Every year after the holidays have wrapped up and life begins to move forward, I begin to feel the pull towards more simple living. Easy dinners on the patio (because we can do that in January in Arizona) and the return of simple routines that got overshadowed in December, but that ground me in January. It never disappoints to rejuvenate my soul and motivate me to do a little better, be a little kinder.
5 things this week:
1. Have you watched Dumplin' yet on Netflix? It's a cute, quick coming-of-age movie, with a Dolly Parton sound track. Turn it on the next time you're folding laundry. You want be embarrassed when your kids walk in and start watching it with you.
2. I'm obsessed with these ladylike leopard flats. When I had Luke, my feet grew half a size (grrr) which hasn't been overly problematic, but I've been missing my leopard flats that became just a touch too small after he was born.
3. My kids went back to school this week and I had high hopes for my gym time getting back on track. Turns out only 2/3 went back to school the first three days of the week. You can guess how my work outs went. If you're still struggling to get back into your routine post holidays...me too girl, me too.
4. I came across this site a few years ago and haven't been able to quit it. It's a collection of images from a community of photographers and get this...you can download the images and print them for FREE! No joke. High quality and a huge variety. I've printed more than a few for my house.
5. My Real Estate 101 Course is in less than a week and I'm giddy with excitement, mostly because I can't wait for this group to blow their own minds this year. It's sure to be a good time.
With the weekend upon us, you know what that means, Open Houses!
These links are for those of you that love walking houses as much as I do or are in the beginning stages of looking for a home. Use the links below to see the list of weekend open houses going on across the Valley. If you haven't used these links before, I break each list into different cities, then they are sorted by price, so you can find what you're looking for fairly quickly. Once you find a property you want to walk, click on the 'open house' tab at the top right to see the date & time of the open house...and be sure to let me know if you find a gem!
Arcadia || Gilbert || Mesa || Scottsdale
Looking forward to a slow weekend and hope you get a moment to relax and revive this weekend too!
This year for Christmas we convinced ourselves that we were skipping all the toys and taking a trip instead. We mostly managed to skip all the toys and I'm happy to report the trip was a total success.
If you remember we were supposed to go to Rocky Point over Fall Break in October and at the very last minute it got cancelled. By last minute, I mean our car was fully loaded, coolers, towels, treats,all loaded, when we found out the flooded road we had anticipated clearing up, had in fact, gotten worse. We were devastated and more than a little frustrated to say the least.
When planning a winter trip for our family, we're fairly limited in what works for us. It really boils down to one thing with the varying ages we're trying to please and it is this: A warm beach. We looked at a couple of options, but Rocky Point seemed to make the most sense.
So many from Arizona travel to Rocky Point frequently, and we've gone in the past as well and stayed at the big condo resorts. This time, though, we were both adamant about being in a house on the beach. The main motivation being accommodating a baby that still naps 5 hours during the day. We wanted to be able to have him napping and still enjoy the beach. While I realize the resorts also have the luxury of pools, I also wanted to save myself the hassle of my kids constantly wanting to switch from beach to pools. Nothing frustrates me more than paying to be at the beach and having kids begging for the pool...especially when we have a pool in our backyard. So I selfishly eliminated the option of the pool and my kids were none the wiser.
I'm happy to report we loved where we stayed. You can head over to my Instagram (@sonny_daily) and see a full video tour on IGTV. The house was right on the beach, with the big sliding doors I love leading out to a huge patio that overlooked the water. One fun thing we realized was that while in California, you get to watch the sunset, in Rocky Point you get the sunrise and the sunset. It was breathtaking. The place was 4bed/4bath with 2 master suites that had patio doors overlooking the water as well. The owners really did thing of everything...except a cheese grater. For reals, that was the only thing I couldn't find that I wanted. Pretty sure next time we go, I'll gift the property one. ;) While we ended up paying a bit more for lodging, my thought is that if I get my lodging right, I spend less on food and activities because I don't end up leaving the house.
We did head into town at least once every day and came across a few gems I thought I'd share with you!
