The busy life plus three

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Get Spring Break Ready with OshKosh B'Gosh

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B' gosh;
 however, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

Spring is finally here! Bring on the blooming flowers, Easter egg hunts, and the necessary spring cleaning. Although lately the weather in Texas has been more cold than the usual. Luckily it has not stopped Spring Break for my kiddos at all and I got some fun activities you and your children can enjoy together while on Spring Break. 

  • Visit Downtown- Explore your city. There is a lot of places we have never been to and many activities our city offers for families (some are even free). If you live in Houston follow this one. Something we started doing is trying new restaurants with food that is both kid friendly but also out of our comfort zone. So far it's been an exciting and satisfying experience. Also there are many mural walls our city has and dragging our kids along offers up the opportunity to explore different parts of the city and encourages them to look for art in our everyday lives. We can't wait to visit them all. 
  • Take Family Photos- It's Spring! A perfect time for family pictures. Every year I plan a Spring photo session. It's fun and always a great way to keep some family memories. After all our kids are only getting older each year. And if you're on a budget you can even do it yourself at home or at your neighborhood park. Many times my husband and I take each others photos with our kids and ask anyone near by to snap a photo of all of us together, there is always a way to make it work. You just have to get creative and work with what you have. 
  • Watch a New Movie- The movie many have been waiting for several months is finally out-Beauty and the Beast and so far I hear great reviews from friends and see positive feedback on social media. The kids love watching movies and a movie date with your children is always needed for you both. This weekend I took the oldest two kids and invited my sister (that way she could help me out). This is what they have been looking forward to the most and we all loved it. My Kids left the theater saying, "This is the best day ever!" 
  • Take a Nature Walk- Here in Houston we have several spots. We like going to Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. It gets the kids going where they can take lead. Finding trails that encourage adventure and imaginative play are an essential part of childhood. Plus they burn out energy where they can run and explore but also stop and look around at what nature has to offer. 
  • Start an Easter Egg Hunt- You can do an Egg Hunt inside at home or outside your backyard, the options are endless. I had the kids do a Reverse Easter Egg Hunt where I let them hide the eggs away. Even though my youngest is only 1 he loved following along with his older siblings because it gave all of them a bit of authority as an adult. 

With all these activities you can't start Spring without the cutest wardrobe for your littles. One of my favorite guilty pleasures is shopping for my kids. I enjoy it more than shopping for myself. I guess you could say motherhood does that to you! I have about 3 top favorite places to shop for my kids and OshKosh B'Gosh is one of them. They have the best spring line with everything you can imagine at an affordable price. Having two boys I sometimes struggle finding fashionable big boy and baby boy clothes. Here I find so many options and even get to match them from time to time with similar tees and jeans. And with my daughter I can't ever go wrong with all their girl jewelry and dresses, she loves to dance and twirl around with them. 

The kids Spring line consist of  bright, colorful, and fashionable options and carries on a classic look. You can find a combination of color schemes to choose from if you are planning to shop for Easter outfits or do a photo session with your family this Spring. I always tend to go with more neutral grey and white colors with a pop of bright to even it out. 

OshKosh has so many cute and affordable clothes for their Spring line out right now. I'm currently obsessed with all the girls dresses and ruffle skirts and all the boys shoes and shorts along with their striped polo shirts where you can mix and match. There is a coupon right now until May 6th (05/06) where you can save 25% off on your $40+ purchase. ONLINE code OKBG3270. RETAIL code 036602. You can also click here for a printable coupon.

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Also OshKosh will run an Easter Sweeps from 4/10-4/14. They will give away gift cards for fans to buy their favorite Easter outfitting of their choice. You can enter on their facebook page.

Happy Spring Shopping!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

27 Truths for 27 Years

Last month I celebrated my 27th Birthday. Here it is, 27. Yikes! Now I am feeling old. To me 26 still felt good- even young maybe. But 27 is feeling much bigger. A feeling of maturity and so dang close to hitting the big 3-0. It's kinda scary actually. 

So I took a small break from blogging as I had the best time relaxing & spending time with my dear parents, a few friends, and most importantly the kids and I had a lot of  time with my husband. We even went on a few dates together - more than I could count (in just one month) and these date nights were much needed and refreshing.

