Sharing my heart on Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day, friends.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend of relaxation, reflection and just enjoying your families. Today’s post is a little heavier hearted than usual but I’ve felt led to speak this message, so bless you if you stay with me til the end!

Although, this last weekend was the start of summer fun, hotdogs on the grill, celebrating at the lake and the great USA, I think it’s important to be reminded what we’re ultimately observing. Memorial Day is about respecting, honoring and paying tribute to our fallen heroes who laid down their lives for our country and freedom. I pray we all take a moment out of our day today to remember this, as well as the families who continue to mourn for their loved ones. Freedom isn’t ever free and today is a day in which we salute those who didn’t make it home, yet who fought the good fight and have given us the ability to enjoy this life, in a country we love without fear. Today is about being thankful for all we’ve been given and to pray for those who continue to serve, and give themselves so selflessly so that we may have the freedoms we so often take for granted.

With that, I sincerely felt it was necessary to share my heart as today marks the 150th Anniversary of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day and it felt more than appropriate to acknowledge this day as one where we lift up those who are hurting and strive to be better to one another as fellow Americans. Putting it simply, it’s so easy to be kind, y’all and to serve others. That’s what God put us on this earth to do and in retrospect, I’d say there’s still work to be done. I definitely won’t get into politics or my personal views, but if you watch or listen to anything regarding the news or simply observe the interaction between strangers, you know times are much different than they used to be. It appears as if we have grown callous to a lot of what we see and hear. All of the violence, indifference and constant battle of who is right and who is wrong, is in my opinion, exhausting and heartbreaking and frankly, unnecessary. Yet, with the negative, there really is still so much good in the world and we all have the ability to exert a positive contribution to society. All we have to do is look around us and be more aware. Take time to help your neighbor, go visit your grandparents, listen to a friend, love on your babies, even smile or say hello to a stranger you meet in passing. Days like Memorial Day really do put into perspective for me what really matters. I honestly think sometimes it takes a reality check, to bring us to our knees and give us exactly what we need to make us appreciate what’s right in front of us. Realizing life is short and unpredictable, and tomorrow is not at all promised.

“To be a soldier one needs that special gene, that extra something, that enables a person to jump into one on one combat, something, after all, that is unimaginable to most of us, as we are simply not brave enough.”   –Rupert Everett

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

I pray this simple message convicts you today. To lead, love and give of yourself to those who care for you the most. I pray we start pouring into each other and that we would begin to bless one another instead of tearing each other down. We rise by lifting others. How true that is. That we will be one nation under God and live by His purpose and lead by His example, and that kindness would be a representation of His love everlasting. To unite and care for one another, regardless of our beliefs, bringing forth peace and understanding. Days like today make me realize how broken we are and have become, but also how strong we can be, and how we can bring the change we need to move forward. We have so much to GIVE America! We should all live like soldiers and show our gratitude to the fallen by living the life intended for each of us. Our days are numbered, but its what we do in those days that really count and live on. Leave your mark, do something meaningful, take time to care, thank a solider and love on those who need it most. Lastly, remember the ones who came before us, to make a better life, to give us hope, and to create a safe place for us to abide together. Live like a soldier, and never ever forget days like Memorial Day.

To the brave men and women who continue to serve and keep us safe every single day, although not sufficient, THANK YOU! You are true heroes and deserve to be recognized every possible opportunity that presents itself. Thank you for protecting our lives and freedoms.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

Be kind to each other and today if you know of, or see a soldier or veteran, say thank you, shake their hand and never forget their sacrifices. Then, pause for a moment to show your gratitude to those that never made it home.

God bless the USA and each of you, today and always.

 

With a grateful heart,

CHELSI

Memorial Day Weekend Sales & Striped Romper

Hi friends!

There are some AHHHMAZINGG sales happening this weekend and I don’t want you to be out of the loop! I also thought this would be the perfect time to share one of my very favorite outfits with you all. I mean, who doesn’t love a cute and comfy romper? Maybe my husband but thats besides the point! I’m rocking this one babe, in case you’re reading! 😉

Back to all these sales! Click on the highlighted portion to be re-directed to shop.

 Macy’s Extra 20% off using Code MEMDAY

American Eagle 25-60% off

Nordstrom Up to 40% off on sale items.

Old Navy.No code needed.

Asos 20% off everything with Code SUNNYDAYS

Abercrombie & Fitch 40-60% off online only. Exclusions apply.

J. Crew Factory 50% off EVERYTHING with the Code WinWin

Madewell 20% off dresses. Use the Code PrettyPlease in store and online.

Bloomingdale’s Designer Handbag Sale

Wayfair Up to 70% off!

