the holidays are rapidly approaching so we’re making our lists and checking them twice.

here’s what tops our resident toddler’s christmas list this year.



lex is a girl through and through. she loves all things sparkley, pink, princess, and insists on wearing a tutu every sunday to watch football. i’m sure pigs in a blanket are exceptionally more delicious while wearing tulle.

i really wanted to get lex a dollhouse. we searched and searched for one that wasn’t giant, and could grown with her. the one we stumbled upon fits the bill perfectly. the rooms are movable, it comes with all the furniture, and looks adorable to boot.

lex already owns a scooter. but being the rookie parents we are- we bought her one with two wheels in the back. apparently there’s a reason all the popular scooters have the two wheels in the front. . . and it might have a little something to do with little feet hitting the wheels in the back every single time they try to pedal resulting in high levels of frustration. so alas, scooter round dos for lex. and this time we’re doing it right.

 when we saw santa lex asked for one thing, and one thing only. an ariel doll. which is incredibly random considering how many ariel dolls we have running around the house. big ones, little ones, ones with tails. . . and yet. all she wants from santa is an ariel doll with a tail and a purple ‘kini, and red hair. which sounds like at least three other dolls around here. but alas, santa cant let a girl down. maybe this one will make her collection complete.

i cant wait to see her face light up christmas morning after learning that santa came to visit us. milk, cookies, and some reindeer carrots are definitely making their way out this year now that she’s old enough to understand the magic.

  • She is going to be the happiest girl on Christmas morning!!

  • EVERYTHING is better with a tutu… and maybe a tail? Love the girly girl in Lex!!!

  • Oh my gosh… her wishlist!! Love it! I need to book mark this for ideas as Mia grows, ha!

  • Such cute things! We’ve been trying to find Chickie a dollhouse, too. Which one is this and where did you find it? It’s so cute and looks just like what we’ve been looking for. Christmas is so much fun with the littles!!

  • karra

    that sparkly bag is everything!!

  • I just saw that dollhouse on Thrifty Littles. It’s a great deal on Amazon right now!

  • Katie

    Dude. Totally hear you on the two-wheels-in-the-back scooter issue. Emerson would get so bruised all over the insides of her ankles (once taking off skin). Finally, I just took the damn scooter away. Santa will also be bringing her a two-wheels-in-the-front scooter. Hopefully this solves problems! #thescooterstruggleisreal

  • Jenny

    Oh mom what’s one more Ariel doll?! That doll house looks pretty cool!! We were at PBK over the weekend and Callie hardly left the doll house alone. It wasn’t even on my radar this year but it might be now. Grandmas like to do big gifts :)

  • Love the dollhouse! And we might be doing a scooter too, that or a balance bike, need to decide. Ashlynn only wan’ts a “tiny elsa” from Santa. We have a tiny Anna, the clip ones, and she wants an Elsa one. Was going to be a stocking stuffer, but hey, I guess it’s the big one ha.

  • What a cute dollhouse!! Lexi will be one happy lady on Christmas I’m sure ;)

  • Umm… if I had a girl, I would run out and buy that dollhouse right now. SO. CUTE. Have you been to Costco recently? They have a bunch of those princess dolls (and I saw an Ariel!) there right now for a good price!

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we are coming off of one awesome weekend.

friday night mike and i painted the town red on a double date and went out to dinner AND got to see the latest and greatest installment of jlaw as katniss.

it was outstanding. not only was it fun to hang out with another couple minus the kids but dinner was delicious and the movie was outstanding. i wasnt expecting much going in- i read a review that seemed to think that the movie was lacking in action and was “too emotional”. but alas, i loved it. it helps that hunger games can do no wrong in my eyes, it also helps that jlaw wasnt quite as whiny as katniss comes across in book three.

hunger games win.

saturday we got to see the jolly big man in red.


we figured seeing santa was a total crap shoot this year. with a 2.5 year old life on the day to day can go either way. nevermind sitting on some strange mans lap. lucky for us lex loved it. and had a blast telling santa her deepest and darkest desires for this christmas

“i want an ariel doll. with a tail, and red hair, and a purple ‘kini”. she also slipped in that she wants “christmas lights”. which mike wishes was santa’s job.

can i get a moment of silence for lex’s perfect highlights? i’m dying to get into see her colorist.


sunday i spent celebrating a besties soon-to-arrive little man and as a bonus got to hang out with my brother and sister in law (minus lex. which hasn’t happened in 2.5 years). i also developed an unhealthy addiction to the podcast serial. If you haven’t experienced it- DO IT. You’ll be hooked immediately… I’m longing to take a road trip just for some uninterrupted serial time.


cheers to a short week!

