! xoxo

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

A Simple Two Year Birthday Party

Surely there’s no way in the world that I have a two year old. Henry turned two on Tuesday and over the weekend we celebrated with friends and family. Thought…

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Surely there’s no way in the world that I have a two year old. Henry turned two on Tuesday and over the weekend we celebrated with friends and family. Thought I’d share some snaps from his party setup and a little update on this two year old dude!

These are the days, guys. These are the good old days. We’re in them right now, watching Henry grow up and become a person with his own quirks and idiosyncrasies. I was taking pictures while everyone was singing him Happy Birthday, and to watch his sweet little face just broke my mama heart apart. He was part proud that it was his birthday, part bashful that everyone was singing and looking at him, part happy to be with all of his friends and family, and part just ready to stuff a cupcake in his mouth. And when we told him to blow out the candles and he did it, actually blew them out by himself without any help, I was totally taken aback. This tiny person whose entire body used to fit in my two hands is a little boy now. And there’s no going back — he’s only going to get older and bigger and more independent. If there’s anything that’ll stop you in your tracks as a parent, it’s watching your baby sit in a chair all by himself and blow out his own candles.

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Before his birthday when we asked him what kind of party he wanted, his answer was always, “Cupcakes.” No Mickey Mouse, no Paw Patrol, no trucks or cars or any sort of theme — just… cupcakes. So there were cupcakes. And other than that, just a few balloons and some blue and gold touches here and there. We invited all of his little buddies over and let them run loose in the backyard and play with toys, and they all seemed pretty much content. I’m sure in the future we’ll have lots of party games and organized fun, but for now we’re still in those sweet days where you can just let a roomful of toddlers do their thing. We had some awesome cookies made by Bird Treats and sent them home with our guests. It was such a sweet, simple morning, and we wrapped up the party feeling so grateful for all of the people who surround Henry and are helping shape him into a little boy.

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

And if you’re wondering what makes ol’ Hank tick these days, here’s a little rundown. He loves to play. He wakes up and says, “Play all day?” After which he promptly tells you whether he’s wet or dry, and then asks where Maggie is. His best friend is his Mimi, and when she’s in the room there’s pretty much no use in trying to talk to him. He’ll read books with you all day. He gets upset with a change of pace — if we’re at home and need to go to Target, he’ll cry. Then when we’re at Target and have to go home, he’ll cry again. He asks questions about everything, and isn’t satisfied unless you give him a grownup answer. It’s like he knows if you’re making something up to placate him. We learned a long time ago that he’s a logical dude, and he likes to have things explained to him. Reasons for why things happen, and all that. He loves being outside and doing yard work with dad. He’ll bring his stool and stand by me at the kitchen sink and “help” me do dishes. He’s pretty easygoing with a side helping of strong-willed. And he’s a total jokester. This kid loves to laugh and be happy, which makes my heart swell.

So that’s him. And now I have a two year old and I have no idea how we got here so fast. I’m thankful every day for the ways in which this little boy is making me a better person, and I almost don’t remember our lives without him. What an honor it is to be a mama, you guys. xoxo

P.S. Henry’s 1st birthday party!

SOURCES: Large round balloon. Gold letter balloons. Large gold number balloon. Gold stripe paper plates. Mint paper plates. Turquoise honeycomb balls.

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and…

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and started dunking pinecones in paint, not even thinking about turning it into a blog post. Isn’t that weird? Sometimes I forget that the little things I do around our house for fun are things that I should be sharing here. Duh. Anyway, I love these bright pinecones and they were a bit hit last year in our decor! My niece was fascinated by them, probably mostly because she and her little brother collected them for me on a trip to our family’s cabin. But I love them and they’re making a repeat appearance this year!

Materials

  • pinecones of all shapes and sizes
  • acrylic or latex paint
  • containers for dipping
  • bendable wire
  • cardboard

Make Time: 1 Minute per Pinecone (Plus Drying Time, approximately 24 hours)

Since I didn’t think of posting it on the blog last year, I don’t have any step by step photos! But this one’s pretty simple so let me lay it out for ya.

Step 1: Set out a large sheet of cardboard where your pinecones can drip dry.

Step 2: Open your paint containers. If they’re large enough to dip your pinecones in and you don’t mind possibly getting pinecone debris in your paint, you’re good to go. If they’re too small, pour the paint into a container with a wide mouth so that you can dip.

