fall love list

Hi friends!! It has been quite some time since I've posted here and I hope you've had the BEST Summer and start to FALL! As much as I sometimes miss this space, taking a step back to focus on what really matters has been so good for my soul! And seeing as the "break" has lasted almost two years, if you're reading this and still following along just know I am so grateful!!

Our girls started school a few weeks ago and I can hardly believe September is halfway over already. Between our anniversary and three family birthdays (Poppy and both of my parents), September is always a favorite month of mine. Also, all the pumpkin things and evening light.

I thought it would be fun to share my Fall Love List and all the things I've been so excited about lately!!

First off, if you are planning Fall photos, this floral dress for little girls is the sweetest. Della wore it for our August sunflower session and it is so beautiful and timeless.

Also loving this striped rib-knit top for layering under sweaters and coats. I swear I had the exact same shirt as a little girl in the 90s. Anyone else??

For rainy Fall days, this polka dot raincoat is our fav. Lots of you asked about it last week when I shared a picture in stories and it is even better in person.

For us Mamas, I am obsessed with my new Sorel boots. I wanted these last Fall but my size kept selling out so when I came across them last weekend I grabbed them. They are so comfy and perfect paired with cozy socks (my fav ever here!) for all your Fall adventures. I have Elk but they also come in 3 other colors.

I don't think I've worn a headband in 20+ years but this knotted leopard one is my new fav. I bought it on a total whim and have worn it every day since. Bonus: I can share it with my girls, which is just so fun.

Obsessed with this Trailblazer Midi Fable bow. The perfect Fall neutral. Also loving this gorgeous "Campout" blue one.

We got this Fall board book last year and it remains a favorite, especially for Della. Such cute illustrations and a great way to learn new words.

These are the most darling lunchbox notes ever. I write a note on the back of each square card and then our girls love popping them open to see what they say. They have all their favorites saved in a basket in their room and it melts my heart.

I've had all my favorite soups & chilis on rotation and this soup fixing caddy is something I use all the time. If its left out on my counter, its pretty enough that I don't mind looking at it ;)

Also loving this 10" lazy susan for entertaining. Available as an 18" one as well.

I am trying to make it a goal to journal more at the end of each day once the girls are in bed. My two favorites right now are the Weekly Prayer Project and this Mara Mi Gratitude Journal. What I love so much about the gratitude one is that it has a section for each day that says "Tomorrow I will remember..." and I always write little things the girls do and say that I don't want to forget.

And last but not least, if you haven't yet tried it, order a Medicine Ball from Starbucks the next time you need a pick-me-up. It is the yummiest blend of jade mint green tea + peach tranquility tea with steamed lemonade and honey. I am not normally a big tea drinker but this is my new fav especially on chilly mornings after school drop-off.

Tell me what you're loving this season!!! Thanks as always for reading!!


rooted + grounded home

Hi friends!! I hope you are all having the BEST Summer ever. Ours is flying by but has been filled with so many good things. Splash pads, park hopping, bonfires & s'mores, tan lines, sunshine, good food and so much more. I wish Summer could stay forever!!

Today I'm so excited to share my new favorite shop with you all and give you a peek at a custom piece they made for our home inspired by our sweet girls. 

Rooted + Grounded began in 2017 when Blake McDaniel and her husband, Travis, were in a time of transition and had the desire to create home decor that was inspirational but which also reminded them of the Truth; meaningful pieces that would keep their family centered. 

They offer the most beautiful handmade wood signs (find just a few of my favorites linked below) and they just recently launched a new t-shirt line. I fell in love with so many of their signs and cannot wait to add more to our collection! Use code BLESSEDNEST15 for 15% off your entire Rooted + Grounded purchase now through July 31, 2019. 

The Rooted + Grounded Team brought to life a sign that still grabs ahold of my heart every time I walk by it as I head down our stairs each morning. A long time ago we began asking our girls a question and their answer is what inspired our sign.

 Often, I would try a new recipe, bake a new dessert, we'd have a new adventure or experience and the question Dustin and I asked afterward was always the same - "how would you rate it?" Kids always give the best (most honest!) opinions and it became a favorite question of ours to ask. One day when we asked them, Poppy replied, "all the numbers except zero" in her sweet, soft-spoken little 3 year old voice -- with tears in my eyes as I heard it, I knew it would become a family motto of ours. We ask our girls how their day was and they have the same reply. At bedtime we tell them "we love you all the numbers except zero."  And so our Rooted + Grounded sign was born.

Whether you pick one of their gorgeous signs or customize your own, it is impossible to go wrong. BLESSEDNEST15 will get you 15% off your total Rooted + Grounded purchase through July 31. 

