Being Brickner : January 2016

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!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cabin Fever & Fashion Friday

Here we are, less than one month since I was complaining about our 80 degree Christmas, it's freezing out & I am officially over it.  Parenting is so much easier when it's warm out, anyone with me?!  I don't remember hating the cold this much before the number of kids we had doubled, but good lord.  Getting ready to leave the house takes forever when you have to layer, then you have to somehow figure out how to get the little marshmallows strapped into car seats, run in and out of everywhere, and maybe the worst, there's no opportunity for a midday walk to give us all a change of scenery and some much-needed fresh air.  All that to say - warm air, we're ready for you! :)  Yet if it's going to be cold, we would like Avalon's first snow (and may just get it this weekend!).

On a much more positive note, the girls have been so good lately, we've had a few exciting milestones (Avalon is crawling quicker than ever & likes food!  A lot!), and Waverly has just been all around GOOD.  We are thinking the second half of three might just be our sweet spot!  The whole "drop the nap" situation is still a work in progress, but we are getting there.  And their relationship is just cuter than ever lately, Waverly BEGS me to wake Avalon up every morning (um, don't you know you don't wake a sleeping baby!), and when Waverly fell asleep on the couch this week, Avalon spent the entire time staring at her waiting for her to wake up.  Sweetest!

Playmat - Rose Blanket - Pink Fur Pillow - Comforter - High Chair
Also, I have to record it, I asked Waverly how school was the other day and she listed off her five best friends, all girls, and when I asked about the boys she said, "mom, boys are grumpy & naughty."
And let's just keep that mindset until you are at least 16, ok?!

I'm super excited to share the cutest Etsy shop with you for Fashion Friday today, I collaborated with Little Bird Tuscan on a few of Avalon's Christmas gifts & they are the cutest.  We got these teethers, which we love, Avalon always has to have something to put in her mouth and these are perfect.  They also sent us the bib, another must-have, for soooo much drool.  We love, love the prints, you must check out their shop!


Wishing you a happy, WARM weekend!
XO

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Family Photos

So now that it's the new year & Christmas is officially a memory, it's about time to finally share our photos taken a couple months back for our holiday cards.  I know other moms can relate, taking family photos is always fun but also brings some major anxiety, you just never know how those sweet little ones are going to act! :)  I am beyond thankful for our photographer turned good friend Brooke, she always manages to capture our family so beautifully, something I truly attribute to the fact that we are so comfortable with her.

My Dress, My Shoes (Similar), Waverly's Dress, Avalon's Dress, Girls Headbands
Narrowing down favorites for this post was near impossible, I these will definitely be added to our growing collection of photos that will cherish forever.

Happy halfway through the week, friends!!
XO

*All images by the AMAZING Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fashion Friday

First, thank you all for your thoughts on Waverly's napping situation!!  Sometimes the best thing a mama can hear (even better than advice) is that she is not alone, and this community is so great about that.  We have decided to try to drop her nap for the most part, but of course as soon I made that decision she fell asleep on the couch at 3pm yesterday. ;)  I bribed her to get up with ice cream, and bedtime went waaaay smoother last night.  Yay!  And can we all agree that we would like to turn the tables & have our little ones tuck us in to nap every afternoon?  Funny how that works.

In other news, I'm really excited to start a new series on the blog for the new year, Fashion Fridays!!  Most of you know that I was a fashion major in college & love, love all things style, I've actually been even more inspired by fashion since starting this blog.  So I thought it would be fun to highlight some favorites at the end of each week, mostly for the girls!  This Friday I'm kicking off the series with the most adorable shop, Olive & Birdie.


We are so in love with these big & little sister shirts, you know how I feel about gold and I love any opportunity to match the girls.  They would be perfect for a new big sister/big brother to wear coming to the hospital to meet a baby for the first time!  They also have tons of adorable options right now for Valentines Day, including these leggings with the cutest heart leg patches.

The biggest thank you to Christina for sending these to the girls, we love supporting fellow moms & always shop small when we can! :)  If you have an Etsy shop or small business and would like to work together on a future Fashion Friday, please email me at abrickner1@gmail.com.

And lastly, before I sign off for the weekend, this story because I can't wait to tell Waverly Maye all. about.it one day.  I was getting her ready for school this week, which is always a circus since we have to get everyone ready & out of the house early.  I did her hair in pigtail buns (again, always a circus, she HATES getting her hair done, please tell me your toddler feels the same way).  And this is when the biggest epic meltdown ever started.  EVER.  Because I didn't do her hair in a braid "like Elsa, and I AM ELSA!  ELSA!  I'M NOT ANNA!  I'M ELSA".  There were tears on tears on tears, it was easily the most upset I've seen her in months.  I took about 500 deep breaths and tried to work through it, we were already late and the last thing I wanted to do was make us later for an Elsa braid.  Yet I'm sure you can guess what happened.  Girlfriend got her Elsa hair and I was the asshole parent who showed up late to school.

Waverly - 1, Mom - 0.  It's not always roses and butterflies over here, but always entertaining. :)


HAPPY weekend, friends!
XO

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Midweek Randoms

It's the middle of the week (& crazy close to the middle of January), so I'm thinking a completely random post is in order.  Here goes! :)

1.  I have to start with it, ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!  We are big college football fans, & even bigger Bama fans, I was up way later than I've been in months (maybe years?) on Monday night but it was more than worth it.  So freaking excited!

 2.  Anyone else obsessed with watching their kids sleep?  Avalon is a pretty deep sleeper so it's become easy for me to be the biggest creeper ever lately.  I seriously can't stop.


