Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Footwear

We hope you ladies had the best first weekend of fall!  Our weekend was busy, yet so much fun, we spent lots of time outside & I am excited to share pictures later this week!

In the meantime, I can't resist sharing a little fashion to kick off this first full week of fall!  Shoes are my obsession (so my shopping weakness) all year long, but especially for fall.  I love the return of boots after spring & summer, plus I especially love that in the fall, it's chilly enough to wear them but not too cold to wear them with dresses or jeans with short sleeves.  For the past few fall seasons, booties are my go-to for Waverly Maye & I both, they are so comfortable but cute at the same time (my number one & two criteria for shoes, especially for moms plus their toddlers).  I recently got these western-inspired booties for me & a coordinating pair for Waverly, I can't decide which ones I like more!

My Booties (Waverly's Last Season)
I thought I would round up a few more fall footwear favorites for mama & mini, such a fun yet dangerous thing to do! ;)

MAMA:  Leopard Flats, Tall Boots, Booties (Similar), Hunter Boots
MINI:  Converse, Leopard Boots, Fur Boots, Booties (Similar)
Even though I didn't include any boy shoes, I adore shoes for little men & have even gotten a few pairs for Waverly.  These leather boots & these docksides (both from Zara) are way too much, if we have a little boy one day he would totally be rocking these!  Another gender neutral pair of shoes I can't get enough of, red hunter boots, we recently got a pair for Waverly & she loves them almost as much as I do.  If you follow me on Instagram (ashleywbrickner), you may have seen this picture of Waverly recently playing in the puddles.  SUCH a mess after yet one of the highlights of her life to date. ;)

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Bucket List

Happiest Friday & also, a very heartfelt thank you to those who took the time to respond with such helpful tips on Waverly's new bedtime moves.  I am thrilled to report that she hasn't attempted to escape the last few days, yet we are still taking this as the official sign that it's big girl bed time!  We have one, it's been at our house for a few months, but we had decided to make that the last step in her big girl room since she had been doing so well in her crib.  We honestly were shocked that this hadn't happened before, Waverly has no fear at all & is constantly climbing on everything so we knew it would come eventually.  I am definitely planning to use your tips so thank you, I hope to have a good update on our transition soon! :)

And onto some fall festiveness, I thought it would be fun to share some of what we have on the agenda for the next couple of months.  Like last year, I am beyond excited for fall with a little one!  Waverly is at the absolute best age for this type of stuff & I live for making these kinds of memories, so excited is definitely an understatement.  We can't wait!

1.  Family trip to the pumpkin patch.  Possibly one of my favorite family activities of the entire year.  I love it so much, last year we made a tour of most of the patches in our city during the entire month of October. ;)  This picture of Waverly from last year makes me smile ear to ear, do pumpkins not make the absolute cutest backdrop for kids?!

 2.  Pumpkin-painting.  Now that Waverly is more into crafting, I am really looking forward to helping her make her own little fancy pumpkin this year.  I love that she will be able to help pick out her own decorations this time, I am thinking either a mod-podge with tissue paper or just letting her have at it with some paint.

3.  Fall dessert-baking.  Such a fun time of year for food!  We love soups at our house so we are definitely planning to add them back into our weekly rotation starting this weekend.  We also love fall sweets, I made this apple dessert a couple weekends back for Sunday family dinner.  It was such a fun take on apple pie & Waverly had the BEST time helping me unwrap the caramels to put in it.  The recipe can be found here.

 4 - A trip to the farm & farmers market.  I was totally bummed that I could not find a place to take Waverly apple picking, I called everywhere around where we live & couldn't find any options.  We are going to settle on a farm with lots of fresh food & tractor rides for kids, I'm sure she won't know the difference & will be equally as impressed with tons to room to run free.

5 - Halloween Kids Party.  I took Waverly to the kids gym we go to for their annual halloween party last year, we had so much fun!!  It was the perfect way to practice trick-or-treating before the real thing, & to get two wears out of her ghost costume.  I can't wait to take her again!!  My mother-in-law has started making her costume, she also did it last year & I couldn't have loved it more!

6.  Fall family walks.  We love family walks, all year long but especially when the weather is perfection like this.  It's our go-to family activity, we took Waverly down to the beach last weekend to enjoy the weather & how quiet it is now that it's mainly only locals left! 

Are there any fall activities I missed?!  What does your family do to stay busy in the fall?  Also, I am beyond thrilled, I got Waverly & I tickets to see Sesame Street Live the first weekend in October!  She is going to go crazy, I cannot wait to see her reaction! :)  She loves Elmo so much that we have started counting him as the fourth member to our family.

