Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Friday is my favorite day of the week, and it is made even sweeter when it is a Friday spent off with my family! We are taking the boys to the Mall of America and are going to Underwater World. Jackson is loving sharks and fish lately, and we both think he is going to be in heaven. We are bringing Lincoln along, too. I am so excited to finally be getting to that stage where we can start to enjoy things with both kiddos. The weather is supposed to be icky this weekend (with highs that are only in the 20s!) We figured this was the perfect opportunity to get the kids out, because who wants to do an indoor outing once spring weather arrives and we want to do all of the things outside!? And Ikea happens to be next door, so my mama heart may just explode over the goodness that this day will bring! Before heading off on our little adventure, I have to share some Friday Favorites!
1. Graphic Tee
I am not a graphic tee fan. I made a decision before having my babies that I would not buy the tees covered in slogans and characters. Of course, as they grow I make exceptions. Jackson is loving Toy Story, so I will obviously cave to buying a t-shirt with Buzz on it! But for the most part, I like to keep their style classic. But an old skating coach of mine sent me a link to this strong like mom tee this week (hi Stacy!), and she was so right that I needed them for my boys! I love the message it sends. Most little boy stuff boasts ‘strong like daddy’, or ‘daddy’s tough guy’, but mamas are some of the strongest people out there! It was so sweet of her to think of me and share!
2. Standing
My little man is standing! Well, he is using the wall a bit for assistance, but he is so darn proud of himself! In all honesty, I was trying to snap a few pictures of him, and decided to give it a go kind of on accident. And he held himself up like it was nothing! He can stand without the wall, too, but gets a little timid and usually drops to the ground within a few seconds. But against the wall, he can stand all day long! Every milestone with your baby makes you realize how quickly time can go, but the view changes so much once they are able to stand up! I mean really, a baby who has never been on their own two feet looks so strange standing and proudly smiling at you. I probably overuse the word sweet, but seriously, this boy is so sweet.

3. Open Cups
Jackson has been majorly resisting drinking out of a cup without a lid. He seriously freaks out whenever we give him a cup, even if it is adorned with robots and characters from Finding Dory! I saw these cups and am thinking of giving them a try. The price tag is a little steep, so I am curious if any other mamas have tried these out? And, just general advice on how to get a kiddo to drink from an open cup!
4. Blush Flats (and basically all of the blush things)
Continuing on with my blush obsession (I know I’m not the only one!) I just stumbled across these flats at Old Navy. Seriously, how cute are they!? I love the crochet design, the pointed toe, everything. They come in a number of other neutral colors, too. I do not know if Old Navy can do any wrong lately! This tote would be adorable paired with the shoes, or this bucket bag. And finally, I don’t know if anything beats a pair of blush skinnies. LOVE! I own multiple pairs of the rockstar jeans from Old Navy (in tall), and they seriously are amazing. They are mid rise, meaning no muffin top, have tons of stretch, but hold their shape. They are fantastic!
5. Best Friends
After ten months of what I would consider tolerating each other, my boys are becoming real life friends right in front of my eyes, and it is about as much sweetness (see, there it is again, the word sweet) as my heart can handle. Jackson is always asking for Lincoln to sit next to him on the couch, and whenever Lincoln babbles, Jackson just beams and declares ‘Lincoln talk to Jackson!’ He is so very proud, and I have tears in my eyes just thinking about how their relationship is blossoming. Jackson has discovered how to jump on the bed, and now loves to go upstairs and insist Lincoln goes with. He invites him into his room, and will ask ‘Lincoln sit on bed’. I will help Lincoln bounce (which he loves) and both boys dissolve into a fit of giggles. Watching them start to explore the world together is everything I have been waiting for and dreamed of. You all know I don’t sugar coat life, and I don’t pretend that life with two was perfect and easy. It may have taken ten months, but my boys are finally becoming friends and it is one of my favorite experiences I have had as a mother.
We are off to look at the sharks and enjoy a lunch at the Rainforest Café. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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    March 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Have fun at the MOA!! Hopefully it won't be too crazy for ya. It is so sweet when they start to become friends! And then they turn into teenagers and hate each other….oh wait, that's just my girls….ugh!!

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    March 10, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I think our boys have a similar age gap and it is so special. My kids are now 2 and almost 4 and they are truly best friends. They are always looking after each other. It'll be amazing to watch them grow up together.

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    A Gal Named Al
    March 10, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Love the shirts and that bucket bag! I've always wanted to go to that Mall since Mighty Ducks 2 came out! If my memory is correct, I think I had my kids start with open cups by using straws in them first and then they gradually moved onto a full on open cup. Have fun!

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    Sarah Shaneyfelt
    March 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Have fun at the Mall of America! I'm sure lunch at the Rainforest Cafe will be so fun with 2 little boys!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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    The Family Table with Genevieve
    March 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Oh my gosh I love those graphic tees!! And those blush flats….what a great find!! Have so much fun at Rainforest!!

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    March 10, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Enjoy your day off girl!! I feel like I would be in heaven at the Mall of America! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    Laura at Fantastically Four
    March 10, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Aww, I love that tee! My son loves to drink through a straw, so we got him a cup with a lid made for that. Now when we give him an open cup, we put a straw in it for fun factor, and because he doesn't have to tip it when he drinks. I think it helped him get used to the idea. 🙂 Happy Friday!

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    Life as the Mrs.
    March 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Have such a fun day! Yes, I think my boys are actually really starting to love each other now. It's so sweet!

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    March 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Those shirts are so sweet! I was also strongly opposed to character tees (so help me God if I ever had to buy a Sesame Street shirt…) but then my middle fell in love with Elmo and who am I to deny her? 😉

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    March 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Have a great time at MOA! Are you from the cities? I grew up in MN but I grew up like an hour & a half north of MSP. Your boys are so cute! Yay for becoming best friends & standing.

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    March 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Love these shirts! I totally agree with you on resisting the slogans/characters/"daddy's little slugger" clothing for my 9 month old.

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    Sarah Bell
    March 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Have fun at the Mall of America…sounds like a great Friday!!! Those blush flats are SO cute…blush is a color I can't get enough of lately. Happy Weekend!!!

    Trendy & Tidy

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    Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    March 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Have fun today!! I have always wanted to go to MOA!! Maybe one day I'll get up there! And 20s for the highs?! Sheesh! That is bad!

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    Sparkles and Lattes
    March 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    It is so cute to see your kids become best friends. I love that. I am loving everything blush as well and want those blush flat sneakers from Target! Swoon. Have fun at the Mall of America. I love the store Garage there. I have only been once, but got a bathing suit that I love from there. Too bad it doesn't fit anymoer.

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