Classic Market Gift Co. Fall Bags

You may remember seeing a few different posts about Classic Market Gift Co. (my all time favorite Etsy Shop). Victoria, the owner and creative behind the shop, is so sweet and she’s always coming up with adorable new pieces. These Wizard of Oz shirts were some of my favorite matching outfits the kids have ever had and I love these bags from last spring (we still use them all the time!).


For fall, she’s designed some adorable fall themed treat bags and to be honest, I had a really hard time choosing which ones I wanted because they’re all just so cute. We use these bags for a lot of different things- we carry them to church with the kid’s Bibles in them, we carry them to the YMCA with a diaper and wipes, we fill them with toys and take them with us to restaurants or places where the kids will have to wait. They are the perfect size, are so easy to throw in the washer, and hold up really well.

You can find Landon’s little blue truck bag here and Harper’s floral pumpkin bag here!

Use code “Kate15” for 15% off!


Landon’s loafers are from McCoy’s Boys.

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

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

One of the things I love most about a pound cake is the thought that goes into it beforehand. Going through the motions of setting out the eggs and butter long before it’s time to bake so they can come to room temperature, greasing and flouring an old, trusty bundt pan, and measuring out all the other ingredients… and then, after everything’s been sifted and mixed, the heavenly smell that fills the whole house while it’s baking… it’s such a sweet reminder that sometimes – maybe even, most of the time – good things just take a little time. Clinging to His reminders to bloom where I’m planted and trust the process, today 🌿


  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour pan.
  • To a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar with the paddle attachment and cream together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla, eggs, and milk until fully combined.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined then fold in most of the chocolate chips (reserve a handful), pour into the loaf pan and sprinkle over the remaining chips and bake for 55-60 minutes.

This recipe is so simple and so good! Just don’t forget a tip my Mama taught me- toss your chocolate chips in flour so they don’t all sink to the bottom while it’s baking!

McCoy’s Boys

McCoy’s Boys offers adorable shoes, t-shirts, and hats for toddler boys. Their loafers are adorable, timeless, and look “just like Daddy’s.”

I love this “love you until the cows come home” shirt because my Paw used to say that to me all the time. I miss him so much and would give anything to see him with Landon. They would be inseparable! When I tell Landon that I’ll love him til the cows come home, he gets this confused look on his sweet little face, tilts his head, and says, “what cows, Mama? They comin’ to our house?” I could eat him up!


The loafers are such high quality and I love how easy they are for Landon to put on and slip off himself and how comfortable they seem to be for him. He’s wearing the “classic caramel loafer” in a size 9 and a size 4T in the “Cows Come Home” shirt.

Thanks so much to McCoys Boys for providing the items featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.


I was first introduced to Pacidoodle products when Ashley TerKeurst, Lysa TerKeurst’s daughter shared them on Instagram. The name instantly caught my attention because if you’ve been around for a while, you may remember my little pacifier clip business that I lovingly named “Punkindoodle Paci Clips” in memory of my Baba.

Pacidoodle was started in 2010 by a sweet soul named Lorri who is a Mama of two and is passionate about helping other moms keep their babies safe and healthy. She is a fellow believer in Christ, and her company is founded on Psalm 139:14 – “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Pacidoodle offers personalized Avent and MAM pacifiers, engraved clips (both beaded and braided), “paci snuggles,” and beautiful bassinet banners that would make newborn photos in the hospital extra special and double as nursery decor or a special keepsake for years to come. The personalization on Pacidoodle pacifiers are guaranteed not to fade or wear off and they offer peace of mind for parents.

Lorri’s latest invention is called the Paci Pantry, a convenient pouch used for storing pacifiers. It comes with a hook perfect for storing on the fridge or on the inside of a cabinet door and you can easily toss it in the dishwasher filled with pacifiers to sterilize them.

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


Yaffi Swimwear for the Whole Family

Yep. We’re those people now. Matching suits for the whole fam? Sign us up!

Yaffi offers a huge variety of cute suits for the whole family and is available on Amazon (all the praise hands for free two day shipping with Prime!). The suits are really well made and although they do run a bit small, there’s a convenient size chart under each listing to help you order what’s best for you (I’m wearing an XL, for reference).

The swimming trunks are a little bit of a different style than Grayson is used to, in the sense that they are more fitted and not lined. I love this style especially on Landon (and he’s wearing a 4T when he usually wears a 3T, for reference).

I love the huge variety Yaffi offers… it was hard to choose a set I liked best because honestly there are so many that I love! Unlike other brands, Yaffi offers matching sets in both mom/daughter and mom/son as well as daddy/daughter and daddy/son which I think is really nice. Yaffi also offers matching dresses and pajamas!

Other adorable Yaffi swimsuits I love (Amazon prime!):

… and here is our matching set (I just love these colors so much!)

Use code “LOVEYAFFI10” for 10% off your purchase!

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

Fin & Kate // Hot Air Balloon Dress

You may remember the adorable farm outfit or the sweater romper and swimsuit I shared from a newer online boutique that I love called Fin & Kate. I’ve had my eye on this cheery hot air balloon dress for a few months now and ya’ll… it is even cuter in person if that’s possible!

This dress is made from the softest material and the colors are so vibrant. The adorable ruffle sleeves and button detail are just too cute! It is available in sizes 2T-7/8 (Harper’s wearing a 2T here, for reference).

Fin & Kate also has some new adorable applique style sets for toddler boys:


Thanks so much to Fin & Kate for providing the dress featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Easy Refrigerator Quick Pickles

I’m typically not a huge fan of sweet pickles, but I tried these homemade pickles last week at church and was so crazy over them, I just had to come home and make them myself! This recipe is in our church cookbook (from about 10 years ago) by a lady I love very much and who is one of the best cooks I know. 



