ONE little MOMMA


Summer break is upon us and we're doing our best to start if off with a bang. Soren took a trip to the Cascades in Seattle to climb Mt. Shuksan with his climbing buddies last week. He rarely gets the chance to go spend time in the mountains so we put him on a plane and he went on a mini vacation. 

Meanwhile, we went on our own little trip. Kansas City is only about three hours away from Omaha and every couple of years we like to go spend the night and visit the zoo. My parents and two of my younger brothers wanted to go too so I knew I'd have help- even without Soren. We booked a hotel, loaded the van and headed out.

My kids are all at really good ages and temperaments to easily handle a 24 hour trip like this. But a few days before we left Knox started to get really irritable and feverish. It developed into herpes gingivostomatitis which is basically like cold sores all over his gums and inside his mouth. Mis-er-able. For all of us. I considered not going, but he started to feel a little better the day before we left so we decided to go anyway. I think that was the right choice, but he definitely didn't feel great for most of the trip which meant twice as much work for me. 

BUT I was determined we were going to have a good time- and we did! On the way up there we stopped for dinner and it was great to spend time with my parents. Knox basically couldn't eat anything but chocolate milk and oatmeal so I made sure he had unlimited access to the stuff. The other two drank their share as well!

We got to the hotel pretty late- almost 9 pm, but the boys were still set on swimming. I was exhausted from the three hour drive with a crying baby so Knox and I just sat on the sidelines and watched. Yet another time I needed Soren- but thankfully my Dad was there to play with the boys in the pool. They had a great time remembering how to swim and getting the last of their energy out.

I swear hotel rooms with two separate rooms are the only way to travel with kids, but this time I didn't have that luxury. I shared a Queen with Knox and the two boys share the other bed. They were almost too excited to sleep but we all crashed pretty hard after a long day. 

Breakfast with the family. Easton ate his weight in sausages and Kesler ate his in strawberries. Kesler also spilled an entire cup of chocolate milk on my outfit for the day- which I wasn't prepared for! I always bring the kids extra clothes in case of an accident or something- but apparently I need to bring myself extra clothes too!

TEE- TARGET // JEANS- Nordstrom // SANDALS- Free People // EARRINGS- N&S (Sig. Silver- large)

I found some extra clothes and we got packed up to go to the zoo. I sure love my boys- they really did help me a lot with the trip and were wonderful to travel with- even without Dad.

The zoo was just perfect. We had overcast and warm weather all day. Knox got to pet the goats at the petting zoo and we saw the bears and the monkeys. My favorite part was the orangutan mom with her little baby. She sat right against the glass so you could see the baby so well. It was just adorable with its wild hair and how it hung onto its momma. 

The boys loved the aquarium. Easton loves sharks and so the shark tunnel was a hit. 

Another favorite part of the zoo was the jungle. The entire building is a big jungle and you can walk around the canopy and then the ground as well. It was so well done and there were so many animals to see. 

Of course boys liked climbing on the vines too! I swear they enjoyed climbing the entire zoo more than seeing the actual animals.

I'm so thankful for my brothers and my parent's help on this trip. I try to be pretty self-sufficient- but they really made this trip easier on me and I think we all had more fun being together. We are so  bless to live close to them and have family to do things like this with!

All in all it was exhausting and totally worth it. Traveling with kids isn't easy- but the memories are why we do it. You'd think you remember the hard parts because they are so stressful, but everyone really only remembers the fun things and the new experiences. Just give me a few weeks to forget the stressful parts before suggesting a new trip okay?

Sunday Style- Palmy


BLOUSE- Thrifted // SKIRT- Forever 21 // BAG- Stitch Fix // SHOES- Sole Society c/o (on sale now) // LEATHER CUFF- Nickel & Suede // METAL CUFF- Forever 21 // EARRINGS- N&S (Sig. Silver Cut Out- large)

This outfit was from a few weeks back, before my bump was showing much. I've since grown out of my high waisted skirts and am only considering knit pencil skirts for the moment. I may finally overcome my aversion to dresses and snag a few this Summer because from what I hear- they are the way to survive the heat while pregnant. 

I'm sure you've seen the sales for Memorial Day floating around the blog world- but in case you haven't done any online shopping yet there are still some good deals to be had. 

Sole Society-  Up to 50% shoes, bags and accessories (Including these shoes and this ring!)
Asos- 20 % off with code LONGWKND
J Crew Factory- 50% off everything
Old Navy- extra 30% off everything
Nordstrom- Half Yearly Sale (my picks here)
LOFT- 40% off everything (I ordered this dress in XS)

I hope you've had a great Sunday! We are hoping to head down to my favorite Celebration at the Station tonight- fingers crossed the weather works out!

