King & I: A Motherhood Love Story


It is certainly true: The bond between a mother and her child is unbreakable. I’ve learned many motherhood lessons along the way raising my now 5 year old son—one of them being that “it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”






“I wanted to become a mother because I always felt like I had SO much to give. A heart full of love, and a soul longing for a child to raise so, we can explore the world together.”

My five-year-old son, Kingston, overheard me talking to his daddy once where I told my husband that the way into my heart are fresh flowers. I really don’t need, nor expect much—but one thing I truly appreciate is—when I receive a bouquet of flowers out of the blue. No special occasion, nothing. Just because—that’s it. It makes it so much more special because I feel like it’s not forced but rather a simple act of love and appreciation.

And my son remembers this conversation ’til this day…

One morning I walked my son to school. All of a sudden he stopped and said: “Wait, mommy!”, and picked up some flowers (aka dandelions but he thinks they are flowers). He handed them to me with a huge smile, “Look mommy, flowers for you!”. I was so touched by his sweet gesture that I started to cry. It was then that I realized that Kingston understood what it means to give out of pure love…

PS: I saved his first, little first bouquet of flowers aka dandelions in between some book pages which is our reminder that “it’s not about how much we have or give but how much love we put into giving.” And I couldn’t be more proud to have found a children’s toy company that takes this message to heart as well. Cuddle+Kind creates beautiful hand-knit dolls that help feed children, and with every cuddle+kind doll sold, they give 10 meals to children in need. Be sure to check them out HERE.

As always, thanks much for reading and have a wonderful Monday!




Ethically produced, hand-knit dolls that help feed children.



  1. October 24, 2016 / 1:21 AM

    I adore these pictures. Kingston has such a beautiful heart and soul, just like his mama. The bond between a mother and child is so sacred and can never be broken. Cuddle + Kind sound like a great company and such a great cause to support. Hope you have a great start to the week ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, jackie

  2. October 24, 2016 / 1:53 AM

    My heart has competly melted, your sweet Kingston certainly has got a beautiful soul and personality. You are such a wonderful mother Vanessa!!

    Lots of love… Sydney

  3. October 24, 2016 / 6:12 AM

    Ah so sweet! Your face has a totally different expression when you watch your son!

  4. October 24, 2016 / 6:39 AM

    These pictures are fantastic, dear V.! Cuddle Kind is amazing, helping feeding children and with so beautiful toys! Hand-knit dolls, I would love to have them for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I love dolls ๐Ÿ™‚ Kingston is soooo cute, and what for a heart, giving you dandelions! He is really sweet, and how cute is that, remembering the talk with his dad! Yes, it’s how much we put into giving that counts, for sure! And true, a mother-children bond is unbreakable! Hugs and kisses, dear V.!

  5. October 24, 2016 / 6:57 AM

    Wait how stinking cute is this story!!!! This made my whole entire morning so much! I love that you saved it that id just so cute to me! Your son is beautiful! Loving this post so much!

  6. Cora
    October 24, 2016 / 7:11 AM

    He’s so sweet. You guys are so adorable, very nice pictures. Love it..
    Have a good start in a week….

  7. October 24, 2016 / 8:22 AM

    I saw these toys in your instagram story and just thought they were so cute. Then after looking at these pictures they look even cuter! You look so adorable with your son Kigston!

    Have a gorgeous week Vanessa.

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  8. October 24, 2016 / 9:59 AM

    This post was so so touching I also love hearing about companies that give back. Will definitely keep them in mind, perfect for gift giving even though I don’t have a little bundle of my own. Adorable pictures!

  9. October 24, 2016 / 1:05 PM

    Awwww! This post made me cry and wish to have my mini me soon. Giving out love is the best kind of giving because it satisfies the person giving and the one being given. You both look amazing!!

  10. October 24, 2016 / 2:27 PM

    This is such a beautiful post, Vanessa! First off, Kingston is such a cutie, I love 3rd shot of him holding the knitted dolls, so cute! I think it’s so beautiful that he overheard what makes you happy and decided to translate that into his gift to you, so precious. Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, as well as introducing us to Cuddle+Kind, it sounds like such a wonderful company and I love that they give back to help end child hunger. I hope you have the best week ahead!



  11. October 24, 2016 / 2:35 PM

    That’s a great lesson to learn from a child. Not many parents understand that theory today, they think parenting is all about giving. The emotion attached to the giving is what counts, it gradually shapes a child’s personality.
    Kingston is so lucky to have you love, first with the genes ๐Ÿ™ˆ then the good morals #cutenesoverload. Am happy for you Vanessa.
    Much love, Linet.

  12. October 24, 2016 / 2:44 PM

    Aw! This is such a sweet story Vanessa! Your photos are so precious. Love reading all your post!

    Have a great week!

    xO – Steph

  13. October 24, 2016 / 2:53 PM

    That is such a beautiful story Vanessa. Bless your pure heart and bless you for teaching your son something so precious.
    And what a great cause Cuddle+Kind is.

    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mich xoxo

  14. October 24, 2016 / 3:55 PM

    Such a sweet story, Vanessa! Kingston is just too cute! And what a wonderful company. I always love when companies give back like this. Thanks for sharing Cuddle+Kind with us! Hope you have a great start to the week!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  15. October 24, 2016 / 4:30 PM

    Such a sweet story about your son, you both are so cute in these pics. Have a lovely day, gorgeous. xx
    Nina’s Style Blog

  16. October 25, 2016 / 3:43 AM

    Good and lovely boy,thank you for share.

  17. Amy Arnold
    October 25, 2016 / 10:31 AM

    Sweetest post with the cutest photos of you two!! I love it. And I love fresh flowers too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  18. October 25, 2016 / 9:14 PM

    Oh my gosh that dandelion story is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard- what a little cutie!! I can’t imagine what your bond with him must be like, its really something that I want to experience myself in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚ These photos are so cute too

    Rachel xx

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