Every day is special with two little kids in tow. But, the holidays … those are amplified. We get to make new traditions and memories with every year. This year, we decided to go find our own Christmas tree. So, away we went to the mountain to play in the snow and find the perfect tree to call our own.
I’m hosting my first online Trunk Show with Stella & Dot and I have pulled together some of my favorite items for you. Which apparently happen to be some popular celebrities’ favorite items as well. Guess we have great taste. So many great accessories … knock yourself out!
Shop online now through December 31 and for every $50 you spend, you’ll receive $25 to use toward a future purchase in January.
LOVE this necklace. It’s so dainty.
On the Mark Necklace – Gold, $54
My favorite part about this necklace is how long it is. Perfect!
Tiffani Thiessen in the Rebel Pendant Necklace, $79
Very popular choice! Also, it’s stretchable which makes it very comfortable.
Renegade Cluster Bracelet, Gold or Silver $59
.I love wearing necklaces like this with simple tee shirts. Makes a statement.
Nina Dobrev in the Tempest Necklace, $198
Hilary Duff in the Eden Bangle, $39
My online Trunk Show will be set up through December. Start shopping!Images: Stella and Dot
It’s holiday family photo time! Trying to coordinate four outfits (including two little people) is so difficult!!!! I spent 4 hours shopping around town looking for just the right outfits. Then (in true man fashion) my husband wakes up on Saturday morning (picture day) and decides to care about his shirt. “Um … I’m not sure my shirt matches,” he said. Really? Where have you been for the last 8 days when I was stressing out over this.
So, naturally I was making a last-minute trip to Banana Republic and found this red/ blue shirt (which I love so much, so I’m glad he chimed in). After looking at his shirt, I realized no one else was wearing red. This could be an issue, I thought. (If you know me, you know I stress about little details that probably don’t matter to anyone else).
So, I randomly grabbed a shawl from my closet and draped it on me. We are renovating our house, so I don’t a full length mirror. Instead, I turned to my husband and asked, “Does this match?” To which I got a half interested nod. We were good to go.
Then, on our way to the photo shoot my husband (again, so timely with his feedback) says, “Did you know we don’t have shoes for Colton.” Right! Shoes. Duh. I totally forgot about that, so we made a U-turn and popped into Marshall’s where we found Tommy Hilfiger loafers. Oh, how I loooove little boy shoes (more on that later).
We finally made it. Phew. And thankfully we worked with one of the best photographers in the Valley and shot at a location that had such amazing architecture. Here’s a peek into some of my most favorite shots.
Oh, and by the way, I wanted SO BADLY to put our chocolate lab in the photo. But I learned my lesson last year: Getting your children to sit still is hard enough, throw a dog in there? You might as well forget about it. At least until the kids are grown. Or until next year. Oooo … that gives me a great idea for next year. Okay. I’ll stop now.
Don’t you all just love holiday season? The decorations ,the candles, the music, the sweaters! I just love it all. PS – Mom, Pam, Rob I’m getting the jpegs over to you for printing soon. xo
I can’t tell you how much I long for a stove! I have been staring at a hole in the wall for 3 weeks now (kitchen renovation). No stove. No dishwasher. We just got our sink and refrigerator though. And the rest is being delivered tomorrow. So we’re told.
I just jumped on Pinterest and was salivating over all of the great homemade dishes. Since we have eaten restaurant food for 2.5 weeks (we took a timeout for Thanksgiving, obviously), I really want to cook something. I want my house to smell like real food and not pizza boxes.
Oh, how I long to make something like this. Darn you, Pinterest this looks so good! All in good time … maybe it will be the first thing I make in my new kitchen. Eek. I can’t wait!
Hot Caprese Dip (image and recipe here)
Colton turns one on Tuesday, December 3. But we celebrated a little early today. This way our family who was in town for Thanksgiving could be there to witness his first bite – eh, finger smash – of cake.
He’s getting so big! He’s so physical (loves to climb, crawl, walk (almost) and wrestle). We have had many “wrestle mania” nights in our living room. This boy has brought us such joy and truly is a blessing from up above. We love you, buddy! Forever and always.
Colton’s first Thanksgiving was a hit! He ate mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and played with the big kids out in the lawn. I had so many moments where I just sat back and gave thanks. Thanks for my family. Our health. And all of the new little kids that surround us. God is good.
