For now, here’s a dress sale from one of my favorite kid’s clothing lines! I love this adorable dress for the girls because it’s easy to wear year round. Navy and white are so classic and it’s dressy enough for church but machine washable and easy to play in! Hope you’re enjoying this last weekend day with lots of rest and play!
When it comes to dressing my kiddos, I’m all about finding brands that work for all three of mine. I can knock out all of their clothes shopping in one fell swoop and also buy pieces that coordinate. I realize my days are limited for having creative control over their little wardrobes, so I’m going all in for matching/coordinating outfits whenever possible.
Busy Bees Kids has been a go-to brand for years. Busy Bee’s prints are super cute and I love their traditional dresses and also cotton separates. Plus the boys clothes are adorable, which is super rare if you ask me! We wear Busy Bees multiple times a week, from the park to church and outside for bike rides–the clothe are super cute, functional and hold up extremely well.
The girls love Busy Bees dresses because their “Pretty and not itchy!” Perfect for everyday playtime, but nice enough to wear for special occasions too!
London-based Rachel Riley has always been a favorite childrenswear brand for my kids. Although my own fashion sense tends to run the gamit between traditional and edgy, I tend to lean traditional with my babies. Rachel Riley’s design philosophy is just that, as she draws inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints.
Rachel Riley pieces tend to be the outfits and dresses that my girls want to wear every.single.day. Great taste, these girls have! Each Rachel Riley piece is also so special to me because they evoke such fond memories from milestones and special occasions in my childrens’ lives. Since baby Jack came into the picture, it’s been hard to find a clothing line where I like both the boys and girls clothing options, so Rachel Riley is a go-to when I want to coordinate outfits for the kids!
You might recognize some Rachel Riley pieces on the Royal children–Rachel Riley is a favorite of Princess Kate!
Remember back in the day where Monday’s were for all things motherhood?! We’ve been a bit behind lately, but are excited to bring y’all some mom stuff today. I’ve been a loyal Dr. Brown’s user for all three kids so why not let y’all know why I love this brand for my family?! I’ve also had lots of questions over social media about baby products, including bottles, and have to say Mr. Jack is doing quite well with bottle feeding thus far. His chubby cheeks will tell you he’s not missing meals at our house. Wink, wink.
I’m still nursing but transitioning Jack back and forth from breast to bottle has been a breeze with Dr. Brown’s nipples. I’ve recently started using their glass bottles too. If we’re running around town I’ll prepare Jack’s bottle with hot water and by the time I’m ready to feed him the milk is the perfect temperature.
Dr. Brown’s has been a big part of our family for the past 5 years and my bottle of choice for all three kids. The bottles are well made, easy to clean and the vent system is known for helping reduce feeding problems and colic. Our house has traditionally been full of pink Dr. Brown’s bottles, so we did have to swap them out for blue when we found out we were having a boy!
Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you wonderful moms out there. Earlier this week, Bret asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. Sleeping in and organizing my clutter filled closets were the first two things to pop into my mind. Neither of which involved my kids, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of Mother’s Day. I feel like a jerk now that I’m actually writing this but have a feeling that a lot of other moms out there would ask for similar things too, right?! I’m going to go ahead and chalk it up to being normal and human.
What I didn’t realize is I would get the best Mother’s Day gift of all a day early. This morning there was some sort of magic in the air in our house. And it wasn’t because I got to sleep in. I actually brought Jack into our room earlier than he normally wakes, teething the likely culprit for the early morning alarm clock. Lucky for me, he’s at the age where he’s totally happy hanging out in my nook, so we did just that until the girls were awake. Then each of the girls made their way to join the cuddle fest. No agenda, no hustle to get dressed and out the door, just our little Z tribe.
I took in every last hug, smooch, giggle and conversation. I took in holding my sweet boy’s tiny feet in my hands, smelling his little head full of wispy baby hair. That baby smell, can we please bottle it up?! I took in making eyes with my amazing husband. Feeling all the feels after 6 years together. Yes, this morning was magic, my friends. Magic that you can’t plan or orchestrate intentionally. Magic that happens when you least expect it. The only thing missing was a cup of coffee. I think I’ll revise tomorrow’s Mother’s Day gift requests to include just that. And another morning in bed with my little people. The closets can wait another year.
I’m currently bike riding along Venice Beach with two college besties en route to the adorable Rose Café. I can’t wait for this getaway to start my summer refreshed for all the fun that’s in store. Here are some weekend reads to help you get into R&R mode, especially all you moms who deserve it most.
If you can’t get to California any time soon, here are five spots to taste wine that aren’t Napa.
In honor of Earth month, we’ve got an awesome eco-givewawy today. We’re so thrilled to be featured in the #WCW “Eco Edition” by our friends at Gugu Guru! In celebration of Earth Month, L. Avenue along with Shop Buru, The Chic Series, and Be Pretty are all naming our top eco-friendly products for your baby registry. See what products we picked and enter here to win them all!
Costa Rica, the “pura vida,” pure life, and that it is. Bret and I had the chance to sneak away to Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo for some much needed R&R. I didn’t realize how easy it would be to get from Houston to Costa Rica, a 3 hour flight and a quick cab ride from the airport to the property. This trip is the perfect spot for a long weekend (US direct flights locations listed below), but if I had my kids in tow we would have stayed for a lot longer.
The resort sits atop the Papagayo Peninsula, one of the prettiest pieces of property I’ve seen, with a beach on both sides of the resort. The view from our canopy suite was an awesome mix of terrain, monkeys were actually hanging out in the trees just outside our window, and the ocean. Four Seasons Papagayo is the place to be for eco-adventure–kayaking, repelling, hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling, the list goes on. The excursions available through the resort kept the adventure seeker in Bret happy and the incredible spa and chill beach ambiance was perfection for me.
There’s truly something for everyone at Four Seasons Costa Rica, including our kids. The resort operates with kids in mind, from wagons full of beach toys, to stools in each of the restrooms (if you have a toddler you feel me on this perk!) to castle tents in the guest bedrooms, this place is kid heaven. I can’t wait to come back with my entire family later this year.
Costa Rica Travel Guide | Four Seasons Costa Rica at Papagayo
When to go | The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season)
Direct flights from | Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Newark, Atlanta and Miami
What to do | Right on the Four Seasons property you can golf, spa, paddle board, kayak and more. There so many activities right at your fingertips, you could stay for weeks and no day would look the same. Water sports, fishing, hiking, golf, day trips for surfing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s #1 surf camp, or the active volcano at Arenal, ATV rides, repelling, the list goes on.
Where to eat | The restaurants on the resort property were all so fabulous. We had a special chef’s table dinner at Cena Sociale with 7 course tasting including wine pairing. The food and wine were amazing, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Even cooler, was the experience. Our table was in the actual kitchen directly in front of the serving line, so we got to see the chef’s in action, very exciting!
Stroller friendly | The resort is very hilly, but there are concrete paths that are stroller friendly. The Four Seasons also provides a shuttle service to all guests, so it was easy to get around the resort via golf cart, as well.