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March, 28, 2016

Easter Sunday…

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^^Prepping for Easter dinner at my house


^^Easter morning we woke up and made pancakes! Isla gave most of her’s to Dasher (eye roll). She doesn’t like to eat solids. For all you mamas out there, is that normal?? I’m getting worried!

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^^Kisses for Mr. Bunny (we better keep him away from the fur brother!).

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^^One handsome pup. This took a lot of skill to get him to sit for this photo without ripping those ears right off! I’m such a mean mama haha but I don’t feel bad, this is the cutest pic!

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^^The sweetest bunny shoes for church I ever did see.

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^^Miss Isla Rose’s Easter basket! { Bunny | Moccs | Bubble Bath | Jammie’s | Bath Crayons | Book }


^^ This is half of Dash’s Easter basket. He stole one of the bones and the fetch balls before I could photograph it. Naughty!

easter-sunday-outfit-ideas spring-tulips-around-home pp12spring-lipstick-combo^^My lip combo for church.  { Lips: Hip n’ HappyClaudia and Pink Tulle }

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^^Our Easter dinner setting. I gave everyone their own hardboiled eggs to make themselves since I ran out of time do them myself.

easter-sunday easter-table-scape-ideas pink-peonies-blog-1Dress: Self Portrait | Under Tank: Nordstrom | Cardi: J.Crew | Heels: Stuart Weitzman (less expensive version here) | Necklace: Amour Absolu ℅ | Lips: Hip n’ Happy, Claudia and Pink Tulle

Isla’s Outfit: Dress: Gap | Shoes: Gap | Bow: Splendid Bow Shop

Drew’s Tie: Nordstrom

Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend!

Isla’s first Easter was a success! I can’t believe how magical holidays are with a baby. We had the best few days spending time surrounded with our family and reflecting on the greatest gift, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful to know that because of him I can be with my sweet family forever. The world can be so crazy (and at times scary) but it’s weekends like this that I remember everything is going to be okay and there is a greater purpose for all of us.

xo, Rach

  1. soraya says:

    What a beautiful post! Love seeing some behind the scene pictures of you and your home! Baby Isla is growing so fast! She looks adorable and love both her dress and yours. Thanks for sharing — Soraya

  2. Fatima says:

    Your outfit is adorable and perfect for Easter. Love the mix of white and pink.

    xx, Fatima

  3. CS Gems says:

    Everything from the dresses to the table settings to the flowers looks gorgeous. Love Isla’s eyelet dress! Hope you had a great Easter.
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  4. eva says:

    You made such a nice table setting! I’m loving the tulips and white eggs, looks perfect <3 You guys are soo cute on the last picture! :) <3


  5. Thank you for sharing such beautiful words and photos of your special Easter. Little Ilsa is just the sweetest! As you said it is so important to remember our blessings and the bigger picture. Happy Easter. :)

    xx Madeleine

  6. Love these photos, Rach! Your outfit is perfect, and Isla looks adorable. Glad you had a happy Easter with your family!

  7. Jenn says:

    So gorgeous! Your house is amazing!

  8. Angela says:

    My son is 13 months and only eats puréed food. I am discouraged as well. I Would love to see what advice your readers give you. Beautiful family! Your daughter looks a lot like Cannon.

  9. Brooke says:

    Happy Easter! You and Isla are the cutest duo! Love your beautiful Easter table!

    Brooke du jour

  10. lesley says:

    So gorg! Your baby girl is beautiful!

  11. Ash says:

    These pictures are adorable!!!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  12. christianne says:

    Sucha a beautiful family Rachel. Happy Easter!
    Xo, Christianne

  13. Your dress is gorgeous and little Isla is adorable! LOVE these beautiful photos!!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  14. I’ve been eyeing this Self Portrait dress and it looks so cute on you! Hope the family had a wonderful Easter.

  15. Jessica says:

    Dash is just TOO cute. Love the outfits!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  16. Alyssa says:

    These photos are so so cute!!! Love your lace dress-simply stunning. So glad you had a great Easter and Isla seemed like she had a great time too! xx

  17. Sharan says:

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful Easter!


