23 April 2015

You're A Bad Guy, Mom.

I really try hard to be patient with my kids. The first 3/4 of the day, I feel like I do a good job of working through misunderstandings and tantrums in a calm & positive way. When they disobey a direction, I talk to them calmly about about why I asked them to do such & such a thing. If they make messes, I let it roll off my back and move on, because kids.

But in the afternoon, usually around 3 or 4pm, I start to get a little less..... tolerant.

The other day, Bennett asked me for some Feta cheese to eat for a snack. Wait, your kids don't eat Feta cheese regularly? ;-)

Anyway, I dumped some in a bowl, got a spoon, and served it to him at the table. We have a strict rule that the kids are not allowed to have toys at the table while they're eating. It never ends well. Amiright? As Bennett was eating his feta cheese, he started playing with some legos that were sitting on the table from earlier that day. He was flying his helicopter around, only he wasn't just flying it from a seated position. No no, he was standing up on his seat, then sitting down, then standing back up, zooming the helicopter around like a maniac. I saw what he was doing and asked him to stop playing with the legos, because he would probably either fall and get hurt, or more likely, knock his snack onto the floor and make a big fat mess.

No less than 10 seconds after asking him to stop playing with his toys at the table (which he blatantly disregarded), he literally flew his lego helicopter right into his bowl full of crumbly, sticky feta, and knocked it all over the table, bench, and floor.

I'll admit, my reaction was less than impressive.

"BENNETT!!!! I told you not to play with your toys while you were eating!!! Why do you think we have this rule??? Get down and clean up your mess, now!! UGH!"

He immediately started crying and I knew in that moment he felt badly about what he had done.

And though I knew I over-reacted and instantly felt horrible about yelling, it was his response that really caught me off guard.

Before I had the chance to apologize, he said to me: "Mommy, you're a bad guy. A bad guy, Mom"

It hit me like a ton of bricks.

Even though he was doing something he wasn't supposed to do. I was a bad guy. I WAS A BAD GUY. That is how he saw me. I mean, in 5 y/o language, that's equivalent to throwing out a bunch of F-bombs. It was really hard for me to hear Bennett say that I was a "bad guy". He's such a kind, thoughtful little boy. He always has the best intentions and I know that he's ALWAYS trying his best. So... why couldn't I do the same?

I know I sound like a broken record, but patience is something I am trying really hard to work on. Obviously, there will be times I will lose my cool, or the situation will call for discipline. But really, I don't want to be a "bad guy" in the eyes of my children. I really don't.

I guess this has turned into another one of those, "I'll do better next time" posts. And I promise, I always mean it when I say it ;-)

21 April 2015

Boys Fashion - Coastal Style

We spent this past weekend out at the ocean! The kids always love going, and I'm so happy that we live close enough to make quick weekend trips out there frequently! We lucked out and managed to have pretty awesome weather while we were there. Well, besides the wind. The wind always makes it feel colder than it is -- but that's hard to avoid on the coast.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to share a few more photos from out trip, but until then, I'm popping in today with a boys fashion post!! This month is featuring another super cute FabKids outfit.

These shorts & the top are adorable together! When I took it out of the box, Bennett said "Mom, I love my new outfit!!" So I promptly put it on and we headed out for a little walk & photoshoot so I could show you guys!

Let's talk about FabKids for a minute!

FabKids is JustFab's newest fashion club, started by a team of parents, including mom and actress, Christina Applegate. FabKids makes it super easy & convenient for parents to shop because you get monthly selections of affordable, high-quality fashions that are personalized just for your kids.

You can order through their website at anytime with a regular membership, but the awesome VIP Memberships include tons of perks! Such as:
  • First outfit is $15 plus free shipping!
  • Save up to 50% off retail prices
  • Skip any month you want
  • Exclusive VIP pricing
  • Earn FabKids rewards points
  • Cancel anytime!
So now all you need to do is head over to the FabKids website and take a style profile quiz about your kiddo, so that they can get to know your child. And then based on those results, FabKids will give you outfit suggestions. You can buy an outfit, or not. Or just shop around the site. But I dare you not to buy something.

 I've been growing a lot more fond of orange lately! I think I've always strayed away from it for Bennett's clothing pieces because he's got auburn-y hair, and I felt like it would be too much. But I realized that's absolutely absurd. lol. He's only 5, he doesn't care about that whatsoever. And also?? I actually love that it brings out the orangey/red in his air!

Anyway, this will be the perfect Spring/Summer outfit for Bennett! This time, I layered a white long sleeved tee under this because re: wind. ;-) But I think it looks cute that way, too!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!! 

16 April 2015

Life Lately, According to Instagram

HI!! Hey everyone!! How are you, how's life? :)

Holy moly, I've been non-existent lately, haven' I? Things have been a bit hectic. My FIL and MIL were in town this past week, it was lovely, the kids were so excited to see them!! And then I went out of town to spend a weekend away at the coast with some girlfriends. And I've also taken on more Rizzmic classes at the gym. So... things have been super busy. And of course, blogging always takes the back burner when life gets crazy. I miss actually getting to sit down in a quiet space and write. I really need to carve out more time to do that.

Easter came and went super fast. Time is flying lately, and it doesn't show any time of stopping. We kept it simple this year with the kids' Easter baskets. They were still really excited about them.
We have had some rain here and there, but we've also been blessed with some really amazing days this Spring so far!! The kids and I took Grammy & Papa to the park to enjoy a little bit of the beauty that lives in the Pacific Northwest. I'm fully convinced it doesn't get a lot better than a gorgeous PNW day! :-)
The little guy grew quite fond of Papa while he was here visiting, he even followed him upstairs and curled up with him for a nap once or twice. It's the sweetest thing, and I'm so glad I got a picture of it for him to remember this time they spent together. 

