Wednesday, March 18, 2020

15 THINGS TO DO AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILDREN...

ME: TOP // BOTTOM // SHOES // CHLOE: DRESS // LIAM & EASTON: TOP

Y'all, how I got through last summer with all 3 at home I will never understand. It's much harder when you can't take these kiddos to the playground, restaurants, and and their playdates. These times truly makes you appreciate all those little things. I've put my children on a pretty strict schedule for over a year now and it has made it much easier on me and on them. They know exactly what's going to happen and I truly feel that it helps give them structure. With that being said, we've obviously had to change our schedule up a bit with them being out of school. Right now, we're still doing study time, scheduled meals, play time, and chores. I rounded up 15 of my top activities to do with your children at home, as well as a look at what our schedule looks like.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

10 THINGS TO DO AT HOME FOR INFLUENCERS...

DRESS: Red Dress // HAT: Gigi Pip // GLASSES: Velvet Eyewear 


Our family has decided to LIMIT as much time as we possibly can outside or in public spaces. We won't be going out unless we HAVE to. We decided to do this because we're aware that COVID-19 has spread very quickly and will CONTINUE to. We haven't seen my grandparents in a couple of weeks and will continue distancing ourselves because up until a few days ago, our family has been traveling and going out. Children can carry the virus without any signs and therefore can pass it onto other family members. 

Anyways, enough about that! Since we will be home for awhile, there are some goals and things I've been wanting to do for my blog for awhile and now it the perfect time to work on those things. If you're a blogger too or wanting to start a blog, utilize this time. Binge watching Netflix or laying around isn't going to really help improve yourself or your work. There are so many productive things you can do right at home. 

Here is a list of influencer things I want to do! 

1) Maximize on Pinterest! 
I want to learn how to master tailwind, create more pins, organize my boards, and take classes on how to utilize the platform 

2) Write blog posts that are educational and helpful for moms and families! 
This week I'll be working on my travel post, particularly a post on tips when traveling with children, how a strict schedule helps us function, and more. I understand that people aren't traveling right now but when we're all able to in the future, these post will be useful. 

3) Create more IGTV!
 Videos and IGTV is where it's at! I personally love watching videos and want to work on creating more for y'all. Videos like my skincare routine, hair tutorial, how to style this top 5 different ways, ect. 

4) Organize my expenses and budget! 
I've been keeping up with filing my expenses these past 3 months but I want to organize it more. I want to start giving myself a work, personal, and travel budget. If you haven't file your taxes, use this time to get everything in order. 

5) Reaching out to brands and companies that I've been dreaming of working with! 
I'm not sure if work will slow down or get busier but putting my name in someone's email will give me a better chance to potentially working with them. 

6) Organize all my gifted products and clothes! 
Right now, I have a hallway of all of my gifted products and it's not organized at all. I want to order some garage shelves and bins online and start putting everything in order. I want to organize my closet and see what I want to keep and what I want to sell/donate. 

7) Connect and support with other bloggers and women on Instagram! 
I want to be more active on social media and find new bloggers and women to follow and support. I want to take time and share comments that are meaningful, not generic ones. 

8) Create unique videos on TikTok!
TikTok is like any other platform, you have to work hard to create fun and unique content daily to share. I need to figure out what it is that I want to share and work on creating that content. 

9) Redesign my website! 
I've been wanting to redesign my website for over 6 months but haven't had much time to do it. I'm currently on blogger and would love to get switched over to Wordpress. I can take this time to find a web designer to make my visions come to life. 

10) Learn how to take and edit photographs and video! 
When it comes to taking and editing photos, I'd say that I know the basics of it. I want to learn how to take that photo or video to the next level. How do I make that photo really look professional? What poses can I change up? How can I take more lifestyle pictures? Ect. 

Please share any blogging goals y'all have!!

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Arzu Photography 


Thursday, March 12, 2020

MY FIRST PETAL & PUP TRY ON...



