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Sunnies for a cause // DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Love these new sunnies from DIFF Eyewear. It feels great to spread the positive and charitable message behind this company ; for every pair of sunglasses you buy, they send a pair of reading glasses to someone in need.

I absolutely adore this message and business model. What a great way to treat yourself, and someone else. I hope that it catches on and becomes even more “trendy” to work with businesses like this. Not only that but these sunglasses are super cute, come in a bunch of really pretty colors, and are super flattering on the face. 

Sometimes I feel so rushed and flustered in the morning when I’m taking Alexander to school and then start running my errands the only thing that I feel I can hide behind are a cute pair of sunnies!!!

Am I the only one?!! 

This gold shade is darling and matches everything, the color feels new and sophisticated, and the price is really reasonable.

Thank you DIFF Eyewear for my newest Fall accessory! 

Use discount code: STEPHANY 25 and get 25% off!!

You’re welcome- don’t forget you’ll have extra good feels, because you’ll be treating someone else in need to a pair of reading glasses ?

XO,

Stephany

New Confessions Series!!Yellow jacket + Red print scarf

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany’s Choice: JACKET // SCARF  //  SIMILAR SHOES  // SUNGLASSES  //  PURSE

I’ve decided to put together a list of my 5 confessions. I know with being a blogger and putting certain parts of my life, family, and ideas out there readers don’t get to see the whole picture of who I am.

I guess it’s kind of human nature in a way, you only really want to highlight what you are proud of, and we are always trying to put our best foot forward.

I do see blogging as more than just putting style ideas and cool products out there.

I want this to be an honest place where I can truly be myself and use my voice so that the true me comes through.

I’ve put togehter a list of 5 confessions (of course I have so many more!) 

  1. I am a super shy person! People are always surprised when I tell them this, because for some reason they don’t think of me as being shy. When I come out and admit it people are always like, “yea I see that now”. Although I’ve grown in confidence as a mother, adult and a women, a quiet voice will always be tugging at me from the inside.
  2. Although I am such a shy person (see above!) my dream when I was little was to grow up and be an actress! I loved being on stage, and although this sounds sounds crazy, the I always felt at home on the stage and NEVER felt shy! I grew up watching musicals and it always felt natural and like home to me.
  3. I have a terrible singing voice. I absolutely love singing out loud in the car, or anywhere! 80’s music is my fav to sing a long to (Whitney? Mariah anyone?!) but sadly I can’t carry a tune!
  4. If I had to change anything about my body I would be one inch shorter so that I could wear higher heels (especially around Micheal!)
  5. I struggled with really bad self esteem when I was a teenager (or longer)- from 17 till about 24 years old. I always felt insecure about my body and I battled acne and had braces in high school. *looking back as an adult now I can see that pretty much everyone else had acne and braces in high school too!* -we only ever focus on ourselves. haha.

That’s it!! Embarrassing and silly of course. 

Hope you are having a fab weekend!

XO,

Stephany

Perfect Little Red Coat

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany’s Choice: Coat: Nordstrom // Shoes: ALDO // Clutch : ALDO // Earrings: H&M // Headband: Similar here

Angelina’s Choice: Coat: OshKosh 

In love with this little red coat!

I think we only got one day of winter but this wool number is so chic and cozy. 

If I ever had to “invest” in a piece of clothing it would definitely be a coat. When I first moved to Chicago a few years ago this was something I didn’t understand. I spent my shopping trips looking for cute outfits and the latest trends. I did not invest in a good coat. 

Ironically, as probably anyone else can guess, it’s the coat that you probably should invest in because that is the item that you will get the most milage out of. Also, that is what most people will see you in when you are rushing off to work, running errands or just going for a walk. 

The Coat you choose should also be good quality and probably a classic and flattering cut. If I wear a flashy coat I feel like I’m wearing the same thing everyday and I get tired of it pretty quickly. When I have a more “basic” option I can change up my accessories, hat, gloves, shoes, bag, hair style, and the vibe is completely new again. 

This red color is one of my new favorites! It’s classic, yet special at the same time. I love that I can dress it up and dress it down. Add heels and a sparkly clutch to jazz it up and then jeans and sneakers for  a more sporty feel.

Michael, said we are going to try a new steakhouse tonight for our dinner date. I know we should probably be going out tomorrow since that’s when Valentine’s Day is technically. BUUUUUTT, when you have a sitter that is available to stay and help out on a Monday evening, that’s when you go!

This is going to sound really bad but I can’t actually remember what we did last year at all. Total amnesia?!! Oh my, I guess Angelina must have just been a few months old and the whole thing feels like a total blur right now! 

