Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes on instagram [@leahmullett] and Facebook! I have had such an amazing day & start to my 29th year of life. Spent my morning with one of my best friends Alisa, snapping some photos in our new studio [post coming on that soon!] We just love playing in that space & dreaming up some ideas for some awesome shoots coming up for both of us.
The rest of my day was spent with my family, we went shopping for some birthday gifts for me that I wanted. Matt had asked prior so he could shop for me but honestly, I love having an excuse to spend the day together and kind of wanted to compare some things anyway so I wanted to be there to pick it out. The clerk at Sephora may have laughed at me when I told her I wanted some anti-aging cream but I know that it is always smart to work to prevent it before it even happens so that was my thought. For once I want to be on top of it before the wrinkles even come. I went with philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar night cream along with the philosophy’s hope in a jar eye cream. I may have snuck a body wash in there too.
Matthew also treated me to a fossil wallet seeing that everyone has been mocking me for my 15 year old wallet that I thought was pretty darn cool still … apparently not.
Clearly our family loves balloons. Levi is so obsessed with them I figured why not, it will be his favorite toy now for the next 2 months. Yes folks, they seriously last that long. I usually end up killing them myself with a knife or scissors. You know … let out some pent-up anger.
Looking forward at 29, I have some goals as always. I love any excuse for a fresh start. Mondays [hey one good thing about them], a new month, birthdays, new years day … they all work in my mind. I really have some goals to be a HEALTHIER Leah. I’ve never put myself or my health first. Probably never will. But I am going to try to work on those things that I can easily work on and just need to make more of a priority. Drinking more water, more sleep, eating healthier, continuing to loose weight. I’m excited for how much healthier I can be for my 30th birthday come next year! I also plan to make more time for mental + spiritual health. Somewhat ‘schedule’ that time to read a book, paint my nails, do a face mask, not have to rush and take a shower, do a devotional! I’ve already taken some baby steps to achieve these goals so I’m staying optimistic.
How did you celebrate your birthday or plan to?! I would love to hear about it along with any new goals you’re setting for yourself on your birthday as you welcome another year of life. Happy Thursday friends, headed out to dinner at a hole in the wall bar, my favorite!!! [just keeping it classy] The sun in shining in Michigan & we couldn’t be happier! I may have wished for some sunshine for my birthday, your welcome Michiganders. xoxo -Leah
Putting together the kids Easter baskets was so fun. These are the things I absolutely love doing. I think its more for me then for the kiddos, and an excuse to grab a few of those items I’ve been needing wanting to get them. I thought I would share so we can come back for next year & get some reminders/ideas! How adorable are these baskets my cousin MADE. She is so talented. You can purchase them by contacting her through her Facebook page HERE. She also made the adorable little bunny for Clare.
Here are just a few things I put in their baskets along with some ideas for you all. I love getting creative with these and again, purchasing things that have been on the want list for awhile now. Or things I’m going to end up purchasing anyway for the warmer days! I try to not do just a crap ton of candy so these are great alternatives.
-Stuffed animal bunny [or any animal if you’ve had your eye on a jellycat one or cute adorable doll] -Sippy -Books [baby bibles are great if you do not have one already] -Just a little candy in some eggs of course 😉 gotta have some peeps! -Pacifiers -Lotion + Shampoo [we love honest + tubbytodd] -Shirt -Onesie -Tutu skirt -Bows + Headbands for the little misses -Fun little letter Balloons [surprise, surprise … Levi’s favorite new toy] -Sidewalk Chalk -Bubbles -Bathtub fizz [water color changers] -Bibs/burp rags -Snack cups -Shoes/sandals -Jewelry for the little misses -Fun bunny ears -Eggs filled with puffs + yogurt bites if you have a little one like Clare -Bath toys -Socks -Vitamins -Toothpaste -Swaddles for the littlest of ones -A new bottle -Flavored Applesauce
It was SO. MUCH. FUN. this year planning what to put on my little GIRL for Easter Sunday this year. I knew I had to do a pretty white or ivory dress and when I found this gap dress I about died. And then I found the little bunny ear headband from little biscuit bows … and I did. I died. Just love this little peanut and surprisingly, I enjoy dressing her. I grew up a huge tomboy & honestly not hugely into fashion even for myself but I do love dressing my little ones! And hopefully once I get my baby weight off I can play with my wardrobe some more too. Levi of course looked like a little stud muffin. I enjoy playing with his wardrobe as well but I will say, there just isn’t a ton out there for options for little boys! It kind of annoys me, but then again, I love dressing him simple and basically just trying to make him look even more like a mini Matt. Is that even possible?! Look mooooore like Matthew?! …
My sister also had our cousin Miranda make her some Easter baskets for her four. I just can’t get over how unique & adorable they are. Her kiddos got some pretty amazing books to add to their book collection.
Somehow Easter has come and gone and it’s a week later. I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired as I was the afternoon after the Easter craziness, and the rest of the week. Its been a crazy busy month.
Levi was so excited when he woke up and the Easter bunny had come and left some baskets of goodies for him and sister. We tried to hype up Easter to him and tell him how Jesus died for our sins but he would just stare at us in confusion. Then come Sunday morning he was running throughout the house saying, ‘the Easter bunny came!!! The Easter bunny came!!” I’m excited for the years when he’ll understand more of what Easter is really about, but I’m not rushing it! That’s for sure! It goes fast enough on its own.
Pointing our fingers is our new thing.
Sunday morning was opening Easter baskets, flying around getting ready, church, then my sister’s house for brunch & an Easter egg hunt in her woods behind her house with the cousins. I absolutely love hearing how the “Easter bunny POOPED JELLY BEANS in our toilet again this year Aunt Leah!!!” as soon as I walk in the door at my sisters. I told them definitely should make a sign and ask him to please flush next year. I mean seriously Easter Bunny …
The egg hunt was a success. Levi stopped and ate the contents of the egg after every find. So it took us a bit longer than everyone else. We snapped some photos of the kiddos before which has become a tradition. Also a tradition that the husbands complain about it every. dang. time. I will say trying to get this many young children + babies to even LOOK in the same vicinity is quite the task. And with Easter’s warm Michigan weather [that day, we currently have snow], I was sweating.
I had SO much fun putting together the kids Easter baskets, that is what I live for. I’m going to do a separate post on those next. So be sure to read that as well!
Hope everyone had a blessed Easter Sunday last week and celebrated the true meaning of Easter! He is Risen!!!! xoxo -Leah … get ready for pictures galore.
[Little miss Clare bear decided it was a good idea to pee through her tights before our family photo, I knew I had forgotten something. Extra tights. Boo.]
Got a little sidetracked with Aunt Tara’s awesome sandbox …
Back to eating candy & scowling at mom with the phone in his face all the time …
Some don’t even need to OPEN the eggs, just eat the whole darn egg.
Love that little cheesy smile, aka toothless grandma face.
You can see those two little teefers that just recently popped through! Somehow this little baby is going to be nine months soon. [insert ugly cry face]
Here is real life … fake smiles, not looking, covering our face having a meltdown, lifting our dress, and grabbing our lady bits. Awesome. Gotta love it. Happy Sunday friends!