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's The Little Things: Besties & Bedtime

Happy Wednesday & happy FALL!  I know you are all just as excited as we are. :)  We have already had quite the week so far, a couple of really busy days that have flown by with some really high moments & a couple we could have done without.  On the plus side, Waverly is doing really well with her sitters, I am so proud of her.  Each night before bed, she asks where she is going the next day & each morning, remembers exactly what I told her.  When we reunite, she shows me her "fun work", explains the color she learned & we add it to the board of worksheets from this year so far.  She also gets to spend one day a week with my sister & each Friday with my grandparents, we really have such a great situation which continues to make this transition so much easier.  I still miss her so very much, but live for these moments during our afternoons together.

Also a highlight of our recent days, watching these two play together after a day apart.  The love that Waverly has for Bogger grows all the time & it completely melts me.  She practically breaks the door down to see him at the end of the day, they have a tradition of running through the downstairs together to celebrate.  And every single time when we go anywhere (like every single time), she tells him "bye, bogger, be a good boy!".  It's only a matter of time before she puts him in time-out like she does to her babies lately, I'm sure he will take (yet another one) for the team & do it, no questions asked. ;)

And lastly, the latest milestone of the week, definitely not a "little thing" that I want to experience again but that I would love your advice on!  Waverly jumped out of her crib for the first time, & then the second, third, fourth ... she has pretty much been showing off her new skill all week long.  It came out of nowhere, she has always been a really good sleeper & I can't even remember the last time we had an issue at all.  Each time she has jumped, it has been right when we put her down for the night, she has been crying & asking us not to leave or turn the light on almost immediately.  We have tried everything, rocking her, bringing her an extra baby to sleep with, letting her go potty, nothing so far seems to work.  I'm thinking that she either just doesn't want to stop having fun or is scared of the dark (or both), & that it is just a phase.  That, or it is officially time for the big girl bed, something we had decided to put off for a little while longer since she was doing so well. ;)  Suggestions?!

Happy halfway through the week, friends! :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Garlands & Other Great Things

Happy Monday, friends!!  Another weekend in the books, hope it was a great one for you!  We stayed busy with a few fall activities, once again the weather was beautiful & we loved every minute.  Now that it's finally feeling like fall, my mind is racing with family picture ideas, fall fashions, & of course, Waverly Maye's halloween costume.  I think we came up with the perfect idea that couldn't fit her personality better, can't wait to share it soon! :)

We also started dressing the house for the season, it's been way too long since the last holiday & we were totally due for some festiveness for our decor.  I ordered this garland a few weeks back, I have decided that I have a garland obsession & I am not sure if it is healthy. ;)  Really, nothing puts me in the holiday spirit more than bright colored tassels hanging from our mantel.  I am in love with the colors in this one & how great it matches with our gold pumpkin trio!

I also picked up a burlap garland in the dollar bin at Target last week, one of my favorite recent finds!!  Target is once again killing it with their fall collection, I wanted to buy everything & then some.  I settled on the garland & a matching burlap pumpkin I found in the seasonal aisle, and will probably go back soon for more. ;)

This fall marks the first time in years that my entire family has been in the same city during the school year.  Like since I graduated high school & left for college thirteen years ago.  A couple years after I left, my brother did, then a few years after he left, my sister left for the same reason.  Now finally, all of us have graduated, moved back home, & all six members of my family are in VB.
Still, life is busy, so a couple weeks ago we started Sunday dinners at my house.  It's the best thing ever, I'm so glad we can do this again!  The only person who is happier than me about it is Waverly, she waits for them all day Sunday while repeating every single person's name.  It's the sweetest, I love that she has them to grow up with!

Best wishes for a fantastic week ahead!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Days & A Giveaway

Happy Thursday, everyone!!  We have had the best week so far, Waverly has been in such a great mood, showing off few to no tantrums & her sweet, hilarious side that we love so much.  We had the most adorable tea party last night (Waverly's idea), she gave my husband & I each a treat cup that she pretended to pour tea in before pouring herself one.  We all "drank" from our treat cups for a while before bedtime.  Her imagination & creativity right now is my absolute favorite, I wish as we all got older that we never lost that!

And the weather.  Perfection.  In the 70s & chilly enough at night for jeans & a light jacket.  I have decided that I am all for this kind of weather year-round, I would never, ever get sick of it.  It makes for some amazing afternoons, we have been on lots of walks, bike rides, & to the park more times than I can count.

