Our Everyday Style | 06.23.15 #25weeks

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I won’t deny that I kind of LOVE dressing alike with the girls. Sometimes more deliberate than others but I love when we match. That’s why I was pumped when T.J.Maxx and Marshalls emailed me about celeb moms matching with their daughters (see here, here and here) and challenged me to create our own mother/daughter look. It was right up our alley! They aren’t going to want to match or take group photos forever, right? Gotta live it up now. Rowan and I actually went out on a little Mommy/daughter date night together to go shopping for something. We went with an overall theme more than exact matching outfits. I am totally on board with all blue that’s in the store right now. I love all the indigo dyed things out there. So pretty! I was able to find a ton of super cute Lucky Brand tops (at a major discount!) in the kids section for Rowan. They all had the cutest details- like the crochet shoulders on the top she is wearing in these pictures. And don’t even get me started on the new items from June & January! This playsuit Finley’s wearing is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever put on her. *Swoon.

Sorry for the abundance of photos in this post. I don’t assume any of you want to see 500 pictures of my kids, unless of course you’re my Mom (hi Mom!) and then these pictures are for you. I just couldn’t help it. It was like every picture was gold. I love capturing their silly, loving and sweet relationship. Sisters are kinda the best. Can’t believe they’re both going to be big sisters soon. I always wonder how becoming a middle child will change Finley’s current personality. Any insight from Mom’s with 3 or more out there? Would love to hear your thoughts. Also, would you just look at Finley’s sassy little face!

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

JEN:
Chambray crop top: Marshalls
Maternity skirt: asos
Sandals: Marshalls

ROWAN:
Lucky Brand top: T.J.Maxx
Polka dot jeans: Target
Salt Water Sandals: Nordstrom

FINLEY:
Striped playsuit: June & January
Salt Water sandals: Nordstrom

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Let’s talk Honest!

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Last year when we made a big overhaul to the way we eat, we also made a big ol’ overhaul to the products we use to clean our house and the products we use on our bodies as well. I know that a lot of household cleaners and body products can be self made, but I decided I would rather spend extra time on making food from scratch and save time in these particular areas. I went on a big search for brands and items that would work well for our family. It was really important to me because I think we pay a lot of attention to the food we eat, without much thought about the products we put on our bodies. They’re getting absorbed into out bodies just like the food we eat, right? I hated how almost every soap, cleaner, shampoo out there was full of colored dyes, bad chemicals, etc… After searching a bit I ended up really falling in love with Honest. I know Honest has been around now for a while but it was the first time I really started using their products. They’re simple to order (go with the monthly bundles!!) and I only have great things to say about all the products we’ve been using over the past year. I signed up to receive a monthly bundle every month- I change the products that will show up at our doorstep depending on what we’re out of. The products below are the staples in our house. They’re my most loved Honest items! I would totally recommend giving them a try if you haven’t already.

1. Toothpaste:

It was a must for us to find a toothpaste that did have SLS in it. We love both the kids and the adult versions. They even sell travel sizes making it super handy when you travel. The kids love the strawberry flavor and I love the mint.

2. Spray Hand Sanitizer:

Ohhh let me sing the praises of this hand sanitizer! I have tried a lot of them over the years since having kids and these are BY FAR my favorite. Have you ever noticed how disgustingly neon pink the soap is in most public bathrooms? I make everyone get a good heavy spray after potty breaks and we’re good to go. I love not having to touch the sinks and dryers that are also covered in germs.

3. Vitamins:

These are the newest additions to our bundles. I’ve been taking the prenatal vitamin for a few months now and the girls love the kids chewable ones.

4. Conditioner:

Our whole house uses the shampoo and conditioner from Honest. Love that it makes my hair soft with out feeling weighed down with added gunk.

5. Multi Purpose Cleaner:

We use this for EVERYTHING!

6. Shave Oil:

This is one of my top favorites. It feels like a little spa treatment when you shave. My legs tingle (from the menthol crystals) and are so soft after using it in the shower.

7. Sun Screen:

I am a stickler about sun screen. Oooh it can be so bad for you even when it is doing something soooo good for you. Ingredients in sunscreen is something really important to me. I love the Honest sunscreen, especially the sun stick. Man! That thing is so handy. I leave one in my purse at all times. The amount of times it has saved all of us from sunburns! Perfect for quick under eye, nose, forehead coverage at the park on a sunny day.

