Being Brickner : November 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mama & Mini: Winter Style

Stopping in mid-week with some fun winter styles for both mama and babe!!!  Dressing two little girls is so much fun, I love finding creative ways to coordinate them.  I am always on the lookout for pieces that are versatile and budget-friendly, and also mix in a couple special pieces from small shops each season.  As for me, my wardrobe has changed so much in the past few years since becoming a mom, and even more so since switching over from high school to preschool.  I am all about comfort, while also still feeling somewhat put together and fashionable.  During the cold months, layering is my jam for all three of us, with solid, classic pieces mixed with prints and some fun accessories!

Cardigan - Necklace - Boots - Navy Dress - Floral Dress - Grey Sweater - Grey Tulle Skirt - Fringe Boots - White Tulle Skirt
I am so in love with everything from Old Navy for the girls right now, their basic dresses are perfect for Waverly to wear to school and are cheap enough that I am not too worried about what happens to them!  The tulle skirts are our go-to, paired with tights and leotards during the winter, both girls love them to play dress-up around the house and they also look super cute to go out.  I've even found some versions for me, I recently pinned this article with some ideas on how to wear them.  A fun mama & mini matching moment for sure! ;)

For me, I love the idea of boots with a low heel, but also have been rocking converse more than I care to admit.  I was recently introduced to these sneakers, which are also so comfy & cute!!!  And a good cardigan which can be worn on repeat is everything.  If you are looking for a good read, I love this article with some more key pieces for women this winter.  Hope you are having a great week so far! XO

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

I love Thanksgiving weekend so much.  Pretty much for all the same reasons that I love the week before it, there is just so much excitement in the air and a thousand plus things to look forward to.  I love having an extra long weekend with all of us home and I love the start of all the fun holiday activities, which with kids, are just so much more magical than ever before.

Thanksgiving day, we all slept in until 7:30 (which is big for us!) and then snuggled in holiday jams eating some snacks before my family came over for brunch.  My brother was in town from Colorado, and my dad had just gotten back from a long trip in Florida, so we were so excited to have everyone reunited again.  The girls loved having them over, they took turns being held and snuggled by everyone and then performing some of their current favorite dances.  It's safe to say that they never, ever lack for attention. ;)

After some afternoon naps, we all got ready and headed to my grandparents and sister-in-laws for dinner and dessert, and then ended the night with the fullest bellies and fullest hearts!!!!  And of course, so very excited to officially kick off the most wonderful time of the year! :)

My Dress
Hope your weekend was magical and relaxing and just all the happy things!  I'm excited to share some more pictures of our weekend and some fun holiday activities we have been getting into (and have planned!) later this week.  Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thankful & Grateful

I recently started a new thing where every night I think of two things from that day that made me really grateful, or made me smile, or that were just two really wonderful things parts of our day.  I think I read it somewhere, I loved the idea of it because as any other mama knows, our days are not all rainbows and sunshine.  Far from it.  But even on the most chaotic, meltdown filled day we have, it would be impossible to not find at least a few things that brought me so much happiness.  In the new year, I'm going to try to write them down each night, I think it would make it that much more meaningful and I know I would love looking back and reading them one day.

This year we had our challenges as I tried to figure out the best scenario for me as a working mom, and though I love my new situation so much, there isn't a work day goes by that my heart doesn't hurt just a bit from being away from the girls.  We've struggled with some behavior challenges with Waverly, our oldest babe is still just as spirited as ever and who can sometimes push me right over my emotional limits.  But I think it's overcoming those hard moments that make you stronger than ever before, and more thankful for all the good that you have.  Forever grateful for our two little girls, for Waverly's love of life and for her sister that really knows no bounds.  For Avalon Elle, who is just as sassy as the rest of us, but who melts us with her sweet & sensitive demeanor, and makes us laugh with her little faces and new words.  For my husband, the calm to our crazy, the glue who holds us together, and the best example of unconditional support and love that I ever could have asked for.  And of course, our family and friends, the older I get the more I realize how precious and special the people around you really are.

