Back to School: Morgan & Milo

If you follow on IG, you have seen me tag Morgan & Milo countless times in the boys #toddlerstyle posts.  Truly they are my favorite shoe brand for my little men.  When I realized they were branching out into clothing…I was SO excited!

I love when fashion and function meet.  Morgan and Milo successfully combine both with their line.  I personally love that the sneakers can be worn casually for the park or school but they also dress up with a nice pair of chinos for church or holiday events.  When your littles grow out of shoes so quickly, its nice to see a pair that can work double duty..no?  The clothing is all I expected it to be….a mix of fashion and function.  I was so smitten with the plaid shirt featured below, I kind of wanted it for myself!  Ha!  Although my boys are sporting goodies for the guys, their little girls collection is BEYOND.  What about THESE (biased due to the name) or THIS?  I die.

Preston is turning two TODAY actually..so no “back to school” for him…yet!  Connor starts pre-k next week.  I asked him what he wanted to wear for the first day and he picked out this Monster t-shirt on his own!  I don’t blame him..it’s adorable:)  Don’t forget to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY below, as Morgan and Milo is so kindly gifting an adorable tee to ONE OF YOUR littles.  Good Luck!

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Preston:  Shirt/Shorts GAP Kids, Shoes c/o Morgan and Milo available HERE    Connor:  Tshirt c/o Morgan and Milo, Denim Shorts GAP Kids, Shoes c/o Morgan and Milo available HERE

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Stepping a little further into FALL……

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Connor: Tee Old Navy, Plaid Button Down c/o Morgan and Milo, Sneakers c/o Morgan and Milo, Hat handmade

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Your choice of Yellow, Brown, Pink or Blue in the appropriate size.  Available for US residents only.

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Jenkinsons: Don’t Let Summer Slip Away

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This adorable crew hit the rides a few weeks back and had a BLAST! Making Memories!!!

For my local Jersey Shore friends and readers….you simply can’t let these last few weeks of summer slip away from you!  There are amazing events happening DAILY through Labor Day weekend and beyond at Jenkinsons Boardwalk!  We have had such amazing trips up to the rides this summer…sometimes with just our family of four and other times with friends and their children.  The memories have been made- that is all that really matters, no?

Tomorrow…you can view “MOVIES ON THE BEACH”!  Planes is being featured as soon as dusk hits this week:)

Personally, I can’t wait to hit the Boardwalk for the “HOT HALLOWEEN” event.  Next Wednesday, 8/27, the kiddies can come dressed in their favorite costumes and stroll the boardwalk!  What a great excuse to wear those halloween getups more than once.  Connor will most likely go as a Pirate…remember that HERE….kind of perfect for the boardwalk.

Regardless of what you choose to do….I hope you will make the most of these last few carefree weeks before school starts and the fall grind begins!

FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS VISIT HERE

 

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JENKINSONS BOARDWALK: Making Memories

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I am elated to share that I am serving as a #jenksambassador this summer…bringing you snippets of our experiences at the always fun Jenkinsons Boardwalk.  I will be sharing dates for free family movies, special promotions, and general reviews of our favorite things to do all summer long!  This ambassadorship was a natural fit for our family…as we live minutes from the boardwalk and hit the aquarium, arcade and rides constantly.  Hoping I can keep the boys attention long enough to play miniature golf this year…..wish me luck:)  Ha!

On a more serious note, I didn’t grow up full time at the beaches of New Jersey, but I have so many unforgettable childhood memories vacationing here every summer.  Some of the people I hold dear to those memories are no longer with us, and yet they remain….in flashes as I ride a rollercoaster with my four year old…or when I lick a supersized ice-cream cone with my one year old.  To be able to share that Jersey Shore magic with my sons fills my heart.  Truly.  I hope you will come with your families and see all that Jenkinsons has to offer.  Trust me, it is WAY more than coins, rides and cotton candy.

So follow along with the fun on my social media channels Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Also stay tuned as I will be giving away a FREE FAMILY DAY PASS to a lucky reader in July!

 

ON TO THE PHOTOS……

I like to keep it fresh here on TSF….so I partnered with an amazing local photography talent Adalie Scott Photography to capture my boys kicking it Jenkinsons style.  The shoot turned out so amazing, I plan to use the shots for our holiday card this year….”Greetings from the Jersey Shore” has a nice ring to it, no?  A true talent, she can take care of any of your photography needs..portraits, events, weddings and children.

