Thursday, August 21, 2014

Harper goes to PRESCHOOL!

In the midst of having a panic attack in the coffee lounge attached to Harper's new School ... I decided to write rather than bursting into tears. Michael and I just walked our BABY into her very first day of Preschool. August 21, 2014. Let's pencil that in, shall we? All 28 pounds of her marched into that room, greeted her friends, "I'M HERE BOYS AND GIRLS!!!" (you're a rockstar Harper Bilyeu! SUCH A COOL KID.)  -- she then hung up her backpack and waved goodbye like a champion! Me? I was quite the champion too. WAS. Now i'm sitting here coaching myself through deep breaths and scrolling through my "HARPER'S LIFE" photo stream. All 7562276 pictures make me want to cry, laugh and cry some more. I just love you so much, Harps! 

Life goes like this....

You're pregnant (YAY FOOD), you have a baby, your baby starts crawling/walking and then they turn one, now they are a toddler, then before you know it they are talking back, telling you stories about things you have never even heard of and growing into the tiniest, most precious little human that you just want to kiss and snuggle with all day. They get themselves into trouble, ya know, the innocent kind. The kind of trouble where all you want to do is curl up in a ball with a bottle of wine after you tuck them into bed but you just end up laughing and writing everything that happened that day into your journal because you NEVER want to forget those tiny moments with your tiny person. AND THEN it's time for them to go to preschool. They are going to have the best time learning from someone who doesn't wear their pajama's all day long. Right? Just me? YOU DON'T FOOL ME! 

We searched high and low for the perfect preschool and then God was like, HERE YOU GO and I was like, THANK YOU GOD! Now, Harper's in the most beautiful, structured, faith based school we could have ever dreamed of. She will be attending school only a few hours on Tuesday/Thursday and those hours will be the longest of my life. So I came to the conclusion to have a segment here on our blog named 'Dear Diary, Hello from Harper's Preschool Coffee Lounge!' A COFFEE LOUNGE ... how 2014 of you, world! SO PROUD! I think maybe I'll start a Parent's of Preschoolers support group her in this fancy lounge for parents just like me? You know, the parents who have spent every waking moment with their child since the second they were born. Tell me I'm not the only one! OH! AND of course I'll serve spiked coffee at 8am! That would be a deal breaker for me, especially after dropping MY BABY off at preschool every morning. (only kidding, you crazy person!)

Now I'm going to get a little MUSHY on you....

Kindness. I hope that everything we have instilled in our sweet girl is put to work each day as she attends school, meets new friends and learns about the word of God. I hope that Harper loves every person in that room with her entire heart, the way we have taught her to love. I hope that she dances to the beat of her own drum and says please and thank you. You will always be my baby, Harper Lou. I will miss you so much on Tuesdays/Thursdays but I know this will be such a joy for you! So for now, every Tuesday/Thursday morning just know I'm wishing for it to be 11:30! We officially have a preschooler living under our roof! If you would have told me this yesterday I would have told you that you were insane, that there was no way that my tiny blonde haired, blue eyed girl would be in preschool today! AND now I want to introduce you to the preschool ALISSA.... (you are welcome)

*insert fruit emojis here* hashtag tootyfruity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Hey there! We got home from Cincinnati earlier last week and we had such a great time with Michael's family! This was our last trip of the summer as Michael approaches his first year of grad school next week. My heart is feeling so many different emotions right now! I feel like the summer came and went too soon and there's still so much we want to do before our schedules get crazy again but we will take what we can get, which ended up being a small getaway to enjoy these last few summer days as a family! Cincinnati and Newport were absolutely magical. This was our first time to Cincinnati and it won't be our last! 

As Harper gets older, traveling has become more exciting! We rode the ducks of Newport, spent a day at the Newport Aquarium and the next day at the Cincinnati Zoo! The entire vacation was filled with ice cream, face paint, touching sharks, laughter, feeding Giraffe's, delicious food and great company! There is so much to do in Newport/Cincinnati! We even ended our trip with a pizza party in our hotel room! I remember traveling with my family when I was a kid and every single memory ties back to pizza parties in our hotel room! I am happily carrying the hotelpizzaparty torch! We're sad to see summer coming to an end but it's absolutely been one to remember! ;-)

AND NOW ... for some pictures!!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunuva Swimwear GIVEAWAY!

I'm so excited for today! We've partnered up with one of our absolute favorite shops of the summer to bring you a sweet GIVEAWAY! Sunuva Swimwear is giving away a $150 Store Credit to ONE lucky BATB Lifestyle reader this week! With summer coming to a close we're ending it with a very special treat. Harper and I absolutely love Sunuva and their items bring the feeling of summer to life with all of their colors, prints and beautiful embroidery. There's nothing like looking fabulous poolside under the sunshine! You don't want to miss out on this GIVEAWAY! You can enter below now through 8/17! Verify all entries below and GOOD LUCK!

Sunuva's 2014 collection was inspired by a passion for global travel, with prints that take you on a fantastic journey around the world, featuring gorgeous Mexican embroidery, cool Chinese dragons, African Savannah animals and stunning Moroccan tile prints. All Sunuva swimwear is made from the highest quality UPF 50+ fabric, which blocks out more than 97% of the sun's harmful rays. Since their launch in 2007 Sunuva has quickly established itself as global fashion brand for kids! They are stocked in major department stores around the world including Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, Barneys New York, Takashimaya Japan and TSUM Russia as well as many independent boutique sand international luxury resorts, such as Four Seasons! They are loved by some of the world's most stylish mama's including Victoria Beckham, Madonna, Claudia Schiffer, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani who all dress their kids in Sunuva


Friday, July 25, 2014

Jamie Lee Boutique!

Hey there! HAPPY FRIDAY! My sweet friend and sponsor, Jamie from Jamie Lee Boutique is having another trunk show this weekend! Jamie Lee Boutique is a truly chic online boutique filled with clothing & accessories! Specializing in fun, feminine, and fashionable styles! Jamie Lee herself chooses styles that are trendy with that perfect girly touch! She loves lace, crochet, and floral prints! Jamie has always had a passion for fashion. She decided to pursue her dream and open up an online boutique! Though the majority of her store is online, she does trunk shows and special events! Her next event is this weekend in Fishers, Indiana at Rita’s Backyard. Come join the fun! There is SO much to see and there will even be a huge sale happening too! The Jamie Lee Boutique website will be temporarily unavailable starting 7/26-7/29 for inventory purposes! You can of course stop by the Jamie Lee Boutique trunk show and check out all the cute items, or visit today and then again come Tuesday! I hope you have the greatest weekend! Enjoy!

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