Christmas Jammies

My F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E Christmas tradition is Christmas jammies on my kids. I mean I just melt over this stuff. I want to coordinate my kids for life. If you live under my roof and I put your meals on the table then you shall wear Christmas jammies for me.

So these are our official 2016 Christmas Jammies photos by the tree....

and then I took it a step further and made the Christmas jammies our Christmas Card. See...I JUST did baby announcements...and I was being all scrooge about Christmas cards because 1. its expensive after having just completed a mass mailing but also I sorta didn't want to spend time organizing Christmas card pic + design or the money. But then....I had this idea to do our jammies and make our cards all about how much fun this year has been with the kids, and then I was sold.
Now, here is our official 2016 Christmas Card...Jammies and all!

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Things We Have Been Up To...

1. Laundry.

2. All the family stuff! The cooler weather and holidays have us doing all things family. From driving to see Christmas lights, to shopping for our annual ornaments, Tom baking his first bird.....to snuggles by the fire. We have been kinda low key and its been soooo nice. It's the perfect combined excuse with a baby and holidays to just stay home and cuddle.
**Their first coordinating outfits! I'm still fainting over it! (and cousin coordinated right with them which was kinda that icing on the cake in this pic obviously!)

Turkey Tom ;-)
More family time. AKA Best Friend time for these rowdy boys! 
3. We replaced a door to one part of our basement storage area last month and built this guy. Not sure if we will paint it white yet. We have been back and forth so we are leaving it until we decide. It was a fun and easy project that finally fulfilled my dream of a sliding barn door in the house!

4. more laundry....

5. Between school runs for Jay now that he started, catching up on everyone's doctor appointments, and some fun activities for Janae's school like the Thanksgiving feast I volunteered at or the pancake breakfast last weekend that Tom took the big's to (--where they got to see Santa!!)...we have been staying busy with those types of things too.

6. Reading The Magnolia Story (Joanna is my spirit animal) during the 6 seconds of free time I've had and watching Fixer Upper now that it's back on with a delicious glass of wine has been such a treat lately. Have we acknowledged that I had to give up wine for all of 2016 until that sweet sweet day called Sadie's birthday on 9/28?? lol (but seriously...I love the wines. And I'd like to give a special shout out to Kim Crawford's holiday bottle. I mean how do you walk past that one and not buy it?)

7. Squeezing in those last few bike rides & avoiding raking our leaves like boss over here! HAHA! We may or may not have hired someone to just come do it for us today. lol (seriously...#aintnobodygottimeforthat )

8. Listening to Jay talk. <insert an emoji of me hiding & crying but also my heart bursting with love all at the same time> Omgosh I love this little voice. I really really do. He has the sweetest voice. He is such a fun little guy with SO MUCH to say..but he never ever ever shuts up. Like, EVER. Its just like one thing after another with no actual connection from one convo to the next. It is so over stimulating to me. HAHAHAH And I'm clearly a bit of a chatty Kathy myself over here. I HAVE been known to talk excessively too..but this guy. He is on some other extraordinary level. It hurts my brain. BUT I have to remind myself, all too soon, he will grow up before my very eyes and won't want to share anything with me and I'll just die to have these days back. But until then I may have to wear some ear plugs from time to time) But just look at how cute he is. I could eat his face.

9. Going stupid crazy on the house...like 3 Yukon full trips to Goodwill crazy. I do this a couple times a year but I have this really psycho deal with Christmas and New Years. To start, I think if we are going to get new crap we have to get rid of old crap. I mean I MIGHT be having a hard time losing some baby weight (and by hard time, I mean I'm not trying and also eating like football player) and what began as a closet clear out of things that don't fit turned into me throwing out everything everyone owns. HAHAHAHA .....and secondly, (my mom TOTALLY makes fun of me about this) I have this totally OCD deal with starting the new year all organized and "stocked" on important things around the house like paper towels, extra over the counter meds, soaps etc. I love to do this big shopping trip where I stock up on all the essentials and replace things that need replaced like socks etc. It's weird, probably, but it makes me feel so much better about life with that "fresh" start to the new year.

10. And finally...I've been doing laundry. Did I mention that yet? ...Oh I did? I guess it's that darn baby brain again. But can you blame me? I mean look at this muffin!

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Another Product Haul

Woah. Where have I been? HAHA...oh maybe just trying to survive life with 3 kids?!?! I'm only 50% kidding. We have been adjusting about as well as I think you can hope for honestly, but I AM a LOT busier. I have been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now and thanks to a baby that I need to stay up to feed before I go to sleep I'm finally getting around to it!
So I LOVE trying new products. Its totally one of my favorite things. I wanted to share my thoughts on the handful I've tried in the last 2 months or so. (all links at the bottom)

Product Haul

Ok first up..the Essie "gel" polish. It is supposed to wear like a gel, lasting up to two weeks. I was not impressed. Essie is not ever my favorite brand. So many ladies just adore Essie but I just really do not. I've always felt like it gets way too much hype. Essie has a beautiful color selection but thats where my praises end for them. I do think this polish lasted a bit longer than normal but not enough for me to purchase anymore of it.

