I sure hope I got the spelling of “derrières” right. There’s a good possibility I’m swearing at you all in French (is that French?)! But probably not because autocorrect sure as hell doesn’t even let me swear in English. 

Oh weekending. Is there anything better than a strong weekend filled with lazy beach days, walktails, and your four year old parading around in makeup? 

Nope. Not a thing. 

I’m currently penning a letter to the president to see if he’ll make “national donut day” a celebration that includes donuts AND a 3-day weekend. Because that’s the only way to make the holiday better than Halloween. The past few years I’ve made donuts because I was too lazy to hit the donut store. But this year we hit the donut store because I was too lazy to make donuts. The ladies ate the chocolate tops and left the bottoms to be smushed beyond recognition in my diaper bag. 


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the girls twinning game has been strong to very strong lately. I’m not the hugest fan of head to toe twins… But lex is. And I’d be a cold hearted snake to deny her goodness that results in things like this: 


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Lex hit the beach in her suit- meanwhile k hit nap time. that girl has been giving me TROUBLE with a capital T R O U B L E lately and I jumped at the chance to have big kid time.  Plus k’s not tall enough to have made these pictures nearly as cute. 

 

the best part of the weekend was dance recital dress rehearsal. It’s where I learned that I’m going to need way trashier colored makeup in order to be a dance mom. Neutral blush tones just don’t cut it in the dance world. And don’t even get me started on the lips. I have the best memories growing up in costumes, ballet shoes, and sponge rollers. And I can’t believe it’s lex’s turn to enter that world. I’m also incredibly excited for next weekends recital! If they remember their dance it’ll be adorable, if they forget and stand on stage and shake their butts it’ll be adorable! It’s a win-win! I learned so much at the rehearsal- mostly that lipstick and ballet tights don’t mix- and chances are your child won’t listen when you tell them that if they cry their entire face will be black due to mascara. 


And with that. I say bring it on Monday (through Friday). I shall survive you with a hearty dose of a caffeine and maybe I can change that letter to the president to beg him to make every day national donut day. 

  • Meghan

    First off, love how you dress your girls… But you already know that! And you are cracking me up with K not being tall enough to make those photos cute!!! And lastly, a red carpet for the dress rehearsal!?! You officially go to the coolest dance studio!

  • I think that Doughnut, Wine and Margarita days should be weekly. Just saying…the world would be a happier place!

    LOVE the dance mom mention….I’ve already decided that Louise can’t do dance because I am not loud enough (both verbally and cosmetically) to be a Dance Mom! However, seeing Lex in that outfit makes me want to change my mind…we shall see!

  • Is it bad that I want to triplet with them?! Because I totally do… I also want a donut badly now. Dying over the dance recital pics!! Shake it shake it Lex!!

  • 1. I am apparently super committed to commenting on your blog. 2. Lex’s pose is amazing! 3. You need more pictures of you with both girls! 4. You must also start wearing far more colorful makeup to officially be a dance mom!

  • Those swimsuits! I swoon. Precious!!

  • Desiree

    There are so many things about this post, I don’t even know where to begin.
    So. The donuts. Which shop did you hit up? Because holy geez those looks fab.
    The girls outfits have been on point. Come dress me. And my kids.
    And that last photo of you three? THE FREAKING BEST.

  • Whitney

    So as this is my first time commenting I can now cross off “stalker” from my resume 😉 Love that citrus romper so hard! I believe if anyone can make National Doughnut Day a 3-day holiday, its you.

  • What the duck could you possibly be talking about? But really autocorrect. Get your shizz together.

    I love the picture of you girls at the end with you holding your camera. So good.

  • Little ladies with a face full of dance makeup is just the cutest!

  • lex eats donuts like Palmer does. Devours the icing and gives me the crummy plain part!

    and yes, your twinning has been strong, and I love it! Keep it coming!

  • Haha! Love the title of this post. The picture of them in matching suits, shoes and sunnies is my favorite. Pure perfection!! And that last photos is amazeballs.

  • I just adore everything about this post. Particularly that little dancer of yours and all the twinning! I think I need another girl in my life. 😉

  • How adorable! I have a 19 month old and am excited for the day when she does dance!
    Have you heard of lipsense? It’s a lip color that lasts all day and won’t smear or smudge off! It would be perfect for your dance babe! We have lots of colors to choose from! Let me know!
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/amyslipsense

  • Your babes are so precious! Lex has so much personality that I can totally see her doing dance. Cheers to a great week!

