Happiest Mother’s Day weekend to allll the mamas, grand-mamas, dog mamas, and most especially, to those who find this week difficult — the reality that this day is not always the happiest for all is never lost on me + I send love to those who won’t be able to celebrate with their loved one(s) or are in the season of trying for a baby of their own.

Sunday will be my SEVENTH Mother’s Day.  Seven years of motherhood.  Seven years of nightly wake-ups, of tantrums, of wiping butts, and of chaotic dinners where we are shoving food in our faces in between getting everyone else what they need.  Of big, heavy stresses like who we can trust to watch them when I’m at work  + smaller ones like making sure they will love what’s in their Easter basket.  Seven years of days that seemed like they would never end but at the same time, that have gone by SO FAST.  It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, but goodness these babies are theeee best and there is not one millisecond I would change anything about the life we have chosen, with them as the biggest part of it.

Yesterday I took off half a day for Avalon’s spring concert at preschool.  Afterwards I took our two little girls into Target, we needed one million + one things and even though Remerie had skipped her nap and was starting to get fussy, I put her in the stroller and gave her a mum-mum and tried to go through the aisles as fast as I could.  Avalon is usually super laid-back and the easiest kid to take anywhere, but of course my luck, this day she was not.  She wasn’t listening, kept wondering away from me, and was definitely not earning that toy from the dollar bin I bribed her with when we walked in.  My patience was quickly running out and just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse,  Remie FLIPPED HERSELF OUT OF THE STROLLER.  She was fine, thankfully (just super upset) — but I was not, and was feeling like the worst mom ever.  I was holding both girls, the stroller, the million + one things, and trying to walk as fast as I could to the check-out line when an older woman came up to me and asked if she could tell me something.  I was positive she was going to tell me I was an unfit mother and should never have more children (little did she know I had another one at home) but instead, she said, “I have been listening to you + the way you talk to your kids and I just have to say how good of a job you are doing.  I always hear parents yelling at their kids and really admire how you are talking to them”.  I seriously could have hugged her.  I think she may have been lying to make me feel better 😉 but in all honesty, it was the best reminder that we are all doing JUST FINE.  As moms we are our hardest critics and it’s so easy to forget that to our babies, we are everything and were chosen to be their mama for a reason, we are just what they need.

And more.

I am paying it forward this Mother’s Day weekend, thanks to the sweetest woman who changed my day 1000% for the better with just a couple of sentences — and sending you love and the reminder that you too, GOT THIS mama. Happiest Mother’s Day, you soooooooo deserve it!!!! XO

This Easter was extra special for us, our first as a family of five + in our new home!  Last year we were in between houses (and not even living together while my husband did renovations), I was pregnant and sleeping on an air mattress with two kids, and I remember getting through by looking ahead to how worth it all the madness would be.  And then I blinked, and there we were, watching our big girls run through our new yard looking for Easter Eggs while holding close our seven-month old Remerie Rue.

Some things to remember about this Easter:

Waverly is starting to question the Easter bunny, which is so funny and also kind of heartbreaking!  The other day we were talking about going to sit on his lap and Waverly said “umm Avalon, it’s just a guy dressed up in a costume”.  Then the night before Easter, she kept asking how it’s even possible for him to go to all the houses and when I told her it was magic, she said that witches were magic + “not real”.  The next morning she 100% seemed to believe though, so here’s to hoping I can hold on to that sweetness a little bit longer. 😉

Avalon is at the BEST AGE for this sort of thing, she was the cutest little hunter and was just so excited about every little detail.  She came sprinting in Easter morning soooooo happy, gave me the biggest hug and could not wait to go downstairs.  She is not a morning person at all and is usually grumpy for the first twenty minutes of everyday at least, so it was extra adorable.  She also is such a sweets girl, I will forever remember her sitting on our coffee table eating jelly beans out of her basket for breakfast, living her very best life.

Remerie Rue, her first Easter + all she wanted was yogurt melts.  We put a bag in her basket at the last-minute and her big sisters poured them on the floor for her and she went to town on almost every.single.one!  She is teething and has a runny nose and was fighting a nap all day long, but still manages to be the sweetest little thing ever.  Also worth noting, I got her precious little pink romper just for Easter in size six months (she is seven months!) and it was HUGE on her, falling off her little shoulders the entire day.  My tiniest tiny girl.

And now, we count down until summer break!!!  Seven + a half more weeks until I am home all summer long with my girls, cannot wait!!  Hope you had the best holiday with your loved ones! XO

Our Remerie Rue is seven months old, still cute as ever + still always sucking on the same two fingers on her left hand. Love her to pieces!!!