  • Yay for date nights, happy santa visits and family time!!! Don’t worry Sir, I’m sure everyone wishes lights were Santa’s job!! Maybe next year he can subcontract elves?

  • Seriously, perfect weekend!!
    We’ve got a babysitter lined up for us to go see Mockinjay and I can’t wait! And when I say babysitter… I mean someone other than family… WHAT?! We are livin’ on the edge, I tell ya!
    Also, I have a feeling that Mia will hate Santa but I can’t wait to take her this year :)

  • Serial? I have never heard of it, but I may have to investigate….and Lex’s hair…seriously. She’s always had a great mop on that head!! We tried for Santa, but Cam just took the coloring book, stood in front of him and told him he wanted Frozen toys, a purple kitchen and a pink doll. Yep. At least he didn’t run away screaming! Haha!

  • I am hoping and praying I can get my girl on Santa’s lap (my guess is no) but seeing Lex there gives me some hope! She is the cutest. Her hair is so pretty! Something about those kids perfect hair without trying (mine looks like – I don’t even know what these days). Happy Almost Thanksgiving to you and your little precious familia!

  • You are so on the ball to already have visited Santa! I thought about it this weekend but the weather was here so i decided against it. Glad she enjoyed it. I think this year will be the year Elin has a better understanding of Santa.

  • You have the best santa ever. And I love lex’s wish list. Mike better get on those Christmas lights!

  • You really have the best Santa ever. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about the fat man this year. Last year, Chickie screamed bloody murder and all but kicked and punched her way to freedom so I’m kind of timid going into this year. We’ll see.

    Yay for date night! So happy you had a great weekend. :)

  • karra

    I’m pretty certain Rae is going to have a meltdown when we visit Santa and SO JELLY about kidder date nights and seeing jlaw!

  • YAY for date night, mama!!!!!! And Santa – I’m thinking it’s a total no go for us this year … I am obviously going to try, but its most definitely going to be one of those crying pics! ;)

  • Jenny

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! She totally nailed her photo with the big man too! I love her little Christmas list too :)

  • Sounds like a fun weekend! We went to see Hunger Games and I too loved it! Too bad we have to wait all the way until next year for the next one! Your daughter’s hair is perfect and she is as cute as a button!

  • YAY for a successful Santa trip! Mason was a little unsure last year but we are planning to go again. I have a feeling a total meltdown will happen, but hey, we live in the edge and will see what happens.
    YAY for a fun date night as well!
    PS loving the website makeover!

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ever feel like your toddler is out to ruin your life? because i’m fairly certain mine has been this week.

she came down with a sweet ass cold (preschool germs rock!) and while theyre usually no biggie this one has decided to mess with our sleep. in a “lets wake up every two hours!” kinda way.

i certainly dont appreciate her attempt to prepare me for newborn nights.

During the day at least lex remains her sweet, fun, loving self so we’ve managed to make Christmas come early for everyone.


For lex. We put up her hot pink Christmas tree with hot pink Christmas lights in her room. And she insists on going to bed with it lit. Which means her room glows pink and is uber creepy. Which matches the fact that lately she’s been the devil at night.

For mike. I surprised him and bought a bottle sanitizer for babe number dos. Because really, his biggest complaint was all the constant bottle washing. Since I handled the bottle cleaning situation I fully expect him to handle my top newborn complaints- ie sleepless nights and blowouts.

