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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

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

Library day with the Kiddies!

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag, Angelina Bowman wearing Janie + Jack, Alexander in TARGET

Annabelle Bowman in Target, with Twist Shake kids beaker

Angelina Bowman in Janie and Jack

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman in Target

Annabelle Bowman in Target, with Twist Shake kids beaker

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag, Angelina Bowman wearing Janie + Jack, Alexander in TARGET

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman in Target, Angelina Bowman in Janie + Jack

Annabelle Bowman in Target, with Twist Shake kids beaker

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag, Angelina Bowman wearing Janie + Jack, Alexander in TARGET

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman in Target

Annabelle Bowman in Target

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag

 

We love being around books and that makes the library and the book store a popular destination for us! All the kids love to go, and since it’s been raining on and off this past week, being indoors has never been easier.

I love being around books too. It’s so fun to see what kind of reading material each child is drawn to, and how it changes over time.

Alexander is 4.5 and he loves the Bernstein Bear books and a few of the Dr. Seuss ones too.

Annabelle also enjoys the Bernstein Bear books ( she reads them to herself now!) and all stories Princess, Barbie, and Pinkalicious.  I love it, really sweet and girly.

Angelina is almost 2!! ( read here for more on when I was pregnant 2 years ago!!) She LOVES to read and is really into everything we cover.

Last week I read a “learn to potty” book and she really absorbed it! So much so that 2 nights ago she used her potty successfully for the very first time, all on her own initiative !! I was so shocked. I thought we were going to spend days and weeks covering the “concept” of the potty together, so I really think the book helped a lot. Probably doesn’t hurt that she’s been watching her brother and sister go too. I guess those are some of the benefits of being the youngest of 3 kids!

Thank you to Kute ‘n’ Koo for this adorable diaper bag! So modern and pretty, with a really cute aqua changing mat inside, tons of pockets too! Great for a trip to the library! Treat yourself or a mom you love!

Another thank you to our longtime parters TWISTSHAKE bottles for these beautiful beakers that are made for kids as little as Angelina, to as “big” as big sissy, Annabelle.

Don’t forget to use my discount code: STEPHANY40 + get 20% off your entire purchase!!

We love their high quality products, since Angelina began the weaning process a few months ago, click here to read more about that transition!!

Thanks for reading along, happy Friday!

XO,

Stephany

Summer sisters, with Bohobee

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle’s Choice: Custom dress + Bow headpiece: Bohobee

Angelina’s Choice: Custom dress + Bonnet: Bohobee

Angelina is almost 20 months old!! So, I thought it might be fun to do a milestone post today!! 

Mentally she surprises me every single day!

Already, she can speak a handful of words:

Mama + MOM!

Dah (Daddy)

Ball (Annabelle)

Oufff (dog)

UP!! (self explanatory)

Ya?! 

Nooooooo… 

Hiyyyyeee

Byeee

Pop (lolly pop)

App (Apple Juice)

Physically, Angelina can run after Annabelle and Alexander, feed herself with a spoon or fork- with  almost no spills. She loves to color with markers- particularly NOT on paper ? I’ve even caught her trying to roll by on her scooter. 

When I ask her where something is, she does the cutest little shrug with her shoulders and opens her hands out in front of her ??‍♀️. hehe.

She mainly loves to tag along with Alexander. I think these two are really close buds. Wherever Alexander is, Angelina is pretty close behind. She’ll even play cars with him.

Angelina’s two favorite places to be right now are at the playground and at the swimming pool! She loves bing in the water.

One thing she doesn’t like…The vacuum!!

Angelina seemingly understands a lot of what’s going on around her. If I’m in the living room, and I ask her to throw something away, she’ll grab the item and dash off into the kitchen to find the garbage.

Today we saw a bird at the park and I said,”give the bird a piece of your pop corn”.. And she DID!

When Angelina is hungry, she pulls me ” up” and points the direction with her finger all the way to the kitchen. Then she’ll try to open the fridge. Luckly she hasn’t mastered this skill yet but she will point to what she’d like to eat in the fridge and if I chose the wrong thing she says,” NO!!” ?  She definitely knows what she wants and I think that’s an excellent quality to have. Even if she is very bossy!!

