Our family trip to Texas

With my husbands job it is really hard to get time off, but he was able to somehow get a few days after I convinced him to take me on vacation to his parents. So to Texas we went!

It was baby Max’s first time on a plane and he did great! He slept both during take off and landing. The girls had a blast getting to take a trip on a plane instead of the usual car ride.

While being around family the husband and I took advantage of it. The girls and baby Max had a sleepover with their cousins while he and I spent the night in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. We got to meet up with some long time friends and enjoy the evening kid free.

I was so excited the next morning to get back to baby Max, so when I saw him and got no special reaction I was a bit disappointed. My husband had to remind me that he is only four months old and is not the best at showing emotion, which of course I know, but my silly mom hormones wanted smiles and hugs.

The next couple of days were spent just letting the girls enjoy time with their cousins and celebrating Independence Day.

The day before we left we took the kids to downtown San Antonio to the Alamo and the Guinness World Records museum. The girls loved it! It was very hands on and had lots for them to do. While walking around in the heat we had the girls wearing their camelbaks. It’s a great way for them to stay hydrated and they do not mind wearing the backpack to hold water, but you know if they had water bottles I would be carrying them on top of Mr. Max and the diaper bag. So many people noticed and commented on what a great idea the camelbaks were, you never think to have your kids just wear a water source around town! Usually they are used for hiking but they are best for even around town!

 

That was pretty much it! By day six we were all ready to head home and be back to our stuff and our routine. The girls were so happy to be back to mom’s way of making food. You would be surprised how good your kids will eat mom’s cooking when they don’t have it for awhile. ;p

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Now it is time to start getting ready for back to school! My kids start back in the beginning of August!

How I’m keeping the kids busy this summer.

I’m going to start off by saying I am NOT one of those total hands on mom’s. I don’t plans craft days and picnics at the park days, or have the week planned out with all kinds of fun activities. It sounds so nice to be one of those mom’s. I always have good intentions but then the days come and go and I’m just trying not to scream at my girls after they consistently fight with each other or having my patiences tested while they ask me to do things and get things for them all day long! Good grief! Baby Max is pretty easy going for now mostly sleeping through the day and not wanting much from me except food and the occasional diaper change.

I mostly just tell my kids to find something to entertain themselves. With that I’ve found some things that have kept them entertained so far this summer without having too many hours of the dreaded “screen time” (that last part was totally sarcastic).

An inflatable pool in the backyard. Yes! It’ll be one of the best forty bucks you spend this summer. The girls love spending hours beating the heat in ours, lil’ Max even enjoys it for 15 minutes or so when he’s not sleeping or eating. It also allows us to avoids the public neighborhood pool most days. Which I love because it’s such a task to get all the kids to the pool and finding a shady spot for the baby and keeping him happy for more then 45 minutes.

Next workbooks. I purchased a getting ready for kindergarten book for Emily and a 2nd grade one for Adalynn. It’s been a great way to keep them on track for the up coming school year and keeps them happy and quiet while they work on them. It requires a bit more effort on my part with Emily because she needs to know the directions on different pages but Adalynn is able to do it all on her own.

Dig it up, these are rocks that have gems or fossils in them and the kids have to chisel and dig to get to the prize. It’s the greatest, it kept my girls outside chiseling away for hours!!! It’s a great outdoor activity as it’s a bit messy.

Chores!! You heard me! I made a chore chart inspired by Pinterest and got my kids to start helping me around the house!! I mainly wanted Adalynn my oldest to really start earning her keep as she is now seven, but I couldn’t leave out little sis because she would want to have chores too and why shouldn’t she?! It’s been great! I had to lower my standards on what I think is clean because, well, a four and seven year old are doing the cleaning. BUT not having to empty the dishwasher has been A-mazing! Also it’s been nice for me to not be the one cleaning up their toothpaste all over the sink and bathroom counter.

