22 January 2015

Boys Fashion - T-Rex Style

This weather lately, has been so nice! We've had sunshine for the past few days, and even when it's not sunny, its been warm-ish. It's been a really mild winter, which is always fine with me. And Monday's forecast? SUNNY AND SIXTY DEGREES. Bless it, bless it all.

I feel super lame talking about the weather, but really, it dictates so much of my mood. Did you know that seasonal depression is a real thing? Well actually it's called Seasonal Defective Disorder (SAD). Sorry, I'm being a big fat downer right now. Okay but my point is, that I don't have SAD because the weather has been lovely.... like the day I took these photos of Bennett. He went outside without a jacket and was totally fine.

I'm rambling. Let's stop talking about the weather and start talking about this super cute outfit! Ever since Bennett was little, he has loved Dinosaurs. So when I saw this outfit from FabKids, I showed B immediately, and without hesitation, he said "That's mine!" ha ha. Okay buddy, it's yours.

Oh and since this is a fashion post, I have a quick word on denim! I used to always buy skinny jeans for Bennett, but as he's gotten older, he's gotten super tall & slender. Well, he's always been tall and skinny, but it's extra extra these days. So I've actually been leaning toward a looser fitting jean for him, I feel like it's actually more flattering on his body type. What do you think?

*I was provided this outfit for the purpose of this blog post, but all opinions are my own!

If you haven't heard of FabKids, or haven't seen my previous posts about them, let me give you the run down on this awesome service.

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 knew the day would come that he would develop a signature cheese face. And this ^^ is it. lol.

Have you checked out FabKids yet??! If you haven't, you need to. They have the most adorable outfits, I have yet to be disappointed with their selection!

19 January 2015

Finding ME Time + Getting Inspired for 2015!

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I really don't think it's possible to stress enough how important it is for Mom's to take time to themselves. We spend so much of our time and energy, making sure that our children's needs are being satisfied. I can't tell you how many times in the day I stop what I'm doing to change a dirty diaper, get my kid some water, break up a fight, help build their train track... etc. Let's just say constantly. I'm constantly stopping what I'm doing. And I mean, I'm happy to do that because you know, Bennett & Easton are my people, my little humans. I love them to death.

My goal for 2015 is to simply strengthen myself, in every capacity. Mind, body & spirit. I'll tell you something right now, strengthening my mind is a tough one. My mental state is seriously damaged by the end of the day. After a rough day with the kids, I legit feel like a crazy person, and end up hating the sound of my own voice. And in those moments, I just need to spend some time getting back to a place where I can remember WHO I AM, outside of being a Mother.

And I honestly think the best way to do that, is to get inspired!! I like to find things that I can work on for myself and set goals. It's not always easy to find the time to do that, but it's necessary.

I take myself, my laptop, and my thoughts to a quiet place to just sit and write, or think. Or do whatever I wanna do for a couple of hours. The other day, I was feeling like I needed some inspiration, with life in general. You ever get stuck in ruts? I do. So I went and did some shopping at Walmart, picked up some new workout clothes, a huge bag of white cheddar popcorn, and some magazines, and eventually landed myself at Starbucks for a while. Hallelujah!

By the way, the Starbucks by my house has recently done a renovation. And now they carry wine, and a larger food menu! They're also open super late and have live music on the weekends, it's pretty awesome! Well, I don't drink wine, but the food is really good. I got the baked Mac n' Cheese, holy heck it was delicious!

Sorry I got off topic ;-)

I sat there with my yummy food, and magazines and suddenly found myself with a check list of new goals and things I want to start working toward.

1. Create a more productive and realistic work-from-home schedule.
As I was flipping through Real Simple magazine, I came across an article that really spoke to me. Being a work-at-home-mom is stressful guys, I'm not going to try and sugarcoat it. Trying to find a balance is one of the hardest things I've had to do over the past few years. I often feel guilty when I need to get work done, but my kids want my attention and I just can't give it to them. I justify it by saying "well it's better than putting them in daycare!" Which is partly true, I think. But it's really really tough. Not to mention, trying to really concentrate on what I'm doing with kids running around like banshee's has proven to be challenging.

So going forward, I'm going to try and really put together a schedule that I can stick to. I'd rather designate certain hours I can work and really make that time productive, as opposed to just sticking in a few minutes here & there, and never really keeping my thoughts in order, or being efficient at all.

