Mom Thoughts

Friday, June 9, 2017

A few things on my mind this week... 
1. What would it be like to unroll my own toilet paper & flush my own pee? I have so many helpers! 
2. What did I used to spend my money on before I bought dry shampoo? 
3. Am I allowed to have a mini-fridge in my room, despite the fact that I'm no longer in college? I can't even tell you how many nights I wake up completely parched - get mama a cold one!
4. Baylor asked me "what door does your baby come out of?" - Is this a trick question? What the eff do I say here? Is "go ask your dad" a suitable response? God knows what he'll say? 
5. Baylor also asked me why only mommies are allowed to say bad words. Because mommies are allowed to do whatever the hell we please, damnit!
6. Winnie is really into talking like the big kids, and they've declared it absolutely hilarious that she'll repeat virtually anything they tell her to. Topping the list of popular words they ask her to repeat: poopy, booty and stinky. I've lost the battle, but not the war.
7. How has nobody invented a pulley system to deliver snacks to the back row of the car? I'm virtually driving a bus these days, and have sent far too many snacks rouge to the trunk to keep at this pace. Here I come, Shark Tank.
8. How many cans of La Croix in a day is too many? Also, can one survive on a steady diet of pita chips & hummus?
9. Three people (NOT store employees) offered to help me to my car at Home Depot last week - do I really look like that much of a circus?
10. Bellamy asked me "What happens when I disappear?" yesterday ... should I be concerned?

Happy Friday - we're doing a garage sale & lemonade stand today ... in the rain. Pray for me.
#youcanhaveit #free #buyoneget8 #justtakeit

Pregnancy Workouts

Monday, June 5, 2017

Working out when your pregnant can seem completely over-rated and counter-intuitive, but I can assure you, it's not! I'm on my 4th pregnancy (in 5 years!) and I can say unequivocally that things go smoother during pregnancy AND delivery when I have worked out throughout my pregnancy. Now let's be honest - I'm not a runner, I loathe cardio and to be completely honest, working out is not something I get a "high" from like other people I know (Collin is this way and I'll never understand). It takes motivation, it takes work, and it will not happen if you don't prioritize it.

I wanted to share with you what I do during pregnancy (and often times when not pregnant, but at a higher level) to keep strong, healthy & active. My goal when working out is not to lose weight or inches (obvi), but more so to build/keep muscle, to keep my core muscles engaged and strong and to not totally let go of myself. I should mention that I just finished at a doctor's appt this morning where I had gained 10 lbs in two weeks (thanks, Haagen Dazs), so again, this is not about weight ;)
I have this set up in two rotations, so you can alternate each time you go to the gym - because work-out boredom is real. I try to work out 2-3 times a week - try mixing in a class (I do a group strength class that focuses on light weights, lots of reps, very little cardio, or sometimes will do a yoga class) or an online workout video (I love FitnessBlender!)

DAY ONE: 
 Cardio
 10 minutes on an inverted treadmill

Lifting (each is a superset*) 
Round One
Upper - 3 sets of 10 dumbbell curls (I use two 10lb dumbells, but use whatever feels right for you)
Lower - 3 sets of 10 squats (weights on shoulders, squat into heals)

Round Two
Upper - 3 sets, 10 tricep pull downs (use the tricep pulley machine)
Lower - 3 sets of 10 deadlifts

Round Three
Abs - 3 sets of 20 ab crunches
Upper - 3 sets of 10 chest presses (laying on bench)

Cool Down:
Stretch  

DAY TWO: 
Cardio:
10 minutes on the elliptical, bike, or stair master

Lifting (each is a superset):
Round One
Upper - 3 sets of 10 dumbell shoulder press
Lower - 3 sets of 10 lunges

Round Two
Upper - 3 sets of 10 machine lat pull downs
Lower - 3 sets of 10 machine leg extensions

Round Three
Abs - 3 sets of 20 ab crunches on a bio ball
Lower - 3 sets of 10 leg curls

Cool Down:
Stretch  

A few things to note: 
 -Keep your weights on the lighter side - pregnancy is not the time to push yourself when it comes to lifting.
-If you don't have a gym membership, most of these can be done at home with some simple weights - look up alternatives (on youtube or google!) to using the machines.
 *A superset is an alternating set - i.e. you alternate between each workout three times - so 10 curls, 10 squats and then back to curls, and then squats until you've done each three times. The beauty of supersets is that they make your workout quick and double as cardio, because they're not designed to stop in between.

