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Friday, June 30, 2017

New Beginnings + Fourth Inspo

Things look a bit different around here this morning, huh?
Let me shed some light on something I've felt brewing for a while now.

Me:  I feel like my blog needs a new name.  I just feel like it doesn't fit me & our life anymore.
Mr:  Yea, when have you ever had peaches around or worn pearls anyway???

T o u c h e.
Though it wasn't meant to be literal...
This blog began almost 5 years ago.  I was in a hurry to begin documenting my life as a first time mommy.  I didn't really have a platform (nor I do really to this day...it all started with a few interests & a baby cookin') so I went with something that covered my southern roots - peaches and...pearls (& I often wear pearl earrings, thank you).

I won't lie to you.
I tend to find myself frustrated when people leave the original.  Their beginnings.
And in my twenties, if there is one thing I have learned, it's that new isn't always better (thanks Joanna G).  I'm such a sap for sentimental & not changing things drastically.  
But, I DO want my blog title to be a better representation of what people can expect when they begin reading & I have never been able to get that with Peaches...you  know, that..."that's it! feeling."  
Until now.  
Lets face it.  
You may not know that I slap a burlap bow on most things in my home around the holidays, but you do know that I babble a lot about my boys & my passion for dreaming up a room or decorating for holidays.  I haven't been able get those three little words out of my mind & ultimately, I thought it fit.  I thought it encompassed everything I love to write about here & I didn't even have to do a google search to get inspiration & help a sister out.  
It came discretely from meπŸ˜‰

So from now on, you can find Peaches & Pearls at www.boysburlapandbabbles.com.
I hope you don't mind...& I'm excited for a new beginning.  
Peaches will always live on here, but I'm ready to make this space more unique to me.

With that said...what do you as the reader prefer to read about?
I'll never stop the baby boy spam (#sorrynotsorry), but I will try to do more on a topic if it appeals to the reader more than others...please shoot me a message or comment below with feedback:)  I've gotten slack in posting & when I do it's been only for a friday favorite & I feel like I have been limiting myself to the things we can talk about here!
I need all the direction + inspiration I can get in making this place the best it can be...
Thanks, sweet friends.
XOXO

Now onto some sweet inspiration for the Fourth...
such fun colors
(@wildchildparty)
LOVE the rae dunn "junk" plates!  especially for holidays
(@six_in_the_stix)
pennant banner love.  that flag for a table drop.  and doesn't this make you want to make a pie just to make your kitchen smell good & look festive??
(@houseonmain3)
this is why all white kitchens are the bomb.  they are the perfect backdrop for the pops of color from each holiday & nothing clashes😍
(@loithail)
i found one of those coke crates at an antique store this past week but never bought.  this is giving me regrets...seriously considering one for the boys room! (+ I can swipe it to decorate for the fourth once a year...πŸ˜‚)
(@penniesfromheavenhome)
all the chalk & garland...
(@_suburbanfarmhouse)
i really want one of these😍
(@lizzymosback)
the double door uncles sam's, though.
(@5kidsparties)
To me, there is nothing that feels quite like sweet summertime except for- the fourth of July.
Though summer isn't exactly my holiday jam...it is secretly my favorite holiday behind Christmas, Thanksgiving, & Halloween.  Shhhhhh.
  It has always been a tradition (my entire life) to spend the day out on the lake until the sun slips away making way for the dark sky that cues us to drive into town to catch the late fireworks show.  I love the sweet touches these girls have shared of their homes all dolled up for the fourth.  What's your favorite way to celebrate?

And y'all, if you have boys this fourth.  Holy cute...
these are 40% of here.

Hope you all have a fun filled holiday weekend full of sweet memories!❤️

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Mom Tee + Capsule Wardrobe Quest

Why am I so obsessed with the mom tees?
The more I think of how nerdy it is, the more I love them.  
Seriously you guys, I fall in love with every. one. I. see.  

ES-pecially the boy mom ones.  I could seriously have them all.  I kinda have to reel myself back in sometimes...what seems the most appealing idea to me is g e n e r a l l y NOT the most practical.  So far, I've had a few summer days that have been laid back + I want to look put together, but comfy at the same time.  I think that's where my need for any graphic tee comes in to to play.  I feel like they are a necessary part of my wardrobe since about 50% of my time I'm at home/at a playground/ or running errands!  
And I really have so few...



Monday, June 26, 2017

Moments on Monday || Summer Solstice

I guess summer's in full swing now, huh?
I found this while swiping through instagram the other day, & felt it was the perfect description of how I feel about Summer!
How inspiring!
Oh, how I wish I could put thoughts into words just like this!
I've really been struggling with the desire to write lately.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites

Bible school commencement+318 curves + 2 possums + a raccoon later...
we are h o m e!

