August 13, 2018

The Magic Of Two



This post is all about celebrating the magic of two

Because I'll be honest...most the the time, parenting a two year old is no walk in the park. We have attitudes, independence, and strong wills galore. 

"One day she will use that strong will for good," my mom recently told me. 

I do believe that. In fact, in a lot of ways, I am proud to have a strong willed little girl. She is the opposite of how I was as a child. I was pretty easy and compliant, but I also didn't have a lot of self confidence and leadership didn't come naturally to me. So I am reminded that her strong will is a gift. I keep telling myself that when she fights me on everything. 

There have been many moments that I want to savor in my two year old. Like recently, when we went to the beach and she just wanted to run in and out of the waves and giggle. She never got tired of running back and forth as the waves crashed over her feet and she never stopped giggling. She looked like a little fairy prancing there on the beach, inspiring the name "Twinkle Toes." I'll never forget that messy bun on her head, her squinty eyes, or the way her silver bangle glistened in the sun on her tiny wrist. But most of all, I'll never forget those precious giggles and splashing feet. 

That vacation week was a particularly hard parenting week and I found myself overtired, irritable, and not myself. But as she was prancing on the beach, I deeply wished for time to stand still. I remembered the year before, when she wasn't a fan of the sand and the waves, and how differently she was responding in that moment. I looked to the next year and realized she probably would not respond to the ocean in this same way at three years old (though I'm sure three will have magic of its own to revel in).  

I'm never going to have this experience with her again, I told myself. This is the magic of two. The way she experienced the ocean at this exact age, as my twinkle-toed-two-year-old, was beautiful to behold. 

There are other magical parts of this age as well. The way she will push her daddy and I toward one another for a kiss. The way she cups our faces with her hands. The way she thinks our freckles are "boo boos" and kisses them. The way she warns us that our coffee is hot so we won't burn ourselves. When she growls at us like a monster and we can't help but laugh because she is so tiny and fierce. 


The truth is, it's so easy to feel like I'm going to lose it most days. And then there are also many days when I actually do lose it a little. There are many parts to this stage that I just cannot wait to move past, parts that I will not miss. But I know that for every part that I am wishing away, there is a part that I will long for again one day. So I will cherish the sweetness of two. I'll remember that there is chaos and there is magic in every stage. I'll choose to cling to the magic. And I'll probably eat a lot of chocolate to cope with the chaos. 

What gets you through this crazy, hard, and beautiful stage?

Thanks for reading!

xx,
Court

July 30, 2018

My Favorite Leggings and Shoes for Running




Confession: Not only are these my favorite leggings and shoes for running, but they are also my favorite for just being comfy.

I'm wearing the Fast & Free 7/8 Tight II  Nulux 25 tights by Lululemon and the Ultraboost shoes by Adidas. 



Let's talk about the leggings first. They are not cheap, but they are 100% worth the money. There are very few pieces that I don't take a ton of time considering before purchasing, but I tried these on and immediately knew that these would be a staple for me. They are so comfortable...honestly, it feels like you're not wearing anything, haha. They're kind of like a second skin. 


A feature I love is all of the pockets. It's nice not to have to carry anything on a run. I wore these leggings for my marathon and I was able to keep my phone, keys, chapstick, tylenol, and gels in them so I could keep my hands free. 


When I was training for my marathon, I began researching shoes. I've always ran in either Brooks or Sauconys. I've heard that these two brands, along with Asics, are the ultimate shoes for runners. So that's kind of what I was expecting to get for my marathon. When I went shopping for it, I went in various stores and asked the associates about their number one recommendation for a running shoe. Three out of the four associates I talked to recommended the Adidas Ultraboost


I honestly was nervous to commit to a different shoe brand for running. I always thought Adidas and Nikes were great for cross training and of course fashion, but I wasn't convinced that they were for long distance runners. 


I ended up doing some research and found others who have ran multiple marathons in this exact shoe and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did! Not only are they insanely comfortable, but I appreciated the softer top. My toenails tend to get sore in shoes with harder tops, no matter how short I cut them. These really helped eliminate having sore toes after long runs. I also really appreciate the simple look to these. I'm not a fan of the obnoxious colors that most running shoes come in. I love that I can wear these with anything and they won't clash. 


Have you ever tried these leggings or shoes? If you're a runner, what do you love running in? 

Thanks for reading!

xx,
Court

Photography by Lylah Rose Wolff

July 17, 2018

Summer Coffee Date Style {With My JORD Wooden Watch}




I'm not sure if there is anything more quintessentially "summer" than white t shirts, sunkissed skin (after sunscreen of course), and iced coffee. Sometimes in between errands, Jade and I will stop and have a little coffee date. Although *I* get the coffee and she gets some kind of snack, I pretty much always end up sharing my coffee with her. She is a girl after my own heart! 

I wanted to share a new accessory that I am loving. JORD makes the most beautiful and classic wooden watches. There are tons of styles to choose from, but I loved the sleekness of the Cassia Ebony & Sable design! It can be styled with anything, from your most elegant outfit, to your every day jeans and t-shirt look. 


I won’t lie, I am a sucker for product packaging. When my watch arrived on my doorstep, it came in a beautiful wooden box with the watch elegantly wrapped around a cushion. It also came with a custom cloth and cleaning solution to keep it in the best shape possible. I love when brands not only make quality products, but when they also put thought and care into the packaging and presentation of their product! 

           
I paired my watch with this white anthro tank (on sale) and jeans. Jady Bug is wearing this adorable Osh Kosh jumpsuit that I wish came in my size. ;) 


Can you guess if Jade is laughing or screaming in this picture?? 



JORD is being so generous and is offering one of my readers $1oo to put towards a watch of her/his choice! Simply choose your favorite watch, fill out this form, and JORD will randomly select a winner! One person will win, but anyone who enters will receive 10% off an order! The contest will close on August 12 at 11:59 p.m. 


Which watch is your favorite? Good luck! 

xx,
Court

**In collaboration with JORD**
Photography: Photo by Levi







Wooden Wrist Watch