7.21.2016

Another Round Of Confessions...

I confess...Billy said to me the other day, "Babe, I'm going to need you to try to not go into labor for like another 2-3 days so I can get over this cough" aaandd I almost killed him.

(5 days until my due date people...send me some good baby vibes, would ya?!)

I confess...I wonder if kids know a big change is coming. I'm sure they can, don't you think? Cam has been very cuddly with me lately and wants me to snuggle him and sing to him before bed. It absolutely melts my heart and I'm cherishing every single second that it lasts. He's also been a little crazy around the house...proof below...ha!


I confess...I shopped the Nordstrom sale early and am anxiously awaiting my packages to show up at our door. The sale opens up to the public TOMORROW (if you have a Nordstrom debit/credit you can shop now!) so mark your calendars and get your shop on EARLY because things will sell out. If you missed it, I did a post with all my picks here but I have to add this top (I bought this in the olive color-perfect for fall!), this casual blazer which would be great for work or a night out, and this cardigan (all the heart eyes!!) to the list. There is just too much to love.

 see all my picks including baby items here!

I confess...that even though I feel so large and my body aches, being induced is absolutely my last resort. I want to give him some time to come on his own, but my doctor is concerned about my platelets dropping if we wait too long so we're really praying he decides to make his arrival soon!

I confess...I almost always drive at least 5mph over the speed limit. And I totally get annoyed at the people who don't.

I confess...it's like once Cam turned 18 months old, he's spitting our new words on the daily. It's so fun! His newest word is shoes and he says it in the cutest way ever. He also started calling my Dad "papa" and that is equally as presh. Loving this age.

(playing at the park the other day-he looks so big and goes up and down the steps all on his own now!)

I confess...I daydream about traveling to South Africa almost weekly. Oh, and to Greece and Thailand. My top 3 places I want to see in this lifetime. What are yours?!

I confess...everyone always asks me if me and Steph are still friends. And the answer is absolutelyyy! We text everyday! Our friendship hasn't changed one bit, even though we haven't seen each other in ages. I miss her so much!

I confess...tomorrow begins my maternity leave! I'm going to try to plan some posts out, so tell me-what would you be interested in hearing about once baby comes? If you have any requests, please let me know! I would love some requests!

PS: A lot of people ask me what multivitamin I give Camden. I used to give him a liquid vitamin but switched to these Smarty Pants MultiVitamin (I actually get them from the company Steph works for-use the code SMARTY20 for 20% off!) Cam is obsessed with them because he thinks they are candy, so there's no fighting with him when taking them! Everyday he smiles SO big when I give them to him and now he actually tries to say vitamin to ask for them himself!

I'm really hoping the next time you hear from me on here that it'll be baby news!! 

What are your confessions? Happy Thursday!!

7.19.2016

Summer Essentials For Toddlers

All in favor of not wanting this summer to end? Hand.raised!

 I can't get enough. It's been one of the best summers, even if I'm waddling around 9 months pregnant during it. The weekends have been packed full with fun outdoor activities...taking Cam to the splash pad, long walks downtown, trips to the Zoo, bike rides, eating outside, playing at the park, boating at the lake, and so on.

Over the past few months I've found that there are certain things that are essential for us to keep stored in my trunk so that we always have them when we're out and about.


The first is the JJ Cole All Purpose Outdoor Blanket. I can't tell you how much use I've gotten out of this blanket! We've used it since Camden was really little, and are using it even more now that he's getting older so it's definitely worth buying. We use it for him to eat on, for me to sit down and relax when he's playing, and even to change his diaper on when we're at the park. It folds up really nicely and has a strap so that it's easy to carry. A must have for the warmer months when you spend a lot of time outside.


The next is my JJ Cole Backpack Diaper Bag. I knew when I got pregnant with baby #2 that I wanted to switch to a backpack diaper bag, but I really wish I would've just switched to one earlier. It's so much more convenient to be hands free and they fit so much in them. They may not be the most "trendy" thing a women in her 30's could wear, but I honestly don't even care ha! Billy even commented how he prefers the backpack style for when he carries the bag.

Both the outdoor blanket and diaper bag can be purchased at Buy Buy Baby!

I love this diaper bag for many reasons (ELEVEN pockets, the inside compartment is super spacious, plus the look of it is really nice to name a few), but I really love that it also has a shoulder strap so you have the option to carry it that way or as a backpack. Sometimes I need to just quickly grab it out of the car and that's when the shoulder strap comes in handy. This bag can be easily wiped down so you don't have to worry about stains! Highly recommend it if you're in the market for one.

As far as sunscreen goes (obviously the most important thing when your little one spends so much time outside) my absolute favorite is Mustela's SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion. It offers protection for the face and body and is paraben-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic. Camden has never once got burnt when I use it on him, so it's literally the only sunscreen I will use. 

Something else I did recently that has been really helpful is put together a "car emergency kit" for each kid that has an extra set of clothes, diapers, wipes, and hat in them. These stay in my trunk and I just make sure if/when I use something that I replace it that night. I also store a sippy cup in Camden's bin, just in case I were to ever forget one since it's so hot out. His bin gets some little toys too that he can play with while in his car seat. I'm a little mad at myself for not doing this sooner!

My last summer essential? Caffeine. Because toddlers man...fun but #exhausting ;)

What are your summer essentials when out and about with your kids?

Thank you to JJ Cole for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own! 

7.15.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Best Women & Baby Picks

I'm sure most of you know by now that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has started! My absolute favorite favorite favorite sale! This is typically the only time of year that I really splurge because the sale is so good. Now is the time to buy your favorite pair of boots, handbag, jacket, or denim. They also have some great workout gear and cardigans this year for sale, too!

If you have a Nordstrom debit/credit card then you can shop the sale now (sign up here), otherwise you can shop when the regular sale starts on July 22nd.

I could browse the website honestly all day looking at all the deals, but here are my absolute favorites from the sale. You can click each item below to shop! I tried to stick with the items that I know will sell out quickly, or ones that I personally own and love! I also included some baby items because people tend to forget that they have a lot of great blankets, swaddles (aden and anais marked way down!), clothes, shoes, etc. on sale for the little ones.

Here we go...hurry up and snag your favorites before they're all gone!



All of the baby items pictured have girl colors of them as well. The Little Giraffe baby blanket is never on sale and is the softest ever.

If I HAD to pick my top three finds: these jeans (AG jeans never stretch!), these boots (marked down $196), and this cardigan. The Zella leggings are a great buy too.