// A Sappy One

I've been having a time of it lately... Trying to process watching Toby grow up before our very eyes. To think back a year and a half ago now (wow!) to when we got custody... he was so timid and quiet. His personality had yet to really blossom. Now he's constantly on the move. He has reasoning ability and opinions. He understands his actions have repercussions. And he's so very polite (even if it kills me, he'll be polite!)

Now the title "Mommy" is reserved for when he's upset, for whatever reason. In the general day by day I'm simply "Mom" and that's okay. My heart breaks just a little when I think about how much he's grown up. I miss that sweet little chubby face from when he was barely a year old. But at the same time I cherish the conversations I have with him now. My heart swells when he asks to ride along to run tedious errands with me. Every morning he greets me with "Hey mom, want me to check the mail for you?" He'll lend a helping hand at home without even realizing it's typically considered more of a "chore" than simply being kind. But that's just who he is... kind

All of these thoughts and emotions started rushing over me when I picked him up from our bed the other night (where he fell asleep) and carted him over to his room. I laid him down, tucked him (and Jumpy, his kangaroo) in, and kissed his forehead (no need to push his hair back now that it's all gone! Ah, that's a whole other can of worms!) I whispered "I love you" as I started to pull away and he wrestled around and murmured "I love you, too". Well, to be fair it was more of a "eih lohh eh too" haha, but I knew what he was saying. 

He's never going to be this small again, and I'm trying my best to make sure I cherish each and every moment. Even the ones where he's kicking and screaming up a storm because he simply doesn't understand something. Despite how easily I may become frustrated on certain days, I pinch myself constantly because I know just how lucky I am. Mike and Toby have given me the very best gift of all, and that's the gift of being a mom. I wasn't given the gift of motherhood by biology, but that doesn't mean I don't feel it 110% in my heart. Toby has taught me so very much about life in the past year. I know we're in each other's lives for a reason.

What an amazing little man.

// Things I Love Thursday v.137

these "Poehler-oids!" ha ♥
this little elephant is having a good time! ♥
♥ ...just starin' at myself. ♥
this is SO cute! ♥
that tongue! ♥
♥ would you give this "blind date" for books a go? ♥
this is the heart of the Congo, shot using dead-stock infrared film! ♥
♥ this whole amanda bynes thing is really sad, but this tweet was gold. troll or in need of help?♥
this is a "virtual market" in japan! scan what you want + it'll be delivered to your home!  ♥
♥ love this photo of manhattan ♥
♥ an honorary master's degree was given to a service dog who sat thru every one of owner's classes ♥

// How about a "Juggalo OKCupid Tumblr" blog?! Oh yes, it exists. And it is magical!

// My favorite song by my favorite band just turned 10 years old. Here, have a listen!

// Restaurant allows unemployed patrons to work for a meal. I love this business plan so much.

// "Stop Rescuing African Children Through Corrupt Adoptions" This was a really interesting read.

// Ashley just posted an extended introduction on her blog and I loved reading it. She has such a cute space on the 'net!

// New bits and bobs over at The Northern Sea: this antiqued cicada ring (!!!), a chevron ring (love the layered look), and the leaf ring in gold (and silver, too!) Can you tell I'm totally into rings right now?! haha

// Carrie Anne always has the most interesting guest posters on her blog. The latest about Greenwashing is no exception! I feel like I always learn a lot when I pop by her place. (I love her Snapshots posts, too! Fantastic links)

// Wishlist Wears: I love the coloring of this mint chiffon dress (with pink and white!) // i love this peach dress so much! oh my stars // this black and white graphic dress // I NEED this horse belt! // tortoise sunglasses with a fun shape // this dress is the perfect mix of daphne + thelma from scooby doo i think! // i love these bright red sandals, and the $17 price tag // black bauble bib necklace // the perfect striped beach bag // lazy oaf "weirdo" tote // nautical bracelet with anchor!

// ROXY GOT MARRIED! Look at these darling preview photos!

// Karen was tagged in the "25 Questions" meme - I love stuff like this!

// Beluga bookends! How cute!

// Don't forget! We'll be with Honeybean at Porter Flea tomorrow night and all day Saturday! There are still a few preview market tickets available for the party on Friday night (21+). Then Saturday we'll be open 10am - 5pm! You guys HAVE to come see all of the new goodies we've made/procured! I'm so excited! Are any of you planning on dropping by?

What are you loving this week?

// Summer of Kintage Giveaway!