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of beautiful photography.  Details to book your OWN Jenkinsons Boardwalk photo session are below or email specific questions to adaliescottphotography@gmail.com

 

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BOOK YOUR OWN BOARDWALK PHOTO SESSION!

*one full hour session, an incredible location and an entire disc of edited photos that you can print on your own is an INCREDIBLE value.  Contact Amy at adaliescottphotography@gmail.com

 

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Our Generation and Little Blueprint Review

Over the holiday season we were given the opportunity to review some really great toddler items that I have been meaning to share with you for weeks…January is normally so slow for me…but not in 2014…all good things:)  Anyway,  I know the holidays have passed…but these are great gifts for any time…specifically all those birthday parties and special events you are attending this Spring.    Hope you find some gift giving and fashion inspiration for the wee ones!  Happy Monday!

 

OUR GENERATION DOLL

Although I wasn’t sure I was going to gift her away…as boys can most definitely play with dolls…Connor had zero interest in playing with adorable Sadie.  I ended up gifting her to my friends four year old daughter.  I mean…does it get any cuter than the below photo?  She loved Sadie and her mommy told me she had a blast making tutus for both the doll and herself.  I love that this is the sister brand of my favorite toy brand B Toys (remember my post here).  I will undoubtedly be purchasing Our Generation for girl gifts in the future.  There are so many choices of dolls and endless accessories and games…which makes supplement gifts super easy.  Affordable, unique, and well made…sure to bring a smile to any sweet childs face!

 

alivia2I am not sure if these exact items are currently in stock, but check out the affordable line at Target.com

 

LITTLE BLUEPRINT BOOKS

I decided to personalize the book “When It’s Time for Bed”.  Generally speaking, Connor has been an awesome sleeper in his four years.  He sleeps from 8pm to 730am every night…in his own big boy bed!  He does however like to “fall asleep” in mommy and daddy’s room…one of us will typically carry him in around 9pm.  I think I am holding onto this habit more than he is…I just love that hour of cuddle time with my little man.  He whispers to me that he loves me…asks me to scratch his back…some of my favorite moments in life.  I do know that it isn’t a good habit…so…I thought maybe personalizing a book like this could be motivation…we could read it at nighttime…looking at pictures of him and his teddy….and then lights out in his own room.  We started this last night….I shut out the lights and he did come creeping into our room a few minutes later.  I walked him back to his own room…scratched his back for a few and then he was fast asleep. I am sure we are moving in the right direction.

There are some other really great books like “How To Celebrate the Holidays” and even subjects like safety and divorce….tough topics that can be brought out into the open through reading…pretty cool, no?   The books can be purchased ready-made for $24.95 or personalized using your own images for $34.95.  What do you all think?  Would you purchase a book like this to help you openly talk about subjects like these with your children?

 

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TODDLER STYLE

This outfit has been pinned 327 times…obviously mommies are digging it…So I have recreated the look below with items retailing now for both little ladies and gents.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration…..remember to follow along on Instagram if you are digging these looks..I feature both Connor and Preston a few times a week to share their little man style:)

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Denim, Button Down and Vest

B Toys: Review and Highlight

One of my boys favorite bath toys is the B. Toy Splish and Splash Boat. I seriously have to beg them to get out of the bath most nights and will often find the miniature “captain” chilling in Prestons crib….sneaky little snook.  So, I was delighted when B.Toys so kindly offered to send my boys some new items to try out.  I really do adore all of their toys.  They are vibrant, affordable, encourage creativity and learning and they are socially conscious using only recycled materials for packaging.  They also encourage toys are passed down from child to child and promise the toys are built that way.  I must concur, as many of Connors B.Toys are Prestons favs and when he outgrows them we always donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Jersey.

