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Monday, February 8, 2016

Avalon Elle: Eight Months

Eight months of pure bliss with this delicious bundle of joy!


It's been another fun month with our littlest baby love.  She is just the sweetest thing ever & definitely the kind of baby that tricks you into having five more because she is THAT good.  Just happy go lucky, smiley, easy to please, and all around sweet.  Her favorite things include being around people,  having her hands/mouth on anything & everything, and eating. So obviously, her least favorite things include not being within eyesight of someone (like don't even think about it!), having something she wants taken away from her, or being hungry.  Above all else,  she is obsessed with her big sister, there is no one who can make her laugh harder or smile bigger than Waverly.

Avalon crawls like a BOSS.  She's crazy quick these days & is now pulling up, most recently she can get to a standing position and loves it!  She can wave bye-bye, which is precious, and can really copy most things we do.  She babbles and says "dada", she doesn't know what it means yet but does it all the time!  To us, it seems that she picked up on the physical milestones a little quicker than Waverly & waited just a bit longer on the verbal ones.  Which really makes sense since she had to crawl to keep up with her and really can't get much of a word in, also because of her. ;)

Eating is going soooo much better and I laugh even thinking about being worried about her liking food a couple months back.  Avalon is tiny, but she LOVES to eat.  Her favorite food is yogurt, she also loves peas & bananas, and lately we have been making toast for her to munch on.  She eats some sort of meal three times a day and would probably eat more if we let her!  With that being said, we are still breastfeeding, but it's definitely become more challenging.  She gets distracted easily, especially during the day when Waverly is around, so she just seems all around less interested.   I still try to pump most days but my supply is definitely going down, so I'm still hoping we can make it to one year.  We shall see!

Generally, nighttime sleep is still going well, she sleeps from about 7-4, eats once, and then is back down until about 7:30 am.  Naps are still a much different story, way less consistent & very unpredictable.  If we go off her schedule at all (which is likely with big sister), it's really hard to get her back on track.  Some days she doesn't see much sleep at all but I am trying to embrace it and work through it.  Ultimately, I would much rather take a babe that doesn't nap well than one who doesn't sleep through the night, so there's that.

Avalon still does this bottom lip thing that I'm obsessed with, she always keeps her tongue out, and also, she has these little dimples on her hands.  Three things I never want to forget.
We absolutely adore you Avalon, happy eight months!

 
 

Happy week ahead!
XO

Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Week & Fashion Friday

Hello, Friday!!!  We are ready & excited for the first weekend in February, we are hosting a little Valentines playdate for Waverly's girlfriends from school and of course will be celebrating the super bowl.  First though, a couple pictures from our week, including baby Avalon in a bonnet and Waverly in her Elsa costume, which she would wear alllllll day, everyday if we let her.

 
Avalon's Dress
If it's not the costume these days, it's some other sort of outfit that she styles "all by myself, because I am big mommy!".  Anyone else going through this?!  The fashion lover in me adores the fact that she likes to lay out her clothes every night, with every bow, necklace (sometimes two!), right next to it.  And that same exact part of me is trying so hard not to cringe over the bright blue & red necklace paired with the glitter pink headband.  Pick your battles, right?!!

In other fashion news, the biggest congratulations to Alexis Ainscough for winning last week's giveaway to Zozu baby!  We are so excited for you, please email me at abrickner1@gmail.com to claim your prize.  If you are a small shop who would like to work together in the future, please contact me through the same email. :)

This week, the girls are rocking the cutest shirts from Little & Mighty.  I love the story of this company, three fellow mamas who who came together to celebrate childhood.  The shirts they sent over are soft, comfortable, so versatile, and we love the colors!  Tees like these are my favorite to pair with tutus or fun bloomers, they work now and will into the warmer weather as well.