It's been a loooooong week.
I worked at the nursing home + taught four nights of Bible School.
People do things like this all the time, but all the same, it was a little taxing on this wimpπŸ™‹.
At one point Conley + I ended up at Urgent Care just to make sure nothing was going on.
Kind of a false alarm, I guess, except I ended up on antibiotics since my throat has been hurting for like a month + he is on high alert (pretty sure he is just teething).  
My throat started feeling better the second I started my medicine...so.  
I guess eventually you have to go to the doctor when you can't shake something...
who knew.
And I really don't know why I'm telling you this.


Friday Favorites (6/16/2017)
one.  bible school
Such a sweet, fun week with some precious babies.  I helped teach the 0-3 class & I always feel like they leave without learning a THING.  At their age, it seriously feels like you are talking to the walls...but I pray that they at least learn the name of Jesus.  That is worth all the hard work that goes into each night of this special week<3  

Oh!  And my Cam went to his first Bible school class without me each night.
  I can't b e l i e v e my baby is getting so big.  These four years have flown by & I am trying my best to be happy for him getting to do those big boy things he is so excited to do.  I am so proud of the big boy he is becoming.  I pray we can teach him all he needs to know to be a mighty man for Jesus one day❤️  Love him so, so much.  Tears.
And If there's anything *I* learned from the week...it would be that, as Christians, it is SO important to encourage one another.  


Friday, June 9, 2017

Six on Saturday || Days of June

Today, I just realized we are smack dab in the middle of the year.  
Once again.  
I'm n o t okay with how fast my days are flying by. 
 In this world of "adulting," I've found that, in some ways, June is a month of relearning how to do life.  Most of us are so accustomed to the hustle & bustle of our jam-packed slash hurried lives (even if we aren't a "9 month employee") that we come to find the days of summer are longer & a little brighter.  A lot of people refer to it as the "long or slow days of summer."   What do you do with that little extra gift of time?  
Sneak to the pool or opt for an earlier bedtime?;)  
I think both sound a bit dreamy...
But in my case on this Friday night, I'm up doing this blog post, finishing prep for bible school, going through clothes to take to the consignment shop, cleaning up the clutter from the day, doing laundry, studying essential oils...
I'm tired just reading this, y'all!  I think it's time for me to forget my todo list + go to sleep!  HA.

one.  bible school's here!
It was a rough start, but I feel like I am finally reaching the "peace" of mind mark I search for in preparation for bible school.  My room has a few more things it needs in the decoration department, but I put Ms. Perfectionist to sleep earlier this week & was reminded to give myself a little grace in it all.  I went home to rest, enjoy some time with the boys, & remember what is really important.  My lessons.  That has been where my energy has been the rest of the week!  
Excited for my boys & the other babes attending this weekπŸ’›  
Pray for seeds to planted in their little hearts! 

two.  target run jackpot
I have this list of things to buy each week for the boys room, so by the time my Mr. gets home, all we have to do is piece it together.  Well, it wasn't on my list for this week, but I ran into the comforters I've been eyeing for the boys bedroom on CLEARANCE.  We're talking marked down from $40 to $19.98!  I texted the Mr. & snagged those puppies!  That's two for the price of ONE.

Target has so many good sales right now!  Check out the back aisles...that's where all the clearance items hide outπŸ˜‰  SO many goodies!

three.  essential oils
After posting about a typical night of no sleep with my youngest on instagram, which could be the title of this blog or my life story as a momma b/c my children do NOT sleep,  several people encouraged me to give essential oils a shot.  In particular, a cousin + friend who has used them for a long time.  I reached out to her & she hooked me up with samples.  You guys, I'm in love.  So in love that I ordered my kit & am a research obsessed freak.  I feel so overwhelmed and like I have so much to learn but my interest is totally sparked.  
How cute is this diffuser for their room?? 😊

four.  summer fun with my boys
We've laughed, we've cried, we've screamed, we've whispered.
We've been hot, we've been wet, we've been thirsty, our bellies have been full.
But mostly our hearts.  This week of summer has been so crazy fun & I can't wait for my Mr. to join in with these two in a couple weeks.

five. free photos❤️
I had a happy mail day when these sweet memories arrived at my doorstep this week.  I can't wait to think of ways to use them throughout the year.  
Such sweet, irreplaceable, gems they are.
And I scored them (25 of them to be exact) for FREE!  Keep an eye on Parabo Press you guys.
SO worth it.

six.  want mama
Conley Scout is no joke.  He is the most stubborn, demanding, impatient, loud (he screams and sqeals at all times) and physical (lol) child I have ever seen at the small age of one.  
But he is also the most precious, loving, melt like a popsicle on the fourth of July kinda baby at the same time.  Especially when his favorite saying recently turned from "no" to "want mama."  Oh, and he's saying "thanks" and "pease" right now - so that's progress...right??!  
Yep.  That's him sitting practically on my face after repeating "want mama" 34,343 times.
Conley gets what Conley wants.πŸ™ˆ

This mama drops everything at the drop of a hat & runs to snuggle that boy when those sweet words (want mama) are spokenπŸ™‹πŸ’•

And that's a wrap!  
Wishing you all lovely + rejuvenating Saturday!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer Bucket List 2017

So how is your summer going so far?
Ours? 
 I would say it's off to a great start, except for the fact that I am still on the road 24/7.  
I'm ready to be able to stay home for a little while without having to keep an open suitcase, yall!😜  
  Aye aye aye.
Annnnnnny WHO.

