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Into The Wild

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Our favorite time of the year has finally arrived! The temperature has dropped & we’ve already taken our second trip to the mountains. We headed a couple of hours out of LA for a little getaway in the mountains & it felt so good to get out of the city. We all are so much happier when we get outdoors, so I think you could say this holiday season is off to the perfect start!
family photo outfitsSince we would be in the perfect setting, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to take a few family photos. How adorable are all of my boys in their matching buffalo plaid!? I couldn’t resist these little Sherpa & plaid jackets for the boys from Old Navy. All 3 of them were so excited to be matching & I’m not exaggerating when I say that they’ve been wearing these everyday since they arrived because they are beyond cozy. They’re the perfect pop of color for these photos too!
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I am obsessed with the Sherpa trend right now & Old Navy has the cutest pieces for the whole family. We’re already planning another trip to the mountains for more of an excuse to bundle up in these comfy pieces! Also, you guys might not be able to tell from the photos but these are the softest jeans I’ve ever worn & I legitimately can’t stop wearing them. I’m all about comfort AND style when it comes to our fall/winter wardrobes, it’s so important!
family holiday photo idea father and son photo ideas couples holiday photosIf you’re in search of the perfect gifts for family & friends, check out these Sherpa pieces! They would make the perfect gift to cozy up in all winter long 🙂

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Special thanks to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!

 

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The Gregory Family Vlogs

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I’m really excited to introduce you all to our fun new little project, The Gregory Family Vlogs! I always get requests for more posts including my little family & we thought this would be the perfect way to show you guys more of our “real” life! This is #4 so make sure & head on over to our channel to see the others.

I hope you guys enjoy the videos & make sure to subscribe to see more!

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4 Things I Struggle With As A Mom

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while & I am honestly so happy to be sharing the things I struggle with as a mom with you guys. I feel like sometimes we feel ashamed because we have these struggles, but honestly, I have learned that talking about my struggles & embracing the fact that I’m not perfect, has helped me in so many ways. I hope you all will read this with open minds & know that if you struggle with any of these, you’re not alone!
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-Comparison
People aren’t lying when they say that comparison is the thief of joy. I can go from having a great day & feeling like supermom to questioning every parental decision I’ve ever made. That might sound dramatic but if you’re a parent, you know that it’s so easy to compare yourself to other parents. Especially with social media these days. I find myself looking at other moms & thinking, “how do they look so put together all the time!?” When you’re at home at 2 in the afternoon looking like a hot mess & your kids are still in their pajamas eating cereal off of the coffee table, it’s easy to compare yourself. I’ve finally learned that no one’s life is picture perfect. If anyone tries to claim that, they’re straight up lying to you! Every single human being has bad days & that is perfectly okay! So the next time you find yourself comparing your life or mothering skills to someone else, take a minute to look around & find the things that you’re thankful for. That might sound silly but whenever I think of all the great things in my life, it makes it easier to stop comparing myself & my life to anyone else.
-Guilt
Oh man, mom guilt is SO real. I honestly had no clue how bad it was until I had to stop breastfeeding Kannon at 8 weeks old. I don’t know why but the second you get pregnant or have/adopt a child, so many people take it upon themselves to tell you how exactly you should be raising said child. The amount of people that have told me how to raise my kids & how the things I’m doing are wrong, is absurd. If you’re a mom, you know exactly what I’m talking about! But guess what? We are all doing the best we can & as women, we should be encouraging each other & not tearing each other down. It makes me beyond happy to see all of these online mom communities popping up! (If you’re not part of one, let me know & I can send you the link to a really great one!) We feel enough mom guilt on our own so let’s stop making each other feel down about our choices & start embracing our differences. I promise that as cliche as that sounds, the support of other women can change our whole mentality & make motherhood the most amazing journey!
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-Patience
I truly believe that patience is one of the hardest lessons of being a parent. You wouldn’t believe the amount of times I have to stop what I’m doing & take a deep breath to keep myself from losing my cool. I love my boys more than anything, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t test my patience. In fact, raising little humans requires the most insane amount of patience! Teaching them & guiding their lives so that they will become functioning adults is not an easy task. But in my opinion, being a parent is the most rewarding experience & worth every little moment of frustration. I’ve actually learned to appreciate a lot more of the little things in life. Stopping to smell the flowers (or admire everything we come across) actually makes you realize how beautiful life is & how lucky we are to live in this incredible world. Sometimes it just takes a bit of patience to get to that point of realization 🙂
-Time Management
I saved this for last because it’s probably the hardest thing I struggle with as a mom. I get asked ALL the time how I balance being a mom & run a small business at the same time. To be honest, it’s all still a work in progress! Most days I feel like a hot mess while trying to get work done AND be a good mom. I don’t have a nanny so every day is a constant struggle of making time for my boys & figuring out how to accomplish work tasks. Being organized has helped me balance both though & I think
I will do a full post on how I make time for it all. But for now, just know that my life is not perfect & if you ever need someone to vent/relate to, I am always here to chat! Being a mom is amazing & while we all struggle at times, surrounding ourselves with encouraging & supportive friends definitely helps 🙂

