This year leading up to Halloween, Emery and I spent a lot of time talking about costumes. Specifically because after seeing a big Bulldog mascot at a few football games and (apparently) a very intimidating rodeo clown, the idea of wearing her own costume was one she wasn’t wild about. After explaining that each of those scary figures were just nice people in costumes, my solution was to search for sweet Halloween outfits on Pinterest and let her choose her own. We scrolled past dragons, super heroes, princesses, witches, pumpkins, chickens and all sorts of other ideas. Finally, Emery said “Ooh look! A kitty! Mommy, can I be a kitty?” And that’s how this costume came to be. Lucky for me, it was super simple and budget friendly. She even carried her new purse as a candy basket. Aside from the scary monsters and a few other creepy costumes, Emery loved trick-or-treating at all of the merchants in Seaside. We stopped at Duckie’s, Modica Market, Seaside Kids, Perspicasity, DeJa Vu, La Vie Est Belle — really every single shop in Seaside. I loved seeing her gain confidence from store to store and sassing it up a bit. What a cute little kitty cat!
We managed to make a run for the car just as the bottom fell out of the sky. Fun memories and a handbag full of candy. What more can a girl ask for?
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Some days are so crazy and some weeks so busy that there’s seems to be no time to pause, reflect or even stand a chance at making it all the way down that lengthy to-do list. Throw in the annoying head cold that everyone seems to be passing back and forth and, well, it gets a little rough. It is these times especially that I have to force myself to take a breath, look forward to the light at the end of projects and stop and smell the roses (or in my case, the salt air). Three things that I am thankful for this week:
1. Five minute trips to the beach, even if it’s just to stand at the top of the boardwalk in the cold wind and take it all in.
2. An extra cup of coffee in my snazzy new home-made mug.
3. An extra snuggle, smooch and tight hand-hold from this little bundle, who always smells so fresh, mumbles absolutely the sweetest things and is turning into such a little lady. (Notice the must-have baubles and the obligatory tiny pinky in the air.) She is my heart!
Now, if that extra dose of caffeine will keep up the momentum going until her second birthday, I’ll be GREAT!
People always ask me where Emery’s cute necklaces come from. She almost never leaves home without her bright chunky baubles. Guess what? I make them! When I couldn’t find just what I wanted, I started putting together my own necklaces for her outfits. They’ve been a bigger hit than I imagined and I’ve started making them for friends who ask. I’ll soon be setting up a place to purchase Beach Baubles online, but for now you’ll have to settle for these adorable photos from a mini-shoot we did this weekend. Cue the cuteness overload!
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Living The Pioneer Woman-esque life in the country has its perks. One major plus: pretty pastoral views from dawn til dusk of rolling green hills, tree tops, winding roads, brilliant sunshine and open fields of grass and cotton. I drive past this particular patch of Southern snow every day, but today the early morning sun was hitting the fluffy blooms in such a beautiful way that I found myself pulling the car over, plopping Emery on the grass and snapping away on my iPhone. Just another day in the country…