Friday, December 16, 2016

holiday product spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

have you guys seen those beautiful wood watches floating around instagram?? the famous JORD watches?
well, if you haven’t, you seriously need to check them out!

JORD is a watch company, but they are most certainly not like most watch companies. JORD uses unique wood from all around the world to create both modern and sophisticated watch designs!

they have some of the most beautiful watches i have ever seen, and they carry both men's watches and women's watches!

i gifted kyle this unique watch a couple days ago as an early christmas present, and it took his breath away as much as it did mine! he is obsessed with all things wood, this watch included.

kyle is wearing the “Reece” style watch in Golden Camphor and Khaki.

i think it’s safe to say it’s his favorite christmas present.

would you love one of these cool watches?!

well, today JORD and i are giving you $25 free to spend on your favorite watch! just follow this link, fill out the form, and then head back here and tell me what your favorite watch is! but hurry, offer ends december 21st!

having trouble deciding which is your favorite? i’ve created a Pinterest board just for you so you can see which watches are my favorite! see it here!

you can view JORD all over the internet: at their site here, their instagram here, their pinterest here, their twitter here, and their facebook here!

xoxo, Brandi

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Wooden Wristwatch

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

fourteen months

fourteen months of pure joy. fourteen months of trial. of worry. of beauty. of sacrifice. of abounding love.

you are changing every single day it seems. you learn things SO quickly, and pick up on so much so fast. it blows my mind every day.

you are sassy. and sensitive. and loving. and particular.

you love other kids, and in sunday school, you go find toys to give the itty bitty babies.
you are always willing to share. even your food. which, right now, is your number one priority in life. you want to eat 24/7, and it seems like you are never full. you are still pretty picky, but you LOVE what you love. your favs are cheese, bread, cheezits, bananas, blueberries, peas, ground turkey, rice, certain kinds of chicken, popcorn, larabars, peanut butter, and anything in those squeeze packets. you’ll eat anything out of those things. 

mama is still your favorite person on earth, and very little can separate you from her. food is one of these things. you can smell me from a mile away, and you are not happy until you find me and are in my arms. you are on my hip 95% of the time.

you started “one year old” with six teeth, you now have eight, and you are currently working on three back teeth/molars. #helpme

you all of a sudden loathe diaper changes and being in your car seat. you don’t like being told no, and it takes you getting a stern “no” before understanding it’s not okay. but, the things you love far outweigh the things you don’t. like, cats. and buttons you can push. and miss bunny. and stickers. and playing peek-a-boo. and books. and giving hugs. and baths. and music. and all the little things in your day that make you smile and very quickly fall in love. and way too many things to list. 

speaking of music, you LOVE to dance. you just cannot contain that rhythm in your soul. you stop what your doing the moment a song comes that you like and you bust a move. it’s the cutest thing ever.

you have such a kind soul. you look when someone is crying, and crawl over to make sure everything is okay. you share whatever you have, even if its your favorite toy/food of the day. you are such a sweet little girl, and i love that i get to watch you grow. 

you crawl, sit to stand while holding on to something, climb stairs, and walk when someone is holding your hands. your physical therapist said you’ll be walking by christmas. we’ll see!!

you love to clap when you hear other people clapping. you think it’s hilarious. you just love to mimic people in general. you also find that hilarious, too.

you say mama, dada, yes, kitty, yum, cheese (told you you love cheese), woof woof, uh oh (oh oh). you sign more, all done, milk, and food.

you grow more and more every day. you are so strong yet so loving. and i love you so much that it hurts, lilli jo.

love, mama

Monday, December 12, 2016

the weekend // christmas edition

happy monday, friends! we are currently recovering from one of the best weekends ever.

bow // shirt
we marked so many things off of our christmas bucket list (you can see that here!) this weekend:

friday //

kyle and i had our weekly at-home date night, and we did our usual ordering in and movie watching. we made cookies, sat around the tree, and watched warm bodies, which was surprisingly good. i was expecting it to be one of those stupid-funny movies, but we actually thoroughly enjoyed it. 

saturday //

saturday we had a christmas party to go to, where lilli got to eat some yummy treats, see santa, and watch the beautiful horses run around. we see the same santa every year, and it was so special remembering her falling asleep in his lap last year, and watching her facial expressions this year :)
there were no tears though!!

grandma and grandpa came over to hang with lilli while kyle and i went to our city’s holiday pops concert, which was beautiful. kyle and i are both musicians, so we always enjoy going to different concerts, especially during the holidays. 

