Disney On Ice Giveaway!

4.29.2016

Have you ever taken your children to Disney On Ice?! I've never been, and I'm so excited to take Turner in a few weeks.  It's a perfect date for the two of us : )


The Cedar Park Center is hosting this colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate from May 5-8 (7 performances)! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe! You can purchase tickets to the show here (children above the age of 2 will need a ticket). Easy entry below!


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Austin Fashion Week 2016 Recap

4.27.2016

I was super excited to get a few free nights last week to attend Austin Fashion Week (thanks to Alex and my Mom for watching the kiddos)! I had just gone back to work so I didn't have a lot of extra time to get my hair done so I had a blowout at Vent Blotique and it lasted both nights I attended. What's funny is that unintentionally before each show I had burgers. The last thing I wanted to be was hungry at a fashion show. Who cares about the food baby ruining my figure anyway.

Both nights I saw amazing collections by project runway stars and local designers. Some of my favorites were Lindsey Creel and Katie Kime. I sipped on prosecco from the event sponsor, Chloe Wine Collection, and I couldn't stop staring at all the beautiful and unique outfits the attendees were wearing. It was a people watcher's dream! Night one I chatted with a lot of my fellow Austin bloggers, and night two my beautiful neighbor, Olivia, joined me. It was a great Mom's night out, and a few people were in shock when we told them how many kids we have. We still got it girl!

Thank you to Fashion X Austin and Pom PR for another great event! Here's to next year!

Hair done and burgers to go...feeling good!
Dress: Gap. Heels: BCBG via DSW
Loved this dainty ring by The Jen Collection
Dress: Pink Blush. Clutch: Thrifted. Necklace: Borrowed from my neighbor
The man of the night. I'm not kidding you when I say EVERY woman in the place was cheering when this guy walked down the runway. Hello silver fox!

Mother's Day SpaSocial Giveaway!

4.18.2016

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and if you are like me then what you really want is some quality rest and relaxation. I always ask my husband for some sort of spa treatment, because I get to be pampered and it's QUIET! SpaSocial is seriously one of the most beautiful spas I've ever been to (it's huge), and they have amazing customer service. It is the perfect gift for your spouse or mother (Men, you can't mess this one up). The owner, Amanda, is the sweetest woman ever and you can see the love she has for her business and family. She completely redesigned this spa and it's absolutely stunning.You feel pampered from the moment you walk in, and the comfy robes aren't too shabby : ).

Now to the FUN part! I am so excited to be partnering with SpaSocial to give one lucky Mom a MUCH needed spa day! You will be pampered with a massage, facial and pedicure. The best part is you can stay for as long as you want and relax in SpaSocial's jacuzzi, pool, sauna and steam room before, during and after your treatments. Bring some girlfriends, a bottle of wine and make a full day of it. You deserve it! Easy entry below!


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Walt & Whitney - 3 Months

4.14.2016

Month 3 seemed a tiny bit easier because the babies gas and colic was subdued and feeding was much easier! I had my first full week alone and a couple of weekends with just Alex and I, and finally felt comfortable handling both babies. Now handling all 3 of my children is another story, and I haven't had to do that yet.

Let me tell you, weekends alone suck. Alone meaning no extra help from family. I feel like it's a never-ending cycle of no sleep, feeding, rocking, burping, repeat. It's been tough on me, because I love to be active...especially when the Texas weather is absolutely AMAZING right now (mid-70's). We can get out, but it takes forever. So what usually happens is Alex and I take turns. For example; last Saturday afternoon, I took Turner and Whitney to a friend's baseball game, and later that night Alex took Turner to a movie while I took care of the babies. So basically we're never all together unless we're at home. I don't mind it too much, because it gives me an opportunity to spend quality time with Turner. Finding the new normal has been hard, and going back to work is going to bring a whole new dynamic to our situation. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

I discovered my new favorite activity during month 3, selling baby clothes to second hand stores (Once Upon a Child, Kid to Kid, and SparkleKids)! Walt and Whitney have outgrown their newborn clothes, and many of their winter 0-3 month outfits so I took a bunch of clothing and miscellaneous items to a few kids second hand stores and was blown away! Not only did I make some great money, but I also discovered super cheap clothes that I adored and most for less than $4! Whitney doesn't have a lot of clothes, so I bought her a few zip-up terry cloth Carter's sleepers for $2 each, and then 4 new comfy 3-6 month summer outfits for less than $15 total. Old Navy and Gap are my baby clothing kryptonite (seriously, they have THE cutest dang clothes), but it's SOOO hard for me to spend money on baby clothes. It feels painful at times. I might buy a few outfits that I can't walk away from BabyGap or Old Navy, and then get all of her outfits for daycare from second-hand stores. I've been wanting to bite the bullet and buy a cute pair of baby moccasins for both of them, but I seriously can't justify spending more than $15-20 for a pair...and even that is pushing it. This is mostly because they can't walk. When they start walking I won't mind spending more on a quality pair of shoes but $25 is usually my limit. I also have this strong desire to find cute matching outfits (in different colors), so when I do I usually have to spend more money.


