Friday, January 4, 2019


It’s the first Monday of 2019.  I am back at work after taking some time off over the holidays and the kids go back to school tomorrow.  It was SO nice to be able to spend so much time with the kids without having to keep a schedule or race from one thing to the next.  I definitely need to remember to take some time off in December again this year!

The last week or so it has been SO cold here!  It’s been colder here than it has been in the midwest (where we’re from) and I completely forgot how cold it can get and didn’t prepare AT ALL for it this year!  OOPS!

I usually get excited and pick up fall items when they come out and it doesn’t cool off enough so they don’t get worn. This year I skipped all of it except for a couple of pairs of pants for each of the kids.  The cold weather doesn’t usually last long, layering helps us to get the most out of the pieces we need for our short Arizona winters.  Here are a few things I’m currently loving for Lexi for the next couple of months, because baby it’s cold outside! (at least for Arizona)

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1 – I love a cozy pom hat and think Lexi looks so cute in them both around town and at the ice rink.

2 – I love a neutral hoodie.  This is a piece that goes with everything and can be worn year round with shorts, over a swim suit, with leggings or jeans.  The options are endless.  Plus it’s unisex so they can match or coordinate, which we all love.

3 – I love this sweatshirt!  Pair it with leggings and number 6 and either of the jackets and you have the cutest and coziest outfit around.

4 – I really love this sherpa lined jean jacket.

5 – I absolutely love this jacket.  I like that it’s neutral colors so it goes with practically anything but in a really fun print.

6 – I love my Uggs and it’s been awhile since Lexi’s has a pair that have fit.  We spend so much time at the ice rink that I know she will get a ton of use out of them.

Monday, December 10, 2018


This post has been sponsored by PurpleTrail.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

PurpleTrail Stationery

It’s no secret, I LOVE stationery!  So when PurpleTrail asked if I would like to try out their new stationery sets, I couldn’t have been more excited; except when I saw they had holiday stationery sets!

If we’re being honest, having this stationery set is the only thing helping me feel like I have at least some of it together this holiday season.  That and our Elf has moved every day so far.  Who else has been know to forget to move that guy?!?

Their holiday stationery sets are perfect to have on hand this time of year.  Each set comes with a 50 page notepad, 10 folded cards, 10 flat cards and 20 envelopes packaged in a cloth gift bag.  It’s nice to have everything you might need on hand instead of running out at the last minute to pick up cards when the stores are crazy busy and picked over.  I also really like that you can customize each paper style within the set to fit your needs.

Before I set out to customize our stationery set, I thought about how we will use each product.  I originally was going to leave the text on the folded cards as “Thank You” but decided to change them to “Happy Holidays” instead.  I plan to use the folded cards to hold gift cards this holiday season.

I decided to customize them with “The W family” (except it has our whole last name spelled out and covered for privacy) for both the flat cards and the note pad.  The flat cards are perfect to accompany a hostess gift, to use as a recipe card for a cookie exchange or as a traditional thank you note.  I love that the back is printed as well.  PurpleTrail really thinks of everything!

I LOVE a cute notepad.  Having a holiday note pad makes my never ending to do list a little more festive. The note pad has nice, thick paper; I almost feel guilty for using it daily.  The paper quality throughout the set is something you would expect to  pay a whole lot more for.

In addition to stationery sets, PurpleTrail has custom invitations, holiday cards, planners and more.

Being prepared this time of year is half the battle.  Anything I can do to make the December chaos a little more festive and enjoyable is a win in my book.  Having our PurpleTrail stationery on hand does just that.  I’ve really enjoyed having this holiday set and will likely order one that is less seasonal to have on hand year round.

PurpleTrail’s processing and shipping time is incredibly fast so you have plenty of time to order yourself a set to use this holiday season.

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Since the internet has pretty much decided to skip over November and head straight into Christmas I thought I’d follow suit and share my favorite holiday pajamas for siblings today.  The best holiday pajamas sell out pretty quickly, so it’s best to be prepared especially if you want them for something specific like holiday card photos or The Polar Express train ride.

My love for matching holiday pajamas runs deep. This picture is from our Christmas card photos a few years ago and still one of my favorites. You can see more of them here.

Dylan has officially outgrown the toddler department which makes finding coordinating pajamas a little bit harder but a couple of my favorites for matching or coordinating pajamas didn’t disappoint and brought them back again this year.favorite holiday pajamas for siblings1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

If you want to do family pajamas, I really like 2-5 because they tend to be staple prints brought back year after year. You can hand down the kids pajamas to younger siblings and not have to buy new adult pajamas every year. I keep saying we will do family pajamas and never have, maybe this year…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Happy Halloween!  This year Dylan wanted to be a hockey player and Lexi chose to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland thanks to the cutest dress around.  She chose her costume based on the dress and the tea cup ride at Disneyland, true story.  I’ll admit that I wasn’t sold on Dylan dressing as a hockey player and wearing his actual hockey uniform until they were both dressed and as soon as they were; my mama heart exploded.  They couldn’t have chosen more perfect costumes.  Happy Halloween from Alice and the hockey player!


All photos were taken by Melissa Carlson.

Monday, October 22, 2018


I recently popped into American Eagle to try on a couple of things I’ve had my eye on for fall and winter.  It’s been awhile since I’ve shopped there but it seems like it’s pretty popular with the mom crowd these days so I wanted to check it out for myself.  I used to LOVE AE back in the day (eek, that makes me feel really old) but wasn’t sure if I could pull it off anymore.   I was pleased to find a few things I really loved and have my eye on for fall and winter.

If I would have known that the weather was going to change pretty drastically overnight, I would have brought a couple of these home with me.  It was SO cold (for us anyway) early last week that these would have been perfect to have in my closet.


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I tried all of these on in store, with the exception of number five because my store didn’t have it in stock.  The tops were all SO soft and had plenty of length, something I was worried about.  The jeans fit really well and were incredibly comfortable.  I could easily wear them all day and not feel like I had jeans on, which is a huge win in my book.  Add booties or slip on sneakers to any of these outfits and you’re set for casual errands, lunch with girlfriends or dinner with the family.  I love pieces that make it easy to look put together but are also incredibly comfortable.  These are those pieces!