Sunday, April 20, 2014

spring essentials

When it comes to getting dressed, comfort and style are both equally important to me.
Especially now that I am a mom and I have to constantly be picking up my son and moving around a lot!
With warmer weather and more time spent out of the house I'm quickly learning that you don't need to sacrifice style for comfort; you can have both.
Here are some of my spring essentials right now:
  • Long dresses or skirts that are easy to move around in yet are still fun and stylish
  • Flat open toed sandals. I've been experimenting with fun nail colors lately and changing your nail color up really adds to an outfit.
  • Short simple necklaces that my son can't reach and grab!
  • Fun hats. It's all about accessorizing
  • Large bags, totes or in this case; a large easy to carry picnic basket that fits everything I need in one place
I feel like dresses always look nice and accessorizing a simple one, like this black dress I am wearing, can really make an outfit come alive.

What are some of your spring essentials right now?

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

picnics in the park

I love Portland! Especially this time of year when everything is blooming around us and everyone is out exploring the city. The blooms in SE Portland are particularly beautiful and we just can't seem to get enough outdoor time.These pictures are from a little family date we had at Laurelhurst Park. I packed some little snacks, some good reads and a comfy blanket and we spent many hours relaxing. We actually went on three picnics last week and those are only a few of many more to come.... Charlie loves being outdoors. Often times when he is fussy or having an off day, I just grab the stroller and go. It works every time and he is usually ready for nap after a long walk.
Portland comes alive when the weather gets nice and I just love how social this city is. We love exploring and discovering new places. Living in SE Portland makes it really easy because we are within walking distance of so many awesome places. I honestly can't imagine living anywhere else right now!
Tomorrow is Friday and I'm looking forward to another fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

i love you because... choose to spend your free time with me over anyone else, make me coffee and breakfast, watch Charlie so I can nap when I am tired, listen to all my crazy ideas and dreams, picnic with me & take me on long walks on the same streets but never get bored, tell me I'm beautiful no matter how I look, work hard to provide for our family,
...I'm the first one you call when you have exciting news or bad news, are such a fun and awesome dad, share your food with me even though I never like sharing mine, go grocery shopping so I don't always have to, hold my hand even if we are just hanging out at home,
...I love you because you're simply just wonderful.
Make it a point to let your loved ones know you love them and why you love them so!
Happy Tuesday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

spring blossoms

There's nothing like the spring blossoms blooming all over Portland this time of year!
Last week I enjoyed a nice little picnic on Waterfront Park with some girlfriends and our little ones.
I forgot my camera at home so these were taken with my iPhone.
(The quality is not that great, but you can still see how beautiful the blossoms are!)
We've been going on lots of walks and picnics.
I just love it when the weather gets warm enough for us to be outdoors as much as possible.
I'm really looking forward to this summer!
Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

six months old

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At six months old Charlie is:
-grabbing anything & everything he can get his hands on, he is so curious!
-teething which means extra slobber and some fussy days
-putting everything in his mouth
-loves car rides, being thrown up in the air and the swings at the park
-still loves it when I kiss him all over
-could sit in the bathtub for hours and play
-still gets swaddled to sleep every night like a little burrito
-eating solids like a champion (pureed fruits, vegetables & certain meats)
-walking backwards in his walker
-trying to hold his own bottle
-trying to talk and communicate verbally
-sitting up on his own
We love this kid.

Happy half Birthday Charlie!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

hey you!

It's been quiet here at All Things New!
I'm just stopping by to drop a quick note on what's been happening these past few weeks since I haven't done a post for a month. It's been a busy few weeks....and I've been spending my free time just enjoying my husband and our son. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from blogging and social networking and just enjoy simplicity.

First of all, we have a six month old....... a six month what?! Charlie's half birthday was on Friday the 7th. Someone pinch me! (I will be posting his six month photo shoot and update this week - I'm just a bit behind!) Not only do we have a six month old, but we have a six month old teether which means less sleep for mama but lots more cuddles - it's not a bad trade off!
I've also been busy doing some more spring cleaning and decorating my craft room, Charlie's nursery, and our master suite (I need to do a remodel update & share the finished space with you)! I'm excited to share pictures of these rooms with you in the next coming months as I finish them. I'm also excited to start sharing more DIY projects with you now that I have my own creative space to do it in!

Coming soon on my blog:
Charlie's 6 month photo update.
A sweet proposal captured on camera.
Make your own journal/scrap book DIY.
A cute project idea made out of Origrami polaroid prints.

For now I'll leave you with these adorable pictures of Charlie on the swing.
His new favorite thing to do:
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My sweet little stud!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

snow storm 2014

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We had a snow storm last week that lasted about four days.
It's been a few years since Portland has seen this much snow!
We spent time baking things, watching our favorite shows & taking lots of naps.
I don't mind spending four days snowed in with my favorites.
♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day


Love is the sweetest thing...
and so are these two.
Happy Valentine's Day!
♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

a beautiful bride to be & her beautiful bridal shower

Meet Beatrice (aka Bee), my future sister in-law.
She is the sweetest.
She has a pure heart and is one of those people you just can't help but love.
On Monday night we celebrated her with a bridal shower!
Her and my little brother are getting married in March! I can't wait!
Here are a few photos of the beautiful shower!
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How adorable are these party favors!?!
They are bars of soap labeled "from my shower to yours." I just loved this idea!
It can be used at any type of shower: baby or bridal!


I love fresh flowers and lately I've been into making arrangements!
I made this arrangement as part of her gift and really loved how it turned out:


I love having my little boy around and he never seems to mind tagging along with me:
(ps: he is teething so everything goes in his mouth. poor thing.)


Cupcakes/cake made by the ladies at Sweet Touch in Portland, OR.
They have some amazing cakes, cupcakes, and pastries!
Check them out on their facebook page!
They not only look good, but taste amazing!

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Save the date: March 22, 2014!
♥ ♥ ♥
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