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I always got so excited as a kid when halloween fell on a Friday. I remember being horribly confused when we had to go to school the day after Halloween. Isn’t halloween a holiday?! It’s absurd.

So here we are. Friday & Halloween. And all is right in so many school aged kids worlds right now.

especially this ones. because hello cinderella.

We managed to have a very festive week. I haven’t been overly festive up to this point so we crammed as much orange and black hocus pocus-y goodness into the week as we possibly could.

Except for mike. Who got all grinch-y when he turned to me and muttered “your lotion smells like a public bathroom. If you find yourself in a position to buy new lotion I highly recommend it.” And now my lifelong question of what men’s rooms smell like has been answered. GRAPEFRUIT. Who knew?

Back to the fest of festivities from the week.

Monday lex came home from school and declared “mom. I need a break… And a margarita”. So a break (nap) she got followed by a very strong very virgin margarita.

Just what a Monday ordered.

We also painted pumpkins. Five pumpkins. On five different occasions. Homegirl loves herself a good craft opportunity. The playroom has officially been turned into a craft room.

Lex’s school did a fabulous Halloween parade for all the kids in her class. She’s been discussing with me for WEEKS about what everyone was going to be… She got about half of them right, the other half i’m sure was just what she thought they should be.  next year she’ll have her own little person to order around and dress up.

we then hosted a rockin’ halloween party. complete with (more) pumpkin painting, bounce housing, and a ton of spooky food. i usually do a far better job at taking pictures, but alas i got a grand total of like one. pumpkins pre painting. and they turned out gloriously. and sparkley. and lex’s was about 8 shades o pink.


happy halloween to all and to all a good night!




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  • Kelley - I love Lex’s costume! Seriously the PERFECT one for her! Painting pumpkins was how we did it this year too. Much less messy and slimy! I also love how you host some seriously fun parties at your seriously adorable house and that’s all we got! ;) Happy Halloween!

  • EHayes - Dying over the public bathroom comment. And sounds like a fun week, Ashlynn missed her school parade, it was last friday and she doesn’t go to school on Fridays. Turns out we could have brought her in, oh well, she’ll get her chance next year!

  • Courtney B - Best week ever! Your party sounds sooooo fun! Happy Halloween to you, Lex and Mike!

  • Jenny Collier - Ella would just die over a party like that! Right up her alley.

    And you had me laughing outloud with calling Mike out. Sounds totally like Court.

  • Chrissy - Love her costume! Looks great!

  • karra - I’ve almost swore off citrus scents because Stefan’s always asking “what is that smell”.. and not in a good way.

  • Emily - Halloween must be so fun with kids! Lex looks so cute in her Cinderella costume, and I love that she needed a nap and a margarita, I could use both of those right about now!

  • Elizabeth - Lex is like the most perfect Cinderella ever. I just love her costume!
    Oh and Mike’s comment. Classic. If it’s true, then men’s restrooms smell a hell of a lot better than women’s! LOL

  • Tiffany K - i love it! She is such a cute Cinderella! And that so sound like something Chris would say!

a few weeks ago this girl Tawnya started commenting on this little blog. i was all “WHO IS THIS GIRL?!” in the best possible way- because she’s sweet, takes amazing pictures, her daughter Scarlett is adorable, and most importantly she’s Canadian. which basically makes us soul sisters. So imagine my surprise when a package arrived all the way from snowy canada for lex as a part of a halloween gift exchange.

i was thrilled.

lex was beyond thrilled.

just look at the goodies that made their way across an international border to get to us:

there’s truly something for everyone.

playdough is one of our top requested activities so pumpkin playdough and cookie cutters were the jam. we play with them all constantly- and its perfect because i had exactly zero halloween cookie cutters in our life (so unfestive i know). that book has been read no less than 35 times. and i swear lex is starting to memorize all the words. but its truly adorable! and my nails are officially painted that perfect shade of fall!

and the best. the very best. window clings. we havent explored window clings much and they are the best of the best in lex’s little eyes. she LOVES arranging and re arranging and that poor kitty is officially decapitated, but she possibly loves it even more now.

when the box first arrived lex got straight to work on window clings. and i got straight to work on that coffee crisp. which is one of my absolute favorite canadian things along with swiss cheese crackers, smarties, aero bars, and chocolate covered jujubees. Canada kills it on the candy.


so Tawnya and Scarlett thank you beyond words for the bestest and most festive halloween box around. its AMAZING!

and send coffee crisp ANYTIME. i appreciated and savored every. single. bite.

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  • Tiffany K - awww, I love these little exchanges! Super cute!

  • Sara - Cutest pics ever with Lex enjoying the window clings!!! What a fun mail surprise!!!

