This generation, I swear

This past Sunday afternoon, we watched Sing while baby Nolan napped. The music in this movie is incredibly catchy. While the kids were indulging, I was watching these two on my iMac thinking that they are truly going to run technology laps around Ryan and I. They already know how to work the iPad better than I do and they tell me features about my iPhone that I didn’t even know existed. I hope the world is ready for this generation.

I can’t wait to see how they evolve and how technology plays a role in their future. I have a theory that since they are surrounded by social media (hello, Instagram mom!) they will almost remove themselves completely from it. I think they will take a different approach to social media than my generation has (we really have embraced it and almost over saturated our lives with it) while I believe my kids generation will likely rebel against it. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. What do you think?

What Wedding Dreams are Made Of

Last night, we attended the wedding of Andrea and Roy and it was truly picture perfect. The Arizona sky gave us clouds (amen!) and every detail was perfectly positioned to allow the bride to shine! Sam at Revel Wedding Co. did such an incredible job and you could see the love between these two. I couldn’t be happier that Andrea gets to spend her ever after with the man of her dreams. Congrats you two!

 

My handsome date and I waiting for the wedding. We were the first ones to arrive. A night out with kids? You don’t have to twist our arms.

Roy proposed to Andrea in Central Park – this was such a clever way for people to sign the guest book and commemorate this special day.

Sam, only the best wedding planner in Arizona! Check out Revel Wedding Co. to see all of her work.

These girls mean way too much for me to put into words. We all met in marketing at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and are forever friends. We have seen each other through so many professional (and personal) highs and lows and couldn’t imagine life without one another to lean on.

She’s seven months pregnant and glowing!!

That time your dress matched the invitations! Melissa and I purchased our dresses through Rent the Runway. Have you tried it? If not, give it a whirl – we had a great first experience.

Now, I’m off to play with my kids in the park and recover from a night out. We got home at 11:30pm! You guys, that might as well be 3am in parent time. A nap is in order!

 

Downtown Austin Living (with a Dog)

This morning I walked downstairs to Joe’s Coffee for breakfast with my brothers, sister-in-law, mom and daughter. I’ll give them this, even though I kept waking up in the middle of the night to city sirens and people yelling (not to mention, trying to go to bed while the bar across the street played “Ice, Ice, Baby”), it has been nice being able to walk everywhere. My brother and sister-in-law’s downtown Austin apartment is directly across the street from the W Hotel and in the middle of it all. A huge change of pace for my suburbian crew.

Their apartment is surrounded by tons of great restaurants, boutiques and the new Austin city library (pictured here). It was nice, last night everyone went to a comedy show at Austin City Limits – and, as they got downstairs they realized the line to get into the concert was wrapped about two blocks. They were able to do a quick 180 and come back upstairs to wait as the line died down. That’s convenience that I would pay huge money for! You just don’t get that in the ‘burbs.

Anyway, when we got back from breakfast, I went onto their patio to try to snap a photo of their basset hound, Lucy. She is truly a city dog by every sense of the word. Shaun and Sabrina fly in a fresh patch of grass every two weeks (from Fresh Patch) so Lucy can “do her thing” outside in real grass – the sights and sounds of the streets below don’t even phase her.

Huge thanks to these guys for hosting us this weekend and giving us a peek into your lifestyle. I can’t wait for the next chapter in your lives and to see where this crazy journey takes you. xo

The New Austin City Library

We took my little bookworm to the new Austin City Library yesterday. The library is six stories! It was remarkable. It really puts all of our library’s to shame. The children’s section is amazing – filled with interactive games, reading stations, outdoor areas and shelves upon shelves of books. If you are in Austin and you haven’t been, the Austin City Library is a must-visit. The architecture alone will make you stop in awe.

Austin city library

Austin city library

Pardon our hair. We weren’t expecting to take photos (ha!) and it was record high heat plus humidity in Austin yesterday. 86 degrees in November! What gives, Austin?

Birthday “Silobration” at Magnolia Market

For my birthday, I wanted to cross something off my bucket list. Maybe that’s what you do when you get older. I’m 35 today, and – as my mom kindly put it – I’m half way to 70. So, that’s great. In all seriousness, I have actually loved getting older. Since I met my husband every year has been better than the last. I’ve been blessed with three kids, a wonderful husband and a lifestyle that I feel privileged to live.

So when my brother, mom, sister-in-law and daughter all agreed to drive up from Austin to Waco, TX and spend the day at Magnolia Market, I didn’t pass it up. We bought a lot of great things, got inspired by Joanna’s incredible visual merchandising and stood in line for an hour for one of the most moist and delicious cupcakes that I have ever had! Thank you to my family for making my birthday one to remember.

