They literally go together like peanut butter and jam, they compliment each other in every way – just like Chris is the pb to my j. They also know just which buttons to push to annoy the other one, better then anyone else. They more often then not, dress alike – but I think that would be considered more like jam and jam, if we are gonna get all technical.
The grey tee and jeans, is sorta like our families outfit version of a peanut butter and jam sandwich. Pretty sure if King took a photo for Chris and I this day (or most other days), we’d be mirror images in our attire – probably even zoned out with lollypops. I actually don’t particularly like peanut butter and jam, but it’s a great description for so many things in my life – simple, classic, honest, no frills and it always always goes together.
KING – Coat:The Gap – Tee:Crewcuts (it’s on sale) – Jeans:Zara – Boots:The Gap
HARLEY – Hat:Zara – Coat:The Gap (handme down) – Tee:Prefresh (handme down) – Jeans:H&M (handme down) – Socks:Ruum – Boots:Zara : this is one of Harley’s classic “Hand-me down Heaven” outfits.
*I want to take the time to say a huge, THANK YOU!! To everyone for all your kindness and support over our collaboration with Mini Mioche! It’s a really great feeling being able to bring my clothing design experience and mix it with my blog skills, I could not be more excited and honored to be able to work with them in this capacity – and more thankful for your support!
It’s really really hard for me to keep exciting secrets, I’m usually the person who gives birthday presents way too early (and then has empty hands when the actual exciting day comes). This specific secret was extra hard for me to keep, but it was a secret that deserved to be kept (no empty hands on this exciting day). I am beyond excited to finally introduce you all, to a little collaboration I have been working on with Mini Mioche. Together we designed, a little line of really fun printed tees for Spring – a line of Not So Basic, Little Basics (as we like to call it).
We are huge fans of this made in Toronto organic kiddo line, for many reasons. So this collaboration really could not have been a better fit, a perfect marriage of our combined talents. Together for spring we produced 5 tee shirt and onesie styles in total, all made in the softest organic cotton around – sizes range from 0-3 months all the way up to 6T.
I’d love for you to check out the little “Not So Basic, Little Basics” line (so would these two goof balls), and heck maybe find a tee for your little one!
Everything the kids are wearing (right down to the shoes) is from Mini Mioche.
*I mentioned that these are the styles we collaborated on for “Spring”, because we just “might” be cooking something up for Fall as well – just maybe! See, I still really suck at keeping secrets.
As these two grow, so do my personal life skill sets. As much as I feel we are teaching and shaping them, they are always doing to same to us. These days I feel pretty confident that I could add mediator and spectator to my resume, maybe not my career resume but my mom resume for sure. My new-ish skills that I have acquired over time, might be some of my favorite that my kids have taught me (and they have taught me a lot).
I love what comes with them or how I came about owning them (the skills, but yes also the kids). Being able to sit back and watch them play together, listen to the games and scenarios they create is nothing short of amazing. When they get along it’s just so amazing, they compliment each other so well and bring out parts of one another that may not otherwise shine quite as brightly. Let’s be honest, it’s not always like this – they don’t really fight like cats and dogs per say, it’s more of a semi constant old married couple bicker. Either way, when they argue (and it happens often) my new found expert mediator skills come into play. And really (in hindsight) the sibling fighting is awesome but in a less amazing way, they are testing and teaching each other life skills in those moments as well – just in a much more patience testing way. Basically siblings and them spending time together, are pretty darn priceless – for all the millions of reasons; the moments they spend with each other, the things they teach one another, the memories that are created and the extra skills they teach me (to name just a few).
*King’s Shirt C/O RUUM – Harlow’s Shirt a hand me down from her bro.
STRIPED SHIRT: American Apparel – SHIRT: H&M – JEANS: H&M – BOOTS: Zara
This morning, she stood against the wall explaining all the reasons why she didn’t want to go outside. Most were very valid; it’s too cold, I’m lazy….me too kiddo. But her strongest argument and the one I kept asking her more questions about (while I ran for the camera) “I don’t want to cover up my cute outfit”. What?! I snorted when I laughed (okay, in all honesty I do that a lot) but “outfit” where in all the heck did she even learn that word? So adorable, funny and probably just like me when I was her age (I confess). With a promise of a cookie and a good ol’ game of who can get dressed faster, I got her to put on her “cute” winter duds and we were off to freeze our butts off. She then proceeded to talk me into letting her wear her “cute outfit” to nap, I of course folded instantly just look at that smile.
SHOP SIMILAR ITEMS
HAT: Scotch & Soda (last year) – COAT: The Gap – SHIRT: c/o RUUM – JEANS: H&M – BOOTS: The Gap
Ever wonder what a pro whistler looks like? Well know you know. King practiced for weeks, basically day and night – until he finally mastered how to whistle. As his current whistling skills stand, he is heads and shoulders above me. I can sometimes make a sorta whistling sound but only if I suck in, probably not even called whistling at that level. King is working day and night at trying to whistle songs, it’s really cute and I’m really super proud but hearing the same tone all the live long day also has a slight headachey quality to it (I’m just being honest). So if you have any tricks on how to whistle songs, I would appreciate them…probably more then King (if you know what I’m saying).
I usually don’t talk about the clothes, it’s just not really my thing – I like to show not tell (no, this is not the case in all circumstances – you perverts). RUUM (pronounced room, I thought it was something boozey too), they sent us a bunch of clothes – I was crazy skeptical, I totally judged that book by it’s cover. I am surprised to say, I was wrong and It’s not often I am wrong when it comes to clothing – the items we got are made well and fit pretty great too (really similar to H&M and Zara, in that affordable category). The only thing….there were quite a lot of items that didn’t ship to Canada, but isn’t that sorta the story of our Canadian online shopping life?
TOQUE: The Gap (last year) – COAT: The Gap (on sale today) – SWEATSHIRT: C/O Nano Kids Co. – JEANS: H&M – SHOES: Converse
He is fully adjusted and really loves his full days at school. I, on the other hand am not fully adjusted. This whole full day school thing totally snuck up on me. It came with the kind of tip toeing you get a little upset about cause you actually didn’t hear it coming, rather then pretending you don’t hear it. I am grateful for school, it really came at the perfect time for King – just when he needed more from the world, and maybe a little less from me. It’s a sad thought, but every day I look back on a moment and realize how much more independent he is becoming. Sometimes he kindly tells me, that he can do it himself now. Other times we bicker for weeks about small things until I shake the sand outta my ears and realize, I need to take a small step back.
Five is a crazy awesome, fun and super sad (only for Mom) age. It feels like we are currently transitioning from the little kid, I was teaching 24/7 to a kid kid who learns as much on his own as he does from following my lead. It’s amazing to sit back and watch him interact with others, tell me stories or big awesome ideas, watch him solve problems or share what he learnt in that day – my days are full of proud moments (doubled up with pride from Harlow). When you realize you are currently seeing (with your eyes) so many of the millions of things you have taught someone, it’s a crazy heart thumping out of your chest moment (moments, many moments). Most days I am bursting with pride, he is learning so much at school and growing into such an amazing boy – Chris and I talk about how proud we are of our children every night before bed – usually I high jack the conversation, to weep a little about how much I miss King every moment of the day, when he is in school (and when he is mr. independent 5 year old at home). Parenthood is such an amazing, wild, bittersweet ride.