You should have seen my brother try to pick up the kids last week. He was visiting from Austin, Texas and I told him before he left that I wanted to snap a photo of him with the kids outside. “Just pick them up,” I said. “Like. How? Like. This? I can’t. I have no idea. You hold them,” he cried.
It was hilarious, he had no clue how to do it.
I guess I too easily forget how intimidating kids can be for someone who doesn’t have any. Maybe he was afraid he would drop them. Or hurt them. Or they would kick and scream and cry until he left them down.
Either way, I made him do it, and it was hilarious to watch. He carefully knelt on all fours, put his hands under Kelsey’s arm pits and slowly lifted her up like a crane. So awkward. Then, I handed him Colton. “Do I put Kelsey on my side? How do I hold two?” I eventually stepped in to ease him of his apparent holding-a-child anxiety.
We love you Uncle Shaun. The kids sure do adore you.
We had such a great time last night at the Michael Bublé concert. If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes old school charm combined with modern-day rock, this is your show! To our surprise, Michael was hilarious! He told stories, joked with the audience and showed his personality.
He really put on a fun and interactive show where we both walked away impressed. Love shows like that. While sitting at the bar prior to the show, Ryan and I had some time to talk (sans kids so this means really talk). We uncovered a fun little fact: I have seen as many concerts this year as I have seen movies in the theater: two. I can’t tell if that’s cool or sad.
All you need is love. Da-da-da-da-da. All you need is love. During this song hundreds – no thousands – of red and white, paper hearts fell from the ceiling. I caught one for Colton and Ryan caught one to take home to Kelsey.
. Most people think I dragged Ryan kicking and screaming to this concert as payback for him taking me to this metal concert. Truth is, he really wanted to go. Ryan loves all kinds of music. Well, except Britney Spears.
.True story: I bought these tickets way back in June and for some reason I thought the show was November 29th. It wasn’t until last Monday (4 days before the show) that my dad casually said, “Steph, I think the concert is this Friday (November 22nd).”
“Psh. Dad, you have no clue. It’s next Friday,” I said. ”Nope, I’m pretty sure it’s this Friday,” he replied. He was right. And thank goodness he randomly said that! Could you imagine? I get all dressed up, go downtown only to find out the concert was a week before. I would have cried.
Thankfully, we made it. Go check him out. Michael Bublé Tour Dates >
This is always a recipe for fun. This morning, Colton woke up with Croup and Kelsey said she wasn’t feeling well enough for school (at the time I thought she was just playing off of the attention that Colton was getting, turns out it’s the flu. How do I know? Puke. All over.).
Ryan and I immediately check our calendars. “I have conference calls from 1pm – 4pm,” I said. ”Well, I have an 8am, 2pm and 3pm that I can’t miss,” he replies. As tempted as we were to “paper, rock, scissors” it. We ended up splitting the duties.
I took the morning, he came home in the afternoon. We both gave and took a little. And we both took our conference calls while the other one was bouncing and balancing between a sick baby and pukey toddler.
Everyone says “just plan ahead!”, “make sure you get up early and plan,” “set a schedule and everything will be so much easier.” I laugh at that. No matter how many white boards you have something always comes up. Kids get sick. Meetings get scheduled. Work travel happens.
I guess the only thing to do is to try to do it together. At least that’s what we’re finding out to work the best. We really haven’t cracked the case on how to cope with sick kids during the work week and today was new for us – as we’ve never had both kids sick at the same time before.
Hopefully tomorrow will bring better spirits all around. Night!
Teri took me to a great lunch at The Farm at South Mountain. We ate our food picnic style - 500 calorie Apple Juice for her, Iced Tea for me – and sat outdoors in the beautiful Arizona sun.
She gifted me two generous gifts that made me squeal – literally. So much so that a woman stopped by our table and said, “If you don’t want that gift, I’ll take it.” A little Latisse and a new shawl. Love it! I really do treasure any afternoon that I get to spend gabbing and lunching with this Ting of mine.
So much to see and do. I’ll be back with my family. There is this open grass area with tons of picnic tables. It’s also the place where ABC’s Bachelor Ben Flanjnik and Courtney Robertson had a hometown date. Yes, this ran through my mind the entire time.