Here are a few photos from our day at Magnolia Market.

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magnolia market

 

Magnolia Market with Kids

magnolia market with kids
Magnolia Market with Kids

I was taking my brother’s photo when I realized, THEY LOOK JUST LIKE CHIP AND JOANNA. Like, just like them. Am I right?

Magnolia Market with Kids

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Magnolia Market with Kids

I’m telling you … these cupcakes were worth the hour wait. Incredibly delicious and the shop inside was so cute. Not to mention that every associate was so nice and helpful. They ask you where you are from and really make you feel like family while you are there. Besides that, they all say “y’all” and to me … that is so dang cute!

Magnolia Market with Kids

Magnolia Market with Kids

Magnolia market

Magnolia Market with Kids

Magnolia Market Silos

Magnolia Market with Kids

Thank you so much to my family for making the trek with me! It was truly a day to remember and I loved every moment of it. I could seriously go back … and back, and back again and see different things each time. If you haven’t been and are on the fence … GO. It’s worth it.

Magnolia Market with Kids

 

Magnolia Market with Kids

When I told the sales associate it was my birthday, she went into the back room and came back with this, it is called the “Silobration cupcake.” She said, “This is a little treat from Chip and Joanna.” It was so sweet! Literally. This little gesture made my day feel that much more special.

Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market with Kids

magnolia market with kids

Magnolia Market with Kids
Kelsey found this magnifying glass and would go around telling me how much everything was. She was my little helper.

Magnolia Market with Kids

magnolia market with kids

Thank you to the Gaines family for creating this special place and for living up to my every expectation.

Phoenix Halloween Costume Drive, Benefiting Children in Foster Care

I am writing this post to see if you have old Halloween costumes lying around your house. If you do, please consider donating your used (or new!) Halloween costumes for foster kids in the Phoenix area. Grade Potential kindly reached out to share the great news that they collect and distribute hundreds of Halloween costumes each year to local area children to make their Halloween fun and memorable. I think I made it through four words of their email before I was jumping out of my chair looking for ways I could help.

There are three Halloween costume drive drop off locations:

A Place to Call Home
1830 S. Alma School Rd. #122
Mesa, AZ 85210
(480) 456-0549
Drop off hours: M-F 8am – 5pm
(480) 456-0549

HRT Foster Care
1951 W. Camelback Rd
Suite 450
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 433-1344 ext 147
Drop off hours: M-F 9am – 5pm
(602) 433-1344 ext 147

HRT Foster Care
2131 E. Broadway Road
Suite 14
Tempe, AZ 85282
Drop off hours: M-F 9am – 5pm
(602) 433-1344 ext 147

Costumes are accepted between September 25th and November 17th (for the next season). You can learn more on their website, here. Please, please, please consider donating your old Halloween costumes – or maybe even picking up a new one while you’re out shopping for your kids.

Speaking of costumes, I want so badly for Nolan to love his Elmo costume but by the looks of things … we may have to find another option. Or, maybe he’s just teething and grumpy. As soon as his stubborn molars come in, I’ll try again. What do your kids want to be this year? Kelsey wants to be a witch princess (?) and Colton wants to be Flash, Hulk and Darth Vader. Oh boy.

Halloween Kid Costumes

Halloween Kids Costume Elmo

Halloween Kid Costumes

Elmo looking at Elmo. Mind blown.

A Sheraton Staycation in Phoenix

What a day! My family stayed at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass over the weekend and invited us to come down and lay by the pool. Little did we know the resort had a ton of activities for kids! And by a ton I mean they had a BALLROOM filled with inflatable bounce houses (with a bar for the adults!), pool DJ, water slides, food, games, music … it was truly a great day spent poolside.

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Hi, mom and dad!

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Kelsey bought these pineapple shades when she was four years old. Three years later and she still loves them!

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Mornings with Nolan

Nolan has transitioned out of his crib and into a big boy bed. Which makes for really hard evenings for us. He comes into our room throughout the night wanting to sleep in our bed. We have to take turns walking him back to his room in an effort to teach him to stay put throughout the night. It’s an exhausting process when your used to getting sleep. This morning, Nolan woke up extra early so we watched the sunrise and picked flowers from our front yard. It sounds peaceful (and it really was for about 5 minutes) before the door shut on his foot and Ryan told him he couldn’t drink my coffee. These are the moments I treasure though because I know he’ll be a teenager within a blink of an eye.

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phoenix many hats of a mom blogger

phoenix many hats of a mom blogger