A few restaurants we loved were Koffee Haus -- yes it's spelled in the German fashion, while they serve Mexican and American style breakfasts. Try not to think too hard on it and you'll love it. The place is fairly small, so go early if you don't want to wait for a table.
We also ate at the top of the lighthouse restaurant which is called something El Capitain. I liked that this was off the main drag and easy to get in and out of. It's a sit down place that overlooks the ocean, so snag a patio table if you can. The food was incredible and the view over the top.
Pan y Vino (Bread and Wine) is located right next to the lighthouse restaurant and is an amazing Italian place. We didn't get to try this, but our neighbors in the house next to us who travel to Rocky Point once a month, told us it was their favorite place.
We shopped for groceries at Super Ley and if you buy your meat there, they've got a guy that will grill it up for you outside. He wasn't there while we were there, but I've heard great reviews and this is on our list for next time. Be sure to also grab some Mexican Vanilla while you're there. Not only is the flavor amazing, the price is even better. What I can get for $45 at my Costco, I picked up for $1.50 there. I bought 10 I was so excited.
While the food was great the relaxing was better. So much needed relaxing on this trip. Scot and I both received massages right on the patio and I've got to tell you for $20, it was the best decision we'd ever made.
Liv got her hair braided and of course, they all had to get henna tattoos...while I read my book and the baby napped. When we got tired of being lazy we played endless games of ladder ball and did beach workouts (quite possibly one of my favorite things). See how amazing a house on the beach is?? It's hard to beat in my opinion.
It wasn't perfect by any means, as no family trip ever is. The night we arrived on Christmas Day (!) there was a huge down pour and we lost power in the middle of trying to cook dinner. I was sweating it for a bit, but the power came back on and we all survived. The kids still bickered and Luke skipped some naps and one day the weather didn't cooperate, but at the end of the day, those aren't ever the things I remember and we're looking forward to getting back soon!
I came across this image on Pinterest and it stopped me in my tracks. As I walk home after home, I'm beginning to see the return of warmth to our spaces and I am LOVING IT! Also loving the built-in furniture style pieces that are popping into homes more and more. This bathroom strikes a beautiful balance. Taking note for when we re-do our builder grade bathroom down the road.
5 things on my mind this week:
1. You all know I love to read. Came across this great list from Janssen at Everyday Reading. Not sure I'll make it through the ENTIRE list this year, but will definitely be pulling some good reads from this. Ordered the first book today!
2. This is so silly, but one of my favorite gift this Christmas was a new phone case. The hype around the Loopy cases is legit. Best idea. Best case. Can't live without it. In the event you need a laugh today, let me tell you what happened to my old case. It was a Kate Spade one that had water in it, I liked it because it was super thick and sturdy. Unbeknownst to me, the liquid had started leaking out. Scot noticed it one day as I was out the door, asking me what was all over the butt of my black jeans. I went to change and try to figure out what in the world it was, when I realized it smelled like lighter fluid. I thought of the last time the lighter fluid was out, and of course, it involved my oldest and his friends lighting a bonfire in our backyard. Naturally, I assumed he spilled some on the patio furniture, which I then must have sat it. So he got an earful. A week later, after I had already wiped everything down, my pants had the same mark on the butt...suddenly it dawned on me that the liquid was from my dang phone case! I had to apologize to Zack, but in all honesty though, I was really asking myself, what parent let's 11-year-olds have lighter fluid? Apparently me.
3. Got my hands on some new artwork for above our family room couch. We've had a gallery wall the last couple of years, but the frames ALWAYS look crooked. Despite my efforts to tape down the corners, a door gets slammed & the light shifts & suddenly I'm standing at my kitchen sink squinting at the frames in utter annoyance. So down they are coming & we'll scatter them throughout the house in other areas. Replacing them with, and I'm LITERALLY SO EXCITED, an oversize print from my friend Jenny's shop, Juniper Print Shop. This has been such a labor of love for her & guys, I can't tell you how incredible it is. She's figured out oversize art at an affordable price and I've been doing the happy dance ever since. The paper is absolutely INCREDIBLE!! Smooth as butter and it doesn't glare so you can hang it with or without glass! Go check it out, she walks you through all the details.
