Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bump Style Breakdown: Volume 1

I have teamed up with my friend Anna of In Honor of Design to do a fun series of bump styles over the next few months & let me tell you, this is a huge step out of my comfort zone! ;) I am most comfortable in a pair of sweats, but I am going to do my best at getting creative with my wardrobe. I hope you enjoy!!

First up, the relaxed t-shirt shift dress. Seriously, these dresses are a pregnant gal's best friend.
Yes, they're also known for being a bit frumpy, but dressing frumpy is a right of passage during pregnancy, right? ;) I think the key is making sure that the arms are fitted & the dress isn't too long, or it really would feel a bit garbage-bag like. This style of dress is perfect for earlier stages of pregnancy when your bump maybe isn't very pronounced yet, but the love handles are! I genuinely feel great wearing this dress, and while fitted dresses & tops are really fun to wear to show off the belly, it's also worth something to just feel totally comfortable in your outfit. I am also obsessed with the grey version, no surprise! I feel like it is even more casual than the black, which is perfect for hot summer days ahead.

I also love how versatile this dress is. It can be dressed down with flat sandals, or dressed up with heels or wedges and a long necklace

An extra large tote is my very favorite accessory. With the girls ages we tend to go a lot of places without strollers, so it's sometimes easier to grab something a little less all-inclusive than my regular diaper bag. This is a reversible tote which I love because I can switch it out on the go, but I also have a major crush on this hot pink one, the tassels are so fun for Spring & Summer!

And probably my most favorite part of this style?! My extensions!! I have mentioned multiple times about all of my post-partum hair loss, my hair got crazy thin & I ended up cutting off quite a bit. While I love a shorter hair style, I have always had long hair & have been missing it like crazy for the last few months. Along came Top Knot Extensions, who contacted me about trying out their halo extensions, and I quickly fell in love!!! I will share more in a separate post later this week, but for now, those long thick curls are something my hair could never have achieved on my own. They are so easy & quick to put in & take out, I could not be happier with them!

You can head over to see more of Anna's shift dress style here! Thanks so much Chelsey Heidorn for photography!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Fun + Bathroom Reno

Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a fun weekend! We spent most of ours doing some much needed Spring cleaning & preparing for our master bathroom remodel that kicked off this morning. We took a super exciting trip to the floor & tile store to pick out some things for the bathroom, then woke up at the crack of dawn today when the contractor came to start demo. We chose white subway tile for the shower/tub surround & a white hex tile for the flooring, all with grey grout. I am going to put a darker coat of charcoal on the walls & Brandon is excited to build some new cedar shelves for the bathroom wall. It's going to be a crazy week but we are so looking forward to the end result!!

 The girls had a birthday party to attend, so we went there & got our bounce-house on! Harper requested blueberry shortstack pancakes for breakfast Sunday morning, we took a trip to the mall to get the girls a few new pairs of pajamas since they are both growing right before our eyes (seriously obsessed with these mermaid ones!) & ended the weekend relaxing in the hammocks.

We are so excited for Easter & hope to dye some eggs with the girls this week. One mess at a time! :) Hope you all have a great start to your week!! XO

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Day in the Life

I love reading about what other people's days look like as they stay home with their kids, especially those who are small business owners or working from home. We have a pretty good schedule going right now, all of which will be flipped upside down when baby number three arrives in a few months, but for now, here is a glimpse of our typical weekday as Harper is three & Eloise is eleven months.

I wake up around 6:30, just as Brandon is about to head out the door, so I have a few minutes to make some coffee & chat with him (while attempting to fully wake up) before the girls start bouncing off the walls. They are both up by seven, and start the day watching Mickey on the couch with their milks.We are breakfast people, and our mornings are always pretty slow since Eloise still takes a morning nap, so I usually make some pancakes or french toast with fruit/yogurt while they play in the playroom.

