// Things I Love Thursday v.287

this gorgeous kitchen ♥
this fun packaging ♥
this neat whale sketchbook spread ♥
this fun no. 2 pencil packaging ♥
♥ these novelty cookies - unicorns and breakfast treats! ♥

♥ these "quiet" heels - i actually own these but there are other styles too ♥
these pastel dutch doors! ♥
this fun birthday party ♥
this
these jellyfish lights ♥

the baby cubby website/registry ♥
I recently got a gift certificate for Baby Cubby and I bought the boys all kinds of fun gadgets. Well, most of the items were age-appropriate for Linden, but I racked up on Hape toys and even got L his own makeup set so he'd stop playing in mine haha! They have a little bit of everything - baby gear, clothing, toys, etc. so I guess their tagline is on point ha

this book ♥
As a doula I work with an endless variety of clients, each with their own story and experiences. Pregnancy and infant loss is not an uncommon occurrence, but it's one that not a lot of people know about unless it happens close to home. In an effort to best serve my clients I scored an advanced copy  'Expecting Sunshine' by Alexis Marie Chute to read. If you're in birth work or have experienced loss yourself, I can't recommend this book enough. 




// When you get your period... hahahaha!














// Don't forget to support the Earmo Indiegogo campaign! Help get it funded!


xo KB

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// Things I Love Thursday v.286

A day late... again. But this time I had a gnarrrrrly case of strep. That has not been fun...
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this stunning typography ♥
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♥ this rad collage ♥
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this blueberry mojito ♥
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this bomb creative direction ♥
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this WHOA milkshake ♥
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♥ this MOM flash ♥
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♥ this rad sandbox playhouse ♥
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these brand new tattoos !!! ♥
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these adorable cookies ♥
Earmo Smart Thermometer
this smart thermometer just went live on indiegogo ♥
I actually have this thermometer - with all the packaging in chinese (i think?) haha! It's *really* nice though (and the funded product would be packaged in english obviously)! As a doula and a mom I like to be in the know on all the snazzy gadgets and gear, and this little thing didn't disappoint. I didn't realize, before operating it, that everything shows up with little LED indicator lights on the front of the thermometer, because it looks like it's solid white plastic. That was a neat feature! It has 1-second results and a corresponding app, too. The ability to swipe and compare to the most recent reading is great if you're tracking someone's temp. I actually used this to convince myself to *finally* go to the doctor on Thursday morning because I most definitely have a gnarly case of strep. That 102* fever was the pits. Anyway - You can snag it for over 50% off if you back their crowdsourcing campaign, FYI! It looks like it will *definitely* get funded which is awesome.




// Sale alert: Get 20% off everything (under $500) - including sale items - at Shopbop! If you spend over $500 then you get 25% off everything! If you need any ideas: awesome pool floats, fun enamel pins and overalls should get you started! (The sale has been extended until 11:59 PST Sunday April 16th!)



// Steampunk sculptures from trash... these are pretty freaking neat!










// Pro Tip: If you have kiddos who love to play with toy vehicles, you should totally get some of this Play Tape stuff! I have a couple rolls (and curves!) for the boys, and you can even peel it up and reapply it. Praiiiiiise being able to do away with those awful and huge Hot Wheels tracks haha

// Get paid to give your opinion - side cash, holllla!


xo KB

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// Financial Confidence as a Single Mom


Well, I've officially been a single mom for a year now. Whoa. Twelve whole months of just me and those two goons around here. I can tell you exactly how much of it has been easy: zilch. Nada. Nuhnuvit. Obviously one of the biggest obstacles single parents face is finances. All of a sudden I was solely responsible for 100% of our living expenses, but with only half of the income. Couple that with being an independent contractor for work (but your spouse was half of that work team) and you've got yourself a doozy of a pair. Financial confidence? I didn't have much of it last year. One thing became very clear to me early on though - I needed to get my butt in gear and learn some discipline then figure out how to make it work. My knowledge didn't come from desire to learn more about personal finances because it sounded interesting, it came out of sheer necessity. Fear dominated my thoughts around being a single parent to two kids.

Now that I'm a full year in I can say that, while I'm still no Dave Ramsey, I have a much better understanding of what all those acronyms stand for and why it's smart to utilize reward points and rebates on cards, and all of that good stuff. I started by reading a couple books that friends or family had loaned out to me (like 'The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke' and 'How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents') and I pored over Pinterest and the abundance of "millennial finances" posts and e-books. Finally, at the very end of February, I was able to start each of the boys their own savings accounts for college (or whatever path they embark on post-high school.) It's a little thing, but it's a big thing at the same time. There isn't a whole heck of a lot in either one of them haha - but it's a start. It's something that I was able to do for them on my own. It's something I can 110% say I'm proud of and that gives me a great deal of confidence. The rest of it I'm still figuring it out as I go along. Being a creative freelancer and IC means I'm tasked with taking care of all my own retirement and 401k stuff, health insurance, etc. Now that I'm less than a year away from my 30s I'm starting to recognize how important all of that stuff really is. Some of it still leaves me shaking in my boots a little, but like I said, one step at a time! All it took was reaching that first benchmark to ignite some type of mama bear determination or something, because now I'm a mama on a mission!

