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A Letter to my Son about Bad Guys

June 13, 2016


Dear Brady,


I know you heard the sadness in the voices on TV yesterday and saw Mommy and Daddy's worried faces. It's hard to hide the hard parts of the world from you, buddy, especially as you get older. You hear about it on the radio and your friends talk about it at school. But here's what your daddy and want you to know...


There is so much good in the world, sweet boy. But there are also bad guys who do bad things. There are tricky people and bad people, as much as I wish it wasn't so.


But hear this... their hate will never win. Ever. Do not be afraid. You believe in something much, much bigger than them.


The bad guys never ever come out on top. Because you see, our world is founded on goodness. It's at our core. Hate is a thing that happens when the all the love gets sucked out. There are people in our country who are in charge of stopping the bad guys, but it's our job, buddy, to be the good guys and to fill the world up with love. It's our job to spread love far and wide. And who knows, the kindness you show could help fill up the holes in the hearts of the people who hate. We can help friends in need. We can choose to use kind words. We can be includers. 


A lot of very special men and women fought (and are fighting) hard to protect our freedom to be the good guys. So now, more than ever, it's especially important that we always choose to do that. And all it takes, is choosing love, no matter what. The bad guy stories can be confusing. So just remember this, if you're ever confused about whether you should choose kindness or respect, the answer is always yes.


With all my love,





image by Laura Foote Photography


Date Night With Club W

October 08, 2015



With three littles, it seems like there is always something going on (doctor's appointments! birthday parties! play dates!). Needless to say, Bryan and I don’t get out as much we'd like. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have date nights. Most weeks, we enjoy a date night at home! It's become one of our very favorite traditions and a way for us to slow down and breathe in the midst of this crazy season of life we're in. 


Bryan and I visited Sonoma a few years ago, and after our trip, we decided to build a little wine bar at our house! We LOVE tasting new wines and wanted to create a special place in our home that we could enjoy together. It’s nothing fancy- a wine cooler to hold our favorites, a wine opener, and, of course, our favorite gold rimmed West Elm glasses. The best part? It makes it so easy for us to catch up with each other after a long day. After all the kiddos go to bed, B and I will sit out on the front porch and have a glass of wine, or we catch up on our favorite reality TV. He loves the Bachelor/ette. Don't tell him I told you. :)  


Because I’m all about making our crazy life a little simpler, I was super excited when I discovered Club W via a Facebook ad. We choose a few bottles of wine every month (most are only $13!), try them, rate them in the app, and then they make recommendations for us based on what we like and don’t like. Our favorites so far have included the Summer Water Rosé, Cocomero Rosé, Airfall Cab, and the Wilhelmina Riseling. They're even delivered right to our front door, which makes our at home date nights even more convenient and enjoyable. 


Whether you're looking for the perfect housewarming gift, hosting a dinner party, or just want to share a glass of wine with someone you love, Club W makes it so simple. Plus, our friends over at Club W have offered to give our readers a free (!) bottle of wine when they use the code: emilyley. A $13 value! Club W has made at-home date nights so easy for me and Bryan. I am just over the moon excited to share this deal with you all! We couldn't love Club W more! 




This post was written in collaboration with Club W, a brand that I adore. All opinions are 100% my own. 
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