Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Decor | Holiday 2013

It's just about that time of year to deck the halls and add lots of jolly!  In preparing for this years holiday decorations, I wanted to share our look from last year and give some simple, fuss free tips for a coordinated theme throughout the entire house.  Last year's Christmas Decor was based on a simple color scheme of black & white with green accents.  Pick a color palette you love and incorporate it in simple, thoughtful ways throughout the house.
Black and white buffalo check fabric from Ikea made an inexpensive no sew tablecloth.  Faux greenery wrapped around the chandelier and real greenery was clipped straight from the backyard and placed on gift boxes and added to a cake stand with ornaments for a simple centerpiece.  Don't be afraid to mix the fake stuff with the real stuff ~ by adding just a touch of natural your guests will find it hard to tell the difference between the two.
Who says you can't use your wedding china in an informal setting?!  I love mixing dressy and casual, and when it comes to a table setting, it's no different!  Reindeer plates were added to give my china a festive, holiday feel, and mercury ornaments were added to tie in my china's silver dot pattern. 
The deer silhouette was painted with white paint on black foam core.  Not an artist?  With so many free templates on the internet, it's easy to DIY your own piece of Holiday art; take an image to your local print shop and request they print a large version of it.  Frame it and viola!  The Chalkboard Menu, on the left, is a keepsake from our Wedding Reception.  Be sure to add sentimental pieces to your Christmas decorations for a personal touch.
We kept the kitchen decor minimal.  Add a festive apron, some greenery and a small tree with kitchen inspired ornaments!
To see how we made our easy, simple Rosemary Letter Wreath, click here!

What better way to countdown to Christmas than with an advent calendar!  Our grey & black, Stocking Advent Calendar, is by Wheel & Basket!
Have you started decorating yet for this years Holiday Season?  Are you going with a theme or a color scheme?  You know I love to hear from you in the comments below!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Sweet Life | At Home With Our Twins

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

We're thrilled to share the arrival of our twins, Parker & Kennedy!  
Three weeks ago, our twins entered the world and it was the most beautiful day of my life!  All the cliches are true, and nothing anyone tells you can prepare you for the overwhelming amount of love you have for this new addition and in our case for our two new additions!  Their birth day was one filled with joy, excitement and a whole lot of love!  
Parker (below left) was 5 lbs 8 oz | 18.5 inches and Kennedy was 5lbs 12 oz | 19.5 inches.
 On the day we were scheduled to go home, I ended up in the ICU due to postpartum preeclampsia, along with some other minor complications ~ no. fun. at. all!  But thankfully this happened after the twins birth, causing them no harm and while my recovery has been a bit slower than I had hoped, I'm so grateful to finally be home with my new family of four (five with our sweet Rawley dog!)
The past few weeks have been spent simply enjoying life with our little ones, getting to know their personalities and enjoying the sweet moments that will all too quickly become memories.  Parker is our precious little boy who already shows signs of his fathers sweet, caring temperament.
And Kennedy is our sweet little girl who's not afraid to be vocal, she has her mama's spunk!
The two of them love to snuggle up!  Place them on opposite sides of a crib and they'll scoot and shimmy until we find them like this: 
Mornings are my favorite time of day, and watching Brian be a dad has made my love for him as a husband, friend and father grow more than I ever knew possible!
 To say we're lucky is an understatement and not a day goes by that we give thanks!
Our life has never been sweeter and we can't wait for the great, big, wonderful, crazy adventure ahead!

Thanks for all your love & support during my pregnancy and now as a new family!
It means so much!

Friday, October 24, 2014

37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins & A Very Special Today

today, I'm 37 weeks pregnant...

today, there's an autumn chill in the air...

today, I'm 37 weeks, 5 days pregnant to be exact...

today, the forecast is nothing but sunshine...

today, I'm 2 days short of 38 weeks pregnant...

today, I'm going to meet my babies...

today, my bags are packed...

today, I'm going to become a mom...
today, we're headed to the hospital...

today, I get to witness this amazing, wonderful man become a dad...
today, is going to be a happy, wonderful, amazing, life-changing sort of day...

today, is my children's birth day...
today, may be an ordinary day to some...

but for me... 

today happens to be the absolute most important & special one!


Wishing you a happy, wonderful TODAY!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burt's Farm | A Day At The Pumpkin Patch

With fall in our midst and the twins impending arrival, Brian and I have been taking full advantage of these relaxing autumn weekends.  In wanting to try something new and not buy my pumpkins from the grocery store (what a novel idea: buy your pumpkins from the source - who knew?!), two weekends ago, Brian and I decided to take a day trip to North Georgia to visit Burt's Farm.
This place by far exceeded our expectations and turned out to be more than just a farm stand with a few small pumpkins.  They offer a multitude of pumpkin varieties and sizes range from under a pound to upwards of 150 pounds ~ I mean look at these pumpkins below!

They have a country store, hayrides and serve delights like pumpkin loafs and funnel cakes.  But plan to get there early as this place gets crowded!  Admission is free and pumpkin prices are beyond reasonable.  The drive from Atlanta took about an hour, but the photo op alone is worth the trip!

We plan to go again next year with the twins and hope to make pumpkin picking a fall must each October.  What other fall favorites do you share with your family?

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