As far as potty training goes I now understand parents that start the transition early. I bet I could get Angelina to start the first steps any day. When she has a dirty diaper I ask, ” do you have a poo poo?!” She nods. Then I follow her all the way to the changing table!!

I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 months now since we welcomed this sweet little girl into our hearts (read about Angelina at the hospital the day she was born here). It feels like we just celebrated Angelina’s first birthday  yesterday.

Thank you so much to Bohobee Design for these stunning custom made dresses for the girls. If you are looking for special dresses for your little one or a little girl that you love I cannot stress enough how much we love these pieces. They also make wonderful “Mommy and me” dresses if you want to match. Great for weddings, birthday parties and summer!

Hope you have a wonderful day,

XO,

Stephany

 

Spring is in the air!

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander and Angelina Bowman wearing Ollie and Mae

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander, Annabelle, and Angelina wearing Ollie and Mae

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

I frequently get asked questions about what my favorite baby products and accessories of all time are.

It’s true that there are products today that I would tell my younger self to invest in, and other products that I would advise against. 

One product I always loved but never had, was a sophisticated baby carrier. They always seemed a little bit more pricey than the other standard baby carriers, so I settled. Now that I’ve tried the LÍLLÉ baby carrier I wish that I hadn’t waited so long. 

It’s light, cute, and easy to strap on. Putting it on feels the same as putting on a backpack. The cool thing about this product (and I’m a sucker for this) is that it is multifunctional! You can carry your baby in the front OR on your back! 

This is the first time that I have carried a child on my back, and I loved it.

It kept my hands free, and the load was easier for my strong back to carry than pulling down on the front of my chest. 

Angelina was very comfortable back there. It was like a piggy back ride only she was much more secure. 

There were even a few moments were I sort of forgot that she was back there! 

This product is definitely a Stephany’s Choice must have item. It would also make such a cute baby gift! It comes in different colors and can hold a child that weighs up to 60 lbs!! Wow!! Talk about a great investment piece!

Thank you so much to our favorite children’s store OLLIE & MAVE boutique for these gorgeous outfits!! We love soft high quality kid’s clothes and these are super stylish and adorable! I mean, did you see Alexander’s swimming trunks?!! It’s almost impossible to find cute boys clothes like this! 

How happy is Annabelle, reading her very own Cover of Dallas Child Magazine?!! Thank you so much to the whole entire team for making us feel so welcome! This was definitely an opportunity of a life time. 

I also want to give a shout out to the MS Dallas team for this gorgeous poster of Annabelle’s cover!! It is beautiful and we love it so much! The team there feels like family, and product and service is incredible.

Thank you so much for reading along! Hope you are having a fantastic week

XO

 Stephany

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA  //  Shoes:  CONVERSE  //  Sunglasses:  HENRI BENDEL  //  Baby Carrier:  LILLÉ baby 

Annabelle’s Choice: Top: OLLIE & MAVE  // Tights: OLLIE & MAVE similar here // Boots: SIMILAR HERE

Alexander’s Choice: Swim suit : OLLIE & MAVE 

Angelina’s Choice: Top: OLLIE & MAVE  // Shorts: SIMILAR HERE  //  Socks: OLLIE & MAVE  //  Shoes:  FRESHLY PICKED

 

Merry + Bright, ColoredOrganics

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman wearing matching lougewear sets from ColoredOrganics

Annabelle Bowman wearing lougewear set from ColoredOrganics

Annabelle Bowman wearing lougewear set from ColoredOrganics and Pink Bow from Libby Lou Boutique on ETSY

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman wearing matching lougewear sets from ColoredOrganics

Annabelle Bowman wearing lougewear set from ColoredOrganics and Pink Bow from Libby Lou Boutique on ETSY

Annabelle’s Choice: Loungewear set: COLORED ORGANICS \\ Bow: LIBBY LOU BOWTIQUE

Alexander’s Choice: Loungewear set: COLORED ORGANICS

And just like that Christmas is over. Typically I would be having Christmas withdrawals but this time I think I’m ready to celebrate the new year.

Now that Annabelle and Alexander are getting older it’s a lot more pressure to try to find them gifts that they will love. More importantly we try to keep things fair for the two of them.

Alexander got a big, huge, police car (his dream come true). All he wanted this year was a police car with,”lots of buttons, two seats, a siren, and it can go forward and backward”.. Annabelle is super into dolls this year and just wanted an American Girl doll. We ordered one that looked like her with blonde hair and green eyes which she promptly named, “Antoinette”.

I was freaking out on Christmas eve because Michael and my dad assembled the police car and it was totally massive. It took up my whole kitchen floor. When I looked over at the doll it seemed so small in comparison. So, we started to wrap tons of other gifts for Annabelle to try to make up for her “smaller” sized pile.

Two years ago we bought Alexander the perfect gift, one of those non battery operated cars and he loved it. I don’t think he even knew what else was under the tree. He spent the whole day jumping in and out of his car.We expected the same thing this year. All he would want to do was get in and get out.

To our surprise, all he wanted to do was unwrap gifts. In the end we put him in charge of unwrapping gifts for everyone. He opened all of Angelina’s 2 presents (haha) and all of mine. I’m not sure he was all that worried about what was in them. I think the thrill and surprise factor was what was he enjoyed.

Annabelle loved everything she got. She seemed really happy. All random and small gifts went into the stockings. DVDs, coloring books, fresh socks, some sweets, etc… It was a first for stockings and a huge hit.

The best part of the whole day was when my Grandparents arrived at noon for lunch. It made our day complete. The kids were so excited to show them what Santa got them.

My mom brought the kids metallic sneakers that lit up into flashing colored lights. Annabelle and Alexander put on a dance performance with their neon shoes. Watching them move so freely and so happily made eveything worth it.It wasn’t what they recieved or how much they received that made their day special. It was the feeling that they were heard, they were important, and that Santa thought they were very “good” this year. It was having their Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Uncles, Mom and Dad with them all morning and afternoon. We admired them, listened to them and cheered on their performances. 

In the end, cliche or not, it was these moments, that made our day special. They are the most important things in the world and they are my gift, everyday of the year. 

Thank you so much to Colored Organics for these super soft and cozy matching loungewear sets. Use the discount code: STEPHANY25 and receive 25% off your purchase!! 

Merry Christmas from our little family to yours.

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography 

Winter Days, ColoredOrganics

Alexander Bowman wearing Colored Organics Vest and shirt

Alexander Bowman wearing Colored Organics vest and shirt. Stephany Bowman in a lace Nordstrom dress and Angelina Bowman GAP

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman wearing Colored Organics

Stephany Bowman from Stephany's Choice wearing Nordstrom lace dress. Angelina Bowman is wearing baby GAP. Annabelle and Alexander Bowman wearing Colored Organics

Stephany Bowman wearing Nordstrom lace dress. Angelina Bowman in a hair bow from Claire's accessories and outfit from Gap baby

Stephany Bowman from Stephany's Choice wearing Nordstrom lace dress. Angelina Bowman is wearing baby GAP. Annabelle and Alexander Bowman wearing Colored Organics

 

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: NORDSTROM \\ Shoes: SIMILAR HERE 

Annabelle’s Choice: Top: COLORED ORGANICS \\ Skirt: COLORED ORGANICS 

Alexander’s Choice: Top: COLORED ORGANICS \\ Vest: COLORED ORGANICS \\ Pants: SIMILAR HERE

Angelina’s Choice: Dress: BABY GAP \\ Tights: BABY GAP \\ Shoes: BABY GAP

Just a couple more days till Christmas and I’m starting to panic slightly because 90% of my gifts this year were purchased online. Only a handful of those items have arrived. I guess I had a late start ordering my gifts. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I was even sure about who the final guest list would include.

The reason the gifts are taking so long is because each one is custom made. When ever I order something that is personalized like this it takes me forever to create it. I chose every single detail and want it to be just perfect. 

There have been so many wonderful memories and moments shared that I wanted to bring my favorites to light. One gift that I have ready and under the tree (thankfully) is a huge piece of fabric that I ordered for my mom with a photograph of a beautiful building in San Remo that my father took. 

She is very crafty and I can’t wait to see what she does with the fabric. If she loves it I will go ahead and order more items with the same image. Hope she loves it!

I ordered Michael a large picture of Angelina for his office because he doesn’t have a picture of her there yet(third child problems). He only has one of Annabelle and Alexander. Angelina just turned one, so I think he will be appreciative to have the missing image!

For my Grandparent’s I ordered them each a personalized coffee mug with their names and a picture of a red bird on them. They love to have a cup of coffee in the morning and my Grandfather is an expert bird watcher so I hope they feel like I put a lot of thought into their gifts.

My only regret this year is that I wasn’t able to personalize the Christmas stockings in time for the holidays so we may have to skip out on that tradition this year. 

All I want for Christmas is a cozy morning in my pajamas with Christmas music playing in the background. A huge cup of boiling hot chocolate and all of my gifts wrapped under the tree. I want to make sure the kids are totally surprised and excited about the presents. I’m a little worried that Annabelle’s gift isn’t as “big” as Alexander’s and that she will be upset about this. There has been so much pressure mounting for Christmas. Every time they want something from target or a new toy my excuse has always been,” you have to wait for Santa”.haha. If they have been acting naughty I say,” Santa’s watching!” This is probably not your best parenting technique but until I find something more effective I’m going with it! -at least for two more days…

Thank you so much Colored Organics for the softest outfits!! 

Thank you for reading along, what are you excited to give under the tree this year?! 

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography 

Family fun in OshKosh B’gosh!

Angelina Bowman in an OshKosh B'gosh Fur coat

Annabelle Bowman wearing aOshKosh B'gosh Faux fur coat and Croc Rainboots

Alexander Bowman wearing aOshKosh B'gosh Orange boys sweat suit

OshKosh B'gosh Orange boys sweat suit

Annabelle Bowman wearing aOshKosh B'gosh Faux fur coat and Croc Rainboots

OshKosh B'gosh Orange boys sweat suit

Alexander, Annabelle, and Angelina Bowman of Stephany's Choice wearing OshKosh B'gosh Kids

 

Annabelle’s Choice: Coat: Oshkosh || Boots: Crocs || Bow: Libby Lou Bowtique || Tights: Similar here

Alexander’s Choice: Sweatshirt: Oshkosh || Sweatpants: Oshkosh|| Polo: Oshkosh || Shoes: Similiar here

Angelina’s Choice: Coat: Oshkosh || Tights: Oshkosh || Hat: Similar here

I am so excited to be teaming up with one of the most iconic brands, OshKosh B’gosh!!! This is such a “pinch me” moment as I grew up with this brand, and now dress my own children in their adorable and wholesome clothes.

A lot things I’m drawn to are things that I grew up doing and loving. There is definitely an element of nostalgia there. I have to admit that I am a very sentimental person. Haha. Especially around this time of the year. Something about the holidays, the music the decorations, remind me of days past. 

I’ve picked out a couple of my favorite staples from Oshkosh’s winter collection. I love the bright colors, mix and matching everything. Occasionally, when I dress up the kiddos I don’t end up putting them in what I originally envisioned. Either they aren’t feeling the look, or something is in the wash!! Yup, totally unintentional. Most of the time, however, it all comes together wonderfully. Honestly though, kids can make anything look cute- especially when they are happy and having fun.

Afternoons with nothing on the the schedule is one of our favorite things in the world. We love to go to the park as often as we can. This spot is right by the school and sometimes I try to pack a little picnic to bring along. I’ve even stopped by our local Krispy Kreme donut shop, and pick out half a dozen fresh goodies 🙂 Of course, I try to grab a coffee for myself from “StarBUGS” too,  and a magazine if I’m feeling ambitious- which I never end up reading! I’m always terrified one of the kids is going to end up falling into the water. Probably Alexander…ekk..

There are also lots of ducks and geese here and the kids love to feed them. Sometimes the birds can get a little aggressive and competitive fighting for the bread and I panic slightly:) The kids don’t seem to notice at all and love every minute of it. Honestly, when the kids are happy I am happy. Sometimes I think it’s easier to take them out, rather than just keeping them at home all afternoon. Sure some days they need to come home and relax, but for the most part a little fresh air and a walk in nature is probably not a bad thing. Or are they just in it for the donuts?!! 

This is also the best time of the year, not too hot, not too cold. Just perfect.

Now that Angelina’s starting to walk around I hope she doesn’t get too intimidated by the birds. I think they are probably about her size or taller. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching her out there. Alexander is great a throwing the bread into the water. The only problem is a lot of the time he eats up all the bread before even throwing one crumb to the birds. haha. Love that cheeky boy so much 🙂 ♥

Thanks for reading along, did you wear OshKosh as a kid? What was your favorite item?

Photography: BeckleyPhoto.com 

 

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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 

Spooky Fun with Pottery Barn Kids

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Stephany’s Choice: Dress : Free People || Pink Flats : Similar here || Shorts : Similar here

Annabelle’s Choice: Butterfly Costume : Pottery Barn Kids

Alexander’s Choice: Dinosaur Costume: Similar here and here 

Angelina’s Choice: Kitty Costume : Similar here

So apparently we love dressing up. Any excuse to dress up in a costume is exactly where we want to be. If Annabelle could wear some crazy princess, butterfly, unicorn combination every single day she would. Alexander would happily dress up as a Fireman or anything that makes him feel he is one step closer to being able to drive a fast car. Last year he begged me to dress him up as a garbage truck!! Being the devoted parents that we strive to be, we actually did some web searches ” Toddler Garbage Truck Costume”, needless to add that it turned up nothing. Although I think Amazon may have had a cardboard recycling truck box that you could strap on…We went with a lion costume( second year in a row :|). He didn’t seem to mind and the kids were so good about knocking on the doors,” Trick or treat ?!” and soon after , ” Thank you!” -Then Alexander’s final parting words: “ROAR!” Hahaha.

We have this Pottery Barn Kids store close to our house and right next to our neighborhood Starbucks and I love any excuse to stick my nose in there. Even the kiddos love going in. The staff are so friendly and they have little train sets and cars that they don’t mind if the kids play with while I stroll through the place. My favorite times to go are when there is something seasonal going on like Easter, Valentines Day or Christmas. Decorating a table for a party is almost as much fun as getting dressed up for one. Especially a theme party (in my opinion). I love that they have cute personalized options too. I have some personalized Christmas dishes for the kids and they are some of my favorite table decorations of all time. I also love these tumblers. I have them with the witches and they are the perfect size. The quality is really good too, I throw everything in the dishwasher and while they don’t look brand new anymore (I’ve had mine for a year now) they still look pretty good. For decorating a party table with a theme you don’t have to buy every single thing on the table in that same theme. You can choose key colors, maybe 2 or 3 and then sprinkle a couple of spooky Halloween pieces. I think that’s almost better because when there is too much stuff on the table or too many decorations your main pieces may get lost in the mix. A few chunky ones, and a couple of detail items are just perfect! I’m getting more of the tumblers and then I think I’m going to get these cute personalized pumpkin plates. Alexander’s Dinosaur costume is sold out online but I think the hood was kind of bulky anyway and started sliding off in the store. Probably not a bad idea to have them try on the outfits before purchasing, just in case, if you can. They look different on the kids than they did on the shelves and sometimes the fit isn’t comfortable or overwhelmens the child. Bella chose her outfit and seemed really pleased with it. Angel’s was cozy and comfy too. All around, we had the best time, and we will definitely be going back for more!! I wish they made adult costumes ?!!!!

What’s your favorite local store? Do you prefer to get dressed up or dress up the table?! Thanks for reading along with me!!

I want to give a special thank you to the Pottery Barn Kids staff on Knox: Dale, Kyle, and Jennifer! Thank you for teaming up with us, and for being so generous!! 

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