Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fashion Fix: What I Wore

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Our schools are having early release this week, which I love and hate!  I love having the kids home more, but hate the quick turn around for getting them to school and then picking them up again. Not a ton of time to get anything done and I feel like we are back to preschool hours. Yesterday was so nice though because they actually had time to relax and play outside in the afternoon!

I wanted to do a quick What I Wore post today!  The weather has finally started to cool off and it actually feels like fall now.  The cool evenings and crisp mornings have been a welcomed change to the 90+ degrees we were having up until now.  This is a random assortment of outfits, shoes and accessories, but all so great for fall so I wanted to be sure to share!

This dress has been on repeat.  It's super stretchy so really comfortable, but very flattering and can be dressed up or dressed down. I have worn it on a date night, for a blogger event, and a bunch of different ways.  I would recommend sizing up because it is VERY form fitting. I got the Medium.

dress//denim jacket 
Another item I'm really loving is this fun new cross body bag. It is less than $35 and from Amazon!  It's smaller than what I usually carry, but I needed something for days when I don't want to drag around my huge tote and this one is perfect. I also comes in a brown leather, but I loved the gray!  While I was ordering I also got this new watch band for my Apple Watch. I was a little nervous to use one that wasn't the Apple brand, but for $6 I figured it was worth a try. Oh my goodness!  I just love it and it seems no different than the Apple one.  They offer a ton of colors, but I thought gray would match a bunch of stuff for fall and winter.

bag//watch band

Speaking of gray, I also am loving wearing these shoes this fall. I feel like they are great for this transition time when you feel silly wearing sandals, but it's too warm for boots or something like that.  These are really comfortable and also offer a ton of arch support, which I love. I wear them with these little no-show socks so I don't get blisters, but I know some people wear them with nothing. They come in several colors, too. The jeans you see in this pic are also a new favorite of mine. They have an elastic waist band and fit amazing. They are super comfortable with just the right amount of stretch and I wore them for 3 days straight last week! 

shoes//jeans

Next up, cardigans. I bought this cardigan in three colors and have been wearing them nonstop. Layering is just about the only way to dress this time of year when it is cool in the morning, but so warm by afternoon. I wear a tank or short sleeve shirt under them so I can easily take off when it warms up later in the day! 

tank//cardigan

Here's the same cardigan in a mustard yellow color and I wanted to share my little trick with y'all.  On this day I had to be at the school super early for a meeting, but knew that after that I would be coming home to walk my dog, clean, and just do things around the house so I wanted to be dressed comfortably. I wore black workout leggings, a black workout tunic and my running shoes. Then I just threw this cardigan over it and it was amazing how put together I looked.  Then when I got home I was already dressed for the rest of my day. I do this trick after exercising also when I have errands and other things to do. All black with a cardigan instead of a sloppy sweatshirt or something can completely change the look!

cardigan//leggings//tunic//shoes

I think I shared this last week, but some of my favorite pieces of my wardrobe are always on repeat.  My denim shorts, gingham top and leopard belt get worn year round!  And my new ATL hat has been getting a lot of wear recently, too!

shorts//top//belt//hat

Do y'all wear slippers around the house? I'm usually a fuzzy sock kind of girl, but I recently got these slippers and just LOVE them! They are so comfy and cozy!  They come in a ton of colors, but I thought the red was fun for fall and into winter! 

slippers

Last, but not least is this amazing find. These fuzzy sherpa pullovers are all the rage right now and you will never believe where this one is from. They were less than $15 so I grabbed them for both of my girls and they are so excited to finally be wearing them! 

pullover


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Friday, October 12, 2018

Fall Favorites at Findlay Rowe

We are jumping for joy this fine Friday because FALL IS HERE!!!!  Now, we've lived here long enough to know that it is probably just a tease and we could very well be pushing 90 degrees again next week, but we are going to put on our jeans enjoy it while we can. 

Last week we stopped by our favorite local boutique to check out all of the goodies they had in stock this fall.  

rust cardigan//plaid peplum top//taupe dress//cream cardigan (similar) 
Seriously, every time we step foot inside of Findlay Rowe we are drawn to SO many adorable things. 


From home decor and tailgating gear to jewelry and accessories, they literally have anything you could possibly want and then some.  


We decided to make a fun little video showing all of our fall favorites and then did a little shopping of our own.  

dress//lace cardigan (similar)//jewelry (see in store!) 

Y'all can check out the video HERE to see all of our favorites.  I already shared this Aviate hat on Instagram earlier this week. It's just one of the fun pieces that came home with me on this day.  We can't wait to share more of what we are loving this fall! 

top//shorts//belt//hat//necklace 

See the video HERE!!!  





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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Keeping Kids Healthy When Traveling

This post is brought to you by DiaResQ® and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. 