I'm partnering with SunTrust to share a small part of my story in hopes that you'll think about your own and then be encouraged to ~move on up~ in the realm of personal finances. Whether you've paid cash for a large purchase or simply stuck to last month's budget, we all need that something to be proud of when it comes to money matters. Financial confidence will look different for each and every one of us. Those two little savings accounts are my pride for the moment. What about yours? For fellow millennials, the economic climate is so vastly different than it was for our parents. Many (read: most) of us weren't taught basic personal finance skills in school. (Which, by the way, is ridic! Sure, I'm totally more likely to utilize my knowledge on chemical nomenclature as opposed to, you know, something more practical like creating a household budget... haha) Our generation are at the stage where we want to buy houses and have families and actually invest money in something with more staying power than a cup of overpriced coffee. How do we do that though? The answer for most of us is to figure it out ourselves. Look for the resources around you, and arm yourself with the knowledge on how to navigate some of life's sticky situations.

We are responsible for our ourselves, but that doesn't mean we have to do it by ourselves. That's why SunTrust created their onUP Movement last year. To coincide with Financial Literacy Month (April, obviously), it's the perfect time to talk about financial confidence. . They're asking people to join them in an effort to inspire other Americans to take a step toward their own financial freedom. My little piece of advice: create BIG goals, with smaller benchmarks along the way. Why not dream big? If you can't dream big, you can't reach big. Your goal might seem intimidating at first, but if you lay it out in steady increments then your confidence will simply snowball toward the finish line. Having the check-in points along the way will help ensure that you're on the right track and allow you to make changes before you get too far in. Check out the onUp Movement and join over 1.4 million other folks, not unlike me and you, on a quest for financial confidence.

xo KB

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// Things I Love Thursday v.285

I know... it's Friday. To be fair, this was supposed to go up yesterday. I should really switch blogging platforms...

these signs on our dixie league dugouts ♥
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this adorable freaking bag! ♥
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this illustrator ♥
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♥ this neon sign needs to get in my house STAT ♥
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♥ this stunning tattoo (source?) ♥
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this llama painting ♥
♥ this photo (+ every photo) by cassie rosch via daisynatives
this local nashville artist ♥

♥ me, 24/7 ♥
happiest in nashville... literally the softest shirt i own ♥



"It wasn’t just my marriage that was over, it was me. I was done with not being happy, with not being the woman I truly am, and with not living a life that felt connected to my soul.  
In truth, it was me that broke long before my marriage did—and so I had no other choice but to break it so that I could find myself again—and perhaps really for the first time."


// Did you know there's an actual rosé festival?! Pinknic, I need to be in you.

// I just got this swimsuit in the mail via AMI Clubwear and holy crap it's so cute. The racerback tank top style matched with the high waisted bottoms is definitely my jam. Also super digging the contrast between the black and white striped top and the peach bottoms! And it's currently 50% off! 

// Trends I'm loving right now: tassles and pom poms! and jungle/wild animal themed bags.



// Try this: Make Ahead Smoothies.

// I am feeling absolutely everything about Marc Jacobs' latest stuff.





"For a long time, I held onto anger and resentment for things people had done to me. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean we let the bad behaviors continue. It means we create boundaries, but also understand that people are who they are and we cannot change them. We can only change our reaction to them, how often we spend time with them, and whether or not we let it go. I try to be like the ocean. I may have a wave of anger, but it comes and then goes just as quickly."
// Looking for a (legit) way to make a couple extra bucks online? This site has all kinds of surveys and stuff to get in on!

// ICYMI: How to get Festival Ready // Zappo's Friends With Benefits Recap // Weekly Recap v.4

xo KB

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// How To Get Festival Ready!

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It's festival season, y'all! There's just something about seeing some of your favorite bands with tons of other people. Going to a concert or show is one thing, but going to a festival is a whole other ballgame. There are so many people, so many bands, so much going on! My favorite thing about festivals is the energy. Festival goers, in my experience, tend to be more laid back about things when they're floating from one stage to another. Plus there's just something so enjoyable about bringing blankets, chairs, tents, whatever. In an effort to get you ready for your next favorite festival, I'm sharing a few products you might enjoy!

