How We Wore It // Fashion Collaboration

Another round of How We Wore It! 
It's always a good exercise to shop my closet and see it all in a fresh, new light. 
And my budget always likes it too cause it decreases my chances of emotional shopping sprees ;) 

For this month the original outfit came from Memorandum:


Since I just did an outfit with a white, tulle skirt, I tried to go outside the box a little bit and use something else for inspiration. 
I decided to try to mimic the general use of neutrals and do my own twist on each piece. 

This is what I came up with: 

[skirt: Wal-Mart last summer // shirt: c/o Fresh Produce // shoes: Forever 21 // necklace: c/o Sebastian Designs]

{polka-dot chambray shirt --> purply-gray gingham}
&
{white, pleated skirt --> cream, lace, see-through overlay skirt}

When I asked Adam how it looked for pictures he said, 
"Well, you can see through your skirt...."
I told him you're supposed to and he wasn't really impressed, ha!

Actually, the original slip of this skirt was a little shorter underneath. So I took one of my longer white slips and added it on top of the original slip to make it more modest. I thought it worked out nicely... But maybe I need a {hopefully nicer?} second opinion. 
Thoughts?? 

Check out these other great looks from these fun bloggers!
Brooke at Silver Lining
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Sierra at Sierra's View
Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley
Laura at Sincerely, Laura
Kaycie at Redhead Memories 
Kyla at FordOlogy
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Bonnie at Life of Bon

always stay my baby


With the demands of a new baby and also babysitting a second baby, Elijah kind of gets the short end of the stick most days. By the end of the day my nerves {and patience} are totally shot and I'm craving to just get in my pajamas and binge on Netflix. 

Lately when putting Elijah to bed, he always asks if I can sleep with him for a little bit. 
Usually Anneli is crying to be fed or when Adam was gone late studying most nights I just wanted to go detox by emotions before I went to bed so I would tell him I couldn't right then and just tickle his back again. 

It kind of hit me in a "I'm a terrible mom" sort of way when I realized that my poor boy, after his own hard and stressful day of his mom caring for other babies, just needed some of love and attention from his mommy at the end of the day. 

So I've tried really hard to say YES each night when Elijah asks for more time. 
We cuddle, 
we tell stories, 
we sing lullabies, 
 I tickle his arm, face, and back... 
And we reconnect after a long day of demands & time-outs. 

Though I'd like to say it's made a huge difference in his behavior during the day, 
that all of a sudden he listens and obeys like a little angel after getting extra cuddles in. 
But it has made a huge difference in both of our attitudes and patience levels. 
He knows I love him even when he disobeyed. 
And I know he loves me even when he sticks his tongue out and refuses to put his shoes away. 

And when I'm busy feeding babies, I think he knows he's not forgotten,
that at the end of the day I'm still his mommy too and he's still my sweet baby Elijah,
forever & always


in my dreams


Sometimes {oftentimes} I get really discouraged about things... 
I get frustrated that all I do is stay home, 
that I'm not using my degree in a career that I've always wanted, 
that we are still students and will forever be students, 
that I don't have XYZ like so-and-so does, 
that I've washed the same dishes 183462 times and folded laundry 7289 more times, 
that my life is just... plain.
disappointing? 
not what I expected. 

Then I have these moments of perfect clarity, 
where all of a sudden I'm my past self peeking in the window of the present, 
and I think 
this is all I've ever wanted. 

Growing up I imagined my handsome & loving husband coming home, wrapping his arms around me in a tight embrace and giving me a kiss on the cheek as I finish preparing dinner. 
I thought of my sweet little children, playing and laughing all day as I got to stay home and make up stories with them. 
I pictured going on family walks, holding the baby while my husband chased my older kids on their bikes. 
I dreamt of a loving home, full of happiness & joy & chubby babies, and all of us coming together at then end of the day reading stories and giving piggy back rides to bed. 

Throughout the years many of my goals & aspirations in life have changed. 
My career goals have ranged from teacher to doctor to therapist to hair stylist and everywhere in between. 
My dream home is continually evolving. 
My likes, wants, desires are shifting daily. 

But the one thing that has never, ever changed has been my dreams for my family. 

And although there have been many unexpected things along the way, 
many hard times and sorrows, 
I look at my cute, sweet, perfect little family of four and think, 
"This is what I've always dreamed of
and all that will ever matter." 



Inspiration: Deep Beauty

Super-Elijah Birthday Party


For Elijah's 5th birthday he wanted a Superman party. 
He had been talking about it since the day after his 4th birthday so I felt quite a bit of pressure to make this party awesome and all his little dreams come true!

So I stayed up super late and spent a ridiculous amount of time on crazy crafts and decorations and it was total and utter chaos... HA! 

But! 
Elijah did say it was the best party ever and the kids left happy and hyped up on sugar. 
:) 

(I was so busy that I forgot to get pictures of everything but I was pretty proud of it before all the kids destroyed it)

My amazing friend sewed capes for all the kids to start their superhero training.
They then tested their superhero skills with an accuracy test of throwing darts at balloons, 
practiced using their x-ray vision for "pin the symbol on the Superman," 
and had a superhero obstacle course. 

There was an incident where one little boy got stabbed in the foot with a dart...
and juice and popcorn and Kryptonite suckers where everrrrrrrywhere... 
and it was total craziness and I never want to throw a party again until he's at least 8...
But from what I heard the kids still had a lot of fun! 
And I had a lot of fun with my annual use of creativity. :)

{But seriously no more parties until he's 8.}

Easy {gluten-free} Pad Thai

Adam went on a gluten-free kick for a couple of weeks to test out some stomach stuff. 
So that was fun.... 

But while we were dealing with that I found some great recipes I want to share. 
One of them was this delicious pad thai recipe that I got from my friend. 
Seriously so easy, so fast, and yummy! 


Ingredients: 
-8 ounces dried, wide and flat rice noodles 
-2 tablespoons brown sugar 
-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving 
-3 tablespoons of La Choy soy sauce (only gluten free brand) 
-1 squirt (about 1/8 teaspoon) Tapatio or Sriacha sauce (optional)
-2 teaspoons vegetable oil 
-3 scallions (green onions), white & green parts, separated and thinly sliced 
-1 clove minced garlic
-2 large eggs, lightly beaten (optional) 
-1/2 cup fresh cilantro 
-1/4 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts 

Directions: 
1. Soak noodles according to package directions. (make sure you time it so they don't get mushy!) Drain. 
2. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, and Tapatio 
3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat 
4. Add scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add eggs and cooks, scraping skillet with spatula until eggs are almost set (about 30 seconds). Transfer eggs to plate. 
5. Add noodles, scallion greens, and sauce to skillet. Cook, tossing constantly, until noodles are soft (about 1 minute). Add egg mixture and toss to coat, breaking eggs up gently. 
6. Serve noodles with lime wedges, topped with cilantro and peanuts. 

variation: you can also add in a meat of your choice (chicken, shrimp, pork, beef) to the recipe. I used shrimp and cooked it in a separate pan then added it with the noodles & sauce, tossing it to coat it evenly. thumbs up!


ENJOY!

high fashion tourist shorts??

[shorts: Target [here] // shirt: Wal-Mart // shoes: thrifted // necklace: Rhi's Designs]

Adam says these shorts are terrible. 
I mean, I was on the fence about them before but then I tried them on and was like 
"soooooo comfortable!!"
So now I'm in love and I will never take them off. 

Basically I know they look like terrible Hawaiian tourist shorts 
but I feel like that's the beauty of them! 

Right??? 

Love them?
Hate them?
Look comfortable and want to sleep in them? 
Or ehhhhhh the worst?