Kintage Giveaway
This giveaway is so exciting to me! Aileen wanted a fresh new concept for this month's Kintage giveaway and her idea was spectacular: Offer up one lucky winner the chance to pick her favorite piece each month of summer and have them delivered in style! Yep, one of y'all will get to pick your favorite Kintage piece in June, July, and August! In case you're not familiar, Kintage is an adorable online boutique specializing in affordable, attainable fashion. Aileen works diligently to source and stock the most adorable styles for every day. Lately the "New Arrivals" and product sneak peeks have been out of this world! (Seriously: She posted the most adorable yellow and white dress on the Kintage Instagram and I'm counting down the days until it's listed for sale!) Whoever wins this giveaway is going to be a very very happy lady!

Visit the Kintage shop and tell me what you'd pick for June! 

(You can share your premature July + August picks, too - if you'd like!) Leave a comment below with your choices, and a way to contact you if you win!

(Totally optional! But please leave a separate comment for each!): Like Kintage on Facebook ♥ Follow @Kintage on Instagram ♥ Follow @ShopKintage on Twitter ♥ Tweet this: I hope I win the Summer of @ShopKintage giveaway on @kaelahbee's blog! KaelahBee.com"

Overall that's 5 ways to enter! I'll choose a winner at random next weekend and announce shortly thereafter! Good luck! Have a safe and happy weekend! xo

PS; Once Kintage reaches 1,000 IG followers, Aileen is giving away multiple $50 gift cards to the shop! Plus it's awesome to get a heads up about new arrivals, and help in the decision making process!

Congratulations JaeTea Skywalker!

// Things I Love Thursday v.136 (+ Happy 4th Birthday LCH!)

This little blog is four years old today! Isn't that crazy? Not nearly as old as some of my favorites, but four years ia long time for me haha It's so crazy to think that it's been four years since I was packing up my bags for my first solo stint in NYC to work at Bust magazine. Then again, it's hard to believe that was only four years ago! Things are so different now... different in a good way though. I like to get all sentimental about this little blog. It's done so much for me. It has brought so many people into my life, and so many doors have opened. I hope the trend continues well into the fifth year and beyond. Thanks for sticking around and making it a fun blog to write day after day!

Now here's a collection of lovely things to get you through the last bit of your work week!
this looks like so much fun! ♥
this dress!!! ♥
this! i'm so fascinated by bioluminescence. ♥
♥ watch your veggies grow with this neat planter ♥
these button cookies! ♥
♥ can we talk about how fantastic this necklace is?! ♥
this adorable mug ♥
these pillows are so cute! ♥
this silly shirt! ♥
♥ this girl had the coolest life growing up! read more about her here. ♥

// Adventurer Vintage is moving out! Snag some sweet sales while they last: 35% off everything with code MOVINGSALE, then an extra 20% off of sweaters + coats. And free domestic shipping on sale items!

// This Fresh Basil Corn Salad looks delicious! (and I'm currently starving so...)

// Roxy shared her engagement video preview! Ahhh, so cute!

// Y'all... Amanda Bynes is just a whole lot of "HUH?!" -- What on earth is going on with that girl?!

// An open letter to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries... along with some new advertising suggestions in the form of photos. You go, Jes!

// The best thing ever: Gizoogle! Put in your favorite blog URL or Twitter username! Or even your own! Watch the magic unfold.

// Karen's pet Panda! (It's a guinea pig named Panda... but omg!)

// Amanda is selling her Oklahoma "Warrior" print to raise funds for disaster relief in her home state.

// Is Anyone Else Still Traumatized By Books And Movies From Childhood? Yes: Fox and the Hound. My heart breaks every time.

What are you loving this week?

// Currently

READING: I'm about halfway through three different books, but I'd be ashamed to tell you how long it's been since I picked one of them up. I stocked up on Amazon a few months back : Sophie Kinsella, Anna Maxted, etc. (My very favorite authors!) but I've yet to allow myself time to relax and read. Our hammock is fully functional and canopied by twinkelights, so I think it's about time I took advantage of the evening cool down to read.

WONDERING: How on Earth we'll be able to churn out all of the necessary product to stock Honeybean with at Porter Flea. I know my post yesterday included much of this same worry, but I'm sitting in our living room completely surrounded by craft supplies, lists, and finished products. We made a huge dent in the production needs of items last night, but we have a long week and a half ahead of us.

FEELING THANKFUL: To be self employed and able to do what I love day in and day out. Just this morning I was working out our budget for bills, Honeybean, and "fun" when I started to panic. I worked myself all up before realizing that client invoices were due and payments would be made to us today. Running your own show isn't always the most lucrative gig, but every panic session and worry is trumped by creating things with our hands and being proud of the finished product. There is both an air of excitement and absolute fear in being 100% responsible for yourself (and family).