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turns out Friday’s after long weekends come quick. And I for one can’t complain that it’s already practically the weekend. K is celebrating by sitting on the couch feeding me animal crackers. I love it when I can teach my children the important things in life- like sharing and/or being my servants. 

This week FLEW by. After a weekend of celebrating and spamming social media with pictures of the girls in matching dresses I kicked off Tuesday by doing the same thing. In the same dresses. Because I am nothing if not original. 


I’m also trying to decide if I can keep the sink bath pictures to once a week. Jury’s out on that one. 


We got cabinet doors and my life was MADE. It’s been a long ass seven months and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Once the dust settles and our storage unit has been emptied I might be able to block the whole process from my memory. And like childbirth only remember the good parts. But mark my words- we are never ever, ever, EVER, moving. And I’ll never participate in a remodel ever again… Until the girls need that double sink in their bathroom. 

I’m also hosting anything and everything I can. So if anyone needs a watch party for the bachelorette finale here is your formal written invitation. There will be cocktails! And deli meat! (Just in case Chad decides to make an appearance… If he’s not too busy in the final two). 


Lex has had the week off school so I got to double my sidekicks when running errands. I went to target for groceries “and a few other things”- and ended up filling the cart with candles and drawer organizers and the groceries just couldn’t possibly fit. Thank God for supper club for feeding my children. 


What’s supper club you ask? 

Only the best thing ever invented. Me and my squad of bestest mom-friends switch off hosting bi-monthly. And on the in between weeks we do a little thing called DATE NIGHT MINUS THE CHILDREN. It’s a win-win on all accounts. And I would be nowhere in life without these ladies (and their husbands! Who are equally as wonderful!). 


And with that. I’m off to drink some wine and try to forget that I signed up for a 6am gym class. 


  • Desiree

    If you limit the sink photos to once a week I’m not sure I can be friends with you anymore. Once a week is not enough. Give the people what they want!
    Also. Your supper club is pretty much the best idea in the history of ever. Well played.

  • Ok, too much to comment on!! 7 months of remodeling?! Our’s lasted 5 months and it was unbearable! I laughed at only remembering the good parts, like childbirth! Ha! Also I wish I could come for some wine and cold cuts and maybe you could teach me how to take a picture too?!

  • I’ll keep coming back for more sink pics! PS I need sources on all clothes, because I totally want Louise to be their triplet…is that weird? You make polka dots, stripes and solid colors look #onpoint. PS I want a supper club!! I am totally doing this…one week with kids, one week without…best idea ever.

  • Amanda Knox

    Gorgeous photos, as always!! Ok, several bloggers that I follow rave about supper club – and I think it sounds like a fabulous idea! Here is my question: on weeks that you host, what do you do with your children?!?!?! I mean, my husband can certainly care for them, but do they just stay upstairs and go to bed as usual and ignore the ladies having a fabulous time downstairs? I want to know how to make this work! 🙂

  • BRING ON ALL THE SINK BATH PICTURES. Particularly if they include those amazing reflections of one sweet babe!! LOVE. I’m obsessed with your remodel… and I’m a little (lot) excited to come to the next shindig in your house. I accept all invitations. In the mean time… can we please find a way to involve me in this supper club? Or date night? That would work too.

  • Yes to all of the matchy matchy photos and sink photos too! Keep them coming! Love the reflection shots in the sink photos.

  • I just want to jump in every single one of your photos. I also want to jump in that sink! You’ve officially made me want to move so I can have a kitchen that gorgeous. Maybe someday…

  • K is like a fine wine and just keeps getting better and better with time. Every picture with her just walkin all around I CAN’T. TOO CUTE. AND KILLING ME.

    And because I can’t let an opportunity to make a comment about your kitchen pass by….them seven months were WORTH IT

  • I vote snapchat tour of the new digs! Can’t wait to see that gorgeous kitchen!

  • Meghan

    Supper club sounds like the best idea ever! Sign me up ASAP!

  • Give me all the twinning! All the sink bath photos! And more & more of that kitchen. Also, please please come help me design & decorate my house!

  • Playing blog catch up— holy amazingness with that kitchen of yours. It’s so so stunning and I will personally not object to all the sink bath pictures!

    Kenz is looking so much like a little lady its not cool and Lex… um, she looks ten.

