Classic Market Gift Co.

Today, I’m so excited to be sharing a new favorite Etsy Shop with ya’ll!

Classic Market Gift Co. offers adorable apparel for women and children as well as merchandise like tea towels and pillow covers at wonderful price points. What I love most about the apparel is that most all of it can easily be dressed up for church or going out to dinner or dressed down for an afternoon at the park or quick trip to the grocery store.

Classic Market Gift Co. is based out of San Diego, California and ran by owner and creative, Victoria Bobo. She says it best:

“We are a Navy family and my fearless husband trains a lot! Most days, my hair stays in a top knot, I live and sometimes sleep in yoga pants, and coffee is in the percolator All. Day. Long. I need easy and comfortable. I love making shirts for those not in my season of life, but my store began to shift towards more mommy things. Now I can run an errand without looking like I’m in pajamas. I can pair my shirts with yoga pants or skinnies, so that’s one less step in my date night ready routine!

I’ve recently added a new printing process to my store. This has opened new doors for the world of gifts! New products are in production all the time. I have to keep a list because the options are limitless!

Now I want to give other people a chance to give something that they can personalize any way they want. A nice, affordable gift that comes straight from the heart. A few shirts that can go from casual to chic in minutes. The days are long but the years are short, might as well be cute living life!”

Victoria Bobo, Classic Market Gift Co.

Another really cool aspect of this shop: Victoria loves the process of creating new designs and is happy to work with you if you have a special idea in your head. Just shoot her a message via etsy and she’ll be thrilled to work with you!

A few more of my favorites from Classic Market Gift Co.:

I could go on and on and on listing favorites because I seriously just adore each and every piece in the shop. You can almost feel the love in each piece!

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I chose these precious Wizard of Oz shirts (find Landon’s shirt here and Harper’s shirt here) because it reminds me of a little piece of my childhood that I have such sweet memories of.

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Growing up, the Wizard of Oz was a favorite movie of mine, not just because of the whimsical magic of the 1939 film featuring Judy Garland, but also because of special memories I have going to a small Wizard of Oz theme park tucked away at the top of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. At this little theme park (which originally opened in 1970, closed in 1980, and then began reopening for a few weekends a year beginning in the early 1990’s attracting sell-out crowds) skipping down the yellow brick road in my blue gingham Dorothy costume made the movie come to life for me.

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With my Mama on the yellow brick road, probably around 1998

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In my Dorothy Halloween costume, probably around 1998

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Grayson and his sister dressed as Dorothy and the Tin Man, a Halloween in the 1990’s

For best results, follow wash care instructions: turn inside out and hang to dry.

Thanks so much to Classic Market Gift Co. for providing the shirts featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

An Extra Baked Potato // A Tribute to my Baba on her birthday

Over the holidays, I went with Grayson to a coaches dinner. There was a food truck parked in the driveway making fresh brick oven pizzas, market lights strung outside, and a big bonfire in the back yard. At these kinds of things, it’s pretty typical for the men to congregate in one area and for the women to gather together in another, and this night was no different. The coaches sat outside around the fire while the coaches wives talked around the kitchen table for hours.

This sweet group of women is made up of all ages; some of their husbands have been coaches for going on 30+ years, and some, like me, are only in year five or six. It’s a sweet, unlikely bond that I already treasure, but will undoubtably grow to treasure even more through the years. The older I get, the more thankful I am to feel like I fit in a group like this, and reminders of Titus 2 fill my heart with hope that one day I might be a veteran in a group like this making the youngest ones hungry for community and fellowship around a kitchen table.

Somehow, that night in the midst of conversation, the topic of hospitality came up. We were talking about how it’s so easy to just get caught up in your own little world with all the obligations and responsibilities of every day life that it can be really hard to stop and focus on nourishing relationships and welcoming people into your home. One of the ladies brought up how garage doors have killed community, because instead of getting out of your car in the driveway and making small talk with your neighbor, you can now just whip right into your attached garage, close the door behind you, and never have to have any contact with the people living around you (and sadly enough, if the truth was known, most of us like it that way).

That’s when I thought of my grandma and something she used to always do. An extra baked potato, wrapped in foil, ready to go just in case someone stopped by at suppertime. 

You see, she prepared herself ahead of time, was willing and waiting to welcome a knock on the back door, and lived a life that always pulled serving others from the back of her mind to the forefront of how she went through the most simple, everyday tasks. If nobody stopped by, there would be a leftover baked potato and it would get eaten, but if someone did stop by, they never felt like they were imposing, because something had been prepared just for them.

That’s how I want to live my life.

