Magical sunday mornings …

Making memories with Isaac is at the top of my list when it comes to what I want him to remember me by. I want him to remember me as someone who always made room for new experiences and making the most out of the ordinary.

That is how some of my favorite childhood memories have been made. The big boxes we made into castles, the leftover fabric scraps my mom saved, the magazines I cut up and made into art, the scrap wood we made into bird houses…

This morning I woke up ready to have an amazing day. I am realizing more and more happiness and joy are a choice. It is a way of thinking. It is choosing to let go of the negativity in your mind and choose a better way. To believe that good will happen. We all have the opportunity to help make someone’s day bright or gloomy including our own.

Today was one of those days where time almost seemed to stand still and we were able to soak up every minute of every hour. It was dreamy honestly. We stayed in our jimmies extra late and it was glorious. Mainly because well is there anything cuter than a little pre-toddler in two piece jammies? I think not.

 

This photo below may be of my all time favorite pictures of him. This is Isaac. It is that perfect capture of his personality. I can just imagine when he is 5, 10, 15 taking the same candid capture. This inquisitive little boy who watches how things work and then attacks the task with gusto.

 

 

As I peeked outside I saw the morning light was streaming through some of our trees onto the driveway perfectly. So barefooted in our pajamas we trod outside in the perfect 70 degree weather. Some people would never post pictures of their driveway broken, cracked, with rocks everywhere but you know what? Our driveway is perfect. It provides him with trails (cracks) to follow, and thousands of toys (rocks) to play with. Who cares if your driveway has cracks, or if its brand new. Not me 😉 I’ve got more important things to focus on.

I had boughten some chalk from Target during their summer clearance because… HELLLOOOOOOOOOOO CHALK!

And decided this morning was the magical morning to introduce chalk to him. Mind you I had boughten enough chalk for an entire kindergarten class, but hey options. And well, I kinda forgot how many 64 is. Its a lot you guys. But look at all those color options.

So barefoot with the light shinning on our faces we played outside till we decided we should come in a get changed for church.

Mornings can be magical if you let them be. 

 

What are some of your favorite summer morning memories as a kid?

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My favorite sleeveless front tie top

 

There really is no simpler way to put it but you need this top in your life for summer. Like right NOW. You can find it here at PINK BLUSH. Its the lightest tank I own, and it ties. ENOUGH SAID. I am wearing a small and it fits perfect. The buttons are fake but I actually like it that way. If you follow me on instagram (if you don’t come on over and say hi here: instagram.com/lifewithkymberly )  You’ve seen me wearing it a lot already on my IG stories. Pink Blush typically runs large and this shirt I would say is half a size larger simply because it ties in the front so it cinch everything in.

Picture taking care be awkwwwaaarddddd sometimes you guys, but when you feel amazing you just can’t hide it. Shine on ladies!!

 

Top ( Pink Blush $35) // Sunnies (Nordstrom Rack $10) // Shorts (Rock + Republic) // Hair Ties (Bela Bracelets)

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Bringing back the art of Thank you Cards with Basic Invite

Growing up writing thank you cards was a must. The day after a birthday or holiday we were sat down and given thank you cards to write in.

As I have grown up Ill be the first to admit I am not as good at it as I wish I was but I know the delight in receiving snail mail so I was determined to send out thank you cards. Its just harder now being a mom, but I know how much I appreciate a little thank you note when we attend parties. I of course used basic invite to create little mans first birthday invites for his WILD ONE birthday party.

So when creating his thank you cards I knew I wanted something more than just a plain white thank you card. Because as sweet as they are they usually get thrown in the trash a couple days later no? So I decided to use images from his Wild One Cake Smash that I photographed last month. This way they get a sweet little picture of him and a thank you card! Can you say genius?

Basic Invite is a little different than most printing companies. Not only do they allow customers to print a sample so you can see what it looks like they have almost unlimited colors! 180 colors to be exact. I didn’t even know there were 180 colors! With forty envelope colors your invites or thank you cards are going to be an exact match every time.

And one of my favorite features they collect addresses for you so you have them all in one place. This is something I love because other wise I have all my addresses in different spreadsheets and post it notes scattered around the house.

 

What about you? Did you grow up required to write thank you cards?

 

 

 

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How to style a long tunic for summer

This navy blue tunic from pink blush is so light and airy I LOVE it and I secretly got it for fall because of how long it is, but because its so light I wanted to try and style it for summer. So I knotted it AND moved the straps inside my shirt.

Here is how they advertise the tunic. And I will definitely wear it like this for fall, but for summer with shorts on it goes past my shorts but is to short to be a dress. 


Here is my version. What do you think? You’ll definitely see this shirts lots over fall!


