Tag Archives: love

the sibling bond.

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I only have two kids and that’s really how I feel- only. To me I don’t feel maxed out, passed my birthing years, or like our family is complete. I feel secure in the little reproductive break we are taking but I know this strike will end sooner than later.

However, when I go to the park or the the grocery store strangers are always putting their opinion on me, implying that I got my boy and my girl so I can just hang it up- mission accomplished. It’s weird. When I vocalize that we aren’t done having babies yet they are stunned! They look at me like I’m delusional! Really! And again I think just how weird THEY are!

See, I was never the mama who consider having only one child- and thank goodness since I was pregnant again by the time my first was six months old!!! Oops! But really, I always knew I wanted more and I always knew I wanted to give them siblings. So I mean I guess we could stop. I have a boy and a girl and they have each other. I could look at it like okay I did it cross that obstacle off the list but my heart doesn’t feel that way and one of the biggest determining factors for me is the sibling bond. You just can’t grasp just how sweet it is until you create it and watch it bloom before your eyes. It is easily one of my very favorite things about being a mama, just watching them love on each other so well. Siblings create a crazy dynamic and at times it is a bit overwhelming because I swear they learn how to team up and take you out so quickly! But even on the toughest days, nothing compares to the love.

Having multiple children is a lot of work. It is a stress on your body, your patience, and your wallet. HOWEVER, the reward is ten fold! Giving your child a sibling is one of the very best gifts you will ever ever give them! I mean imagine them stuck with crazy you || ALONE || forever?!?! I mean that’s just not right! Give them some back up! Give them a forever buddy! Give them a partner, a confidant, and truth speaker that will be by their side for life! Help them grow by teaching them to love more, share more, and communicate more from a young age. Their life will be blessed by it and so will yours!!! And while you’re at it don’t just give them one give em a few!

I always say// you’ll never regret the kids you have but you might regret the ones you don’t have!

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Where to snag the looks we love//
High chairs// ikea
Bows // every dot and tiddle
Tank // little boogaweezin
Tee// the seeding project
Pizza Tee// JAMZ
Moccs// freshly picked

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Keep reading there’s a surprise at the end…

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We love supporting other mamas and finding rad threads for our littles! When we happened across rad republic threads we were floored! It’s a family run business creating fun tees, tanks, hoodies, and hats for yourself and your kiddos! We have been with this company since the beginning and watching them grow thrills me! Check them out and snag some goodies! The very best part is that they are offering our readers (YOU) a coupon code for 20% your order!!! Enter lionnamedRAD at checkout! How perfect is that?!?! Get shopping and spread the small business love!

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Happy Saturday!!! What are everyone’s Easter plans? We are celebrating with church, family, food, and a giant Easter egg hunt for all the kids! I cannot wait to see how much fun they all have!

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the next chapter

So I’ve been MIA in the blogosphere because we’ve been moving!! It’s been a wild ride but we have finally landed!

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This last year we lived in a town house that we were pretty unhappy in. There was nothing wrong with it, it was actually pretty cute, but it wasn’t a house and my babes need a house! They are loud and active and just need to be able to spread their wings and make music without having to be overly concerned with the noise factor.

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Over the last year we became insanely familiar with zillow. We knew every place for rent at any given time and there was not a single place we fell for! It was crazy! We were so discouraged and really didn’t know what our next move would be. Our lease would be up the end of April and at the beginning of March my sweet husband heard from God, “stop looking for places until April 1st.” If you know my husband than you know this could not have been further from his comfort zone! He is an extremely organized planner and waiting until 26 days before we had to move seemed straight irresponsible to him BUT he obeyed and we waited it out. On April 3rd we found the perfect house for our family. It had not been listed until then and had we been planning ahead like we typically would we would have missed out. We were praying for a bigger house, with a yard, for less money, and I was crossing my fingers and saying pretty pretty please could ya throw in wood floors and white walls! Pipe dreams right?! WRONG!

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God totally provided just that!!! It’s been pretty crazy and we have so much more to do but we are up for the challenge!

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God is so faithful and life with Him is super fun!

If you’re looking for a new home for you and yours do yourself a favor and and begin your search with zillow

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• Oil pulling •

Oil pulling is the trending fad of the moment…. Only it’s it not a new thing at all! Oil pulling is an ancient practice that’s just getting on the map. I was skeptical about all the hype but I couldn’t get away from it! Everywhere I turned I was reading something about it or hearing someone rave about it! I decided that I’d look into it a bit on my own.

