Some of you have kids, some have dogs, and some crazy people have both! Shopping for them is probably the most fun of the season. There is so much goodness out there, but here are a few ideas for your pooch and for the little ones in your life that are adorable and fun.
4. My spoiled kids are getting this genius activity table from their grandparents. Perfect for trains, legos and play houses. It comes with two sets of legs so it grows with them to use as a regular table later and storage carts.
Giving the gift of something to get cozy in and get a good night's sleep is always a winner. It probably goes back to the traditional PJs for Christmas Eve thing. As grown ups, we want something soft, luxurious, and fun that we can actually use to get some sleep. Or at least look great trying.
1. Loving these organic cotton blankets from Target ($30)
2. A super soft robe from Eberjay ($100) in a pretty color
3. Netflix so that she can snuggle up and get into Orange is the New Black.
4. These eye masks are always on my list and perfect for a stocking gift. Mary Green ($26)
Gifts for the guys is by far the hardest part of the gifting season. They never want to give you an idea past the new xBox game they want or possibly a new iPhone. Here are a few ideas that your man, your Dad, or your brother would like nestled under the tree.
Everyone loves to go to a party, but there are only some people in your life that actually throw them. These gifts are for her. Let her know how much you appreciate her willingness to entertain and feed you with a fun addition to her home. Plus, she will always invite you back.
1. I love a stemless and these are girly and festive BHLDN ($68 for set)
2. A Polaroid camera would be so fun at a party ($199)
3. These gold playing cards are perfect for game night and a great stocking stuffer. Anthropologie ($18)
4. Love me a Moscow Mule in one of these from Anthropologie ($18)
I was not sure I was going to do gift guides this year, but I looked back on last season and it was a busy time here on the blog. So I put a few together that I hope you all enjoy. Plus, it helped me put my wish list together which I will share with you later. Up first are some sparkly and sensible (at least price wise) pieces that every girl you know would love. From Mom to your sister to your friend. I added a couple of them to my list, but truly I want every single one of them! Oh and for the boys out there, any of these would be a hit with your lady.
The week has gone by with no posts, but this view is distracting. It is so nice to be in the warmth and the change of scenery is much needed while in baby land. Vacations are much different with kids, especially one still waking up in the night. But we are finding time to relax and having extra help around all day is amazing. Today is going to be spent at the spa and pool solo. I couldn't be more pysched. I hope you get to indulge this weekend as well.
We leave for a much needed vacation tomorrow (2 weeks!) and I am just getting around to shopping for it. Best part of going away in the winter is that everything is on sale. I am eyeing these choices (all under $100) and might just get a couple delivered to Florida. I forgot that my summer stuff is all bump friendly. It would be nice to wear something normal.
It has been eleven weeks since becoming a parent of two. Two is such a big number to me now. Everything in life should be referred to by double (or triple if you have three, etc.) when talking about taking care of more than one child. Because it is not just about two, it is about doubling the amount of everything. In my house that means diapers and bottles, colds and night wakings, smiles and cuteness.
It is not necessarily that much harder as it is that much more intense. Every day is a juggle of who will wake up first, who gets fed first, who takes a nap next, all until the end of the day. Which by the way is around seven and I follow shortly to sleep at eight. Time goes slowly, yet so fast, it is the strangest thing. I heard the best description for this time in life, "The days are long, but the years are short."
You know you have heard a million times from parents before you that time goes so quickly, but when you are sleep deprived and crazed you think that those people are straight liars. But now you know it is true and they were probably the parents of multiple children.
Not much of my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum was different from the last. Easy pregnancy, quick delivery, and hormone craziness with the baby blues for a month or so. Now that amnesia that Moms suffer is starting to happen. The memories of how hard it was nine months pregnant to chase after a toddler seem hazy, and the uncomfortable tightness of those crazy contractions seems like something that never happened, and the weird anxiety that I suffer in those first weeks fades from my conscious. It is strange how it is so hard to remember so quickly. But I guess that is what makes us do it again.