Find Rooted + Grounded on instagram @rootedandgroundedhome and if you grab a sign, snap a photo and tag me on your instastories @blessednestblog so I can see it!! Happy Summer!! Thanks a as always for following along!! XO


summertime must-haves

Hi friends!! Happy Monday!!! We are halfway through May (how did that happen?!) and the end of the school year is in sight, which is so bittersweet because Olivia loves school so much, but I am looking forward to having her home with me & her little sisters on the daily and to squeeze in some extra time with her before she heads off to 1st Grade in the Fall (!!!). 

We've had temps reaching the 80s this past week so my mind is totally set on Summer-time. I thought it would be fun to share just a few of the things I've been using lately that I plan to enjoy all Summer long incase you are on the search for a few warm weather essentials like we were!!
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I recently picked up this picnic tote (for $8, you guys!!) and I am obsessed. It comes in 3 colors and I found my black one in stores. I cannot wait to use it all summer long for park days, picnics and more. Plenty of room for food and drinks for our crew of 5 but still lightweight and portable. 

I try to keep my water bottle collection as minimal as possible but turning down a good floral is no small feat. Loving this simple (and inexpensive) stainless steel water bottle. Keeps my water ice cold all day, perfect for rising temps. Comes in lots of other colors too!

Della may be 2 but (1) she is definitely still my baby and (2) you better believe I will be squeezing her cute little head in to bonnets and sunhats all Summer long. In love with this stripe one from our fav Briar Handmade and pretty much wish it came in my size.

One of my favorite things to do once school is out and we are free from our usual morning school routine is pack the girls up right after breakfast and head to any nature park with walking trails. Before we moved, we lived right near one we loved -- which we will definitely be returning to this Summer. But now that we are in a totally new area, I am so excited to venture out and discover some new ones. I love taking along earbuds for myself as I'm pushing the girls in the stroller and my go-to pair is Sudio's TOLV. Dustin and I actually had a pair of airpods but these fit our ears so much better and I love the sleek carrying case for on the go. Use code BLESSEDNESTBLOG for 15% off your Sudio Sweden purchase. 

I have been living in my Adelisa & Co leather sandals despite being way overdue for a pedicure!! I have this pair from last Summer and I am loving this pair too. Our girls have matching ones and they are so darling on. I cannot tell you how comfortable they are and I love that their timeless look allows them to be dressed up or down. Total mom win.

A Summertime must-have, Gathre mats are with us wherever we go. We have a few and I love to keep one in my car at all times because they fold up, are easy to pack and wipeable. They are perfect for the park, beach, picnics, backyard and even indoors for crafts or as a table cover when your kiddos are coloring or doing watercolors. The size we use most often is the MIDI but we have a MAXI that comes in handy if all 5 of us plan to be seated at once. 

The black and white snapback that is totally on my wishlist. 

After I graduated college, I never thought I'd use a backpack again. Especially as a Mom. Even diaper bags that came with backpack straps I thought, "I am never going to use these" but here I am, three kids later and a total believer in the amazing convenience of backpacks. So excited to be sporting this Gaston Luga Praper backpack all Summer long, which I imagine come August will be filled with snack wrappers and sand ;) Right now I am loving how organized it is and how much it fits. I am past the season of needing to haul around a diaper bag so this is a perfect size for everything I need while still being easy to wear and bring along for all our warm weather adventures. Use code BLESSEDNEST for 15% off your Gaston Luga purchase.

Our fav sunscreen for ourselves & our girls, a must have for Summertime.

Last but not least, a new season means adding a few new books to our collection. Adaline is so into learning her ABCs right now so I can't wait to give this one to her. Also adding this kids gardening book to our collection in preparation of building my raised beds...and by my, what I really mean is that Dustin will be building them based on my drawings, while I supervise + encourage and then claim them as my own ;) Finally, Britta Teckentrup's "Peek Through" series has been one of our girls' favorites so I put OCEAN on Olivia's birthday wishlist. I'm hoping to get some reading done this Summer as well. Find all my recs here

Hope this gave you some new ideas to get you ready for the most fun season!! You can find more Summertime favorites here. Thanks for reading as always!!


current love list

Hi friends!! Happy Wednesday! We are currently living in a snow globe but dreaming of warmer weather & sunshine. It was almost 70 on Monday and now two days later we are under a Winter Storm advisory so there's that. Ironic that a big package full of summer clothes arrived on my snowy doorstep today ;) In other news, we had our custom shutters installed yesterday and they are everything I've ever dreamed of and more. Can't wait to share a mini home tour soon and show you all the rooms we put them in!