Today would be my grandma’s 87th birthday. My Baba went to be with Jesus five years ago, so she didn’t get to see me walk down the aisle or get to meet her youngest great grandchildren (of the eight that she and my Paw have now!). But, her life and legacy lives on and I think of her often and smile. Even now as I write this, with coffee beside me and babies still sleeping, I long for one more afternoon in the kitchen making snickerdoodles alongside her, or one more morning waking up to the clanging of pots and pans and the smell of her biscuits and gravy.

In her honor, let’s leave our front doors open and spend a little time in the yard talking to our neighbors. Let’s live lives that welcome and nurture relationships, not just lives that find the time when it’s convenient. In her honor, let’s make a little extra supper, just in case someone drops by…

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That Leche Life // My Breastfeeding Journey (Round 2)

It absolutely blows my mind that with the exception of the 9 months that I carried Harper, I’ve been breastfeeding for over two and half years! If you missed it, I shared all about my breastfeeding journey with Landon here back in August 2017 (which just so happens to be when our breastfeeding journey ended and I got pregnant with Harper with an IUD – which you can read all about here).

Breastfeeding is something that can be really hard to talk about, because my heart is never to make women who are unable to nurse feel bad or less-than in any way. Fed is best, whether by breast or bottle. It’s hard, when it may already be a sensitive subject for whatever reason – whether they’ve tried and failed, been pressured by well-meaning advocates, experienced anxiety and frustration, or dealt with physical limitations like inadequate supply or tongue ties – to bring it up without seeming pushy or judgmental, and so oftentimes, the topic is just touched on in a surface-level-kind-of-way if not avoided altogether.

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This past year, my passion for breastfeeding has only grown and I’ve been so blessed to walk with several friends who are breastfeeding for the first time through questions and the need for advice, support, and encouragement. If you’d asked me during those first few weeks with Landon if I would ever be confident enough to give advice when it came to nursing, I would have either laughed in your face or cried (maybe both because #postpartumhormones) and that makes my passion for cheerleading other Mamas on their journeys now just that much sweeter. Look how faithful Jesus is!

Harper is eight months old and has been a joy to nurse. Like with Landon, it’s special time together I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world and fosters a bond that I will never be able to put into words. But, it’s not been exactly the same as my experience nursing Landon. Just as all babies are different, all nursing experiences are different and I think it gets easier and easier each time (unless underlying issues exist like tongue ties, etc.). The first time you nurse a baby, both you and the baby have to learn the ropes, so to speak. You have no idea what you’re doing. The baby has to figure out how to do it. There’s a serious learning curve that requires patience and determination and willingness to listen to advice and be open to help from other Mamas who have been through it. My Mama, aunt, mama-in-law, family, and friends have walked with me every step of the way and without them, I would have never been successful. Their encouragement and support means more to me than I could ever even begin to express and it’s the honor of a lifetime to offer even a fraction of that same kind of support to other Mamas just starting out.

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With Harper, I didn’t pump near as much as I did with Landon for a few reasons:

  • I just flat out did’t have time! If you’ve ever brought home a new baby with a toddler running around, you know exactly what I mean…
  • Since I already knew that my body is more than capable of producing a healthy supply, I didn’t need to pump excessively to insure it was built up and maintained. I was confident enough this time around to know how to listen to my body and do what was necessary to maintain a hearty supply naturally.
  • This time around, I used my pump more as a convenience, not as a necessity, which was so nice! For example, I pumped to relieve engorgement if Harper was sleeping for an extended amount of time, I pumped on Sunday mornings to have milk in a bottle for the nursery workers at church to feed her, I pumped if I was going to get my hair done or needed to be away from her for multiple hours at a time…

With Landon, I had a Medela Symphony and as I said in the post I referenced above, I would give it a 7/10 rating. It got the job done but had no bells or whistles and unfortunately, it malfunctioned a good bit in the later months. With Harper, I have the Spectra S2 and I love it almost as much as a family member. It’s amazing, and I really can’t recommend it enough. Shoutout to my sweet Mama-in-law for supporting me in my breastfeeding journey and getting me this pump! 

