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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentines Day 2017

Hope you all had the most wonderful Valentines Day with those you love most!  As a working mom, I always hate when Valentine's Day falls on a weekday, which obviously happens more often than a weekend.  It's one of the only holidays that I don't get off and it's always a little sad to not be able to make the girls heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast and spend the whole day with them.  But we make the best of it, I took off the day before for Waverly's class party and then we had lunch just the two of us, it was so nice to have some time with just her.  On Valentine's Day, I took the girls for an ice cream date as soon as I got out of school and traded in the festive pancakes for heart-shaped pizzas for dinner.  Waverly & Avalon loved all the fun stuff that they got, Avalon loved the sweets the most of course, and the last thing Waverly did before she fell asleep was give me a huge kiss and said "you are my Valentine, thanks for the bestest day ever".

Over the weekend, we had all of Waverly's girlfriends from class over for her second annual girls playdate, and it was the sweetest thing!!!  A few of the girls were also in her class last year so we have really gotten to know them and it's been so much fun to see them all grow together.  Waverly was sooooo excited, she talked about it all week long and it was the first thing she jumped into bed to talk to me about that morning.  My favorite part of the day was when Avalon woke up from her nap during the party and Waverly took her friends up to her room and said, "girls, this is my sister", while pointing to Avalon who was sitting there smiling so proud. :)  It definitely tops the list of my favorite sister moments, ever!!!

You may have seen on IG, but we started a new tradition this Valentines Day, six roses for each of our girls, each year!  A friend shared the idea with me and I just loved it so much, it was something her dad did for her & her sister (along with 12 roses for her mom!), so I knew our girls would love it, too.  It already gets me emotional thinking about how much they will grow and change each year!

Happy halfway through the week, friends, almost made it! XO

Friday, February 10, 2017

Daddy's Girls & Jord Wood Watches

Happiest Friday, friends!!!!  Hope you are as excited as we are for a weekend all about L-O-V-E, since it's our last before Valentines Day hits on Tuesday!  I'm stopping in today to share some pictures we took a couple weekends back, on a little outing with just the four of us, along with the details on a new watch I teamed up with Jord Wood Watches on for my husband.  It's completely random that this is my second watch post this week (you can see my new one here!),  but when Jord reached out to send something our way for Joe, I couldn't resist.  It's always us girls getting all the fun stuff, so I loved being able to get him something as well.

Both Waverly and Avalon are 150% daddy's girls right now, and as jealous as I am about it (because I totally am), I can't help but love it.  There's just nothing sweeter than seeing your high school boyfriend become a dad, I will never get over the fact that this all started EIGHTEEN years ago in my tenth grade math class.  Oh, how far we have come! :)

Jord has so many options for both women & men, and they are all wood which I love so much!  The feel is a bit rustic, which fits our style perfectly, and it's also very versatile.  Joe does not dress-up much (and is way less into fashion than I am), but this watch is perfect for him, it's stylish without being too much.

You can shop his watch style here, and of course there are lots of other options as well!  Wishing you & yours the happiest weekend full of pink, red, and heart-shaped everything! XO

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentines Day Festiveness

The next holiday on the roster is a week away and we are all kinds of excited over here!!  With two little girls, red, pink and all the heart-shaped things are favorites year-round, so it's always extra fun when we get to have a couple weeks with an excuse to wear them on the regular.  Waverly's been talking about Valentines Day since the morning after Christmas, this weekend we are having her girlfriends from class over for a little heart day playdate and she can't stop talking about it.  We've also been working on some Valentines, mainly I've been working on talking her into also giving the boys in her class valentines, because you know, they are still are "disgusting".  May you forever feel that way, baby girl.

Sharing some fun Valentines pictures we took last weekend, Waverly would have smiled all day long and Avalon was just in it for the heart-shaped lollipops!  Which she affectionately calls "balls".

Hope you are having the best week!  Sending lots of love your way!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Girls Photos with Daniel Wellington

Happy Monday, hope you had a lovely weekend!  I'm super excited to share some images from a recent shoot we did, along with the details on my new favorite accessory!  We did these photos back in the beginning of January, a couple days after the big snowstorm that hit and gave us an unexpected three days off school.  By day three, we all had some major cabin fever and the weather had finally warmed up, so it was the perfect excuse to get out and meet my girl Shawna for a fun little girls date!!! :)

