Monday Moments

My goodness, it’s been a week (and weekend!). Annabelle’s been sick – apparently just a cold based on all the tests and assessments from the doctor which is great but my goodness, she’s fussy!! She’s been home Thursday and Friday and then this weekend obviously and I’m ready for an actual FULL week with my kids all in daycare! It’s literally been since beginning of November…

Anyway – I’d love to say we had grand plans this past weekend but we live where it’s cold 6-8ish months out of the year (I’m talking realllll cold) and we have twin infants SO you do the math on that…

We did manage to sneak away for a quick dinner on Friday which was great! It was our first since we moved here and we didn’t plan ahead so by the time I called for a reservation, they only had 5:00 so we were home by 6:50 (and that included a quick pick up trip to Target).

It was so nice to have an adult conversation without the kids crying since I feel like they’re so fussy lately! Saturday, I ran a few errands with Magnolia and that was basically it! We got some Valentine balloons for a fun picture and decided that we’d rather jump on the bed and have a dance party 🙂

Annabelle also started to crawl on Saturday! She’s been rocking on her knees for about a month but just never moved and would cry so hard but she finally figured it out!

And we were all SO proud especially Magnolia 🙂

Clementine isn’t so interested but maybe once she sees Annabelle moving around, she’ll start more!

No filters around here 🤣

Sunday was another casual day with tennis practice in the mix for Magnolia. The girls were a bit fussy so we spent lots of time cuddling…

Magnolia baked some cookies.

And we attempted our Valentine craft. I made one when Magnolia was a baby and love putting it out on the counter every year so I wanted to do another one with all the girls.

I underestimated how big Clementine’s feet are so I doubt i’ll be able to really do my original thought.. so it’ll be letting Magnolia paint and decorate around their little feet and her hands instead. As long as it’s red and pink, it’ll ring Valentine’s Day 🙂

The rest of the day was play time mixed with some nail painting to match Mommy’s for Magnolia.

And that’s a wrap. I’m ready for our weekends to get more entertaining but also need our weather to warm up so we actually feel OK getting out and about – even for a walk with all three girls! If it’s warm where you live, count your blessings!

Have a great Monday!

Kristi

What I’m Loving..

Hi, Hi! It’s Sunday night and I’m exhausted from doing nothing but taking care of kids the last 2 days. I mean, they act like they really need us every second 🤣 The nerve, right? Good thing, they’re cute, right?! Anyway, I thought I’d share some random things I’ve been loving lately {including my little fam versus just products}!

One

I recently took Magnolia to the public library (her first time in a library) and she LOVED it. It wasn’t anything spectacular so I think we’ll look at other ones BUT she was really excited.

Gotta love that hat head 🤣

And it was nice to do something with her that doesn’t involve screen time! And it was completely dead so she got the run of the place (if that’s even a thing in a quiet library….).

Kept telling her she could bring the books home but she loved reading them there!

My Brother in law and Sister in law got us a year membership to the Children’s museum and we’re excited to give that try! I know she will LOVE going to that!

Love doing some one on one things with our big girl! Also.. can you tell I’m a little tired these days?! 😭

Two

It’s been a real struggle lately with Magnolia and listening – heck, I know she’s being a “normal” toddler but with two infants, we find our patience wears a little thin after asking her to do something/not do something 27 times. That 28th time… just can’t do it. BUT I have been trying to find different methods for discipline to figure out what will work for her. I recently read this book

And it’s very interesting and different than I’d normally think for discipline. It helps you understand the toddler/child so that you can help before you get to those tantrum moments. And honestly, I’ve used a few methods this last week and it’s worked. It’s not golden but it helps curb some of those tantrums. I just realized I purchased this book December 2020…… and literally just finished it now 🤦🏻‍♀️

Three

This wrap. It’s literally wearing a blanket with arm holes so I can still work. It’s amazing.

It feels buttery soft like barefoot dreams but it’s only $25. I almost purchased the same barefoot dreams one last month for $89 on QVC and I’m so glad I waited! I have to say, this is so soft that Magnolia has been stealing it from me as soon as I put it on! That stinker…

Four

I’ve seen every blogger share this {so no shock to most!} but I finally gave in to try this Amazon sweater when it was on sale… it’s cute and I wish they had a pink one because I’d order that one ASAP!

I sized down to XS and it fits great!

Five

Logan and my mother in law had a bake off today and their desserts from Milk Bar (I think that’s the name!) we’re SO good!

