It’s that time of year again! The lovely people at FreeConferenceCall.com open up their Santa’s hotline for kids to call and leave their wish list. It’s absolutely free to call and the best part is, you can avoid those horrible lines at the mall.
Plus, if you’re a last minute shopper like me, you can go to the store and buy EXACTLY what you need! Hear the big man himself by calling the number listed below. Happy Holidays!
Avery’s first Halloween ever?!? You know I had to go big. She needed to know that we take Halloween incredibly seriously around here, and this year was no exception. The day of Halloween was very busy, as always. I had to get into full costume for my work Halloween costume party and transport my gypsy box to work all in one piece (this proved to be a rather monumental task).
Thennn I had to make sure everything was ready to go for the evening. It was only right that Bobby and I played a part in Avery’s halloween costume. We wanted to show her off to all 6 neighbors we know on our block (I know, we’re so social!)_and we had to do it early since kids start lining up for my husband’s Halloween haunted house around 6pm.
We decided to base our costumes on Little Red Riding Hood. The week before Halloween, I walked into my local thrift store and found the perfect grandmother’s dress/moo moo for just $7. I added a low bun, flats, and my mom’s reading glasses, and voila! My costume was complete for only $7. Avery’s costume was purchased HERE and fit her juuuust right. That girl is growing at a rapid rate and I thought by the time Halloween rolled around it might not fit. Thankfully, I was wrong – it fit her just right. It’s a good thing she hasn’t been on a growth spurt, though, because if she’d had just a few more ounces of milk that day, she may have busted the seams!
I loved all the family costume ideas I saw this year – there was so much creativity! It was a long and exhausting day and if Avery could talk, she would probably say, “but Mommy, what tired eyes you have.” I love the way our costumes turned out – it was totally worth it.
I hope our costumes give you a little inspiration for next year. Only 349 days until Halloween!
If I am being completely honest, I was not feeling Halloween this year at all. Just the thought of finding a costume sounded exhausting! At the end of every day all I want to do is jump into my pajamas and snuggle with my little one. It’s so unfair they can wear onesies all day!
As Halloween got closer, the crazy competitive side of me began to emerge and I wanted to win my workplace’s Halloween costume contest. I searched online for some inspiration – I wanted to find something that wouldn’t require too many purchases or much time. Last year I was able to create my Halloween costume two or three days before the big day, plus I could wake up super early. I had no idea what would be in store the day before. We are officially teething here in the King home, which means short naps and cruelly long nights for me – I needed something easy!
My husband spent the week before Halloween prepping for his annual haunted house, which means all of the life-size mannequins that live in my attic come out to make their grand debut. I, however, took ages before I finally decided on being a fortune teller. The Friday before Halloween I went through my closet and found a few items I could use for my fortune teller idea. I also snagged two unused boxes from work and purchased 3 cans of black spray paint and some black duct tape. Once the box was assembled, I ran to Joann’s on Sunday evening to gather some material to pull it all together. It may have been relatively last-minute, but it was enough to win first place! Check out the pictures below!
Madam Yvette predicts she will win again next year!
A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Insta feed and saw THE most adorable pumpkin patch photos on Hello Fashion. Her family looked exceptionally cozy in their fall scarves and tall winter boots. I immediately started looking for the perfect outfits for Avery’s first visit to the pumpkin patch.
Thennnn I remembered some crucial information – I live in southern California and the weather forecast called for a high of 90 degrees for the weekend. How was I supposed to pull off fall vibes with these temperatures? I thought if we went early enough we could beat the heat and the cool ocean breeze would magically make us feel like we were back East, watching the orange leaves fall and enjoying those brisk autumnal breezes with pumpkin-y drinks in hand. Great idea, right? WRONG. It was 80 degrees by 10am and I felt a little ridiculous wearing a long sleeved shirt and booties but hey, I really, reeeally wanted an enviable fall picture.
