Peter Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Last month I had both of my Michigan showers back to back. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but so, so fun to have everyone there to celebrate the blessing of these twin boys! My best friend threw the most beautiful Peter Rabbit themed shower for us, I just had to share :) All the details were precious and made me feel so loved! It was extra fun because one of my past clients, who I adore, hosted the shower at her house that we built back in 2019.

Come on in!

I have to tell you, I am terrified of birds (always have been!), but my friends just got these new chicks and they wanted me to hold them for a picture because TWINS ;) 

The entry was set up so cute with the shower favors of macarons and flower seeds. Did you catch the precious rain boots stuffed with flowers?! They got two pairs-- one for each boy -- and I can't wait for them to wear them when they're older.

We had the most delicious punch, teas and coffee waiting for guests. I just loved how the theme was was so beautifully tucked in every corner!

The shower was in the morning, so it was perfect for a lovely brunch. We had delicious quiches, salad with berries, scones and brunch coffee cake. yum!

My friend is incredible with flowers (you should see her massive cut flower garden she grows every year!), so the arrangements she made were stunning. She definitely brought the garden aspect of Peter Rabbit to life!

Look at these adorable napkins they found with bunnies!! 

Having all my friends there to celebrate was so special!

They had this little activity set up where they could write on cards with encouraging words or bible verses, then clip them to newborn diapers. I just loved this! I have tons of diapers with notes on them to read after a diaper change for some encouragement :)

I couldn't believe how many beautiful and thoughtful gifts we got! These babies are already spoiled ;) We asked everyone to bring a book and we got some of the cutest books I've ever seen. I'm so excited to read them to the babes!

I got my diaper bag (aka backpack!) and I was just so excited about it. It was filled to the brim with diapers, which was so fun.

Just a handful of my friends who came...I am so thankful for these ladies who have prayed us through a really difficult season and are now rejoicing with us over the babies' lives. God has been so faithful to us to provide such a wonderful community. And a really cool thing happened-- the friend on the bottom left was also struggling with infertility at the same time as us. We never knew if we'd get a picture like this, both holding our little baby bumps, but here we are both pregnant! Praise the Lord.

Thank you to my friend Ashley for taking these lovely photos to get to remember this special day!


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My Spring Headband Collection: MND x Ronni & Blake Co.

If you know me, you know my favorite accessory is a headband. It has been since high school. I'm so glad they've been back for a few years now, of course in a new, more updated way than the ones I used to wear. (And man, they used to kill my head back then...but I still wore them ;))

Probably a year and a half ago I discovered the cutest headband shop and was thrilled to find out she was local to Grand Rapids, Michigan! I immediately bought 3 headbands just based off my friend's recommendation, who said they were so comfortable. She was SO right. No headaches or anything! 

Then I learned more about the company, Ronni Blake & Co., and was delighted to find out the owner, Carlye, first started her company as a way to help fund her IVF journey to start a family. This made me even more excited about supporting a small business, as now we had the shared life experience of infertility. 

Carlye and I connected over instagram, then met at a local market last summer (where I bought 2 more headbands-ha!). She is so sweet, fun, creative and talented! Last fall I reached out to her about going to coffee to see if she'd be willing to share her fertility journey with me, as we were on this unknown path. During coffee that day, the idea of creating a headband collection together was born! (Fun fact: little did I know, I was actually pregnant that day!)

We knew we wanted the collection to be about more than just headbands, though. We both know these aches and the grief of waiting, so our hope was for it to bless some women who are going through fertility treatments, infertility, or loss.  A portion of all the sales will be used to bring some joy to some ladies in our community walking these roads through a surprise flower arrangement, coffee on their doorstep, a goodie basket of some fun products, and more!

Okay, let's see these cute headbands!

You can use the code MNDSPRING15 for 15% off TODAY ONLY! 

Our collection has five headbands, all perfect for spring and summer. I sent Carlye photos of interiors, fabrics and dresses I loved and she worked to find some of the cutest fabrics inspired by those pictures. 

The Marigold

This happy, floral block print features white flowers and green/blue leaves, against a pretty neutral clay/terracotta colored background. The Marigold is perfect for spring, all the way through fall!

The Nantucket Embellished 

Calling all blue & white lovers! Our Nantucket headband puts a preppy and elevated twist on the classic blue and white stripe with the addition of hand-placed pearls. You can wear this headband throughout the year, but she has an extra special feeling in the warmer months paired with sundresses, casual denim, neutrals, and espadrilles. 

The Eisley Eyelet

There is nothing more classically "summer" than the perfect white eyelet! What makes the Eisley so special is the way her texture looks like little flowers. You can truly wear this cheerful headband with any outfit. Not to play favorites, but I think she's my favorite ;)

The Flora

An all-over floral pattern that instantly adds joy to any outfit. White blooms are intertwined with greenery against the light blue background to create the perfect accessory for spring and summer! Pair Flora with a white or blue sundress to dress it up or throw it on with a neutral, more laid-back look. 

