#OOTD Essie Style: Featuring Rad & Rue


In all honesty I don’t really have anything major to say

but when a girl looks this cute you just gotta post!

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Outfit Details:

Hat – Hand-me-down from a friend

Mini Dress:  “Village Vanilla” Mini Dress Rad & Rue

Black Gladiator Sandals:  Fred Meyer (LOL)

Ruffle Jean Skirt:  Value Village

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Gorgeous Girl!

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Happy Thursday!


They Call Me Mom…

When I was first asked to write about Motherhood I made several failed attempts at writing a profound piece that would leave everyone in awe of my amazing “mothering skills.”  But truth be told I’m no June Cleaver or Carol Brady.  I don’t cook like Rachel Ray or craft like Martha Stewart.  I make macaroni, chicken nuggets and Ramen noodles more often than I’d like to admit.  My toilet seats are constantly covered in “drips” from kids in a hurry.  My floor always needs a good sweeping and sometimes I use the TV for a “babysitter”…Yes I’m THAT mom.  But they call me Mom and they love me for who I am.  So instead of giving you amazing advice, I’m giving you a sneak peek into my daily conversations with the little people who call me “Mom.”



They Call Me Mom Diaries: (the following are some of my favorite FB posts from the last couple years)

March 17, 2011 · Finn just got home from Preschool and informed me that he had a rip in his jeans (of course, I’m thinking in the knee) Nope….in the crotch of his pants! And when I asked how it happened he said “from my crazy dance moves.”

January 30, 2012 · Huxley just asked for something to drink and informed me “Mama…my brain is telling me it wants soda”…so I informed him… “Well…MY brain is telling me you’re getting MILK!” LOL

April 25, 2012 · Not sure what should concern me most….?

1 That I caught Finn and Huxley spying on me while I was changing into PJ’s (still had bra and underwear on)?

2 That I heard Finn tell Huxley…”get closer….it’s even funnier”…?

3 That Finn then proceeded to draw a picture of me changing my clothes…?


4 That the picture was this…?


May 9, 2012 · I found Huck and Finn’s “Boy Cabbage Patch Kids” today and Finn has been carrying them around, feeding them, changing diapers, and bathing them all day. He just walked into the kitchen with both dolls in his hands and said “Gosh, why do I have to carry around these kids all day” (in an adult tone…of course).  By the way, the dolls names are “Flynn and Mighty Eagle!”

May 15, 2012 · Mom of the YEAR! Finn and Huck wanted to take a walk…so I threw them in the single jogger and headed out. I made it about 2 miles when I saw a curb…it was little and I thought I would be able to make it if I just ran a little faster….WRONG! Both kids went flying off the stroller (no one was injured….well maybe my pride). Love it when something like this happens at an intersection in front of numerous people! Amazing!

May 31, 2012 · Good news…Huxley went potty and “wiped” himself! Bad news…he forgot to grab toilet paper!

September 5, 2012 · Listening to Huck and Essie play from the other room and I hear Huck say, “Essie do those eyebrows mean yes?”…anyone who’s been to Uganda knows the answer to this. Love it!

August 25, 2013 ·  Something I actually said out loud to my kids tonight….”If you don’t stop telling your sister to drink the bath water, I’m going to pee in a cup and make YOU drink it”….BTW the boys informed me 5 seconds earlier that THEY had peed in the bathtub…SERIOUSLY?!

November 7, 2013 · Should I be concerned that I overheard Huxley tell his substitute teacher today, ” There’s my Mama….you know…the one with the little brown adopted girl.” LOL

November 8, 2013 · Finn informed me tonight that he and I will dress as Elves for Christmas because we already look like them…

June 4, 2014 · The month of June will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was 2 yrs ago that we left for Uganda to meet a very special little girl. Leaving my sweet boys and traveling to a foreign country wasn’t something I ever thought I would do, but through a miracle only God could orchestrate I ended up in Uganda for 2 months. Thankfully I was lucky enough to bring back a beautiful reminder of God’s grace and mercy that I get to see every day. So thankful for you sweet Essie, you (like my boys) are an absolute gift from God.


June 5, 2014 · In the car today… Me: Huxley do you think Essie is pretty?  Huxley: Who wouldn’t?

July 9, 2014 · Today Essie was chatting with my sister and I…and she casually said “Mama and Papa get me from Africa”…she then walks over to me and says “Thank You Mama”….sweetest thing EVER!!!!

September 16, 2014 · So last night I’m taking a bath when Huxley barges in…

Huxley : Mama I really need to poop.

Me: Huxley please go in the downstairs bathroom.

Huxley: Uh…it’s kind of creepy down there.

Me: (sigh) fine, just go in this bathroom (I close the shower curtain) …30 seconds later

Huxley: Okay Mama…it’s gonna start to stink now…

November 12, 2014 · Today as I’m cutting Huxley’s hair…

Huxley: ” Mama…do they have contest for having the prettiest hair?”

Me: “Not sure Huck…why do you ask?”

Huxley: “Because you would win!”

Me: “Awe…thanks buddy”

Huxley: “And you are the second best hair-cutter in the world…the first place is Edward Scissorhands!”

February 11, 2015 · Laughing so hard this morning.

Finn looks at my leg and says “Mama what’s that?”

