8.29.2016

Whats new?


It's when I get a new follow on Blog Lovin', the Ourlittleloves Facebook page or a surprise check in the mail that I tell myself "must go write that blog post I've been meaning to". So here I am! Thanks Pinterest for keepin' this place afloat ;)

Big news round here, y'all! We have a kindergartener! Week one is in the books. Today she began week two. Can you believe it? To think I've been writing here since bed rest with her!! My how this place has changed. She's FIVE now {insert big eyed emoji}! Which reminds me - I need to get on picture printing...like last year. 







Big girl is doing great. Although on the second day of school she did ask when she was going to get a day off. School is exhausting, y'all and we like our sleep time in the mornings! So we counted down to the weekend. "So then I'm done?". "Nope. The you go back again for five more days. Then over and over and over." "Oh..." I feel ya, girl. I do... 

To add to all the excitement, we have preschool meet the teacher this week and Carson starts next week! This will be his first year going to school and he is SO excited. He was ready to go with sister! I'll for sure be stopping by to share how school is going for him as well as a "favorites" post soon to come. So much stuff I'm loving lately and I need to share!

Hope back to school has been great for your school age littles (and for those parents who aren't used to being early risers!) as well! 


(P.S - My shop is having a sale until Wednesday. Head on over to IG to snag the code!)

7.29.2016

Big Things

Hey there! Happy <barely> Friday. 

::: Quick side note: Hi pinners! Looks like most of y'all come from there these days. Yay for fun home decorating. Glad you like our rooms! :::

Now, back so your regularly scheduled blogging...

So much is going on round these parts these days. I figured I'd stop by and give a little life update. First off, it's midnight and this is when I could fit in a post. I attempted several times before this. And here we are now. You know, since we have big kids now. Yep, Finley turned 5 in May. Carson turned 3 just this Monday. Gosh they are making me old.

Another big one. Not only does our girl start Kindergarten this year (gasp!), but we made the decision to put our boy in preschool a year earlier than Finley started (she went to real pre-k at four). One day he popped out with "I want you to take me to sisters school...and leave me there". The boy who refuses to go to the church nursery. Oooooo-k. Then the idea started sounding better and better. My business is pretty demanding these days. I kind of need more time to work alone. These nearly all nighters are exhausting and with early morning drop offs in the near future I need to go to bed at normal person hours. Of course I waited too long and he was like spot #14 on the waiting list at Finley's school. BUT it was meant to be. There was ONE spot open at the church we attend and we snagged it! We're all pretty excited. It's just two days a week but I think it will be great for him. They have a legit curriculum and since hes young for his age I think the little head start will be great for him. I think he's a pretty smart boy already but since I'm his momma maybe I'm just biased?...but I really don't think so. 

So back to the hustle of life and the business I spoke of up there. Y'all, Tulip + Vine is doing really well! It makes my heart so happy. I've put my heart into this business and it's paying off. After starting out locally, then opening up shop on Etsy and doing well, it was time to branch into my own standalone eCommerce domain. Enter TulipVine.net


I'm really happy with the new(ish) site. My business has come so far and there are still so many more goals and plans for the future. It's all just really exciting.

I could go on and on tonight because there really are so many things I want to update y'all on but I think I'll leave some of that for later. The husband is ready to catch up on Big Brother and I need to work on a few shop things first. Until next time!

5.21.2016

Long Time...


Whaaaaat? What's this place? I kid. I kid. Life, y'all. It got busy. 

As I was sitting here during nap time it dawned on me. "My blog. I still have that. It seems like it's been a while since I got my domain. I bet that needs renewing. But should I? It's been what - three months since I've even looked at it". I really did question just forgetting about the domain and calling it quits. Setting everything to private to at least preserve our memories. 

Life is hectic. Those priorities and all. Then there's the privacy thing. The reality that things I post here are "out there" (not that I overshare - but still). I started to wonder if I really want that...and I'm still not sure... 

But I renewed. Ourlittleloves will remain at this domain for at least another year. Plus 80 days...that's what I had left. Anyways, should I reintroduce myself? Or just continue on? Where's that laughing/crying emoji when you need him? (EEEK It's pouring and the electricity went out for a good 30 seconds. It's back now!). The thunder woke someone up. 

 Blogging in good company. 


I'm thinking I should do a "catch up" cliff-notes. It's a lot and I really don't even know where I left off!

So lets start with the kids first. Finley turns FIVE this week (lets not dwell on that) and she finished Pre-K this past Thursday. She is all registered for Kindergarten. I say she isn't an official Kindergartner until that first day. End of story. 

We will miss her school and teachers SO much. I'm hoping we can get Carson in one of their classes when it's his turn to go to Pre-K. Her other teacher will be the new principal of the school, so we'll still get to see them both when Carson starts school there. There's also talk of a class meetup at the splash pad and Finley will be in Daiseys next year with some of the little girls from her class, which is super exciting. 

She's still not so sure about this new school and kindergarten business. She wants to stay at her old school...


Carson turns three in July. He is the sweetest, most loving and goofy boy. I still just want to eat him up. I know he's not a baby anymore but he's the still the baby here. It's funny because when Finley was 3 she had already been a big sister for a while. She seemed so big already compared to the tiny new baby. Maybe we just know now that we need to hold on to those little moments as long as we can because they grow SO fast.

Then there's my business. You guys. It's legit these days. I think I may have mentioned that I opened up shop on etsy after doing well locally and on Facebook. I know not all etsy shops take off and it can be a challenge, but y'all - I put in a LOT of time and hard work from the get go and it's really paid off. My etsy shop just hit 300 orders in just over 3 months. Some of these orders had 2,3,4,5 even 14 shirts on them. This is on top of local and Facebook orders. It's all super exciting and a lot crazy to me. 

I don't think anyone really realizes what goes into running your own business until you are in the thick of it. It's a lot. And it's all me. But I am SO SO SO lucky that it's thrived. It still amazes me that I have a real income now where I make my own hours and I'm my own boss. Don't get me wrong. I work a lot. But it's when the kids are in bed for the night, or napping, or running around the yard while I press shirts in the garage. I can quickly answer messages from my phone . Or post a new design on social media from the Panera parking lot. That's my kinda work.

In other big news, our family went to Disney, I'm pretty sure I did mention the planning of this trip a while back. It was booked way out. We went with all of Joe's immediate family. It was awesome. The kids had such a great time with their cousins. This was Carson's first time to go and he's a brave little thing. We can't wait for him to be tall enough for all the rides he wanted to go on but couldn't yet. Finley was scared on pretty much every single ride. Including Peter Pan. Yes...Peter Pan. But oddly not on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom, which was hands down the scariest one she went on. Crazy kid.


Anyways, naptime is over and I currently have a Spiderman to my left and an Olivia pig to my right - both eating Cheez-It's that should be dinner. So I'm going to go get on that. I'm sure there is more to update, but for now I think I've touched on the big stuff, so there's that.

Have a great weekend!

2.06.2016

Why I Still Blog


Over the past few months there have been many long gaps between posts. In all honestly, this blogging thing really isn't up there super high on the priority list these days. It once was. I enjoyed it. I still do. But ALL the other things. This isn't a bad thing. Life, kids, my new little thriving biz and all. They come first. 

But I still come back every so often. Maybe during that little gap of time when the kids are destroying the playroom. Or after they're in bed, when I really should be working on an order, paying bills, folding laundry, or scrubbing the bathtub, Maybe during nap time. Even though I have a full list of calls to make to the dentist, pediatrician, insurance company or whatever else is on the list that particular day. I'll occasionally squeeze a post in. 

Why? 

Because y'all still come back to this place. 

Back around the time I was due with Carson I hadn't posted in a while. I had a friend tell me that someone in her online mommy group asked about ME. She basically just said "hey, anyone else read April's blog and know if she had her baby yet?". This was a shock to me and super awesome. Little ol' me...and one of y'all cared. Thanks for that, if you still come by and happen to read this.

Then, a couple of months ago the kids and I went out with a few friends for a day at the boardwalk and some lunch. I know that my friend has read here before, but somehow we crossed the blog subject and she mentioned my blog to the other girls out with us. She told them that it was great and they should read. She commented on one of my recent posts. Wait, what? I sometimes forget that people I know in real life might be stopping by here. It's a little bit weird but also super cool that they think the stuff I type is worth coming back to read. Anyway's, hey Brit. ;) 

Because it helps us remember. 

I can't count how many times I've come back here when I forgot something. A milestone date for the kids, a week during pregnancy when something happened, what we did for a particular holiday/birthday. This place is great for reference. It lets me relive memories that may not be very fresh in my hectic mommy mind. A lot has happened since the birth of Finley, but I sure can come by here and read all about that day. And one day the kids can read it all too. Although there will be times they don't remember, they can read all about them. Hopefully they'll see how hard we tried as parents and how loved they really were/are. 

Because it's an outlet. 

Despite looking a hot mess most of the time, I'm still me. I love makeup, skincare, home decor, crafty stuff and organization. I'm that crazy Type-A personality girl. And I love sharing about all those things. I may not have all the time in the world anymore, but when I do, it's fun. 

 

There was a point in time that I cared about blog popularity. Getting more readers, being seen in the blogging community, monetizing, "networking". While having people come by here to read is in fact really nice, I just don't have the time or energy for the whole blog popularity game. I know some people make lots of cash blogging, and that's great. But that's just not a priority or goal of mine these days and just seems...exhausting. 

So whether I post every other day for a full week or once after a two month absence, I'll be here. Eventually ;) I really do love this little spot too much to leave for good...busy times and all. 

1.09.2016

Carson's Big Boy Room


Little man has a big boy bed in a big boy room now!

The transition from bed to crib was flawless. He goes to sleep great and wakes up at the same time. I couldn't have hoped for better. 


I'm really happy with how his room turned out and at this point, I think we're *almost* set. I'm still trying to decide if I want to switch the window valance from white to striped. You really can't even see it in these pictures due to the sunlight coming in.

Gray Black White Gold Boy Room, wall decals, black white decals, triangle wall, black white stripe room,black white bedding, black white throw blanket, target decor, triangle room, arrow room, tribal room, teepee, black white teepee, dresser decor boy room, fur rug, triangle decals, arrows, gold arrows,

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Triangle decor, black white striped room, little boy room, teepee

TeePee wall art // Strong and Brave wall art // Happy Camper wall art // Triangle wood hangers (Hobby Lobby in store) // TeePee // Printed Blocks (crafted by me - pretty paper and elmers glue) // Cross (old, but still in stock!) // Fur Rug // Gray Rug (old) // Buckets (Target dollar spot) // Striped box and Chalkboard Easel (Target party section) // Accent Pillowcase // Comforter (this thing feels awesome!) // Shams // Fabric Banner (made by me) // Triangle name banner (Hobby Lobby in store) //  Gold Wall Arrows (Ross) // Triangle decals (Made by me) // Throw Blanket

Also, the wall color is Amazing Gray by Sherwin Williams. We have this is our Master and upstairs restroom as well and LOVE it. 

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