Isla smushed her sister in between the @nuggetcomfort cushions like a fresh baby sandwich. Scared the 💩 out of taylor and me. Although Mar was cracking up the entire time, we pulled Isla aside to tell her “that’s not very funny” and “you need to protect your baby sister”. Her response? Smirking and shoulders shrugged: “Dis a bit funny.” *cue* hiding our laugh faces. 🙊😂
I cannot express how much you all filled my soul with your response to my #stepforward challenge when I partnered with @famousfootwear last week. I chose vulnerability and you all responded with vulnerability. THANK YOU 💕 Some sent messages and I’m trying to get back to you each thoughtfully. It’s moments like these that make this space exactly what it was meant to be. A community. A tribe of like-minded individuals that lift each other up. You all encourage each other. Laugh with each other. And constantly remind me of the beauty in the every day. • There are more thoughts on my blog (I know, right? Who am I actually updating and posting new content?! Baby steps 😂) and a few photos showing how to transition high top converse from day to date night. Or family date night, in our case. 💕
Needed to get some fresh air after being bottled indoors. And fresh air turned into raking the front lawn (with give or take seven billion breaks to chase down Marlowe. The kid has an ever developing escape plan and today’s was via the sidewalk, downhill). Thanks to @nisoloshoes these porch leaves have remained unscathed. Because they provide endless entertainment for Isla girl, endless shoefies, and endless snacks for Mar Mar. I joke. Maybe. • #inmynisolos#deliverallcrunchyleaveshere#andcrunchytacos
✌🏼Wise✌🏼 parenting decision: take the girls to the play place at the peak of sick season. Because it will “build their immune systems”. 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ Do you avoid those play places or do you just let them roll all up in that place? #germseerywhere • So, here we are, looking like the inside of our house got toilet papered 👃🏼💨. We partnered with @florahealthy to combat back-to-school flu season, aka nom-ing on Baobites fruit snacks and throwing back some Kinder Love multivitamin. I’m over here like, thank the heavens above that Isla likes the taste of this stuff. Otherwise it full on takes a team of navy seals to get any good vitamins into this kid’s system. • #beflorahealthy and save 15% with code BACKTOSCHOOL17
Guys, it’s been forever and a day since I’ve held a #skincareaddictsanonymous meeting. But the weather is changing which equals dry skin which inevitably equals no bueno. And keeping with the Spanish theme, TRES LECHES, the Maskcara Beauty skincare line just. officially. launched!✨ I have been out of my milk moisturizer for a couple of weeks and my skin is showing the repercussions. Like, holy woah. Life without this stuff is NO. BUENO. I cannot contain my excitement for this product launch! The cleanser doesn't foam, but goes on like a light serum. Aka no abrasive ingredients. And the toner has the most refreshing mist of aloe vera, witch hazel, and the 'MILK' (aka lactic acid serum). This stuff has done wonders for so many. Smoother texture and hydrated skin allll the live long day 😍. (I’ll post a few before and afters in my story so you can see the real deal.) • shop the line using the link in my bio or heading to @themaskcaraessentials
Fair warning, we’re about to get real vulnerable over here with just the smallest helping of humor (because I don’t know what to do with my hands in uncomfortable moments). Grateful that I was able to partner with @famousfootwear and challenged to share these personal thoughts. • Pretty much since Isla was born, I’ve struggled with, eeeee, dare I say, depression. God, even typing that stirred hesitation inside me. I haven’t quite felt myself. Haven’t felt good enough. Smart enough. Loving enough. Cut out enough. Heavens, pretty much any adjective that is synonymous with caring and providing for another human being. I’ve struggled with it. But I’m learning and slowly understanding that I’m not the only one that’s felt that way. *cue the tears* I’m choosing to rise above instead of sinking into those dark days. Dear Lord, will there be dark days. The dark days that honestly feel a lot more frequent recently. And again, another break in typing this because of fear of vulnerability. But *deep breaths*, I cannot be alone. And I would much rather be vulnerable than allow another woman, mother, sister... geez, anyone feel the isolation. So I’m choosing, regardless of all the crap that floods my brain, to choose to #stepforward and choose confidence in living the life that I need, that my children deserve and that my husband deserves. Because regardless of all the lies that flood my brain, I am truly overjoyed with this life. I am head over heels in love with my people. And, I am incredibly grateful that this *sometimes* too “perfect” community allows all of us to be just a bit more real to truly, truly connect on a deeper level. Cue breath of fresh air that I’ve allowed a little more vulnerability into life today and tonight. Is there anything you’ve been internally challenged to take one #stepforward towards?
Tis’ the season of harvests and hayrides. But also tis’ the season of keeping the creepos off our property. Our friends a few blocks down experienced the strangest encounter in our quiet little neighborhood. After hearing their story and watching their video footage, we partnered with @ring to bring some peace of mind to our own home. I’m practically inspector friggin’ gadget with this doorbell hooked up 🕵🏻♀️ • More details on the blog, along with Marlowe’s Halloween costume and $30 BIG ONES off discount code on any @ring device. #begonecreepos#AlwaysHome#HalloRing
Dancing with my Marmalade because our handsome man has one more day off for the holiday and yesterday felt a little like summer and a lot less like today (ahem, hail. Friggin' hail.❄️) But if there's snow and hail, I'm busting out this velvet dress from @anthropologie because it brings out the Christmas vibes and less of the 'freezing my bum off' vibes. • #TheWayIDress#anthrostyle#anthropologie
Just got home from a shoot and thought I would be walking into a pit of wild monkeys. Seriously, I brought home food as a #yayyousurvived present. Nope, not when dad's on duty. (Okay, I'm sure there was a wild monkey phase while I was gone. I mean, he's the ultimate tickle monster.) But instead, I walked into a clean house (#firstofallhow ), a sleeping Marlowe who he ✌🏼said✌🏼passed out within 10 minutes, and a sweet Isla girl cuddling with her dad. Wait, but seriously #whatkindofmagical 💩ishappening • bless that man's soul and may my morning be filled with bottomless cuddles and coffee.
Desperately seeking patience these days. Desperately trying to treat my girls with grace and love. Less yelling. More listening. Less standing from above. More kneeling to their level. All I keep coming back to in light of these last few weeks of destruction in our part of the world, is to begin each day and end each day seeking gratitude for the extraordinary moments. The moments that are tucked in nice and snug with the plain, ordinary bits of our day.
Partnering with my friends at @anthropologie again today ✨ It may be cold and rainy all week but we're beating the blues by stocking up on Costco flowers and pumping up the heat pretending we're still in summer. Even just for a day. #deathgriponsummer#TheWayIDress#anthrostyle • #Anthropologie
Realizing you took a picture of Marlowe almost identical to one of Isla girl when she was around the same age is up there with a few of my favorite things. I title this, "Yogurt: An Expedition of Utensils". S W I P E to see baby Isla Quinn.
We've officially sleep trained this little one. It means peaceful early mornings, tighter cuddles and yet I'm still scrambling out the door, spraying dry shampoo all over this bed head. Mostly because the two littles synchronize their 💩schedules to "oh mom needs to be somewhere at a certain time?" I've accepted that no matter how early I get up, I will always need a "get ready quick" plan of action living in one corner of my brain. I've narrowed it down to this survival kit: @livingproofinc PhD dry shampoo (did you catch my first impression instastories? It literally looked like I just washed and styled my hair. #buthow And no white cast for brunettes #butreallyhow ), those little wisp to-go toothbrushes, my Maskcara foundation, and a sample size of mascara. What else would you add to your running out the door last minute list? • #ad#YourBestHair
Let's just get the awkward out of the way right off the bat. Picked this polish color at @nailed_boutique, only to find out when I was leaving that it's OPI's "Yank My Doodle". 😂 #idontknowwhattodowithmyhands 😬🙌🏼 Other things that I love this season that happen to also be colored "yank my doodle", pumpkin spice donuts (#heythereinnerwhitegirl ), this @amae.co romper that I've been wearing all the live long day since spring, and... Doritos. Always Doritos. #doasisaynotasido • Are you Team Pumpkin Spice or Team get-outta-my-face-with-that-pumpkin-spice-before-I-throw-some-spice-at-your-pumpkin?