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2019 Gift Guide: For the Littles [Boys + Girls]



I decided I wanted to do things a little differently this year! Instead of waiting until December to release my gift guides, I wanted to be sure you had every guide at your fingertips in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I finish 99% of my Christmas shopping by that time and rarely purchase a thing once December comes so I hope this is more helpful for you guys too. Save these and make a note or reminder to come back to Gold and Graphite on Black Friday to shop these guides, Deal? Okay- let’s get into it!

Q & A: Marriage



Last week, I rounded up some questions I’ve gotten on Instagram around the topic of marriage. I chose the questions that were asked most frequently and also some unique ones I found interesting.  You know how it goes with these posts, friends. Come back when you have a cup of coffee in hand and some time to spare because there are a whooole lot of words coming after the jump.

The Cold Weather Clothing Guide for Littles

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Last weekend was chilly. Really chilly. And as we sat in the back of a hayride I realized just how underprepared my littles were for another cold-weather season. Last years mittens are pretty much destroyed, they’ve outgrown their big coats and it’s time to scoop up some of my Fall and Winter favorites again. Since kids clothing is a topic I get asked about all the time, I figured I’d do an extensive guide including my “shoutouts” which are my favorite items year after year as well as the items I’d pick from head to toe to keep the kids cozy and warm and cute all at the same time. I hope you find this helpful! If your kids are growing like you’re sneaking steroids into their smoothies like mine are, you’re lookin’ for nearly a whole new wardrobe for them too. This guide has everything you need to help you on your quest! Including those $9 favorites since they’re just gonna grow out of em’ anyway and also the investment pieces like coats and boots to buy big so they last you two seasons. 

Texas Does Autumn

I shared recently that I just really get homesick for Virginia in Autumn. Those neon reds and deep oranges and sunshine yellows that blanket the entire state have really been missed, but theres no sense in whining about what isn’t when you can enjoy what is instead. I was so thankful for the first sub-70 degree day this past week and that we needed sweaters to play outside. The cold front was just a tease and isn’t here to stay, but we took full advantage of the Fall feeling by heading to the pumpkin patch. Here are some photos from a really sweet day. 

What we scooped up for ‘Back to School’



I was about to make another “essentials” list, but I am far from the expert on back-to-school. My kids are homeschooled three days a week and attend a preschool program two days a week. This creates a unique list of needs and requirements as we have our feet dipped in both sides of the pond (did I just make that phrase up? It felt right until I typed it, but I digress.) I always like to know what people actually use. Not what looks great or sounds interesting but what they actually use and love. Since I work to create the content I most enjoy, here are the things I purchased for back to school this year.