On Dogs + Babies

I think it’s fairly obvious that in the past 3 years, my life has changed pretty dramatically.

I just got that awesome Facebook Memory reminder the other day that we announced that we were pregnant with Brooks this time last summer. We hadn’t even bought the house we are currently living in at that time!

3 years, 2 kids, 1 house – and a partridge in a pear tree! Ha!

A ton has changed for us, but just as much has changed for Jackson too! He will be 10 years old this summer and I think his world was rocked even more when we first brought Brooks home from the hospital. Even more so when we brought Graham home – he probably thought we were nuts!

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I have to say that having a dog and having little kids isn’t easy. Jackson always seems to need to go out when someone is napping and we live in the city so we don’t have a large backyard space for him to go out himself. Also, it’s no picnic when it’s pouring down rain or there’s a foot of snow on the ground and you have to figure out a way to get the babies, dog and yourself out the door.

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But I do love the fact that my kids are growing up with a pet. I think it’s great for them to be around an animal, have them help out when they can and see the work that goes into it. I also weirdly think its good for allergies, even though Jackson is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed. They both love going on walks with Jackson and Jackson LOVES mealtime especially with the two boys – he never misses it!

So today I wanted to give Jackson, the namesake of the blog a little love and the folks at AvoDerm Natural Pet Food wanted to give him a little treat too.

Did you know avocado is a major superfood? It is a common misconception that avocados are toxic for dogs, though numerous studies have concluded that it is actually only the seed and skin that contain persin that should be avoided. Despite the rumors, avocados are a natural superfood, full of nutrients, crude fiber, and contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as B6. They are rich in folate, potassium, niacin, essential fatty acids crucial to good skin, and coat health, and they also help to promote overall health.

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The avocado meal and oil used in the AvoDerm Natural pet products comes from the meat of the fruit and does not contain the leaves, bark, skin or pit of the fruit. The oil is extracted from ripened fruit in which the meat pulp has been separated from the skin and the pit. This leaves your pups coat soft and shiny! Jackson has been eating and loving this stuff.

For more reading on this topic check out Toxic + Non Toxic Plants for Pets OR Avocados and Pets 

To all my pet owner readers out there – did you know your dog’s skin and coat are the most obvious indicators of his overall health. AvoDerm Natural® pet food is offering a $5 coupon for anyone to try AvoDerm® pet food. The company guarantees you’ll see a softer, shinier coat for your dog in six weeks.

Be sure to give your dog a little extra love + save $5 on AvoDerm Natural Pet Food

“Disclosure: This post is sponsored by AvoDerm Natural Pet Food in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.”

 

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July 2016 Stitch Fix Reveal

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Hello and Happy Monday!

I can’t believe July is almost over and I hadn’t received a Stitch Fix yet this month. Was getting a little anxious without my favorite monthly treat! We had been traveling the first few weeks so I pushed my Fix back until I knew I would be home and it was waiting for me when I arrived this week. Win!

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For this Fix I requested a All Romper Fix. I’m sort of obsessed with them this season – they are so comfortable and easy to wear, I can’t get enough! So thought that would be fun to see. Unfortunately I was only able to get to try 2 out in this fix because so many are out in my size – but still, it was fun to change it up a bit!

Now let’s check out what I got in my latest Fix!

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And don’t forget -> If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up AND check out my Stitch Fix page to get caught up on all my previous Fixes!

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Collective Concepts Antalya Cold Shoulder Top $48atalya

Ok, when I first saw this I was a little unsure. I love the print and the cold shoulder style, but I wasn’t sure about the color. I’m usually more of a blue/purple/green person than pink. I think those colors are better with my skin tone.

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BUT I’ve been in the sun {covered in sunscreen} a ton this summer and have a sweet little tan going on, which I am liking more and more with this top.

Paired with my favorite jean shorts +  perforated peep toe booties its like a match made in fashion heaven.

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I also enjoy the fact that since I don’t have much of this color in my closet it’s a little something different for me – changing it up, if you will. Thinking about keeping this top – do you like it?

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Market + Spruce Ralphie Romper $64ralphie

This. Romper.

I have to tell you, it was love at first sight.

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I love the black and white print, it has pockets, the sleeves are adjustable, the fabric is so freaking comfortable. BUT it’s a little too big, sadly. It’s a touch too big in the bust and the stomach area – it’s my usual size, medium, so I was surprised to see how big it was on me. May not look like it in the picture, but when I moved the top would be falling down the front. Not good.

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 I sent an email asking if they had it in a size smaller but they don’t and I’m pretty sad about it. This is a gorgeously comfortable romper, but I think I have to send it back. Tear.

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Pixley Kippie Crochet Detail Maxi $78crochet

This maxi.

I feel like every season I look at all the maxis in my closet and then the whole season goes by and I don’t wear many of them. I’m finding that they make me HOT and this one was no different.
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I enjoy the color color and the fun crochet detail on the bottom, but the fabric was pretty heavy and I know I would have been sweating and hot – not cute.

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Also, for the price I think I could find something that fit me better that I really loved. This isn’t it for me – what do you think about it?

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Dex Jason Romper $68jaeson

Another Romper! Woo!

When I first saw this coming, I wasn’t very excited about it. A little too much white for me and my life – the boys would destroy me in this. But in real life it’s not as white as you think, and the black detail comes through a bit more. I like how comfortable and easy to wear this is – the detail on the neckline and the beads on the drawstring are nicely put together.

