Ruby Lou Bags

Ruby Lou Bags is a little hobby that turned into a small business. The name is in honor of the owner’s grandmother, Ruby, who she lovingly remembers as a kind, giving, selfless woman of God. It was her grandmother who taught her to sew, so it’s very fitting that she pay tribute to her by naming her business after her. “Lou” is a nod to the St. Louis region, where you can find Ruby Lou Bags in five different boutiques, all ran by local women.

Miranda (the owner and creative behind this business) is a believer, wife, and mother of three boys. She is passionate about shopping small and supporting local artisans and she works from home part-time and stays busy creating new, beautiful bags for Ruby Lou Bags.

I love this floral crossbody. It features an adjustable strap and outer pockets and it’s just the right size. Bags like this are so perfect for Mamas who need to have their hands free!

You can find all kinds of beautiful bags of all shapes and sizes on Instagram (@ruby.lou.bags) and just direct message to order. If you don’t use Instagram and would prefer to order via email, you can reach the owner at MCcreations@mail.com.

 

Thanks so much to Ruby Lou Bags for providing the bag featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Matching Swimsuits // Eyelet & Ivy

Eyelet and Ivy has really outdone themselves with this year’s swimsuit collection. I am completely in love with the popsicle print and can’t wait for Landon and Harper to wear their matching suits at the beach this summer. For now, the blow up kiddie pool in the back yard and Friday nights at the YMCA pool will have to do!

The colors are just so sweet and the ruffle detail on Harper’s suit (Popsicle Bubble Swimsuit) takes the cuteness to a whole new level.

Landon’s little trunks (Boys Popsicle Swim Trunks) with matching swim shirt (Light Blue Rashguard Shirt) are just adorable and would be so cute monogrammed!

Other swimsuits from Eyelet and Ivy’s Swim Collection that I love:

See this post about some really cute looks from the Eyelet and Ivy Spring Collection and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter and follow along on Instagram to be kept up to date about the latest promotions!

Thanks so much to Eyelet and Ivy for providing the swimsuits featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Harper’s 1st Birthday Party

In some ways, I truly can’t believe that our baby is already one, but in some ways it feels kinda like she’s been here with us all along. Her little life has been a miracle from the very beginning and she’s brought more joy, more laughs, and more smiles in this short year than some people do in a lifetime. I am so thankful to be her Mama!

For her 1st birthday, we did a small ice cream themed party in our church fellowship hall and it was simple and sweet (pun intended). We played oldies music and drank strawberry lemonade. For the ice cream cone bunting over the food table, I just free-handed my own ice cream scoop, cut it out, and used it as a template to cut out the rest of the ice cream scoops on colored cardstock. Then, I cut up a brown paper bag and taped those pieces onto the back so they’d resemble ice cream cones. My Mama made her cake and it was as delicious as it is beautiful. It was alternating layers of orange and strawberry cake with homemade frosting topped with a delicious, fluffy homemade marshmallow fondant.

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To eat, we just had little snacks like peanut butter sandwiches, goldfish, animal crackers, popcorn with M&Ms, cupcakes, and cake balls. Then, we did an ice cream bar with toppings and syrups. To make things easier, we pre-scooped the ice cream, put the ice cream balls into a container, and stuck them back in the freezer until it was time (an idea I got from Pinterest) and it worked out really well!

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If you’ve never done it before, it’s really hard to plan a party, decorate, keep (both of) your children happy, make sure you’re talking to everyone equally, get pictures of the decorations, remember who got your child what, and also get a photo of everyone in attendance. So, unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a picture of Harper with Landon, with her Mimi and Papa, with her aunt Alley and uncle Tyler, with her cousins Gretchen, Addie, and Payton, or even one picture of Harper with Landon, Grayson, and me! I guess we’ll try to do better next year!

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Everyone spoiled our girl with all kinds of wonderful gifts! It felt kind of like leaving a baby shower when we were loading up the car! I couldn’t believe it! We are just so thankful to everyone who came to her party when it’s such a busy time of year and I know they could have been anywhere else. Our girl is so loved by so many and it just makes my Mama heart feel like it could burst! This weekend has just left us feeling really, really thankful.

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Now it’s time to gear up for a cowboy themed birthday party in less than two weeks because our big boy is turning THREE!

Landon and Harper’s Little Books of Names and Faces

We are so fortunate to have most of our family living close to us – and by close, I mean, hey-lets-meet-for-supper-tonight, close. But, we do have some family that are a few hours away. While I know that’s hardly “far” for some folks, who have loved ones living in different time zones, it’s still far enough to make seeing them as often as we’d like pretty much impossible.

That’s where these darling little books of names and faces come in. Pinhole Press offers several different options and styles and I love how durable and well made they are. Landon and Harper have loved looking through their books time and time again, saying each person’s name. Having a photo of themselves with each family member has made them feel so special and serves as a tangible reminder of just how loved they are by so many.

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I love how these books can help bring family members that you may only see a few times a year into daily conversation, when it may otherwise just not come up. For instance, I let Landon, who is almost three, look through his book while he’s sitting in his high chair waiting on me to cook dinner. He’ll point out cousins or great aunts he hasn’t seen in a while and I’m able to remind him that they love him and he feels familiar with them, so that the next time we get together, he feels much more connected.

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Harper, although she’s not quite one yet, has been so engaged with her little book of names and faces, too. She always tries to “kiss” the page with Mama and Daddy on it, which melts my heart every time! These books are the perfect size and can grow with my kiddos, which I just love.

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Thanks so much to Pinhole Press for providing the books featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.