Thursday, September 11, 2014

{Fall Favorites}


Ahhh, Fall...welcome. A very warm welcome to you.

I know it's not technically fall, but September is the unofficial kickoff to fall, isn't it? My veteran followers will know just how much I love fall. Newbies, well you'll understand soon enough. :)
I won't bore you with my love of fall, today. Just know it's coming.
For now I'll just share some of the things that have fall written alllll over them.
Those oxblood ombré workout pants are everything. Too bad they're a little out of my price range, good thing my birthday is coming up. Winkity-wink.
 And you guys know my love of camo. It's basically a neutral in my world and camo is so fall. Plus these are uber affordable. 
I love the fall colors on that statement necklace. Usually pearls aren't my thing, but they add a little sophistication to this beautiful necklace. 
Pumpkin sugared doughnut? Um, yes please. Two of Kory's favorite things are pumpkin pie and raised sugar doughnuts, so I have to get some of these candles...for him, it's all for him. 
Gold + topshop, was there ever a more perfect couple? Ok, Beyonce and Jay are up there, but I loooooove these heels!!!! I don't buy heels much these days, but I would be happy to have these!
Hellllloooo, comfy sweater! Oversized, cozy sweaters are one of life's necessities. Aren't they? How cozy does that sweater look? It's perfect. 
And to round off my fall favorites we have a little buffalo check. Everyone needs buffalo check in their life, along with a puff vest! This one is absolutely perfect for sipping cider and hunting for the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch! You can't disagree. Well you can, but you'd be wrong. ;) Just kidding, love you, mean it. Tell me some of your fall favorites/must haves. I want to hear all about them!!
xx,
Melissa Loren 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{Henry's First Year}

Ok, I realize not everyone is into to scrapbooking and I'm sure plenty of you don't care about me documenting Henry's first year, BUT for those who do, here's an update on what I've done in the last few months. 
Getting creative on these has been so fun. I've always enjoyed documenting every milestone, big and small, for future reference. I know all babies are different but it will be nice to have something to refer to, just incase. Many pages are very picture heavy (most of those aren't shown), but it's just too hard not to put in all of my favorite pictures, and I'll fully admit that I got lazy on some pages. It's definitely a task to sit down and take time to work on this every so often. I enjoy it, but it takes real focus and effort, just being honest. :) I try to set aside some time at least once a week though. Surprisingly I've kept up. I'm all caught up thanks to lots of trips to the target photo shop and lots of coffee.  As I've mentioned before, it will be sad when it's time to stop, so I'm highly considering going into his 2nd year!
You can see previous pages here and here.
You guys would not believe how many pages are in Henry's book. It's kind of ridiculous. It's really hard not to print every picture I take and out it in there! Even a slight change in facial expression can make all the difference and I want to keep them all!!!! :) I have a problem, I know. Haha. Have a great hump day, friends!!!! 
 xx,
Melissa Loren








Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DIY FABRIC GARLAND

Supplies Needed:
-Fabric(s)
-Hemp cord (or anything that you can tie fabric around and hang)
-Scissors
This project is so ridiculously easy that you'll want to use every holiday/event as an excuse to make one! I hung this on my mantle along with my fall decor, but I actually plan on using it for Henry's first birthday party. If it was meant to be fall decor, I would've gone with more oranges and autumn colors!
Let's get started. 
So I bought a half yard of four different fabrics for my garland. You can do more or less depending on how long you want yours and how many different fabrics you want. I cut them in about 20" pieces. 20" long, 2 or so inches wide. I wasn't exact, I just guesstimated as I cut. 
As shown in the first picture, you're going to fold a strip in half and put it under your cord. Then you will pull the two bottom ends up through the hoop of fabric at the top. Once you pull it through, the fabric will create a knot around the cord, which is exactly what you want!
You can do a pattern or you can be as random as you want. I randomly placed mine around the cord. A pattern seemed a little too strict for me. 
Once you're done, hang it wherever you please! On your mantle, on a wall, on a mirror would be really cute!
Easy enough, right? 
 Annnd just this one because I'm obsessed with this candleholder :)
Have a lovely Tuesday, Friends!
xx,
Melissa Loren




Monday, September 8, 2014

{Weekend Fun}

The weather this weekend. Phe-nom! It was easily the most beautiful weekend we've had in a while. I just don't even know what I would do if the weather was always like that. My heart would probably burst and I would likely eat doughnuts and drink PSLs every day of the week. So maybe it's my stomach that would burst? Speaking of stomachs bursting, we ate so well this weekend. I had a week break from my workouts and it was too beautiful out to not spend time picnicking and hitting the park. We had a little HiBoy with my bestie and her boyfriend, we took lunch to visit some friends and their new beeb and we had some Sunday Morning donuts. I was sure that I was going to hate my workout this morning after all of that, but it actually wasn't too bad. It's back to 5 am, chicken, broccoli and lots of water, for the next 6 weeks. Are you guys ready to follow the next 6-week journey!? 
Why, oh why, do the weekends have to end? Such is life. Here's enough photos from the weekend to last us until next weekend. #oops :)
What was your favorite part of the weekend? Mine was that ^^ little munchkin. :)
xx,
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{My Husband, the Father}

From the moment I met Kory I knew he was the one whom my heart would beat for until the end of time. He had a way with me. A way of patience, a way of passion & and a way of sincerity. The very same qualities that I see in him when he is with our son.