My mom had gotten this tulle skirt for me as a Christmas gift and I loved the idea of wearing it with the girls in their tutus as well, mostly because it's just the perfect representation of our life these days.  Who knows what our future will hold, but right now we are living the girl world to the max and it's pretty special.  Waverly can be found in some sort of a tutu (or three) 95% of the time that we are at home, and Avalon wants to do whatever her big sissy does, so she lights up at the chance to wear one of her own.  We watch Frozen on repeat, Anna & Elsa are two of Avalon's favorite words and Waverly can perform "Let it Go" like a BOSS, gloves, tiara, heels and all, with Avalon closely behind as her back-up dancer.  We have endless tea parties, nail painting sessions, and have acquired more baby dolls than I could ever count.  I am sure that boys are just as special in a different kind of way, but there is just something so unbelievably magical about little girls and I've decided that it's officially a shame that they have to grow up.  I hope our little ladies will always know how loved and adored they are, how special and important they are, and much joy they have brought to our lives.  Really, as hard as I try to make their childhood memorable, it can't ever come close to what they have done for me.

Girls Skirts
And my watch & cuff combo!!!  I recently teamed up with Daniel Wellington on these two pieces, and to say I am obsessed with them both is the biggest understatement.  They are my daily go-to, I love them paired with jeans for teaching preschool or running errands with the girls just as much as I love them for the rare date night out.  I am not really a big jewelry person, I have been wearing the same gold bar necklace daily since Waverly was born (with Avalon's name added to it now), so I am pretty sure that these will be the same.  Seriously, they are SO GOOD! :)  So now it's your turn, you can get a set of your own with 15% off using the code BRICKNER.

Happy week ahead, friends!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mom Confessions

Reading other mama's confession posts are some of my favorites, probably because 99.9999% of the confessions I can completely relate to.  And it's been forever since I shared some of my own, so I thought today was the day!!!  Enjoy, my friends!

1 - We had a date night the other night that started at Target to restock on diapers and ended with us home and back in bed by 9pm, and it was GLORIOUS.  Sleep is just a really big priority for me, so even though I love a good date night, I don't love losing out on sleep when I know I have two precious little alarm clocks coming for me in the morning.  Please tell me I'm not the only one.  Maybe one day we will go get dinner past 6:30 pm, but today is not that day.

2 - Speaking of Target, at least a few of the employees at both of the two Target stores we go to know both my girls by name.  Embarrassing but completely true.  The only person I know who loves going more than I do is none other than Miss Waverly Maye, and Avalon Elle is quickly becoming a close second.  They are my favorite shopping buddies, way better than my husband.  Honey, I love you more than life but I did not love when you googled the first item I picked up the other night to find where you could find it cheaper.  Total fun killer.

3 - We recently bought a new car, and though I had 100% intentions of officially becoming a mini-van mom, we ended up with a large SUV instead.  I still love the idea of them - and am forever jealous of those of you who have sliding doors - but after test driving it, I just couldn't do it. Never say never, but for now, we are loving the big SUV, it has three rows and lots of room and my husband is VERY happy with my decision. ;)

4 - I talked a big game that I was going to make Waverly finish the soccer season even though she didn't really love it (to teach her all the wonderful life lessons, like always finishing what you start), and we totally quit a few months back.  So yes, we are soccer drop-outs ... and I don't even feel bad about it.  After a month of tears on top of tears, mainly over the soccer "costume" she didn't like (totally my kid), we decided it just wasn't worth it.  She still adores ballet so much and that's pretty much her favorite day of the week, so I'm calling that a win and saving the $100 of cleats & practice clothes for Avalon, because she has to love it, right?!

5 - I can't remember the last time I worked out.  I used to work out daily before I got pregnant with Waverly, a few times a week before I got pregnant with Avalon, which has turned into ummm, no times a week now.  I just can't seem to figure out where to fit it into our schedule, before school is a big hell no, after school I just want to get to the girls ASAP, and at night after they go to bed is an even bigger hell no than early.  So I've just decided it is what it is, I will have allll the time in the world one day when my kids are older and then, I will probably just whine about having to work out because I have nothing else better to do.

6 - I am SO freaking over the winter and the cold and all the things that come with it.  As soon as our snowstorm came & left, we were ready for sandals and pretty floral dresses.  Is that too much to ask?

Wishing you all a happy week ahead! XO

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Our Ladies Lately

We celebrated the girls half birthdays over the weekend, Waverly is halfway to FIVE at the end of this week and Avalon turned eighteen months last month.  We've been doing half-birthday cakes since Waverly was six months old, this year she wanted to make the cake entirely herself (and was so proud that she even cracked the eggs on her own!) and Avalon wanted nothing to do with that part, she instead only wanted to eat every little bit.  My husband & I sang to them, four years and counting, Waverly gets crazy shy anytime the birthday song is for her, even when it's just the four of us.  She clutched onto Avalon the whole time, which is such a perfect indicator of their relationship! ;)

 I thought I would share a little update on the girls lately, they are both at really good ages right now and I'm desperately wishing time could stop and I could bottle them up exactly as they currently are.

