4th of July Outfits for the Kids

4th of July Outfits for the Kids

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is right around the corner! This is my absolute favorite holiday of the year and I love celebrating with family and friends. Since it’s really a week long celebration (BBQs, fireworks, playing with friends, etc.) I have rounded up a couple 4th of July favorites for the kids to wear. See my favorite picks below for toddler boys and girls!

Kylie’s Dress and Bow, Boys Shirt/Shorts
Caden’s Jon Jon (similar)

Can’t wait to celebrate with all things red, white, and blue!

Kids Picnic Table

Kids Picnic Table

Meals outside are my favorite kinds of meals…I mean, easy clean up, space for the kids to run around, and fresh air. Anyone else just love eating outside? When the temperature is over 60 degrees you better believe we eat at least one meal a day outside! I recently found this kids picnic table on amazon and I am obsessed!

It is multipurpose in the sense that it has a removable table top center with 2 tubs underneath. We use these tubs as mini sensory bins and currently have filled them with kinetic sand. In the past though we have filled them with water (always a hit) and beans/dried pasta as a sensory bin. They are easy to clean as they are plastic and are such a hit!

I also love that the table stays shaded as there is an umbrella that slides through the middle. This table has definitely been one of my favorite purchases as of lately so wanted to share the wealth! πŸ™‚

Boys Spring & Summer Clothes

Boys Spring & Summer Clothes

Hopefully spring and summer weather will come (and stay) soon in Chicago. Summer weather is my absolute favorite and it is my favorite season for clothing too (for me and my children). The Velasco household is officially out of the baby stage in all areas, even clothes. Since Preston is potty trained, he is now grown out of the jon jons, sunsuits, and bubbles (my mama heart is so sad). All three boys are now in the same type of clothes, so I figured I would share what I dress them all in during the warmer months.

My favorite places to buy the boys clothes are Vineyard Vines, Hope & Henry, and H&M. Items at these places are well made and have lasted through each boy wearing them (except jeans – we tear through jeans within 3 months of purchasing them, any other moms feel my pain?!). One perk of buying summer clothes, the shorts last more than one year. I definitely prefer a shorter short on boys and buying them in their current size means that the shorts will fit them next summer as well. All of the items I have gathered are items we currently have or that I will be buying for the boys, hope you find something for your little boys!

Orange Tee – this is the shirt that the boys are wearing in the. pictures. It comes in so many bright, fun colors!
Khaki Shorts – you can never have too many plain shorts. These are perfect for school, play, and dressing up. We have them in 4 colors
Blue Striped Polo – this polo is ideal for hot summer days, it is a performance material so your little ones won’t be as hot while wearing it
Bright Blue Polo – you can’t beat the price point on this H&M polo (comes in a handful of colors)
5 Pack Tees – once again, H&M with the price point win. We always buy their 5 pack tees (short and long sleeve) and I am loving the colors in this pack!
Gray Performance Shorts – these are the shorts the boys have on in the picture. Again, the performance material keeps them cool on hot days
Light Blue Polo – love the textured tonal stripe on this one (hard to see in this picture)
Pink Shorts – pink shorts (or top or anything really) for the win! I love adding pink to the boys wardrobe

Spring and Summer Clothes: Toddler Girls

Spring and Summer Clothes: Toddler Girls

Today’s post is for the toddler girls! I always spend so much more time (and effort) searching for clothes for Kylie than myself. There’s just something about girls clothes that I can’t get enough of. Everything is just cuter in mini size, right?!

Below are some of my new and favorite pieces that I’ve purchased for Kylie. Recently I’ve been shopping at Target, Stitchy Fish, and Cecil and Lou. These items will get her through the spring and summer (and probably our vacation this winter, too!). I love that these clothes are so versatile – they are great for playdates, BBQ’s, and running around the park!

This first romper is from Target and it’s definitely one of my faves! I mean, can they please make this in adult size?! I love the chambray and of course the back is adorable. Plus, you can’t beat the $12 price tag! Hurry and grab this before it’s sold out-there’s only a couple left!

This windowpane smocked bubble was a gift for Kylie’s birthday and honestly one of my favorite pieces she has ever owned! How adorable are the strawberries! This is perfect for BBQ’s this summer and running around outside. Cecil and Lou never disappoints!

This last item I want to share with you is this Maizy Strawberry Dress from Stitchy Fish. Clearly I have a thing with strawberries in the summer hah! I’m obsessed with the ruffle cap sleeve and the quality of this dress is amazing! Too good to pass up!

Now if Chicago weather can stay warm, that would be great πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

Preston is 2!

Preston is 2!

How on earth is my baby 2 years old?! Every birthday is such a blessing but is also SO hard for me (and all moms I’m sure). This past weekend, we had the sweetest time as a family celebrating our precious Preston and he felt all the love!

Party Details
Preston is obsessed with Super Wings, if you don’t know Super Wings the you must not have a toddler boy haha! Super Wings is a show about airplanes that deliver packages, transform, and help people to solve problems that happen on the show. It is actually cute, semi educational, and is a very wholesome show (without being too babyish). Well we figured that Super Wings would be the perfect theme for his party, and he loved it! We made this balloon wall the day of his party and although it took a bit of time (about an hour) it truly was SO easy! All you need are balloons of different sizes (large, medium, and small), balloon glue dots (we bought 600 and almost used all of them), and a balloon inflator (optional but I wouldn’t do it without one). Once the balloons are inflated just use the glue dots and glue the balloons to the wall and to each other (for additional support). Our walls are white so we had a nice white backdrop to work with! We also, bought these foil Super Wings balloons and this adorable hand painted P to add to the backdrop. Additionally, we decorated his cake with these Super Wings action figures. Once again, we got custom cups from Sequins and Lipstick and Preston could not have been happier with having special cups for his special day!