So random, but I didn’t even realize the cookies were a winner at one of my Christmas cookie exchanges! They’re realllllly good!

Six

I’m totally jumping on the “belt bag” aka Fanny pack trend and thinking of purchasing this one.. it’s only $14 and would be really nice to grab and wear like a cross body when I don’t have the diaper bag with me!

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and start to your week!

Kristi

Christmas 2021 is in the books!

Happy Monday! Or end of day Monday so maybe Happy Tuesday! Lets wait to see if all of my kids are in daycare tomorrow and then we can see how happy it is…

Ugh, the struggle, am I right?! With Covid these days, I feel like we’re even more cautious to keep them out if they have any symptoms since daycare says if they have 2 symptoms, they need to be out (which these days, there’s 98 so it’s hard to really say) and had to have Clementine home last week two days due to an ear infection. The week before that, we had Annabelle home 2 days due to a cold (was negative for Covid thankfully!) and then Magnolia was sick with the stomach bug the next day and then the twins were exposed to Covid at daycare and they were out 10 days. I’m not kidding… I think my kids are out of daycare more often than in it and it’s a miracle if we get a full week of daycare for all 3 kids! So here’s to hoping they’re all in it for the rest of the week…. fingers crossed!

Anyways, over the weekend we had our last Christmas with my Dad and Stepmom. We traveled to them (about 2 hours away) for a few hours and it was our first trip longer than 30 mins with the twins in the car since we moved here in August. Kinda crazy – and of course, I thought if we timed it right then they’d nap in the car 2 hours and on the way home………… yeah we made it 25 mins for naps and then they were all awake for the remainder of the drive. Gotta love that. Thankfully they didn’t really cry too much at least!

My Dad with Clementine Irene (Irene is my dads grandmas name 😊)

We weren’t able to all get together for Christmas this year (for my family) so we had it separate with my Mom, the week before Christmas…

My Mom and Stepdad with the girls!
We baked cookies with my Mom when she was in town!

And then my Dad this past weekend.

It was a quiet day for my family christmases with just us and my parents but it’s been nice to catch up and the girls loved the one-on-one time! Hopefully this summer we can all get together!

My Dad with Annabelle

We were with my in-laws Christmas Day to celebrate and it’s honeslty the first time we’ve been with any family on Christmas since before Magnolia was born. Crazy to think that! But with Covid and Magnolia’s birthday on Christmas Day, we have alwasy spent the day(s) by ourselves. It was definitely chaotic this year and we’ll probably re-evaluate timeline for Christmas day next year!

Magnolia requested pink for her birthday so pink on Christmas it was!
Mimi and Papa (my in-laws!) with the girls!
My sister in law with Annabelle (and Magnolia attempting to cheer her up!)
Magnolia with her Aunties

Can’t believe the first Christmas for the twins is over – it honestly flew by so quickly. It’s been a bit of a rough year so I’m not sure we felt super in the spirit this year (even though we did make sure to do some fun things for the girls!). Hoping it’ll be a more calm year and we’ll be more prepared for the holidays to come!

Kristi

Lilly Pulitzer Sunshine Sale

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe it’s time for the big Lilly Pulitzer (formerly After Party) Sunshine Sale! It’s no surprise, if you’ve been around a while, that I am a BIG fan of Lillly for the last 15+ years?! I loved it prior to kids and love it even more after having kids! This sale is twice a year (the next one is usually in September) and it’s usually 50-70% off their items – This is the only time you”ll get sale items from Lilly unless you find any randomly on Amazon or Zappos so if you’re looking to try any out, now is the time! The sale is only ONE day this year so hop on anything you want ASAP!

The sale starts at 8 pm Est and you’ll be put into a virtual line until it’s your turn to get in. Don’t hit refresh, it’ll just update while your page is up!

I usually get asked about styles I like, sizing, etc and I’ve referenced so many here but thought I’d update it as I’ve tried more styles.

The twins have all of Magnolia’s old Lilly pieces and the shifts are so sweet!

The Etta top for me – this is always part of the sale (as are the baby shifts!) and it’s so flattering!
This is the Lana romper and it’s definitely not my style so I’d pass if it’s in the sale this year!
This is one of their Elsa tops and it’s such a great staple for your closet! I wear a S but the M would fit great too!
These body suits are perfect for those winter months!
These summer body suits are so cute as bubbles too!
This is the Etta short sleeve top – very flattering for all shapes!!
This is a Lilly for Target dress but the little maxis are so cute!
Not the most flattering pic BUT these shifts are so darn sweet!