For me. A trip to our local maternity store for jeans to last me those last few months also introduced me to the softest, sweetest, most comfortable workout wear ever. I’m not sure my new pants will ever be ripped off my body. They embody all that is comfy and I’m sure will be worn to the bitter end of this pregnancy and beyond.

For Mackenzie. After months (and months and months) of waiting her dresser finally arrived. Which means I can finally start finishing her wall-bare room. I’ve quickly fallen in love with her room and can’t wait until she’s here to fill it.


so we’re officially jumping for joy that its almost the weekend. fingers crossed we can kick this cold’s ass and get a tad more sleep. until then andy cohen and i shall remain late night besties.


  • Maybe you need to replace that pink tree with a gold one and she’ll get the Angel thing going!! The dresser was totally worth the wait!! I love it!!

  • Oh no!! Mia had a cold like that a few months ago…. not only did she feel the need to wake up multiple times a night, but she also thought she should sleep with us. Oh gosh. That was a miserable week! I hope Lex can kick hers asap!
    One day, just one day, I keep thinking you’ll show us a bump photo before your sweet babe arrives ;)

  • Ugh I am so sorry! Operating on no sleep is no bueno. I lol’d when you said her room glows an creepy shade of pink!

  • Poor Lex! Ella came down with strep this week so I am totally feeling your pain.

  • Send me those pants! And boo to middle of the night wake ups…totally the WORST. But I love her pink tree…Hudson might need his own tree too this year!

  • Wait, does the sterilizer mean you don’t have to wash the bottles? Does it do that for you? I’m SO horribly sick of washing bottles!! I would pay a million dollars for that, if that’s the case. Sorry to hear Lex’s been sick. Toddler colds are no fun. Neither is lack of sleep during pregnancy. Totally not fair. Love the dresser though!

  • Jenny

    Toddler colds are the worst. And then they pass them to us! And we’re not even in pre-school yet – I dread how much worse it’ll be! I hope you all get some sleep soon and yay for getting the new baby’s room ready! Oh and the pink xmas tree? Love it!

  • I feel ya, Momma. Cam came down with a lovely cold, as well, and has been coughing through the night since Sunday. And, I was lucky enough to catch it, so last night was an all-night battle of sleeping sitting up while not letting Cam fall off the couch. It’s awesome. Where’s the tequila (and Nanny) when you need it?? I hope you get some rest! At least you can fill that sweet dresser with adorable girl clothes!! (PS I just added that bottle sanitizer to my “wish list” for Baby #2. It looks like a sanity-saver.)

  • karra

    EH. were all coughing up our lungs over here, hopefully we all get better asap! and that tiny Christmas tree.. Rae would be up all night messing with that thing! So cute!!

  • That last pic, too cute! And I feel like toddler colds should be illegal for pregnant mamas, don’t they know we need our sleep?! Hope she feels better ASAP. :)

  • lame lame lame. I hate broken sleep, no need to start that earlier than you have to. At least she is being festive and matching her tree?

  • Hope Lex feels better!!! I would say, stock up on sleep while you can, but we all know that is a crock of sh*t. I can’t sleep now for what I won’t get later. So I’ll just say… hope she feels better so you can enjoy your sleep-full nights while you can :)

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looks like i’m not the only one taking care of a baby around here .

lex finally realized her love for her baby and that love runs real deep.

“mom. im taking really good care of my baby.”

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and its true. she’s taking really good care of that child. Especially after discovering our mamaroo and how easy it is to operate. that baby is constantly getting a bottle, or cuddles, or going for morning stroller walks, or being nestled into her crib.

and the top of her christmas list is officially a changing table. and the top of mine is a baby stroller than handles like a dream- because our current one doesnt seem to turn.

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ive been taking care of my baby too. by getting a support tank. its basically a miracle rolled into a soft tank top. and its helped with my back pain in a big big way. one of the reviews said “its like giving your bump a big hug all day” and its so true. and so needed when you own a toddler who insists on being carried.

lex got herself her first big girl haircut this week. my stylist broke the news to me that she doesnt “do toddlers” which is completely understandable, but after much pleading and promising i managed to finagle lex an appointment. and lex (along with her stellar behavior and girly girlyness) is officially her newest and shortest client. and while i want to bob her hair in the worst way, i practiced a little self restraint and we trimmed 3 inches off instead.

but beware. the toddler bob is SO coming.


we have some fun in store for us this weekend. celebrating my moms birthday, hosting a shower for my fabulous sister-in-law-to-be and lets not forget fetching mike glasses of water and helping him hobble around the house after his scheduled knee surgery.



