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Happy Loveday

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

 

Happy Loveday at the movies!!

I wanted to spoil my boyfriend Alexander this week.

He always wants to do something “fun” after I pick him up from school, but because we have to collect Annabelle an hour later it typically does not allow a lot of time to plan anything substantial.

So, when Annabelle was going to Girl Scouts with friends today, I knew it would be our chance!

When I picked up Alexander I said, “RUSH, we are going to the MOVIES to watch PETER RABBIT!!” 

He was so excited to go to the movies!!

He knew exactly which movie theatre we were going to, and why he had to rush so we could make it there on time! 

We only missed the first few minutes but watching his little face looking up at the big screen, munching away on his little bag of candy, just filled my heart. I knew he was so happy and content.

I loved this special little time, and spontaneous moment we shared.

The movie was so cute and funny. He and I were BOTH laughing out loud throughout the entire film. Was it because the movie was so funny? Was it because we felt so happy? or that it was Friday?!

All the above probably…

I’m sure it must be hard sometimes, being the middle child. You’re not the oldest, so you’re not old enough to do a lot of the things that your big sister gets to do, like play dates, and tons of fun activities.

Yet you aren’t little like your baby sister, so you have to be patient when she is being disruptive, or we can’t do something because she’s too young to participate in the plans, like Disney, skiing, etc…

In any case, I love my little Valentine, and I think we should make a habit of it.

Friday night date night with my little sweetheart, this week and forever. 

Happy Valentines day!!

XXX Stephany 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy + Angelina Fancy Pants

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Mommy and me time with my  little superstar!!

Don’t even ask about what’s under this gorgeous coat!! I wasn’t lying when I confessed that ever since I bought my UGGS I have NOT been able to take them off! Yup, I’m one of those people now, and I’m not even sorry about it! 

Last year I tried to carve out time for myself at the gym, but this year that goal feels so much harder to fight for. 

I’ve put a list together of 2018 goals for my health and wellness, maybe if I put them down in black and white I’ll be able to stick to them better?

2018 goals for my health and wellness

go to the gym 2 times a week for an hour at a time

eat more green food

spend more time in the kitchen making my own food

less Starbucks, more water

finish one novel a month

take a hot bubble bath once a month 

sleep in once a month

have a lazy day with no work or running errands, once a month

listen to more music

go to the movies

hang out with friends

sing out loud in the car

eat meals with my kids

walks outdoors with Michael

I will definitely continue to build on this list, feels good to see it all outlined like this too. Most of these things are so simple to execute and don’t cost any money or time. I guess it looks like I just want to enjoy a little more and rush a little less. More of what makes me happy.

What are your health goals for the year? I always feel guilty sleeping in on a weekend but then I feel like I’m a lot more productive the rest of the day when I am operating on a full battery…Sometime we all need a moment to re-charge or re-grpup and I think that that’s ok ?? ?? 

XO

Stephany

Life update, Back in Chicago

Stephany Bowman wearing a Lacoste tunic dress and Lulu Lemon leggings in Chicago

Stephany Bowman wearing a Lacoste tunic dress and Lulu Lemon leggings in Chicago

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

This is the EXACT house in the Home Alone movie!!!

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

Stephany Bowman wearing a Lacoste tunic dress and Lulu Lemon leggings in Chicago

So, we’ve had a huge life event happen.

Michael has accepted a position in Chicago, effective a few days ago.

Yup, that’s a big life change for us.

A few weeks ago, my parents babysat the 3 kids and Michael and I booked a 3 day trip to move him into an apartment there. I came home, alone..

For the Spring, he will work in Chicago and commute to Texas on the weekends. 

I have moved several times in my life

growing up in Switzerland

moving to Lebanon at the vulnerable age of 12

states at 23 on my own

London with Michael for 3 years with a brand new baby

Toronto for a year with 2 little babies

now Dallas

It’s a lot. Not every place was great, some were, others not.. 

We love Texas so it would be sad to go when the time comes. 

Anyway, these are just the first days, and I hope it will get easier over time. It really puts you in the shoes of single parents for a moment and how strong they are to cope with the weight of carrying the children on their own for so much of the time. Not easy.

So, deep breath! I think we can do this, write to me and let me know if you are familiar with this kind of situation and if you have any tips, I would love to hear your suggestions…

Stephany

Happy New Year!! A look back at 2017

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

 

Happy New Year!!

I can’t really believe that it’s 2018 already?! 2017 was one of my favorite years of all time.

