a rainy day with joules

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the prettiest lunch boxes on earth

lulie wallace lunchboxes

Hey guys! With the beginning of the school year right around the corner (or already started for some), I wanted to share an amazing back to school product with you. I use my lulie wallace lunchbox almost daily. Eva has been asking for her own when school starts, and I am happy to oblige.

Not only are they beautiful, but they also support a good cause. Lulie partners with a charity called backpack buddies, to benefit “food-insecure homes” in the Charleston, SC area. For every beautiful lunchbox you purchase, you’re also buying a meal for a child who really needs it. I just love that! Have a nice weekend!

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the 52 project: Week 23/52

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I can’t believe this little miss is FOUR! Yesterday was the big day, which we spent doing everything Eva wanted (so please pardon the lateness of this post). On one hand, it feels like time has flown by so quickly. I have such vivid memories of bringing her home from the hospital, and the tiniest sun suits she wore as a smushy little babe. On the other hand, our family feels so natural, it’s hard to remember a time when Eva wasn’t there.

Eva brings me more joy than I ever imagined was possible. She is smart, funny, inquisitive, theatrical, imaginative, and oh so beautiful. She makes me laugh every single day. I’m so lucky to be her mama. Happy birthday, baby girl!

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santa's best buddy

seeing Santa from blog.cleanlinestudio.com The outcome of visits with Santa has been hard to predict. We went for the first time when E was just 6 months old, and she was too little to be afraid of the jolly man in red. The next year at 1.5, Santa may as well have been Satan. I paid for the photo, but I’m not sure why. She’s sliding mistrustfully off of Santa’s lap while giving him the baby stink eye. Yeah, it went so smoothly that we didn’t even bother with Santa last year.

This year, I really wasn’t sure to expect. Eva is a much more even-tempered human than she has been, but you just never know. The morning of our planned Santa visit, when asked if she would be sitting on Santa’s lap, her response was “Hmm…I don’t think so.” BUT, when we actually got to the red velvet rope, indicating that we were next in line to see the big guy, Eva’s feelings about Santa did a 180. She actually ran up and hugged him. Then they had a nice chat about what she wanted for christmas, and she came away with a candy cane (mega-score).

Eva is now at that perfect age where she’s old enough to be really interested in Santa and other holiday activities, yet young enough to be absolutely enchanted by these experiences. I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. Did your little one(s) go through a faze where they were leery of Santa?

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santa’s best buddy

seeing Santa from blog.cleanlinestudio.com The outcome of visits with Santa has been hard to predict. We went for the first time when E was just 6 months old, and she was too little to be afraid of the jolly man in red. The next year at 1.5, Santa may as well have been Satan. I paid for the photo, but I’m not sure why. She’s sliding mistrustfully off of Santa’s lap while giving him the baby stink eye. Yeah, it went so smoothly that we didn’t even bother with Santa last year.

This year, I really wasn’t sure to expect. Eva is a much more even-tempered human than she has been, but you just never know. The morning of our planned Santa visit, when asked if she would be sitting on Santa’s lap, her response was “Hmm…I don’t think so.” BUT, when we actually got to the red velvet rope, indicating that we were next in line to see the big guy, Eva’s feelings about Santa did a 180. She actually ran up and hugged him. Then they had a nice chat about what she wanted for christmas, and she came away with a candy cane (mega-score).

Eva is now at that perfect age where she’s old enough to be really interested in Santa and other holiday activities, yet young enough to be absolutely enchanted by these experiences. I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. Did your little one(s) go through a faze where they were leery of Santa?

