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Monday, June 26, 2017

cute + comfy sandal for summer

a lot of people have commented on my new sandals in my Instagram stories so i thought i'd share the details on here :)

my friend, kelsey, told me about these new sandals she thought i would love and she was right! living in NYC we do a LOT of walking so we look at our shoes like someone with a car would look at their tires. they need to be reliable, last for a long time, and get you from point A to point B in one piece.

when i first moved to the city I didn't think that way and i found out quickly that when your feet hurt your whole body pays for it. & when i'm in pain or uncomfortable it just makes me grumpy (which is not fun for me or anyone around me for that matter!).

i've also had four knee surgeries and one foot surgery (soccer injuries from back in my glory days...ha!) so good shoes really are a must for me.

so if you're in the market for a shoe that feels like you're walking on a cloud  while also being stylish...let me introduce you to Sofft!

i've had mine for a few months now and i've worn them mostly every's like a sneaker sole with a sandal top. does it get any better than that? cute & comfortable. yes please! I have the mirabelle sport sandal in brown leather. they make some other styles too so go check them out!

requirements when i'm buying a sandal:

-comfortable (my biggest value when buying a shoe!)

-has a back-strap (this is a biggie for me because of city-living and my foot surgery. i like to feel like the shoe is secure on my foot...lots of people can do without having a back i'm just not one of them!)

-stylish...if i don't love the look of the sandal i'm not going to want to wear it. this seem like a no-brainer, but because i value comfort so much i've bought really comfortable sandals before but didn't like the way they looked and i also felt weird when i was wearing them.

so for me i'd rather have one or two great pair of sandals (aka meets all my sandal requirements) than a closet full of shoes that hurt my feet when i wear them! i do think they're a little pricey, but after having them for a few months and getting a LOT of wear out of them (they're the only sandal i have currently!) i can honestly say they're well worth the money.

happy sandal-wearing! :)

also my dress is from francesca's. i can't find my exact dress on their website, but i linked a similar one (i also tried the linked dress on and it was a hard decision between the one i bought and that one!). they have a lot of floral dresses right now!

my kiddos dresses are from old navy.

photos by the lovely: Photos by Cassie.

*this is NOT a sponsored post. i just wanted to share!

family photos

ever since i was a little girl (as in way before pinterest) i loved family photos. for my 13th birthday all i wanted was to take family photos...i think that may have been the only time we took any. we also all wore matching white shirts and jeans. it was cheesy, but i loved it. 

fast-forward to now and i make my people take family photos at least once a year. i want to remember these times when my kiddos are little and what matt + i look like while were young so we can look back when we're old and grey. i cherish all these photos. 

thanks for capturing our little family so well, Cassie! (photos by cassie)

dress: francesca's (my dress is sold out, but i linked a similar one that i love!)
earrings: i made them :)
hazel + eleanor's dresses: old navy
matt's shirt: old navy
my shoes: sofft

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eleanor Fay :: 6 month update

Hey sweet pea,

the bigger you get the harder it is to find time to write these! this month has been a really fun month with you, kiddo. you're six whole months! half a year! i remember loving this age with Hazel be honest, the baby stage is hard for me. it's mostly sleepless nights, lots of feedings, and crying...but then it's sprinkled with sweet cuddles and coos and topped with an adorable smile and my heart melts. so we're starting to turn a corner here...the newborn stage is definitely behind us and we're sailing ahead. you've really and truly mellowed out and are one of the chillest babies i know. & oh my goodness. i'm so thankful. you're also SO happy all the time. it's amazing.

we've been traveling for a whhhhile. you've actually been traveling more in your lifetime than you've been at home. ha! traveling with two little ones can be a challenge. and it's definitely been that. i'm pretty tired, but praise the Lord you're really sleeping through the night! (besides when we were at Gigi' most definitely did not sleep through the night there.) you've met a lot of friends and family and we've found you're a pretty adaptable baby! you usually always have a smile on your face and you're even starting to get used to the carseat. if you have a good book (i.e. the very hungry caterpillar, Dora the explorer, 123 peas, etc.) you're usually pretty set.

you're eating solid foods and you LOVE it! bananas, carrots, apples, spinach, peas, pumpkin, green beans, chicken, pineapple...girl, you love it ALL. feeding you is always hilarious because we can never feed you fast enough! you're still nursing like a champ as well.

you're sleeping through the night! we're traveling a ton, so the first few nights in a new place is usually a little hard for you..but overall this month has been a game-changer. thanks for that, lady.

oh E, you're such a doll! you're so sweet and giggly it's adorable. i'm so thankful for your chill personality.

-blue eyes
-hardly any hair...maybe in a year or 2 ;)
-3-6 month clothes/6 month pj's
-size 2 diapers
-starting to army-crawl (ah!)

-lots of firsts! first time to NC and VA
-you've met so many friends of ours from college and our church in NC
-you and Hazel are starting to really play together (it's mostly her making you laugh)'s adorable.
-first time meeting your great-grandparents (on both sides)

this month has been fun with you, nor nor. thanks for being a champ with all the traveling and new things and people. i love you so much, sweet girl!