Update on Preston
Preston is wild and crazy, gentle and sweet, all boy, and the goofiest. He is a total third child of brothers. He is as sweet as ever but is also such a little punk. Preston is constantly making us laugh with his dance moves, silly faces/expressions, and playful behavior buuutttt is also always testing us with what he can get aways with (this boy is cute and silly and he KNOWS it) – it is often so hard for me not to laugh when disciplining him. He is strong willed at times. He is determined. He is constantly trying to keep up with his brothers. He is easily entertained and amused. Overall he is just a fun person! And we love him to pieces.

Height & Weight
We go to the doctor for his 2 year check up today – I will update this post tonight.

Schedule
Preston wakes up anytime between 6:30-7:30 in the morning and can easily entertain himself for 30-45 minutes before we get him if needed. After lunch Preston goes down for a nap, anytime between 1:00-2:30 and is usually asleep for around 2 hours. Then in the evening he goes to bed around 8:00 pm. Just like his brothers, Preston has a Hatch light in his room so that he knows when it is morning/time to wake up. Additionally, the past 2 nights Preston has said that he didn’t want to sleep in his crib anymore, he’s asked to “sleep on ground” in his room. So, we just bought a mattress (that will eventually go on his big bed) to put on his floor. Until then, we will continue to offer the crib but he’s slept great on the floor so far so hopefully the transition to a bed will be smooth!

Activities
Being the youngest of 3 ,and the fact that almost all classes/activities for his age are parents & child classes, Preston hasn’t been in any classes or activities up until this point. The only thing he has done is swimming lessons with ISR.
Otherwise, Preston just tries to keep up with his older brothers. He started riding a scooter last summer at (around 15 months) and he is already cruising on his balance bike (highly recommend balance bikes for your littles).
Next year Preston will be in school with Grayson. They will go two days per week for full days!

Eating
Preston is the pickiest of all three, by far. He is a total toddler in the sense that he does not want to try anything new and is very dramatic about trying new things. Before trying anything new, Preston scrunches his face, pulls his arms to his check and squeeks out “no like it”. If I let him, Preston our live off of yogurt, mac n cheese, strawberries, bananas, cheese, and oatmeal. He is not a big dinner guy and often times would rather go without it.

We love you Preston!!!

Easter Pajamas

Easter Pajamas

There is no hiding that we love matching our little ones, especially in matching holiday pajamas! These pajamas are from Cecil and Lou (one of our favorites) but unfortunately they are no longer available.

We have found a handful of pajamas that, if you order today, will be delivered by Friday! Just in time for Easter weekend.

pink set * nightgown * pink onesie * white onesie * teal onesie * gray set * blue set

Happy early Easter!

Spring Purchases: Toddler Girls

Spring Purchases: Toddler Girls

With the weather finally turning here in Chicago I’ve rounded up some recent purchases I’ve gotten for Kylie. SO excited for warmer temps and time outside!

Native Shoes * Leather Sandals * Waterproof Sandal * Sun Hat * Seersucker Cap * Floral Blouse * Short Sleeve Eyelet Top * Long Sleeve Eyelet Top * Rash Guard Shirt * Polarized Sunglasses * Helmet * Scooter

Kylie’s New Bedroom

I had so much fun decorating and styling Kylie’s new bedroom I wanted to share the final (ish!) product with you guys! Being the first born, she really lucked out with the biggest bedroom in the house and I love how bright and sunny it can get in there! I’ll share an update on the nursery soon but for now wanted to share Kylie’s “toddler” bedroom. I say “toddler” because she is still in a crib because neither her or I are ready for that transition yet. (Mama’s-when did your little one transition to a bed?! I would love to hear below in the comments!)

I love that her room doesn’t necessarily have a “theme” but the hues are soft and the light touches of bows and butterflies make the room feel airy. Most of all, I love how much Kylie loves it! We weren’t sure how she would do with the transition but it has gone WAY better than expected…nearly perfect. I think it helped that we really spent time prepping her for it. We played in there all the time and constantly talked about her new room and what colors and toys she wanted in there!

See below for all the decor details!

St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Last weekend we had the sweetest little St. Patrick’s Day party with two of my girlfriends and their families and we had the best time. It has (obviously) been a while since getting all our kiddos together and it was such a joy to see them play. This little group has even added a baby since last year at this time so it was one of the first times that we were able to get everyone together, how special!

I had the best time setting up for this party and it was so simple! I bought these little pots and filled them with rolos, then sprinkled gold coins on the table and the table was set. I got festive glasses for the kids to wear along with St. Patrick’s Day necklaces. The cupcake toppers, wine bottle labels, and banner were all a free download from Catch My Party. One of my friends brought a cookie decorating kit from Sugar Bliss for the kids to enjoy, and it was such a hit! I cannot recommend Sugar Bliss enough for any type of event you are having. The cookies (and we also had cake pops) were absolutely delicious, the decorating kit came with everything you needed, and this kids loved it!