Fall Bucket List 🍂🍁

I absolutely love the changing of the season! And this weekend we finally have a break from the endless summer heat. We’ll be doing a few of my favorite activities from my fall bucket list, and I’ll sharing them with you!

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  • Apple picking at an orchard gets the whole family involved and out into the fresh air

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  • Visit a real Pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins
  • Hay ride at a local farm, often petting farms with also have activities beyond a simple hay ride- maybe you can feed the chickens or baby goats?!

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  • A trip to your local Farmers market before many of them close for the winter season is a chance to really smell and enjoy fresh produce from around your community

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  • A family Hike to see the leaves changing colors is always a huge hit for us!

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  • Build a fire outside and toast marshmallows

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  • Create a few fall themed crafts with your little ones
  • Drink hot apple cider & make cookies!

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  • For the grown ups, try a traditional Oktoberfest beer or pumpkin beer!
  • Visit your local county or state fair

What fall bucket list items would you add? Comment below, we love to hear from you!

xo,

Christine

We Love Ballet 🎀

Have you heard the secret? We LOVE Ballet!

I am so excited to share with you one of our favorite places, Tutu School Raleigh! Founded by Lara O’Brien, Principal Dancer at Carolina Ballet and Owner of Tutu School Raleigh, this has to be one of Raleigh’s most magical places for little girls. From toddlers to pre-teens children are invited into the fairytale, an unique opportunity to learn the grace and poise of a ballerina while playing and twirling to some of the most beautiful uplifting music.

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With a lovely storefront, and in the heart of downtown, we adore this space. The instructors are so warm and welcoming to the children. Each of them very patient and loving as if they were their own little sisters, we have loved every staff member we have met so far!

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Parents are welcome and encouraged to come for end of week recitals held at the end of camp. And the youngest ballerinas can bring a caregiver to twirl and dance with them! We love all the magical touches the school includes, even for the littlest ballerina, keeping everyone engaged and excited to come back for their next class!

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For slightly older children, camps offer a fantastic chance to be emerged into a full week of ballet. A ballet theme week including learning steps of the real ballet, engaging exercises, crafts, a picnic lunch, and lots of twirling make the camp special and oh so memorable. We loved our week of Swan Lake Tutu Camp this summer. It was such an awesome opportunity for our little ballerina. She made some amazing new friends and loved the instructors.

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Center Stage

 

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Dresses from Favorite Ballets

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Look at that detail!

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The magic!

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So many perfect details!

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Ready for a recital!

Lots of space to slip on ballet shoes, or read a story!

 

Do you think your child is ready for ballet school? Head over to Tutu School Raleigh and please let them know we sent you! It’s great to be social,  you can see even more photos at Tutu School Raleigh Facebook Page. Then be sure to come back here and let us know if you sign up for a class!

Ballet Books!

Can we recommend a few great ballet books too? Your local library may have many of these!

Angelina’s Cinderella (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Conno

Child’s Introduction to Ballet by Laura Lee

 

The Ballet Book by DARCEY BUSSELL

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp

OLIVIA Dances for Joy by Natalie Shaw

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

 

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More Ballet Stories we love:

Pinkalicious: Tutu-rrific by Victoria Kann

Bea at ballet by Rachel Isadora (Author, Illustrator)

 

We love hearing from you! Are you looking to enroll your little one(s) into ballet class? Have you ever seen a live ballet? We’re so fortunate to have such an amazing dance company in Raleigh with talent and women entrepreneurs right in our backyard!

xo,

Christine 

Old Navy Fall Wardrobe Must Haves!

I absolutely love the changing of the seasons, especially from summer to autumn. I’m so excited to share with you a few of my favorites I found at Old Navy yesterday! Did you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe for the new season? Few of the right key pieces can take your current closet to the next level!

I’m so excited to share these trend pieces from my try on session! Unfortunately our local store is undergoing some renovation, so I wasn’t able to try on everything I had on my wish list. Help me pick your favorites so I can order them online!

