She Works Hard for the Money

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Did you get an allowance growing up? Or get paid to do chores? As I got older my Mom would let me do certain things around the house and get paid for it. I would ask to do things that were above and beyond general chores like babysitting, cleaning out the fridge or hall closet.

Lately Blair has been asking for ways to earn money. M and I decided that there are certain things we expect her to do because she is a member of our household and with that comes responsibilities. But there are other things that if she does them (without whining) we pay her for. Her chores are:

1. Make her bed
2. Get dressed
3. Clear her dishes throughout the day
4. Put away clean silverware
5. Clean up the twins' toys

I printed out this chore chart and decided that if all these things get done then she gets paid. We keep it on the fridge and she puts stickers on it when she completes a task. For now I remind her to make her bed but the other things she typically remembers to do on her own. We also have been teaching her to give some of her earnings back to God by tithing at the church. I think it is important for her to understand that God has given her the ability to work and earn money so the way that we thank Him for that is by giving to our church. She loves bringing her dollar into Sunday school and slipping it in Noah's Ark. :)

She recently saved up enough money to buy her first toy...Kitty Surprise! How many kitties are there inside? There could be 3, or 4, or 5!. Haha you know you're singing along. While she was at Target making her selection she found a few other items to save for which is great incentive for her. When we got to the cashier she proudly handed over all her one dollar bills. It was pretty cute. She did say, "Ugh. Now I have to save my money allllll over again."





Yup. That's how it works!

Do you guys have anything you do like this? Allowances or chores?

Beach on Repeat

On Mother's Day we went to Newport Beach and I had forgotten how much fun that place is! The stars aligned and we found a killer parking spot. We hung around the pier, at lunch at TK Burgers and enjoyed the sunshine. Aside from trying to eat a burger on the beach while holding a tired baby the day was a win and we plan on going back for more soon! Note to self: don't forget the front pack. Doh! 

Headbands by The Wishing Elephant

Blair's shirt by Cove and Capri

Sister Sister

Monday, May 22, 2017

People often ask me. "Which one is your favorite?" referring to the twins (yes people actually ask me this!). My response is always the same, "_____ has been sleeping really well lately so they're my favorite." Turns out both babies are good sleepers (knocking on wood now) so lately it's a tie.

But Blair? She's got a favorite. She can't even hide it. And if I had a sister she would probably be my favorite sibling too. ;)



The hand holding kills me! 

There's something special (I'm learning) about a sister bond. I love how much they love each other. But don't worry...Mama's got a soft spot for her little boy and he gets some serious lovin' too! I love that I get to experience being a mama to a boy and girls!

Fri-yay

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's Fri-yay! Blair is putting her best foot forward and getting ready to step into the weekend. ;) Plus also why does she look like an ADULT?! Stop the madness!




Dress by LeleKids

This weekend we're (I'm) determined to finish a large section of painting that needs to be done in our house. Painting the entire inside of your house from flesh -toned paint to white and grey is no joke. Especially when your house is two stories (doh!). Between that and some toddler birthday party action we're up for a pretty thrilling weekend. ;) Happy Fri-yay! 

Nine Months

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On Monday the twins turned 9 months! Time is seriously flying (now that we aren't getting up every two hours) and we're enjoying every minute with them. Every day more of their personality comes out and it's so fun getting a glimpse of who they will be.
Squeeze Me onesies by The Wishing Elephant

Both the twins like solids and now eat three times a day. They can crawl, sit up, babble, sleep all night, and neither of them have teeth..which I am thankful for! They don't like it when strangers get in their face and coo at them and they usually cry (so embarrassing!). They love Blair and it's honestly easier to have her home with me. They like stroller rides and don't mind quick car rides.

Everly
She loves giving big smiles and exploring. She crawls all around the house. She gives kisses but it has to be on her terms and she's selective about who gets them (usually Mama). ;) She continues to enjoy sucking her left thumb to soothe herself. When I put her down for a nap she lays her head down  on my shoulder and sucks her thumb. She usually goes right to sleep and wakes up and plays in her crib for sometimes 30 minutes!

