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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Amongst The Flowers + A GIVEAWAY

We all know fall is my absolute favorite season. But, there is a very warm place in my heart for the warm months and all the lovely flowers. It's been a treat to discover what blooms in our new yard as we discover our home in each new season. Just this week the rhododendron bush in our backyard bloomed. I watched all of our neighbors' rhododendron bushes bloom bright fuchsia in the springtime, and my heart sank when my bushes didn't produce one flower. Then on the brink of the official start to summer, pink flowers began blooming, and my heart is swooning.

With the rain finally gone, little bit and I snuck outside for an afternoon snack yesterday. After a Target run and the grocery store, a little down time was exactly what we needed. The weather was calm, and the temperature mild, making for a snack amongst the flowers as delightful as it sounds. 

And I can't get over the cuteness of a) this pint-sized outdoor table + chairs and b) my baby with a tiny hair clip in her hair. Pair them together and it's complete cuteness overload that has me all kinds of happy. More than I love the table, Greer is just so excited about a table that is her size. It's been the perfect addition to our house, and has hosted many littles at dinners over the last several weeks. To top it off, there are sweet flowers and critters painted across the top of the table and the stools, giving the wooden set a whimsical feel. The umbrella is the icing on the cake. It's tiny, cute, and provides the needed shade for the little one sitting beneath it. 

Fun fact, Greer is wearing overalls that once belonged to a little me. I've said it once, and I'll say it forever, but it is so fun to pass things down to my daughter. Whether it's clothing or traditions, there is noting quite so special and sentimental. 



Eek, now for some exciting news! Fantasy Fields is giving away an outdoor table and chair set to one lucky reader! You heard me correctly! You could be snacking amongst the flowers with your little one at your very own tiny table. The winner will get to select either the Sunny Safari set or the Magic Garden set. All you have to do is enter the giveaway below....

The giveaway will run until Wednesday, June 28 at 11:59 PM, and the winner will be announced here on the blog! Happy first day of summer, friends!! 



This post was sponsored by Fantasy Fields. All content, photographs, and opinions are mine alone. 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Festival Around Town

Oh, the nostalgia! Every June, since I was a little girl, my hometown has put on the Festival Around Town. There are small vendors, festival foods, live music, carnival-like rids, and kiddy games. The smell of fried food fills the summer air, the country music intermingles with the squeals of kids on rides, and the mountains sit as the backdrop in all their glory. This was always a special summertime treat for me, and to this day I still venture back home for a little taste of my childhood. 

This past Friday we kicked off our weekend at the festival, where the most important part is buying a funnel cake and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Nothing will beat it. The weather was beautiful, a blessing considering the rain that had been pouring all week, and we were able to enjoy about an hour and a half of sweet time making even sweeter memories. 


Last year, Greer was just at the brink of turning six months old. This year, my girl was just shy of the 18 month mark, and it was pure joy to share this experience with her. She loved everything....the music, the rides, the sounds, the lights. And just like her mama, she loved the lemonade and funnel cake. 

Even though the magic of the festival isn't the same as an adult, watching Greer take it all in brought back a little of the magic. Her curiosity and amazement was enough to make me burst. How lovely it is to pass down traditions and childhood memories with my little girl. It makes this once-a-year festival all the more special.



I can't pass up an opportunity to do a little mama/daughter matching. And seeing as how stripes are my favorite, this outfit combination was perfection. I wore my new favorite summer dress with the best (in my book) details, longer sleeves and a little flair at the bottom, and Greer sported a light-weight shirt + peach shorts + a twist knot head wrap as the final touch. If you're looking for dresses or tops to beat the heat in and still feel stylish, be sure to check out the selection at PinkBlush! A special thank you to this boutique for sending the dress to me; it's going to be a summer staple.



Whether she was running around with her aunt or dancing to the country tunes, if there is one thing this girl had her eye on the whole time, it was the blow-up toys. She wanted a "balloon" so badly, and husband and I couldn't resist. So she caught some fish with her daddy and then became the proud owner of  blow-up strawberry lollipop. She hasn't put it down all weekend. Easily, the best $3 we have ever spent. Even if it means getting bonked in the head from all the excitement ;)




She was stealing sips of lemonade from anyone who couldn't turn toothy grin "pleases" down. You try to resist.....it wouldn't happen, I promise. We cut her off of lemonade, but she didn't pass up the chance to get in on the funnel cake. Greer even decided that doing tricks would most likely guarantee her more bites of the sweet confection. See for yourself....





We wrapped up our time at the festival out in the grassy field, admiring the swings just one more time. And then since someone was too little to actually get on the swings, her daddy swung her around instead. She was just as thrilled. I'm pretty sure I could just eat her up. 

I so look forward to next year's Festival Around Town, to sharing more memories, and keeping the tradition alive and well!



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Peach Pickin' & A Side Of Strawberries


If there is one thing I am just smitten with, it is tradition. I love carrying on old traditions and creating new ones. A particular tradition we started during our first year of marriage was apple picking every fall. We are incredibly fond of this yearly Hill adventure to the top of the mountain to pluck beautiful fall apples from their apple-laden branches. We sip cider, munch on cider donuts, admire the pumpkins, then spend time shopping and lunching in Charlottesville. Just typing about it makes me so very giddy for fall and this year's apple picking trip. 

So it should come as no surprise, that we also wanted a similar tradition in the spring/summer. Strawberry picking became that thing for us. This year, we were sad to miss it, and you can read why here. But we bounced back when we discovered the Chiles Peach Orchard, where we could not only pick peaches, but strawberries too. Husband has been wanting to pick peaches for years....since we made homemade peach jam as our wedding favor (here's a super throwback for you)...and this was a dream come true.



Sunday morning what HOT. But, we didn't let it keep us from finding peaches ripe for the picking. I was happy to find that the orchard provided wagons for little ones, and this turned out to be a huge blessing as we meandered our way through the peach groves and strawberry rows. Greer can't get enough of her wagon at home, so she was quite tickled to enjoy a wagon ride at the orchard. More exciting than the wagon was the concept of pulling peaches off of trees. Can you just imagine?! The joy was tangible. 





outfit (on sale!) || sandals (similar) || sun hat (similar





Meet my new favorite summer cold-shoulder shirt. This light-weight floral shirt has been perfection for the hot summer days, and I love the shoulder detail and fluttery sleeves! Thanks to PinkBlush for sending this shirt my way! It does not disappoint!







Those eyelashes get me every. single. time. My Grandmom was in love with baby girl's lashes and let me know each time she saw me. So now, whenever I find myself admiring Greer's lashes, I think of Grandmom. Even though she's gone, she has left me with a sweet little reminder of a very special lady that I'll carrying with me always. 


We took a break in between peach and strawberry picking to give us all a chance to cool off. Greer munched on snacks and water while her daddy fanned her, and husband and I enjoyed peach cider slushies. They were heaven-sent, friends. 











I thought these little traditions were simply wonderful when it was just husband and I. I loved imaging how special they would be with our littles. And it has exceeded all of my expectations. There are no words to describe the sentiment I feel about doing life and traditions with our child. Nothing compares. 


After collecting our share of fresh peaches and strawberries, we stopped for lunch and then made our way home. We gobbled up the strawberries within 24 hours. And the peaches have been enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'll be making my peach slab pie with the remaining peaches, and y'all, I can't wait! 


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