Sharing some pictures from our weekend, it was such a good one!!

Wishing you and your families the happiest Thanksgiving weekend ever!!!!!  I am always thankful for the support of our family and for this wonderful community! XO

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Favorites

Tis' the season for wanting everything, is it just me?  Thought I would share a few things I am loving this Friday, cannot believe that one week from today we will be officially kicking off the holidays with some Black Friday shopping.  Cannot wait!

1 - I got this holiday blanket recently to update my decor this year and I love it so much!  It's so fun and cozy, the girls have been loving snuggling up in it, too.  It's also currently on sale, wishing that was the case when I bought it! ;)

2 - One of Avalon's favorite things to do is to lounge on any type of chair she can find, so her big gift this year is definitely going to be a little chair she can call her own.  I'm loving this bunny one, how sweet would a little one be all cuddled up in this?

3 - I use Lightoom to edit all of my photos, I've been using the 5th version forever now but would love to upgrade to the Lightroom 6.  I probably don't use it even close to how I should, but love it for making my images lighter, darker, or fixing the exposure.

4 - Now that I am teaching preschool along with my mama gig, I am all about comfort more than ever!!!  I recently got these overalls and LOVE THEM!  Like wish I could live in them forever.

5 - We got this comforter a while ago, but haven't share it yet!  I had been been eyeing it forever and finally took the plunge, it's way more than we have ever spent for something like that but we really can tell the biggest difference in the quality.  It's even more beautiful in person and just so comfy to sleep in!

6 - My most favorite of them all, some pictures of the girls & I recently on the most beautiful fall outing!!  I coordinated a wedding at this museum and just couldn't wait to take the girls there, every corner of the grounds is just gorgeous and one of their favorite things to do is explore, so of course they loved it.  My mom came with me and we took them through an old fashioned drive-in for grilled cheeses and milkshakes on the way home, it was just the best kind of fall day.

My jacket is from Bernado fashions, it's been on repeat lately and is especially perfect for rainy days.  Thanks to our friends there for sending it over!  And happiest weekend, friends!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Favorite Kids Books for Girls

Happy halfway through the week!!  Hard to believe that only one week from today is one of my favorite days of the year, Thanksgiving Eve!!  There's just something so special about that day, the anticipation of Thanksgiving but also for the holiday season that officially kicks off with Black Friday right afterwards.  I don't know that I have ever been as excited for a holiday season as this one, we will be able to do quite a bit more now that Avalon is older, and I just can't wait to see the girls interact and really get to experience everything together.

I have really been trying to plan ahead and think about ways to make the holiday season special for them, not only things that they would like on Christmas morning, but also some fun traditions that we can do as a family.  A couple years back I started the advent calendar with Waverly (you can see the first year's here), and plan to still do that with both girls, with activities planned that we can do each day or special little treats for them, I know they will love it!  This year I am also going to combine it with a few new books, on the last 12 days before Christmas they will get to unwrap a new book that we will read that night.  They both love books so much, it's one thing that they really have in common right now and it's also the one thing I never, ever feel guilty about buying!!!  I have rounded up some of my favorites, a few that we already have and a few others that I have picked up for the 12 days.
This is Sadie - I Had A Favorite Dress - Florabelle - Emma - I'm A Big Sister - Flora The Flamingo - Olivia

That big sister book will forever be one of Waverly's favorites, she still loves to read it most nights and especially likes to read any of her books to Avalon!  Also have to share these jams, they have been one of our favorites for a couple years now and would be perfect for a boy or a girl.  We live for matching pajamas around here, literally every single night.  Waverly won't have it any other way. ;)

Wishing you a very happy Wednesday!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Girls Date

