Thursday, December 27, 2012

christmas morning.


We spent Christmas morning at my parent's house this year. We ate cinnamon rolls and opened presents in the same room I've celebrated almost every Christmas since I was born. The tree was in the same corner it always is, and the nine stockings were hung up in their usual places on the mantel above the crackling fire. It was a smaller gathering than usual, since four of my six siblings spent the morning with their own families. This was our first Christmas in Maryland since we got married and that alone made it pretty special. (I missed our tradition of surfing on Christmas Day for about 2 seconds, until the cozy socks went on and the fire was lit!) 

There was something pretty magical about seeing Si take in all the hubbub of the morning of his first Christmas. Even though I know he'll be getting into everything next year, I can't wait until we can talk about Jesus' birth, the pretty lights and watch him rip open all the packaging. 

I hope you had your own magical Christmas morning! I am loving seeing all the cozy photos floating around the blogs and on Instagram this week. Enjoy time with your families this week! 




Friday, December 21, 2012

it's the little things!

It's been a bit of a crazy week as we've been gearing up for Christmas and a plane trip (Si's first!) up to Maryland for the holidays. So, I've got some Instagram photos to share my little things with you.


The sweetest, darkest pomegranate I've ever enjoyed. 
A long hot shower while baby sleeps.
Si's new obsession with sucking his toes. Hilarious.
The cutest hat on the cutest boy. 
Tiny fresh notebooks for jotting down ideas.
Premade cookie dough that makes fresh, hot cookies easy to whip up! 

Lots of little things this week, but also many huge things that have made me savor our little life even more. We've had two successful, easy bedtimes this week, which for some reason, makes all the difference in the world for my outlook. We're excited for more family time in Maryland to celebrate the coming of the Savior! 

Have a wonderful holiday week and Merry Christmas, friends! I'm sure I'll pop in next week to say hello. Enjoy family time and soak in the Joy this season brings!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

on encouraging others and doing what works for you.

Geez guys, my kid is adorable. Seriously, how can you not smile (I crack up) at that little face? He is such a fun baby.

But.But.But.

For the past two weeks, Si has started screaming his head off before going to sleep (for naps or bedtimes). He's tired, we know it, but he just won't calm down. A few times this week, he's screamed for over 2 hours before going to sleep-- no matter what we did to calm him. 

Oh also? He's stopped sucking his fingers and refuses to take a pacifier. 

So, we're at our wit's end. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen that last night we reluctantly decided to let him just cry for awhile. Essentially, he cried it out last night. 

One of the things that has surprised me in becoming a mom (even while being pregnant) is the amount of unsolicited advice I've gotten from other moms. Most of it is harmless and generally well-meaning, but I've gotten advice too, from moms who seem to think they know how to raise my child. And not surprisingly, I got plenty of advice from mamas last night with many different opinions. My head almost exploded and I think around 4am, the sarcasm that I attempt to suppress online came bubbling up. 

Granted, bloggers open themselves up to all kinds of advice and criticism when they share so much of their lives on Twitter, Instagram and their blog. I get that. 

But I think we all just could use more encouragement and less "You should try this" or "My kid does this". More high-fives, "Hang-in-there"s and "You-got-this, mama"s. Mommyhood is tough and feeling helpless when faced with a certain situation makes it even harder. A little encouragement and support from another woman, and I don't feel so alone. 

Heck, not just mamas, but women in general could use more shared encouragement and support, am I right? Enough with the comparing, judging and side-eyeing. Let's have more hugs, cheering each other on, and sappy stuff like that.


The verse above is from Hebrews 3:13 and it's a reminder that I need daily. (The print is by Lindsay of Pen and Paint, who is extremely talented. Go check out her shop here.)

Six months ago, as I learned about hypno-birthing and home births, epidurals and inductions, I realized that it's not up to me to judge why someone makes their plans the way they do. Each parent, each family has different reasons for the things the do, the plans they make and the way they choose to raise their child. Who am I to judge that? You know your child and your life better than anyone else, so do what works for you, girl. 

Ok, good pep talk. Now, I'll leave you with this video of Silas being cute. Have a great day, friends! 