The best part is you start feeling like yourself around three months. Albeit a squishier, slightly crazed, not always out of your pajamas each day self. But more like a human that can function with the outside world. And each month it gets better. For everyone.
So we are having a good time in our house. Baby girl has discovered her brother and loves watching him. It is crazy cute. Baby boy has some really interesting dance moves that are the highlight of my day (think modern dance meets raver). And date night is happening again. Even if it is wine after the kids go to bed.
So the second time around has been great so far. I highly recommend it and good luck to those that are also in it.
I feel like there are such cute monogram gifts to give, but that I am always shopping past the date to when they can be ready for the holidays. If you want something done custom, now is the time. I have this bracelet with my son's initials and would like this one with my daughter's name from.
I have been kind of obsessed with getting a new kitchen table and chairs for the last month. It is something we really do not need, but since I feel like I live in our kitchen/family room I want a change.
This is our current set up....
The table is really nice and so are the chairs, it is just annoying how the floors and the furniture are the same exact color.
I have LOVED the Riveria chairs from Serena & Lily for awhile, so I know I want those as replacements. Has anyone ordered them before?
For the table I want something affordable that can will get destroyed by my children over the next few years. But that has some style and goes with the style of our home. West Elm delivers with this Parson's style table but in a rustic patina hued wood.
Wow, it has been a long time. My free time has seriously diminished and if I have any time that does not involve kids, work, or chores I am using it for quiet time reading mags, catching up on my DVR, or squeezing in a workout. I miss writing and hope that I can get back into a more regular schedule. Baby girl is doing so great. She has slowly becoming more of a baby and less of a newborn, which is fun and a little sad. Smiles, cooing, and longer sleep are making everyone happy. The little man is totally mom obsessed right now. Flattering, but makes life a little difficult with two. Every day we are settling in more and more and it feels great. I have made some updates around the house, starting with this gem I got on auction on Ebay.
I totally recommend this vendor for anything kilim. Delivery was quick and the rug was clean and brand new. We also sold our place in the city (grew out of it with our family of four) and moved all of our furniture out to the house. Still trying to find a place for some things, but we were able to fill up our living room (really, play room) with some pieces.
Decided to just give you the real version of what my house looks like right now instead of the staged one. Yikes. I got that black and white striped rug from Crate & Barrel on sale and love it. Thinking about just painting this room white and maybe the trim on the windows and above the fireplace black lacquer. I still need to hang art, accessorize, etc. but so far it has been fun to have another room to hang in. If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw my stair runner that was installed. I am OBSESSED with it.
Karastan runner in Leighland pattern
The pile is perfect for a runner and I made sure it was good for traffic heavy areas and stains. I can already see muddy little footprints in my future. I was able to do a little shopping over the last two months, but have still held off while I try to get back in shape. (all the pumpkin bread I made and have eaten has helped A LOT. ha) Mostly every day staples that have been fantastic.
1. How have I not gotten the Spanx leggings before? The waistband comes high and pulls you in and it makes your thighs instantly smaller. That is a bonus I can use right now.
2. This feels like a fancy sweatshirt. It is lightweight, but cozy and has a longer length to wear with leggings. Plus, it has a zipper detail in the back. (J. Crew Tunic $118)
3. I usually do not wear peplums but this one is super flattering. The classic cable knit is updated with some waist cinching stitches and a zipper. It will be perfect with my coral skinny jeans and brown boots. (Anthro $118)
4. I LIVE in these dresses from Asos. Basically it is a super soft t-shirt dress. The top is super snug, so go up a size. Lots of colors and it can be dressed up or down. Love. (Asos $39)
I wish I was buying fancy dresses and sky high heels, but that really is not my reality right now and I have decided that those things can wait until actually needed before I dive in.
