9.10.2017

Eight Months and Teething.....


My very silly girls!! 

The girls are eight months old, and to celebrate we are teething!! Yay!!!!! Kidding….teething is awful. I know, I know my children need teeth, but does the process have to be so painful? My poor girls are so uncomfortable, and with the pain comes sleepless nights and short naps.

A few things have helped during this painful process. The drool bibs have been great because the girls drool like Saint Bernards. Here is a cute collection I bought on Amazon. We also use teething toys since one can't use teething gels and tablets any more…it’s been strongly advised not to by the FDA. You can see the report here. I don't like putting the toys in the freezer, like some, because my girls don’t seem to care for them that cold. The refrigerator seems to do the job. 

What I am really loving are these cute teething necklaces that mommy wears. When I carry my girls, now they have something to chew on that is safe, and I look stylish at the same time!! Its a win win. Each necklace is made from 100% food grade organic silicone, BPA free, lead free, and has a breakaway safety clasp. Here is a cute video I made for Wolf + Cub showing off the Sara Teething Necklace!

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9.06.2017

Target Find | Stripes and Olive Green Utility Vest









So.....I went into Target for formula and nighttime diapers and walked out with this striped top (can't have too many striped tees) and green utility vest, which are two great transitional pieces from Target's new line, A New Day. The line consists of wearable, practical, and stylish pieces that are perfect for a busy momma! 

 I styled the the boat neck tee and vest with these cute jeans from Banana Republic and ballet flats which I also got at Banana but are no longer available.  Not to worry.  I found these Nine West flats in the exact same pink! Sunnies are Karen Walker. I bought them at The Rack for 50 bucks (this was one of my most happy moments) which is not available online but I found these oversized tortoise shell glasses by Alexander McQueen that would give you the same look. These Diane von Furtenberg are also cute and under 50. 

I am seriously loving Sonia Kashuk's Moisture Luxe Tinted Lip Balm. It's just enough color, yet super easy to apply, unlike lipsticks where you usually need a mirror. I am always looking for easy beauty products having zero time for application, and this is a keeper. I am wearing Hint of Berry 44 and looking to add Red 43 to my makeup drawer for fall. 


          



8.24.2017

Datenight | Giving a Dress Shirt the Cold Shoulder





Happy Friday Friends! Here is a simple look I wore to dinner with the husband last Tuesday. These days, we end up going out on a weekday rather then a weekend. It's easier to get the girls a sitter on a weeknight. We sat in bar at The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse and ordered all of our favorite appetizers. Yummy! A Little funny but the entire bar was filled with men. All business. To be honest I felt like I stumbled on the set of Silicon Valley....which happens quite a bit in the Bay Area! 

Top Banana Republic ( on sale also available in blue) | Jeans also Banana Republic (very similar to what I am wearing) | Bag Similar Here | Shoes Similar  | Glasses Gucci | Watch ARVO |

8.17.2017

DATE NIGHT | COLORBLOCK










Dress Banana Republic Limited sizes left so below I have listed many similar options | Shoes Similar Here | Watch ARVO | Bag Similar Here

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dress!! I have worn this eye catching dress for two different date nights so far and I would love to wear it for day with black ballet flats....brunch perhaps? 

The first date night I wore this ultra feminine dress was to one of our favorite Italian restaurants Osteria Toscana in Palo Alto.  Order the beef carpaccio.  It's the best I have ever had, and yes, I have been to Italy:)

I wore this entire look last Wednesday. We started our date meeting a few friends at Jazz in the Plaz in beautiful down town Los Gatos.  Then the two of us went to Nick's Next Door for dinner. Nick's is probably one of the best spots to dine in Los Gatos. It's not only our favorite so be sure to make reservation. I would say call at least a week in advance.  We are never disappointed! I have to add the best part of the night was that the girls slept through the night!! Yay!!! I just had to share this wonderful news. We are so proud of Margot and Sophie. Hopefully this is a permanent thing and just not for that one night....fingers crossed! 





8.08.2017

Motherhood at Seven Months

Outfits Cat and Jack | Shoes Starry Knight Design on Etsy

Seven months of motherhood has flown by, yet I can’t remember the days when I did not have to worry about my little bugs. My entire life, I knew I wanted to be a mother, and here I am doing it!  Somedays it hits me: “Oh my god. I am a mom. These two beautiful girls are mine.” 

Days with any new baby can be a blur, but with twins things are extra blurry.  It is so easy to think, “what’s next” and getting caught up in the “task” of motherhood. A bottle. A nap. A walk. A diaper change. Repeat. I have been trying really hard to hold on to the moment and value where the girls are at today. Live in the moment. It sounds like such a cliche but, god, it’s especially true when kids are concerned. You don’t get this time back.

Being a mommy to identical twins, I feel it’s very important to celebrate their differences and at the same time foster their very special unique twin bond and relationship. I am absolutely loving watching the girls develop their own little personalities.

