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A Teepee Party

A Teepee Birthday Party | R.Simple Life

It’s February and instead of focusing on how the heck that happened, I’m going to go back to Harry’s first birthday. Papa was still deployed when Harry turned the big OH-ONE, so we held off until he was home to have Harry’s party. Which was all based around his birthday present. Which was a teepee.


I think I had this present planned out before Harry was even a twinkle in my eye, but I’m so glad I got to go forward with it. I knew the kid would love his own little fort, and who are we kidding, I wanted one too. Which is why it lives in the corner of my living room. Also why it’s eight feet tall. I’ll work on a DIY if there is interest in hearing how I did it (with help from my husband… via FaceTime, because as I mentioned, he was deployed).

His birthday was great. I fed him two blueberry muffins for lunch, complete with a birthday candle, and he proceeded to jump off the walls and skip his afternoon nap. Harry and sugar do not play well. Even though we missed Papa like crazy, it was a really, really special day. And I was super emotional, of course.

But the party. We waited for Papa to be there and we built ourselves a little party around that big teepee in the corner. We had mini teepees on the table, giant leather-clad balloons, and all sorts of food I would expect a little boy would like to eat in a teepee – including hot dogs, baked beans, and s’mores cupcakes.

Harry had a few little friends over, we had some of nearest and dearest – including Nona, Uncle Justin, Aunt Veronica, and Aunt Jillian – and we celebrated one Harry year. It was fantastic. And now for the photographic evidence (Thanks Aunt Veronica for most of these!).

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Happy Birthday Harry. We love you buddy.

xoxo Mallory

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27 Years of Mallory

Today is my 27th birthday. 27 years on this earth, and I’ve experienced a lot. We’ve got some pretty giant changes on the horizon, and this year is shaping up to be an exciting one. But more on that later. Today is for resolutions and goals. You see, I’m not one for resolutions. New Year’s Eve is just another day to me. But this year, with all the big, exciting things coming my way, I figured it might be nice to make some goals. So, here we go:

On my 27th Birthday | R.Simple Life

1. I want to get rid of clutter. My house, my mind, my phone, my life are filled with unnecessary crap, and I need to do a detox. I’m planning on having a huge, and I mean huge, garage sale this spring. My very first one. I’m going to be getting rid of ¬†superfluous junk. Things I don’t need, nor do I find beautiful should not have a place in my house. I want to start curating my collections, making sure I’m surrounding myself with less clutter and more beauty.

The same thing goes for my mind. I need to get it organized. So far, I’ve been making monthly goals. Nothing big, just little things that I’d like to do. It helps me from feeling overwhelmed at everything that’s going on in there. I need some major reorganization in this brain of mine, and 27 is the year to do it.

2. I need to make my personal career a priority. I love writing, and I especially love writing about R.Simple Life. I’d like to give you guys more of a peek into our day to day, as well as my thoughts on certain matters. I’m working on a site redesign which should roll out in the next month or two, and I’m very excited about it.

Aside from that, I’ve got a few personal career goals I’d really like to start making headway on this year. I had a little heart to heart with myself a couple weeks ago in which I basically realized Nike’s right. “Just do it.” So that I am. I’ve always been a dreamer, always had those things that “would be so cool if I could do that.” Well, myself and I, we decided why the heck not? Just freaking do it. And if I fail, at least I tried. Although, I won’t fail. I’m going to be putting to much of myself into it.

3. It’s time to be an adventurer. I’m ready to stop watching other peoples adventures, and start doing mine. I mean this literally. I plan on traveling, a lot. I want to see the world, I want to experience different cultures, I want to learn a new language, I want to meet new people. I will be documenting my travels too, so you can live them with me.

4. I’m focusing on my family. This isn’t so much of a resolution or goal as it is something I want to continue. I want to be present when I’m reading Harry a book, I want to be 100% in the conversation over the dinner table. I want to be the mom/wife my kid/husband needs. Part of that relates to number 1 and cutting out mental clutter, and part of that relates to taking care of my needs. If I take care of myself, my relationship with my family will only get better. And that’s saying something, because I don’t presume to speak for Jon or Harry, but I’d say our family life is pretty amazing.

So there you have it. The four spots of my life I’m focusing on this year. Birthdays are as good a time as ever for “New Year” resolutions, yeah? Does anyone else use their birthday for a fresh start? Or perhaps a reminder of the things that are important?

xoxo Mallory

PS a big shout out to my mom. Something about giving birth really makes you want to thank your own mom on your birthday. Love you Mama. xoxo

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A Letter to Harry on His First Birthday

R.Simple Life | A letter to Harry on his first birthday

Dear Harry,

Happy birthday my littlest love. I can’t believe it’s already here. A year ago, I got to hear you cry, look into your eyes, and hold your sweet little body for the very first time. That day my life changed forever. It’s like they took my heart right out of my chest and sent it to live in you. It was the best day of my life.

