A Quick Update

Hey hey!

Just dropping in for a quick update since I've been slack on the blog front the past couple of weeks. I promise to have a video up for tomorrow too!

Basically, it be crazy over here and in the best possible way. I'm usually on the fly, just stopping to take a shoe photo or selfie, because priorities. Liv is busier than ever and so is WC (thanks to you all, you're the best!), and oh yeah there's a house to clean, meals to cook, and groceries to be bought. 
Speaking of groceries, let me give you a sneak peek into our day. Yesterday as we were checking out, I went to put a gallon of milk on the conveyor and Olivia lost it. Full flip out mode and both the cashier and I just looked at her like "what?!". So we let her hold it after it was scanned and she just sat in the cart, arms wrapped around a gallon of milk.
Toddlers are a total mystery to me.

Last week I mentioned that Liv wasn't really into talking very much and a couple of you suggested getting her ears checked in case there was some fluid. We paid a quick visit to our pediatrician and she told us we were ok. Of course while we were there, she rattled off a bunch of words and made me look like the neurotic first time parent I am. Her newest thing? Hovering over the snack drawer with her finger pressed to her lips saying "ummm" while she deliberates what to pick.

Then she'll usually run towards the playroom screaming something that sounds like "Daniel Tiger, Daniel Tiger!". I guess we're going to be ok in the words department.

WC is keeping me busy as usual, and getting ready to drop the Winter stuff on 11/3 is super fun and super time consuming. Thank the good Lord that Steph is the website master and is handling a dozen other things so I can get orders made, send pieces to our photographers, and take some here myself. In non-Megan style, though, I'm not stressed. I think I've finally (or temporarily) got a balance worked out. I had a good old fashioned come to Jesus conversation with myself that went something like this:

"Megan, get it together." 

I realized that yes, I'm doing the single parent thing a lot. Ryan works a lot, travels a lot, and that's not going to change. So I could wallow in fatigue and toddler over saturation or find a solution. I needed the reminder that I'm lucky to be able to stay home AND work at something I love. I can't feel fulfilled professionally and stay home with Olivia without having full days, long hours, and the complaining/dragging/eating waffle fries to fuel myself wasn't working. So I signed her up for Ballet so we'd get out of the house once a week minimum and we have a standing weekly playdate as well that gets me some grown up time with a friend. She's starting Mother's Day Out once a week as soon as she turns two which will allow me some more time to work. 

Other things are factoring in to the new positive outlook, like having a small daily checklist (drink water, read her two books, clean one toilet, take 10 minutes for a solo cup of coffee in the morning, etc.) to help me feel like I've at least fulfilled some of my roles as mother, housekeeper, person. Make any sense at all? No? It's ok.

We've also instituted a twice monthly date night for Ryan and me. It's fantastic and we love our babysitter (and friend) almost as much as Olivia loves her. This way we at least see each other once in a while and can get some grown up time squeezed in.

Oh, and once in a while, when we go to the Post Office, we swing through Chik Fil A for a small ice cream and a large Diet Dr. Pepper. I park and let Liv play in the backseat (which is apparently a blast) while I eat ice cream and read a book. It's 15 random minutes of relaxation and it totally recharges my batteries, because when we get home there is sure to be only 1 wipe in the house, an overflowing toilet, and a toddler who will rage because the marker she bit the tip off of isn't working.

Once the crises are temporarily resolved, it's work time again. We've been updating the site with new photos and it's a slow process, but we're getting there.

headband | top (on crazy sale and crazy flattering)

In case you forgot what I look like and wanted to see the fruits of my amateur photography labors. 

Enough about me. What's up with you??

A Weekend With My Parents

My parents arrived on Friday and are flying out today, so we've enjoyed a nice, long weekend with them. Unfortunately, they have actual lives and jobs to get back to (incredibly inconvenient for me) so we'll just have to survive without them until Thanksgiving, which is thankfully just one short month away. 

We ate, we shopped, we chatted, we watched football. We laughed, had deep talks, and each gained a few pounds. Just how we like it. My parents did laundry, watched Olivia so Ryan and I could have date night, and we begged them to stay longer. 

Here's a peek at what our weekend looked like. I'll be crying into my coffee, so don't mind me.

Olivia managed to un-glue herself from my knee for at least half of her ballet class on Friday, which is a major improvement. This week our goal is not to flip out when the instructor takes away the tambourines.

We hit up City Centre (as usual) for dinner Saturday night and the weather was glorious. 

