guest post // 10 adventures for siblings. by elsie & emma

Dear Eleanor,
You might not know this yet… but you are about to have so many adventures! We wanted to share a few things that we love to do with our brother. You’re going to be a great big sister….

1. You can make pancakes together! It’s the best thing to do on a Saturday morning… we promise!

2. You can ride bikes together. It’s more fun when you have a sibling to ride with!

3. You can travel together. No matter where your mom and dad take you, you’ll always have a best friend to play with!

4. You can bake cookies together. When we were little we baked a lot of cookies with our mom. It was one of our favorite things to do each winter!

5. You can build forts with blankets. You’ll need some flashlights and storybooks too…

6. Play with puppies as much as you can. They make life better.

7. You can have picnics at the park. You’ll have so much fun!

8. When you get a little bit older you can watch your sibling fall in love. This is one of the best things you’ll ever get to watch… it’s magical!

9. That means you can throw them a wedding shower. We’re pretty sure you’ll be great at it! ;)

10. And then you can watch them get married. You will probably cry when your little brother gets married… we did.
Wishing you the most amazing adventures with your new little brother! XO, Elsie + Emma from A Beautiful Mess
*first photo by Janae Hardy Photography
  1. Madi

    What a lovely lovely post, you made me cry!! It's true though, there is nothing like the relationship you have with your brother. I love mine so much, I've just got engaged and have asked mine (along with my dad) to walk me down the aisle. I can't wait :) Thanks for the lovely post girls! (I love your blog by the way, such an inspiration)

  2. this is so nice!

  3. Awww! Wish I had a sister or brother; being only child is hard sometimes..

  4. Annika

    This is so beautiful.
    I love my sister, I'm sure eleanor will be a good sister :)

  5. That is so great!! I love this post – for any sibling – it's a reminder of how close and fun family can be! Thanks for the great post!

  6. Rosie

    What lovely photos and a gorgeous list of things to do. Making pancakes and cookies together being two of my favourites! X

    Rosie | A Rosie Outlook

  7. Dianna

    too cute!

  8. Dianna

    too cute!

  9. Ironiqa

    Such a lovely post…I have a younger sister and no matter we're adult now, she will always be my little sunshine. And I love Elsie and Emma. A Beautiful Mess blog is soooo inspiring and Emmas Food Coma blog, oh gosh, lots of great recipes!!!

  10. Loulou

    Awe this is so well done! I particularly like the playing with puppies part :) My brother and I are close in age and we always hung out together as teenagers … It was great to have him there looking out for me! You will be thankful you have one another.


  11. i have tears in my eyes. being the oldest of 4 girls i agree completely. siblings are often times your worst enemies, but always your best friends. they love each other unconditionally no matter what.

  12. Bri

    amazing post!

  13. abby

    this is adorable! my brother is one of my best friends and i am sure it will be the same for little e.

    oh, but don't forget- when you're young, little brothers make great puppy dogs. my brother always pretended to be mine and he was an extremely well-behaved pup. just don't tell kingsley.

  14. Cady

    So sweet, and all so true! Brothers are the best. xo.

  15. This is soooo cute!
    Sometimes I wish I had a sibling but it's too late now :)
    Still it's so true!
    I loved the blanket forts and the travelling very much!

  16. This post is absolutely precious!

  17. i love this post ! i have both a brother and a sister whom i love so dearly. i also have a son and a daughter. so amazingly precious. i love elsie & emma too ! so wonderful. thank you thank you thank you ! hope you are loving every minute of being with samson.


  18. Bee.

    Such a cute little list xo

  19. amanda

    this was SUPER adorable. and all such great things to do with your siblings, indeed.

  20. Sladja

    i am crying :) so lovely! bravo!


  21. Erica

    So sweet. Makes me wish I lived closer to my sisters. Miss them!

  22. Janice

    These are all so true, coming from a girl with a little brother. He is my best friend, even as we round our 30's … He just got married this past year … I cannot tell you how emotional I was (probably did not help that I was pregnant)and it was the best feeling in the world to see him so happy. Eleanor – enjoy Samson. You will hate him some days, but love him most.

  23. Ed Rod

    This was a beautiful post, but so true! E will be wonderful

  24. *sniff* This made me cry. So sweet. My sis and I have a little brother whose wedding we cried at. And now my girls have a little brother they spoil and tease–depending on the moment. Wishing you a life of fun with your little brother, Eleanor!
    Catherine Denton

  25. Aw man this is so brilliant! I especially like number 8. Watching my little brother fall so in love with his girlfriend has been one of the greatest things I've ever seen :)

    Take their advice, Eleanor (maybe when you're a little older though)! :P Even though sometimes siblings occasionally show their affection in strange ways, he'll definitely become one of your greatest friends!!

    Rhi xx

    The Wildest of Dreams

  26. lo

    This made me, like many, tear up as well. I'm 19 watching my 16 y/o little brother interact with his first girlfriend and thinking of all the fun things we have done as siblings…. From making cookies for Santa to discovering secret caves while on vacation. There was a time when I had to do the heimliech maneuver when we were home alone for the first time ever. Im sure Eleanor will be protective of Samson for some time, but one day Samson will be taller than her and she'll notice him being more protective of his dear sister. Siblinghood is so fun and beautiful, but I'm sure you know a bit about that Naomi ;)

  27. This is so cute! My sister and I are best friends, she usually pushes the fort in while I'm under their though! Jacob x

  28. The absolute sweetest! E is going to be the best big sister! Little Samson is so lucky <3

  29. Awwww … what a simple yet lovely post! Just too cute!

    Kel x

  30. Ruth

    <3 The gals over at a Beautiful Mess and I <3 this guest post! Hope the fam and the new edition are doing great!

