// 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

// Things I Love Thursday v.227

these floral donuts with orange glaze! ♥
♥ this was hilarious! ♥
♥ this = #heaven! ♥
♥ this made me laugh ♥
♥ this is one of the best gifs ever ♥
♥ this! the botanical gardens in montreal are wild! ♥
these photos by elizabeth gadd are beautiful ♥
♥ this view ♥
this shirt! ♥

// AFFIRMATIONS! This is such great advice. I hope you check it out!

// 5 secret Amazon Prime perks you didn't know about. (Okay, maybe you did. But just in case!)

// I hated breastfeeding. I've received *so* many emails re: my breastfeeding story in the past several weeks. I came across this and wanted to share it so other moms could feel like someone else understands.

// Hooray for Soul Carrier! They surpassed their Kickstarter goal in just 56 hours!

// 14 things all Southern women know to be true. This was just a funny thing to laugh at (and nod my head at!)

// Unpopular opinion: I hate all of these gratuitous childhood graduations. Part of me was really sad Toby didn't have a kindergarten graduation, but part of me also agrees with this.

// Get your first month of Rocksbox 100% FREE (as many shipments as you can get in 30 days) by using the code kaelahxoxo.

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// Window Shopping + $35 FREE Eshakti Credit (All Dresses Under $20!)

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I really love all of the dresses I have from Eshakti. Each one has lasted me several years and I always get compliments when I wear them. I think the quality is kicked up a notch when you consider you can customize it to suit your size and shape. Love cap sleeves? Hate short hemlines? Want pockets? One click of the mouse and boom, all of that is yours. Pockets are necessary, riiiight?!

They were (are!) having a pretty big sitewide sale so I took advantage of the $35 off gift code I had and bought the top three dresses. (I placed 3 orders under the same account and it let me use the credit all 3 times. WHAMMY!) Each dress ended up only being $20... and that includes shipping! I couldn't help but pick out a handful of other dresses that I'm lusting after, too. Each one of those are also under $20 each when you use the gift code!

Use "KAELAHBEE" for $35 off any Eshakti.com order!
* Code and sale valid until Sunday, June 21st, 2015 *

I can't wait for my new pieces to get here. But I'm feeling like I really need that black and white chevron number... haha

Let me know if you end up scoring anything! I'd love to hear what you got!

* Totally not a sponsored/paid post, I promise!

xo KB

// Things I Love Thursday v.226

♥ this is my life ♥
this piece (and all pieces) by gemma flack are fab ♥
♥ this is so for real, ya know? ♥

♥ this was my favorite scene of season 3 (so far - on ep 8!) ♥
♥ this picture ♥
these brutally honest food pyramids (there are more, too!) ♥
this illustration. i love typography AND guacamole! ♥
this! brand new forever! #teamjesselacey ♥
these photos of grace jones by john-paul goude ♥
♥ this is crazy powerful ♥
Chinese doctors bowing down to an 11 year old boy diagnosed with brain cancer who managed to save several lives by donating his organs to the hospital he was being treated shortly before his death.

// What your sleeping positions say about your relationship. DEAD! This was hilarious. Totally not what I expected at all

// That's all she wrote: Why I left ladyblogging. This was actually very very interesting.

// Foodie Finds:

// Did you see what we got Mike for Father's Day? (Perfect if you're a Tardy Tammy like I usually am!)

// Have you ever heard of Soul Carrier? I'm kind of really digging it, and they just launched a Kickstarter.

// Want a free $35 shop credit to Eshakti.com? Use the code KAELAHBEE by June 21st! No gimmick, no contest. Enjoy! (Let me know what you order! I can't deciiiiide!) They just released new categories like pants, jumpsuits and shorts, too! My favorite has always been the dresses though. Oh man, I love them

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// Bits + Pieces: (Pre)Father's Day

The boys and I gave Mike one of his Father's Day gifts a little early yesterday. Alex from ManCrates asked if I would be interested in seeing what their boxes were all about so I picked out a little something I thought the whole family would enjoy. We've been working on homemade gifts for Mike (shh!) but this was a fun little treat that I couldn't say no to because I saw they had a freaking retro gamer box! That included two *actual* vintage NES games! I spent so much time growing up playing NES and I was stoked to get the chance to relive that. Plus I knew Toby would get such a kick out of it. He's a pretty big Mario fan, but he's only ever played it on the Wii, so it was a new experience for him, too. He didn't understand the need to blow the bottom of the cartridges or anything... poor, innocent children! haha The yellow-shirt picture is from the day the ManCrate arrived, and Toby was chomping at the bit to open it up. I wasn't sure when we were going to let Mike have the crate, but Toby is *really really* bad with secrets/surprises, soooo we finally just had to spill the beans. 

The name of the box comes from the need to pry the wooden container open with a crow bar - which is included - Kind of totally ridiculous and gimmicky, but in such a fun way. Toby begged and pleaded to play so we finally set it up yesterday and they got down to business. We popped some popcorn and spoiled our appetites with the mounds of candy that came included with the box. Toby couldn't make it past the first level, but I have a feeling he'll be a pro in no time.

I snapped a few of these photos last night while they were playing Mario and seeing who could toss the most popcorn in their mouth. They're nothing outrageous or amazing in terms of photos or quality, but they really are special. I love seeing Mike and Toby bond. Six can be such a frustrating and stressful age for both kids and parents - sometimes you need a fun, lighthearted, sugar-infused reminder of what's important, you know? I definitely want to hold onto these photos for both Mike and Toby, because I know the frustrations with each other will only grow as he continues to age. Maybe I can bring them out and be like "Hey, remember this?!"

Okay, okay, I'm getting a little mushy now. I really loved being able to give Mike this gift, but I'd also be lying if I said it wasn't also fueled by selfish desire haha! I may or may not have stomped him in Mario after Toby went to bed last night HA! Just a friendly competition. Now I want to try out some of the other boxes (both for gifts and for myself). I promise I wasn't paid to say any of this or anything like that (though the box was courtesy of - full disclosure!). I'm just tickled by how fun the idea is and I know some of y'all are probably last-minute or totally-tardy-to-the-party (like me, usually!) when it comes to holidays like Father's Day. If 90's video games don't have you totally sold, maybe this bacon or whiskey set will! Rather than be call ManCrates, it should just be called like, RadCrates or something. Women can totally pry open a wooden box, too!

xo KB