Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lynds & The Twins

So these pictures are totally my favorite. As soon as we found out we were having twins I knew I wanted to do announcement pic at Lynds. It's our family tradition to go each year around Damon's birthday to pick apples. I thought welcoming the twins on one of our favorite days would be perfect. And it was in it's own imperfect way. Damon always hates having his picture taken, so rushing out the door to do so aftera stressful day at work is not ideal. Wesley and Mia couldn't hold still for the life of them. As demonstrated by the shot of me grabbing Wes by the back of his shirt as he tries to sprint away. But Damon showed up & the kids were beyond excited. Mia thinks we should name the babies Robert & Steve if they're boys which made Damon & I cry laughing. I can't even imagine the chaos next years pic will be and I can NOT WAIT!! We weren't expecting you babies, but we can't wait for you to complete our family.
Thanks for the pics Aunt Carrie & Uncle Phil xoxox

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Alum Creek Beach Day

I've been searching for a pair of high waisted bottoms ALL summer. I searched every store I could think of. They seem to be on trend so I was super disappointed not to find any I could try on.  I finally gave up and ordered these online from Urban Outfitters. I ordered a size up since they are more of a juniors line. Today was the perfect day to frolic and play on the beach. Mia swam & swam. Even Wes wanted to splash around. Everything was perfect besides him tripping and going under for .25 seconds. I was standing right there but it's still traumatizing. More for me than him I'm sure. I've been googling dry drowning all afternoon. Ugh. When your heart walks outside your body you suddenly become neurotic.
Can we talk about how cute Rory and Wes are? The jumped up and down in the sand cracking themselves up.  Mia was so strong and brave in the water I was amazed. Hooray for swimming lessons totally paying off!!!!

Hat: JCrew Top: Victoria's Secret via DFW Bottoms: Urban Outfitters

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Goodale Picnic

Pretty much every nite Mia asks to do something special. Yes, I know she's spoiled but we just can't help ourselves. We love these babies too much!!  Most work nites we say "Hanging out at our new house is pretty special." Since its summer & the weather is amazing I've tried to have at least one special something each week. Last Tuesday it was fountains and snow cones at Easton. Tonite it was North Market for macaroons and a picnic at Goodale Park. It only took ten tries to get one pic of us all looking at the camera. Yah for using the stroller as a tripod!

Friday, July 31, 2015

She & He

Has been wearing a princess dress everyday.
Is very interested in learning to read.
Took swimming lessons for 2 weeks this Summer. Thanks to her Aunt Alli for taking her!!
Was singing All About That Bass in this first picture.
Loves to "help" put the peanut butter on his waffle.
Is a mocking bird and repeats every naughty thing we say.
His current favorites are "Shut your mouth & shitty diaper."
Is TOTALLY obsessed w Daddy's tractor. We have to visit once a day or suffer thru a serious tantrum. 
When we were in the depths of rain every day for a million days I started having mommy guilt that we weren't crossing anything off our Summer Bucket List. Sooo I got the crazy idea to take the kids to the zoo by myself. What the He%% was I thinking? Pushing the double stroller up the tiny zoo incline was equivalent to pushing it up the hills of San Francisco. BRUTAL. The cherry on top of this irritable sweaty sundae was the fact the kids didn't give a crap about the animals. My dream of seeing the polar bears swim finally came. I shrieked as he swam right by us, "Look guys, the polar bear is SWIMMING.  Cue excited animal lovers??? No way. Mia's response was to barely even look and whine, " I want to play on the playground." This pretty much guaranteed they will never be going to the zoo again.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Loving So Far

Everyone who lives in Ohio will tell you we have barely seen the sun in almost two months. It has rained almost every single day this Summer. Literally. Lucky for us the Fourth of July was PERFECT!!!! I never did much to celebrate the 4th but my kids are crazy for the parades. Their excitement is contagious so now its become one of the best days.  Daddy is usually working so we get to sneak a few hugs and kisses, my favorite part. I love how excited my kids get for the parades! We city hopped and did a parade in the morning and then Pickerington in the evening! 
Another of our favorite days was last Saturday. Brooks, Rory & Allison came for a slip n slide play date. The babies toddled around in the little pool while the big kids went crazy slipping and sliding like pros.  Look at Wes trying to sneak in a little hug on Rory<3 p="">

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Blowout Bar, Try IT!!!!

This week has been brutal. Work has been crummy, its been raining for three weeks & Wes has turned into a devil child.The bright side? I got to visit The Blowout Bar for the first time!!!! Friend them on FB & IG!! When they are training new stylists they may offer a limited number of free blowouts! I was lucky enough to nab one! In keeping with my crummy week I was 15 minutes late for my 30 min appointment. Instead of guilting me, my sweet stylist Jess whipped up this adorable fishtail braid for me. Even though this outfit is super casual, I felt cute & put together w my special hair do! Thank you, Thank you to The Blowout Bar for being a ray of sunshine to an otherwise gray week! I can't wait to come back for a Flirtini!!
Shirt: Banana Republic via DFW Shorts: American Eagle Thrifted Shoes: Clothes Mentor Bag: Kate Spade via Clothes Mentor

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Thrifiting w @MaudieLloyd

Maudie & I met through ig & the #columbusblogggers. You can check out her awesome fashion blog here. This girl is fashion forward & totally adorable. She values high end, classic pieces but loves to add everyday, thrifty finds to her wardrobe. Since she comes from Cali originally she reached out and asked if I could show her some the best thrift stores in Columbus! I said yahoooo, let's go!!!
We started out at the Volunteers of America, 1824 W. Henderson Rd. This is a regular for me. The fact that I go here so often is probably why I like it so much. Being familiar with the layout of the store helps me dig for treasures faster. If I know I'm looking for flare leg denim, I can skip right to women's better denim. This allows me to spend time hunting for exactly what I want.

Tip #1. Thrift Often. I recommend hitting the same store/s at least once a week. This allows you to build familiarity with  the layout AND the staff. People will tell me they never find anything thrifting and in the same breath say they only go once very 6 months. NOT going to cut it.
Next we went across the street to Ohio Thrift, 1881 W. Henderson Rd. This was only my 2nd time at this store but it is quickly becoming one of my favs. They have a HUGE inventory & they organize by size and color. YAH!!! I found a TON of light weight sweaters!

Tip #2. Shop in AND out of season. Don't be afraid to dig for sweaters, pants & winter boots in June. Thrifting has become so popular, everyone is there right now looking for a tanks, shorts & swimsuits. I am not saying don't look, just don't be disappointed if its picked though!! I love finding sweaters for Fall, tucking them & finding them on that first cool day!!!
Tip #3. Don't forget consignment. I know that's not a tip about thrifting but it's important. Thrifting is addicting because ONCE IN WHILE you will hit the jack pot.  Not every time to do you find a gem to really enhance to your wardrobe. If you have a special event/occasion coming up soon you may want to hit a consignment shop first. In Cbus we have several Clothes Mentor locations. I guarantee you will find something you can't leave without, typically from an upscale retsiler like JCREW, Limited, Free People, Nordstrom etc. Almost all of my FAVORITE purses are from Clothes Mentor, at DEEPLY discounted prices.
Now go to Maudie's blog to check out her thrifting tips & sweet style!
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