 

My budding little photographer. He loves trying to say “cheese” and hold it up to his face so he can look through the peep hole.

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My favorite boyfriend distressed overalls

Really I get juices for him. Call it payment for hanging out while I am photographed or am photographing someone else. He LOVES his juices which is amazing because I grew up with my family juicing and love that its something I get to pass down to him. While he will never know my mom, he will know her love of everything healthy from me. (He is always fully aware of my ben and jerry obsession that my mom hated. haha)

Lets talk about these Pink Blush boyfriend distressed overalls for a minute though! They are life. Seriously. They’re fitted where they need to be and loose where they need to be. They are true to size. I am wearing a small and typically wear size 2 jeans. And they’re under $60. Win, win.




I cannot even stand the cuteness that is a pre-toddler drinking out of a straw. And yes, he is barefoot. I forgot his sweet little shoes in the car. Oops. For those in KC make sure you are hitting up T.loft (they have locations all over) and get one of these yummy juices. The Mean + Clean and Alive + Alert are my FAVORITES from T.Loft.

Seriously though. Go do yourself a favor and get these overalls. And these Bela Bracelets that I LOVE.  No more circulation getting cut off from hair ties!

 

 

Boyfriend Distressed Overalls: Pink Blush 

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Dealing with loss on the holidays

Well this year didn’t quite go as planned. The day started off storming.

Im talking thunder, lightning, torrential raining. The whole works. So a pool day was completely out of the picture. Little man goes to his nannies house on Tuesdays so while he played with her and her little one I went with one of my best friends and thrifted. Not before getting my Starbucks B+W Mocha though. The stormy weather and coffee in hand reminded me of fall and Ill be the first to admit I considered turning on christmas music. (Don’t hate me. Im just being honest)

So I do have to confess while I am HUGE on bargain shopping I haven’t thrifted in probably years. I am actually shocked at this considering I grew up thrifting. It use to be one of my favorite things. However it can be SO HARD for me to hold back and not buy everything. Now especially with having a little one. I usually go through a process of putting things in my cart, staring at them. Then five aisles over realizing no I don’t actually love that. Even if it is $1 or $.050.


So what I didn’t know about fourth of July was that it is a HUGE day for people who do thrift. Why? 50% off EVERYTHING. I pulled up ten mins before they opened with the parking lot pretty much empty and within 15 minutes the parking lot was half full of thrifters! I had no idea!! Does anyone else here thrift on the fourth?? Well I am SO GLAD I went!! I was able to find some super cute hoodies, and button ups for little man. That brown jacket you see in the cart I scored for $.99, a denim skirt for $2, and some jeans I am going to attempt to make into cutoff shorts. If the shorts turn out well I will do a DIY on them.

 

 

After I picked up little man we went home and just hung out at home. Because it was fourth of July I put his little outfit on simply for the sake of pictures. Cause come on you have to document this cuteness!! 

While we made the most of the day and he has no idea what he ‘missed out on’ with a pool day, bbq, smores, and fireworks theres a part of my heart that genuinely grieves. See fourth of July was one of the bigger family holidays in my family. My mom loved it, we would go to the beach with my grandparents, parents, and cousins. We would explore the beaches, eat to much watermelon and stay up late watching fireworks.

With the passing of my mom and my grandparents holidays are hard. But its honestly harder when I cannot participate in them. Because when we can do holidays I feel like I am able to continue the tradition of what those who are gone left behind. So today was hard. I wanted to be able to continue the traditions that my mom and grandma loved. I wanted to be in situations that reminded me of their laughter, and jokes. The inside jokes. To be honest this was honestly probably one of the hardest holidays to date since there passing because of this.

 

 

I would love to hear from others who have dealt, or are dealing with this!

Hope you all had a wonderful fourth. Stay safe out there!

 

 

 

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Three ways to wear a tank for summer

If you’re like me I am OBSESSED with tank tops. I wear tank tops almost everyday in the summer. They’re easy, lightweight and if the baby is grabbing at me there is no chance of indecent exposure. haha. You mamas reading know what Im talking about 😉

Pink Blush has some of my favorite tanks right now! This one is my current favorite. Because its loose and long there are so many ways to wear it. Here are just three of my favorite ways to wear a tank.

First way to wear tank top: Knot in the front

This is my current favorite way to wear shirts. Its super flattering and helps with those larger and/or longer tanks.

Second way to wear tank: As is

Embrace the length.

Third way to wear tank top: Tucked in

Can we just talk about this way real quick. I remember back in school if anyone wore their shirt tucked in it was a major no-no. Now? It’s cool. So funny

What about you? Which way is your favorite?

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