For Preston I decided to go for the Wee MD!  I originally got this Toy for Preston (15 months), thinking in the coming months he will really love all the parts and have fun learning what they do. Connor (4) almost immediately jacked this toy and has become the resident MD of the house.  If you are alive, you will have a checkup- our dogs included.  Honestly, it has been adorable watching him listen to heartbeats and scribble on the notepad..saying things like “your heart is beating really really fast” and “this is going to hurt a wittle”….the moments to cherish for sure.14545325_201311261138For Connor I decided to get the Global Glowball. I liked the idea of introducing him to a globe that was fun and exciting.  It lights up and plays music from the countries that are highlighted.  Ironically, Preston likes this more…I suppose it is the lights, music and the fact that is looks like a “baaa” which is his current word for ball and he is obsessed with them.

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I am ashamed to say we haven’t done much shopping for the boys.  The truth is they don’t need anything…and our toy room is bursting at the seams.  I spent some time weeding out the donations last week and gave away 4 bags full…and still I don’t think they need anything!  We plan to carefully select a few toys for each of them.  I know one item I really want is Ba Baa Barn for Preston.  I think it will be a great learning toy and our Little People barn has lost most of its parts unfortunately.  So, have you started your holiday shopping?  Will B.Toys be on your radar this winter?  I truly hope so!   B.Toys are available at Target and some specialty stores.  Click here to find out the closest retailer to you!

All for now….let me leave you with some candids of my boys enjoying their goodies……

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Boden USA: Fall Family Style

Connor carved his first pumpkin this year…to say he was excited is an understatement!  Preston could have cared less…he is too busy walking…everywhere…Frankenstein style:)  I had honestly forgotten how endearing it is…watching them cautiously step…so proud…and looking at the world with this whole new perspective….I kind of want to freeze this moment in time. Sigh.

This is the most real photo session I’ve recorded….I think maybe because the kids were so comfortable in their Boden attire.  I simply threw down a big blanket, told the kids to play and jumped in at the end.  Done!  Not perfect…but we definitely captured some fall memories…Encourage you to do the same. Don’t plan, just hop on your lawn and take some photos!

Thank you to Boden USA for sponsoring this little shoot and providing us with essential fall goodies.  I have been a fan of the brand for Connor for quite some time but this is my first experience with their baby line and womens line.  Just as pleased…and plan to continue to shop both!  If this is your first experience with Boden…it is your LUCKY day….over 1/2 the site is 40% OFF…start shopping HERE!  If nothing on sale strikes your fancy…use code K155 for 15% off and FREE SHIPPING!  Hope you take some time to carve a pumpkin with your loved ones and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

On Connor: Top Boden USA similar available here, Track Pants c/o Boden USA available on sale here, Hat handmade via Sarah Kiddles Shoes Morgan and Milo On Preston:   Top c/o Boden USA available on sale here Reversible Bottoms c/o Boden USA and available on sale here, Shoes/Slippers Nowali available here  On Mommy: Denim Shirt JCrew Factory similar here, Striped Top c/o Boden USA and available on sale here, Colored Denim c/o Level 99 (older style)


Pointing at everything with wonder…I really adore this age:)

Poor kid is always getting a nice strong squeeze hug:)

My model man…always striking a killer pose…I need to take notes!

Talking pumpkin carving plans…

I shared on Instagram about a week ago..Prestons first REAL steps completely on his own…and now he walks constantly…our little Frankenstein!

I asked him to say “I love you mommy” thinking maybe it would make him smile…he tried made a heart with his hands…which made ME smile:)  He is just the sweetest boy!

Hope you are smiling and have a great week!!!

Wishcraft: Chasing Fireflies Halloween 2013

When the lovely ladies over at The Little Style File asked me the boys to be part of a Halloween campaign with Wishcraft of Chasing Fireflies I didn’t hesitate in saying yes.  We get the Wishcraft catalog every August and I always fall in love with the costumes..definitely not your average costume store quality….one being more intricately made than the next.

Due to the devastation of Sandy, the Jersey Shore didn’t celebrate Halloween last year.  Thankfully Preston was only 8 weeks old and Connor had JUST turned three, so neither really understood or realized what they were missing.  I did vow to make it that much more special this year…and these amazing Pirate Costumes most definitely did the trick.  We have been talking about Halloween for weeks!  Kill me now. Ha!