4. Pushing hard to get myself back into my morning routine that involves a 5 am wake up call, followed by getting dressed. It's not going as well as I'd hoped and while I know once school gets going, I'll be forced into it, I'm missing that consistent wake up time. It really sets a great tone to my day & I've been missing that!
5. This winter season I've found myself wearing the same version of 1 outfit over and over. It involves my favorite $25 jeans, a cropped, cozy sweatshirt and sneakers. Like, I can't quit it. If I want to get real fancy, I might wear some loafers instead of sneakers.
With the weekend upon us, you know what that means, Open Houses!
These links are for those of you that love walking houses as much as I do OR are in the beginning stages of looking for a home. Use the links below to see the list of weekend open houses going on across the Valley. If you haven't used these links before, I break each list into different cities, then they are sorted by price, so you can find what you're looking for fairly quickly. Once you find a property you want to walk, click on the 'open house' tab at the top right to see the date & time of the open house...and be sure to let me know if you find a gem!
Arcadia || Gilbert || Mesa || Scottsdale
If you're thinking about selling this this year, we are at the very front end of the sales season. As the year progresses more buyers begin entering the market as more homes become available and the market tends to get more competitive. If you're wondering what your home is worth, click here for a free Home Value Report. This report is usually close to 100 pages long and gives you the details about every home that has sold near yours and as you well know, information is king. The more information you have, the better prepared you can be.
Last year, I told you one of my goals for 2018 was more sleepless nights. Remember that post? Well I can assure you, those sleepless nights came, but as I should have known, they did not come for any reason I could have possibly imagined. Which as you would know it, made them harder to process and digest. One thing I learned & totally embraced this year though, is that 50% of life's experiences are negative. Which I realize sounds quite melancholy, but stick with me. You can't have the good without the bad, the happy without the sad. Life cannot be happy all the time and that's okay. None of us actually want to be happy all of the time. We don't want to be happy when we get a speeding ticket, we don't want to be happy when our kids are hurt. We want to be human and experience the full range of emotion. Somehow by acknowledging that 50% of life is uncomfortable makes it so much easier to embrace the negative when it comes & rejoice in the positive when it inevitably follows.
When the discomfort came this year, it knocked me flat out for a time, but as I allowed myself the time to feel the emotion and work through it, I had the thought come to me, perhaps this isn't happening TO me, but FOR me. Perhaps there is something to learn, perhaps there is some refinement I can use, perhaps this refinement will serve me perfectly down the road. While it sounds peachy to say, it literally took me months to get to that thought, so if you're in the midst of an absolute gut punch, feel free to cry in your bed for a day, or five like I did.
It's easy to see this application in a gym setting. We go to the gym, are uncomfortable for an hour, sweating it out, maybe sore for a day or two following. We don't see results right away, but if we keep at it, down the road, we know the results will follow. I think the same thing happens for us emotionally if we allow ourselves the time and space to feel the discomfort, it will make us sore for a time, but if we do the work, we must have faith that we'll see the results. Once we see the results, it becomes much easier to see that it happened FOR us instead of TO us.
This coming year, I've got a big hairy audacious goal, I'm pushing hard on, but in order to reach it, I'm going to have to start with the infrastructure of habits. Have you ever thought about why you set goals that you don't ever reach? Or am I the only one that has had, 'stop swearing' on her list for the last 10 years? All joking aside, while setting the goal is hugely important, even more important is creating the habits that support the goal. Again this is easy to visualize in a gym setting. If you're goal is to lose 25 pounds, then your habits need to include regular exercise and healthy eating. The habits are the infrastructure of the goals you set. This month, I'll be sharing some habits I've been working on creating that support my big hairy audacious goal.
