Friday, October 4, 2019

ACTUAL SWEATER WEATHER...





SWEATER: VICIDOLLS (similar here and here) // JEANS: 7 For All Man Kind // SHOES: Vince Camuto (similar here) // HAT: Lack of Color // BAG: Gucci

Our first day in Seattle was absolutely amazing! Tommy and I needed this trip. We haven't taken a trip alone or really had much alone time since we got engaged in 2015. Isn't that crazy to think? Between work and children, life has been extremely busy for us. We have a lot planned this trip but we're mostly excited to be together. We've already talked about our children 10+ times so I think we're off to a great start, lol.

Before, we left, I bought tons of fall pieces from VICI and love the selections that they carry. This sweater was one of their new releases and it fits the colors of the season perfectly. It's 20% off with code: ANNIE20. I wore it with jeans and these over the knee boots that I bought from the Nordstrom Sale in July. It's the perfect combination of chic and cozy.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo,
Annie


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

THIS IS OUR WHOLE FAMILY...








This is our whole family; Tommy, Annie, Liam, Chloe, AND Easton.

I've been thinking about the perfect way to write this post for months and realize that there isn't a perfect way to share the story that I'm about to share. Today, we're sharing news about this strong, kind, and brave little boy, Easton. Easton has been apart of our lives for over 5 years and about 3 months ago, he started living with us full time. Easton is a 5 year old boy that has gone through something heartbreaking and horrific. About 3 months ago, Easton's mother and grandmother passed away in a horrible boat accident. He lost his whole world in a blink of an eye. No child should ever have to wonder through life without the love of their mother. Easton has conquered an insane amount of emotions, life adjustments, and changes. Even though he has suffered more heartbreak than one can possibly imagine, he has managed to stay strong and positive. Easton is a very very well behaved boy, he's extremely kind and sincere to his little sister, and loves playing with his little brother. He's a quick learner, loves playing outside, going to waterparks, going to the museums and zoos, eating a crazy amount of junk food, making new friends and going to school. Easton will accomplish so many things in his life, he's already overcame something that not everyone can recover from and continues to be strong. 

The first two months was very hard for everyone, myself included. There were a lot of tears, mental breakdowns, confusion, denial, and frustration. We weren't ready to share this new life publicily, nor did we think the timing was appropriate. Easton said his final goodbyes to his mother last week and I've seen a lot of courage and acceptance from him. Even though he's 5 years old, I fully believe that he knows what has happened. We pray to God and talk to his mom in heaven as often as we remember and it has brought peace and understanding to him. Easton's life story isn't going to be that his mom passed away when he was 5, he will create his own story and it'll be so so much more than that. I fully believe that his mom is always watching over him, guiding him, and smiling every time he smiles. Our family is deeply heartbroken by her passing and know that all we can do now is to love him whole heartedly, care for him, and give him a family. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about Easton and our family. 

-Annie 

*Photos by Banavenue 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

STOCKING UP FOR MOVIE NIGHTS...






Sponsored by Albertsons Companies. As always, all opinion are my own.


Movie nights will forever be our family’s favorite thing to do. Something about snuggling up on the sofa, eating delicious snacks, and watching a humorous cartoon brings us comfort. Sometimes, we go all out and even build a huge fort and hang little strings of lights. Plus, it’s easy to arrange because we don't have to leave the house because everything is already here. Our pantry is usually filled with snacks for weekends like these. 

Our family enjoys shopping at Randalls because they carry everything we need, it’s well organized, and they have great deals! When we shop at Randalls, we use the Randalls mobile app to see the latest deals and save on select items. Our family is so big, so we try to save where we can.

From October 2nd - October 15th, Randalls will be having their Stock Up Sale. It will include tons of items like Coca-Cola products, Kettle Chips, SkinnyPop, Snyder's Pretzels, Goldfish Crackers, and Smartwater. I purchased these products and more at my local Randalls, but you can also shop the Stock Up Sale and save at any of the Albertsons Companies Family of Stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Shaw's, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. 
The products mentioned in this post are on sale at the Albertsons Companies of Stores from October 2nd - 15th. Products on sale at Albertsons Companies retailers may differ.

