Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Six Year Old Girls Gift Guide

Our Sloany girl turned six a few weeks ago and I had so much fun shopping for her birthday gifts.  She has such a unique personality and knows exactly what she wants these days!  It made it fun finding her gifts that were just right and that I knew she'd love.  I got a lot of questions about what we got for her so I wanted to share! Happy shopping!

(Sloan actually got this camera for her birthday last year and it has been hands down the best gift we've ever gotten her!  This year she asked for more  film.)
(I also got her this matching  watermelon sweater!)
(We also got Sloan a slime toy called  Poopsie and she loved making it!)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sloan is Six!

I cannot believe our Sloany girl is six!!  Six seems like such a big kid (just ask Sloan, it IS a very big kid :))!  We had so much fun celebrating our big girl on her actual birthday and at her puppy dog themed breakfast with friends last weekend.  Our girl is so lucky when it comes to friendships.  She has known most of her closest friends since she was born.  I feel so blessed to see Sloan around her little friends, they all love each other so much!

Sloan had school on her actual birthday which was really weird.  It felt so strange being away from her for part of the day, but we definitely made the most of the time we had with her!  She woke up to a room full of balloons and then we headed downstairs for donuts.  After school we opened gifts, went to Playdate PDX (so so fun if you're local), had 10 Barrel for dinner, and ended the night with cake at home.  It was a great day for an even better girl.

A few months ago we had breakfast at one of our favorite places, Mother's Bistro.  While we were there Sloan said she wanted to have her birthday party there.  I was like wait, you want to go to a restaurant and I don't have to throw a birthday party??  LET'S DO IT SLOANY GIRL!!  So we went for a little puppy dog themed breakfast and it was everything she wanted and more.  She felt so grown up and special, it was so cute.  She's been telling everyone that she had a grown up brunch for her birthday because she's not a little kid anymore :).

I made sure Sloan's breakfast still felt like a party by adding a few little puppy dog touches.  All of the little girls got a puppy dog stuffed animal and made them collars out of pipe cleaners, beads, and a a little charm.  My friend Lisa made the cutest puppy dog cupcakes (check out lilac butterfly cakes on facebook if you're local!).  It was the easiest party I have ever thrown (hello, no clean up!) and it really turned out so cute.  Plus our big girl had the very best time!!

Six year old Sloan is pretty amazing.  She is the fearless leader of her gaggle of siblings, LOVES school and her friends, plays soccer and does ballet, could do art all day long, has two missing teeth, and is the life of any party (girlfriend does not ever shy away from attention).  We love our girl so big and love getting to watch her grow into such a wonderful young lady.

Party hat c/o Little Blue Olive

There is a balloon garland/arch tutorial on my "party time" highlight bubble on Instagram!

Sloan's party dress c/o  Pink Chicken NY  /  Sloan's headband c/o  Ellia May Designs

And a few from her puppy dog party...

Dresses are from  Taylor Joelle 

Birthday crown c/o  Everly's Story

Plush puppy dogs  /  White puppy dog carriers (they were the perfect size for favor boxes!)  /  Each box also had a little puppy sticker book in it

The girls made the puppy collars out of pipe cleaners, beads, and little charms.  They turned out so cute!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Riding In Style with the Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Carseat

Eric and I have been getting out with the kids and soaking up this sunshine as much as we absolutely can!  Even when its chilly, we love bundling up and letting them run around and get there wiggles out!

Eric recently got a new truck and can finally fit three carseats across the backseat.  We were lucky enough to get to try out the newly updated Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat on our latest outdoor adventure and we were all so impressed.  Phayre Bear usually gets Sloan's hand-me-downs, so we decided she got the new carseat this time.  She loved it so much and kept telling us how "cozy" she was :).  We chose the NextFit Zip in the Geo Fashion, I love the way it looks.

Chicco has been manufacturing baby gear for decades, including the number-one rated KeyFit30 Infant carseat.  They also have a full line of play yards, highchairs, strollers, and more.  They recently updated and restyled the entire NextFit convertible carseat line, which includes a variety of models.

First and foremost, I have to say this was probably the easiest car seat we've ever installed.  It features a tightener and belt locking system that makes it easy to achieve a tight with LATCH of the vehicle seatbelt.  For Phayre, we installed the LATCH connectors that attach to your cars seat anchors.  Once they are attached, you pull on the LATCH connectors to tighten.  They are clearly labeled, pull side one to tighten and remove the slack and then pull side two to secure the carseat in place.  We watched the installation video on the Chicco website and it was so easy to follow step-by-step.  There are a ton of other helpful videos on there too!!  For installation help, check out this video.

The Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat can accommodate children from 5-65 pounds, s o if you're looking to only buy one carseat that will last your child through the years, the Chicco NextFit is a great option.

My favorite feature is that the NextFit Zip features a zip-off pad.  The upholstered part of the seat zips right off and can be machine washed!!  If you've ever been on a road trip with small children, you know how convenient and practical this feature is ;).

The carseat also has two cupholders, which I thought was a really cool feature (we were only able to attach one because we had two carseats right next to each other).  Overall, Eric and I were both really impressed by the Chicco NextFit ZIP Convertible Car Seat and would definitely recommend it!  Your child is sure to not only be safe, but comfortable too!

I love taking off on these little adventures with our three.  I can't believe there's going to be four so so soon!!!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Our Gender Reveal // IT'S A BOY!!!


If you haven't already seen my post on Instagram, we are so excited to announce that we will be welcoming our second son in October!!  We did a fun gender reveal with the kids over the weekend and we're all so excited!  Two girls and two boys!!!  I feel like the luckiest mama ever.