Cal
You have to work to get a smile out of this guy. He likes focusing in on one toy and figuring out how it works. He can get on his knees to play with a toy and likes to stand. He gives sweet kisses often. He still loves sucking his middle and ring fingers on his left hand to soothe himself. When I put him down for a nap he rests his head on my chest for a second but perks up and likes to look around. He usually fusses before he goes to sleep and he wakes up and usually fusses right away.

I can't believe the babies have been out as long as they have been in! The best is yet to come I'm sure!

Mother's Day

Monday, May 15, 2017

I'm overwhelmed by and undeserving of His goodness. Never in a million years did I think that I wouldn't have enough arms to hold all my babies. I tear up just looking at this picture. For all the mamas in waiting or those who have lost their mama I know that today is hard. Not a Mother's Day will ever go by that I won't think of your hearts and how much they ache. Praying that you find comfort in Him. His plan is worth waiting for!




A "big number with a three in it" Hahahah sounds like 23 to me! 
Thankful for my babies and loved spending time with them over the weekend. We took an impromptu trip to the beach and grabbed coffee and lunch (because what else is there?). The weather was lovely and the company was pretty good too. ;)

Disney Days

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sadly our three day Disneyland passes we got are all used up. We had SO much fun going once a month before the busy summer months...so worth it! We're also looking forward to going again this fall and staying at the Disneyland Grand California Hotel! Can't even wait.

I meeaaaan I know how to start off my day right at Disneyland...

Notice the tissue paper hanging from Blair's dress from a show we saw earlier in the day. She wanted to add some flair to her gown. ;) 

Outfits by Paradise Kids and Co.




Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last minute Mother's Day gift guide! Some things I'm loving lately...

Lash Serum



This stuff is LEGIT. It really does work and it way cheaper than Latisse. I've had several people ask about what I use on my lashes. Here's my dirty secret!

Gel Manicure Kit


This kit really does work and is just as quick as painting my nails. It lasts at least a week (as long as I can stand to look at the growth near my cuticle.) I love that I can turn any nail polish I already own into gel so I don't have to buy new polish.

Long Lasting Lip Color


I said it once I'll say it again...totally obsessed with this stuff! It really does last!

High Waist Workout Pants


I know I'm a broken record but seriously these things are bomb. They hold it allllll in!

LipSense Review

Monday, May 8, 2017

It is no secret that I am a lipstick fanatic. Every time someone tells me we are taking a picture I whip out my lipstick and apply. The problem is that I find myself re-applying like 5,000 times a day with all the eating, baby kissing, and more eating I do. ;) 

So I had heard about LipSense and guys...I LOVE it! This stuff is intense and really does last. It doesn't come off when I eat an apple or kiss the babies. 





Danielle sent me a kit which includes your shade of choice, the gloss, and remover. I chose Aussie Rose and I love the flirty shade of pink. It's not too bright so I feel good wearing it to preschool drop off, the grocery store, and it's deep enough to make me look alive in photos. 

If you guys have been wanting to try LipSense out now is your chance! If you mention my blog you can get 10% off your purchase. You can either order from Danielle on Facebook or Instagram (@theglossarybydanielle). Thanks, Danielle! No more scrambling for my lipstick or carrying it around in my pocket. Once it's on for the day I'm good! 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I got some things for my birthday that I've really been enjoying so I thought I should share the love! Maybe it can help you when gift shopping for a friend (or yourself!) or your MOM since Mother's Day is coming up!

1. High Waisted Workout Pants: these are completely necessary for my post twin belly. The twins managed to rip my abdominal muscles down the center which will forever make me look a little prego unless I get it surgically stitched back up. Until then I'll just be tucking it all in to my high waisted workout pants!

2. Cold Shoulder Tank Top: I'm loving this trend and I especially love this top because I don't need a strapless bra to go with it.

3.Sandal/Boot: I wore a shoe similar to this at a recent photo shoot and loved it so much I had to buy some of my own. The heel isn't sky high which I like.