While I was reading about it I was sorta laughing to myself because it was being talked about like breast milk! Hahah okay that sounds weird. I’ll elaborate! I’m one of those natural birthing, breast is best, mamas that wants only the good stuff for my babies! I am not a major fan of turning to western medicine for every ache and pain. In the hippie mama circle you hear people talk about breast milk as if it’s liquid gold magic! It can cure an ear ache, diaper rash, baby acne, pink eye , a stye, as well as be be the perfect food for your child! People who have started oil pulling seem to report a countless amount of benefits that covered a wide range of effects that weren’t all for vanity…. Though come on… I’m in it for vanity as well!

Okay okay! So what is oil pulling exactly?! It is the process of swishing or “pulling” oil threw your teeth and around your mouth collecting all the toxin stored up in your body! Amazing right?! I mean who wants toxins in their body?! Not me!
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How do you oil pull? It’s really basic. In the morning you take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon amount of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for TWENTY minutes. Okay! Okay! I promise it’s not as bad or as long as that sounds!! The fact that I had to do it for that long was my biggest deterrent but I promise it’s not awful or terrible or torture! You can do it!

Pro tip// when you’re all done be sure to spit the oil into the trash. You cannot swallow it (yuck) and you can not spit it down the sink or you will clog your pipes.

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There are many claims associated with oil pulling but for me I’ll tell you my personal results as of now. ||almost 3 weeks of daily pulling||
-whiter teeth
-fresh breath
-less tooth sensitivity
-reduced headaches
– improved skin
– my day starts positively and energized.

The hardest part is the first 1-2 minutes. Coconut oil is not liquid at first so you have to kinda chew it to get it to liquefy. At first that made me gag but as soon as it switches to a liquid… You’re solid.
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Words && a whole lotta photos//

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On Valentine’s Day a friend of mine posted on Facebook something that has really got me thinking. She lost the one she loves tragically and now she is left on earth while he is in heaven. She was reflecting on the comments people make on V-day about singles being miserable every February 14th and about how it can be quite hurtful and insensitive. It really convicted me. Not because I’m blabbing judgments on single people on valentines day but because I am guilty of complaining or casting judgment about all sorts of random things without considering the journey others are on. I never want to be a person who speaks flippantly but in order to not be a person like that I need to make a conscious decision and renew my mind regularly. I need to remain in Him for He is love. Today and everyday I choose love. I choose grace. I choose joy. I choose honesty && self control. What do you choose?

Now for your viewing pleasure while you think//

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What they wore
Phinneus:
bow tie – c/o camp wolf
red jeans- Levi’s
button up- target
jean jacket- Levi’s
moccs- freshly picked

Tallulah:
bow- c/o camp wolf
overalls- vintage // from her dada
tights- target
moccs- freshly picked

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Real Talk – The Seeding Project

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Today’s blog is two fold so stick with me. Firstly, I want to introduce you to this company called , The Seeding Project. The Seeding Project exists to create rad comfy tees for your littles that gives back. Whenever you purchase a shirt 25% of your money goes to helping orphans in Haiti!

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Phinneus && Tallulah were lucky enough to receive their tees in the mail this week and I couldn’t love them more! They are printed locally on American Apparel shirts so you know they feel amazing but they look just as great!

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Now let’s get real honest this is my first sponsored post and I don’t know if it was the pressure of trying to capture the love I have for this product or if it was because Phinn hasn’t been feeling great for a few days now but this was a really hard shoot. In fact, most every photo I set out to get is nearly impossible to capture! // where do I trade in these real kids for some darling robots?!// k i d d i n g . But really! I cruise Instagram on the regular and see these beautiful children sitting so properly with perfect smiles on their faces and not a single remnant of food on their clothes and let me be real clear for a moment – that simply is not my life, not by a long shot, not. at. all. But you know what?! I wouldn’t have it any other way! These are my wild things and I love them madly! Plus hello they rock these tees like nobodies business because look at em! They are crazy cute!

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Tallulah is wearing the Mountain Tee c/o the seeding project
Phinneus is wearing the Joy Ride Tee c/o the seeding project
Hurry on over to their website and get ordering… They are having a sale! Oh! And don’t forget to follow @theseedingproject on Instagram and participate in their fun giveaway that’s going on right now!

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Oh hey Monday!

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Life is busy && time is flying by. My babies are growing up so quickly! Every morning I get them out of their cribs and I swear they’ve grown. It makes every morning a little bittersweet for me. It’s this crazy tension between extreme excitement to discover what I’ve missed while we were apart and sadness that they are bigger, smarter, && more independent than they were before they went to sleep.

