A Peek Into Our Guest Bedroom

Saranoni Blanket

We've been (very) slowly working on updating the upstairs portion of the house.  The main guestroom upstairs was comprised of a random hodgepodge of mismatched pieces and furniture. This summer we finally painted over the dingy shiplap walls and bought a new bed and new nightstands.  It's purposely simple; but I did add a touch of luxury with this beautiful Saranoni Blanket.   I can say with 100% certainty that I've never touched a softer blanket. And I love the beautiful swirl details on the opposite side of the blanket.  There is a gorgeous selection of colors and sizes to choose from, and I'm convinced that no other blanket can live up to the Saranoni blanket. It seriously feels sooooooooooo heavenly, and every night the blanket ends up on the couch, with  my husband and I snuggled up in it once the kids are in bed. Parker, Pippa and I usually end up playing up in the guest room on the bed because 1) It's one of the only clean rooms in the house 2) Parker is constantly ... [ Read More ]

Joy Bound

JoyBound

T-shirt & Clutch :: c/o JoyBound Apparel // Skirt :: CABI // Shoes :: TOMS I have a confession.  It's been awhile since I've referenced my faith.  And it's pretty much because since Parker (my oldest) was born, my spiritual life has been pretty non existent.  I feel like I've been going through the motions for the last 2 years but not engaging.  I had a sort of epiphany in church last week when our pastor was telling a story from the book of Phillipians and I looked over at my husband and said, "why don't I remember this portion of the story?" I realized that in the past 2 years I've spent very minimal time in the word. I was convicted.  Especially since Pippa was born.  Managing a newborn and a 2 year old has been challenging to say the least.  This last week with Parker having croup I thought I was going to lose my mind.  Being cooped up in the house for a week because your wild toddler is contagious was no fun for any of us. So I started doing the unthinkable--waking up ... [ Read More ]

Pippa Grace // 7 Weeks Old

7 Weeks Old

Pippa survived her sister's first illness.  Parker had croup last week and I was praying that Pippa's immune system would fight off Parker's germs, and so far so good. Pippa is a pretty great sleeper; she usually wakes up between 2-3 am and then again sometime between 5-7am.  But two days last week she actually slept a full straight 8 hours and gave me 2 amazing nights of sleep.  She didn't continue that pattern, but man, I'm grateful I got those stretches! Her life pretty much consists of surviving her sisters "gentle" (but we all know they are the farthest thing from gentle) touches and kisses.  I've had to start buckling her in to everything because a couple of times I've come out of the bathroom and witnessed Parker trying to "hold" her sister. She loves to be worn, held all day, and have her fuzzy head rubbed.  Her eyes are still blue, and the tips of her brown hair are blonde...and her eyebrows are white.  She's been generous with her smiles this week which make my heart ... [ Read More ]

Pippa Grace // 6 Weeks Old

6 Weeks Old

Things are crazy in the Taylor household right now.  I've been up since 430am because Parker has croup and Pippa woke up for her last feeding at this time and I couldn't go back to sleep hearing poor Parker wheezing and coughing. Everything at this stage really is a blur.  I had to look back at my last post of Pippa to see how old she was this week.  I also had to randomly choose photos I took of her throughout the week because I honestly haven't had time to take a series of them and edit them.  I know this transition of a newborn and a toddler is just a season, but man, it just got real when Parker got sick.  I'm praying Pippa has enough immunity to keep the virus at a distance. Pippa is in the, "please hold me and never let me go," stage.  Unfortunately so is my 2 year old.  I'd like to grow another pair of arms temporarily. But I do have to stay I'm desperately in love with this sweet little 6 week old with a mohawk.  Her little emerging smiles brighten up my ... [ Read More ]

Parker Penny Turns 2!

