The World Is Ours


" Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become. " - Brooke Hampton

Time and time again I've heard people talk about how difficult it is to do anything with their kids, and while I don't necessarily agree with that, I totally get it, kids are challenging. As a Mom, it's been a top priority of mine to do as many things as possible with Lyla-- being married to someone in the military didn't leave me with much of an option. If there is one thing I've learned about going out anywhere with your kid(s) or kids in general, is that you too have to become a kid, or at the very least lighten up. Spilled drinks, happen. Tantrums, happen. And guess what? It's not the end of the world. I have yet to see a mess that wasn't able to be tidied, fixed, or forgotten. Those split moments of embarrassment and frustration are not worth ruining your child's self-esteem or a good time. Take a deep breath and remember that children are not perfect and neither are you. 

I've always had a bit of a wandering spirit, but now that I have the world's greatest sidekick to roam about with, the world has become much more fascinating. I love seeing the glow in her eyes when she finds beauty in the world, I love seeing the cheek to cheek smile on her face when she learns something new, I love to feel her tight grip on my finger when she's excited to go. All the "hassle" is worth it. The world is ours


Little Wonders + July Updates



Since I last posted, Lyla turned four, Fourth of July passed (obviously), my parents celebrated 33 years of marriage (holy cow) and we ourselves are about to celebrate five. We didn't do anything extravagant for The Fourth this year, but we did get to have Alan around, which is something we haven't had the last couple of years.We've been incredibly busy with life lately, so a quiet holiday was exactly what we needed. We managed to venture out to my hometown where they hosted a little shindig in the park. While browsing the booths of local creatives, we were drawn to a colorful stand of children books and purchased this cute activity set  for our little bookworm to have alongside her during all of our near travels this summer.

I love the fact that Lyla gets so excited about books, especially when tablets seem to be all the rage these days. We recently purchased ABC Mouse for Lyla, so I am not totally against the technology curve, I just personally believe that being hands-on with littles is the best way to approach learning -- we're all about moderation here. Upon buying Lyla's activity set, I also signed up for a raffle prize that Usborne Books was offering. I never really sign up for those things, because let's face it, I have terrible luck, but I figured we thought the books were super cute and even if we didn't win at least I'd know where to purchase more. Long and behold, I won! --or rather Lyla won.
The prize was this book ^above , the illustration as you can tell is absolutely gorgeous. Another really cool thing about this book is you can use a flash light to reveal hidden illustration--Lyla thought that part was "Super really awesome!" We had no idea which book we were going to receive, but it just so happened we were coincidentally gifted the perfect book. I love so much that Lyla's favorite page is the Florida one, seeing as that is where she was born and where her first memories were made. It's funny, she still talks about Florida and our old place, friends, things we did, places we went -- makes me miss it just a tad. 

As most of you know, I am a stay-at-home Mommy, which also means I have been doing pre-school activities at home with Lyla since an early age. Now we only have a year left before sending Lyla off to kindergarten (insert ugly crying face) and I've been on the hunt for more educational/activity books, I definitely feel that I've found what I have been looking for with Usborne Books & More, their products are beautifully made and yet, still affordable. Their site is definitely worth checking out, especially if you have littles or you know someone who has littles. 

On another note, I wanted to talk a little about why I haven't been posting as frequently or as often as I'd like to, and the reason... life. Life is full of curve balls and without going into too much detail, I've just been trying to figure out how to handle everything. Stress is a huge factor as to why I haven't put much of my energy where it should be, but since refocusing, I am ready to go full force. I have a lot panned for the rest of the summer and I look forward to sharing my crazy life with all of you. Thanks for sticking with me through my scattered posts. Happy Weekend friends!