11.21.2017

LIFE LATELY // CURRENTLY



WONDERING: Does anyone wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas anymore? I feel like this year I've seen so many people put up their tree so early (which I'm not hating on-I've had the itch to put ours upthis whole week!), but our tradition the past few years has been to put it up the day after Thanksgiving. I just bought a new 9 ft. tree (last night actually) and can't wait to see the boys' faces! We’ve never had one bigger than 7.5! Camden has been begging for an inflatable for our front yard sooo I think he may give in and get one (just a small one ha) soon! 

ADDING TO MY WISH LIST: My favorite lip balm has this awesome gift set - they are the best! 




+and just about the cutest shawl collar cardi ever 😍😍😍


LOVING: +This video of Camden trying to talk to Santa on the phone (at Target) SERIOUSLY MADE ME SMILE SO BIG! He was so happy...

+Our fall family pictures we just got back! 


+This picture of Camden playing in the leaves


+All the cyber week sales (I will have a guide with all the BEST sales posted tomorrow!) 

WORKING ON: Getting our Christmas cards ordered! This is next on my to-do list this week...

LOOKING FORWARD TO: To no surprise, spending Thanksgiving with our family. There will be 60 of my family members that I don't get to see often at my aunt and uncles house. I'm also REALLY excited because for the first year in a very long time we won't be traveling to Cleveland for Christmas, but instead having our families over to our house the day after! We have yet to wake up on Christmas morning at our own house and spend it just as a family ever since we had kids, so I'm really excited. But I'm also really excited for our families to come to us...it is so hard traveling for the holidays with kids! 









11.17.2017

Gift Guide: Activewear For Her & Him!

I'm sitting here chowing down on a pint of Halo Top's peanut butter cup ice cream while creating this fun gift guide. It's been a WEEK...you know, one thing after another. As for the main event (the one I can share-more on the other SOON!), a lot of you follow me already on instagram and know this but on Wednesday Grayson tripped and fell and lost his top (right) middle tooth. It wasn't a bad tumble at all (he didn't fall on anything and he was on carpet) so it's crazy to me that the whole tooth came out! I've been so sad because I really love his gap tooth smile and I just feel like he's so little to be losing teeth. However, I'm just glad he is okay and his mouth is okay. I took him to our pediatric dentist and they did x-rays to make sure the other teeth were okay and that his tooth fully came out and none of it was still in. He has been really sore and kind of miserable ever since it happened (getting a molar too so he's teething as well) which breaks this mama heart.

Moving on...does anyone love to shop online on Friday's? It's definitely my favorite day of the week to shop! So I had this idea to create an activewear/athleisure gift guide for women and men because I feel like EVERYONE loves wearing and receiving these type of gifts. They are the gifts that you know will get worn over and over again.

Comfy leggings...a warm hoodie...sign me up. This is the first year creating a gift guide like this so I hope you like it! I also ranked my top 3 items...check them out below...



The North Face Crescent Parka Fleece (two other colors available)

Zella Frosty Asymmetrical Zip Pullover (LOVE!!)

Nike Roshe Sneaker

Zella Sport Knit Leggings

The North Face Slacker Poncho (My #1 pick! Look at the back...so cute)

Wunder Under Leggings (my all time fav year round workout pants-seriously the best)

Hotty Hot Shorts

Zella Alcove Duffel Bag (My #2 pick, literally use for everything!)

Fitbit Ionic Watch (soo sharp! treat yo' man)

Nike Thermasphere Running Hoodie

Swell Teakwood Water Bottle

Nike Hyper Dry Training Tee

Adidas Swift Run Running Shoe (these are awesome! I pick these as my #3 because I had to include a fav for men & athletic shoes are my obsession)

Evolution Polo (Billy loves these polos-they are great and worth the splurge)

PS: If you're looking for a quality jacket for the winter I would recommend THIS ONE!! 😍

11.14.2017

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER, THINGS THAT WILL SELL OUT FAST!

Christmas is only 42 days away!

How are we here?! I'm not too sure, but I'm not hating it. Putting together gift guides every year is so enjoyable for me. I always hope that they help in some way - whether you find something you love for yourself, a gift for a friend or family member you haven't seen before, something on sale, or that it just makes your Christmas shopping a little bit easier (and quicker by purchasing online!)

For this first gift guide. I wanted to share all the items that I know will sell out reallyyyy quickly, so if you're interested you can scoop them up now before they're gone. Make sure to send this list to your husband, boyfriend, mom, etc. I'm in love with each item on this list...so many great things!!

Here we go...

