Thursday, June 25, 2020

AMAZON MOMMY AND ME LOOKS FOR 4TH OF JULY...





Twinning with Chloe looks are back and just in time for Amazon Fashion's Big Style Sale and 4th of July. If you haven't heard to Amazon Fashion's Big Style Sale yet, it's a huge online sale on designer items for the whole family. There are daily deals and sizes are going pretty fast. I went through 100+ pages and rounded up all my favorites below for yall to shop easily.

When it comes to having outfits together for the holidays, I'm usually behind but I wanted to get a head start and ordered all of these outfits for Chloe and I (which are available for Prime Shipping). When it comes to family looks, great quality and pieces that are affordable are important. All of our clothing pieces are $55 and under and our shoes are under $100. I've been eyeing these sandals for months and now I can't stop wearing them. I choose to find versatile pieces for our mommy and me looks so that we could wear them over and over again. Both of Chloe's outfits are sets and can easily be styled separately. I chose pretty summer staple pieces like these shorts that are 100% mom approved. They hug your bottom well and have great coverage. A lot of sizes are under $25 too. 

Our family started making plans for 4th of July but can't seem to decide on whether we want to spend the weekend at home in Houston or in Austin (outdoors). Tommy's apartment has a great pool that we always utilize so there will definitely be some swim time for our family. We'll see what happens! 

xo,
Annie 

MY FAVORITES FROM THE AMAZON FASHION BIG STYLE SALE: 


Monday, June 22, 2020

MY SUMMER MUST HAVES FOR CHILDREN



Our summer has been nothing but fun and lots and lots of hours spent outside. When it comes to keeping children entertained and making long summer days easier on moms, I 100% understand the struggle. Being stuck at home during this time doesn't make it easier too. For us, we've kinda forgot that everything has been closed off because we're enjoying so much of our time at home with family. All of these items have been essential for my children and I. It makes summer life more joyful at home and doesn't break the bank. I've been using majority of these items daily and wanted to share more details with yall. 

SANDALS: This is my 4th year buying sandals from Freshly Picked. When it comes to finding boy sandals, there aren't a lot out there that are cute and functional. I love that these sandals are durable in water, are non slip, and are affordable. We always size one size up on these. 

MAT: I got this mat in from House of NOA last month and O.M.G where has this mat been my entire life. We use it every single day for lunch, craft time, picnics, beach trips, and just about anything. When it comes to getting messy, it's not my thing. My children on the other hand love to get messy with paint, food, and anything you can think of. I place this mat on the ground, on the table, and just about anywhere and it makes me feel so at ease. Their Everly Mat collection is made for packing, is water proof, and so soft. There are also petite options

WATER TABLE: If you not up to pull out the big inflatable pool but the kiddos need a way to cool down, water buckets are a great option. This was a huge hit with Chloe and the boys (who are 4 and 6) are even up for it too. I found it on sale at Target for around $50. 

PORTABLE FAN: This is currently in my cart. My cousin showed me this fan last week and I was sold. There are multiple speed levels, lightweight, wraps around anything, and is able to be charged in your car (USB). Texas is HOT and I feel so bad when Chloe is sweating in the car or even on the patio so I know this is a great way to help cool her down. 

SWIM DIAPERS: We've been using these swim diapers and love them. After Chloe used them, we can throw them away and I love that it doesn't soak up water and make the diaper heavy on her. 

PICNIC TABLE I randomly saw this at IKEA for $50 and had to have it! When we have pool days and it comes time for lunch, instead of going inside the house wet and sweaty, they're able to sit at the table outside and enjoy lunch. My children are still a bit small for normal dining table so this was a really great option to have. 

BEACH TOTE: I've been staying at my mom for a month now and we're living out of so many Vera Bradley bags. Their bags are seriously so functional and durable. I got this beach tote in last month and have used it for our little trips to the beach and to store summer essentials (sunscreen, towels, ect). The lining is waterproof and the bag is durable and light. The size is great because it's not too little nor too big. 

HOODED TOWEL: I've been buying towels from PBK for over 4 years and they're the only towels my children use. I got them each a monogram hooded towel for baths, beach days, and pool days. They soak up tons of water and hood is a big hit with the kids. Our oldest towel is about to be 5 years (Liam's elephant towel) and still going strong. They're currently on sale too! 

RESUABLE WATER BALLOONS: Yes! These are reusable water balloons. I bought them at Target on a whim and Liam and Easton have been loving them! I bought another packet and they go crazy. I grew up having water balloon fights but hate the messy pick ups after. These water balloon are a great option and are eco friendly! 

SUNSCREEN: I use this on all of our faces and bodies and love how easily it blends into our skin. It smells so good and is water resistant. 

DUO SUNSCREEN AND INSECT REPELLER: Mosquitos are horrible in Houston and I wanted to get an organic insect repeller and have loved this one. I can't say that it works as well as "OFF" but it works really well for an organic spray. This sunscreen is a great spray (without aerosol) option. Tommy is actually allergic to aerosol spray. I use the spray on the children's back when we're on the go. 

