olive june: October 2017

charlotte spotlight: hall family farm

happy halloween to you and your family

a mood board | october edition

october is all things cozy and good: family movie nights, piles of books, soups and hearty dinners, warm beds, costumes, layers, and extra cups of toasty drinks. i hope your autumn has been good so far. ours has been pretty slow- although i have been trying to organize/purge every inch of our home, i have also been taking social media breaks more often, along with enjoying long weekend naps. i feel like i have been pretty productive while trying to embrace slow living at the same time. 

simply loving

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'don't let yesterday take up too much of today.' 

charlotte spotlight | pachyderm music lab

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yesterday we attended our first baby punk class... featuring nirvana! at the pachyderm music lab in indian trail, north carolina (right outside of charlotte). they offer group classes for both adults and children, private lessons on a wide variety of instruments, jam sessions, band rehearsal spaces, a vinyl exchange club, they believe in music as a form of therapy, and provide various ways to bond with your children. 

diy | ten pumpkin ideas

there are less then two weeks before trick or treat night- do you know what you/your kids are going to be this year? i am excited to dress parks up for his first interactive halloween... last year he wasn't walking and i think this year will be lots of fun. one of my favorite things to do each autumn is to diy some pumpkins for the front porch. here are some of the ideas i am loving most this year...

simple ways to embrace slow living

throughout this year, i have been writing about how i want to embrace 'slow living'. when i look back, we traveled/had plans almost every weekend from march through july. in august, i launched a new business and re-branded this space. september was so good for the soul, especially with parks starting toddler school. a few hours a week alone for a wahm + sahm was much needed. i love to travel and usually get the itch after too long... but at the same time, it usually leaves me feeling burnt out and craving time at home. lately, i am trying to practice more of the lifestyle i yearn for- as i stop glorifying busy and implement everyday practices that promote relationships, my faith and mindfulness. november is going to bring lots of trips so i am trying to really take in october... 

autumn in the carolinas

sometimes you just need to pack up your toddler and get out of the city to prance around a farm and play and pick out pumpkins and eat apple cider donuts and enjoy a hayride. so that's precisely what we did on saturday morning and i cannot think of a better way to spend an autumn day. this little place known as hall family farm has such a friendly and festive vibe.  my heart bursted about a hundred times as i watched parks explore. despite his quick pace, he reminds me to slow down and savor the moments. 

fall fashion | for the littles


good morning! i shared this photo on instagram the other day but i turned around while getting ready to this scene. size 4t rain boots, no shirt and joggers. my boy loves some rain boots... so now these are in his playroom. it's no secret that i love clothes, fashion, bargain shopping, etc. i honestly love to bargain shop basics so that i can purchase a few things that i really, really love every season. today, i thought i would share some of my absolute fall favorite pieces for toddler boys + girls. i am hoping to share more fashion posts with you all regularly. what do you all think?

 would you like to see more clothing inspirations on here?

just take your time

will you count me in?
i've been away for a while now
you've got me feeling like a child now

just take your time
wherever you go.

simply loving

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-simply loving-

+ the book, big little lies (i just started the hbo series last night!) 
+ an hour at the gym. parks loves school, the gym and our church's childcare centers- so it's been nice to have some time to myself lately. i have next week planned in advance regarding classes: a combo of pilates, yoga, and cardio. 
+ these autumn cookies  
+ anyone else watch jeopardy? this guy is pretty funny. 
+ i want to buy these romper jumpsuit overalls for parks ... one for every day of the week
+ tom petty radio - all week. 
+ juice + smoothie bars (i would take the pumpkin ones over a psl every time.)
+ most of all- the book, the war on normal by jenny baker and sarah blight. this book is really speaking to me. the kindle version was released today but you will be able to purchase the paperback version very soon (i will post about it on here + insta) a description: 'giving birth is one of the most empowering moments of a woman's life, but it's also the very experience that catapults us into one of the hardest and longest fights we'll ever face. shame, discouragement and frustration flood our thoughts and feelings as we struggle to move our post-partum bodies towards an ambiguous standard of "normal". in the war on normal, we cry, we think and we dig deep, as we examine the messages our culture, our friends and even our inner voices convince us to be true. we look at research and hear from other moms, as we learn tools to help us uproot the lies that lead us to despair and show us how to walk in the truth and freedom that leads us to contentment. the fight is touch but we are worth it! join us on a journey of freedom and personal growth as we fight the war on normal and finally experience contentment in our post-baby bodies. ... want to join me? i am currently reading it and it's been so eye-opening + just what i think i needed. so much that just thinking about it all brings tears to my eyes. there are interactive parts that allow you to dig deep through journaling. i am excited to share more and invite you if this fight has been a struggle for you?

currently | october edition

styling | our front porch for fall! last week, i picked up a wreath at michael's for 60% off and took off the pieces that didn't fit my style + put on some lighter pinks. i love the way it turned out so far. i am hoping to share more on here but i did give a sneak peek on instagram the other day. i also picked up some neutral pumpkins, a mum, and a few plants. last year, i made this wreath

saving | i am starting to sell lots and lots of things from our home (this month is going to be a full overhaul/purge- hopefully.) and am trying to decide what i want to save up for? ... a piece of furniture (a couch and headboard are at the top of our list) or a trip? or savings? maybe a little of all three? or something else... also, what is your favorite site to sell used clothes on? thoughts on poshmark? (any tips if you use/enjoy?) 

searching | for the cooler weather... it's been a little better in the carolinas but i can't wait for it to be here for good. i am a cool weather lover- through and through. (because... i adore coziness + the fashion) i am also searching for things for my shop: olive june. there are many more cute things on the way. for all of you, please enjoy 10% off today with code: theolivejune (here if you need anything!) 

picking | up fresh flowers/food from the market and then hopefully going to an apple orchard with friends soon and an anticipated trip to a local pumpkin patch (or a few). 

making | i am still experimenting with a more plant-based/vegetarian diet - loving eggplants, lots of fresh veggies/hummus and smoothies/juices.