Organized Chaos AKA Family Pictures 2017

Family pictures with young kids is notoriously challenging. No matter the dynamic, there is some level of stress that is associated with these highly coveted pictures! I wrote a post last year about my best family picture success advice (check it out here!) so I am not writing today to give any advice, merely to share the result of the stress. It may take some preparation, work, or bribery (no judgement!), but it is always, ALWAYS worth it. (Husbands, are you reading this?!).

Now please excuse me while I cry over how perfect these came out and how adorable my kids are! You can shop our outfits if you scroll to the bottom of the post. But before you do, check out the cuteness! I mean, I may be biased but…. I am obsessed. Carry on.

Oh, don’t let me forget this. Help me not to forget the squinty eyed smiles, the insatiable desire to be held or the fierce independence and fearlessness (sometimes both at the same time). Let me never forget the giggles, snuggles, and sound of them calling out to mama. I am so thankful for pictures like this to help me capture this beautiful (and chaotic) phase of life!

Thank you to Bekad Scadding for these amazing pictures! Contact her here if you are local. She works some magic with kids (which if you have kids, you know that is hard to do!).

My Outfit:


dress / boots / similar necklace / similar jean jacket

Marcus’ Outfit:

tee / sport coat / similar jeans / chukka boot

Scarlett’s Outfit:

similar blouse / leggings / boots / bow

Levi’s Outfit:

striped thermal / jersey lined chambray / khakis / boots

Eloise’s Outfit:

peplum tee / similar hooded sweater vest / leggings / similar boots 

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Instagram Roundup: 10/31-11/20

I have a different audience from Facebook to Instagram to the blog, so I thought I should round up all my outfits in one place! I have included all links to exact items, or listed similar ones that I could find. Everything is true to size unless I mention specifically. Let me know if you have any questions about any specific items!

Also, 80% of the things linked here are for sale! There are some crazy sales going on right now!

jeans (size down) / tank / similar cardigan / booties / necklace / similar earrings / popsocket

jeans (size down) / similar striped shirt / vest / sneakers / necklace

Levi’s striped shirt / jeans / boots / vest

Eloise’s vest / similar leggings / similar tunic / headband

similar dress / similar boots / similar necklace / similar jean jacket 

jeans / booties / sweater / similar scarf / necklace

jeans (size down) / plaid shirt (size up) / similar cardigan / similar booties / necklace / popsocket

dress (size up or SUPER bodycon) / heels / leather jacket (size up 2)/ similar necklace

leggings / pullover (size up) / vest / sneakers / necklace

high waisted jeans (size up 3 sizes!) / sweater / vest / similar booties / similar necklace

jeans (size down) / booties / striped tee / pullover (size up) / necklace / similar belt

joggers / slippers (size up) / henley / necklace 

bralette (pay attention to size chart) / leggings / sweater / popsocket

Thanks for following along, and I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving week!

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Family Snow Day

I had a couple minutes between working out and lunchtime, so we decided to take a quick trip outside to play in the fresh snow. (Quick trip outside. In the winter. With kids. Never quick… ha!). But we had a blast playing in the snow today! Here are some snaps of the fun. (Skip to the bottom for outfit links!)

It may be cold outside, but it is totally worth it. Get outside! Go play!

Scarlett and one of her sidekicks. Living with my parents (and all their animals) has inspired her to ask for a dog. And ask. And ask. What’s one more life to keep alive, right?

We have GIANT snowbanks now. All the more fun to climb!

Something I didn’t anticipate about blogging was me being in front of a camera so much. It seems almost vain. I spend so much time behind the lens  that I forget to document myself, but I am part of the equation too. So as uncomfortable as I am, I am forcing myself to be IN the pictures, not just behind the camera. I want my kids to remember that I was there playing, too!

This girl. She is becoming such a beautiful, sweet little lady.

This little girl had some troubles navigating through the snow and faceplanted a couple times. She still had a great time though!

Thanks for joining in on our adventure! Naptime is over, now real life begins again 😉

My outfit

jacket (I just got this on MAJOR sale! Keep your eyes out) / boots / jeans / similar hat / similar scarf

Scarlett’s outfit

similar jacket / snowpants / boots / similar hat

Levi’s outfit

jacket / snowpants / boots / similar hat

Eloise’s outfit

similar snowsuit similar sled

Dressing Room Chronicles

*Since this is Cyber Week, I figured I would post this instead of my normally scheduled post so you can take advantage of some awesome deals!*

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Seeing a picture of myself in clothes always looks different than what I see in the mirror. Am I the only one? My friend and I went shopping on Sunday after church and we picked up a ton of great things! I took some snaps of one store (simply because I forgot the other until I was done trying) and thought maybe you’d like to see. Keep your eye on future outfit posts to see what I ended up with ?

Just a little disclaimer- these are not good pictures. But at least you can get an idea how each item fits and maybe get a gift for someone you know (or yourself…).

The jeans and booties I’m wearing in these pictures are what I wore to the store. These [eafl id=647 name=”Gap Skinny Jeans” text=”skinny jeans”] are amazing and such a great basic! I got these booties last year at Nordstrom Rack and they are unavailable, but similar ones [eafl id=648 name=”brown booties” text=”here.”] If you have a good eye you can spot my [eafl id=649 name=”jcrew factory jacket” text=”jacket”] too. It’s my FAVORITE and I wear it almost every day. (It’s on sale too!)

I have been needing a good [eafl id=645 name=”chunky knit sweater” text=”chunky knit sweater”] for forever. This one was super comfy, but not so fitted that I couldn’t eat a few extra tacos. The sleeves are long enough which is awesome. It is heavy enough but not too heavy.

This [eafl id=646 name=”marled sweater” text=”marled sweater”] was great. Great basic for the price point! I would call it a medium thickness, so perfect for fall.

This [eafl id=651 name=”old navy basic long sleeved tee” text=”long sleeved tee”] is great. Good stretchy material with long enough sleeves (can you tell this is my pet peeve?). I sized up to a medium for a looser fit, and hopefully it will wash well.

Basics was the name of the game this trip. If you read my post about my body struggles, you’ll know I need basically entire new wardrobe. This was another cute top to add to the cart.

This turtleneck- I could gush about it all day. I have never been a turtleneck fan, but this might convert me. It is super lightweight and stretchy, and of course, stripes. Add to the bag!

This[eafl id=654 name=”jersey tee” text=”jersey long sleeved tee”] was a great layering piece. It was really stretchy and not too fitted. It comes in great color options too!

Ok this I am obsessed with. Between the [eafl id=655 name=”gingham flannel” text=”gingham shirt “]and [eafl id=656 name=”frost free vest” text=”vest”], this is a great outfit in itself! The vest is suuuuper comfy and warm. Believe it or not, I didn’t wear vests until last year. I was convinced my arms would be cold! Boy was I wrong. They are so perfect for fall! Now I can’t get enough of them. I want one in every color. The [eafl id=655 name=”gingham flannel” text=”gingham flannel”] was great fitting and a perfect closet staple. Easy to dress up or down!

And that’s a wrap! As you may have noticed, everything hailed from Old Navy. My girlfriend and I did do some damage at Nordstrom, but like I said before, I completely forgot to snap some pictures. Now I have an excuse to go shopping again….

Old Navy is having some great sales still! Up to 50% off and free shipping over $50. Are you reading that husband?… 😉

What do you think? Are you in need of some basics like I was? Which was your favorite? Share below!

 

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