Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Honest + Happy

Happy hump day (for a couple more hours anyway) and today we have been busy like usual. Almost done with the laundry, I am actually putting it away this time instead of putting in on my bed and then on the floor so I can sleep. #truestory I have always felt a clean house is a happy home! It's less chaotic, keeps us on schedule and I am OCD so it would literally drive me crazy. But I wanted to share with you guys some of our new favorite baby/toddler must haves. This post wasn't sponsored, I just freaking love it and want to share, I feel like it's my Mama duty to. I have used a ton of baby products and have a couple favorite in our house. Mustella is always somewhere in the house, from the sunscreen to the diaper rash or the all in one wash. But I have always wanted to try the Honest products. So a couple months ago I bought the shampoo + body wash in sweet orange vanilla plus this stinking cute vest for Adie.

I am addicted to using this stuff on my two little people! It makes them smell so good and nothing is better than after bath snuggles!!! The shampoo + body wash works amazing and doesn't leave Adie's hair full of tangles, which I still use a tangle spray, I think Honest makes one so we will have to try it out! Enriching oils and extracts balanced with organic botanicals leaves my babe's skin feeling touchably soft and smooth. After their baths I always massage lotion into their tan little selves and knowing that it helps hydrate and moisturize their skin without a greasy feeling is a win for all of us. Aden has been needing the healing balm this last week  (poor guy) and it's been horrible for all of us. I googled like always, and did find that if you use a warm washcloth to clean their pinchable bums it helps prevent more tears. Chamomile and calendula gently calms and soothes and that's exactly what worked! I am loving these products more and more ... the hand sanitizer spray is my new go to! I keep one in my purse, the kids bathroom and in Aden's room for after his diaper changes. Smells amazing and leaves skin smooth and clean.





Having happy babes running around the house is one thing that makes the dry shampoo hair-do's, interrupted sleep and having the energy sucked out of you pretty much worth it. All of it. I wanted to share a few tricks that make my babies happy (I think)! 1. Don't be afraid to say, yes! Obviously they can't eat cupcakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, although Adie would put up a good argument that you could. But really, it feels good to say yes and to see the pure joy in their faces when you do. Today Aden grabbed the last chocolate chip cookie in the container, carried it to me and kept saying yelling, "Mama! Mama!" So, I said, "YES!" ... of course we split it, but that moment was pure joy and happiness, for the both of us. 2. While we can't control our children's happiness, we are responsible for our own. And because children absorb everything from us, our moods matter. Happy parents are likely to have happy kids. one of the best things you can do for your child's emotional well-being is to attend to yours. I always feel super happy after a manicure :) 3. Have a happy environment! For me this also comes from having a clean/organized home. I feel stressed and chaotic when things are out of order at home. Our mornings are so much happier when rooms are cleaned, the kitchen has no dirty dishes in the sink ... it's a fresh start to your already busy day! So cheers to be being happy and having happy little people!

What makes you happy? Tell us in the comments, we'd love to hear your smiles! -XO!

Monday, September 19, 2016

MY TIME WITH JORD

Every Mother knows that her time changes when you have little babies of your own. Chasing a one year old we are non-stop until the weekend arrives with pre-school, soccer games and tapping around in dance class. Keeping track of time can be chaotic but time never looked better in my new cool watch. Nothing I love more than something unique and these women's watches are exactly that. Between making sure Aden has his favorite blanket, putting Adie's bow on for the hundredth time (which I totally love) and still making time to get some of my most favorite kisses, being together is what makes my whole world. The days are long but goodness the years go by too fast for any Mommy. Jord hand-crafted wooden timepieces that tell a story and we're starting the conversation with all of the heart eyes.

Jord is focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. They make their watches for people who don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. And we are always on the go, usually carrying Aden, and steeling eskimo kisses before I tie Adie's shoes. When my Jord watch arrived I was blown away! The detail, the smell of wood, the little pillow snugged up against my new favorite watch had all of us excited. This wrist watch is light weight, modern and literally goes with everything in my closet. Because accessorizing shouldn't be hard, who has time for that. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.















