Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Stylish Mama | The Importance of Looking Your Best

I started my blog about a year and a half ago because I wanted to inspire other stay-at-home moms to not give in to the "mom-rut". As moms, we are unanimously tired. There's barely enough time to drink a cup of coffee and scarf down a piece of toast in the mornings, let alone time to shower, get dressed, do your hair and put on make-up. Well, I'm here to tell you, MAKE TIME. And this is why....

Look Your Best, Feel Your Best

I did it too. I'm guilty of multiple days of greasy topknots and sweat pants. I was tired but kind of lazy too. I figured that I was just staying home so why bother? Why, as women, do we inherently take care of everyone else before ourselves?

Then there would be a day when I had a little time to get ready, look like my old pre-baby self again and I couldn't believe how GOOD I felt. Looking better on the outside, made me feel good on the inside too. It boosted my confidence and my self-esteem.

And let me just stop you right there in case you want to judge. It is NOT about being vain. Taking care of yourself is about doing something for YOU. I'm not trying to impress anyone by wanting to look my best. Looking presentable and professional is never a bad thing. I feel better, I get more accomplished and I'm always prepared when I have to pop out of the house or receive an unexpected FaceTime call. :) Even if you are not a mom, this rule applies to any woman out there. And trust me, people will notice!

With so many affordable places to shop now, it's possible to still look good without spending that much. There are no excuses! Don't have time? Shop online! Don't know where to start? Well you're here, so that's your start. Check out fashion bloggers and see where they get their good deals.

You probably already have lots of clothes in your closet that you never wear. Why aren't you wearing them? Stop waiting for a special occasion and wear that dress, get out your pretty shoes and put on a bold lipstick. Even if you're only going grocery shopping. Trust me, you don't look silly, you look beautiful. You'll never have to worry about running into a friend or making an unexpected errand. Today was my day off work and I wore this outfit to take
my son to pre-school and go to Walmart. That's it. The time it took to get ready this morning was not a waste, it was time well spent, on myself.

Love yourself.

Kiki xo

Monday, October 17, 2016

Life Lately

I've got a serious case of the Monday's. I can tell it's going to be a two cup of tea kinda day! On the bright side this is the last Monday before vacation! In just a few short days we leave for Mexico. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I am as prepared as I can be to fly with a toddler but I just don't know what to expect. Will she sleep? Will she freak out? Will she be a perfect angel!? I'll fill you all in next week!

I realized that I haven't shared much of our daily lives lately. So here's what we've been up to lately...

Wearing:: Boots/booties, skinny jeans, comfy tops, olive jacket. Everyday! I won't tell you how many different styles of brown boots I own. I'm also loving my new Sarah cardigan from LuLaRoe.

Eating:: All the comfort foods of fall - chili, spaghetti, soups. And pumpkin! I've made muffins, cookies, bars, bread. Probably not the best stuff to be eating right before a tropical vacation.

Reading:: All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris. I've read the whole Aurora Teagarden series and loved it! I have Truly Madly Guilty and Pines downloaded for our trip. 

Watching:: I always get really excited about fall TV! We don't have cable but between Netflix, Hulu and the CBS app I'm all set. I've been watching NCIS, This Is Us (amazing!), The Good Place, The Big Bang Theory, and Law & Order SVU. I'm really excited for Life in Pieces to start and The Ranch on Netflix. And of course the new Gilmore Girls on Netflix next month!

Enjoying:: A full nights sleep every night! I fully weaned Parker off the breast 9 days ago and she's sleeping through the night. It's a miracle. We had weaned to only nursing first thing in the morning and right before bed for the last few months but she'd still wake up around 3:30 AM and only go back to sleep if I nursed her. We cut out all three feedings cold turkey and it's going great! I miss it; it was a wonderful bonding experience that we shared for 19.5 months but I'm thankful to have my body back.

Pinning: A ton of fun ways to carve or decorate pumpkins! I'm really bummed that we won't be visiting a pumpkin patch or carving pumpkins this year. I'm saving all these ideas for next year - fabric covered pumpkins, brush stroke pumpkins, and carving with a drill.

Planning:: Lately the only thing on my mind is Mexico! I need to figure out what the 3 of us are packing. Parker and I both have way too many clothes and I'll probably over pack. Is 10 bathing suits too many for a toddler?! HA

Craving:: Sunshine and margaritas. Obviously!

Listening:: Current favorites - All We Ever Knew The Head and the Heart, Ophelia The Lumineers, and Don't Wanna Know Maroon 5.  

Smelling:: doTERRA Serenity diffusing next to me and a freshly showered baby.

Let's hope this week flies by so we can start our vacation! What have you been up to lately?

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Exploring With See Kai Run

This post is sponsored by See Kai Run and contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine.

Living on a 20 acre farm means lots of exploring! Everyday is different, but everyday is messy. I'm so excited to have found See Kai Run shoes for Parker. She's at the stage now where she needs a structured shoe for running, climbing and general toddler shenanigans.

