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Whale of a time!! With Smockingbird Kids

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Summer is here and that means all the kids are home from school! It’s a little daunting when you think about that for the first time. An open schedule and three under six! Luckily the pool is something the kids love to visit and yesterday Angelina took her first swim!! She absolutely loved it! I think I may have three water babies on my hands! The older children are so patient with Angelina, they never splashed water on her face or lost their temper with me consuming most of my time with her. These pictures were taken earlier this week in the garden and trying to get Alexander in the shot is like trying to rope in a wild bird into the frame. Once captured, however, the picture is complete 

Annabelle’s Choice: Whale Smocked two piece: SmockingBird Kids

Alexander’s Choice: Whale Smocked two piece: SmockingBird Kids

Angelina’s Choice: Whale Smocked bubble : SmockingBird Kids

Pink and white on my birthday!

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So it’s my birthday!! Can’t believe that another year has gone by. This year was so special. I was secretly pregnant with Angelina last year on my birthday and this year I get to hold her tight in my arms! I feel like all my dreams have come true. I woke up to breakfast in bed, and the cutest surprise birthday party. Michael took one of my pictures and put it on my cake with hashtags like “#33” and “#RHOD” (Real Housewives of Dallas) and at the top was a “@stephany” hehe. The kids were buzzing around the cake forever and ended up pinching most of the blue icing off the frame,” to make sure it tastes juuuuuuuuth right”! Ha! Everything is more crazy and more wonderful with my favorite little party guests.

My goals for this year as of this moment are pretty simple

Live in the moment

Leaving the phone behind, sitting down to listen to a story, singing out loud to the song on the radio, and reminding my children how much I adore them are all front and center of where I want to be. I never want to miss an opportunity to hear their little voices, follow along to their favorite music and stop everything for a sweet cuddle.

Have balance

I need to make sure that I take a moment every day to ensure that each child is getting the love and attention they need and that I am able to carve time out for my own health, creative outlets and exercise. Now that I insist on walking every morning to the coffee shop I feel a lot happier for the rest of the day and think that overall the quality of my life has improved a lot. I also want to incorporate more date nights because I think that is also important for our relationship and vital to have a little fun without the children.

Set targets for myself

Some of my most important highlights since having children is when they overcome an obstacle or a challenge. I too have to set challenges and targets for myself to achieve personally and professionally. Carving out alone time to work isn’t always easy, but the balance of having a creative outlet makes me feel well rounded and have something to work on outside of the home. I have weekly, monthly, short term and long term visions.

Have fun

I never want to take things too seriously if they aren’t. I know life is good right now, and we can be as laid back and silly as we want to be! Play twister, eat the cupcake, run outside, bake cookies, read silly books, and build in time for margaritas and guacamole!!

Give back

I owe a ton of my good fortune to the kindness of others. My parents have helped us so much, my neighbors have been so kind. Sometimes just a kind word, a knowing smile, and helping hand can change the coarse of a persons day, week, year, life. I am so inspired by the kind hearts of these people that have helped us with nothing to gain for themselves that I too hope to be one who can love unconditionally, help a friend, child, family, or even stranger in need.

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA || Shoes : TOPSHOP || Handbag : CHANEL ( similar )|| Cuff : ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 

 

Lounging lovelies, with Smockingbird Kids

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Nothing warms my heart more than seeing my children together having a wonderful time! It’s the last day of the week today, as we are all off for Good Friday so there is going to be a lot more of this going on throughout the weekend!! Spring is finally here and the birth of fresh new beginnings is in the air. For one, the kids can all get together and sit nicely for about seven minutes! Two, I can put on a Disney DVD, play it for them and they will watch 25% of it while sitting so nicely on the couch! Yay! Mommy can make a cup of tea (and possibly a slice of toast??) I look forward to seeing more moments of bonding with these three, but for now, the Easter Jammie snuggles are beyond 🙂 

Smockingbird Kids doesn’t only have the most daring little outfits for boys and girls, they have these gorgeous loungewear sets too!! Add a monogram of your choice and make it personal!! These are the perfect gift for your child or a child you love. The quality is impeccable and they are so sweet. The kids loved them too, and they are picture perfect for those early risers that need to be picture perfect for the egg hunt on Easter morning;)

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Annabelle’s Choice: Loungewear : White knit loungewear with pink trim || Smockingbird Kids

Alexander’s Choice:Loungewear : White knit loungewear with blue trim || Smockingbird Kids

Angelina’s Choice: Loungewear : White knit gown with pink trim || Smockingbird Kids

Sisters with Smockingbird Kids

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Sister sister!  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing these two sisters together. I always dreamed of having a sister, and wished Annabelle could have what I felt I had missed. Don’t get me wrong I have the two most amazing little brothers in the universe and I wouldn’t trade them in for the world! My brothers are kind, respectful, hilarious, smart and so sweet. I loved growing up with them. My mother had a sister who was her ultimate soulmate and friend for life, and it is this relationship that I always felt was so precious. Now that my girls are together, it is so rewarding to see them get along already. I would never have imagined that they would be bonding so soon. Annabelle loves to sing to Angelina the “Angelinnnnnnaaa!!” song and sometimes it’s truly the only thing that helps calm her down. I can tell this is going to be a friendship of a lifetime, and I will be right here capturing it all. 

Thank you to the lovely Smockingbird Kids for sending these delightful little outfits. They have the most darling clothes for kids and babies, and with Easter coming up, these sweet pieces make the perfect outfit. Angelina’s little pink smocked bubble with rosettes shows off her delicious chunky thighs and Annabelle’s little dress reminds me of Springtime. If you are looking for set for your girls for Easter or just something sweet and pretty for the warmer seasons, look no further!! 

Annabelle’s Choice: Dress : Smockingbird Kids // Shoes : Keds // Hair Bow : LibbyLou Bowtique

Angelina’s Choice: Bubble : Smockingbird Kids // Headband : Claire’s Accessories