toddler life

Monochrome Monday

Hello, August! It’s crazy how fast July went considering it’s one of the longer months. Henry starts school in one week and I am hoping this Atlanta heat starts to fade by months end. While I am looking forward to cooler temps I will miss all the adorable summer clothes. I love color coordinating the kids outfits while still making sure they maintain they’re own style. Lately, Henry loves to live in his pajamas all day long. Getting him changed into anything else is a challenge. I’ve found that lightweight, breathable clothes make him the most comfortable. These stripe harem shorts are made from the lightest cotton I’ve ever felt and are perfect for active toddler boys. I love supporting small shops and everything in the pictures below are made in the USA from small shop owners (minus the Converse but who can resist those). I’ve linked all of these pieces below, as well as some other monochrome favorites!

 

Evelyn: bow (c/o), leotard, shorts (c/o), shoes
Here are some more monochrome styles I am loving. Ladies first!
Boys:
Mummy Sweatshirt (perfect for Halloween!)

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Walkkings Shoes {Review & Coupon!}

Both of my kids have always been early walkers and each took their first steps at 9 1/2 months. Once they figured out they could be mobile upright, they were off and never looked back. I’ve always hated the typical early walker shoes. They are not stylish, super chunky and just flat out boring. I recently came across Walkkings Shoes and was immediately attracted to their sleek design and style. They come in several different colors, can be worn year round and look cute with any outfit. 
I have never come across a shoe as functional and inventive as the Walkkings brand. They have done so much research on the health of a child’s foot and developed a shoe made for active and growing children. I love that they contain no toxic dyes and are made with anti-allergic, breathable materials (did you know that children’s feet sweat 3 times more than adult feet?!)

Most of Evelyn’s shoes can be tough to get onto her squirmy, chubby baby feet. What is so amazing about these shoes is that they all unzip from the sole, completely opening the shoe. They’re so easy to put on and I know she is comfortable in them. She wears them to the park, for evening walks and on play dates. She has become quite the climber and jumper and will literally just jump in place, mostly on our hardwood floors. These shoes are great at supporting her little ankles so she can continue with her toddler acrobats. Readers can get 20% off all shoes with the code EVIE20. If you have a new walker or toddler in your life I highly recommend grabbing a pair of these amazing shoes. They have a 100% money back guarantee but I promise you will love them as much as I do 🙂 
*Walkkings provided me with a free pair of shoes to review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own*

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LegoLand Discovery Center {Atlanta)

It probably comes as no shock when I say that my almost four year old son is obsessed with Legos. Literally obsessed. He loves to build, tear apart and rebuild. A few weeks ago we planned a trip to LegoLand Discovery Center in Atlanta with Henry, myself and husband. We left Evelyn with my mom so we could have some quality time with Henry. Being that Evelyn is only 16 months old, she wouldn’t have enjoyed herself since 99% of the actives are for older kids (however children 2 and under have free admission). We were able to really experience LegoLand and all it had to offer without having to worry about pushing a stroller or rushing to leave for Evelyn’s nap. We also were not the only parents with this mindset because all the children I saw there that day were at least 3 years old and up.

LegoLand is located in the heart of Buckhead in Phipps Plaza on the third floor. It is promoted as an indoor discovery center and playground. From the moment you step off the elevator you are hit with all things Lego. We arrived right when it opened at 10am and stayed for about two hours. There is endless entertainment, building stations, climbing stations, slides, karaoke, a cafe, rides and a 4D movie theater which plays several different short films throughout the day. There is a helpful countdown clock at the theater entrance so you know when the next showing is.

Henry has been to LegoLand once before with my mom but this was our first time. Trust me when I say he never forgot a single thing he did there, even after a year from his first visit. He was so excited that he woke up at 3am Sunday morning saying it was time to “shoot the bad guys!” LegoLand has an interactive ride where you can “shoot” bad guys on the screen in order to rescue the princess. They also take your picture while riding on the ride which you can purchase after for $12. Totally worth it  since you get a 5×7 size and the option to go online and download and print more. The keepsake is so sweet and Henry chose to hang the picture in his room.

The race car station allowed children to build their own cars and then send them flying down a ramp to see if the cars would get enough momentum to land in the bucket. Henry loved the building part but the bigger kids definitely loved the racing!
There is an earthquake table which Henry and my husband both enjoyed. They spent nearly 20 minutes at that station building the tallest buildings and then setting off the earthquake and seeing whose building could stay up the longest. There are stations everywhere and they are nicely spread out. The center never felt crowded, even when it got busier as the day went on.
My favorite part was the Lego recreation of Atlanta. From Turner Field to the Varsity, the entire city was built made out of Lego’s. It was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. Most of the Dad’s in attendance seemed to love this room the most 🙂 Did you know there are 62 lego bricks for every person on Earth? The fact that there are more legos in existence than people blows my mind. Lego takeover anyone?