Last year she lived in moccasins but they aren't going to cut it this fall and winter. She wore a pair outside last week and came in with wet and dirty feet. See Kai Run shoes have a rubber sole designed for comfort and all day play. Plus, they are designed right here in the Pacific Northwest!  

  The pair Parker is wearing above is the Amelia boot. They have a plush lining, leather and patent leather upper and velcro closure. We spent a few hours outside running around and feeding the cows and when we came in her feet were toasty warm. These are going to be our go-to boots this winter! I love that they are stylish but also functional. She'll be able to dress them up or down. And by her, I mean me. I'm still in charge of the dressing. At least for now!

Parker's second pair of See Kai Run shoes is the Ginger II. I wanted her to have a dressier pair for all the holidays coming up. This was supposed to be her outfit for our family photos but we had to reschedule them due to rain and probably won't be able to have them done until after our vacation, sometime mid-November. So she wears the dress outside to play in puddles! I'm the mom that has a stockpile of OxiClean. I don't care what she wears outside to play. As long as she gets outside!

The best part about See Kai Run shoes is that they wipe off so nicely. Bring on the mud puddles! The Ginger II has a complete leather upper and rubber sole and features a padded collar and cushioned insole. Can I get these in my size please?!

 Head over to See Kai Run and let me know what your favorite style is. They have an amazing clearance section as well. I want these and these. Stay tuned for a giveaway later today on Instagram!

What Parker wore...

Fleece Poncho Old Navy | Black Tee | Skirt | Tights | Amelia Boot c/o See Kai Run | Little Poppy Co Headband

Old Navy Dress | Ginger II Shoes c/o See Kai Run | Everly Avenue Bow

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mama Style | Two Fall Looks With LuLaRoe

This post is sponsored by LuLaRoe consultant Julie Louie. All opinions are mine.

 If it's not clear by now, I love LuLaRoe and dressing comfortably. You will never see me in a pair of stilettos or a leather mini skirt. I'm not even sorry about it. This mama needs to be comfy! Last week I showed you how I like to wear my Carly dress and now I'm going to show you my go-to style for LuLaRoe leggings and the Lindsay kimono.

LuLaRoe is known for their leggings. Heck, before I knew anything about them I knew them as the "crazy legging" company. They do have a lot of crazy patterns but man are they soft! This is actually one of my wildest pairs. To tone them down I paired them with a solid Irma tunic (also LLR), my denim jacket and a pair of Converse. I'm all for wearing leggings but ladies, cover your butt! Can we all agree on that?

Speaking of covering your butt, the LuLaRoe Lindsay does just that! It's one of my favorite features of this kimono. The length is perfect for wearing with skinny jeans or leggings.

I love pairing my Lindsay with jeans and ankle boots for a cute fall look. I have several of these kimonos and rotate them throughout the week! They are loose and comfortable and perfect for chasing a toddler in.

I'd love to hear how you style your leggings or kimonos. I'm always looking for new ways to wear them! 

LuLaRoe consultant Julie Louie is having a new inventory release sale on October 17th. Make sure you join her group to stay up to date on the sale. She always has the best selection of LLR! Join her group by clicking HERE.

All photos courtesy of Photos by SW.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

6 Tips for Traveling with Young Children

Let's face it, as moms almost all of the daily chores, shopping, school pickups, cooking and cleaning, plus a lot more falls on us. I like to think of myself as Superwoman but I'm not. I'm just your average MOM! On days when life gets a little overwhelming wouldn't it be nice to have the help of John Cena? We can all dream, right!? When the help of a big strong WWE wrestler isn't available, I turn to Hefty Ultra Strong Trash Bags.

Have I mentioned that we are getting ready to travel internationally for 12 days with a toddler? Maybe a time or two! Well, this my friends is when the help of John Cena would come in very handy. On top of my daily to-do list is a list getting longer of things I need to do, buy, or pack before we can leave. If I left it up to the husband all we would pack is one swimsuit a piece! Last time we traveled he forgot all his socks and underwear. So, I am in charge of getting us all ready to go!

Here's a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way when traveling with young children:
  1. Keep all your travel documents in one place. I recommend keeping everyone's passports, boarding passes etc in a clear zipper pouch somewhere you can easily access it.
  2. Take lots of snacks. Hangry toddlers are the worst!
  3. Call ahead and make sure your destination is aware you are bringing a toddler, including the transportation from airport to resort.
  4. Bring an iPad and plenty of toys. See my full carry-on list HERE.
  5.  Pack a box of Hefty Ultra Strong Trash Bags with Arm & Hammer patented odor neutralizer for all your dirty clothes and wet bathing suits. Plus they may come in very handy if you buy all the souvenirs!
  6. Get to the airport early and pack your patience.

 I'm not sure where I picked it up, but I've always traveled with garbage bags. I know it sounds weird! But trust me, you do not want all your clothes smelling like wet, moldy bathing suits when you return home from a relaxing vacation! I also take them camping and keep them in the car. I love all of Hefty's new smells but the Lavender & Sweet Vanilla is my favorite.

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What do you make sure to pack when traveling with young children?

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