Insert a hands in the air emoji--we are adding some testosterone to our site for our Father's Day gift guide! With a name that includes "she," the guys in our lives don't get too much attention around here. Today, that is going to change as we share our favorite gift ideas from Durian & The Lyon, KYSO, The Ironic, The Ultimate Cuff, Keep It Simple Socks and SprezzaBox. So whether you call the men in your life Daddy, Papa, Baby Daddy, Papi, Pops, Dad or Gramps, we've got major manly options sure to fit their style.
*All images by Jennifer Wagner Photography. Special thanks to my hubby, Jeremiah, along with Phil Wagner and Chris Sterling for being ankle and accessories models!
For the love of all things handsome, my heart can't take the cuteness of my guys in Durian and The Lyon's handmade bow ties. The teal flower bow tie (40.00) also reverses to a polka chambray fabric to give you two ties in one with the same being true of the pocket swatch (20.00) that amps up the dapper factor (20.00). Now for my little man who always has to match Daddy, his pre-tied bow tie (15.00, also in clip-on) has both designs combined. All the feels y'all, all the feels.
As a woman there is a different definition of strong that comes with our gender. It is not strength of physicality but more emotional and mental strength that is tested beyond measure. I, myself, have been through some pretty painful moments that emotionally I thought were physically going to destroy me; however, my mental strength proved me wrong. If I am being honest, it was my faith that held me together because in my flesh I was at the end. It is only by faith I am held together.
In my previous post, “Living Without Her Plans,” I wrote about how at one point in my life, I swore I had it all figured out. Just a little recap – I literally thought I knew, down to the nitty gritty, what was ahead of me in this funny thing we call life.
Story ruined: that all changed.
Maybe it wasn’t ruined though. Maybe if I stuck to MY plans, my life wouldn’t have been all that great after all. It took me a minute to realize I needed to calm down and just give it to the big man upstairs. Lets face it y’all – He knows what He’s doing.
When people say not to mess with a good thing, they must not know the potential of making a classic even more divine. I give you...MILKA OREO chocolate candy. You can thank me later, but I will go ahead and say "you're welcome my friend." The best part about these new treats is they are effortlessly delicious. The MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar highlights the vanilla creme center with a little crunch and the MILKA OREO Big Crunch Bar focuses on a chocolate cookie center with a layer of creme, then rich European Milka chocolate on the outside. See why I said "you're welcome" already?!? So, whether you are an eat-from-the-inside-out sort of Oreo indulger or vice versa, you are covered and easily just as satisfied. Their MILKA OREO Choco-Mix combines mini chocolate and vanilla cookies with chocolate candies and morsels for the perfect on the go snack. I can't think of another way to describe them all other than effortless melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
Mother's Day will be here in a few days--for some it is a day to count their blessings as they look at the miracle of their children and it brings joy...others, it brings sorrow as they wait to be held by the arms of their mother again or are waiting for their arms to be filled with a sweet bundle. I have been on both sides of this coin and wanted to take a moment to encourage each. You are all a treasure and sometimes, we just need reminding.
to the mother with small children,
Oh sweet mama, I promise you will sleep again...maybe...well, sometimes. Did you ever think it possible that your precious little one looking up at you with the utmost deep well of newborn baby eyes would also send a tidal wave through your life? But as Jenn said the other day in Riding The Waves Of Motherhood, this time is so short and when our kids spill their second cup of juice at breakfast time, we have to choose do we go under in the current or just hop in the boat and go along with the tide.
Being a mommy is sugar and spice and everything nice! It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. The most challenging, the most stressful, the most tear-jerking, and most definitely the most rollercoaster’ish. I know that’s not a word, but it was the most fitting adjective I could think of. Anybody with small (or not so small) children can totally understand the craziness of a tantrum, meltdown, or completely overwhelming wave of emotion. Ah, yes. The overwhelming (and often hard-to-anticipate) waves that we experience in mommy world.
You’re a 34 year old single mother of 3 children, one of them a newborn, all is good, or so you thought. Just months after he was born you’re starting to notice you’re having trouble carrying your own child. Your hands are on FIRE and it’s getting worse by the day! You notice a red rash on your face. After googling your symptoms you go to your doctors to get tested for what you think you are suffering from. It’s confirmed, you have LUPUS. Imagine you’re awake but not really there. You hear voices, but no one’s home. Then PITCH BLACK. You’ve passed out and you wake up in a hospital bed with no recollection of what had happened. You have amnesia and all you have to go by is what everyone else witnessed. You were told you screamed some obscenities and at times became violet. All things that are out of character for you. You can’t remember your kids' names and it takes a while to remember things. You can’t form words because of the stutter you’ve developed.
In my opinion, the definition of being a mother means being super woman. Moms may not feel like they have super powers every day, but they're in there. Regardless of if they've carried babies in their bellies or in their heart, they love big--so big that their own needs are often put aside. Although I highly recommend for your own sake, showering your mom with love all year long to avoid a flip flop throw, veggies mixed in your brownies, or the sort...Mother's Day is a day to make them feel extra special for all their hard work. I've compiled a few of my favorite small shop companies and goodies sure to wow them!
Our kids grow so incredibly fast and unless you've found to the trick to keeping them little forever, remembering all their milestones along the way is key! I love this Knotty Adler growth board from Wooden Grove because the quality will certainly last a lifetime. Every ruler mark and number is engraved then stained for bonus points in the detail department. You can get 10% off site wide and trust me, every penny wood be worth it *wink*! Other designs include: Maple, Chalkboard and Cherry (99.00).
“For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:11
With March having been my birthday month and the 6th-- the day I was born to a young single teenage mom, I have realized that you don’t get older, you get wiser. Isn’t that a refresher right there!? You can put the anti-aging cream down now! YOU get wiser. Wisdom, as God says, is the beginning of knowledge. Wisdom is also the beginning of understanding who we are not and who God is. As I realize this, so many things come to light for me. Even in the midst of my wandering and everything that I have gone through. Life is so good right now. Not that everything good is going on, but I can see my eternal gift of what life is for me at this very moment. I can see the good in everything.
Springtime for makeup artists is such a fun season! You get to add in bright colors or can even go the pastel-neutral route. So many options to experiment with and I wanted share some of my current favorites for spring: glowy skin, unique lip colors and eyeliner color pops. Make sure to watch the video below for my application and then catch the details below!
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