christmas 2018.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

*knock knock knock* Is this thing on? Sorry for the radio silence, friends. When things get busy, the blog goes silent, and for that, I truly apologize. 😊 

But I'm BACK today, sharing our Christmas living spaces. I have a few more detail things to share, which I hope to get to asap, but for today, here's our tree, mantel, and Christmas kitchen!

I mostly use the same white, silver and rustic ornaments on our living room tree year after year, but I like to throw in a new element that switches up the look a bit. This year, it was a buffalo check ribbon. I cut 18" pieces, pinched them in the middle, stuck the pinched part into the tree, and then tucked the tails around to make it look like the ribbon was weaving in and out.

Similar 10' Tree (this one is slim like mine, pre-lit, and SUCH a good price!) // Polar Express Train // Similar tree skirt (although I wish I had this one with the cutie pom poms) // Blanket

I LOVE our mantel this year. I saw these bottle brush trees in someone's IG stories and had to run out to Hobby Lobby to get a bunch for myself! They were $1-$4 each and I'm obsessed with them. I knew I had these colorful garlands and was hoping that the colors of these trees would work with them and whadya know, THEY DID!

The trough on the mantel usually lives on the kitchen island, but I love it so much here that I think I need another one for the island.

We actually use our fireplace a good bit, so moving the stockings to the bookshelves, while untraditional, made a lot of sense for us. That way we don't have to take them down every time we turn on the fire. Plus I like that they jazz up the shelves.

Stockings (ours are the Medium size)

I think this year's tablescape is the most simple I've ever done. I usually have a myriad collection of things in the middle of the table, but I found this table runner at Target (they have the BEST runners because they have extra long/wide options which, shocker, actually FIT on a normal sized table), which was really all the decoration it needed. I've had these brass candlesticks for years (best score at an estate sale, everrr), and just slipped them into these votive-sized candle wreaths and called it done.

Hanging wreaths on all the things in the kitchen gives me life. I hung 3 on S2's door, one on the vent hood, and one on each window. That's 7 wreaths in the kitchen. 🀣  But I won't apologize because the whole reason I wanted these windows in the kitchen was to hang wreaths on them

Wreaths and ribbons from Walmart (don't pay more than $5/wreath or you're getting ripped off)

I never get around to doing all the things I want to do at the holidays, and I'm starting to learn to be okay with that. I really wanted to put lights on the front porch columns this year but I don't think that's going to happen. NEXT year, though. NEXT year is going to be extra. Have I told y'all we're planning to finish the basement? Eeeeek! (Well, at least part of it, which the budget will dictate.) That means an extra tree or two, and extra spaces to decorate. EXTRA EVERYTHING. πŸŽ„

Have a great week, you guys!

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a new adventure! main street pins.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hello friends!

I have some exciting news to share!

I'm starting an Etsy shop!!!

I had this nugget of an idea maybe 2 months ago that I really wanted to design enamel pins. You know, like when you go to Disney and do pin trading. Those pins. So I started with a collection of 4 that will launch in my Etsy shop on August 9th.

I really can't say more than that right now, because you need to follow me on Instagram @mainstreetpinshop for all the details.

After launch day, I'll do another update here with links to the Etsy listings, so you can check them out if you want, as well as more information. But they are LIMITED EDITION, so if you love Disney-inspired flair, you want to follow on Insta so you don't miss anything.


insta update.

Time for another Insta update! I love doing these every month because it makes me pause for a moment to reflect. I'm so grateful for these girls of mine.

jenna_lovelakelivingπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ❤️πŸ’™ Happy 4th of July! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ❤️πŸ’™ We are sporting our patriotic best today, I just hope I don’t die from heat stroke in this long sleeve top. πŸ˜“ Worth it for the photo op! πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️ Any big plans today? We’re headed out for lunch and then to a cookout later. Have a great day! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

jenna_lovelakeliving5️⃣ Months Old, you guys! πŸ™€ I can’t seem to find all of Sydney’s old baby headbands so this kid goes bow-less way more than Sydney did. Second child problems. 🀣 I think I just need to get on #etsy and order some already!