I feel like it’s hard sometimes as a parent to grow with your kids. You are so use to them being dependent on you that as they get older you just continue to do things for them, when really they can totally do things themselves. Giving them chores had taught me that, if anything I wish I would have started it sooner with Adalynn.

Trips to the library! That I do make sure I do with my kiddos. The best part is every time we get home the girls spend hours reading and flipping through books. It’s another way for them to keep up and be ready for the next school year.

Well that’s it! It’s been about a month since schools been out. We are headed to see family in Texas and that will hopefully break up the summer break a bit and before I know it the girls will be in school again and it’ll just be Max and me during the day.

 

Summer Packing-Family trip

I’m leaving on a jet plane with the hubby and three kids to visit the in laws later this week. I’m making it a little easier on myself and got the girls their own suitcases to motivate them to roll around their own luggage. I still have to manage to fit my stuff, the hubby’s stuff and baby Max’s stuff all into one suitcase that we will be checking. Max is a great baby but that’s because he is very routine and has his “things” like we put him in his Dockatot in the crib while in his sleep sack and play his mobile every time he naps and goes to bed at night. He also likes his play mat and can lay there for hours content, SO I need to be able to pack those things (probably not the Dockatot). So I’m going to need to pack light for myself.

I recently read a blog post from one of my favorite blogger Cori Lynn of Dress Cori Lynn. Her post is all about what she calls capsule packing. Starting with a basic color scheme and a few pieces that you can put together several outfits from. I thought I’d give that ago and wanted to share with you the pieces I’m going to take with me and the different outfits I made out of them.

 

 

Surprise, surprise I decided to go with neutrals, white, blue and gray for my color scheme. I added a pop of color with one of my shoe picks, red tennis shoes. Since I will be on our trip during the fourth of July I thought the pop of red would be perfect! I can easily be patriotic with red, white and blue. I ended up with 4 tops, 3 bottoms, a dress and 4 pairs of shoes. I normally wouldn’t pack a dress BUT the hubs and I are planning a night away from the kids (in over a year, a hospital visit to pop out a baby doesn’t count) and I wanted to be able to get a little more dressed up than usual. The dress I picked, however, can be dressed up or down so it’s PERFECT for capsule packing. I’ll be in Texas in July so I didn’t bother with a cardigan or jacket so to add layers to a look I added a jean vest. The gingham button up can also be layered for different looks.  I prefer to wear pants but there will be days spent mostly outdoors and again its summer so I do have a pair of jean shorts for a bottom. White jeans and a great pair of distressed jeans were my other bottom choices. Besides the gingham button up I’m bringing a couple striped tops, (of course) a tank top with the cutest bow detail on the back and peplum top.  I added a gray bell sleeved tee as well. For shoes like I mentioned the red tennis shoes were chosen because of the holiday. I wanted more comfy sneaker too so my All-Stars were a must. What kinda summer trip doesn’t need a cute pair of flip flops and these sandals are a great neutral.

I also added a baseball cap, sunnies and a smaller cross body handbag to add a little something to the different outfits I put together. The accessories will make the different pieces stretch out to even more looks! After I rounded up all the pieces I was able to come up with more than 12 different looks. I’m only gone for seven days total so for the sake of this post I’m showing nine different looks because I may want to do an outfit change during the day. 😉

This doesn’t include the undergarments I will be adding or the pajamas, but really you put in one good neutral bra several underpants and a comfy shirt and sweats for pajamas.  Although I did buy a cute pair of jammies for the trip. When do you have an excuse to spend money on pajamas? So I made an excuse. 😉

 

 

My pesky postpartum hormones

Ever since I made the decision to exclusively pump I also made a decision that after three months I would stop. I over produced the entire time I was pumping and doubling the amount of milk needed for baby. I have a deep freezer full of stored milk. I planned this so that I could continue to feed him my milk after I stopped pumping. Lasting till he was 6 months, which give or take, that’s how far I nursed my girls.

Well the week Max turned four months was when I stopped. I had been getting my body ready I didn’t just go cold turkey. I pumped less and less that third month.