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autumn family photos

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Hey guys! I’m going through images from a recent photo shoot for our christmas cards, and realized I never shared them with you! We hadn’t had professional photos taken since Eva was 6 months old, and I t’m so glad we took the time to make this happen. I hope we can make this more of an annual thing in the future.
They were taken by the very talented Inna of Peach Plum Pear Photography on a chilly, and very early October morning. We had a great time goofing around; eating donuts and attempting to fly a kite in front of her lens. I love so many of these images, and I’m sure years from now, I’ll look back fondly when I think about 3.5 year old E. Now, the only hard part is choosing one for our family christmas card! Many more after the jump if you care to see!
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count the years in apples

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I still remember our first trip together as a family. Eva was about 4 months old, and did not think apple picking was all that awesome. She cried the whole time, but did enjoy the apple sauce we made with our bounty all winter long. Year two, she was a bit more mobile and excited to help. She proudly collected lots of rotten apples from the ground, we didn’t have the heart to tell her those would not be going home with us. Last year, my tiny girl ate at least 6 apples while the rest of us picked and carried. She was such a delighted, sticky person by the time we paid for our mountain of apples. Find pictures of years past after the jump!

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style for eva: fall transition to pre-school

style for eva: fall transition to pre-school from blog.cleanlinestudio.com style for eva: fall transition to pre-school from blog.cleanlinestudio.com style for eva: fall transition to pre-school from blog.cleanlinestudio.com style for eva: fall transition to pre-school from blog.cleanlinestudio.com style for eva: fall transition to pre-school from blog.cleanlinestudio.com It’s hard to believe that my precious baby started pre-school last week. She’s actually attending a new program at the playgroup where she’s been going on Tuesdays, it’ll just be longer and on Thursdays as well. Yet, driving home after dropping her off the first day, I got a little misty. I think it’s just the words “pre-school” that sounds so big kid to me.
Eva needed fall clothes for pre-school, and to get her though the cooler months. In preparation for the big pre-school debut, I turned to my good friend the internet. As far as I’m concerned, there’s absolutely no reason to take young children clothes shopping in a store. They rarely cooperate well enough to try anything on, and don’t particularly care about new clothes (although Eva is starting to).
I was recently introduced to Joules, a British company that has now launched a line in the US. They’re kind of preppy and covered in sweet, whimsical patterns. Eva chose the pony print leggings she’s wearing in these pictures, I mean what little girl could resist? I’m a fan of this sweet ducky skirt, and these little fox socks just kill me with cuteness.
So how did back to school (or off to school) go for you? Would you like to see more posts about Eva’s style in the future?

This post written in partnership with Joules, all opinions are my own.
Eva is wearing pony leggings from joules, tank from tea collection, socks and jean jacket by joe fresh, sneakers from zara, and e necklace by little things (borrowed from mama)

 

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a day at the beach

a day at the beach from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Yesterday, quite spontaneously, Eva and I decided to go to the beach. With preschool approaching  for her and my own upcoming freelance contract, I gave myself permission to take the day off and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having with my daughter.

We found ourselves in Avalon, NJ, a place I’ve been wanting to explore all summer. It wasn’t very crowded. The wind was quiet, and we packed a picnic lunch. It was basically a perfect recipe for beach success. My phone died shortly after we got there (which is why I only had a few photos to choose from), but the forced unplugging was actually pretty magical. The whole day was just me and her, my favorite little girl in the universe.

We left late afternoon, after picking up some snow crab and jersey tomatoes for dinner. As Eva snored softly in the back seat, I found myself thinking about how truly, deeply lucky I am. To be mother to such a delightful little beach bum, wife to a man eager to share crab legs with me and talk about our days (he prepared the food as usual), and owner of the kind of business that gives me the freedom to take off a random Thursday when I care to. I don’t say it enough, or probably even think it enough, but right now I feel deeply grateful and lucky for my life. Have a nice weekend, see you back here Monday!

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eva’s southern-style birthday bbq

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I was so busy setting up and trying to spend time with all of our guests, that a lot of the little details didn’t get photographed. So, just try to imagine the purple tassel birthday banner, a delicious southern style buffet, cute signs and mason jar cups. We had a great turnout & beautiful weather, and most importantly, a happy (sugar coated) birthday girl! Many thanks to all the friends who came out to celebrate with us!

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