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Dresses from Shabby Apple

I heart leggings- and matching siblings.

To be quite candid, people love to give their opinions about how I dress my kids- my son in particular. I’m just not the truck t-shirt or soccer shorts kind of mom. Not that I have anything against it, it’s just not my style. I absolutely adore leggings— especially on William! They are stretchy, and fun, and look super adorable paired with some moccasins and a fun onesie.

I don’t find very many cute matching outfits for the kiddos, since they aren’t the same gender. Oh, that is until I found Sew Itty Bitty Designs. Not only does she offer matching custom made leggings and/or shorts, I was able to take a gender neutral design and make it a tad bit more “girly” for Vivien. So I jumped on the chance to do a fun sibling photo shoot, and Vivien actually ate it up and cooperated, for the first time in a long time!

The ruffle bottoms are a fun touch, and I was also able to communicate to Amanda, the owner of Sew Itty Bitty Designs, that Vivien is a lot taller than the average 2.5 yr old, so she threw in a couple inches of length on the bottom. They fit perfectly. Seriously, like a dream.

The fact that I can also order the same pair for William makes this the icing on the cake. (Mmmmm, cake.)

The leggings are very affordable with bundle discounts available. Also, to celebrate the opening of her new STORENVY shop, she is offering a 15% off grand opening sale. Just use code “GRANDOPENING”

Anyway, I’ll let the pictures do the talking, because they are seriously adorable!

And because I couldn’t resist this hysterical face:

Click here to visit Sew Itty Bitty Designs and order your pair now!

To see more designs from Sew Itty Bitty Designs, check out this post here.

As a brand ambassador, I received these leggings in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Family Vacation: Santa Fe, NM.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we were lucky enough to take a mini-family vacation down to Santa Fe, NM. It took us about 7 hours to get there, because the weather was terrible (in fact, at one point I had to pull off because it started to rain and hail so badly.) It was also dinner time, and general fussy-time for the kiddos. We arrived at the resort late, but went to sleep excited to see the resort in the day light.

The resort was amazing (I’ll make sure to link the full post about it on Daily Mom once it goes live) and we were all in awe over the luxury, and the new things and places. Vivien loved her kid’s sized bath robe, and the fact that we had our own patio. I had been talking up going swimming for ages, so as soon as we finished breakfast, we packed up and headed to the pool. (And it was chilly!)

William floated in his floaty, and actually fell asleep for most of it. Ha! Vivien enjoyed swimming with her new puddle jumper, and made me realize (again) I need to sign her up for swim lessons, because she is not pool comfortable. Anyway.

She also had her very first ever bubble bath. Hahaha! The bubble bath passed my “crazy chemical ingredient test” (unlike most others on the market) so she was in bubble heaven! I went on a tour of the grounds, and had a spa treatment while the kiddos took a rockin’ nap (3 hours!)

Then we went to dinner, and went on a fun walk after dinner to get some of the wiggles out of the toddler before bedtime.

The next morning was kind of lazy, and we packed up the car to get ready to go sightseeing in downtown Santa Fe. We left around 11:30, and got downtown shortly thereafter. What. A. Madhouse.


Like a typical downtown area, it was jam packed with tourists, and shopping. I bought a hand painted ceramic pot, and a Christmas ornament (it’s our tradition) and we spent the rest of the time looking for a doll that I stupidly  promised Vivien a few days prior.

Navigating the streets with the double stroller (and the tiny shops) was a bit tricky, and I actually ran over a street gypsies tip basket unknowingly with the stroller in the plaza. Oops. In case you’re wondering, Eli saw people laughing, and ditched me for a good 5 minutes until he finally met back up with me, to tell me that I had taken out her basket. Isn’t he so nice? ;-)

She was, however, possibly the worst singer I’ve ever heard in my life, so I didn’t feel very guilty. #MommyOnAMission

Oh yeah, that photo right there? That’s my new favorite photo I’ve ever taken. Like, it’s postcard worthy, in my humble opinion. I wish we could have gone in the church, but it was a Sunday and mass was just getting out.

Once we finally found Vivien’s stupid Indian doll, and I ate the most disgusting “World Famous Frito Pie” I’ve ever tasted in my life, we high-tailed it out. Navigating crowds just isn’t enjoyable with a toddler that hates riding in a stroller, and a fussy baby.

The drive home was actually super easy. Both kids fell asleep within the first hour of the trip, and slept for 2 and a half hours! The ride home only took us a little longer than 5 hours, which was totally manageable, and was really pretty scenery.


