olive june: October 2019

halloween! | you've got a friend in me

happy halloween! this day has always been fun, but this year has had more anticipation here as parks has been planning costumes since last spring (or maybe even before!) he has gone through many costume ideas: mario, chase, luigi, captain america... but then one morning in early september while we were waiting in the carpool line at school, he said, "momma, i got it!" 

autumn family photos | a sneak peek

"the sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find where all the beauty comes from."
c.s. lewis

gentle reminders

"feel what you need
to feel and then let
it go. do not let it
consume you."
- dhiman

an updated room for nash

last weekend i rearranged nash's nursery a bit. it was one of my favorite spaces in our home, but i found this large vintage rug (for $40/i have been selling pieces we are no longer using so it felt justified) and wanted to give his room a mini refresh. the rich, timeless colors for the fall + winter days really inspired me. the layered rugs that were in his space were moved to our den (which includes a piano/play/sitting area in the front of our home) to give that room a bright feel and a soft space for the boys to play on. 

the avett brothers echoing throughout our home, coffee on the burner, nursery rhymes and the crisp breeze through our windows is bringing me renewed energy to purge and organize and re-evaluate what we have before the holiday season.  do you ever find yourself doing this around this time of year?

pumpkin patch magic

carrigan farms . mooresville, north carolina

in our city | the batch house

"people first, cake second" 

an october morning

lately, there has been cinnamon in our oatmeal, costumes on our minds, acorns in our pockets and leaves underfoot. we explored a nearby city last saturday morning with my cousin and her two little girls while my husband enjoyed a golf trip in florida. there was an enchanting crispness in the air as families browsed the market- reminding me once more why i love this time of year. a middle school student played the guitar and sang- this age group still warms my heart when i see them shine. we enjoyed story time at a local bookstore and then took a walk over to a local pumpkin patch. although brief, watching nash fall in love with the pumpkins was something i always want to remember (balls-and his dad- are his favorite things) so he was very much in love. 

simply loving

little apple paintings we created early this afternoon

practicing mindfulness with kids

mindfulness has become such an important aspect of my life and is something that i want to pass onto my children. from simple rituals like nightly family dinners, dance parties, reading books, going for walks/the park to special times like vacations and christmas traditions and birthday celebrations- i want them to pay attention to the events happening in the moment. i yearn for them to carefully observe thoughts and feelings- to develop a sense of self awareness. 

we often feel disconnected from the earth and from each other and are looking to fill voids and ease pain. what i have learned? things will not fill the hole of disconnection we experience. only through deeper connections and quality time and the reality of our emotions and in our relationships with others, can we achieve mindfulness. 

an autumn rhythm + craft + playlist

with the crisp air coming through the windows and the leaves starting to change, we are creating a new autumn rhythm in our home. i have always been something of a season watcher. it's worth the moment to marvel at the way the light changes in a room after dinner and how acorns spread across the local park. i tend to want to wait until the season happens and then embrace it wholeheartedly. 

for me, autumn brings a renewed energy. the cozy, hygge months, always seem to be my favorite and i am looking forward to creating slower and more meaningful rhythms; focusing on gratitude and simplicity. i plan to pull out books and seasonal songs and poems to read and sing. i also plan to incorporate nature inspired crafts + activities now that parks is older ... and hope to share more with you all soon. it's a fun way to incorporate beautiful language, creativity and music into our day at home. 

life lately

the gift

Be still my soul, and steadfast
Earth and heaven both are still watching 
though time is draining from the clock 
and your walk, that was confident and quick, 
has become slow. 

So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part. 
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful. 
That the gift has been given. 
-mary oliver

soups for fall

today is hopefully the last day of extremely high temps/high 90's with high humidity ... we honestly have had this type of weather since the end of may (with only a few cool days / it doesn't cool off at night here like it does in the midwest - which makes it feel stifling at times during the summer months) needless to say, i am ready and ecstatic about the cooler temperatures coming later today. bring on the coziness and warm bowls of soup as the leaves turn golden. here are some soup recipes in case you are needing some inspiration. 

a self / body positivity 30 day challenge

"if you wouldn't say it to your friend,
don't say it to yourself."

nash charles . 15 months | things i always to remember

the other day we played 'pumpkin shop' because his older brother really, really loves pumpkins

october intentions

"and the sun took a step back,
the leaves lulled themselves to sleep
and Autumn was awakened."
-raquel franco