Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fall Beauty Favorites

1. Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette: My new favorite eyeshadow palette. So many pretty shades for fall. 

2. Flowy Poncho: I got this for our family pictures and love the way it drapes. Such a good neutral fall staple. 

3. Thermal Knotted Button Down: The comfiest most flattering button down thermal. I also love this in red. 

4. Mules: These have been on my wish list for quite some time. The most versatile mule to pair with skinny jeans and sweaters. Love love love.

5. Knit Tank: The perfect knitted tank to throw under any cardigan.

6. Pumpkin Body Butter: This is SO GOOD and comes in a pack of 2.

7. Platform Wedge Sneaker: Just love these little bootie sneakers that pair with leggings and jeans alike. Perfect for fall mornings at the park with the kids.

8. Good Vibes Tank: We all need more of these, am I right?

9. Waterfall Cardigan: Drapey, flowy perfection in a pretty fall shade.

10. Textured Crossbody Bag: Love the look of this fringed leather bag. 

11. Burt’s Bees Fig Lip Shimmer: I’ve been using this for years. A great shade that doesn’t dry out your lips.

12. OPI Nail Polish: So, so, so pretty. Currently wearing on both fingers and toes.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our Fall Bucket List

October. HOW. Let me first start off by saying this:

Now that that’s out of the way, I figured I was past due on putting pen to paper and jotting down everything we want to do this fall, which really is such a fun time of year. It’s always even more magical experiencing it through the 4 little blue eyes that live in this house, who just simply can’t believe there’s a holiday all about candy.
Here are some of the things that we’ve checked off, or are hoping to, in the coming weeks.

1. Make pumpkin muffins. We used two different recipes, one of which was a healthier variety for the boys to eat for their breakfast before school. They have lots of good stuff like Greek yogurt, granola, and pumpkin, and we chose to sprinkle them with flax seed and chia seeds along with the granola. We also made these, which are more like dessert with their chocolate chips, but oh-so-good.

2. Decorate the front porch with mums. Such a pretty little stoop to come home to. Don't mind the spilled coffee on my shoes. Story of my life.

3. Watch Hocus Pocus. Oskar wasn’t into it last year, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed he’ll love it as much as I do this time around. 

4. Make apple crisp. And if we’re really rocking this list, go apple picking to make said apple crisp. The boys have no attention span for this whatsoever, so we’ll see…

5. Pick up some apple cider doughnuts from a bakery for a weekend morning breakfast.

6. Kick off our soup-Sunday tradition. We’ve only made clam chowder and white chicken chili so far, so I really need to hop to it and plan out everything else we want to make this October/November. Some past favorites include loaded baked potato soup and pumpkin tomato soup that we serve with grilled cheese. 

7. Roast s’mores in the fireplace. 

8. Go on a leaf scavenger hunt that doesn’t end in me contracting poison ivy. Why yes, you ask…I sure did pick poison ivy, put it in a bag to bring it home, glue it to construction paper and proudly display it on the refrigerator last year. The next morning my hands, wrists, and arms were covered. Matt made me save that little art project in the baby book once the leaves were dried out.

9. Make a fall sangria. This recipe looks so good.

10. Host our annual Halloween party with pumpkin painting, lots of treats, and Room on the Broom movie viewing action. I just love this little tradition we’ve fallen into, mainly because of the sweet pictures and little faces we get to look back on every year to see just how much all the kids have grown. I mean, just look…

11. Go to as many hayrides as we can. We have three local farms near us that have the cutest rides set up to go to the pumpkin patch, where there are also lots of activities for kids to run around and do while the adults sip coffee or apple cider. Yes. Please.

12. Carve pumpkins with the kiddos. August says he wants a Batman pumpkin (shocker), and Oskar’s going the traditional route with a toothy jack-o-lantern. 

13. Take Oskar costume shopping, 1:1. He takes his time with everything, and you can’t rush this kid to make a decision as important as what he’s going to dress up as. Hoping we can get away for a little date to stroll the aisles, try on some different options, and have him excitedly pick out just the right one.

14. Make Halloween slime. While slime making is a favorite around here, really upping the ante with the Halloween edition by adding green glitter glue, googly eyes, and plastic flies.

15. And last but not least, I’m still on the fence here, but really thinking that Oskar would love a haunted house. We’re going to start off with a haunted trail walk that our township hosts, then go from there. He rode a haunted house ride at an amusement park this summer and couldn’t stop talking about it. 