EATING: a lot of fresh strawberries! My mom has the best little strawberry patch and each year brings a more bountiful harvest than the last. She made mention in passing how it'd be nice to own her own little strawberry farm, and ever since she said that, I've been consumed with the adorable idea. It'd be darling, yea?

WATCHING: tonight we're set to watch the season three finale of Downton Abbey. Everyone has prepared me for the "WTF" aspect, but I'm quite intrigued. We're all done with Hart of Dixie so once DA is over, I'm not sure what we'll be watching to help pass the crafting time! Do y'all have any suggestions?!

WORKING ON: felt bows, felt flowers, repurposed button items, handpainted pennants, envelope pillows, jewelry, tents, handpainted wooden signs... you name it! All in the name of handmade and Porter Flea.

LOVING: this summer sunshine! While it's about 90 degrees with 90% humidity right now, that sunshine is pretty great! (Okay, truth be told - I spend 95% of the day indoors because the air is so thick it's hard to breathe, but I do love the option of taking a break from the daily grind to hop into the pool.

ATTEMPTING: to unload the last 35 items in Kaelah's Closet! Even after they're all gone, I'll need to clear out another load of stuff, too. I wish shipping shoes wasn't so expensive because I literally have a hundred or more pairs that I'd like to sell! - If you're keen to help me clear out these items, you can take 25% off everything at Kaelah's Closet with code 'TWENTYFIVE'! :D

WANTING: someone to kick my butt into gear early on Saturday mornings in order to take advantage of local yard sales! Some of our very best finds have been from the garages of people here in town. Some of them simply don't know what they have! -- I could also really go for a coffee shop. Small town problems!

What are you up to today?
If you're looking for something to do, share your own Currently post on your blog and leave a link to it below! I'd love to know how you're spending your day! (Currently post inspired by Danielle's feature!)

// Things I Love Thursday v.135

*Please forgive the wonky font size down in the Links! Blogger is so finnicky. 

*(Edited to add: Please note that there is a very powerful/heavy image in the middle of this TiLT post re: Bangladesh factory collapse. It's not the typical LCH TiLT post material, but I feel that it's a very powerful image and deserves to be shared. I decided against merely linking it in the post because (to me) it sends a very intense message. I failed to offer any warning when the post was first published, but understand the stance of my surprised readers. The image is graphic, though not gory.)
these cats who think they're sushi! ♥
these luminous creatures captured by underwater photographer joshua lambus ♥
♥ critter lollipops! ever had one?! ♥
this "anxiety series" by lindsay joy is really interesting ♥
the most haunting image from the Bangladesh factory collapse. so heartbreaking. ♥
mmm! macarons! i still need to try my hand at these! ♥
this love this dainty necklace (and the cheap price tag!) ♥
this moth is so beautiful! ♥
these things are great things! ♥

// I really love this post. It's so easy to judge people, parents especially, for every day things. I love that this mother + daughter can share these photos + memories for life.
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.- Joshua Carroll
// This woman channelled the death of her mother into a memorial photo project that is absolutely breathtaking. All of the colors, textures, and thought put into the frames is unreal.

// Some of the things being said about Angelina Jolie in the news of her double mastectomy is absolutely disgusting. It blows my mind that people actually think this way.

// Am I allowed to want literally everything on Fab right now?! Because I do. Sometimes I just have to avoid it all together.

// This is definitely a new kind of inclusion in my TiLT posts, but what about a porn site that has a new kind of mission? One that is working to help offer an alternative (and real) approach to sex education? It exists! And it's the brain child of a woman! You go girl.

// SHUT UP. SHUT UP. SHUT UP! John Krasinski lipsynching to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" -- This is the best thing!

// As if you needed any more reason to pick up all of the amazeballs jewelry at The Northern Sea, they now offer 100% FREE shipping in the US of A! Can I offer you some suggestions? Anchor studs (they come in so many colors!) -- this midi ring -- this arrow bracelet

// "Thrift Store Gore" is a hilarious feature and this one did not disappoint! Oh my stars.

// A really interesting breakdown about the now-viral article about wealthy families "renting" disabled tour guides in order to skip lines at Disney.

// What The Parenting Books Don't Tell You: Three Year Olds Are Jerks. (Spoiler alert: 4 year olds, too... sometimes haha But gosh they're precious.)

// I'd go crazy at a huge plant stand like this! I've been obsessed with our little garden lately.

What are you loving this week?