Willams Sonoma 20% off your order and FREE shipping

Loft 40% off everything with Code LONGWKND

Ann Taylor Use the Code SOREADY for 40% off your purchase

Good American 40% off denim, bodysuits and sweats

Michael Stars 30% off sale items online Code SALEONSALE

Lane Bryant 40% off

Blank NYC 30% off site-wide Code BNYC30

Enjoy these amazing sites! Comment below if you have any questions or follow my on Instagram at Bluebonnetsandbowties where you’re welcome to Direct Message me with any questions you may have!

XO-

CHELSI

Sale Favorites

Hello friends!

An amazing sale is upon us at one of my very favorite retailers so I had to share some affordable sale finds for the summer. All are part of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, meaning these items are up to 40% off. This is somewhat of a preview and clearing out for their Anniversary Sale happening in July/August where you can gear up on all things fall and prepare for the winter season while saving. It’s my favorite sale but this one isn’t far behind! I have to say, I love Nordstrom for so many reasons, one being, it’s a place I can find something for everyone and love that they have a broad variety of pricing and selection. Therefore, I’ve narrowed down a few favorites and will be adding to this list as well. You can easily shop this post by hovering over a photo below and clicking on it. It will then redirect you to the Nordstrom site! Happy shopping!!!

Stage: Threenager

Hi Friends!

I’ve been wanting to write about Corbin lately and all of the fun, cute, and not so cute things he’s been doing, just haven’t had the time to actually SIT in a while and get my thoughts together. Then last night he decided he wanted to stay with Glammy and Grumpy, so I thought, here’s my opportunity! Time to take a minute to tell you all or at least some of the things I want to say about him in this stage of three and give a little life update, if you will. It’s a little all over the place, so bear with me but it’s just something thats been on my heart to write about and something I hope to look back on someday.

Do you ever just sit in amazement at your children and just wish you could freeze frame time, if only for a moment?! I have been going through this, it seems a lot lately and time just continues to fly right by and age three is dwindling. I can’t believe Corbin will be FOUR in August. How did that happen? I still look at him and in those moments whisper “thank you” to God. Time really is a thief and the older I get the more I’m realizing these little moments are the ones that are the most meaningful. The truth us, it’s so easy to get sucked into our day in, day out lives and before we know it, our kids are grown and all thats left are the memories, baby books and photos, if we remembered to take any! Which is why, for me, I’ve started writing things down in hopes to remember what this season of life looked like. The good days, the bad days, the long days, and those I wish could last a lifetime. I hope to be able to give Corbin these “memories” someday but for now, I’m going to share them with you!

Let me begin by saying, Corbin has evolved this year and is becoming such a little man! Sometimes my mama heart breaks that he’s already so big and needing me less and less. It really is bittersweet, friends!! I remember the days when he was SO little, thinking I can’t wait for him to be a little bit older. It’s crazy how that feels like yesterday and that he’s getting older by the minute, is now such a toddler, and a little bit matter of fact, at that. I truly do love this phase and going through each stage with him, sometimes even wishing he could stay little forever, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that three can be ROUGH too! The tantrums, pushing boundaries, and even on occasion when he tells me he likes daddy better or one of my favorites, “Mom, you’re impossible”. Three can be challenging, to say the least. Not to mention, we all know Conrad is more fun than I am! Ha, Mama lost that battle long ago, but apparently I need a reminder every now and then! Regardless, I wouldn’t trade the snuggles, giggles, extremely long bedtime stories, bear hugs, and all of the in between for anything in this world. Being his mommy is the biggest and best accomplishment of my life and this love is unlike any other! My heart grows as he does and I feel like even in those moments of chaos in the store when I’ve threatened to take him to the bathroom 100 times that there will be a day when I’ll miss even that. That’s why I chose to start a journal; things he that he says, and things that he does because I know someday I’ll want to look back and remember these sweet, silly, and even frustrating little moments. I’m also hoping I can use some of this for when he brings his first girlfriend home, when he’s 30, that is!

Now, I know ALL mama’s say this about their children but this little boy of mine is SMART! Like, sometimes the things and words that come out of his mouth, just amaze me. The other day we were running errands and he mentioned how if we lived by a lake or the ocean, it would be cool to have a car that would “transform” into a boat. He just uses words and sentences correctly and it’s pretty awesome. This was after singing all the months in the year and days of the week. All by himself. He loves his tools, can name all types and y’all I’m pretty sure they are his love language. Future wife, be prepared to buy lots of Black & Decker! This kiddos got a big vocabulary and honestly really always has but recently he seems to be using bigger, more profound words, and not always good ones! Oops! (I’m to blame for most of the profoundness) I too, am working on my language and asking Jesus regularly to help me get a handle on my words and practicing using them more wisely, especially when it comes to Lubbock traffic or catching my child pee in the outdoor dog bowl. Need I say more?