  • alycia

    supper club sounds amazing. and, your kitchen looks GORGEOUS! i’m a little bit jealous. OK, I’m a lot jealous!!!

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so I’m pretty sure k has like the best life EVER. But lately she’s been disagreeing with that statement pretty hard.

I hope it’s because she has the weirdest teething pattern ever and is getting molars even though she doesn’t even have all her canines. But she’s proved to us time and time again that she will do things HER WAY or no-way. So I can’t be that surprised. Teething or no teething a sassy little personality is blossoming… And yes “sassy” is how I’m choosing to describe “happy and stubborn as hell”.

So. Here are all the reasons k’s life is incredibly hard.

1. She has no say in wardrobe. So if I want to put her in gladiator shoes she can’t walk in. I WIN. Because I can do things like work a zipper.

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2. Naps. Sleeping baby pictures are all the rage. And instead of miss out- I instead taught homeslice to nap in the daylight.

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3. I wish I could say she’s at my mercy for pictures. But instead I’m afraid to admit i’m instead at hers. Point a camera at that kid and she WILL figure out a way to squirm out of the shot.

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4. She’s along for the ride. Literally.

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5. Someone had to fulfill my lifelong fantasy of the “baby in a farmhouse sink” picture. And I promise this will be a weekly occurance possibly with the hashtag #notanothersinkbath

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6. If k so much as threatens to have a bad day lex and I smother her with kisses until she shrieks with delight. We’ve also been known to “eat her piggies”.

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being the baby is almost as rough as trying to creatively put together a blog post thats not titled “yet another photo dump”. happy monday.

  • Best hashtag ever! Give me all the sink bath pictures! And I too made sure Finn can sleep in daylight, because….priorities! K, life is grand. Your wardrobe is better than mine, and your gingerness is fading! 😉

  • Ha! Love all the pictures, as usual! Sleeping in daylight- awesome! We demand room darkening here- big mistake! But let’s be honest- I don’t even think about going into my sleeping baby’s room! Pictures on the monitor are as good as I get!

  • Meghan

    Not another photo dump… Hahaha! I don’t mind them in the least, just as I wouldn’t mind seeing more sink baths ;).

  • Photo dump away my friend! I love seeing them!
    I will admit k’s life is pretty rough… I mean having to wear all those amazing outfits must be terribly hard, but thankfully she’s got that covered for us. BUT I will admit, if I had to share my full cup of fro yo, I would be pretty mad too 😉

  • haha! I love this post so much! K is pretty darn lucky if you ask me. She has the best wardrobe, gets to share ice cream with big sis, and is so darn loved!! 🙂

  • Haha, one is TOUGH!! You zip up those gladiator sandals until she can unzip them! TOO CUTE!

  • Oh K. Life is very rough indeed. Especially when your mama dresses you super cute….or you have to take a farmhouse sink bath. Poor sweet girl!

  • i love this post so much!!! she’s got it rough, for sure!! LOL

  • Ok so Harp and K can have wallow sessions together of their so-tough-one-year-old-life (eye roll). Ha!! 🙂
    Half of our vacation pics are of her trying to head-dive-squirm out of our arms. And pretty sure I NEED a farmhouse sink in our next house. Gorgeous girls & pics, as always. 🙂

  • Teething struggles. At least she’s super cute and gets ice cream at the end of the day 😉

  • Who do these second kids think they are wanting blackout curtains like their siblings?!? I love this post so much!

  • I mean… I don’t blame her. Sharing froyo isn’t really on my agenda either… but I think I could be bribed with a killer wardrobe, too. In the meantime… share some of those ZZZs with me, will you K? I need to embrace your love of sleep.

  • Desiree

    You win for most creative photo dump!
    Let’s also sing ALL the praises for that sink shot!! I’m all for #notanothersinkbath every day of the week. Just sayin.

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Lets kick off friday with a giant cone of ice cream (and no their outfits did not survive)!

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So! hey friends. its been a hot second (or a few weeks) since I’ve done a life update. Its probably because i have nothing absolutely fantastic to report- but i will blame my absence on a little something called the Nightgale. holy cow that book was good. And maybe a little bit on netflix (grace and frankie anyone?!)

