Archives for October 2016

10/27/16

Motherhood – Crazy Things We Do For Our Kids

Parenthood can make us do crazy things. One minute, you are partying it up at the bar while someone holds your hair up over the toilet and 5 years later, you are cleaning up your child’s poop out of the bathtub. Boogers, Barf, Spit-up, Dirty Diapers, Stinky Socks and daily trips to McDonald’s are all now part of the norm. We suddenly have a gushing fire hose of emotions like love, protectiveness and determination — all for the sake of our children.

When you have your own children, it really starts to make you realize how much your parents did for you as a child. At the time, you think it is just what they are supposed to do. It’s their job right?!?… You don’t think about all of the sacrifices, hard work, late nights & all of the expenses. I think we all know the saying “you will understand when you have kids”… Well, that time has come!!

Of course, you get plenty of advanced warning about the big sacrifices. Like the fact you can’t just pop out for a drink anymore or that your house will soon be re-assembled to an indoor drag race. This made me think about all the crazy things we do for our kids. Today, I wanted to share some things motherhood has made me do… I hope that I am not alone or I am the only crazy parent out there! (I am also sharing some of my favorite photos of him through the years)…

Yes, I might have a shed a tear reminiscing through these :*(

1. You creep into your kids’ rooms at night to check for breathing and make sure they’re alive.

2. You pick boogers from your child’s nose and catch his vomit with your bare hands. Body fluids no longer faze you.

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3. You obsess over number two. Too much poop? Too little poop? You probably keep a poop chart too.

4. You carry a mini-grocery store with you at all times.

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5. You willingly taste your own booger because your kid will not rest until you’ve tried one too.

6. Put your kid in a Paw Patrol costume while fighting off diarrhea.

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7. Blame a fart on a child.

8. You don’t minding sitting on a toilet seat to warm it up because it’s too cold for your 3-year-old.

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9. Get someone dressed while you’re in the shower.

10. You walk into your child’s room and smell the air. You can sniff out a used pull-up within seconds… “Did something die in here?”

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11. Let someone watch you pee as they stare while sipping their juice box.

12. You start catching yourself singing to Bubble Guppies even after your child has gone to bed.

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Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t change this life for anything! He is my best friend and my number one forever. I will always be a little crazy when it comes to my child. I think every parent would agree! It’s the crazy little things you do for your kids every single day – those are the things that make you a brilliant parent. It’s the little, everyday sacrifices that take you by surprise; the way in which you put your children first without giving it a second thought. Like staying up all night to make their favorite super hero costume or watching Peppa Pig over and over until you start speaking in British. And one day, many years from now, your children will thank you. Promise!

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What are some crazy things you have done for your kids?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
10/24/16

Coffee Break: Black Shift Dress + Plaid Scarf

 

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Fall is slowly but surely making its way to Texas! FINALLY!

Mornings are chilly but it is still up to 80 degrees by the afternoon. Gotta love that awkward moment when you are dressed for fall in the morning and then sweating by the afternoon. That is why a versatile piece to have for fall is key. What could possibly be more versatile than a great shift dress? A simple, black shift dress to be exact. This dress is perfect for fall and under $10!!!! I’ve already worn it WAY more times than I care to admit.  It can be dressed up or down with ease and made perfectly appropriate for any season.

A simple way to add a pop of plaid to a basic dress? Throw on a scarf and add booties. This one from ASOS is sold out but I have loved this one and this oneThese booties from Target go with everything! They are perfect with leggings or dresses. I added some arm candy and my everyday basic white girl PSL from Starbucks.  🙂

For a dressier and classic look, you can the pair a shift dress with just pearls and neutral or black heels. For the office, grab some dressy flats and throw on a cardigan to keep it business casual.

Shop Similar Looks:

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What are your go-to fall essentials?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
10/19/16

JORD Watch Contest

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Okay y’all, I have officially found my fall watch. I have been on the hunt for a new watch for awhile. I cannot tell you how many times I would grab a watch, but couldn’t commit and would put it back. Then I found Wood Watches by JORD.  They are seriously perfect for fall! My husband loves mine so much he wants one of his own. Can’t say I blame him. They have a great little tool online that you print off so you can measure your wrist to ensure the perfect fit.

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Each watch arrives in a beautiful wooden box which totally made it feel like Christmas morning. I am a huge sucker for companies who take the time to add to the client experience by putting together packaging that is breath taking. The watch was delicately placed around a cute pillow protected by crinkle paper. The packaging as a whole was flawlessly done and screams sustainability.

