one on one time

Aug 31, 2017

Lately I have become very aware of just how many different directions I am pulled. This is due to a multitude of things, but no matter where I am pulled, the only place I want to be is with my kids. But even when I am home with them, each of them wants me to watch this....or help with this....or make that....

And let's be honest it is always nice to be wanted. As a mom it is always a wonderful feeling to know that you and only you can fill whatever void. And now more than ever I am setting time aside to give my undivided attention to each of my little babes. Even if it is a boring errand that I could easily do myself, I know there is one out of the four that will want to jump in the car. And we will talk about all the things they want to talk about, and there will be no one to jump in. Just the two of us. 
leather vest // tee // jeans // shoes: tibi 
avalon: shirt // pants // boots: old navy (from last year, love these ones!!)

Avalon is super into some mom time right now. Last week she found a large stash of costume jewelry that I have had boxed up for who knows how long. She took the whole thing into her room and put every single piece on. She came out and said "mom, look how fabulous I look". And indeed.....pretty fabulous! 
"Mom do you have any necklaces' in here? Or a lollipop?" 

I love that a coffee date and a run to Target where she of course had to get some chapstick, is all this girl needs to call it a successful mommy and me date. I little bit of time away from her brothers so she can talk about all the princess stuff she wants. I can remember growing up my parents would set a "date" with us and we would go out to eat or see a movie. As we got older these became so important to us. And I realize that it is so important for me now. 

Chris has requested a date too....so let's see how long that takes for me to make that happen! Ha! You think he wants a coffee and Target date too? 


gingham & glasses

Aug 28, 2017

Back to Monday. I have to say I kind of like Mondays, now that we are in a routine. Simply for the fact that I feel like I accomplish so much in just a morning. Because I get up at 5 am, by the time I get the kids dropped off, get home, clean, throw in some laundry, make the girls their third or fourth breakfast item, vacuum up the first round of Caspian hair, it is only 9 am! Then I feel like I can sit down possibly stuff my face with something, chug the remains of my cold coffee, and make a new to-do list. I love a good list. 
t-shirt // gingham skirt (old, similar here and here) // boots: rag and bone // hat // glasses

Over the weekend though, I allowed myself to be moderately lazy. The girls and I headed downtown on Saturday because I had to make some exchanges at H&M, which of course turned into a full on try on session. The girls could have spent their whole day in the accessory aisle. Avalon exclaimed many times "MOM this is amazing. I need everything!". Once we got home I got right into pajamas and planted myself on the couch for a nap. I was physically and mentally exhausted after last week. So it felt good to just relax. 
Yesterday, I could have truly continued with my lazy streak, but Chris and the boys headed to the pool before the rain and wind rolled in. And I promised to have myself up and ready for when they got back because the kids wanted to go to brunch at this little buffet by the house. Who can say no to a brunch buffet? No one. 

I ordered these clear lens glasses last week for a little twist, and I think they are so fun. I am constantly in sunglasses, but why not switch it up a bit? This is coming from a person who does not actually have to wear glasses. I can remember when I was in like middle school or around that time, and some of my friends had gotten glasses and I was like....I want some too. My mom always looked at me like I was crazy. With good reason, because I don't walk the line of sane. 

BUT! Completely switching gears!! Who watched the Game of Thrones season finale last night? O to the mother effing G! I mean, I think anyone who has watched the series knew a lot of what was coming. But to see it? I sat there for a minute like.....whoa. 

Are we starting the countdown to the final season? When it that? 2019? Damn. 



savannah, by way of the trolley

Aug 22, 2017

Hello! Has everyone recovered from the eclipse excitement? I have to say that the boys were really pumped about going to school and getting those special glasses to see this amazing event. Yet, the cloud coverage rolled in about an hour before and the rain quickly followed. So we didn't get to see much, but their school had them watch it on the live feed. Ha! Gotta love technology! 

Anyway, over the weekend we did something that we have wanted to do since we moved to Savannah. We took a trolley tour!! Whenever we go downtown with the kids they always see the orange trolleys and ask if we can go on. So they were so excited when I told them that Saturday was the day! 
In an effort to beat the heat we made sure we were at location numero uno early and ready for that 9 am trolley! It proved to be a great seating choice as well, as we definitely beat the crowds. Our trolley tour guide was so great, born and raised in Savannah, and her love and enthusiasm about her home town really showed through. Not to mention she was very witty and threw in some pop culture references for the kids along the way! 
Savannah is deeply rooted in American history, and it was amazing to hear just how much every building and square played a role in history. Truly one of the most remarkable things for me to learn was just how much SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, helps to preserve Savannah's architectural history by transforming structures into many different components for the college. As we would pass by buildings we would find out that they were now classrooms, and dorms, and libraries. I was thinking "how cool would it be to go to college here". You know.....if I wanted to go to college all over again. 
One of the best parts about the trolley tour is, that there are 15 stops along the way and you are more than welcome to go on and off at any of them. And then another trolley will pass by every 15 minutes for you to hop back on and continue your tour. We stayed on for a bit until the stop for the American Prohibition Museum. I have heard that this is a fun and interactive museum, even for kids. And that proved to be very true! Although, you know how it is when you go to a museum with kids.....they think it is a race to the finish. So Chris and I are planning a trip back, just the two of us so we can look around and hey maybe even pop into the speakeasy to try one of their signature 1920's cocktails! 
Okay but maybe the best part about this stop was that the museum was right next door to Byrd's famous cookies!!! Where you can go in a sample all the cookies. The kids were not shy in this department. But we all settled on a couple boxes of the chocolate chip cookies. They are SO good! If you are not in the Savannah area, look them up online and order yourself a few bags. You can thank me later. 
After we were all in a cookie coma, we hopped back on the trolley to finish the tour. It was starting to get hot, so the kids were happy to be sitting down and catching the cool breeze as we drove around. I've said it before and I will probably say it 100 more times. Savannah is just the most charming city. This tour made me fall in love with it even more, and helped to add about 50 restaurants that I want to try. 

I would definitely say that if you are planning a trip to Savannah, block out some time in the morning and get on the trolley! It is just such a fun experience and you learn so much about this gem of a city. Now I have my sights set on the Ghosts and Gravestones Night Tour!!! 


A special thank you to the Old Town Trolley for sponsoring this post and amazing experience! 














as close as i'm getting to fall

Aug 18, 2017

For the record it is 94 degrees here in Savannah. The other day my car read 101 when I was in the pick up line. I don't hate it. I don't hate it one bit. I mean, we all love fall in due time, but I am in no rush for it. My social media feeds are just crawling with fall desires, however. Fall for me means that my babies are getting older, particularly Pierce, and I am nowhere near ready for him to turn six! Honestly if I think about it too long I will burst into tears. 

So, let's avoid that!
ruffle bodysuit (similar) // pants: j.crew (old, but LOVE these) // shoes: mango // bag: cult gaia

This is about as fall of an outfit as I will allow myself to have at this time. I mean, quarter sleeves and olive utility pants? Fall-ish. 

I think the arrival of fall scents in stores has brought about a nostalgic euphoria and I can get behind that. I have warm vanilla, and pumpkin candles warming all year around. But the one thing I cannot support is the pumpkin spice latte. You read that correctly, feel free to never click on my blog again. I know this one hit below the belt. BUT there is a good reason and it can all be blamed on Avalon. 

I used to enjoy that little spice of pumpkin in my latte. Chris even said it wasn't that bad back in the day. Then I got pregnant with Avalon and my morning sickness was on another level. One day my sweet husband brought me home a pumpkin spice latte before we headed out for errands that day. At first the smell was off putting as many smells are while nine weeks pregnant, but I powered through. In my head I was like.....I know it will taste good. It did not. I immediately threw up in the kitchen sink. It didn't taste good going down, and it was worse comin' up. 

I felt like I was okay at that point and we loaded up the boys and were on our way. This was when we had just found out that we would be stationed in Alaska, so we were doing some cold weather recon shopping at this cool little outdoor gear store in Columbus. As we were in the store I started to feel so sick and bolted out the door and threw up again. 
I think I tried a pumpkin spice latte for the first time since then, last year. And NOPE! Can't do it. Pregnancy aversions are a real thing! And can be long lasting. 

So that's my story. If you've had a bun in the oven, did you have any food aversions? 

And beyond all that, HAPPY FRIDAY!




what i'm buying from target, online.

Aug 17, 2017

Let's talk Target! We all love that money sucker, don't we? Lately I have actually been avoiding going into the store because we all know exactly what happens. Our bodies are taken over by some mysterious force and we suddenly think we don't have bills to pay and children to feed and we end up spending hundreds more than the diapers and wipes actually cost. Not to mention we walk out with cheap shit from the dollar section because our kids just started throwing things in the cart when our backs were turned. So in an effort to buy things that I know I want, and that I know where I want in my house, I have turned to online only. Plus that whole red card free shipping thing kind of gets me!

So here are a few of my recent purchases!
Large Round Mirror: I just got this in the other day and immediately hung it in our newly bright white bathroom! I hung it over the toilet, and I am on the hunt for the perfect floating shelf to go underneath it!

Hanging Door Mirror: After I changed the girls' room up last weekend, I thought this mirror would be a cute addition. Avalon is constantly dressing up and then running into my room to look in my full length mirror, so now she can get the full effect of her princess outfits right in her own room! 

Storage Cart: I have seen this little cart online for months but it wasn't until I saw it in person that I knew I wanted one or two in the house. Pierce's teacher has it in her classroom and it is just so cute and functional. I got one to organize Avalon's preschool stuff, and art supplies. Then I put the other one in the kid's bathroom because there really is no extra space for all their things. 

Door Mat: New house, new door mat right? Well, maybe not. But our old one was getting a little worn, and this one is just simple and cute. 

Farmhouse Galvanized Milk Jug: Continuing with my bathroom redo, I wanted a galvanized container to put flowers in near our tub. When I saw this one I was like YES, you will do the trick. 

Fur Heels: You know I am obsessed with the Who What Wear collection, and their shoes are just as great as the clothing pieces. My Target doesn't carry all the shoes in store, so when I saw these online my fall heart skipped a beat. I got them in the other day and they are so great! Perfect for fall, on trend, and a mom friendly heel height! 

Makeup Brush Set: I have spent a pretty penny on various high end makeup brushes, and after I have them I always ask myself, "are they really doing something that my drugstore brushes aren't?" and in some cases yes. I don't want the little brush hairs left on my face, I want them to distribute the product evenly, and I want them to be soft. For that I always come back to Ecotools! This set is a great set with all the brushes you need, at an amazing price. 


And I think that is it! Have you found anything at Target recently that is worth sharing? I would love to know!


when only neutrals will do

Aug 16, 2017

Glorious middle of the week, day! This week has been a little coo coo for coco puffs. Monday I wanted to get the girls outside kind of early and have Avalon do some fun preschool things with chalk. They both had fun being able to occupy their own territories of the driveway. Once that all came to an end and as I was picking up the chalk, Odette decided to take herself inside and lock Avalon and I out. 

I looked like a complete psycho as I am trying to talk her into unlocking the door. All she was saying back was, "I no lock the door mama, you did". No no....

I frantically ran around checking windows and doors and realized that I do not know the keypad combo to the garage (I have since reset it). Caspian was inside freaking out because I was trying to essentially break in and he was like, wait a minute, aren't I supposed to lose my mind when I hear these kinds of noises? It was crazy. My phone was inside as well so there was no help there. Avalon was getting nervous as I was saying things like "I'll just break a window". But then.....I remembered that I had opened the living room window the other night and was just hoping that I forgot to lock it. After ripping the screen to find out, we were in luck! We crawled through and all was well. Except when Chris got home and was like, what the hell? Those mama bear instincts....
Then yesterday I lived in rookie mom land as I was unloading the dishwasher. The girls were playing in the playroom and I kept thinking....they are playing so nice, I don't hear any fighting, this is just wonderful. Dumb ass. 

I walk in and Odette in laying on top of the work bench covered in marker thanks to Dr. Selfish aka Avalon. No really, she calls herself doctor selfish and it is hilarious. Avalon looks at me and says "Odette is really sick mom, I don't think I can help her". Oh honey....you have done enough. 

Clearly Odette didn't mind one bit. I am sure she was just so excited to play with Avalon. 
tee // jeans // denim jacket // shoes // hat: zara (old)

Moving on to this outfit and how incredibly mom friendly it is not....but I don't care. I love an all white outfit, no matter what I end up sitting in. This outfit for the most part is just so easy and causal, but keeping everything neutral makes me feel just a tad bit more put together. I would totally throw on a nude heel and call this a date night #ootn. 

You know...if those things happened in my life. 



back to basics

Aug 14, 2017

Hashtag basic outfit! But it was the perfect weekend outfit when all I wanted to do was relax....and grab a coffee or two. 

I think we all needed a weekend of just lounging. Chris had to work on Saturday, and when I asked the kids what they wanted to do they said "nothing". Ha! I was okay with that since I had a weeks worth of laundry to do. 
top: forever 21 // jeans: zara // shoes: zara // bag: cult gaia // sunglasses: perverse

I was also on a mission to down size the toys in this house. I just did this before we moved, but I still feel overwhelmed with the amount of toys in the playroom and all the kids' rooms. So I went to town! Completely rearranged the girl's room and only left toys in there that they play with all the time, and then moved the rest to the playroom. I tried to give the boy's room a more "school" feel, organizing their desks and computer area, and trying to eliminate the baskets of toys and organize their bookcase. 
With Chris home all last week, trying to knock out home projects, and I had appointments to go to, I didn't start preschool activities with Avalon, so I am excited to dig into that with her this week. She is always so anxious to see what the boys did at school, that I am sure she will love to tell them all about her "school work" as well. It is seriously so cute to see them all back together after a day of school. They say things like "I missed you today" and "you're my best friend". It is short lived......but I really try and soak it up! 

How was your weekend? 


friday favorites

Aug 11, 2017

Oh my goodness, Friday!! I am always excited for a Friday but even more so with back to school. School starts quite a bit earlier this year than it did at the last school and we are all dreading the sound of the alarm clock. I like getting up much earlier than the kids to make my coffee in a quiet house, go walk the dogs, and just have some time before the non-stop movement begins, but my insomnia is not a fan of the 5:00 am wake up. Especially since Chris and I are still on our Vikings binge watching journey! But I thought I would share some of my favorites from this week. 
-First up is this Milk Makeup Blur Foundation. I have mentioned it on my instagram, but really this needs to be shared elsewhere. I love trying new foundations, probably as much as I love testing out mascaras. And I am super picky when it comes to foundation! This is a very full coverage foundation, thus the name Blur. It completely blurs out anything in its path. And I also love that it dries matte. I am mixing these two shades right now, but I know when we aren't outdoors as much the lighter one will match my skin perfectly. Totally recommend if you are looking for a full coverage foundation. Oh, and these were sent to me but I was in no way obligated to share. 

-Now that my bathroom is completely painted white I am so motivated to jazz it up! Because we are always moving and renting houses, I never really want to put in a lot of effort (sad but true). But this house just had so many crazy paint colors that I couldn't deal. I just ordered this print in a poster size for our bathroom, along with this set of candle holders to go near our tub. 

-I have been really drawn to clothing items that can easily transition to fall, even though I am sure we are nowhere near fall, and I would never wish away warm weather.....but I love a good wear it now and later piece. This ruffle one shoulder top is perfect, along with this linen jumpsuit that I can't stop thinking about. And both pieces are 40% off!

-Okay, this one is HUGE for all my beauty junkies!!! Did you see that Sephora is doing a "weekly wow" sale? Limited time and limited products, but those items are 50% off!! If you have been coveting a makeup palette or two, go check it out like....now!

-And, all around the computer screen we have: this incredibly fun summer cocktail from Kait. Mary Elaine is one of many amazing women I have been introduced to here in Savannah, and she is just the sweetest soul with a blog to match! I have to admit that I find people's skin care routines fascinating, I am just a beauty fanatic, so when Courtney posted her skin are products this week I was like.....well maybe I need to try something new? 


That's all I got, friends! I hope you all have a great Friday. 

a mid-week kind of outfit

Aug 9, 2017

Well, we are in it this week. Back in the swing of things where the early mornings are completely unpredictable in terms of people's moods, and in a house with six people that all have varying degrees of morning happiness, it's been interesting. So my outfits have been leaning more towards whatever is clean on the chair in my room. Because I only have a few minutes for myself before I need to double, triple check to make sure Odette didn't remove anything from the boys' lunch, or that everyone has shoes on, and the dogs aren't following us out the door. 
It has been so amazing having Chris home this week while we all transition back into a school routine. The boys are loving the fact that Chris walks them to their classrooms, and is in the car at pick up. It is a rare treat that we are not taking for granted. Particularly me because he has been knocking things off my house to-do list and it is wonderful. 
chambray shirt // jeans // shoes: zara // hat

Yesterday after drop off in the morning we headed to Home Depot with the girls, and Chris kept commenting on how taking two kids out is so easy it almost make you want more (as if somehow we completely forgot that we in fact do have, more). Parents are stupid. But we did probably look like a couple of psychos because we had phantom child syndrome. Constantly looking around for kids that were not even there, seeing as how the girls were in the cart. Any swift movement around us and we were like, what was that? Where are the girls? .......still in the cart. 

But that after school reunion when those sweet little boys flash us the biggest smile when walking to the car? 

Priceless. 



the bigger the ruffle....

Aug 7, 2017

Well, welcoming Monday also means saying goodbye to summer break! I can't believe it, but it was a damn good one that's for sure! Our summer kicked off with a move to Savannah, and I think we can all say that we are so happy we are here. And I just know the boys are going to love their new school!! Even though I will be a complete emotional basket case today dropping them off. Especially Pierce because this will be the first time I have ever dropped him off somewhere and left him!! I have never been away from him for seven hours before, and I just know I will be counting down the minutes to pick up. Ace is like an old pro at this, requesting that he "walk to his classroom by himself". 
top // jeans: zara (similar) // shoes // clutch: louis vuitton 

We tried to pack a lot into this weekend, mainly doing whatever the boys requested (within reason because the request to jump out of a plane was where I drew the line). Friday we headed to Burkes Beach in South Carolina, and spent most of the day. We got home just in time for dinner, and then the kids passed out. Which left Chris and I to watch Vikings!!! OMG have you seen that show? We are in total fan mode and have been binge watching like crazy! So much so that Chris and I are constantly yelling "RAGNAR" across the house to one another, or he will run in and say "where is my shield maiden?". Ace stated yesterday that we are getting our of control. 

He's probably right. 
I stepped out Saturday for a bit to get my nails done, which I just never do anymore. Before kids I got my nails done once a week. It was like my little treat on my day off work and school. But I think the last time I went and got my nails done was before I had Odette. It is just so hard for me now. I sit there and think about all the other things I could be doing, which doesn't make it very relaxing. But Chris really pushed me out this weekend because this week will be a little crazy for us. And I did enjoy myself for those 57 minutes, and Chris let the kids play with play-doh while I was gone, so truly everyone was happy!! 
Let's move on to this outfit. If you have not been shopping the Who Who Wear collection at Target, you are missing out. I just love everything from this line. The price point cannot be beat, and the quality is great! I have never received so many compliments on a blouse before, and no one could believe it was from Target! It also comes in a striped version, which I think I need as well. Because can you have too many ruffled blouses? That's like having too many pairs of denim in my book! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! 


 

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