My kids are 20 months apart which has made for some absolutely crazy-town phases. The one where Oshiolema decided to potty train at 21 months old while I was nursing a newborn and leaning over the toilet to wipe him was a good one. His two year old sleep regression timing up perfectly with her four months old sleep regression was fantastic and there were plenty more times I’m not crying over being past. This 1.5 + 3 year old phase, though? This makes up for every single one of them. I’ve also noticed in this phase my kids have needed less “stuff” than ever. We’ve simplified toys in a big way (legos, trains and baby dolls forever) and spend a good chunk of the day playing, reading and sneaky learning. Here are some of our current go-to’s throughout the day.
I’m so excited to be launching a new series called ‘A Day in the Life’ today! I’ll interview women who work for themselves and share a peek into their daily routine. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past six months of blogging consistently 3x a week, it’s that time is more precious than ever and there are so many ways to accomplish the same thing. I hope you look forward to this monthly series as much as I do! I’m kicking it off with a super in-depth breakdown of my own schedule, photographed by the amazing Paula in those couple crazy hours before nap time (they were so confused by taking a bath before their nap!) While no two days look the exact same, we thrive off of routine and each day certainly has a flow to it.
Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of neutrals. Grey, black and white are my absolute favorite colors, with blush pink, army green and navy making the most appearances for runner-up. I’ve warmed up to pink more than I ever thought I would since having a daughter, but I still tend to be drawn more to muted tones when available, and taking a different spin on the over-the-top red and neon pink Valentines Day is my very favorite.
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! O always asks me to wait til “the day after” to put up a single decoration and really get into the Christmas spirit. Friends, it’s here!!! The magic of Christmas is elevated 100% since having kids. This is the first year Oshiolema really gets it and I’m so excited to continue our little family tradition of baking cinnamon rolls, blasting classic carols through the speakers and decorating the tree with cocoa in hand. Here are some of my favorite gifts for the babes this year.
Few things intimidate a parent like taking two toddlers out to eat. We live in the suburbs of Virginia where restaurants aren’t in walking distance so even though we don’t eat out all that often, every mom needs to have some tips and tricks up her sleeve for those days where cooking, take-out and delivery won’t cut it. When we were in Italy this summer, we spent at least one meal a day at a restaurant and I learned some things that have taken the cringe factor out of dining-out with these babes.
One of my favorite things about living in Virginia is being surrounded by so many farms. We have more Farmers Markets than I’ve ever seen right here in our own backyard and I’m telling you, I may never need to take my offspring to Disney World after seeing how they light up at the opportunity to gather fresh produce into crates and baskets.