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Tuesday Trick or Treats

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There's like so many things I want to write about lately. Is this the time of year when you see more things you think you need? I don't know! probably!

But here I am excited about the WestElm sale (SCORE20) going on for an extra day. I am buying myself a birthday gift with these gold silverware pieces and this bar cart. Let's just say Anna made me do it.

These boots for ellie lou are a must. Number one because they are pink. And number two they should be easy to go on. Using the 40% coupon off my order with the code STYLE puts them just under $50.

Honest still has their trick or treat tote bag if you add it to your bundle! Use code OURTREAT at checkout.

Kelly Moore Bag is running a special between Oct 29-31! Stay tuned and hurry! I need their backpack in my life.

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Family Pictures

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Last week, we took pictures at a big park near our home as a family. Everett's friend's mom is a photographer and we finally connected. Boy am I glad we finally did. It was the perfect October day where the sky was blue but there were those white clouds scattered around. The leaves on most of the trees were still green but the tops of them shades of yellow. There was a bridge, ducks, a trail, sticks, stones, a hill and Everett's new best friend from school happened to be up there too. We twirled, we ran, we roared and we were all together outside. It felt like the fresh air was something we have been missing lately. We go on adventures on the weekend mostly because the week days have been filled with work, school, and extra curriculum. Since Aaron has worked the last 28 days in a row, it was so nice for him to meet us outside before dark and play. The kids were tired, but the silly tiredness drove their energy which I'm sure made for some excellent expressions.  

She kept trying to get one of us all looking at the camera but it felt so wrong. This season of parenting is totally not perfect and I know that even if we had one it would feel not in tune with our lives. I like the one shoe on and one shoe off Eleanor was sporting because her "sparkly" shoes she wanted to wear were hurting her feet. Feels like such a girl thing too! 

I love that Everett had his buddy, Sebastian show up and was laughing so hard, roaring and being so cooperative. For someone that pretty much dislikes being in front of the camera he had fun being himself. (No bribes needed).  Eleanor on the other hand when I finally brought up the treats (candy corn) in the car  (an hour after we began) she said ok I'll go get it. She will do anything for sweets. 

Amelia's personality tends to be go with the flow. Maybe that is typical for third babies. If she is outside, watching her brother and sister her heart is content. Now that she is close to walking, she embarks on standing up, wobbling, and trying to get into their zone.  She pointed at every tree, almost said moon, and shook her head with laughter at her brother. She wants to talk and play with them and seeing another person we made start forming a bond with the other two is just the most magical thing. She got to practice walking holding Aaron and my hand. Her bow came off a couple times and she wanted to rip it off other times. Aaron and I took a picture at one point while she was sitting on some rocks. She was happy as a clam picking up those rocks and trying to eat them. She even gave me one of my own. 

In a world where instagram makes every picture seem like a perfect family, ours will paint the chaos, the love, the energy and the stage in our lives that I hope we remember all our lives. Thank you Traci for your time and your talent. 

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Intro to Beautycounter

Thursday, October 20, 2016

 I am so excited to be bringing something totally new to the blog today, my love for Beautycounter!! Like many of you I try to remove toxic products from our home. This means being conscious of the ingredients, labels and where it's made. Sometimes marketing labels can be misleading to what is really inside a product. When you see something that sounds "good" "natural" you think you're buying something that isn't harmful to your body. In the USA companies are allowed to use harmful ingredients and make their own judgments about safety. With over 80,000 chemicals on the market many don't have any safe data. Beautycounter products are committed to safer ingredients. They even have a NEVER LIST. If you haven't checked out the to find where your favorites rank, you should. It could be very eye opening to see some of these ingredients included in their makeup. Beautycounter regulates the health and safety standards that goes well beyond the US law; they’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through the "Never List”—all while ensuring the products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market. 