  • EHayes - Love the cookie cutter idea! Super awesome gift, love the pumpkin playdough too!

  • Tawnya - Yay! So glad you received it! I was so worried about international shipping and it not getting there in time! Glad you are enjoying all of it and you now know who this creeper commenting on all of your posts are

  • karra - I think I need to make some play dough asap! and that coffee crisp IS heavenly!

  • Chrissy - What a fun box of goodies!!!!

  • ashley - The cutest!!! Love those clings & we have that book!

  • Sara McCarty - What is this coffee crisp you speak of? I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds amazing! Crispy coffee? Yes please! Love the package. We love window clings at our house too!

  • Elizabeth - Oh my goodness, you are so right on Canadian candy! I have a friend from Canada and the minute I tasted one of those Aero bars… my world changed!

  • Courtney B - Love your fun goodies… and a total score on the Canadian treat! You’re right, they have the BEST candy!
    Thanks again for our kick A gift! You’re seriously the best!

  • Jessie - Just found your blog and I think I am officially hooked! Just your photos alone… from a fellow mom tog. :) Can’t wait to follow along.

it’s been one of those weeks. the kind in which i’m grumpier than our resident toddler (which is impressive. i’m blaming it on the hormones). and yet. this week happened to bring a few excellent things too. like my discovery of space saver bags, nursery prep, and a stroller epiphany.

lets start with the genius behind space saver bags. i’ve been storing loads of old babe clothes in giant plastic storage buckets which has resulted in a hamster like maze in what little basement we have. now i’m on a mission to space save the whole house. from old bedding to non-maternity clothes, to baby gear nothing in the house is safe.

things are finally starting to arrive for kenz’s nursery. the room is clear and slowly slowly starting to resemble something suitable for a small child. lex has discovered that she can climb both into and out of the crib. so once the babe arrives we’ll be putting lex in charge of wake-ups and late night cuddle sessions.

i’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many strollers we own. i somehow convinced myself we needed each and every single one. and once we got looking to adding more to the fleet i got in way over my head. so being the problem solver that i am we’re selling the fleet and have invested in ONE (yes one!) stroller to rule the kingdom.

turns out the uppa vista 2015 comes out in a few weeks and happens to solve each and every single stroller need we have. single. double. converts back and forth easily. skateboard. fits with our OG car seat. easy to fold.

its the end all be all for our stroller life. and i cant wait for its arrival to our doorstep next month.

we’re also starting a brand new morning routine. one that hopefully wont result in tears because lex makes getting dressed into an olympic sport. although there might still be tears because it involves me waking up at 6am before lex makes her debut for the morning. My alarm tone is “blurred lines” though- and if that isn’t the best way to start the morning I don’t know what is.

This weekend we’re laying low. Like really low. Rumor has it that “in sickness and in health” vow we made when we got married is being cashed in on by a husband of mine who is painfully hopping his way through the house because he injured his knee while “stretching”. I knew triathlons were dangerous and now I have solid hobbling proof.

ill leave you with lex’s zoolander face. because she’s been working hard on it in the mirror.




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  • Chrissy - We have the Uppa Baby Vista for Elin and have LOVED it! It really is the king of all strollers and is awesome!

  • Sara - Let me just point out that you used the word FLEET for your strollers… which implies vehicles… which reminds me of the stroller at your shower that was smarter than me and Sir… The shame… I hope this one is less smart. You are free to storage bag my house next. Mwah!!

  • karra - I JUST got off the phone with the dr for stefan’s knee too… these guys. and we move every four years so storage bags are our life!

  • ashley - Her face!!! Love it! And we have the uppa (single) & LOVE it!

  • Sara McCarty - You seriously have the most gorgeous toddler alive. She is something. Love the Blue Steel look. Mac also can climb into and out of Mim’s crib and I’ve found him in there on numerous occasions. Also, the cat likes to hide under there and he goes in after her, only to get hopelessly stuck and must scream for help. Which makes me think he’s dying and I’ve nearly had a few heart attacks over the situation. Kids.

  • Elizabeth - If you can figure out how not to have tears in the morning, sign. me. up. Seriously, I can see Mason waking on the monitor as I am finishing getting ready for work, happy as can be, talking to himself. I go in to get him and he’s still as happy as can be and then BAM I mention changing the diaper and all hell breaks lose. Seriously kid, it’s not that big a deal! I have to bribe by saying “we have to change your diaper and then we can go see Mickey. Mickey doesn’t like dirty diapers” and that buys me maybe a minute if I’m lucky. Maybe.

  • Katie - Yep. Although, Emerson doesn’t really give a hoot about clothes, getting dressed or what she wears, brushing hair and teeth brings her to tears EVERY time. And never for a good reason (once it was because she wanted her top teeth brushed first and then her bottom). I know it’s a phase until she moves onto something else, so I’m dealing with it. I just hope she doesn’t move onto hating getting dressed – because that sounds really painful.