My hope is that this gives you some direction in your workout and keeps things short & simple - because nobody hates a long workout as much as I do ;) 

Friday Favorites

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Friday! It's Friday AND Donut Day, which probably means the stars aligned and it's going to start raining sprinkles tonight. How could it not? We spent the morning at Home Depot stocking up on flowers, bark & rocks and although my attempt at planting before nap time was somewhat futile (thanks to some hungry toddlers & missing shovels...), I have big plans for Collin when he gets home from work! ;)
 
A few FRIDAY FAVORITES to round out your week! 

This candle is my new favorite for the summer, but also pairs really well with the Volcano candles that we all know & love if you like a combination. Otherwise, it smells amazing on it's own and is perfectly scented for summer. Also, I found a really delicious grapefruit candle at Trader Joe's this week and *brace yourself* it's only $3.99!!!

I'm finishing up a work-out post for you guys, but in the meantime, if you're tight on time or just clueless on what to do for a workout (we've all been there!), I'm loving FitnessBlender videos! The kids think it's hilarious to participate and it's a really good workout!

My sweet friend (& fellow preggo!) Molly (Beck & Belle) just launched her new bow snap clips and they're a new favorite with the girls!

I mentioned on Insta-Stories awhile back that I was on the hunt for a good maternity one-piece, and I found one at ASOS that fits the bill, but also ordered this (non-maternity) one from Anthro, hoping I could squeeze myself into it. Spoiler alert: I couldn't, but it's too cute to return so I'm praying that it fits when I don't have a belly to cover! Fingers crossed ;) 

Lastly, the kids are all growing like weeds, and one thing I've found as Baylor grows out of toddler sizes (he's in a 6/7 now!) is that matching pjs are much harder to come by. Crewcuts has some adorable ones, and they're on sale right now, so mama is stocking up! (also, these for the girls, because you just can't pass them up!)

We have lots of plans for the weekend, including, but not limited to a DAY DATE tomorrow (my favorite, because I'm toast after 8pm), prepping for our garage sale & lemonade stand next weekend, and doing a few projects around the house! The nursery is coming along and I'm going to see if I can convince Collin to stop in at IKEA on our date, because I've found every excuse in the book to not take all three kids in while 32 weeks pregnant. Here's hoping!

Enjoy your weekend!

Life Lately

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The long weekend is officilaly over and we're still having a rough time transitioning back into a routine. BUT, the good news is, we're two days shy of Friday and the sun is shining! A little life lately for you:

 WHAT WE'RE EATING: 
My current pregnancy craving is hummus & pita chips, but let's be honest, that's not all we're eating. Have you guys tried the Ben & Jerry's Pint slices? It's basically a horizontal slice of ben & jerry's coated in chocolate and it's pretty much what I live for at this very moment. We've also been barbequing a ton - a few things coming off the grill: barbecue ribs, dijon parmesan corn (grill corn until it's nice and blackened, once off the grill, coat with a 50/50 mix of whole grain dijon & mayo, and then top with parmesan cheese. Slide under the broiler for 1-2 minutes and you'll die & go to heaven upon first bite!), teriyaki steaks, asparagus and of course, lots of burgers & hot dogs! Also, s'mores. 

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT: 
Preschool is almost wrapped up for the year and I just can't belive how quickly it passed by. I was a nervous wreck to send my first baby off to school and it's so cool to see how much he's learned in grown in one short year!