But first, what is a habit? Habits are the daily things that make up the fabric of your life and if you want to increase your capacity in any way, you've got to start with your habits. A habit is merely a decision you've already made. A decision you do without thinking about it. Our brains can only process so many decisions in a day, so theoretically, if you can create better habits, you can create a better life, because your mind will be freed up to think bigger and better things. Make sense?
I've been doing a bit of a 'habit inventory' lately. Walking through our day-to-day, looking for inefficiencies and areas where I might improve. When I see something I think I can tinker an improvement on, I've looked for ways to create a habit around the issue. Trying a few on for size and then tweaking some more. A lot of the habits I've been trying the last few months, are in an effort to stream line things. Habits to make eating healthier easier, habits to make getting dressed each morning easier, habits to get kids ready for school easier. I've been dissecting every aspect of our routines and looking for areas where I can 'trim the fat' and save a little bit of time and a lot of effort.
This year, my goal is to introduce a new habit each month that will support my big hairy audacious goals. I've found that by always refining my habits and slowly introducing, then mastering, then introducing again, I'm more apt to keep to my habits and thus reach my goals. By the end of the year, that thought is that I'll have mastered 12 simple habits.
This month, the habit I'm working on is in an effort to streamline the process of getting dressed each morning. We know our brains can only make so many decisions in a day, so instead of wasting 10 decisions on getting dressed, I'm streamlining it. Each Sunday, I'm literally laying out my outfits for the week. Looking at my calendar, taking into consideration events, meetings and carpool. My closet is sectioned in such a way, that I have the perfect spot to hang my weekly 'capsule' wardrobe and each morning instead of mentally running through the day and debating wearing this over that, I'll just grab what's on the hanger and go.
I'm certain I won't be perfect at achieving them every single day, but perfection isn't really the goal. Remember, these habits are merely a tool I'm using to support my actual big hairy audacious goal. Some days I'm certain I'll knock it out of the park and other days, well I'm sure I'll just get knocked in the face. But if we remember that 50% of life's experiences are uncomfortable, then it's easy to get up and try again the next day.
If you've got any great habits that work well in your home and family, please SHARE! I've honestly learned so much from you guys and would love to take some of the guess work out in some of these areas!
We all love the holidays. The traditions. The food. The giving. Time to slow down and enjoy one another...except that rarely happens until the holiday is actually here and over. The lead up is quite the production and that is part of the fun...until it’s not. Finding some balance this holiday season by doing a few of these simple things...
Turn off your phone. Now I know this isn’t totally realistic, but set aside some time each day where your phone is out of sight and out of reach. Mine is usually between 2:30-5:30. At first I thought that this wouldn’t work for me, with real estate transactions always in play, and there are times when it doesn’t, but for the most part, it does. Believe it or not, no one actually dies if they can’t reach me for an hour and a deal has never fallen apart because of it either. Shocker.
Once you put your phone away, you’ll realize how much time you spend checking it. It’s a waste of so.much.time. and brain power. Not only that, when you’re not constantly seeing someone else’s elaborate Christmas vacation or over-the-top-tree or holiday family picture, you’re able to enjoy your own space so much more. For the record: all those people’s Christmas’ and family life look more similar to yours than you realize.
Trim the fat. We all have too many things on our to-do lists. Go ahead and give yourself permission to take two...or a dozen off that list. I’m sure they are all great and wonderful things, until you’re up all night trying to get them all done, yelling at your kids to ‘hurry up and help’. Perhaps my house is the only house that can get a touch too hectic and then we’ve really missed the point all together.
Don’t have time for neighbor gifts? Stop doing them. Really. You’re neighbors are not keeping track of who is knocking on their door and dropping treats (if they are, that’s their own issue :)). They’ll still be your neighbors and if you really can’t handle the guilt of skipping neighbor gifts, just move your gift to Valentine’s Day and make that your thing. We all have too many neighbor gifts sitting on our counters anyway.