The past year has been an adventure. You’ve gone from sleeping twenty hours a day to running just as much, from loving to be cuddled up in a blanket to loving to be wild and free. Every day brings something new and every morning I wake up excited to see what it will be. Some days it’s something big, like your first tooth, or your first steps, or the first time you said “Mama.” Other days it’s not as big, but just as special. It’s been a year of firsts, starting with your first breath and finishing today with your first year.

Today, I am a teary mess. I am missing they snuggly little boy who’s skin was too big for his body, but there is a bigger pull on my heart and that is pride. I’m so proud of the little boy you are becoming. You are determined, confident, driven, competitive, and brave, but you are also sweet, loving, funny, gentile, and curious. You live each day like an adventure, never stopping until you’ve found what you’re looking for and you are such an inspiration. You love hard, and your Mama and Papa love you hard right back.

I consider myself to be the luckiest lady on this planet to be your Mama. I can’t imagine a better job. I am so excited to see where life takes you, and where you take life, but for today, I’m going to spend my time soaking in one-year-old-you.

I love you forever.

xoxo Mama

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29 Things I Love About You

On the eve of my sweet husband’s 29th birthday, I’d like to share 29 reasons I love him. Feel free to skip this post, unless your name is Jonathan, or you’re feeling especially lovey and/or sentimental today.

R.Simple Life | 29 Things I Love About You

1. I love the way you hold my hand when we’re driving on the highway.

2. I love your laugh, especially when it’s funnier than the joke.

3. I love how your eyes squint when you’re looking at the tv or anything further than five feet away from you.

4. I love how much you love our son.

5. I love the way you smell right after you shave.

6. I love that you stayed calm and comforted me when I cut off a chunk of your hair.

7. I love your generous spirit.

8. I love your complete lack of time awareness.

9. I love that you inch closer and closer to me when we’re sleeping, until I have to ask you to scoot back over.

10. I love that you sing.

11. I love that you cook amazing meals for me.

12. I love the support you always have for me.

13. I love your hugs.

14. I love your kisses.

15. I love that you always say “a tisket, a tasket.”

16. I love that you took me to Disney World to propose, when you knew I’d say yes in our driveway.

17. I love that you always encourage me to be better.

18. I love your freckles.

19. I love how proud you are when you come up with a brilliant idea (that I planted in your head weeks ago).

20. I love that you think I’m beautiful.

21. I love the role model you are to our son.

22. I love how invested you are in our future.

23. I love the effort you put into everything you do.

24. I love that changing diapers doesn’t phase you.

25. I love that you miss bath time.

26. I love the “tsst” noise you make at the top of your squat.

27. I love that you consider me your best friend.

28. I love how much you love croissants.

29. I love everything about you. Everything.

xoxo, Your Rory

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Birth Photography


As the big Birthday gets closer and closer (and seriously closer), I’ve found myself drawn to birth photography. Images capturing the anticipation of Baby’s arrival, the emotions of the mom and dad to be, the first few moments with the brand new little baby. I’ve found myself crying over birth photos from people I don’t know.

Birth is very intimate. It’s a time like nothing else in your life. A day when you are bringing new life to this world. A day when your heart is just going to explode with love. And a day that might be one of the hardest, most difficult ones in your life. Very intimate.

But as human beings, we love to capture magical moments. Have them to share. So in comes birth photography. We are planning on having our labor & delivery captured, but I know not everyone wants that. What are your thoughts on birth photography?

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Birthday My Love


Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dearest Jonathan…
Happy birthday to you!

I love you darling. Hope your day is wonderful.

xoxo, Rory

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Weekend Recap

Friday, I packed up some clothes, hopped on a plane and surprised my freshly 21 year old sister.

With the help of my old college roommate and current wonderful friend Tracey, my mom and I surprised Anastasia + Nathan for their 21st birthdays. Showed up at dinner. Bought them Dark & Stormys and Margaritas. Drove their drunk booties home. And hung out for the weekend.

It was quick, exhausting, exhilarating and fabulous. Filled with good food, great friends, and amazing family all around.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Birthday


Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you!

I wish I was there to celebrate with you. Have a Dark + Stormy for me! Love you lots.

xoxo, Mallory

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