olive june: January 2018

our gender reveal | boy or girl

"and she loved a baby boy so much- even more than she loved herself."
// the giving tree

simply loving

i literally melted yesterday when i got to 'meet' our second baby at the twenty-week ultrasound. he/she was very active/wiggly and unlike big brother, is measuring on the mark and is not super huge (yet!) parks was almost ten pounds and was measuring three weeks ahead at this appointment / august 2015. i am just so thankful that our sweet baby is healthy and is doing well. 

thrifting | what i look for

last weekend i went thrifting both on friday evening- solo (it's one of my favorite ways to take a mom-time-out) and then on saturday morning with my boys after some pancakes and a veggie egg benedict at a local cafe. parks is a really good stroller baby and my husband doesn't mind walking around, in fact i think he really enjoyed it. my sweet husband spent most of his time looking for old vinyl records. i love to create a home that blends both new and old pieces into each space. here are some of the things i look for while i thrift. however, more than anything, i just try to take it all in- one booth at a time, at my own pace. although i love to spend time walking around alone, my mom is my favorite person to thrift with because she is very patient and loves to stroll for hours like i do (plus, she's extremely sentimental and nostalgic- just like i am.) when parks was first born, we spent a lot of that winter strolling local flea markets and reminiscing while i wore parks in my solly baby wrap. those are memories i will always cherish, along with watching downton abbey and finally enjoying some glasses of red wine again. 

valentine's day for him | with jord watches

JORD Wood Watches. thank you for supporting the companies that help support olive june. the opinions i have expressed in this post are 100% my own.
 valentine's day is right around the corner and today i am sharing my favorite gift for the man in your life. my husband is a huge 'watch guy' so i was really excited about getting him one of these JORD watches. JORD watches are hand-crafted from 100% natural wood and they pride themselves in exceptional design and superior quality. not only do i love the style, but the quality is excellent! they are made with scratch-resistant mineral glass. how do you all like to spend valentine's day / what gifts do you usually give? starting this year, we are going to start a new tradition. we have decided that every year we are going to order takeout thai, are going to pick up a six-pack of craft beer (i obviously won't be partaking in that part this year...) and then we are going to do games, play our record player, watch a movie- a night at home together. regarding gifts, i would be happy with a bundle of eucalyptus and am absolutely loving this cute heart top- but i am always happy with something simple; even just a card with a sweet note. time together is so much more important to me. however, my husband deserves so much after helping out with parks so much lately and for taking such great care of me throughout this pregnancy.   

parks' second birthday | dinos + donuts

this past weekend, we spent a morning with our loved ones celebrating parks' second birthday. it was quite bittersweet and i cannot believe that he is already two. for his second birthday, we went with a dinos + donuts brunch to incorporate his love for his beloved jellycat dino, moe moe, and his deep fondness for donuts- aka 'nonuts'. planning his party was a lot of fun and i truly enjoyed the process. i am overjoyed with how it all turned out and am excited to share this special day with you all. i feel like he knew we were having a party for him that day and he loved playing with the other kids that came to celebrate. this past monday, january 15, was his actual birthday and we celebrated with a trip to 'my gym,' dancing/playing with his #2 balloon, lunch at an old school burger joint + a strawberry shake. i also wrote him a letter that day, a letter to my son | today you turn two.  oh, your momma loves you so. having family and friends together while celebrating someone you adore so much is going to be one of my favorite past times... i just know it. and sweet parks- i hope you loved your little birthday gathering, too.

season | winter

i truly have a deep love for every season of the year- and the carolinas make that so easy. on pinterest, i started a series for my season love; inspirations for each phase of the year. here are my favorites for winter. i hope you enjoy... 

a letter to my son | today you turn two

"speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they become." - brooke hampton

simply loving

"on winter's margin"

on winter's margin, see the small birds now
with half-forged memories come flocking home
to gardens famous for their charity. 
the green globe's broken; vines like tangled veins
hang at the entrance to the silent wood. 

with half a loaf, i am the prince of crumbs;
by time snow's down, the birds amassed will sing
like children for their sire to walk abroad!
but what i love, the gray stubborn hawk
who floats alone beyond the frozen vines;
and what i dream of are the patient deer
who stand on legs like reeds and drink the wind;-

they are what saves the world: who choose to grow
thin to a starting point beyond this squalor.
-mary oliver

favorite oversized sweaters

oversized sweaters are one of my staple pieces for both fall and winter- i am all about a good oversized sweater during the cooler months of the year. most of the time, i find them to be both comfortable and stylish- the best of both worlds. they are cute paired with skirts, pants, denim, or leggings. i gathered a variety from some of my favorite shops to share with you today. 

15 things to do in the new year

"i actually attack the concept of happiness. the idea that- i don't mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is a fear of sadness. it's a really odd thing that we're now seeing people saying "write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep" and "cheer up" and "happiness is our birthright" and so on. we're kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position- it's rubbish. wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those which make us who we are. happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don't teach us much. everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say "quick! move one! cheer up!" i'd like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word "happiness" and to replace it with the word "wholeness." ask yourself, "is this contributing to my wholeness?"and if you're having a bad day, it is." - hugh mackay

christmas memories

hello, friends. i hope the new year is treating you well and that your heart is full of love from the season around us. it's a sunny but chilly day here in charlotte as i start to plan out taking down the christmas tree, the ornaments and cozy layers of decor. parks is back at wee school today after three weeks off so i am back to a little momma freedom a few times a week- and that feels so wonderful. christmas was everything we needed it to be- simple, relaxing, some travels, and lots of laughs. we were able to celebrate with both of our families and i feel full and abundant with gratitude. the smells of fresh pine and the explosions of gold glitter always seem to get me like a favorite warm sweater. i am always sad to see them go. yet, a fresh new space is always a good thing. 

it really is the season of renewal and hope and reflection. again, i am left feeling so grateful, for so much and for everything. but i am especially grateful for the family that has been placed in my arms and the chance to share the spirit of this season together. and i am also grateful for the One and for trader joe's peppermint jo jo's. 

a new year

"because sometimes life is so fast and so absolute that the only way you can change things is by actually shifting your life utterly and totally to a different hemisphere. you can't partially change. there's no semi-revolution." - cate blanchette

the start of a new year brings a fresh start, new hope, bright beginnings ahead. this year really excites me. this past year was one of many new starts; a year of more calmness, balance, being intentional as much as possible. as a result, i started to notice many positive changes and only hope to continue doing so over the course of the next year + while also adding a new member to our family in june. if this is your first or hundredth time visiting this space, i am so thankful for you. 

with love on my heart, i wish you all the happiest new year.