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 TOP // BOTTOM 





I'm in love with these spring pieces that I ordered from Petal & Pup. I've been seeing their pieces everywhere and when I looked at their selection online, I wanted EVERYTHING!! They carry pieces that are more chic, feminine, and edgy. They even carry pieces that are so pretty for bridal parties! I shared my first IGTV with a try on from their pieces but wanted to round up all the details and links for y'all to see. I ordered everything in a 4 or "small" and it all fit true to size. All of my pieces are great quality too! I'm especially in love with this top because it's something out of my norm and it fitted so well. This dress is absolutely darling and easy because for an everyday spring look. 

xo,
Annie

Sunday, March 8, 2020

THE MIDI DRESS I CAN'T STOP WEARING...


DRESS: Z Supply (tie dye version here) // SHOES: Red Dress // HAT: Gigi Pip

Spring Break is here! I remember when I was counting down the days until Spring Break started. Now, I'm dreading how hard spring break is with all the kids at home during the entire week. I love them all with all of my heart but I work from home so that means go to work with your mom every single day this week. YAY!  Since I'll be juggling all my children this week, comfy and cute outfits will be the way to go. 

I wore this outfit all day while I was in Beaumont and two times prior. Y'all, get yourself this midi dress because I swear you'll wear it all the time. It comes in 4 other colors and also comes in a tie dye print. I'm all about comfy and easy this spring. 

What kind of outfits do y'all want to see more of? 

xo,
Annie 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

CHLOE'S WELL CHECK JOURNEY AT TEXAS CHILDRENS...

*Thank you Texas Children’s for sponsoring this post. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own. 






There’s a series just released on Netflix about babies and it’s so crazy how fast they grow in the first year of life. Our babies become completely new little human beings within a few months. They learn to do simple things like talking, walking, crawling, eating and so much more within a year or so of their life. Their personalities are so bright and you soon realize that they’re just like you! Chloe is one of the sassiest girls in my entire family. She does what she wants, has no fear and is extremely goofy. Tommy asked me “where do you think she gets it from?” and I accepted that it was all from me. 

Liam and Chloe have been seeing our pediatrician, Dr. Rossell at Texas Children’s Pediatrics since Liam was born. We love going to Texas Children’s because the staff are always welcoming and understanding. We see Dr. Rossell for all of our well- visits, sick days and for flu shots. Chloe’s first year was a little hard because she was in the emergency room almost every 3 months due to getting really sick from chicken pox, or having an allergic reaction. The doctors always made me feel that Chloe was a priority and I felt at ease knowing that she was in great hands at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The moment Chloe was born, I wanted to ensure that I did everything I possibly could to help assist her with her development and make sure she was on track. There are so many milestones for babies in their first few years. Well visit appointments are recommended when your child is 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 36 months and yearly starting at age 3 (unless your pediatrician suggests otherwise). During those visits, our nurse and doctor will check height and weight, development, growth, conduct screenings and administer vaccines. Our doctor will also let us know about any new studies in food allergy, vaccines, remedies, and more. I tend to worry about Chloe’s weight because Liam had an issue with weight gain as a baby.  When Liam was born, he was pretty underweight, in the 18thpercentile. Liam would lose weight easily and during every well visit, Dr. Rossell would chat with me about how to keep his weight gain consistent and the importance of it. 

I’ve shared that we go to Texas Children’s every year for our flu shots in this post . During Chloe’s well check we also get vaccines that are recommended at her current age. Our doctors and nurses at Texas Children’s always try to make the appointments enjoyable for the children. They all tend to my children closely and try their best to make their shots easy. We all know that babies and children don’t look forward to their shots but stickers at the end help take the pain away. Also, if you have MyChart you can schedule your child’s next well check online or via the app. 

Chloe has grown so fast and has hit all of her milestones early and it makes me even more proud of her. I always hear that the second child tends to develop faster since they watch their siblings do everything. She’s only 18 months and has become such a big girl. I’m confident that she’s going to conquer this world! 


Thank you so much for reading! 

Xo,
Annie

 

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