// Linden's First Birthday Wishlist

Linden's First Birthday Party Wishlist + Ideas
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Linden turns one year old later this month, and we're having his first birthday party two weeks from tomorrow. I thought it'd be fun to put together a little "wishlist" of sorts for our little guy. These are just fun things I've found and saved that I eventually want to get him. Things like wagons and ride-ons to make the day more fun for him. And things that make noise, of course. They're also things that I think would make great gifts for a little guy or gal, so if you're shopping for a niece/nephew, etc, maybe this will be of some help! 

xo KB

PS; Have a safe 4th of July this weekend!

// Things I Love Thursday v.228

this looks like the most stunning place ♥
♥ this caption is everything ♥
♥ this. can I get an amen?! ♥
these photos! ♥
these succulent cupcakes! ♥
this photo ♥
this bed! ♥
♥ this... we've all been charlie at some point, right? ♥
♥ this is ON POINT! ♥
♥ remember this cat who saved the kid from the dog attack? ♥
The SPCA of Los Angeles just awarded her their annual "Hero Dog" award! They even scratched out "dog" and wrote "cat" haha!

// Beauty behind bars and prison's underground beauty culture. This was actually very interesting to read, and it's not OITNB.

// 15 poverty habits parents teach their children. I thought this was pretty interesting as it was shared in a handmade business group I'm part of. More than the wealth vs. poverty debate (since it doesn't take into consideration many circumstances), I think there is something to be said about creating healthy time management habits early on. Not unlike any other healthy habit. Thoughts?

// Google and Apple alum say using this one word can damage your credibility. Fascinating! I totally noticed that I use this word an awful lot, especially in work situations. I'm going to try to be more conscious of it now.

// It happened to me: I met my celebrity crush and now he may think I'm stalking him. Laughed the entire time because it's so relatable.

// See what life is like with baby quadruplets (!!!) I love following them on Facebook.

// Why I hate stock photos of work-at-home-moms with their happy babies, clean houses, and shiny hair. HAHAHAH SO MUCH THIS! (But also the hilarious stock photos in the comments!)

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// "On The Move" - Tea Box Express - June + A Giveaway!

Tea Box Express June 2015 Giveaway
June's Tea Box Express was totally on point! It was perfect for the season. It's been so sticky hot and humid here in Tennessee, drinking a hot cup of tea or coffee really hasn't been a priority come mid-day. Andrea hit it out of the park by rounding up the perfect mix of vendors and products for this installment of the subscription box. The Steepware Steep & Go travel water bottle infuser is definitely my favorite of the bunch. It's perfect for the Tea Spot tea that was included, but can also be used with any other loose-leaf tea on the go. I haven't tried the almond butter yet because I want to save it for Linden to try, too. He's eaten every possible allergy-causing food, but obviously we're holding off on honey until he's officially one (Nevermind the graham crackers I've let him munch on here and there...) He loves peanut butter though, so I know he'll love this almond butter, too. If it tastes as good as it looks, we're all in for a treat!

Want to win a Tea Box Express box of your own? Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about Summer! It's that simple! I'll choose a winner next week!

If you want to keep up with Tea Box Express happenings, check out the Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages! (I'm always cracking terrible jokes and sharing really fun tea-inspired gifts, so it's worth it, I promise!) You can also swing by and pick up your own subscription and get 20% off your first month with the code CLUELESSGIRL20. The deadline for upcoming boxes is the 5th of each month, so get to it! I'm a little biased, sure, but it's by far the best tea-centric sub box out there.

xo KB

PS; If you sign up for a subscription or are already a subscriber and you win this giveaway, you'll be credited for that month's box.

PPS; Happy freakin' July!

// Lace and Lavender

I received this dress in a Stitch Fix package a few weeks ago and as soon as I opened the box I shouted "Holy beautiful!"... I then proceeded to put it on, dance around in it, and tweet my excitement. I couldn't really come up with a the perfect "pairing" for it so I could wear it out and about, but then I found this lavender cardigan in my closet and I was sold. It was the perfect combo! This dress is so elegant and well made. I could rave about it for days! I love that it can easily be dressed up or down. It really is a dream dress and I suggest everyone get a Stitch Fix of their own and specifically request this little number haha! The whole top part of the outfit is light and airy, so the black platforms weigh it down a little. I normally would have opted for my brown version of the same shoes, but they're lost in the abyss that is the underside of our bed ha! #Realtalk 

Anyone have any fun plans for 4th of July? My parents usually have a cookout every year, but our neighbors invited us and the kids out to their little shindig, so it sounds like we might have a pretty fun weekend ahead of us! We don't really get into the fireworks or anything, but I love a good excuse for a BBQ and some pool time haha This might sound totally ridiculous/crazy, but it's so nice to have neighbors we actually like and enjoy hanging out with. Mike and I have had our fair share of "interesting" neighbors in the past 6 years, but we love Doug and Amy next door, and their kids are all great and have so much fun with Toby. I feel like we've waited a long time to say that about our neighbors ya know? I started to think "Maybe it's us. We're the common denominator..." but no, we've just had some doozies over the years haha! Anyway, Happy Tuesday! xo

Bangle bracelet via Rocksbox (use code kaelahxoxo for one free month!)
MIA platform wedges

xo KB

// Linden Atlas - Eleven Months

This sweet boy of ours turned eleven months old last week. His first birthday party planning is in full swing and he is a bright spot in our days. I keep wanting to soak up every single minute of him because I find each passing day to be more and more heartbreaking (and exciting! and fun! and overwhelming!). Sometimes I can't believe that Mike and I made this perfect little dude. It's kind of the coolest thing ever. Just one more monthly update... *sigh* I'm not ready!

At 10 months old Linden:
+ went swimming in the Tennessee river for the first time (and LOVED it!)
+ started consistently signing words to communicate with us.
+ slept like a champ... still! *knock on wood*
+ tried so many new foods, and loved every single one of them.
+ started running! Yes, running! HELP!
+ finally got in a bucket swing and was the happiest kid in the world.
+ got in the pool for the first time, too!

Just a few more weeks and my baby won't be a "baby" anymore... he'll be a toddler. I don't even know where the past eleven months have gone.

xo KB