I can’t believe kids are staring school NEXT week. August is just dipping her toe in the water, clearly not the end of summer yet. To celebrate back to school I’m schlepping my two toddlers off to Colorado. It’s our favorite time to go up to CO because most everyone is back to the grind and the mountain towns are ghost towns. No traffic, no lines, just crisp mountain air and lots of outdoor fun!
I am, however, antsy for some back-to-school clothes. Tired of summer brights and ready for neutrals, black, dark green and the seasons’s hottest maroon red for fall. Whether you’re shopping for you or the kids, J. Crew’s 30% off sale does not disappoint. There are so many items on my list, including this short sleeve popover, this corduroy blazer, these boyfriend jeans, these flats, and these leopard pumps have been on my wish list for 3 years now!
Happy almost weekend, y’all!
p.s. I snapped this photo at a shoot with Cutehead Kids yesterday. Check out this awesome kids clothing line here for some great back-to-school styles! More details about the line in my upcoming Mom Love Monday post.
Hey guys! After a brief hiatus, I’m so excited to bring Mom Love Monday’s back to the blog. Today we’re talking kids clothes, mom clothes, gift ideas, and interior decor. Aggressive line-up for a Monday, right?! Let me explain. I was introduced to Rikshaw Design through their baby clothes and have since fallen in love with the rest of the line. Kind of like Starbucks, I originally eased into the coffee drinking waters with a frappuccino from time to time. Fast forward a few years (and a few kids) and I’m hitting the drive-thru for my morning latte and pumpkin bread for the kids, lunching on a tomato mozzarella sandwich in the carpool line and sometimes an afternoon iced green tea is an essential pick-me-up to make it though the day. Yep, I’m addicted. Like the ‘bucks, Rikshaw also does a lot of things really well and I keep coming back for more. I’m obsessed with the bright colors and bold block printed patterns. But more than anything my love is with Rikshaw’s fabrics. My kids have sensitive skin and their Rikshaw outfits are super soft, breathable and lightweight. Perfect for summers in Houston. And easy to pack for summer vacations. The outfits roll perfectly to occupy about as much room as a pair of socks, no joke.
Rikshaw also does bedding and nursery decor. I’m talking Pinterest-worthy, dream nurseries. (photos here) In a few months, we’re moving the girls into the same room and I’m obsessed with this pattern for their new bedroom. Also in the Rikshaw wheelhouse is baby gifts. A few of my go-to gifts are these blankets, bibs and hooded towels.
Have I worn you out yet?! Well, there’s more, so take a 5 second breather (hehe) and brace yourself for the rest. Rikshaw recently started designing women’s clothes and I’m a huge fan. Boho is so trendy this spring and this top is my preppy version of boho chic. Also, the most comfortable top I own. How cute would mixing these bright Rikshaw patterns be for a family photo?!
Be sure to head back to the blog tomorrow because we’re giving away my fun top so one lucky reader can start her Rikshaw clothing additiction for free!
Hey guys! What’s on tap for the week? I’m looking forward to a slightly less chaotic-stressful-head spinning-whirlwind kind of a week. Last week was pretty amazing with A Couture Cause’s calendar launch party, but I was in total bananas mode. Since H-town was also hit by this crazy cold front, I’ll be breaking out the slow cooker and throwing a few logs on the fire until it warms up again. I’ve been living in my David Peck plaid poncho ever since the temps dropped. It’s the perfect piece for fall/winter in Houston but could also work in colder temps over this sweater with these boots. The wool/cashmere blend is cozy enough to lounge in, but the cinched waist provides the perfect structure for an effortlessly chic winter look.
outfit details: poncho by David Peck (in-store or call to order) / jeans similar here and here / denim top / earrings *on sale / necklace, last seen here / bracelet, also love this / handbag purchased here / nails
p.s. Since I didn’t do a Mom Love Monday post today, here’s a great motherhood perspective that really hit home for me. Taking in the bedtime stories even more this evening, thanks to reminders like these that our kiddos grow up really quickly.
