Greer-isms || Vol. 4

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
In the months since Greer turned two, she has grown a vocabulary that is vividly wild. She's able to carry on a fluid conversation with me and husband . She's incredibly smart and just as hilarious. Not to mention, she's gained enough sass to last her well into her teens years. I've said it a million times before, and it still stands true, not a day passes that we aren't amazed or in a fit of giggles at something she has rationalized, figured out, or come up with. Greer has an abundance of spunk, a whole lot of logic, and plenty of sweetness. Since the last volume of Greer-isms, I've been keeping a running list on my phone of all the things she has to say, and y'all, I can't even!

Talking about the car cart at Home Depot...
G: I drove fast!
M: Oh, yeah?
G: Yeah! Because I'm young, and tall, and big! 

M: You're daddy's mini me!
G: I'm a small you!

M: Whatcha doin'?
(As she's looking down into the catch-all of her bib after eating juicy watermelon) 
G: I'm watching them (the seeds) swim.

M: How old are you?
G: Half and a two! 

Rubbing my pregnant belly over the spring...
M: Is it time for her to come?
G: Yeah! She'll really, really like us!
G: I love her so a lot!

When it comes to her doing anything that isn't toddler-approved....
G: I can do it! I'm a big woman!

Just as I was heading out for a girls' night...
M: I'm heading out to spend some time with my friends. Listen to daddy and have a goodnight, I love you!
G: You're going to talk about kids, school, and Quinn. Wub you! 
M: Yep, pretty much. 

A common phrase she likes to say these days....
G: What in the world??!

Singing "My Girl" out loud...
G: What can make me feel this way? My girl. My girl. Talkin' about..... yo mama. Mama! 

Laying her head on my pregnant belly....
G: She be my best, best ever friend!

Greer's version of "don't forget this."
"Don't get for this!" 

M: Greer, should we get a dog?
G: Yes!
M: What should we name it?
G: Pongo! (We'd been reading 101 Dalmations)
M: What about Maple?
G: No. about Mango (see what she did there??!)

Lately, she loves when we hold hands with our fingers interlaced. She came up to me and asked me this...
G: Can you wrap my hand up in a present?

G: **in a sad voice** I don't want to make my house clean.
M: Why not?
G: Because I want to play.
M: You can still play, I'm just tidying up.
G: No, I want to make it dirty! **cracks a devilish grin**

While watching me stir the sugar into the sweet tea...
G: Is it making you dizzy too?

M: Are you going to give me sugars?
G: No! **with a smirk**
M: Why not?
G: 'Cause I'm difficult!

Sitting together, eating lunch...
M: Do you want to try a carrot?
G: No, I don't like carrots. I like Goldfish and pretzels.....and red leaves! I love red leaves, but you can't eat leaves!

M: Are you excited for Halloween?
G: Yeah! But, I'm tired of it not coming!

You know you want more Greer-isms! 

Something To Swoon About Vol. 6

Friday, October 12, 2018
Happy Friday! How is it we're almost at the halfway mark of October? Anyone figured that out? Slow the heck down already, will you??! This is my favorite month of the year, where the holidays kick off, the seasons change, and the sweater weather commences. I live for all of the festivities. Bring them on!

Some of our current favorites:
  • We love the fun that our cut-out bats are bringing to our home. Their added charm really makes the Halloween décor come to life! 
  • A delicious white chicken chili recipe that becomes perfection when topped with sour cream and chunks of avocado. You should put it on your meal list for a Sunday dinner. 
  • A pumpkin chai tea latte with cold foam from Starbucks. Go get yours now for the taste of fall in a cup. 
  • This nail polish is supposed to arrive to me today, and I'm hoping it's as amazing as my expectations of it are. 
So that pretty much wraps it up. We're using our weekend to complete some house projects and wear all the sweaters because the fall temps are here!!! Meet me back here next week for a tour of our Halloween décor!

But wait....head over to my Instagram for the incredible fall-feels giveaway I put together with some of my favorite small businesses!! I promise you don't want to miss this!

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Spiced Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Crumb Bars

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Fall desserts are probably my favorites of all the desserts. Maybe it's because of the coziness that is baking in the kitchen on a fall day, windows open and a chilly breeze wafting through, the aroma of pumpkin and spices floating around. Or maybe it's the use of crumble on top of all the things. Either way, I love some fall baking. And the other night, after dinner and while husband was putting baby sister to sleep, Greer and I got a little one-on-one time in the kitchen. 

Greer and I adapted this recipe for pumpkin crumb bars and then made our own twist by adding a layer of cream cheese. Crumble topping + cream cheese. Amen. We saved a third of the dish for us an sent the other two-thirds with husband the next day to share at work. Because we're all about sharing the fall cheer!

