// Things I Love Thursday v.257

these stunning embroideries ♥
this office! ♥
these pretty donuts ♥
love this front door area ♥
this illustration ♥
this incredible garden ♥
this perfect breakfast spread ♥
♥ this, because mindy kailing is the best ♥







// Linden recently got a parcel of goodies from Arshiner and he's been glued to that scooter! (Seriously - if you have any toddlers to buy a gift for - buy them this! They will love it!) It folds up really compact which makes it so easy for us to take wherever we'er going for the day (like to my parents' or to a friend's house). It's sturdy enough for even Toby to ride on. We cannot get enough of it! He also got a little doctor kit (to be like dad ha) and this ball + mallet toy which he's also obsessed with. He'll be banging on those balls, cackling when they drop and roll out, all while wearing a stethoscope. Seriously, he's perfect, and now I want all the other fun and bright toys on that site.











xo KB

// Daily Deals for Moms

PatPat - Daily Deals for Moms
One of the perks of being a mom is shopping for the cutest, smallest, sweetest baby clothing and kids clothing! I've loved shopping for my boys since before Toby came to live with us. Seeing Toby's style evolve has been so awesome. He's gone to almost only wearing bowties and button ups to loving cut off jean shorts (jorts! ha!) and sassy graphic tees. He still loves his bowties now, don't get me wrong! Few things can come between him and his precious collection box, but he's become more relaxed and laid back with what he wears. Kind of weird to think that deeply about a 7 year old boy's style choices, right? haha! 


Despite Linden only being 20 months, we generally let him pick what he wants to wear (as long as it's seasonally appropriate). Of course I get to make the real decisions when I buy his clothes, but until he's old enough to really dictate what he wants me to buy, I get to choose what I love :P Boys clothing has gotten so much cuter since even Toby was Linden's age! I'm always always always looking for new sites and places to find great deals on cute outfits. I've written about PatPat before, but today I'm sharing their recently relaunched website! I've only shopped on PatPat via their app, so this was the first time I even used their site. I love how clean and streamlined it is! One of my biggest complaints about most flash sale sites like this is that they cram SO MUCH STUFF onto the site. Sometimes I just give up shopping even on my favorite sites because there is simply too much to cull through and it feels like a chore. Shopping shouldn't feel like a chore, right?! PatPat is so easy to use and it's not overwhelming at all. The only thing I wish they had: an upcoming sales page! I like to get a peek at what to expect in the upcoming week so I know when to really be checking in. But it's such an easy and inexpensive way to score some trendy kids clothing. There are even cloth diaper deals, too!

Some other news worth noting:
  • PatPat now ships internationally (!!!)
  • It's not just a flash sale site. They also have deals that never expire.
  • They now have even more items available on their site

I can't wait for those two little sets to arrive! Linden is going to look SO cute! Check it out and see if there's anything you like!

xo KB

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// WEAR Conference + GIVEAWAY!

Wear Conference - MommyCon
I'm sure most of you who have kids and practice any type of attachment parenting has likely heard of MommyCon, right? We all loaded up and headed down to Atlanta in February to the closest MommyCon location. Well, now the team behind MommyCon has put together a 3-day conference dedicated to the art of babywearing! YES! The WEAR Conference is happening in Chicago at the end of May. The Windy City will be overrun with all the babywearers from May 27-29th! My kind of people!

As an educator and avid wearer, I know just how amazing the benefits of attachment parenting can be. I never dreamt that this would become such a passion of mine, but I'm so glad it did. I think my experience with helping other families wear their babies definitely lends itself well to my doula career. I'm trying to see if there's any way I can swing 3-4 days away from the Flynn fellas so I can get up there and enjoy the conference for myself! You can choose from a variety of ticket options: 1 day passes for Friday, 3 day passes for Friday through Sunday, and the Ultimate Educator package (!!!) which includes a 3 day admission and an educator kit meant to help start a lending library. Seriously the Ultimate Educator package is to. die. for!


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And now one lucky winner of This Charming Life gets a 3-day pass to WEAR! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me a little bit about your babywearing experience(s)! -- If you've never worn before, tell me why it interests you!

A winner will be chosen at random next weekend, and contacted shortly thereafter. Good luck! Hope to see some of you there!

xo KB

PS; You can use the code KAELAH5 to save $5 off any MommyCon or WEAR Conference ticket purchase!



