By on September 29, 2014

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It’s time for a super awesome giveaway! I am teaming up with Linda from Crafts a la mode and  Jenny from Chalk & Chocolate to bring you The Anchor & Bows Boutique Giveaway! 
You can win a $50.00 Gift Card!
This will give you a chance to pick out your favorite clothes for your little one without paying a dime!
Check out some of the Fall Favorites!

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Frozen Dresses: Elsa / Anna
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Pink tutu
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Star Studded Shorts 
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Charcoal shirt (also comes in eggplant)

 Here is what is coming this month!
Princess Fairy Dress (Preorder HERE)

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Mustache shirt

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5 Ways to Encourage a New Mom

By on September 22, 2014

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Being a first time Mom is filled with so many emotions. It’s joyous, incredible, tiring, terrifying and at times frustrating.  It can feel overwhelming in those first few weeks and months. When you don’t have children yourself it can often be confusing on what you should do. Should you leave Mom to have alone time with her new baby? Should you put it out there that you are there for her but leave it on her terms? Here are some of the things I know I appreciated from people and what I have noticed others have appreciated from me as I was able to be there for my friends when they became Moms for the first time. 
1. Don’t just ask if she needs help, be specific on what you will help her with. Most people will never ask for help because they don’t want to inconvenience anyone. Instead of “Call me if you need anything.” Say “I am bringing you guys dinner, what night is good for you?” or “You sleep and I will clean the kitchen, bathroom, floors, ect…” This is better than any baby present you could bring over. Trust me. 
2. Tell her she looks great for just having a baby. Having a baby changes your body and when you are sleep deprived and emotional with a squishy belly the last thing you might feel is stellar so hearing how good you are looking can be super nice to hear. And nothing is more beautiful than a new Mom holding her brand new baby.  
3. Give her a week or two than come by or bring her lunch. People are usually lining up to meet a newborn in the first week or two but after that people slowly stop coming by or checking up on you and it can feel lonely. Most  women are used to being around others while working or just being out in the world. When that newborn is here getting out of the house is can feel like you are packing for a weekend away. Offer to bring her lunch or some wine and a movie for a girls night in after a few weeks have passed. She may feel less tired, more bored and in need of real adult conversation.
4. Ask her how she’s really feeling. When you have a new baby it can feel overwhelming and not what you expect. Yes, you love this little ball of cuteness but you are also changing from being free to do whatever you want, whenever you want to being dependent on a little person who tells you when they need to eat and when you need to change them. They are demanding and new Moms can feel guilty talking about how they really feel. We all know they love their baby but sometimes you just want to say how much it sucks that you aren’t getting any sleep and your baby wants to be attached to your boobs 24/7. 
5. Be selfless. When you become a new Mom you all of a sudden have to become incredibly selfless and it takes a lot out of you. Your baby depends on you for everything and it can feel tiring always giving of yourself. Sometimes all a new Mom needs is someone to be that for them. Having a friend who is willing to give a little more of themselves at that time is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give. Trust me when you have a baby she will return the favor.

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Flash Back Post: Embracing the Newborn Stage

By on September 18, 2014
For Throw Back Thursday I am reposting this post I did almost exactly 2 years ago about Embracing the Newborn Stage. I feel like we are finally out of the cloud of craziness since having Everly and looking back at being a first time Mom is really humbling. I dedicate this post to my sister who just had her first baby, Valentina! Love you girls! 

Originally posted: 9/20/12
Is it me or does time fly faster the older your baby gets?

I remember those first weeks of late night feedings, nursing marathons and pumping constantly(notice a theme?) and the time was seriously going at a snails pace. My son cried all.the.time and I felt like a 24 hour buffet. I saw pictures of friends babies all cuddly and content in the early weeks and thought my son was never going to stop crying, can we say jealous? It was rough to say the least. I was full of post pregnancy hormones and lacking sleep. I was a hot mess.

Apparently there’s a party at my place at 3 a.m. that I am invited to. Awesome.

I thought I was just going to have a sensitive baby that cried just because and that was who he was. I loved my little guy no matter what but felt overwhelmed. I began to accept that this would be our life, crying together and not sleeping. I sometimes look back on those early weeks when it was just us snuggling and think I miss it all, then I look at this picture
and snap back into reality.
Then I see this picture and miss those sweet milk coma moments. You’d think with all the nursing we would have had more of those.