Sleep:
  • Alex still sleeps in our bedroom, and Whitney is in our closet in a rock n' play. Walt sleeps in the nursery in a rock n' play, and I sleep in our guest bedroom. We do this because we get more uninterrupted sleep that way. I only wake up when I hear Walt, and vice versa for Alex with Whitney.
  • Walt's head is very flat on his right side, so I've been trying to get him to nap on his belly in hopes that he won't have to get a helmet. When I transition them to their cribs, I will likely put both on their bellies once I'm completely done swaddling.  
  • Walt sleeps 3-4 hours straight on a good night, and Whitney has a great 5-6 hour stretch. Poor Walt...no one wants "Walt night duty" because it's a lot more work than easy going Whitney. Although, the first night after they went to daycare all day, Walt slept 6 hours and Whitney slept 10!
  • Naps are getting a bit better. They will have a good 1-2 hour nap during the morning and afternoon, but they usually aren't at the same time. Then they'll have a few short 30-45 min. naps throughout the day.
Health: 
  • Walt and Whitney have both had a cold for a few weeks, but Walt is much worse. We took him to the doctor a few days ago and sure enough he has an ear infection (the day after I go back to work...typical). He has a rattly chest and coughs like an old man every once in a while when he tries to cough up the phlegm. They both have tons of green snot, but thankfully I have the Nose Frieda to save the day.  
  • I got whatever they had, and it got so bad that one night my throat was so red and swollen that I could barely swallow. I didn't sleep a wink because every time I did swallow it was extremely painful. I went to a throat specialist the next day and he prescribed me a steroid and an antibiotic. This same sickness actually happened to me about a month prior, and I had to go to an urgent care facility and was prescribed antibiotics as well.  They ruled out strep both times. I will never take my throat for granted again! With all that being said, taking care of a baby while your sick sucks...taking care of TWO babies while your sick is HELL! I texted my mom at 5am when I was feeding Walt because I knew that I couldn't make it through another day without an extra hand. She is the best, and came right away (praise you Gigi)!
Eating:
  • Whitney is on a added rice starch formula for reflux/spit up, and Walt drinks a gentle formula for gas. They are drinking 4-5 oz. per feeding, which can be every 3-4 hours.
  • I just changed out our Dr. Brown nipples to size 2 for 3 month olds, and I'm hoping this makes feeding take less time. Walt takes FOREVER to eat.
Growth:
  • Clothing - 0-3 months
  • Diapers - Size 1 Huggies (Pampers are too tight)
Likes:
  • Baby Einstein play gym, they enjoy looking up at the dangling toys that play music
  • Walks in the ACK Wrap. If I have trouble getting Walt to sleep I put him in the wrap and he's OUT! It's also a way for me to help round out his head instead of having him on his back during the day. I felt like a supermom when I grocery shopped with Walt in my wrap.
Dislikes:
  • Walt seems to have an love/hate relationship with pacifiers. He will take them for a few seconds, and it will soothe him...then he spits it out. Not sure if his latch is just weird, because he's always had trouble with bottle feeding as well. 
Fun Facts:
  • Walt:
    • This child does not stop moving! He is constantly grunting, looking side to side, stretching backwards, wiggling and squirming. Whitney on the other hand is the exact opposite. She's calm, quiet, and stares deep in to your soul with her blue eyes ; )
    • Walt can roll to his back if he's laying on his stomach.
  • Whitney: 
    • Loves to smile, and likes when I stick my tongue out at her. I think I got a little giggle the other day.
    • I'm officially obsessed with dressing her up. My budget is going to take a hit once she starts walking.

LiveMom: Why Your Family Needs Your Neighbors

4.12.2016

Check out my recent post on LiveMom's blog about the importance of creating quality relationships with your neighbors. Families need a strong village these days, and I've loved getting to know my neighbors the past 3 years! 

