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Our Morning Routine + Playlist

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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Back to School Favorites

I am in denial that school starts next week, this summer flew by! We are making this last week extra fun & festive, and avoiding the realization that next week we will be up before the sun packing lunches.

I’m rounding up all of my favorite finds for back to school this year, back packs, everyday basics & all sorts of glittery extras!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

ONE // Everyday basics!! I love these shirts, they are super well made & last forever. They’re on sale and a great price right now, they’re perfect to pair with skirts or jeans as the weather cools down. I also love these polka dot ones & these fun stripes.

TWO // Cartwheel shorts are a must have if your little ladies love wearing dresses & skirts. Especially if they never. stop. cartwheeling. like ours do.

THREE // The confetti backpack returns!! I almost bought this one for Harper last year, but it’s back and it’s even cuter, so I got it for both Harper & Eloise. Claire wanted a unicorn rainbow one, so I got this one for her & she loves it! PS. They’re also on sale right now!

FOUR // I will never not love glitter high tops! These are SO fun & I totally want them in my size. Brandon will hate them because they will shed glitter in his truck, but YOLO.

FIVE // I always give the girls a small piece of jewelry on their first days of school, it has always been a bracelet in the past, just something special to make their day a little extra sweet. This year, it’s rollerskate earrings for Harper since she has her ears pierced.

SIX // We love love love these little suspender skirts, Claire wears them almost every single day. I love them paired with graphic tees or striped shirts, so classic & fun!

SEVEN // New pajamas for the night before the first day of school. And also just because they’re so freaking cute.

We also love these Bentgo lunch containers to put inside the girls lunch boxes, they make packing lunches so easy & I love that they’re all one piece so super easy to wash. I also have lots of lunch ideas in this post if you’re interested!!

And last, couldn’t help but grab this super soft sweatshirt for myself that is perfect for carpool mornings! Good times, indeed!!

Hope you guys all have the BEST last few days/weeks of summer & all of your little ones have an amazing first day back! Who else is getting excited for FALL?!

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