I’m into schedules and routines with the kids but switching it up can be fun sometimes. Today we had an extra family day || thanks MLK || so we decided to take full advantage of the time. We packed a yummy picnic lunch, and headed to the fancy duck park to play! Being outside is one of my favorite things, getting my finger bit by a duck I was trying to feed is not. It was a great day though. Phinn did a bunch of scooter tricks, Lou was mad at me for holding her hand and keeping her from running into to pond, && everyone loved the baby turtles we spotted!

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Change it up sometimes, get out of the house, and make memories with the people you love!

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Well hello there!

 

I am so thrilled to be a part of this great collaboration! I asked Sarah if I could be included somehow in this wonderful blog because I believe in Mamas! I believe in fun, wonderful kids! And most of all I believe in encouraging others and building a community of strong, confident women who love their families and love God!

Every Wednesday I will be popping in to share a little bit of what’s on my heart. Wether it’s what God is teaching me, what I found at Trader Joes that I just HAD to share or maybe just to ramble on about how cute my son is. Cool right?

Let me back up a little bit, maybe I should introduce myself!

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My name is Katie Hunt. I am a native Southern Californian who now resides in Columbus Ohio with her dashing husband and hilarious 2 year old son. I have a deep love for a good iced coffee (unsweetened with cream, duh) an addiction to buying striped shirts ( they are like potato chips to me, one is never enough) , a heart for God, and a passion for my family. You can find me on Instagram @katielaurel and Pinterest

This Wednesday I will start with a really fun tradition that I am beginning with my boy!

Growing up in my house, on Christmas morning, there was always one large gift from Santa awaiting you by the fireplace. I love the idea that you get one big gift that you had your heart set on. I found these darling bags on ETSY and knew I wanted one for Ethan.

The idea that his gift will always be in or at least hiding under this giant sack was so fun to me.

I found the bag that I really wanted from Santa Bags and really loved everything about this store. They were fast and the bag is such great quality!

Lucky for you they are offering A Lion named Parker readers 10% off the purchase of their very own Santa Bag with the code SAVE10NOW ! But hurry… it’s only good through 11/27 !

So go forth.. make tradition! See you next Wednesday!!

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love, bambinos & design

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Hey readers! So I’m Kendra, the other half of this radical blog. I’m a 26 year old wife of a federal agent & mama to two redheaded firecrackers, Beckette James & Major Vonn. I’m still getting the hang of this mommy thing, but it’s been a great adventure so far & I’d love to share our stylish shenanigans with you. Here’s my short & sweet version of a bio.

I was born & raised in Southern California & absolutely loved it. Where else in the world can you go snowboarding in the morning, then grab your longboard & go surfing (sans wetsuit even!) in the afternoon? We now live in southern New Mexico for my husband’s job, but Southern California will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I spent my childhood, met a best friend & ultimately married him. Let’s just say we are working on getting back there one day!

I graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in LA in 2009 with a degree in Visual Communications. FIDM is where I discovered my love for g r a p h i c d e s i g n & I’ve been utilizing it ever since.

I’m a slight (okay not that slight) addict of Diet Coke, The Real Housewives, DIY & succulents, but being a mama has been my greatest joy in life. I am so blessed that The Lord chose me to be their mommy & my love for design has only expanded after my little bugs arrived. We would love to share our finds, styles & get-ups with all of you, but beware! Bits & pieces of this crazy thing called motherhood may be included as well! Please enjoy!

XO,

Kendra B.
http://www.beauchicprints.com
@bcprintshop

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|hold up//back up//play it cool|

Oh my goodness! This is real! My first blog entry! Eeek! I have wanted to do this for a long time & I’m finally brave enough to do it!

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Hey guys! It’s me, Sarah! Let’s be friends! I am the wife of a bearded babe and the mama of two littles- Phinneus Bear & Tallulah Perri. We all live in sunny Southern California where we are committed to pursuing joy & Jesus daily!  My life is far from perfect but it sure is beautiful. I believe that perspective is everything & I am currently in a season of choosing to be present and purposeful. My goal here is to document the beauty and laugh like crazy through out this wild ride.

I’ve been in search of a creative outlet and a way to make myself known- to be vulnerable. I tend to be the don’t ask don’t tell type but I’m looking for a change. I want to be open and honest so here we go- the  g o o d, the b a d, & the u g l y  all coming from yours truly!

Xo!
S

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