Henry’s favorite part of Lego Land was by far the new Pirate Island Adventure cove which had a great indoor climbing and play area, a lego build station and even a water build station where kids could build pirate ships in the water and send them floating down to the bottom. Your child will definitely get wet here, which is part of the experience, so be sure to keep that in mind when dressing them for the adventure!

After finishing up in the discovery center you are taken to the incredible Lego shop which is a mecca for kids. They have every building set you could imagine and a ton of fun accessories. I personally wanted the pink lego backpack but my husband vetoed that idea. LegoLand even offers hosted birthday parties that include pizza, drinks, a private party room and plenty of play time.

After Lego Land we had lunch right across at Johnny Rocket’s. We finished out our day with milkshakes, root beer floats, french fries and old fashioned burgers. It reminded me of times when my dad and I would go there because he always loved the Johnny Rockets milkshakes.

He had a smile on his face the entire time and I haven’t seen him that happy in a while. I knew he loved being able to spend time with his parents alone and have the focus solely be on him. After Evelyn joined our family a lot of my attention went to her, naturally since she is a lot younger and cannot do anything on her own yet, so my time with Henry was cut short in a lot of ways. Spending the afternoon together with just the three of us reminded me that I need to take more time and do one on one activities that just involve the three of us or even him and me. Experiencing LegoLand together was such incredible and I highly recommend it for kids 3 and up. If you have an older child, it’s ideal for a solo date with just them. You can find more information about tickets, hours and location on their website.

*Thank you to Lego Land Atlanta for providing tickets for our visit. As always, all opinions expressed are my own*

 

 

Patriotic Sibling Style

Happy Monday, friends! I hope all you ladies had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, which started off the summer holiday season. In just a few short weeks, pools will be opening and family beach trips will be taking place. Hello Ellie Shop has some amazing red, white & blue outfits for your kiddos to wear this Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. I absolutely love her fun patterns and cotton blends. The clothes are a very lightweight cotton and so soft. Also, each piece is under $20! If you’re having a baby boy, I would pair this adorable Americana onesie with the harem shorts. Whether you have boys, girls or one of each, there is definitely something for all! Besides, the holidays just aren’t complete without dressing your kids in coordinating attire 🙂

Look at this little ham of mine. He loves being silly lately when I take his picture. All I have to say is “Henry, DON’T smile” and he starts giggling and smiling like crazy. Now if I could only get his little sister to do the same. I forget that around the 16th month age my kids stop smiling and it lasts until about two. Great.

Henry’s tank is from Gap last year and I am pretty stoked that it still fits him. I usually buy a full size bigger than his current age and shirts and tanks last him well over a year. He is still 3 years old but has been wearing a 4t since his last birthday. You know my love for knee high baby socks so I had to pair some with this skirt. They definitely add a girly touch when your daughter is wearing Converse to match her brother!

 

leotard // skirt // headband // leggings // socks // shoes // tank {similar 1, 2}I hope everyone has an amazing week! xo

*Hello Ellie Shop provided me with these clothes free of charge. As always, all opinions expressed are my own* 

 

Life with a Toddler

Henry and I had to run a few errands today after his morning nap. A few days ago he took a nasty fall on this poor little face and also skinned up his finger. His new favorite word is “boo-boo” (also the name for bandaids) so as soon as he wakes up he is asking for boo-boos. I wrapped a bandaid around his finger and off we went. While at the store Henry told me he needed this Mike Wazowski ballon (by telling me, he literally screamed for the whole store to hear). Afraid that someone would alert the cops for a potential kidnapping, I gave in and got him the ballon and checked out. While outside, the balloon came off the stick and the wind blew it across the whole parking. You would have thought that I just killed the family cat. With Henry screaming, I stood there for a second wishing the wind would blow it back to me but then came to my senses and realized it was just blowing it further away, in and out of cars. I grabbed Henry and walked for what seemed to be 5 minutes just to grab this damn balloon. Finally back in the car and headed to our last errand (which happened to involve driving on the highway), Henry decides that the bandaid on his finger must be killing him because he is throwing the biggest, most epic tantrum I have ever seen. Of course I cannot pull over because we are ON THE HIGHWAY so I have to suffer through this until I pull off at a QT and remove the tumor bandaid. While he was throwing his bandaid fit I had rolled down the window to distract him and forgot to roll it back up after we stopped. All seemed to be good once we got back on the road and wouldn’t you know it … that damn balloon flew out the window. And for a split second, I dreamed that we had a clothes line. 

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