• Happy Mother's Day!

    Every day is Mother’s Day in my life, being the mother of our four children. Peter, our oldest, is 15. Mitchell will be 13 and Charlotte will be 10 at the end of this month. Our youngest, Hazel, just turned 5. Each day I can depend on at least one of them to make me smile, laugh, touch my heart, or scratch my head in disbelief.  Each year has its ebbs and flows but God’s purpose for being a mother is a blessing. I am so thankful for this gift!  Evey and I are so grateful for our children and our own unique love we have for each of them. Today, we celebrate the many ways mothers have fought to better the lives of their children. We also honor mothers who have raised and nurtured their children with love and courage. Thank you to our mothers, Mary Marshall Jones and Jane Loudon for leading by example. We would not be the women we are without you! A special thank you to all our mothers that have supported us throughout the years in Eyelet and Ivy. We wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!

    XOXO, Alicen 

    Posted by Angela Martin
  • Dreaming of Summer!

    Summer and warmer weather are right around the corner! It's such a strange time right now being quarantined due to COVID-19 but we are excited about Summer!  No school, warm weather, outside activities, and hopefully we will soon be able to be outdoors together again! 
     
    Here are a few things that we love about Summer! 
     
    1. Going to the beach! Need some great swimwear for the beach or pooltime? We got you covered and it’s UPF fabric! Click here
     
    2. Riding bikes and playing all day long! We love long walks, runs and days spent outdoors! 
    3. All the Summer Clothes! We also have you covered here: )  Shop the in-stock collection here
     
    4. Corn on the Cob, Watermelon and all the other wonderful Summer foods! Need some inspiration? Here's a great place to find some amazing recipes
     
    5. Going along with that, we just love all the fruits & veggies that come in season in the Summer! Strawberries, we're looking at you! 
     
    6. Summer Sunsets. Need we say more? 
     
    7. Summer Vacation! Even if you're not planning anything big this year because of what's going on in the world - any vacation, even one to a local park, sounds perfect right about now! 
     
    Let us know in the comments below what y'all are looking forward to this coming Summer! 
     
    XO, Evey & Alicen 
    Posted by Angela Martin
  • Fun Indoor Activities to do with You Kids!

    Finding things to do while stuck at home with your kids for long periods of time can be a struggle, to say the least. Especially when your kids are full of energy and wanting to be entertained almost 24/7! 

    In fact, even just being stuck at home as an adult can get boring if all you can think of doing is binge-watching Netflix. Luckily, we've had some time to think about this over the last month of Safer at Home. We thought we would help y'all out and give you some of our favorite stay-at-home activities! Below you’ll find everything you need to entertain your kids (or yourself) while stuck at home. We’ve got activities that will get you moving, educational and informative activities, fun ways to relax and unwind, and more!

    1. Take a virtual museum tour! So many museums from all over the world are offering tours from the comfort of your home. Take advantage and take a trip to Paris without leaving your living room! Check them out here

    2. Play some card games! There are so many to learn that even you may learn something new! Here's a link to some of your favorites! Click here!

    3. Fill out workbooks with your kids! It's important to keep their minds active and here's a list of amazing workbooks you will love too! Click here
     
    4. Have an indoor scavenger hunt! An indoor scavenger hunt can keep kids entertained for hours if it’s done right! Come up with a theme for your hunt, hide objects and clues around the house, and be sure to give the kids a prize once they solve the mystery or find the hidden treasure.
     
    5. Do a science experiment! Be warned: This might get messy! There are some ideas for you at the link here
     
    6. Bake! Who doesn't love baking? We've sure been doing a lot of it! Click here for some great recipes! 
     
    7. Make a Time Capsule! If you and your kids are already stuck inside, why not gather some things from around the house like old toys, photos, and trinkets and put together a time capsule for your future selves? You could also film a video and put it on a USB flash drive and stick it in there too! That will be a great memory to look back on.
     
    We hope this helps you over the next few weeks! What are some things you've been doing with your kids? Comment below and let us know! 
     