And there you have it. Just about all we could possibly squeeze into a month, but we’re going for it. Let me know if there’s anything else you’ve added to your list, or any fun traditions you look forward to!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

August-2.5 years old

Two and a half. What a crazy fun age. Where to even begin describing our August, whose personality has always been bigger than life. 
For starters, I truly think he’s on a mission to grow as fast as he can. After we lopped off all of his baby curls, he really morphed from baby to little boy. He still has the blondest hair which hasn’t darkened yet like his brother’s did around this age. It also has some waviness to it, which is totally unexpected, coming from two parents with stick straight hair. His eyes are prettiest blueish green—his Anna-t├Ąti eyes, we call them—his aunt who has eyes that match his so closely. He still has his baby belly, which is the last remaining trace of my boy who is growing up. He’s funny, just so, so funny. Always sputtering off some crazy sentence that you had no idea he knew how to say. His word explosion is one of my very favorite things. It’s wild to look back at his 2 year update where he was only speaking in 2 or 3 word phrases, which really wasn't long ago at all. I don’t know quite when the non-stop 50 word sentences began, but suddenly, we’re here without even realizing it. I bought a book to try to write down all of the hysterical things he runs around saying, but I just can’t write them down fast enough. He is constantly, constantly making us laugh. 

He tells us things are “fantastic” and starts most of his sentences with, “Actually…”, but capes are still tapes, Augie is still Audie, “can you” is still “kem you” and jail is still “gail”. Some of my very favorite toddler-isms. I told him he was the cutest in the whole world, and he told me, “Well that’s nice to hear!”

He’s still an early riser (6am early) and starts his days by calling for us in his crib, which, for the record, he’s still very much sleeping in. As fearless as he is, he’s never tried to climb out of it. I have no confidence that he’d stay in a big boy bed just yet. We jumped the gun with Oskar and I’m still recovering from the months and months of sleep regression we went through as a result. So, we’re rocking the crib for as long as we can this time around. 

He’s still our good eater, and his favorite foods are olives and pickles, which he’ll tell you very matter-of-factly when asked. He’ll also put down a plate of broccoli and loves meatballs. The kid just loves to eat.  Which, I must say, is much easier than a kid who very much does NOT. 

August’s love of Batman and all superheroes is unparalleled. Everything eventually turns into a game of good-guy/bad-guy/Batman. He knows every single character by name and by super power, which has been quite a learning curve for me. He shoots pretend poison at you and runs around yelling, "Snip!", and I'm pretty sure I'm called Catwoman more than I am mama. He also loves LEGOs, Play-Doh, playing school, and PJ Masks, or even better, chasing you around the house or cul-de-sac with a sword. He loves family hugs (and always calls them exactly that), and whenever anybody else is hugging, he runs to join them. He also loves to tell us, “I love my whooooooooooole family”, which is basically all I need to melt into a puddle and give him anything he wants, forever and ever.

School drop-offs are still teary and he never wants me to go, but he always reports he had a good day when I pick him up. His latest trick is to pretend to faint when I walk into his classroom at the end of the day, apparently from the surprise of seeing me again. 

If you remember, August bashed his teeth into Oskar’s head and suffered some pretty bad trauma to his mouth a few months ago. Two of his upper teeth got pushed up into his gums and back toward the roof of his mouth. It was 50/50 on what was going to happen, and whether he’d lose them or not, but we’re so thankful to report that both are descending on their own, and both are still white. We got an update from the pediatric dentist today, who thinks it’ll be a few more months before making their way all the way back down, but the progress is very good so far.  Much better than we could have hoped. He loves to tell the story in one big sentence on how, “I bumped my mouth on Oskar’s head and I cried and I had to go to the doctor and say ‘aaaah’ and my teeth are up to my gums but they’re getting better now okay?”

Oh, this age. I want to bottle it up forever. His little raspy voice, his chubby little arms he wraps around me, and his endless facial expressions, including my favorite sarcastic smirk. He can be a typical toddler and as fiery as they come, but overall, he’s so happy-go-lucky, narrating his whole life and anything he sees. 
We did a little Q & A with him to see his answers, a few of which are here for me to remember.

What’s your name? Audie.
How old are you? Two.
What’s your favorite color? Ye-wo (pretty sure he said this to make his brother mad, because if anybody knows Oskar, yellow is alllllll his. And also, he shot him a look right after answering).
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Batman
Who’s your best friend? Leo and Dominic (from school) and my family.
What do you like to play? Um, all toys. Batman and Superman and Joker.
What is your favorite animal? A lion.

Happy 2 and a half years, August. We just love to love you. Now, please slow down time, because I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for you to turn 3.