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P.J. SALVAGE LOUNGEWEAR

P.J. Salvage has always made super cute pajamas - I had a couple pairs myself! - but now they have a range of apparel that can take you from day to night, while never sacrificing comfort. This loungewear is perfect for any and every lifestyle. The bottoms I have above are some of the softest pants I've ever put on my body. The fabric is super lightweight and breathable, which is a must for festivals in the warmer months. Both my tank and my pants are from the Hello Sunshine collection - if you get a chance to see me in them, come pet my pants. For real. It's wild how soft and cozy they are.

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RENPURE BLACK LABEL COLLECTION

Coconut oil! Coconut oil! I can hear the collective internet chanting the powerful properties of coconut oil! If coconut oil can't fix it, nothing can, right? I have a love-hate relationship with coconut anything. I love the smell, but I am not a fan of the taste. At all. So I guess it's a good thing I'm not eating this shampoo... haha Hair care products are my favorite type of product to test out. There are so many great options out there, and these products from Renpure are top notch. They're super hydrating (obviously, because that's in the name haha) and they leave you smelling like summer. Summer smells good, y'all. The Black Label collection from Renpure combines the hydrating properties of coconut and the smoothing properties of bamboo fibers to leave you with silky, smooth hair. Since we're petting pants I'll go ahead and say sure, you can smell my hair :P

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NAD'S ULTRA SMOOTHING EXFOLIATING WAX STRIPS

In my first Babbleboxx post I shared a personal IPL hair removal device that has totally changed the game when it comes to being smooth all over - except my tattoos. And I have a few of them... but these right here! These Nad's wax strips are like the missing piece to my regimine! While I still totally plan on sharing an additional review of the IPL device, I'll go ahead and say that these are the perfect partner-product in my quest to be smooth and silky! The strips themselves are salon-quality and they're infused with both pomegranate and grapefruit extracts which make them ideal for sensitive skin. They're also super handy for those of us who want to cut down on our prep time for heading out the door - they exfoliate while they wax. I've been using these on the larger tattooed areas of my legs and hot dang! Y'all might want to rub on my legs after you pet my pants and smell my hair hahaha! This is getting weird, isn't it?

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CLEAR EYES PURE RELIEF EYE DROPS

Like in my original Babbleboxx, Clear Eyes Pure Relief Multi-Symptom eye drops are here to save the day! Nothing ruins a selfie like red, irritated eyes. While dust and wind whirl around you and your sweet dance moves, this little bottle is sure to come in handy. This Clear Eyes product is the first preservative-free multi-dose bottle at retail in the US, so if you're conscious about what goes in your peepers, this might be the ticket. This unique formula was designed to relieve red, burning, itchy, dry, irritated, gritty, and/or watery eyes... for up to 12 hours. Grab a bottle or three and toss them in your purse/car/bathroom. -- There's a $3 coupon available here if you want to try them out!

How To Get Festival Ready! // This Charming Life

SOUR PUNCH CANDY

High on the list of things I love: sour candy, gummy candy. Now we're talking sour, gummy candy! The Ragin' Reds bites from Sour Punch were going to be absolutely delicious, I already knew it (and they were!). But the Pineapple-Mango-Chili straws... I wasn't sure. Rarely do I meet a pineapple-flavored edible that I don't like, but this combination just sounded odd. DUDE. Consider me a convert. The mango and pineapple were both very apparent, but the chili was a bit more subtle. It was definitely there and I could almost feel a bit of "warmth" from the candy, but it was never over the top or anything. Just the perfect amount of spice. The balance of flavors in the straws is pretty impressive, not gonna lie. The Ragin' Reds included the new raspberry flavor and it was definitely my favorite from the mixture. Swing by Target and grab a bag for yourself! They make for the perfect purse/backpack treat.

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LACROIX SPARKLING WATER

LaCroix! Luh-croy...Luh-cwah... How do you say it? It's not uncommon for me to have 3 cases of LaCroix in my fridge at any given moment. And lucky for me, the Pina Fraise (Pineapple Strawberry) flavor is my absolute favorite! The flavor is bolder than many of the others, which is really nice since we're talking about 100% sparkling water here. The best part? Absolutely no caffeine, calories, fat, sweeteners, or sodium... just pure, innocent flavor! Holla! Simple, refreshing, bubbly goodness. 

How To Get Festival Ready! // This Charming Life

So there you have it! 6 easy and quick ways to be festival ready this season! Have you gone to any festivals lately or have any planned? Do you have any tips or tricks you'd like to share?

xo KB

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All words, photos, and opinions are my own - promise!

// Friends With Benefits Roadshow Recap - Nashville!