On Connor:  Pirate Scoundrel Costume
On Preston:  Cap’n Stinker Costume  *Skull kicks Jack and Lily

I was SO inspired by these adorable outfits (and Connor is a huge pirate fan) we decided to sail the Manasquan river on a PIRATE SHIP with family and friends for Connors 4th Birthday!  If you live in the area check it out here for details.  I shared the below photo on Instagram of the invites…so cute, right?  Connor is SO excited and I can’t wait to share his party with all of you..so stay tuned for that.

I hope you will pop by Chasing Fireflies to browse the awesome costumes…the selection is unmatched and the quality is better than any other I have experienced.  You might just end up with an amazing costume for your wee ones…or for YOURSELF!  Happy Halloween!!

Photos by Nicole Rosemarie Photography

* I was gifted costumes for review but all opinions are 100 percent my own.

First Birthday Style

If you follow on my Instagram you saw little snippets of Prestons First Birthday on Saturday🙂  With primary colors as the theme, we spent most of the morning hanging banners, blowing up balloons, building block towers and preparing for thirty guests.  The piece de resistance, and I am not talking about food….was THE BOUNCE HOUSE!  With over ten kids coming ranging in ages….it was the only thing I could think of to keep them all happy.  It worked…and the adults enjoyed it too! I wouldn’t say the photos are my best work, but I really tried to disconnect from photography and social media and worry more about making memories than documenting them.  I think I succeeded and will always remember Preston’s First Birthday!

Staying true to who we are around here….enough about the party….on to the fashion.  This gorgeous shirtdress was a gift from Nieves Lavi, a New York label known for amazing prints, and it was so darn perfect for the day.  It was lightweight, comfortable and the bright red color fit in perfectly with the decor.  You can find a bunch of Nieves Lavi dresses on sale here.  I really love this one …tall tan boots and a jean jacket …anyone?  I paired mine with my favorite leopard  Sole Society as well as a fun cork belt.  I kept jewelry to a minimum as I knew I would be holding the baby and running around….just my initials necklace and daily rings, watch and earrings.

Dress c/o Nieves Lavi, Cork Belt c/o Hearts available on sale here, Leopard Flats c/o Sole Society  available here, initials necklace gift from friends available here.
On Preston:  White Collared Shirt Old Navy, Striped Linen Pants, Baby Gap On Connor:  White Tee c/o The Childrens Place, Turquoise Denim Shorts, H&M Tie Urban Sunday

 

Preston Thomas
One Year Old 8/29
Brown Hair (which appears to be pin straight)
Hazel Eyes (change from Blue to Green)
25 lbs
4 teeth- All on the bottom!
Words:  Mama, Dada, Baba, Gaga (as in Lady?)
Crawling since 9 months
Stands and Cruises but yet to take those first steps
Quick with a smile (and a dimple on the left side)
Attached to his mommy
THE BOY WHO COMPLETED OUR FAMILY!
We love you. Happy Birthday!

The Childrens Place with Coupons.com: GIVEAWAY!!!

I am not certain I have ever purchased something from The Childrens Place but when Coupons.com challenged me to create two looks for $50 dollars or less for both boys….I was inspired! I often thought “athletic wear” (aka mesh shorts and basketball tanks) when thinking of their shop and since I am not much into that type of gear, I have steered clear in the past.  I was beyond pleasantly surprised when I popped by the online shop to discover an awesome selection of camo, graphic tees and cool denim.  I ended up spending a few dollars over because I had to get this itty bitty jean jacket for Preston…I just couldn’t resist.  I have even been back to the site since this order….got Connor these aviators.  I mean, really?  Check out the awesome giveaway below and Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: Although I have a nice camera, I am NOT a professional photographer. Getting the boys to look at me at the same time proved pretty much impossible. If anyone has any tips, I am all ears.  Connor does awesome on his own…and Preston…well let’s just say he is a “willful” child.

Connors wearing:  Pocket Tee available here, Camo Shorts available here and Fedora available here

Prestons wearing:  Romper available here, Denim Jacket available here

So many photo shoots and so little time…..He has been quite the toddler model for me lately.  I think I might be wearing him out!

ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN $50 E-GIFTCARD BELOW!  GOOD LUCK!