My Jacket - My Shoes - Waverly's Shoes

The second picture is maybe my favorite example of mom life ever.  Never a dull moment.  Happiest weekend!!! XO

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentines Day Goodies

Waverly is really into the months of the year right now, my mom got her a board that we do the day/month/weather every morning & it's her absolute favorite.  When we switched over from January to February the other morning, she immediately asked what holiday was coming (loves holidays like mama!!!).  And when I told her it was Valentine's Day she said, "mom, I think I'm going to dress-up as Elsa for this one".  Just love her so much.

I thought I would share some little things I've been rounding up for the girls Valentines baskets this morning.  Nothing too crazy, but just some little goodies to make the day a little more special for them both.  And for fun, a few gifts for mama too, we really don't celebrate much other than dinner but you know,  just in case my 33-year old Valentine is reading ...

Ballerina Pillow - Heart Cork Board - Flora the Flamingo Book - Sippy Cup - Flamingo - Bag - Swell Bottle - State Pendant Necklace

That gold bag is so amazing, it's reversible & even comes in other colors!  I love it for the days I don't feel like carrying the diaper bag, it's still big enough but a little more practical.  And have you all tried swell water bottles yet?!!  They are the BEST, I'm obsessed with mine, I really won't ever go back to another water bottle again.

Lastly, I got that heart cork board from Target the other day, it's so adorable (it even has heart push pins!).  Avalon & I had a little date while big sister was a school, it was her first time sitting in the cart like a big girl and she was too cute in it!!


A few crumbs left over from the muffin we shared. :)  Happy halfway through the week!  XO

Monday, February 1, 2016

Big Game Party Planning

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Happy February, friends!!  We are so excited for this month & all the celebrating that comes with it, starting with the big game this weekend!  I'm more excited than ever this year, since I'm not working the next morning and don't have to be up when it's still dark out (unless of course one of the two girls wakes up extra early, which is totally a possibility!).  Regardless, bring on the festive!!!

I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for a little super bowl get together, of course a kid-friendly one, we love to watch with good friends and with good FOOD. :)


You know I love to create a good tablescape, & my favorite part about this one is that it's super cute and fun, but it took ZERO cooking on my part.  First, we headed to Sam's Club for the Pizza & Coca Cola Bundle.  For $13.98, the combo comes with a 16 inch pizza, cheesy breadsticks, cookies, and a two liter of Coca Cola.  It's all delicious, quick, and easy!!!!


To jazz it up a bit, I added a small salad bar, with some toppings that I thought our guests would enjoy.  I always think "bars" are the way to go, they not only allow people to create exactly what they want, but they are also interactive and fun for everyone.  Which is exactly what football is all about.  I also added some fun football cups for drinks & a small kids table, so the kids would have something to do while the adults watched the game!


If you are planning your own big game party & don't want the hassle of cooking, definitely check out the Pizza & Coca Cola Bundle at Sam's Club.  It's super easy, just go in-club to order and they will bring it right out.  Your guests will love it!


Wishing you all a fun & festive week!  XO

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fashion Friday & A Giveaway

Happy Friday, hope you all had a wonderful week!!  I wanted to thank you for your tips on the best leggings, the consensus seems to be that zella leggings are amazing & I need to try them stat.  Also, how wonderful that we are all in agreement that leggings are in acceptable to wear every day of the week. I was hoping that I wasn't the only one.

So before I share the cutest shop for Fashion Friday, three pictures to describe our week.  One, our Avalon Elle is officially a crazy lady!  As if it wasn't enough that she's a crawling champion, she's now pulling up on everything to stand.  This seems way earlier than Waverly did any of this, not sure if it's a second child thing or what, but this little 5% percentile girlfriend is FIERCE.  Time to lower the crib and to babyproof, again! :)  Two, the sweetest picture of the girls & my dad.  I'm the first one in my family to have kids, watching my parents become grandparents is one of my greatest joys of being a mama.  Also, look who is swinging like a big girl, Waverly thought that was just about the coolest thing ever.  And three, what I walked into the other morning when I came to get Waverly from her bed.  Apparently all of her princesses needed to be tucked in, too.

