Silver Lining

August 23, 2016

the ups, the downs and the matching pajamas

Sometimes life is pretty chaotic around here, especially when Sam's gone and it's me against alone with my three babies. Like when all three of my children take turns being awake during what is supposed to be naptime. Or when Claire's having a meltdown for reasons like she she wanted the green fork instead of the blue one, or she's mad that I won't let her throw the basketball at the babies. Or when I'm supposed to be answering emails + reading Claire a book + changing two dirty diapers all at the same time - and then I realize it's 6:45 and I don't have a clue what we're supposed to eat for dinner.

But, more often than not, it's good. This continues to be the biggest surprise of my life. It turns out I really like having twins! And it's not the terrible hellish existence I thought it would be! We have lots of sweet moments around here, like when Claire strokes the babies heads and whispers, "So cute! So tiny!" Or when Sam takes the early shift so I can get some sleep (he does this almost every night because he is an absolute rockstar). Or when everyone's schedules line up and I have time for all those unanswered emails - and even a nice long shower or a few extra minutes to paint my nails.

Not to mention babies in matching pajamas. I have this theory about international diplomatic meetings - if everyone was snuggling a sleeping baby in soft pajamas, 90% of the world's conflicts would be over before they start. (But seriously, I really do have a theory about world leaders solving problems while holding sleepy babies....)

If you're in the market for baby or toddler essentials, may I suggest you start here? I was excited when Burt's Bees Baby offered to sponsor this post, because their clothes are out of this world soft -and 100% organic too. (They run a little big, so if you're deciding between sizes, you should be good with the smaller size.) I also ordered the most darling matching fall outfits for Claire and Addie, and now I can't wait for Addie to grow a bit and fit into hers.

So here's to the ups and the downs and the matching pajamas! The twins are wearing theirs right now, and I'm hoping it will make up for the fact that I'll probably see them three or four times tonight when most sane people are asleep. ;)

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August 19, 2016

the twins' newborn pictures!

Here's the thing. I take pictures of my children all the time, and I sometimes pride myself in my ability to produce moderately good photos of them. That's why, when I had Claire, I tried to take her newborn pictures by myself. Hahahahaha. It was a disaster! 99% of them turned out terribly, and that was after three separate photoshoot attempts. I swear newborn photography is a completely different world. Different camera settings, different equipment, different levels of patience.

That's why, with the twins, I wanted a professional newborn photographer. Enter Hillarie Mae Photography.

I can't say enough good things about my experience with Hillarie. She travels to your home so you don't have to stress about leaving the house with a 5-day-old. She brings all the equipment (lights, baskets, heat lamps, the works!) and every possible cute baby wrap you might want. And then she works her magic on your baby while you sit back and admire the cute infant you gave birth to.

And now, without further ado, a few of my favorite pictures of the twins:

August 18, 2016

a fun low-key date idea

Unlimited babysitting help is one of the best things about having family in town. Last week when my in-laws were visiting, I ran errands (by myself!), took children to appointments without having to drag along the rest of the kids, and even snuck a date night in. It was a treat.

I had so many date night ideas. But as it turns out, when it's 110 degrees out, your activities are limited. And when you're three weeks postpartum, your approved activities are even more limited. In the end, we figured out the only things we could really do were walk and eat.

So we combined walking and eating with a new fun date night idea: a progressive dinner. We went to our favorite spot on Mill Avenue (I love the energy and vibe in that downtown area), and walked from restaurant to restaurant. Some of our stops were old favorites, like the lettuce wrap appetizers we got from PF Changs, and some were new experiences, like our main course from Gordon Biersch. It was a really really fun evening, and we absolutely loved being together without any children for a few hours.

Something I'm trying to get in the habit of doing is checking Groupon while planning a date. We love to use them for their food deals when trying out new restaurants, and we also love to browse the local activities section for great entertainment ideas. (Plus, I recently discovered I can get lots of awesome things like free gifts from Sephora and 40% off my new Nike running shoes by using Groupon. It's not just for date night anymore!)
*Pictures from our walking chocolate tour in Scottsdale. We can't wait to go again next year.

Thank you to Groupon for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own. #GrouponCoupons

What's the coolest Groupon you've ever used?
And does anyone have more low-key date night ideas?
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