Do your own kind of giving. You don't need to follow that calendar you found on Pinterest, or from your church. I realize that everyone has good intentions with giving here and giving there, and we all want to give everywhere. The thing is, it wears me out physically and emotionally and then I have nothing to give to the people that matter most to me. Please, don’t get me wrong, it’s great and good and wonderful...until it has me running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to produce these magical experiences for my kids. Instead, I’ve looked around to see where I can help and give a little more and we’ve just done that. It's enough. You're offering is enough. It doesn't need to be elaborate to be enough.
Keep your wrappings simple. I honestly love a beautifully wrapped gift. It’s probably more important to me than it should be so I try to get ahead of the game. Even still, every year I’m up until all hours on Christmas Eve. So I’m simplifying. I ordered these boxes on amazon — because I get tired of gift bags and I’m using a whole lot of bakers twine instead of ribbon.
I've spent the last week, fine-tuning all my lists. Making returns and swapping an item here or there to ensure all my gift-giving is just right. I know it's perhaps a little silly, but I really do love thoughtful gift-giving. This weekend I noticed Anthropologie was 30% off EVERYTHING and naturally, had to scope it out since it is one of my favorite places to find the perfect gift for my mom, sisters, friends, teachers -- all the lovely ladies in my life. Here's a round up of a few items I love for gifts, as well as a few items I'm considering for the home. Bonus? Almost everything single thing on here is under $100 and so many good stocking stuffers under $25. I'm obsessed with this cute hair bow that's under $10!
You asked for it, so here it is, my gift guide for all the favorite girls in your life!
We've gotten all of our kids these watches...which I've found really helpful when they're out riding bikes and at friend's houses. I can say, 'be home at this time!' and they have no excuse to not know the time! ;). They come in a million color combinations, have a stopwatch on them, which my kids love because we often times make up obstacle courses in our backyard and then time to see who can do the course the fastest. We've also thoroughly tested their waterproof capacities, Zack's was still ticking after a whole summer of swimming with it.
Thesetumbling mats might drive you crazy, but all your kids will love them. We borrowed my SIL and while Liv practiced tumbling on them, the boys wrestled on them. win-win.
This3D printer pen has been the talk of my house this weekend. Bonus! It's on super sale.
I'm still avoiding smart phones and iPods, loving this camera instead for all the pictures she wants to take and videos she wants to make. I'm certain one day she'll thank me for not allowing her to post anything to social media and I KNOW I'm going to thank myself when I compile these gems at her wedding dinner. ;)
These scrunchies are our favorites -- tight enough that they hold that top knot all day long.
This is for sure on my list for a little lady at my house. It comes with free online lessons, but I know so many that have taught themselves & it never gets old.
Liv and I have been using this back and forth journal this year and it really is a favorite. I've learned so much about that girl with this and I'm pretty sure I'll always treasure her 9-year-old handwriting.
If you're feeling like being the 'cool mom' this will put you at the top of the list. For the record, I'm not a cool mom, but my daughter wishes I would be. ha!
This card game and this card game are family favorites. They are fun and quick, we have both and they each get played often. Would make a great stocking stuffer.
These little skateboards (penny boards) ride more like a long board, nice and smooth, but are tiny and easy to transport. Lots of colors to choose from.
These roller skates are about the cutest thing I've seen & they've got great reviews!
These dresses never get old -- she's had the yellow one she'
These blankets, really they make every gift guide in the history of ever. We all have one, we all love them.
These tees, they're what she wears almost every single day.
This series is good for early readers and is an all-time favorite around here
Currently though I'm likingthis for reading options.
And the clothes...here are a few of our favorites, all under $50.
Today is the day! My Real Estate 101 course is available for purchase (scroll down for an awesome discount code!) I've thought about this day for well over a year. At the end of my first year in real estate I had to pinch myself, wondering if what I thought had just happened, had happened. It was a crazy end to a crazy year.
I was hugely pregnant and not sure if we'd have insurance when it came time for Luke's c-section. Scot's company had been acquired 9 months previously and during that time, we literally had no idea when they'd decide to close the Arizona operations. The good news was that they wanted to keep him, the bad news was they'd need us to move to San Antonio, Texas.