WHAT I'M LOVING:
Our weather! We've been alternating between the pool, the sprinkler and the park for 2 weeks straight and we have no intention of stopping! I bought this pool from Target on our first sunny day (they always sell out) and it's seriously the best $30 I've ever spent.
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO:
Lots of time at the pool, a ton of doctors appointments (which means lots of time at Nana's!) and still lots of organizing. We went out of town for the weekend and while it's never easy, it was totally worth it. The kids had the best time ever watching Cougar Baseball and I ate my way through Pullman, which is always a treat. We also stayed at a fancy hotel in Spokane one night and Collin upgraded us to the penthouse suite, which was mind-blowing for the little people :)
WHAT I'M DREADING: 
Absolutely nothing!

WHAT I'M WORKING ON: 
Cleaning, organizing, nesting & garage sale-ing. We have a huge community garage sale every year so we're stacking lots of stuff in the garage to sell. Every closet, drawer & cupboard in the house has been emptied & organized and I'm confidently taking spring cleaning straight into summer :)

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT: 
This BABY! The anticipation is growing and I'm starting to pick out going home outfits, hospital outfits, diaper bags and all the fun stuff that goes along with bringing a new baby home. High on my list is this diaper bag.
WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING:
The best part about summer is how little the TV is on and how much we get to just be together & play! I haven't even started watching the Bachelorette, which is totally cray.

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO: 
Collin did an amazing & inspiring podcast a few weeks ago that I loved listening to, and otherwise, it's a lot of Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and whatever else goes with pool sittin', beer drinkin' (i wish!) and sun tannin'! ;) Also, lots of "the ice-cream man" jingle - that guy trolls our neighborhood like it's paying his mortgage!

WHAT I'M WEARING: 
Elastic is the new black. Seriously though, shorts (these and these - on sale!) are on repeat, along with this dress (which Baylor told me I look "squished" in...)

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: 
June is full of birthdays (Baylor will be FIVE!!) and end-of-school activities. Baylor has requested a John Deere party so I'm on the hunt for all the green & yellow. Send recs my way, please & thank you!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW: 
I closed my shop (for now at least!) and it's as glorious as I expected. I'm spending time building out some other exciting things and will re-open before the baby is born.

Hope you're having an excellent week so far - this one is extra short which is always a treat!

Gender Neutral Nursery Inspiration

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I mentioned yesterday in my post that I've done next to nothing to prepare for baby #4, but I have been scouring online for gender neutral nursery inspiration and finally put my own together. We already have a handful of these pieces and I'm excited to start bringing it all together. The dresser &crib we're using are from Bellamy's original nursery, and I plan to swap out the drawer pulls for something less modern and more eclectic. I haven't decided if I'll do any sort of accent on the walls, but for now, the room is painted a really light dusty gray/blue color that shows up pretty neutral. 
I've done a couple other neutral nurseries for the first two kids, and love the challenge. I'll probably bring in a few gender-specific accents once baby arrives (all the neon pink!!), but I plan to keep most of the room as-is.  This sign from Sugarboo is beautiful in person and a perfect piece to transition into the house once the baby outgrows his/her nursery. I plan on rolling up swaddle blankets and quilts in those stackable wooden bins and using the closet & dresser space for the not so pretty essentials. The only thing I haven't nailed down yet is a side table for the chair (we'll re-use Winnie's chair) and some sort of storage for the dresser/changing table to house diapers, wipes and every day essentials that need to be quickly accessed (Lord knows babies don't like to wait!). 

I can't wait to share once we have this space completed - let's just pray it's before the little one arrives and not when they're one :) 

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Pregnancy Update - Week 30!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Monday! I've officially hit 30 weeks and time feels like it's moving just a little too fast! I was frothing at the mouth when I was 30 weeks pregnant with Baylor - thinking time couldn't move any faster and that it would be physically impossible for me to wait 10 more weeks to hold my sweet baby! 4th time around is a little different, and I'm feeling like I have a years worth of work to cram into 10 weeks. The nursery is nowhere near complete, the thought of taking out all our gender neutral clothes is enough to send me straight to Target for 3 packs of onesies and call it a wardrobe, and the reality of getting the girls sleeping together is looking pretty slim. So I guess you could say things moving right along ;)
 A few stats: 30 weeks | 35 lbs gained (more than full term with both girls!) | sleep only interrupted by toddlers with dragons under their beds | baylor wants a boy baby (because we already have girl babies) | bella wants a new baby | all winnie wants is to sleep in her own damn room | craving burgers, fries & milkshakes

Baby is super low and moves most in the morning and evening (or that's when I stop moving enough to pay attention!) | We have finally settled on names and I can't decide if I love our boy or girl name more! Can't wait to find out what this baby is! | Passed my glucose test with flying colors - because I'm not sure how I'd survive without ice cream before bed.