  • Oh stop! That changing table is the cutest thing! Lex kills me, SO CUTE!
    Please remind me of the support tank with my next pregnancy. I’m sure I’ll forget about it by then (hello pregnancy brain!) but it sounds like a life saver!
    Oh no! I didn’t know Mike was getting surgery! Definitely praying everything goes smoothly! Enjoy your weekend!!

  • Jenny

    love her with her baby! Lex hair always looks awesome can’t wait to see this toddler bob you speak of!!! I hope the knee surgery goes smoothly too!

  • Lex is the cutest with those boots, that stroller, and her baby!! Get the changing table so she will be a pro by February? Have an awesome weekend!! Give everyone hugs from us, but I’m pretty sure Sir will just want painkillers. :-P

  • I’m a huge fan of bobs on little girls, always so cute and simple and neat looking. I can’t believe how long her hair is now! Glad to see she’s taking good care of her baby — maybe she’ll be ready to babysit in a few months? ;)

  • Taylor Wintle

    What a good little mommy ;) I can’t wait to see her haircut. I want harps to have a bob too but she’s still stuck in the mullet phase haha. P.s.- I’m about to read every post because I’m so behind so apologies for all the comments!

  • Her boots…I want them! She is going to be the BEST big sister!! Have a great weekend, super mom!! You do it all (and look good doin’ it)!

  • karra

    I’ve heard GREAT reviews on the Blanqi! and Lex with a bob would be the cutest!

  • Sweetest photos of Lex and her baby. Ella is baby obsessed too and is asking Santa for her first American Girl Doll this Christmas. I may be even more excited than her about all of the fun trips to the AG store when we travel to Dallas!

  • A toddler bob on Lex would be so cute! I’ve been eyeing those boots for Elin! Does Lex love them?

  • I love that you think you need ANOTHER stroller…albeit a baby doll one. Haven’t you said you’re a stroller junkie? Couldn’t she just use one of the other 8 you have? :) Kidding!

    PLEASE do a toddler bob! She could SO rock it!

  • Oh my goodness, that photo of Lex and Mike? I die. That man was born to be a girl dad! He is the best!

  • Love me a toddler bob– we’ve done it many times in our house. I’m a BOB stroller myself!

  • Her first big haircut – I can’t even believe it!!! And lex is going to be such a good big sis – not much longer now!! Glad you are feeling better!!

  • awwww! I love that she is so into baby now! So cute!
    I am taking Sydney to my new salon on Saturday and she is so excited! Chris wants as little hair cut as possible. Sydney wants it cut short. But I think I am just having a few inches cut off so that we are somewhere in the middle. Lol

  • If you ever find the perfect stroller, doll stroller that is ;) – please DO share! I can’t stand Kaitlyn’s fancy doll pram. It also does not turn in any way and makes walks a nightmare. Ah… I love love Lex’s long golden locks! But I am sure she will look gorgeous as always in a bob!

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Maybe just maybe one of these week’s i’ll post on a day that isnt monday or friday. and maybe just maybe it’ll be a riveting post about something sensational. until then i’ll just stick with being consistently consistent on this monday/friday business.

now back to business.

this week has proven that i’m one awesome hostess. no really. i’m currently hosting not only a growing child BUT a cold in this here body. which has resulted in an embarrassingly early bedtime. I’m talking about getting lex down around 8 and marching straight into the bedroom to lay in bed along with my besties lorelai and rory on the flix.  meanwhile mike has been thoroughly enjoying his time watching football and whatever else boys watch in peace.

i’m sure i’ll be over this cold soon and out of things to complain about (besides the trials and tribulations of third trimester pregnancy).