  • What You'll Need
    • 2 boxes spice cake mix
    • 1 1/2 cups butter, melted
    • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
    • 15 oz pumpkin purée 
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 TSP vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
  • What You'll Do
    • Preheat the oven to 350°.
    • Combine the melted butter, spice cake mix (both boxes), and oats. Mix until well combined. 
    • Spread out half of the mixture into a greased 13x9 dish. Pat it down to make a solid crust.
    • Spread the pumpkin purée evenly across the crust. Set the dish aside.
    • In a separate bowl, whip the softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and egg. Spread this mixture evenly on top of the pumpkin purée layer. 
    • Last step, make large balls out of the remaining crust mixture, and from that pinch off chunks and cover the cream cheese layer. Once the cream cheese layer is completely covered, gently press down on the crumble. 
    • Bake for 35 minutes. Once out of the oven, let cool for 15 before serving or let cool completely then store in the fridge and serve chilled later. 

Quaint & Neutral || Quinn's Nursery

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Another room has come together in the Hill house, and this time it's for our littlest lady. Her nursery is the quaintest little space, focusing on neutrals with pops of blush and sweet personal touches. I love sitting in her room to nurse, taking in all of the softness that fills the entire space. The morning light that streams through is my favorite, and I love the way it dances across the floor. It's all kinds of lovely. 

This room came completely together on a budget. Almost all of the nursery is filled with furniture we already had, and it was my goal to weave it all together for a unified look.  With a bit of creativity, I was able to curate an entirely different space for Quinn out of pieces that once made up Greer's nursery. I love that the furnishings our first baby used are now a part of new memories being made with her little sister.

In this small room simple was best to maintain airiness/brightness and keep it from feeling cluttered. The crib and the dresser, along with  the curtains and the rocking chair, boast a serene feel, which we extended to the walls with white paint. I also kept to minimal patterns and colors to achieve my vision. Black frames, dresser knobs, and a curtain rod made for bold complements to the lighter tones, while still maintaining a feminine feel. To play into the neutral theme, I went with black & white art and photos for a timeless touch.

With lighter + neutral as the theme, I kept the decorative pieces for the wall just a tone darker to bring in a bit of variance while still being cohesive. The shelves and the DIY tobacco basket, along with the ottoman and toy chest are all in the same color family, and were perfect for bringing out the fabric on the sides of the crib. Slowly and surely, I built the room around the existing pieces we had, keeping my theme in mind and brining in new momentos for Quinn, one of which is the wooly ball mobile. It's delicate and perfect in its new cozy corner. The openness and size variation of the felt balls brings some added depth to that side of the nursery without making it feel over accessorized. 

To contrast the subtle features, I pulled in a vibrant rug that we had but weren't sure where to use. The colors were the perfect way to bring in girly accents to a basically all-white room, really anchoring the space. From there, I found blush pillow covers to put on pillows I already owned, added dried  pink flowers to a white vase, and Quinn's perfect little profile in a french blue. While the colors are minimal in her nursery, the use of them goes a long way to cozy everything right up!

One of my favorite parts of the room is the art and photos. Belle Botanica had the most perfect vintage botanical sketch prints, and I couldn't imagine the room without them. I love that the prints feel whimsical in her room now, but will easily grow with her. 

And the large prints of my tiny newborn, her little feet and head full of dark hair, make this mama heart swell. There's something so classic about black & white photography, and I knew I wanted to use photos of her to make a personalized statement piece for her nursery. Mpix framed two of her newborn photos from our session with Ashely Powell Photography. And y'all, they could. not. be. more. perfect. 

If you're looking for a rocking chair to fit into a small nursery that is not only comfortable, but also beautiful this Lancaster Rocker in linen is perfection. It's also spill resistant, which is a game changer when your baby is the queen of spitting up. 

We're also super smitten (and thankful) for the amazing black-out curtains that keep the day's sunshine away during naps. I love that these curtains are so light-weight, but 100% capable of making the nursery totally dark. I can't recommend using black-out curtains in your little's room enough!

One piece of nursery décor I think every mama should incorporate is a silhouette of your little. I have one in Greer's room and now one in Quinn's. It's such a sweet way to document them in any given season. I always have Jordan from Postmark Studios make my girls' silhouettes. 


Paint: Sherwin-Williams Snowbound

A very special thank you to the sponsors of this post: 
Delta Children, Carousel Designs, 
Belle Botanica, Wooly Sheep Dots, Postmark Studios, and Mpix! 

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