Thoughts for Thursday: OBX 2017 Vacation

Hi Friends! I wanted to pop in with a little vacation recap.  It was our last one of the summer and school starts in a little less than 3 weeks :( I'm happy and sad to say goodbye to summer this year.

Last week we spent the week in Duck, NC with Kyle's side of the family. I always look forward to this trip because it's so much fun for my boys to see their cousins!  All the cousins live in PA except my boys so it's always a special treat for them to all be together.   The weather didn't look good going into the week but ended up not being too bad thankfully.

Our first day out on the beach was absolutely gorgeous and the weather was perfect!

 My boys continue to prove they are beach babies through and through.

If you're not using them already you need to get yourself some Scout bags for the pool and beach! I usually get mine from our local boutique Whimsicality but Amazon sells them with Prime shipping which is awesome!   I have the Three girls tote, the Deano tote, and The Stiff One Party cooler.  They're all lightweight and waterproof which means you can just hose them down and let them dry in the sun.  

We captured this great picture of Kyle and all his brothers out on the water with the cousins.  So lucky to have extra uncles to help out ;)

We did have one day of bad storms and rain so we took the kids to the North Carolina Aquarium on Manteo.  The aquarium isn't huge but they have the best shark exhibit I've ever seen! My boys were obsessed! 

My nieces found this old Girl Talk in our beach house and it was so funny to get to play agin with them!! It was also so funny to see how much technology has changed since this came out in 1991!

I have dirty beach hair and no make up on but I love this picture on Matthew and me that my brother in law's girlfriend snapped at sunset. 

I didn't snap a ton of photos the last few days and we ended our vacation with a trip to Surfin Spoon in Nags Head for frozen yogurt and a late night walk on the beach.  

This was the one and only family photo we took on the vacation!  Thanks to the kind strangers that overheard me saying we didn't take any photos and walked over to snap one for us.

As I mentioned above I'm sad to say goodbye to summer but I'm also looking forward to starting the school year and getting back into a routine!

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Current Obsessions

Hi Friends!  I'm still getting back into the swing of things after our vacation to OBX last week but I wanted to pop in today and share some things I'm loving lately. I haven't shopped since the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I'm itching to add all these adorable fall and fall transitional pieces to my wardrobe.  I don't want to wish summer away but I have to admit I'm a little excited for a chill in the air (and for school to start ;)

How adorable is this top?! I love the stripe and that is has a subtle shimmer.  It can easily be worn now with shorts and into the fall with jeans.  

I missed this dress when they had it in black last fall so I'm not going to let this one pass me by!! Such a cute flattering style that can be dressed up or down 

I'm obsessed with this cardigan!! I just love that it's got a bit of a different cut and lay than your standard oversized cardigan 

I've been hunting for a brown bootie like this for the past year but haven't found anything I love until these! I worry the heel might be too tall but I think this is the perfect fall brown 

I can't quite get on the cold shoulder trend but I'm willing to give it a try with this adorable one for my Old Navy, plus the price tag makes it totally justifiable.  

I've wanted black skinny jeans for awhile but don't really want to spend over $100. These are only $69 and have 5 star reviews so I might need to give them a try this fall 

How adorable is this lace top?! That would look so cute with the above black skinny jeans! 

I'm always looking for little cross body bags for nights out or trips with the boys where I don't need my big tote and this Kate Spade one is the perfect fall neutral 

How adorable is this ruffle shift dress?!  Perfect to dress up or down for fall 

I've been eyeing these jeans ever since I saw them on Tuckernuck! I just love the color!! 

These were my favorite slip on shoes this year and I'm loving the navy color for fall and winter, don't you think they would look cute with the jeans above! 

Love this bell sleeve trend and this shirt looks like it could be comfy for running around with kids or add heels and big necklace to dress it up for date night. 

Just another pair of statement earrings to add to my collection!! I'm thinking this pink color would be good with my black dress for a wedding this weekend 

You can't ever go wrong with a striped tee from Loft, can you?! Perfect for now with shorts or layered under a cardigan in the fall 

I know I've posted this before but I just don't wear my tall Hunter boots as much as I thought I would because they're so clunky so I'm thinking of getting a short pair.  Does anyone have these?  Are they easier to wear than the tall ones?  