Me: That’s a birth mark.

Finn: Oh, it sort of looks like a mustache…or an alien spaceship.

Me: I guess I’ll take the “Alien Spaceship” (because the thought of a hairy patch shaped like a mustache on my leg scares me) LOL

So there you have it. Leave it to Facebook to sum up what my life is like as a Mom.  Obviously my kids crack me up every…single…day.  My kids are a unique bunch of individuals and it takes a special set of parents to raise them. Thank you God for giving us these beautiful children, motherhood wouldn’t be the same without them.

(Like what you see us wearing?…Check out Lemon Tee Shop online and follow them on Instagram @LemonTeeShop)


Floral Kimono


I love finding beautiful clothes online.

This floral kimono is just adorable!

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I found this beauty via Instagram at Just Jules.


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Besides the colors, floral print, fringe and other amazing attributes of this kimono…

I love the price!!!  $24

To find more cute clothes at affordable prices check out Just Jules!

Mommy and Me Photos!


These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t found time to post a blog until now.

I love them all!

Essie cracks me up with her facial expressions!

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Seriously this girl make me laugh so much!

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Some days I just have to remember how quickly she will grow up

and continue to treasure these moments as they happen!

Headbands by Voyaging Soul on Etsy!

Autumn Bug A Bow on Etsy


Because Essie is so photogenic, she has become a Brand Rep for a number of online shops!

It’s been fun to “meet” these fabulous shop owners and help support small businesses!

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When we found out that Essie would be lucky enough to rep the Etsy Shop “AutumnBugABow”,

I knew we would have a blast taking photos and styling!

You ALL know how I love Target, Ross, TJ Maxx and all those department stores that give us great deals,

but there is something so special about supporting a small business.

If I can find adorable clothes at a reasonable price AND help support a stay at home Mom…

I’m all FOR IT!

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So don’t wait for me to post more pictures of Essie modeling her adorable items…

Go check out Autumn Bug A Bow on Etsy now!

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Is anyone else hungry for Watermelon!  :)

Check out the “goods” below and then go ahead and try not to buy something!

I dare ya!  :)

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See what I mean…?

SUPER affordable!



(Someone with an infant or toddler PLEASE buy one of the adorable bloomers or rompers!)

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The Adorable Stylings of Lynlee and Essie!

I’ve come to the conclusion

that there are very few things in life more adorable than

4 yr old BFF’s.

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I just simply can’t get enough of these two!


they fight…

they bicker..

and boss each other around…


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but there is something so simple and genuine about a child’s friendship!

They haven’t learned how to gossip…

or compete for the boys…

they don’t care about their figures…

and the world hasn’t corrupted their minds with

what they “should” look like!

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They just know they like each other

and that itself is enough.

Don’t you wish we were all this simple-minded!

I really love these little ladies!


Adventure at Fort Worden (Port Townsend)

IMG_7016 Fort Worden (Port Townsend, Wa)

A photographers dream!


Such a beautiful…creepy place full of history!

Walking through the crazy dark bunkers and tunnels can be very eerie!


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Thankfully Essie had a flash light handy!🙂

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These kids are seriously too cute!

Anyway back to Fort Worden…

it’s definitely a very cool place to check out!

You might even run into some “zombies”….


Kids can make great shadows…

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Huxley can get REALLY dirty and end up taking his shirt off…


And naturally…he will begin doing karate!


A mix of army bunkers…


weird tunnels…stairs and ladders

…make for a fun adventure!


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A little “Karate Kid” action!

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Seriously…Good Times!


Elf? Hobbit? Forest Maiden? or just Creepy?

Picture yourself walking through the forest.

It’s quiet…

the birds are chirping…

green trees and the beauty of nature is abundant…

you are experiencing pure peace and tranquility.

But out of the corner of your eye you see something out-of-place…

What could it be?

Is it an elf?

A hobbit?

A forest maiden?


There seems to be a weird girl with pink hair and a dress

standing in the forest…

Yes…I said “standing”…

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What the heck is this girl doing out here?

It’s cold darn it…

 Is she doing a balance beam routine on a log?


Seriously…what is she looking at?




She saw us!



She definitely saw us!

Is this creepy to anyone else?


Okay… what the heck is she going to do with those leaves?

…She is gathering leaves! …

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She is throwing the leaves in the air?

This is weird!


Alright this is closes thing I’ve seen to a normal emotion

from this so-called “Forest Maiden!”

I think it’s time to get out of the creepy forest!  :)

(This post was made possible by the fabulous photography from Susan Huff)

(And if you can’t tell…we had a blast!!!)

Style Me February Instagram Challenge! @HilaryRushford

IMG_7235I’m currently participating in a fun “Closet & Instagram Challenge” on IG!

It’s called “Style Me February”

check it out @HilaryRushford on Instagram!

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The concept is simple!

Follow the list of items that are featured each day

and post a photo with the hashtag #StyleMeFeb.

It is super fun to see how many people are posting and what they choose to wear.

If you can’t do it everyday it’s no big deal, just join in when you can!

Today’s challenge was a Darling Dress!

Isn’t this a fun twist on leopard print?


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Make February a month of style!

Whether you decide to join the IG fun or simply try new ideas from your closet,

it’s sure to be a  “Fashionable February!”