jenna_lovelakelivingLittle bit of a deer in headlights look here. 😳🀣 It was the best we got. She’s getting much too active to be bothered sitting still for long.

jenna_lovelakelivingMy πŸ‹ girls.

jenna_lovelakelivingJust a beach πŸ– bum.

jenna_lovelakelivingYou’re killin’ me Smalls. 🀣 Steven has been looking forward to wearing these shirts since before Reese was born! πŸ˜† Heading home from the beach today - it was a nice (short!) trip.

jenna_lovelakelivingSaturdayyyyy 😘 Sissy is at a birthday party and we’re trying to figure out what we should do with one less kid. No idea. 🀷🏻‍♀️

((P.S. Check back for a quick post later today about this FUN new adventure I've been working on!))

{lake living loves} beautiful handmade mugs on etsy.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

If you know me at all then you know I have a slight, shall we say, obsession with mugs.  Maybe it has something to do with how much coffee I drink?  Of course I want to be drinking it out of a cute mug!  The same goes for milk - I can't even fathom drinking milk out of glass - gross.  I think that habit goes back to the time I discovered that it's much easier to dunk Oreos in a mug of milk than a glass of milk.  Obviously.

So anyway, I thought for this edition of lake living loves, I'd share some beautiful handmade mugs from Etsy!  I'm also bookmarking these for myself, because hello Christmas list!

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

I hope you guys have a great rest of your weekend! Stay cool out there. :)

moody monday: a posh purple big girl room

Monday, July 9, 2018

Hello and happy Monday you guys! I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July last week - wasn't it so weird being on a Wednesday?

I used to do a series here called "Moody Monday" in which I shared a mood board I put together for imaginary spaces.  I thought I'd resurrect it today, but in this case, the room isn't imaginary!  I'm already starting to plan for S2's big girl room (when we decide to move her, sometime next year) and thought it would be fun to share my initial plans.

The room she'll be moving into is a good size, but to maximize the space even more, I thought it would make sense to get her a daybed.  There is not really a corner to tuck a bed into, so by doing a daybed, we can avoid a bed sticking out into the middle of the room and maximize floor space.  After all, she's still little and has lots of toys to play with. 

Here's a little mockup I did of the bed wall with the sconces.

I still need to think through the details, but this is the big picture - cutie patootie Hygge & West "Daydream" wallpaper + upholstered daybed + gold + purple = perfectly posh room fit for a princess. 😁. Also, I think by doing the wallpaper only on the upper 1/3 of the wall, it won't be too busy, and will mimic the birds flying in the sky.

She's on board with the purple, I just have to bring her around to the birds and clouds.  If it were up to her, there would be a big Rapunzel decal stuck onto neon purple walls. We gotta compromise here, folks. 🀣

insta update.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hello friends and welcome to another insta update!  I like to do these on the first Thursday of every month, because it's fun to look back and see what we did over the last few weeks! 

Also, it's July, whaaaa?  Our culture has a hard time living in the moment, instead always looking forward to what's next.  I've been trying to consciously live every day to the fullest, but now that it's July, it's almost August, and almost September and I loooooove September.  

Anyway, here's what happened on Instagram last month...

jenna_lovelakelivingMy front porch got all summer-ified with a new yellow front door πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’› Only 5 hours and 4 coats later πŸ™„πŸ˜“ More pics on the blog - link in profile.

jenna_lovelakelivingWhat a fun day we had at #tweetsieRR seeing #thomasthetrain(swipe left for more pics) I hadn’t been to Tweetsie since I was a kid, but I remember going allll the time with my grandparents and I have such fond memories. Not much has changed in a couple decades, except the cowboys and Indians gun fight on the train is now more of a comedy sketch. 🀣

jenna_lovelakelivingThis girl was all giggles tonight. I love seeing her little personality develop! 😍 In #momstyle news, I’ve lived in these #aeriereal pajama pants for a week now and haven’t washed them because then what will I wear?! I think I need all the colors. So soft and comfy! πŸ’ƒπŸ» Liners by @pedsbrand of course. 😜 find them @targetstyle πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  • jenna_lovelakelivingWe’re living it up this Friday night with pizza, bicycles, and chalk art (swipe). Also, my hydrangeas are 😍.