- sponsored by zappos -

Zappos Friends With Benefits Roadshow Nashville
I promised y’all a follow up to the Zappos Friends With Benefits Roadshow post I shared last week, and here it is! I shall not disappoint you! ;) The original plan was for me to attend the Roadshow on Friday evening, but less than 2 hours before I planned on being there I received word that Toby was to have his first baseball scrimmage of the season at 5pm - and I realized that the pups wouldn’t be at the event until Saturday. So it was no contest; I’d get baseball with my buddy Friday night and all the pup petting at the roadshow Saturday! Can’t complain about that, right? I kept watching the weather because we were definitely supposed to get a doozy of a storm on Saturday, but we lucked out and only got a bit of rain for not too terribly long at all. I had told my friend Maya about the event and that there’d be free pet adoptions since she and her partner were wanting to adopt a dog - perfect timing!

Zappos Friends With Benefits Roadshow Nashville
Maya and Curtis tagged along through Midtown and we ate some deliciously cheesy, greasy goodness from The Grilled Cheeserie (all of you non-Nashville folk are missing out! YUM!) before petting ALL THE DOGS! If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you might have seen that they found a fluffy little friend to bring home (top photo!) Isn’t she beautiful?! Seriously, that’s one good looking pup. She’s still in need of a name though - Do y’all have any suggestions to throw in? I voted for Daisy, because for some reason she just looks like a Daisy to me. It may or may not have anything to do with the fact I’ve been listening to that Brand New album a lot lately haha!

The event itself was super rad. The giant pool floats were such a fun seating idea! I think they might have been my favorite part of the ~decor. It was especially adorable to see so many kids enjoying them. I also was super into the fact they had Corn Hole set up! That makes me want to go find the ones we had built a few years ago. Such a fun party game! I may be a bit rusty, but I bet I could give you a run for your money in some good ol’ bean bag tossing haha

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Zappos Friends With Benefits Roadshow Nashville
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Zappos Friends With Benefits Roadshow Nashville
Oh! And let’s talk about this outfit, yeah? I received so many compliments on this outfit and I was tickled pink. It was super comfortable and so perfect for a day like Saturday. I mean, you know, minus the rain. I wouldn’t recommend traipsing through the rain in sandals… but luckily I didn’t have to so it’s all gravy, right? — Real talk for a minute though: I ordered my sandals via Zappos.com on the night of Wednesday, March 15th - I earned Free 2-day shipping via the Zappos Rewards program, but y’all, those shoes showed up at my house the. very. next. day! Thursday! When I first received the shipping email I clicked the tracking URL and thought for sure that had to be wrong. I don’t live smack dab in the middle of metro Nashville anymore… I’m out in the sticks! And they still got there the next day! What! I’ve ordered from Zappos plenty and I’ve never once had a bad experience - I swear I’m not just saying that because of a sponsored post. The ease of exchanges/returns is a total bonus - um not to mention that incredible 365 return window, but the incredibly quick shipping is just like AHHHHHH! *picture me raising my arms to the heavens*  Zappos, you’ve got me for life. (If you're not signed up for the Zappos Rewards program, you're missing out on some free perks that are totally AMAZE. I know I can't make you do anything, but if I could I would totally make you sign up haha)

The Friends With Benefits Roadshow is touring the country - and you can bring it to your city by popping over to the FwBR page and voting! If you have the opportunity to attend, do it! There is absolutely no reason to skip out on free tacos, mimosas, beer, good tunes, and FLUFFY PUPS! I’d totally attend in another city if I were around for it! That means more dogs to love on so…

Zappos Friends With Benefits Roadshow Nashville

By the way - See that precious pup? Well it was through this event that I found out about April over at Harmony Designs Photography and Emma's Senior Dog Project. Here's a little snippet from her Facebook page so you can check it out yourself:
"Through Emma’s Senior Dog Project we honor my sweet Emma and capture the special bond families share with their senior dogs. The usual sitting fee of $250 is waived and instead a $100 donation to Agape Animal Rescue is requested."
Y'all, this makes my heart swell and it's such a neat way to cherish your pets and help bring awareness and assistance to Agape Animal Rescue. Both Pip and Georgia are getting up there in bully age so this tugs at my heartstrings extra hard. // Another incredible rescue-geared small business belongs to my friend and college classmate, Madison, of Birch and Terrier. Madison's dedication to rescue animals in the Franklin/Nashville area is truly so inspiring. She gives so much of her time and her heart to these animals (including her own rescues and foster pups). So much love and appreciation to Zappos, April, Madison, and any/all of the other people and businesses supporting this cause. This project was so easy to say yes to because it's not just fun, it's useful! It for sure changed the lives of so many animals, and their new forever families, too. I hope each and every one of you get a chance to check out the Friends With Benefits Roadshow. Even if you just go pet some pups, it's been scientifically proven to decrease stress and increase all those feely good vibes. So basically there's no reason not to, science says so.

xo KB

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