Back to Work: Thoughts On My Twin Maternity Leave

4.10.2016

Tomorrow I'm officially heading back to my full-time marketing job. I was beyond blessed to be able to stay home with Walt and Whitney for 12 weeks and be payed for that time off. It's sad that is rare in our country. I got to spend countless hours holding, feeding, rocking and playing with my babies and I'll forever be grateful for that time. I didn't sleep much, received tons of help from family and friends, went on many afternoon walks, cried a lot and took lots of weekend trips to my parents. I will miss their sweet faces, naps on my chest, newborn smell, smiles and giggles.


I'm a tad anxious about heading back to work, not so much about leaving the kiddos, but being able to perform and be on the ball. Lack of sleep is very real, so I don't want it to affect my work or business decisions (Walt still wakes up every 3-4 hours). I also know that I will have to take more time off due to sick babies (it's inevitable), Walt's laser treatments for his hemangioma, and monthly check-ups. Not to mention I will likely be getting sick more often (I was sick a ton the first year I put Turner in daycare). I think every working mom worries about the push and pull of motherhood and work and keeping a good balance.


When my maternity leave ended with Turner I was devastated about leaving him, but I'm much more ready to get back to work this time around. I'm looking forward to having a hands-free lunch everyday, socializing with other adults, and putting my marketing skills back in to action. I'll also be able to work out during my lunch break, and I'm so ready to get back in to shape. As a second time mom, I know my babies will be fine at daycare. They will be loved, and at the end of the day won't hate me for leaving them. Now, don't get me wrong I would love to spend some days of the week with my babies, but financially that is not an option for my family. I wrote about my decision to go back to work on Austin Moms Blog months ago, and it was the most controversial article I've ever written. The comments from stay at home moms were nasty, and made me realize how real and RIDICULOUS "mommy wars" are. To each their own is what I believe. We all parent different and that's OK! The post barely scratched the surface of why I was going back to work, but if I had known what a reaction it was going to cause I might have done a bit more explanation...but then again, I don't owe those judgmental women anything.


I think the hardest part in the beginning will be getting everyone ready and out the door in the mornings. Wish me luck with this new transition. I know it will feel a bit rocky at first!

Birthday Day Date

4.08.2016

Alex will be turning 28 this Saturday, and we decided the only way we would be able to spend some quality alone time together for more than an hour or two would be to take a day date. Thank the Lord for daycare. I took a ton of pics during the day so I thought it would be fun to recap the day!

1st Stop: Gun Range

Alex always wants me to go to the gun range with him, and it's just not up my alley. So for his birthday I decided that the one main activity I wanted to do with him was go shooting. I felt extremely uncomfortable and stressed the entire time. I don't like shooting around other people I don't know in a confined space, but we still had a good time.


 2nd Stop: Lunch at La Barbecue Food Truck

We then headed to downtown Austin to get in line at 10:30am for the famous La Barbecue food truck. We waited about 30 minutes and we chatted most of the time about what we were going to order. We decided on a beef rib, sausage link, chopped beef sandwich, and a side of potato salad...the bill was $70! It was amazing bbq but I wouldn't spend that much on it again. The beef rib meat fell right off the bone (very salty and fatty).

The aftermath
3rd stop: Drinks at Perla's

We drove to South Congress because the weather was gorgeous (80 degrees, sunny and a breeze), and we wanted to enjoy a drink oustide. Alex was craving a bloody mary so we chose Perla's, which has the perfect patio. I had a champagne cocktail, which I couldn't even finish half. I'm a lightweight and was feeling it after a few sips. We people watched and then stopped in a few shops.


4th Stop: Couples Reflexology/Chair Massage

We wanted to make sure we had enough time to pick up Turner and not get stuck in traffic, so we headed back to the suburbs. I had heard amazing things about Sam's Serenity Massage at the mall near our house, so we decided to get a reflexology/chair massage treatment (which was super cheap)! You can't get that kind of a deal in downtown Austin. Afterwards we grabbed a cookie at the Great American Cookie Co. (Sugar is my favorite), and headed to pick up Turner from school. Then we picked up the babies at our neighbor's.


The day went by so quick, but it was soooo nice getting to spend some one on one time with Alex. I've really missed him. We rarely get to have in depth conversations, or just chat in general because the second he walks through the door after work it's all hands on deck with the kids before bedtime. By the time it's 9/9:30pm, we are both EXTREMELY exhausted and want to go to sleep. Cheers to another year of life!

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