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Vest // Frost-Free Puffer Vest – color In the Navy

Top // Relaxed Cinched-Sleeve

Jeans // High-Rise Secret-Slim Pockets Rockstar

 

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This sweatshirt screams fall to me! The color is perfect, and its super cozy. I would get your regular size, although it does run a little big. I’m wearing an XS here for comparison.

Sweatshirt // French-Terry Boyfriend Tunic Sweatshirt -color Borscht

Scarf // Flannel Blanket Scarf in Black Plaid

Jeans // Mid-Rise Distressed Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

 

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I love that this jacket has a cinched waist! Hello flatter autumn photos while sipping on some crips apple cider and keeping cozy with your honey by the fire side!

Jacket // Twill Field Jacket in Hunter Pines or Hooded Utility Parka in Olive

Shirt // Relaxed Twill Tunic Shirt, Black/White Plaid

Mules // Faux-Suede Slide Mules in Toffee

 

 

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Vest //  Frost-Free Puffer Vest – color Royal Velvet

Handbag // Zip-Top Faux-Leather Crossbody Bag in Cognac Brown

 

More styles and combinations, plus items they didn’t have in the store that I would have loved to try on!

High-Rise Mesh-Panel Leggings for Women – color Black

 

These amazingly cozy lounge pieces will sell out! Hurry and get your favorites before they do!

Pullover Swing Hoodie for Women in Apple Blossom

Cozy Crew-Neck Sweatshirt in Creme De La Creme

French-Terry Lounge Joggers in Icelandic Mineral

 

What are your favorite pieces? Which ones should I take home? Any of your must haves at Old Navy right now that I missed? Share them below in the comments, I love hearing from you all!

xo,

Christine

 

Tampa, Florida with Kids

Are you still looking to plan your family vacation this summer? I’ve put together our must see places with kids in the Tampa area to share with you! The best part of visiting the sunshine state, is that most of our favorite places are open year round! And I hope you’ll see that Florida has lots more than just the mouse land and crazy rides.

Our Top Must See!

  1. The Florida Aquarium
  2. Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park
  3. Glazer Children’s Museum
  4. Clearwater Beach

 

1 // The Florida Aquarium

Located in downtown Tampa, this is the perfect place to take the whole family. It gets you up close to many of the animals that live in Florida! Ever wanted to pet a sting ray, or meet a penguin? You’ll be amazed at just how close you can get to all the lovable creatures! How would you like to drive in and swim with the fish? No experience needed, you just need to be six years or older!

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2 // Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

Voted #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine, this is a must visit and probably our favorite place in the Tampa area. If your children love animals, they’ll have a great visit here! They have special animal encounters where you can feed many of the animals! We can’t wait to try many of these.

 

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3 // Glazer Children’s Museum

Even your littlest ones will find lots of great games to play, and things to explore at the children’s museum. Three floors of activities, climbing adventures, STEM activities and interactive play.

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4 // Clearwater Beach

Clearwater beach is about 20 miles of beautiful white sand, and clear water. We love coming to this beach and playing in the sand.

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BONUS

If you’re looking for even more adventures, head over to Area Attractions.

What are your favorite places to visit? Do you like the beach, visiting animals, or doing creative arts and crafts when visiting new cities?

xo,

Christine

Nordstrom Sale

If you haven’t already scooped up a few items, I’m helping you avoid going through the 200 plus pages! Below are my picks, lots of feminine ruffles, flattering high-waisted shorts and pieces that go from office, to playdate to dinner date.

 

 

Ruffle Hem Stripe Skirt | Ruffle Stretch Cotton Blouse | Ruffle Shorts | Twist Front Tee | Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic | Lace-Up Ruffle Miniskirt | Raw Edge Side Slit Tee | Cascading Ruffle Top | Ami Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans | Wrap Top | Ruffle Sleeve Top | Matera High Waist Shorts | Tie Front Shorts | Whisper Ditsy Ruffle Sleeve Top | Eyelet Ruffle Hem High Waist Shorts | Steve Madden Carrson Sandal | Midnight Hours Short Robe | Lilith Satin Robe

 

There you have it! My top picks, plus a few great items for new moms! I hope this is helpful, leave a comment below of your favorites!