 

Kohl's Back to School

Back to School Under $50

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How is it already time for kids to be going back to school?! I swear it was just June & now it’s already the middle of August. Time goes by far too quickly these days!

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While we’ve been doing school activities with Kannon for the past year, this year he officially starts preschool! How is my little babe so grown up? (Apparently, I’m freaking out about how quickly time is flying by haha!) In all seriousness though, it’s crazy to me that he’ll be starting kindergarten next year. If you’re a parent, you know the saying about how the days are long but the years are short. It’s SO true!

Enough about time though, let’s get into the best part about kids going back to school… The shopping! Kannon is at the age where he wants to pick out the clothes he wears (& I let him to an extent ;)). We did some shopping at Kohl’s again & he went through & picked out all of his favorite things. He has been obsessed with his “fast shoes” (black Nike’s) for over a year now but was so excited to get these black Vans & white Converse to switch things up. I love that Kohl’s has SO many different brands & options for our boys because I love that I can get everything from one store. Plus, I know that I’m getting high-quality products that my boys love, for an affordable price. It’s so nice to be able to find back to school outfits for under $50! Every outfit he’s wearing in these photos, he helped pick out & I love that he’s just as happy as I am about every piece. As you can tell, he’s got his Game Face on & he’s ready to face anything that comes his way! #GameOn

For all of you parents doing back to school shopping for your kiddos, Kohl’s is having a 20% off sitewide Friends & Family sale with the code FF20OFF 8/17-8/20 so don’t miss out on that one 🙂 (Exclusions: Gift Cards Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items prestige brands of cosmetics, skincare and select brands of fragrance select electrics premium electronics and warranty products consumables premium sunglasses sporting goods sports team merchandise select online-exclusives American Girl Columbia Converse Dyson Koolaburra by UGG Levi’s Nike and Under Armour)

Thank you to Kohl’s & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

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Play-Proof Clothes

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If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that one of our favorite things to do is go on adventures. There is nothing better than seeing the world through our boys’ eyes.

One of our favorite places to adventure here in Southern California is Malibu. The beaches are gorgeous & the hikes are absolutely breathtaking. Point Dume is one of our favorite places to take the boys because It’s a relatively easy hike (I would recommend some closed toe shoes though). It has some of the most incredible views of the coast & is perfect for kids because it’s a reasonably quick trip to the top & not very steep. We try to get our boys outdoors as much as possible because let’s be honest, most little boys would prefer to be outside all day long!

With all of our outdoor adventures, it’s really important for us to have clothes for Kannon & Hendrix that are going to last & be 100% play-proof. You guys know that I love Kohl’s & that the majority of my boys’ wardrobe is purchased from there because it’s the perfect one-stop-shop, it’s affordable & the quality is great for active kids. I love that while the clothes are high quality & geared for play, they’re made from comfortable materials so I don’t have to stress about my boys being uncomfortable, even when they’re napping. Comfort & quality are honestly the most important things I look for when purchasing clothes & I never have to worry when shopping at Kohl’s because I know exactly what I’ll be getting, even when I order online. Also, I love that Kohl’s carries some of my favorite brands like Adidas & Nike because I can match with Kannon 🙂

If you guys are ever in Southern California, I highly recommend hiking to the top of Point Dume. You won’t be disappointed!!