I was gifted this incredible watch so I can vouch for any gift receiver out there that this watch is perfect for birthdays, holidays and all the above! Have a family member or friend’s birthday over seas? JORD makes it easy to shop online with free shipping worldwide. Customize the sizing to fit your wrist (or your friends) perfectly, and set your worries at ease with a 1 year warranty included with the watch.

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I have been wearing my JORD watch almost everyday for the last month and have nothing but good things to say about it! I was a little hesitant at first thinking, “how can a wood watch hold up?” but the test of time has made me realize that this watch is the real deal!

And now for the good news! I have teamed up with JORD watches for a fun giveaway. It’s a $75 e-voucher for the winner. Even better is EVERYONE who enters (except winner) will get a $20 e-gift card.

So how do you enter?

Click HERE  

CONTEST ENDS 11/13/2016

(This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches)

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Do you wear watches for fall? What are you thoughts on wood watches?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
10/17/16

Life & Blog Update

Hello Beauties! Happy Monday!

It’s been a long ol’ time since I’ve done a life update post and I felt like we needed to have a catch up. So many amazing ‘blog things’ have been happening recently and I NEED to talk to you about them! I guess I’m also going to use this post as an excuse to give you some updates on work, family and life at the moment.
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Recently, I have announced a new domain and website for KingdomofSequins. I have been pouring my heart and soul into creating everything for this. This is part of the lack of posts and presence from yours truly. I have been working really hard at moving my blog over to a self-hosted site which is a lot more work than I had anticipated. I want to have more freedom with my blog which is what inspired me to do this move but I didn’t realize it would take me so long to get everything up and ready.
 I’m one of those people who are all or nothing.  Whether it’s a diet or cleaning my house or cooking or whatever. I’m all in or I’m all out.  Needless to say, as for blogging about my life, I’ve been a little all over the place. Life in general has been a little crazy. Work = CRAZY!!!!
If you did not already know, I work full time at a global company. I am the EA for four executives and I support all of the US offices. That in itself is a HUGE undertaking, especially, when I am doing it alone. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for anything but it is a lot of work. October/November is the time for our company to make “changes” aka “org changes”. It happens every year so we are all prepared, especially myself who has to support any and ALL paperwork! Work has taken over my entire life at the moment!
ON TOP OF, my four year old son who is in about every activity you can imagine!
We are at soccer practice Mondays, me teaching dance Tuesdays, watching Chloe (my step-daughter) cheer on Thursdays and of course Soccer games Saturdays. Oh yes, and not to mention, every kids birthday party in Dallas every weekend!
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With this being said, I do apologize for the lack of updates on the blog lately 🙂

Until the new site goes live, which will hopefully be towards to end of the month, posting might be a bit sporadic around here as I work on content for the big reveal. However I’m hoping to get back to my usual three posts a week once we go live!

Also, I just want to say thank you so much to the amazing followers! I know I say this a lot, but you (yes, you reading this right now) make writing these posts and working on the blog worthwhile! Thank you so much for supporting this little space on the internet, it’s such a lovely community that we all get to be a part of.

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

– Steve Jobs

 

I hope you are having an amazing month so far!

Stay tuned friends!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
10/12/16

Home Decor Inspiration

 

 

Happy Hump Day Friends!!!

If you have been following for awhile, you know that we recently just bought a house. We have now been there for 3 months and I am still no where close to having everything decorated or even organized. I honestly don’t think there is ONE room that is completely and totally finished, at least the way I want it to be. We have a four bedroom, two bathroom home that has a playroom and a study. Obviously the main rooms, our living room & kitchen, is where we spend most of the time and they are not totally decorated yet.

Today, I’ve compiled a little “wish list” or inspiration as I like to call it of photos that I’ve had my eyes on and that represent the look I’m going for! Most of these are from Pinterest for reference.  For now, I hope you enjoy this little bit of decor inspiration I’ve compiled. I’d definitely love to do a post in the future showing you all how the rooms turns out when it’s finished!

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Living Room:

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Kitchen:

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cactus

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Playroom:

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Master Bedroom:

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animal print

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Kids Rooms:

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Craftroom:

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Bathrooms:

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Remember, this is all just inspiration for me to get some ideas on what I want to do. I know not everything will look so elegant and perfect like all of these and it will take some time to get everything the way we want it. Work in progress!!!!

Brittany🙂

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