8. Fruit and Veggie Wash:

I try to buy organic as much as we can but this fruit and veggie wash helps with some piece of mind when I can’t. Spray produce down and wash it off. Simple as that!

*This is not a sponsored post by Honest. Just my honest (no pun intended) opinions on the products that we use and love in our household. There is an affiliate link used though.

Celebrating 60!!

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It was my Dad’s 60th Birthday this month and we surprised him with a special family weekend in Lake George. My sister flew in from Squamish, BC and my middle sister Amy came down from Rochester. We haven’t all been together in 3 years! That’s crazy to me! Needless to say, it was a very fun, memorable and special weekend for my Dad (and well, all of us of course!). Lake George in upstate NY is such a beautiful area. The lake is gorgeous, the Adirondack Mountains make the perfect backdrop and there are endless things to do. I love that it’s so close to us. The girls were loving all the attention all weekend. They always miss everyone so much when they aren’t around. It’s hard living away from family, but it does make it that much sweeter when you are together again (just wish it could happen a little more often!). It’s crazy to think that the amount of time spent living away from each other is quickly creeping up to pass the length of time we actually all spent together under one roof. I know life goes on and that’s the nature of growing up, but I always wonder what it would be like to have my sisters or parents down the street or even just in the next town over. I could call them up quick and say “come over and watch Project Runway with me”, or “we’re running to Target want to come?” It’s something I’ve never experienced and not sure I ever will- who knows where this life will take us all. I know my parents raised us to be adventurers, to follow our hearts, to take risks and live big. So honestly, I feel like we will always be spread out all over the country but that’s ok. I am so proud of what everyone is doing and who we’ve all become. I may have to watch from a far but I wouldn’t change any it. The Lula gang is a crazy, last minute, spontaneous, fun loving, adventure loving family and I am so glad I am one of them.

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and a little video for us to remember to weekend!

My Everyday Style | 06.16.15 (celebrating 9 years of marriage!)

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Yesterday Kev and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We were lucky enough to have my Mom in town still and she watched the girls for us most of the day. We didn’t have super plans or anything but we got to spend the whole day just together doing whatever we felt like. We ate lunch, walked around Saratoga, ate cookies and milk, went to the bookstore, watched Kev’s hockey game and sat outside on a beautiful night eating late night burritos. It’s always so nice to just have regular ol’ time together without little ones taking up all your attention. It’s been such a wonderful adventure these past 9 years. I am so thankful for them and for him. I look forward to all that is to come as well. We don’t buy gifts for each other on our anniversary, usually just trying to take a trip together(my fingers are still crossed we can make this work this summer) but we do try to make something for each other. My gift was centered around a bible verse I claimed as our motto for year 9. I hope to share that in a post sometime soon. Anyway, here are some outfit pictures/anniversary tradition photos. Did you know that Stitch Fix has a maternity service now? Hallelujah!!! It has been my saving grace. My stylist has been sending my the cutest things… like this dress! It feels like I’m wearing my pajamas, how could you not love that!! It’s got the cutest scoop neck at the back too, makes the dress feel extra feminine.

If you are pregnant make sure you sign up for your first maternity fix soon!

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress: Stitch Fix
Sandals: Forever 21
Glasses: David Kind

And as I post every year… here are our past anniversary photos (love this tradition)…

Year eight:

In Costa Rica. Why are we not there again this year? jk
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Year seven:

Ogunquit, Maine. One of our most favorite places. We made a little video of that trip.
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Year Six:

Florida. I think we get a little too tan when we spend 3 weeks in FL in the middle of June. Ha!
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Year Five:

Paris, France. We just locked a lock on the “love” bridge.
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Year Four:

Hello super pregnant Jen! Although I still had 3 months to go in this picture.
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Year Three:

Just chillin’ in our front yard.
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Year Two:

We just had the closing on our very first house!! We celebrated in the empty house with Chinese food and champagne on the floor.
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Year One:

Living in Hawaii and loving life. We look like little babies.
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When nothing comes.

