thehappilyevaGranny rockin’ on our porch every chance we get! 🙌🏻👵🏻✌🏼 I took a walk with Marlowe the other day and we found dandelions and each decided to make a wish. After thinking for a minute she said “I just wish to live a beautiful life for me and my kids one day”. I was so caught off guard by her sweet and mature little soul that it made me cry. Luckily I was wearing sunglasses and a mask. Oh Lowie Girl, you are such a bright light. You will have a beautiful life and the children you bring it to it will be the luckiest souls in the universe. ❤️ #HappilyEvaAfter #MomLife #HonestMotherhood 📷: @juliadags
thehappilyevaElaine and I made a TikTok! 😂🙌🏻❤️ Go follow me on there (@thehappilyeva) because I’m already obsessed and I’ve become slightly crazy the past two months so I’m sure it’ll be a good follow for ya! 🤣🥳 #HappilyEvaAfter #Itiktoknow #Heregoesnothin
thehappilyevaIsolation Squad! Going from 2-3 kids right at the start of a global pandemic was never something I envisioned, and it's been so stressful, sad, and overwhelming in a lot of ways. And yet I know there are women just like me all. over. the. country going through the same thing. Even though I know in theory I'm not "alone", isolation sure can make you feel alone in your motherhood journey. Thankfully, I found the @peanut app that allows you to connect, learn, and share advice with other mamas! Just last week I was finding it impossible to juggle homeschool schedules and a newborn seamlessly. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, or not doing it right… or I’ll be honest, fighting with my kids about it. I’d been so back and forth on what was right, so I decided to ask other mamas out there on @peanut which was so helpful! It’s such a cool app because I can join chats, start chats, post questions, and share advice of my own on soooo many different topics. I can even connect one-on-one with other moms of three kids, moms of newborns, or moms in my community. I highly recommend checking it out during this time of isolating to feel a little less lonely! #ad #peanutapp #HappilyEvaAfter #MomLife
thehappilyevaThis is what my Bigs look like for most of the day...and it’s starting to wear on me. I didn’t get in my head much about “screen time” before all of this, but now watching them on screens all day just makes me depressed. Even if it’s for school...actually, especially if it’s for school. 😣🙁Here’s to hoping all of our kiddos get lots of splashing, running, jumping, digging, and ALL the giggles this Summer. I just can’t wait to watch kids be kids again. 💔 #HappilyEvaAfter #MomLife #HonestMotherhood
thehappilyevaWe are doing alllll the cozy snuggling in our house today. Lots of rain outside, fire burning inside, movies galore, a bit too much iPad, and hot cocoa☺️This week I’ve been feeling really emotional about quarantine life, about the state of our nation, and the unknown of life “after” all of this. My kids have been extra anxious lately too, and it’s so hard to know how to handle it or what to do since the circumstances are so unique and anxiety seems really normal right now, since their lives are completely different and really confusing (with no end to it all on sight). I’ve just been loving on them and reminding myself this too shall pass. 😓 I’m used to coping with my own anxiety but I’m wondering if anyone has tips to help with anxiety manifesting itself in little kids. Any help would be greatly appreciated! ❤️ #HappilyEvaAfter #MomLife #HonestMotherhood 📸: @juliadags
thehappilyevaCoffee by the fire this morning, watching my Bigs get along for the first time in three days and looking forward to this sunny and warm day! 😃❤️🙌🏻 What are you all up to? #HappilyEvaAfter #HEAatHome #HappySaturday
thehappilyevaWith self-distancing keeping us homebound, our backyard has become a place of refuge (and Vitamin D) for all of us...now if only it had patio furniture! 😂 I spent this past week on an exhaustive search for the perfect outdoor decor, so I decided to turn my investigation into your guide! 🤪 Today on HappilyEvaAfter.com, I'm sharing my Outdoor Glow Up Ideas, which includes the three vibes I'm loving, along with my favorite pieces in every category (and every price point)! 🙌🏻 #HappilyEvaAfter #HEAatHome #OutdoorFurniture 📷: @juliadags
thehappilyevaWhen your mom is always sitting on the couch breastfeeding...you become a budding photography prodigy just to amuse yourself... 😆📸😜🤩🤷♀️ Photos by Marlowe (sass provided by baby brother 🖐🏼) #HappilyEvaAfter #MarloweMae #QuarantineHobbies #ThisIsFive
thehappilyevaThis photo of Lowie from 2015 is giving me ALL THE FEELS 😍💕😫 It was taken at our old home in Los Angeles while I was navigating the challenging world of overnight diaper leaks with my toddler. This was my first time to this party and I had no idea how Marlowe kept leaking through not only her diapers but her pajamas, her sleep sacks, her crib sheets...all the way down to the mattress. Thankfully, this mama of three has learned a few tricks since then, so today on HappilyEvaAfter.com I'm sharing an update to Troubleshooting Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks with everything you'll need to keep your littles dry and comfortable! 🙌🏻🍼👶🏼 #HappilyEvaAfter #HEAatHome #ToddlerLife