Lately, every time Corbin goes outside and finds a dandelion or something that resembles a flower and brings it to me then says, “Don’t kill this one, mommy”. It’s the sweetest little gesture and cracks me up considering they wilt the second he brings them inside. Yet I’m kind of starting to think he has my inability to keep plants alive figured out already. Either way, I think its the sweetest and so thoughtful of him to think of me, even if I kill them!

Corbin also shares and is kind, and although, a tad rambunctious at times, #boywillbeboys he has a heart for Jesus. He cares about his friends and is genuinely concerned about those he loves. We began soccer about two months ago and during one of his first practices, one of his sweet friends on his team was running and accidentally fell on the hard, dead grass which ultimately made his hand bleed a little (bless, we need rain so terribly). Corbin just stood there with his friend worried as the ball rolled right past them. He made sure his friend was okay before resuming play. Then, by the end of practice was giving his friends mom advice on how to care for his scratch. Neosporin and a band-aid should fix it right up, he told her. We may have an M.D. on our hands, friends! Dr. Henderson in the house! Really though, his sweet heart is one of my favorite things about him, among so many others.

One moment recently that has made me so proud of him is, he can now say the entire Lord’s Prayer. The whole thing, friends! He began learning the Lord’s Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance at school and has just continued to recite them at home with us. Y’all, it is the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard next to hearing him thank Jesus for literally everything during his prayers at night! He even says thank you for Daddy’s tools. I’ve never heard anyone thank the Lord for a jigsaw, but he sure does and we giggle a little. I love his prayers. They are sincere. He folds his sweet little hands, bows his head and just talks to God. I pray he will always turn to the Lord and that his relationship with the Almighty will only continue to blossom and grow through the years. That alone is beautiful, but my favorite part is after he kisses us goodnight, he whispers ” I love you to the moony moon”. It’s been our thing since he was just a babe and to carry this along is so special, as simple as it is. It’s our thing, and I love it!

Tractors. Tractors. Tractors. His one true love. Above, I mentioned doctor. Umm, we may want to re-think that, as farmer might better suit. He has about 20 or so different tractors, all shapes, sizes, colors and brands. This kid loves them! He knows skid steers from backhoes and excavators. I am slowly learning the difference, as he is teaching me. He knows so much about them and it’s truly fascinating. I wonder if he’ll always love them or if its something he’ll grow out of! Any who, if you need us, we’ll be down the road watching the construction take place in our neighborhood. NBD! Beyond tractors, he’s constantly learning and sharing all of his ideas, asking lots of questions and his innocence is so pure and precious. I love listening to him and how he thinks about things. If only we could just soak in the simple and let all the rest go. Life may be a whole lot different if we saw things the way children do. Yet, I pray we can teach him to love others, be kind, generous and that his heart would continue to know and grow in Christ each and every day! That someday he will be a serving and courageous man of God. Thats my hope for him in this life. He is a sweet, special little boy and I am so grateful I get to be his mama and raise him up. It truly is an honor and the best gift, even on the days when I am tired, have to dig a little deeper and motherhood isn’t looking its finest on me, I have to TREASURE those moments. Thats the only advice I have, friends. Treasure!

I hope you’re still with me, as I didn’t intend on writing a novel today, yet I hope I gave a little insight on our day to day and our sweet Corbin Lee. Looking back on this age and all of the fun we have had in year three, I feel so blessed. He is healthy, happy, lively, and so incredibly loved!

I’ll close with this sweet little quote “You will never have this day with your children again, tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today, this day is a gift, breathe and notice, smell and touch them, study their faces and little feet, pay attention, relish the charms of the present, enjoy today, it will be over before you know it.”

Have a happy weekend, my friends!

 

 

XO

Chelsi

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Hello friends!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought it would be a great opportunity to offer a little inspiration when it comes to gift-giving for the most important women in your lives. Mother’s do so much and are the cornerstone of most families. They are the nurturer, housekeeper, teacher, personal chef, caregiver, nurse and most importantly the heart of all things good. When Luke Bryan sings, “most mama’s outta to qualify for sainthood” he’s not kidding! I am so blessed to have a mother like mine and can only hope and pray to be half the woman, wife, mother to Corbin and friend she is to all who meet her. She has a heart of gold, is incredibly talented, loves Jesus and her kind spirit is second to none. These are just a few unique and beautiful characteristics, that I admire most about her and I know others do as well. Her influence has impacted me positively in so many ways, and I hope she feels our love for her on Mother’s Day and each day in between. We truly are the luckiest that she is ours and blessed by her in so many ways!