I put together a list of the most striking events of the year

On Spring break Alexander had a massive allergy attack and ended up in the ER. It was absolutly terrifying. That’s how we found out that he is deeply allergic to tree nuts

Our baby girl Angelina has turned two and she now has opinions of her own!! Listening to her “voice” has been such a precious highlight. She always says “pleash” and “tank you, mommy” in her sweet little voice. I love hearing what she has to say, and her contribution to the conversations

Unfortunately, Alexander had a second visit to the emergency room when Michael and I were walking him to school on the last day of the year. He got hit by a car when he was crossing the street on his scooter. This is a longer and very terrifying story that I would like to expand on another time in the future when the moment is right (+ when I’m ready. It still feels raw and too terrible to revisit in detail right now)

Annabelle was chosen to be the COVER GIRL for CHILD magazine!! Go Bella !! She graced the cover of the February issue, and it was such a fun and wonderful experience.

Summer in France was one huge highlight of the year. We got to spend 4 beautiful weeks at our wonderful and generous friend, Camile Abdelnour’s home with my parents. This year was particularly special because all of the children had vivid memories of past trips to France, and they too could not wait to go have fun in Europe with friends and family for the summer. Click here to read about a day in France this summer.

Thank you to all of YOU for your love and support. The strength and validation you give me is what keeps me going and wanting to make this space better and better all the time.

2018, makes me a little nervous because big changes are ahead *deep breath*

Right now, I will reflect happily on the wrap of a great 2017!!

Happy New Year from me, and the SC team

 

 

 

Festive fashions for the whole Family!

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Annabelle Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

 

 

Festive fashion is not something that exactly happens deliberately around here. But Matching the whole family in a festive theme sure is pretty fun!

As much as the girls loved their dresses, I’m not sure that Alexander realized how cool it was to be Santa!

Lucky to share that everyone still BELIEVES and isn’t that a relief with being at school all day, and probably around friends that have older siblings. I guess the Christmas magic is hard to shake off, and I’m not complaining! 

Let’s be honest though, for me the festive season can be a little overwhelming.

 I’ve put together a list of 4 non-negotioables for this festive Chirstmas holiday

Christmas music
Christmas sugar cookies

includes making, cutting, baking, icing, decorating + EATING!

Cozy pajama parties

I mean with huge bowls of popcorns and old school holiday classics (ideally Home Alone, Elf, and A Charlie Brown Christmas)

A Christmas mass

perhaps one of the most lovely traditions I can remember as a child when I used to go visit my Auntie Jean in England for Christmas and on Christmas Eve, we would go to a large Church and sing Christmas Carols- just peaceful and beautiful 

This year Angelina is old enough to understand Santa, ” LOOK mommy ANTA!!” Can’t believe it was just 2 years ago when she was just a tiny nugget under the tree 🙂 Read here for more about when Angelina was little and we celebrated her first Christmas as a family of 5!!

Now, wrapping up the Christmas shopping- and next up-WRAPPING! 

Looking forward to mom and dad coming in just a few days, after all, what is Christmas without the ones you love? 

What are some of your non-negotiables this year? Any favorite traditions new or old you look forward to this time of the year?! 

Write to me in the comments below xx

Stephany

 

8 years!! Happy together forever to US!!

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

 

EIGHT years ago I became a wife!!

I thought I would put a list of 8 things I love about our marriage

 friends first

Probably the solid foundation of this whole relationship. That I always could connect with him as a  friend first. We hang out like buddies, and that makes a relaxed and fun environment to be a part of.

a common vision and goal for our family

We put our family first. Value experiences and travel. Work hard to build a solid/fruitful future for our children and ourselves

I learn a lot from his reactions and way of looking at the world

Michael is 7 years older than me. I value his maturity in a lot of situations that I may be a lot less patient in. He is calm and fair. I admire that, and think thats a pretty good moral compass if you are leaning on someone’s point of view for guidance.

I love that I can be completey and totally myself

I’ve seen relationships in the past where either the husband or wife in the marriage is “performing” in front of their spouse and trying to show them a certain side of themselves to fulfill a goal. I luckily never have to perform in front of Michael. I am always completely honest with him, and that for me feels like a vacation.

we get to share all the good moments together

The best part.

At the end of the day, we meet up on the couch after the kids are bathed and in bed. I get to share with him the funny things that one of the kids said that day, or what we were so proud of them for. We laugh about the little things that are quirky or unique. Alexadner’s lisp and how cute it is when he says ” Christmas Decorations” or Angelina when he says, “Angel!!” and then she says,”Daddy!!” right after. We are proud of Annabelle’s passion and gift for art.

we get to share all the scary moments together

This oddly may be my favorite thing in the world. I always felt like I had to face every scary situation all by myself. Take a deep breath and tackle to issue-hope for the best. Now I can lean on Michael.  This helps to shift the burden and makes me feel like everything will be ok with him by my side.

the longevity of our relationship

We have built up so much history together. I love teasing him about his old bachelor days, when we were dating in Chicago, our favorite date spots, and memories. Read more about our 7 year anniversary right here!!!

he is always on my team

When you go into the world, you face circumstances and situations that may be unprecedented, unpredictable or unhappy. Having Michael to share my struggles with is comforting and I know that he has nothing but my best interest at heart.