this week i buckled down and entered the fabulously fun world of sugar cookies. a few of my friends were doing it, and i love me a good bandwagon jump. after waiting an excruciating long two days to get all my supplies via amazon prime we got down to business. and the result was delicious and adorable. while i could use a tad more practice, my first attempt looked perfect (especially when covered by toddler sprinkles).

loads more cookie parties are in our future. especially ones with sprinkles and sparkley headbands.


i’m overly excited that i have the fastest fingers in the west AND a gap card because when the kate spade collection for gap hit the web i jumped on the chance to order a few necessities. like this purse. which gets filled on a daily basis with princesses, marshmellows, and lets not forget her camera and credit card.

which oddly sounds exactly like the contents of my purse.


tuesdays are the only day we’re free birds and have exactly zero pesky activities like school or ballet. so its always fun to do something fun. like hitting the mall buying new kicks, getting some new lex-approved candles, and insisting i carry her purse. it quickly became my favorite day of the week, and not just because lex’s new footwear put her in a stellar mood. girls love their shoes.


this weekend we’ll be laying low and hanging out with some new friends from lex’s school. because when a cool new family hits the scene and the mom and i happen to share a love of mom blogs and babe footwear you capitalize and force them into friendship.

cheers to the freakin’ weekend.

  • Looks like the most fun week ever! I mean who can argue with cookies, shoping, and gilmore girls?!

  • We want to come play on Tuesdays ;) Sounds like so much fun! Of course Lex’s bag and shoes are too die for!
    I’m sorry you’re still sick! Crossing my fingers that you get better, like, today :)

  • i love this! She is seriously always so cute!
    Friday’s are our days of nothing, and I always love them! And seriously, what little girl doesn’t love new shoes! Sydney and I both got new boots on Wednesday while hubs and I had our day date during Sydney’s school day and I love them!!

  • Um, wasn’t cookie party the best?! I seriously am so obsessed with her, like fangirl status. And I’m about to have my 3rd cookie party tonight, obsessed…

  • Haha! I wrote about the KS purse in my post this week. Great minds…Oh and that cookie party looks amazing!M and I need that in our life NOW especially with all of the rainy days in my future! Hope you are feeling 100% soon!

  • If a fellow woman likes a good mom blog she is an instant friend in my opinion. ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  • She’s seriously too cute. I hope you feel better; pregnancy and colds are NO FUN. PS Can I come hang out with you on Tuesdays?

  • karra

    gilmore girls has been on nonstop since the husband’s been out of town! and I hope you’re feeling better.. I don’t know about you but I am READY for Feburary (hopefully January) to be here ;)

  • Tawnya

    Ok I have so much to say haha! We really are soul sisters. I’ve been getting my Loralai and Rory fix on during recovery big time, I just love classic shows like Gilmore girls, so good for the soul.

    Lex’s shoes, I NEED to jump on that trend for S but I think my husband will probably kill me (my child has more footwear than I) and that purse!! I die! Scarlett carry’s around this god awful mini purse, so a stylish one like Lex’s may have to happen!

    Hope you kick that cold soon! Pregnancy and colds never mix well! xo

  • OMG! I love me some sugar cookies!! :) YUMMY!!

  • Minus the sickness (feel better soon!!!), your week sounds pretty fantastic! Can I play hookie from work one day and come play? I like mom blogs and cookies and shoes and I have a cute kid that would like to come hang out too! :)

  • Ashlee Brown

    So… I have been a longtime (silent) follower of your blog. Your voice is so smart and funny and Lex’s style in seriously on point! Could you please tell me where Lex’s heart print top is from? Also, wear do you buy the majority of her clothes and what brands do you like best? I have a two year old girl named Finnley and Lex serves as fashion inspiration!

  • Totally jumpin’ on the cookie bandwagon too! #imafollower

  • jenny

    icing in squeeze bottles – you are a GENIUS!! why have I never thought of that!

  • Wait til you have two, then you’ll really be consistently INconsistent:).

  • Sadly I just finished off all 7 seasons on netflix of GG, and I’m tempted to just to do the whole dang thing again. Because, what else am I suppose to watch?!

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