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Friday, July 18, 2014

Our house buying journey

Jason and I have been together for 12 years and in those 12 years we have moved A LOT, and by a lot I mean like every 6 months to a year for the past 12 years.  In the beginning moving was fine when it was just Jason and I but once we started having kiddos it made it a lot harder.  Moving with 3 kids is pure torture, you try to pack while they are right behind you unpacking things you've packed!

We moved to Texas in January after Jason was offered a job he couldn't turn down.  It was hard to move away from family and be in this new state and not know anyone but we made it work.  We found a rental house before moving here and always knew we wanted to buy a house.  This new job opportunity made that even more possible for us.  After 7 months of working at his new job Jason got a raise which made the whole house buying journey that much better.  So we sat down and talked about where in Texas we would want to live and we found a realtor and started looking.

We looked online and found 6 houses that fit what we were looking for.  We went at looked at these 6 houses and then narrowed down our options.  We narrowed the houses down to 2 options.  After going over everything we chose a 3bd 2 ba 4 car garage on 2 acres.  We were really excited about it, we started the processes and put an offer in.  This house needed some updating so we were excited to make it our own.  We went back and forth and finally accepted an offer.  The processes seemed so easy and we had no problems.  But all that changed after we had our home inspection, our home inspection discovered a lot of electrical problems in the house that involved needed a wall to be opened up to fix the problem and after lots of talking we decided that that was to much for us to take on, so we backed out.  We let a couple weeks pass and decided we wanted to make an offer on the other option, but we got out bid on that house (there were 2 other offers).  So we decided to take a break and go on our family vacation to CA and we would decide what we were going to do after we got back.  We even talked about buying land and building a house.

But right before I left to go to CA Jason and I were looking through all the housing options again and we found this brand new house built in 2014.  I made an apt to go look at it right before I left for CA and I fell in love!  The house was perfect.  We went on our trip and once we returned Jason and I went to go look at the house together.  The house was perfect for us and the even better part was the empty lot next door was for sale as well.  At first we put in an offer for just the house and it got rejected, we waited a few days and then went back with our second offer this time including the empty lot next door and they came back and we accepted!

Minus the little hiccup with the first house this whole house buying experience has been pretty easy.  We are suppose to close on July 31st and we cant wait.  The girls are so excited and we have some great plans for the backyard and front yard.  Yay for an easy house buying experience and to our final move!

We were able to pick out what appliances we wanted which was awesome and something fun that we got to do together.  I don't think I've been so excited about appliance, I guess that's what happens when you get older.  We are coming up with really fun ideas for the girls rooms and playroom.  I cant wait to move in and start decorating.  As of Friday July 18th we have 13 days till closing and then we plan to move in Aug 1st weekend.  My little brother is flying in from CO on July 31st and then some friends from CA are flying in on August 1st to help us move and then have some Texas fun!

Keep a look out for a house tour soon....

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Faces Apparel Review

Lately I have become a little obsessed with clothes for my girls, mainly the baby cause they are just to darn cute.  Being able to find fun patterns, colorful prints and good quality is everything I look for.  When I came across Little Faces Apparel on instagram, I fell in love with her stuff.  I like that she has a variety of styles to choose from leggings, shorts, skirts, beanies, headbands and shirts.  Her sizes run 3 months to 3T.


Jenn was nice enough to send Kendall these adorable cupcake shorts for us to review.  I fell in love with this print and the colors.  As you know I am obsessed with gold so when I saw the gold, black, white and pink I got heart eyes! These cotton shorts are light weight and perfect for these hot Texas summers.  Kendall is wearing the 18 month shorts and they are a little big on her tiny waist but it's nice cause we'll be able to wear them again next year.  The quality of these shorts are great and Jenn was just the sweetest to work with.


I would totally recommend this shop to everyone.  Her prices are reasonable and her turn around time and shipping were pretty fast.  Thank you again Jenn for being so sweet and sending us these amazingly cute shorts, we love them.  Go check her our y'all!

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* I was sent these shorts for free in return for this review, all opinions are my own

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

JaxHoo Mary Jane Moccasins Review


If you follow me along on instagram, you've seen Miss Kendall rockin some awesome moccasins from some awesome shops.  I came across JaxHoo on instagram and fell in love with all her unique moccasins.  She has a wide variety of different styles and fabrics, which I love.

When I went to her website I fell in love with her Mary Jane moccasins, I mean can you get any more girly?!  I don't think so.  JaxHoo was sweet enough to send us a pair of these amazingly adorable moccs to review.  When these moccasins arrived in the mail, I couldn't open them fast enough!  Both Kendall and I let out a little squeal when we saw them.

 
The quality of these moccasins are amazing, I love this gun metal color is goes great with everything, they are made with thick soft leather and are beyond adorable.  We have gotten so many compliments on these moccasins and they are fastly becoming our favorites.
 
I absolutely love the meaning behind this business.  JaxHoo was created after her good friend's baby boy Jax Finn died of SIDS.  I love that for every moccasin sold $1.00 goes directly towards the CJ Foundation for SIDS in memory of Jax.  So not only are you supporting this sweet mama by buying her moccasins but you are contributing a cause that has hit close to home for lots of families. 
 