Turning a year older 

I been thinking and reflecting back on the past years- the highs and lows. Some lessons I've learned along the way to where I am today. I want to share 27 lessons, facts, favorite quotes, and real raw truths I've internalized and made my own:
  • Hangovers suck when you're a mom- Just Kidding Guys! Never been drunk in my life! No seriously I am a light drinker. Give me a glass of sweet white wine or a pina colada and I'm good.
  • Motherhood is a beautiful mess. It is chaotic, terrifying, and rewarding all together. 
  • Marriage is not easy. You have to actively fight for your marriage and never give up on each other. Real relationships aren't perfect, and perfect relationships aren't real. What many couples forget is you both have to equally want it, so never give up your love for one another.
  • Find your passion, and stick with it. We will all have our own different paths. I am my own person. To me that is my family, watching my kids grow is what I am most passionate about being present in their daily lives. 
  • It's okay to be a homebody. I am a self confessed homebody. It's just who I am. I like to have a clean organized home that makes me feel relaxed. When everything is in place we tend to find our sanity. And there is no better place to be yourself than at home.                              
  • No one prepares you to be a parent, you just learn as you go. I was 19 when I got pregnant and 20 when I had my first child. Didn't know what to expect but hey I've made it!
  • Friendships don't last forever. Can't even count how many "friends" I don't talk to anymore. They say quality over quantity. This is quite true. Remember that!
  • Treasure that one childhood friend. Although people grow apart I think its important to stay friends with at least one or two people from your childhood. These are the people that will keep you grounded and remind you where you came from. I am beyond lucky to have a best friend who I've known since Elementary and fortunate to know she will always be there with open arms when I need her the most. 
  • Give without expecting anything in return- or you will end up disappointed. Not everyone has your best interest in mind. 
  • The best support system I have found in life is and will always be my parents.
  • Not everyone will like you, and that is okay. I think this is something I've struggled with since I was a teen because I have always looked for acceptance even from those who didn't deserve it.
  • Life is not a competition. There's no such thing as being behind someone else, you can't compare your own life to someone elses.
  • Speak your mind. Have a voice, express how you feel or people will walk all over you. 
  • Learning to say "no" and not feel guilty for it.
  • Know your worth. You learn not to take other peoples crap. Once you know time is precious, you will realize some people are not worth your time. You will know it is perfectly fine to walk away from toxic people. 
    • Get out of your comfort zone. Go out there. Meet new people, don't be afraid to socialize with a new crowd of people. You will be surprised how much you can learn from them. 
    • You will always love your children deeply-but there will be times (many to be precise) that you will not like them, and that is completely fine. 
    • Shopping alone is the only getaway vacation I'll get. Yes every aisle at Target and Hobby Lobby is a dreamy paradise walk. Might be exaggerating a bit- but it's close enough to the truth.
    • Losing the baby weight only gets harder as you get older. Our metabolism naturally slows down as we get older so finding time to exercise is needed. I have an almost 2 year old and yet I still cannot get back to my pre-baby weight. It's a daily battle to accept ones post-partum body after kids. 
    • Spending Fridays nights at home ordering take out & catching up on shows with your husband once the kids have finally gone to bed and calling that the highlight of your week. Yes this is parenting life at its finest!
    • Unplug from all Social Media. Do it at least once a week or two. You will thank me later. We tend to focus on the outside world too much that we stop enjoying our present moment here right now. Sometimes it's good to enjoy that moment for ourselves without sharing it with the rest of the world. 
    • Learn to love what you have build. My husband and I became parents young. I feel we had to grow up much quicker than most people our age. I became a home owner at the age of 21, it is something I am proud of but also find myself six years later wanting more. So I say- learn to love your home. Learn to love what you have. You have a roof over your head, food to feed you and your kids, house bills to pay. You are doing the best that you can!
    • "The older I get, the more I realize the value of privacy, of cultivating your circle and only letting certain people in. You can be open, honest, and real while still understanding not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life." 
    • "Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again." -Eleanor Roosevelt 
    • "Learn to accept people for who they are. Learn to reject them for that same reason." 
    • Take time for yourself. Sometimes we tend to forget we can't take care of others unless we take time for ourselves. 
    • "Fill your life with adventures, not things, have stories to tell not stuff to show."- Love this quote because I feel our generation has the wrong outlook in life. There's many individuals who think material things matter most and my perspective in life is the absolute opposite. Making memories surrounded by your loves ones have a bigger worth.