 

Thanks to Kohl’s and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

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Life Updates & Disneyland

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The past two weeks have been nuts! So many different things have been going on from family in town to doctors appointments that I figured I would just give you a little update.

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I’ve had multiple doctors appointments, ultrasounds & CT scans for random lumps & bumps that my doctors discovered over the past few months. Don’t worry, everything is looking good! I just have to monitor them & go back in another 3-6 months to make sure they’re not growing. For now, though, they all have remained the same size & are benign. A little PSA for all you girls & women out there, make sure & stay up on your annual check ups & breast checks with your OBGYN. I know so many girls my age who have had lumps found in their breasts & while most of them are benign, it’s important to find those things early just in case they could be something more serious. Not trying to scare you at all, just trying to encourage you all to stay up on your appointments because I was pretty bad at staying up on mine until I got pregnant with Kannon 🙂

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My brother & sister in law were in town last week with their three kids & we had the best time. We miss them so much now that they live in Utah & any chance we can all get together is the best. We spent a couple of days at Disneyland, which was so exciting but also SO exhausting. I always forget how tiring multiple days at Disneyland are! Don’t get me wrong, I love Disneyland more than most but it’s a lot of walking around with multiple kids in tow. I loved that we split up the days though so we only went to one park per day instead of park hopping both days. We also spent a day in Malibu and if you guys follow us on social media, you know that Malibu is one of our favorite places to go during Spring/Summer. I highly recommend eating at Malibu Farm on the pier & doing a beach day either before or after. Make sure & bring a sweater/jacket though because it can get cold on the pier with the wind.

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I think we all suffered from exhaustion from everything that we did last week because our entire little family ended up with the flu for the past 5 days. That probably has to do with our immune systems being down from lack of sleep &, not the healthiest diet (who can turn down churros at Disneyland!? Not this girl!). All in all, though, we’ve been having far too much fun & are ready to be back to “normal life” for the next couple of weeks before our next trip 🙂

 

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Sugarfina Century City

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If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Sugarfina yet, I sincerely hope you can try some soon! We fell in love with Sugarfina while living in NYC & when I found out that they just opened Sugarfina Century City, I did a happy dance. We took the boys on a little date & while Hendrix obviously can’t eat candy, he was completely content hanging out in the store. Kannon on the 0ther hand was in heaven! Sugarfina candy is like no other candy I’ve ever had. Just one piece is so satisfying but not overly sweet. Which means you can have 1-2 pieces & not over indulge. That’s saying a lot too because I have zero willpower when it comes to food 🙂

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Have you tried Sugarfina? If so, what is your favorite treat?

Target Date

Our Weekly Target Date

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I’m not even going to pretend that we don’t frequent Target at least once a week. With two kids, there is always something we need (or want) & to be honest, it’s always an adventure for us!

Even though we always leave with more than we planned on purchasing (anyone else!?), Target is our go-to for all of our everyday essentials. Baby formula & laundry detergent being our most frequent purchases because we go through these insanely quick. I think that anyone that has raised a baby or child, can testify to the glorious amounts of laundry that happen on the weekly (daily?) basis. With 4 of us now, the amount of laundry we go through is almost mind blowing. Which is why we did a happy dance when we found out that our favorite laundry detergent, Persil ProClean, is now sold in Target nationwide!!

Honestly, you can’t beat Persil. We were introduced to it a couple years ago & fell in love with how well it worked and the amazing scent. Since I’m surrounded by boys, it’s necessary to have a laundry detergent that smells lovely, gets stains out AND is gentle on our clothes. Persil ProClean does all of that & now that it’s at Target nationwide, we don’t have to worry about finding it, we can just add it to our list of Target must-haves & we’re good to go! If you couldn’t tell by now.. It’s the little things in life that make me happy!

 

I hope you enjoy the video! Leave a comment below if you are as addicted to Target as we are 🙂

*Thanks to Persil ProClean for sponsoring this post. Per usual, all opinions are my own 🙂