Our kitchen is slowly coming to life- and its looking damn good if i say so myself. The good news! our furniture is slowly being delivered! bad news! the flooring isn’t finished so we’ll have a kitchen table floating around the entryway. We obviously arent currently open for hosting and dare i say i’m embarrassed to even open the door enough for the mailman to peek inside.

BUT. it just means i have the perfect blank canvas for pictures of things like matching gladiator sandals.

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So Mother’s Day! It was fantastic. And although I didn’t get breakfast in bed i did get a new locket from lex (for the record she refuses to put pictures in it)- which was probably the hardest secret she’s ever had to keep from me.

i also managed to snag a few pictures of me with my leading ladies- if you look closely you can see my empty locket. And i’ll let you guys in on a little secret because you’re all my BESTEST friends. That backdrop? one of my favorite backdrops! its in an alleyway a block down from our house. I’m sure everyone on the block sees us on their security cameras and questions my sanity.

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You know what else we did on mothers day? went to costco. but my mom picked up the tab- so happy mothers day to her indeed! and if k looks super happy here its because she still has stranger danger with my brother. Its either his fancy hair or she’s trying to guilt him into coming to visit more often.

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You know who else k has stranger danger with? The lovely ladies at the gym. Which is just loco because she gets rewarded with cake pops and hanging out with her homies.

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and now. what you really come here for. sister picture overload.
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  • Meghan

    Well that’s the prettiest alley way I’ve ever seen! And I can’t wait to see your finished kitchen!!!!

  • The things one does for a pretty shot!

  • I’ve been taking my Stitch Fix pictures outside in our non-pretty alley way (hey it’s all I’ve got) and I’m pretty sure various random people (and the mail man) have walked by before and think I am totally loco. So I know the feeling. However, I say, don’t let that stop you. That back drop is perfect! SO happy the babes cooperated (and the Instagram Husband) for some pictures on Mother’s Day!
    And YAY for your mom picking up the tab at Costco! That would be the best ever present for me too!
    DYYYYING and cannot wait for the kitchen reveal! I’m not sure if it will be done for the season premiere of the bachelor (a little over a week!) but we’ll be crashing at your house for the finale! 🙂

  • Ohh we have Handels here too!! Like thats my first comment, ice cream related.

    Love the leotard and rainboots, thats a weekly fashion statement here too. Can’t wait to see the kitchen, I already know I’ll be obsessed.

  • i can’t wait to see your kitchen all come together. not too much longer now!!!

    and that backdrop is absolutely perfect. i love it. who cares if people think you’re crazy, aren’t we all a little loco???

    and, as per usual, your sister photos are the best!!!

  • Desiree

    I’d LOVE a trip to Costco if someone picked up my tab!
    Also. Your kitchen. THIS CLOSE!!!!

  • Your kitchen is going to be amazing….I Can’t wait to see it! And stranger danger is real….but your bro’s hair is kind of amazing.

  • These are precious! And hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do for some good pictures!

  • Cute pics and all but let’s talk about your brother…I have a lot of cute single girlfriends.

  • You take the BEST PICTURES! It doesn’t hurt that the girls are adorable, but for real….amazing. What a great Mother’s Day…I’d take an all-expense paid trip to Costco any day! 😉 Haha!

  • Nicole B

    Love these pics! My favs: the one w Lex’s feet up in the crib and the one at the post office. ❤️ And you know I love that alley.

  • It’s so sweet to see how loving Lex is of her sister. Such a sweetheart!

  • I am seriously DYING laughing at your posts. You are so funny!

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alright ladies (and gentleman? maybe just my husband?). . . i feel like one of the things i get asked about the most is about photography. i know I’ve posted about it before here. and it was a good big basic overview.

but what i want to talk about now is editing.

a lot of the pictures i take end up on social media (namely instagram). and as much as i love myself a good #latergram i prefer to quickly edit and post as soon as i catch a spare moment. It feels more authentic for some reason. . .(it probably also means i post too many times a day).

but. back to editing.

i have a few basic apps i use for every picture.

VSCO, Facetune, TouchRetouch, and PicTapGo. They’re easy to use, and once you get a feel for your editing style it becomes second nature and using FOUR apps seems less daunting. it also helps your pictures look more uniform. and who doesn’t strive for a cohesive instagram feed?!

i took this  a few weeks ago at the farmers market. i seriously LOVE the colors. There was a good natural reflector coming off the sidewalk lighting the girls faces, i always shoot farther away and crop in. I love this picture but the original one just fell flat.

