Monthly Archives: July 2015

Unisex Apparel for the Kiddos + Giveaway (closed) !!!

Did I ever tell you that I just assumed we would have two girls?  I know it’s a little foolish, but I just saw us with only girls and it felt like that was going to be our story.  Thankfully God has a better plan and I know I told you numerous times over here, but I am so thankful and ridiculously crazy over our little dude!  Regardless of me thinking we would have only girls I was still very conscious about buying as many neutral things as possible, from carseat, stroller, swing, clothing etc.  So what I want to share with you today is my favorite pieces of apparel I had purchased for Nola that we can happily pass onto Jonas.

There are a couple of reasons why I like the idea of saving some of Nola’s clothes and passing them down to Jonas.  For one, I like the idea of buying less.  I know we all feel great about doing an occasional overhaul and sending a carload to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  But something I like doing even more is buying timeless items, having them last longer and just buying less.  Here’s a great article explaining the downfalls and impact of donated clothes.   If I can buy something for my kids or myself that costs more, but lasts years – I like that!  To me it’s just smart and economical to reuse clothing.  But probably what I like the most about reusing clothes from Nola to Jonas is it brings me back to when she was a baby!  It’s so sentimental to me!!

So here’s my list of items I have bought for Nola and saving for Jonas to wear in the near future.  Near future meaning, he’s almost as big as her, bless his sweet heart and her’s for that matter!  I have an overly small child and overly large child, however both are pretty perfect in my eyes!

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1.  I love this Patagonia jacket for our little ones!  It’s not only a timeless piece, but it’s lightweight and keeps them warm in the cold Midwest winters.

2.  This winter hat, amongst a handful of others, we got from the GAP.  We love this one and trust me on this, we need to be excited about our winter gear to psyche us out for the cold that will come this winter.

3.  In my book the most important thing about pajamas is getting something warm and comfy.  These pajamas from the GAP are that and will work for either gender!  Nola and her buddies from CA all had these last winter.

4.  I can’t get enough onesies and t-shirts that have sweet little sayings on them.  This onesie from Mamacase Prints is one of my favorites!

5.  CJ and I are huge fans of Threadless t-shirts.  We both have a handful of t-shirts from there and once we had kids we loaded up!  Here I’m only showing a few of the Threadless onesies we have.  Hands down the rhino onesie is my all-time favorite!!

And now we get to shoes.  Guys I love shoes, in fact I love wearing the same shoes as my kiddos.  Yes I have become that mom.  Here are a list of shoes I have for Nola that I am saving for Jonas to wear, and I may or may not have many or most of these in my size as well…

6.  You can’t get any more timeless than Saltwater Sandals my friends.  They are comfy and waterproof and I love them!  Nola’s on her second pair and I stay with the tan color because then they can go with anything.

7.  We all love Toms, not only because of what they do and support, but because they also have the most darling little shoes.

8.  Vans checkered board slip-on’s are Nola’s go-to casual shoe and the shoe I choose when her outfits a little too girly?!  For my taste it helps balance things out a little.  They are easy to get on and go with everything!  Plus they are a classic!  Probably one of my most favorite outfits to put on Nola is a graphic tee with a tutu skirt and these vans.

9.  Our go-to sneakers for the entire family are Pumas.  I had ordered these thinking they were more pink, but when we got them they were red.  I was happy to put them in storage to keep for Jonas.  These shoes light up which is also a fun feature for toddlers!  Nola just got a new navy and hot pink pair, which I won’t be making Jonas wear :).  Also if you want to stay sane, get as many velcro shoes as possible!!  They are life-savers!

10.  I love, love Freshly Picked Moccasins.  They are so good you guys!  In fact, if you don’t have a pair already, you probably have at least heard of them.  They stay on your kids feet and they are so great for when they are learning to walk because they won’t slip.  The moccasins are made out of genuine leather and are such a great unisex shoe.  I plan on saving the ones I got for my baby’s babies someday!

11.  Who doesn’t love Chucks?!  Nola had these Chuck Tayler crib sneakers and Jonas has worn them a few times.  Nola also went through these white Chucks, which I’m so bummed no longer fit.  These are also being saved for Jonas to wear in the future.

12.  Hunter rain boots is another classic staple.  Rain boots are crucial in our household because we do a lot of playing in the rain.

Here’s some photos with my kiddos sporting some of these items (and yes looking at Nola as a little baby made me so so sad, time is going by way to quickly):

IMG_2020 here’s baby nola in her toms IMG_1558 nola and daddy sporting their threadless t-shirts Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset nola loving on new little baby jonas wearing her cozy gap pajamas Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset nola playing in the rain with her hunter rain boots IMG_7767 they really do love each other!  jonas is wearing his love your guts onesie with his freshly picked moccasins and nola is wearing her saltwater sandals!

So here’s the exciting news!  Along with showing you some of my favorite unisex apparel I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway!!  So today you can enter to win a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins in the size and color of your choice!!  All you need to do is comment below what pair is your favorite and one winner will be randomly selected next week and emailed directly.  Giveaway ends August 5th.  Good Luck!

