Mixed prints for spring

Top of the day to you! 😁

Today I wanted to share my favorite spring outfit that takes me through these crazy fluctuations in Minnesota weather! Next I have been dying to tell anyone who will listen about our double stroller because we’ve had it a few months now and still absolutely love it! Finally, I wanted to give a bit of a life update to tell you a few things you didn’t know about us lately.

First, my long leopard cardigan sweater and buffalo check tee are both from Shein. The buffalo check top is literally under $6 now and it’s probably my most worn top and I highly recommend it. I think mine is a size medium. They were gifted to me by the company awhile back and I still wear them all the time! I think the top is a few years old now! The denim shorts are from the Universal Thread line at Target and they work so well for me and my after baby body. I feel like they are long enough and fit the right way to hide some of my baby weight, yuh know?

Our stroller is the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight and it is the best inexpensive double stroller ever! It’s sturdy, relatively light, folds up well, and has a cup holder! Plus, one of the biggest things about it for me was that it can hold a lot of weight so I don’t have to buy a new stroller as the kids get bigger. Oh, and the wheels work SUPER WELL, which was not our experience with our more expensive single stroller!

In other news, have you heard about our new business venture over here?! It’s an art subscription box called Classy Artist Box! Each month we send out supplies and access to a video lesson on our new site! This was our first month and I feel such a frenzy of nervously working out a few last minute kinks. BUT it’s so exciting to be able to do what I love and pass that joy to people around the country!

Today is an exciting day for us because in a little while we are launching our little kids boxes with options for preschoolers and elementary age kids! More on that soon, but for now here’s a link to our shop!

I love the kids boxes because it’s such a great way to spend time with your little ones in a way that you both can enjoy. Plus I’ve done all the shopping and creativity for you so you don’t have to come up with it all on your own!

Now I’m gonna go and start making the kids examples for our June boxes!! We are starting with fish related projects and I’m so excited to make them with Wolfie (who turns 3 this week)!!!!

Xo,

Kellie

snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?

Xo,

Kellie

Embryo or Ultrasound Painting Giveaway!!!!

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About the Giveaway

Hi girls! I decided to give 2 different mamas a painting, one embryo and one ultrasound. To enter, go find me on Instagram if you haven’t already and enter by following the instructions under the same photo as the one  you see in this post! My username is @the_classy_artist, I’d love to be friends with you on there if we aren’t already!
You can earn an extra entry by following my blog and commenting below telling me your journey to motherhood so we can get to know each other. Don’t forget to include your Instagram username so I know who to attribute the extra entry to!
Entries will be accepted until August 28th at 5PM
Winners will be contacted on Instagram through direct message the evening of August 28th and must claim the prize by responding to the message before winners are announced on August 31st — so be sure to check your messages or else the prize will go to someone else.

Sharing in the Journey

I’ve been learning so much lately about other women’s journeys to motherhood, but I don’t always share my own because sometimes I feel guilty about my relatively easy road to being called, “Mom-moo.” But I know that each woman’s story is beautiful because it is unique and her own.
For me, becoming a mom began about 3 years ago in the standard way… and for a second I was excited about it, but that excitement was suddenly followed by periods of crying and not feeling ready for the pressures and responsibilities of being a mom.  It was very difficult for me, actually, because I knew in my heart that I was excited, but my head went through lists of reasons why I wasn’t ready because I wasn’t perfect and the timing wasn’t perfect either. I had to let all of that go and count my blessings because, let’s be honest, finding that perfect timing is almost as elusive as a unicorn. 😉
I want to be clear though, it wasn’t that I didn’t love my son or that I didn’t want to be a mom, I just didn’t feel ready and honestly it’s ok to not feel ready.
With this current pregnancy we decided to start trying to get pregnant the summer our son turned one because we wanted our kids to be about 2 years apart. Then in December we got pregnant again and were so so excited because we knew the joy of being a parent and we knew how blessed we were to be able to have not just one but two kids.
We’re now nearing the 35 week mark with our second baby and are counting the days until we can meet our sweet baby girl, W.
But now I want to hear from each of you: Are you currently expecting? How many kids do you have? Did you feel like you got pregnant at the perfect time? Were you excited to find out you were pregnant or did you have different emotions at first like I did? Were there complications with your pregnancy (or pregnancies)? Did you adopt? Did you do IVF? Did you experience any loss? Are you a mamma to babies in heaven?
Please let me and others reading this know if you have any prayer requests related to your motherhood journey. I would absolutely love to pray for you and I have the feeling others reading this will feel the same.
Xo,
Kellie
P.S. Don’t forget to tell me your Instagram username if you’re doing an extra entry into the giveaway!