  • 3 long english cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of celery seed or mustard seed (optional)


  • Place thinly sliced cucumbers and onions in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt and use hands to toss and ensure they’re thoroughly coated.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • Take out of the refrigerator and drain.
  • In a pot on the stovetop, stir together sugar, apple cider vinegar, and water until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Pour vinegar solution over cucumbers and onions, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Enjoy the next day! Yum!

I did not use the celery or mustard seed this time because I didn’t have any but I definitely will next time (and I’ll make these again, for sure!) because I think that would add just the right flavor. Consider this your warning – if you get a cute little jar of pickles from me for Christmas, don’t be surprised! Yummm ya’ll! Just YUM!

Beach 2019

This year, we spent the week of July 4th at Holden Beach with Grayson’s Mom and Dad. I wasn’t sure how Harper would feel about the beach this year, since she hadn’t been since she was just a little over one month old, but it’s safe to say sand doesn’t bother her one bit. She had the best time ever just exploring and splashing and ya’ll… she’s walking all over the place! She had started taking a few steps on her own just before we left for the beach, but having such a big, wide open space to roam freely really helped her progress quickly and now there’s no stopping her! I never want to forget the way she looked learning to walk on the beach. Those chubby, sandy thighs, wispy hair that the sun has turned almost white, and the way she felt curled up, sleeping on my chest under a beach towel.


Grayson and his Dad took Landon out on a fishing charter one day and although they didn’t catch anything, Landon had the best time and it was definitely a highlight of the trip. I was a little nervous about letting him go out on a boat (not because I didn’t think Gray and his Dad could handle it, but just because I’m a Mama and Mama’s worry about things like that) but I’m so glad I let him go. It really made me think about what fear can keep us from if we aren’t willing to say “yes” to adventure. Now he has the memory of fishing on a boat on the ocean with his Daddy and Papa and that in itself, is such a treasure.


I started reading two books while at the beach and I’m already hooked on both of them. I got to see my friend Andi, since her family was just staying a few blocks over, and Grayson’s aunt Lynn also came down to spend time with us for a couple days, and they both brought me a book! These gals know my heart, needless to say! A Life of Lovely by Annie F. Downs and A Love Letter Life by Audrey and Jeremy Roloff – you should add both of them to your reading list!


We drove to Barefoot Landing one night to eat at a burger place we like called River City Cafe (all the praise hands for their pimento cheese burger!). They have shops, live music, a big playground, and rides, including a beautiful carousel on the water and we always like spending one evening of our trip there. Then, another day, we drove to Southport, ate breakfast at a cute little place called Locals (thanks for the recommendation, Lee!), took the ferry to Fort Fisher and spent the day at the aquarium, which Landon loved.


Although it’s hard to pick a favorite part of a trip like this – and I do have many favorites, like waking up before everyone everyday and sipping coffee on the porch, eating Beaches and Cream ice cream, and sitting down at the water catching minnows with Landon – I think my favorite part was watching Landon and Harper interact with each other. There’s something so sweet and special about the bond that they share, and I can tell it’s only going to get sweeter with time. I can only imagine how much fun they’ll have together next year as they continue to grow and become the best of friends.


Feeling really thankful for these summer memories, some time away by the water, and for the best mother and father in law. We had a great week but as sad as I was to leave, we’re all a little glad to be home. Looking forward to a busy week of Vacation Bible School and then it’ll almost be time for football season (and that’s when the real crazy starts!).

Oh Sew Feyen

Ya’ll know I have a thing for matching babies, right? The only thing better than matching baby outfits is if they’re personalized and made in America and these adorable pieces from Oh Sew Feyen are all of those things!


Be sure to follow along on Instagram and “like” the Facebook page to see even more cute items as they become available! Or, email Olivia at to order (she’s always up for custom requests).


Olivia, the face behind Oh Sew Feyen, has been sewing since she was eight years old! Her Mama taught her how to sew and her sewing machine is a beloved Christmas gift from her husband.

Olivia started making things here and there and gradually, people became interested in buying them from her, and that’s how her business was born. She lives with her husband and their dog in a small town in Michigan and is so thankful for the support of her husband, parents, and sister, who she says have cheered her on since day one!


Thanks so much to Oh Sew Feyen for providing the outfits featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 


The Mountains Were Calling…

Grayson went to Philadelphia for a conference earlier this week, so my Mama and I took off to the mountains for a few days. We had the most perfect weather, and although we really didn’t do anything extravagant at all, it was so much fun! We ate picnics for almost every meal, spent time with family who we don’t get to see nearly often enough, and just enjoyed being outside.


Sometimes my heart physically aches because of how much I miss my Baba and Paw, but when we go to the mountains, I know we’re making sweet memories and bringing lots of laughter to their house, which is exactly what they’d want us to do. I don’t talk about it a lot, but I don’t think loss ever gets any easier and I definitely don’t think that “time heals all wounds.” In fact, I think the older my kids get, the more I’ll want my Baba and Paw to share them with and for them to be here for my kids to learn from. But, oh what a promise that we’ll be together again one day. What a day, a glorious day, that will be!


One highlight of the week was going to my great aunt Tootsie’s little farm. It’s a special place that holds some of my most cherished childhood memories and seeing Landon running around with his cousins playing and exploring was just too sweet for words. I’m praying he grows to love these mountains like I always have and grows up knowing the importance of restoration, tradition, and a life built on faith, hard work, and grace. So thankful for these few days and the memories we made!