I first began trying Beautycounter with some samples from my good friend Jen. Being a mom of three little ones my beauty care is pretty low maintenance. However, I am a firm believer of washing my face every morning and night. I also love a little bit of mascara and lip color. I was really happy I tested the oils too. Seeing as my skin tends to be on the oily side, especially with all the breast feeding, I was skeptical. Surprised to see the difference and made the decision to join the Beautycounter business.

Having three little kids, bath time is part of BED TIME routine. Using products like Beautycounter on their precious little skin makes me feel happy that they are going to bed clean and with safe products.

If you're already using a product or want to learn more, please let me know. I would be happy to steer you in the right direction. You also can become a Band of Beauty member and save you 15% on every product purchase, free shipping on orders over $100, and lots of special offers. If you think you might want to sample something first, let me know! The kids products seem to be a big hit, even for moms. I read here the founder Gregg decided to use the kid shampoo for her bubble bath.

I hope you'll join me and love it as much as we do!

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Fall Around Here

Sunday, October 16, 2016

We have been enjoying all the classic halloween movies, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, Room on the Broom! Most days we can't lounge in our pj's because we take Everett to school, but when we can we take advantage and cuddle on our sofa with lots of blankets.

Pajama party // Orange Jammies

Baking is more fun when you get to sit on the counter. I can't wait to update some of the kitchen!
This butter jam is the best AND it's made in Michigan.
They looked at each other. I captured the moment. It was the best! Especially since most of the time, eleanor is poking Amelia in the eyeball. 

I recently started a business with Beautycounter and I am pretty excited about it. Having safe ingredients in our home is very important to me. This company has a strong passion for including the safest personal care products. I will talk more about that in another post. 

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Paw Patrol Halloween Costumes

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oh my! I did it! I decided to make their halloween costumes this year. When did I have time to stay up and sew? This is not typical. I usually have no energy at night time, but I was fueled by wine and chocolate the last couple nights. The kids are so fabric particular that I knew if we spent money on a costume they would NOT wear it. I found this pattern from etsy, and used it to make their vests. I tempted hot glue gun and my own pattern first, but it looked more like a sack for potatoes. The kids are so pumped to be Paw Patrol pups this weekend with halloween nights. Here is my progress so far:

I found the police and fire hat at the dollar store. I am Marshal so I get the fire hat. I found a green trucker hat on amazon for Aaron to be Rocky. Of course, Eleanor is Sky (pink). Everett will be Marshal and Amelia Rubble. No pups too small! We've been reading this Paw Patrol halloween book too!

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Fall Denim Jackets

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Denim Jackets have had their ups and downs through the years, but they always seem to find their way back into my closet. I had one from Gap for about ten years. I wore it in high school, college and then decided I was done. Donated it. Regretted it. Have searched for one that will be long enough for my torso and thank goodness for Old Navy's Tall section. Here are some other jackets. This probably won't work for too much longer if you live where snow is in the forecast soon.

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Yoga for Mamas

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Some days you need a mini break. It's hard to find it in the day (along with your clean clothes) when you have children. Some days I get to 9pm and I think "what did I do today?" Some days I wake up thinking I cannot wait to get back to this same spot in bed. Other days, it feels like I have an extra jump in my step. Today, Amelia and Eleanor slept through the night. I had six hours of uninterrupted sleep. I am not sure how that even happened. Especially since, yesterday, Amelia had her ears pierced and she was stung by a bee. I would also like to remember that the whole time Amelia was crying, Everett kept asking for more popcorn. Typical boy!

While I dream of waking up early, meditating for twenty minutes followed by a nice ashtanga practice, my days are not that. However, I like my comfy yoga clothes to look cute. I found some great products with Alo Yoga and Zella. Take a look! :)

When I can wake up before the rest of the peacocks are awake. I really like to just do some cat cows and a variation of sun A's and B's. I normally ALWAYS throw in a triangle pose because my hips are always tight!

How do you wake up in the morning? Do you also not brush your teeth until lunch some days?

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