Visit the Randalls website to find a store near you and discover some fun meal-prep tips and recipe ideas! A lot of the items are food/snacks that you can truly buy in bulk and store for the next couple of months. A lot of the items are great for parties, travel snacks, and of course, movie snacks and drinks.

I always go for salty pretzels during our movie nights and thankfully, they were part of the Stock Up Sale! Tommy goes for Kettle Chips and water. It’s all about balance. Tommy and I share such a love for movies, and we love that we now share that love with our entire family. We haven’t run into much trouble about fighting over which movie to watch, so we hope it stays that way for a long time. That’s me really, really hoping! 

xo,
Annie


Thursday, September 26, 2019

TIPS ON CREATING A PLAYROOM AND HOW TO KEEP IT CLEAN…










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I never thought that I would be the mom that buys way too many toys to the point where a good chunk of our garage is filled with bins of them. I spent a lot of time this week decluttering all of Liam’s toys and creating an area in the living room where he can play, do arts and crafts, and study. I created this adorable little space for my children and they love it. 

All I have to do with this space now is keep it clean. Which will require me cleaning daily. I use products from Art of Green® to keep our house clean because their products are non-toxic, safe on sensitive skin, and they get the job done.  I try my best to clean every day. I use Art of Green® Cleaning Wipes Citrus & White Flowers to wipe down all of our countertops, tables, and messy spills. Wipes are personally my go-to cleaning product. Art of Green® Cleaning Wipes Citrus & White Flowers get off days-old dirt and dried food that got stuck to the table, and they make cleaning a lot easier. When it comes to a bigger cleanup, the Art of Green® Multisurface Spray Cleaner Citrus & White Flowers does the trick. Sometimes, I pour the bottle of Concentrated Multisurface Cleaner in my cleaning mop and clean the entire house. These products are great for cleaning majority of your house. Using non-toxic products is very important to us. I want to ensure that the kids aren’t around products that are harmful to them. 

When children start school, I think it’s important to give them a space to read and be creative. I created this play place in less than one day and it was incredibly easy. I thought it would be fun to share a few easy tips to recreate this space. When I need home inspirations, I search something on Pinterest, save those photos, and look at them while I’m shopping to get an idea of what I want. I’ve been gravitating more towards natural tones, so I picked up a few wall decorations. There were only a few things that I absolutely needed. I NEEDED a drawer organizer, a table and chairs, and bins. Organization makes such a difference. When I organize all of Liam’s items, he knows where everything is and cleans up accordingly. This play space was so easy and the kids love it! 

Tips on how to create a playroom:

1) Find ways to organize based off of your children’s toy and crafts. Toys aren’t pretty to look at, so we had most of our toys in the bin. 
2) I add books to every shelf because my children love reading. I feel that if I keep encouraging it, they’ll make reading a very good habit. 
3) Decorate the walls with either a garland, wall shelves, or pictures. 
4) Add plants to brighten up the area. 
5) Be minimal with the items in the bins and general area. 
6) Have fun with it! I find decorating very difficult, so it was fun to create this space all on my own. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie 


*Thank you Art of Green® for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 23, 2019

ALL BLACK AND A POP...



TOP: LPA // BOTTOM: Rebecca Minkoff // JACKET: Lulus // SHOES: Raye 

The first day of fall is finally here! Not that it makes much of a difference for us because we don't get to feel real fall weather until super late October/early November. Those are the perks for living in Houston, Texas, I guess. I know we all joke about all the basic things of fall like Starbucks, pumpkin spice, pumpkin patches, ect but I for one live for those things! A new season brings in new adventures and traditions with the family. Liam and I have already picked out pumpkins and grabbed coffee after so there's that. What do you enjoy during this season? 

One of my go to outfits during the fall is an all black outfit. It's so easy to choose any coat, cardigan, or scarf because black truly matches everything. Because this leopard coat is already bold, I knew that it would stick out in a subtle way if I wore black pieces. Between leopard and snakeskin, I tend to gravitate more towards leopard because I feel like it's more attainable, more reachable, and easier to style. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo, 
Annie 

*Photos by Banavenue 


 

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