Are you ready for fall or are you hanging on to summer as long as possible?  Anyone else a sucker for fall fashion like myself?  

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Thoughts for Thursday: For your Dinosaur Obsessed Toddler and Preschooler

This post as been a long time coming but I've finally rounded up some of our favorite dinosaur toys, books, and movies.  Every time I share something dinosaur related that my kids love or use on instastories I get so many of you asking me where we got everything and how I found it so I've finally put it all in a post for you.

If your kid is dinosaur obsessed like my two are you will slowly find that dinosaur toys and books aren't quite as popular as all things trucks, cars, and trains for little boys.  So I've had to get resourceful and do some researching to find out and online digging to find the best toys, games, and movies for my boys.

1. Learning Resources Jumbo Dinosaurs- I like to call #1 and #2 on this list the dinosaur starter pack. If you have a kid who is newly into dinosaurs I highly suggest both of these. These toys give you the perfect starter pack with five jumbo, and they are jumbo, but perfect for little hands dinosaurs.  These five are probably the most commonly known dinosaurs so it's good to start here.  

2. Usborne Big Book of Dinosaurs-  I bought this book on a whim when I was invited to a Facebook Usborne party online last spring and I'm so happy I did because it is still hands down one of our favorite books.  The illustrations are the perfect mix of cartoon-y but realistic for toddlers the history and details of the dinosaurs is exactly what your toddler wants to know about while still educating you as a parent (since the names are so hard to pronounce!) 

3. My Big Dinosaur Book- this is another favorite around our house. I always kept this one in the play room so we could look at dinosaur pictures through out the day with Miller when he was younger and he could start to name and identify them.  

4. ABC Dinosaurs- when we were working on Miller learning the ABCs this book was great because he had no interest in learning them if dinosaurs weren't involved.  This book is written by authors from the American Museum of Natural History, they have an ABC book for dinosaurs, space, animals, oceans, insects 

5. Terra Dinosaurs- this brand of dinosaur is at my local Target.  At this point I'm pretty sure we own all of them but my boys love these! These are much more lifelike in their coloring and features and they're a little bit heavier and sturdier than some of the other ones we have.    

6. Boley Educational Dinosaur 12 Pack- this is the biggest bang for your buck!  If I've learned anything over the past 2 years, dinosaurs toys are expensive.  If you're looking to get your little one a lot of dinosaurs for a good price I highly suggest this pack. They're not the highest quality but are lightweight and perfect for little hands.  They survived lots of dinosaur battles at my house just fine.  

7.My First Match It Dinosaur Friends - if you're looking for a quiet activity my boys love these match games.  We have the one for  cars and trucks too.  They're perfect for two and three year olds and while I feel like Miller is out growing this game he still seems to love it.  

8. How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?- this is another book series that we absolutely adore! They have a how to dinosaurs count to ten, go to sleep, go to school, say I'm mad and tons more. These have been great over the past couple of months with Miller and helping him express his feeling better when he's mad or sad or trying something new. 

9. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs- this is hands down our favorite dinosaur movie.  The plus side is there is lots of adult humor too so you won't get bored if you watch.  

10. Land Before Time DVDs- I didn't know this until Miller got into dinosaurs but there are like 14 Land Before time DVDs and my boys love them! I haven't shown them the first one yet (too sad) but the ones that were made in the last 10 years are so are great.  Our favorites include Great Day of the Flyers, Journey of the Brave, and Wisdom of Friends.  

11. Dinosaur Rescue- Again another book series we love because this one combines dinosaurs with cars, trucks, fire engines, diggers, etc.  So if you have two boys and one loves dinosaurs and one loves trucks you're good to go!  

12. Schleich T-Rex and Other Dinosaurs-  If you're looking for really nice well made high quality dinosaurs then this brand is a must.  The dinosaurs are expensive but they are big, well made, and very realistic looking.  My boys have a few of these and they hold up so well to the rough and tough boy play.  

