// Things I Love Thursday v.235

A short but sweet installation of all things awesome! Enjoy!
this photo ♥
this incredible painting! ♥
this view every morning wouldn't be too shabby ♥
this dog and his eight bird friends and hamster! ♥
this gorgeous bouquet ♥
this brooch! ♥
this gorgeous photo of the moon ♥
this necklace is so pretty ♥









// Bizarre Mars photos: The internet is claiming life on Mars! Thoughts?

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// What We Wore - v.2 - Denim Edition (+ $100 Giveaway!)

Levis x KohlsGosh, I really do love this goofy little bunch of mine. 

Normally Tennessee is unbearably hot this time of year, but the past two weeks have been outrageously out of ordinary. It's felt like early October, complete with breezy evenings and crisp mornings. We're always forgetting to grab our jackets before heading to the bus stop in the AM, but the afternoon sun definitely warms things up. We can't exactly put our shorts up for the season, you know? We're at that fun in between stage of seasons and I kind of love it. While I'm not crazy about pumpkin flavored things or the reality of winter following shortly after, I do love the promise of cooler temps and layers that Autumn brings. In the spirit of it being "Almost Autumn," we've partnered up with Kohl's to share how we dress up Levi's demin for the season.
Levis x Kohls
Levis x Kohls
Levis x Kohls
My absolute favorite thing about the fellas' outfits: it was a total coincidence that they matched! We didn't set out to make the guys share a color palette, but Mike and Toby picked what they wanted to wear, and I pieced together Linden's outfit on the fly since his fun (mini!) denim jacket hadn't arrived. I just love that picture above. They fit together so well, both in style and cuteness haha! I honestly haven't seen Mike in jeans in months! While I have nothing against shorts or scrubs, I just really like me a man in a nice pair of jeans. (He's wearing the slim-fitting 511s) As for fancy footwear, he thrifted those boots several years ago and I always get tickled when they make their way out of the closet. I kind of love the whiskey tee he wore with his outfit, too.

My dress is one I grabbed from the Indiocation collection at Kohl's. You can't tell by how it photographs, but it's the softest material! (And it's currently 50% off online!) I've been telling Mike I need to swing back by our local store so I can grab it in navy, too. It looks like a totally different dress, despite being identical. Anyawy, you're totally seeing me in my "natural state" here ha! Hair in a top knot, hoodie on and Birkenstocks. This is likely exactly what I look like when you read this post. 
Levis x Kohls
Levis x Kohls
Levis x Kohls
Toby's outfit is probably my favorite. I'm not exactly sure why, but I think it probably has a lot to do with the fact he's growing up and becoming his own independent person. The past 2 years of school the kid didn't want to wear graphic tees, but now he's totally all about them. I love seeing how much he's changed over the years. That strawberry blonde hair and those freckles just get me every time! He's wearing the slim-fit 511 style of Levi's, too, but you can tell he's a pretty lanky little dude! I bought him a 5T in the jeans and they give him such a laid-back, relaxed look. He's basically sixteen. HELP!

Linden's little mini denim jacket didn't arrive in time for me to photograph it for this post, but I'll just have to save that cuteness for next time! While I know it totally would've melted your hearts, I'm betting tiny mustard pants will do the same thing ha. It makes me sad to cover up those chunky little rolls up, but at least I get to do it in style.
Levis x Kohls
Levis x Kohls
Levis x Kohls
I just know these photos of Mike and the kids will be some of my most cherished for years to come. I love just seeing them all together. It makes me really want to prioritize getting out this season and doing things as a family like orchards or hay rides and corn mazes. I know I'm getting ahead of myself because I just looked up the forecast tomorrow and it's going to be 91 haha! I guess I'll stow away our denim for a few more weeks...

Here's to pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves, and bobbing for apples, or whatever it is that makes you love Autumn! We're almost there! 

xo KB

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Kohl's is giving one lucky TCL reader a $100 gift card to their stores! Hop over to my Instagram to enter! (PSST: You can also score an entry by leaving a comment below with your favorite part about Autumn!) Good luck! 

// Autumn Inspired Living Room Display

Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
Happy September! Are you ready for ALL THE PUMPKIN things?! (Truth be told: I don't even like pumpkin anything. Well, flavor wise. But DIY? Totally!) When we bought our new couch we knew we wanted to add a thin shelf behind the seating area so we could put picture frames, drinks, etc. This would help eliminate the need for side tables, and it had the added benefit of being out of Linden's reach (!!!). Since we built it in June, we've decorated it a few different ways. We don't have a fireplace so decorating a mantle for the holidays and changing seasons just isn't feasible. But now that we have our little shelf in the back, we can change out the decorations and mood with ease! I decided to dress it up for Autumn as it starts to make its way into Tennessee.
Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
The craft pumpkins are the major player in the little set up. I wanted to decorate them in a fun way, but I didn't want them to be too Halloween-y, you know? I needed something to hold us over until October haha Drilled and monogramed pumpkins seemed like just the ticket! I cut out a script F for "Flynn" (obviously) and then I drilled alternating sized holes into the smaller pumpkin. I added some LED flameless tea candles on the inside and they've been chugging along for the past several days. I just used a utility knife to cut the larger one. Seriously, such a breeze. I wasn't totally sold on it at first, but Mike and Whitney both assured me they loved the little bit of whimsy they brought into the room. I like that the glow they emit isn't overpowering. If you scroll down you can see a photo of them taken in the dark. It's a fun little pop of orange back there!