Traveling and getting to explore new places, people, and cultures is one of the biggest gifts we can give our kids. We've traveled with our kids just about everywhere, and have come to learn a few things. Traveling with kids is fun, exhausting, exciting, worry some, and adventurous all wrapped up into one big memory inducing package. A large part of traveling with kids is just accepting the chaos, and realize those tiny humans are unpredictable no matter where in the world they are located. One thing we do try to control, or at least have a handle on, is keeping our kids healthy while traveling. Nothing is worse than having a sick little one in a place that you are unfamiliar with, and with sometimes limited access to resources.

A vacation can go from fun to frantic when one of your children suddenly falls ill. We have a few tips and tricks to keeping kids healthy when traveling, but also want to hear some of yours! Because trust us, no one wants to experience the adventure that is trying to wash out thrown up on clothes in a hotel bathroom (Been there, done that. So not a travel memory we wish we ever had).


Keeping Kids Healthy When Traveling

When you travel you are being taken out of your natural "germy" environment. That means you're being exposed to all sorts of new germs while you are being exposed to all sorts of new things. Sleeping routines, eating habits, and even the air you are breathing - all are changed. With a little careful planning you can try to combat all that, or at least be prepped for when something does happen. 


Tip #1: Get Immunized 
One easy way to keep kids healthy while traveling is to make sure all their immunizations are up to date. If not, try to get current a month or two before you leave. That way you aren't risking being somewhere else if a reaction occurs, and to let the immunization settle into their little bodies. If you are traveling abroad, check to see if any special immunizations are needed. No one likes the whole immunization getting experience, but no one likes getting the plague and going to the hospital in a strange place either. 



Tip #2: Just Keep Drinking
Staying hydrated is always important, but when you are traveling it's even more important. Dehydration can exacerbate even the smallest of illnesses. The effects of jet lag can be felt more if you are dehydrated. The effects of motion sickness from airplanes, cars, or trains can be amplified. Dehydration is just the worst.



Try giving your kids extra water a few days before your travel, or add super hydrating foods into their diet (watermelon, coconut water, etc.). See above statement about throw up. The less option for it, the better. 


Tip #3: DiaResQ® to the Rescue
Okay, second to cleaning up throw up in an unfamiliar environment, the worst is cleaning up diarrhea. Especially if you have younger children who don't entirely understand "that feeling". Diarrhea and other stomach issues usually are born from contaminated food and water. Unfortunately, when little ones immune systems are still developing it is super common for their tummies to become upset when traveling.


We've discovered a life changing little product that helps combat diarrhea in children naturally. DiaResQ now goes in our travel bags each and every trip. Because if you've been down that road once, you don't want to experience that journey again.


Diarrhea is the body's natural immune response to try and remove an invading microorganism, and most other products work by slowing that response (and trapping that microorganism in your body). DiaResQ is different - it works with your body to address the underlying issue fast. It's been proven to provide safe and fast relief - clinically demonstrating most cases of diarrhea are resolved on first day of use. It's safe for the whole family to take, and is a food made from naturally derived ingredients.

Another things we love about DiaResQ is that it's super easy to take - which is important when it comes to kids. It's just a vanilla flavored powder that you can mix into any drink. So no yucky taste or big pills to swallow. 

So grab yours at your local CVS, or throw it in your next Amazon Prime order, but definitely don't pack your bags with out it!

Note: DiaResQ is not intended for the relief of chronic diarrhea, nor for infants (children aged 12 months or less).



Tip #4: Sanitizing Wipes for Everybody
It's no secret that kids - especially small ones - like to touch everything. After touch, they like to taste everything. Take those amazing skills to the airport, a taxi cab, a train, etc.,  and you are just asking for extreme use of tip number three. 

I've realized lots of airports and exceptional Uber drivers have really come around on the whole hand sanitizer thing. I usually make it a game to see how many stations we can visit in one terminal. That's way more fun than let's say putting your mouth all over the airport seats, right? 

Unfortunately national security frowns upon my attempts at smuggling in extra large bottles of hand sanitizer. So I've learned to pack small packs of sanitizing wipes in everyone's backpacks. As a parent I have one in my bag too, but if needed in a pinch I know there are ones in the other twenty-seven bags I am lugging around and the first one gets the sanitizing prize.


Tip #5: Be Prepared
When packing, often we tend to just pack the obvious when it comes to medications or medical supplies. Whatever prescriptions or inhalers that get used daily automatically go in our bags. In addition to the normal items, we try to pack a little wellness/first kit in one of our bags.



Type up a list of all your family's current medical needs and information (doctors names/numbers, allergies any family member might have, blood types, list of medications taken and how often, etc.). Place this in a bag or small travel box with a variety of over the counter medications and basic medical supplies you might need. Having the info or anything basic that you might need on hand will help ease the stress a little bit if a situation does arise. 


What are some of your tips and tricks to keeping kids healthy when traveling? 




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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Family Vacation To...New York City! {Part 3}


This week I've been recapping our family trip to New York City. We spent a week in New York City with my entire family to celebrate my dad turning 60 this year. Here are the first two parts: 


Today is all about the last part of our trip...and maybe the most anticipated. 