It was hard to narrow it down but I would say these are our top dinosaur favorites!  If you have any questions feel free to ask me or if you have any new dinosaur books, toys, or movies that your kids like I would love to hear about them! 

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Current Obsession: The Little Black Dress

I think most women would agree that having one good little black dress is your closet is a must!  Black is one of those colors that you can just never go wrong with.  You can dress a black dress up or down, it works for pretty much all seasons of the year, and you are free to accessorize it with fun shoes,  a bright necklace and earrings or keep it simple with basic pearl studs.

 When I saw this drop waist flutter sleeve dress at Loft I knew it had to be mine!  We have a wedding coming up mid August and I knew this would be perfect for it.   Here I paired it with one of my favorite pairs of booties and leopard clutch but I will probably wear heels to the wedding, I haven't decided yet though.

These booties are sold out but I linked some similar ones below and I linked a more budget friendly version of my clutch!

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Do you have a favorite LBD?  
Do you accessorize with bright fun colors or keep it simple with neutral classic pieces?  

I rounded up a few of my other favorites below! 


Miller's Nautical Big Boy Room Plan

I've been meaning to share this plan for a few weeks now and I'm finally getting around to it today.  Miller's big boy room re-do has been a long time coming!  When we moved into this house two years ago Miller had just turned two and had just moved from his crib to a toddler bed.  We didn't plan to keep him in the toddler bed long but he ended up loving it so we didn't make any changes.  Shortly after turning three and right before we moved out for our first floor renovation we upgraded him to a twin bed hoping it would help with his still consistent sleep issues.  Long story short, it didn't.  

When we moved back into our house in April I decided that for his 4th birthday Miller needed a complete room makeover.  The poor kid had been living with a half put together room since we moved in and it was time to get the room completed.

So here is the inspiration board I put together.  We have already ordered all of his furniture and some of the bedding.  We still need mirror, curtains, and decor.  Miller is really into dinosaurs and sharks so I decided to stick with his ongoing nautical theme from his nursery but incorporate sharks into it, to keep him happy.

Here is what Miller's room currently looks like right when you walk into it.  I can't even believe I'm showing you these because it looks so bad right now. We never re-hung his curtains after we moved back from our rental townhouse and I didn't hang many things back up on the wall either.   Pretty much everything you see in these pictures below is going out of this room.

Ignore the random trampoline in the corner, that finally moved to the basement 

Here it is from the other side of the room:  

The white dresser was his changing table but it was just becoming a catch all for clean laundry and I don't need the storage so that is going.  

Then here is looking from the wall where is bed is: 

I want to try to keep his one year old portrait in the room somewhere, but it may end up moving to a blank wall in our room.  

The navy blue dresser was my grandmother's and I painted it when I was pregnant with Miller. It was a true labor of love, as it needed like 100 coats of paint, but unfortunately it can't stay in his room.  The drawers are so old and constantly get so stuck that Miller can't even open them.  Half the time I have a hard time too.   We're trying to encourage independence with dressing himself and putting clothes away but it's impossible when he can't even use his own dresser. I'm so sad to see it go from his room but I know it a good decision in the long run :( 

We decided that any furniture we purchased we wanted to last him until he moved out for college.  I fell in love with the Jameson bedroom set from RH baby and child and knew it would be perfect to fit with the navy blue and red accents I wanted.  The nautical looking mirror is also from there.   The curtains, sheets, and striped duvet are all from Pottery Barn Kids.  The monogrammed sham is too but I haven't decided if I want those or a big monogrammed lumbar pillow.    We also ordered him a bookcase where I will store his books, toys, and more little decor knickknacks.  
Jameson Bedroom Set in Antiqued Natural: RH Baby & Child
Shark Sheets: Pottery Barn Kids
Navy Blackout curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Shark Wooden Wall Art: Target
Wood Oars: Target 
Striped Duvet Cover: Pottery Barn Kids 
Monogrammed Shams: Pottery Barn Kids
Red Table Lamp:  Target 

So there you have it!  I'm hoping to have the room completed before we head to the beach in two weeks but we'll see.  It's been so fun working on it and having Miller see the progress and get excited.   

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