sunday //

we had our first snow storm of the year on sunday!! i love love love the snow, so i had no problem staying at home watching the snow get higher and higher. we got quite a few inches, and we took lilli out to play in it for a bit. i’ll never forget the look on her face as we walked outside and the snow melted on her little face. she was so overjoyed, and was kicking her legs and quite literally jumping for joy. she actually got upset when we had to come inside to warm up!

moccs // leggings 
we made hot cocoa (lilli’s very first one!), and lounged around the rest of the day, drinking hot cocoa and watching christmas movies for, literally, hourssss. 

it was the perfect weekend!

what did you do this weekend?!

{linking up with blovedboston}

xoxo, Brandi

Thursday, December 8, 2016

christmas bucket list

i feel like christmas time is when our bucket list just explodes. there is so much we want to do in what feels like such little time!! we crossed everything but one thing off our fall bucket list, and i hope we can get that close +1 on our christmas one, too. we will see!!

+ bake christmas cookies
+ make hot cocoa
+ make a gingerbread house
+ go see Christmas lights
+ take a photo with santa
+ read a Christmas book
+ watch a christmas movie
+ make a christmas ornament
+ attend a holiday concert
+ attend a holiday party
+ donate to the food bank
+ send out Christmas cards
+ do a Christmas craft
+ toys for tots
+ make grandma’s fudge

what is on your bucket list for this season?!

xoxo, Brandi

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

the christmas photos

ahh i can't express the amount of love i have for this season!! everything about christmas just makes me fall in love with this season every day, including christmas pictures, which went surprisingly well this year. i was expecting lots of tantrums, refusals, and crying, but i am thrilled to announce that we only had one tantrum, we got our christmas card picture on the first try, and the rest went really smoothly. #handpraiseemoji

okay, on to the good stuff.

the one tantrum i told you about ^^^. she was so mad she couldn't hold all 20 bulbs at the same time.

we almost made it through the whole thing without something ending up in a mouth.
one of our Christmas traditions is to get an ornament every year, and this one is perfect! we got it from this amazing shop!

and the moment you've all been waiting for.... ;)

our Christmas card photo!

lilli's bow // martyandpenelope
lilli's tights // carter's
lilli's sweater // babiesrus
lilli's moccs // ollyoaks
my sweater // old navy

xoxo, Brandi

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

one year blogiversary

i celebrated my one year blogiversary last week! i started this blog to support mama’s, support small shops, and support myself, and that is exactly what it has started to become!

i’ve been so blessed to support so many small shops in this year, and i can’t wait to support so many more!

i’ve also had such great joy in reaching out and growing out of my comfort zone by talking about so many personal issues, in hopes of encouraging others. i hope to grow even more in the coming years, and watch this blog blossom!

i have officially been blogging for 12 months, so here’s 12 things about me:

one. my husband and i will be married 3 years this january!

two. speaking of winter - i love it. i’m one of those people who isn’t a huge fan of summer, but loves fall and winter. bring on the snow.

three. fall is my favorite season, but Christmastime is my absolute favorite time of the year.

four. if things would have gone the way i had originally planned in life (LOL), i was supposed to be almost done with law school, and hopefully finding a career in family law. but i’m so glad God had other plans. instead, i’m headed back to school next semester to finish my undergrad in pre-law, while holding my little babe on my hip. :)

five. i’m not a huge color person. i really like neutrals. navy is the only color outside of neutrals that i love. 

six. i used to play in band, clarinet and saxophone to be specific. i miss it so much, but it’s hard to find time to play in the busyness of the days.

seven. but. i am on a mission to learn how to play cello. i have always wanted to learn for as long as i can remember, and i’m finally going to branch out and do it!

eight. joanna gaines is my spirit animal. that is all.

nine. i’m one of those people that wants to take photos of everything all the time to hold the memory. my mom was the exact opposite, so i feel like i’m always “take all the photos” now.

ten. i like to cook, but i don’t looooove it. but, i do looooove to bake!

eleven. i’ve gotten really big into fashion in the past few years, with both me and now Lilli. but, i do a lot of thrifting to support this new habit. we rarely buy/wear anything at full price! it’s so exciting to me when i’m wearing a brand new cute outfit that i got for cheap!

twelve. and speaking of cheap, i am a huuuuge thrifter. it rattles my bones when i have to pay full price for anything. my husband always laughs that i can spend forever in a store looking through clearance racks, but he always stops laughing when i score amazing deals. haha! i rarely buy anything full price unless i have to!

