weekly update \\ happy thanksgiving!

fall decor

I can hardly believe it’s the week of Thanksgiving! And by the end of the week, that chalkboard up there will be decked out in Christmas spirit! Because yes, I’m one of those who is pretty strict about waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. But I digress.

I’m sure most of you are doing lots of prep work this week for the big day. We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings! Our usual tradition is to all make the trip to my aunt and uncle’s house in Georgia and spend the week there. They can host one delicious thanksgiving, that’s for sure. It’s always our favorite time of the year anyway and then add great company, yummy food and a relaxing atmosphere and it’s the jam. This year, however, we are doing things a bit differently seeing as my sister is a week and 4 days out from her due date!! Clearly they didn’t want to travel of which we all agreed. And we didn’t want anyone to feel left out. So we made the executive decision to all celebrate Thanksgiving where we are and rendezvous in Georgia for Christmas–at which time Baby B will be born. I am beyond ready to meet my precious niece. It’s going to be a hustling and bustling holiday season, that’s for sure! Isn’t my sister gorgeous? I had the pleasure of taking some maternity photos for her during our family vacation at the beach 2 weeks ago.

beach maternity photos

Mitch and I will have the pleasure of hosting my mom for Thanksgiving this year. It’s not going to be as big as our usual feast in Georgia but simple is beautiful in itself! Today and tomorrow I’ll be in the kitchen a good bit– cleaning and preparing and then more cleaning and decorating. And more cleaning.

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This past weekend we made a trip up to our best friend’s house and celebrated an intimate Thanksgiving with them. On the menu: pork tenderloin on the grill, squash casserole, brown rice, asparagus, a nice glass of wine, and an apple crisp with ice cream on top for dessert! It was fab. I constructed the centerpiece from sticks and leaves in their yard. The dinner was very much enjoyed with lots of laughter and memories of our friendship being shared. We are so thankful for Miles and Bekah.

thanksgiving place settingI hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the break from the norm. Love up on your family!

a rustic, woodland theme baby shower

Woodland Theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

Back in September, my aunt, mom and I threw my darling and glowing pregnant sister a woodland theme baby shower. It was one of the most fun things I’ve done recently. We had a blast planning it–whether on a Skype date, via email, or in person during a visit we were so fortunate to have a few months prior to the shower. Everything came together exactly as we had imagined it. I should also mention there were MANY custom built projects completed by my talented uncle who was so willing to execute the requests we kept throwing his way! Most of the food was deliciously prepared by my aunt and my mom. We were beyond pleased with it all. So I’m excited to share with you today a little peek inside our festive celebration of my niece and her momma!

It didn’t take us long to decide on a theme for the shower. My sister and her husband are all kinds of rustic and Baby B’s nursery theme had already been decided on as woodland as well. We chose the back porch for the location of the party–can’t get much more woodland than that! We had a lovely view of the beginnings of fall taking over.

All in all, it took about 2-3 months to plan this party in it’s entirety. I like having that much time because things get done without a lot of flustered feelings as the party date approaches. And now that the party has come and gone, the due date for my precious niece is quickly approaching: December 6! This is most certainly going to be a special holiday season full of new beginnings! I can hardly wait!

I will try and give as much detail to each element of this party as the pictures progress. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments above! I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as we enjoyed putting it all together!

Woodland Theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

+invitations designed by yours truly

+chalkboard sign custom built by my uncle

+drink dispenser: World Market

+childhood books of my sister’s

+childhood blocks of my uncle’s

+custom made mini stump pedestals and place card holders (seen throughout) made by my uncle

Woodland Theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

Woodland Theme baby shower via lulabelleblog+napkins sewn by my aunt

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

 +napkin rings, place card holders and tree stump pedestals custom made by my uncle

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

my beautiful sister–the momma to be

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

+pumpkin bread platter: Michaels

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

 +backdrop created by yours truly \\it is an Ikea clothes rack with mint and cream yarn strung from the top (yes, I tied each piece…with some help from hubby!), nandina leaves placed across the top, and the one touch of pink in the carnations.