We are so excited to see this Friday arrive, both Waverly & I have off school and since going back to teaching I treasure a random entire weekday at home with my babes more than ever.  Bonus points when it's a Friday and we can look ahead to an entire weekend with daddy!  We really don't have a lot of plans, other than working on a few house projects (I suddenly got the urge to repaint the entire house), and hopefully spending some quiet, relaxing time at home before the craziness of the holiday season really hits.  I laugh every time I say quiet or relaxing about our house, neither are ever the case with our girls, but we still love our time at home so much. ;) 

A couple of months back, the girls & I had a date with one of my very good friends, who also happens to be one of the most talented photographers out there, and I'm so excited to finally share some of the images today!  I feel like I say this every time with Brooke, but seriously, I am so in love with these images and they are truly some of my favorite ever.  I think the reason I love them so much is because they were completely random and last-minute, we just thought it would be fun to take the girls out in rain boots since a big storm was on they way.  We let them play and just be themselves, which just made the images capture their personalities perfectly.  I wish I could bottle up everything about them right now, Avalon's few teeth, one dimple, and little legs that are still a little bit wobbly when walking.  And Waverly's freckles and her pure joy for life, something that will forever be one of my very favorite things about her.

I don't know how I will ever find enough walls! ;)  The biggest thank you to Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography, I love her work almost as much as I love her!!  Happy weekend, friends! XO

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sister Girls

I thought it would be fun to do an update on the girls relationship, not only because it is such a big part of our daily life, but also, I hope this will be something that they will love to look back on one day.  Avalon will be a year & a half at the beginning of December, and Waverly will be halfway to five the following month, so they are almost three years apart, for reference!  I absolutely love their age difference.  They are far enough that we never had two in diapers and I also really felt like I got to experience all of Waverly's "baby years" before she had to share her time with someone else, but close enough that they will grow up together and that a lot of their interests are the same, which is absolutely the case now more than ever!

From the minute Waverly came to the hospital to meet Avalon, she was obsessed with her (with the biggest capital O) and I would 100% say that eighteen months later, that hasn't changed one little bit.  We often say that she loves her too much, Waverly is a lover in general and just loves HARD, so I guess it should be no surprise that her little sister gets that more than anyone.  That obviously can be challenging, I would be lying if I said that hearing myself say "please be gentle with your sister" every other sentence isn't absolutely exhausting.  I know some parents might have kids that just sit quietly and play with each other, even at this young of an age, and that's definitely not the case for us.  But I always remind myself that I would take that instead of any jealousy ten times over, and that just like every other part of parenting, this is a season.  Something tells me that one day the tables will turn and little sister will be begging for all of big sister's attention, while Waverly won't give her the time of day.  Or maybe they will just be BFF's forever? ;)  I hope so.

Avalon is still very much at the age where Waverly gives her ALL the feelings.  One minute she is upset because she didn't share her book with her, and the next she is laughing hilariously at her, dancing, holding her hand and giving her tons of kisses.  Most of the time, she doesn't even blink when Waverly pulls her around or takes care of her like she is her little doll, she looks up to her already so much and now is starting to do so many of the things that she does.   I laugh because just like Avalon copies so much of what her big sister does, Waverly repeats so much of what I say to her to her little sister.  "Avalon, you must be a good listener so you can get your favorite bunnies later, ok?!".  Nothing sweeter.

These days most places we go out of the house the girls hold hands, which I think is a combination of Waverly always being a little nervous in new situations and clinging to Avalon for comfort, and Avalon just not really knowing any different.  It's my favorite thing ever though, I hope they don't ever stop!  Waverly always introduces her sister, especially if someone comments on Avalon, and she always makes sure to claim her as her own. :)  They both love to get out and explore, and at home love to dress up in costume, dance, read books, and color.  I love how much more they are able to play together now that Avalon has gotten older, and I know that will only get better as they grow. Avalon is always going to Waverly's room to find her when she isn't around, and there still has never ever been a day when I haven't told Waverly that her little sister is up and she hasn't ran to her room and said "I AM SO EXCITED!!!".  Sisterhood is truly such a beautiful thing.

Forever thankful for them both.