thank you for being here with me for this past year! i’m so thankful for every one of you that reads my blog. here’s to you!

xoxo, Brandi

Monday, November 28, 2016

let's talk about date night

as a mama, date night is kind of a foreign word. they are few are far in between, so when we do get a date night, we definitely take advantage of it and make it as special as we can.

i was recently introduced to Turo, a neat car renting service and i was challenged to give you some new ideas on how to make date night one to remember! the next time you get one, that is ;)

one. flowers. okay, it’s an oldie but it’s a goodie. flowers are one of the best ways to start a date night, and let’s your lady know you were thinking about date night during the day.

two. table topics. my hubby and i love to do these while we are sitting at the dinner table and need to talk about something other than how our baby napped that day. it’s a super fun way to connect, and you might even found out something you never knew before!

three. rent a car! how cool would it be to take a fancy car out on date night, and step into another life for one night? it’s also the perfect time of year to take that car out and go find the most beautifully decorated house for christmas in your town!

four. do something new. dinner and a movie is cool, but it’s nice to do something new every once and a while. go see a ballet performance, go watch a concert, go to a wine and canvas. do something different, and spice it up a bit!

five. go to a bed and breakfast. now, this one requires an overnight babysitter for the kids, but, just imagine waking up (at whatever time you want!!) in a beautiful bed and breakfast, next to your love, with breakfast waiting for you. it sounds like a dream to me.

what are your favorite ways to amplify date night? 

xoxo, Brandi

Friday, November 25, 2016

gobble till you wobble

happy thanksgiving-hangover-day, friends!
i hope you all had a lovely thanksgiving filled with too much food, laughter, and fun.

my shirt // lilli's bow // moccs
just stopping by to share some photos from our day of thanks! we spent the day with friends and family, and it was a wonderful thanksgiving!

lilli's dress

i was so busy cooking (you can see what i made here!) that i didn't have a lot of time to capture a lot of photos, but it was nice just enjoying the day without any distractions!

i am so thankful that we were all over the stomach bug and were able to enjoy thanksgiving!

have a great weekend!
xoxo, Brandi

Monday, November 21, 2016

thanksgiving menu

thanksgiving is this week!!! 

did you know? ;)

i love thanksgiving, and i love love love hosting the holidays. last year was different since it was our first with lilli, but this year, she's going to have a blast, aka eat all the food in sight.

it’s so hard planning a menu for thanksgiving, and trying to figure out when to cook what. so i’m giving you my thanksgiving menu and timeline, to help you along if you need it!

breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls. these look absolutely delicious, and i can't wait to try them! it's the perfect thanksgiving breakfast. 

appetizers and snacks: Turkey Tray. I saw this last year, but didn't have time to put it together. i'm determined to do it this year because it's so darn cute! Cookies. i'm not exactly sure yet which ones i'm going to make. probably nothing too intricate since it's just a snack to grab throughout the day. maybe salted caramel? something caramel i think goes good with thanksgiving. any ideas?! Veggie Tray. i always buy a veggie tray from walmart or meijer to have something to grab, but not hard to put together. i might make it on my own this year, but we will see!

dinner: Smoked Turkey. my awesome hubby smokes the turkey on the grill every year so it's one less thing taking up the oven. it's so much easier! Southern Style Biscuits. i found this recipe a few months ago, and knew i was going to make it for thanksgiving this year. they look so good. i'll probably buy a can of crescent rolls in case my first try doesn't go very well ;) probably should have made them at least one time before. oh well!  Candied Yams. my family and i looove yams. always on the menu for every holiday. Mashed Potatoes. i'm making these in the crock pot because again, any free space in the oven is good space. Broccoli Casserole. ah, the famous family recipe. it's my mom's "thing", that she makes for every holiday. it's always been my favorite side ever, and i could eat the whole bowl! makes my mouth water just thinking about it! A vegetable. gotta have a vegetable of some sort. we usually do green beans or corn.

dessert: Apple Pie. i usually make dutch apple pie, but i'm trying a new recipe this year. it must be the year for new recipes. at my apples of gold bible study, a wonderful lady shared a delicious apple pie with us that was so easy to make, and i definitely want to make it this year for dessert! Pumpkin Pie. with so many new recipes this year, i think I'm going to skip the from-scratch pumpkin pie and stick with our favorite from the store. 