We're headed out on a quick trip over the long weekend, and after that have no plans other than summer-ing the best we know how, preparing & nesting for our newest addition, and still organizing & labeling the hell out of every corner of this house. 10 weeks is going to fly by - I can not wait to see the kids with another sibling and to soak in ALL the newborn snuggles.

Favorite Small Shops

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Being a small shop owner for over 5 (!) years now, I have a soft spot in my heart for other small businesses. There's an intense amount of hustle that goes on behind the scenes and everything is created with passion & purpose.

I wanted to share with you some of my very favorite small shops! I couldn't pick my "Top 10" so I just picked 10 of my favorites and maybe in another post I'll share another 10!
1. Hartland Brooklyn: I first fell in love with these prints online, and when I saw them in person, I was honestly taken back by how beautiful they are.  They're the perfect blend of vivid & whimsical - perfect for literally every room. 
2. Hooray Everyday: Hana is the genius behind the most adorable felt garlands - each one is so unique and they add the perfect whimsy to every room! 
3. BlaBla: The most amazing fabrics & colors make up these dolls & pillows and we're all totally obsessed with them. These will be with us forever and hopefully can be passed down! 
4. Sharp Tooth Studio: These wall banners are amazing and I think every room in our house needs one! Samantha hand stitches the letters and everything from the quality to the packaging is impeccable! 
5. Alice & Ames: These dresses are a wardrobe staple for the girls - they fit perfectly and bonus: they're extra twirly! We wear ours all year around! 
6. Beck & Belle: Not only is Molly the sweetest ever, but these are the favorite hair bows around here. They're big, sturdy, and of course extra glittery! 
7. Candy Kirby Designs: The most beautiful handmade dolls (with fluffy tutus!) and super sweet basics for the kids. Everything is meticulously made in the USA!
8. Little Blue Olive: The cutest party hats for all occasions that make every occasion very special! 
9. Ryan & Wren: The most amazing hair clips for the girls hair - they don't slip out, and are affordable enough to have at least one of every color ;) 
10. Childhoods Clothing: Worth every penny... their clothes are incredibly durable (important cause they're lasting through multiple children!), super cozy and the fit is always a 10. 

I'm always on the hunt for new favorites, so PLEASE share your personal favorites below or tag them on my most recent instagram so I can follow them! (And don't be shy if it's your very own shop - I want to find you!)

Weekend in Seabrook

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Monday! We spent Mother's Day weekend in the sweetest coastal town called Seabrook, just about 2 hours from where we live, and it was perfect in all the right ways! We rented a super cozy, coastal style home (Moon Dance for those of you who are local) and were able to walk to literally everything. The kids had the best time exploring the beach, flying kites with nana, visiting the most adorable boutiques and of course getting their daily servings of ice cream & candy. Baylor had tears in his eyes when we left and said he'd like to move to Seabrook for 100 weeks. ;)


Every storefront & house in Seabrook is incredibly charming. Sweet Life was our most favorite - filled with vintage candy, cute little toys (we came home with some Maileg mice) and the most delicious local ice cream. 
If you're local to the Seattle area, you really have to take a weekend trip to Seabrook. I'm not normally one for Washington beaches (notoriously cold, windy & rocky), but this one is special!

We're jumping back into our routine today, but can feel summer slowly creeping in around here. School is starting to wind down, we have sun (!!) in the forecast, and we're working on lots of projects before summer (& baby #4!) arrives!

