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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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Our Fourth + Claire’s 4th

We are still recovering from what may have been the most fun weekend of the Summer, Fourth of July + Claire Bear’s fourth birthday! We had so much fun with friends & family, lots of time at the pool, good food & drinks, and of course, fireworks!! Does it get any better than that?! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged these things, honestly I feel like Instagram is almost the new mini blog but many of you have told me you want to see it here, so let’s do this thing!

Brandon’s family came down for the Fourth from Iowa, the girls absolutely love spending time with their cousins & we love to entertain! The Fourth of July was our first holiday we spent in our home last year, and confirmed for me that picked the right house. Our neighborhood takes holidays v. seriously and I am here for it!! We started the morning early with a neighborhood tailgate, mimosas and bike decorating for the kiddos! We have a small city parade that my dad drove our truck in, and the kids had so much fun riding along. The rest of the morning was spent underneath tents with live music & food from everyone in the neighborhood until we all got rained out. We all came home and waited out the storm, then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool (overcast skies & Frosé are a perfect combination!) and then came home to do some fireworks in the yard and watch the city ones around the corner. All in all, the best kind of holiday!!

We spent Friday at the pool again & grilled out for dinner, and then went down to First Friday in the Crossroads to watch the Kansas City Air Show. We grew up going to air shows and I totally forgot how much fun they were!

Sunday we celebrated Claire’s birthday!!! Claire tells us all the time, “my name isn’t Claire, it’s Rainbowgirl” <– And all one word if you hear her pronounce it. If any of you remember the video of her telling us what she wanted for her birthday party earlier this year, she asked for “a rainbow beach party, with a rainbow swimsuit and a rainbow cake and a rainbow dog!” We couldn’t give her a beach, but the backyard was a pretty close substitute! It was a super laid back bash in the afternoon, with a handful of neighborhood friends, cake, cupcakes & popsicles! The girls had a blast & Claire was asleep on the couch before all of her friends even went home. It’s her party and she’ll sleep if she wants to.

Sources: Oversized Rainbow Sprinkler // Rainbow Slip n Slide // Rainbow Mini Pool // Rainbow Swimsuit // Rainbow Balloons

In years past, I have always been excited when we roll into the second half of Summer because I love Fall so much. But! Elementary school brings a whole new meaning to Summer, I love love love having the girls home with us and not having to get up to rush around each morning. We are savoring every last drop of this season!!

I hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July, as always, thank you for reading!! XO

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