Happy Halloween!

Josie is ready for trick or treating in her princess fairy butterfly ballerina costume!
Costume is a hand-me-down! Other accessories from Party City!

A princess and her monster are ready for the Greenwood parade!
Cutie cousins!
At 6 months, Madelyn is not really feeling Halloween this time around.
Scrumptious cupcake!
Grace indulged us for a moment and actually put on the owl head!
Grace is ready to fly in Josie's Owl costume from last year! Madelyn, I see owls in your future...
Then things got dark and it was time to Trick or Treat!
Ding dong!

Fun with Sensory Bottles (and make your own!)


Mommy friend Jess M. just shared her "recipe" for the perfect sensory bottle. 

1. Take one bottle (this one is from Hobby Lobby)
2. Add the following items:

  • Puff balls
  • Googly eyes (my personal favorite)
  • Sequins
  • Alphabet beads
  • Buttons

3. Add water and the magic ingredient... are you ready? Baby Oil - to make your objects float around slower.

Now, sit back and get ready to watch this soothing sensory delight.
video
See? I told you it would be nice. 

10 Adorable Toddler Coats Under $15


We did it! We managed to find you 10 Adorable Toddler Coats Under $15! Now, some of these are currently on sale so act fact if you want to stay under this dollar mark. I seriously cannot get enough of the OshKosh B'Gosh fleeces. They're currently only $8 so now is the time to stock up! You'll see the girl options here, but the boy's selection is just as amazing.




For Mom: I'm So Tired

The gift giving season is right around the corner and I've got something that's sure to speak to any Mom out there. The truth is, I've had my eye on this shirt for a few weeks now thanks to Pinterest. I almost considered buying it on the spot, but I ended up sending the link to my husband instead. Hint hint! These UGG slippers have also been on my Christmas list for years but I just can't justify them when I have a pair from LL Bean. Damn. Those things last forever. And Philosophy's Hope is Not Enough? I actually received this as a shower gift in a Philosophy kit for new Moms and it's great. Not quite a substitute for sleep but as a Mom I'll take what I can get sometimes.

So take some notes, either put them on your wishlist or your shopping list and continue to scroll down if you want to know why I'm so tired.

I'm So Tired.




I'M SO TIRED.
As soon as I pinned this I thought about it everyday. As a Mom this goes through my head several times a day. I think it started as soon as Grace was born, wait no, as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Once she arrived, as new parents know, it was a tiredness that you've never experienced before ever in your life. And looking back, she wasn't even that bad of a sleeper! What were we even complaining about. Once Grace hit about 10 or 11 months, I can't even remember now but it was near Christmas of last year, she BLOSSOMED with this insane energy that was activated by first her ability to stand up, then walk, climb and move about and then her vocalization, which she started very early. Honestly, it's very entertaining and I wouldn't be surprised if she became a performer with all the antics we've seen so far. She's clearly my little extrovert and I'm her introvert. While all her energy has the power to drain me I have to be careful to give her what she needs so I don't drain her.
On top of parenting our little nut, we both work, have been in the process of selling, closing, moving, searching, buying, and will be closing and moving if all goes well- for at least half of Gracie's life. I also run 2 blogs and sometimes squeeze in some Yoga, while my husband has been dedicated to Yoga and Manic Training so NO WONDER we're both tired. But that's life I suppose. Keep on keeping on.

We love our vibrant, expressive, curious little chatterbox but Gracie, could you chill with us just once and have a LAZY day?? Love Mommy & Daddy, P.S. you'll find us on the couch after you go to sleep- zombified. 

Friday Fun: Add some Sparkle & Bling!


In case you haven't figured it out by now, Josie's mom and I happily share a cubicle wall at a sparkling workplace in the jewelry industry. So it would only make sense that Grace and Josie get in on the fun from time to time.

Gracie has had a penchant for necklaces since about 5 months. Luckily her taste (and I mean that literally up until recently) has matured from chewing, to tugging, to now wearing. I still wouldn't trust her with anything small, delicate, or breakable in anyway for more than a minute, but she's getting there. In fact, I've been meaning to get her some fabric covered bead necklaces I've seen in local boutiques and on Etsy. 

My proud mama moment was when I walked into Grace's room one morning when she was about 15 months old and her first word to me that morning was 'necklace'. Good girl!


Now, Josie on the other hand loves her bangles and bracelets. And who can blame her.


And now I present to you Sparkle & Bling!

A Fall Day at the Zoo

We took Grace to the Roger Williams Zoo recently and she's finally at the age where she can't get enough!
I love the 'Our Big Backyard' area, and although this water lovin' gal was drawn to the water features (in October. It was cold.), I managed to peel her away long enough to keep us all dry.

My favorite fleece from Oshkosh B'Gosh now on sale for $8!!






There's just one thing...

........
Clearly I need to work on teaching Grace about sticking her hand in random mouths. This kid has no fear and it scares me.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B


An Apple a Day

Is easy to do when it's Apple Picking Season!


10 Adorable Toddler Coats Under $30


Ahhh, that's more like it! I'm starting to feel better now that we've hit the under $30 range. What can I say. I LOVE a bargain. 


10 Adorable Toddler Coats Under $30 by jemstaa on polyvore.com

Next? On to the Under $15 coats! Can you hardly contain your excitement bargain hunters??