Beach Ready 

I miss the beach so bad and cannot wait to take Indie next week! I’m just dreaming of us both sleeping under our little beach tent all morning. So, I am loving this shirt from SheIn. Their prices are amazing and this top is my favorite!!! Click here to shop this shirt. I found these adorable shoes from Zara and they were on sale and made it to me this week (just in time for my trip) so of course I had to throw them on with this outfit. I hope you guys have a great week and I’ll be sending you guys lots of chill beach vibes while I’m soaking in the sunshine 🙂 

Owlet Smart Sock 2

it’s easy to turn the Base Station off right from the Owlet app when nursing or rocking the baby, and easily re-enable it when you put your baby back in their crib

I’m so excited to share with you guys a baby product that I think every parent should invest in. Most of you have heard of Owlet, but not everyone understands exactly how it works and not everyone knows if it’s truly worth the cost. 

Having a new baby is full of sleepless nights and a lot of those even consist of the baby actually sleeping but as a new parent you wake up or can’t sleep because you’re worried about your little one. Before I started using the Owlet Smart Sock I maybe got 3 hours of sleep total each night because I was so afraid our babe was going to stop breathing! Tell me I’m not the only mom that has stayed awake to watch my baby’s chest go up and down? 

Well the creators of Owlet are parents and they created the Owlet Smart Sock to help make parents lives easier! 

Using pulse oximetry to track your baby’s heartrate and breathing while sleeping, the Owlet Smart Sock 2 notifies you if your baby’s oxygen and heart rate fall outside the preset zones. 

The Owlet Smart Sock 2 connects to a base station that will notify you via the Owlet app that can be downloaded on your phone to send you notifications. I love that it’s so easy to use and has a Sock for both feet that can be worn up until your baby is 18 months old! 

As a parent nothing is more important than the well being my child and I am so thankful for a product that gives parents, especially first time parents like me such peace of mind. 

I definitely recommend the Owlet Smart Sock to all parents and it just so happens that they are having a 45 day “peace of mind” guarantee! Click here to find out more info. 

Thank you Owlet for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Vintage Vibes with Seraphine 

Oh how I adore this beautiful vintage style number from Seraphine!  Lately its been cooler in Tennessee and this dress has me longing for warmer Spring days. I love pieces that transitions well between seasons and this one does exactly that! I’ve already worn it with flats, wedges, and booties and I’ve also paired it with my go-to jean jacket. Be sure to click here to check out more lovely items from Seraphine. Have a great week, friends! 

It’s a… 

GIRL!!! We are so excited and can’t wait to meet our little princess!

The Sweetest Gift

Baby Serles coming May 2017!

A Grand Adventure 

Peter pan once said, “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” That’s exactly what I want.

While I LOVE adventure I don’t want to only go on adventures, I  want my life to be a big adventure. A life that is actually full of life.
I want to live in the moment and enjoy every bit of this wonderful life Jesus gave me and lately I’ve been feeling far from that. I find myself getting easily frustrated, complaining, and basically just getting caught up in the cares of the world that don’t even really matter. Sometimes it takes getting to these “ugly” places for me to see what it is I really desire from my life and fully living I would have to say is at the very top of the list. I’ve always said that being a follower of Jesus is such a wild adventure because you end up doing things you never even dreamed of. Maybe it’s because we truly lay our life down and He starts putting His desires in our hearts. I believe that the only way to fully live is to live a life sold out to Jesus and if I’m honest I haven’t been. I have been so caught up in the busyness of life that I’ve been choosing life’s demands over Him and friends I am TIRED.
So for now, my adventure is getting back to that intimate place with Jesus, back to the place where I focus on the things above instead of the cares of the world. I am so thankful that God is SO good and SO full of love that anytime we wander away no matter if it’s a week or a year He always welcomes us with open arms and invites us to live a grand adventure with Him.

Growth

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Headband c/o Jocelovely Shop

It’s officially Summer and I am a happy and blonder girl 🙂

Flowers are in full bloom and temperatures are scorching here in Tennessee yet I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The start of a new season is refreshing and it fills my heart with gratitude. I am thankful for the newness, the way it feels, the joy it brings and I am thankful that just like the seasons I have changed.