Four has been a much more manageable age for Waverly than three was, of course we still have our moments, but overall the sass & drama has calmed way down (insert biggest praise hands here).  To know her is to love her, her personality is as big as her heart and once she gets comfortable with you, she will be your best friend forever.  Right now ballet is her favorite day of the week, she loves to dance, changes tutus at least ten times a day, and lines us all up on the couch to do a performance most nights before bed.  She has approximately 634567 Shopkins and is obsessed with every one of them, along with her baby dolls, she can stay entertained in her room by herself for hours if we let her.  The girls in her class at school mean everything to her, second only to Avalon who she has single-handedly nicknamed "Ava", she really is the best big sister in the world.  Every night she makes sure Avalon has her bunnies and favorite Elmo books, and if she knows the next day is a school day for her, wants to make sure Avalon has a place to go and will be well-taken care of. ;)  She can drive me literally to crazytown and then seconds later I am reminded of how crazy in love I am with her.  Her personality reminds me a lot of mine, funny how that works.

Sweet baby Avalon.  Not really a baby anymore, but still very much feels like one to us!  She's matured so much in the last couple of months, probably more than any other time in her entire little life, which I think is a combination of it being the age she is and that she copies everything Waverly does.  She is more obsessed with her than ever before, it's so funny, anytime she gets a snack or sippy cup, she makes sure to get one for Waverly and then runs over saying "siiiiissy" and handing it to her.  It's hands down, my favorite!  Some of her other current favorite words are "mine", "faffles", "more", and she loves to repeat all of the names of our family.  She can get shy with new people at first, and clutches onto our legs but quickly comes around, and is currently very much a daddy's girl.  Her favorite show is Sesame Street, she loves to "read", plays with balls & trucks, climbs on everything, and is the best cuddler around!!!  We just adore her sweet and sensitive little demeanor so much.

A few photos of the girls together from lately, we have officially decided that Waverly looks like me and Avalon looks like my husband, though I always see similarities in the two of them as well!

Wishing you a very happy Tuesday!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Making Mom Life Easier

I've been wanting to share some products I've been loving lately, ones that have made starting a brand new year that much better our way!!  This is the year of no resolutions for us, instead I wanted to focus on some little things to make our daily life easier and maybe even a little more relaxing (read - my life easier & more relaxing, which in turn would make theirs, too!). ;)

The biggest change we have made so far is adding essential oils into our daily routine!  My mom got me a diffuser for Christmas and a couple sets of oils to start with, and though this was something I probably would have never thought to do myself, I have loved it so far.  There's just something about the diffuser running that makes everything so much more peaceful and relaxing!  I've since got a second diffuser for our bedroom (found on sale here) and got rollers for the girls before they go to bed.  My husband laughs every single time I roll oil onto their feet, but I really am officially converted. ;)  If you have been thinking about using them, I definitely recommend at least trying!

 Our kids are super picky eaters, and though I know we are supposed to just offer them what we eat, that doesn't seem to work often around here.  So sometimes, you just gotta do what works.  These frozen meals have made the biggest difference for us, they are quick & easy, and I can make a different meal for each of my girls.  They really are so good, I even ate one the other night when I didn't feel like making anything for me. ;)

This is the year that I am determined to play more music in our home and in turn, less tv!  Both my girls would sit and watch princess movies alllll day long (or Ben & Holly, or Sesame Street ... ) if I let them and it's totally a double-edged sword.  I recently got a new Bluetooth player and have been immediately turning that on when we get home, and it seems to be great alternative to the noise from the tv, plus it just creates a better vibe! :)  I also love this for staying off social media, since your phone is literally hooked up and you can't access it.

Just a quick shout-out for my new best friend, the I-robot!!!!  I'm sure I am the last to the party on this one, but this thing has seriously changed my life!!!!  We have hardwood floors and every day it runs while I'm at work, which is a total game-changer.  The girls are also obsessed with it, it's so funny, they like to run after it or just get down and watch it work!

And lastly, I always love finding new products to use, our friends at Logic recently sent us over some samples of their home, pet, and bath line, which is all-natural & toxin-free!  We've been so happy with them so far, my favorite is definitely the shampoo since we are fooooorever trying to find a good shampoo that doesn't tangle Waverly's hair.  They have tons of other options as well!

I hope this is helpful to other mamas, it's crazy how little things can make such a big difference!  Hope your 2017 is starting off in the best way ever!  XO