The Poppy

Classic, feminine stripes in our subtle blush pink hue makes Poppy wearable with nearly anything! This is our second most neutral headband, next to the Eisley Eyelet.

These headbands are extremely flexible and they're shorter behind the ears, so they don't sit on your mastoid bone behind your ear. These two things combined are what make them so comfortable, you literally won't even know you're wearing it!

We hope you love them as much as we do! Let me know if you have any questions :) As always, thank you supporting me in all my creative endeavors. It means so much!


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Ocean Inspired Twin Boy Nursery Design Plan

In case you missed it, we're having twin BOYS in early summer of 2023! I'm currently 26 weeks, so we've been getting the nursery started over the last couple of weeks and I'm finally here to share the whole design plan with you!

Since I'm from California and love the ocean, and my husband grew up going to Lake Michigan and loves the water, we decided on an ocean inspired look for the babies' room. I didn't want anything too "themed" or "baby", but rather something that would flow well with the rest of the house and a style that we could add some sweet baby things to, while still staying classic. 

The first step-- what we've been working on for the last two weeks-- is installing board and batten, painting it white, then painting the walls above it a light shade of blue/green/gray. The board and batten is done and now I just need to decide on a color for the top! Our rug came in a few days ago, so I'm checking samples with that to see what would flow nicely. The rug looks like water, which is exactly what I wanted! 

Here is the design board I made for our twin ocean-inspired nursery:

Rug / Glider-Rocker-Recliner / Dresser / Mirror (looks just like the Serena & Lily one, but for a fraction of the price!) / Pillow / Baskets / Mini Cribs / Sea Life Art Prints / Sailboat Shelf

I found these beautiful watercolor sea life / coastal art prints on Etsy and I'm so excited about them. We'll put them over the cribs. I also found the sweetest ocean mobile that I can't wait to see hung above the cribs! This sailboat shelf is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. It'll be hung on one of the walls. Sure, it doesn't hold much, but it's more about the look than the function in this case ;)

In order to give the room the ocean/coastal vibe I wanted, we are mixing finishes in the furniture and accessories. The light wood tones found in the dresser (ahh!!! LOVE it!), the frames, mirror and storage baskets will add some warmth and that coastal feel to the room, especially because the board and batten around the room is white. I love how the cribs have a touch of the light wood at the feet, too!

The things I still need to decide on and order are:
+ curtains (samples are arriving this week)
+ crib skirts (slightly tougher for us because we got mini cribs, so I have to get custom ones made on etsy. Samples should be here this week or next.)
+ floating shelves and some other little accessories (I'm thinking of getting 3 of these hooks for behind the door :))

So that's what we've got for now on the nursery! I'm so excited to see it all come together. I'm SO thankful my husband is so handy so he could do all the work to the room. I think he might be nesting just as much as me ;) 


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Life Update: Beel Babies Coming Summer 2023

We are delighted to be sharing this news with you today! (If you're wondering where I was for 3 months, this should explain it ;))

We are so grateful to be welcoming TWO babies into our family early this summer! Yes, you read that right. We're having twins! After years in the wilderness, the Lord is doing a new thing in our family and words can't express our thankfulness.

"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19

We are praising the Lord for these two little precious lives that I'm carrying in my belly. I can't believe I get to do this. I never, ever thought I'd be a twin mom, but God had other plans and we are trusting Him!

If you're wondering if we were shocked when we found out there was two, the answer is yes. I wish I had recorded my husband's face, because it was just SO GOOD! I will share more about all of that another time.

If you've been following along for a while, you'll know that we had been struggling to conceive for a few years. It was the hardest season of my life. I was so nervous to share about our struggle here, because you never know how the internet will react to vulnerability. But my fears were quickly shattered when I was met with the kindest encouragement, sweet words, hundreds of people telling me they were praying for us, cards in the mail, and more. It was so humbling and I will be forever grateful for every ounce of kindness we were shown on our infertility journey. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Because of our infertility, you may be wondering "how did this happen?!" I will be sure to share ALL the details soon. My hope is to be an open book, encouragement and a resource for others going through this now. 

This top ultrasound picture shows the two of them next to each other :) Also, poor Lincoln. He has no idea what's coming- ha!

Because I share about our struggle openly, I've collected many women here who are also struggling with infertility. If that is you and you're reading this post with tears in your eyes because it's so hard to see yet another pregnancy announcement, I want to speak right to you:

I know this ache. I am so sorry for your pain. I don't know what your story holds, but I know that with God, there is always good to be found. There is always hope. On this whole journey, and even as we navigate hard feelings and challenges during pregnancy after years of infertility, God has not and will not ever stop being good. You are not forgotten, you are not alone. You are brave, you are loved, and you will be an amazing mama!

Thank you for being here. I know some of you have been following since I was in college in Seattle! Maybe you found me when we were getting married 6.5 years ago. Or maybe you found me through our infertility journey. However you got here, I am thankful and humbled you're here! I am excited to share this new chapter with you and would love your prayers for health, renewed energy, and protection as we continue on in this twin pregnancy. 


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