So if your looking for great quality moccasins that will hold up awesome with a toddler or just want your cutie to look adorable go visit JaxHoo and snag a pair of her moccasins.  I love that her prices are great too, they are affordable and they last. 

 
 


 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Featuring: Dainty & Lion Clothing

As I mom of 3 girls, I try to find good quality clothes and prices that aren't going to break the bank.
Instagram has been awesome in finding small owned business that have some really unique and adorable clothes.  The problem is some of them are just way to expensive for this mama of 3.  So when I came across Dainty and Lion I feel in love with her stuff.  For this mom of 3 girls, her prices are great and her clothes are unique, have fun prints and are just plain adorable!

When looking for clothes for my girls I want things that are unique and not something that everyone is going to have.  I love being able to support other moms and there businesses.


When I contacted Kelly about being featured she was awesome and told me to go pick something out.  When looking at her site it was so hard to pick cause everything was so cute, but then I came across this dress and knew Kendall needed this in her life cause we had the perfect headband to match.  It was love at first sight.  Kendall is wearing a 24 months and it's a little big on her but that's ok cause that just means she'll be able to wear it for that much longer.  The feel of this dress feels like bathing suit material and feels airy.  We love the vibrant colors and the fun little bounce that comes when you wear this dress.


The quality of this dress is great and she makes 0-3 months up to 5T.  On top of looking for great prices we look for things that are light and airy cause man it gets hot and humid here is Texas.  This dress is perfect for those hot Texas days.  So if your looking for clothes with vibrant colors, uniqueness and great prices then head over to Dainty and Lion and snag some stuff for your little ones!

 

 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Featuring: Moccs By Robin


Instagram has led me to find some amazing shops with some amazing products for my girls.
I came across Moccs by Robin on instagram and it was right before Kendall started walking.  I was on the search for shoes that would be easy for my peanut to walk in and that was stylish at the sam time.  I got both with these adorable shoes.

Lindsey was nice enough to send these adorable black and white polka dot moccs to Kendall.  When they arrived and I showed them to Kendall she got so excited and she yelled "moccs".  Yes my baby knows what moccs are and she loves them.


I love how there are so many AWESOME fabric options to choose from, go check out her etsy shop HERE.  The quality of these moccs are great, they are very well made and have held up awesome with very active always on the go toddler.  These moccs are more geared towards non walkers cause they don't have a sole on the bottom, the bottom is layered with 2 layers of flannel.  Kendall does wear these outside and they have held up great so far.  We love the polka dots, they go really well with everything.  Lindsey is incredibly sweet and her shipping was fast.  Her prices are great.

I've found that with Kendall's thin little feet that it was hard to find slip on shoes that fit and would stay on but these fit great and are really easy to get on and off.  So all in all these are great and have held up really well to crazy 20 month old toddler. 


Go follow Moccs by Robin on instagram HERE
Go heart Moccs by Robin's etsy shop HERE

You will fall in love with these moccs as much as we have.  So go and buy your little ones a pair or they make the perfect gift for someone!


 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kendall is 20 months old

 
Kendall Morgan,

Yet another month has passed and you are that much closer to being TWO years old.  This month just like every other month has gone by in the blink of an eye.  I still don't want to think about you being so close to turning 2 cause you know what that means...your not my little baby anymore and your turning into such a big girl.  Mommy is not ready for you to be such a big girl yet, if I had it my way you would be my little baby forever.  But we both know that that cant happen, so I'll enjoy your littleness while I can. You are growing and changing so much everyday.  You are saying so many new words, your exploring and discovery new adventures around every turn.


SLEEPING: Since we returned home from our CA trip you have been sleeping in till 8-8:30 and since your sleeping in so late you have cut out your morning nap that you usually take at 9-9:30.  You are a great sleeper and have no problems putting yourself to sleep at nap and bed time.  You only get your pacifier at nap and bedtime unless you find one that mommy didn't know about.  We will try to have you off the pacifier by the time your 2...hopefully!


EATING: You are an awesome eater and when anyone is eating, no matter what you are doing you will track them down and say "me, eat"  You love your food.  Some of your favorites are...bananas, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, chicken nuggets, asparagus, eggs and cookies (only when you got potty on the big girl potty)


POTTY TRAINING:  At 20 months your older sister was almost all the way potty trained.  You are almost ready to start potty training but we are going to hold off until after your two.  We just have to many trips coming up in the coming months to even attempt to potty train.  We will continue to put you on the potty when you say you want to go.  You've went potty in the big girl potty 4 times and you get so excited each time, you like when we pour in the big potty and you can say "bye bye" to it.


PERSONALITY: You have the biggest personality and you have the power to make everyone around you smile and be happy right along with you.  You can hold your own most of the time with your sisters and you will be the first to let them know when you don't like them doing something that you don't like.  You have always been and still continue to be the happiest kid.  Your so much fun to be around and I think you may take after your older sister Keira and be a social butterfly too.  You love to tell people hi all the time.