Before 'What Does the Puppy Say?' from Lindsay Wilkins on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

aloha style:: polka dot go-to


top:: {Target}
pants:: {Forever21}
boots:: {Rack Room}
bag:: {Kelly Moore Mimi }

Few things are making me happier these days than this outfit. First, because that means it is chilly enough to wear boots, which never happens in Hawaii. Also, I actually found boots that I love after two years of searching, with the perfect boots in my mind the whole time. Green jeans add another dimension of color that blue jeans just can't do. (You know I can't just wear one color at a time.) And because of the fit and well, the polka dots, that blouse has quickly become the favorite item in my closet. Oh, and my Mimi bag is perfect as a diaper bag that feels just a little bit sassy. 

Especially when you're working on accepting your body the way it is (as us postpartum moms are doing!), it's so important to have a go-to outfit (or two!). Something that you can throw on in a moment's notice and feel great. Something that can be worn to the grocery store, out to dinner, or to church. It extinguishes that nasty feeling you get, standing at your closet with a pile of outcast clothes on the floor and a husband waiting to walk out the door. I know I'm not the only who's been there! 

So, what components make up your go-to outfit? 





Monday, December 17, 2012

unexpected beauty.

This weekend, I soaked up time with our little family, reminded yet again, of the faithfulness of my God and doing my best not to take one moment for granted. Sunday afternoon, we walked around old downtown Panama City. I don't think I've kept it a big secret that I'm not really enjoying living here. And I was in a particularly deep funk brought on by frustration of another Sunday wishing for a church that felt like home, and the weight of the tragic events on Friday. So, the deserted streets, abandoned buildings and tacky Christmas displays seemed even more pathetic and dismal to me than usual.

Until I looked closer. And I saw a little bit of beauty in the old buildings and deserted streets. The textures of the old walls, the unexpected blossoms springing up where they shouldn't. The soft light of the sun setting through the clouds.



Praying that you find beauty and light in unexpected places today. And continuing to pray for the Light of the World to seep into the grieving hearts of many this week.


"Many are asking, 'Who can show us any good?' Let the Light of your face shine upon us, O Lord." Psalm 4:6

Friday, December 14, 2012

It's the Little Things linkup!


 I woke up this morning with happiness rolling around in my head. No particular reason, just happy with life. Despite Silas fighting (aka screaming his head off) sleep every day and night this week, it's been a good one. And plus, he's sleeping in my arms right now (I'm typing this with one hand), so that's smile-worthy for sure. Below are some of the little joys making me smile this morning. 



This baby loves his baths. I think he's going to take to water like his daddy. Also, baby in a hooded towel is pretty much the best thing ever. 



Boots! I've been searching for a pair of boots for the past two years, Yes, I'm picky. I found TWO pairs last night! And just in time for the cold weather that has arrived in Florida this week!


Are baby sweater vests not the cutest things?? Besides hooded towels, I guess. Si is gonna be stylin' this Christmas.


Chris had to wear his dress uniform for work pictures today. He's handsome in shorts and a tee around the house, but gosh, dress him up and my heart gets all fluttery.


And finally, I continue to be thankful for the creativity that has someway found itself back in my system. Current project in the studio is working on finishing these sketches so I can turn them into prints for the shop!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

aloha style:: looking on the bright side



blue tank, lace skirt:: {Forever21}
yellow tank:: {Kohls}
belt:: {Target}
cardigan:: {no idea...}
shoes:: {Payless}
feather ring:: {UE Jewelry}
scrolly ring:: {Blanca Flor, Annapolis}
hand painted necklace:: {coming soon to Hello Hue!}

Ask Chris and he'll tell you that sometimes I can be a pill. Despite my usually sunny outlook, I tend to be the more pessimistic one in our relationship. I worry a recipe will turn out wrong, while he gets excited about adding new ingredients. I complain about not liking Florida, but he thinks fondly on our Hawaiian adventures. I get flustered when plans change, but he looks forward to the new plan. 

So, I do my best to look on the bright side at things. 

For example, it's difficult for me to wear my dresses now that I'm nursing, but a killer skirt and top combo can make me feel just as pretty. 

I'm barely ever alone anymore with this little one around, but I have a captive audience for my made up songs and silly dances. 

We don't get to live in Hawaii for a long time, but we head to Boston next and boy, am I excited for that adventure. 

I get spit up on more often than I'd like these days, but now I actually have an excuse for changing outfits 3 times a day. 

It took me a lot longer than I'd like to find my creativity and start painting again, but I get to start the new year off with a shop opening and I have so many fun products to share with you! 

(Speaking of fun products, thought you might like another peek at the new necklaces coming to the shop! I want to keep them all!) 

How do you look on the bright side? Are you more pessimistic or optimistic? 

