The Best Labor Day Sales 2023

Happy Labor Day! I'm so sad to see the summer go, so will be holding onto it until October ;)

The boys' 4th of July outfit finally fit (ha!) so now it's their Labor Day outfit:

It's been a minute since I've shared sales and fun things I've been grabbing lately. Now that I have two baby boys, I find myself wanting to shop for them more than myself! There's some great sales going on this weekend that I thought I'd mention. I'll share a few things I got, too!

Anthropologie: extra 40% off sale

LOFT: 30% off site wide. They're also having a goodbye-summer sale here.

Old Navy: Up to 60% off site wide. I got these thermal pants for the boys!

Kate Quinn: 40% off site wide. I got the boys these cute doggie print bodysuits to wear with the little thermal pants from Old Navy.

Danielle Oakey Shop: 15% off site wide with code LABORDAY15

Madewell: 30% off pre-fall styles with code COOLDOWN

J.Crew: up to 40% off site wide + 60% off sale with code SHOPNOW. I love this white top and this blue one.

Abercrombie: 25% off select styles, 15% off everything else, free shipping over $99. Their denim is so good! 

Target: 20% off women's apparel with code EARLY20. I grabbed these jeans (really needed a pair that fit, since my pre-pregnancy jeans don't quite fit and my maternity ones are too big), this sweatshirt, this 1/2 zip sweatshirt, and these flats which are perfect for fall. 

Simply Jessica Marie: 20% off site wide. I LOVE her beautiful art prints!

Serena & Lily: up to 40% off everything

I will continue to update this post as I hear about more great deals.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

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Coastal-Inspired Twin Nursery Reveal

I can't believe the day is finally here! I get to share our twin boys' nursery with you! Now, it might not look like a twin room yet, because there's only one crib. But we're going to try having them sleep in the same crib at first. Safety wise, it's totally fine to do this until they start rolling, but we'll see how long they last. The second crib could be in the room when they're a week old! We're going to learn as we go ;)

I love how the room came together; it's truly a dream come true! I wanted to create a soothing, coastal-inspired nursery that we would love being in, just as much as the babies. I knew I wanted to do a wall treatment, so my husband installed the board and batten. It elevates the otherwise very standard room so much! Next, I wanted a rug that looked like water and that would be durable. Other than all the baby must-haves, I also wanted to decorate with classic-looking coastal elements. 

All of the sources are at the bottom of the post!

Since we have a really small room, we opted for mini cribs. Once we need it, the second crib will fit right along this same wall under the sea animal prints!

I knew I wanted to play with pattern a bit in the room and I just love how classically sweet gingham is (especially for little boys!), so I went with this custom gray and white gingham crib skirt. I did custom off etsy because the options are VERY minimal for mini crib skirts elsewhere.

Mixing the more organic pattern on the rug with the geometric nature of the skirt plays so nicely together. We also did a windowpane pattern for the curtains, which nods back to the crib skirt, but on a larger scale.

I love the ocean prints we found on etsy so much! They're watercolor, so they look really high end.

When I saw this woven sailboat online, I knew I wanted it for the nursery! It's just the cutest!!

The mirror is another coastal nod, and I was so pleased to have found it at the price I did. It's a Serena & Lily dupe ;)

Shelves hang above the glider so I could put some decor up on the walls. I love this bible verse print! The blocks are turned around right now, but they have their names engraved on them. I can't wait to show you once they're here!

We originally had a different rocker for in the nursery, but when it arrived, we decided to keep it in the living room since it's a recliner and my husband liked it out there ;) So we got this one for the nursery and I'm so glad we did. I actually like that it only glides and swivels. It was only $250 and is such great quality!!

Before this was a nursery, it was my husband's office, so we had the roller shades on the windows already. They are great, we love them! But for two reasons, I wanted to get some curtains in here as well. 1. For style-- it's the best way to add height to your room! And 2. Roller shades have about 1/4" of a "light gap" around the sides, so even though the shades are blackout, some light still does come in.

We had these blackout curtains custom made and now when both the roller shade and the curtains are drawn, it's truly blacked out! I think it'll make their sleep a lot better. I'm also just in love with the pattern and texture of them!

I am obsessed with our rug and think it looks like water; so fitting! It's part wool, so it's going to be very durable. You can use my code (find it below in the sources) for a discount to this brand.

Thanks for taking a peek at our little boys' room! The next pictures I take in here will be with them!! I can hardly believe it. Thank you for being on this journey with us!


Crib Skirt
Rug (use code MICHAELANO for 5% off your purchase)
Curtain Panels (pinch pleat, thermal blackout, windowpane in carbon white)
Curtain Rod & Rings
Glider (in french gray)
Glider Side Table
Wood Shelves (24" in light walnut)
Bible Verse Print
Sea Animal Watercolor Prints
Frames (for reference, ours are 16x20 frames matted with 11x14 prints)
Sailboat Shelf - out of stock
Blankets on Chair and Crib


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Maternity Photos

This is a really special post to be sharing today, because I really never knew if we'd ever get to take maternity pictures while we were going through infertility. It seemed like a far-off dream. But it is here! We have two healthy baby boys growing in my belly and I'm just so grateful we got to capture this special time in our lives. My friend Ashley did a beautiful job and I know they are photos we will treasure forever and ever! 

I was 28 weeks when we took these, so I've grown quite a bit since then ;) It was April, which in Michigan means the landscape is still very much dead looking. I was so excited to find this beautiful greenhouse nearby called The Glass House. It was just the perfect backdrop! My dress is Nothing Fits But and it is legitimately the most comfortable, well-made dress I own. It's not maternity (but is marketed as maternity friendly), so I envision keeping it forever!

We love you so much, little babies, and can't wait to meet you so soon!

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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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