I will say he was cute even when he was screaming though. We tried for this baby for over a year so I was willing to sacrifice my beauty sleep for this angel and would do it all over again. I just can’t say I would miss it anymore then I do now.
What were your baby’s first few weeks of life like? Tell me I am not alone in this!

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10 Annoying Things my Kids do

By on September 17, 2014

Disclaimer: If you are a Mom than you know the struggle is real. Our kids will at some point do something to annoy us or just drive us nuts. I think it’s natures way of proving we have patience. And if you can’t read these with a hint of sarcasm move along. We don’t need any serious people here. 
1. Pull your hair, scratch, bite and pinch you.  Ashlyn is the queen of this. It’s not that she intentionally is trying to hurt me but when she pulls up on me she loves to pinch me or when she is trying to prevent herself from falling her nails find my skin and remove a little. She also uses my shoulder as a teething toy at times. And the hair pulling, I can’t!
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2. Not smiling in pictures. Or not looking at the camera or moving from where I sat you. Seriously, I just want one picture where you are looking at the camera and smiling. Just one, if you have multiple children in the picture this is even more of a nightmare and you will get blurred faces of at least 2 of them. They will also find a way to push the other one over, make someone cry (probably me) or hurt each other. 
3.Not sleeping through the night. Ok, I know not all babies sleep through the night or it takes them a really, really long time to get to that point but when you go from sleeping through the night to waking up every couple of hours to, ya know, just hang out with me, it’s not cool. Not cool at all, Everly!
4. Being cute when I want to sleep.  These are one of those moments where you are dead tired because of the prior and decides smiling and “talking” to you is way more fun at 5 a.m. I mean seriously, stop being so cute and GTFTS
5. Scream at me when I walk away from you. Look sometimes I have to go to the bathroom, change your sister’s diaper or make you a bottle. Crying and whining when I move 2 feet from you is not going to change that. I promise I will be right back as you have seen the other 9873 times you did this.
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6. Cry.all.at.the.same.time. When you have 3 kids this happens at the most obnoxious times. Mommy is cooking dinner, lets all cry and see who can be the loudest. We are waiting to check out at the store, perfect time to show how we are all in sync and whine because we are over being here. Can Mommy join in? 
7. Learning a new skill and keeping yourself awake. This is oh so fun. You learned to sit up or crawl? 1 a.m. is the perfect time to practice. How about pulling up to a standing position? 4 a.m. is perfect timing for that. And make sure to scream when you can’t figure out how to get down, Moms love that shit!
8. Not nap. Seriously, you are supposed to rock at napping. It’s like part of your skill set from birth when you sleep all day and party all night. Now you want to switch things up? Well, not you Everly but Ashlyn you rock sleeping at night but naps you refuse? Come on girl, get it together! 
9. Spit food. I get it, blowing raspberries is the cool new thing and awesome until you spit food in my face. Ok, I see you don’t think it’s a problem by that smile on your face (which would really come in handy when I try to take a picture) but now I’m gross and you’re still cute and this is why I look like I’ve been run over by the end of the day. 
10. Eat stuff you aren’t supposed to.  This is what I imagine runs through your head…See that board book over there? It definitely needs a bite taken out of it. Oh, my brother got a new toy? Definitely finding a way to eat that. Mommy’s phone tastes amazing! Her all time favorite? Wipes (new ones of course)! 
No, just no!
Ok, I am done, cue Mommy guilt. I’m pretty sure I am going to have to follow this up by 100 awesome things my kids do to redeem myself. 

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Oh hey there!

By on September 16, 2014

I have been slack-a-lackin over here but I swear it isn’t my fault! We have been super busy to say the least so hold on tight for a photo overload. 
First of all how adorable are my girls in these flower crowns I made? 
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Ok so moving on…
First of all we were always for a bit hanging with Mickey at Disney World. 
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Ace was a champ riding Goofy’s Barnstormer 
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I got to hang out with my bestie and her girls, don’t mind me looking like a hot mess but my shirt is pretty awesome, right?
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We did some Target shopping.
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Ace had his last soccer game where he “won”. Every time he walks off the field he won, so it’s super cute and adorable. 

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Button up / Similar Shirt / Booties / Purse

I went to Target again, check out my booties? I am OBSESSED. By the way when my husband saw this picture the only thing he cared about was how much stuff was in my tiny basket behind me, oy!
My sister had her baby! 
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Ms. Valentina came at 1:17am and was 7 lbs 5ozs of adorable-ness
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Ace got to meet his cousin, how sweet is he?
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Ace’s doll got a tattoo at preschool, apparently us not writing his name on it meant they had to in the most obnoxious place. I love his school but come on! Thankfully this doll was free and he doesn’t seem to mind. 
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I got these adorable sticky notes at the dollar section at Target, are you sensing a trend here? This might be why my husband was eyeing my basket with concern.
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And the most devastating thing of all happened, Ashlyn spilled Branden’s chocolate milk onto our new rug, sigh. Thankfully Bran was able to get it up. 

