under $20

Hi!

I wanted to share a couple of things my girls are living in that I highly recommend and all are under $20 right now!

Happy Shopping!

The older girls are in camp this summer and to make things easier on myself, I’ve created a “uniform”.  I wanted them in summery dresses with biker shorts underneath and thank goodness Hanna Andersson had exactly what I was looking for.  Below are a few prints that we bought and have in rotation for camp – and by the way, they are $13 right now!  I wish I would have waited to purchase :).  Find them HERE.

[Be prepared for a lot of “shark a doo doo doo” with this dress]

sharl dress

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[Love this print too and we also have the red crab print!  I wasn’t kidding – these dresses are on repeat – super high quality and just easy]

jelly

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[Another one of the Hanna dresses I love and, again, super on sale:  only $16. Find it HERE.]

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[Here are some shorts for you to purchase that are easy to toss underneath.  Find them HERE]

[My girls also always love sporting their sunglasses.  Find them HERE.]

FireShot Capture 009 - Toddler Glitter Heart Sunglasses - Gap - www.gap.com

[Another thing the girls are loving recently is sleeping in dresses.  They are obsessed.  I bought a few but my absolute favorite ones are the below from Old Navy.  Find them HERE.]

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[Some serious shell searching below :)]

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[I also recently purchased them some jelly sandals and they love them!  They continually ask if they can put on their “Cinderella slippers”.  Find the ones we bought HERE].

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xo

Hillary

 

three babes: how we knew

I had a few requests to do this blog post.  How did you know you wanted to have three?

When Bea was born and diagnosed, I thought she would be our only one.  She had medical challenges and, at the time, I couldn’t see past the hospital stays, the several blood draws a week, etc.  This baby of mine needed SO much attention that I didn’t think there was room in my life or my heart for one more.

When Bea was 6 months old we decided that the best thing we could do for our family was to have another baby.  It would create the normalcy we craved and we always wanted more than one.  Yes, the transplant threw us for a major loop but let’s keep it moving and continue on what we wanted before.

SO, when Bea was just a year old (6 months after her transplant), we got pregnant again.  I’ll never forget telling my parents and the sheer shock and worry and joy on their faces.  I was worried too – could I handle it all? But on we pressed and in 2016 we welcomed the spark that is Poppy.

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Sisters were perfect for us.  They were immediate buddies and seeing their relationship is great even now – it is so special.  Everything seemed to be just as we hoped – normal, fun, the girls played great together, and it was getting easier.

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At first, I thought we were finished.  We were so thrilled to have these two healthy girls and honestly, I felt content.  But that didn’t last long. Like I mentioned earlier, I am 1 of 3 girls so the thought of adding just one more seemed totally doable to me.  And would I be lucky enough to have 3 girls?!

There was no major light bulb moment for me – just a lingering feeling like our family wasn’t complete.  We had a few conversations about it and decided that if it happened for us, we would be blessed.  And, our 3rd night in the new house we found out that we were due in April 2019 with our third baby.

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My advice to those of you who are considering having another or adding to your family – if you are thinking of it – do it.  My aunt told me something that has stayed with me always:

You will never regret adding another person to your family.  You’ll only regret it if you don’t.

xo

Hillary

app obsession

Hi!

I wanted to share something that I have absolutely fallen in love with and something I think you all might enjoy too – especially if you are a working mom 🙂

First, let me start by saying I get a lot of questions about our childcare situation.  Who watches the girls?  Do you have a nanny full time? Below is what their weekly schedule is looking like for the summer (and there is a point to this, I promise)

Mondays:  Our nanny handles all three girls.  She fills their day with activities, outtings, etc.  She has been with us for about a year and we feel SO fortunate to have her.

Tuesdays:  My mother in law drops off and picks up the two older girls from camp and then spends the afternoon with them.  They eat lunch at camp so they’ll go to her house for naps and then tennis at 4pm.  I also have a sitter that comes to the house for the day to watch Louise.  She comes at 7:30am and hangs with her until 5:30pm

Wednesdays:  Our nanny handles all three girls.  Gets the two older girls to camp and picks them up.

Thursdays:  A different sitter than Tuesdays hangs with Louise for the day.  I get the girls to and from camp and then the sitter watches all three in the afternoon.

SO – there is a lot of changing hands, who is doing what, getting littles on time to camp, etc etc etc.  It started to give me anxiety so I looked for an app where I could keep track of the girls and what they were doing.

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Here comes the Daily Nanny app.  Daily Nanny is an app that you can share with a caregiver or multiple caregivers to see what’s going on throughout the day.  Since the older girl’s camp already implemented something similar, I decided to use Daily Nanny just for the times when the sitters are alone with Louise.  That way, I can see how she is napping, eating, and give them a place to send me a picture once in awhile 🙂

SO – if you are a stressed out mom currently on maternity leave, I suggest downloading this app and save yourself the heartache of thinking you won’t know what’s going on with your kids throughout the work day.  I am certainly enjoying it!

xo

Hillary