. . . for Lauren and Lauren

March 15, 2018

My Favorite wall in the house

I am pretty sure this wall in Addilyn's room is my favorite wall in our house.  Most of our house I've decorated with more neutral colors, which I love, but I love the creativity and color in my kids' rooms. I had collected  most of these things over the last few years and love how they all worked together. I wanted to stick with coral, mint and gold, which gave me lots of things to choose from! 

I am probably the worst planner with gallery walls, but I think it usually works out, minus some extra holes in the wall.  They got covered up with the gold circles anyway!  I just start hanging thing, starting with the big A in the middle and working around that. 

Last week I got this beautiful heart canvas in the mail from my friend Lauren.  I started with it hung in our room and I loved it there, but then thought it'd match even better in Addi's room, so i switched something out and think it looks perfect here.  

Lauren started an etsy shopped called Love Along The Way.  She started taking photos of  "love along the way" and posting them on social media.  As time went on she'd have friends and family tag her in photos of hearts they found along the way and she realized she wanted to turn into something! It's so cool all the hearts she's found and photographed so well (and never photoshopped or adjusted). From hearts in muffins, in clouds, chalk or in the leaf like the one I have.  I think it's a great way to add some love to your space and think it fits perfect on Addi's wall!

I made the fabric banner with fabric I found at hobby lobby, cut in straight lines and tied in double knots on twine.  So so easy and cheap!  The gold frames I found for $2 each at GoodWill.  The hello love, be brave sign, heart mirror and big letter A were from Hobby Lobby.  The unicorn head is one of my favorite things on the wall and is from Target.  And the gold dots are just peel on wall decals from Amazon!  

Thank you so much for sending me a piece of your art Lauren! I love it!  And thank you for being such a sweet friend and encouragement through all my blogging and social media.  I'm thankful for you!  Make sure to check out Lauren's shop on etsy (LoveAlongTheWay) and follow her on instagram (love.along.the.way)!
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March 12, 2018

Muddy dogs, Kindergarten and a wedding dress

top: c/o shein    jeans: american eagle   shoes: target (last year)

The forever wait of Spring has to be getting closer right?  I love that it's lighter our in the evening, and even though cold we've had some good days of sunshine lately.  I can't wait for real Spring weather!  And excuse the blinding white arms, but I love this top and can't wait to wear it without a sweater.  (Plus it's only $11!)

But with Spring comes a muddy yard and a muddy puppy.  It's a good thing she is so cute.  

The other week we registered Addilyn for kindergarten.  I can't believe she will start real school next year.  I know she will do just great but I feel all sorts of emotions about it and am a little nervous!

Last weekend we had my niece's birthday party and she wanted everyone to dress up in a costume. I may have jokingly mentioned my wedding dress and then Annie asked me to wear it, so I did. I haven't taken it out of the dress bag in almost 13 years!  Crazy to think the last time I wore it I was practically a child and now look at our family.  Batman and monkey are the best addition! 

Chris and I are going on an actual trip without kids next weekend! I can't even believe it.  I am both super excited and a little nervous to leave the kids for four days.  Give me some good book recommendations?  I have lots of non-fiction books I'm reading and that are on my list, but I'd like to bring a fiction book with, so give me some of your good ones! 

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March 11, 2018

I almost forgot

top: c/o shein   jeans: ae   shoes: zulily   sweater: old navy 

The last two weeks I just about forgot I had a blog.  It's kind of nice to not try to fit in time to take pictures, or edit them or think about something to write.  So I'll continue to post here and there, but am accepting that it just isn't going to be a time consuming habit of mine these days.  But I will post when I have a cute outfit to share about, and I am loving this new top, and even more so these new shoes.  I've wanted a pair like this for awhile, but the ones I've seen shared were so expensive. Target has a similar pair for around $30, but I found these on zulily for only $21!  And this lacy top makes me even more wanting Spring and Summer but thankfully I can wear it under a comfy sweater.  

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February 27, 2018


Dear Isaac,

Tomorrow you turn two years old! It is crazy to me that you are no longer my baby and you are this toddler BOY!  You have become all boy these days.  Super heroes, army guys, wrestling, grunting, so much toughness in this tiny little body.  Sometimes I get a little nervous because it already feels like parenting a boy is so different than a girl and I don't feel prepared!  

