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August 2017

    BIG BROTHER, LITTLE BROTHER.

    Location: kidshoes.com

    Luca and Harlow are exactly 2 years and 9 months apart. This was somewhat intentional because I really wanted them to be close enough in age to be able to foster a close knit relationship, but yet far enough apart to give us space to really get to spend time with Luca during those first two years, and then of course have that same time to give to Harlow, as Luca has now become really independent. I say “somewhat intentional” because can we ever really plan out life? We plan, and God laughs…you know the saying.

    Anyway, when I became pregnant with Harlow, I really had no preference as to what the gender of the baby would be. Deep down, I think I really did want another boy so that Luca would have a brother. I grew up with a sister and it has been one of my life’s biggest blessings. To this day, we are still best friends–We’ve been through so much together, and we have been able to experience different life stages together, and that’s exactly what I wanted for Luca and his sibling. And if I’m being honest, I also really wanted to be able to buy them coordinating outfits!

    I’ve never been a huge fan of getting too matchy-matchy, which is why I said coordinating. I like to have some matching pieces with complimenting pieces. For example, one day I might put green shorts on Harlow and a green shirt on Lu, a black shirt on Har, and black shorts on Lu…or like in these photos, I’ll do matching shirts and shoes, and coordinating neutral shorts, or something of the like…

    We recently found this brand, Sydney Jordyn through kidshoes.com, and the best part is they make matching toddler annnd baby shoes, so I’m able to find matching shoes that come in both Luca and Harlow’s sizes. I’m obsessed with how cute these little pewter high tops are! And even though they have laces (the most dreaded shoe things for moms everywhere) they’re just for show and the shoes actually have a hidden zipper so you can slip them on easily.

    When we shop for shoes for both boys, the most important thing above style, is the fit and the sole. We want to make sure, the boys have comfortable and good fitting shoes as their feet are at a constant state of growth. Harlow started walking almost 5 months ago, and we knew how important soft shoe support was in keeping him stable. The soles are soft enough for Harlow as a “newer” walker, so they still give his round baby feet a good roll when he steps.

    Isn’t there something so adorable about little feet in shoes!? It’s always made me so happy when babies who can’t even walk yet are wearing sneakers or sandals!

    What are some of your go to shoes for babies and toddlers? I’m always on the hunt for cute, good quality shoes that won’t cost me an arm and a leg!

    (Herrin-T sneakers c/o kidshoes.com all words and opinions are my own.)

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    FIRST DAY OF PRE-K

    Location: Preschool

    We woke up bright and early this morning with excitement for Lu’s first day of Preschool. He’s been in small care programs since he was about 2, mainly to stimulate his social development, but this was his very first day of actual school. It wasn’t too emotional for him, since he doesn’t have much attachment anxiety in regards to school. Don’t get me wrong, he cried and cried when we first started him in daycare, but after enduring those first two weeks, it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Now, he looks forward to making new friends and learning from new teachers. Once August hit, Summer had him pretty antsy to start back up again. We all kinda thrive on a routine over here. Read more

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    LUCA’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY!

    Location: Holiday Park

    Our Luca aka our ‘Luberry Muffin’ turned 4 at the end of July, and yes, I’m just now getting around to posting about his party! Tomorrow is his first day of preschool and I’m still trying to keep my composure. He’s so excited and I’m holding back tears. I started this little blog because I wanted to document life once I became pregnant with this little one, and I would never have imagined all those years ago we would end up here sorting out his first day of school and posting about parties he personally chose insisted on the theme for. Time is such a thief and a giver. Luca, I couldn’t be more proud of you and all that you are. I am so grateful for all the adventures we’ve had together thus far and all that is to come. Now, about the festivities!… Read more

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    HOW TO HANG OUTDOOR STRING LIGHTS

    Location: patio

    I have dreamt of having outdoor string lights in every home I’ve lived in but either was lacking the space or means to make it happen, until now! I had such a difficult time trying to sort out how to make this work, so I thought I would share with you a tutorial in case you happen to be stuck in the same boat. There are so many creative ways you could go about doing this–it really depends on the layout of your space, but I definitely found this particular way to be the most sensible for our space, and I know it will work for a vast majority of spaces, not to mention, it was really easy to do! Follow along below for step by step directions! Read more

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    IDEAS FOR BABY GIFT SHOPPING

    Location: shopping online, in my pajamas

    I always have such a hard time shopping for baby gifts, not because I don’t know what to buy, but because I love shopping online from the convenience of my own home, especially with two babies of my own. Seriously, cruising the aisles of the baby store sounds like a total nightmare to me, so when Incredibundles reached out to partner with us, it was a no brainer because it’s something I would use anyhow. Comment below on how much online shopping has made life with kids so much easier for you! [Insert ‘hands making field goal’ emoji here] Read more

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