GRAPHIC TEE!

GRAPHIC TEE!

If you follow my instagram, I think you know by now… I loooove a good graphic tee!

If there is anything you need to mix into your wardrobe, its that! One of the most versatile pieces. Wear it with jeans and sneaks for everyday mom life, or dress it up with a skirt for a date night. It instantly adds an effortlessly cool vibe to your outfit!

Below are my favorite graphic tees at every price point!

Tag me in your pics! I want to see how y’all style your “GRAPHIC TEE”

xoxo,

Stephi

How to pack, for an over-packer…

Recently, I had the chance to go to Vegas for a 3-day getaway (kid-free). For some reason, nothing excites my fashion-loving soul like a trip to pack for! I feel like a getaway is the perfect opportunity to dress a little more over-the-top than usual! That being said,  it makes it hard for me to narrow down exactly what I want to wear…. hence… the OVERPACKING!

Here is everything I wanted to stuff into my carry-on bags for my 3 day trip (not pictured.. 2 workout outfits, bluetooth speaker, purses and toiletries):

 

Here is how I did it:

  1. I pack my Away carry-on bag with shoes, toiletries, purses, jewelry, my speaker, and computer. Then I fill the mesh insert with my undergarments,  workout clothes and swimsuits, and strap it in. To save space I always tuck my socks into my sneakers.

     

  2. I use a Herschel Supply co. duffel for my “personal bag”. That is wear I put all of my clothes. The duffel fits a ton and can fit under the seat in front of you (however, doesn’t give you much leg room.. but I’m willing to stick it out in order to pack all of my clothes). There is a small side compartment, meant for shoes, but I keep a little bag with things that I may want to access on the plane, such as headphones, lipgloss, ibuprofen, etc.

     

  3.  Then I wore a fanny pack, yes… a fanny pack, with my cellphone, credit card and ID, and cash. That way I can easily access it 🙂 IMG_8158.jpg

 

Here is what I actually wore ;):

 

Now for the best part…. here are direct links to shop!

 

Can’t find something?? DM me on instagram and I’ll help you find the exact product or something similar!!

xoxo,

Stephi

Back to School

Back to School

It’s that time again.. time for new backpacks and lunch-boxes. Time to replace old sneakers, that are a tad bit tight, with brand spanking new sneakers that will look like old sneakers by the end of the first day. It’s time to go back to school!!!!

Back to school-time is always a bittersweet thing for me. I love it because the kids are so excited and we’re going to be getting back on a routine, which helps all of us to function a little better. It’s also one more reminder that another year has passed, and my little babies are getting older! Every year it puts a lump in my throat, with the realization that they wont be little forever. 🙁

However, it’s happening whether I want it to, or not.. so here’s how I prepared… Each kiddo has to have a new pair of sneaks! For Livia I got some white chucks from Nordstrom rack and another pair of silver metallic oxfords. For Violet, I found the cutest pair of grey adidas superstars at Nordstrom rack. The sole is metallic silver, which I looooove! This pair is perfect for her because her school playground is made up of tiny rocks, and any shoe with a white sole comes home at the end of the day looking 5 years old!! We’ll see how these hold up ;).

As for clothing… it’s still super hot here in Dallas so I just picked up a few fun things that I thought the girls would love, in order to spruce up their back to school style a little ;). What I noticed.. I love all things sparkly, and anything with a patch! I did end up buying one crushed-velvet blush colored jacket, strictly because I couldn’t pass it up! I want one for myself 0:-).

Backpacks

Violet got a silver metallic backpack from Nordstrom rack that came with these little sequin patches that she put on herself, which she absolutely loved! It also came in metallic pink. Livia picked out a hot pink sequin backpack that we spied on amazon. What can I say… my girls love sequins and anything sparkly, just like their mommy 😉 !

Lunch Box love

Livia is obsessed with cats, and Violet is obsessed with unicorns. I completely feed into my kids obsessions (I mean I kinda like unicorns too… ), so we searched cat lunch box on amazon and found the fun little lunch box below, and Livi went nuts! We then saw in the pics below, that it came in a unicorn emoji print– PERFECT and done!

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I also found some great containers at target, perfect for lunch boxes! score! Check out my links to shop below!!!

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If you need me at all next week.. I will most likely be listening to Abba’s “Slipping through my fingers” crying in my car-lol! WARNING: If you are sending your kiddo off to school for the very first time, this song WILL make you bawl like a baby!

Good luck mamas!! Xoxo

Stephi

 

Links to Shop:

Black dress with mesh overlay

Crushed velvet Blush bomber

Army green overalls with patches

Lavender tee w/patches

Army green skirt with star patch

Pink striped tee with sequin hamburger

Black and white striped tee with lightening bolt

Silver metallic backpack

Pink sequin backpack

Silver metallic oxfords

Lavender tulle dress with planet patches

Cat lunch box

Emoji lunch box and matching water bottle

 

Flying With Kids

Flying With Kids

Flying with kids… not for the faint of heart. If you ever feel like putting your patience to the ultimate test, bring three small children on an airplane and roll with it! I have a few things I do to try to help the trip be as easy as possible. “Try” being the key word 🙂

Early morning flight?