I shared a handful of favorite things in my stories today and lots of you asked for me to link them so everything is below!! 

Clothes for Olivia:
Love these oceanside shorts for Summertime paired with this black and white tank. They also come in a pretty honey color called "bee in a bonnet" that I have my eye on. I don't even think Crayola has come up with a color name quite that descriptive ;)

For summer soccer and park hopping, I grabbed this sleeveless tie-front tank in canopy, this tulip hem tank in black and these go-dry shorts in ivy. They are as soft as butter and I wish they came in my size!!

Clothes for Penelope:
Of everything that I had ordered for Poppy, this polka dot maxi dress was by far my favorite and hers as well. I truly cannot resist a good polka dot and I love that I can add pops of color with floral bows & accessories. 

Also mildly obsessed with these polka dot twisted sandals for little girls and these polka dot slip-ons for us Mamas.

Also loved this dress on her (in lilac), nice enough for special occasions but simple enough for everyday wear.

Clothes for Adaline: 
LOVED these shorts on Della in tobacco leaf; hands down, rust is tied with mustard for my favorite color on the planet. When I tried them on her, I paired them with this simple heart-pocket tee in white (on sale and in lots of colors!) and it was darling.

These distressed jean shorts will be a summer staple, in stock in sizes 3T-5T now but hopefully smaller sizes will be restocked soon!

The last pair of shorts I got for Adaline were these cuffed bermudas in lilac. So so darling and such a perfect color for Spring. 

Also, if I could squeeze Adaline in to this striped romper I would do it in a second. 

Home Favorites:
Loving this gorgeous and simple barn print (on sale!). Dustin is currently hanging it in our mudroom bathroom as I type this ;) I am obsessed with the colors and the texture it adds to the space. 

This woven basket is perfect for next to an accent chair, in a playroom or by a bed for books, puzzles and toys. Also on sale!!

I shared how much I love these polka dot baskets (there seems to be a theme here...) a few weeks ago on my stories. I have a set of 3 of them in our mudroom for the girls' shoes and then a few in our front entryway built-ins as well. They are such a great price point, a perfect solution for toys, stuffed animals, books, shoes + more and bonus: so pretty to look at!!

This scalloped accent table is by far one of my favorite pieces of furniture we own. I picked it up last Friday after finding it online and love it next to our yellow chair. Currently on sale!!

Several of you have asked where our living room rug is from. It is the "Clair Ivory Area Rug" and we got ours from Joss & Main, but you can search it online and find wherever it is cheapest. Ours is an 8x10 and we love it!!

Last but not least, I found the most gorgeous carved wood accent table when we were at Home Goods today {similar here and here}. Though I'm sure I will move it around over the coming weeks, for now it found its home in our master bathroom next to our soaking tub for a stack of fresh towels and my dark chocolate after everyone is asleep ;) 

Hoping all of you are enjoying Spring with your little ones - whatever that may look like for you!! XO


spring baskets + gift guide

Happy Saturday and Happy Spring!! We have been staying busy getting settled in to our new house and it feels so good to be in a routine in a fresh new space. This will be our first Spring here and Olivia & I already have big plans for a garden and planting lots of flowers together. I am dreaming of hydrangeas like we had at our first home and big lilac bushes alongside the house. As we were unpacking, the girls found garden hats from last Summer; they loved wearing them in the house and playing pretend. I cannot wait to see them wearing them in the backyard under a sunny blue sky!! 

 In the spirit of Springtime, I am so excited to share the post you have all been asking for - Spring Baskets!! 

I went with a Gardening theme this year for our girls' baskets and it is has been so hard to keep them hidden cause I am just so excited for them to see and start using everything! 
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I think I say this every time I share a Gift Guide on here but you guys, shopping for three girls is just so. much. fun. Every year I am honored to partner with my absolute favorite brands to bring their Spring Baskets to life and this year was no exception. 

I love finding a mix of things the girls will use & wear daily -- the prettiest metallic clips from The Splendid Bow {7}, the cutest strawberry pigtail set from Fancy Free Finery {15}, our favorite ever leather sandals from Adelisa & Co {11}, ballet dresses from Alice + Ames {9} and the most darling nightgowns and Spring & Summer clothing from Tea Collection {16, 19} -- and then adding in some fun new books and toys for them too!

One of my forever favorite boutiques, My Sweet Muffin, is my go-to place to find Maileg Mice for our girls, along with one of a kind gifts and toys so I always add in something from there. I often find the girls quietly playing with their mice in our living room or at our kitchen table, making up stories and using their imagination. They are the kind of toy I would have played with as a little girl, and certainly something we will pass down to our daughters' kids some day. I love that you can just buy a few each year for birthdays or holidays and build up a collection over time. 