In the same way that Kory has taught me to be a better partner (it's true), he has also taught me to be a better mother. I look up to him, I really do. When I'm having a tough day or my patience is drained, I look at him for a breath of fresh air and a reminder that there's no need to be all worked up. 

You see, he doesn't lack the patience that I do. He doesn't get fired up in a hurry like I do. He doesn't get emotional about the little things. He's so great at letting things roll off his shoulders. How does he do that? Seriously, I need to figure out his tricks. :)
If Henry is cranky or fussy he doesn't get frustrated, he tries something different. And he literally keeps trying new things until Henry is happy. 

He doesn't avoid bedtime, he fights me for it. In fact, Kory put Henry to bed every night from about 2.5 months up until a couple of months ago. He did this without hesitation when I asked him to because I desperately needed a break and some me time at the end of each day. 

When we go places or go out to eat, he doesn't leave me as the responsible party. He helps feed Henry, carry him, entertain him, whatever needs to be done, he's my teammate. 
He helps with dinner, yard work, he even schedules doctor appointments for me. The man does it all. Happily and willingly. All while working full time and busting his bottom so that I can work part time and take care of our babe. 

I never doubted that Kory would be a good father. That was part of his allure. But gosh darn it I'm blown away. Every. Single. Day. His love for Henry is so unconditional. And it shows. You can tell when Henry looks at him, how much he loves his daddy and how loved he is in return. Henry lights up when Kory walks in the room, he knows what's up. To see that makes my heart full of love. 
I am so grateful for a man that knows how to be a dad and one that wants to be. There's no room for Kory on the sidelines, he wants to be the MVP and I so appreciate that. 
Kory picked me, and we share this wonderful, sometimes hectic, life together. We are raising a beautiful little boy, together. We are soulmates, teammates, best friends and parents. 

And I am humbled. 

I couldn't do it without all of your love and support, babe. You're a rock star dad. Be proud of yourself. Flaunt it, toots. 

xx,
Melissa Loren

{Ten Month Henry}

My. Oh. My.

The hammiest kid there ever was. 
Saying "dada dadda dada" (you have to see the video)
Crawls 90 miles per hour.
Can sniff out the dog's food from a mile away.
First bout of Roseola. (thumbs down emoji)
Standing for long periods of time.
Standing up without pulling up on something.
Days away from steps, I'm sure of it.
Laughing like crazy.
Four bottom teeth in and four top teeth coming in all at once.
Clicks his tongue. 
Loves to drink water from a big cup.
He goes ham on some nanners (bananas).
We had our first "bad" travel weekend.
Feeds himself. Bottles and solids. 
Loves to get into the cabinets.
Don't try taking him to the doctor with you. Ever.
Also don't try to take him away from his momma or his daddy. 
Becoming besties with Tego (finally).
Claps.
Gives high fives.
Waves bye bye.
Wears 12 month clothing. 
Snuggle bug. 
Has learned to cry when he doesn't get his way. Oh boy. 
This is the face I saw every time I told him "no" at the doctor's office yesterday. Precious. 
For the most part I see this boy...
...and he's happy and healthy and that makes me over the moon in love. 
I can't believe how close we are to one year. I'm excited, but it makes me a little sad too. This has been the best year of my life. The hardest, most exhausting year of my life, but the most incredible, indeed. 
Happy 10 months, Henry Harper. 
xx,
Momma

Monday, September 1, 2014

{Messy Hair & Sweatpants}

This weekend we went back to Kory's hometown for his family reunion. It was a rough weekend with Henry (more on that later), but I got to show off my favorite new tank and Kory snapped a few pictures to share with you guys. Naturally, I hopped a fence and climbed a tree to take the pics. I imagine this is a lot like what Kory used to do back in his latchkey days.
Anyway, onto this amazing tank. Truest statement ever, am I right, or am I right? Although I made this outfit dressy-cas by adding the bralette and the necklace, it seems like most days I really do live in sweatpants and you can count on me to have messy hair 100% of the time. :) This graphic tank is not only true, but it's awesome because it can double as a fun, dressy shirt and I have totally worn it to work out in. Don't you love when a shirt can be both? Yeah, me too.
I'm also pairing this necklace with anything and everything right now! Obsessed.
And of course I have to share one with my boop!

Momma:
Tank: Tulip
Striped Bralette: c/o Tulip
Capris: Express (old)
Leather Converse: Shi (similar)
Necklace: c/o Shop Riff Raff
Henry:
Tank and Shorts: Crazy 8 (old)

xx,
Melissa Loren





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