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1. VSCO: I always start with VSCO. i LOVE the c3 preset. but i strongly urge you to find the one that works for your style. so i uploaded the picture. from there i used the c3 filter (i hardly ever bump it up more than half). from there in the tools (the little wrench) i lightened it up +1. and saved to my camera roll. the best part of VSCO is that you can copy and paste your editing steps into multiple pictures. so batch them up if you have multiple pictures from the same shoot.

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2. FACETUNE & PIC TAP GO- next up is facetune. the hands down best app for lightening up pictures. the $3.99 pricetag seems really steep but i use this app on EVERY SINGLE PICTURE. so its worth it times a million.

once you open your photo. swipe the bottom toolbar to filters. from there click on lighting. i love “lighter” and “gamma”. i always start with lighter- you can adjust how much or little of each filter by swiping right and left.

facetune also has a few other awesome features. if you have a close up picture that needs just a smidge more sharpening (think in the eyes) the details feature is perfect. and the smooth feature can smooth skin. . . i sometimes use this on pictures on k napping when all you see are her legs.

once i save the picture i crop in pictapgo. i seriously use pictapgo for nothing else anymore. but for some reason their cropping and straightening tool is something i just cant quit. crooked pictures drive me absolutely crazy. you can even straighten pictures directly IN instagram. so really friends dont let friends have crooked pictures.

here’s the final image i posted to instagram.

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3. TOUCH RETOUCH- this little gem of an app is my secret to removing things like storm drains and other pesky things. like the statue at my in-laws house. the statue is amazing and gorgeous in person. but it can be a distraction in pictures.

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open your photo from gallery. use the brush tool (the little paint brush) and lightly brush it over whatever you want to remove. hit the start button (the little square) and watch it disappear. its not always perfect, and takes some practice. but after a little facetune and touch retouch here’s what got posted:

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maybe next time i’ll post about how i get the girls to at least look like they cooperate.

any questions? concerns? apps out there i need in my life right now or i might die?!

 

  • OMG I didn’t know about TOUCH RETOUCH. Life changing! xoxo.

  • Meghan

    I think I may need to rethink my editing game. Right now I only use pictapgo!

  • Laura Keenan

    It still cracks me up that you can’t quit pictapgo! VSCO has the best straightening, even having horizontal & vertical perspective. Another app I use occasionally is lens distortions. But only, only, if I already have sunflare present, but I didn’t nail the shot!

  • Kristen

    Love this post!!! Thank you so much for sharing your tips. You always capture your girls so beautifully.

  • Mayumi Shimose Poe

    “how i get the girls to at least look like they cooperate”

    Is that a special filter? Or a separate app? 🙂

    <3

  • Oh this is awesome – I downloaded Color Story and LOVE it – so many options and it’s gorgeous!

  • Tawnya

    Oh my goodness, I need to get touch retouch like yesterday. I edit that shit out in photoshop and this could save me SO MUCH TIME! haha!! Thanks!

  • Anytime you talk photos and editing I am all ears. Your photos are amazeballs!! I had never heard of touch retouch, but you can bet it’s downloading right now! I love the afterlight app for cropping, straightening and brightening a photo.

  • These are awesome! I’m off to check them out now!

  • Desiree

    I have the best idea when it comes to photos and apps and edits… Can you just take my photos for me? Because I heart all of yours.

  • Great tips! Definitely trying out the TOUCH RETOUCH app!! Sounds so perfect, even if it needs a little practice.
    http://www.fashionovermatter.com

  • Friends don’t let friends have crooked pictures….bahahahaha. Totally agree!! I can’t wait to try touch retouch. Also, your in-laws seem to have the worst view. The worst 😉

  • love these tips. I need to get touch retouch ASAP! this sounds simply wonderful and life changing!!

  • Some how I missed this! How? I need this post in my life!
    PS you better believe I saved those videos you sent me to my phone. I need some time to refer back to them and mess around.
    Also, I’m thinking, maybe one day over the summer, I can come over, bring Mason, Lex can dress him in princess dresses (he’s pretty cooperative) and you can teach me a thing or two? Or twelve?

  • oooh love this little post! And yes, please share how you get them to cooperate!

  • I’ve been using VSCO since you recommended it and I love it! Now I’m going to check out the rest of your suggestions! You take the most gorgeous photos!

  • Nicole B

    THANKS for this!!

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