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// 5 Must Have Spring Dresses from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Spring Dresses
I took a few months worth of a hiatus from Stitch Fix over the winter, mainly because I hate shopping in the winter. I'm not a fan of the thick, scratchy fabrics, and I hate how bulky I feel in winter garb. Anyone else? Or is that just me? Our bank account gets a little breather haha! But once Spring hits, it's on! Patterns! Dresses! Ruffles! AHH! I love when color comes back into the world. Between the green trees and the abundance of dresses that hit the racks, Spring might just be my favorite season. In my most recent Fix I got an assortment of awesome dresses, and I thought I'd share them here along with their style names. If you like one you can request it from your stylist, or buy it online! Here's what was inside...
Stitch Fix Spring Dresses
The Delia dress from Pixley is so cute! The colors and stripes are so fresh and fun. I really like how the pattern arches on the skirt instead of being perfectly horizontal. The material is a really nice thickness and weight. The only way this dress could be better is if it had pockets. ♥

Stitch Fix Spring Dresses
This Brixon Ivy dress immediately makes me think of Spring in Japan. The mesh detailing at the top of the dress is such a fun way to incorporate black into a warm weather piece. The weight of the dress is surprisingly heavy - almost like neoprene (scuba, duh kb). ♥

Stitch Fix Spring Dresses
This skater dress from 41Hawthorn is the perfect casual, warm weather dress. The fabric is super lightweight but substantial (Is that possible?). It's a very stretchy cotton, and it has a textured pattern (you can see the pattern close up in the very first photo of the post). I have about 5 different versions of this dress in my own closet and they're my favorite to wear to bed. I had being restricted by shorts or pants, so I have a few "night dresses" haha! ♥

Stitch Fix Spring Dresses
This 41Hawthorn dress is my favorite of favorites! I wore it here, in case you missed it! The length, the silhouette, the fabric - it's just a blue ribbon all around. Again, the only thing that could improve it would be pockets! ♥

Stitch Fix Spring Dresses
This peach Pixley dress is basically a different pattern/texture/color version of the purple 41Hawthorn dress up there. It's just as comfortable and easy to wear. I love the tiny houndstooth pattern and the perfect peach color! ♥

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I'll be getting my next Fix in the mail in under 2 weeks, so I'll definitely share it soon! I'll be doing an unboxing on Snapchat (username: kaelahbee) so you can get a sneak peek at it first! All of the dresses above came with style cards so if you want to see what the Stitch Fix stylists suggest you wear with them, just pop me a chat on Snapchat or a tweet and I'll send you the style card!

Sign up for Stitch Fix and try it for yourself!

You get 25% your entire order if you keep all 5 pieces in your Fix, just fyi! I'll be sharing a post on the best ways to get the most out of Stitch Fix soon, so stay tuned.

xo KB

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// Things I Love Thursday v.256

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♥ this! ♥
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this dirty little corner ♥
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this series. so neat! ♥
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these are garlands of octopus eggs just days before hatching! ♥
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these matchbox love notes (there are more!) ♥
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♥ this view ♥
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this! famous disney characters as ethnically correct humans ♥
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this space ♥
Cat Novelty iPhone 6 case
this hilarious iphone case! under $3! ♥

// Beauty brushes 101.

// 101 self care suggestions for when it all feels like too much.

// Son studying abroad sends mom life-size cutout of himself and regrets his decision almost immediately. OH MY GOSH! So funny!

// This guy recreates photos of women he meets on Tinder.

// This incredible mile long xylophone plays Bach when you roll a marble down it.

// Street View guy walks over 500km to document hard to reach areas in Thailand. AWESOME!

// Pretty sure I'm having dreams about this rug! It is the "blogger rug" after all ha!

// My rescue dogs became best friends with rescue ducklings. !!!!!!!!

// Hospital lets pets visit patients in the hospital to help them feel better.

// The invisible work (and value) of parenting.

// I'm slowly but surely starting to acquire everything in the gift boutique ha!

// Remember the 2 year old "witch child" that was left on the streets to die, but was rescued 8 months later? Well he's made an incredible recovery! If you don't cry looking through these photos, I'll be amazed.

// 13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people.

// I'm a stay at home mom with massive student loan debt.

// 10 things you shouldn't say when pricing handmade items.

// Dream book collection, basically.

// Wishlist Wears: this dress is the most stunning shade of blue // head over heels for this dress // perfect outfit for hosting a dinner after garden harvest! // these coral scalloped flats // i would totally wear this top and skirt as a faux one-piece // love this fun print // i know these and these are the same(ish), but i want them both! // this tote bag //

// Hamburger Helper dropped an entire rap album for April Fools' and it's shockingly good.

// 25 hilarious parenting tweets.

// Heads up! Spend $50 at Target on home decor and get $20 off with the code HOME! (Valid only until the 9th of April!)

// Don't forget to click HERE to get $30 off your Eshakti order! (New accounts only!)

