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Melissa | Bubby & Bean  Mama to Essley + Emmett. Blogger/designer. Former eco-fashion boss. Rock & Roll wife. Veggie eater. Traveler. Fun seeker. โœ‰๏ธbubbyandbean@gmail.com

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Essley and I are both big fans of summertime, and when I told her we were going to have a summer-inspired adventure on a warm day last week and explore outside looking for dandelions and flowers, she was thrilled. She asked if we could both wear our matching "summer whites" dresses, and I happily obliged. We also decided to accessorize with our summery blue Chelsea Morgan frames from @visionworks_eyewear. I loved how the tropical blue arms popped against our white outfits. So fun. We're both excited to wear these pretty matching frames all summer long. ๐ŸŒž #visionworks #ad #mommyandme

#sponsored I think one of the reasons I disliked cooking for so long was due to the time involved in making elaborate dishes from scratch. It took me a while to realize that it is indeed possible to prepare meals for myself and my family that can accommodate a busy lifestyle by saving time, but are still nutritious and delicious. I've found that the key to doing this is, like most things in life, balance. A balanced plate that contains, for example, one frozen item alongside a unique salad or homemade veggie dish makes for the perfect meal. I put together this video to show how I make my current favorite - lentil and spring green salad with baked @Stouffers macaroni and cheese. Head over the blog (link in profile) for the full recipe. #BalanceYourPlate #CLVR

I remember picking Essley up from preschool early in the year and her teacher telling me that she had a "very active imagination" when she played - and, as I often do as a newish parent, feeling a little unsure as to whether or not that was a good thing. So I went home and did some research only to find out that not only was it a good thing, it was something that is a crucial part of their development and should be actively encouraged. I wanted to find out more about how we could continue to nurture this type of play, so I did some more research, and also began to try out different ways to encourage it. Today on the blog I'm sharing some of the things I've learned that seem to be the most successful. Link in profile. #KidsParkHappyParents #ad #momswithcameras

Every May we drive out to a suburban farm that puts on an annual "rare breed show" to educate and spread awareness of endangered farm animals. This year Essley was really able to grasp what it means for an animal species to be threatened, and all day she's been expressing her desire to help. Makes her animal loving mama proud. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ‘

One year ago. Emmett is now wearing the jammies Essley is wearing in this photo. Time is a thief.

I won't even go into how ridiculously emotional I got over Essley's last day of her first year of preschool today. She had a lot on her plate going into the school year just weeks after her little was diagnosed with epilepsy, but it never stopped her from doing her best. She had a perfect progress report, made great friends, and most importantly, LOVED school. I'm so proud.

She's a daydream believer.

Have you guys read 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho? I read the whole thing on a flight to the west coast 7 or 8 years ago and I remember feeling like it changed my life. Every time I'm in the desert I think about how I need to read it again (even though the desert in the book was a very different kind than the Sonoran). I think about this quote from the book all the time too: "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." Seems so obvious, but I feel like the reminder is sometimes necessary. And that concludes my deep Instagram thought for the day. ๐ŸŒต (This photo is part of an outfit post I'll be sharing on the blog later this week. I love this simple dress so much but my little girl asked me if it was a hospital gown so yeah...)

Mid May - when spring is in full force and the kiss of summer is so close you can almost taste it - is one of my absolute favorite times of year. There are countless reasons I enjoy this season so much, but one of the biggest is finally being able to spend time outside, especially in the evenings. For me, the joy of transforming our outdoor space from a (literally) barren winter deck to our own little oasis filled with plants and flowers and a warm, comforting vibe (thanks to a little help from @tikibrandproducts) is genuinely intoxicating. I love it you guys. I'm sharing some photos (you won't believe the before shot) of the transformation on the blog today. Link in profile. #TIKIbrand #spon

The love I feel for this little girl (who made me a mama), and for her little brother (who brought out a strength I never knew I had), is so intense it often brings tears to my eyes. But even before I had them, I was a mother. To all of you with children, animals, babies in spirit, babies to whom you had to say goodbye, friends or other humans you nurture, as well as those of you with moms, step moms, moms-in-law, moms no longer on this earth but still in your hearts, or just people in your life who are nurturing to you, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Motherhood has a lot of definitions and today I'm grateful for all of them. ๐Ÿ’•

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here. Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right." I'm so grateful the sun is finally starting to make a more regular appearance around here. Every time I turn around this little darling is outside, frolicking around like a summertime sprite. Today I watched her skip along in her @leleforkids Madeline Dress, playing with a red balloon and singing Beatles songs (you gotta love Beat Bugs on Netflix), and it made me feel so happy. I love this time of year. ๐ŸŒž #leleforkids #ad #letthembelittle

You guys may remember a photo I shared last month from an afternoon Essley and I spent exploring the Sonoran Desert in celebration of Earth Day. We had so much fun looking around and talking about the things we saw, and it was also a great lesson for her. She loved our desert adventure so much, in fact, that she talked about it for days afterward. So I decided to create a couple of gifts that would incorporate memories from our special day, and also emphasize the importance of respecting the environment through items that were reusable rather than disposable. To do this, I turned to my favorite place for making unique photo gifts, @snapfishus. You guys have to see how excited she was... Just head over to the blog (link in profile) for all the deets. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒฟ And if you want to create eco-conscious photo gifts of your own memories, you can take 60% off both the Everyday Canvas Totes and 15 oz reusable Travel Tumblers at snapfish.com with code MELISSAEARTH through 6/30/17. #snapfish #ad

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