Hello hello! Thanks for popping back over here for part two of this week’s “Slice of Life”. Ready to jump right into a little bit more of what we’ve been up to as well as a handful of our favorite things lately. 🙂
If you missed part one from this week’s “Slice of Life”, you can find it here.
Jamie is a big reader and usually plows through one or two books a week. Typically I don’t give a second glance to what he’s reading (because recently they’ve all been about transitioning into the civilian world), but this one entitled 52 Things Kids Need From a Dad recently caught me eye. He said my mom gifted it to him years ago and he was just now picking it up. He finished it in two sittings, loved it, and highly recommends it to every single dad. He was actually glad he read it after having a daughter for almost four years compared to being a brand new dad; He felt like it was much more valuable to him now that he’s been in the trenches of parenting for a few years. (Side note, but I felt the same way after reading The Five Love Languages a couple years into marriage versus before we were married, like many recommend.)
A few weeks ago a relative sent a note in the mail and included a separate page with prayers for the deployment. Reading her words and the very specific things her family would pray over us brought tears to my eyes. I hung it on the fridge immediately.
A few personal takeaways from this: 1.) So often we say “I’ll be praying for you” (which is WONDERFUL), but going a step further and telling what your specific prayers will be is very powerful and personal. 2.) As someone who enjoys sending handwritten notes in the mail, I think sending along handwritten prayers as well is such a sweet gesture. Getting a list of prayers like this made me feel very understood, like she just knew the things all four of us would be facing, not just as a family, but individually. Thank you, Jill. <3
Not the best picture of Hadley, but we went to a birthday party recently where the party favors were little flower crowns for all the girls. 🙂 I thought this was such a great idea! The girls all got to wear them during the party and then take them home. My girlfriend made them all herself, and Hadley and Sadie are just obsessed. Sweet idea if you’re looking for a girly party favor or crafty project!
We had a few surprise chilly days in September, and I noticed that I didn’t have very many “throw on and go” fall/winter shirts. Though I love having cute tops on hands for dinner outings or social events, realistically I live in basic tops like the one you see below. I scooped up a couple a few weeks ago and have worn them each a couple times already on chilly days (aka the 60s – ha!)
My fashionista friend Julie says that the best tops to invest in are the ones that look “basic” enough to wear frequently but that have something that makes them just a hair unique. This gray top fits the bill because it looks like a plain top from the front but has a cute little slit on the side and dips just a little lower in the back. For $19, this top is a winner. 🙂
I’m also loving this twisted hem top because of how stinkin’ comfy it is! It’s basic enough that I can throw on to run the girls to school, but I could also wear it to dinner with a cute necklace, skinny jeans, and booties. Another winner, especially for $28! Mega soft, too. Highly recommend these two tops if you’re looking to add a couple basics to your fall/winter wardrobe. Bonus: Free shipping and returns. 🙂
As far as the girls’ wardrobes go, Jill Yoga sent each of them a couple of new long-sleeve athletic tops that I know they’ll get a ton of wear out of. Hadley thinks the thumb holes are way too cool!
They’re made out of the stretchiest yet comfortably thick material that I was pleasantly surprised by. I wouldn’t hesitate to order from Jill Yoga when in need of athletic clothes. Take a look at their website or Instagram; They have cute, affordable dance, yoga, and active wear for infants, girls, and women.
You may have seen the unboxing of this Dairy Maid dress about a month ago on my IG stories, and oh my goodness – we’re both just obsessed. Hadley was gifted it by Little Goodall, and it’s quite the showstopper for several reasons. Obviously it’s very unique, but it’s also truly beautiful in person. I really appreciate the intricate detailing as well as the thick linen it’s made out of. I’m not sure if the pictures do it justice, but it’s a beautifully made dress.
Take a look at their site to see some of the other garments Little Goodall sells. They’re so unique and beautiful! I promise you’ve never seen anything like what they offer. You can also find them on Instagram.
The last thing I’m loving lately: Sadie can wear bows now! Three cheers! I’m proud to report that she hasn’t been called a little boy since. 🙂
Oy! I have one more thing to share. 🙂 If you’re a regular around here, you know that my blog went through a total overhaul early last month, and my designer Fran recently wrote up a quick post about the process of redesigning my blog. I so enjoyed reading her thoughts. You can read her post here. Fran, you rock!
Hope you have a great Tuesday, everyone!
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother is today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 4 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo