Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wear It Mama: Pajama Time

I have a new obsession, and that obsession is pretty sleepwear. For years now, my sleep attire has consisted of sweatpants and old band tees. So not sexy, but super comfortable. This all changed during a visit to Anthropologie where I became enamored buy a ridiculously beautiful selected of sleep wear. Unfortunately Anthropologie jammies aren't in my budget, but no worries, I have been able to find fun sleep wear, just about every where!  These super cute shorts are only $6.95. Umm, hello, I don't even have to skip a morning latte to afford these! A simple ribbed tank goes great with these. Since the shorts and tank were so inexpensive, I didn't have any guilt splurging on these awesome slippers. I love these and want to wear them everywhere!  Pretty pj's is making feel like less of  slob, which has been a boost to my morning productivity. Although I am stepping up my pajama game, I haven't parted with my sweats yet! There's always a time and a place for a good pair of sweats.

Shopping List
Satin Sleepwear Shorts (Taupe w/Lime)
St. Eve Rib Stretch Tank Top (Black)
Muk Luk's Polka Dot Slipper Boot

Monday, April 13, 2015

Make it Mama: Family Journal

Our family has a tradition of keeping a yearly journal. At the beginning of every year, the kids and I decorate a basic composition book with magazine cut-outs, stickers, and other randomness. Throughout the year the kids, husband (sometimes) and I write messages, draw pictures, note events, glue funny pictures/cartoons we find in magazines, press leaf prints from hikes, and tape on paper souvenirs from places we've been. At the end of each year, it's fun for us to look back at this yearbook of sorts and reflect on the journey. I look forward to seeing how the message from the kids develop as they grow older - I am sure there will be some interesting entries!

I highly recommend keeping a family journal for a variety of reasons. In addition to the documentation of memories, it will help kids develop creative and written expression, foster a sense of bonding with other family members, will help them explore varying perspectives, help develop confidence in writing, assists in the development of language, encourages creative thinking and provides an emotional outlet. The benefits of journaling are many. These family journal keepsakes are something we will cherish for years to come.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Small Style: Playdate

The girl kiddo is a sucker for shorts with a cute pattern. She picked out this entire outfit herself, and I'm pretty impressed. These floral shorts have a retro inspired vibe and are perfect for a playful, summer day. This tank is simple, but the crochet lace back gives it some interest, and who can beat that price! One in every color, please!  The fisherman jelly shoes are a win for outside play. Throw on some cool shades and the girl is ready to hit the playground!

Shopping List
Circo Crochet Back Tank (Miami Peach)
Floral Print Shorts
Jelly Fisherman Sandals (Orange)
Oversized Sunglasses (Nautical Navy)

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Little Moxie, A Little Mischief: Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer

Last spring I signed my oldest girl -  the tiny dancer in the middle of the bunch - up for dance class and a love affair began. A love affair between my little girl and the art of dance began; and a love affair of me being completely captivated and entranced as I watch my little one get lost in the music began. It's quite a glorious thing to see your child develop a passion. To see their little eyes fill with excitement. To know that their little hearts are full. In those times, all the daily frustrations that go along with parenting slip out of my mind and I give in to the complete awe of the moment. 

Every Saturday morning, mornings I'd much rather sleep in, my tiny dancer sneaks into my room and quietly whispers, "It's Saturday, mommy. I have my dance class today! I need to get ready." Sure, that request comes two hours too soon, but even in my slumbered state, I can respect her enthusiasm. While I'm still hitting the snooze button on my phone, my tiny dancer carefully selects one of her dance outfits, pulls on her tights and attempts to pull her hair into a bun. The sound of little feet fill the room as she instructs her younger sister on dance moves, and I'll finally roll out of bed as my husband serves the kids breakfast. There's at least five inquiries of  "Can we go now, mommy?" before I actually fill up my coffee cup and usher her out the door. 

I love watching her put on her ballet shoes. I remember the day she stopped asking me to help her. That day she looked at me with her big brown eyes full of pride and said, "You don't need to help me mommy. I'm a dancer. I can do it myself." Heart. On. The. Floor. That was the day I knew this was going to be her thing. This was going to be her heart. That is what makes Saturday morning wake up calls worth it. Some days she tentatively steps into the studio, other days she walks in confidently, and every day she comes walking out beaming with accomplishment.  

The new moms are always nervous, peering in the door, face pressed to the glass making sure their little one isn't consumed with tears or standing shyly in a corner. I'm usually able to play it cool and fill that 45 minutes aimlessly searching the internet, basking in the silence. Every so often I press my face against that glass. It always gives me butterflies.

As soon as she comes home, she rushes to "give a class" to her 18 month old sister. Because of this, the little one has some pretty smooth dance moves! My tiny dancer pleads with me to turn the music all the way up so the two can "put on a show." This show more often than not is accompanied by the Frozen soundtrack, but it is so fun to watch them dance that I don't even mind that I've heard "Let It Go" approximately five-hundred-thousand and sixty-two times. 

The rest of the day is full of random twirls, pliƩs and jumps, each one accompanied by excited giggles and requests of "Mom! Watch this!"

My tiny dancer, dances her way through every day, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wear It Mama: Resort Fling

I love a good midi skirt. They are perfect for transitioning from work to dinner or drinks out. This yellow, pleated midi instantly caught my eye. I'm usually not one for bold, bright, colors, but I couldn't resist the fun of this skirt. This white tank looks awesome tucked into the skirt, and the lace neckline is so pretty, you can skip accessorizing if you want. These amazing floral heels have just enough yellow to tie in to the skirt, but the blues give the outfit an extra pop. A plain white clutch finishes off the look. Love it!

Shopping List
Resort Fling Skirt
Lace Top (White)
Copertina Floral Pointy Toe Pump
Lily Envelope Clutch (White)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Holidaze: EggHunt!

No blog post today, as I am too busy finding eggs with the kiddos. Enjoy the day!

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Little Moxie, A Little Mischief: Tooth Fairy Treasures

My 7-year-old finally lost his first tooth about a week and a half ago. Since I felt like his peers have been losing teeth for a couple of years now, I eventually gave up waiting around and rarely thought about this milestone. To say it caught me off guard when it finally did happen is an understatement. The tooth fell out during school and was sent home in a little envelope. My husband notified me of the event via text while I was at work. It was a busy work day, and I hardly had time to acknowledge the text, much less consider following through on any sort of Tooth Fairy plans. I got home from work at 9:00 pm that night, and while I rushed to get the kids showered and ready for bed, I feverishly racked my brain trying to figure out how to pull off the whole Tooth Fairy  thing. Working with kids on a daily basis gives me a lot of insight into what's trending these days. Word in the therapy office, amongst most of my clients, is that teeth are going for an average of $10-$20 a pop, and that is not exclusive to just first teeth. Say, what?! These kids are racking up! I was lucky to find a dollar under my pillow back in the day, and I didn't think things had changed that much.

I didn't know exactly what the dollar rate on teeth would be in my house, but it definitely wasn't going to be $20. That night, I found a random $5 bill in the depths of my wallet, threw it in an envelope and used some markers to make it look semi-presentable. I included a joke from the fairy about my son snoring while he sleeps. It was the best I could do last minute. The next morning he appeared unimpressed by the $5 but laughed hysterically at the thought of the Tooth Fairy  noting that he snores.  I realized that although my kid likes to earn money, what he really likes, more than anything in the world, is the unexpected and the unusual. The kid loves a surprise, and money was not a surprise.

When my kiddo lost his second tooth a mere 4 days later, I was prepared. I grabbed a small glass jar and a handful of gemstones from my childhood collection. The next morning, when he woke up, my kiddo was happy to discover his tooth was gone and the Tooth Fairy had instead left a beautiful gift on his bedside table. He thought it was the coolest thing ever! And with that, it was determined that the tooth fairy would no longer leave money, because these gifts of little teeth are too precious to put a price tag on. Instead, the Fairy will leave a little piece of her magic behind in exchange. My son, who happens to know the real deal about the Easter Bunny and Santa, has no doubts about the existence of this feisty little tooth collecting fairy. After discovering his gift, he turned to me wide-eyed with excitement and wondered what treasure she would bring next. When he proudly showed his sisters his treasure, my 4-year-old immediately began to run her fingers along her teeth check for potential looseness. Her disappointment at all her teeth being in-tact was short lived and the kiddos began to rattle off potential gifts that may be fond next. Needless to say, our house is buzzing with excitement and wonder about when our fairy friend will visit next.

I gave myself major mom points for my flash of brilliance, and a pat on the back for saving myself many trips to the bank for actual cash.