JORD will be giving away one $75 voucher to one winner! And each person who enters will automatically receive a $20 e-gift card! Enter here and start your Christmas shopping early! Everyone loves cool gifts and a modern wooden watch should be on every one's list. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time. Start the conversation this Fall! -XO!

| This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches |

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Friday, September 16, 2016

TGIF + Fall Favorites

I don't know what I am more excited about, the fact that it's Friday or that it's been feeling a lot like Fall and I LOVE it! Loving the bright bold rich colors of Fall! The blues, burnt yellows and warm reds, a little gold is always in season. This year I am really loving the splash of gold and cannot wait to mix and match my babies for holiday pictures this year! We usually take our family selfie and call it memories! Which are made up of sass, attitudes and a little love. But if you guys live in So'Ca and need a photographer Gina B Photography is your girl! I have been working with her and she is so fun and sweet and she really knows how to use her camera. So go check her out and start planning those holiday photos you've always wanted! :)

Dressing Adie in dresses is a favorite especially with sneakers. Every year the fur vests never leave and we are so excited and definitely want one in my size. Charlie Coco's new fall collection is amazing and love every. single. one! I cannot get over these bright pants for Aden! The cooler weather has me excited for picnics, pumpkin spice bundt cakes, crunchy leaves and the fun festivities with my three favorites. I still cannot get over those gold sneakers and the fact that Adie could put them on herself is a win in my bank account! We are ready for all of the cute Fall clothes and crisp mornings to get our favorite donuts. Cannot wait to grab these booties and jump in the puddles with my little people and head to the pumpkin patch for Adie's first field trip! So excited!

bow | dress | vest | sneakers
This weekend is supposed to be over 100 degrees and nothing like Fall so we might be hanging on to summer a little longer. -XO!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BIRTHDAY VIBES

HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY!!! Looking back over this last year, my baby grew up, my girl became my idol and I'm still learning. Reflecting on what's right in front of me and I couldn't feel any luckier! Not to mention every Mama's birthday wish is pictures with her babies she's actually in and I am in LOVE with this picture of me and my little people that I freaking love hard! Life is grand and can't wait for another year with my three favorites! -XO!


Use moisturizer! Everywhere and all of the time! Lately I have been feeling like I have too many wrinkles and not just the smile lines, which I heard nothing is that funny! ;) But really I have been washing, scrubbing, masking and really trying to redo the wrinkles so birthdays are really worth celebrating! 

Don't stress about anything! (or you'll need more moisturizer) ha! But really the things I stress over will seem so not important come next birthday yet I let it take up all of my time! So, a work in progress, don't stress ... even if Aden pooped all over the kitchen floor, nothing can be that bad!

Be happy in the moment. I really have been working at this ... especially with my little people. They will be moving away to college before I know it so set aside the worry, stress, life and be happy! I swear everything just goes smoother when you are. Even the things you stress about.

Laugh. and then use lots of moisturizer ha! But it's really really good for the soul and your relationships! The other night I was reading Adie her stories before bed and we decided to read them with funny voices and we both were laughing so hard and it's one of my most favorite memories. Listening to her laugh just makes me laugh and it really just makes you walk away feeling on top of the world!

Read (books)! I love motivational books and am loving Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson. I've been struggling with being pretty happy with me on the appearance side o f things and I love that Goldie Hawn gives her the best advice, ""And not to take everything so seriously...not to forget that you are good and that everything is all right." Love her!

Don't be afraid to be you. Being in social media this can be hard and often find myself shying away from who I really am and as Allison from the Allison Show reminds us "What other people think of you, ain't none of your damn business!" #RuPaul One thing I hope Adie will always remember growing up!

Happy Birthday Twin!!! xo

Monday, September 12, 2016

Two Snapshots

Are nap dates a thing? Because that's something I can work with! Life is flying by, my babies are growing up too fast and we're all just figuring it out together. Wanted to give a little snapshot of my two little babes since it's been forever so I wanted to share a little peek into our life with two littles. It's busy, chaotic, emotional and most of all, mine and I wouldn't change it for anything. Some days I might tell you different but for now I'll continue to buy overpriced Dr. Pepper at Jack in the Box and show up!