Hope this is a Valentine’s Day to remember, at least this year I won’t be pregnant or nursing so I’ll be enjoying a nice big glass of red wine. 

Still a school night, so we won’t be getting too carried away…

This is going to be our 11th Valentine’s Day together! Wow, I don’t remember last year’s but there is one year I surely won’t forget! The first Valentine’s Day we ever spent together! Tune into tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day special to hear more about it!!

Thank you for following along, Happy Valentine’s Day however you choose to spend it!!

Photography: AshelyKayPhotography

 

Winter basics, with Fawn Design

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a Fawn Design light grey diaper bag, ZARA booties, coat from Nordstrom and Hat from PRIMARK. Angelina Bowman wearing a Little White Company cashmere sweater, silver shoes from Target and bunny hat from Zulily

 

 

Stephany’s Choice: Coat : Similar here \\ hat: Similar here \\ Boots: Similar here\\ Bag: FAWN DESIGN

Angelina’s Choice: Sweater: Similar here \\ Shoes: TARGET \\ Pajamas: Similar here

These Winter basics are on total repeat over here, and I’ve just added this non-momsy diaper bag to the top of my list. I’ve seen it around on other moms but never knew if it was a backpack, messenger bag,or briefcase. 

Now that I’ve had mine for almost a week I have not taken it off. Really. I’ve moved in, and cannot see myself moving out. I haven’t used it for diapers-per say but it’s really been practical for everything else.

My favorite attributes are:

pockets –lots, both inside and out.

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Two easy ways to wear it- backpack and messenger bag. I constantly go back and forth all day between the two. When I’m in a hurry I throw the messenger strap over my shoulder and run out the door. When I have a second and I need too hands, and no immediate need for wallet/ i phone access I put both stripes on for the backpack. 

Zippers are chunky and gold (LOVE!) + easy to slide open and closed (yay)

Bag is not precious and already has popcorn inside and is holding up beautifully. 

I love carrying it around, it looks expensive and modern. Not like a baby bag at all. By the way, the packaging was flawless, very high quality… this would be a lovely gift for a friend, sister, anyone you know that has kids or a baby on the way. 

It comes in 3 or four colors, all pretty. I’m very happy with my light grey one– although there is a blush option that JUST came on the market, what I may have considered if it were available at the time. 

Other basics on repeat include my cream knit hat that I bought in London years ago, shop a similar cashmere version here

My trusted ZARA boots, that match everything, and will go into Spring perfectly are sadly sold out but I like these just the same– they feel so Mod and there’s something really cool about that! 

Sweet Angelina is wearing the same Little White Company cashmere sweater that I bought for Annabelle when we lived in London. Alexander wore it when we were in Toronto and now it’s Angelina’s turn. I love a good heirloom piece. Angelina hasn’t worn it as much as the others because, to tell you the truth we’ve only had to dig out these Winter layers a tiny handful of times this year! 

Thank you to the FAWN DESIGN family for my gorgeous bag, I only feature things that I love, and this is right at the top of my list 

Photography: The Retro penguin 

Mad about Plaid

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Stephany’s Choice: Dress: GAP || Scarf: GAP || Tote bag : GAP || Shoes: SIMILAR HERE

Annabelle’s Choice: Top: GAP || Jeans: GAP || Shoes: TARGET || Bow: LIBBY LOU BOUTIQUE

Alexander’s Choice: Top: GAP || Jeans: GAP || Shoes: GAP

Angelina’s Choice: Top: GAP || Jeans: GAP || Shoes: GAP || Headband: Similar here

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall here in Texas, and I’m loving every moment of it. It’s a relief to be able to jump out the door and not be sweating beads by the time you’ve buckled your kids into their car seats! I love all the things that Fall represents like being cozy, layering up, and spending more time indoors. I’m thinking family games, trips to the library, baking, crafting, funny movies, and long Autumn walks. I’ve also signed the kids up for some fun after school activities this semester and I really hope they love them.

Skating was something that I loved doing so much when I was growing up in Switzerland. Yes!! You may be surprised to learn that I grew up in Zug, Swizerland!! We moved there when I was about 4 years old and stayed until I was 12 (6th grade). Often people ask me if I speak fluent German, but actually we went to a private English school with other kids who came from an international background. We grew up loving Winter sports (naturally). A lot of our filed trips where to ski villages in the mountains or our local public ice skating rink on Fridays. We also skated on the weekends, skied on holidays and with the family. The mountains were huge and vast, with bright white powdery snow. The local ski villages were quaint and cozy, small and private. We would ski for hours and then stop for lunch at the top of the mountain peak. Usually, a packed lunch provided by the camp, a sandwich, apple and candy bar. The sun would be shining and we would lay in the snow, sing songs, and get ready for the final round of ski.