 

So Fashion Friday!!!  One of the best parts of having TWO little girls now is that now it's at least a little more acceptable to keep adding to our accessory collection, and even better, it's pretty much a must to get matching bows for them!  One of our favorite shops, Zozu Baby, has the cutest stuff, lots of colors & styles to choose from and all of them are so comfortable for little heads.  They have some really fun stuff for spring and Valentines Day, including these black bows that Waverly & Avalon wore this week.

 

The biggest thank you to Sandy, the owner, for sending over some bows to the girls AND exciting for you, offering one lucky reader a $30 credit to the shop.  You can enter below, the giveaway will run until next Thursday, the winner will be announced next Friday morning. Wishing you all the happiest of weekends!  XO

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mom Style

It's safe to say that my wardrobe has changed over the past few years, & even more so in the last few months since going part-time at work.  I still love fashion as much as I did before, but the days of heels and short skirts are gone.  Like really, really gone.  There's nothing worse than trying to "mom" when you are not comfortable, even if you were a fashion major in college.

I find that most of the days I'm not working I reach for the same few pieces over & over again, so I thought it would be fun to share those favorites, specifically for winter.  So here goes! :)

Leopard Beanie - Striped Tee - Jeans - Booties - Jacket - Scarf - Black Pullover - Shoes

 I like to start with a good long sleeve tee, striped ones of all different colors (especially neutrals!) have always been my favorite.  Then layer!!!  I got quite a few solid sweatshirts like the one above for Christmas & I LOVE them, so perfect for a day at home or errands with the girls.  And if you are looking for a good lightweight jacket that is really versatile but still feels fashionable, I got a green one (identical to the one I linked above) years ago and it's still my go-to every fall and winter.

As far as bottoms, I love a good skinny jean, paired with booties, flats or even the Nikes I linked above (which I recently got & am obsessed with, I want to wear them everyday!).  Yeeeet if I'm honest, more often than not lately, all I want to do is wear leggings.  I never really wore them before I was pregnant, but I'm officially converted, jeans are just not even close to as comfy.
It's probably really bad when you think that wearing jeans is dressed up.

So here is my question to you!  What leggings are your favorite?!  I loved these while pregnant, but have yet to find a pair I like as much for non-maternity, & I definitely don't want to wear maternity leggings 7 months postpartum.  I'm looking for some that aren't cotton or see through, that wash well, and that don't look like work out leggings, if that makes sense.  Please share if you have a fave!

And happy halfway through the week! XO

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Monday, January 25, 2016

A Snowy Weekend

Kind of.

First, we hope those of you who were affected by this blizzard of 2016 are safe, warm, & that you had a wonderful time enjoying the snow with your sweet families.  Here in Virginia Beach, per usual, the whole city pretty much freaked out and prepared for the worst, and we ended up with a whole lot of rain & sleet, and just a little bit of snow.  We were definitely hoping for at least a little more (like maybe enough for a snowman!), but we made the most of the dusting that we got.

Avalon's Snowsuit
Avalon was all about it and would have stayed all day, so very true to her, nothing phases that little lady!  Waverly Maye, who begged me to go out, was definitely a little more skeptical.  One second she was cold & over it, the next the world was literally ending because the snowflakes "are not falling fast enough!  Mom, make them fall faster!!". 

For the record, I really think she is convinced I have that ability.

We made soup, cupcakes, & blueberry pancakes, played endless games of hide & seek, and ventured outside a few more times.  By Sunday afternoon, all of what we got was completely melted away.  Dare I say we wouldn't mind if we get one more visit before this winter is over?!  I know those of you who are digging yourselves out of inches of snow at the moment officially think I'm cray.

Cake Plate, Avalon's Snowsuit
And now, it's back to regularly scheduled programming.  Wishing you all a happy, happy week!!
XO

PS - Two little PSA's.  One, because I'm obsessed with babes in holidays jams, did you all see that Gap has their Easter pajamas out?!  LOVE these for the little ladies and these for the little men, too cute!  And two, Brickyard Buffalo has Babylit books on sale this week, I got them for the girls Easter baskets way too early. ;)  Happy shopping!