Well we're all so excited now.  Phayre Bear had a moment of disappointment that she wasn't getting the baby sister that she had been praying for, but she's come around!  Shortly after she realized what the blue smoke meant, she said, "Dada!!! Make that blue smoke go away!!! Do you have a pink one for my baby sister?!"  We had to explain that God had decided that our baby is a boy and she spent the next 20 minutes pouting.  By the time we got home, my brother and sister-in-law came over and Phayre was bouncing around saying, "OUR BABY IS A BOY!!!"  Thank goodness three year olds are resilient and recover quickly!

Sloan is busy planning sibling Halloween costumes (because the baby is due in October and I keep telling the girls that the baby will come when it's Halloween time).  Phayre is obsessed with baby clothes and asks if we can look at clothes for baby brother on my phone (she is her mothers daughter ;)).  Annnnnnd Briar still has no idea what's going on, but yay he get's a little BFF!

We are just so so thankful for this healthy baby boy and cannot wait to welcome him into our family in the fall!  Thank you so much for all of your kindness and love, it means the world to Eric and I!


Phayre Bear pouting once she realized the baby was a boy.  Thank goodness she got over that quickly!!

Photos by my fave, Lindsey Wiatt of Lindsey Wiatt Photography!  If you're in the Portland, Oregon area you need to call her for family photos!!  Colored smoke bombs were purchased at a local paintball store!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hello Baby (Number Four!!) Brown // Pregnancy Announcement

Photos by the very talented Lindsey Wiatt of  Lindsey Wiatt Photography.  If you're in the Portland, OR area check her out!!

Surprise!!  We're having another baby!

We are over the moon excited to finally share our happy news!!!

So let's get right down to business and answer the number one questions we've gotten. Was this baby an oopsie?!  No!!!  You guys!  If you've been following along for awhile, you know how badly I've wanted a fourth baby.  Eric fiiiiiinally came around so we went for it!

Now that we've gotten that out of the way ;), let's answer some more of your questions!

How on earth did I talk Eric into a fourth baby?  Funny enough, I didn't really do anything specific (outside of make 1743 comments about wanting a fourth baby ;)).  My comments about a fourth baby haven't ever really come as a surprise as I have said since before we were married that I wanted four children.  As soon as Eric found out that Briar (our third) was a boy (after two girls), he was totally and completely complete.  He announced that our family was complete and I tried so so hard to believe that.

I remember going into the hospital to deliver Briar and Eric making a comment about how it was the last time we'd ever experience birth.  I felt so devastated by it and thought about it constantly while I was in labor.  A little while after Briar was born, Eric took the girls home and helped my brother get them down for bed.  While I laid in my hospital bed with my brand new baby, I looked down at him and thought about how in love I felt with him.  And then it hit me-he was NOT my last baby.  I just knew in my heart that there was another baby waiting to join our family.

I made comments throughout Briar's first year about having another baby and Eric always had a funny remark to shut the conversation down.  And then one night he came home from work and was like, "I know you want one more baby, so let's do it now.  I don't want to get too far out of the baby stage or I'll change my mind."  I was still nursing Briar and was honestly not ready to be pregnant again right then!!  So we went back and forth on the timing for a few months and finally went for it!  This is definitely our grand finale baby and I feel totally at peace with that.  I really do finally feel like our family is complete.

Eric is so excited now and agrees we were always meant to have four kids.  The girls have been praying for months that God would give us another baby, so to say they are thrilled would be an understatement!  Sloan would like another baby brother and Phayre wants a baby sister SO BAD.  At 19 months old Briar has no idea what's coming, but mirrors the girls excitement when they talk about the baby :).

The baby's official due date is October 5th.  I have always wanted a fall baby and no one else in our family has a fall birthday, so I'm pretty excited!  We do not yet know the baby's gender, but we will find out in a few weeks!  I am dying to know.  I have a strong feeling that the baby is a boy, but I will be so thrilled either way!  I love the idea of another sweet baby girl, but would also love for Briar to have a brother.  This baby feels like such a bonus baby, I really don't care about the baby's gender as long as it's healthy!

Speaking of a boy and a girl-or two babies... shortly after getting a positive pregnancy test, I went into my doctor to have the pregnancy confirmed via blood test.  My hcg numbers were right where they were supposed to be and they asked me to come back in to two days to make sure that the numbers had doubled.  So I went back in two days for another blood test.  I asked the nurse what numbers we should be hoping for and she said anywhere between 250-400 would indicate a healthy pregnancy.  They called me later that day and said my numbers were a little over 750 (!!!).  I asked why my numbers came back so high and she said, "It either means it's a super healthy pregnancy or there's more than one baby in there!"  I was like SHUT THE FRONT DOOR LADY.

We spent the next three weeks waiting for our first ultrasound and all of our friends joked that we were having twins.  I never really thought it could be twins, but I will say I was very relieved to see one, perfect, healthy little baby on the screen at our ultrasound!

My first trimester was exhausting.  I haven't been horribly sick like I was with Briar, but I have literally never been so tired in my entire life.  Naps are my jam and we've had way more movie afternoons than I will ever admit.  Nausea has come and gone, but it's been so mild compared to my last pregnancy that I am not complaining one bit!

That's all for now, but I cannot wait to share this pregnancy with you guys!  2019 is going to be a big year for the Brown's and I am ready for every bit of it.  Thank you for all of your excitement, love, and congratulations.  We appreciate all of the congratulations and kind words so much!!!


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