Hey guys! So if you follow me on Instagram you know that Andrew and I took the girls to Irvine for the weekend recently. Believe it or not, it was the first time we had taken the girls just the two of us anywhere for two nights. Astoria at Central Park West offered to let us stay for the weekend in one of their furnished two bedroom places. Irvine is about an hour from our home so it was a nice way to get away, but it was nice to not have to spend that much time in the car with our little ones.
They also showed us around and there is a great gym, pool, lounge area and personal wine cellars for residents!
Our place was so stunning. It had beautiful modern decor and huge windows which allowed so much natural light. The complex really reminded me of staying at a hotel, rather than an apartment. They have valet service all day long, a stunning entry, and gorgeous elevators that take you up to your place. The layout of our place had the two bedrooms on opposite sides with the kitchen, dining and living space in the middle. We set up two pack n plays for the girls in the second bedroom. At night we could just keep their door open and could hear them when they woke up, but it was nice that they weren’t right next to us because they move a ton when they sleep. And I never sleep well with them in the same room as me. I always bring their sound machine when traveling to keep things somewhat normal for them. Same goes with their zip up blankets. I try to keep everything as close to normal as home so they don’t have to adjust too much.Right when we got there, we put the girls down for a nap and I headed to the grocery store to get a few things for the girls. There was a cute natural foods market right across the street which was amazing! Health food stores make me soooo happy. I can’t explain it haha. This one was called Mother’s and I got a delicious juice. Highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area. It was super convenient being right by the apartment complex.Something that I loved having was a Keurig! We used to have one when we first got married but ended up getting a normal coffee maker because we drink a lot of coffee! But not having to clean out the coffee maker every time was such a treat! P.S. Tully’s is my favorite coffee! I used to go there in Seattle all the time.
At night we headed to South Coast Plaza to just walk around. It was fun to see all the holiday decorations and the fancy stores. The only store we ended up going to was the Disney Store haha. June went crazy when she saw all the plush toys. She wanted to kiss all of them and give them huge hugs. Violet was a little hesitant and wanted to stay near to me the whole time. It’s so funny to see the differences between the two of them. It’s also so sweet to see them take in new things every day.
The girls loved running back and fourth in the long entryway of our place. They started chasing each other and hiding behind the walls. They sure are entertaining to watch! Check out June’s face and tummy in that pic!
This was our attempt at a family photo! It’s near impossible to take family photos right now.
The second day we drove to Newport which was super close, I mean less than 10 minutes. We put the girls in the stroller and took a little stroll. The morning air was nice and crisp and I could smell the ocean which was so refreshing.
For lunch we went to Lemonade, one of my FAVORITES. If there was one really close to me I would go all the time! So when I saw there was one across the street from our place I was so excited! It was in the same shopping center as Mother’s. Something that we found really tricky traveling with the girls at this age was feeding them. When you don’t have highchairs to strap your babies down it can be very difficult to feed them! We would literally sit them down on the ground in the apartment and sprinkle food on the ground or hold them on the counter while they tried to squirm out of our arms. SO, if you can, go out to eat so you can take advantage of highchairs. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a little food while your kids are occupied. A very rare thing with twins! When we do go somewhere to eat, we eat really fast. It’s like a race against the clock I swear. And if you haven’t tried Lemonade before, you have to go! I got their new ahi dishes along with the strawberry arugula salad.Like I said, getting a picture with these two!That night we met up with a friend of mine and took the girls to Downtown Disney, which again, was really close! It was the first time we had taken the girls, and they were a little overwhelmed. We didn’t last long haha. We had intentions of eating dinner, but like always, plans change quickly with twins. We ended up eating back at our place with some wine and had a great time actually. I’m a homebody at heart, so staying in is always okay with me! Overall, we had a great time during our stay at the Astoria apartments. Everyone who worked there was so kind and helpful. It was such a treat to get away for a little bit and show the girls new things! If you are in the Orange County area, I highly recommend checking these luxury apartments out. They are so stunning and really equipped with everything you need. It also helps that everything you need is really close by. From restaurants, to theme parks you are completely set! And if any of you have twins or little ones, I’d love to know some of your travel tips! Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!
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Hey guys! I’m back with a fashion post! This is all about maxi dresses which I am so in love with these days. They are the perfect thing to wear to a wedding, for a family christmas card (wink wink), or a shower. I really like floral prints because they help hide my little belly that my two babes left me with! I am almost back to my starting weight, I just have some skin around my belly button that needs to tighten up. For the most part clothes look totally fine, but not so much in tight dresses. That’s why I choose either a floral print or something with a little flow to it. It is all about feeling confident in whatever you wear so once I put on my outfit I just mentally tell myself that it looks great! If you feel great, it will show to others. This dress is from Windsor and is gone, which I’m so sad about because a lot of you guys asked for a link on instagram the other day. But I have linked a few others that are still just as pretty! My shoes are from Nordstrom, so those are linked below as well! They are extremely comfortable, I wear them whenever I have to dress up! I hope you all had a great Halloween! I’ll put up some family photos we took soon!
