Kelly’s Family Photos: Fall 2021

Kelly’s Family Photos: Fall 2021

I’ve said it before, I love getting family photos taken. We love our photographer, Shelly, and have been using her for years – if you are local to Chicago and are in need of a photographer, I highly recommend her!

Outfit Details:
Me: romper (sold out but here is a similar), booties (almost sold out so here is a similar pair), earrings
Rob: button down, jeans, belt, shoes
Hunter, Grayson, & Preston: button down, slacks, belt, shoes

Here are some of my favorites from our session together.

Apple Outfits

Apple Outfits

Happy September! Today is the first day, in the Chicagoland area, where the weather isn’t super hot. With the temperature in the 70’s and it officially being September, it is evident that fall is coming. With fall comes all the fall activities – including apple picking! Grayson wore this little outfit to school yesterday and it was perfect since they were starting their unit on apples and the letter ‘a’.

Although this outfit is old (Hunter wore it when he was 3, so 2 years old!), we love it so much and I think it is just precious. I wanted to find some similar outfits for boys and then find adorable apple outfits for girls too. This short set is this years version of the set that Grayson is wearing, it is just a mint color instead of the green that is photographed here. This short set is similar with the mint shorts but it has a white shirt instead of red. I love the royal blue gingham shorts on this short set. The embroidered name on this short set is too cute! If you aren’t into the short sets, then this apple truck shirt might be just the item for you!

As for girls, I found the sweetest bubbles from Cecil and Lou and Smocked Auctions. I adore this little diaper set! If you prefer dresses then look no further – I love this one and this one! Girls clothes are just so precious aren’t they?!

What fall themed clothes do you love dressing your littles in?

Kids Fall Jackets

Kids Fall Jackets

With school back into the swing of things, Friday night lights right around the corner, and pumpkin everything on all the store shelves – there is no denying that fall is rapidly approaching. Fall is so bittersweet for me. I love dressing for fall, I especially love dressing my boys for fall, I love the cozy feels of fall … but winter follows – haha! This early fall time, though, is great to me. Holding onto the summer days and appreciating all the time outside but still excited and anticipating the upcoming season.

Today,I wanted to share these fall jackets I got the boys this year. They are from Hope & Henry (you all know I love this brand) and are perfect for the early fall days. These jackets are extremely lightweight, so they are perfect for early fall when all you need is something light to cover your arms when the sun sets. But then, they will transition nicely into later fall when your little ones have sweaters on underneath too. I ordered the boys actual sizes in these jackets and they are on the bigger side. Depending on how you like your child’s clothes to fit, you may want to size down in these!

I have found a couple of other fall jacket options for you children and am linking them below! Some are lightweight and perfect for early fall (and then springtime). Others are a bit heavier and will take you into later fall, and if you live in the south -through winter.

Boy’s Fall Jackets

Girls Fall Jackets

Wellness Wednesday-Kids Edition

Wellness Wednesday-Kids Edition

With back to school in full force we are highlighting our favorite products that we use with our kids to help keep them healthy and feeling great! Anything to avoid a cold or a sickness and we love these products! We each use different things with our kids so see below to see our picks!

Kelly’s Picks:

Currently sold out on Amazon but you can get them at Walmart
The boys love all these vitamins!
Probiotics help with the boys eczema
So important now that school is back in session!

Michelle’s Picks:

Multivitamin that Kylie takes every morning
Immunity Gummies that our whole family takes every morning
We take this every morning and it’s tasteless so Kylie enjoys it
These vapor wipes are perfect on little noses

Also if you’re in the market for a new thermometer we just got this one and love it-it’s so easy to use!

Boys Quilted Vest

Boys Quilted Vest

We are slowly getting fall wardrobes ready for the boys and these vests were one of my first purchases of the season. I love a good vest to transition from summer to fall and then again from winter to spring. These vests are from Hope & Henry. If you know me, you know how much I love this brand. They make such great quality clothing and a great price point! Back to these vests… I love the diamond quilted print, the brass closure (zipper and/or button), and the functional front pockets. This navy color is perfect as the boys can now layer these vests over almost anything! Here is the girl version of the navy quilted vest I got for the boys!

See some other vests I am loving for boys below.

this one is reversible!

And here are vests for your little girl too!

love the precious peplum
this one also comes in navy!

Have you started shopping for fall yet?!

Kids Water Bottles

Kids Water Bottles

With back to school in full swing we are sharing our top water bottles for the littles! We both have different water bottles that we love so see below for our faves and why we like them!

Michelle’s Pick:

Simple Kids Water Bottle- love that these are stainless steel, come in cute designs, easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and durable!
Stephen Joesph Flip Top – this is my favorite pick! Perfect for little hands and fits well into side pockets (backpacks, diaper bag, etc)

Kelly’s Pick:

ETSY- love the personalized option!

Caden Lane- just adore the personalization of these and they hold up well!
ETSY bottles

Back to School: Backpacks!

Back to School: Backpacks!

Being a teacher and a mom of a soon to be Kindergartener, I cannot believe that we are already talking back to school. Since it will be here before we know it, I have been getting things together for the start of school.

Up until this year, the boys have always had monogrammed, seersucker backpacks. Grayson will continue to use his for this upcoming school year, and I just bought Preston this one.

I remember starting a new school year when I was in elementary school and being SO excited about my new backpack each year. When I asked Hunter what kind of backpack he wanted, I knew the answer I was going to get – Ninjago. Hunter loves the Lego Ninjagos to play with and the show, so it was only fitting for him to want that for a backpack. So, I was on the hunt for a Ninjago backpack that Hunter and I would approve of (a hard task – haha). We ended up settling on this one. Hunter is thrilled and my mama heart is happy for him.

While I was searching (and searching) for Hunter’s new backpack I came across so many that I liked and hadn’t seen before! Being a teacher, I see the same backpacks (in a different pattern) over and over again. So if you are searching for something a bit different than the standard backpack that every child has – search no further! See my favorites below.

Toddler Backpacks

blue check * pink check * colorblock * dinosaur * lilac * navy

Girl Backpacks

coral * floral * pink marble * barbie * 70s rainbow * sage check

Boy Backpacks

blue * ninjago * puma * cream (this one has Star Wars interior) * under armour * gray