// In case you missed this week's posts: Mermaid Hair (outfit) + 101 Dalmatians (outfit)

xo KB

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// Our FAVORITE New Backyard Toy

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster
I recently bought Linden this Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster for the backyard. I should say I bought it for both boys, because Toby uses it just as much, if not more, than Linden! Despite being small, it's surprisingly sturdy, and it has no problem even holding our 11 year old neighbor. It came in a decent sized box, and it took all of 43 seconds to put together. Literally, 43 seconds. I timed it. There are no nuts, bolts, screws, or anything small to mess with. It's literally 3 pieces for the slide, 2 side steps and the car. It went together like magic, and Linden was sailing down it in no time. Another thing I really appreciate about it is that Linden can push/carry the little car back up and do the whole thing himself. It's so exciting to see him really use his independence. 
Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster
I ordered ours from Amazon because I live for Prime basically. And now it's even on sale for under $100! If you have a toddler in your house, get this! Seriously, I can't say enough good stuff about it. When Linden outgrows this one (if he ever does!), I'm definitely going to upgrade to the Extreme Coaster! Is it bad if I secretly hope he outgrows it soon? How fun does that look?!

Does your toddler have a favorite outdoor toy? We're always on the hunt for new fun ideas!

xo KB


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// #treatyoself Tote Bag - DIY Self Care Kit

Treat Yoself Tote Bag
Self care is a major priority in my life. After years of putting myself on the back burner and trying to take care of everyone else, I was really feeling the effects. If you asked me what I did to "treat myself" I would likely look at you with a blank stare. The truth was that I just didn't know how to treat myself. I didn't know how to give myself those little bits of self care. I'm not even talking grand gestures here. Heck, forget a spa day or a solo shopping trip... I couldn't even really paint my nails without feeling like I needed to be more productive, or do something for someone else. The past few years have been incredibly busy, and along the way I just forgot how to look out for me. Of course this post isn't really about me, but it's inspired by the women in our life who just DO. IT. ALL. The women who need a gentle reminder to take time for themselves. The women who always make sure we have what we need in life. The women we call "Mom." (Or any woman in your life who fits that description! Grandma, aunt, family friend, big sister... You get what I'm saying!) Let's celebrate those ladies who truly deserve that spa day!
Treat Yoself Tote Bag Gift Basket DIY
Treat Yoself Tote Bag Gift Basket DIY
My mom is without a doubt my biggest hero. She raised me on her own, she never missed a softball /  volleyball / or basketball/football (cheerleading) game. She worked crazy long hours, provided for me all on her own, and was always by my side when I basically grew up in the hospital. Even to this day she still hovers (in the sweetest, most appreciated way!) to make sure that I and my family are "okay." I love her so much, and if anyone in this world deserves a "treat yo'self" gift bag, it's her. If only I could stuff a couple plane tickets and spa itineraries in there, too! (One day, mom! I promise!) My mom was totally the inspiration for this DIY and I think any lady in your life would be so incredibly stoked to be on the receiving end of such a sweet gift! Mother's Day, birthdays, vacations, bachelorette getaways, etc. Or maybe you should practice some serious self care and make this baby for yourself! 
Treat Yoself Tote Bag Gift Basket DIY
Treat Yoself Tote Bag Gift Basket DIY
This DIY gift basket is so simple! Everything you see pictured is from Michaels (!!! Jackpot!) and you can customize your bag any way you'd like! I started with this tote bag and some bright blue soft fabric paint. (LOVE this paint! It doesn't feel the least bit crunchy or stiff!) I had intended on using my Cricut to create a stencil to sort of mimic the Kate Spade Call To Action collection of bags, but I had a little snafu when I couldn't track down the power cord! haha I entertained the idea of using iron on letters, but at the end of the day I opted to do some hand lettering to make it a little more special. I used a simple black fabric marker - nothing fancy! (Though if y'all would like an SVG file of this lettering, let me know and I'll try to get that up for you!) Michaels always has these little aisle displays full of little trinkets and goodies like the ones I put in the bag. I swear I always go to Michaels first when it comes to a holiday or celebration needing small goodies. Stocking stuffers, Easter baskets, care packages, you name it. I love that! Since I chose a yellow-handled tote and a contrasting blue paint, I decided to choose colorful accents to go along with it. (Ugh, I'm just now realizing I left out a super cute Happy Jackson tumbler from the photos!) Anyway, I thought the final selections were so appropriate! Sparkly flip flops, a pedicure set, a travel cosmetic bag, a loofah ball, a back brush, hand massager, and candle (and that darn tumbler!) Everything felt so fitting. Overall I am tickled pink with how this gift basket turned out. I think my mom is going to love it! (Actually I know she loves it because I already showed it to her... Nevermind the fact that it's April 1st haha! Oops!)
Treat Yoself Tote Bag Gift Basket DIY
The best part? All of the stuff you can put in this huge tote! Not only is it a great gift bag, but it's perfect for shopping trips (Oreos are totally a self care treat, riiiiight?!), beach days, vacations or even a Summer pool bag. Even after the candle is all burned up and the flip flops are worn thin, that bag will still be a great reminder to take time for yourself! And DON'T feel guilty about it!

Here's to the amazing women in our lives! Let's celebrate them! (That includes yourself!)


Who's the lady (ladies?) in your life who might need a "Treat Yo'self" reminder?

xo KB

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PS; Check out the other Michaels Makers and their lovely Mother's Day inspired projects on The Glue String!