Margot loves to smile with her cute little tongue out. She is an incredibly curious little girl and needs to reach out and touch everything including mine and her daddy’s face. Margot loves meeting new people and is quick to give a smile. She can’t stop rolling over but does not yet understand why she needs to be on her tummy so she becomes frustrated through out the day. I am sure she will figure out soon enough this position will lead to crawling and exploring which our Margot will love.  She loves when I give her kisses on her cheeks and belly. Margot has a hard time falling asleep but once she is out she is out!

Sophie can’t stop moving. She kicks all day long. We call her our little River Dancer! All I have to say is kick kick or wiggle wiggle and she starts moving. At home she is VERY out going but out and about she holds back the smiles a little and is more of a observer. She love books and music. When you talk to her she really listens. Sophie loves to cuddle and falls asleep pretty easily but wakes easy.

Both girls love their mommy and hang on every word. Who knew I was so interesting? We giggle all day. I am loving that, for the moment, I can be the center of their world. I know one day that this always won’t be the case so I am living in the moment and loving every minute of it. I love being their mother with my whole being. It is the hardest, most exhausting thing I have very done, but I would not trade a minute of it for the world. Seven months…where has the time gone? 

These super cute outfits are available at Target! Really? How cute are the girl's chucky monkey thighs in those knee high sock which are included in the set?! Sooooo CUTE!! I could eat them up! The mocs are available from a wonderful shop on Etsy.They come is lots of colors. I love supporting small business owners and they are exteamly high quality at a very reasonable price point...which is key when you are buying everything times two! 

8.04.2017

LWD

Flats | Hat bought in France but similar HERE

The little white dress. It's crisp, clean and whispers summer much like a cool breeze on a warm day. 
I have built quite the collection of whites dresses this year. A little nuts considering I have 6 month old twins. What can I say? I like to live dangerously. I love wearing a LWD with a neutral shoe and bag keeping the look soft.  Unfortunately the one I am wear, above, is no longer available but found a few you will love below!  


7.27.2017

Our Bedtime Routine



Little Miss Sophie holding sissy's hand. Melts my heart. 

Love Bug Margot

Cutie Sophie- She is teething so she looks like this most of the day. 
Honest Dipers They have the cutest prints | Triple Paste Best diaper rash cream on the market in my humble opinion | Water Wipes Great for sensitive bums | Our favorite bedtime read The going to Bed Book by
Sandra Boynton |



A HUGE part of getting the girls to sleep at night has been a bedtime routine. Our little nightly ritual gives the girls a sense of what's to come and this creates security for my little dolls. 
 When I first started this process, I was very strict about the order of each step and even made sure we were in the same space and used the same blanket to prep them for the night. You can create whatever works for your family, but this routine is ours. Now that the girls are champs at self soothing, I don't have to be quite so ridged. Sometimes, when don't I have time in the AM, we work in a bath. The whole process takes about 40 minutes. I do have double duty! 

~ We listen to spa music. I am not sure if this helps calms the girls, but it calms me, and I think if mommy is calm all is right in the world. I use Pandora on my phone.

I change their diapers. I love Honest as far as diapers go, but I have shared my love for two products that have helped tremendously concerning Margot’s diaper rash. I am sure she will appreciate my sharing this when she is a teen. She has very sensitive skin and we would battle a rash weekly. Her doctor told me to use Water Wipes and Triple Paste. Triple Paste is a game changer. I feel like I tried every product on the market, and this is the only stuff that works. I use it at every diaper change and she has not had a rash since and it’s moisturizing.   Some of the other products are very drying. Of course if your little one has issues with diaper rash please speak to a doctor. Speaking to ours really helped.

~ I put moisturizer on them. Both girls have mild eczema. We use and love CeraVe Cream. It works the best for my girls and I started using it as well. 

~ I change them into their PJs. These Cat & Jack Sleep N’ Play are my FAVORITE!!! Why? I sorta kinda struggle with snaps at 3 AM and these super awesome pajamas zip from the bottom up. Changing a diaper, in my case two, is a snap..or should I say zip. That was a joke;) They come in three-packs and only 16.99 for the three! Deal!  They come in very cute prints and wash well. Here is the link for the pink set the girls are wearing and here is the neutral set, which I have and a cute set in blues.

~ We read the same book…Every. Single.Night. The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. It’s short yet long enough, it rhymes which babies love, and the subject matter fits the occasion. I have it memorized because I have read it 10,000 times. I was a nanny for 17 years. Spoiler alert- there is a great plot twist. The animals exercise in their PJs! Crazy. 

~ Nobody likes this except my girls. I sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as we cuddle. I have a terrible voice! I know the words and again fits the occasion. Thank god six-month olds don’t judge your singing ability. 

~ I feed my loves. I use Avent Natural Bottle. I also like Dr. Brown but I found all the part a bit daunting having to wash twice as many bottles so I went with Avent. I have been pretty happy with my decision. 


 I am sure things will change, and we will have to make  adjustments as the girls grow but so far it has been a beautiful calm way to end our day. What is your bed time routine? Has it helped to get your little one to sleep? 

 

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