However, for a while it felt as though I was stagnant. No new seasons so to speak. No growth, no changes, no newness, nada.

But then, one day was different for me and I realized that there actually has been growth in my heart and in my mind. I’m reminded that we have to go through winter and spring before we can get to summer. It’s a process that takes time. Think how strange it would be if Fall only lasted one day. One day of the bright colorful leaves and one day to enjoy all the Fall festivities. Those of us in Tennessee would feel gypped because many of us look forward to how beautiful and fun Fall is here.

Just like the Seasons we have to endure the process that gets us to where we need to be. What’s in store on the other side of that grueling process is beauty within yourself that you couldn’t get any other way.

Love the Gift

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Dress c/o Chicwish

Hey friends! I wanted to share with you guys a quote from one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist. I absolutely love the way Shauna writes, her passion for community, and her desire to live each day to the fullest. Her stories remind me to carve out time to spend with the people that are dear to my heart and to make the most of this precious life that God has given me. I hope you are all doing great and I hope these words from Shauna will inspire you as well!

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”

Inspiration

faith-darling darlingsDress c/o  THML Clothing  Headband c/o 22/44  Bracelets c/o Bouton Bracelets

Do you ever need a bit of inspiration to get your day going? I have days where I wake up ready to take on the world and then I have days like today where I need just a little nudge.

I love finding something inspiring that brightens my day. Sometimes it’s simply the sun shining through my window and more times than not it’s a bible verse or a quote from one of my favorite authors.

On my computer I have pages dedicated to my favorite quotes and when I’m feeling the need for encouragement I open it up and quickly get inspired. There’s something about someone else’s take on a topic that gets you thinking a little differently and I LOVE that. So here is a brilliant quote I found and fell in love with. I hope it inspires you like it did me.

“Don’t just drag out of bed every morning. Get alive and awaken your mind and body for the gift of a brand new day gift wrapped with sun light and air. Not just another ordinary day, it is the day of new opportunities.” -Phoebe Kites

I pray that we can all begin to wake up and see the day as a gift wrapped up in so much goodness. That we can see that today isn’t ordinary at all! Today has never happened before it’s new and the possibilities are endless. I certainly haven’t mastered this but you have to start somewhere, right?

Permission to Feel

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kendall-8713Dress c/o Shop the Mint // Shoes c/o The Meraki Company

Summer is right around the corner and I am SO ready for the longer days and warmer nights. When I found this dress I fell in love with not only the pattern but also the neckline. I tend to gravitate towards mock necks because I just think that style is so feminine and flattering. If you’re a fan of this dress you can find it here!

Lately, I have been dealing with things that have been surfacing in my heart. I have felt some different emotions and alot of them haven’t been happy fun emotions and God is showing me that that is okay. A few days ago I was frustrated at myself for feeling these things and I just wanted them to go away but you know what? That isn’t being true to myself. I don’t have to deny emotions that I’m feeling and I don’t have to be upset with myself for feeling them. One of my favorite quotes is, “Feel the fear and do it anyway” I’m sharing that because even though we feel something that doesn’t mean we have to become it.  When I think about this I think that to feel it means we are alive and it means we are being honest with ourselves. We don’t have to deny feelings,  we can call them what they are and move on.

I learned that instead of just wanting these things to go away or cover them up with something else, I can accept what I’m feeling and not be bummed for feeling things that might be a little foreign to me. I’ve been hard on myself because I’ll spend time in prayer giving things like hurt and unforgiveness to the Lord and then a few days later they come right back up. But now, instead of just giving them to Jesus because I know I shouldn’t hold on to these kinds of things, I’m giving myself permission to feel them and you know what? That feels good. It feels good to be real with myself and say, hey these feelings are pretty crappy but it is what I feel, they don’t define me, I will not be ashamed that I feel them, and I will embrace where I’m at and I will overcome.