4. Raw Hem Denim: I swear I had a pair of these in high school and they're baaaaack! Doesn't that always happen? I grabbed this pair and plan to wear them all summer.


My Mom actually ordered a pair of the high-waist leggings and loves them so they are Mom-tested and approved in case you were wondering. :) Happy shopping!

Thirty-ish

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ahhh the birthday weekend. It was good to me. We will just go ahead and say I'm thirty-ish. This has to go down as one of the best birthdays. I mean ALL my babies celebrated with me on the outside world as opposed to in utero last year. And yes we were a complete circus as we walked around downtown Redlands but I loved every minute of it.

We had pizza for lunch, sipped on iced coffee from my favorite coffee bar (Augie's) and indulged in some ice cream from A La Minute. I even got to shop at a local kids clothing store, Seed, and its sister store for women, Nectar. Unfortunately, I have some serious mom-bod going on because despite trying on 20 off -the-shoulder tops I walked out with a hat and shoes. Sigh. Someday I'll be coming for you, crop tops, but today is not that day. Today was pizza and ice cream.

Blair's romper by Thirty Five and Lime

My blouse: Target!


Eyeing her ice cream.


My heart! Evie's dress by Baby Gap.

And lucky for me the birthday festivities continue of Friday with a jaunt to Disneyland and a spa day with my Mama on Saturday. Matt Bushman, you are a good good man because that's a lot of Daddy Day Care.

Evie and Cal: 8 Months

Monday, April 24, 2017

A little late on the twins 8 month update but better late than never!

Matt and I are seriously so smitten with these babies it's ridiculous. We ooooh and ahhhh over every little thing they do. "Do you see her?! She's sitting up. Oh my goodness she's so cute when she sits up." "Look at him. He's so cute when he's in his jumper. He's like jumping and stuff." It's like we are first time parents all over again! We are just cherishing every little thing since we plan on these babies being our last. We're excited to move out of the baby phase but we aren't trying to rush it like we did with Blair. I never want to forget this!

Here's what Evie and Cal are up to this month...

Evie
Evie has decided to eat solids now and prefers carbs and fruit. Clearly she takes after her mama. She likes to suck her thumb, jump in her jumper, smile, and watch Blair. She can sit up now and has started crawling. She's not on a mission to get where she's going but I'm sure that's coming. She doesn't like it when strangers get in her face especially when she is strapped in her car seat or stroller. She gets on all fours and peeks out over her crib when you lay her down to sleep. Then she watches you as you leave and smiles and coos. Heart melted.

Cal
Cal still loves to eat and will pretty much eat anything. He sucks his middle and ring fingers at the same time, loves his jumper, and getting kisses on his tummy. He gives the best open mouth kisses without prompting and has the cutest bashful grin. He gets crazy kicking legs whenever I change his diaper and also peeks over his crib to watch me leave at nap time. He can sit up but is not crawling yet. He likes drinking water from a straw but does not like it when strangers saw hi to him when he's in his stroller or car seat.

Both babies have been going to the nursery at church on Sunday nights. They seem to do pretty well but usually cry at drop off. We've got a great routine going on with two naps a day (9:15-11 and 1:30-3) and bedtime at 6:30. They wake up around 7 and we can't complain about that! They are generally happy but still needy from about 5-6:30 pm. They love going out and about and checking out new surroundings. People stop us all. the. time. I only mind when one of them is crying and it's cleat that I've got to go. ;)

We're doing it! But not without the help of many people. I've never been so grateful to have Matt working from home and family who live in town. Little breaks make all the difference in the world.


Twistshake Bottle Giveaway

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I recently posted over on my Instagram about some new bottles I'm loving by Twistshake. Their bottles are anti-colic and great for mixing formula or infusing fruit in your baby's water. They also come with a formula or snack container for easy on-the-go access. 





Here's the fun part... you have a chance to win one today! All you need to do is check out their bottles here and comment below with which color you would like to win (and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win). For those of you who cannot wait to see if you won you can use the code "natyouraveragegirl20" for a 20% off coupon. giveaway ends Tuesday evening. Good luck!