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*Please note if you have won a pair of Freshly picked moccasins within the last 60 days you are not eligible for this giveaway.  US residents only*

Everyday Good ‘Ole Life

The main purpose of this blog is to document and remember our adventures and of course everything else I feel like talking about 🙂 but something I want to do more often is write down some of the random things that happen in our boring, ho-hum, regular life days.  Then someday when our kids have kids (good lord even typing that caused some anxiety, please babies don’t grow up too quickly!) we can share some of these cute funny moments and be like, “well when you were a kid you did this.”

So here are just a couple of photos explaining some random moments that made my heart swell just a little bit more.

IMG_7620 “look mom i have an elephant!”

ok let me tell you this little story.  one day nola had a stomach ache and i read putting a heating pad may help.  i of course didn’t have one and so i made one adding rice to a sock and putting in the microwave (yep you can do that if you don’t have one!).  anyways, she later was holding it up telling me that it was her elephant.  i was so confused and just agreed.  then i think cj figured it out that she meant dumbo!!  gah, we loved it and how she connects things together.

Dumbo-disneyscreencaps_com-673 IMG_7639 before nap time nola put’s her book on the pillow and says we are watching tv.  i know, first it’s dumbo and now she’s referencing tv…trust me we do limit screen time.

IMG_6993 at nighttime we typically always go the playground.  walking there, nola always wants to smell the strawberry flowers.  i again didn’t think much of it until i realized hey they really do look like upside down strawberries!  kids are pretty creative!!  i am always reminded to slow down and really engage with my kids because what other imaginative and sweet things could i be missing?

Apostles Island – Part 1

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A couple weekends ago my parents took the entire family to Bayfield, WI.  Bayfield is up north on Lake Superior.  Attractions in the area are the Apostles Island, which are 22 coastal islands.  The most popular attraction probably being the sea caves.  In the winter depending on the weather and how things have frozen, if things align correctly, you can even walk out to the caves.  I heard that’s pretty amazing, but you have to plan accordingly since the window is quite small and only open a couple of weeks.

One evening we took a cruise around the Apostles Islands.  The highlights of the cruise involved our old sea captain and his riveting stories (sometimes they really were, sometimes I could have fallen asleep, which in fact both my kids did do!), seeing the amazing sea caves and the best was of course hanging all together as a family.

Here’s an overload of photos if you care to see:

DSC_0222 copy  my handsome men, gah love them!

DSC_0239  two thumbs up!

DSC_0243 DSC_0267 my nephew, not only is he handsome, but the sweetest to our kiddos  DSC_0310  this girl was and is nola’s bff for life.   DSC_0317 copy  i was beyond thankful during this moment and wanted to freeze time.  i mean both kids sleeping on me, heaven!!!  until….they both get really heavy and i couldn’t feel limbs, but hey it still was ok 🙂 DSC_0371 DSC_0379 DSC_0364 DSC_0357 DSC_0351

Sometimes it’s important to get out of the regular rhythm and do a new adventure with the entire family.  I love doing this because it’s fun making new memories that will last a lifetime!   Thanks mom and dad for everything!!

Happy Birthday Nola Girl!

Today is our sweet girls 3rd birthday!!  These past three years have flown by and I can’t even handle it!  I was watching Nola at the playground one day and I was visioning her as a teenager and then a mom and it freaked me out!!  I am doing my very best at trying to relish this crazy, no sleep, no social, messy house, season in our lives because it’s going by too quickly.  I pretty much am furious with time, but at the same time I love and am so thankful that our kids are healthy.  Seeing them learn and grow is pretty amazing.

The following photos are from when we got our family photos professionally taken each year (with exception to the first photo taken at the hospital).  I love doing this because it’s so fun seeing how much our kiddos change!!

IMG_0304 the day we met our girl!

Brian M Lee Photography - Missy Gammon 2013-23 year one

View More: http://carissagphotography.pass.us/gammon-family-july-2014 year two

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We love you Nola so much and I pray you have 100 more birthday’s to celebrate you!!

Contentment

Hey guys!  Hope you all are having a good start of the week!  I started my Monday with getting some cavities getting filled, so it started off a little shaky (I mean can they please not have the drill sound so horrible, engineers can we invent something that’s silent I mean we got to Pluto to take photos but this can’t be done?!!), but hey I have two cute kids and a handsome hubby so things can turn around very quickly.

This past weekend we took the kids to a splash pad.  Shortly after we got there the water got shut off.  We were told it would be turned back on in 15 minutes so we decided to wait around.  Nola and some other kids played in the outdoor shower meant for people to clean off before and afterwards.  They never got the water to go back on, but Nola and her newfound friends didn’t mind.  They were having fun in this little bitty shower.  Aren’t kids the best?  They continue to teach us valuable lessons all the time!  They didn’t need all the fancy splash pad features, they only needed water and were even willing to share!!  I need to do that more often in my life.  I struggle sometimes with being happy with my life or just being content with where we are at.  If only I had this, or I wish I had that job, or why can’t we go on that amazing vacation?!  But typically shortly after I have these thoughts I am reminded that this life I’m living is not only ok, but pretty damn wonderful actually.

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