Fun Fashion + Motherhood IS possible!

Fun Fashion + Motherhood IS possible!

The other day I was walking through the mall with my three-year-old daughter when she stopped dead in her tracks and said, “Mommy! What is THAT?!?” I looked around thinking maybe she had a random November Easter Bunny sighting, but, no, my sweet little girl had spotted a floral embroidered velvet blouse! My heart smiled, and I said, “Baby girl, that’s velvet, do you want to go touch it?” Immediately she ran over, stroked the fabric, looked up and said: “Can I have some velvet too???”

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2018 Planner by Epica

2018 Planner by Epica

If you know me even a little, then you know I love paper. If you know me a lot, you know I’m ever-so-slightly planner obsessed. Seriously, if it’s got a calendar and some note pages, I want it! The amount of time (and money) I’ve invested over the years in figuring out just the perfect planner situation is something I try hard not to think very much about, but, what can I say, I’m a planner girl. One of my most favorite paper companies of all time is Epica. A few months ago, I reviewed one of the notebooks we’ve been using as a family journal (read more here), so you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered they came out with their very own daily planner this year - and it’s fabulous.

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Baby Book Drop-Out

Baby Book Drop-Out

While I absolutely LOVE journaling, and all things stationery related, when it came time to grab the baby book and write down all the milestones, I fell completely flat. With each child, I had the best of intentions to capture every detail of their little lives in a beautifully preserved book, but it simply never happened. As a result, I now have three beautiful, but empty baby books… And some mommy guilt.

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Two Easy Tips for Family Organization

Two Easy Tips for Family Organization

Earlier this week I decided to schedule a conference call during nap time. I was a little hesitant but felt sure I could make it work. The older two were at camp (still no school due to the hurricane), so I took our littlest man out for a morning adventure, followed by a big lunch, and then laid him down a smidge later than normal to ensure I’d have the time I needed. Well, Cooper didn’t cooperate and woke up right in the middle of my call. To avoid a toddler-sized tantrum, I scooped him out of bed, brought him down stairs and shuffled him into the “play closet.”

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Thursday Thoughts: Hurricane Harvey

Thursday Thoughts: Hurricane Harvey

Early last week I first heard about “Harvey” when my brother sent me a text warning us that Houston was likely going to be hit with some heavy rain - an estimated 15 to 20 inches. He knows I’m not great at keeping up with the news, and wanted to make sure I knew what was coming. At that time I thought, about the typical tropical storm checklist: flashlights, extra batteries, pop tarts, and water. Just the basics (yes, pop tarts are basic hurricane food) to make sure we’d have a little “insurance” in case we went without power for a few hours.

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Small Backyard Ideas: Family life in the City

Small Backyard Ideas: Family life in the City

For better, or for worse, we’re urban dwellers. When you live in the fourth largest city in the country, real estate comes with a cost, and, for us, the cost was a yard. With kids and dogs, sacrificing a sprawling yard for more interior square footage was a tough decision, but Houston is too hot to live outside most of the time, so inside it is. We’ve been in this house for over three years, and in that time we’ve put quite the effort into our little back yard to make it as functional as possible. We’ve packed a lot into our "tiny yard, " and whether you’ve got four legs, or two, we did our best to make sure everyone has a spot to enjoy.

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To write, or not to write...

To write, or not to write...

You may, or may not, have been wondering what happened to me. My apologies for going MIA over the last few weeks, but I'm still here... let me explain. Since starting this blog last fall, I've met some wonderful people, and gotten some great opportunities. I had no idea what doors the world of blogging would open for me, and I've been incredibly blessed in this journey so far. 

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Superhero Style

Superhero Style

Little boys run, jump and fly through life - it’s just what they do. They seem to attack their days with the same vigor and tenacity that most adults would use in a triathlon, and they do it all in the name of fun. It’s “fun" to soar through the air to stop a rocket, chase down a villain or jump all the way to the top of the tower and save a princess. As the Mom of two small boys this makes for some very exciting afternoons, and when they’re in full “super-mode,” I do my best to swallow my OCD and focus on the joy of their battle cries.

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Amazon Prime Day's Must-Haves

Amazon Prime Day's Must-Haves

The prime is now! (pun intended) If you use Amazon at all, you know about the fantastic phenomenon that is “Amazon Prime.” With an annual Prime membership, you get all kinds of great deals, free shipping, videos, music and more. Whenever I need to buy something, I always go to Amazon first because I’m such a Prime fanatic, and also because Amazon has some of the best customer service on the planet.  But what is “Prime Day”?

