blank'/> A LITTLE BIT OF LACQUER: April 2017

April 29, 2017

Mother's Day Plans

Happy weekend all! It's crazy to think that Monday is already May 1st - seriously, how are we already nearly half way through the year!?!? And that means that Mother's Day is only 2 weeks away!

Do you all have any plans for mother's day? We don't yet, but I'm hoping to just have a relaxing, low-stress day with N and the girls. I think what almost all mothers want for mothers day (and obviously I'm over-generalizing here - there are all types of moms who want all types of things) - but for moms like myself and others I know well, what moms want most of all is acknowledgement and appreciation

Being a mother is a thankless job. And it's not even a job - on a job you get breaks, weekends, vacation time, all things that are basically imaginary for moms. Many of us work tirelessly making sure bellies are fed and clothes are washed and messes are cleaned - and the work. never. stops. All of these things need to happen every. single. day. So it's understandable that no one says thank you every day - moms do so many things that go seemingly unnoticed on the daily that it's hard to always say thank you. We get that.  But a little acknowledgement goes so very far. 

So in this next week I pose to you this challenge if you're lucky enough to have your mom still in your life - pay attention to everything she does. Take note of the meals (even if they're store-bought or fast food), take note of the bills that get paid, take note of the clean clothes you have folded in your drawer, take note of the text message checking in to make sure you're ok, take note. And this mother's day maybe you can write a heartfelt card (or make a photobook, or something creative - I love this site and all of the beautiful gift ideas there) that lets her know that you see everything she does, and that you appreciate it. And then spend some time with her on Mother's Day! Like I said, I don't know what we'll be doing, but hopefully it's something fun with all of us!

I'm wearing my Sofft Somers II in this post - yes I loved my first pair so much I had to get a second! These are a little bit darker than my original blush Somers - I went with the Plover Grey color this time (although the Somers II also comes in the same blush I have for my original Somers)! I love that these are another easy neutral that go with anything (and are a tiny bit more forgiving than the blush when it comes to dirt and whatever other messes the girls through my way - like spilled bubbles the day we took these pics)!! 

Outfit details:
Dress (under $20! I also love this option with tiny pom poms, it comes in pink too!)
Cardigan (I'm so sad it's sold out now, but here is a very similar option!)

April 17, 2017

Just Winging It

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend (if you celebrate) - Nathan and I were both off for the weekend and had a great time with the girls (despite our ED scare given Ro's high fever - all is good now)! But I had to laugh so many times over the weekend at how much we just make up on the fly. You should have seen me Saturday night remembering I actually had to fill the eggs with all the stuff I had bought, or Nathan going out on his motorcycle Sunday morning because we forgot to buy actual baskets for them to put their collected eggs in during the Easter egg hunt, or me telling them "the Easter Bunny only dropped off baskets for now, he'll come back soon to hide eggs!" Nathan took the girls for a run while I hid eggs lol. And I thought back to all the times during my childhood that that likely happened and I never even noticed.

And then I thought about the one photo you all would see posted on Instagram and think to yourselves "how do they do everything? how do they run such a smooth production and have everything perfect?" I was hoping to capture some of the imperfections in my caption I shared on our Easter photo, but I also wanted to address that today too.

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I always get asked how we do it all/balance it all/etc. and while I've written about it many times, I think people still think I have some secret. Now obviously there are a ton of strategies (I talk about almost everything in my E-course), but I think the only "secret" is that I'm not afraid of life, and I have a partner that makes me feel like I can take on anything. No matter what happens, even if we fail (which we won't because failing just means you're giving up), we've got each other. Are we nervous before taking another step? Sure! Are we making up most of it as we go along? Damn right! Most things we jump into without quite knowing how they'll work out. But we do know that they will. And it's that faith that has taken us this far. 

Because the truth is every day I really am pretty much just winging it - most days I don't know what we're having for dinner, most days I still don't feel like the best mom ("I shouldn't have raised my voice at Liv") or the best doctor ("I should be studying more") but I've learned that I'll always have those feelings and I've made peace with it. I do what I can with what I have and have the confidence that THAT IS ENOUGH. So it is. 

I'm not endorsing just being irresponsible and doing things without any planning - I make a million plans and always have multiple back-ups never quite knowing how things will work out, but the point is some of us think the plan has to be set in stone before we can even take the first step. And this is where many people get held up. The plan will never be set in stone and the time will never be just right. Sometimes you just have to trust that it will all work out and go for it. 

