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Craving Fall


These boots are my way of saying, Welcome fall we’ve missed you! Then there’s lots of hugs and kisses. Tonight there was a bit of crisp in the air¬†and the sky was¬†pink and suddenly I’m craving a caramel apple and camp fires. We hung out¬†with family and everything felt content… autumn is like a sigh of relief! Just feeling really grateful tonight… I’ve been doing some soul searching lately and realized a lot about myself and what truly makes me happy. Letting go of the past, not worrying about the future and striving to truly life in the present. It’s something I am really working on… xoxo

Loving our¬†boots in collaboration with Zappos.¬†They’re both the Born brand¬†which means they’re actuallyyyyy comfortable. None of this dealing with pain for style. lol
Collin is extremely picky with shoes and he loves his!
Hers: Tall length + Fanner Style
His: Nigel Book in Grey

   


If you can guess what’s going on here… such is life with a boy.
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Free time with Amazon Fire

This awesome, yellow screen¬†(the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet) saved us on a flight a couple weeks ago with keeping Myles busy on the plane and not only that he could practice his letters before school officially started. Woot woot Two in one! I know the preschool curriculum isn’t too intense ; ) but this boy is ready to learn. Sometimes I feel like my kids are wanting and ready to soak up¬†more information and I’m the one not keeping up with them or pushing them as much as I should. It’s crazy how much kids gravitate towards screens. We reallllyyyy try to limit the time on Netflix and we only have one kids’ screen. But it truly is a great way, if used smart and in the right ways, to facilitate in their learning! I love Amazon¬†Freetime Unlimited because it is a one year subscription and ¬†includes access to thousands of age-appropriate books, videos, apps and games. Plus, top educational titles to help refresh reading comprehension and math skills. I also have access to the Parent Dashboard that keeps track of time and what viewing. You can also set educational goals and screen time limits. Loving all this so I feel safe and protected when they’re on it. ¬†Really excited to see him excel, and my other cutie kids too, this year!

   
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Here are some of the top¬†Momma recommended¬†Kids’ Educational apps:
Starfall, ABC Mouse, Endless Alphabet Numbers, Leap Frog, Reading Rainbow, Endless Number! leave a comment to add your favorites! xo Lizzy

Fave Swim + Sunnies


Just wanted to share some of my favorite swim and sunnies… I’m all about the cheap(er) sunnies because I can’t take care of nice ones. I throw them in my purse. Lose them. My kids steal and wear them… (and my husband even lol). And I like quantity over quality.
Summer is flying by. I feel like all we do is swim and my summer bucket list and pretty neglected right now. But¬†I’m not going to give into the mom guilt thinking about all the creative things or missing adventures because keeping kids happy and busy is so easy at the pool.

If you’re super impatient, like me, you can Amazon prime the swan swimsuit to your little cutie. It has a mathching swim cap even. That I forgot when we snapped these pics real quick today but still… if it wasn’t cute enough it’s so darling with the matching cap!

 


Worth every penny


A little ice cream after a day at the pool is just what we needed… if this girl isn’t happiness and rainbows… she’s crying. lol There’s no inbetween. And I don’t just mean a little cry. I mean like she has a limb hanging from her body cry. Even if it’s just tears from her brother using her pink gel pen.
She was talking my ear off in the car then we had a blast on our little post-pool date.
The more I’ve thought about it, I think some of those cries are a need for attention… and her love language is “mamilla” ice cream so this was such a fun memory for her. It was our first time trying out a new, local ice cream shop. At first, I was like, holy crap 5 bucks for a waffle and scoop of vanilla..?!?! Until I tasted it. It was amazing. They make everything in their shop. (See the first pic of how cute it is too!) Lola gave me the cone and I realized, yes, this was worth every penny. Or 500 pennies to be exact.
Black and white with red all over… is such an easy look. I love this breezy dress that is so cute as a¬†swim cover- up from Old Navy. Lola’s dress and sandals are from there too! Such cute summer stuff right now.
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Unicorn Magic


My favorite camera must-have right now is a wifi memory card. If you don’t have one you need to try it out. Your camera doesn’t need wifi and¬†you do not need to be at home on your wifi… it uses some sort of crazy cool, magical unicorn science so you can be anywhere and get your photos off your big girl camera to your phone. Very convenient and amazing to get it off your camera without a computer.
I love the Toshiba wireless card: Here on Amazon¬†if you’re a Prime shipping girl like me.
Still shooting with the Canon 6D right now and am loving it. This camera has wifi but it’s not as easy to use as a wifi card because you connect the camera to a wifi connection. If you use¬†a compact flash card there are adapters¬†so you can use the wifi SD card¬†in your camera. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments…!
Also still using the 24-70 lens that’s my all around favorite to shoot with. It seems like it’s losing its focus though. Is that normal? Does anyone know if there’s something I can do like a tune up. ūüôā

My sister, Camille, is an amazing hair stylist and did the girls’ hair. She has a hair product she developed and sells called Hair Glyder. She started an Instagram too to share cute little girls’ hair styles too…¬†@upstyl. Can’t wait to see more looks from her. Love this cute mohawk look¬†on my Quincey Rose. xoxo Lizzy

I Love Your Face

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Quick photos before school with this little dolly. Her Kindergarten teacher said she wishes she had 10 more Lola’s in her class because she’s so adorable. haha I know the feeling! I want ten more Lolas too.
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When the self-timer goes off before we get our crap together.

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Hiding behind readers because I don’t want to get ready. Same bun as yesterday too.
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Tubby Time

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One day a few months ago, after a long day on the computer, Collin was in our bathroom and decided to knock out¬†a wall he hated… and thus started our remodel. It wasn’t even just a wall. It was a big, wide arch around the toilet like a throne. ; ) Then another half wall came down and now we have this bright, open bathroom. We still need our shower doors and can someone come decorate for me? ¬†But, hey, at least the tub¬†works.
This is my go-to room to hide out when I need some peace and quiet now. Took two baths in one day last week. Three, if you count the one where I was fully clothed with no water. Don’t judge. hehe

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Knotted sleeve top | Jeans | Freestanding tub

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Minty Christmas

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Well the Grinch decided to come early and ruin Christmas in the form of a computer disaster. My desktop mac won’t turn on. So the last year of photos are suddenly vanished. Somehow I’m pretty calm about this and not having a panic attack which even surprises me. Maybe cause I know the ending and the Grinch’s heart grows and he will fix my computer and we will hold hands and sing… “Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores… welcome Christmas, Christmas day!”
Praying that they will be saved… It’s crazy cause a couple days ago I had a¬†feeling to upload my photos to my hard drive that I completely brushed away like an annoying fly. Sheesh and now here I am staring at a blank screen and wishing I would’ve trusted my heart¬†and listened. Cause I’m usually watching out for mah self. ; )

Here’s a little look at our cards this year… We got them through Minted and I love¬†how they turned out. I couldn’t decide so I got two versions… One is a book of some beach photos and the other is a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas one! Oh, and I ordered a few ornament photo cards for gifts. The funny thing is I forgot to change the name so it reads, “Merry Christmas!” Love, The Chen Family” ahahahah That’s classic Lizzy move. Going to put it on my family gifts and they’ll get a kick out of it. But really I love the paper Minted uses to print the cards on… and I know my paper! Basically consider myself a paper snob¬†; ) They have some really cute Happy New Year cards that would be fun to send out if Christmas cards aren’t you’re thing.
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