  18. Amber says:

    Your family… your sister’s family… just beautiful! What a blessing! Thanks for all the inspiration! Try not to stress about Isla’s eating. Mine are 9 and 6 now. I wish I had stressed less. I’m heading to school lunch now. I never see any of them just drink their milk! Keep offering everything!

  19. Catie says:

    Ahhhh LOVE them Bunny Shoes!! So beautiful! Thank you for sharing and the reassurance of the feeling of what the resurrection of Jesus Christ represents. Have a wonderful week Rach!

  20. G says:

    Hi, you look great as always. Can you tell me what necklace you are wearing? The bar necklace. Thank you!

  21. Rosie says:

    Adorbs!!! And don’t worry about the solids, my son is 11 months and its still try and fail every day :) sometimes he likes solids sometimes not. Just keep trying!

  22. Hannah says:

    I’m loving that white dress! Happy Easter, Rachel!!

    xx, Hannah

  23. Janice says:

    Beautiful family as always! Looks like you had a wonderful Easter Sunday! My baby boy was born about the same week as Isla and shows very little interest in any solids, but from what I’ve heard and read it shouldn’t be something to worry too much about. In the first year solids are not so much about filling nutrition gaps as it is about just getting to experiment with textures, flavors, and using their fingers for grasping, etc… Hang in there!

  24. Beautiful photos… loving those little shoes of Isla’s with the bunny ears. Her dress is super cute, too!! Not sure why she isn’t a fan of solids yet… maybe her gums aren’t hard enough yet? Does she have any teeth yet? Either way… she’s a laugh passing off her food to Dasher… you and Drew better watch out ;o) may have a little sneaker on your hands! Lol

    All the Cute

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      Ya she has quite a few teeth!! And I think she just loves to feed Dash more than herself haha. Thanks for commenting :)

      Xo Rach

  25. Jessica K says:

    What an adorable family you have! To answer your question about her not liking solids. I have three kids. My youngest daughter is two weeks younger than Isla. Yes, it is totally normal. Just keep offering it. My oldest would only eat solids if it was blended until 15 months old. He hated texture. Now my youngest is super picky. She will eat blended solids and some finger foods. We went two months of her refusing solids. Just keep trying. They don’t need a lot to fill them up? you are doing a great job!!

  26. Hannah says:

    This is beautiful – love all of the pastel colors and coordination!

    xx, Hannah

  27. arin says:

    Your family is beyond — I loved following along on snap, too! Can’t get enough of that little Isla! The sweetest! Sending you happy vibes for another great week! xx

  28. HI Tea Style says:

    Adorable photos! Love your table setting!

  29. Lindsey says:

    Seriously, cutest Easter pictures. I love the one of Dasher with the bunny ears! Happy to hear you had an amazing holiday.

    stay styled,


    IG: stay_styled

  30. Jillian says:

    Such gorgeous photos Rach. I love all of the pinks and laces! Happy Easter to you and yours!
    xo, Jill

  31. yael steren says:

    oh my gosh! the little bunny shoes might be the cutest things i’ve ever seen!!!! And of course, I love your outfit as well!!! xx yael

  32. Beautiful post! Your dog looks so cute with the bunny ear! :D

    Raspberry Jam

  33. Hayley Larue says:

    Such sweet photos! Isla looks so, so cute. Hope you all had a great Easter <3

  34. January says:

    I really enjoy your blog. I have never read a blog..even my own best friends who have them but was drawn to yours from Instagram and just love it!!!

  35. Kate says:

    Very lovely. I’ve been eye-balling that dress for my son’s baptism but was worried about the lack of coverage on the top. A pretty, lightweight cardigan is a good idea.

  36. Jaime says:

    Are you still breastfeeding? I’m at pediatric nurse practitioner and do find that sometimes breastfed babies sometimes take longer to get used to solid food (of course this isn’t always the case). My oldest ate nothing but breastmilk/formula and baby food well until after his first birthday. Even to this day, he is the pickiest eater of my three kids. My best advise is to keep offering it. She will eventually learn to get used to the texture of more solid foods :)

  37. Angela says:

    Totally fine she isn’t liking solids… My daughter didn’t start until around 13-14 months! I worried about it like crazy and everyone said she’ll eat when she’s ready, and that’s what she did! :)

  38. Stephany Jackson says:

    Amen! Love this post! Your little family is so precious and the Easter decorations are so pretty!