jenna_lovelakeliving4 months old! Well technically she was 4 months a week and a half ago but #momlife πŸ€¦πŸ»‍♀️ She’s rolling over like crazy and loooves to stick out her tongue at us! Generally she’s a pretty good baby and we are so lucky to have her. ❤️

jenna_lovelakelivingShe’s just so cute I can hardly stand it. Yeah sure, babies are hard work but a heck of a lot easier than a sassy 4 year old. πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️

jenna_lovelakelivingSydney asked me tonight why I give the baby so many kisses. I mean, just look at these cheeks - could you resist? 😍 Also apparently I need to kiss Syd more because #momguilt πŸ€·πŸ»‍♀️

jenna_lovelakelivingFinally getting around to sharing Reese’s 4 month pic. She has her checkup tomorrow and I’m anxious to see how much she weighs now! She has chunked up in the last month for sure. She loves to play on her play mat and laughs when we tickle her belly. She really is such a good baby ❤️

jenna_lovelakelivingThe baby took an extra long nap this afternoon πŸ™ŒπŸ» so I took the opportunity to Americanize the mantel for the 4th (um how is it already almost July 4th?!). It’s always fun to switch things up and it makes me wonder why I don’t do it more often.

{lake living loves} the 10 most essential baby items for new parents.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hi friends, welcome to Saturday and another edition of {lake living loves}.  I am SO enjoying putting these together for you - I hope you find them useful.  If you missed one, you can always check out past posts by clicking here.

This post has been on my calendar for a LONG time now, but I kept erasing it and moving it out because I wanted to be super thoughtful about what I think the most essential baby items are.  This post has nothing to do with cutesy baby things, and everything to do with what you absolutely NEED if you have a baby.  Now, I will put out a disclaimer that these are the exact things that we use and love, but everyone's budget is different, so just take this as a starting point.  I'll give you thorough reasoning behind why we love each item and you can use that info to make informed decisions when shopping for yourself or a mama-to-be in your life.

So let's get to it.

1. We bought the Boon Flair high chair when S2 was about 6 months old.  I didn't register for one when I was pregnant because I was so picky and none of the ones at Babies R Us (RIP) or Target fit the bill.  My criteria when high chair shopping were as follows (in order of most importance to least importance): (a) it had to be completely wipeable - no fabric (b) it had to have a small footprint to fit in our dining room at the time (c) it had to be simple but cute.  I actually stumbled across this one on Instagram, and while it was really more than we wanted to spend, it has proven to be so worth it.  Let me just list out the myriad of reasons why this is the best high chair on the market (in my opinion!):

-- Completely wipeable. The only "fabric" on the whole thing are the woven harness straps, but even those are so easy to remove and soak in the sink when they get nasty. But from day-to-day, they wipe fairly clean with a cloth.

-- The tray can be removed single-handedly.  There's a latch underneath that you use your right hand and slide and pull to remove the tray.  With one hand.  No tricky latches on each side like most high chairs.  And us mamas need as many hands as we can get!

-- Comes with a tray liner that can be popped off and washed with the dishes. This is the piece that gets dirty at each meal time. The rest of the tray and arms just take a quick wipe down and are good to go for next time. (Also, the orange seat pad and matching tray can be changed for a different color.)

-- No wide legs to trip over.  This is so annoying to me - how WIDE the legs stick out on a lot of high chairs.  Not only does it take up so much room, but you inevitably stub your toe on one of the legs and your baby learns some choice words.

-- This thing is on WHEELS.  We roll it up to the table at dinner time, and roll it back into the corner when we're finished.  This also makes it so easy for us both to help with feeding.  I turn her toward me to give her a few bites, and then S1 turns her toward him to give her a few bites, so we can actually both eat dinner as well.  Oh and the wheels also lock for safety if your little one is WILD. ha.

In conclusion, you can't go wrong here.

Okay, I had a lot to say about high chairs, I apologize. I'll try to keep the rest of these much shorter!