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Flannel Pajamas (under $60 for the set! lots of colors/patterns)

Cable Pom Beanie

Patagonia Better Sweater Pullover (get the size and color you want while it's still available, these will go quick)

Rebecca Minkoff Leather Bag (um, how gorgeous is this?! obsessed!)

Marble Cell Phone Case (only $20)

Volupsa Candle Set 

Adidas Sneakers (sooo cute! love this color-size down a whole size)

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette (I have heard the best things about this-really want!)

Bony Levy Birthstone and Diamond Stacking Ring (gorg and perfect if you're looking for a nice piece of jewelry to add to your collection)

Sugarfina Candy Champagne Bears (would be a cute hostess or girlfriend gift!)

CALPAK 2 Piece Luggage Set (TOP PICK!! MUST BUY! Other colors available-love this set)

NeuLash Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum (good time to add to your list if you've been wanting to try it!)

Tory Burch Leather Tote (other colors available too)

Get your shop on!

11.09.2017

MEAL PLANNING TIPS


Hey guys!

A little lesson for myself this week (not in regards to meal planning-I'll get to that) is to only start binge watch Stranger Things episodes AFTER I actually have a blog post written. Because...yeah...THIS SHOW! Sucks me in and then I'm MIA around here.

I have such a love hate relationship with meal planning. The hardest part, for me, is just sitting down and taking the time to actually do the planning (why is this!), but then once I start it's pretty painless and I'm happy it's done for the week. Not to mention our week flows so much better + we're not just sitting around wondering what's for dinner! It saves time. money. and you stress less.

These are some things that I've found helpful when it comes to meal planning...

+Have a Pinterest board just for weekly dinners. Pin 4 or 5 for the upcoming week so that you can refer back to it when you need to get the ingredients and head to the store (or do an online order) This is also great because you can access your favorite recipes quickly!

+Order online: What I like to do is have the recipes I want to make for the week pulled up and then add the ingredients for each recipe to my shopping cart online. This way you never forget an item and you're also not buying things you don't need.

+Schedule a specific time for weekly meal planning (I normally like to do it on Friday's)

+Do theme nights: Meatless or Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday, Whatever Wednesday, and so on! Makes it easier to plan.

+Since we eat a lot of eggs in our house, on Sunday's I will make a dozen scrambled eggs and store them so that all I have to do in the mornings is heat them up. Less cleaning + quick = happy mom and boys. You can also do this with so many other foods!

+Cut up and portion out the kids' snacks or fruit/veggies for meals into containers so that they're ready to go. I wish I did this more often because it saves so much time!

+Try to make enough for 2 meals

As for my recent fav recipe I've tried lately...it would be this chili recipe, hands down (also pictured above!) I've made it twice in the past 2 weeks. YUM!

What secrets do you have when it comes to meal planning? What helps your family? Share with me!

PS: You can follow all my Pinterest boards here!

11.06.2017

The Best Of Hearth and Hand!

Hi friends! Our house is back to being healthy again (minus the lbs I've gained from stealing the boys' Halloween candy) and even though Daylight Savings always throws us for a little bit of a loop, I had to make time to get to Target this morning for launch day of Magnolia!

Duh. Love me some Joanna + Chip!!

I don't buy house decor all that often, so I knew this would be a good time to add some of my favorite things from the collection + spruce our house up a bit. I actually had luck ordering the must haves on my list online before heading into the store, but I still wanted to go see some of the things in person (and the gorgeous display!) and I'm SO happy I did! I WANTED TO BUY ALL OF THE THINGS. The prices are so affordable and there's so much good stuff that are classic (I loveeee all the neutrals) and will last over the years. I couldn't be more excited that Target is going to keep this line around!

Here are the best of the best (IMO) from the collection:



Love this small one too!  






A couple things I did not get but hope to snag in the future...

Letters To Santa (HOW cute is this for your kids! I really want to get this!)


Artificial Sage Garland (this is so pretty and would look beautiful on your mantle or dining room table)

Cocoa Pot
(If you have a beverage/coffee bar in your house-there are so many cute items to add to it!)

Alright....time for you to fess up! Did you love the collection like me or was it just so-so? What did you scoop up? 

PS: Kona had her FIRST puppy training session yesterday! She is such a good pup with a great temperament (+ actually pretty calm for a puppy) but we still thought it was important to do some private lessons while she is so young + potty training, so we hired a trainer that will come out to our house once a week for 6 weeks. We really liked the trainer and are excited to watch Kona progress! (for local gals-we went with PinUp Pup!) 