  31. #8 just melted my heart. It's entirely true. I have two older sisters and a younger sister. Watching my little sister fall in love was truly magical. I introduced her to the boy she's now loved for 4 years, and I can't wait to see the life that they build together.

    Eleanor is going to be an excellent big sister. She'll be brimming with pride and love for little Samson.

  32. Kate

    So sweet. Siblings really are the best.

  33. Ethaney

    I cried. Especially at watching your sibling fall in love. That is so true. Tears everywhere. Loved this so much!

  34. Aw! This is so very sweet! I love all these photos!


  35. Glad to see other people cried, too. I thought it was just my hormones :)
    Such a sweet post

  36. I love the "Beautiful Mess" blog and of course, the Rockstar Diaries. This is like the best of two worlds colliding! :)

  37. what a lovely post!! great that u got those two awesome ladys for a guest post :) I love 'foodcoma' and 'a beautiful mess'. Those sisters know how to rock a blog – just like u :)

  38. Jesse

    can't wait to give my boy a sibling some day…

  39. This was way to sweet!!


  40. This post made me miss my siblings SO much. mine are 8 and 12 hours away from me, and when we lived together it was so fun. my little brother is just starting to have his little high school romances, and i wish i was there to take his pictures for school dances ;) thank you for this!

  41. I appreciate this girl! beautiful

  42. I appreciate this girl! beautiful

  43. Erin

    This is so adorable! I love my sister very much and this made me think of her! :-)

    xoxo, Erin

  44. Johanna

    This is the sweetest post ever!

  45. this is such a beautiful post! having two older brothers i remember doing all of these things with them :)

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth

  46. Anna

    this is so adorable! Absolutely lovely post :)

  47. Olivia

    My little guy is about to become a big brother and reading this made me want to cry :) Especially the last one about crying at each other's wedding, I bawled my eyes out at my oldest sister's wedding- like the ugly cry, lol.

  48. Ashley

    i loved this, i love a beautiful mess anyways and to see what they said its like the gr8est day ever my two favorite blogs of all time talking about sibling love

  49. this is soooo sweet! i have a younger brother and he's my favorite person in the whole world. all we do is laugh together!

    xo the egg out west.

  50. Kate

    I always tell my oldest that the best gift I ever gave him was his little brother… he just doesn't know it yet. My boys are 3.5 and 18 months and each day I see them grow closer and closer. I see the adventures and miracles start happening between them. And then just last week my husband captured a moment with the camera where they looked soo deeply and truly into each others eyes and smiled the sweetest smile I've ever seen. It was at that precise moment I knew my oldest was starting to understand.

    Wishing all of you sweet memories.


  51. this has got to be the most precious post! i love how they dedicated to eleanor! missing my brother right about now ;)
    xo TJ

  52. Brenda

    What a sweet post! I'm sitting here bawling now. I have 2 younger brothers who live far, far away, and I miss them so much.

  53. Awww this is just adorable! I actually just had a sibling day today – and we just drove around taking photos and drinking milkshakes together.

    Now, time to work out after those ice cream shakes lol!

    Cathy Trails

  54. So very true…

    My sister is the love of my life…She really is. I don't love anyone as much as I love my sister…I don't think she loves me as much as I love her(and that is not a sad's just the way it aways was..and I'm fine with that..I KNOW she Loves me..but I also KNOW that I love her more =P But love is love…)

    I don't know If I would be the person I am today if it wasn't her by my side since I can remember(Mom got pregnant when I was 3 months old..So…I'm one year and 14 days older than my sister ).
    She is one of the reason that of my pseudo sanity…LOL !

    It's so good to look back at your life and see that there were this one person that shared with you all the good and bad in life…that was there with you during the most boring, exciting, happy and sad situations…

    Share life…that is what we did…and that is what we do. Nothing more difficult and more amazing than that.

  55. Pugs! Yay! Siblings – double yay!

  56. So sweet! She is going to be the greatest big sister ever!

  57. This post made me tear! I love it! I have 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers. Yes, we had our moments, but ultimately, I am blessed! My sisters are my best friends! We always go on adventures, together. Eleanor, you're in a for a real treat!!!! :)

  58. Lotte

    very beautiful post…!!

  59. chloé

    you make me have goosebumps.

  60. Audrey

    This was so great because it speaks the truth. Siblings are the best people to experience any new adventures with!

  61. This has to be the simplest and sweetest 'ode to siblings' I've ever read. Our baby is ready to arrive any minute. If we have another, I am printing off this post to read to her!

  62. Such a sweet and creative idea!

  63. These are such wonderful moments that siblings can do- my favorites being traveling together and making cookies. My boys are the best of buds and now that they have a little sister, it's 3 times the fun!
    I'm an only child, but have 3 little ones, and wouldn't trade my bigger family for anything. Eleanor- you're gonna dig having a little bro.

  64. Oh My Goodness! This post is so sentimental. So so sweet. I love when my two favorite blogs come together! Perfection!

  65. Ami

    Qué entrada tan dulce y bonita!

  66. geez! make me cry why don't cha! so sweet. i have a 3 yr old girl and 1 yr old boy. imagining their adventures together is bitter sweet. they'll be best buds.

  67. Kathryn

    so sweet :)

  68. aww – what a sweet post!
    xo, cheyenne