Adie [Adie boo boo, sweetheart, pumpkin, and sissy] || 4 years old 

She is by far way too grown up and impresses me every day. She is my sweet, sweet girl who loves with all of her little self. She is so girly and loves to show her friend Adie (on her soccer team) her nails. :) I have been teaching her to always tell the truth, which Eric told me a story the other day when they were playing the princess matching game. But first, let me tell you, she always has to win at whatever she does, even running up the stairs, getting in the car, and eating her breakfast all gone. Adie told Eric, "She cheated so she could win and that she was sorry, she was just being selfish." Like where did she even learn that?! Made me so proud! She loves soccer until she's done playing then she sits and cheers her team on. She is loving school so much right now and absolutely loves her teacher. Today when I picked her up I was early, she came in from playing outside holding a friends hand and my Mommy heart wanted to EXPLODE! They were so stinking cute even if she doesn't remember her name. She is always excited to go to class and makes sure she says hi to her teacher and shows her, her outfit and her fun nails! One of my favorite things is picking her up from school she is always so excited to see me and tells me school stories for the rest of the day. Dancing is her everything, she is always dancing or singing so her ballet and tap class are going exceptionally well. Her sense of humor kills me and we always say she's going to be the class clown. Her favorite thing right now is to either give you a wedgie or pull your pants down and yell, naked bum as she runs off. She is so thoughtful and will make sure you are just as comfy as she is before movie night and will remind you to get the good snacks! Adie's favorite foods are (still) orange juice, raspberries because you can put them on your fingers, cupcakes, she says broccoli (but she never eats it) and cheese. She still loves her baby (Dinosaur Happy) and she insists on wearing my shoes and tells me she can't wait to be a Mommy to wear high shoes and to be able to eat whatever you want as she giggles. She is seriously so fun and I cannot get enough of her!

45 pounds / 43 inches [95 percentile] and hates shots





Aden [crankenstein, bud, naked boy, and my favorite, baby] || 1 year old [15 1/2 months]

Aden is grumpy (not all of the time) in the mornings and it makes all of us crazy. Unless he has food or is outside he is climbing my legs or I am holding him trying to make breakfast. Which he is refusing to sit in his highchair so our mornings are messy! He says Mama probably 560456 times a day and I freaking love it!!! He like yells it, cracks us all up. He is so in love with cars, dinosaurs and his whale blanket. He could push cars around, usually one in each hand, for hours. He will run into your arms if you hold them out and it literally melts your heart. He is extremely clingy one day and the next he's independent running outside throwing rocks. Aden sleeps for twelve hours and goes to bed at 7 pm and I love that schedule. He'll also take a 2-3 hour nap and is the happiest guy when he wakes up! So our afternoons are so fun until the 5 o'clock struggle before dinner. The way he says baby will make you want 5 more babies so he will say it all day! He says, uh-oh, wow, Mama, Dada, ball, baby and I think everything else is in Russian. Aden loves, guacamole, juice, everything you give him pretty much and smoothies. Adie and Aden found a bowl of M&M's on my nightstand and I came in not knowing they found them. I wondered why there was a green smear on my bed, the drink was on the floor and then Adie tells me her and Aden ate them! She told me they were super quiet so I couldn't hear them. I then found peanuts under my bed with bits of chocolate still stuck to them. Apparently Aden only likes the chocolate and Adie is as honest as they come! He can throw the worst tantrums (I don't remember Adie being this way at this age) and it's hilarious because he is so laid back that it cracks all of us up. Aden just recently discovered he can run and its so fun to watch him. He tries to jump but his feet never leave the ground. He will bring his books and back up into your lap and let you read to him until sissy runs by. He blows kisses, loves going to sissy's soccer games and will pat your back when he gives you hugs. 

25 pounds / [99 percentile] and hates everything about the doctors
 
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