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How having low or no expectations of things has changed my life for the better

I may have anywhere from five minutes to three hours to write this post. Ezra is finally sleeping for longer than 20 minutes after some sleep regression this past week. I mentioned it a bit more in yesterday’s post.

I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on expectations for a few weeks. For the first time in my life, my expectations of how things should go are low. I’ve had a baby before and I know that very little will be “accomplished” each day, yet SO much will get done (diapers, feedings, cuddles, rocking to sleep and more). My to-do list will always be three typed single-spaced pages long (or at least until Ezra turns two). And I’m ok with this. That’s a lie. It’s a struggle. Every. Single. Day. But I know it’s the reality and I will eventually come to terms with it.  (more…)

Ezra is TWO months old

Ezra is already TWO months old. In some ways I’m really sad about how quickly time seems to be going by. In other ways, I’m really looking forward to a true date night sometime in the next six months (gosh, I hope it’s sooner, but this boy needs to take a bottle first) and our fifth anniversary trip my husband and I originally planned for October, but with a baby who won’t take a bottle, we’ve rescheduled for January/February. We will try to escape for one night if somehow the baby miraculously takes a bottle in the next month though.

Today I want to share a few of our comparison photos of Ezra. I have taken three versions because I just can’t decide which one I want to do most. Since they are all easy, I’ll probably keep doing all of them. :) He’s super smiley these days, but of course, the second I put my camera up he gets the most serious faces. Such is life. (more…)

A back-to-preschool look for boys

Hello and happy Friday! I’m still enjoying maternity leave with my new baby and Bodhi has the week off so it’s been especially busy. I’m hoping to post much more often in the coming weeks. Today, I’m sharing a casual and very practical back-to-preschool look for boys over on Oh Boy Style!

Style #8 Back to preschool. Oh Boy Style

Hi Hat | School supply Baseball shirt | Backpack | Orange sweatpants | Blue velcro Nike shoes

Swing by Oh Boy Style for the details and why I chose what I chose.

Autumn wedding inspiration: Neutral with pops of fall colors

I had a Fall wedding five years ago this October. So, the crisp autumn weather, the smells, sights and sounds plus the warm colors that make fall weddings lovely all hold a special place in my heart.

My cousin is planning her wedding for sometime next year. I put together a pretty rose gold inspired look earlier this summer for her wedding in case she decides on a summer wedding. She doesn’t have a date yet, but if it did end up being a fall wedding, I love the idea of warm ivory and neutral tones mixed with pops of fall colors in the flowers, shoes and centerpieces. (more…)

Back to School: Boys backpacks for all budgets and styles

Bodhi starts preschool again in two weeks. The photo above is Bodhi last year at the start of the year and this summer at the end of his first year. I get teary looking at how much he changed in just one year.

This year I’m doing most of my “school shopping” online just to save time since baby Ezra refuses to take a bottle (so leaving him for time out of the house isn’t easy). But, my big boy is starting to have some serious opinions about his clothes and shoes making it difficult to get him dressed the way I’d like. ;) I asked my mom to come visit us next week so she can watch Ezra a bit and I can take Bodhi shopping for a few important things. He cares most about a cool backpack. I decided to do a little online shopping before we hit the stores so I can target shops a bit to save time. Here are my favorite boys backpacks for all budgets and styles.

Which is your favorite? I’m stuck between the Pottery Barn Kids personalized backpacks (just for ease at school-things tend to get mixed up), specifically the striped version or the dinosaur one and the stylish but maybe a bit too mature Herschel Supply Co. backpack in navy and red. And while I didn’t include any of these J.Crew options just because the prices are a bit higher, I am in LOVE with them.

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Bodhi’s dinosaur third birthday party FEATURED

Hello and happy Monday! Bodhi’s dinosaur third birthday party is featured in the hard copy of the August issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine! Pretty exciting. Copies are available throughout the state or you can read more online. Check out page 30. :)

The birthday cake was also featured on 100 Layer Cakelet last week.  And yes, this was the store-bought cake with a store-bought cake topper. I’ll take it! :)

I’m working on a blog post about expectations that I can’t wait to share, but for now, I have about five minutes of peaceful coffee-drinking bliss before the new little mister will be awake.

Cheers to a new week!

A few fun picks for fall from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends in three days. I LOVE this sale as you can score some killer deals on items that just don’t go on sale all that often. Here are a few of my favorite things I found in the sale, most with a bit of autumn flare.

I may be snatching the red chucks for Bodhi yet today and need to figure out who to get the ridiculously low-priced Skip Hop Diaper Bag for. It gets rave reviews, but I already have two, so I can’t justify it. I also LOVE the orange knit hoodie and want it for Ezra for our trip to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch in October. Free shipping and free returns! Can’t beat that. Have a great weekend!

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Life with Ezra, our lifestyle photo session and doing more knowing our child is safe

My experience with a second baby has been wonderful so far. Ezra has been a pretty chill, content little guy for the most part. He doesn’t mind napping in his crib as long as he’s swaddled. He has even fallen asleep without any help multiple times already which makes me one very happy mama. And even night sleep is ok. It’s not wonderful by any means, but it’s not terrible either. I’m excited to share a few of our family lifestyle session photos by Leah Fontaine Photography with you today and a few thoughts on life with two children.

Life with two has been a really positive change and transition for my husband and I. Yes, we’re busier. Yes, we’re more strapped for alone time or time with Bodhi. Yes, we are tired. But, we have that veteran parent perspective that every moment is fleeting and the hard times will be a distant memory in days or weeks. It makes every day very manageable and even enjoyable. Can I add that I truly love parenting with my husband. He is a super hands on dad and is incredibly loving and kind. Such a fabulous partner in this.

Sadly, my husband went back to work on Monday and Bodhi is back in preschool. I’ll be writing about my thoughts on paternity leave soon as it was such a special time for our family.

Now that we’re on our own, Ezra and I are spending our days going on long walks outside, baby and mommy yoga, rocking, reading and playing in the nursery, sitting on the porch and babbling, tummy time, shopping trips and resting. I’m hoping to add running to the mix in the next few weeks as well. With Ezra being our second child and us only having a few hours each day without Bodhi, I feel a strong need to get things done when he naps, especially laundry, dishes and work projects.

To do that, I’ve had a little help. I’m excited to introduce you to Levana – a brand of high-tech, stylish and reliable baby video monitors that give parents the freedom to do more knowing their child is safe. Levana Ayden Video Monitor has helped me immensely. (more…)

Ezra is ONE month old already

For me, time is flying with baby number two. My husband is set to go back to work next week and this little guy is already a month old. We’ll be sharing our family photos in the coming weeks (we should get them sometime this week!) and the postpartum items I couldn’t live without too, but for now, I wanted to share a bit about our first month with Ezra and his 1-month-photos. (more…)

Lose the bottle for Driveway Happy Hour and other Summer events!

I’ve talked about my wonderful neighborhood on many occasions. In the summer, we enjoy Driveway Happy Hour every Friday night hosted by a different family. Children run around, play, ride bikes, kick balls, run through sprinklers and parents… well, parents enjoy an adult beverage and adult conversation in the comfort of our neighborhood. There is nothing better.

Several of my neighbor friends own “Mommy sippy cups” which are basically plastic wine glasses with a lid (like a sippy cup top). We like to keep it classy, but we also need to be practical. I mean, it’s happy hour. In a driveway. With kids. The odds of something breaking are pretty high.

That’s why Black Box Wine is the perfect addition to our weekly event. We hosted at my friend Megan’s house last week and shared Black Box Wines with all. I even had my first glass of wine since before I got pregnant with Ezra. It was lovely. (more…)