11.01.2017

Halloween 2017

 

Camden had been asking to be a fireman for Halloween for oh, just the past 2 months or so. He loves everythinggg about fire trucks and fireman (don't get me started on how many times per week I hear him scream "Mommy!!!! I hear firetruck!! Weeee oooo!"), so it's not that surprising when I tell you that he's been "practicing" for the main event for the past few weeks now - wearing his fireman boots around our house and going up to our doors holding his hands out saying, "trick-or-treat...thank you!"

And he perfected it alright! Cam trick-or-treated his little heart out...he ran up to each porch and then was right back at it again sprinting to the next house, only to pause to ask for another sucker (still his fav!)

Dressing up Grayson as his little dalmatian puppy was just a given! They both looked so adorable. Since I pushed Grayson in the wagon for most of the time that he was out trick-or-treating (which wasn't long since it was so cold-he was content watching it all and being by mommy!), Camden often asked for a piece of candy for his brother and would run back to Grayson and say "here Gray!!!" and put his candy in his bucket. He was such a good big brother! We were also thankful for my Dad who came over to help and pass out our candy for us...the boys loved having him there too.


Also, Kona got a pass this year. Totally forgot to buy her a costume, but next year it's on!

Every Halloween with these boys gets better and better...there's not much more to say other than I truly feel so lucky to be their mama and and see the joy in their faces! It means everything to me.

PS: Backing up a few days - we have all been sick for the past week and while Camden got over it pretty quickly, a few days ago we were told Grayson has bronchitis! He had a bad cough that turned into really high fevers (103.5) and has just not felt his best at all. Yesterday, on Halloween, was the first day that he really started to feel better but he still just wants to cuddle up and be held most of the time instead of playing. This was another reason we decided not to keep him out very long for trick-or-treat..just enough to go to a few houses :) Anyway, so that's why I've been a little MIA! I know you all know how hard it is when your littles are sick (and when us parents are as well! I'm just now starting to kick my cough!)

I hope all of you + your little ones had the best Halloween! I LOVED seeing all their costumes on instagram! xo

10.26.2017

6 FAVORITES TO BUY NOW!

Alright you guys...here are some of my favorite recent purchases//finds! H&M has some really great sweaters and jeans right now and you can get free shipping on orders over $40 with the code 0040.

Also, you may have saw when I posted about these sneakers before (they look just like the $70 Steve Madden version) but yesterday I randomly popped into Payless and found the exact same ones in this blush color (which I like more than the black!) for only $29 + right now they have BOGO! I got Grayson a cute pair of gray casual sneakers for $10. Not bad at all! They are so comfy!
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Striped Waffleneck Sweatshirt (one of those sweatshirts you will want to wear everyday) 

Knit Sweater (comes in 3 other colors)

Lace Up Sneaker (all sizes currently available!) 

Trumpet-Sleeve Blouse (Are you looking for something other than a t-shirt to layer under a cardigan?! This blouse will be your bff! It'll also be great to wear to holiday parties on it's own and is really flattering-I would suggest sizing up 1 size)

Drapey T-Shirt (one of my favorites because I can wear it out and about with the boys to look more put together than I normally feel, and because it can easily be dressed up to wear out at night!)

Skinny High Ripped Jeans (high waist jeans to the rescue! aka the only jeans I wear nowadays)

It's almost Friday! Have a great day!

10.24.2017

BEAUTY + SKINCARE FAVORITES

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Hey friends! Thank you all so much for the love towards our new pup Kona! She is a great puppy - pretty chill but playful too. She does well in her crate + is only whining to go potty once in the middle of the night. She loves to cuddle with me up on the couch while the boys are napping, which of course I love. We are having so much fun with her!

A few months ago I tried a whole bunch of new products from It Cosmetics. I tried them all and wanted to share the ones I feel are the best, and that I have been consistently using. All of these that I'm featuring are now included in my daily beauty routine - I can't even pick a favorite because they're all so good.

SKINCARE //

MIRACLE WATER 3-IN-1 GLOW TONIC: I use this after cleansing and it makes my skin super refreshed. I also like to use it after a workout. It's formulated with Secret Sauce™ fermented complex: seven key fermented ingredients that work to increase absorbency and maximize the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums.

CONFIDENCE IN A CLEASER: I use this twice per day, morning and evening, and love how it removes all of my makeup and how clean and soft my face feels afterwards.

SECRET SAUCE CLINICALLY ADVANCED ANTI-AGING MOISTURIZER: Keeps my skin super hydrated without being oily. My pores seem smaller and it helps with dryness and dullness. A little goes a long way!