I hope everything is fantastic with you. Trying to get some posts together for next week, so come back and visit. I missed you. xo Erin
Hello there! I am alive and surviving. Holy hell two kids is a whole new ball game. How did no one warn me? In all, it is going well. Besides the typical sleep deprivation and early morning grumpiness (by me), we are settling in. It is easier this time to know that I need to give it a couple months and just let things happen. Then life will start to develop a new normal that we can start enjoying instead of just surviving. We have all had our first cold as a family, I just gave my toddler a popsicle at 9am to write this, and baby girl is taking a nap in a swing I swear I would never buy, that pretty much sums up what having two under two is like. Since I have about five minutes, I wanted to at least post a few favorites happening right now. Totally obsessed with the throw back feeling of the new Drake song. I like to blast it in my car on my solo trips to Starbucks that make me feel like a real person.
I loved this house tour from Domaine. It is such a great , cheery space that I want to replicate. Pops of color, without being over done. Check out the tour here.
Also in decorating land, I am obsessed with this marble top coffee table from West Elm. Seriously, I want it for my living room.
The wait is over and we are officially a family of four. This sweet little thing is quite the addition to our home and so far the transition has been a lot less bumpy than the first time around. (fingers crossed it stays that way!)
Mary Adele 7lbs 9oz 8/29/13 8:45pm
The little guy is getting a lot of attention from his grandparents and I am trying to spend as much quality time with him one on one as I can. As of now he has been gentle and is somewhat aware of the space he is now sharing with the baby.
This is what kisses look like over here...
Melts my heart. I hope you are all doing well and I will try and check back in when time allows. the next few months could be rocky, but I am going to enjoy them no matter what.
I have conquered the September Issues of the mags, the New Addition sections of my favorite e-tailers, and have long been eyeing my warmer clothes in the closet. So yes, it is time to shop for Fall even though we are in a brutal heat wave, I am far from my ideal size (let's get going baby girl), and I am not even sure how much I will be getting out of the house the next few months. It is the best season to shop for. First stop is shoes, since the size of my feet has stayed the same. There are so many fun options, but these are what I am coveting.
1. The shape of these Report ($129) booties are perfect, so is the height
2. Loving the chunky heel trend. These pink J. Crew ($375) are awesome
8. Love the asymmetrical top of these Vince Camuto ($170) boots
9. Cannot go wrong with killer black stilettos. This shape from Nine West ($79) are hot
I am about to spill one of my most embarrassing style problems, I have large calves. Blame it on my years of ballet or genetics, it is what it is. Trying on knee high boots is so painful. Many brands are making extended calf versions of their best styles to make knee high boots a reality. The two styles above are available in those sizing. If you have this problem too, I feel for you lady.
I am so excited to share pictures of the finished nursery. Given that I had a boy the first go around, the girliness in me really came out. But, I did not want it to be too sweet and reflect a calming space that was also fun. I combined modern and classic touches so it combined different styles that I love. It came together how I envisioned and now I am excited to actually use it, hopefully soon!
I love having a twin bed in Tommy's room for extra space for him to hang out, change his clothes, etc. So I kept one for her room as well.
My mom preserved many of my outfits as a baby and these rompers are too sweet to hang in the closet. She found some antique hooks to display them and they function well next to the changing table.
These little prints are from my old room. They still have a note scrolled on the back to the original owner from Grandma.
I really tried to edit down myself when planning the room. There are so many cute nursery prints and art, but a large gallery wall felt like too much and just one painting I loved felt right. I am trying to get a baby to sleep in this room and not go crazy in it.
I love the modern prints, chair and soft rug paired with the floor lamp chandalier.
Still waiting! That whole myth that if your first is early, so will your second has been proven wrong over here. All things considered, I am not miserable and happy to have my parents here helping me with the little guy. I have been packed for the hospital for a really long time. With my first being three weeks early and not having anything packed, I decided to get a bag together a couple weeks ago. Now it stares at me from the corner of my room reminding me that things have not happened. Here is what I packed. As you can see, Tommy helped me out...
Still waiting.... No baby.... But it is feeling close. I have about four working brain cells that are not focused on preparing myself for another newborn and the little guy, so posting has just not been happening. I know you understand and in the meantime, here are a few random thoughts to start our Monday...
Not really a thought, more like a prayer for this baby for Fall
Emerald is so still such a fun color and I think this bag would be fantastic with a sweater, skinnies and boots.