  • Alycia - THOSE BOOTS!!!! I love them! And that bow. Seriously, Lex is adorable!

    Glad to hear you are finding solutions to your space saving problems. I think I may need to check out these bags. We already have 7. Yes 7. rubbermaids full of baby clothes. Palmer isn’t even 2 yet!!!

  • Vivian - Man, now I want to get the new Vista too! We have the 2013/14 model and love it! But newer always seems better! And Lex’s picture perfect expressions – she’s too cute!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

Let’s talk pumpkin patches.

I know. I know. Everyone does it. But it’s the holiday season and everyone with kids has the same bucket list. Pumpkin patching. Turkey hunting. Christmas tree chopping. Santa sitting.

So let me tell you about our pumpkin patch experience. . . which probably looks identical to everyone else’s.

let me start by saying mike hates nay despises lex’s headband. she walked out of her room and he promptly declared “she looks like a cabbage.” and me thinks it wasn’t meant as a compliment. shame on him.

my dear mother has been filling lex’s head with dreams of getting “a big pumpkin and a little pumpkin” for weeks now. So we had an exact shopping list when we hit the patch. Too bad what mike and I deem a “big pumpkin” isn’t what lex deems a “big pumpkin”.

meet lex’s “big” pumpkin.


And her even smaller one. Which she seemed to think was an apple. As soon as we backed up to take a picture we had to start yelling.

“Ummmmmm NO. That dirty pumpkin is NOT an apple. No lex no. Not in your mouth!”.


once we got the apple vs pumpkin thing settled we got to enjoy a pony ride, a romp around the bounce house, and a little petting zoo action. we rounded out the night with a fancy meal at chick-fila and a spin around a real life brick and mortar book store. . . the book store blew lex’s mind right up. chances are we need more bookstores in her life and fewer trips to the gap.

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  • Jess - Adorable, as always!! I love that she tried to eat it…it makes me feel like my child is a little more sane than I give him credit for being. :)

  • Sara - ….a. Cabbage?! My heart is breaking Sir!! Love girlfriend’s ridiculously dramatic smiles and apple skills! She’s the cutest!!!

  • Courtney B - Mike’s reaction to her headband is so spot on with what Eric’s would be (his would probably even be worse, HA!) but I’d still have her wear it! It looks awesome on Lex!
    Now I understand why every parent has the same bucket list… this stuff is so fun with kids!

  • EHayes - hysterical… and wait Turkey Hunting?? that’s a thing?! Ashlynn was the same with the pumpkins, told her to pick a big one and she got a little one.

  • Chrissy - She looks adorable sitting there ready to take a bite of her pumpkin! So cute!

  • colleen - Yeah, it’s pretty funny how they are about pumpkins! O only wanted white ones, which there are few of, so we settled on a little white one. He wanted to rub it all over his face — not sure what that’s about #toddlersbesilly And I adore Lex in that headband! Girl can really pull it off!

  • B - OH EMMM GEEE, those boots. I have been ON THE HUNT for a pair for my daughter. She saw them and wants them and I want her to have them. Problem only Sonoma (LAST SEASON) sells a pair in her size – The Minnetonka’s smallest are a size 7, which would totally be okay if it wasn’t two or three sizes too big and her falling around on her face since she will demand to wear them ALL THE TIME. I have been on EBAY scouring the pages for a size 5 triple fringe brown boot – they are a hot commodity (last pair went for $65, brand new they are $50.. I was gonna pay the $65 but someone out bid my last minute darn it!) Anywho – super cute pictures and my daughter kept wanting to KISS the pumpkins – YUCKO!

  • karra - We have a HUGE bookstore next to the grocery store so we go at least once a week and Rae is obsessed…mainly running down each aisle until we get to her section. and I’m so jealous of your chicfila dinner. SO JEALOUS.

  • Emily - Haha! Love this so much! Lex’s bow is awesome! But I have a feeling my hubby may be saying the same thing when it’s Claire’s turn to rock the huge bow! She’s already got some pretty big ones. And sounds like a perfect little day. Isn’t it funny how we forget about things that may fascinate them like the actual bookstore?! haha

  • Tawnya - Haha! Laughing out loud at your husband’s comment on her headband. I love her headband, it looks sweet :) My husband would say the same thing though probably!

    I love her big pumpkin and trying to eat the little one like an apple… you know what? I just call that immunity boosting ;)

    Looks like a fun trip to the pumpkin patch!

  • Vivian - Ahh! Lex – gorgeous and cute as always! How do those boots run? Big or TTS? I can’t find one even close to K’s size to try on in store. Love them!