Now it’s kicking in, that mom guilt. The guilt those postpartum hormones give you when you start to ween and they go a little wacko. I know for me it was a great decision to stop pumping. I know I have a back supply of my milk that will at least last till he’s six months old. I also know that I didn’t feel this way when I stopped nursing with the girls. Fun huh? Why is that? I think it’s because as much as I’m happy to be done with engorgement, leaky boobs, lop sided boobs and the sound of a breast pump. This will more then likely be our last baby. I mean a little part of me wants to give Max a playmate since the girls are so much older BUT I also think that’s another side affect of those pesky hormones. 😉

 

 

Who knew exclusive pumping was a thing?

When I was preggo with my third babe I knew without a doubt that I would be breastfeeding. I breastfed both of my girls for about six months. I had no problems with milk production and they both latched just fine. Emily was the easiest because she went straight to nursing right from birth! She knew exactly what to do and how to do it! Baby Max was an entirely story.


Right after Max was born he had no desire to eat, much less latch. He had swallowed a lot of fluid while coming out and had a full tummy. At first, the doctors were ok with that. But as time went on he still had no desire to latch, instead he would just rather sleep.

After 24 hours of a baby content without eating, a midwife came in to “help” him latch and noticed what I already knew: he could latch IF he wanted to, but he, in her words, “Didn’t want to work for it” He would rather have slept all day than put in the effort it took for him to eat from the breast. Crazy right? So in order for us to leave the hospital we had to get food in his tummy and get his weight up. To do that I started pumping and syringe feeding him as much as I could. I figured I would work on getting him to eat from the breast once I got home to my comfort zone.

Before we left the hospital my insurance provided me with a great pump and all the accessories to go with it. When we got home I put it into action and started pumping to get my milk in so I would be able to fill the syringes. I began putting the milk in bottles and Max was just eating away. I was also getting help feeding him because the hubs had some time off from work, so it wasn’t the usual one woman job.

I started doing my research and found that pumping exclusively is something that I had honestly never really heard of before. It’s not for everyone and everyone that does it, does it for different reasons. My reason was that it just seemed easier! Yes, it is one more “chore” I have to do during the day, and sometimes night, but then once I’ve got the milk pumped I can just give the bottle to anyone that wants to help feed babe, or just toss it in my bag and bring out the bottle anywhere and anytime he needs to eat. No matter how normal it is, I have never been comfortable nursing in public, it always made me feel awkward. Now with two older kids in school and after school activities, we leave the house a lot more only making it more difficult to find the right time and place to breast feed.

Like I mentioned, Max likes his sleep, but for me, that first month was sleepless. While Max and the rest of the family were fast asleep, I was getting up all through the night and pumping to avoid engorgement. Doing that and pumping during the day created a huge reserve of milk. The hubs had to buy me a deep freezer because I produced so much!

Now that I do have such a big supply in the freezer I’m debating on letting myself start to dry up. He now has plenty to last until he is at least six months old, or maybe I’ll donate it, who knows. I do know that I’m happy with the decision I made because it allowed me to not worry about, or be stressed out, trying to get my newborn to nurse in the beginning, and even worse, possibly giving up and not being able to provide mom’s milk to my little dude.

 

My Mother’s Day gift ideas.

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend I’ve seen a lot of style bloggers post “Mother’s Day gift ideas” …. though I consider myself somewhat in the category of style blogger… Who are these ideas for? Do they make these posts for their own husbands? Maybe they think they are ideas for MY mom? Or I know, they want me to “share” it on my Facebook feed in hopes my hubby will stumble upon it and take a gander… Ya HIGHLY unlikely. Ok so the ideas are for MY mom, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure my mom, also known as grandma, isn’t wanting a designer blouse, fragrance or makeup from me. She just wants to be remembered and told “I love you” and “thanks for being my mom”.