I wasn't wholly opposed to moving, but, for the life of me, I couldn't get the numbers on this move to make sense. While Scot's career had the potential to grow with the move, it would utterly tank mine. Suddenly, my real estate career was a viable reason NOT to move, even if Scot couldn't secure another job.
Never before had we charted these territories.
Through the process of deciding, I realized I did not want to put my fate in the hands of another company, in a different city, with a new baby on the way. Never has a company taken care of my family. Never have I been able to control what decisions they make in the board room. Never have they put us ahead of themselves. They never have and they never will and I get it. This isn't to bash the company he was with, they were always very good to him, but business is business.
What I did know was that even if Scot wanted to take a year off, I could support our family.
He didn't love that idea, and I agreed it was our 'worst case scenario' but can you imagine the freedom that brings to the table? Suddenly our backs weren't against the wall. We didn't HAVE to accept the move. We didn't HAVE to depend on this company. We didn't even HAVE to have Scot working.
Holy heck. I'd been in real estate one year, and suddenly these were my options?!? Imagine if I had decided to sit on the sidelines one more year?!?
So we chose to stay. We gritted our teeth, and turned down the move, without another job on the table. Marching forward, we prepared for the worst, and hoped for the best. Thankfully, after that decision a new job appeared on the horizon and just like we bought this house & accepted a new job on the same day, this time we had a baby & accepted a new job in the same month. Go big or go home I suppose.
All of our circumstances are different, but I think we can we all agree that our circumstances can change on a dime. Real estate is my way of being prepared. I don't ever have to rely on a company again and that feels so good. It's my way of taking care of myself and my family. It's my 'back-up' plan that can also be my main plan if I need it to be.
And now, I want to help you open up your options. I want you to experience what I've experienced. I can assure you it will make you feel uncomfortable. I can assure you it will keep you up some nights and I can assure you it will be the best thing you ever did.
I cannot think of another industry where you have the opportunity to grow as fast as you can in real estate. So come join me as we grow together.
My first Real Estate 101 course will be on Thursday January 17th from 7pm - 9pm and guys, I'm hosting it at MY HOUSE. I debated a couple different options, but I just want you in my home. It's where I feel the most comfortable and where I think we'll be able to get to know each other the best. We'll have a soda bar & appetizers and then we'll get to learning.
Tickets will include the live 2-hour course, along with course workbook...& there might be a special surprise in here as well, if the stars align! On top of that, we'll be creating a private Facebook Group -- which will be such a HUGE source of strength. This is the place where I'll be popping in once a month throughout the year with monthly goals and motivation. This is the place you'll come when you have a hiccup in a deal & you're not sure what to do. This is the place you'll come when you hit your 10th closing for the year & we'll celebrate with you!
I know SO many were hoping for a digital ticket to the event & I just can't quite guarantee that that will turn out like I want, so I'm not going to offer that up this go around. What I am considering, is offering access to our Private Facebook Group -- would this be of interest?!? Please leave a comment below, DM me, email me, something so I'm aware you want it and I'll get that worked out.
To purchase your ticket, head here. The first 5 people to register can use code FIRSTDIBS to save $50!
I cajoled Zack into scouring the internet for all of his favorite things. It's easy to write-off this age of boys as hard to gift, but once we got going on year's past and this year's 'mom-I-gotta-have-it!' we couldn't hardly stop. Best news, it doesn't involve one single video game.
Zack loved hislong board and all my kids use it a ton. I liked it so much, Scot got memy own one year. They are super easy to ride, even if you're not a 'skater.' If you're debating between a few, I like the ones with the black grip tape better than the clear. The clear tends to get brittle a crack easier.
Regular skateboards are also a staple around here. Depending on how familiar they and you are with skateboards, I'd recommend buying a complete set to start with. Then you can change out the trucks as you get more advanced. If you're local, we love the guys at Freedom Boardshop, otherwise find a local skate shop and ask them all your questions. I usually ask them what the best deck is that they've assembled recently...they'll tell you all about it & you'll get some good ideas. Then they'll hook you up with stickers on your way out. Tuck those into your kids' stockings for their water bottles and helmets.