2. The Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor provides such peace of mind at night.  It's a device that you put on the baby's foot (comes with 3 sock sizes) that monitors their heart rate and oxygen level.  If anything is out of range, the base sounds an alarm, and it also sends an alert to your phone.  I love that it is worn on the foot and attaches securely with velcro. We haven't had any heart-stopping red alert notifications because it can tell the difference between being unable to register a reading (due to the sock positioning, etc.) vs. your baby actually not breathing.  With S2, we had a Snuza, which was great, but we had several false alarms with it, just due to the nature of the product (clips onto the diaper to monitor movement of the belly to determine breathing).  Nothing will make you jump out of bed and have a minor heart attack quite like the Snuza going off.  Warning: the Owlet is pricey, but if you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may be able to use those funds for the Owlet (check with your provider).  The Snuza is 1/3 the price, so it could be a good option if your budget doesn't allow the Owlet - or if you have twins!

3. I puffy heart our Rock 'n Play.  Baby R sleeps in this at night, right next to our bed.  This new version features Smart Connect, which means you can control the settings right from an app on your phone.  She has slept great in this thing from day 1.  Now, I will say, if you have an Owlet, it will not register vital signs when the Rock 'n Play is rocking on high speed.  But it will at the low speed.  Always check the Owlet app before going to bed to make sure it's reading signs and doesn't say your baby is "wiggling."  We've actually had two RNPs because the first one had a software malfunction and wouldn't stop rocking unless it was unplugged - but Fisher-Price customer service was GREAT and sent us a replacement via 2-day shipping.

4. Cloth diapers as burp cloths = winning.  They are absorbent, simple, wash and dry like a dream, all the good things!  Save your money and don't buy the "cutesy" burp cloths - function over form here people!  But you can also jazz them up with some decorative stitching - so easy as a beginner sewing project.

5. Avent Soothie pacifiers are the only ones we've used with our girls.  We tried to give S2 a different kind that we'd gotten at our shower but she would have NONE of it.  Soothie all the way!

6. I actually have a prettier diaper backpack that I use, but I can't recommend it as much as this Diaper Dude that I got S1 for Christmas before S2 was born.  TONS of pockets and lots of different zippered areas make this diaper bag backpack super functional.  It's the one we like to take if we're going to be out all day shopping, at the Zoo, at Disney, you name it.  Also, it's super affordable!  Win win win here people.

7. These Tommee Tippee bibs have an absorbent collar that is a game changer when it comes to spit up.  The collar fits nice and snug against baby chins, which means no errant spit up can get behind it and onto their clothes.  Tell me you know what I'm talking about here.  All bibs are NOT created equal.

8. I bought the LILLEbaby Ring Sling after realizing that structured carriers are hard to operate by yourself.  The structured carrier I have is great when we're out for the day and S1 is there to help me, but if I'm around the house by myself, I can't reach between my shoulder blades to buckle the straps (seriously, who designed this thing? or maybe I have short arms?), so the ring sling saves the day!  It's also super comfortable for baby wearing.  I actually snagged this color on the LILLEbaby site for $60 when it was on sale, so maybe stalk their site or Amazon to see if they have another sale on these.

9. Everyone needs a diaper clutch.  We were at small local amusement park a couple weeks ago, and were waiting our turn to use the changing table in the women's restroom.  The lady in front of us laid her baby right on the nasty changing table and had her wipes in a ziploc bag.  I felt so bad for her.  I didn't get the impression that she couldn't afford a small luxury such as this, more like she didn't know such a thing existed.  People, get yourself and all your friends a diaper clutch.  It's a changing pad, diaper holder, wipes holder in ONE, and you just pull it out of your diaper bag and take it into the restroom when it's time for a change.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

10. The Dohm white noise machine deserves all the praise hands. It's simply white noise, no ocean sounds or crickets chirping, which makes putting a baby to sleep at night so easy.  She loves it, we love it, it's really the best.

Okay, y'all, that's it - the 10 most essential baby items for parents-to-be.  Did I miss anything?  Tell me what your #1 is!