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June Favorites

June Favorites

Kids are out of school, the sun is up, temperatures are high, and we've already had our first hurricane scare - summer is officially here. June was a busy month, and I hit a new parenting milestone - my first month ever with all three kids home ALL the time. It's super scary, super rewarding, and super crazy, but that's just the way it goes these days. Hopefully, you're off to a great summer and enjoy this month's favorites list!

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Currently on my Countertop

Currently on my Countertop

There are a few products I love so much I can’t bear to take them off my countertop, which is saying something because I like to keep my bathroom countertops as tidy as possible… all the time. However, I’m also a creature of convenience, and I reach for these items too much to ever put them properly away. So there they sit - contently on my counter. I love them all for different reasons, and they are…

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Thanks Dad

Thanks Dad

I was a little girl, about seven or eight, and my Dad was driving me to school one day when I very nonchalantly asked him, “Daddy, have you started saving up yet?” Inside, I think he beamed with pride thinking “My sweet little girl wants to make sure she can go to college,” but he calmly asked, “For what honey?” I excitedly responded in about 0.5 seconds, “For my wedding!” That may have been the moment my Dad realized he was in trouble, but it’s one of our favorite memories, and we still laugh about it.

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My Most Productive Tool

My Most Productive Tool

I spoke about this briefly in my April Favorites post, but some of the best task-management advice I’ve ever gotten was to create a daily to do list. I was listening to a keynote address by Emma Chapman of “A Beautiful Mess” when she shared this pearl of wisdom, but I thought, “daily… did she say daily… like every day???” Initially, it seemed like a lot of work, but I was listening to a very successful woman about her most productive tool, and I wanted to absorb her success like a sponge. With that in mind, I decided to give it a shot and committed to making a to-do list every single day for a month. Want to know what happened???

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Upping my beauty game with Eyelash Extensions

Upping my beauty game with Eyelash Extensions

I love discovering what’s new in my neighborhood. Houston, in particular, is a city that’s always evolving and I really enjoy paying attention to how it develops and changes over the years. A few weeks ago I noticed there was something new in the niche of a nearby shopping center - Chic Lash Boutique. With all of the new beauty trends on the market, I was curious what services they offered so I decided to pop in. The boutique was adorable, so I made an appointment for eyebrow threading and lash tinting on the spot. That session went so well that I decided to go back for more - eyelash extensions!

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May Favorites

May Favorites

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I’d like to extend a particularly happy Memorial Day to all of the men and women who have served this great country over the years. Truly thank you for all you’ve done! It’s hard to believe that the end of May is here, and summer break is upon us. What better way to start the summer off then with a few family-friendly favorites from the last month? I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, and please enjoy these May must-haves!

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Quality Time with Mom

Quality Time with Mom

Moms are the best. There’s arguably no one who knows me better than mama, accepts me more completely for who I am, and loves me unconditionally. I’m blessed to have a great relationship with my mother. We talk all the time, and she is very much a part of my life. When something good happens, I want to call her so we can share the joy, and when there’s a tight spot, I look to her for comfort. Some of my life all-time best moments have happened with Mom, and here are a few…

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Best Travel Cup for Toddlers

Best Travel Cup for Toddlers

Summer time is fast approaching, and it’s getting hot already. I’ve always lived in the Deep South - New Orleans, Jackson, and, now, Houston. I’ve seen snow a handful of times (mostly on vacation), and I’m used to spending about half of my year sweltering in temperatures well above 90. With that said, I’ve had a long-standing love affair with iced beverages. I know that room temperature water is better for my body, but, what can I say, it just doesn’t float my boat. When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than your icy cold drink of choice, and my kids totally agree.

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Easter Crafts for Kids

Easter Crafts for Kids

A couple of years ago, we inadvertently created an Easter craft tradition. My parents had graciously offered to host Easter lunch at their house to make it fun and easy for the little ones. I was trying to help come up with activities, so I went to Michael’s and picked up some craft supplies for us to get into. Parker was the only one old enough at the time to appreciate it, but he LOVED coloring in his eggs. When Easter rolled around again last year, he was quick to ask us if we had our craft picked out… thus a tradition was born. We have some sweet memories and pictures of kids and adults gathered around the table working hastily away on cardboard eggs and bunny masks, so I thought it might be fun to share my favorite ideas for this year.

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