Wordless Wednesday

If you follow me on instagram or facebook, you know that my little family just got back from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am preparing to tell you all about it, but I want to leave this one photo teaser. I especially love the sky, and the mixture of the old traditional church, and the new cars of this century.

What William Wore: Sew Itty Bitty Designs

Hey, girl!

Do you like my shorts?

Well, so do I.

I recently stumbled into the world of Instagram shopping. It really combines my love of internet shopping, thrift shopping, and social media into one convenient place. That’s when I ran across Amanda, a WAHM with an Instagram shop specializing in homemade shorts and leggings.

Sew Itty Bitty Designs features creative baby leggings, shorts and beanies hand made with love in the cutest of cute prints. In fact, every month or so, I’ll be popping in to show you the latest and greatest of the prints. Bottoms start at just $10 for infant sized, but can be sized up to 3T. Yes, I predict a matching legging sibling photoshoot in the near future, so stay tuned for that one.

Shorts, leggings and beanies come in regular, or organic fabric, and are perfect for the upcoming summer months because they are lightweight cotton, and so versatile.

Amanda also offers a multi-pair discount, so you could score 2 pairs of adorable shorts for just $18. Shipping is included in all her prices- seriously, you can’t beat that! While prints tend to be mostly geared towards the dapper little dudes, there are plenty of precious girly fabrics available too- along with many that would be considered unisex, like the red anchor print featured on Will.

So, head on over to her Instagram shop and check out some of her latest adorable prints. I am absolutely drooling over the Dr. Suess printed shorts because the colors are so, so fun. Oh and foxes, because you know me and my love of dressing William in fox themed outfits.

Brother Bear: 5 Months

William is 5 months old now! (for another 9 days, but hey, I’m trying!) 4 days after William turned 4 months, he had a day of non-stop screaming. I ended up taking him to the doctor, because I really felt that something was wrong. He was diagnosed with an ear infection, and got his first every round of antibiotics. Poor homeboy.

He is a drooling machine, and I keep expecting to see two bottom teeth poke through any day now, but he shows no sign of them. Vivien had two teeth by 5 months old, and honestly, I am loving that he doesn’t have any teeth yet, because I adore his gummy little smile.

William Is:

  • 14 lb 4.5oz (8th percentile. Poor little dude.)
  • Wearing a size 2 diaper
  • Wears size 3-6 month clothing still
  • Sitting up, rolling over, rocking his body back and forth in a crawling motion.
  • Eating some cereal in the evening. He started with rice, and then moved on to oatmeal. He isn’t a huge fan of either, but he eats it, and it seems to cut down a bit on his fussing at night time. I think later this week I’m going to try to make some organic quinoa cereal.

His sleep still isn’t amazing, and the same thing applies that he sleeps in the rocker at first, and then moves into bed with me after his first feeding. He spends the rest of the night snuggled next to me and snoring in my face. He does go to sleep easier for Eli though, maybe because when he’s with me he wants to eat, so that’s actually really helped regain some sanity for me. Eli will take him up for the night, and then I’ll stay up and work, or edit photos, or write. It’s been amazing, and really helps me decompress a bit before I go to bed.

He celebrated his first Easter on his 5 month “birthday” so it was a fun and busy day with family. I cannot believe he will be 6 months very shortly, and that he’s already into the nearly crawling phase. I feel like I pushed Vivien to do so much, but with William I am just dragging my feet a bit more on those milestones.

Vivien Is:

  • She is officially 2 and a half! (which deserves it’s own post in and of itself, but I’m a giant slacker lately.)
  • Struggling with tantrums more often.
  • The sweetest big sister ever. Seriously. Last week when we were driving to the park, I heard in the backseat talking to William, whose carseat is in the middle seat and next to hers. I heard her say, “I yuv you, brudder” and when I turned around to look, they were holding hands. Holding hands, people. I’m fairly positive that my heart shattered into a billion pieces. She is always loving on him, kissing him, and helping me with him by fetching toys, or wipes.
  • A funny kid. She has jokes, and says the funniest things ever.
  • I’m willing to bet that she is a born Mommy, this girl of mine. She is so observant, sweet hearted, and nurturing. If someone is sad, she cheers them up. When there is a sad song playing on the TV, she literally cries. She has her baby dolls positioned everywhere around the house- one on the potty, one in the highchair, one in the bed, and she remembers where they are and which ones are where.  It’s so sweet to watch her blossom into a little girl.

Vivien on the left at 5 months, William on the right at 5 Months.

To see William’s 4 month post, click here! 

To see Vivien’s 5 month post, click here!

Happy 5 months, homeboy. I love you so, so much!