cardigan: old navy (similar) // dress: made by me (similar) // belt: target (shop) // shoes: kohls (similar) // clutch: thrifted (similar) // watch: michael kors (shop)

Since we’ve been married, and even had two kids, I’ve never made a big deal about holidays. Christmas and birthdays are always fun occasions and I definitely make an effort on those days, but all those other littler holidays just come and go without more than a mention of them.

But now that Peanut is nearly three, he’s starting to understand and get excited about holidays, so I’m mustering up all my mom skills and trying hard to make these little holidays a special occasion. I want to be that kind of mom, it’s just turns out that it’s a lot of effort.

So for St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday we all wore green (Philip laid out a yellow tie for church the night before and got a scolding — you can’t wear a yellow tie on St. Patrick’s Day!), I made spinach and artichoke melts (green!) and green fruit kabobs (kiwi, green grapes and green apples) for dinner, and we had rainbow jello cups for dessert. We even did a little rainbow craft inspired by my sister.

Now Easter is just around the corner…just thinking about doing a bunch of fun things makes me tired, but I am determined to do better! Wish me luck.



  1. Ash says:

    Pretty momma and sweet baby! My sister always goes all out for holidays (her kids are 4 & 2) and it makes me tired just looking at all her decorations. I'm sure I'll try, but I can't make any promises to attempt multi-layered jello πŸ™‚

  2. Love the outfit. It can be tiring to do all of the holiday stuff- but so fun to see how much they love it. With our kids this young I enjoy doing the minimal things that make the most impact on them!


    • Totally agree! A few fun things is all I need — I don't want all these fun holidays to go completely unnoticed, but I also have no interest in going all out. That's what makes me feel tired πŸ™‚

  3. Jenni says:

    LOVE this cute outfit on you! Adorbs!!! Holidays with kids are so fun!

  4. Kimberly says:

    What a pretty outfit! Holidays with kids are the BEST!! I'm a teacher, and I look forward to holidays because the kids get so stinkin excited. Good luck with Easter ideas!

  5. gorgeous — and love how you added that leopard belt, so perfect! xo

  6. My family also watches most of those holidays come and go…

    Love that you're really trying! And those pictures are just adorable!


  7. I find that holidays with children are simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. Very cute outfit – green without looking like a leprechaun.

  8. Mistie Doren says:

    My husband was fully unaware that if you don't wear green you get pinched! But he played along anyway.

  9. Nicole says:

    I love your blog! I know you aren't looking for advice or anything, but don't be afraid to ease up on the holiday productions if they are too exhausting πŸ™‚ We keep it simple (except Christmas, obviously! :)) during holidays, because that's what works for us with all that we have going on, and my kids still love them and we have a lot of fun together. Awesome that you did all that though! I bet Peanut loved it!

  10. How do you continue to create awesome things – where do you get the ideas?

  11. Janssen says:

    It is really gratifying to see how excited your little kids get when you make an effort, isn't it? I like being that mom.

  12. I'm sure you're doing a great job! Sounds like you made St. Patrick's Day a lot of fun! I love this look. One of my favorites. I love all the details from the leopard print belt to the cool thrifted clutch!

  13. Mir says:

    Wow! You look super pretty! And your little baby is so cute!!! πŸ˜€

    Lots of love from Portugal *

    Mirabilis Makeup

  14. Emily says:

    I ADORE that dress! You really are so talented. I go a little crazy for holidays. I think they are so fun!

  15. I am like you, with a four year old and one year old it's exhausting! I found online a fun Easter tradition to start that I think we might try this year. Fill plastic eggs with grapes, gold fish, gummy bears, cut up pieces of sandwich and put them in the eggs and hide them around the house or yard. Let them "find" their lunch and if it's a nice enough day you can eat outside on a blanket!

  16. Marsa says:

    okay you were the cutest pregnant lady i had ever seen. and now you look even cuter with your baby on your hip! ahhhh i love your blog πŸ™‚

    The DayLee Journal

  17. Kylie says:

    My baby's only 7 months, and while I want to make the holidays special for him, I think there's a balance that each mom has to find. I read an article the other day that really helped me to see that we don't have to be super moms and that it's OK for some holidays not to be a big deal. You look so cute by the way! I love your style.

  18. I am so with you on this. I feel like PInterest is making me into a failure as a mother since I get exhausted thinking about all the stuff to do for holidays. i have 4 kids ages 11, 8, 6 and 3 and just imagining all that I *could* do for each holiday makes me tired!!!

  19. HandJ Cobb says:

    Good job! You're right, holidays are a lot of work with young kids. And I love the leopard belt with that dress!

  20. Kelly says:

    Love the whole outfit. I gotta say, the baby is the best accessory πŸ˜‰

  21. Holiday-themed or not, this outfit is adorable and you look GREAT!

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  22. Can I just say that the best accessory is Buck! SOOOOOO Cute πŸ™‚

  23. I would love to learn how to make that dress! Will you teach? Pretty please?

  24. Anthea Lau says:

    very sweet and simple outfit, love the cute stripe dress!
    would you like to follow each other?

  25. Kristina says:

    Loving your green! I have a feeling I'll be the same way about holidays when I'm a mom πŸ˜‰


    Kristina does the Internets

  26. newpetite says:

    Love the outfit on you and your best accessory is that little guy. He suits you πŸ˜‰ Haha… I love to celebrate every little holiday and occasion. We just need a reason to celebrate you see.

  27. Beautiful look on you.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post 'Bold in Blue'.


  28. love your stripe dress! great outfit! xoxo

  29. Lacey Conrad says:

    You have amazing style! I love the leopard print belt with the stripes. You have inspired me to mix prints.

  30. Marissa says:

    Very cute outfit idea! I can't wait to try to recreate something similar.

  31. Love how you paired the stripes with green, and the belt is perfect! πŸ™‚

  32. I love your blog! I came across it from Pinterest some time ago and had the hardest time finding it again! but I looked for a long time till I finally found a Pin with a real link to your blog πŸ™‚ You have the cutest and best sewing projects that always turn out so cute! I even showed my mother in law because I just knew she would love your blog and she did. Can't wait to see more projects!

    The House of Shoes

  33. se7en says:

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing…58eveningdress.

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