Have your kiddos go to bed in something super comfy that they can go straight to the airport in. For my girls, thats a simple t-shirt dress, and then I have their easiest slip-on shoes right next to their beds. That way when they wake up, all they have to do is roll out of bed, slip on their shoes, and hop into the car!!

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Keeping the kiddos occupied:

We do have kindle fires that the girls received as a gift from my Grandparents, which is always an easy go-to. However, sometimes games don’t work, batteries die, etc. so I always try to find some fun little items for their carry-on bags before each trip. If it’s stuff we have in the house already.. they get bored of it in 20 seconds. This is where Target’s dollar section comes into play! For our most recent trip, I found some cute little sketchpads, a little clipboard with notepad paper, pencil case and fidget spinner. I think I spent about $7 per child, and it occupied them throughout our entire trip.

I brought their little sketchpads everywhere. We would have drawing contests at dinner, we had them bring them along throughout the day to draw what they saw, sometimes they would create checklists of things they wanted to do.. The possibilities are endless ;). I also pack snacks!! If your kiddos are anything like mine.. the second the plane starts to taxi down the runway, they are crying about being hungry and thirsty. I always have a couple little treats in their bags and fill up a water bottle in the airport (after security of course) for them to have on the airplane. When all of my fun little treats and activities fail, I give in and let them play with their kindles. Sometimes you just need a little quiet-lol!

For the baby!

First… get hand sanitizer! Airplanes and airports are full of who knows what kind of germs, and those little hands are going to need a little spritz of germ killer here and there throughout the trip 😉 Second, need bottles ready-to-go at a moments notice, and baby snacks (Kace loves those little yogurt melts). Third, any kind of baby toy that doesn’t make a lot of noise, and wont hurt strangers when they hurl it through the air at them :). I found his banana toothbrush/teether seemed to be a great choice. Also, a couple of his stuffed animals were a good choice :).

Don’t forget to pack your patience!

Kace is not the biggest fan of sitting still… also not a fan of not being able to crawl around anywhere he wants. While waiting for our flight, I try to let him crawl around a little (why I need hand sanitizer) to tire him out before the flight. Then, I let him have a bottle while we’re taking off in hopes that it will help his ears and soothe him enough to fall asleep. It has worked in the past, however, this trip he wasn’t having any of my “tricks”. He wanted to grab everyones hair in the seats in front of us, bang on the seat tray tables, climb, roll, squeal, make as much noise as humanly possible, and more! I honestly felt like I was wrestling an alligator for 3 hours straight. While said wrestling was taking place, I glanced over at Kevin, reclined in his seat relaxing, reading a nice article.

He had time to stop, scratch his head a little, got lost in thought and glanced out the window at the sky for a while… Flash back over to me getting hair pulled, smacked in the face, spit up on, a 6 year old tapping my shoulder whining because her kindle game wasn’t working.. MOM LIFE!!! Am I right??? It was honestly comical, all I could do was stop and laugh. Finally, I snuggled that little baby boy up, and walked the isles back and forth a little and got him to fall asleep for the last 20 minutes of the flight-lol! Don’t worry.. it was still pure chaos, as Violet was hysterical because she ate all of her snacks and wanted more! Plus, her virtual pony lost in a race making it her ” worst. day. EVER!” (her words).

Just when you thought it was over…

The flight may be over, but you still have one final test.. deplaning, and getting out of that airport! Just when baby goes to sleep, its time to wake him up, gather all carry-on items, shuffle kids off the plane, through the airport (usually whining because they’re too tired to have to walk-those poor poor babies 😉 ), get whatever checked luggage you have– which if you are flying with kids, you will have checked luggage due to carseats–and occupy those kiddos until their carseats are finally added to the luggage belt (usually always last!). This is when “I Spy” comes in handy! You distract them from having to walk, and carry their own backpacks.. by picking out random things in the airport and having them guess what it is! They loooove it! Finally, you have your bags and you can bust outta there!!!

By the time the entire travel ordeal is over with.. you have definitely earned yourself a glass of wine! Unfortunately, it’s only 8 AM and not socially acceptable to drink at that time-lol!

Happy travels!!!

xoxo

Stephanie

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We made it!!!!! (The guy in the background knows how crazy we are…lol!

 

***Little random tip… For some reason Kace was completely enamored with me blowing bubbles with my chewing gum. On our flight back to Dallas, he was entertained for probably over an hour with bubble gum- mom win!!!!