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2 Chances to win a $25 Gift Card!

By on September 15, 2014

Am I the only one who is slightly obsessed with Tina Fey? Well, if you are like me than you are probably super excited to see There is Where I Leave You. 

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About the Film
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

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This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda
Based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU in theaters September 19
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The Best of Me Trailer

By on September 14, 2014

Are you a serious romantic? Did you love The Notebook?
If so you are going to want to see The Best of Me another movie inspired by a Nicholas Sparks novel. It comes out in theaters October 17th!
Check out the trailer now.
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Ashlyn’s First Birthday To Do List

By on September 12, 2014
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Wickedly Cute Body Suit / Cat Ears Headband Similar

It is just over a month till Ashlyn’s first birthday and I have quite a lot of planning to do.
First birthdays are such a big event in my mind. It is a celebration of so many firsts and the day this beautiful little person came into our lives. I think the first birthday is more for the parents but hey, it was a lot of work for us! 
I am doing a Monster Mash/Halloween theme for her first birthday. Since her birthday is so close to Halloween I thought it would be super fun to have all the kids dress up in their costumes. 
I know we will have a lot of Elsa and Anna’s coming this year too, ha!
I am thinking of dressing Ashlyn and Everly as a cat and mouse. Ace will get to pick his costume so I am not sure what he will be yet.
I happened to look back on my post on Ace’s first birthday to do list and man I feel like I had my life together so much more than. I mean, lets face it, I did. Having one child is way easier than three! 
So here is what I can think of that I need to get done for now. 

  • Take Pictures
    • Smash Cake
    • Birthday Pictures
  • Make or Order Cupcakes
  • Make or Order Smash Cake
  • Make invitation list
  • Make invitations
  • Order birthday outfit
  • Organize games & activities 
  • Order or Make Food
  • Set up Decorations
I am sure there is more that will need to be done but hopefully this will keep me on track.

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10 Things I Want My Children to Know

By on September 10, 2014

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As a parent to three little children I always think of things I want to teach them.
I envision their future of having amazing friends, a great love and beautiful children. I know there will be heartache, broken hearts, pain and disappointment but I hope that with all those things they learn that there is so much we can learn from life.
My parents were really good about teaching me that there is disappointment in life or your friends will hurt you and make mistakes but there is also an even bigger part of life that is rewarding and amazing.
So here are my top 10 things I want my children to know.

1. You are beautiful inside and out. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are less than them.

2. If someone puts you down and tries to belittle you that is emotional abuse, it’s not okay. 

3. If you get a bad feeling about someone it’s ok to walk away or run as fast as you can. You don’t always have to be polite if you are uncomfortable (thank you Christel for teaching me this).

4. You don’t owe anyone anything. Never let someone manipulate you into doing something for them. 

5. Be happy with yourself first, no one will ever be able to make you happy unless you are happy with yourself first.

6. Be ok being alone. Learn to be comfortable with having time to yourself, cherish it.

7. Don’t ever give up. You might fall at times but if you keep going you will get accomplish that goal!

8. I will love you forever. No matter what you do in life I will always love you. You will never truly know this love until you have your own children and I know you will think at times I am too hard on you but it will always be out of love. 

9. Know what you want. People respect those who know what they want out of life. 

10. Say what you mean and mean what you say. This is so important. If you want people to respect you than do this. People will appreciate you being consistent and dependable and if you always do as you say than people will know they can count on you.
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Giveaway Round Up!

By on September 8, 2014

Ok so there has been a couple of giveaways you might want to be aware of. 

First you can go enter to win a $150 Visa Gift Card sponsored by Pure Crafted Beds.

You can also head over to The Anchor & Bows Boutique’s Facebook page to enter TWO giveaways going on right now. 
The first one ends tonight so hurry and enter. You can enter by commenting HERE and also tagging friends!

The other giveaway over there is easy too. You just share this photo and comment that you did so. This one ends Thursday so you have a lot of opportunities to enter!

**Both of the Anchor and Bows Boutique giveaways exclude Frozen dresses.

Good luck and let the odds be ever in your favor 😉

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