what is your favorite recipe to devour on thanksgiving?!

xoxo, Brandi

Friday, November 18, 2016

five on friday

helloooo friday. you’ve been missed.

one. if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that i “announced” some new things this week! {nope, not pregnant.}
after much praying and much waiting, i have officially joined the New Mom’s ministry at our church! i am super excited for this opportunity, as mama’s and new baby’s have been heavy on my heart since having lilli. and…

two. i also announced that i’m headed back to school next semester! i took a break from school after lilli was born, and i’m finally headed back in the spring to finish up my pre-law degree. i’m incredibly nervous, but also incredibly excited. i’m worried about time, on top of being a stay at home mom and small business owner, but i’ll see where the Lord takes me!

three. fall? winter? spring? it’s currently 70 degrees and sunny outside. tomorrow, it’s supposed to be a high of 40 and snow.

great weather we’re having, don’t you say?

four. lilli is cutting one molar and one top eye tooth, and LAWD help me. but, i’m loving all the extra cuddles that come with this gig.

five. we’ve been crazy renovating in our home lately. (LOL that it’s right during the holidays.) i can’t wait to share when we are all finished! keep an eye out for a post about our living room progress next week.

have a great weekend!

xoxo, brandi

linking up with carolina charm

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

marty + penelope

guys. i’m in love.

okay, i’m in love with a lot of small shops. but this one has definitely made it to one of my tops favs.

bow // onesie // moccs
there are so many bow shops out there. so many. but i’m very lucky to have gotten to know some very unique ones, including marty + penelope.

her bows are perfection. they aren’t like any other bow show i have ever come across. they all have their own special touch.

i won a giveaway from her shop’s instagram not that long ago, and not only did i love the bow she sent me, but i also loved the three other ones she sent me for free, too! not very many people are willing to give so much, which is just one of the reasons why i love marty + penelope.

i have recently been chosen to be a brand rep for her shop, and i am ecstatic. keep on eye on my instagram for more photos of the cutest bows from marty + penelope!

you can view marty + penelope’s shop here! use code {xoxo20} for a special discount off your purchase!

xoxo, Brandi 

Monday, November 14, 2016

life of a work at home mom

Being a mom can be hard, whether you are a stay at home mom, a work at home mom, or a working mom. I cannot speak for the two that I am not, but I can speak for being a work at home mom.

And friends, it can be really stinkin’ hard.

Worth it, but really stinkin’ hard.

Here are some things that you will know if you are a work at home mama:

late nights. ahh, the late nights and little sleep. the tv might be on, but you are still hard at work. it’s the only time of uninterrupted time you get, so you take advantage of it. Even if that means you are exhausted from all the late nights.

-early mornings. see above, apply it to early mornings and subtract more sleep.

-work during nap times. I can’t remember the last time I just sat during a nap and did something for me. I’m always doing something work related during those 90 ish minutes. you do what needs to be done, when you have time to get it done.

feeling like you’re failing at something. at least once a month I’m hit with some kind of guilt because I didn’t reach 100% in one (or more) areas of my life that week, whether it be personally or work related. At one point or another, one part of your life has to be put on the back burner, and that is really hard.

working two full time jobs. or like, thirty six. the wife, the mom, the cook, the maid, the boo boo fixer, the blogger, the small business owner, the list maker, the whatever-you-need-to-be-that-day. it’s better to just not count how many jobs you currently have and don’t get paid for. ;)

feeling under appreciated. it's really hard being a small business owner, and most people don't realize all of the hard work, sacrificed time, and grueling hours put into their order. but the ones who express how grateful they are make it all worth it. :)

feeling overworked, overwhelmed, and overloaded. LOL see above points.

feeling successful. YES it’s hard. but it’s so worth it when a customer writes to me and tells me how much she loves whatever I made her. or when i get a picture of a baby wearing a hat i made him, or wrapped in a blanket that I made her. that’s when my success mode kicks in and it’s all worth it.

feeling like a #girlboss. heck yeah i’m juggling thirty six jobs and my kid is alive at the end of every day and I some how managed to put a fully cooked meal on the table. YES i’m a #girlboss and i’m proud of it!

I salute you, my fellow work at home mom’s and #girlbosses. You are rocking this and you are making a difference. You are showing your husband and your children and your friends and your family how STRONG you are and how AWESOME you are! You are showing them that it can be done, every single day!

shirt // coffee cozy
"I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:13

rock on, #girlboss.

xoxo, Brandi