(mom)Life, Clothing

Park Pretties

I just got over the nightmare that strikes fear in the hearts of dads worldwide – the stomach flu. What was supposed to be a productive weekend quickly turned into anything but thanks to something awful that is traveling around our neighborhood. I can usually power through most illnesses but this one had me in bed for 4 days. Thanks to an awesome husband and a lot of Powerade, I’m back tackling the shenanigans the girls throw my way.

One of my first goals on the path to wellness was to FINALLY find a GP. I haven’t visited a doctor without OB/GYN or Neurologist on their card since 2003 (babies and headaches, coincidence? Maybe not?). So it was time. I decided getting out of bed deserved a shower and a pretty shirt so I chose this one:


My sister referred me to a so sweet and very helpful NP who checked me over, ordered some lab work, told me to eat some bone broth (it’s gross, don’t), and wished me luck. Turns out she also loves Jack & Monroe! I think I found my new favorite GP! (This J&M top is sold out – so sorry!)

My next goal was to get outside and soak up some sun. I met my cutest preggo friend at the park and we both managed not to have a panic attack amid the craziness of Spring Break at a public park. Ladies! I could not believe how many Keds I saw! I really wanted to walk around and tell my fellow Keds lovers how awesome they looked but decided that would be a little creepy…so I decided against it. One of the moms had on this pair and was telling her friends, “Yes, Keds! Like the kind you wore as a kid! Apparently they are coming back in style.” I wanted to high five her but again, creepy.

I wore this Jack & Monroe top to navigate the park in and was comfortable the whole time – through the swing pushing, juice box opening, hand sand removal, and Germ-X dispensing. I had to wear a cardigan over it for the first few hours (because Winter decided to happen twice this year) but after that it was cool and breathable.


I usually avoid purple but this shade is soft and very doable. If you think the front is cute, you should see the back:


It’s longer and sheer from about mid-back down! It also flares a little so you can see the print from the front as well. It runs true to size, I’m wearing a Large. (Side note – I just saw it’s only available in a Small, so sorry! I’ll ask Mackenzie if she’s reordering it.) I paired it with these jeans from Talbots. I love them because they are thick (hide stuff), higher waisted (hide stuff), and stretch a little (hide more stuff). I found them by chance while shopping with my mom last summer. They are true to size to a little big.

I normally buy these jeans from Nordstrom for the same reasons. They are a little lower cut but the quality of the denim is amazing. They are available in many different washes and sizes and they go on sale frequently. I usually add them to my Wish List and check every few days to see if they are on sale. I’m 5’9″ and these are the perfect length on me. They run true to size.


The skinny jeans I love the most are from Target and aren’t sold anymore, but these are my second favorite:

loft skinny

It looks like they come in a bunch of different colors so I need to make it to Loft soon!

I recently bought another park pretty shirt from J&M and I have to share it with you because it’s my new favorite shirt! The bottom is a soft, airy emerald and the top is the sweetest lace. It’s true to size and only $32. You need it! And you better buy it soon because it’s going to sell out quickly. (Use KATIE10 to get 10% off!)



Not gonna lie, I totally did a quick parking lot change and had my friend take the pictures today. My child photographers just can’t be trusted. Unlike their ability to have various ailments when it’s time to clean up…that can ALWAYS be trusted.





Next Million Dollar Idea

It’s no secret I love my minivan. I mean, I REALLY love it. And it’s also no secret that I swore I’d never in a million years drive one. But then I had three kids under three and I tossed my Tahoe aside like it was a pair of uncomfortable heels…which, let’s face it, they’re all uncomfortable. I didn’t need to test drive my Odyssey to fall in love with it – the connection was instant.

Me and Patty! We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day 2014 by buying this beautiful machine.
The sliding doors.

The amazing rear entertainment system. Because you never can have enough Magic School Bus in your life. Seriously, my 3 year old can recite the Water Cycle in her sleep and my 2 year old loves to yell “Frizzle drizzle!” at inappropriate times.

The dozens of seat combinations. Our current one allows for toddler potty breaks without having to get out of my seat. LIFE CHANGER.

The drink cooler…for juice boxes. I swear.

Speak of juice boxes, it has about 48 cupholders which hold so much more than juice boxes. I have 2 boxes of hair rubber bands and 3 bags of goldfish stored in those 48 cupholders.

The vacuum! Yes! It came with a vacuum! But don’t ask Honda about replacement bags because they haven’t created those yet.

The list goes on and on. BUT, there’s one feature I really wish Honda would add:

A partition.

That’s right, a partition. Like a limousine partition. The kind that go up and down and let the driver pretend he can’t hear anything happening at the bachelorette party in the back. Because sometimes my girls pretend they are at a bachelorette party, but the really bad last hour of one. Crying,  yelling, food being devoured like they haven’t eaten in days, and someone is really tired and can’t stop arguing over something that happened months ago. Don’t laugh – you know exactly what I’m talking about and you can probably name a child and/or friend who fits each of those categories.

Back to the partition – how amazing would that be? To have the ability to just press a button and make the insanity stop for a few minutes? Here are a few scenarios when it would come in handy:

  • When your 5 year old remembers you forgot to give her that piece of candy you promised for helping clean the playroom. In January. And she wants to argue with you about it and your subpar parenting skills.
  • When you’re on a road trip and want to stop at Starbucks and get a little iced latte to get you through the afternoon. But your kids just fell asleep. And the drive thru speaker is SO LOUD.
  • When you’re at HEB Curbside, parked next your friend and you’re chatting about all things Louisiana…and then your 3 year old loses her ever lovin’ mind because she’s not part of the conversation.
  • When you tell that same 3 year old to stop saying “poop” so she comes up with every.single.rhyming word for poop and wants you to confirm that it’s not actually the word poop. (I was super proud of her for being able to rhyme..but..FOR THE LOVE!)
  • When you just don’t want to hear Ms. Frizzle talk about the Solar System anymore. Because you just can’t. And you know your kids will break those headphones the second they put them on. And you know your 5 year old will get car sick the second you turn it off…and car vomit is the worst.
  • Because sometimes you just want to have a conversation with your husband without being interrupted. Heck, even a quiet conversation with yourself would be amazing!
  • Because rotisserie chicken. It tastes so good but the smell is so bad. So, so bad.

Am I right? Come on, Honda, this can’t be that hard to make happen and I know everyone with children under the age of 12 would pay good money for a partition. I know few van haters who would quickly convert to van lovers if partitions were part of the deal! I’m pretty sure it’s the next million dollar idea!


Not the next million dollar idea? These jeans!



WHAT?! Topshop is known for being a little strange but this is just hilarious. It’s like they put their most sleep deprived designers in a room with a jar full of edibles and told them to create the next big thing in the world of cut out fashion. Don’t get me wrong, the high waist is amazing, but that’s where it ends for me. Read the reviews if you have a minute…they are better than the sugar free gummy bear reviews on Amazon.


Want some awesome mom jeans? I’ve got a post tomorrow about park pretties and jeans for spring! Also, I need your thoughts on the finale of This Is Us…totally let down? Right?