  39. Mariam says:

    Happy Monday back to you lovely Rach!!! Your photos of easter are so beautiful especially those with Isla :D
    She is such a sweet baby. I am also christian but orthodox. We celebrate easter this year in May. God bless you and your family.

    Greetings from sunny Greece

    Love, Mariam

  40. Bebe78 says:

    So sweet!

    My 11-month old didn’t immediately take to bigger “solids” — he wasn’t in the baby-lead warning group. First I could only get him to eat really puréed foods from a jar, then we did avocado, bananas, things like that.

    Lately, he loves to watch me take bites of whatever I put on his highchair and then he gobbles it up.

    Try and be patient. One day they like it, the next day they don’t. Could be teeth, a cold, a texture thing, so just hang in there!

  41. Alyssa Renee says:

    Your look is so lovely! That dress is beautiful and perfect for the occasion! Your baby girl looks precious too in outfit! =)

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  42. Melissa says:

    In response to your question about solids: totally normal. I have a friend with 4 kids that showed no interest until over a year old. My son (who is huge!) barely ate solids until about a year old. If you are really worried mention it to your pediatrician, but she will start eating solids when she is ready. Nothing to worry about, but super frustrating.

  43. Linda says:

    I think the little one avoiding solids is normal. My niece went through that phase and always preferred her formula and other drinks, which caused he to become quite chubby! It soon passed and we noticed that even so, her appetite for solids was always small. It wasn’t until sometime as she was approaching 3 that her appetite picked up.There are many versions of vitamins you can give her to ensure proper nutrition. I wouldn’t worry, she is so beautiful and looks like a healthy girl. You could mention it to the doc just in case.

  44. Such a beautiful dress and love the table setting!!! so pretty!


  45. You have such a beautiful family! Love all of the details you implemented into the holiday. xx

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  46. DeAnna Hansen says:

    Lovely post Rachel! Happy Easter!

  47. Desiree Magee says:

    For little Isla, try Baby Led Weaning (not the part of her feeding herself at first) but the part of cooking soft veggies and putting a little piece in her cheek for her to learn to chew and move her tongue around. Puffs or Plum Organic puffs work well. Bananas, Avocado, Zucchini, Carrots, Sweet potatoes, little star or veggie Alphabet pasta are great starters. I had the opposite problem, my daughter (10 months) did not like purees. I was so worried, my older child (8yrs) loved purees and transitioned to solids so easily. Ugh, every child is Very different even though I wanted to preach “yeah, but they all do end up doing the same things!”, I learned. Enjoy!!

  48. LOVE this post!! Could those bunny shoes be any cuter?! Beautiful outfits and such a lovely table setting. Gorgeous!!


  49. Karena says:

    Such beautiful pictures!! My little girl is a week younger than Isla and doesn’t like eating solids yet either! She still nurses full time! Tiring but oh well, she gets what she needs ? Although I am hoping she will start soon! Not nursing around the clock would be great!!! You have a beautiful family!

  50. Rachel says:

    I love all of these sweet pictures! You and Isla look beautiful and your table setting is so pretty! :) I’m so grateful for Easter and all that it represents. :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  51. Love the dress! Such a dreamy design.

    Easter is probably my favorite holiday for the same reasons you mentioned: it just gives me such peace to know that our hope is in Heaven, and not this world. :)

    Lovely post!

  52. Deborah Richardson says:

    Beautiful Pictures.I love following your family and how Dash is included. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Marcie Garland says:

    Hi Rachel – I would recommend reading the book: French Kids Eat Everything. It was very helpful and informative.

  54. Tammy says:

    Such a beautiful dress! And the cardi is really cute with it. Does this cardi fit true to size or do you suggest ordering up since its fitted?