How I Edit iPhone Photos

Monday, May 8, 2017

I use my iPhone to photograph virtually everything (this is one of my goals - to get better at using my "real" camera). It's always readily available, takes fairly decent photos and makes life overall very simple. I've fiddled with photo editing apps for as long as I can remember and have found my go-to editing strategy that I use with almost all my photos. It's easier than uploading & using photoshop, takes virtually no time at all and keeps all my photos looking unified. I'll share with you what I do, but keep in mind, what might work for me won't always work for you - I am by NO means an expert at iPhone photo editing ;) ! It's sort of a creative process so I encourage you to play with your photos to see what style you love best! 

I always try to shoot in natural light, not direct sunlight and at a decent angle. No matter how much you look like Gisele, you'll have a double chin if you shoot too low. The beauty of an iPhone camera is you can take a million shots as quickly as you can delete them, so there's lots of opportunity for the perfect shot!

I use VSCO cam for all my photos, so if you don't have that, it's worth downloading! 

Once you launch the app, you'll see a gallery (if you've used before) of all your photos you've edited, or it will be blank. Click on the "+" icon to add a photo to VSCO from your photo library. Once you've added the photo, it will show up in your gallery. Make sure it's selected (green border) - you can then begin to edit by clicking the slider icon on the bottom. 
From here, your filter options will show up. I always use F2 if I'm keeping my photo in color. It is a good starting point, and keeps things cohesive, even if I make other minor edits based on the quality of the photo. Once you've selected the filter, you can click the slider icon again and this will give you more refined options to edit your photo. If things are dark, you can edit the exposure or contrast. If the photo is crooked (90% of the time, because taking pictures of kids is a zoo), you can use x or y skew to even things out. I will almost always sharpen my photos as well as bump up the contrast & saturation just a little bit. This makes everything look bright & crisp. There's so many little way to change your photos, so play around a bit until you get the perfect combo. Once finished with each edit, click the check mark to save, and then hit save on the top right to save to your gallery. You can then click the 3 dots on the bottom right and save to your camera roll or share directly from the app.
Here's some of my edit combinations that I've used! Every photo is a little bit different. If you want a black & white finish, I usually use B5- I like the high contrast, moody feel.

Hope this helps - let me know if you have any amazing tips or tricks I'm missing out on! Happy Monday!

Disneyland Trip & My Top 5 Tips!

Friday, May 5, 2017

We spent one of our vacation days at Disneyland, and let me just say, it was not for the faint of heart. We've taken the kids to Disneyland every year for 3 years now, and it gets harder yet more exciting every time. Winnie is 18 months and an absolute rodeo. She wants to walk (hell to the no) and is an endless pit for snacks. The kid's favorite rides were It's A Small World, the monorail (eyeroll...), and of course, the Teacups. Our kids are little enough that rides weren't a huge priority so we strolled through a lot of the day taking in sights, watching parades and dodging sunburns :) Collin and I decided we'll skip Disney for the next couple years, with a fourth baby coming and the logistics of taking 4 kids under 5 to Disneyland ... just sounds a bit daunting ;)

 5 THINGS TO NOTE: 
1. We brought a change of clothes for the kids & were so glad we did... Disneyland is home to all the sticky things. It was nice to have something to change them into before dinner - they feel fresher and I feel like a respectable mother. ;) 
2. The Disneyland App was a total lifesaver. It's totally worth downloading before you visit - it showed wait times for rides, locations of characters and a schedule of shows & parades. We used it all day
3. Go before they open! We ended up arriving late at Disneyland (my worst nightmare), and waited in line for the trams for a solid 45 minutes ... by the time we actually got into the park, the kids were already hot & irritable. Had we arrived earlier, I'm sure we would've missed some of that headache. 
 4. We packed snacks & lunches for the kids, which was a total lifesaver. We didn't have to wait in line to eat anywhere, we could fill them with something other than total junk, and we could eat on the go, which kept them busy & content! 
5. Toon Town was our favorite - not only because it was age appropriate, but because they have a huge playhouse that the kids can run around in, it's air conditioned, and just seemed less busy than the other areas of the park. The food there was also more accessible & there weren't any lines - we got the kids soft serve cones and sat under an umbrella in the shade for a bit - it was the perfect spot!  
Overall, it was every bit as enchanting as it always is and our kids haven't stopped talking about it since we got home.

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