PS. I decided to continue titling my personal style posts with "aloha style". I love channeling a little bit of island flavor through my outfits and the bright sunny skies of Hawaii have made a permanent influence on my style. To see more Aloha style posts, go here. 



Friday, December 7, 2012

it's the little things linkup!

Happy Friday! I feel like this week has gone by really quickly, and I think that's because I've been working like crazy in the studio. That's definitely something I feel incredibly blessed by this week-- I honestly wasn't sure that I'd ever find that creative bug again. But it has returned and I'm feeling more "me" every day. 

Some other little things making me smile this week are::

Froggy feet. Or reindeer feet. Or Santa head feet. We have all of those around here lately. Basically any thing "footie" is the cutest thing ever. Especially with the way Si plays with his feet these days. Adorable. 



Aromas from home. And tastes from home too. I made Cincinnati chili the other night and the smells that filled the air made me feel like I was back in my mom's kitchen on a winter night. 



Sharing Christmas with this boy. I love seeing him stare in awe at our Christmas tree and I'm so excited that we get to teach him all about Jesus' birth and share this beautiful time of the year with him. I know this will probably be the most relaxing Christmas for a long time and we're soaking that in.


Chris is here too, he just doesn't get in the pictures as often lately, since there's another little distraction for my camera. I'm thankful for the times he gets up in the night to change Si before bringing him to me in bed. Makes some of those nighttime feedings easier and I love being a team with him.

I'm sure you have many "little things" blessing you this week. With the holiday season here and the busy-ness upon us, I'm once again glad to have this exercise to pause and think about the small happies in my life through the week.

Share yours below!


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

holiday gift idea:: fair ivy subscription service!



I'm a girl who likes surprises. No shaking the presents under the Christmas tree for me. Also, like most people, I love getting surprise packages in the mail. It makes my whole day! And I love surprising others-- like when we secretly showed up in Maryland for a visit when we lived in Hawaii. So, the concept of a surprise package subscription service is pretty rad to me.

Enter Fair Ivy. It's just that-- a subscription service for surprise goodies. Not just any surprise goodies, but handmade ones! For each month you are subscribed, you receive 2-4 beautifully crafted handmade items from artists around the world.

This handmade clutch from Amaya Handmade in Australia is just an example of one item that could show up in your goodie box. It has gorgeous crochet lace rosette on front and bright red polka dot interior and I can't wait to bring it out with me on our next date night.

A Fair Ivy subscription would be the perfect holiday gift for anyone who likes sweet surprises (or maybe even a treat for yourself!) It's also a great way for artists and crafters to have their work spread around the world. (Psst, see more about that here.)

If you're in need of an easy gift for a surprise-loving, handmade goodie fiend, check out more info here. And if you purchase one before Friday, take $10 any women's subscription with the code HELLOHUE at checkout.

(( Psst.. I was offered a sample for review by Fair Ivy, but was not financially compensated for this post. As always, my words and opinions are my own!)) 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

hello hue studio:: coming soon!


Spending lots of time in the studio these days and it feels amazing. I'm aiming for the first week of January to open the shop back up again, with new products and lots of new designs (and some favorite classics too.) Naptimes are filled with precious painting minutes for me and I'm thankful for Chris' help and encouragement as I get back in the game. 

I think you guys are going to love the brand new hand-painted necklaces I'm working on. I've got a few more surprises up my sleeve, but I was just too excited to keep that one in! 

To get some more sneak-peeks, follow me on Instagram! 

Got any favorite designs you are hoping to see back in the shop in a few weeks?

Monday, December 3, 2012

over the weekend:: seaside



 After church yesterday, we drove along the scenic 30a highway to a little town called Seaside. Apparently, this is where The Truman Show was filmed, which I totally get because sometimes I get a too-picture-perfect kind of vibe. But the beach houses are gorgeous and so fun to look along the drive. 

 It was a picturesque kind of day with perfect weather and a perfectly happy baby. We grabbed some lunch from food trucks along the road (I wish you could have tasted my gooey mozzarella, prosciutto and basil grilled cheese.) and then headed down to the beach to stick our toes in the sand. 

Definitely not a "normal" December outing, except that we live in Florida and spent the last three years in Hawaii. So for us, sunny, warm December days are the norm lately. And I'll take it. 

Tonight, we plan on getting our Christmas tree and decorating the house for the holidays. We might have to turn on the AC and pop in our fake fire DVD, just for fun. ;)