Things I love about the Spectra S2:

  • It has a built-in nightlight! Genius!
  • It is so gentle and has a more natural suction, which many Mamas say helps increase their supply.
  • It is quiet as a mouse! The first few times I used it, my husband would look over and say, “are you sure that thing is on?”
  • It’s suction strength and speed is easily customizable. It was a little intimidating to me at first because it has so many buttons, but I just watched YouTube videos until I figured it out.
  • Parts are easily available on Amazon Prime

Harper is teething now and has been waking up several times a night to nurse for comfort. We were spoiled because from the first night we brought her home, she slept 12-14 hour nights without waking up until about a month ago. I won’t lie, it’s been hard, but I know “this too shall pass” and I’m trying to remind myself in the wee early hours that it’s the honor of a lifetime to be the source of comfort and nourishment for her sweet little life and one day, I’ll miss the snuggles and the warmth of her little body in my arms. During the daytime, she only nurses about four times now. She eats all kinds of baby food and table food, and I can tell that we are nearing the weaning stage (probably within the next six months). While my personal goal is to nurse her for a year, just as it was with Landon (who nursed for 14 months), I have learned that it’s a process and transition we make together, and when weaning happens in a way that’s painless for both Mama and baby, it’s truly a sweet ending to a sweet, sweet season.

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My goal in sharing all this is to encourage other Mamas to share their stories and open the dialogue with new moms who desperately need an advocate. Let’s not keep the wealth of knowledge that comes from experience to ourselves. Let’s learn to share in a gentle, encouraging way and be a source of support that other women will one day say helped shape their lives.


When I discovered That Leche Life on Instagram, I was instantly intrigued.  The creator and heart behind That Leche Life, Cassondra, started out as a special education teacher, went through lots of heartache,  fertility assistance, and finally had her first baby, quit her job to stay at home, and found encouragement, support, advice, and sisterhood through a breastfeeding support group that inspired her to tap into her passions and that’s when That Leche Life was born.

“Pouring my creativity into That Leche Life has been a joy. Donating to organizations such as La Leche League has been a celebration. Cheerleading moms on their journeys has been an absolute honor. I wake up excited every single day to talk, share, create, and be in this community of strong women, strong mothers, learning how to make our way in this crazy world!

I hope, through That Leche Life, I make new moms feel happy, feel supported, feel loved as I have. I hope to remind them during those late nights they are not alone. I hope when they are crying in their rocking chair over a sleeping baby, they remember, many of us have been there, they are not alone. Being a mother is the world’s hardest job, and the most important part is just love. So, Mommas out there, hear me when I say; You are loved, you are supported, you are strong, you are not alone, you will get through, you are enough.”

– Cassondra Einbender, That Leche Life

That Leche Life offers beautiful, unique breastfeeding apparel and accessories. Visit the Etsy Shop here! You can find my “Lactivist” shirt here (it’s quite the conversation starter!).

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Thanks so much to That Leche Life for providing the shirt featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hope Planner

Ya’ll. When I first read about the Hope Planner, I legitimately had tears in my eyes. Now, granted, it doesn’t take much to bring out the tears these days (hello Publix commercials!) but wow… have you ever read something and just thought to yourself YES! This is me! They get me!

Heather Vreeland, the creator of the brand new Hope Planner (read her blog post here introducing it) is a wife, mother, founder of Occasions Media Group and the creator of The Celebration Society, St. Augustine Social and Littleature Children’s Books.  In 2016, a simple desire to make an intentional habit of reading the Bible every day inspired her to design her own daily agenda that helped to re-organize her priorities and make room in her schedule to read God’s Word every day. That simple goal sparked new life and greater perspective in her normally stressed out days and became an agent of change in her life.

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Hopefuel’s ministry is to create tools that help people find themselves, success, peace, forgiveness, happiness and ultimately find unshakeable trust in God through the ups and downs of life using both Biblical and common sense principles.

The Hope Planner is an all-in-one daily planner and prayer journal designed to help Christian women make room in her schedule to spend time with God, among all the other things that compete for her time and attention.

Every day features a place for devotional time and to-dos. It has a semi-annual 6 month layout to reduce bulk and excess “stuff” that we don’t need to carry around for a year. This is new for me, as I’ve never used a 6 month planner, but so far I really like it! The pages are just the right thickness (if you care about that kind of thing, like me) and I love the room for creativity that the simple, white pages present.

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I love the space at the top of each day to focus on scripture and the layout of the week (there’s an extra page on Sundays for sermon notes). There’s also a place to track your water intake which is something I’m working on improving and a space to meal plan. Every detail is just so well thought out and accessible, I think it may be my most favorite planner I’ve ever used. And I’ve use a lot of planners in my day (planner nerds unite!).

It can be started at any time, because it comes with monthly tab labels and you apply the decals and fill in the monthly numbers yourself. So, if you’re still looking for a wonderful planner to use this year or the one you’re currently using just isn’t working for you, I can’t recommend the Hope Planner enough. Lastly, if my review hasn’t convinced you to bite the bullet and give it a try, just watch this video and if it speaks to your heart like it did mine, you’ll know this is the planner for you!

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Thank you to Heather, founder of Hope Fuel for providing the planner featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.