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!
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.
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!
Another Nordstrom Sale win for me! Wanted to share these Tucker + Tate PJ’s that I picked up for Kylie at the Nordstrom Sale. They are a two-piece pajama set and I absolutely love the print! They are both soft and breathable and hold up great in the wash. The price point is also really great, so snag these while you can! Unfortunately they are sold out in Kylie’s size but still have baby (up to 24 months!) available. I also found this super cute tie-dye set from Tucker + Tate and all sizes available!
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.
We’ve talked about getting family photos taken before and how I do it pretty regularly with my family, I love (it also makes me sad) seeing how the boys change and grow from year to year. Well if you are due for family photos then you are going to need some outfit inspo for summer time family photos! We’re here to help, and show you a handful of outfits we’ve done in the past.
Michelle and I approach family photos similarly but execute them differently! When choosing the perfect colorscape for photos we both typically start with the kids. We find what they will be wearing first and then coordinate our outfits and our husbands around that. There has been the occasional time when I know exactly what I want to wear and I find the boys outfits to go with it, but that is harder to me.
Michelle is not into matching as much as I am. Although having a boy and a girl lends itself to naturally not match but to coordinate. Even if Michelle had two children of the same gender, you wouldn’t see her matching her children. I, on the other hand, love matching my boys – and not just for family photos as you’ve seen over the past year.
One thing I love now is that many retailers are starting to create a ‘family’ section on their sites – it makes this whole process so much easier. When finding coordinating or matching pieces for the kids, we typically shop at Smocked Auctions, Cecil & Lou, Lily Pulitzer, and Vineyard Vines. All of these retailers have great options if you want to find both coordinating pieces or matching sets.
J Crew is having a major sale on certain sale items! With the code SALETIME you will get an additional 60% off some sale items. The sweater that the boys are wearing in the picture above was one of the items we purchased (this time in the camel color). We just perused the kids sale – see out favorite picks for boys and girls below!
Boy Items Green Slacks – love the color of these, if green isn’t your thing there are plenty of other color choices Polo – always on the lookout for a basic polo Sweater – I always make sure to grab this sweater when its on sale, the boys wear this on repeat in the fall and winter months T-shirt – another great basic Striped Pajamas – plan way ahead and order the next size up for next years 4th of July! Long Sleeve Polo – can you tell that I love basics for my boys?! haha – this one also comes in other colors
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!
Can’t wait to celebrate with all things red, white, and blue!