Anybody else make a summer bucket list?  I love lists, so of course we did...
I am so looking forward to the sweet long days of summer!
I can't believe it's almost been a year since this picture was taken...
1.  Visit as many parks & playgrounds as humanly possible.
2.  Have a picnic.
3.  Watch Cars 3 & go pick out our favorite character at Target
 (the boys scream CAR! every time we pass the Cars 3 display, so this is our deal)
4.  Go to Bible school & learn about Jesus! ✙
5.  Complete our big boy room & start sleeping in our own beds.😴
6.  Become proficient in essential oils ( in the name of sleep!)  πŸƒ
7.  Learn to coupon like a boss.
8.  Make theme boxes of therapy for work (one for each month).  And THAT means we've got to get our office together <my mr. just loves me & my home projects>πŸ™ˆ
9.  Go to the beach☀️ & I can't WAIT to drink coffee on that front porch again! 
10.  Get a fence, put some snake repellent out, and enjoy our backyard again.🐍
11.  Frequent the pool & teach these boys how to swim! 🏊
12.  Make a pizza on the grill.πŸ•
13. Watch Christmas in July on Hallmark channel. πŸŽ„
14.  Watch fireworks. πŸŽ†
15.  Make homemade ice-cream. 🍦
16.  Visit an aquarium so the boys can see real sharks. 🎣
17.  Start working out again (story of my mom life) 
18.  Establish healthy eating habits for my picky eating boys!  We have lost focus of eating & drinking things that are good for our bodies & we are working on developing better habits (more on this later!) 
19.  Go to some fun summer camps at Smart Toys & Books 
(Fire + Rescue Day, crafts, All About Trains + How to be a pirate!)
20.  Have friends come over to stay the night & splash pad hop+ go to the zoo:) 🐯
And last but not least...
21.  Eat from a food truck and maybe find a movie on a lawn somewhere! 🚚
We've got a lot to live up to this summer, huh? 😎
If it were up to Cam...
"Mom, can we just watch something on amazon crime?" 
(he means prime).



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Saturday, June 3, 2017

ROAR Cam's FOUR!

<<SUPER LATE POST>>

I've come to learn, that getting inside Cam's brain can be one of the most inspiring & creative processes out there.  I love to hear what he's thinking, the things he likes, + all about those crazy ideas he comes up with (especially when it comes to planning parties, make believe games, or gifts he's wanting (remote control alligator, anyone?).  So, when he said he wanted a dinosaur party, oh... in October, as we prepped for Conley's first birthday, we had plenty of time to plan!
No, it's definitely not unique for a little boy's birthday party.
But once you start searching, it's so fun to make it their own + customize it to suit them:)
*I made the tiny dino party hats out of paint cards from lowes & topped with a tiny craft pom
Since his birthday was in March, (close to Easter) I knew I wanted to do a dinosaur egg hunt for the game/activity.  I ordered some dino eggs from Oriental Trading, a dinosaur gift bag+ paint+foam boards from Target + the Dollar bin had some egg hunt signs, & that was that.  SO easy:)
To make the Dino egg hunt signs, I just taped over the bunny theme with cut outs from the dinosaur gift bags.  Simple as that!
And NO dinosaur egg hunt can be complete without a t-rex encounter.  SO.  
My trooper of a sister dressed up & let the kids shoot her with popper guns (here from Oriental Trading) for a short period of time;)  Cade was supposed to be the victim but luck was in his favor...he was too large for the costume!
Ha:)
yep, those are the popper guns
For our treat to guests, we went to the Walmart Dollar Dinos + tied some Whopper eggs to their arms/legs.  For the girls, we added a tutu + a little make-up & toe paint to feminize them.
For the first time EVER, I finally had a little sense + downplayed the stress of cooking food TOO & we had pizza.  
A h h h e m.  Dinosaur Teeth.
Along with chips+dip.  Green Punch.  And Cake with Ice Cream.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
*And I may never have another party without pizza.
Another birthday celebration in the books.  
I think Cam will have a hard time forgetting it.
On to planning the next;)
(In true Cam fashion!)