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I think it’s a cute and cool summer outfit. I would totally rock this any 90* day in the city. My mom keeps telling me she thinks it looks like lingerie – but I don’t see it at all! What do you think? Keep or Pass?

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MIA Cristi Fringe Ankle Strap Heels $129

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Stitch Fix sending me shoes is a problem. I love them. These were no exception.

How cute is the fringe strap with the silver detail? Ah! They only problem is they are a touch too high for me. Can’t really walk around comfortably with these bad boys on. Such a shame because they looked so cute with the rompers they sent me! Here are some more pictures of the shoes in action – are they your style?

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Now it’s the hard part!

I need your opinions to help me decide {if anything!} -> What to Keep! I’m on the fence about a few things and would love to know your thoughts. What are YOUR favorite pieces from what I received in this Fix?! Please tell me what you think!

What Should I Keep?

 
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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page, which I just updated in reverse order so you can easily find the more current Fixes!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

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Friday Favorites: #NSale

Hello + Happy Friday!

I always love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – I look forward to it every year. Such a great time to pick up stuff for the Fall at a great price. Maybe even another thing or two for summer, or even a early Christmas gift if you really have it together!

Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite picks from the Early Access #Nsale thats going on now. Here are a few things I have my eyes on – let me know what you think!

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You have your eye on anything special from the #NSALE?

Share your favorites!

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And as another Friday treat, I just had to share about my awesome Flash Sale that ends today! There are some great jewels, bags + accessories that are perfect for summer – up to 50% off!

I think my favorite would be the white lace tunic, that I love to wear over skinny jeans or as a swimsuit cover up!

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I also really love the Riviera Tote and the Fringe Crossbody – both are great go-to bags – whether hanging by the beach or pool or running around town, they are amazing summer staples and looks great with everything

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Just a few of my favorites, check out the rest of the sale and let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Friday!

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10 months with Graham

Check out Graham’s Page for previous updates + posts

To Get Caught Up: 1+2 Months With Baby Graham / 3+ 4 Months with Baby Graham / 5+ 6 Months with Baby Graham / 7 Months with Graham / 8 Months with Graham / 9 Months with Graham

We were at the beach for his last two pictures so bear with me, but just know little man is not so little anymore!

Side Note: It’s nothing short of a miracle I get these posts done every month, so please excuse them being a few days late! Ha!

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Growth – Graham hasn’t been weighed since his 9 month appointment, BUT I’m sure he’s clocking in at about 1,000 lbs – because thats what he feels like these days. He’s heavy and has sweet little rolls. He’s a solid little man, just like his big bro.

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Don’t think I shared this before, but here is Graham 9 months in + 9 months out.

Crazy, right?!

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Nursing – We are nursing 4 times a day still. When we first wake up, before his morning nap, before his afternoon nap and before bed. I have to say that I’m looking forward to introducing milk in two months and seeing what happens. As much as I love the closeness and bond we share from nursing, I’d like to get my body back a bit for me. He doesn’t seem to be 100% interested in it these days, he’s easily distracted and sometimes it can only last a few minutes. I have a massive stash of frozen breastmilk in the freezer and in about 6 weeks or so will start lacing it with a bit of whole milk and see what happens! g

Feeding – Graham pretty much likes to be eating all.the.time. If he’s not eating, he tends to get “hangry” so you always got to have a snack or two handy. Could also be a teething thing too, that he likes to have something on his teeth coming in, but still. The kid likes to eat. He also has quite a diverse appetite and will eat pretty much anything put in front of him. He eats and eats and eats {usually dinner lasts an hour} and when he’s done, he’s done.

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Sleeping – Graham is a amazing little and goes down to sleep at 7pm, just like big bro, and sleeps through until around 6:30 am – he then usually plays in his crib for 30-45 minutes until I have to go in and get him. I swear, if you are having sleep issues, try putting your kids down early – it’s when their body is most ready for sleep – try it for a week and you might be surprised!

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Naps – Still on 2 naps a day. He usually goes down between 8-9am and sleeps anywhere from 1-3 hours! Ha! Usually an hour and a half is the norm, but we have gotten shorter and longer naps. We take what we get. Not sure when Brooks gave up his morning nap, but I am looking forward to when both take the same long nap together – will be easier to plan out the day and have fun in the morning together.

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Development – Graham went from just hanging out to being a baby on the move. I feel like he went from sitting up to crawling, to pulling up and now he’s even done a few “cruise” moves. I feel like the time when the babe will just sit happily on the floor goes by way too quick and they are on the go. It’s so fun watching Graham learn from his brother – I think he’s going to be walking much sooner than Brooks {14 months} just because he sees big bro running around like crazy all day long!

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Brothers –  These two are the best and love to play together. Brooks is pretty good at entertaining Graham when I need him to – he sings to him, dances for him and gives him toys. Brooks also loves Daniel Tigers – First you get a turn, and then I get it back – so he’s into the whole sharing thing.

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Loves – Graham is my happy little babe {when he’s not hungry}. He loves to eat, loves to be outside, enjoys stroller rides, loves watching his big brother do anything and everything, enjoys splashing in the pool. He’s still my little baby but he’s turning into a little big boy so fast! I love watching him grow and explore and learn and play.

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Here are some more of my favorite pictures + the best moments from the past month with baby Graham:

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