At the end of a great day we would walk down the village to our cabins with our skis over our shoulders. After warm showers and getting into cozy clean clothes we would write in our journals, and catch up with our roommates (about 4- 6 kids in a room). Then finally the cafeteria for dinner. One of the best nights was fondue night where we would sit boy, girl, boy, girl around a big pot of fondue. Everyone would have a long fondue fork with a piece of bread for dipping on the end. If your piece of bread fell into the fondue then you would have to kiss the person (boy sitting to your left). It was a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. Of course on other nights, bonfires, scavenger hunts (not one of my strengths) and fashion shows.

I love these precious memories I have from growing up in Switzerland and I will cherish them forever. 

 I haven’t hit the slopes in years and I miss it so much. I think the last time I put on my skis was before I had Alexander (can that be right?!!) I really want to plan something for Michael and I in February somewhere, maybe Colorado??

So, I’ve gone ahead and signed the kids up for some ice skating lessons this season. I hope Annabelle and Alexander can learn a few skills and have as much fun on the ice as I remember having. Last week was their first time and they did such an awesome job! What I was the most proud of was that they never quit. They fell a few times but just got right back up and kept on trying. They had such a great attitude and never gave up. My little mama heart was just bursting with pride. Of course I want my children to have success in any and many things that they strive to achieve but the grace and character they demonstrate when it doesn’t always go their way is just as, if not more important. I hope we can continue to achieve both. In any case, I’m not sure there was ever a day where they didn’t make me so proud. 

What sports did you grow up loving? Thank you for following along! Please feel free to ask me any question in the comments below.

Photographer : Beckleyphoto.com 

The Perfect Fall Floral

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Stephany’s Choice: Dress: NORDSTROM || Clutch : ASOS || Heels : Similar here 

This season I’ve been so attracted to floral prints and I’m not quite sure why. I pretty much always go for solid colors, and lots of layers but these days all I want to wear are these lovely floral designs. I actually don’t even want to stop there really. I want to wear flowers in my hair, put flowers in the girls’ hair, buy fresh flowers for my home. When we went to the Arboretum it was so refreshing to see all the pretty gardens and beautiful pumpkins and flowers. If I had to pin point a moment where my obsession was born it would probably be then. I guess this dress kind of reminded me of both of those things, the pretty flowers and the warm, rusty Fall tones. It’s been a wonderful Summer but I’m actually looking forward to the cozier months ahead. Ok, maybe not the freezing cold months but at least the ones where you can layer up and bundle just a little. I really want to start cooking more too. Annabelle and Alexander love to be in the kitchen. They are truly the best little helps out there. Yesterday we made a simple spaghetti (“sketti”) dish and he was so sweet rushing around the kitchen trying to be really helpful. The only terrifying part is trying to keep him out of the stove area, and I think I scared him half to death with what could happen if the boiling pot of water were to tip over! Bella likes to be involved too, in really helpful ways now. She can set the table, she does a wonderful job, and pour the drinks. She seems to really enjoy the process, or is she just happy to dodge reading time?!! haha. It’s hard to tell. A lot of times we do the 20 minutes of reading in the kitchen while I’m preparing dinner. Having said that I do really think she enjoys the art of table setting. My Mother is really similar and loves to put out a beautiful table spread. I’ve even seen Annabelle decorating napkins with personalized designs for each family member at their designated spots on the table! She puts so much care into it, like Alexander’s always have a little car on them, and hers will have a rainbow or something. She’s so creative and sweet. She always keeps so busy and can craft with the most mundane house hold products. Her imagination is amazing and it’s so fun to watch her and what she can make. Alexander on the other hand is such a little helper, he’s quiet and wouldn’t hurt a fly. Giving him clear tasks and letting him see the finished product is fun enough for him. He just wants to participate, be included and helpful . I always joke with Michael that Alexander will be a wonderful husband someday. Angel loves being in the kitchen too, especially when the whole family is at home. She loves to sit on her little high chair in the middle of all the action and be a part of the atmosphere. 