Faux Hawk and a Graphic Tee


TEE- Honey and Lion // PANTS- Stitch Fix // SHIRT- American Eagle (old) // SHOES- Thrifted (Similar) // CLUTCH- old // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S (Silver Chrome- large)
Photo Credit- Sarah Sweeney

The 90's are the era that I spent a lot of my growing up years in and honestly I hoped they would never come back. The 80's were worse, but I must be getting older and enough time has passed to change my mind. There are certain trends from that time period that I'm embracing. One of those trends is the flannel or button up tied around the waist.  I'm partial to the one knot and unbuttoned look, but you can double knot and keep the shirt buttoned up for a more polished look. Also always make sure to keep the collar tucked in. This look works best when you keep the rest of your outfit more modern like updated denim and a graphic tee.  I also love this look with casual dresses, basic tees and leggings, and skinny jeans too. 

Also this faux hawk is one of my favorite hairstyles I've tried with my short hair and yes, I really want to get a tutorial together for it. BUT life is busy and I'm struggling to find the right day with dirty enough hair, sunlight, a willing photographer and time. BUT it will happen. Just not today.

If you could find time to get one extra fun thing done in a day, what would it be? Got any projects you're itching to get done?

Sale Alert- My Picks

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We've had a crazy day with school ending and Soren leaving to go out of town. Not to mention getting ready for our little Omaha getaway, so I'm just popping in to share my favorite picks from Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale that started today. I don't shop at Nordstrom all of the time, but with free shipping both ways- its really easy to try lots of things out and ship them right back if they don't work out. Today I've picked a few shoes, sandals, bags, necklaces and my new favorite leggings. With Summer coming and vacations or trips around the corner- its fun to have a few new things to pack or wear out to all of your Summer events. Happy shopping!

Celebration at the Station + Memorial Day Outfit Ideas

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You guys, this weekend is my favorite weekend of the year. Growing up my favorite holiday was the Fourth of July, and I still love it- but here in Missouri July is usually miserable. It's so hot and humid and well, sweaty. But Memorial Day?! All of the same celebration fun (fireworks, grilling, swimming!) with much milder weather. If you live in Kansas City, you must come celebrate Memorial Day at Union Station with me and the family. This is my PSA- because it's that good. 
Every year on Sunday evening before Memorial Day, Kansas City has Celebration at the Station. We go downtown at around 6 pm and parking is crazy, but you just hike it in. We have a running list of things to bring that we add to every year, but it looks something like this.

Lawn chairs
Glow sticks, necklaces, wands
More snacks
Sound muffling headphones

There are things going on all day at the station (petting zoo, exhibits..) but when we arrive there is always patriotic music playing over the loud speakers and everyone is setting up their spot on the hill between Union Station and the World War 1 museum. The kids play catch and run around until it gets dark. We always go with my parents so we talk and eat with them and whichever friends we've convinced to join us. At 8 pm the Kansas City Symphony has a concert at the bottom of the hill and its incredible. At the end of the concert there is always a tribute with cannons (Kesler hates the noise- hence the headphones on our list!) and then the fireworks start! Its a great firework show and there isn't a bad seat for it. 
We've been going to the Celebration at the Station for the last 5 years. Here are some photos from each year- you can see things have changed!
Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day 2012

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2014

And what would Memorial Day be if you didn't wear a little red, white and blue? This is one of my favorite outfits from last year. You can see more red, white and blue outfits from my archives here!

What are your Memorial Day plans? If you are local- come to Union Station! We'll be there!

Lace Trimmed Tee and Flares

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TOP- Chicwish c/o // JEANS- Express // BAG- Chicwish c/o // SHOES- TJ Maxx // EARRINGS- N&S (Signature Silver Cut Outs- large) // NECKLACE- Pacsun (old) // BRACELETS- Forever 21 (old)

You may have noticed an overall boho theme around here lately- and it's true. Loose fitting boho tops have been perfect for hiding the halfway bump that comes in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Not that I don't love a baby bump, but until it looks like a real bump I'm okay hiding it. However, even if I weren't in my first trimester I do am loving all things fringe, flared, and embroidered. Its great to add unique pieces like a fringed bag or an embroidered top to your wardrobe rotation to add some dimension and interest to your basics. 

I bought these flared jeans from Express a month or two ago and wanted to update you on their fit and function. They are super comfortable and have a great amount of stretch. The do run big however so I had to size down more than I would have expected. I also bought two lengths to try- regular and short. Regular is the length you see here and I can only wear them with really tall wedges (I'm 5'7"). Short were a half an inch too short to wear with flats. I only kept the regular length pair and am thinking of getting then hemmed just a bit shorter. I think I'll wear them more if I don't have to wear such a tall heel. But otherwise these pants are definitely a great pair of flares. 

We are looking forward to a fun week around here although its still early on Monday and I'm feeling a little lost about what needs to get done. (Time to make my to-do list),  Easton only has 2.5 more days of school and Soren is helping at Field Day today. I'm going in for my first check up and expect it to be uneventful. :) On Wednesday Soren is leaving for Seattle to climb Mt.Shuksann for a few days and while he is gone I'm taking the kids on a little road trip to stay in Omaha and go to the zoo. It sounds busy, but we all have things to look forward to which is really what makes life good. 

What do you have this week? Are you looking forward to school being out too?