Step 3: For the half-dipped pinecones (like our long white Sugar Pine cones), just hold on to one end of the cone with your hand and dip the other, submerging only halfway. Twist it around slightly in the paint to ensure that all areas get coverage. Pull it out, allow the paint to drip off into the container until the drips slow, and lay it on your cardboard to dry.

Step 4: For smaller pinecones that you want to fully submerge, form a piece of wire into a hook and affix it to the pinecone somewhere. Find a spot that feels nice and firm, like the wire won’t come off when you dip.

Step 5: Dip the pinecone and fully submerge under the paint. Repeat the process from Step 3.

Step 6: After a few hours of drying, we went in and flipped all of our pinecones over & set them in a clean spot on the cardboard. This seemed to help with the drying process and even the paint out.

Boom! Crazy colored pinecones for your mantle, your table, or any old place. Would you do bright colors, or would you stick to a more traditional holiday palette? Oooooh, you could also do gold! That would look pretty fab on a centerpiece at Christmas dinner. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

Printable Christmas Cards

It’s here! The Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving has passed I can officially go holiday hog-wild and nobody can give me side-eye about it. (Even though, let’s be real, I’ve…

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

It’s here! The Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving has passed I can officially go holiday hog-wild and nobody can give me side-eye about it. (Even though, let’s be real, I’ve been listening to Christmas music since the day after Halloween. It can’t be helped.) Anyway, now that we’re in full swing, we’ve got a printable for you to kick off the season. If you need to send some Christmas cards or attach a little note to a holiday gift, we’ve got ya. These are as simple as download, print, and give — and around this time of year simple is good.

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our holiday card printable. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Note Cards (product #8315).

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and follow the instructions through to print! Use the toolbar on the left to add any text you might like; you can even print on both sides if you’d like to print a message on the inside of your cards.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank card sheet. Separate the cards, trim if desired, and you’re all set.

Have fun addressing your cards! Do you like sending Christmas or holiday cards? I’ve always loved it. I know it’s a ton of work but there’s just something so lovely about getting them in the mail and I can’t stop sending them. Hope these come in handy for you this season! xoxo

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

This post is sponsored by Avery. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Rum Balls

Easy Rum Ball Recipe

When I told the Goodie2Spoons girls that I wanted to test out some rum balls for a holiday recipe to bring to you guys, neither one of them had ever…

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

When I told the Goodie2Spoons girls that I wanted to test out some rum balls for a holiday recipe to bring to you guys, neither one of them had ever tried them before! (Something about too many rum and cokes in college, you’ll have to ask them yourselves… 😉 ) But that didn’t stop them from concocting some of the best rum balls I’ve ever had. I don’t know why, but I have such a special place in my heart for these things! Maybe it’s because my sassy aunt used to make them for Christmas all the time. Or maybe because they seem like such a fun throwback treat, very midcentury and fun. Either way, this recipe is so simple and perfect for serving at parties, sending treats home, or just a little fun holiday experiment in the kitchen.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Rum Balls

  • 1 package of vanilla wafers (12-14 oz.)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup spiced rum

Pour cookies into a sealable plastic bag, and smash with a rolling pin until finely ground. Take 2 cups of the smashed vanilla wafers and combine in a bowl with powdered sugar, chopped pecans and cocoa powder and stir. Add corn syrup and spiced rum to the mixture of dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

Form into 1 inch balls. Roll in cocoa sugar (recipe below) and enjoy.

Cocoa Sugar

  • 6 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Combine ingredients, spread in a shallow bowl and roll the rum balls before serving!

The girls and I agreed on this one, these get better with age! If you prep and serve the same day, the rum flavor will be pretty potent. But after a day or two it mellowed and they were even better. (Although if you like a boozy rum ball, go ahead and serve them right away!) So they’d be perfect to make ahead for a holiday party or for some take-home sweets; that way you don’t even have to think about them on the day of your shindig.

Go check out Goodie2Spoons and follow along on Instagram to see what else they’re making for the holidays! xoxo

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

Be Thankful

Be Thankful

It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I love looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow and having one more day before the hustle of cooking a big meal just…

Be Thankful

It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I love looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow and having one more day before the hustle of cooking a big meal just to be quiet and prepare and reflect. This year I’m so, so thankful for my little family and where Ryan and I are in our story. It feels complete and whole and just so lovely to be settling into this life. And yes, we’re up to our ears in diapers and feedings and toddler playdates and homeowner lists, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hope you’re winding down today in preparation for some time with the people you love tomorrow. And I would love, love to know what you’re thankful for. xoxo