Ever since Saylor was a newborn, we have given her a bath every night before bed. I don’t wash her hair every day, or even get it wet, but taking a bath became part of our routine early on. Saylor has always loved the bath, and it’s been a great way to get the last of her energy out, as well as getting clean before getting into bed. Want to know the best part of taking a bath? Getting out and putting on jammies! Seriously though, Say right out of the bath, dressed, with wet hair is my favorite!
You know what is terrible? Arizona in the summer. LOL…I know, I know but it is SO BEAUTIFUL in the winter! Before the year 2016 I would have said hands down I preferred the heat over the snow, but after living in Utah in the winter and Arizona in the summer, I choose SNOW! You literally can not take off enough clothes to try and get cool, but you can bundle up and make yourself warm. I don’t understand how people live here (AZ) willingly, haha.
Anyways, we only have about a week left here, then off to San Diego for a few days and then Bass Lake for a few days, a pit stop in Vegas to see my brand new first nephew(!!!), then HOME! I can’t wait! Summer sales with a family is hard, you guys. Especially when you just moved into your first pretty home. I can’t wait to get back to our routine, and Saylor starts preschool and dance class as soon as we get back. So much fun stuff!
I recently discovered Smarty Pants Vitamins and was so excited when they offered to send me some vitamins. I am always on the hunt for the best tasting ones (along side the nutritional value), not just for me, but for Saylor too. She is the pickiest little girl when it comes to chewy, gummy things, so when I tried these I KNEW instantly that these were something she would enjoy!
I received the 3 bottles pictured here. I tried a few of them and can honestly say they are the best tasting gummy vitamins I have had! They don’t have a weird aftertaste and they don’t have a weird consistency. Each bottle has different ingredients, carefully thought out and determined based off what each one of us needs. If you have any questions regarding Smarty Pants Vitamins, they can be found HERE.
…”Sooooo, when are you having another baby?”
<insert eye roll> Am I right?
As I was sitting here minding my own business, watching Laguna Beach reruns for the umpteenth time, I get a random text from an old friend asking when I was going to give Saylor a sibling. Seriously?! No “Hi! How ya doing?!” first??!! Shoot straight, why don’t ya?
I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this since Saylor has been born. She just turned 3! Give me a break! One thing that I learned from becoming a mom is that what you thought and planned when you were younger, goes out the window. 2 year age gap sounds perfect right? The thought of getting and being pregnant when Saylor was barely a year old soon became comical to me. I couldn’t imagine!
For those of you with older kids, this is all routine and old news to you. But to others with their first kid, like myself, starting (pre)school in the fall, I thought it would be fun to put together a small list of some back to school essentials! Obviously in preschool they don’t need much of anything, but here are some fun idea’s of a few things they might need.
- A BACKPACK! Of course. I try to steer clear of character anything (sorry, Saylor!), but I love these animal SkipHop Backpacks from Target. One thing that Saylor’s teacher told me, and I wouldn’t have even thought about it, was to send them with a full sized backpack, or at least big enough for papers to fit in it. Littles can get frustrated with trying to cram everything in there.
2. NEW OUTFIT…duh! This is the best part. Gap has a ton of cute stuff right now, and they always have good sales.
…that I never want to forget. We spent the afternoon outside at Grandma’s house, Saylor playing in her little pink plastic pool. It’s a warm day, there are lots of bugs, the neighbor has a huge great dane puppy that keeps coming over and scaring Say (lol), but we are together and that’s all I care about lately. Troy’s job has taken him away from us a lot this summer, and it’s hard not to get upset and annoyed about it. The summer is almost over, THANK GOODNESS, so we are all trying to be positive and just pound out these last few weeks! Props to all of those who do summer sales, it is not for the faint of heart!
I can’t remember a time that I didn’t look forward to having kids. Growing up the question wasn’t whether or not I wanted kids, but how many. I realize now that that decision isn’t 100% up to me. Robyn has informed me that we are not having the 11 kids I wanted for a football team. Now that Saylor turned three earlier this week, I realized i couldn’t have had that many kids either and it’s for the simple reason of it would be too difficult. When I say “difficult” though, it may be a little different than what you are thinking, let me explain.
I know it’s been over a week since the 4th of July, but I had to share some pictures from a shoot Say and I did with a local photographer in Phoenix. We met Alex from @thirdavenuephoto (follow her on IG HERE) at Papago Park in Scottsdale at 6:30pm one night, and it was still 110 degrees.
It was pretty brutal, so we tried to make it as quick as possible. I was so glad Saylor cooperated for at least a solid 20 minutes so we could get some cute shots of her. By the end we were both looking like (literally) hot messes!
I may sound repetitive bringing up Salis Skincare again, but I don’t care! When I find a good thing, I need to share it. And Laura has so generously allowed me to give away $75 shop credit to one lucky winner…see my IG on how to enter. Salis offers the best natural skincare products, and they have changed my skin. I went to see Laura back in February for a facial and all around skin consultation. She suggested I use her Lavender and Jasmine Scrub, Blackhead Removal Mask, take Mineral Support, and try and be aware of what foods I eat that may affect my skin.
“You are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well…” -Jeffrey R. Holland
I’ve been feeling a little sentimental and sappy and full of love lately, mostly for and because of my Saylor. After all, she made me a mother, she is literally my heart outside of my body. It is something that no one can explain in the right words, but I know I am not alone in this feeling. I look at her and I can cry because of how much I love her and how much I want and hope for her. Motherhood is scary and overwhelming. It’s all-consuming and can keep you up at night. Sometimes you feel that you can’t do anything right. Please know that you are doing everything right. You are everything your children want and need. It is worth it, and I hope that you know YOU are worth it.