Fall Ready In Old Navy

This post was sponsored via Old Navy

At first, I was saddened by the thought of  the kids going back to school, since we would be apart for many hours throughout the day, but as I started shopping for clothes and looking through the fall collections, I was reminded of all the fun activities during these beautiful chilly months. Soon, we will be going apple picking, gearing up for Halloween, and before we know it, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. As the children grow older, they become more excited in anticipation for these special moments. Experiencing these moments with them as a parent is the absolute best ever!

In an effort to round out our back to school wardrobe, I decided to take my little fashionista to pick out a few more things for her and her brother at Old Navy. I really love Old Navy, and they’re always at the top of my lists when freshening up wardrobes from season to season. They offer fashionable items for my kiddies, and it is basically my one stop shop for scooping up essentials for all three of mine.

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Siella is really into picking out her own clothing, and I felt it would make dressing her in the morning easier, if I allowed her to pick out her new fall clothes. She loves dressing herself, and she coordinates fairly well for a three year old, but she does tend to get obsessed on an outfit, attempting to wear it every single day. This summer, she wore a pair of pink jellies everywhere (beach, playground, camp), leaving all other summer shoes practically new.

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Siella’s style is typical for that of a three year old girl. Pink, pink, pink, and a bit of purple peppered in occasionally. She loves dresses, sometimes pairing them with leggings, and skirts are another one of her favs. Jeans are probably her least favorite, and usually resists wearing them most of the time, unless they are jeggings. She had no problem navigating her way towards every pink item Old Navy had to offer, and the selection this season is absolutely wonderful. I was loving the selection of everyday dresses, camo prints mix with florals and staple leggings for girls. I was really into the dressed up looks for Siella because she loves to get decked out when going to school, and with great deals Old Navys offers, I don’t mind having her wear these luxe pieces to school or even the playground. One of my favorite pieces was the faux shearling vest, I had to scoop up for both girls. Gemma may not be starting school this year, but that didn’t stop me from picking up some cute outfits for her as well.

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In addition to her cool things for her and her sister, my little helper Siella had no problem picking out plenty of boys duds, for her big bro. Ryder doesn’t have much of an opinion about what he wears, but he definitely has his own sense of style- lots of skinny jeans, sweats, graphic tees, and plaid.  All perfect for my tall, lanky boy. Ryder had this jeans and T sense of style since he was about 3 years old, but he has recently been changing it up by adding sweat pants into his mix. Old Navy had great fashion forward type sweats that featured cool knee stitch detailing, I picked up every color for him.

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We can’t wait to be decked out in our Old Navy threads, and looking forward to the changing season, with the fun fall activities coming our way.

Thank you Old Navy for sponsoring this post. 

Sisterhood

When I first learned that I was pregnant with my third child, I was secretly hoping for a girl. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have been upset with a boy, because a child is a blessing in itself. But, there is something to be said for same sex siblings, especially close in age, which I can relate to from my own childhood, having a sister 22 months younger. I have a brother as well, and my siblings and I have always been super close, but my sister and I share a bond that sometimes is indescribable. I have been watching Siella and Gemma connect over the last few months, as their relationship grows stronger, and I understand, because I share that same bond with my sister.

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My sister and I definitely have our differences like most siblings, but we always rebound from whatever we are going through. I know she is always there for me and can always rely on her, no matter what. She is an incredible Aunt to all three of my children, as well as a godmother to Ryder. She loves my kids more than anything in the world, and they share the same feelings about their “Auntie”. Our mom lost her sister at very a very early age, and she has always instilled in my sister and I how important it is that we have each other, and that we should never take it for granted. It is my intent to do the same for my children, and when they are older, I hope they realize how incredibly lucky they are to have each other.

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Siella has been a great big sister to Gemma. At the tender age of 3, she already exudes maternal instinct in the way that she has been watching out for her little sis since the day she was born. She always makes sure to share whatever she has with Gem, and she has always taken an interest when I am changing a diaper, giving her a bath or a bottle. She’s such a big helper, and almost acts as an advocate for Gemma. They are definitely connected in some sisterly way.

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Gemma wakes up every morning and looks for Siella. Usually waking her big sister up, and it’s funny, because Siella doesn’t seem to mind. They spend the mornings playing together, peacefully and quietly. Gemma calls Siella “Lala” or “Sissy” and it melts my heart every single time I hear it. She’s the most affectionate with Siella, giving her kisses and hugs throughout the day. I know when Siella is off at school or camp, Gemma definitely walks around our apartment wondering where her sister went, but when she comes home, she runs across the room to her, screaming her name!

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It is a beautiful thing to see when Siella patiently sits down and starts playing with Gemma, teaching her how to color, build, even say new words. She has little nicknames for her like “Bubbah Baby, Gemmi-lish, and Chumpa (where these came from I don’t know). I am so blessed and lucky they have each other, and sometimes it makes me sad that Ryder doesn’t have a brother. A few close friends have boys with similar age difference, and I’ve noticed the brotherhood bonds, which makes me wonder sometimes, maybe a fourth is in our future.

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I hope they grow up as close as they are now and will always love and support one another. And be around for each other to talk or share their stories. Sisterhood is about being there to encourage one another through good times and bad. It is more than friendship, it is a bond that will last forever.

Simplifying Our Mornings

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This post was sponsored on behalf of Keurig In just under a week, our carefree laid back summer mornings will soon be a fading memory. School will be back in session, and mornings for me are probably the hardest to tackle. I need to make sure the kids are fed, dressed, lunches made, teeth brushed… Read more »

Sunday Swoon: Lands’ End

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Lands’ End is a brand that has been around for as long as I could remember. It was a staple when I was a child, and could remember my mom ordering my high school uniforms through the Lands’ End catalog. I have since turned to the brand for my own children, especially during this back… Read more »

Saturday Style || Urban Playground

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Summer is not over just yet, and I couldn’t get over Vanessa’s dress up and down looks this week! Skirt – Vintage // Bracelet  // Clutch // Shoes last year Plaid shirt  // Cutoffs  // Booties  // Necklace Hat  // Shorts // Shoes Be sure to visit DressMeUp&Down and for your daily dose of fashion be sure to check out her Instagram and… Read more »

Pre K & 1st Grade Here We Come

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Big things are happening in our home over the next two weeks. For starters, Ryder turned 6 yesterday, and pretty soon, he will be entering 1st grade. First grade to me is such a huge deal. He’s not a baby anymore, and now, this is real school. I thought the start of kindergarden made me… Read more »

Back To School Giveaway

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So excited to share with you all this major Back To School giveaway I am hosting with my good friend Nina from According To Nina.   Win $100 to shop Ruum Clothing, Planet Box lunchbox, Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, $50 to Little Pim, & 3 Book Set and necklace from Star Sisters! Follow the rafflecopter below,… Read more »

Sunday Swoon: FabKids

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Just in time for back to school shopping, Ryder and Siella received their August shipment from FabKids. I’ve been a huge fan of brand for about a year now, and love that every month the kids receive a new outfit in the mail. FabKids was started by a team of parents one being actress and… Read more »