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Our tiniest girl might also be our busiest girl. I am always thinking back to how often I felt her move in my belly — which was soooo much more than her big sisters — and it really is SO TRUE to how she is on the outside.  She is always moving, officially crawling now and can pull herself up all on her own!  She is happiest when she is getting into something, almost always something she shouldn’t, and is alwaysssss keeping me on my toes. 🙂 She’s also so incredibly sweet, her signature wide tight-lipped smile is still one of my favorite things ever and she said her first word this month, mama (!!!), and it still knocks me dead from the cuteness every time I hear it.

Her current favorite thing to do is probably to eat, which is kind of ironic since she also is super unpredictable about most foods.  This honestly has been a struggle, because she isn’t really into milk (or nursing often, she is too impatient and into what is going on around her) — or purees, so we have decided to go the baby-led weaning route with her.  Some foods she likes one day she hates the next, or vice-versa, so we just keep offering as much as possible and filling her up as much as we can!  So far she almost always likes avocado, broccoli, and would eat an entire can of Puffs if we let her.  Some of the time I feel lost on what to give her but know it is just a phase and we will get through it — it also is the best reminder that no matter how many kids you have, you will never, ever have it all figured out.

She is such a great nighttime sleeper, actually all three of our girls are, something we are SO THANKFUL for.  The big girls always get so excited to run her room in the morning to be the first to see her, they jump in her crib every time and start singing to her.  She loves them so much, and is totally in that phase of crying anytime she is with someone she isn’t 100% used to, so it’s always the sweetest to see her calm down when she seems them.  Also this month, TWO TEETH broke through!  So crazy that at our house right now, we have one girl losing them and one girl getting them.  This season of life is the craziest (and so exhausting) but also my forever favorite.

Happy seven months to our dark-haired, blue-eyed little beauty!!!!!!!!!!  We absolutely adore you.

PS — She is still our little lady, in 0-3 month clothes + in the 5th percentile.  Tiny but mighty. 🙂


Some of my favorite things about having girls: watching them play dress-up, dance parties, doing nails together, helping them put on “make-up”, and of course, MATCHING!!  I know it will not last forever, but for now both my big girls love to match mama and it really is the sweetest thing ever.  We recently partnered with Famous Footwear on matching spring shoes for Waverly + I, and we both were so excited about it!  I had her help me choose the pair that we ultimately got and she wanted these gold strappy ones, you know my gold runs deep and now hers does too.  The weather was so beautiful over the weekend and she wanted to wear hers the entire time, including on our fun outdoor date with her little sisters.

I know we will both get so much use out of these heading into both the spring + summer.  They are super comfy, soooo versatile, and we can throw them on quickly, something we always benefit from these days. 🙂  Famous Footwear has a ton of other options as well, both for mama, babe & more matching ones too!

Happy shopping and HAPPY weekend! XO

Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Aaah, Easter baskets!!!  One of my favorite traditions to put together each year, I get way too excited about this sort of thing + plan to do this for my kids forever. 🙂  I usually do not have them done this early on, but I teamed up with one of the sweetest small shops on name tags for the girls and it got me motivated to get my act together.  Now to see if I can keep them hidden for the next few weeks!

Waverly + Avalon had baskets already, but I really wanted all three babes to have matching ones and I had these three that I had gotten them for Christmas during a big sale, so they worked perfectly.  They are a little expensive at regular price, but my girls love them and play with them all the time, plus they get bonus points for being super cute decor for their playroom as well.

Each year for Easter baskets, I like to stock up on some spring accessories, a fun tee, new pajamas or a bathing suit, and a book for each of them.  At this point we have soooo many books, but it’s the one thing I never ever feel guilty about buying more of, I plan to pass them down to each of my girls for their own kids to have one day.  I also like to pick one fun little “toy” for each babe, whatever they are currently into, Waverly got an LOL doll, Avalon Peppa Pig, and Remerie got a new teething toy.  I also added a new doll for Remie from our favorites Cuddle + Kind, the big girls each have one of their own on their beds so I wanted her to have one, too.  I will add a few pieces of candy for their eggs the night before, but they have SO MUCH candy during that time of year anyways, I like to keep it way light.

And the labels, they are so cute + so well-made!  I am super excited about these and plan to use them for other things through out the year as well.  They are from Chalk Designs by Me and you can still order to get them in time for Easter, all the way through April 9th.

Hoping this gives you a little inspiration for your own bunnies, HAPPY SPRING to you + yours! XO

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