The boys had their Well Child Check-ups this week. Both are growing like weeds, and did really well at their appointments. At 5 Years Old, Bennett is 46lbs (80%) and 3'11" tall (100%)!! I'm not surprised to see that he's still topping the charts with his height. This kid is a giant.

And at Three Years Old, Easton is 36lbs (89%) and 3'3" tall (80%)! Luckily, he didn't need any shots at this appointment, so he was all smiles. ;-)
The other day, I had a professional house cleaner come and do some deep cleaning, oh my word. I wish it was something I could do more often. As Mothers, we spend so much of our time and energy doing things for other people. It's really nice to have someone help with the tedious and annoying parts of being an adult.

As I mentioned above, I took a little trip to the coast with some girlfriends for a couple of days. It was just what I needed. Only downside?? The ocean ate my cell phone. My brand new iPhone 6. Waaaaaaa! <insert whiny annoying cry here>

I was wading the coast, collecting cool rocks and seashells for my kids when a sneaker wave come up behind me and splashed me halfway up my back. It startled me so much that I jumped and leapt forward to get out of the way, and I watched as my iPhone dropped out of my pocket and into the wave. I tried to reach down and save it, but it was not going to happen. The wave was strong and took it quickly into the sea. I waited around for a little bit to see if it would wash back up onto shore....but it was a goner. SUPER BUMMER guys. Ugh.

BUT, other than that, I had a fantastic time! Can't wait to go back. I just love being near the ocean, it's so calming and rejuvenating. I think I just might pack up my family and go again this weekend!

That's all I have time for right now, but that's a little glimpse into what we've been up to the past couple of weeks!! Hopefully I will get around to actually finishing one of the 9 posts I have sitting in my drafts right now!

Have a good weekend everyone!! 

06 April 2015

My April Fix | Celebrating 2 Years With Stitch Fix & A Giveaway!!

There isn't much easier or more fun than to have things (awesome things, BTW) delivered right to your doorstep. When I signed up with Stitch Fix in April of 2013, I never dreamed I would still be as into it as I am today. Two years later, guys. TWO YEARS, I have been getting monthly (sometimes every 2-3 weeks) fixes. And obviously, I love getting new clothing to makeover the sad wardrobe that's been clogging up my closet for the past few years...

But also? I'm oddly, but lovingly attached to Stitch Fix as a company. I've grown so fond of the way they care, and the way that they are so purposeful about trying to get to know my style and personality! I've mentioned this before, but when I have a good experience with a company, I will shout it from the rooftops, because truthfully, that doesn't happen nearly enough. People tend to be more vocal about the negative experiences they have with businesses, right? So I've sort of made it my goal to go out of my way to support business I love.

So not only do I have my April Stitch Fix to show you today, but I also have a GIVEAWAY!! I mean, 2 years of fixes kinda deserves a celebration I feel like. Don't you?? But you'll have to wait until the end of the post to get to the good stuff. First, you have to help me decide what I should keep from this months fix! :-)

Item #1 - Ben Striped Airy Knit Top
Grey & stripes? Well... that's my love language right there. I think this would be a fantastic addition to my closet, and a perfect top for both Spring & Summer.

Item #2 - Lucia Embroidered V-Neck Jersey Top
Item #3 -  Nik Skinny Jean
Let's start with the top! I actually pinned this top on my pinterest board a while ago, and my my stylist noticed it and put it in my fix! After putting it on, though, I'm not 100% sure about it. It's definitely comfortable, but I'm not totally sold. I've been going back and forth about it, what do you think?
Next, the jeans. I have to apologize for not getting a full photo of them. I wasn't thinking! They fit pretty well, but I'm a little nervous about the light wash. I don't know why.. I think it's because it's out of my comfort zone to wear such a light wash. BUT, that said, that's one of the reasons why I love this service, it urges me to consider things I might normally just pass right over!

Item #4 - Sicily Pintuck Detail Blouse
Oh Nicole (my stylist!), I could totally give you the biggest hug right now!! I specifically requested this top after seeing it in someone else fix. And I am always so pleasantly surprised when they send me my requests! And yes, this fits and looks exactly as I'd hoped it would!! I love it so much. I've been really into florals lately.

Item #5 - Elisha Zipper Accent Structured Satchel
And because I'm demanding and annoying, I also requested this bag!! And hallelujah, my stylist sent it to me as well as the top!!! I am literally giddy with excitement, because this is exactly what I was looking for this season. The color, the style... everything. And it's super important to me to have a cross-body strap that I can use, plus something that's big enough to fit all mine and my kids' junk! SQUEEE! So stoked about this.

And that's it for this Stitch Fix!! What did you think?? What do you think I kept?? ;-)

Now for the giveaway!! I've teamed up with Stitch Fix, and one lucky winner will receive a $50 Stitch Fix credit! Only catch? You need to be signed up with them. So hurry and sign up, and fill our your style profile if you haven't already! You just might win the credit to put toward some awesome clothing. And if not?? Well, I'm betting you'll love this service anyway and will want to continue with them!

So here are the ways you can enter! Best of luck everyone! The winner will be chosen on April 15th!

**UPDATE: This giveaway has ended!! Congratulations to the winner, Trish (Entrant #1172)!!**

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