Thank you for reading along, soon I’m going to feature a special family Fall recipe, so stay tuned  ♥

Photography: theretropenguin.com

 

Find me in Floral

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Stephany’s Choice: Dress : NORDSTROM || Bag : NORDSTROM || Heels: Similar here

I know this is a random time of the year to get serious about fitness but for some reason I’m really determined all of a sudden to get healthy. Ok, maybe that’s a lie. I’ve always wanted to be healthy and try to eat as best as I can. I’m not blaming the kids but a lot of the time I grab special treats that they ask for at the grocery store, that I may not have kept in my home if it weren’t for them. I am terrible with temptation and can’t help trying, sampling and grazing. So I’ve decided to make a change. I’m proactively integrating fitness into my daily life. Sure I chase the kids, run after them at the park, but carving time out of my day to go to the gym is a first for me as a mother. I always felt guilty doing this in the past, not including them in everything I did…I still kind of feel guilty when I head out the door without them. The honest truth is I’m only gone for an hour and it makes me SO happy. Taking time away to blow off steam, stretch, dance to music and break a sweat is awesome. I’ve never loved it so much as now. The carefree feeling of only being responsible for myself for an hour is totally liberating and it re-charges both my mental and physical batteries. My favorites have been the group sessions, especially the high cardio ones like the mixed dance classes at the Tracy Anderson Studio. Man did they kick my butt. It felt so good. The first half hour is a blast. At the 45 minute mark you want to kill yourself. Then the last ten minutes you get this wave of strength and you feel so empowered and strong. Breaking a good sweat feels incredible and after coming home, taking a shower and having a huge glass of ice water I feel like a new person. Or a better person. I feel relaxed, re-charged and excited to see the kids. I’ve only been gone an hour and a half and I miss them already. I sleep great at night, and wake up sore the next day. Ok that part isn’t always as fun, especially since I have to pick up Angel, carry Alexander’s scooter around and run all my daily errands. A lot of them do take a fair amount of physical stamina. So I’ve figured going every other day or 3 days a week is perfect. I only hope that I can keep this up, stay motivated, and committed. Most of all I hope to see some results. Since I’m a results motivated person a lot of the time I drop an activity when I can’t see any improvement from the program. I hope that I can start to shed some of my baby weight in a steady and safe way because I’m ready to get back to my old shape. I have a feeling it will come off a lot more easily when I stop breastfeeding. With Annabelle and Alexander I didn’t loose a pound while I was nursing but dropped all my weight and more when they were completely weaned. My mom says it’s probably a lot of water weight and milk that you carry around when you are breastfeeding. Let’s hope she’s right! I’ll provide an update on my fitness progress (hopefully) in a few weeks. What should I consider as progress? Let’s say If I stick to the program, stay consistent with my work outs and drop 5 lbs. 

Any tips on keeping up with the fitness routine? Let me know!! 

 

Lovely Layers

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Stephany’s Choice: Lace top : ANTHROPOLOGIE || Skirt : ANTHROPOLOGIE || Vest : ANTHROPOLOGIE || Backpack: H&M || Boots : SIMILAR HERE || Earrings: SIMILAR HERE 

I love how these Fall weekends are so festive. This weekend we stopped by our local craft store and I forgot how much I love making things with my hands and putting things together. The kids seemed to love it too. We even bumped into Bella’s art teacher there which is always a good sign you are in the right art shop! Bella is very crafty and I’ve never seen her without a crayon or marker in her hand. When she runs out of paper to color on she freaks out and basically has some sort of nervous breakdown. She either bursts into tears of panic or she starts coloring on the kleenex boxes, toilet rolls, under the tables. I’ve even caught her cutting up cookie boxes and magazines to use for images. Basically she goes crazy if she isn’t busy or more specifically busy creating, designing. I guess sometimes people are truly born artists and it isn’t anything they can change. She’s was just born to create and that’s part of what makes her so special. Alexander also loved going to the craft store. This sort of surprised me a little because in the past he hasn’t really taken to coloring, at least not as much as Annabelle has… Maybe it’s a boy thing, or maybe it’s an age thing. Now that he is 3.5 years old he seems more inclined than he would have been a year ago. He did seem pretty happy to pick out his own crafts, colors, and supplies. Maybe that’s the key to getting him interested, to allow him the freedom to choose what he would like to work on and with his own materials. Or perhaps maybe you become more passionate about a project when you are involved in the entire process from the start. In any case, I’m really happy that it was a family affair. If you aren’t sure about what craft to choose, or what you think your kids will enjoy, I would urge a group trip to the store. In my experience everyone has fun getting involved and you can let the kids choose which projects excite them (as long as you confirm they are age appropriate of course). This was so much more fun for the family as a whole than just going to the toy shop. I bought a little clear plastic “craft box” at the store to put and keep organized all of our supplies. This way we can find them easily next time and we won’t have to buy the same products over and over.