 This kind of weather screams cardigans for me, I was so excited to pull out Waverly's from last year (we bought them big & just keep rolling them up, I'm thinking they will last at least a few more seasons!).  I am also once again obsessed with this dark yellow, the perfect color for fall!  Melissa from The Prettiest Bow sent Waverly some bows for the new season, & I could not get this one on her fast enough!!  It is so beautiful in person, high quality, & the perfect shade. :)

To celebrate the new season, I have teamed up with some amazing ladies to offer one lucky reader a $120.00 gift card to Anthropologie!!  I can't think of a more perfect place to stock up on some fall goodness, for both yourself & your home!   You can use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on September 18th until 11:59 pm EST on September 25th. All entries will be verified. Good luck & happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's The Little Things: Mini Ears & Mall Dates

First, in fashion news, we pulled out Waverly Maye's cat ears over the weekend & I am in love!!  We had a couple last year but recently added this set from Target, the fact that they are leopard makes them that much cuter.  Another reason to love fall fashion, especially for little ones since they obviously look so much better in this stuff than any of us ever would. ;)

And onto my little thing of the week!!  This one goes down in the books as one of my favorites ever, I'll be laughing about it for a long time.  Waverly & I had a rare mall date a couple days ago, I say rare because most of my shopping is now done online since stores (especially ones with hangers & clothes to pull down) aren't always the easiest.  I decided to give it a try, we got some lunch plus walked around for a bit, Waverly was actually being a rock star & we were having way too much fun.  Our car was parked outside of Forever 21 & as we were walking out to leave, Waverly grabs on to one particular shirt that she immediately fell in love with (not her size, not even close, our Forever doesn't sell kids clothes.)  For whatever reason, she would not stop saying how "cute!" it was, so I let her go try it on because yes, I'm that mom who got way too excited about my daughter's love of fashion.  At age two.  
In the fitting room, she threw it right on & pranced out of the room wearing her shirt (turned maxi dress), showing everyone who would look.  It was the cutest thing, until she realized that she didn't get to wear it out of the store (don't we wish that was how it worked!).  It was a mini-tantrum turned into one of those teachable mom moments where I had to explain to her how shopping works.  Melt my heart.
Fast forward to later that afternoon, when Waverly insisted on wearing her new shirt (turned maxi dress) down the street to walk her babies.  Because yes, I am also that mom who bought it for her because she loved it that much.  She held it in her lap the entire drive home & wore it all night, I'm thinking it will really fit her in approximately 15 years.
Bow & Shirt
(Because you know you want it, too!)
I can only imagine what the neighbors think of us now. ;)  Hope YOUR start the week is great, we are halfway there!  Thanks for all who have been linking-up & continue to, see this post for a reminder.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Weekend & Monday Must-Haves

First, thank you for your sweet & encouraging comments on our transition back to the new school year.  As a teacher, I feel I get the unique perspective of being both a SAHM & working one.  At the end of the day, they both have their challenges & rewards, we are all moms who are doing the best we can for our little ones.  I hate when I hear people debate the issue & LOVE that in this community, we all support each other in whatever situation we are in. :)

And HAPPY halfway through September!  We spent lots of our weekend working on projects around the house, the next few weeks are jam-packed & as usual, our house to-do list is full.  Over the summer I started a "cleaning" schedule that I loved, doing one task a day, Monday-Thursday, knocking it all out before the weekend started.  That obviously doesn't fly now, the last two weeks I have spent my Friday night on my hands & knees cleaning after Waverly went to bed.  I hate the idea of spending our Saturdays or Sundays doing it, so to me, that's the better option.  For what it's worth, to make it exciting, I popped a bottle of wine & drank a glass (or two) while I did it to celebrate the end of the work week.  It was actually exciting.  I'm telling ya, we get wild.
Any working mamas found a magical way to fit in cleaning?!

My husband has been busy getting our backyard live-able again, making some progress in Waverly's room, & refinishing a passed-down table for our family room.  He also recently did this makeover on a second high chair for Waverly, my mother-in-law got it unfinished for Waverly's second birthday so we could DIY it & make it our own.  I love how it turned out (such an easy update!), the original high chair can be found here.

The other high chair we have is the Boon, which we absolutely adore & have been using since Waverly was six months.  We still use it & plan to, but lately Waverly has been taking two bites of her meal before asking to get up because she is "all done!".  She would rather run circles around the house while eating or attempting to sit on top of the table while grabbing food from our plates.  Our pediatrician confirmed what we already knew, that we were instilling really bad habits.  So we decided to give her a new, (hopefully) exciting alternative with this chair, which still keeps her in a seat but without a buckle.  So far she really likes it, we typically pull it up to our table for meals or she just sits in it for snacks.  I'll let you know what our third bright idea will be in a few weeks when this one gets old, too. ;)

Other weekend news, we spent our Gap cash, I got this buffalo plaid shirt which is so perfect for fall & the holiday season which will be here before we know it! :)  I ordered Waverly a festive Halloween headband & am seriously dreaming of pumpkin patch visits in a short couple of weeks.  We also pulled out Waverly's first boots for the season & have started eating our snacks (plus drinking our coffee!) from these floral coffee cups I  recently found at TJMaxx.
Because every one needs a pretty, disposable coffee cup.  Obviously. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!