Clearly the babies will have PLENTY of Lilly to wear for years to come! 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️

Now onto other ones I’ve worn over the last year for my faves and sizing!

This is the Harper dress – I sized up to a medium in this for pregnancy and I’m about 30 weeks pregnant here with the twins!
This is the same dress but in an XS for Magnolia
This is the Essie dress (Size M for me) and the Astara Dress (XS for Magnolia). I sized up in this one since I would be post-partum and so glad I did! I love it flowier. Magnolia’s first time in “normal” sizing and not infant sizing. The XS is a little big on her but she’ll be able to wear it this summer again too!
This is the Jane shift dress – I will say this runs a bit bigger. I sized up again to an 8 since I wasn’t sure the fit of this one based on reviews. I am happy I sized up – I am larger chested (34G) and I definitely need the room for my bust and it’s flowier on the bottom then. It’s really cute and can be dressed up or down but I’m not sure I’ll order this style again with my body shape.
The Jane shift again – I absolutely LOVE the neckline on this one though!
Another Astara dress for Magnolia – love this style for her and the prints! The babies are in Magnolia’s old Lilly (and they have plenty to wear!).
This one is just OK for me as well, if I’m being honest. I reallly wanted to love this one – the Finn dress because it’s so comfy and just darn cute (and Love the matching top for Magnolia) but truthfully, it’s not the best for my body shape again with my larger chest and the way the pattern lays.

These are the main ones that I’ve been loving (or not loving as much!) lately. Clearly, I could go on and on about this sale and the pieces but if you’re looking for a few good ones, now is the time!

Kristi

Hello 2022!

I honestly love the new year; new goals, new ambitions and new memories to be made. 2021 was rough for us – I mean we had twin baby girls (so thankful they’re healthy!), sold our house, bought a house sight unseen and what feels like started a new life!

We had happy moments too but through in Covid and needing to be extra cautious for my pregnancy and then the twins, and it felt like we did absolutely nothing “fun” last year! So I’m ready for a fresh year!

I’m ready to do all the things while still being cautious and safe for the babies. I’m ready to take trips (even when it’s going to be realllly hard and a lot of work – I mean it’s basically just taking care of our kids in a different place vs an actual vacation), I’m ready to go places with all the kids – the zoo? Yep. The farmers market? Yep. Having picnics? Yes please! I mean, obviously this means we need some actual warm weather so I’ll have a few months to prep for it all 🤣

I’m never one for resolutions but I do love to write down some goals for the new year and tryyyy to hold myself accountable.. so here I go!

– start being healthier – workout 3x a week (I have two girlfriends who will hold me accountable for this!) and eat veggies once a day.. I’m horrible with this so I’ll start small!

– plan vacations – one with no kids and one with the family! We haven’t vacationed since Sept 2019 and Magnolia clearly doesn’t remember being on an airplane and she’s dyyyyying to get on one!

– Read before bed versus scrolling! I’m constantly scrolling social media before bed since I don’t have time throughout the day to look at it and it’s mindless. But I want to actually start reading more again!

– Finish our parenting classes – Big Little Feelings and finish reading the toddler books! I’m not one to be “by the book” but I’ll take any tips I can to navigate parenting the best I can!

– Get back to blogging! Gah, I started this space 5 years ago when we had just gotten married and shared so much fashion/life/infertility and it transformed into sharing our lives and favorite things and then it stopped. I miss this and want to set a goal to be more consistent on this space!

– Plan date nights! We moved here to be closer to family and want to take advantage of anyone offering to help out! So 2 nights a month? I’d love to have a short date with my husband!

– Keep up with daily devotionals. I really enjoy when I can get up in the AM and read through one before starting my day. It’s been hit or miss since having the twins and I’m hoping with them hopefully getting more sleep (eventually, right?!) that I can start this back up!

– Basically, just live life! We are so blessed with our health and there’s others I love dearly, who aren’t as fortunate right now and others I’ve lost who would love more time!

Just a few goals, huh?!

I’m excited to see what’s in store for us for 2022. I know people say “don’t jinx it” with saying that but honestly I do believe we make our own happiness and I need to choose that more often. So I’ll be here to share the good, bad and ugly a few times a week – I’m not perfect and trust me, most days it’s a total sh*t show but it’s nice to see that you’re not the only one experiencing that when you see so much “perfect” on social media!

Oh yeah.. and I can’t forget to share the Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale is officially on Monday so set your calendars!

Kristi