Ezrah Turns Five!

Is this even real life?  I simply cannot believe that the sweet girl who made me a mother is five!  And what a five years it has been.  In just five years I can see that the light in our little one is going to have the biggest impact on this world.  I honestly never met anyone with such a kind and tender heart, she is going to move mountains through her love.

This year Ezrah had THREE birthday parties because her daddy was away from his annual National Guard training and we went to visit my parents while he was gone.  When Bryan got home we had his mom and step father in town so I just made a cake to celebrate.  I have been watching Cake Style on YouTube for a really long time now and fell in love with this darling poppy cake that Vanessa did a tutorial for awhile ago.  I knew that was what I was going to tryout this year so Ezrah got five bright red poppies on her cake!

I will admit that it took a lot of trial and error and doesn't look nearly as beautiful as Vanessa's but I do really love the way it turned out and I love getting to make something special for my girls every year!  If you are into making cakes too I do highly recommend following some of the tutorials on Cake Style, which are so comprehensive and easy to follow!

One thing that I have always hated to admit to (especially since we started having kids) is that time flies!  It really does, it feels just like yesterday that I we brought our Ezrah girl into the world.  So I thought I would start a new tradition here on the blog where I would write out the things that I want to remember about each of my kids as the age they are.  This way I can always look back on the sweet memories.  So without further ado, here are five things that I always want to remember about Ezrah right now:

1.  You're naming your babies and your stuffed animals and actually sticking with them.  It's the simplest thing but it makes my heart melt!  My favorites are Lindsay the kitty and your new baby, Chels (short for Chelsea)!  With that, I also just love to sneak up on you to watch you play.  It's one of my favorite things to do because I get to see a full view of your creative imagination.  You usually catch me pretty quickly with a giggle saying: "Hey mommy!  What are you doing?!"  But all the little moments I capture are worth it!

2.  Your love for The Greatest Showman.  I'd argue that you are that movies number one fangirl since you request to watch it almost every single day and sometimes even twice a day.  And you request to listen to the soundtrack just about every time we get in the car.  I love to watch you sing and dance along!

3.  I know I say this all the time but it's true so I will say it again:  I love the way you love your little sister.  You are so tender and kind and yet the two of you are the best rough housers together.  It couldn't make my mommy heart any happier to see you two together!

One specific thing I never want to forget though is recently when you came to me in complete tears after you saw your sister put something a little too small in her mouth.  You know that's a BIG rule in our house, "don't put anything that's not food in your mouth!" and you thought that she could be in danger so the first thing you did was run to me.  Your love for her makes you smart and instinctive and I just know that as you two grow together you are going to play a huge role in leading her!

Stay best friends forever, okay?

4.  You are always trying to make people laugh with your silly faces and mannerisms.  You are so much like your daddy in that aspect and it makes me know that you care about the joy of others.

5.  I love having little conversations with you.  Your intelligence is growing but you still everything from the purest perspective, which makes our conversations ten times more interesting and fun.  Not to mention you have the sweetest voice.  I'm holding on to these moments tightly!

Ezrah girl, I love you so much and watching you get a little older ever year saddens me but mostly it fills me with joy.  It is a privilege to be your mommy, to watch you and to help you grow.

On the morning of your birthday you said to me:  "Mommy, I like five!"

And you know what?  I like five too.  I really, really do!


Summertime Essentials for Little Girls!

one // two // three // four // five // six 

Hi everyone!  Summer is JUST around the corner and if you are anything like my family and I then you have already hit the beach!  Gathering together my favorite finds for my girls is one of my favorite things to do here on my blog so of course I had to put one together for the upcoming season! Everything here is from Old Navy although to make it even easier for you I linked each item up above.  

1.  These clogs might just be my favorite thing that I have ever added to my daughters wardrobe.  I think they add the perfect amount of sweet to any outfit.  They are Ezrah's number one requested shoe at the moment and I just know that we are going to get so much more wear out of them throughout the rest of the spring and summer.

2.  During the hot summer months I am all about easy when it comes to dressing my girls and this dress is so perfect for that.  It's one of those dresses that you just throw on and go.  It's easy for my girls to run around in and it can also double as the perfect swim suit cover up!

3.  This swim suit deserves all of the heart eyes.  I mean, seriously!  I ordered this for my littlest, Hadessah and I can't wait to see her squishy little belly in it!

4.  Can you go wrong with a pair of cat eye sunnies?  And in the perfect shade of pink!

5.  These jelly sandals are another perfect shoe for the summer.  They are just so easy to throw on and they go with anything.  I also love that they can be worn in the water.  I can't tell you how many times Ezrah has worn these already!

They actually smell like strawberries too....soooooo you can't beat that!

6.  T-shirt's and shorts are the best when it comes to summer so I picked up these cute strawberry tee's , one for each of my girls.  I just think they are super cute especially because the print is made to look like watercolor!

Well those are my favorite summer essentials for my two girlies, I hope you have enjoyed and I hope you all have the best summer ever!


Give Me a (Ear)ring: My Favorite Statement Earrings for Spring & Summer!

Hi everyone!  Spring has finally arrived and as it does every year it is seriously inspiring my wardrobe!  One of the things that I have been loving lately is statement earrings.  When I was in High School I loved earrings.  I had too many pairs to count and they were usually really big and really bold.  I found that after I graduated I went through a phase were I hardly wore them at all but in the last year or so I have completely jumped back on the statement earring bandwagon.  They are such a great way to add to any outfit so today I thought I would share a few pairs that I am really loving right now.

Some of these are older so I will do my best to find links to something similar if I can't find the exact pair!

1.  Flower Power:

I recently picked up these black and gold floral earrings on sale at Anthropologie and not to be dramatic but I adore them!  I think it's safe to say they are my favorite pair I have ever owned.  I just have so many outfits planned for these already.  They are so feminine, delicate and yet bold at the same time.  Soooo obsessed! 

I found some similar pairs here and here.  

2. Gold and Bold:

These are another pair that I got on sale at Anthropologie.  Seriously, you just can't keep me out of that store!  I love that they kind of have a vintage vibe and that they are a statement yet simple enough to pair with a lot of different things.

Similar here.  

3.  Let's Have a (electric) Ball! 

When I found out a while ago that Bauble Bar was doing a line at Target I freaked out!  I love Bauble Bar but they can get kind of spendy so this is a much more affordable option.  I bought these earrings last season but they are still available here is so many different colors.  I can't even tell you how much  I have worn these!  They are my go to when I want a bright pop of color.  Doesn't this electric blue just get you so excited about summer?!

4.  A Recipe for Retro 

I bought these from a local boutique a few years ago but they continue to be one of my favorites.  I love the color combination and they just give me a sort of 60s feel.  They are definitely pretty big (you can see a picture of me wearing them on my blog homepage!) but that's what makes the so unique!  I love doing a really simple makeup look and then just letting these speak for themselves!

Ok, I scoured the internet to try and find something similar and this is the closest I got.  They are similar in color and still have that kind of retro vibe going on!  Check them out here!

5.  Fringe is IN! 

Last but certainly not least are these ombre fringe earrings.  I have wanted a pair like this for so long but didn't know which color to choose until I came across these.  I love them soooo much and I know for sure that I am going to wear these all the time this summer!  I think they will look really cute with a slick ponytail parted in the middle and red lips!  I found these at Target for only 12 dollars and they have such a good color selection.  You can find the link here if you're interested!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, see you next time!