* I was gifted product for review but I always keep it real around here:)

Memorial Stripes

The weather was ALL over the map this weekend at the Jersey Shore. It started rainy and cold on Saturday, cleared up to sunny and windy on Sunday….then the most beautiful day you could possibly dream up arrived on Monday…how fitting to honor those who serve and protect our freedom each and every day.  We entertained family, went to a bbq, out for drinks with a few friends and then Sunday we were poolside for most of the day. It was a nice and relaxing weekend…just what the doctor ordered:) Crazy to think last Memorial Day I looked like this, obviously I didn’t reinvent the wheel too much in my blue and white stripes with a navy vest…hey, when it works..it works!  My newest mommy fashion obsession?  Bermuda shorts!  What has taken me so long to jump on this bandwagon?  I find them super flattering, comfortable and way more appropriate for chasing after my kiddies (short shorts will no longer do for me).  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below🙂

Striped Top Target (old), Boyfriend Button Down Gap available here, Bermuda Short Miss Me available through my box service, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs,Bracelets Cartier and Handmade, Bag Marc Jacobs (no longer available), Wedges Stuart Weitzman

Linking up with the lovely Alison of Get Your Pretty On!

Teres Kids: Toddler Style and My New Camo

In 2013, I have been making an effort to bring you a little more than “thirtysomethingfashion”.  Part of that change has been showcasing my little men a bit more and sharing their fashion and style. Connor is sporting a tee from Teres Kids, a clothing line made in the USA of all organic materials helping kids stay comfortable and active.  Although the focus is making all children happy, it is an amazing resource for those children with tactile and sensory issues as the clothing is hand selected for its softness and sans itchy tags. Connor has always been pretty easygoing about clothing/fabrics but I have many friends whose children definitely complain about scratchy materials and tags.  This line is a great solution.  The tee is the softest I have touched (probably ever) but I would compare it to your favorite sorority tee that has been washed and worn for a  decade minus the stains, tears and beat up condition.  In a nutshell, the tee is extremely soft, well made and Connor loved it!  I would be leaving out the obvious if I didn’t mention my new found affection for the camo skinnies below. Thank you Sarah for sending me the link to this pair! I love the capri length, the zipper sides and adore that the fit is casual but not sloppy.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration for you and your tot!  Make it a great week:)

I am wearing: Shirt Men’s Webster for Target (old), Camo Skinnies BGD available here, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs (no longer available), Sandals Target available here, Watch c/o Invicta (no longer available), Bag Marc Jacobs (no longer available)
Connor is wearing:  Heal the Bay Tee c/o Teres Kids available here, GAP jeans, TOMS shoes

For every “Heal the Bay T-Shirt” sold, 30 percent goes back to the “Heal the Bay” organization keeping southern California coastal waters clean and safe.

Family PhotoShoot: Spring 2013

You might remember this post from my Instagram feed a few weeks back.  I featured the outfits we would be wearing for our family photo shoot.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from the day days.  I must say….this photo shoot was like having a third c-section.  I had NO idea the coordination and patience a multiple child photo shoot would require.  My photographer, Nicole (who is nothing short of a genius) captured the most beautiful images and to most the afternoon probably appears calm and chaos free….nothing could be further from the truth.  The first set of shots were taken a weeknight down by the water.  The shoot lasted about 12 minutes…in our defense…it was 48 degrees.  Connor ran away to play on the playground and then had to pee in the bushes.  Preston cried from the moment we laid down the quilted blanket and had snot running down his face for most of those shots.  We chalked it up to being “too cold” and decided to reschedule for the weekend.  Yet again, my normally cheerful, never stops smiling baby was pissed.  Not as pissed as the other day, but certainly not his giggly self. Connor had already “done this” and had received his milkshake for being good behind the camera.  Knowing there wasn’t anything more in it for him, he decided not to cooperate and actually had a tantrum (which is very unlike him). Ah!!!!!  Somehow we managed to capture these beautiful moments in time but I am pretty sure I aged a few years.

* All photos by Nicole Rosemarie Photography.  If you are in the New Jersey area, find out more about her services by visiting her Facebook Page.

and finally ….one of the ONLY smiles of the entire shoot…..

For the Little Ones

This post might be information overload ladies……
I hit the boys closets over the weekend and am highlighting my favorite brands and retailers.  Whoever said you can’t go overboard with boys clothing and accessories has obviously never met me.  Oh my, do I have a lot of clothes…and this is after a major purge I just did when I found out my lil sis is having a girl this summer:)  After careful evaluation, I have determined that I am a mixer of high and low when it comes to the mini misters wardrobes (much like my own).  Hope you find new discoveries and Happy Shopping!