Now I’m not at all trying to bash these ladies. They truly are great reads with awesome products!  I do enjoy reading the posts for ideas of things to get myself. ;p

I’m just here to say though all those ideas are great it’s not inspiring my husband or my kids to get me any of those things. I’ll just be getting whatever craft or art project made out of macaroni that my kids made at school and if I’m lucky my husband will have the day off.

However, Mother’s Day is not a day that I expect gifts to unwrap, that’s for Birthday’s and maybe even Christmas if we have enough money after splurging on the kids.

For Mother’s Day, all I want are those super corny crafts my kids made, and maybe a couple hours by myself to sleep, get a much needed pedicure or go shopping solo. Then the rest of the day is just to spend with the people that made me a mom. Now in saying that, I just want to spend the day cuddling and loving on them and I want someone else to cook, clean, help find toys, pour the apple juice, change the dirty diaper and dare I say it…. make the decisions, YES! Let someone else for once decided how to spend the day or where to eat if that was the decision made. I mean come on we all see the memes out there making fun of us women because we can’t make a decision. So just do it for me, ok? 😉

Now I DID make this blog post for my hubby to read and take from because like all the couples handbooks say don’t make your man guess what you want or how your feeling, he’s a man and won’t figure it out, so just tell him, you will both benefit in the end.

Love you sweetie! 🙂

And Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there!

My dry skin care routine.


Besides fashion I love beauty. I love to try out the latest and great beauty products. Always on the hunt of the perfect products for me! Some would say a product junky, I call it what it is, a hoarder of all things beauty.

Now with that I’m going to let you in on some of my current favorite skin care products. If you’ve seen my instastories I definitely don’t wake up with the most beautiful skin, so I need a little help. :p

One thing I do every night is wash my face and get all the makeup off. I’ve heard there are women out there that don’t do this or forget to, and I don’t know how they do it. I’ve had dry skin for as long as I can remember. When I think of leave on my makeup, I think of how itch, tight and uncomfortable my skin will be in the morning if, I don’t clean off all the makeup. Now, to get all that makeup and dirty off I start by using the Neutrogena makeup removing oil! This stuff is great for breaking down my mascara and eye makeup.


Once I’m done swirling around the oil my face looks ridiculous with swirls of black all around my eyes and over my cheeks. So I then rinse off my face, trying not to get water all over the place because those women in the commercials just splashing their faces and only their faces is NOT real. Water gets everywhere, am I right?


After that I like to use the L’Oréal Paris youth code foaming gel. I’ve used this stuff for years and can now only find it on Amazon but I’ve got prime so it’s all good. 🙂 Once I’ve rubbed this soap all over my face I use a washcloth to remove the soap and any left over makeup.


There fresh clean face….that is tightening by the second waiting for moisture. Yes, my skin is that dry, ugh. So I immediately apply this new moisturizer I received from the Maskcara beauty line called Milk. It’s super thick and creamy and if you are a dry skin lady like myself you appreciate that about a moisturizer. Now I will admit the smell of this moisturizer is a bit unpleasant BUT it doesn’t linger AND being 16% natural milk components it’s understandable and honestly, it’s nice to know they aren’t sticking in some fragrance just to make it smell good, that will only dry out your face. The moisturizer is totally worth the smell, it’s great! I received mine from Meagan an awesome distributor of the Maskcara beauty line here’s her link!


Now that’s it I’m ready for bed! Super simple right?

In the A.M. before I put on my face AKA makeup I like to splash my face with water, again trying only to get water on my face. No soap. Then apply a moisturizer for the day, I use the Clinique moisture surge intense because it’s not as thick and easier to apply under makeup.

There you have it my skin care routine, oh wait I do also like using a good face mask weekly but don’t have a favorite currently. Do you have any suggestions of one I should try out? Let me know!

Beach Essentials 

Since I just finished spending a few days beach side I figured I’d let you all know the products that worked for this mama to feel put together and comfortable when sweating it out and getting my vitamin D or while frolicking in the waves with the kiddos.