If you give a skateboard, you'll want to pick up a helmet, ramp and rail too. My boys and their friends have spent countless hours perfecting their tricks on their boards.
I use stockings to stock them up on their favorite socks and underwear. This underwear is so good, Zack does his own laundry when he runs out.
I'm always encouraging my boys to find an adventure, so I also outfit them with the tools to really have a good time. Pocket knife, air-soft guns, paint-ball guns, mini nerf guns and sling shots with foam balls. Yes, they're all weapons. Yes, we have rules about them. Yes, they love the ever-living heck out of them. If you're wondering how to have weapons without injury, two things: first, you'll probably have a minor injury, just accept it. They'll peg each other, get hurt and probably won't do it again. Second, create games and storylines that don't involve them shooting each other. We've set up hunting obstacle courses with empty soda cans and timed who can get through it the fastest with the most amount of hits. Seriously, it's fun.
Sports. Basketball shoes, soccer goals, basketballs, sweats, tees, water bottles and a bag to carry it all.
Outdoor games. Our winter weather is why we live here, so we stock up on all sorts of outdoor games and toys. Spike ball is always a favorite, along with Ripstix, rollerblades & these scooters that are always fought over. And yes, I'm serious about the rollerblades. Make sure you have a friend on a bike and some rope hanging around when they open them & watch them behave like 12-year-olds.
If it's too cold where you live, bring the game inside with this amped up mini hoop.
We love playing this game and this game.
Zack loved reading this series and this series.
As for tech for my boys, I've steered away from nearly everything, including the Amazon Dots, Google home and all those type items. Instead, I've done the iPod Shuffle (which they don't even make anymore, but you can still find some here) and someheadphones. The last thing I need is them asking Alexa how to do their homework or what _______ means. PS -- the shuffles won't work with blue tooth, so make sure you're got them wired in!
One thing ALL my kids have loved are these blankets from KB Cute. I got them all a different pattern and they all sleep with them every single night. Bonus, they fold up compact & travel well!
And then the clothes! Oh the clothes. I try hold back on giving them anything they need so that I can wrap them all up, but I'm also notorious for seeing Zack come down the stairs ready to go somewhere and in horror, go retrieve a much needed new shirt for him. ha! My mom always used to do the same thing and I love it. These are some of Zack's current favorites -- look for the arrow on the right to scroll.
If you caught me yesterday on my Instagram stories, then you know I was in a bit of a funk. You know the morning when you wake up with a headache and you just can't get into gear alll day long? That was yesterday. I tried to jumpstart myself at the gym and while it helped, it didn't get me across the finish line. Naturally, I self-medicated with tacos and Target after that.
While I was pursuing the aisles, I started snapping all the fun finds I came across...hope you enjoy some of these simple pleasures like I did yesterday. Prepare for photo overload. :)
Shoes never actually solve any of my problems, but somehow, they also make them better. Loved these cute slides, and their sister.
This is the item that started me snapping in the first place, because how could I not share this with you! I can't find this on Target's website, but here is the original. I like the Target version better...along with the price tag too.
The bib is equally amazing...and also not online, but here are the originals to choose from.
I always love a good hat and this faux leather one was really cute for those days you're stretching your hair washing one too many days.
I can't find this bag online either and it's driving me crazy! Big and roomy, it's a lot like the MZ Wallace bag, but a fraction of the cost & I love the floral. Run and get it in store.
I realize the photo is not doing this one justice, but this polka dot rain jacket had me wishing we saw more rain.
This table runner made it's way into my cart, because it has the perfect touch of whimsy. Also loved this one too.
Wanted to take this lamp home with me too...this one is similar.
Anthropologie had a wreath similar to these several years ago and I actually made one (back when I was willing to DIY something) and it turned out so good -- it still hangs on my front door. This one is good and full and costs less than my DIY version.
There were a few other things, that really caught my eye for little girls. This jacket, these pants and holy cow, these toddler shoes & these toddler shoes.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.