Now, lets talk gifts! Whether you’re shopping for your mother, grandmother, sister or friend, there is something for everyone!

First, I’m the sentimental guru in our family so I love photos, photo books and anything relating to memories. Last year my husband surprised me with a Mommy & Me photoshoot taken by my sweet friend Tara (her website is at the end of this post) and it was so sweet and something I will always cherish. He did SO good! Speaking of cherish, Shutterfly is such a great resource for those who love sentimental gifts! Their hardcover, photo books, and even photo blankets are perfect for that someone who loves tangible, well thought out gifts that can be glanced at and admired for years to come. I personally love this concept because it is simple, and the website makes creating so easy, yet it is something she can hold on to and keep forever and look back at the memories made with those she loves most. Create a photo book of your most recent vacation together as a family, or a significant event that your mother or wife hold dear to their heart. I made an album of Corbin and my pictures from last year so I can remember that sweet Mother’s Day and those precious moments. It really was one of my favorite gifts Conrad’s ever given me.

Now, some may say a gift card is impersonal but for me, a gift card to my favorite retailer or spa is AHHMAZING!!! Whether locally or afar, indulging in a little retail therapy or a girls day for a massage is always a good idea and one most mama’s need! Freshening up your wardrobe and having the ability to do solo shopping, get a pedicure or eyelashes done without the iPad entertaining your child is a little slice of heaven in my book and a “nailed it” moment if you’re the gift giver. Husbands, your wives will love you for this! Here are a few of my favorites!

Lovely Me Boutique

The Woodhouse Day Spa

J. Roberts Clothing

Stock Style Shop

Hemline

Paint Nail Bar

Chrome

Nordstrom

Tucker Brown

Renew You

Forget Me Knot

Vibeage

Castle Nail Spa

Subscribing to personal style brands is also fun, effortless, and exciting. Trunk Club, Stitch Fix and Rocksbox are all great options for the mom on the go that doesn’t have time to shop but enjoys the process and receiving something new every now and then. If you know her size, likes and style this may be an idea that your mother or wife would love. Plus, its a fun surprise monthly and can be inexpensive, as it’s a small monthly styling fee and depending on what is kept in the box, those items will be charged on the card on file. Speaking of subscriptions, a monthly wine subscription isn’t a bad idea either.

Here are the websites as mentioned above if interested in personal styling or a different way to shop. Plus, you can get your first Rocksbox subscription free with the code Bluebonnetsandbowtiesxoxo at checkout!

Trunk Club

Stitch Fix

Rocksbox

Bright Cellars

Another one of my favorite gifts to give the women in our family and even to receive that I feel are meaningful and life-breathing are daily devotionals. When I rise, give me Jesus! Amen! I love reading mine in the mornings to start my day and feel like they just help me begin refreshed and ready to conquer whatever lies before me. Here are a few that I have read and love, as well as a few I would love to receive!

Jewelry. I don’t know a woman that doesn’t like receiving jewelry, or I guess I should say, have yet to meet one. Personalized jewelry is special, unique and a reminder of who she is and what she means to those around her. Kelli with Sweetheart Designs does an amazing job in creating beautiful personalized jewelry she will LOVE. Name rings and initial necklaces are just a few specialties. She has a vast selection and many options to choose from and will also customize to fit your needs. You can view her entire collection here.

Sweetheart Designs

Who likes a clean house? Who doesn’t? Or a clean car? Give her the gift of a house keeper or have her car detailed. This is a gift she will deeply appreciate. Trust me. I personally have someone come once a month, sometimes twice to clean our home and it’s a service that distresses me and in my opinion is worth EVERY penny. Just that deep clean and having someone come in (obviously someone trustworthy) and clean what you may not see, really does make a difference. Happy wife, happy life! It really is true! I feel I am a much more pleasant person with a clean and tidy house! 😉

I also wanted to list a few items that are time savers, helpful, something anyone would appreciate and love and that are for everyday use and wear!

Lastly, I wanted to mention that you don’t have to spend tons of money, or do anything extravagant just to let her know you care. Make your mom breakfast in bed, take her to lunch and a movie or just spend the day with her. Show your love with a simple card and a pretty bouquet of flowers. Just take time to show her she is loved, needed, appreciated and valued. Tell her you love her, for time is indeed precious and memories are most important over all the gifts in the world!

Happy Mother’s Day to all mother’s and moms-to-be out there, especially to mine!! I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

XO

Chelsi

Photography by: Tara Hobgood Photography