Having a good all in one cc cream, I used It cosmetics CC illuminating cream, it was my go to for the face. I didn’t need a separate sunscreen and concealer! Win win!!

My can’t live without makeup product is mascara so even when I’m just going to be hanging beachside I need my mascara. I wanted a waterproof one for obvious reasons so I picked this one up. I’m going to be honest, it didn’t WOW me so if you have any recommendations for a good waterproof mascara let me know; there are plenty of summer days ahead where it’ll be needed.

Swimsuit {this one is years old so I found a similar one}

A good hat to control and tame my hair from the beach winds because I can’t pull off a messy bun.

One thing I didn’t do but totally recommend is take a cheap pair of sunnies with you not your nice ones because they will get destroyed by the sand and salt water and you may or may not sit in them accidentally. *After reading my essentials to the hubs he recommended the sunglasses to be polarized, it makes the water look bluer. 🙂

I like to get my tan on so I don’t usually slap on the 50+ SPF (except on the face) I’ve been a fan the Hawaiian Tropic stuff for years. You just have to remember to reapply repeatedly so you don’t burn.

Swimsuit

Now the last, and arguably the most important thing of them all, is a swimsuit that makes you feel comfortable and confident that won’t ride up or down when handling babies and toddlers. I’ve found a one piece is the most practical because I’ve done the two piece before and had kids I’m carrying kick down my bottoms or pull at my top. EMBARRASSING!! Now if you feel comfy, confident; can manage hauling kids; roll the cooler and lug the umbrella down the beach with out providing the locals a peep show then you rock that two piece. Me, I’ll stick to the two piece during my back yard vitamin D sessions or while sitting pool side and not responsible for as much stuff.

Now after getting back from a day at the beach and getting all the sand out of all your children’s crevasses, everyone is waiting on you to get ready to go grab and bite to eat! Yay! So take a quick shower using your favorite tropical scented body wash; and who has time to wash and dry the hair? I just spray a good amount of dry shampoo in the hair, add a few curls with the curling iron and a yummy smelling after sun lotion and BAM! you are ready get dressed and go to dinner with the family.


As far as makeup I just reapplied my cc cream and mascara.

My Instagram Round-up for April


I’ve seen a lot of fashion bloggers post Instagram round ups on their blogs and thought that’s a great idea! I don’t fully consider myself a fashion blogger but more of a mom style blogger. I love to stay on trend but I usually tone it down a bit to fit my every day mom style. That being said, here’s my Instagram outfits for the month of April!

Joggers {wearing size small} // Striped top // Sneakers // Jean Jacket {similar} // Hat {similar} // Sunnies

I call this the “8am soccer mom” look. These total on trend joggers are this moms favorite! Besides the comfort it brings to early morning soccer games I also like to rock them all week when dropping the kids off at school! A good pair of sneakers is also a must when pushing a stroller up a soccer field. The jean jacket is a classic that never goes out of style! This look wouldn’t be me without stripes! The ball cap and sunnies are perfect for hiding my mom of three raccoon eyes for both early A.M. Soccer games and school drop offs.

Tee {wearing a medium} // Jeans // Shoes // Bag // Hat {similar} // Sunnies // Watch

This one I’m calling the “grocery run” because I was rocking it during a solo grocery trip. What mom doesn’t love trips to the store without the kids? I’d prefer it to be Target but hey, I’ll take what I can get. Now I’ll admit I’m usually a fan of American Eagle jeans and I only buy them when they are doing the BOGO 50% off, but after almost a year of scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing other stylin’ moms wearing these babies, and dropping weight, by that I mean giving birth, I decided to spend the money and get these ripped jeans. They did not disappoint, I wear them pretty much everyday; even when I’ve spilt breast milk on them. The Adidas All-Stars! Man, do they bring me back to the good ole’ days of teenage drama and insecurities…No, but seriously I’m so glad they are back in style I love rocking them again! Once again we’ve got the stripes, hat and sunnies because well it’s what I like. This purse stays hung by the door, so when I do get to go solo and don’t want to be drug down by the weight of everything in my diaper bag I can just throw my wallet and keys in it and run out the door, literally before my husband changes his mind about taking care of the kids by himself. J/k he’s happy to do it…well at least I think he is.