Day 5

| Girls raincoats |

We woke up to a dreary, rainy city, and quickly realized our plans for the day might have to be altered. The last big part of dad's gift was taking him to Yankee Stadium to see his favorite baseball team. They were matched up against Boston and he was so excited! We all were. The game was scheduled to be at 1:00p.m., but we were nervous with the rain it would get cancelled. 

Shortly after breakfast we received a message stating they pushed the game time back to the evening when skies looked clearer. 

This left our little group to figure out what to do because this changed everyone's plans. Since we had only seen part of the Museum of Natural History earlier in the trip we thought it might be the perfect rainy day excursion to see what else it had to offer. 


The museum is huge and has tons of wings on each floor. Navigating ten people was tough. Especially with set times for certain events. We missed two just because we couldn't make it in time. 


On this trip the kids had a blast seeing all things dinosaurs. 


We caught and iMax movie and then more dinosaurs.


Honestly though, I think there were so many people due to the rain, and the fact that we had seen a lot of the interactive portions earlier in the week, it lost its magic on us. 




The kids enjoyed it, but I think it was the adults who were a little bored. 


The rain was really coming down though so we didn't know what else to do. It became time for the crew who was going to the stadium to leave, so we left the girls with my sisters and made our way towards the Bronx. 


Mr. Cute got the experience of riding the subway for the first time. It was much easier this time with out a stroller. Enjoyable...you know, as much as a rush hour subway can be. But at least there weren't any life lessons I had to teach after our departure. 



It was an easy train ride and then miraculously when we came back above ground the sun was shining. I was still wearing my rain boots because who knows what's in those NYC puddles, but it quickly became hot and humid. 



| Boys Baseball Tee | Women's Yankees Tee (tons of teams available!) |

We arrived in time to grab a quick dinner, and check out the stadium before the start time. Cute was loving it. And my dad was loving that he instantly became a fan. 


Cute bought this foam finger and literally waved it from the time we sat down until the 7th inning. 


We had amazing seats right behind the Boston dugout. 


Cute and I were the first ones to our seats and I remember sending my dad and Mr. Cute a text stating we should have brought gloves. The netting looked low and even during warm-up balls were flying everywhere around us. 


Fast forward three innings and we had already missed out on at least six balls. Then our turn came. A pop foul came right for us. My dad put out his hand, and caught it! I was so excited for him to catch a game ball for his 60th! 

And then he looked at me and said, "That hurt.". Calm as could be. And then he dropped the ball. 


I looked down at his hand and clearly it did hurt. There was blood everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. Luckily no one was sitting in front of us. 

Long story short, the catch would now require several stitches. But dad just wrapped his hand in napkins and watched the rest of the inning. Then he went to medical services and they confirmed what we suspected - he would be taking home a special kind of souvenir. 

Dad wasn't about to miss his beloved Yankees, and not even kidding at least 15 more balls came our way. 


Cute even caught one!

My dad might have been a little jealous. 
(Side note: After he dropped it, the people down the row picked it up. And kept it!)






The game ended with a Yankees win and I don't think he could have been more happy. Even if he was headed straight to the nearest E.R. 


We subway'd ourselves back to the hotel and laughed at the most memorable game any of us have probably ever attended. 



DAY 6

My youngest sister left bright and early, and we were scheduled to head home that evening. So our group was dwindling down, but we still had some time to enjoy a few more things. 


We were all feeling the late night effects of the night before - especially my parents who didn't get home until about 2a.m. from the emergency room. So, we kept things low key, and decided to just walk around. 


We made our way towards Grand Central Station and decided to check it out, and grab some lunch.


If you've never been it's just so...Grand! Everything about it is old school and gorgeous. 





| Palm Sweatshirt | Girls Kitty Cat Sweatshirts |

The kids thought it was fun, and loved seeing the food hall and checking out some of the shops. 


All too quickly it was time to walk back to the hotel to check out. 

We sat in the lobby area to chat a bit, and play some card games to pass what little time we had before leaving for the airport. 

The airport was a breeze, and our kids just as excited about LaGuardia as they were about Hartsfield. 


We hit it at the right time too because there was a massive dance party going on at our terminal. Southwest employees were passing out headphones and everyone was dancing. The kids thought it was so much fun. 


Then the sweet employees gave each of our kids a fun little goodie bag. The girls were in heaven with their new sunglasses. 


We sat in our seats and were off! We had such a fun trip and can't wait to go back when the kids are a little bit older so they can enjoy some of the other attractions and appreciate the city a little bit more. 


Overall the trip was way easier than I was picturing with three small children. Only on occasion did I have to redirect them or tell them, "No, the man sleeping by the trash can does not need you to tell him night night." It was a completely different trip for my kids, and one I know that will hold a ton of memories for them. 


But for now, NYC enjoy the little break from all this southern sass. 



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