Hey guys! I wanted to share photos from Miss C’s pink pumpkin patch (alliteration intended!) 1st birthday party for today’s Mom Love Monday series. From the moment I had an October baby (3 weeks early, mind you) visions of first birthday pumpkins danced through my head. I had a blast planning this party, thank goodness for Pinterst (here’s my inspiration board) for help getting the creative juices flowing and then of course Etsy for helping the DIY-challenged bring our ideas to life. The biggest shout out goes to my sisters for helping me pull off a party with 50 kids under the age of 4 without any major snafus (well, besides the flour based smash cake frosting…hey, it’s easy to confuse with sugar!). There is no way I could have gotten all of my crazy ideas finished in time for the party without their help. One of the most time consuming parts of the planning process is figuring out WHERE to actually find all of these Pinteresty things, so I wanted to share those details with y’all. And some fun party pics because who doesn’t love party pics?!
Pink Pumpkin Patch Party!
My inspiration for this party began when I saw a Facebook photo of monogram pumpkins at a fall birthday party. Fast forward years later and I could still remember that photo and wanted to recreate it for C’s birthday. When I told friends about my idea most thought I was totally crazy, but when I get an idea in my head there really isn’t any turning back. I was on a mission to create a monogrammed pumpkin patch. Not only is this super cute but since the pumpkins were also party favors, guests of the party actually cleaned up the decor. Genius! Putting party guests to work with the clean-up. Ha. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the favors at least.
And no Z fam party is complete without these fabulous tassel garlands from my girl Jules. She’s an incredibly talented artist on Etsy and her party decor is so fun. She does custom tassels, so when I wanted to incorporate gingham, leave it to Jules to find the perfect tissue paper to create these beautiful decorations for the party.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I’m still coming down from a major sugar high from Miss C’s first birthday festivities over the weekend. In keeping with the tradition of baking my kiddo’s birthday cakes myself, I made C a pumpkin shaped cake. This recipe has such a special place in my heart, as my grandma made this cake for me every year on my birthday. It’s more than a recipe – it’s a childhood memory that brings me right back to times spent with my grandma.
For the rest of C’s birthday party desserts, I teamed up with Three Brothers bakery, my all time favorite bakery in Houston, for some cupcake creations that were off the charts cool. It’s a rare find for a bakery to serve up the best tasting cake and deliver beautiful, artistic creations like these yummy treats….
If you’re feeling creative this week and want to knock out a super cool Halloween treat, I love this halloween gingerbread mansion idea from Three Brothers. If you have any gingerbread house making experience, this is a great Halloween take on the classic Christmas version. Such a fun activity to do with the kiddos. With a little (or A LOT) of icing (my kids’ fave!) + plastic decorations (you can find these at Target, Walmart or the Dollar Store) you have a festive edible Halloween decoration. Voila!
Here’s a quick how-to video. You really can’t go wrong in the decorating department—the more imperfect the better if you ask me! It’s all about having fun and eating lots of icing along the way.
My littlest love bug, C, turned a year old last Friday. She’s been such a blessing in our lives this past year and I love her more with every single day that passes. I started a tradition with LE to write to her on her birthday each year (for the baby book that I need to start! Ha) and wanted to share my letter to C with y’all. Just a little glimpse into motherhood. If you’re already a mom I’m sure you can relate and if you aren’t yet in the mama club, this letter might just give you baby fever. (note: I omitted mentions of diaper blow outs, sleepless nights and colic fests). That’s because at the end of the day the sweet beats the sour by a landslide. I really love being a Mom.
I’m not sure where to even begin this letter to you. My sweet baby girl, there’s so much that I want to say to you. First things first, I want you to know that my hearts just bursts with love for you! God gave us an angel in you from the very start. The bond between a mother and child is something so strong, and so special. And babies need their Mamas for everything in the beginning. I didn’t realize how much I would need you too. You were such a source of happiness for me and our entire family during a really hard time when we lost your wonderful grandmother. Thankfully, you got to meet her and I know she’s smiling down on you on this special first birthday.
