olive june: 2020
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staying home | a grateful heart

"you're not stuck at home ... you're safe at home"

an easter basket for parks + nash

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"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me."
-Emily Dickinson

ten ways to support small businesses

hope

"If you only carry one thing throughout
your entire life, let it be hope. Let it be
hope that better things are always 
ahead. Let it be hope that you can get 
through even the toughest of times. Let 
it be hope that you are stronger than 
any challenge that comes your way.
Let it be hope that you are exactly 
where you are meant to be right now,
and that you are on the path to where
you are meant to be... Because during
these times, hope will be the very best thing
that carries you through." 

-Nikki Banas

activity for kids | seashell letter matching

"in the wild
of changing
things, 
hold on to 
the beautiful
things."
-morgan harper nichols

activities + thoughts during social distancing

"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some mediated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently."

"And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways,  the earth began to heal."

"And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed." 
- Kitty O'Meara

spring books for children

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spring is almost here and i am excited to share some favorite books for young children with you all. the days are getting longer and the blooms are beginning to sprout. do you hear the birds where you are? listening out our windows in carolina, i hear them ...
 welcome home, little ones. 

i hope these books inspire you - whether it's for an easter basket or for quiet time or for family time underneath a blanket at the park in the upcoming months, i hope you enjoy. 

march intentions

february was a little less hectic and brought a little more rest. however, it also included a fun trip to cincinnati, painting the main area of our home white (it's such a dream) and a lot of celebrating. the colder months bring an appreciation for gathering around a table by candlelight/twinkle lights- and i am just trying to savor these last moments with the warm winter light.  overall, it was a wonderful month. my husband and i focused on daily goals (going to share more about this hopefully soon) but we both noticed a lot of individual growth. it was simple, yet powerful. and i am thankful for the habit shifts. 

january | vintage booth . celebrate . read 
february | wellness . paint . loved ones
march | meal prepping, outdoors, closets

simply loving

"we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." 
-winston churchill

borrowed words

in honor of lent beginning

simply loving

this year i am focusing on wholeness as my overall intention
i found this quote recently and can't stop thinking about it: 

"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 fear of sadness. It's a really odd thing that we're now seeing people saying "write down three 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 things 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 on! 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 wholeness?" and if you're having a bad day, it is."

-Hugh McKay, author of The Good Life

aldi favorites

over the past few years, we have been shopping at mainly aldi and trader joe's. as much as i love to browse and experience whole foods, the prices and options at these two stores have provided a way for our family to shop for healthy food at really unbelievable prices. we have basically been able to cut our grocery bill in half each month- while also falling in love with the food. i thought i would share an aldi shopping guide, full of our personal favorites. 

a weekend in cincy | julius turns one

fresh valentines flowers from gia & the blooms

simply loving

a dreamy galentines gathering . february 13 

a valentine's day craft for kids

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-be mine-

simply loving

"the ability to simplify 
means to eliminate the
unnecessary so that the
necessary may speak."
-hans hofmann

simple ways to read more books

"hug me like the night holds the moon."
-alexandra vasiliu
author of BLOOMING

in my city | cmoms consignment sale

over the past few years, i have been trying to shift my mindset in many ways. i have learned that when our first instinct is to find something locally or secondhand rather than buying it new, or to borrow for a day, we get better at leaning on those around us. and we become more aware of the importance of zero-waste and sustainability. though these actions often require a little bit more time and energy, i have found that they also bring connections and awareness. swapping with friends and buying secondhand has not only saved our family a lot of money, but it has also brought me closer to others. 

i often get asked where i buy the boys' clothes? ... mainly secondhand. zara, h & m, gap and some vintage pieces on insta are also favorites; however,  i really love local consignment shops and sales and swaps with my village of moms (so grateful for them). so i thought i would share a sale coming up this weekend for my charlotte mommas. 

february intentions

i recently heard someone say that coming up with a word each month to focus on did wonders in her life. my word for this year is wholeness ... so i am planning on coming up with 1-4 words each month to really focus on + to hopefully motivate me to create better routines and habits. 

january | vintage booth . celebrate . read 
february | wellness . paint . loved ones

simply loving

Why I Wake Early 

"Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories, 
and into the windows of, even, the 
miserable and crotchety-

best preacher that ever was.
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching, 
to hold us in the great hands of light-
good morning, good morning, good morning

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness."
-mary oliver-

disney world | memories + little tips

"they say if you dream a thing more than once, 
it's sure to come true."
-sleeping beauty

valentine's day traditions for kids

a few years ago, my husband and i decided to make a valentine's day tradition that fits us and our current lifestyle- a six pack of local beer, thai takeout and a movie; a date night in. last year we watched the mr. rogers documentary, which we both enjoyed. before we had kids, i was pretty indifferent about valentine's day. however, now the day has become a day to show my kids a little extra love while trying to encourage them to show love to others. i would love to make this day special for them each year so i have been collecting ideas + traditions for our family.

memories of turning four

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yesterday we celebrated our sweet parks turning four
it was pretty simple and full of his favorite things 

highlights for his momma: 
"my birthday makes me happy" 
and as i was walking up the stairs last night after everything, he was going to the bathroom downstairs with the door slightly opened and we had a conservation, whispering love and birthday thoughts back and forth- all in whispers:
 "it's your birthday and it's my birthday! 
happy birthday!
 you are four and i am four! i love you, momma...
i love you, my birthday boy."
 and it was something i think i will always remember. i continued up the stairs in awe. 

happy fourth birthday, parks james

"our love is unconditional 
we knew it from the start
i see it in your eyes
you can feel it from my heart" 
-george strait

my word of the year

january | "the comfort of reclusion, the poetry of hibernation." - marcel proust

january intentions

"the ache for home lives in all of us. the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
-maya angelou