If the weather is nice, we will play on the back porch for a little bit or go for a walk, and Eloise normally goes down for her nap by 10. While she is sleeping, Harper & I have one on one time, and she gets to play with all her big kid toys, everything with little pieces or messy stuff like paint & markers. Lately her favorite has been cupcake parties with her girls, Minnie & Minnie (yep, a tutu & Minnie headband on Mickey). We dress them up, decorate our cupcakes, sing happy birthday, rinse & repeat. I usually fit in a quick shower while Harper plays & then get her dressed so we can go somewhere when Eloise wakes up.

Our local bookstores & libraries offer story hours, which is fun for Harper but Eloise isn't a fan of sitting still for very long. Sometimes we go to the park, meet friends to play or grab lunch somewhere. Have you all heard of chic-fil-a mom valet? You can order your food through the drive thru, let them know you're doing mom valet & how many high chairs, placemats, etc. that you'll need, then once you park, you can come inside & they will have a table already set up for you with what you ordered. It's pretty amazing!! I think most locations do it, but it has made lunch outings so much easier for us! Sometimes we just run errands or go to the grocery store, both kids love it if they get to ride in the "cool cart" with steering wheels & share a box of goldfish! ;) Some of their favorite lunches are turkey sandwiches with carrots & hummus, or sliced cucumbers for Eloise. We eat a lot of leftover pasta for lunch, and will definitely eat outside if we can to avoid the cleanup afterwards!
Nothing beats good weather when you have toddlers, it really is a breath of fresh air.

For the most part, Harper has dropped her afternoon nap, Eloise sleeps from 2-4:30 or so, while Harper has quiet time. I try to prep dinner & get most of my work done at this time, even if that means dragging my laptop outside while she does sidewalk chalk! ;) Sometimes we are lazy & take a nap on the couch or watch a movie, but it's really my only down time so I try to take advantage of it the best I can. When Eloise wakes up, the girls have snacks & then try their hardest to destroy the playroom & rest of the house before Brandon comes home. I start dinner around 5:30, and it is usually a total circus at this point, Eloise wants to be held non stop towards the end of the day. The girls usually play in the kitchen while I finish cooking & Brandon gets home around 6:15ish. We eat, we clean & we usually have a quick dance party or go grab an ice cream cone before the girls get in the tub around 7:30. They both love bath time, so if it has been a crazy day or I am home by myself, they sometimes have an extra long bath, with colored bath bombs, bath markers & lots of bubbles. I add a little lavender essential oil to the tub too which seems to help them get into sleepy mode! Brandon puts Eloise to bed while Harper & I pick up her room, and then she watches 15-20 minutes of a movie to wind down before bed. Then one of us reads her stories & does her prayers before putting her to bed by 8:30 or so.

And that's a wrap!!! It really is so exhausting, and most of our days feel thirty five hours long. I seem to always look away at just the right moment, long enough for Eloise to dump cat water on her head and for Harper to toss a rice cake on the floor & stomp it into a million little pieces. But this is my dream job, staying home with my babies, doing a little work on the side & having the freedom to be creative as a mom & somewhat-artist. Even though some days I question if I am really cut out for this! The trick to doing it all, is not doing it all! Yes, one day we may have pretty pancakes & the girls may have coordinating outfits, but another day we eat peanut butter & bananas for every meal & nobody changes out of their pajamas. But we take it one messy-happy-chaotic day at a time! :)

Now spill it, what are your tips & tricks to your long days in toddler town?!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Mama Style

You know me & my love of neutrals, and this Spring, my style favorites are no exception. I have never owned white jeans before, but lately all of my favorite inspiration comes from white jean styles. Here is a round up of some of the pieces that I am loving!

I love those jeweled leather sandals & the price can not be beat, they were selling out so fast online that I ended up ordering them for store pickup. I also love this pair, which works out since they are buy one, get one half off. Those wedges would be the splurge of a lifetime for me but I am obsessed with them!! I love nude colored shoes, and wedges are always my favorite because they still allow for chasing kids around!