STATS:
Height: 32"
Weight: 21 lbs 4oz
Clothes: 18 months
Shoes: size 4
Diaper: size 3
Teeth: 14
Hair: its lightening up, light brown
Eyes: dark blue
 

LIKES:
* You love to sing, I cant really make out what your singing but sometimes I hear a few words I recognize.  Lately for some reason you've been singing Happy Birthday or Let it go.
* You like to dance, I'll turn on some music and you will shake your little booty.
* You like to be outside, you could spend all day outside exploring your surroundings.  Your favorite thing to do outside is collect rocks and make a big mound out of them.
* You like to swim in the new baby pool we got, you love to splash
* You like playing and trying to do every thing that your sisters do


DISLIKES:
* Being told NO
* Not being able to do something cause she's not quite big enough to do it
* Taking pictures when she's not in the mood
* Pickles


MILESTONES:
* Being able to say a few sentences "run little squirrel", "I don't know", "sorry mommy", "I miss you"
* Being able to point out and say most of your body parts
* Being able to point our and say most animals and the noises they make
* Can count to 3
* Tries to jump
* You can say a lot of words...mom, mommy, mama, daddy, dada, go, kaylee, keira, sissy, baby, doggy, mimi, grandma, grandpa, bike, ball, kitty, axis, annie, white tail, bird, spaz, night night, eat, thank you, please, no, blanket, binky, lovey, uh oh, sparkle, bow & drink and I'm sure I'm missing a ton of others
* Can throw a ball
* Can follow simple commands..."get mommy a diaper", "throw this away", go put your toys away, "bring that to mommy/daddy"


THINGS I WANT TO REMEMBER:
* You went on a week long beach trip and loved playing in the sand
* You didn't really like the ocean
* You went on your second airplane ride and did awesome
* You made your first long distance road trip from CA to TX and did ok!
* You love to get dressed up and go outside to take pictures, it's becoming part of our everyday routine
* You like to help pick out your bows and moccs/sandals
* You've told me a few times that you had to go potty and you actually did
* In all your 20 months, Frozen is the only movie you will sit down and actually watch
* You are really ticklish all over
* You don't like to be thrown in the air



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Capitola Beach Vacation {Part II}

We had wind in our hair and sand on our feet (and also in our hair)
This beach trip was amazing.  It was just what we needed, we had so much fun as a family and made some pretty great memories.  This beach trip something that we as a family look forward to every year for the past 3 years.

Watching the girls explore and play on the beach was so much fun.  Watching Kendall walk like Frankenstein when she walked on the sand for the first time was priceless, I loved watching Kaylee get so excited with each wave, watching Keira collect feathers and build a fort around me was so fun.

Until next year....

JUNE 10TH - Aquarium Day
Everytime we stay at the beach we always go to the aquarium.  We always have such a great time and the girls seem to like it more and more each time we go.  This year our favorite was the jellyfish!


JUNE 11TH
We had a relaxing day.  Jason's mom wanted to get a family picture and a picture of them with the 4 granddaughters on the beach.  After getting pictures we went out to lunch on the water at Fog Bar.

 Keira had the sour face cause the sun was in her face!
 

JUNE 12TH - Uncle Patrick's 21st Birthday
We had a pretty low key day.  We walked around the street downtown and just hung out.  It was too cold to go down and play on the beach.  After nap time we all got ready and headed out to dinner for Jason's little brother's 21st birthday.  After we came home, Jason and his brother Antheney took Patrick out to go bar hoping.

JUNE 13TH - BEACH DAY
















JUNE 14TH - OUR LAST DAY
Saturday was our last day at the beach.  Kendall went down for a nap and Jason and I went downtown for some much needed us time.  Something that we don't get very often!  So we went and shared a clam chowder bread bowl and got some drinks.  It was so nice to just spend that one and one time with him.  When we got back we got the sand toys ready and as soon as Kendall woke up we headed to the beach.  The weather on this trip was amazing.













 Kendall's baby feet
 




We left the beach on Saturday afternoon and headed back to Jason's moms house.  On Sunday morning we loaded up and headed up to the mountains to hang out with Jason's dad for Father's Day and ride some razors around.  It was a lot of fun and the girls had a blast.  After being in the mountains half the day we headed to Jason's aunts house to visit with a bunch of family and have a fun BBQ.  It was so nice to be able to see everyone.

Monday was jam backed with stuff to do.  First up on Monday morning was dropping off the older girls with a friend and Jason, the baby and I heading to Target & Macy's to go register for our wedding.  OMG that was so much fun.  After registering we picked up the girls ran a few more errands and then went to go get my stud of hubby and his groomsmen fitted for there tuxs.   I am getting so extremely excited for the wedding.  The girls flower girl dresses came along with there shoes, necklace and headbands.  The most exciting part was that I HAVE MY DRESS!! After the guys got fitted we headed to dinner with all of them and some family.

Tuesday morning we said good bye to grandma and grandpa and made the journey back home to Texas.  The ride home was ok, this was the longest trip the girls have ever been on.  But we made it home and we even got to spend a few extra days with daddy before he had to leave to go back to work!

All in all great vacation!