And on the more practical side - we've got some help now. Most of you know my mother in law lives with us, a true blessing, but even that was never planned. When we had Liv we used a small home daycare situation initially and then a nanny and daycare - we had no family that could help consistently with childcare. My mother in law maybe saw Liv three times in her life by the time she was one and a half. But then she had an injury at work and couldn't live where she was living, and it was a win-win situation to have her move in with us and help with the girls! You see life just has a way of working itself out, and those who know that aren't afraid to keep taking steps even if they're not sure where they may lead. 

So go ahead, take the step. You'll get there, wherever your there may be. 

April 13, 2017

Instagram Roundup and a Giveaway!

Hi all! Linking up a few of the pieces I've featured recently on Instagram (and Instagram stories) as many of you ask where everything is from but don't use LiketoKnowIt (although if you haven't tried it yet, now that you can shop by screenshot it's SO easy)!

I'm also hosting an awesome giveaway with a few great small brands - check out the post on Instagram (this picture with me holding this gorgeous Charlotte and Asher bag that''s part of the giveaway) and enter there! The giveaway closes Friday!

Leather Bag (currently 50% OFF!! Only until Friday)  //  Top (only $10!)  //  Sweats  //  Sneakers (as mentioned every time I wear them, these are over a year old from Zara kids and no longer available, but check out this post on pink sneakers that has so many similar options to choose from at different price points)!

Dress (actually maternity and on sale for $29 - I find it still looks great even without the belly - here's a gorgeous non-maternity option)  //  White coat  //  Flats  

PS - A few of you asked about how I keep suede shoes like these ones clean - I actually LOVE these wipes from Aldo and am so sad I can't find them online (but I've bought them twice in store now and really hope they still are available). I did find these online and they sound very similar! 

Sweater (another one that I purchased in store at H&M and is not available online, here and here are similar options)  //  Shorts  //  Lace trimmed nursing bra  //  Mug  //  Pillow  //  Necklace 

Flats  //  Top (on sale for $10!)  //  Pants  //  Nail Polish

Pink Sneakers!

Hey y'all! I get asked ALL THE TIME about my dusty pink sneakers I wear on the regular and feel so bad because they were a steal from Zara last year - in the KIDS section! And sadly no longer available. But today I'm rounding up some awesome options for very similar looking pink sneakers at all different price points! I think the UGG ones and the Geox ones are the most similar to mine (as are the Tod's, in fact these might be the most similar in person, but the price is pretty outrageous, at least to me!), but I love them all! Hope you enjoy!

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April 7, 2017

Quick getaway details!

Happy Friday all! We're nearing the end of our week-long vacation - our first as a family of FIVE! And as usual I don't want it to end!! Our escape was only a short 2 hour drive from Miami - perfect since the thought of traveling/flying with 3 girls (and Ro only being 7 weeks) was more than terrifying! We'll do it eventually but not now! I'll be posting a full review of our trip and details on our stay soon (for those who asked we're staying at the Club Med at Sandpiper Bay! It was our first time and we loved it! If you're interested in booking your first Club Med getaway you can mention my referral - Laura Scott GM number 17704394 for $100 off!)

Anyway, like I said, will do a full review soon but for now I wanted to quickly link up a few of the things you guys have been asking about over on Instagram! 

Top of the list of most frequently asked are the girls' float swimsuits! These things are awesome - Liv was completely independent in the pool wearing it (obviously still with constant supervision) and while Elli wasn't a huge fan of it (she hates all floaties lol) she at least wasn't able to rip it off and soon forgot she was wearing anything extra at all! Definitely well worth the money for us!

The other must have is sun screen (duh! dermatologist here!) - this is my favorite for babies, and this is my favorite for mama! I like this one because it's higher SPF than my usual daily SPF/moisturizer and TINTED - so it's the only thing I put on my face while on vacation - "makeup" doesn't get any simpler! For some reason the first time I tried it I broke out a tiny bit and was hesitant to try it again, but thanks to my derm co-residents I did and didn't have the same problem again! Love it!

Also photo'd above are my bikini top and bottom (I have the bandeau top but loving the halter option too!) and the matching bear hoodie coverups I got for Ro and Elli! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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