Monday, September 25, 2017

Mothers in Bloom x Lighthouse for Hope

Hello and happy Monday! I took a little blogging break after going full speed in August (so many thoughts on that!), but I'm happy to be back at it this week and I'm really excited to share today's post! My friend Veronica and I recently started an organization here in Prescott called Mothers in Bloom (and see our IG page here). Our focus is creating opportunities for Moms to come together in the spirit of friendship and motherhood, all while giving back to our community. 

Our first event was yesterday, and we partnered up with Lighthouse for Hope, an Arizona charity run by my long-time friend Hannah. It's an amazing organization and if you'd like to learn more, please be sure to visit their website. We had almost 100 people attend the event, and everyone brought items to place in care bags for kiddos fighting cancer at Phoenix Children's Hospital, lots of fleece for blankets, and the kids at the event created cards and artwork to send to the children in the hospital as well. We had all of the items laid out and the kids did an assembly line to make their bags. It was really neat to see what items the kids wanted to pick our for "their kid," and they each took a lot of pride in filling their bag up. We also had a blanket making station (to make the fleece tie blankets), and an art table that the kids loved working on.

The Barley Hound graciously donated the event space and Hank's real estate business sponsored the food and drink.  It was really just such a special day and I think everyone had a great time coming together for a good cause. 

Here are some photos from the event --

And feel free to follow along with us on social here and here! We'll be announcing our next event this week and have lots of things planned through the rest of the year and into the next. I'm really excited!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Links

Hello and happy Friday! Here are some links to start you weekend off with some fun things to read and click.


Isn't that photo up there beautiful? It's from the Whipstone Farm IG feed.

I LOVE this post- it's bringing me so much happiness!

How zoos and aquariums handle hurricanes.

#1 on my current wishlist: these boots! They're so cute.

A metaphor for Summer 2017.

What were you wearing?

Loving: this top, this dress, and any of these cute pieces!

"Does it spark joy?" is the wrong decluttering question.

Do you transition your makeup with the seasons?

96 things to do when you're bored.

Hollywood's private school mama dress codes. Interesting.

How to plan your week like a go-getter.

And what to plan it in. These are a must for this new year and I've already got mine!

An obsessive guide to music played at Gap in the 90s.

And finally, bucket list travel experiences. I want to do all of these!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Happy Places

I think we all have a happy place, right? It's different for everyone. For my Mom, it's the beach. And more specifically, the Jersey shore- right down by Island Beach State Park. I think if she could be anywhere in the whole world, that's where she would be. For me, it's the forest. I'm not sure if it's from growing up in the woods, surrounded by trees and a million trails to get lost on or just because I crave the sound and smell of it, but that's my place. So now whenever I find myself in the forest, be it Flagstaff or Switzerland, Portland or Vermont, I am the happiest. In fact our big goal is to build a home in the forest here in Prescott, so all five of us can always feel that way.

For Labor Day we decided to head up north to the cool pines of Flagstaff to hike one of our favorite kid-friendly trails, Kachina Trail. Beautiful in any season, it was interesting to be up there now to see the first signs of Fall begin to pop up. Brown ferns, a few very early orange leaves, a slight chill in the air. We're getting closer, and it was exciting to feel that settling over everything.

The boys are great hikers, but we never have huge expectations. Henry can definitely hang, but Charlie at barely four years old can get a little more tired. So we consider any hike with the kids to be a slow hike, and I always remind myself it's not about the destination, it's about the journey! An especially helpful reminder when you cover about a mile an hour sometimes! haha.

I wanted to share some photos from our fun day. I highly recommend you check out Kachina Trail if you find yourself in Northern Arizona, with kids or not. It's beautiful, and gives you a little of everything- Aspens, pines, some good incline, shady spots with lots of moss, big rocks to climb, beautiful views. You'll love it.


My hiking boots (similar)
Baby carrier
Hank's Arizona tee
Kids' packs