Olivia and Penelope share a room so I picked out new pillows from BlaBla Kids for each of them for their beds - Olivia is getting the butterfly {1} and Poppy is getting a rainbow. Even though they could each have their own rooms, they requested to share like they did in our first home, which just melts my heart. I am going to enjoy that as long as it lasts ;) I picked out a Briar Handmade brimmed bonnet for Adaline's basket {4} -- perfect for sunny days in the backyard. We love children's books so much and these two are the sweetest new ones this season to add to our collection {2, 18}.

One of my favorite things to put in baskets each year is the new Tubby Todd Bundle set and my jaw about dropped when I saw that this year's was a Garden Bundle. I put one bottle in each of their baskets and oh my goodness do they ever smell amazing!! Pretty sure I could eat the Lemon Lotion straight from the bottle!!

Other favorite ideas that I always go back to: new bath toys, small puzzles {10}, art supplies and books. I also love putting bubble wands, sunglasses or swimsuits in their baskets in anticipation of warm weather and backyard fun. On the practical side: cute socks or pajamas are my go-to. For a baby, grab a Mini Gathre Mat for under their highchair (and playtime of course) or some new bibs & sippy cups, a rattle or fun wooden teether {20}.

I'll be sharing a closer look at everything in the girls' baskets on my instagram stories so be sure to head over there. AND watch for a huge giveaway coming next week on instagram with over $300 in prizes for you to create your own Spring Basket! I hope this gives you some fun new ideas for your kiddos!! I'd love to hear what you are putting in baskets this year and better yet - I'd love to see! Post a photo in your stories and tag me on instagram @blessednestblog so I can see + share! XO


lemon scones

Hi Friends!! The weather is warming up here and it's almost time to start opening windows. We have been enjoying evening walks after dinner and even some park hopping. Today marks one month since we moved in to our new home and every day we spend here seems better than the last!

One of my favorite parts about our home is baking in our kitchen. Lots of you requested my lemon scone recipe so here it is! Talk about the yummiest pastry I've ever tasted. I used The Pioneer Woman's basic scone recipe and then added a few of my own twists using fresh lemon zest and lemon essential oil. My recipe is below.

What you'll need

+ 3 cups all purpose flour (I used Cup4Cup gluten free flour - available at Target & Whole Foods)
+ 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
+ 5 teaspoons baking powder
+ 1/4 teaspoon salt (I use himalayan pink salt)
+ 2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, chilled (Our fav is Vital Farms)
+ 1 whole large egg
+ 3/4 cups heavy cream (more if needed)
+ Zest of two lemons
+ Young Living's Lemon Vitality Essential Oil - this is essential to creating the amazing lemon flavor!

+ 3-4 cups powedered sugar, sifted
+ Zest of one lemon
+ Approximately 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
+ Young Living's Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

What you'll do

1. Start by pouring heavy cream into a bowl and add the zest of two lemons, plus 8-10 drops Lemon Vitality EO; set aside

2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt

3. Cut cold butter into pats and using a pastry blender (or your hands), cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles crumbs

4. Add an egg in to the lemon cream (from Step 1) and whisk gently

5. Combine lemon cream with flour mixture; stir gently with a fork until it just comes together (do not overmix); if it seems too crumbly, add a splash of heavy cream (I always need to add a little)

6. Turn dough on to a floured surface and lightly press together until it forms a rough rectangle (mixture will be pretty crumbly but should stay together enough to form)

7. Using a rolling pin, roll the rectangle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick 

8. Use a knife to trim into a symmetrical rectangle, then cut the rectangle in to 12 symmetrical squares/rectangles. Next, cut each square diaganolly to end up with two small triangles (if you dont get 12 squares, use leftover dough to repeat process)

9. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill in fridge 15-20 minutes

10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

11. While scones are chilling, time to whip up your glaze! In a bowl, mix lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Then add 8-10 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil. If glaze needs to be thinned out, continue to increase lemon juice. I don't measure anything when I make the glaze, I just eyeball it until it is thin enough to easily coat them but flavorful enough without being too sweet.

12. After scones have chilled, bake for 17-18 minutes, removing them from the oven just before they start to turn golden. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.

13. Once they've cooled, dip each scone in to the glaze on one side, then the other, to fully coat it. Transfer to parchment paper (I use the parchment I baked them on and flip it over) or wire cooling rack. Allow the glaze to set completely, about an hour. 

14. Store in sealed glass container for 2-4 days. I usually take half my batch and freeze them that night in a freezer bag and then leave the rest out to enjoy! 

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