Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Toddler Boy Clothes | Pants and Shoes

I get asked a lot of questions about my boys clothes. I wrote a post HERE about their wardrobe and where I shop for them. I still shop at the same places but today I wanted to focus on pants and shoes because I know those two things can be a struggle to find. Now that it's fall it's time for jeans. I feel like every mom has the same complaint about pants/jeans. They're too big in the waist and too short in the length. My boys are both average on the weight and height charts but pants are hard. Fear not, I've found some good ones and they actually are long enough. Let's get started.

1.) Boden Rib Waist Pants. Campbell and Bennett both have these pants in green this year and I actually had to size down for the both of them and the length still works perfect. Campbell had these in plaid last year and they were my favorite pants of his. Highly recommend and the rib waist looks very comfortable.
2.) Boden Lined Canvas Pull-on's. I got these for Campbell this year and I absolutely love them. The reviews warned they were for skinny boys so I thought to myself "perfect!" These pants great. Highly recommend.
3.) Zara Basic Chinos. I have found Zara pants in general to be the best fit for both of my boys. Their leggings, trousers, jeans and chinos all fit my boys perfectly. They are true to size and perfect in the waist and long enough in length.
4.) Zara Skinny Colored Jeans. These jeans are super long and fit Campbell in the waist just right. It does have an adjustable waist and I did tighten it but it didn't bunch and look weird like some of the adjustable pants do. I have these in several different colors for Campbell. They are great if you have a really tall, skinny boy. I feel like Campbell could wear these into next fall honestly.
5.) Gap Pull-on Canvas Joggers. I love these joggers. I got them for Campbell and Bennett. I did size down because Gap runs so big in the waist. However, it didn't affect the length for us. I don't think they'll take us into spring because the length is just right, right now. I loved them though so decided to get them even if they won't last as long (possibly) as some of our other pants.
6.) Baby Gap My First Skinny Jeans. These were Campbell's and now they're Bennett's! Gotta love hand-me-downs. These are the best jean that Gap has for a small waist and long length.They fit Bennett just right.

Now let's talk shoes! Shoes are hard, right? I am super particular about the boys shoes. Apparently a lot of y'all are as well. These are what I've gotten for the boys to wear this fall.
Campbell
1.) Native Kids Chukka Boot. Full disclosure: I've purchased these online but haven't received them yet so I can't get a review but from the photos I like. We love Natives so I'm crossing my fingers these will work because we need an every day, casual navy shoe.
2.) Steve Madden T-Chuka Boot. These are Campbell's "church shoes." I think they are really sharp. They zip on the side which is super nice and Campbell says they're easy to bounce in. So there's that.
3.) Ugg Canoe Suede Sneakers. Obsessed with these shoes y'all!! They have a hook and loop closure so the laces are "fake." I predict these will be Campbell's most worn shoe this fall/winter.
Bennett
1.) Freshly Picked Oxfords. Freshly Picked released these oxfords a few months ago and they. are. precious. The color is beautiful and I'm in love.
2.) Elephantito Bootie. These shoes are so cute. Bennett hasn't worn them yet since it just got cold 5 minutes ago but I think he'll get a lot of use out of them this winter.
3.) Freshly Picked Moccs. Blue Spruce is my favorite winter color. Campbell actually has these in their Next Steps, the hard sole mocc. I would have linked them but they are SO hard to find these days but I do love them so if any of you come across them, get them! Blue Spruce is a beautiful color that goes with everything.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Photography

I've recently been telling Scott that I have really been wanting and needing to do something fun. He asked me what I meant and I told him I wasn't sure? Maybe a date night or a girls night. I never, ever do anything like that and after a while you just need it, you know? Fast forward to this past weekend. I did some Halloween mini photo sessions for some kids in my neighborhood. It's the first time I've ever taken photos without Scott there with me. I take photos of my own kids all the time but I've always been nervous to do it for other people for some reason. I left Scott to hang with the boys, grabbed a bunch of pumpkins and got all set up to take some cute Halloween pics.
I didn't even think taking photos would fulfill that need for something fun for me, but it did. It was a nice escape from my every day to do something different and something that I really enjoy. I know I take a lot of photos of my own children, and they are my favorite people to take photos of, but it's different when you're taking photos for others. I had so much fun doing it that it makes me want to do it more often! I've always said that photography is my favorite hobby. It has brought me a lot of joy over the years. This weekend, I learned that it can also be a stress reliever. It was nice. And kids in their Halloween costumes are just adorable. So there's that as well.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fri-Nally

