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May 2016

    Around Town

    Pompano Beach

    One of my hopes in starting this blog is that it would get me and the girls out of the house more. I had gotten too comfortable staying at home, taking our daily walks, and hoping for visitors each day. It all started in my last month of my pregnancy, thinking I could go into labor at any moment – because I would definitely be early with my second child (nope, 40 weeks, 4 days). Then, after having Anniston, we stayed home because I was still recovering. After that, we wanted to wait until she had her shots before we could brave the aisles of Target. Finally, it just became comfortable. It is so much easier to play at home than worry about how you will get two babies changed, dressed, fed, strapped in their car seats, and off to some place where you are sure that one will begin crying while the other is running all over and causing a scene.

    Those thoughts ended when this blog began.

    Before Anniston, I was so great at taking Juliet somewhere almost every day. My mom used to joke about how I couldn’t sit still in my own house for more than a few hours. She once even told me I needed to pretend that it was a snow day and we were trapped inside – ridiculous, obviously, because we live in South Florida – but that is how much I hated being stuck at home. So, we are no longer stuck at home. By creating the Around Town series in my blog, I am forcing myself to find new, exciting places and activities for the girls on a weekly basis – and I may squeeze in a few places that are great sans kids as well.

    Side note: I fully blame Juliet if most of these places involve a splash pad – she has a built in tracking system for all activities involving water.

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    So, as I try to get back to the old me, I took full advantage of my husband being home on Memorial Day. He stayed home and watched the baby, while my sister and I took Jules out for a day of fun at Pompano Beach.

    Living exactly two minutes from the beach means we can easily just pick up and go any time we want – huge plus. However, it also means you forget that everyone in the state of Florida heads to the beach on holiday weekends – help, we’ve been invaded. After spending thirty minutes looking for parking and another ten minutes finding a small section of sand not yet covered by towels and coolers, we threw our stuff down and took Juliet into the ocean.

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    Every time we got out to rest on our blanket and attempt to build sandcastles, Juliet would just point back at the water and scream “Nana! Nana!” (My mom, Juliet’s Nana, took her in the ocean last time we went, so now she has decided to call the ocean Nana – why not)

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    We ended our day at the splash pad, conveniently located on the way out of the beach. I highly recommend Pompano Beach for this reason alone! I have heard millions of tricks for getting sand off of toddlers at the beach, but none of those tricks beat a splash pad! Juliet ran, splashed, and made new friends all while she was getting clean!

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     I’m not sure anyone had a better Memorial Day than Juliet, but hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

    Juliet’s bathing suit // Beach blanket // Beach toys //

    Around Town

    Braving the Jungle

    Okay, not an actual jungle, but I did manage to get my two little ones to one of my favorite local places, Lion Country Safari. And by local, I mean far, far from anywhere you live in South Florida, and for us, far was exactly 64 minutes. I was dreading every single one of those minutes in the car, but once we arrived it was so worth it.

    We met my mom, sister, and neice at the entrance and started our adventure with the 30 minute drive through the “safari”.

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    Although probably the best part of the trip for adults, if your kids are anything like ours, they don’t want to sit in a car any longer than they have to. They want to run around. And they don’t want to just look at the animals, they want to touch them. So, as soon as our CD-guided tour ended, we got the girls out of the car and went into the park to have some real fun.

    We kicked things off with a highly embarrassing train ride (if you make it to the end of this post you may even get to see a picture of that nonsense), then took the girls straight to the petting zoo. Juliet loves animals and had the best time waving to each of the goats. She was not a huge fan of feeding them, perhaps because she would rather someone be feeding her, but she still managed to win over one giraffe even without lettuce in her hand.

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    After we had all had our fill of animals for the day, we let Juliet run wild and cool off in the splash pad. Yes, the safari has a splash pad, and boy am I glad that they do. Juliet entertained herself for almost an hour while my mom chased after her, and Anniston and I got to relax and cool off in the shade.

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    Juliet could have stayed there all day, but after 4 hours of safari fun, I still had to make the 64 minute drive home and get both kids fed and get Juliet ready for her afternoon swim lesson and put the baby down for a nap and… well, I survived. We survived. And it turned out to be one of the best days we have had since Anniston was born.

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    And, now for that embarrassing train ride I promised if you made it to the end…

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    You win some, you lose some, and even if I had to squeeze myself into this itty bitty baby train, we won this one.

    Juliet’s Bubble // Juliet’s Bonnet

     

    Style

    Beach Bash

    I have to admit, my favorite brand for all things babies and toddlers is The Beaufort Bonnet Company. So, when I found out they were coming to South Florida this month and throwing a beach bash, I knew that no matter what it took to get my two to the beach, we would be there! I immediately called up my mom (because no matter how much i work out, my arms can’t carry two kids, a diaper bag, and beach toys by themselves) and told her to save the date!

    In the days prior to the big bash my mom must have asked me a hundred times where I was going to dinner that night, what party Kevin and I were going to, or what plans we actually had. Hate to break it to you mom, but you are not babysitting in the comfort of our home, you are braving the beach with me and the two bonnet babes so we can get our fill of everything pastel, girly, and Southern for the night.

    So, as promised, my mom showed up right on time, we dressed the girls in their Beaufort best, and we hit the beach!

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    Juliet had the time of her life splashing in the ocean, stealing every juice box in sight, and pointing at every bird that flew by. Anniston spent the majority of the time working on her tan and breaking in our new beach blanket – seriously one of the best purchases I’ve made. It is large enough for both girls to play on, lightweight and easy to stuff in any beach bag, and it has a terrycloth bottom that we were able to use to dry off Juliet after she tried to dive head first into the Atlantic Ocean.

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    We loved meeting all of the women behind our fave brand and hope they come back to South Florida again soon!

    Juliet’s Sunsuit // Juliet’s Bonnet // Anniston’s Bloomers // Anniston’s Bonnet

    Motherhood

    My First Post

    Oh look, I’m starting a blog… I mean, who isn’t, right? I have wanted to do this for several years now. First, as a fashion blog, when I was working for Nordstrom. Next as a newlywed blog, then as a new mother. Now, I am a mom to two girls, Juliet, 16 months, and Anniston, 2 months. I am probably the busiest I have ever been in my life right now, raising a rambunctious toddler and brand new baby, but, for some reason, now feels like the right time.

    It’s the right time because:

    I am a stay-at-home mom that spends 90 percent of my time bargaining with a 16 month old or cooing at a 2 month old. With this blog I will actually be able to use real words and full sentences.

    I am never alone. Not ever. This will force me to take some time for myself at night to write about whatever it is that I want to write about. Even if that ends up being my kids… who are the reason that I am never alone.

    I truly love fashion. That used to mean I loved spending money on new clothes, shoes, bags, etc for myself. It now means I spend a ridiculous amount of time shopping for my two girls and hunting down the newest pink bubble or sunsuit to hit the web or local boutique. But hey, kid’s fashion is still fashion.

    Hopefully I will meet some really cool stay-at-home moms that can relate to my somewhat basic, but always entertaining, life as a full-time toddler/baby wrangler.

    And maybe, maybeI can help some other insane, crazy, strong moms out there that also have kids so close in age that they can’t remember which one is supposed to eat the chicken nuggets and which one gets a bottle.

    So, when will I have time to blog? I’m not sure. But I do know that I enjoy every minute I spend with my crazy family and I am going to attempt to document it along the way.