CRU’S NEWBORN PHOTOS
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Photos by Acres of Hope Photography

I can’t believe my baby is 2 months old today.  How is that even possible!?  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were bringing him home from the hospital and wondering what life would be like with him a part of it! I thought it was about time I finally shared his newborn photos that were taken just a few days after he was born.   I have to say that the last two months have not been easy.  Cru has had a lot of digestive issues and discomfort since he was born.  To most people, I call it colic….but I’m not convinced that’s exactly what it is.  After trying everything I could think of, from changing my diet to gas drops to probiotics, I realized that the only thing that would probably help was time.  And now, at 2 months, I finally feel like he is turning a corner.  There are moments during the day when he is awake and happy, which was never the case just a week ago.  He is receptive to my talking and just started to give me the biggest grins and coo’s.  It’s so incredibly life giving after weeks of feeling pretty helpless and defeated.  I know this is something so many mom’s have had to deal with, I just had no idea how hard it really was.  Rylee was an easy baby, so learning how to cope with the constant crying all the while still trying to attend to an attention starved 3 year old has been…..well…..exhausting.  I am looking forward to the day when all his tummy troubles are gone and he is the happy baby I know he will be.  I feel like I have been getting glimpses of it lately, which is one of the only things getting me through this tough season.  Knowing that it will pass and that in time, I will probably forget how hard it was and want to do it all over again ;)  That’s the way it’s supposed to work isn’t it?

Anyway, happy two months Cru man.  You’ve taught me so much already and I can’t wait to see you grow.  I love you more than you’ll ever know.


PS I ADORE YOU: FAYE’S STORY

I am honored to be the PS I Adore You sponsor for the month of November!  PS I Adore You started with three passionate moms who were committed to bringing awareness to childhood cancer.  By offering fresh, on-trend items they’ve created a platform to shine a light on courageous children battling their disease. Your purchases fund the fight, and this month, we are focusing on miss Faye.  Here is here story, written by her mama:

Three and a half years ago we were expecting our third baby and Faye, then three, often complained of leg pain.  Doctors chalked it up to growing pains, but Faye’s pain increased, she often had fevers, and eventually she didn’t want to leave bed. The only comfort she could find is if we were rubbing her knees 24/7.  Several days after her brother Nixon was born, we took Faye back to the doctor where they did x-rays and blood tests.  Hours later we were in an ambulance heading to Texas Children’s Hospital where Faye would stay for the next five months to receive chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare type of leukemia that is difficult to treat.  The doctors told us a bone marrow transplant was an option, but Faye responded so well to chemo that we (doctors included) thought it would be best to proceed without a transplant, despite her little brother Nixon being a match.
Faye spent the next three years in remission and enjoyed all the things normal little girls enjoy–going to school, playing softball, and spending time with her brothers.  She has taken the name “Mini Mommy” upon herself.  She is incredibly helpful with another new, now one year old little brother.  When she began complaining of leg pain again we were scared to death, but her blood work looked great and we told ourselves her prior chemo could have long range effects on her body.  As the leg pain continued though, we wanted definite answers and asked for an MRI, which showed abnormalities in her bone marrow.  After a bone marrow biopsy, our worst fears were confirmed.  Faye’s cancer is back and this time a bone marrow transplant is the only option.
Faye spent the month of September in the oncology ward of Texas Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapyto bring a second remission, which has been achieved.  Currently Faye is on the bone marrow floor where shereceived additional chemo to kill her bone marrow. She has received her transplant using Nixon as a sibling match. Now it is a waiting game to see if her body accepts the cells from Nixon.
Faye is as brave as a little girl can be as she goes through what no little girl should have to and has always prayed for her brother Nixon that “he will be OK when they do the ‘bow and arrow’” (Faye’s way of saying bone marrow).  We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father and for the heavenly and earthly angels who are helping Faye and our family through this fight.
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As a mom, I can’t imagine walking through this with one of my own children.  To see your child suffer in any way,  especially from a life threatening disease like cancer, is one of the worst things imaginable as a parent.  And on top of the emotional toll it takes on a family, there is also a huge financial one.  Fortunately, this is one part that we CAN help with.  10% from every purchase made on PS I Adore You this month will go straight to Faye and her fight.
I’ve styled some of my favorite items that will be available this month below!  Please join in helping this sweet family and receive something fabulous in return!
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Giraffe Dress – available now
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Striped Dress – available Nov. 6th
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Knit Circle Cardigan (available Nov. 18th) and little girl’s dress (available Nov. 6th)

VUELA GIVEAWAY
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Today, I’ve partnered up with Vuela Boutique for an amazing giveaway!  Vuela is a local curated online boutique offering well crafted accessories for you, your home or thoughtful gift giving.  They carry some of my favorite hard-to-find ceramic artists as well as independent designers from around the world.  Plus, Marji, the owner, is just a gem.

We are giving away a few of my favorite products: a Splatter Tote by Evens, a brass cuff by Young Frankk, and a ceramic fruit bowl by Workaday Handmade!  To enter, visit Vuela Boutique and comment below with your favorite items.  And follow @simplyvuela on instagram!  A winner will be chosen next Friday, Nov. 7th.  Open internationally.

Also, for the locals, Vuela is doing a pop-up event at West Elm Mission Valley tomorrow, Nov. 1st, from 11-3pm!  Stop by if you can!

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Rose & Fitzgerald
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Introducing Rose & Fitzgerald.   A beautiful collection of  hand made jewelry and home goods.  My friend Courtney and her husband Laren moved from California to Africa several years ago seeking out beauty and talent in a part of the world brimming with intrigue, untapped potential and age-old artistic methods.  What they found there was inspiration behind the birth of Rose & Fitzgerald, a design-and-craft studio based in Kampala, Uganda.  They work with master hand-craftsmen there to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces mixing traditional craft with a stylish flair.  What I love about these products is that they are unique….with the highest level of quality, making them not just a great product, but something you’ll want to hang on to for years to come.

If you’re anything like me and have a hard time finding a great gift for the guys in your life, there are a few options here that are perfect.  Especially those whisky tumblers!  And of course, unique handmade jewelry for women is always a win.  Never too early to start Christmas shopping! ;)

Pictured above:  Dipped Geometric Candle Holders // Raw Wood Charcuterie Board // Cow Horn Spoon Set // Edison Bulb Lamp // Golden Spikes Necklace // Hammored Brass Gladiator Ring // Whisky Tumbler Set