POOL: I saw this pool all over instagram and thought I'd check out the hype. Yall, it's the real deal. I've bought tons of inflatable pools that only end up in the back of the garage 1 month later. I love to big this pool is in width, height, and thickness. We use a hairdryer to blow it up and it inflates easily. Plus, it super cute! I would definitely sign up for restock alerts. Minnidip offers tons of pool options but I only have this one. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo,
Annie 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

DECORATE YOUR PATIO FOR 4TH OF JULY UNDER $100






4th of July is right around the corner. We're going to be spending our entire day outside with family grilling, playing on the lawn, and eating. I found tons of navy and red pillows for under $25 so I wanted to give my mom's upstair patio a little more decoration. When it comes to holiday decorations, I try my best to keep it under $100 per room because after the holiday is over, it stays in the garage for another 11 months. I found these two red pillows on sale at JCPenney in stores for $15!  They're sold out online but I linked a lot of options here. Adding little pops of red, white, and blue can easily take your normal patio to 4th of July ready. Simplicity is best in my opinion. I bought a couple of smaller sized American flags to add as well. The decoration is subtle but still festive! 

I'm linking tons of decoration options below! 

xo,
Annie 


Monday, June 15, 2020

THE COMFIEST PAJAMAS EVER...


TOP: Soma // BOTTOM: Soma 

It’s Monday and I’m starting this week strong with setting new goals for myself. Reading books was something I “never had time to do” and it’s about time I threw that excuse out the window. Books about parenting, character building, and personal growth has really lured me in. In high school, I loved romance fantasy books and will get around to reading them again soon. 

I started to dedicate alone time for everyone while Chloe is taking a nap and it has made a huge difference. Liam and Easton study and read in separate rooms and I’m able to get some alone time too. There’s nothing more blissful than staying in your pajamas all day and drinking coffee in peace. This pretty stripe set is from Soma Intimates and it’s the softest thing in my closet. The feminine lace details are beautiful and it’s a part of their “Cool Night” line so it makes sleeping extra comfortable and cool. Soma is currently having their Semi-Annual Sale and there are tons of items marked down. Their pajamas are so soft and perfect for warm summer days in Texas. I’m ordering this set (top & bottom) for myself and my mom loves these pieces (top & bottom)! All this time at home has really made me appreciate great quality and soft pajamas and loungewear. 

The patio has been my go-to space to read, study, and eat. I’m currently reading “How to Win Friends & Influence People” and it has already taught me a lot about myself as a mom. Tommy has read the entire book already and found it very informative and eye opening. Reading 2-3 books a month is my new goal. Setting a goal for myself every week and month makes me feel busy and productive. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo,
Annie 

*Thank you, Soma, for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.  

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

AT HOME BOHO PICNIC...


PICNIC: Picnic In The City // BALLOONS: Balloon Luxe Events // SWEETS: Savannahs Treats

This picnic was a picnic I couldn't even dream of! I've been loving the boho vibes and seeing how everything came together was so beautiful. Chloe's birthday is in a few months and this is exactly what I'd love for her party would look like. 

I wanted to do something fun for the children and having Picnic In The City come to set up this pretty picnic was perfect. Picnic In The City offers gorgeous picnic set ups in the Houston area and there are tons of themes you can choose from. It really takes picnicking to the next level. They provide everything and come to your home or area that you would like it to be set up at. The kids are ALL about balloons. While the balloons were getting set up, the boys were asking a billion questions about it, lol. Balloon Luxe Events also offers small to large balloon garlands for parties, birthday, anniversaries, or just because in the Houston area. It tied the whole theme of the picnic all together. While everything was getting set up my children (especially Chloe) had troubles staying away from these pretty and yummy treats. At first, I though the cake popsicle was an ice cream popsicle but it ended up being a cake pop! All the details and colors came together beautifully and I can't wait to do it again with the kids. 

This day was so much fun and it felt like our first full summer day. We played outside on our patio, set up sprinklers for the kids to run through, and ate one too many sweets. I think that going above and beyond every now and then to make a special summer day is important for myself and for the children. These local buisnesses have been incredible to work with and if you're Houston or surrounding areas. I highly recommend them! 

What are so fun ideas that you have planned this summer with your children? 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo,
Annie






Sunday, June 7, 2020

CHILDREN'S BOOK ABOUT RACISM AND CULTURE...

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These past couple of days have been eye opening. In the past 4 days, I've been able to hear the black community speak out and tell the world what they've been going through for many many generations. I've listen to their words about unfair treatment, racial discriminations, fears, and so much more. My heart breaks for those who are not here with us today and for those who are going through racism daily. 

Being a minority, I've suffered heavily from racist comments, assumptions, and mistreatments when I was barely 7 years. It doesn't compare to what black people go through today but I have a little taste on what it's like to be looked at and made fun of, picked on, and bullied based on the way I looked. I pray that more people have opened their hearts and minds to racial discriminations towards black people and move forward with treating everyone equally. 

Racism is taught, it isn't embedded into our genes. When it comes to raising my children, I never spoke about color because I hoped that my children saw every person as a person, not as a black person, white person, asian person, ect. I've learn that it was a naive way of thinking and that when they're old enough to understand racism, it will be taught to them. I read that children that are Easton and Liams age tend to gravitate towards other children that have similar features to theirs and to the people that they are around. I hope that by teaching my children about other races and cultures, they'll grow to be friends and to love everyone that comes into their lives. 

I found a lot of books on racism and cultures and rounded them up for yall. I'm ordering a handful and looking for more that will help my children learn about other cultures as well. The step I'm taking to end racism starts at home with these books and I hope you do the same.  

xx,


 

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