BEAUTY //

CC AIRBRUSH PERFECTING POWDER: You can use this as a foundation powder or a finishing powder! It offers sheer to full coverage with anti aging peptides, collagen, and antioxidants. This is a Fan Fave at Ulta!

BYE BYE LINES FOUNDATION: Perfect for all skin types, Bye Bye Lines Foundation starts its life as your hydrating anti-aging serum, and is infused with pure color pigments to seamlessly conceal the look of lines and wrinkles to give you instant complexion perfection! I notice after using it my skin looks healthier and smooth.

PERFECT LIGHTING RADIANT TOUCH MAGIC WAND: I ALWAYS use this around my eyes to open them up and highlight - it does not settle in lines or wrinkes and does not get cakey! It improves the appearance of shadows and imperfections while giving a pretty natural glow.

BYE BYE UNDER EYE CONCEALING POT: Covers those dark circles - just make sure to blend it well. I like to just pat it under my eyes and I always use a moisturizer first! If you've used the bye bye under eye in the black tube this is not as thick of a consistency.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!



10.18.2017

OUR NEW PUP: KONA




I'm so excited to introduce you all to the newest member of our family...miss Kona girl! πŸ’– She is a goldendoodle and is the sweetest little thing. She weighs around 5 lbs  and is expected to be around 40-45 lbs (which we know can be off and she may be bigger than that!) We picked her up yesterday and she's already fitting into our family seamlessly.

Camden is absolutely smitten with her...he talks to her nonstop and follows her everywhere. He has loved helping feed her + calls for her right when he gets up from sleeping! Grayson has warmed up wonderfully to her as well and enjoys petting her and giving her kisses. Our neighbors actually have a goldendoodle (a much bigger one though) and the boys have always gotten along so well with her and loved her. We have heard nothing but great things about the breed and how good they are with kids!

I honestly haven't been ready to add another dog to our family, after losing Rocky almost a year ago, up until a few months ago. I never wanted to rush into anything so I'm happy that we took our time and waited until we were really sure. I did, though, research breeds like crazy in the mean time just so I would know for when I felt more ready. When we all met her we totally fell in love and had to have her!

As for the name...it has no specific meaning other than it is the one name that Camden kept saying over and over again and that we kept coming back to :) I've also been told it's a Hawaiian name meaning Lady and Kona Coffee (which we LOVE!!)

I apologize in advance for lots of puppy pics coming your way! Oh, and if you have any puppy training tips send them my way...it's been so long since I've done this!!

10.17.2017

CURRENTLY {+ SOME NEWS...KINDA...)


Happy Tuesday!

How was your guys' weekend? I stayed up late Sunday night and wrote this whole post and then forgot to post it yesterday...total fail! I do have some pretty exciting news to share (or someone...) later today, so stay tuned to my insta (katiewkrysh) to find out! πŸ˜ƒ I will also share on here, of course, tomorrow!

WATCHING: I recently got sucked into watching The Good Doctor and IT IS SO GOOD.

LOVING: All of these pictures from over the weekend when we took the boys to a haunted maze + Billy's mom and sister came in town to visit. I'm starting to wonder how many pumpkin patches, or fall related festivals, we will go to before Thanksgiving comes and I hope the answer is as many as we can possibly fit in! Camden is on another level at each one he goes to...I'm 99% sure Halloween is his favorite holiday, just like his Daddy. He gets so excited to do all the things that he just runs from one to the other. No pausing. No stopping him. Boy is on a MISSION. The past couple days, when he goes to bed or wakes up from his nap, he's been talking to his stuffed animals about all the Halloween decorations, ha! Grayson is loving being able to walk wherever he wants on his own, so he had fun just going from activity to activity.

This one was different than your typical pumpkin patch as it was held at a nursery...it had a haunted greenhouse (child friendly), multiple bounce houses, farm animals, and they gave each kid a pumpkin to decorate with stickers, a bag of popcorn, and a treat bag with snacks and candy!

Lastly...if there is a basketball hoop, my boys WILL find it. And not leave the area for like 30 minutes...

(my heart swells just looking at this picture😍)

LOOKING FORWARD TO: We have family pictures scheduled for this weekend and as much as it is stressful (to put it lightly), I always am so happy when we get the pictures back. I got the boys matching plaid shirts and then me and Billy are wearing coordinating colors from their shirt. We haven't had professional pictures taken of the 4 of us ever since Grayson was a few weeks old, so I'm hoping we get some good ones for me to frame!

WEARING: I've gotten some questions about this necklace that I've worn the past couple months>>it's from here and is the blonde marble color and is the x-large size!