2.  Start meal planning.
I'm such a broken record with this one. But I'm not lying to you when I say that I really do have intentions of doing this.... it just sorta gets thrown to the back burner. But I was inspired by a lot of the recipes I saw while browsing my magazines... that I even wrote them down in bullet point form. That means I'm for real. ;-) Oh and if the meals are a little healthier, that's just a bonus.

3. Get organized.
This is HUGE for me in 2015, it's not just me talking out of my tooshie or whatever. I'm seriously serious about getting things organized. More than anything, I want to get the clutter under control. We all have those drawers, cupboards, or tabletops that just tend to collect junk... you know what I'm talking about. I've already gotten started, actually, on my quest to get organized.

Exhibit A:

I purchased this storage chest recently and then I added little containers to the drawers. So now there is a place for pens, paper, tape, chapsticks, sunglasses, mail... etc. All those pesky little things that tended to sit around my countertops, they all have a place to go now. It's like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders now. Crazy how little things like that can really simplify your life and make you feel accomplished. We even set up a little "charging station" for our phones & electronics.

The next step is to get a storage unit/dresser to put downstairs to get the kids toys put away neatly and out of sight. :-)

4. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the year of cutting out cable.
Please note that I said MAYBE this would be the year. Cable is one of those things that is such a huge expense, but yet, I can't seem to let it go. It's just so convenient. And the DVR? Extra convenient. I use it constantly because I can't stand watching shows real time. This article caught my eye, though, and I think I might try to get some ducks in a line here pretty soon and see if I can finally cut ties with my cable company. Wish me luck! :)

Those are just a few of the things I'm looking forward to this coming year. I feel all sorts of renewed and refreshed after I take some time to myself. How are you getting inspired for 2015?? What are some of the goals the goals that you've made?

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14 January 2015

Boys Fashion - Converse Shoes

Easton has been killing me with his cute lately. Okay well he's always been cute, but especially lately, he's been extra spunky and adorable. He's also been much more cooperative in front of the camera, too. Which, of course, makes my mama & photographer heart very very happy.

It's been a while since I've done a boys fashion post, so given the fact that this little dude has been highly cooperative as of late, I figured I'd better take advantage! I've been really into super basic, and classic clothing pieces with the boys and this is one of my favorite outfits on Easton.

I paired together some dark denim jeans, a simple grey henley, a beanie and a pair of classic converse shoes.  Oh and also, look at his toddler belly. lol.

Shirt: Fred Meyer
Jeans: Old Navy
Beanie: Target

*I was provided this pair of shoes for this post, but all opinions are my own
Loving the simplicity of this outfit on him! And these shoes are to die for. Every little boy (and girl), needs a little pair of converse. Wouldn't you agree??

13 January 2015

Girls Weekend in Seabrook, WA

I briefly mentioned last Friday, that I was going to be taking a girls weekend away. And I'm sure that if you follow me (or any of the girls that went) on Instagram, we annoyed the heck out of you with 150+ pictures of our trip. So, I apologize for all that. Sorta, ;-)

There are times when I feel like blogging & social media can be shallow, competitive and superficial. You know what I mean? But for the most part, I find social media to be a positive thing. And then -- there are those people that you meet, that completely fulfill a place in your life you didn't even know was missing. I met every single one of these girls (with the exception of one) online. Some of them, I've known for almost 5 years now, since when Bennett was a baby. And some are newer friends. But regardless, it feels like I've known them all for a very long time! 

So okay, the weekend!!! It was incredible, to say the least. We all piled into cars from various places. Some of us from Washington, some from Oregon, and even one hopped a flight from California to come! ❤︎ We rented a massive house (because there was 16 of us!) in Seabrook, WA, and were not disappointed even a little bit when we got there and saw this beauty waiting for us! It was literal perfection. 

We did a whole lotta nothing & everything all at the same time. I don't really need to go into detail, but the only thing that really matters, is that all of us are Mom's, who desperately needed some time away to just BE. To be together to laugh and be as ridiculous as we wanted, with no other obligations or little people pulling on our legs. It was glorious, I'm telling you. We may or may not already be planning another girls getaway for this Summer. :-)

We got matching sweatshirts. We're so annoying. ;-)

this picture taken by Ashley Vos

I think back to when I first started blogging, and never in a million years did I think I would become such good friends with people I met on the "internet". I feel so lucky.