Greatness in Green Eyes {Inspiration Workshop Linkup}


I’m linking up with Gussy for another week of her Inspiration Workshop! This week the prompt is “Green”. I’m so excited to see the interpretations of this inspiration! The interpretations are limitless and it will be so fun to see the creativity in everyone’s posts.

My inspiration comes from the most precious, glowing, shade of green. My son Lucas has green eyes that will melt your heart. Seriously, I should take this kid to a car lot and tell him to ask for a Corvette, the salesman won’t be able to deny him. Check out this adorable face:

I warned you, heart melting green eyes…

I see so much greatness in him. He is kind, gentle, loving, sensitive, intelligent, loyal, articulate, silly, funny, hugable, kissable, playful, imaginative, creative…did I mention that I adore him? Because I adore him, utterly and completely. I can’t imagine my life without him, nor can I really remember what it was like before him.

In my wonderful little boy I not only see the ability to be great, but I see the ability to encourage greatness in others.

So this post is for you, my sweet, sweet boy. I pray you grow, little one, like the grass between your chubby toes; fresh, cool, free, ever reaching for Heaven. May your thirst be quenched by the Spirit, your hunger fed by the Father, and your feet firmly planted in the Word.

-Mommy

Holy guacamole my kiddos bring out the strongest emotions in me. I’d blame it on pregnancy hormones but I think at 8 weeks postpartum that’s not entirely accurate anymore. What are some of your hopes and dreams for your children? For your future children?


What I Wore Wednesday {WIWW Linkup}


It’s Wednesday already!! I’m tardy to the party in linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for this week’s “What I Wore Wednesday”. But in my time zone, it’s still Wednesday, so there. It’s been fun/annoying/intimidating/silly/challenging/encouraging for me to complete this weekly blog challenge for myself. Remembering to take pictures of myself pre-baby spit up, pre-4 year old fingerprints, and pre-I-give-up-trying-to-keep-my-shirt-clean has been tougher then I expected. I’ve also been challenging myself to wear more of my closet; rather than reaching for my favorites over and over again.

So here’s to another week!

My entire outfit is from Target. I didn’t even notice until I started to make a redundant list.

Jewelry: Mine

Blue painter’s tape on the wall actually has a purpose…. I’m going to be putting shelves above my desk and wanted to try different configurations without banging holes in the wall. Unnecessary holes in the walls make me angry…like turn green and get ripped angry. Mostly because I despise having to patch them.

So this is us “think, think, thinking” about the shelf layout…

T-Neck: Target

Jeans: Love Culture

Ballet Flats: Target

Headband: ThreadRare

(How cute is my little guy? He was playing in the yard and wanted to join the photo session. Also, don’t judge me for still having tape and no shelves, I have a 4 year old and an 8 week old, I’m only Wonder Woman every other week)

Cardi: I have no idea

Tank: Walmart (shhhhhhhhh!!!)

Shorts: Thrifted jeans that I cut off

Sandals: Payless

Jewelry: Mine

Chihuahua: Craigslist :-P

Tank: The Body Shop

Linen slacks: Target (eons ago)

Sandals: Payless

Necklace: from my “Stranded” line

So, other than the fact that I’m clearly a walking advertisement for Target, I had fun challenging myself to be more creative with my clothes.

P.S. I organize my closet by sleeve length (tanks, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, etc) and color….I’m OCD like that. Please tell me someone else out there does the same thing.

What is your favorite store to shop at? Do you find yourself wearing the same colors frequently?

Our Week in Photo Review {Insta-Friday Linkup}


I’m linking up with Jeannett over at Life Rearranged for Insta-Friday! A review of our week in photos using my iPhone. I am fully addicted to the free Instagram app and find myself looking for things to photograph just so I can use the app. Now I get to share 5 of my favorites each Friday!

Our sweet baby girl, Katelynn, getting some puppy love from our chihuahua, Jack. We like to call him “Jack Jack”, “Jack-a-roni”, “Jack-a-roo”, and when he’s being obnoxious “Jack-in-the-crack”. Poor dog….All kidding aside, he’s a lionhearted little guy with the biggest personality in a small package. Don’t tell him I said he had a small package….

Lunchtime yesterday called for something warm…because it was cloudy and a frigid 65 degrees in San Diego. Oh the horror!

My little guy, Lucas, fell asleep in the first few minutes of a Thomas the Train movie. We were having a rough afternoon and I decided some snuggles on the couch were in order. It was refreshing and helped us to overcome our sour attitudes.

Daddy and Lucas playing Guitar Hero on the couch. They had a rockin jam sesh complete with hilarious dance moves from Lucas. It was very entertaining, who needs tickets to a real rock concert anyway?

My absolute favorite of the week…. Katelynn’s first smile. Her very first precious little toothless smirk was captured by my camera. She was grinning at me as I made ridiculous sounds and made a fool of myself to try to encourage a smile…it worked!

So that was our week! What were some of your favorite moments from your week?

-Erika

Check out the other Insta-Friday entries!

Kitchen Inspiration {Inspiration Workshop Linkup}


Today I’m linking up with Gussy for her weekly inspiration workshop! She’s an incredible inspiration to the blog community and brings such ruffled goodness to everything she does. This weekly link up is a fun community building opportunity that I’m so excited to participate in!

This week’s prompt is Kitchens. Our kitchen is currently in the “much to be desired” category. It’s sadly lacking in counter space, cabinet space, and overall aesthetics. We’re renters….but I’ve got big plans to add some form and function to this boring and sad little space. Here’s our kitchen on a bad day (by bad day I mean a day where my entire day was spent cleaning up bodily fluids from the tiny humans that live under my roof).

I can’t believe I just posted that photo to the internet… this is a great exercise for me to overcome my OCD tendencies about my house being perfect before I share it with anyone.

Here’s my inspiration image, found via Pinterest, originally from House Beautiful. I adore the crispness of this kitchen. The sleek white monochromatic pallet makes my heart pitter patter. I love the chic chairs in glossy black and the country charm they bring to the room. Now I’m just itching to get started on our kitchen!

Be sure to check out all the other inspiring posts through the Gussy community and leave some comment love on the blogs you visit :)

-Erika

What I Wore Wednesday {WIWW}


Today is the first time I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy to participate in “What I Wore Wednesday”. I feel totally silly doing this but it’s a great personal challenge! Photographing myself is completely out of my comfort zone, but something I’ve been working on in order to provide customers with “scale” photos of my jewelry products. Sometimes seeing a piece of jewelry on a person is much more informative than actual measurements. I know I am a visual person and need those descriptive photos for my own perspective before I buy a product.

So…. this little activity will push me to be more creative in my self portraits, challenge me to blog about it every Wednesday, encourage me to connect with other bloggers each week, and motivate me to wear something other than a tank top and baby spit up when I’m here at home. It’s easy to put effort into my appearance when I leave the house…but when I’m hanging out at home with the kiddos my motivation is sadly lacking and I know that has a significant effect on my mood, and not in a good way. So here’s to my first link up!

Shirt: Sister-in-law’s closet

Cardi: Forever 21

Skinny Jeans: Target

Ruffle Sandals: Target (favorite.sandals.ever)

Those of you paying attention might notice the finished desk I’m leaning on :). Here’s a mini reveal! Stay tuned for the complete project reveal when I put up shelves and complete my little “Creative Corner”.

In other news, any other mom’s out there wearing perfume to cover up the eau de spit-up on a daily basis? Please tell me I’m not the only one. 

-Erika