    XO, Evey & Alicen
    Posted by Angela Martin
  • Easter Crafts to Keep The Kids Busy and Our Fave Easter Looks!

    There's so much about Spring for little ones to love, from picking fresh flowers to puddle-jumping through April's showers. Well, this year is a little different so we put together some really fun crafts you can do indoors with your little ones to make them smile and get them excited for Easter! This will keep them hoppily entertained, even if it's just for a little bit! 
     
    Make Daffodil Candy Cups! You can get the easy tutorial here!
    Make Egg Carton Spring Chicks. Find the tutorial here
    Make Easter Bunny Headbands! Find out how to make these adorable accessories here
    Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs! Find out how to do it here
    Make Peep Place Cards! Find out how to do it here
    Make Easter Egg Ballong! How fun! Find out how to here
    Make Potato Easter Egg Stamps! Here's the Recipe
     
    Still looking for the best Easter outfits? We got you covered there too! 
     
    XOXO, Evey & Alicen 
    Posted by Angela Martin
  • Interview with our Hostess Extraordinaire, Peyton Russell

    We just love working with Alicen's college roommate, Peyton! She's a great friend to us and the business. If you live in Alabama, you may see her soon at an upcoming trunk show so don't forget to say hello! 

    How do you know the Ladies of Eyelet & Ivy?

    Alicen was one of my pledge sisters and college roommates at Auburn during our Junior and Senior years. I won’t spill all of the stories but I will tell you we had a lot of fun. Life got in the way and we were just at different chapters of our lives for a period of about 10 years in our mid twenties and early thirties. It wasn’t that we weren’t friends but we just were more distant than we had been in the past. But when my youngest daughter, Ann Worth, was born 6.5 weeks early and was in the NICU where I spent countless hours Alicen was the dearest friend and came and sat with me for hours at the hospital one day and we picked up right where we left off. It was like we had never skipped a beat. She is an amazing friend and I couldn’t do life without her. I’ve never had the chance to meet Evey but we’ve had many text conversations, and I’m pretty sure we’d be great friends if we lived in the same city. 

    Name, family info, hometown, kids, pets, husband's name.

    Peyton Russell and I’m from Decatur, AL but living in Birmingham, AL now which is where I met my husband Vaughan. We have two daughters, Mary Glynn who is 9 and Ann Worth who is 5. We have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Palmer and a rescue kitty named Forrest. 

    What do you look for when shopping for your children's clothing?

    I love traditional children’s clothing. I am a lover of heirloom dresses but those of course are not anything we wear every day so I look for quality items that are affordable. I also like things that suit my children’s ages and don’t make them look too old or two young. I find that often times people try to dress their children older than they are. We only have them as children for awhile so I appreciate and enjoy dressing them as children. I also look for things they will feel comfortable in and that are functional which is one of the great things about Eyelet & Ivy because they are the clothes my girls reach for every day. 

    What's your favorite Christmas movie?

    Christmas Vacation for the laughs and The Family Stone which has laughs but is also has a more serious tone. 

    What are you reading or watching right now?

    I’ve just started the book “Raising Worry-Free Girls”. I hope their is a sequel called “How to Be a Worry-Free Mom” I haven’t watched anything noteworthy lately. I’d say my favorite shows are “Project Runway”, “Big Brother”, and “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team”. 

    What's your favorite Holiday tradition with your family?

    As a child it was making egg nog with my grandmother!! We did it every year and she passed away about 4 months ago so it will be sad not having her with us this year. With my family as an adult I just love the tradition of going and buying the Christmas tree all together (we go to several lots because I have to see all my options in order to find the perfect tree) and then listening to Christmas music and decorating it together. 

    What's the best advice someone has given you about motherhood?  Who gave it to you?

    To enjoy each stage and phase of your children’s lives because they are fleeting and go by so fast. Several people have told me that and so I am trying to listen and follow that advice. 

     

    Posted by Angela Martin