Beach Packing List for Toddlers

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We’re going up, up, so high on an airplane this week to visit Florida! Andy and I just celebrated our fourth year wedding anniversary are so excited that busy season is finally over! Yay! For those of you that are new around here, Andy works in the accounting world as an auditor, and they are slammed this time of year with lots of extra hours. Which means, a little vacation is well deserved for all of us!

I’m so excited to be visiting my mom and spending a week with her going to the pool and the beach! We have gone to visit before, so this isn’t our fist trip. However it seems we continue to need to find new ways to keep her entertained on long trips. You know what I mean? Toddlers are busy little people always learning, always on the go!

I’ve rounded up a few of our must haves, plus some new suggestions from friends we’ll be trying out!

 

Clothing

 

 

We love sundresses, and living in the south we are obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer. I love their bright colors and patterns, especially for beach trips in the summer! Two of our current favorite designs are this toddler shift dress and this adorable baby girls dress. The best thing about being two, is you can still wear 24 month sizes and toddler girl sizes too! Yay!! Our two very favorite bathing suites are these from Target; coral and waves!

Accessories

 

 

 

Minnie Mouse Sunglasses | Straw purse | Wide-brim Hat | Tropical Hat

Adventure Sandals | Swimming Vest

 

Travel

 

Minnie Mouse Umbrella Stroller | Stroller Fan| Water-resistant Sunscreen

Magna-doodle Board | Fun Magnetic Board| Leak-proof water Bottle| Snacks to Go | Reusable Activity Pads

 

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Carrying it All

Freshly Picked Butterscotch Beige | Skip Hop Caramel

At the airport or going on a road trip, it’s great to have a place that is convenient to keep everything your little ones might need handy. These are both great bags that look stylish and help moms and dads make parenting look easy!!

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Will you be traveling this summer? What would you add to the list? Leave us a comment below, or join us on Facebook and Instagram for more conversations! Looking for our other post on our minimalist packing list? It’s here: A Minimalist Guide to Stress-Free Traveling with Toddlers & Babies

xo,

Christine

 

Current Trends We’re in LOVE with!

I’m so excited for this spring’s trends, big hats, gingham and blush have always been some of my favorites as a kid. Inspired by childhood heirlooms they’re taking kids and mom’s fashion by storm! A few of our favorites include:

Bathing suits

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I love the laid back style that crips gingham gives. Pairing blush slides with this swimsuit & top for example. And a straw hat makes any photo insta-ready!

 

Mommy and mini sets

 

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I love the splurge worthy on trend sandals from Australia being worn right now, but I’m in love with these just as adorable pair from Old Navy! Mommy and mini can wear complimentary shoes and still keep family budgets on track! That’s a win in my book!

 

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I’m also loving mommy & mini rompers that have come out this season! We took a fun girls trip to our local outdoor science and technology museum and had so much fun wearing these not-so-matching rompers together!

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If you’re looking for more spring / summer trends subscribe to our blog! We’ll be sharing more soon.

 

Spring Skin Care Updates

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Our current skin care obsessions are from Lancôme! We received these samples complimentary for testing purposes and couldn’t be happier with the results! A perfect tinted moisturizer you can wear all by itself, no other make up needed! (I use Golden Sand.) This amazing serum  that helps improve skin’s radiance, elasticity, firmness, skin tone, and smoothness. And this awesome firming and dark spot correcting moisturizer with sunscreen! If you like a little shimmer on your lips, you’ll like this prismatic plump lip gloss. Thanks so much to Influenster for sending these amazing skin care products our way for testing!

 

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What are your favorite trends right now? Share them below or join us on Facebook or Instagram for live conversations!

xo,

Christine