 

Postive vibes only!

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Stephany Bowman wearing WHO WHAT WHERE from Target and ZARA snake skin booties

Just over here, keeping the positive vibes flowing!

I’m the first person to admit that I’m definitely a work in progress. But I do have to say in the last couple of years or so I’ve removed a lot of negative shackles in my life and feel so much better for it. I’m only trying to focus on the positive. 

I feel so much lighter and when you push out the dark clouds in your skies, it allows for more cracks of sunshine to beam through.

It took me years to see a little clarity here because I always had so much going on, school, friends, traveling, family. Then one day, marriage, work, children, etc.. the list never ends, and I never really stopped to take stock of my life and how I could remove negative energy from it.

I’m mainly talking about negative people. I don’t mean ‘negative’ in the sense of people that are always looking at the dark side of things( although that can be unhealthy too). I’m talking about people that don’t support YOU! They may be sitting there with you, talking to you listening to you. They may even throw a compliment your way every now and again. But I’ve recognized after meeting truly pure, kind, and supportive friends, how rotten the ‘bad’ ones actually were. 

Because I am a loyal person, and a people pleaser it took me WAY too long to identify these people. I also felt obligated to keep them around?!

I always made excuses like these 

this person has always been in my life

this person was there at the time when I went through this tough phase

this person is related/connected to someone I love so I have to put up with them

this person is part of my family

I know this person so I have to put up with them

Honestly, no I don’t. I’m not saying I’m perfect, and don’t make mistakes or that I have always been a flawless friend, or person. Absolutely not. However, I know my own truth and that there are people who are truly happy for me and want me to be successful in my dreams and there are those who don’t. I’ll get off my soap box on this note- you are valuable and important , if someone doesn’t believe thats true or make you feel that way, cut them out and make room for someone NEW!!

My QUOTE OF THE DAY

How they treat you is how they feel about you, believe them 

Know your worth!!

XO,

Stephany

Angel turns 2!! Happy Birthday Angelina!!

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Annabelle Bowman in Victoria Beckham for TARGET dress, Ivanka Trump shoes, and tights. Angelina Bowman in BABY GAP tutu dress, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Michael, Angelina, Alexander Bowman, in black suits and ties, with Angelina the birthday girl in BABY GAP

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Happy birthday to our little TWO year old, Angel!!

I cannot believe I’m actually saying, “my two year old”!! Oh my goodness how did these 2 years fly by so quickly?!! I remember that beautiful day on November 1st when she was born, click here to read about our first days in the hospital!!

Actually, I feel like the first year was sort of a blur (click here to read about the 1st year recap!!) , and then the second year was a flash…

I wanted to dedicate this post life update to Angelina. I’m always so worried I will forget the little things that they do, the cute little moments, actions and words. So, I have put together a little list of some of the cute words/ sentences that she says that make me laugh and smile.

Funny words

Oh la la 

Wow!!

Oh my GOD

Ew, gross! (sounds like goss) 

peeeeeeze? (please) 

woof ( for a dog)

Angelina goes everywhere with me, preferably in sparkly shoes or big sister’s cowboy boots + a purse with a lollypop inside Her favorite snacks are goldfish (never miss an opportunity to stock up at a Target check out line ?).

Angelina’s favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle.

She’ll only wear dresses that pass the ‘swish’ test (exclusively tutus) and says “Wow!!” to her own reflection in the mirror once she’s accomplished that goal – (no, she did not learn that from me ??‍♀️).

Angelina’s trained herself to use the potty. She can count to ten, sing ABCs and flash a Miss America wave from the passenger’s seat of her big brother’s police car.

Angel loves to whisper secret jokes in her daddy’s ear. She pretends to be a puppy, and loves putting on mommy’s lipstick – EVERYWHERE ?

Her favorite person in the whole world is her big brother, Alexander ?

Angel, you are getting heavier to carry and that makes me a little sad because you are my baby, but I’ll always squeeze you so tight in my heart forever ?

I love being your mom.

You are a precious gift from God.

I love you, mommy

Chefs For Farmers, Celebrating Food + Wine in Dallas!

Stephany Bowman, Courtney Watkins, Jessica Lantos, and Denise Brown, supporting the Chefs for Farmers, Dallas food festival

Stephany Bowman, Courtney Watkins, Jessica Lantos, and Denise Brown, supporting the Chefs for Farmers, Dallas food festival

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice is a judge for food presentation at the Chefs For Farmers food festival in Dallas, Texas

How sweet is little Miss Ella McCallister? Helping her mother distribute water before heading out moments before the doors opened to the public!?

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, Ella McCallister, Robin Hufsey, and Rachel Carter, at the Chefs For Farmers, food festival in Dallas, Texas

Stephany Bowman, Courtney Watkins, Jessica Lantos, and Denise Brown, supporting the Chefs for Farmers, Dallas food festival

Stephany Bowman, Editor and creator of Stephany's Choice, with Friends Robin Hufsey, Jessica Lantos, Rachel Carter, Courtney Watkins, Denise Brown for the Chefs for Farmers food festival in Dallas, Texas

Stephany Bowman, Courtney Watkins, Jessica Lantos, and Denise Brown, supporting the Chefs for Farmers, Dallas food festival

This was the big Bite Night event on Thursday evening!! It was so much fun, we ended up dancing to old high school classic beats, haha!! ??❤️

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice and friends, at the BITE NIGHT event for the Chefs for Farmers food festival in Dallas, Texas

Chefs For Farmers is the most fabulous food and wine festival in Dallas, and beyond!

I was so thrilled to break out my cowboy boots, round up my favorite moms and head out for some fun music and food- right here in our backyard.

On Thursday evening, we attended the famous ‘Bite Night’ event, and it absolutely blew me away.

When we walked up to the entrance all the little lights were sparkling above us. There was a beautiful display of fruit and vegetable baskets, and the music indicated a fun night of upbeat vibes!

We sampled various wines, and then walked around, stopping at different food stations along the way.

I really enjoyed meeting the different chefs, indulged in their tasty bites, and admired their beautiful dish presentations. Every single chef I met had a lovely spirit, a big smile, and was so enthusiastic to share a taste of their craft. 

People were laughing, and enjoying the night.

Towards the end we placed our little “pig” voting chips in our favorite chef’s bucket. Winners were announced, and everyone felt like a winner. 

We even broke out a few dance moves ourselves, and I’m not going to lie, it was really nice to just let loose and have some fun. 

A few days later, on Sunday, was the ‘Main Event’ at Lee Park.

My dear and special friend Iris Midler (founder of Chefs for Farmers) invited me be one of the judges for the afternoon’s big AWARDS!! I was so excited to select the winner for the team with with the “Best Display”!!

It was a tough decision but after carefully walking through a few times I chose FT33 as the winner!!

Congratulations!! ?

FT33 WIN for BEST DISPLAY!

it smelled smoky good!

the chefs working the booth were personable + had great energy 

the wagu beef tacos with radish were pretty, and very tasty

the overall feel of the stand was earthy; It felt like we were out in the woods and not under a tent

Congratulations to all the winners, and everyone who made it so hard to choose!!

I cannot wait till next year, the CFF team knocked this one out of the park! 

Thank you again to the incredible Iris Midler and the whole Chefs For Farmers team for an impeccable event and a lifetime of wonderful memories!!

Cheers + till next year, CFF!!

XO,

? Stephany

Special shout out to my sweet friends

 Iris Midler (+Little Ella McCallister), Rachel Carter, Courtney Watkins, Jessica Lantos, Denise Brown, and Robin Hufsey!!

Love you ladies!!

?

Happy Halloween from the Batman/ Bowman’s!!

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Unmasked!! The superheroes are showing their faces, hehe!

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Happy Halloween from the Batman family!! As much as dressing up in coordinating costumes can be daunting, the final result is so rewarding! 

We love to match up in similar outfits, and this was super easy to put together-most of this look was already in our own closets!

Therefore, I’ve put together a list that includes a few basic pieces you’ll need to complete this simple family look.

The Bowman/ Batman Halloween costume recipe

Boys

White shirt

Dark suit

Black tie

Dark shoes

Girls

Black body suit ( ballet or gymnastics suits are perfect!)

Black tutu

Tights ( if it’s a cold day!)

Black shoes 

Secret ingredient: BATMAN MASK!

I guess you could say that we are pretty big fans of superheroes! Check out which Superhero Disney family costume we wore last year right here 🙂 

I love the special and fun magic that’s in the air when we all put on our costumes.

The first thing the kids do is look at Michael and I and laugh! They love to see us all matching and in something playful like them. Next, they’ll start showing off their superhero poses, and check out the adult superhero poses too.

It’s so sweet.

I know one day they won’t want to dress up with us since they’ll probably just want to coordinate with friends, but until that day comes, we’ll keep matching as long as we can.

Now that they are getting older, it’s fun to hear suggestions and input from them.

So, if we are considering wearing Trolls, or Grease inspired looks, they’ll have feedback on which they’ll prefer!

I think Halloween is going to be one of our favorite family traditions, most of all, I hope we can do this for many more years to come.

Stay safe! + Happy Halloween! 

XO,

? Stephany