BACK FROM TEXAS: traveling with a toddler

Hayden and I are back in California and I'm missing my family. I'm not typically a jealous person, but I have to admit, when I see other people with their family surrounding them all the time, I wish we had that! But, alas, life choices took me away from Texas years ago and our family lives here in California!

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1. My Exact white dress (comes in 9 colors)  2. Variation of the dress 3. V-neck dress & bell sleeves

4. Similar Option to Sister's dress

BLENDED FAMILIES

I've been asked about life with a blended family. I don't feel like an expert on the topic, so I rarely comment. However, I realized sharing my experience is simply that... I'm not trying to give advice. There are so many beautiful aspects of a blended family. We cherish the time when our whole family is together (Hayden and Huck are very close-- it's chaotic, but great). But, when it comes to schedules and trips and visiting family, it gets hard. Although Huck was on spring break while Hayden and I were in Texas, that time is split between Joel and Huck's mom. Since I want to see my family as much as possible, often that means I am in Texas with just Hayden. We make it work like many of you do. Family trips just take more pre-planning and time. Who went through something similar recently? 

TRAVEL TIME WITH A TODDLER

It's a joy to see Hayden with his grandparents and my siblings. He loves his Aunt Jordyn! As hard as it is flying by myself with him on my lap (oh.my.goodness!), it's worth it. I think we are at an in-between stage traveling with him. A little bit older and he'll want to watch a movie. A little younger, he'd sleep on the plane. Right now, he just wants to roam. I tried to be overly prepared with a kid's headset, downloaded movies, snack packs, etc. and it definitely helps, but if you guys have tips from your own experiences, I'd LOVE to hear. I do love the backpack diaper bag. It's genius for traveling and walking through airports while pushing a stroller. 

I don't know about you all with toddlers, but we always seem to get our groove of naps and bedtime the last day or so. I have yet to figure out the best way to handle time changes and sleep routines. Hayden has done well recently in his own bed. Outside of his own bed, it is challenging. I've heard other kids sleep like champs in a pack and play, but Hayden fights me! This explains the lack of sleep and why my hair is usually in a bun! Lol. Of course, the very last day, he slept in the pack and play. 

WEAR IT AGAIN? yes, and again and again!

Okay, if you all visit the blog or follow on social media, you are well aware that I like this dress. Yes, this is the same one I wore last year on Easter. I love a great new dress or item of clothing, but I also appreciate pieces I already own. I've talked way too much about this dress, like I did HERE, so I'll move on now. Oh, and my flats are washable, sustainable and I love the petal pink. 

My sister's dress is so cute on her. Love the style and type... she got it from chicwish, a site I like, but it's sold out. So, I found great similar options. ALL the dresses below are under $100. So great for summer parties, date nights, baby showers, etc. And the dress I'm wearing comes in 9 different colors!

1. My Exact white dress (comes in 9 colors)  2. Variation of the dress 3. V-neck dress & bell sleeves

4. Similar Option to Sister's dress

 

I promise to move on to other fashion options soon! Hope everyone is having a great day. 

xoxo

 

Party Sleeves!

Yesterday at Miss Molly Manno's birthday party, a lot of tiny people got together and played. Bubbles, unicorns, desserts- Molly was adorable. By the look on Hayden's face, you can see he was enamored by just a few things, but mainly Molly. What a little doll! It feels like we blinked and all our little babies are walking and turning one.

I haven't done a post about fashion in a while, I know. Since I'm enjoying this top I wore to the party so much, it prompted me to want to share with you all. The t-shirt blouse is something fun, easy and pretty to wear all summer. (Plus, it's affordable and comes in black, too. Probably better if you have kids! I took my chances with the white). 

I'm clearly loving the ruffle trend that's out there right now. If you visit this site much, I've had more that one piece with a ruffle, like the top I wore to Hayden's birthday. Not typically me, but if I put it with other pieces that are plain and simple (boyfriend jeans, converse and studs, for example), it's not too girly or overwhelming. And keeps it fresh!

Girlfriends! Maisie and Bri.... how fabulous does Bri look in her cool shaped   glasses  and effortless plaid dress? I love her style.

Girlfriends! Maisie and Bri.... how fabulous does Bri look in her cool shaped  glasses and effortless plaid dress? I love her style.

1. White Ruffle TOP  2. Black TOP 3. Jean option ONE

4. cross body PURSE  5. Jean option TWO 6. affordable STUDS 7. criss-cross everyday RING

Hope everyone is enjoying the day before the 4th. Be safe out there....what are YOUR plans? xoxo