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School is back in session so our morning routine just got real. I am a night owl so I’m always pressing play on just one more episode of The Office and then wishing I could sleep in the next morning! Anyone else?!

I wanted to give you guys a peek into our mornings during the week!

Brandon & I wake up around 6:15 so we can have a few minutes of peace & quiet before the girls wake up. We make coffee, I fill our diffusers & if the weather is nice, we drink our coffee on the back patio with Marvin. I almost always have to wake the girls around 6:45, they were sleeping in until after 8:00 all Summer so this has been an adjustment for us. I love to turn on a fun playlist in the morning to help wake them up & get everyone excited for the day!

Brandon handles breakfast while I make the girls lunches. We try to keep breakfast super simple during the week, we rotate cereal + fruit, yogurt + fruit, avocado toast, or bagels with peanut butter.

We have the girls set out their clothes the night before, this has been a game changer for staying on schedule in the morning. For some reason they’re a lot less picky when they choose clothes at night, and then in the morning they get dressed without all the drama. I do their hair, typically braids and a little mist of peppermint essential oil to avoid all the things that come with long hair + elementary school. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We do vitamins & oils, they pack their own backpacks with library books & their snacks, and then we are out the door by 7:40 so we can walk to school. Walking to school is one of the biggest perks of where we moved to, we love the small town feel of our neighborhood & getting some sunshine first thing in the morning is the best! We are SO excited for some cool weather which will make it even more enjoyable!

When we get home from dropping off the older girls, Brandon typically heads to the gym or for a run with Marvin, and I take Claire bear to preschool. I do my best to not stop for coffee on my drive home, but typically get wrapped up in a phone call and find my way there. My goal this Fall is to get to the gym three days a week after dropping her off, but I just haven’t gotten quite that far yet. I usually just come home and get straight to work. One step at a time!

Lots of you asked about the morning playlist, I sent it out earlier this month to our email subscribers (you can sign up here!) and but thought I would share it here as well!! Sure to put smiles on everyones faces, even the grumpiest of humans who can’t find their other shoe.

Hope you are all having a magical start to the school year & aren’t to overwhelmed with the massive to do lists!! Thanks for reading, friends!! XO

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Kindergarten + Second Grade

It was back to school week over here for Harper and Eloise & we are happy to report that it went so well!! The big girls are super excited to be going to school together!!!

It is bittersweet for us that Summer has come to an end. We loved our Summer together, being lazy and sleeping in and doing whatever we wanted every single day. This was also our first full Summer living in this house, last year it was still a renovation zone and we spent lots of time traveling & staying with family while our kitchen was out of commission. We have really fallen even more in love with Kansas City over the last few months & are looking forward to all of the excitement that Fall will bring!

Heart Tees // Headbands // Light Shorts // Dark Shorts // Sandals // Backpacks

^ The girls learned the handshake from The Parent Trap and are obsessed with doing it all the time.

I shared on Instagram a little bit about our motto for the school year, “Be Kind. Be Brave. Be Yourself.” In a world filled with so much negativity & hate, I think it’s more important than ever to teach this to our children and give them something tangible they can hold onto as they go out into this world. I hope you guys will join me in spreading this message of positivity to our kiddos!!!

To all of you who have little ones going back to school, I hope your transition is smooth & as tear free as possible. Cheers friends, as always, thank you for reading!!! We are forever grateful that you choose to be a part of our community! XO

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Cozy Corner + August Plans

I’m so excited to be teaming up with our friends at Sixpenny today to show you a peek at our master bedroom & the coziest corner of our home! The girls are headed back to school this week which means my schedule just opened up for lots of down time & I plan to spend it right here!!

This is the Sixpenny Neva Chair, wide enough to fit all three girls comfortably & soft enough to make you never want to get up. We chose the cotton linen slipcover in pacific pearl & it is so dreamy! A literal cloud. I vowed to spend the first week of the girls being back in school sitting in this chair, flipping through old Fall magazines for inspiration & drinking coffee with Hocus Pocus on in the background.

Ten more things I am doing this month once the girls are officially all back in school:

1. I owe you a blog post on our master as soon as we finish painting the trim & hanging pictures.

2. Finish painting master bedroom trim & hang pictures.

3. Write our Fall bucket list!

4. Putting together a meal plan for the next few weeks dinners as well as making a few freeze ahead dishes. Dinner time legit kills me on busy weeknights, anyone else?

5. Closet overhaul! I am one of those people who hangs onto a million random things thinking “one day I’m going to need this for…” and/or assuming all things will be needed for a Halloween costume at some point. Our house has very little storage so the closet situation needs to be under control approximately yesterday.

6. Daily walks with my fave podcasts & a cup of coffee. I consider it a workout.

7. Sorting through the girls artwork! We have a drawer in our kitchen workstation area that the girls put artwork, crafts they make, notes they write, etc. and it is overflowing. We try to go through it every few months, but it is long overdue. Trying not to be a hoarder, but kids artwork is my weakness.

8. Finish adding plants to the backyard and shoot before & afters of our patio!

9. Stalk every store & online shop possible for early Halloween decor drops.

10. Bring more content here!! It’s been a minute since I have felt super inspired and creative with the blog, but it’s coming back to me and I’m here for it. And I hope you are too!!

Until then, if you need me, you know where I’ll be! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This post is sponsored by Sixpenny, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support our blog!

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