Below the polish is Color Tattoo eyeshadow. I love fast makeup when I have a baby. Not a day goes by (unless I'm completely down and out sick) that I don't wear makeup and do my hair of some sort. It's not what other people think as much as how I feel. I don't feel good or ready for my day without some makeup and my hair at least sort of acceptable. Don't get me wrong I don't ever look flawless but I like to put some effort in. I truly love to get ready in the mornings. It's my "me" time. I let the kids watch a little something and I spend 20 min getting ready with a cup of coffee. So this easy to apply "liquid-ish" shadow is perfect when I'm in phase of life when I need to stick to more of a timeline on the makeup application. I also LOVE that its long wearing. I have loved this one much more than other brands tried in the past. (There are LOTS of colors too) If I have a little extra time or am actually going somewhere, I apply this and pop a quick stroke of charcoal in the creases over this to smoke out my eyes a bit. This one is a total winner!

Ok girl crush moment. I love Joanna Gains! Who doesn't? In her new Magnolia Home magazine she included this Brow Wiz as one of her favorite products and I HAD to try. I LOVE it!! Its fantastic! I usually just use shadow with an angle brush and just fill in my brows but this applies like an eyeliner and then has that brush on the end to tidy your brows afterwards. Pricey product but is a new must have for me!

AG Brunette Dry Shampoo is probably my favorite dry shampoo for dark hair so far. It is the least offensive color is my main reason. Dry shampoo is hard with super dark hair and this color isn't perfect but its the best I've tried. So if you are a medium to dark brown this is worth a shot!

Aquage Dry Shampoo. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Aquage products. I'm PASSIONATE about aquage. Truly, when I was still behind the chair I sold almost exclusively Aquage products. I just can't even put into words how much I love Aquage. This dry shampoo is FANTASTIC...but not as dry shampoo. I hate that they labeled it that and that I bought it for that reason. I didn't find that it acted like a dry shampoo the way I wanted it to...but rather, an amazing texturizer. I think if you have fine hair and need some oompf this is a good option...I think if you are second day hair, this won't absorb oil exactly but you can spray throughout rest of hair and get more texture through ends and "even" up the look a bit more. So for this one, I'm disappointed but excited all at the same time. I just think its mislabeled.

Kenra Matte Hairspray...Girls, I'm loving this one. I love that it lacks that awful shine that can make your hair look dirty with just one too many sprays....and I love that it just gives such a touchable soft finish while still providing hold. This is a good one. You need to try it out! It is NOT a super strong hold spray but it is a great daily casual spray.

Color Tattoo Crayon. Eh....it is ok. I like the colors. I don't exactly love how it applies as much. I would probably skip it if I were you.

BB Don't Blow It is meant to go in wet hair and air dry...hence the "don't blow it".....I think this product has a fantastic texture. Two thumbs up. It does not have a lot of hold so if you are looking for hold this product isn't for you. This one is great for calming and defining without being heavy & adding a nice finish without being too shiny. I have used in both my medium textured hair and my daughters super fine hair and it was really nice in both our hair. I like to let my hair air dry after I shower in evenings and then I style in morning. So this is a great prep product for me to let air dry into my hair so that my hair is super manageable in morning. If you have a tad more wave pattern to your hair than I do, you might get away with completely not even having to touch up your style! 

So those are fun new products! Have you all fallen in love with anything I need to know about? I'm always looking for new ones to try!! 

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Friday Favorites Fashion!

I just needed to share a favorite outfit today. I'm obviously geeking out over wearing (or trying to) normal clothes again! But I have a few new favorites and I had to dish on them!

If you know me, you know I LOVE flares. I mean I love leggings the most but I try to put on real outfit at least a couple times a week! haha but if I'm gonna go there...then I'd prefer flares if its someplace that I can get away with wearing heels! (because flares and flats don't mix) Even at my smallest, I have hips so I really like the way they balance my bottom half. I bought these flares while still pregnant in anticipation of the day I'd be able to button them. (please don't get the wrong idea...they are NOT my pre-baby size) I mean it was close call yesterday but I they officially zipped and buttoned so its a small victory. Listen...3rd baby wasn't as easy on the body! The weight is NOT coming right off like it did the first two times....but I digress....
 These were super soft and comfy jeans though. I got them from Nordstrom, the were priced really well and you can find them here if you want some fabulous flares!!

and then this sweater! Omgoooooodness. It was love at first size. Maybe you will see a trend here but I'm a total sucker for a bell sleeve or anything with a little spice like that! I saw this one on the hanger and loved it then..but tried it on with the bralette the sales assistant suggested and I was SOLD. The sleeves. The color and material. The fun cut out in the back exposing the lace bralette. It was all perfection. At first I was like oh I love lacy bralettes but Im nursing.  (cue my internal pity party)...but then I thought for a minute...wait..I think I could actually nurse pretty easy with a bralette since they are so soft and flexible! Cha-Ching! It came home with me!! Both pieces are from one of my favorite shops, Evereve. I want to add for any nursing Mamas or anyone who may be in the future that I wore it for the entire day yesterday and things worked out perfectly! 

So thats my little emergency Friday favorite fashion post! 

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