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 to be Trendy for less

I definitely like to incorporate some of the seasons latest trends into my wardrobe. Just cause I’m a mama doesn’t mean I don’t want to rock the latest fruit print tees or bell sleeve tops but let’s be honest after the season is over it’s just going to hang in your closet for years collecting dust because you can’t bring yourself to part with since I t was kinda expensive and it might some day come back in style.

Well I think I found a great place to get the latest trend but WAY cheap! I know you get what you pay for so the quality is hit in miss and some times the sizing can be trick but hey, you can’t beat a $40 dupe tee for $5! I’m taking about the website SheIn. Just to make it clear I’m not affiliated with them (though if they reached out I would be cool with it πŸ˜‰ )

For example, I’ve been eyeing this watermelon tee ever since I saw a fellow blogger rock it a few weeks ago but it was from Urban Outfitter for $40! It’s cute but it ain’t that cute… ok maybe it is that cute but work with me here. So I hoped over to SheIn typed in watermelon shirt and bam!! Dupe! The shirt itself is awesome too! Super soft and not shear. I’m not saying every find is a gold star but this one was, for sure!

Now when the fruit trend fades and I’m not in the mood to sport a giant watermelon collar I can feel ok about taking it to the Goodwill or even sell it for a couple a bucks at a garage sale, instead of holding on to it with the hopes of it coming back in style, I’m young enough to pull it off, or fit it because I spent $40 on a tshirt!

With the site SheIn I do recommend going to it with the intent to finds something specific because it’s a black hole of cheap colors that can add up quick if you’re not careful… I may know this from experience πŸ™ˆ Also like I mentioned sizing is tricky. If I’m unsure I size up and that’s worked best for me. Nothing worse than thinking you are a size small then getting it in the mail trying it on and looking like a popped open can of biscuits. I’ve heard returning can be a bit of a hassle so chose wisely and honestly with the price tag I’ve had no problem just selling it to consignment shops then dealing with the return process.

So yes there are cons but I still think it’s a great way to purchase the latest trend.

 

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. Β 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. Β 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. πŸ˜‰

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. Β 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. πŸ˜‰

 

 

Styling Shortalls

Bringing back the overalls mom style! I would normally call these denim overall shorts but they have a new name shortalls. Maybe that’s just what we are calling the adult version not to confuse them with the ones we all wore as children. The same problems still arise wearing them however, like trying not to get the long shoulder buckle from falling in the toilet while unhooking to use the bathroom. Having the buckle either not stay hooked or the total opposite and can’t get it to unhook when you do need to take them off. They are great for not showing off your butt crack when bending over but also you are likely to stand up from the bend over with a major wedge.

Don’t let any of these things discourage you from rocking some overalls as an adult.

Here are some ways I’ve worn them

This one is called the tomboy, it’s a great way to reminisce your childhood years of looking cute while playing baseball with the neighborhood boys. πŸ™‚

The next look is the farmer mom. I feel like I should be picking strawberries with the kiddos while rocking this look… of course that requires a lot of bending over so use the kids as cover while picking all those wedges.

This is the layered look, I would wear this look when I know I’m going to be hanging out in the air conditioning most of the day but ready for the summer heat with the sleeveless tee underneath.

I wanted to come up with a more dressy way to wear overalls but I couldn’t they are overalls for crying out loud! When they aren’t on trend the only people that continue to wear them are hillbillies, farmers and children so with that it’s obvious they aren’t meant to be worn during a more classy situation. Hey! But if you can come up with a fancy way to rock some shortalls let me know in the comments! I’m all for giving it a go!

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. πŸ˜‰

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!

I gotta good one….

After a twelve hour plus day at work my husband comes home and without skipping a beat gives all the kids kisses and hugs, as the girls climb all over him like a jungle gym. Then without hesitation takes Max into his arms and snuggles him close realizing he needed a diaper change, with no complaints or trying to get out of it, changes that stinky diaper, maybe freaking out if he gets poop on his hand. πŸ˜‰

We sit together at the dinner table together listening to Adalynn talk about the most random things while both my husband and I take turns telling Emily to eat her food and shoving bites into her mouth, Max sits next to the table in his bouncer gnawing on his stuffed robot.

Once dinner is done it’s time to get the kids ready for bed, my husband still in uniform with no time to change takes Max upstairs and sings to him while babe splashes in the tub laughing so hard at his dad’s singing and dance moves, once baby is squeaky clean he get him dressed and ready for bed. Sits in the peace and quiet of Max’s room feeding him his last bottle of the day before kissing him goodnight and laying him down in his crib.

The girls have gotten themselves ready for bed and wait not so patiently for dad to make his appearance by their bedside to read them a story before bed. Not minding that they picked the longest book they can find, he reads the story to them with such enthusiasm. The story is over and each girl doesn’t want to let go of him after wrapping their arms around his neck for a hug before they sleep.

I’ve made it down the stairs before him and begin folding the pile of laundry that has been sitting on the living room floor all day. After finally rinsing off the day and getting into sweats he comes down the stairs to help me fold what is left.

Finally he pours me a glass of wine and we snuggle on the couch till he falls asleep next to me which he denies when I nudge him saying let’s got to bed.

The love and patience my husband has for our children, his family, makes this mama so happy that I can call him mine. πŸ™‚

Happy Father’s Day!