2 Years old

In the Korean culture, the first birthday is a huge deal.  I wanted to honor my mother by hosting a semi traditional first birthday for Parker and I'll do the same for Pippa when she turns one.  But I prefer to keep things small and simple.  This year there was no party or decor...I didn't really plan anything.  I just wanted to have a fun day out with her and surprise her with a cupcake after dinner. Because in Parker's mind a cupcake is just about the best thing on the planet. We spent the morning playing with a couple of friends and  then I was planning on taking her to play in the park after her nap, but instead of a nap we were surprised with vomit, snot and coughs.  Needless to say the evening was pretty miserable for both of us.  The cupcake I asked my husband to pick up at the grocery store on his way home from work sat on the counter until the following evening. I'm not against fancy parties--especially if you're wired that way.  I'm not wired that way.  I think I have ... [ Read More ]

Toddlers Don’t Get Bored

Gymboree and the world of Eric Carle

My  husband was telling me he recently read an article on boredom and how creativity is born from boredom, and now that we all have access to technology 24/7, we never have to experience boredom and creativity is stalled.  Instead of sitting in the waiting room at the Dr.'s office and letting our mind wander, we scroll through Facebook, Instagram or countless other apps.  I'm definitely guilty of this and I'm trying to be a lot more aware of how often I'm on my phone. Toddlers however don't get bored.  Their imaginations run wild and free and it's so fun to see their excitement over seemingly simple and mundane things and watch creativity just happen. I think it has a lot to do with books--because in books you have talking animals, purple cats, magic spells, and fairy godmothers. Everyone probably has at least one of Eric Carle's iconic children's books.  Parker's 2 favorite's are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? And The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  So I was excited to find ... [ Read More ]

Sisterhood

sisters

I have a half sister but we didn't grow up together.  She is 4 years old than me and spent a couple of summers with us when I was in elementary school.  Those were the best summers in my opinion.  I'm sure I was the annoying little sister, but she was my awesome big sister and I thought she was the coolest.  I really wish we had the opportunity to grow up together.  Being an only child has its perks, but I would've traded it to grow up with my big sister. I'm so thrilled Parker and Pippa will grow up together.  Being only 23 months apart I'm sure there will be quite a few quarrels, but I pray these girls are best friends.   Do you have a sister?  What is your relationship like? ... [ Read More ]

Pippa Grace // 5 Weeks Old

5 weeks old

2 years ago I went into labor on Labor day with Parker...time flies. Pippa decided to she wanted to party all night and sleep all day this week.  We're experiencing her first extended bouts of fussiness, but even with the extra crying she's still a pretty easy baby.  (I might not have those same sentiments at 4 am when she's refusing to go back to sleep however). I've had to cut her out of two onesies this week because of blowouts...which is far less than Parker had.  Parker had multiple blowouts daily, so ruining 2 onesies is pretty good so far.  A friend reminded me that if you have a typical onesie on from carter's or similar stores, you can pull them down around the baby's shoulders instead of having to pull a poopy onesie over their head (or cut them out).  I totally forgot that fun fact.  Hopefully I save you a onesie or two. I think Pippa looks a lot like Parker did at 5 weeks old....what do you think? ... [ Read More ]

I’m So Fancy

Maternity Fashion

Dress :: c/o Eve of Eden // Bag :: c/o Lily Jade // Hat :: Thrifted // Shoes :: BCBG (old) I'm actually not fancy.  Especially not at 5 weeks postpartum.  However, this amazing LBD from Eve of Eden Maternity is making me feel pretty fancy and fantastic. YOU GUYS...this is a maternity/nursing dress.  Even if I wasn't for nursing I'd love it.  It hides all my postpartum-ness and is perfect to dress up or down.  You can definitely count on me wearing this even after I stop nursing. You can't really go wrong with a cotton shirt dress; there are endless ways to dress it up or down.  A cute hat hides the hair that hasn't been washed for over a week (seriously, a toddler and a newborn is no joke).  And with leggings and a jacket it will be ideal for fall...but right now it's perfect as is for this end of summer/beginning of fall weather. If you're in the market for fashionable maternity and/or nursing wear, you can save $10 on any purchase over $60 at Eve of Eden with the promo code: ... [ Read More ]

A PNW Summer

PNW Summer

I've always liked the heat.  I hated the Pacific Northwest when I first moved here.  I was always freezing plus I'm not a fan of the rain.  Now that I've lived here for 4 years, I've mostly acclimated and really do love it--especially the summer, and I'm not ready for the summer to be over.  Soon enough it will be dark at 4pm and I'll be going stir crazy trying to entertain an active toddler indoors. While everyone else excitedly pulls out their boots, scarves and peacoats, I'll be sitting here on my pool floatie, mourning the end of my tan and dirty bare toddler feet. Are you looking forward to the fall or are you wanting summer to stay? ... [ Read More ]