3.  Speaking of sleep, I feel like I'm constantly in the dilemma of whether or not to try to get Waverly to nap lately.  Most days she will fight a nap (& try damn hard to negotiate her way out of it), then by the time she gives in, she ends up sleeping for so long that I end up having to wake her up.  At that point she's usually groggy & moody for a little while, gets her second wind and of course, then bedtime is near impossible (the other night she was up "teaching a class" to her dolls in her room until 9:30!).  So those of you with kids around age three, what do you do?  Is your babe still napping?  I never thought I would want to see the day that I didn't get a nap time to get things done, but I almost think it would be easier for everyone.  I would love to hear your thoughts!!

4.  My husband is making us a new headboard and I'm so excited for it to be done soon!  That was all I asked for Christmas from him, it's taken a little longer than we had planned but I know it will be worth the wait.  One of my goals in the new year is to redecorate our bedroom, we recently got this duvet cover (plus the matching pillows!) for our bed to pair with it.  They are SO comfortable, we feel like we are sleeping in a hotel bed.

5.  My baby girl will be three & a half at the end of this month.  Like halfway to FOUR!  So crazy.  I plan to do a post on her soon, she has grown so much in the last few months since starting school and I'm so proud of her.  We started with tears every time we dropped her off and now she wakes up every morning and says "is me going to school today?".  She absolutely loves it and I just couldn't love her one little bit more.


6.  One of the parents of the girls in my class made a comment a couple months back that I just can't get out of my head, and I feel like it's exactly the way I want to think as I look towards the new year & my word, embrace.  She has two girls, they are the same distance apart that Waverly and Avalon are, and both of them are in high school now.  She said if she could go back, she would let go of everything and just "play kitchen" with her girls.  I love this, it really can be so hard to forget about never ending to-do lists and just focus on every little part of our kids, but it's ALWAYS worth it.  Last night Waverly made me three ice cream cones and tea for two, it was way past her bedtime (she napped yesterday!), but it was perfect.  Those are the moments I know I will desperately want back when I have high schoolers running out of the house all too soon.

7.  In less sentimental news, these fringe booties.  They would be adorable with jeans, tights or leggings for all of winter and into spring.  I will take every single color.  Please.

8.  Have you seen this Conan video?  So funny, so perfect for the midweek laugh!  Hope you all are having a great one!  XO

Monday, January 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Inspired Fashions

We are always looking towards the next holiday on the roster, and Valentine's Day is one of our favorites!!  I know some people think it's a hallmark holiday (which it probably is), but we love any excuse to celebrate ever, especially when it involves pink, red & lots of heart shapes.

Cupid Sweatshirt - Heartbreaker Onesie - Converse - First Love Beanie - Heart Sunglasses - Heart PJs - Pastel Tights - Pink Jumper Dress - Heart Romper
I got Waverly the hot pink jumper & love that she can wear it through February but also into the spring.  And boy mamas, I always am obsessed with the little boy pieces that they have for Valentine's Day.  If we are ever destined to have a little boy, he would totally be rocking that little beanie.  Too cute!

And in other Valentine's Day news, I found a couple of cute baskets with gold hearts on them at Target the other day (dollar bin win!), and can't wait to get some stuff together to make the girls each their own.  They definitely don't need anything so close after Christmas, but a couple fun books, stickers, markers & Puffs (for Avalon) will be fun and I know they will be so excited!  Having two little ones to celebrate with just makes it better than ever.  I am loving watching their relationship grow lately (and look who is officially crawling!).


Thank you to everyone who entered The Prettiest Bow giveaway, and the biggest congratulations to Whitney Smith, you are the winner!  Please look for an email from me to claim your prize.  And happy week ahead! XO

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winter Break & Favorites

I took a little bit of a blogging break over the holidays, which was nice, but looking back there was so much fun that I never got around to sharing.  I know a lot of you can relate, having my husband home for longer than just the weekend was so amazing.  Since going part-time this year, I've quickly realized how much easier it is to have two extra hands, plus I just cherish time as a family so much.  Looking back at these pictures only just two weeks later almost makes me nostalgic already, if only the holidays (& breaks!) could last all year long.

Avalon's Dress & Cake Stand
The last few pictures are from Waverly & Avalon's half-birthday we celebrated before my brother went back to Colorado last week.  If you've been following us long enough, you know that we have celebrated Waverly's since she was six months, because why not?! :)  With the girls birthdays being less then two months apart, we decided to start a tradition of celebrating theirs together, along with my sister's real birthday (she opted not to wear a matching crown for the photo!).  It was so much fun, and also the best way to spend time with my brother before he headed back across the country.  We were definitely spoiled having him around again and are missing him already!!

I also wanted to share a total game-changer kind of present my parents got us for Christmas, a double stroller!!!!  It's seriously changed my life.


We had previously decided that we really didn't need one since Waverly had never really liked a stroller anyways, but I have quickly learned over the past six months that traveling without one (& two kids) is tough.  Really tough, especially since Waverly has recently decided that she likes strollers, because her sister does. :)  We really love this one, it's affordable but perfect for what we needed, lots of storage space & side-by-side seating for the girls.  They are so sweet in it and it's totally made my day to day SO much easier, I definitely recommend it! :)

A couple other favorites, the new ballet line at Gap is too cute for little ladies, this cardigan is amazing, as well as this dress.  And I got this pillow recently, (& maybe this one too), both are so cute for the price!  As usual, Target is killing it right now and I love it and hate it all at the same time.

HAPPY weekend! XO