Want to hear a little bit more about your first year in this world? Let’s start with the awards you’ve received so far. The “World’s Most Cuddly Baby” medal goes to you, that’s for sure! Most likely attributed to the fact that you were held by me, your Dad or your great grandma Blaney non-stop for the first 3 months in this world. You were also recognized with honorable mention for the “Quietest in the Car” award. Although sometimes your silence actually stressed us out for fear that we forgot you at home! You quickly earned the nickname “Charlie Bear,” and once you figured out how to smile, you haven’t stopped. We know when we peek into your crib in the morning we’re pretty much guaranteed a big good morning grin. The smiles are infectious and last pretty much all day too. Unless you’re hungry or your big sister takes a toy from you. 😉 That being said, you love to be anywhere your sister is and are so entertained by her. You’re definitely a foodie baby, and quickly passed up pureed peas for what the rest of us were eating. Spaghetti being your favorite, pizza crust a close second. “Pizza crust under the couch!” (inside family joke) You eat veggies and chicken nuggets and pretty much anything we put in front of you. Even pad thai! With the exception of avocados—not a fan. You are a huge fan of dogs and hate the sound of the blender or any loud household appliance. But for the most part, I’d describe you as a pretty laid back, happy-go-lucky baby.
I love to watch your reactions to anything and everything. You love to have your photo taken, especially selfies with your sister and me. And your dance skills are pretty impressive for a pre-walker. You do this little spin dance where you spin on your bottom in a circle while throwing your hands up in the air. It’s hilarious to watch. Speaking of songs, you’ve always loved an evening serenade. I’m going to soak up this special time with just us because before I know it you’ll realize how terrible my voice is. Here’s what’s on the set list so far; My Girl (your fave), You are My Sunshine, the Barney theme song and then if you are still cooing away, I’ll throw in some of my Kappa sorority songs.
As a newly appointed one-year-old your tricks include clapping, waving and spin dancing. You’re also an excellent climber and you can say Mama, Dada and hi so far.
Charlie Bear, all I can quote is Elton John when I think of you. “How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”
If you met me for just five minutes you’d probably hear about my costume closet at some point during our convo. That’s right, one closet dedicated entirely to costumes. Which is serious considering the closet availability in my house. I’ve collected cheerleader, Tinker Bell, Star Wars, Village People, farm animals, zoo animals, Katy Perry, Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Michael Jackson, the list goes on…..What can I say, I’m a huge fan of Halloween. I start thinking about costumes sometime shortly after the forth of July. Don’t judge. How can I not love this super fun holiday when my birthday is just 3 days before?! I’ve been having costume parties on the reg since I was 5. And since my little pumpkin is turning 1 in October the trend will continue. Yaay for the one day of the year where all candy is calorie free and acting as silly and childish as we want is totally acceptable. Ahh, I love it.
Now that I have babies I put way more thought into their costumes than my own. I typically lean towards more creative ideas, like sushi! With an opinionated two-year-old I knew I wasn’t going to get away with anything but the one and only Queen Elsa from Frozen. So naturally, her kid sister gets to be Olaf. I’m sure 20 years from now C will remind me how unfair it was that she got stuck being a snowman while her sister donned a beautiful princess getup. Hehe. Anyway, I made the mistake of showing LE the Olaf costume when it arrived from Amazon. She was very concerned that Elsa was missing from the shipment and I told her that Elsa’s costume took much longer to make than a snow suit. I’m keeping Elsa locked in the costume closet until October 31 only because my friends have warned me about showing a toddler their costume before Halloween. From the stories I’ve heard it tends to go in two polar opposite directions; they either love it so much they sleep in it for a month leading up to trick-or-treat night OR they hate it so much they cry every time the see it and demand a new costume. Neither scenario sounds awesome. I’m pretty sure LE will love her costume, but she’s going to have to wait this one out.