CLOTHING:

Denim Shirt and Striped Pants H&M Kids

H&M Kids
H&M  childrens clothing is a newer discovery for me.  I don’t think they had collection focused on the wee ones when Connor was born so I have been having alot of fun finding things for Preston.  This western styled denim shirt couldn’t be more on trend…..more super trendy items are what you will find at your local H&M.   In a nutshell the upside is unique, trendy and inexpensive items for your bundle…the downside is you will only get one season (which is as long as it fits anyway) and you can only shop in store.  Not all their stores carry the kids line, so definitely call ahead or check online to be sure.

Above Left: Connor in Gap Button Down and Khakis  Above Right: Preston in Gap Sweatshirt and Jeans, Connor in Gap Vneck and Cords  Below Left: Connor in Old Navy Button Down and Gap Jeanshort  Below Right: Connor in Old Navy Button Down, Gap Shorts and Gap Skull Sneakers

Gap and Old Navy
Both Gap Kids and Old Navy Kids are a great resource for everyday wear for your newborn or tot.  I like shopping these sites/stores because I get a TON of reward points, receive countless coupons and they have weekly in store and online sales.  I hardly every buy something full price.  The downside here is that the clothing  is mass produced….so you might be a match for a few other adorable little ones when you are out and about.

Preston is wearing Tea Collection Shirt, Gap Jeans

Tea Collection
I have some really great Tea Collection shirts as hand me downs for Preston.  Of every single brand I shop…these washed and wore the best.  I have purchased these girls sets  before as gifts and love the mix and match options.  For my boys, I just love these easy to wear striped shirts but they also have really cool more unique items online.  I used to buy the brand at a local boutique…that has since closed down (sad to see you go Modern Baby)…so I may start shopping for Tea online.

 

Top Left:   On Connor Ralph Lauren Button Down, Sweater Vest and Khakis  Shoes Jack and Lily Top Right:  On Connor Ralph Lauren Polo and Gap Jeanshorts  Bottom Left: On Connor Ralph Lauren Button Down and Jacket  Bottom Right: On Preston Ralph Lauren Onesie

Ralph Lauren Kids
 A good amount of their wardrobes is comprised of this fashion powerhouse.  I tend to gravitate towards a preppier look for the boys so it is only natural that I turn to Ralph Lauren often.  I shop both the Ralph Lauren site here (usually the sale section) and also at Macy’s.  I have also been told there is a majorly discounted selection at Marshalls, although I am not a huge Marshalls shopper.  Although the clothing is on the pricier side (for something they will outgrow in weeks) I find that it holds up pretty well which is great for hand me downs for Preston or donating items that no longer fit.

Connor is wearing DOGWOOD Tshirt Gap Jeanshorts and Creative Recreation Hightops

DOGWOOD and Wes and Willy
I discovered DOGWOOD  at a local childrens boutique (Sarah Kiddles) and have been smitten ever since.  If you are a mama to a little boy..you know come a certain age…it is all about the Tshirt.  Sports themed, Super hero themed ..you name it…they want it!  So finding a great resource for cool tees is essential.  Upside the shirts are unique and relatively affordable….Down side this brand is all about the boys and does not currently sell to little ladies 🙁

Wes and Willy is another great Tshirt resource. Heavily sports themed, these are great for my active little guy.  Currently I am obsessing over these Alabama Football Pajama’s as my hubby is a huge fan…I will have to pop in my local store to see if they are carrying them….Upside and downside here too… Cool Tees but only sold at local boutiques (here at Sarah Kiddles) not online and only available for boys…sorry again 🙁


From Your Head to Your Feet:

Top Left: Connor is wearing a Gap Straw Hat  Top Right:  Preston is wearing a Handmade Etsy  Bottom Left:  Connor is wearing an Old Navy Fedora  Bottom Right: Connor is wearing a Handmade Newsboy Cap

Old Navy, Gap and Handmade
Quite obviously we like a good hat around here….and we don’t discriminate!  Fedora’s, newsboy caps,
beanies and more..we love them all! Connor always loved wearing them and at the age of two, it fast became part of his personal style.  