For the rest of the display I used some Ashland (faux) flowers and some super spongey moss. Michaels had a bunch of their little decor bits and bobs on sale when I was up there so I snagged the cute carrot "can" vase (it's ceramic) and sprinkled around some mini pumpkins and pinecones, too. I brought out my favorite Candelles candle (Favorite Sweater) and decorated with my craspedia in my St-Germain bottle, too. It's nothing overly fancy, but I feel like it really fits the mood and style of our home. I love how it all came together.
Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
Michaels Makers Autumn Home Decor DIY
If you're looking to kick off Fall with some fun new home decor, swing by Michaels and pick up a craft pumpkin or two! You can whip up a fun DIY centerpiece or even a gift. They even have some half-pumpkins so you can use them as wall art or for your front door. And of course if you're still in the mood to be inspired, check out the other 49 (!!!) Michaels Makers below. I'm most excited about that part myself! "Oooh! How did YOU DIY a pumpkin?!" haha!

Happy (almost) Fall, y'all!

xo KB

// Things I Love Thursday v.234

♥ i just want to stare at this all day ♥
this summer camp taxidermy ♥
♥ this place! ♥
♥ this. ♥
this gal's hair! ♥
these interesting DIY planters ♥
this perfect home in autumn ♥
this total BABE! ♥
♥ this is just TOO good! ♥


// Meet Shrek: The renegade sheep that avoided shearing for SIX YEARS (!!!) by hiding in a cave. (We could start a discussion on ethical raising of livestock, but... that's not what I'm doing)









// How freakin' cute is this girl?! Go follow her adventures in Europe! I'm so jealous!

// Have you joined our "Toddler Support Group" yet?! It's really just a Facebook group of gals who want to chat, ask questions, and virtually "hang out." You're welcome to join even if you don't have a toddler!

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// PS; I'm thinking about doing a downloadable print shop. Is that something y'all would have any interest in? I want to make it super affordable and easy to use, so you can print them directly at home. Let me know your thoughts! 

// Girls Night In + The Importance of Good Friends

Wine Night
When we first moved back to our (very) small town, I was really heartbroken because I left so many rad friends behind. I was worried I wouldn't have anyone to hang out with since it's kind of difficult being a bright blue dot in a big red state if you know what I mean. Of course you add a small baby to the mix and friends feel farther and farther away. Luckily I'm blessed with the friendship of two really rad ladies here in town, and we make it a priority to try and get together as often as we can. One of them is our neighbor (Amy) and we hang out almost every single night after we put the kids to bed. We walk to the bus stop together in the morning and afternoon, and we've become really good friends over the past several months. The other is Whitney and she's the mom of Toby's best friend. She is an absolute riot and she feels like my twin. Having friends with kids the same age as yours makes things so much easier because they understand last minute conflicts or scheduling hurdles. They can also commiserate with you over a bottle (or three) of wine. Whitney and I always make very good use of the wine stash when we hang out. That's totally the basis for a great friendship, right?!
Wine Night
Wine Night
I had a little girls night at our house this past weekend and it was the perfect mix of good company, good wine, and good snacks. I kept it super simple with two types of wine, some fruit and some sliced cheeses with pasta chips (yum!) Some nights it's pizza and wine, while other nights it's pecan pie and cokes haha We don't get too worked up about the fixins as it's more about the quality conversation and the reprieve from being "ON" as mom all the time. 

We drank on a bottle of Caposaldo Sweet Sparking Peach Moscato Saturday night and oh my gosh it was good! The perfect amount of fizz and flavor. Pinot Grigio and sweet Moscatos are my favorite types of wine because I'm not really a fan of the heavy bite dark wines can have. The Peach Moscato seriously just slides right down your throat and is so smooth. I could probably drink a bottle of that every night. (But I promise I won't haha!) I had never heard of Caposaldo before this campaign but I've already shared the love with my mom and mother-in-law (both being self-proclaimed winos). As if being from Italy wasn't enough, each bottle is packed full of hand-harvested fruit. Yum. Caposaldo Wines blends a handcrafted, artisanal approach to winemaking with cutting-edge quality standards and techniques, so it stands as a benchmark of iconic Italian wines, which translates to food-friendly and appealing flavors. The Sparkling Peach Moscato is bright gold in color and delivers intense pear, peach and spice armoas and flavors and is overflowing with fresh, vivacious bubbles! It's $15.99 a bottle and worth every penny!
Wine Night
Wine Night
While I did plan a fun girls night in for this campaign, I made sure to snap the photos before the gals showed up because I didn't want to volunteer them to play models for me and my camera haha! Just gotta be honest about that! Luckily the wine was very well received. Even Mike got in on the moscato action (even though he wasn't technically invited ha!) Apparently August is National Peach Month so it felt appropriate to break open the moscato first. I'm going to need to replace that bottle soon though because I've got some hectic days coming up and mama needs to unwind at night!

If you're interested in checking out Caposaldo and learning more about them, check out their website and Facebook page. Then go scoop up a bottle so we can organize a virtual girls night in, yeah? (You can find a local retailer HERE!) Seriously though, I'm so grateful for Amy and Whitney (and all my best gal pals that I text morning, noon, and night). Good friends make a world of difference.

xo KB

This post is in partnership with Caposaldo via One2One Network. All opinions are my own!