olive june

ways to give back this holiday season

this time of year carries around a strong sense of kindness towards others. if you know me well, you know i am a very empathetic person... i feel for ya. it's around this time of year when my heart aches for others. if i am being honest, this has especially been the case since the moment i became a mom, almost two years ago. i really want to foster all of the animals and babies and kids who need someone. here are five different ways to give back and hopefully make a difference this season. there are so many ways that you can make a huge impact and spread joy. 

fun toddler date ideas for the holidays

i feel like one of my jobs as a mom is to make the holidays memorable and fun for my kids, especially while they are young. although parks is still very young, i have realized so much lately that he really just wants time spent with others. he loves people. (babies are his favorite but he also loves kids his age, older kids and adults so much) i want to make these seasons special- not with presents or over-the-top pinterest projects (although i think craft/activities from time to time is awesome/whatever you love- do it.) seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child is the most magical thing in the world. i am hoping to incorporate some of these activities + little things into our lives this month to make every day just a little bit more fun. 

a gift guide | stockings + stuffers

it's that time of year again! i hope to share a lot of gift/holiday ideas with you all this season. stockings + stuffers are so fun. st. nick (if you celebrate) is next week so i thought i would start with some stocking stuffer ideas for her ... i am hoping to do some for the men and kids soon. i am also sharing some of my favorite stockings - some would be great to get your kids' names on the top. how does your family do stockings... any traditions you love most? 

a mood board | november edition

"not knowing when the dawn will come, i open every door."

this month went by pretty quickly... we traveled a lot, enjoyed the closing of the autumn season with some family time, and focused on living simply more and more. it's been a process and is something we continue to implement into this chapter of our lives.  

"that was the day she made herself promise to live more from intention & less from habit." - amy rubin flett

i just love these words. when you take a moment to connect the dots of this simple yet powerful phrase it leads to more questioning. i believe that questioning is good, it means something matters. 

in my passport | chicago

over the weekend, my husband and i headed to chicago from my hometown in ohio to enjoy the city and visit my brother. we enjoyed time together while parks spent time with my parents. we stayed downtown near michigan avenue and were able to visit a lot of my favorite parts, savored delicious meals, good coffee, loved seeing christmas tree lots throughout and a trip to the christmas market brought me back to germany for an hour. before we left yesterday, we went to an old school used book store and then to the wormhole coffee shop in wicker park to read (beatle juice posters, old school nintendo, teal leather couches) it was an eclectic and fun atmosphere. a few other favorites not listed below: the violet hour for cocktails (one of the coolest bars i have ever been to), beatrix for brunch, and ramen takeya in the west loop (perfect during the cooler months.)

thanksgiving decor ideas

good morning! i hope your week is going well... thanksgiving day is one week from today. being a new parent around this time of the year has me thinking about all of the traditions in life, the things + moments that tend to really bond a family together. my parents were so incredible at creating these magical childhood experiences. i hope to share more about the importance for me and my absolute favorites. today, i am sharing my favorite decor ideas for thanksgiving day this year. we are leaving this afternoon for ohio (my hometown and columbus) and chicago to visit my brother. be sure to follow along on instagram as i document our adventure. what are your plans for this upcoming holiday week? 

a grateful heart

breathe it in. be all there.