The basic supplies we started with this weekend were:

6 paint colors (including black and white)

Art box

Assortment of brushes

Paint pallets (pack of four)

Everything else was Halloween themed. I’m looking forward to working on more projects for the coming holidays :Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. We will also be going on raining days when there isn’t anything we can really do outdoors, and little projects for family members. The thing the kids love to do the most is pick out and give away presents!! My parents arrive in a month or so, we will definitely be heading out to the craft store to see what special presents we can make for them when they get here!! I also think this was a great new tradition to start and I’m thinking that we can go to the craft store one week before every holiday to create something special, that reminds us of what we love about that holiday and why it is so special. I hope we can build a ton of fun memories being creative together ♥ 

Thank you for reading along! Do you have any special Halloween traditions?! 

Photographer: Vanessa Chavez || www.theretropenguin.com

 

Shades of Autumn

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Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ANTHROPOLOGIE || Cape : ANTHROPOLOGIE || Booties : Similar here || Cuff : CHANEL (Similar here) || Lipstick: URBAN DECAY || Blush : MAC

Loving this time of the year, the hot weather has subsided and it feels like such a relief. I love all the Autumn feels out there too, people seem to have slowed down a little and that cozy holiday anticipation is in the air… I remember this time last year I had Angel in my belly and was counting down the weeks till her arrival. I had no idea if she was a boy or a girl and the excitement was unparalleled. This year she is here and now we are a blessed family of five. I love her even more than I could have ever dreamed and the children love her too. This will be her first Halloween and her first birthday coming up so I’m trying my best to stay organized and plan ahead. I’ve already ordered costumes for the family and Angel’s birthday outfit. I hope it all comes together and that everyone is happy with the outfits I’ve chosen. I’ve been ordering more and more products online these days. I find it to be a lot more efficient, and I no longer use up all my time, car space and energy on picking up and carrying around bulky items. So far the main products I purchase online are toilet rolls, diapers, wet wipes, kleenex, basically most toiletries and now recently I’m shopping more and more of my wardrobe online too. I always buy my personalized items online because it’s just easier to pick and choose through all the options and you can take your time choosing what you want to buy. Etsy is still my all time favorite for hand crafted pieces, I’ve bought most of Angelina’s birthday wear from there. Amazon for the day to day products, including children’s books, office supplies and baby food. My top sites for clothing are ASOS and Nordstrom, basically these two stores will never let me down. Target is also great for kids items, and Net-a-porter for special occasions and novalty pieces. Any time I want my logo on something I shop at Zazzle, I’m always pleased with the quality and they deliver on time, every time. What would I do without all these shipping friends of mine?! I’d probably be just fine I’m sure, but it sure saves this mama a lot of time…When are they going to come up with a Starbucks delivery service?!! Count me in!!! 

Thank you so much for reading along with me, please leave any questions or comments below in the comments section, I love to hear from you, HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!

Special thank you to my awesome photographer ASHLEY AMERMAN

Pretty Pink Details

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Stephany’s Choice: Check Pinafore: Similar here || Neck tie blouse: Similar here || T-Strap Heels: Similar here || Moschino Crossbody pink bag: Similar here

I’m so ready for the Fall season to kick in already…Is it terrible to say I’m so over Summer this year. Something about those cozy Autumn days and nights I feel like I’m really craving. I think I’m also going to try to bake a little more this season, I absolutely adore acorn squash and think I’ll try to make some soon. The house smells so delicious and I love when there is something baking in the oven. I’m also thinking that it would make really good baby food for Angelina who seems to have taken a step back in eating solids.

Today she had the second part of her 2 part flu vaccine and now she’s taking a little nap. You can’t help but second guess yourself when the doctor asks you if you want to give your baby a flu shot. For some reason the word SHOT has this bad stigma to it. Now, with this whole autism epidemic you ask yourself, do the risks out way the benefits? Should I be partaking in somewhat “elective” shots for my child? Where do you draw the line to what is recommended vs what is necessary…I guess you never can truly predict the outcome of any given scenario. It sort of feels like when you play the goalie in soccer. You never get credit for when the team wins and you protect the goal but then if you let a shot through and the team loses it’s all your fault. I guess it sounds so cliche but the best thing to do is just to follow your instinct. We have a pediatrician that came highly recommended from a friend of ours, and as I always say when the doctor is asking if I’d like something or not, ” What do you recommend?” Because at the end of the day, even though I am a concerned parent, I’m not a medical expert. This is why we have doctors so we can go to them for their opinions and recommendations. Unfortunately, we can’t do everything on our own, we can’t be experts in every single aspect of our lives, and when it comes to our kiddos, the stakes are higher than ever. With a combination of being informed, interested, hiring a professional with direct experience and trusting my gut, I hope we can navigate the seasons ahead with as little bumps in the road as possible. 

What do you think of trusting the doctor’s suggestions? Shots? Hope you have a wonderful day!!