Shop Scoop: Olive Box

Olive Box | In Honor of Design

My sisters and I used to scheme and dream about owning our own paper shop. We all have a thing for paper goods. The color, design, and texture possibilities are endless! So naturally, when I heard about Olive Box I had to take a moment to simmer down for a little bit. A paper subscription service where you receive a box of stationary goodies every month! Well here’s my little story about how I scored my first ever Olive Box…

I was feeling like Saturday was going to be a good day being June 1st and all. June is the month I was born AND my anniversary month AND the month this baby will be born….so its gotta be a good month, right??

I hit up the Maiedae Mixer and basked in all of the creative detailed glory it had to offer. I got to meet a blogging friend, Barb of Knack Studios (you know, the brilliant mind behind this book) which was so refreshing. Well she was the lucky duck that night and won the Olive Box that night in the raffle (me and raffles never seem to co-ordinate our stars). Apparantly Barb had just received one of her own Olive Box full of goodies so since I happened to be in the right place at the right time (aka, hovering like an awkward bookworm stalker), she so kindly gave her winnings to me. A generous and authentic one she is. So that is my little story and now I share the eye candy with you!

This month’s box contained:

Notecard Set from Fawnsberg – that I may just frame and never use…
Vintage Blossom Notebook from Rifle Paper Co. – obviously a winner and everyone’s favorite line.
Floral Fabric Puspins from A Girl of All Work – already in use above my desk.
The cutest calling cards on the block (not sure who by!).

You can check out more about Olive box and how to receive or gift your own paper goodies here.


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Babymoon Essentials

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Gabe and I have not been away together since before Gabriel was born! Since we don’t have family near by, leaving them with a sitter is not an affordable option or one I have felt comfortable with yet. Lucky for us, my sister is living with us this summer working here in Atlanta, and she so generously offered to stay with the kids for the weekend so we could squeeze in a Babymoon/Anniversary celebrating this weekend. So very excited to have time with my husband all to myself. We are heading to Charleston, SC since we have been dying to see the city, and since there is a beach there. (Necessary.) Have you been? Any fun places to recommend? 

Here are a few essentials I am packing:

1. Denim Chambray – that piece you can throw over anything and use as a jacket for cooler evenings.

2. & 3. Picked up a few of these $5 tanks at H&M to layer over the Blanqi support camis.

4.  Wide rim fedora – easy way to finish a look and mainly provide sun protection at the beach. Similar one here.

5.  The most comfortable sandals that I have been wearing daily as of late that go with both dresses and casual shorts.

6. Honest Co. Sunscreen…because its one of the few safe for your skin. Also love their healing lip balms!

7.  I was terrible at staying hydrated when pregnant with Gabriel and it got me into trouble! So this pregnancy I carry around this BKR Glass Water Bottle with me everywhere.

8. H&M also provided some fun sunglasses choices this year. Similar pair here.

9. Finally found an expandable tote in just the right color that can separate travel essentials + laptop or camera in different sections.

10. Camera…you know, that thing lifestyle bloggers can’t really go anywhere without;) (We use aRebel T3)

11. Baseball tee – one of my few tees that still fits over my belly bump and is comfortable and easy. (Affordable option here.)

Not pictured: Bathing suit ( ahhh do I have to??) Well beach time is a must for Gabe and I so I will swallow my pride for this one. Love ASOS’ maternity suitsBeach cover ups – I just received this one in the mail which is fun. Also will be bringing my Tolani Cover up and dresses for evenings. (See recent Bump Styled posts:))

Would love to hear your essentials!
Will be posting a few photos to instagram over the weekend if you want to see the city from afar!


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My non-birth plan

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Top: c/o Questhaven Fashions, Tank: Guess, Support Cami: Bumped by Blanqi, Jeans: Levi, Sandals: Sam Edelman, Hat: gift from hubs, Bag: Questhaven Fashions, Shades: H&M (similarFYI – Last day to get 35% off at Questhaven Fashions!

I am about to have my third child. I have never attended a birth class or made a birth plan.

I just knew I would roll with it when the time came because we have a beautiful thing called natural instinct that kicks in. It has served me well up until this point, even though both of my birth experiences were so different than I had thought they would be. I knew if I had made a birth plan, it would be have made it more difficult for me to accept all the crazy turns of events that happened. Instead, I was able to just put my fighter mode on and go.

Well, after unexpectedly going natural last time with Veronica, it is what I hope to accomplish this time. That being said, I actually have a tentative plan for this baby…(gasp!)….a water birth. It is supposed to take the edge off the pain, allow more comfort, and ease the delivery. Gabe and I went to a two hour class last night. It was the first time since this pregnancy we actually got to sit down and think about the fact we were about to bring a new life into the world in a few short weeks. We both wondered how this was happening already. The class was an interesting experience to say the least. Probably more info than I would prefer to know, but important none the less. When it comes down to it, I know I am in good hands with who will be delivering our baby (our midwives are fantastic), and that Gabe will be there. That is really all I am concerned with. I know God already has a birth plan for us…He has proven He is most present in those moments.

So what do you think friends? Do you think Gabriel and Veronica will be getting a brother or a sister? I have my hunch but wil let you guess;)

Happy Weekend!



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