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Anyone else battling a case of writers block? I get in these funks sometimes where everything I think about posting on here seems so trivial. Like, does an outfit post really matter when a blog friend’s baby has leukemia? I get stuck in my own head sometimes. Blogging can feel so “me” centered (duh! it’s a personal blog) but sometimes that just seems so apparent to me and then I get nervous and can’t think of anything worth writing about. Am I sounding crazy yet? The thing is though, we all have something worth sharing- even the small and mundane. It’s all part of our own personal story. I really want to just get back to writing more. Maybe about nothing in particular, maybe about deep things. What I love most about blogging is the idea of being able to look back at my blog as a family journal. I feel like my blog has been missing that lately. Recipes and outfits are all well and good but I know I’ll want to read more about how we were feeling and the things we were up to in the years to come. Have you seen that 31 day writing challenge that happens in October? I can no way commit to something like that but I like the idea of forcing yourself to write more. I am not a great writer, so that can be scary to me. When I write longer posts I feel panicky before hitting publish. I would be the first to admit my lack in skill in that area. Especially my grammar! Oh my grammar! I write like a long, run-on train of thought. That’s who I am though. Fear never gets anyone anywhere. Being afraid of sharing, writing or a lack of skill just makes you frozen and stuck. Are there things you feel afraid of that are holding you back? Fear is a crazy, powerful thing that really can suck the life from you doing something you love.

Well, this post wasn’t supposed to be so depressing. I am not depressed by any means. Just wanted to write about well, my lack of writing and posting. Wondering if anyone ever feels the same way? Anyway, I am excited to just sit and write more. There are lots of fun and scary changes happening for us (ahhh being out numbered by children soon) and this blog has always been my way of expressing how I am handling it all. Excited to Ignite that blogging flame again.

1st Real Dance Recital

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Excuse me while I post a million pictures of my eldest looking super cute and kicking butt at her dance recital last weekend. As I went into the dress rehearsal on Friday night, I had a slight panic feeling like… “what are we (I) doing here? I don’t fit in with this whole ‘dance mom’ thing.” I was carrying tutus and shoes and makeup and hair pins. It was a strange out of body experience. Not that there is anything wrong with being a dance mom. I know the majority of the dance world are not the moms on some TLC show. Anyway when I saw Rowan run to the entrance of the auditorium with her little friends their excitement with contagious. She couldn’t believe how big the stage was and that they would get to dance up there! It was a fun reminder/lesson that as parents sometimes you have to put aside what you think and just totally be absorbed in whatever your kids fall in love with. I mean I do already LOVE ballet but something about the whole dance Mom thing weirds me out. It’s not hard to put that aside though when you see how excited it makes them. Rowan literally exclaims “this was the best day ever!!” like every day. She is so excitable and when she is happy it’s impossible to not be smiling from ear to ear right alongside of her.

I can’t believe how big she is getting. I am just so very proud of her and the big girl she is becoming.

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Maternity Style | Week 19

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Here we go! Another round of maternity style. I was looking back on week 19 with Rowan and week 19 (well 18) with Finley. Kinda funny to have them documented and so easily available to look at and compare. Blogs are funny like that. Anyway, I’ll try to keep up best I can. No promises for a weekly outfit picture but fingers crossed.

I have a love/hate relationship with dressing the bump (ugh- I don’t enjoy saying that hahah). It’s actually more like a ok/hate relationship. If you think about my regular style there is lots of tucking, cropped top types, button ups, high waists, and rompers. All of which DO NOT translate well to maternity. It’s left me feeling sort of lost on how I want to dress and not much room to make things work from my current closet. Why are maternity closes either so ridiculously expensive or so super ugly and matronly? Why is there no middle ground. Someone quick! Start a line of madewell-esque maternity clothes for me. I can’t decide if I prefer form fitting or loose and flowy. Both have there pros and cons. I’ve seemed to collected a handful of these type of maternity style dresses though… Midi length, form fitting and neutral in color. Seems pretty easy peasy if you ask me. These next few months will be interesting to say the least. Let the journey begin…


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IMG_2108^^best $1.99 I ever spent. These microphones are the best. Also note Finley’s awesome hair.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:
Tally Mark Dress: Target
Denim Jacket: J.Crew
Clogs: c/o Lotta from Stockholm

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