(I'm convinced these are perfect toddler shoes. They slide on, are waterproof, and light weight)

On a trip to the park, my mom convinced Liv to try the climbing wall and she hasn't looked back. 

shirt (in H & M stores) | cat ears

Lastly, here's a look at some outfits from this weekend. I'm absolutely not a fashion blogger (it's just laughable) but I always like to see what other moms/women my age are wearing so maybe you do too?

Dinner with the fam:

Drinks with Ryan : 

More dinner: (I wear dresses so my stomach has room to expand. It's strategic)

shirtdress | scarf (similar)

I hope you all had a great weekend!

You've Been Boo'd!

I've got a weekend recap planned but am saving it for tomorrow since my parents are still in town until Tuesday morning and we've got some more stuff to squeeze in together before they leave! 

Today I'm teaming up with Jennifer from Jennifer Alison Designs (the mind behind my WC logos) to bring you some Halloween fun for your kiddos! 

Our neighborhood does "booing" around Halloween time, where you randomly get a treat on your doorstep with a sign that says "We've Been Boo'd". You display the sign on your front door and you have two days to "boo" two more houses. It's super fun and I love that our neighborhood does fun things like this around the holidays! 

I wanted to do little jars (spice jars from IKEA - 4 for $3!) of candy for our "boos" and these labels from Jen are perfect! 

She's giving all of you a 50% off coupon to download these for yourself (all you need are some round labels which you can get at Target!) for less than $2. Use the code WILLOW and grab them here !

These are awesome as tags with a hole punched and some twine threaded through, or just as stickers for a sticker obsessed toddler. All of my shoes have stickers in them, so I think you know which option Liv would pick. They're ideal for treats and we're headed into the treat giving time of year!

We're hitting the pumpkin patch today and then dropping some of these off to some neighbors. It doesn't get much more October than that!

What's Up With Us

Hi Guys! I took a couple days to get (somewhat) caught up on life and now I'm back with a little update about what's been keeping us so busy...or at least not blogging.

Our company left Monday and my parents are coming on Friday which means my laundry loathing self needs to get it in gear and turn the guest room over. Steph and I have been working like crazy to more or less overhaul the WC site and get it ready for Winter pieces. In case you missed our insta announcement, Steph is officially a WC team member and I'm psyched. She's honest, full of amazing ideas, and kind of a slave driver.

Sometimes we get so tired we just have to lie down in the middle of the sidewalk.

Liv is still not very interested in talking. She'd rather cry and grunt, but hey, toddler's gonna whine whine whine, ya know? She'd rather hit the bubbles and hit 'em hard, and that's cool. The weather has been gorgeous and cool enough in the mornings to warrant a scarf before the lunch time warm up.

vest (sold out) | boots

We've been grocery shopping, stocking up at IKEA, trying to get our house to a reasonable level of clean, and Ryan's working, like always, except when he comes home early and we go for frozen yogurt which we did last night. Every one was very, very happy. Almost as happy as Olivia when she hit the sticker jackpot at Trader Joe's. 

So today I'm polishing off the small mountain of laundry that remains, finalizing our Winter collection, filming a Loving Lately video for all of you, and dragging my sorry rear to the gym. It's needed. Friday is ballet, coffee with a friend, airport pick ups, and coffee again (duh).  See you tomorrow!

Weekend Photos

We had a busy weekend with Ryan's parents in town and we're sad to see them go. Olivia loves having them here, they love spending time with her, and we love the free babysitting. I'm joking...kind of. In all seriousness, we'll miss them between now and Christmas, but we squeezed a lot into our time together. 

We took them for crepes, Tex Mex, went to the zoo, the park, and spent lots of time just chatting and catching up. They kept Olivia super busy and let me get lots of work done. I managed to squeeze in a little shopping and a visit with Veronika as well, so it was busy. 

Just before we picked them up on Friday, Olivia had her first ballet class. I'd say it went so so. She loved the bubbles at the beginning and the lollipop at the end, but was a little bit of a stage 5 clinger for the middle. We'll try again this Friday and hope she warms up.

Out to dinner with Ryan's parents Friday night in the blush version of the best top ever

We never leave the house without lipstick or Lambie

I can. not. wait. to show you what WC has in store for this buffalo check fabric. 

Ryan and I went to a fancy steakhouse Saturday night and I'm still kind of full.

If you watched my video Friday, I said I may never carry another bag or wear other shoes. Proof.

shoes | shirt (similar)

Livia wanted to climb right in with the other wild animals. 

I said "can you say elephant" and swear to you, she looked at me, laughed and said "no". 

Is "stubborn as an elephant" an expression?
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