JESSENTIALS 2017: Clothes and Accessories!


Adidas Adillettes Slides

These are my dream shoe, especially for this stage of life.  They are the single most comfortable things I have ever put on my feet!!!!!!!  Plus the price is fantastic. But the sizing will get you–I am a solid 10 and got a size 8 that fits perfectly.


Asos Jersey Overalls

These are the wardrobe staple of my mom existence.  I get more questions about these any any other article of clothing I own.  They are the comfiest, cutest, most amazing overalls on the good Earth.  Get these Now.  And size down, they are maternity.


H+M Lounge Pants

These aren’t the exact ones I have but are the closest ones I could find on the site.  I alternate between the above overalls and these pretty much every other day. *I also found my new favorite loungers in the pj section at Walmart after I instagrammed this!


Fjallraven Kanken backpack

My favorite backpack of all time!  The pockets are great, the style is so cute, the hub can wear it without being embarrassed–it’s the perfect mom backpack.


Walmart t shirts

I get most of my staple shirts from Walmart!  Not the Walmart-esque type shirts, but the subtle T’s that could be from anywhere type-of-shirts.  Almost all of my white, cream and black shirts are from Walmart, baby! Never over $8!!


Ross Dress for Less

Ross and Walmart are pretty much the only two places I shop!  Ross has some duds, too, but if you like to treasure hunt then you will find the best stuff for the BEST prices there.  Clothes, accessories, home decor, kitchen essentials, toys, kid books, bedroom decor, ANYTHING!


Cheap statement earrings, like these  these  these  these these

I’ve cut way down on my makeup this year and have found glam through earrings.  I love the juxtaposition of subtle/natural makeup with a megga bold earring!  And you never have to spend a lot on them, even though there are some very cute ones out there for major cheddar.

Headshot Project 2017: November

A headshot and update of each of our boys, each month of the year 2107.

This kid is growing up so fast!  Within the last month his language skillz have exploded and he COULDNOTBEANYFRIGGINCUTER.  It’s seriously exhausting how cute this dude is.  At night he insists on me giving him a blanky and one night he said, “Mom! This blanky is so cute!!”  He also will shoot me big thumbs up occasionally for no reason.  One time at the park he looked over at me and exclaimed, “Looking good, Mom!” and shot me a big old thumbs up.  He also loves to talk about how much he loves dad.  He’s still so little and squishy, but getting so big and independent. This is the best stage everrrrr!!

Mister Charlie boy.  He’s as dreamy and delicious as ever.  He’s getting even more comments about his “Kevin McCallister”-esqueness this time of year, with everyone watch “Home Alone” around the holidays.   He’s so fun.  We were on a little road trip up to Sacramento one weekend and were listening to the School of Rock soundtrack.  The song “Touch Me” by the Doors came on and James asked what the name of the song was.  In the highest, most innocent little Charlie voice, he said, “Um, I think it’s called Touch Me Babe?”  It cracked me up so hard!  This is the best stage everrrrrrrrr!

James is a dream boy, just like his bros.  He’s doing great at school.  His best buddies are Alan and Ali.  They play different things at recess together and James dresses to play the part each day.  He’s really into what he wears, more because he’s always imagining in his head and not so much because he loves fashion.  Except one morning he said to me, “Mom, where is a pom pom hat? I want to look like I’m going tobogganing today.”  So he found a hat and put a scarf and wool sweater on (remember we live in California) and looked in the mirror and said, “Oh, wow. I wasn’t sure the scarf would look good, but I look amazing.”  He was totally serious.  And I am totally and seriously head over heels for this dude. This is the best stage everrrrrrr!

Rainy adventures

Rain simply fills my soul.  When it starts coming down, I rally to get out into it as soon as I can.  I know most people hate it but it is my favorite type of weather.  So the other day when I woke up to our first big Autumn rain, I dropped James off at school and took my other babies up to the mountains to enjoy the rain at it’s very best.  It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had as a mom.  We got wet, we got muddy, we played tag in the meadow, we threw rocks into the lake, we searched for rolly polies. We enjoyed the amazing rain!!  Together!  It was just incredible!  Auggie especially loved it.  It was so much fun to go adventuring together.

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Monthly Headshot Project 2017: October

A head shot and update of each of our boys, each month of 2017

Don’t be fooled by this angelic face–Auggie is officially a bully!  But the sweetest, cutest, most wonderful little bully that ever bullied.  And it’s mainly just because of Darwinism as the youngest of three boys.  He is pretty sassy, though, and we try not to bust up at it.  He loves his crib and getting all cozy in a big blanky.  He’s still completely dedicated to the bottle.  He loves t.v., too.  Basically I’m an awesome mom.  But when his tiny little two year old baby voice sings along to specific theme songs perfectly, you let him watch shows.  He’s getting closer and closer with his brothers and gets sad when they aren’t around.  We went to Disneyland in October and he was pretty nervous about most of the kiddie rides but it was just amazing to see the three boys all together in that magical place.  Also, HALLOWEEN!!!  He was definitely old enough for the fun but not old enough to read too much into the scary costumes, so it was perfect.  Watching him get bigger and bigger is such a joy.

Charlie was an absolute DREAM at Disneyland!!!  My favorite Charlie story every happened at the hotel.  I usually dress in private now that the boys are getting older, but as we were all in the same hotel room I was a little more lax about it.  One time we were getting dressed in our swimsuits for the pool and I was trying to go as fast as I could.  I saw Charlie staring at me, though, but didn’t want to make it a big deal, so I just kept dressing.  Then, out of nowhere, in his precious little high voice he sweetly states, “Mom, you got some cute drinkers.”  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!!!!. I love this kid so much!!!!!!!  As we were driving home from Disneyland we asked all the boys what there favorite part was.  Charlie replied, “Oh, just loving people!”  He really is such a little lover!  And of course Halloween was amazing.

James is a total ham and a crack up.  He’s such a good boy who tries so hard to do the right thing.  And he has such amazing faith.  His first instinct is always to pray, especially when he loses a toy, and he always has complete faith that he will find his toy.  And he does!  He’s an amazing oldest brother but of course still gets annoyed at Charlie sometimes.  Charlie always asks James to give him his toys and it drives James bonkers. But they are best friends and are in snuggling on the couch as I’m writing this.  A funny thing James said this month: He was gassy one night (obviously) and ripped a big old toot.  He started laughing so hard and then bust out one of his favorite Hamilton lines,”Mom! My body has chosen which way the wind will blow—NORTH!”  It was just so random and funny, we all busted up.  He’s doing great at school and loves it.  I’m very proud of this little dude.