• Author Archives: Chandra Fredrick

    {Giveaway} Wooden Flower Place Cards from Company 42

    Happy Monday! We’re kicking off the week with a giveaway, because nothing can pick you up from the Monday Blahs faster than free stuff, amiright!? I really really love these pretty little wooden flower escort cards we’re giving away – they’re perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower, an Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, […]


    {DIY} Cupcake Liner Garland

    Happy DIY Tuesday!  Today I’ve got another DIY from new contributor Mariana from So Much Life.  She’s sharing a fun cupcake garland for us that is perfect for Spring and Easter parties. Step 1: Choose a large and a small sized cupcake baking cup. Separate each cup, one by one, and display everything on the […]


    {Real Wedding} Carly & Doug: Feminine and Romantic Backyard Wedding

    You know I love baby’s breath done right, and today’s wedding gets it SO right. Delicate baby’s breath is everywhere and complimented by pretty pink hues it makes for one fabulously feminine wedding.


    Weekly Wrap-up, Instagrams of the Week + Ojai Highlights & Recommendations

    Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!  St. Patrick’s Day used to mean green beer, parades, crowded bars and Irish music, and these days I’m lucky if we wear green.  But I have wonderful memories of St. Patty’s days gone by.  Hope you are having some Irish fun today!  We’ve been busy around here and I missed […]

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    {Real Wedding} Eva & James: Relaxed Beach Wedding on Lake Michigan

    Marrying your childhood sweetheart while barefoot on the beach…don’t so many of us fantasize about doing that? Well, Eva & James met in 4th grade. Yep, I said FOURTH. James crushed on Eva for a long time and the two started dating in high school. As one half of a high school sweetheart couple myself, […]

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    •  Continuing the Halloween theme today because I'm in a Halloween mood  Last year. My favorite movie as a kid became Charlie's favorite last year and he wanted to be Jareth so bad. I wasn't sure I could pull it off, but we did. Even down to dressing Calvin as Toby because he was the perfect age. I don't think it will ever get better than this for me. #dancemagicdance #babewiththepower #labyrinth  Motherhood is a constantly evolving state of total joy, exhausted agony, superhuman strength, and very human failures. As soon as you celebrate that superhuman successful day, it is replaced with new challenges. And just when you think you can't go one more day, you get a day so magical you want to have ten more babies. I'm in the midst of one of those exhausted phases again but I keep trying to remind myself that it is this phase that makes the magical days shine brighter. In the wise words of Miley Cyrus (I'm actually serious): it's all about the climb.  We've got this mamas. (Tag a momma who needs to get cheesy and read the words to a Miley Cyrus song ) #battlefieldmotherhood _______________________________________________ I can almost see it. That dream I'm dreaming, But there's a voice inside my head saying, "You'll never reach it." Every step I'm takin' Every move I make feels lost with no direction, My faith is shakin' But I, I gotta keep tryin' Gotta keep my head held high There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side It's the climb The struggles I'm facing The chances I'm taking Sometimes might knock me down, But no, I'm not breaking I may not know it, But these are the moments That I'm gonna remember most  Just gotta keep goin', And I, I gotta be strong Just keep pushing on, 'Cause... There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side It's the climb.
       Countdown to Halloween is on! Reminiscing about that time Charlie was @macklemore for Halloween, 2013. Kid was two weeks shy of three and played the part to a tee. What is your favorite costume you or your kids ever did? #isthatyourgrandmascoat #poppintags #charlieasmacklemore #babymacklemore #bornentertainer #charlesdashiell  We have this hat, passed down to Charlie from my friend's little boy, then passed down to Calvin. It's just a simple grey hat but it is so so cute and is the thing that my boys wear the most in the toddler years. It holds so much sentimental value for me. Well yesterday I took the babies on a walk and somewhere along the way Calvin chucked it. He also tossed his shoes but I saw those right away. It wasn't until we stopped for lunch that I realized the hat was gone. I was so sad about it that I retraced our steps to see if I could find it. No luck. I'm pretty sure he tossed it in Goodwill while I was digging for stuff for our Halloween costumes. Which means it is gone, because when you lose something in Goodwill it is seriously like looking for a needle in a haystack. I've been sick about it ever since, which I know is silly. It's just a hat, after all. But it's one of those things that I was planning to pass to Quincy and then save forever and when I was old and grey I would dig it out of the attic and take a walk down memory lane. You moms know what I'm talking about. But it's gone and all I have are photos and the memories. Luckily Calvin had started putting it on Quincy's head and last week I snapped this picture. Charlie and Calvin both kept saying "cuuuuuuute" ❤️ I hope it makes its way onto another little boy's head someday #thefredrickboys #calvinandquincy #brudders #thebrotherhoodofthegreytoddlerhat
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