  • Vanessa - I fully support the headband choice! darling!!! And I can totally see the mini pumpkin/apple confusion! ;)

  • Tiffany K - these pictures are seriously so cute! We went to a pumpkin patch with Sydney’s school today. Lol :-)

  • Elizabeth - Oh men… they don’t understand the beauty in a headband. Does he hate all of her headbands or just that one? Anywho, love your trip to the pumpkin patch! Poor girl’s pumpkin was so small she thought it was an apple and was so confused.
    Oh, and I don’t think you need less trips to the gap… just longer shopping trips that include the gap AND a bookstore ;)


check us out. in pants and boots! we got weather that dipped into the low 70’s this week and decided to take full advantage. so we hit the library and lunch wearing actual sleeves. it was fabulous. we met some friends there and someone discovered the skateboard stroller attachment so now i’m on the hunt for yet another stroller to add to our growing collection. instead of having a garage that fits 2 cars we have a garage that fits one mini van and 6 strollers.


Along with pants we discovered hats. In my defense we were on a walk and it felt like it might kinda sorta be cold-ish outside. And the babe looks adorable… So we rolled with it.

And for the record. The most productive part of my week was finally convincing lex to part with her beloved hair wrap.


Tucker like most dogs is our OG child. And while he’s never openly complained about getting siblings or asked us to “please put it back!” like I’m sure lex will, this look clearly states “and you expect me to deal with TWO OF THESE?!”. . . it also probably screams “I NEED A BANG TRIM”.


After seeing Jenny and her post about looking put together in zero time flat I learned that I coveted her suede Booties like crazy. And needed them in my wardrobe like yesterday. So these beauties came home and I feel stylish just seeing them in my closet.



This weekend I’m ditching the husband and babe and heading to Napa to celebrate my soon-to-be-sister-in-laws bachelorette. I plan on getting real giggy with it and being DD for thirteen girls in a 15 passenger van. but in all reality we’re uber excited to celebrate michelle this weekend. . . and for her to join our crazy family (although by now she totally knows what shes getting herself into).



Brought to you by the lovely ladies behind: The Good Life. A. Liz Adventures. Carolina Charm. & Hello! Happiness.

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  • jess - Have so much fun this weekend!! Bachelorette parties without alcohol are kind of like sporting events without alcohol – they’re so much better hammered, but are still super fun sober! :) Tucker…I want him!!!! He’s adorable! And Lex in her hat…seriously. She’s model material! Happy Weekend!

  • Sara - Sleeves!! Pants!! Boots!!! Hates!! And oh my goodness, Tuck has to be the best an sweetest pup ever!!! Have fun this weekend and be careful!!

  • Chrissy - Love Lex’s shoes!

  • Jenny - Yay for a girls weekend! Love that cute little hat on Lex too – I don’t blame her for not wanting to take it off haha! Happy Friday!

  • Tawnya - Love those booties, and Lex looks darling in the hat! I am praying S will wear a hat this winter, she usually hates having them on and it takes a lot of distraction, but it get’s COLD around here, I’m talking -40!

  • colleen - Lex looks suuuuper cute in that hat! I wish I could pull one off :) Have a fun weekend in Napa and drive safe!! xoxo

  • karra - Sounds like you need a vaca to somewhere with SNOW this winter :) and yay for a girls weekend even if it is sans fun beverages ;)

  • ashley - Have so much fun this weekend!!! Love Lex’s hat!

  • EHayes - Have a great weekend!! And I think some of those boards are universal depending on what strollers you already own!

  • Kelley - Um, I love those boots! CUTE! Hooray for fall clothes- I’ve been sending sweater and boot vibes your way! And Tucker and Lex are too adorable together!

  • Sara - Sleeves, pants, boots and a hat?! At 70 degrees?! You Californians crack me up. :) Lex looks ADORBS in everything though. Have so much fun this weekend!

  • Courtney P - Your dog is seriously so freaking cute!!! Have an amazing time this weekend and just remember this: they owe you once you pop the bun out of the oven. ;-) XO

  • Elizabeth - Girl, it was below 70 there??? YOU ARE SO LUCKY! Sorry for the all caps, but seriously, YOU ARE SO LUCKY! I pretended that it was fall when it was in the 70’s (even 79 screams fall right now) and even ventured to say it was cool at night after the sun set (even though I still didn’t need a jacket). I am insanely jealous of the sleeves and pants that Lex is wearing! (And that insanely cute hat!)

  • Courtney B - Lex’s outfit!! I die! SO CUTE! Come visit anytime… we are in full fledged Fall mode (soon to be winter mode, UGH!) and you all can wear as many boots and hats as you please ;)
    That picture of you in the van cracked me up! I hope you had the BEST weekend ever!!