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Happy Independence Day!

July 04, 2016


Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday America! There's no better day to CELEBRATE the freedom that we're so privileged to enjoy here in America. We're getting all dressed up in red, white, and blue, unplugging from technology, and enjoying precious time with the people who matter most to us. 


With so much going on in the world around us, we're often so quick to forget how privileged we are to live in this great country. Take a few moments to be grateful today. Slow down long enough to savor the moments that usually go unnoticed. Remember all of those who have gone before us to fight for our unrivaled freedom. And let's not forget Erma Bombeck's quote, "You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." Let's show our patriotism today, friends! 

Simple Style Vol. VI: The Striped Tee

July 01, 2016



Striped tees are a staple in every good, southern mama's closet. Right? It's pretty obvious we love stripes around here (happy stripe, anyone?!), and on the rare occasion that I muster up the courage to pack up all three kids and head to the mall, I usually end up with a new striped tee in my closet. From Banana. Of course. 


Anything that makes its way into my closet has to be comfy, with a bit of structure, and able to withstand a lot of of wash wear due to all the sticky little PB & J hands and smashed peas that inevitably end up all over me. I recently picked up this one from Banana and have been wearing it over and over again (it's almost sold out, but if you're lucky, you might be able to snag your size in store!). If you can't find your size, I've linked a few of my other favorites below. Just scroll through and click the photos to shop the post! Happy weekend, friends! 

8 Summer Activities to Make this the Best One Yet

June 29, 2016



We believe in being intentional with our time. How we spend our time and who we spend it with is crucial when it comes to making the good stuff happen. This summer, we're committed to making it the best one yet—  savoring all of the moments that often go unnoticed throughout the year, and making time for the things that ignite us with joy and fill our hearts to the brim.



About a month ago, Emily and Brady made a summer bucket list together (to celebrate Mr. Brady's last summer before kindergarten!) and are crossing them off as they complete the activities. Writing things down helps us to be intentional with our time, and when we're intentional with our time, we're intentional with our days, months, and years as a result. Spend your time well! We love the idea of making a summer bucket list that you can hang on the wall so that you're reminded of the activities daily as you walk past them. Today we're sharing eight of our favorite summer activities to get you started on your own bucket list. So, get out your markers, write some dates down in your planner, and start planning out your best summer yet! 


1) Go to a Baseball Game: Nothing says summer like being outside watching a baseball game, eating ball park food, and enjoying time with people you love. 

2) Make Ice Cream: We love Southern Living's post on 25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes. Pick one out and indulge in a treat one afternoon this summer!

3) Picnic in the Park: Pack up a picnic basket (we love this one), choose a few of your favorite foods, and enjoy an afternoon in the park. Make sure to check the weather before you head out! 

4) Unplug for a Full Day: Spend an entire day unplugged from technology. No TV. No phone. No social media. Enjoy the things that matter!

5) Have a Pool Party: Invite some friends over, eat fruit salad and sandwiches by the pool (little to no prep, so you're not slaving away in the kitchen!), and enjoy some time with your favorite people outside by the pool. 

6) Donate Clothes (or toys!) to Someone in Need: Make it a family event! Giving back to others is one of the very best ways to be intentional with your time. 

7) Make a Lemonade Stand: Make some lemonade, find some cute cups, and serve up some lemonade for the neighbors. Your little ones will love decorating their very own stand and making it their own. We love this one from Amazon!

8) Eat Breakfast in Bed: Because who doesn't love breakfast in bed? Pick a day where you don't have much going on and RELAX! 

copyright 2016 emily ley