Hey guys! I hope you are all doing well. I haven’t been on my blog in a while, mostly YouTube. I really want to start updating those of you who prefer to read posts rather than watch videos but these babies sure do keep me busy! I cannot believe they are almost 10 months old. Which means they are practically a year old. What in the world?? As I type this I am listening to them talk to each other in their cribs. They recently realized that they are right next to each other and now love to steal each others binkys and throw them out of the crib, make each other laugh, or just talk for EVER. But it is really the cutest thing. I always imagined them interacting like this, I just never thought it would happen so soon. Days go by slow but the months fly by.
Something that is a major part of our day is diaper changes! I am very picky when it comes to diapers because I have to change double the amount. Comforts recently revamped their diapers (which I get at Ralphs) and they are such an amazing diaper now.
The new diapers are day and night protection which is a must for me. The girls drink an 8 oz bottle before bed and sleep 11 hours straight, so their diapers have to keep them dry for a while. They also have a wetness indicator which not many diapers have when the sizing gets bigger. It’s helpful during the day so you aren’t changing diapers that aren’t that wet.
They also have cute new patterns which never hurts!
Our girls are super busy and always on the move so their diapers have to keep up with them. These fit them really well so no matter how active they are, the diapers stay snug. Keeping an eye on two crawling babies is pretty exhausting and the last thing I need to worry about is a leaking diaper. If you are in your local Ralphs definitely pick some of these up for your little ones!
“Here is your baby’s heartbeat. Very strong, looks great.” little pause. “And here is the second heartbeat, also very strong.” Second heartbeat? That is all I remembered from our doctor’s visit when we found out we were having twins. Pretty sure I blacked out after that. Two heartbeats. Two little humans growing inside me. But I only signed up for one baby. Now I have to go through a very high risk pregnancy and buy two of everything? What about my dreamy pregnancy that I always envisioned? Ya that is out the window.
Those were my original thoughts after I found out we were expecting identical twins. I have always been a planner and had come up with what I thought my life would look like. Twins were definitely never considered. That week was a very emotional week. My life all of a sudden looked so much different to me. I actually couldn’t picture it. I was afraid, confused and slightly panicked. But little did I know, having twins would be the best things to happen to me. Having TWO little faces smile up at me every morning would change my world like nothing else had before. TWO babies laughing, reaching for my face and holding on to me would now be my new normal, and that new normal is better than anything I had envisioned before.
I want to tell you guys how having twins has actually, believe it or not, slowed me down. It’s made me appreciate things so much more and actually enjoy living in the moment. Now let me be clear and say that having two babies, the same age, can be pretty intense at times. The first four months were extremely hard. The girls were so fussy and all I truly remember around that time was lots and lots of crying. Did I mention there was a lot of crying? Once four months hit, the sun came out and life got a whole lot easier. Granted, each month comes with new challenges, but for the most part, every day gets so much easier. I decided I wanted to write down my thoughts on this topic one day while I was sitting outside with the girls. They were in their bouncers, playing with toys and I was sitting in a chair next to them enjoying a glass of rose’. The wind was blowing and the sun was shinning on my back. (Oh, and my phone was inside.) It was in that moment that I felt so happy and so content. I was disconnected to the ‘media’ world (which is hard to do considering it’s my job), but so connected to this sweet moment with my girls. I was thinking that I never in a million years would have sat outside and just BE, pre-kids. I would feel like I was wasting my time and could be doing something else that was more productive. It didn’t occur to me that taking a little time to do not much of anything was actually really needed. When you are on your phone all day long, checking emails constantly and always creating to-do lists, you get caught up in this never-ending cycle of go-go-go. I mean, yes it’s important to get work done, but now I’m realizing that it doesn’t need to be 24/7. There is enough time in the day to take some moments to just be. Then, when it is time to get things done I find myself being so much more productive than before. Don’t get me wrong, when they are awake I still manage to get stuff done. Now that they are older and can entertain themselves more, I can do some cleaning and other chores. But I leave the big stuff for when they nap.
These girls have taught me how to enjoy the simple things of day-to-day life. Drinking coffee has a whole new meaning to it. Drinking hot coffee (keyword: hot) is something I never though about before! But now, I savor each and every sip. Waking up to a clean house is on another level. Walking into a spotless kitchen is pretty spectacular. Getting the motivation to clean at night once they are asleep can be hard to do. But man is it worth it.
Another thing that has improved with babies is my time management. When they nap, I am so much more efficient and amazed at all I’m able to do in an hour and half. I have learned to multi-task like a boss. If I’m walking down the hall with one baby I’ll throw in a load of clothes in the wash. When I take one baby into her room to change her diaper, I’ll bring in their clean clothes. While a bottle is warming up I’ll load the dishwasher. Sure, I used to do all these things before, but now I feel like a super hero once I get it all done.
Life with twins is constant. If one is calm, the other is needy. If I hold one, the other begs for my attention. So I’m in no way saying that having twins is a piece of cake. But what I am trying to say, is that having twins has taught me how to devote un-distracted time to things. When I am with the girls, I am fully with them. It’s so refreshing to see things through their eyes. They are taking in each and every thing around them for the first time. Seeing them develop and grow everyday is a pretty amazing thing. So if you have little ones enjoy those moments. Take a few minutes to breathe and not think of your never-ending list of things to do. (Does that list never end??) And while our house seems to always be a mess even though I’m cleaning all day long, I know I’ll look back on these days and miss them so much. June and Violet, you are two amazing little girls and I thank you for showing me how to enjoy the simple moments in life.