Summer Family Session

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not very long ago, we were just a family of three. There was a sweet little babe growing away and waiting to make his appearance. It has only been five weeks since arrived, and it is already hard to remember life without him. I am so glad that we got to capture this season of our life. Angie Jackson is sooooo talented. I am in love with these dreamy, light filled photos of our family, and I cannot wait to fill our home with these memories. 




That cheesy grin has a way of melting my heart! You can see more of his sweet smile in this post. 




Thanks again, Angie. You are truly amazing!

Fall Boy Clothes

Monday, October 16, 2017

It is finally feeling like fall over here, and we are pulling out the long sleeves and jackets. Why do our kiddos grow so fast?! I feel like I buy Rowan a new wardrobe every season! (Luckily, little brother has some pretty cute hand-me-downs to keep him covered.) Over the last couple years I have become pretty good at putting together cute boy outfits. There is such a variety of adorable girl clothes, but sometimes the selection is not as great for the little men in our lives. So let's chat about fall boy style! 


I love looking for basics that are easy to mix and match. H&M, and Target (their Cat & Jack line is my favorite!) both have great basic selections at a reasonable price...which is obviously important, because boys are not kind to clothes. I also love the selection at Zara. Carter's and Old Navy are my go to for cute sleepwear. I cannot wait to start buying the boys matching pajamas...maybe for Christmas! Gap is a little bit pricier, but the quality is great. Rowan had those grey mid-top sneakers last fall/winter, and they held up wonderfully. I was actually tempted to buy them again this year. I also really like OshKosh...I just got these pants for less than $8! Ultimately, I try to find things that are on sale and match what we already have...that way matching clothes is one less thing to think about in the morning.

Mom Tip: Rowan is currently in between sizes. 3T pants are almost too short, but 4T is too long and WAY to big in the waist. The high top/mid-top sneakers are the perfect solution. Even if his pants are a little too short, you don't notice it with these shoes. We are going to rock those 3T pants for another season! 

Hopefully, someone found this helpful. I would love to hear other suggestions if you have them. 

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Is anyone else SOOOO ready for fall? Maybe it is the summer pregnancy talking, but I will be happy when the weather cools down, and I can hold this sweet babe in my arms. I have already been diffusing fall blends, dreaming of visits to our favorite pumpkin patch, and listening to last year's fall playlist on repeat. 

I have also been enjoying this lovely brown sugar scrub & wanted to share the recipe with you!


BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
1/2 cup Raw Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 Drops of Orange Essential Oil

Just mix all of the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. The combo of brown sugar and orange smells heavenly, and the scrub leaves my hands feeling so soft!

What are you looking forward to most about fall?



Nursery Plans + Baby Gear

Friday, August 11, 2017

I am getting ahead of myself, but that is besides the point. Once we move into the new master bedroom, our current room will become the nursery for baby boy. So...until then, there isn't much I can do other than fill my online shopping carts and wait.

Here are a few of the items I plan to buy for the nursery...and a couple things for baby! We have most of the baby gear left over from Rowan, but there are a couple things that we still need.




Sound Machine / Boppy Cover / Blanket / Storage Bin / Crib / Wall Art

We will be using the Ubbi Diaper Pail again. We had this with Rowan and it is the best! It is probably the first thing I recommend every pregnant mama add to their registry.

Another item that I have had my eye on is the City Select double stroller. I love that it easily converts to a single stroller when I only have one kiddo to push around, and the reviews were all great. Rowan would probably do fine without a stroller, but for long trips it will be nice to have...like to all those pumpkin patches I plan to hit up while I am on maternity leave! I will also have our favorite baby carriers. We loved the Solly Wrap and the Wildbird sling. They are both great for different reasons, and I can't wait to wear this baby all around.

What am I missing? Are there any new baby products that you have found super helpful?

Rowan Update

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This boy...the boy who made me a mama. He always knows how to make me smile. Like when he cups my face in his little hands and gives me a kiss, or tells me, "I wuv you sooo much!" He is so excited about being a big brother, and his days as an only child are quickly ticking away. I don't know how he is going to handle having a baby in the house at first. However, I do know that this new little babe is a lucky one. His brother is so full of love. 


Rowan recently turned 2.5 and I thought it would be a good time to do a little update. 

He has the silliest laugh, and he finds the littlest things hilarious...to be a kid again. I think he develops a new facial expression everyday, and they are all very entertaining. I call him my little water bug, because he will do anything to splash and play in water. He loves swimming, baths, and even "helping" me do dishes. He has some funny phrases that he uses regularly..."Of course!" is one of my favorites and he still says, "I want to hold you," when he wants picked up. It is the sweetest! He loves going to the farm and insists on wearing his farm boots anytime we take a trip to see the goats and cows. He has just started requesting to look at pictures of Row Row...he loves to tell me what he is doing in each picture and I love looking back through all those sweet memories.

I know they warn you that time flies by, but I honestly cannot believe how quickly he has grown.


These sweet pictures are all thanks to Angie Jackson Photography! I will be sharing more from our last session as a family of three very soon!

Laundry Room / Mudroom Inspiration

Thursday, July 13, 2017

So, I keep telling you that progress is getting made on the house, and that I can't wait to start decorating and pulling the spaces together...but if you are anything like me, you probably want to see some pretty pictures! Well, right now our addition isn't much to look at, but I did pin some inspiration for our laundry room/mudroom that I thought I would share with you.
I want the space to feel light filled and airy. I am a lover of natural light, so I begged for lots of windows through out the addition. I plan on keeping the colors light (probably a white shiplap or light gray) and adding some dark accents, like painting the backdoor black.




We are actually getting a stackable washer and dryer to save room. I have heard great things about them...but I will admit, I was hesitant at first. Does anyone have experience with them? Please share!

More Progress

Monday, July 10, 2017

The house progress has actually surprised me. I know my poor husband is still stressed out about deadlines and this baby (which is due to arrive in 9 weeks!) Our original plan was to have the addition done before the addition arrived, and I think that Dane would still like to see that happen. I have pretty much decided that I need to relax and let the pieces come together when they do. 

I will be honest, I am a little nervous that I have done almost NOTHING to prepare for the babe's arrival, but I am not going to let it stress me out. I figure that he will be in our room (whichever room that may be) for a few months anyway. So, why worry about a nursery at the moment. 


Okay, here is a rundown of the progress that has taken place. The basement is poured, has stairs, and there are interior walls framed up! I took a peek down there the other day, and it was fun to visualize how we are going to get to use that space. Birthday parties, friend gatherings, so many options...I am excited! The main level which consists of a master suite, laundry/mudroom, and kitchen expansion, is all framed. AND the upper level (office + playroom) is almost all framed up! We still need stairs to the upper level, but they will be done soon! 

I am not stressing about when this project gets done, but the idea of actually living in the space makes my heart so happy! I cannot wait. Dane and Rowan slept in the other morning and I decided to spend some quiet time in the addition. I wrote some of my favorite verses around the space and prayed that these walls would be witness to many blessings. I cannot wait to have the opportunity and space to open up our home for friends and family to gather...and when that day comes, I hope that we are able to share God's love with all who enter. 

Are you on Instagram? Check out #fletchersgrowinghome for more updates about our home renovation!