Old Navy always has a decent selection of baseball caps and fedoras.  I just featured this one on Instagram that I picked up for Connor (now on sale).  I almost want this wide brimmed number for myself….when your little miss hits the surf and sand.

Gap has a pretty decent selection as well.  A little nicer made than Old Navy.  I might have to grab this one  for the Con man.  As for the ladies…I am pretty sure it doesn’t get ANY cuter than this crochet fedora!

I have had Connor’s newsboy caps handmade from one of my readers…She no longer makes them….but the best resource for hand knit pieces is hands down Etsy.  I kind of fell in love with this one possibly for my soon to be niece.  If you like the look of Connors there is a similar one here.  If you have a newbie or infant shots coming up this one is pretty close to Preston’s.  I kind of can’t handle the cuteness of this pirate hat and don’t fret, it comes in pink too!
 

Top pair Jack and Lily, Two bottom pairs Pedipeds

Pedipeds, Jack and Lily, Morgan and Milo
I am a huge fan of Pedipeds.  Both Preston and Connor have numerous pairs….Partly because the brand and design promote healthy foot growth (never a bad thing) and partly because they are the cutest darn shoes out there!  I have so many pairs leftover from Connor (before he started walking) so Preston is all set – like he has these…could you just die….but Connor’s feet grow quickly….I am loving these for Spring.  For the little ladies…does it get cuter than these Gladiators?  I die!!

I also really like Jack and Lily.  Found mostly at boutiques locally (you guessed it Sarah Kiddles), I remember the first pair I bought for Connor here…aren’t the skulls adorable?  For your princess…Look at these!  Skulls and bows…does it get any more stylish?

Last but not least I adore Morgan and Milo  available at local boutiques (Charlotte West). I love the kicks for Connor specifically.  He wore these in Navy all season as you can see from my Facebook post here. He also has these in tan with orange accents.  I think that is what I love about the sneakers..they are neutral and then have a pop of color.  Super cute.  For the girlies…these floral sneakers are right on trend for Spring 2013…kind of wish I had a pair myself:)f

* I have also purchased Gap and Old Navy shoes but find that they do not hold up as well as these brands highlighted above.

* Honorable mention to Wallabies and Kickers both of which are pricey but have held up ALL fall and winter for Connor…and he is rough on shoes.

Preston’s Christening

I was gifted this dress a few months back from one of my favorite dress designers regularly featured on the blog,  Von Vonni.  It was so special looking, I decided to save it for a particular occasion (compelled to mention it was originally $350 and on sale for $79, link below in outfit details- runs full).  We christened Preston this past weekend and it was the perfect debut. I love turquoise and black so the earrings were a no brainer…I kept the rest of the accessories minimal.  Below I have shared a little glimpse off the church and after party…it was a beautiful day celebrating the little nugget with our closest family and friends.  Thank you to all who shared in it 🙂

Dress c/o Von Vonni available ON SALE here, Earrings Amrita Singh, Coat Nicole Miller, Shoes Christian Louboutin

I tried a Pinterest hairdo with minimal success.  It looked a little more special than it does on the daily, but it was harder to “actually” do than the pinner suggested.  I wish I could link, but I can’t find it on any of my boards…argh!

Sleeping peacefully through most of the ceremony

Preston with his godmother is wearing a baptismal sweater set by Baby Trousseau worn by his brother a few years ago
Connor is wearing a Nautica Suit from Macy’s and barely stood still long enough for me to snap this photo!

Preston’s Nursery

I am set to give birth this Wednesday, so it only seems fitting to share the nursery that we are bringing our sweet baby boy home to. Also designed by Lauren of  Porter Design Company,  I love the simplicity, clean design and of course special little details she has created for Preston.  Enjoy!

And..the itty bitty baby suitcase is packed!

Curtains, Sheets, Blanket, Bumpers and Pillow all Pottery Barn Kids
Monogrammed Wall Decal Etsy
Hamper  Home Goods
Blue Stackable Shelving and Lamp Land of Nod 
ABC boards Handmade by friend 
Animal Wall Art  Handpainted by Aunt
Noah’s Ark, Jelly Cat Stuffed Animals and Baby Suitcase – Andi’s BayHead