  55. Liz says:

    Just stopping in to say you are fabulous, and based on the way Isla looks at you, you are a fantastic mother. Don’t listen to the haters. People looking for fault will find it every time. I admire how you rise above it all. It’s scary how ugky people can be – so in a world full of ugly, thanks for staying beautiful.

  56. Haleigh says:

    This is so cute! Major family goals?

    Xo, Hales |

  57. Lisa Dyer says:

    I got so excited when you “liked” my Instagram Easter pic of my daughter and her boyfriend….I called her at college and told her!

  58. Su3 says:

    Beautiful family! Isla is sdorable!! Love your Easter tablescape! I was just curious about the name of the china pattern. It looks a lot like Spode Mansard which I have. I really like it. I’ve been following you for a while and I just want to tell you how much I love seeing those cute little pictures of Isla. That little black and white bathing suit makes me crack up every time. Love it!

  59. Emily says:

    Long time reader, first time poster… Just wanted to say you look gorgeous and Isla is such a doll. What a beautiful Easter Sunday!

  60. Mart says:

    Don’t worry about the solids – some kids love it, some hate it, but all of them learn to eat it some day. Just keep offering, try berries – my daughter simply loves blueberries, anything juicy and easy to swallow.

  61. Erica says:

    Love this post! What a beautiful easter setup and your daughter looks adorable!

  62. Diana says:

    Beautiful photos! I just saw your snap chat about photo shopping. Hang in there, girl! My son is the same age as Cannon and getting a photo with everyone looking at the camera is impossible. We photo shop as well. Don’t let this get you down and this does not make you a bad mother. Who even has the nerve to say this to another person?

  63. What a beautiful table scape! Love the dress too!


  64. Lillie says:

    Rachel, just saw your snapchat about the haters commenting on the minor photoshop….your family is beautiful your blog is awesome and do not let people with nothing better to do and nothing positive to say get to you. Most certainly don’t feed her negative behavior. I wouldn’t even acknowledge their ignorant comments. God bless you and your family. Everything was beautiful and perfect.

  65. Lauren says:

    I am so in love with your lace dress!! Looks like you guys had a wonderful Easter!


  66. Jen says:

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for posting. You’re all gorgeous.
    Thanks for the decor inspiration too!

  67. Oh my gosh. this post is sooo gorgeous!!! I LOVE your dress, and Isla’s outfit…the close ups of your lip color, the insta shots….seriously this is a great post!! You look fab! XO


  68. Pam says:

    Isla looks so cute! Love your Easter decor! xx

  69. Michele says:

    Looks like a wonderful Easter! On the solids…my son is 15mo old now but I kept a mini food processor on the counter and would lightly chop up whatever we were eating for meals. Its a great tool because you can control the consistency and amount. The mini (prep) processors are a great size for small amounts. I also tried to be diligent on letting him explore with sizes of food. Large pieces of avacado he could mash on, the end of a banana with the peel cut off, etc. Not exactly ‘baby led weaning’ but a hint of it. Rice, beans, small items work good for the first while. I also found boiling baby carrots then cooling them in the fridge was a huge hit. The carrots are soft and easy to chew plus the cold helps with teething. She will be just fine but keep working at it. Being a parent is so wonderfully beautifully hard:) Ciao!

  70. Hannah says:

    Some babies are super stubborn when it comes to food! I am no expert, but I found that patience and consistency were key with my baby. As long as i kept trying and didn’t give up no matter how much she fussed, she eventually learned to love solids! People around the internet think they know best and have the best opinions… but your pediatrician will always have the right answer for you!! Good luck Rach, Isla is precious!!

  71. Caroline says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful day! Your table looks so beautiful and so do you! Isla is absolutely precious too. I love those bunny shoes, they are SO cute! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  72. Mikayla says:

    I love seeing photos of you and your adorable little family! so cute!

  73. Jean Voorheis says:

    Can you please share where you bought these cute baskets? I love how natural and simplistic they are.
    He Is Risen!
    Jean Voorheis

  74. Sophie says:

    omg, these photos are way too cute, Baby Isla smiled so bright and super cute in that pink dress <3

    xoxo, Best Bags for Women and Men 2016

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In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

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