Tee {similar} // Shoes // Sunnies // Watch // Jeans {size up!}

This look was my “I hope a tornado doesn’t hit the house” outfit. Right after I put this look together me and babe sat in the safest room in the house, the down stairs bathroom, while sirens went off. Another pair of great ripped jeans that are, surprise! American Eagle! They are high-waisted so great for my postpartum belly but you definitely need to size up. Which isn’t so great for my postpartum self-esteem but they are still great jeans and I’m diggin’ ’em. Rose gold mirrored shades are totally in this Spring/Summer I’m so glad I have these babies I picked up last summer. Who else is guilty of using watches more like an accessory to an outfit then using them to actually tell the time? Ya, and the Jord wooden watch is great to add to a casual look. When I’m not wearing stripes I’m a total fan of graphic tees especially ones that represent me, this one screams Amanda.

Dress {this print no longer available} // Sandals // Watch // Sunnies

Here I’ve got my “finally giving into the fact that I live in a very hot climate and sometime dresses are the most practical look” look. You can’t beat a good Old Navy sale and so I picked out this gem of a dress during a 50% off sale, which I’m sure will still be going on once I post this. These are my go-to sunnies they are my only polarized ones…. Did you know they are way better for your eyes than regular plain sunglasses? I’m not going to get into it but ya you should totally Google it. These sandals are from Target need I say more.

Top // Jeans // Sandals // Watch

A mash-up of pieces I’ve already mentioned plus this cute ruffles top that once again I snagged during an Old Navy sale. The ruffle trend is a great away to feel girly while rocking those growing biceps you get from lugging around a 30lb car seat.

Jeans // Top // Tote // Sandals // Watch // Sunnies

Last but not least my “black ripped jeans” look. The jeans are from American Eagle, Hello BOGO?!? The top of course is stripes but it’s a cute peplum top which is totally in and hides that extra tummy skin I’m working with right now. The bag you saw in my post that I’m using it as my diaper bag and love it!
Well there you have it! My Instagram round-up! Here’s to next month and trying not to wear stripes EVERYday……

*I’ll be doing a separate post all about my beach vacation looks.*

My Girls


I’ve written and post before about raising girls. That’s not what this post is about this, this is all about my girls.

Adalynn is my first born, I don’t know if it’s a first born thing being raised for the first part of her life being just around adults, adults being mom and dad, but the girl has a very mature personality. Not that she acts older, she can whine, tattle and be silly with the rest of the seven year olds but she speaks in a mature manner. I didn’t notice at first only really being told by other moms that she does, now as her younger sister is getting older I can see now that yes, Adalynn does indeed talk and a lot of times carries herself in a mature manner. Being the oldest and getting more self sufficient she’s the one helping out little sister when I need her to and also getting things done around the house to help me out.  She really has been a great first kid.

Emily is well Emily, her life is a musical she sings all day about anything and everything. She’s my cuddle bug, she loves to give out kisses and looks up to her big sister. She’s the most like me as a kid very talkative at home but a total introvert in public. She can sit in her room by herself for hours just playing barbies or with babies. Very over dramatic with all her emotions which worries me for the teen years.

The toughest thing I face right now with the two of them is the daily argument of both of them wanting what the other has or doesn’t have to do. When Adalynn turned seven we decided to get her the iPod that she had been asking for. Right then and there we also decided since she is old enough for a device that does everything a phone does beside making an actual phone call that she is old enough to have more responsibilities around the house so she’s started daily chores. Now with that she complained that her four year old sister doesn’t have these chores.  Little sister continues to complain that she does (and will not get) an iPod.

The best thing, the sister bound! I didn’t have a sister growing up and I’m excited for them to have each other. One thing I say to them often is how they will have each other for life no matter what.