You have the best smile.  You have little dimples that are the cutest.  It's easy to get you to smile or laugh and you make everybody happy.  They can't get over how adorable you are, and I think you feed right into it, smiling and waving and being silly.  You are a huge snuggler.  You give so many people hugs and you always put your head on the person's shoulder and wrap your arms around them. It is the sweetest thing.  

You're still just the floppiest kid.  I don't know what better way to describe it.  I can't trust your little body anywhere because you'll fling yourself around or fall over, like you're made of rubber.  It is hilarious and a little terrifying.  I think you just trust that whoever is holding you will catch you, which I guess makes sense because they always do.  But I feel like I have to warn anyone who is watching you. 

You are talking up a storm.  You have more words than I can count and talk in full sentences. You've started to response with a sassy attitude sometimes, like the other day when you said, "Sorry Katie" or when you say "go away!" over and over.  I'm sure you're learning lots of things from your sister! 

You love superheros.  Batman, superman, the hulk.  You pretend to be them, play that we're chasing bad guys, playing with little superhero figures. You can identify all of them and it is really cute. It's crazy what an opinion and how strong you already show interest in things.  You still only want to watch Cars on tv, and I'm ready to watch a new show!

You are a pretty good sleeper most of the time, of course going through phases on and off.  On a good day you go to bed by 7:30 and wake up at 6ish.  You usually nap for an hour and a half around 12:30. No complaining as I'm thrilled any night when I don't go in your room to sing you back to sleep! You sleep with your two little puppies and hold one in each hand.  

You love cereal, yogurt, chicken, avocado, veggie straws, granola bars, donuts, and any kind of sweets.  You love your family - your grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.  You get excited when we're going to see them, or when they are coming over.  You love your sister.  When you wake up you ask over and over when she is going to wake up.  You give her the biggest hug goodbye before preschool and can't wait to pick her up.  You two walk hand in hand just about every day out the door and it's the cutest thing.  

You don't like sharing toys and usually want whatever Addi is playing with.  You can go from being content to completely losing it and make the saddest, most pathetic face.  I can usually get you to take a few deep breaths and I have a hard time not laughing because it's just too cute.   You don't like being in the church nursery or gym childcare and we haven't pushed it too much, but I am ready for you to go in there and not cry! Hopefully this year!

I love you more than I can even say.  You bring so much joy to our lives and anyone that knows you. You are happy, sweet, fun, silly and tough, and I am so thankful that I get to be your mama.  Happy birthday sweet Isaac Jordan! you are so so loved. 


your mama 

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February 22, 2018

Just wear the overwears!

overalls: gleam boutique   shoes: target 

The first time I put overalls on Addi as a opinionated toddler, she immediately started crying and dramatically tried to touch the ground and acted as though she was in a straight jacket.  She told me "I am never wearing overwears again!"   Thankfully I managed to convince her that she should give them a shot and now she'll wear them if I'm lucky.  

I bought my first pair of overalls as an adult over a year ago, and then they sat in my closet for a good three to four months.  I liked how they looked on me, and thought they were super comfortable, yet I was nervous to wear them because I thought I'd be trying to look like a child or that people would think they were ridiculous.  I've slowly worn them more and realize that they make me happy so I'm going to wear them whenever I want.  My sister wrote a blog post about wearing what makes you happy and not letting standards or expectations you put on yourself dictate what you wear.   I don't know why it took me so long to wear them or why I would be so concerned with what someone else would think! It's silly to admit, but I am sure most of us can relate to that about some trend or clothing or whatever it is.  

 The day I wore these a mom friend at preschool pickup told me she bought a pair of overalls but has yet to wear them.  I told her she needs to just wear them.  And then there is no going back, because this is my third pair. ;)

I got these overalls from The Gleam Boutique and I love them!  My sweet friend Laura is the owner and I love the clothes she's picked to add to her shop.  These overalls were only $38, which I have struggled to find a pair that isn't insanely expensive.  (Plus you can use code KATIE15FEB for 15% off!)  I'm also giving away a $15 giftcard on my instagram page this week (@katiejvale) so go check it out.  

For reference I am wearing a size large.  The models ones are super tight, and I wanted a baggier feel. A medium may have been fine, as the back is a little big in these, but I like how they fit. Loose and comfy.  Which pretty much sums up the majority of my wardrobe these days! 

Make sure to check out The Gleam Boutique and wear overalls, or whatever makes you happy!

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