I may have been able to trick my daughter into dressing warmly; however, my husband wasn’t buying it. He woke up, put on his shorts and ball cap, and said, “I’m ready.” I didn’t see any purpose in arguing or attempting to explain my vision so I just went with it.
I’m totally obsessed with the color burgundy so I was pleased when I found Avery’s fall outfit at Carters. There was one left in her size, so clearly it was meant to be. I hope the pictures are deceitful enough to make you think we are an adorable, pumpkin patch enjoying, fall loving family!
If you’re planning to take family pumpkin patch photos next year, check out my photography tips below!
I love all of the plaid in this photo!
My husband and his mini-me.
R.I.P. two of my favorite necklaces, Avery’s “new thing” is holding on to objects with her death grip like in the photo above. Goodbye jewelry!
A little advice for those of you wanting to achieve great pumpkin patch photos:
Stick to neutral colors, the orange of the pumpkins and bright colored clothes creates a high contrast.
Be patient. It make take several photos to get that perfect shot.
Don’t “pose”. In the first photo, I just wanted to kiss her delicious cheeks and it ended up being my favorite shot. How can anyone resist those cheeks?!?!?
The newborn stage is officially behind us. I blinked and I suddenly have a baby girl who is talking, recognizing my face, and laughing daily. But let me tell you, I’m absolutely adoring every second of it!
Capturing these moments is important to me, so when Avery was just three weeks old, I couldn’t wait for Christian from Kaysen Photography to photograph her. The day and night before the scheduled shoot were utterly horrendous, though. I think I was running off of two hours of sleep when I called Christian and asked to reschedule. He was kind enough to push our shoot back a week.
The day finally came and, honestly, it felt a bit like the twilight zone. Avery was feeling mellow and photogenic bright and early in the morning. Christian is incredible at what he does; he knew exactly how to get the perfect shots. I am so grateful that he was able to capture this special time in our lives and I look forward to utilizing his talent in the future as well! The Little Umbrella featured Avery’s full shoot on their site but here are a few teasers below. For those of you that are interested, you can purchase the floral wreath HERE.
I was selected to attend the Ellen Degeneres Mother’s Day show and Thursday, May 5th was THEE day! The entire crowd was made up of expectant mothers. I had no idea that I would be surrounded by so many women whose stories are similar to mine. I met incredible women who didn’t allow infertility to hinder them or take away their joy. They were dedicated, unrelenting women who never let fear or insecurity hold them back in fulfilling their dreams. It was such an honor to celebrate together with them..
We cried, laughed, and jumped for joy. And the cherry on top was being able to cross off some big ticket items from my registry. OH, and seeing the sexy Mila Kunis and Kristin Bell wasn’t bad either (sorry, babe). It was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity!
Ellen totally hooked us up, and you know she is all about the newest and greatest products! Here are some of the items that have been life savers!
2. Evolur Fairbanks 5-in-1 Convertible Crib, Winter White – This is by far the single best thing we received at the show. This crib transitions from a standardized crib to a toddler bed to a day bed and can even become a full-sized bed. We had several options to choose from and it was easy to assemble!
3. Munchkin LATCH BPA-Free Newborn Baby Bottle Gift Set, 12 Piece – Avery had some serious gas the first few weeks and this newborn set from Munchkin seriously helped with combating it. The bottles prevent colic with their anti-colic valve located at the bottom on the bottle that prevents air bubbles from moving through the bottle.
4. 4moms, High Chair, White, Grey – The 4moms high chair comes with bowls and accessories that are magnetic, which means no more spaghetti bowls flying across the room! I won’t need this high chair until Avery gets older, but what a great concept! I can’t wait to use it.
This whole motherhood thing has been an amazing experience. Thank God for supportive family and friends that are willing to answer my paranoid “mom questions” in the middle of the night…I can’t even attempt to guess how many text messages I’ve sent out in the past few weeks. I’m not sure I would have all my hair or any remaining sanity if it weren’t for these products and our fantastic support network!