Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Floral Pleat Skirt + Studded Heels

I've never been a big skirt wear-er. But this one just called to me! I love floral prints and feel so feminine wearing this type of print. Something about feminine pieces like this just make me feel so girly and it's fun. I paired it with these studded heels to add a bit of interest. I love these heels and have them in multiple colors! I love the heel height - they never hurt my feet! And you guys, people always notice these heels. I don't know why, but someone always comments on them. 

I just wore a basic black tee with this look. I wanted to dress it down a bit. This skirt would also look so cute with nude heels and a chambray top as the weather gets cooler! My lip color is 'bend and snap' by Too Faced. I love this line. I also have this same matte lipstick in 'childstar' and love that for everyday. I always get asked about it and strangers literally take pictures of the tube so they remember the brand and color. Haha! It's a good one!

We are headed up to hot springs today with the kids for a couple nights and I am so excited! :) Wish us luck with traveling for hours in the car with two toddlers... and sleepless nights! Blakely refuses to sleep in hotels! She just thinks it's so exciting that she can see all of us next to her. Ha! Hopefully this trip is a little smoother when it comes to sleeping. Sleep deprivation is the root of all evil. #butseriously

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School with Freshly Picked

Ok, I may cry for a week straight. Ryder starts school in two weeks from today!!! He is so excited and has been to a few fun camp days they host at his preschool this summer. He loves it and walks in, no worries at all! I, on the other hand, sit back waving franticly for 6 minutes while all the teachers smile at me (but I know inside they are rolling their eyes!!) because I'm that mom. 

I can't believe how quick this day has come and I am not ready to cut the cord!! But he is ready. And so, here we go! I am trying to think of the positive and of course I am excited at the idea of having some one-on-one time with Blakely while Ryder is at school. We've never had time alone like that! So that will be fun and I'm looking forward to our girls days!

One thing I do get excited about with back-to-school is the clothes shopping! Holy smokes, so much fun dressing these little babies while they still let me! :) If you've been following me for a while, then you already know I was obsessed with Freshly Picked moccasins when Blakely was a baby. And now they have hard-sole shoes for big kids! YAHOOOO! Aren't these the cutest?!

I got Ryder this FP pair in black (I also want the tan ones) and he loves them! They are seriously the cutest!! And look at these adorable sandals. I mean, come on. I know Ryder will be wearing these hard sole Freshly Picked shoes almost every day. I love that they are comfy like a sneaker, but look dressed up. Ryder seriously loved them the second he saw them!

You have to scroll to the bottom to see my goofy kiddies! I love these pictures so much! Lisa does an amazing job capturing them and all their personality. :) xo

This was Blakely's face when I told her Ryder was going to school and leaving her at home three days a week. Ha!
They really do love each other. Best buddies. Safe to say Blakely is going to miss Ryder when he's gone!!
Why is my baby so big?!?! Insert ugly CRYYYYYYYYY
Blakes attempting to practice her gymnastics. Ha! :)
I mean, they KILL ME!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Family Photos with Lisa Pummel @ Rose Garden

The past couple years I have decided to get family pictures taken in the summer time because all the kids have birthdays in the summer. So it's fun to do a little shoot each year as a family. I love seeing the difference year after year! This year Lisa recommended we shoot at this gorgeous rose garden in Littleton. I had no idea this place even existed! It was so pretty and we were lucky to get wonderful weather the night of our shoot. 

It's so hard to get five people to look decent at the same time in one photo! Ha. So I really just embrace the chaos and try not to have anything too specific in mind when we do shoots all together because it never turns out the way I envision. It usually turns out great! But going into family photo shoots with really specific image ideas in mind always set me up for disappointment because news flash: you can't control toddlers! 

A tip I give people when they're looking to take family pictures like this (if they have multiple little ones) is bring help! Whether it's a grandma, friend or a baby sitter, bring someone who can be a helper with the little ones! We brought our sitter to this shoot and she is so helpful with trying to get the kids to both look at the camera and makes goofy faces to get them to smile. It works, guys! I also give her mini marsh mellows so she can give the kids little bites of candy throughout the shoot and that helps the kids get excited about behaving well so they can get little treats! (You can see my other family photo shoot tips here.) 

PS my dress has the prettiest details! It's perfect for weddings, date night, church, work, etc. It's a must-have! And it's currently on sale! Shop here

Blakely started ballet and tap a few months ago and now she loves showing off her "first position" and tapping her toes as often as possible. It KILLS me. :)
Blakely and Daddy singing "itsy bitsy spider" :)
These two kill me! Haha. Ryder with his legs crossed. He looks like an old man smoking a cigar in his recliner. Ha!!!