thehappilyevaSHIBORI 🙌🏻 ISSA LEWK 💃🏻 A few years ago I found the cutest Shibori dress for Marlowe in this adorably chic kids' shop...and the price tag nearly made me faint 🏷️😱💸 So I decided to make Marlowe one myself (and one for me too, obvs!) which I shared in the form of a How-To on the blog at the time. Since Shibori Tie Dye is so IN right now, I decided to update that post with new step-by-step printables for how to bind your pieces, along with my favorite pieces to dye. This is such a great DIY to do at home with the (big) kids, and you probably have most of the materials already! Visit HappilyEvaAfter.com today to check out my How To: Shibori Tie Dye 💙 #HappilyEvaAfter #HEAatHome #Shibori
thehappilyevaExcuse me while I gaze adoringly at an absolute powerhouse woman who is also a multitasking Mama that makes it all look easy! ❤️🙌🏻 @maryorton has been an online friend who I finally met IRL and fangirled over. She is so smart, funny, and runs her biz like a #Boss. I’m so excited to share her piece she wrote about balancing life with a newborn as a working mom. There are amazing tips in there and so many that are applicable during this crazy time! **These pics were taken way before social distancing, obvi, but I would love to be back there ordering lunch with you Mary! At least I can dream. 😩👎🏻 Check out her guest post today on HEA! #HappilyEvaAfter #MaryOrton #TipsForWorkingMoms
thehappilyevaBetween caring for a newborn, homeschooling the kids, and being homebound, I have been terrible at devoting what little time I have for myself to self-care 🤪and I know I'm not alone! Today on HappilyEvaAfter.com, I'm sharing a post on How To Pamper Yourself With An At-Home Spa Day! I've included step-by-step instructions on how to give yourself a facial, and a manicure, and how to dry brush your skin for the softest skin of life 🙌🏻💅🏻🛀#HappilyEvaAfter #HEAatHome #AtHomeSpaDay 📷: @juliadags
thehappilyeva“Minute by minute, that’s how you win it!” 😆🙌🏻❤️ What a motto for these times. We’ve been doing a lot of musical theater in our home recently...specifically Newsies... and desperately accepting any suggestions for another soundtrack my three year old will fall in love with. My sanity depends on it! 🙏🏼🤪 #HappilyEvaAfter #MarloweAndMajor #MomLife
thehappilyevaAttention all Social-Distancers! Are you running out of cute loungewear? Are your kids? Are you sick of looking at your spouse wear the same sweatsuit every day? Well, get ready for some much-needed reinforcements! Today on the blog I'm sharing The Best Loungewear For The Whole Family: Social-Distancing Edition! I've included 38 options for women, men, and kids, (including the sweatshirt I'm wearing here) and a bunch of them are currently on sale! Happy #Friyay 🙌💻🧥 Photo taken way before social distancing, but I couldn’t miss my girlfriends any more 😩Take me back to this colorful, happy day! #HappilyEvaAfter #HEAatHome #Loungewear 📷: @juliadags
thehappilyevaI get so many messages asking for baby registry recommendations, and I would always point readers to the post on the blog where I covered this in-depth...until I recently realized that the post was in need of a MASSIVE update. So, today on the blog is an updated list of My Baby Registry Must-Haves, along with a very special gift for all the expectant mamas who I know need some extra TLC right now: I've included a printable for the Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist! Hang in there, mamas. You got this! #HappilyEvaAfter #BabyRegistryMustHaves 📷: @juliadags
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. - Mary Oliver ❤️
thehappilyevaI found this pic of 5 year old me and realized I am an ENTIRE #CoronaMeme vibe. 😂😂😂😂 Caption this, and I will choose the winner and share on my stories! #HappilyEvaAfter #LittleMe #Throwback
thehappilyevaMany of you have been asking for ideas of how to keep your kids engaged in learning as well as entertained during this tricky time, and Team HEA listened! Today on the blog we've assembled a list of helpful online educational resources, games, and supplies that we have been finding clutch. We hope you’ll find them useful, too! #HEAatHome #HappilyEvaAfter #SocialDistancing
thehappilyevaAs you’d imagine, being pregnant with three kiddos has taught me A LOT about pregnancy. But I’ve made some mistakes along the way...when I least expected it! Today on the blog I’m sharing 6 Major Pregnancy No-No’s you may not have known...I sure didn’t when I was pregnant with my first 😳😬I’m curious how many of you can relate...lmk in the comments! #HappilyEvaAfter #Pregnancy #MomLife 📷: @juliadags