1. Chambray & Bubbles


    We are starting to settle in to our new home and I have to say the kids are just LOVING having a backyard. Every afternoon we swing open the backdoor to run around in the sunshine, playing games of hide and seek, searching for treasures {ie. acorns}, and most recently, blowing bubbles. I always said we wanted to move so our kids could grow up in a house with a yard like my husband and I did, but it wasn’t until we got here and started playing out back that I realized just how lucky we are to have the space. Today’s shoot is basically a glimpse into an average summer afternoon at our house… the pure joy that children have when playing with bubbles never ceases to amaze me.


    Our go-to summer attire for Reese has been a sweet top with little shorts paired to canvas slip-ons {the only shoes Reese will wear because she can put them on herself… we are in the “Mommy I want todo it allllll by myself” phase!}. With all of the craziness from our move I have been doing all of our shopping on OldNavy.com so I get these cute pieces right to our new doorstep. Today’s Old Navy top is perfect for the new Southern Belle… a flutter sleeve chambray blouse with embroidered flowers on the trim and white cuffed denim shorts.

    The flower bubble blower was a find in the dollar section of Target {I am regretting not buying more!} while her miniature adirondack chair is from Pottery Barn Kids. I hope that you all are taking some time to get your kids outside, and if you need an activity, never underestimate the power of bubbles to get the kids excited about getting out! These smiles say it all!

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    Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post.

  2. Flatiron District Stroll with the Quinny Yezz


    For today’s post I teamed up with the stroller company Quinny to test drive Brooks in their new ultra-lightweight travel stroller, the Quinny Yezz, for a tour of the Flatiron District. We made sure to hit up all of my favorite spots, which was perfect timing because we shot this the week before we left New York for our big move. So what was on the agenda?

    First, a stop at my favorite local coffee shop, Le Pain Quotidien where I grabbed a coffee with steamed soy milk and we shared a chia seed muffin. Because the stroller was so slim I could sit Brooks right alongside me as we enjoyed our breakfast outside.


    Next up, grocery shopping at the coolest indoor Italian Market, Eataly, where we picked up fresh produce, home-made pasta, and my favorite raw Scottish Salmon for dinner. For those of you who haven’t been, it’s one of the hottest new tourist attractions in the city, a marketplace with restaurants and groceries all-in-one. Since it has an open liquor license so you can actually sip wine while shopping {not kidding!} or you can stop for wine and cheese at one of the standing bars!


    Then before heading home for nap time and to prep for the night’s dinner party, we decided to stop for a mid-day treat {a vanilla shake} at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. In the summer time, we love to drink our shakes while throwing pennies in the fountain. The stroller is known for its ease of folding and carrying {it weighs only 11 lbs!}, so I can easily throw it over my shoulder as Brooks stands to admire the water splashing and local dogs.

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    And that’s a wrap! Such a fun day strolling the city and seeing my favorite spots with my munchkin happily kicking the whole way. Looking forward to traveling this summer with our new ultra-lightweight addition!

    Thanks to Quinny for sponsoring this post.

  3. Flamingo Print

    Baby Gluck in Old Navy Print TankSummer time prints for toddlers

    One of our favorite parts of living in the Flatiron District in New York is our short walk to Madison Square Park. It’s our go-to for spring and summer time outings. Whether it’s playing on the playground, throwing pennies in the fountain, or having a picnic. Since Reese has gotten older she refuses to get in the stroller to go to the park, demanding to walk, and right before my eyes has become a true New Yorker. At 2 and a half she knows to stop at each cross walk and wait for the white cross walk signal to appear, she knows to be polite to people with babies or even elderly that cross our path. A lover of food, she has also made friends with every street vendor we pass – there hasn’t been a day where one of them hasn’t offered her something free of charge.

    Baby Tanks by Old NavyPink Flamingo Print Shirt from Old Navy

    This week as we near the end of our time in New York I have been walking a little bit slower on our park dates. Pointing out more squirrels, taking in the city views, and letting the kids play those extra 5 minutes before we head back for bath time. Reese of course just runs and squeals like her usual self, smiling at people, throwing crumbs for birds, and of course putting on a fashion shoot with my raybans. I must say for all the hustle and bustle of the city life, this park will always remain to me a peaceful place that is dear to my heart.

    For today’s walk Reese is wearing an Old Navy patterned jersey tank {and was thrilled to point out to everyone we saw that she had flamingo’s on her shirt!}, twill polka dot shorts, and gladiator sandals {similar}. I know we will be near parks in Nashville, but I wonder if Reese will remember the wild life we lived in the city when she grows up. I guess the good news is that we will have all these fun pictures and adorable fashion to remind her.

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    Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post.

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