The Momiform – Distressed Jeans and T-Shirt

This jeans are true to size

A t-shirt and jeans! On an everyday basis, I live in comfy, worn in jeans, that I only wash if I get something crusted on them. Yes, that sounds gross but it’s the truth. It could be anything; food; baby spit up; children’s boogers; who knows?!? But when they reach that point, that is when they go into the wash. I have a love hate relationship with just washed jeans. I love the fresh and clean smell of just-washed jeans, and if I’m lucky I can put them on right out of the dryer. Ha! Ok, that almost never happens so let me clarify: The dryer has just stopped for the third time after I restarted it to keep the wrinkles out, so I get to put on jeans that are warm. πŸ™‚

I hate them because they are a bit tight on the waist making me feel a bit blah with this postpartum bod, but at the same time, I kind of like them tight. It is weird I know.

These are my all-time favorites right now!

Size up with these jeans! I normally wear a 4 and these are a 6

 

Now tees, I am a big fan of a cute graphic tee with an awesome saying or quote. However, when I just want something super simple I have discovered theseΒ shirts from Abercrombie (I wear a size small). I recommend buying them when they are on sale, I have been able to purchase these t-shirts when they are only $10. The white shirt is not, I repeat NOT, see through! It looks great so I am a big fan! It has a boxy appearance when you lay it flat, but when it’s on, it drapes perfectly. One thing I am not sure of is its length. It is a good length for me but I am only 5’3 on a good day, so it may be short for a person with a longer torso. I am also a fan of the tees from Target (I wear a size medium).

These jeans are true to size

Here are some shops that have super soft comfy graphic tees that I enjoy as well!

Thread Tanks

Saturday Morning Pancakes

 

My 4 Month Postpartum Body

Before getting pregnant with baby number three I would say I was in the best shape of my life. Eating healthy and working out daily.

When I first started getting fit about three years ago I started with running, and though I love the accomplishment I felt after running five, six, and then my longest eight miles, I was not getting the physical results I wanted. I naturally have a thin frame and I am short with a super short torso. No athletic build at all. Though I was thin I still felt blah, so I started weight training and wow what a difference. I started getting muscle, and super toned, and a flat tummy which again, though I have always been thin I have always had a little pouch.

Then, when I got pregnant I was motivated by all these fit, healthy, pregnant mamas, and thought I am going to do that too! Well my cravings took over I started wanting fast food, soda (which I had not drank in years!) and anything with sugar. I did continue to workout but not on the daily, and way less intense with no weights.

I stayed on track and only gained 30 lbs which is normal, and considering my diet, lucky.

Right after baby three was born, while still in the hospital I started wearing a belly bandit. It was great on my lower back and I am sure helped to push everything back in. Then I was dealing with sleep deprivation and horrible engorgement I was definitely not motivated to change my eating habits, or do any low impact workouts for the first few weeks. Which hey ladies, last time I checked you should not workout till six weeks postpartum, even though I do see a lot of fit women starting right outta the hospital it seems like, which also made me feel a little pressured.

At six weeks is when I started run/walking after dropping off the girls at school. When I wasn’t doing that I would come home and do a workout.

I started my weight training with Beachbody‘s Body Beast the summer of 2015 and since then, I have been doing several different Beachbody workouts. That is what I enjoy. I am not big into going to the gym, and I like the convenience of being able to just do a random workouts at home whenever I am able too.

So ya, I am not yet where I want to be. I have not gotten my eating habits totally back on track yet, and I just this week stopped exclusively pumping. I have started the Hammer and Chisel Beachbody workout, which I’ve done before and enjoyed.

I am my own motivation, I can be a 31, almost 32 year old mom of three and still be fit, healthy, and be my version of looking good in a bikini.

 

Β *thoughts are my own, not sponsered by Beachbody, however I am a coach*

Styling Olive Pants

I’ll be the first to admit I’m bad at mix and matching my clothes. I buy a certain top to go with a certain pair of pants, skirt, or shorts. You know what happens to a blogger who always needs something new to post when I don’t mix and match? Let’s just say the bank account takes a pretty big hit.

So I’m going to change that and force myself to mix and match, my bank account and husband will be thankful. πŸ˜‰

I recently bought these cute olive colored pants and of course the first thing I think to pair them with is a stripe shirt because well it’s me! I actually bought both this tee and pants in the same order. This tee is super cute and lightweight without being see through. One thing I do recommend with a lower v-neck you should wear a bralette underneath. That way when your baby pulls at your shirt or you are bending over to pick up a kid, toy, laundry (you get the idea) you aren’t showing off the ladies. Instead you are showing off a fashionable barlette. I recommend one like this.

The next look I added a camo shirt but didn’t want it to be too edgy or matchy matchy with all the green so I broke it up with a feminine pink cardigan.

Another way, and probably my favorite and will be the most worn way, was pairing it with a plain graphic tee and this bright red tennis shoes! I love the way it all looks together.

Adding a classic button up Gingham top makes you look a little more done up even when you are rocking the converse too!

Last but not least, dressing up the pants with a little leopard print heel would be perfect for a date night! If only I got a date night every once in a while! πŸ™

Well there you have it! A few looks I was able to put together with olive pants!

I hope you like the post and find inspiration. I know it gives me inspiration and ideas when I put together a blog post like this one, so I will continue to make more mix and match posts!