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Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

+”She’s About to Pop” party favors \\popcorn from World Market\\ sign made by yours truly

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblog

Woodland theme baby shower via lulabelleblogWhew! I’d call this one successful baby shower! Thanks to everyone who joined us on that lovely fall morning to celebrate my sister and Baby B!


6 simple Christmas diy projects

6 CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECTSDuring my down-time these last few weeks, I’ve been perusing Pinterest for all things Christmas. I’m definitely not one of those people who starts decorating for Christmas super early but I am one of those people who likes to start to plan for it. There are so many fun projects that have caught my eye–some simpler than others, some easy enough for Lydia to help me with–and I wanted to share them with you!

1. DIY Gold Glittered Mason Jar Vases -so simple, so cute.

2. Deer Head String Art -gotta try this one soon!

3. Glittered Clothespin Snowflakes -2 things Lydia loves–glitter and snowflakes!

4. FREE printable illustrated Christmas tags -you can never have too many of these.

5. Reindeer Feet Canvas -now, to get Lydia to be okay with paint on her feet…

6. DIY Holiday card display -totally adorable and festive!

What are some of your favorite Christmas crafts, DIYs, recipes, traditions?

Happy Monday to you and cheers to a great week!

dear lydia: you’re 3 //vol. 10



Well, baby. You’re 3. Three. Trois. Three entire years old. I still can’t quite believe it. It’s pretty wild to think about where we were 3 years ago and exactly what we were doing. You were more than likely crying or nursing and I was more than likely crying along with you. It was a beautifully challenging stage of your life–infancy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a love like that. A love, despite the copious amount of sacrifice required for another tiny human being, that ultimately completes you and fills you to your core. You, my dear, have filled and overflowed our lives with all that is beautiful in this world. 

I want you to know that everything about you is wonderful. Not just your sweet giggles, your contagious smile, that gorgeous head of hair on your little head. Not just when you say “thank you” or “please” when you are speaking or when you pick up your toys without asking. It’s not just how well you listen or how quickly you learn new things that makes you so special. It’s even in those difficult moments when you talk back or when you have a rough morning and can’t seem to ask politely for your milk or when you do something you know you shouldn’t and try to get away with it–even those moments are beautiful in their own way. They make you who you are- a flawed human who has growing and learning to do. No one is perfect and that’s the harsh reality of this world. Oh, how I’ve longed for a perfect world for you to live in. One with no hurt or pain or struggles. But even more than that, I desperately long for you to know how to face this world–to overcome the hurt and pain and struggles that will inevitably be sprinkled about your life. To face fears, to find joy, to grow stronger and wiser as each day passes. These are things your momma thinks about quite often. And my sweet girl, you must know how passionate I am for you. You are my work. I will always do everything I can to love you, protect you, prepare you, teach you, fight for you. You are worth it all. Always.

love momma

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life lately

autumn 2014


Life around here has been full. There have been busy moments, relaxing moments, fun moments, challenging moments. But when I step back and think about it all–the good and the not so great–I am still so thankful for this life I’ve been given. And extremely thankful for the people in it. You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in almost 2 full months. Not only have we been busy with our new house but I’ve also been purposefully taking time away from the computer in general. So because of that, the blogging has been knocked way back on the priorities list–and with intention. There’s really no need to go into much  detail. It’s a personal decision I made to focus on different things in life and refocus on others. I haven’t tossed blogging away for good. I’ll just be posting much less as of now.

We have been enjoying this fall weather lately. Lydia decided she wanted to dress up and wear her necklace, headband and mommy’s “pwetty shoes”. Then she went out on the front porch and began reading to her blanket and bear. That sweet girl.

I hope you all are enjoying the crisp autumn in the air!

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asking her new favorite question: “Why?”.