These linen tees are a Spring staple, if you're like me & most often wearing a basic tee with jeans, you'll want to get your hands on one of these. I picked up one in the store the other night & the material is amazing, of course the heather grey is my favorite! I don't wear a ton of jewelry but have been loving long necklaces lately since most of my maternity shirts are so plain. It's a fun way to dress up an outfit while still being able to just take it off when little hands start getting grabby! ;)

What are your favorite Spring styles & trends this year?!

Monday, March 23, 2015

First Weekend of Spring

We had friends visiting this weekend from Iowa & California for a baby shower that we hosted at our house. Our good friends are due with their first baby boy at the end of April, shortly after Eloise's birthday. We were able to get our hammocks out, which made the girls very happy, Harper was more excited about using sticks as princess wands but Eloise loves swinging! It was the perfect first weekend of Spring, a house full of our favorite people & lots of sunshine!

white embroidered dress is vintage, similar styles here & here.

We hit up a local Mexican restaurant with friends while my parents stayed with the girls after we put them to bed, did a little shopping at the new outdoor mall near us & had a giant group breakfast at the Pancake House before everyone flew home. Always so much fun & thanks again to all of our friends for coming to visit!! 

Spring has me feeling so refreshed & inspired, I have lots of fun stuff to share this week & hopefully a few new prints going up in the shop. We also have a summer line of koozies on their way, and yes I can't wait to float in the pool after baby girl arrives with a cold one of my own! Hope you all had an amazing weekend!! XO

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Mini Styles

We have had Easter on the mind for weeks now, it is one of my favorite holidays (wait, aren't they all?) for so many reasons. I love that Harper will be able to participate in some of the activities at our church this year, along with a few fun Easter egg hunts & we will have family coming in town as well. I've rounded up some of my favorite festive Easter styles, hoping you will find a little inspiration for your little bunnies! And boy moms, remember that little Hop Sweatshirt that Eloise was wearing the other day, that is straight from the boy's section! I love it paired with these bright yellow pants, that are even cuter in person, or maybe layered with a chambray baby blazer.

Floral Tunic Dress // Grey & White Flutter Dress // Gold Bunny Tee // Pink Sequin Bunny Sweater // Bunny Ear Headband // Gold Glitter Shoes

Now, my sweet Harper & her hilarious obsession with polar bears. She comes into the kitchen with Eloise's bunny ear headband on, looks me dead in the face & says "mom. do these bunny ears make me look like a polar bear?"

Bunny Ear Headband // Lace Dot Capelet c/o Joyfolie

I could not stop laughing. I wish I had taken a picture of her entire outfit too, she had two skirts, pajama pants & a pair of high heel plastic shoes, all part of her adventures in dressing herself.
She is so excited for Easter this year, I just know it's going to be a magical one!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

We always celebrate every holiday with a festive breakfast, I think it is a fun & easy way to get your kids excited about something & it sets the mood for the day. I have been wanting to try a homemade poptart recipe for years, so I decided it would be a fun shamrock style breakfast. I made the dough the night before, super easy & quick, then just rolled it out and put it in between two sheets of wax paper. In the morning, we just cut them out, filled them with some raspberry jam & put them in the oven. Harper loves to frost & decorate our baked goods, so she was a happy camper!! She concentrates so hard, it cracks me up. Eloise could have cared less, she just wanted a banana.

One of the book stores near us had a St. Patty's Day story hour & craft time for kids, so we met some friends there and grabbed lunch after. And sent silly selfies to dad while he was in New York for meetings. Eloise is loving life right now, maybe all she ever wanted this whole time was to walk? I am convinced she hated being a baby.

Green Dress & Glitter Headband, old from J.Crew Outlet // Gold Bow Dress // Shamrock Hair Clip 
We ended the night with Brandon coming home just in time for the girls' bedtime. He scared the shit out of us by bursting in early during bath time, but we forgive him because he brought ice cream. ;) So we made the most of the amazing weather & hung out on the patio in our pajamas for a bit. The first thing Harper told him when he came in was "good job for wearing green!", she get it from her mama!

Hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day filled with lots of love & luck! XO