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July 2, 2015

Happiness Boutique

necklace: c/o happiness boutique    top: My Sister's Closet Boutique   shorts: old navy  sandals: loft

I recently got this necklace in the mail from the Happiness Boutique and I love it!  I had a really hard time picking just one, as there were so many fun necklaces.  I am not the best lately at wearing accessories and I don't know why.  It definitely makes an outfit better and isn't hard, so I should probably step it up and start adding necklaces like this to my outfits.  Plus when I put it on Addilyn said "Ohhhh.  That's a pretty necklace mama."   Lately I'm much more likely to wear long, pendant necklaces over statement necklaces.  I love this one! 

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The Happiness Boutique has lots of other jewelry from bracelets, necklaces, earrings, along with other accessories and clothes.  Plus they have free shipping worldwide which always makes me more likely to shop!  Here are a few of my favorite necklaces:

Follow the Happiness Boutique on instagram here (@happinessbtq) and on facebook here (happinessbtq) for lots of pretty jewelry!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy 4th of July!

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July 1, 2015

Pick and Choose

You get to pick what advice you take from others.  There is so much advice.  And a lot of it with good intentions.  But you get to pick what advice you take to heart and what advice you let roll off your shoulders.   

You get to pick what battles you fight with your toddler.  Right now getting rid of Addilyn's pacifier isn't on my list.  I try to limit it to the car and naps and right after she wakes up, but if she gets hurt or is super whiny and asks for it I don't say no. 

You get to pick if you are going to dwell on the bad starts to days, the rough moments during the week or if you are going to let them go and start over.  Even if you start over five times before lunch time.  

You get to pick what the most important things are to teach your kids. I want Addilyn to know that it's not okay to hit her friends, to treat people kind and gently and am going to tell her that every time she does something different.  I want her to know that it's important to listen and obey and probably say those words 50 times a day.  I want her to know that God made her and loves her and wants us to obey Him and love him and others.  

I wanted Addilyn to be okay in the church nursery even though it took months and lots of tears. But I gave up after a few bad times at the Y daycare, because that didn't matter as much and I didn't feel up for either of us fighting that battle more than once a week.  I could fully do a better job with what foods I give her and make, and while I can't make her eat things, I could try harder to offer her healthier food.  I could try harder to get her to play independently, probably carry her around too much and cater to her more than I should. But pick and choose, right?
And I realize everyone is picking and choosing too, and that it's not always going to be the same as my choices.  To someone else serving only organic food may super important and I have no room to be judgmental or question my own processed food serving ways.  

So here's to the continually reminder that I need to parent along side of my friends and those I see on social media and not against.  And to remember that we are all doing the best we can and the best thing for ourselves and our babies.  

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June 30, 2015

Can we share clothes yet?

romper: c/o sheinside  sandals: target 

At first when I opened this romper I was pretty sure they sent me a girls' clothing item and was about to send it over to my niece.  Thankfully I was able to put it on, but it is a little shorter than my normal comfort level.  I think I will be saving this for the beach or around the house.  It's silky feeling and super comfortable.  But I'm pretty sure this will be the first item of clothing Addilyn will be able to share with me.  And I sure hope rompers are still in then. 

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June 29, 2015

Disney World

Last Monday we flew to Florida with Chris' family for a week of vacation.  Tuesday we went to Disney World and it was quite the experience.  I knew that Addilyn would be pretty little for most of it and was kind of hesitant to go.  But Chris' niece and nephew are the perfect age and I figured we'd just do the best we could!  We got to the park right before it opened and it was kind of a nightmare getting in.  The Monorail wasn't running and it took and hour and 40 minutes to get into the actual park from our car.  We waited for a tram from the parking lot, then had to wait for a ferry to take you to the Magic Kingdom.  I had no idea there were this many transportation things to get from place to place.  This is what Addi looked like most of the morning.  Hot, tired and whiny.  I can't say I looked much better.  It was just so hot and so much of just standing there, surrounded by people.  

The first thing we did when we got into the park was see Cinderella.  My sister in law thankfully did all the fast pass planning and picked this one and it was great.  Addilyn has never actually watched Cinderella but we showed her pictures of her and a little video the night before.  When we walked in the park she kept saying "Cinderella where are you?"  She was acting all excited in line, but no surprise was shy and scared when it was her turn.  Of course the second we left she kept saying "I wanna see Cinderella again!"  

Rapunzal was there too and she was quite interested in her long hair.  After that I honestly can't even remember what we did.  I think we went on the Winnie the Pooh ride and by that time Addilyn was exhausted.  She was happy when we were on the ride itself and during the line on this one she was distracted by things on the way.  It was just so hot and so much walking, carrying her.  She wanted nothing to do with her stroller or walking on her own.  We decided to go back to the hotel for her to take a nap.  While waiting for the tram back to the parking lot she fell asleep on Chris, then fell asleep while sitting up when Chris was holding her.  That is a first for sure.  

After her nap we debated going back, as it just took so long the first time.  Thankfully when we got back the Monorail was working so it didn't take nearly as long.  But it started pouring rain so we sat in the car for about 30 minutes before hand, as it was pouring.  We found the rest of the family and because it was raining a few rides were closed.  We went on It's a Small World, and then it took awhile to find somewhere to eat, as everyone had the same idea to escape the rain.  We ate, then went on Buzz Light Year.  It started thundering and lightening and was almost 8 so we decided to head back to the hotel.  They ended up cancelling the fireworks, which made me feel better for leaving.  Plus I don't think Addi could've handled that! She was so beat! 

Thankfully on our way out before we left the first time we saw the end of one of the parades and Addi loved it.  Chris' parents had bought tickets for everyone to go back the second day, but we decided to stay back at the hotel.  They had a pool and a really sweet splash park that Addi loved and it just felt like two much to do it two days in a row.  Everyone ended up staying back until later afternoon too, as they were all so tired.  In the end it really did feel like a lot of work to get there and was so hot and tiring.  But I'm so glad we went.  It will be fun to show Addilyn pictures as she gets older and it made for some fun memories for our family!  

More pictures from our Florida trip soon!

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June 28, 2015

Printed Top

top: c/o sheinside   jeans: old navy  shoes: famous footwear

It's funny how fast wearing jeans feels foreign.  The weather this summer has been pretty crappy with lots of rain, but still hot.  So I fully appreciate a rare evening where it's cool enough to wear jeans. But even more rare, because the chances of me doing anything in the evening that requires putting on real clothes are slim.  I love this top because it's light weight and soft, so perfect for cooler summer days.  Which does not seem to happen in Florida.  Hello hot hot hot!  We just got back today and had such a great time, although as always on vacations I am happy to be home.  I just have to sort through about 400 pictures I took and am excited to share.   

Hope you all have a good start to your week!

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