Monday, October 2, 2017

LIFE LATELY AND HALLOWEEN PAJAMAS

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Happy October!  It’s been non-stop activities since the kids have been back in school, which means I’ve had little time to blog.  I can’t believe it’s October already, but I’m ready for some cooler temps.  We’ve actually had a taste of less than 95 degree weather this past week and I’m ready for more!

Dylan is still ice skating.  He’s moved up another level and skates with a stick and basically full hockey equipment now.  He looks so cute out there on the ice.  I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to call a hockey player cute, but he’s my kid and he’s six, so…..cute it is.  He’s also playing flag football and scored the first touchdown in their first game.  He’s sports obsessed these days and it’s so fun to watch him learn new sports and play on a team.  He LOVES being part of a team.  He has skating or football practice three nights a week, which makes our evenings more hectic than ever before.

Lexi is back in dance class.  She’s doing tap and jazz this year and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.  She participates for the whole class now, which is a huge improvement over last year.  Apparently the recital was the turning point for her.  She cannot wait to get back on stage.  She wants to do gymnastics too, if I can find a time to squeeze it in, we will add that to our craziness.

Since it’s October, it’s the beginning of holiday season which means it’s time for festive pajamas!  I LOVE a good holiday pajama and it’s not lost on me that my kids are quickly aging out of the festive pj age, especially Dylan.  I am going to eat up this last year (or two if I’m lucky) with everything I’ve got!

Surprisingly, they love matching their pajamas right now.  Lexi always wants to match Dylan but lately he’s been a willing participant and is excited to match too!  Spoiler alert, this won’t last long but I will help them match for as long as it does. These skeleton pajamas are perfect for them for this month, which is probably the last time he will fit in toddler pajamas.  Someone send Kleenex.Halloween Pajamas

kitty | boo | candy | skeleton

Dylan’s nightly homework includes at least 15 minutes of reading.  I’ve been going through our collection of books and pulling out all of the baby books that they’ve outgrown and am on the hunt for new, fun picture books.  I’ve picked up a couple of Halloween books and am on the hunt for more, if you’ve got a favorite, leave us a comment so we can check it out.

Monday, September 18, 2017

TEA COLLECTION SALE

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Happy Monday Friends! Fall officially starts Friday and to celebrate Tea Collection is having a 3 day sale.  It runs today 9/18/17, through Wednesday 9/20/17.  Use code LAYERUP at checkout to save 25% off select styles.

Tea Collection Sale

Tea Collection dresses are always a favorite for Lexi. They have so many cute dresses for fall and winter.  Here are three current favorites that are on sale!  The cat dress is perfect for Halloween but since it doesn’t scream Halloween it’s perfect all fall and winter long. I love the navy dress. It’s perfect alone and can be paired with so many different tights or leggings for a new look each time it’s worn. The polka dot dress is fun for fall and would be super cute in fall photos or for a trip to the pumpkin patch!  I love how cute Tea Collection dresses are, Lexi loves that they are super comfortable. It’s a win-win which is a must since she now is VERY opinionated on what she wears each day.

They have so many cute pieces on sale!  A few of my other favorites are these sweaters. The red one is a must have for all of those Christmasy outfits in December.  I love this skirt and these pants too! It’s not secret that I love stripes for Dylan.  These striped tees and joggers would make the best comfy clothes for Dylan.

Monday, September 18, 2017

WISH LIST: FALL FOR BOYS

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Over the years, Dylan’s wardrobe has evolved into the perfect capsule-like wardrobe and I love it.  It happened naturally and before I even knew what a capsule wardrobe was.  I love that his closet is so perfectly him and has only what he needs and will wear and that I can grab just about anything and it all goes together perfectly.  I wish my own closet was a perfect capsule too.  I need to work on that!  But today, I thought I’d share a few of things I’m currently loving for Dylan for fall.WISH LIST: FALL FOR BOYShenley | jersey polo | hoodie | striped shirt | shoes | Friday tee

Dylan pretty much wore these super soft jeans every day last fall and winter, I anticipate he will do the same this year too.  Henley’s are my favorite for him.  I love them alone or under a hoodie for extra warmth.  I showed him all of these shirts and asked what he thought and he said he liked everything I picked; which I am currently eating up since I know this won’t last much longer.  He loves the Friday tee and excitedly said he would wear it on, wait for it…Friday’s.  That’s the plan buddy.  I love six year olds.  I picked up the hoodie during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it’s seriously so soft inside; I know he will love it.  A couple of collared shirts for a little nicer outfit and a pair of sneakers that go with any of the shirts and jeans makes for the perfect fall wardrobe for Dylan.  Now all we need is some cooler weather.

Friday, September 15, 2017

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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Friday Favorites

The cutest fall clothes from June Park

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Friday favorites, or blogged, so I thought I’d jump back into blogging with a Friday favorites post.

In all honesty, I’d be happy skipping fall and heading straight into the holidays.  Since that’s not an option, I am trying my best to embrace the season by adding a few festive things around the house.  I was recently in Pottery Barn and picked up a few fun pumpkin pieces.  I love these bowls to hold candy or snacks from now through Thanksgiving.  I have one on our kitchen table right now with some M&M’s.

It’s no secret that I love shopping small shops for Lexi.  I am so excited for the temps to cool off because June Park released some of the cutest and coziest pieces for fall.  I can’t wait for Lexi to wear the cozy peplum sweatshirt and we may or may not (ok, we totally do!) have matching waffle knit tops.

The kids LOVE pulling a small suitcase when we travel or if I am traveling for work, they beg to take it to the car or back inside.  I’ve had my eye on these kid sized suitcases for them for awhile and am thinking about getting them for Christmas.  If they are willing to lug their own stuff through an airport or hotel, who am I to stop them?

I’m on the hunt for a cut out sugar cookie recipe that: holds it shape, tastes good and is easy to use.  If you have one you love, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  I tried this one last week and while I liked it, (it reminds me of the cookies at The Sweet Toothfairy- yum!), Dylan wasn’t in love with the almond flavoring.

I’ve recently had time to read a few books.  I don’t remember the last time that’s happened but if you’re in the market for a book or three to read, here are a few I’ve really enjoyed: Lost and Found Sister by Jill Shalvis; Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey; and The Idea of You by Robinne Lee.

Zozu Baby restocked their Halloween bows today.  Their bows are always a favorite around here and I love the cat ear headband!

That’s all I’ve got today.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

HOME OFFICE PLANS

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In our new house we have a home office space which is really nice since I work from home everyday.  We sold our office furniture when Lexi was born and had a built in desk in our condo so we will be starting from scratch in the office.  I really want the office to look and feel like the rest of the house.  Like pretty much every other room, I’ve gone back and forth on design plans but thought I would share what I am thinking for the office right now.
Home Officeall images from Pottery Barn

Nick is quick to remind me that the office is not my space and that he would like a work area too.  I love these desks and would put them together to have one long surface.  Doing this leaves enough room in the space for a chair or small table and chairs for the kids.

The floors are plank tile and the walls are currently white.  In keeping with the gray, tan, black accent feel of the main level of the home, I love these gray desks.  I’m undecided on chairs and we also need a light fixture in this room.

Above the desk, I love the idea of a framed chalkboard for quick notes and a pin board to keep track of birthday party invitations, school calendar and kids art work.  On the opposite wall, possibly over a table and chairs for the kids, I think a large gallery wall would be the perfect place to display some of our favorite pictures of the kids.  Finally, a few fun and functional accessories to complete the space.