Happy Friday everyone! I am ready for my weekend. It's going to be a fun and busy one.
Last Friday we went to First Friday on the Bentonville square. First Friday happens on the first Friday of each month. It's basically a community block party with live music, food trucks, and family activities. Campbell rode a pony, scored a ton of free candy (the land of Walmart suppliers has it's benefits in more ways than one) and watched some guys do really cool bike tricks. We love going to First Fridays + our square in general. I know I've said it before but I LOVE my town and never want to leave here.
This week went by quickly even though Bennett cried for most of it. We had two days where it was COLD. Our meteorologist said they reminded her of a typical December day. It was such a nice change but didn't last long because we're back in the high 70's now and it's going to stay for another week. After that it looks like it really is going to turn into fall--and stay that way. I'm ready. I love the way the heater feels in my house. And the smell when it kicks on. Don't worry, by February I will be begging for warmer temps but for now I'm excited for scarves, falling leaves, fires and cute little boy fall clothes. Speaking of, I got to put my boys in their fall clothes for two days this week and even Scott kept talking about how cute they looked. Fall clothes + little kids = adorable.
I'm planning to do a post on where I shop for the boys fall clothes including where I find Campbell's pants and jeans that are long in the legs and skinny in the waist. I think this is the most common complaint for moms when they're trying to find pants for their littles. It seems like all the pants out there are too short in length and too big in the waist. But long leg, skinny waist pants do exist and I'll tell you where to find them!! I'll also tell you where to find cute boy shoes--the hardest part about shopping for a boys wardrobe.
See you all back here next week! Enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leaps

Happy Friday Eve y'all! What a week. Actually, the past few weeks have been rough here in the Johnson house. Bennett, my perfect baby, has been a challenge x 10. So. Much. Crying. The problem is an easy one to diagnose--he's tired. Bennett desperately still needs two, two hour naps. Most days, however, he doesn't get them. His MDO class does one nap from 12:15-2:00 so he is Grumpy McGrumperson starting around 3:30 until bedtime. On Wednesdays I do my bible study from 9:30-11:30 which cuts into that morning nap too. So three days a week he is so fussy. I know three out of seven doesn't sound bad but trust me, it is. Scott and I both are about to lose our minds. Plus, my Wonder Weeks chart tell me Bennett is in a leap. A long one. And I one million percent believe in the Wonder Weeks chart. It's his last leap and I remember reading when Campbell was a baby and going through Wonder Weeks that the last one is a doozy. We're only supposed to have one more week left of it so lets all just take a moment to get on our knees and pray that the end of the leap will fix a lot of the crying. Because there's so much crying. More crying in the last few weeks than in his whole entire 17 months of life. Jesus take the wheel. Take it from my hands. Cause I can't do this on my own.
I know it's hard to look at that innocent little face and believe me but I'm telling the truth.
In other Bennett news, this little guy is 100% walking now. He took his first steps on his 16 month birthday and he chose walking as his preferred transportation of choice a little more each week. Now I never see him crawl anymore and it's a little bit sad. He is also super into ketchup and dipping everything in is so he may as well go to kindergarten tomorrow since he's apparently a big boy now.
The boys are in bed now and I'm working on some blog stuff then taking a bath and watching Scandal. I'm excited to share some cool stuff here next week with you guys! Going to work hard on a few things over the weekend and hopefully have them all set and ready to go early next week. I have a busy weekend! A lot of things for my blog and I'm also taking some Halloween photos for a bunch of cute families in my neighborhood. I'm excited to take the pics. I love kids in Halloween costumes!! See you guys back here tomorrow!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday