I beat myself up this morning window shopping online at all my favorite new fall collections. The colors and the patterns all sing fall and just make me feel cozy and happy. With the exception of some killer rain boots I am majorly coveting, everything I want is for the girls- which is funny because that adorably cute and darling romper that I simply must have for Grace will fit her for all of what 3 months? And then she’ll need something else.
As a shopping obsessed, barely twenty, college kid, I had a hard time wrapping my head around not being able to buy myself things– cuz now I’d have to buy them for the bean sprout growing in my tummy. No kidding, I was shopping with my Mom (the day after I found out I was expecting) just one more time– full well knowing I was pregnant and inescapably about to gain a lot of weight (nearly 100 lbs to be exact).
But miraculously, becoming a mother comes with some kind of extra DNA tweak that turns all shopping attention toward your children. I love to shop for myself, let’s not beat around the bush or get all high and mighty, but shopping for my girls is just so much more fun. The littleness of everything kills me and it’s funny because Brandon, my very opinionated husband, also loves shopping for our girls. I know which outfits of theirs are his favorites and I know I don’t need to do any convincing to get him to let me buy them the cute special things- like funky rain boots, baby Uggs, or little tiny Northface jackets.
Which is great because I seriously can’t help it- it’s like all those times I was a kid, shopping for boy clothes with my Mom (I have four brothers) and swooning over the little black patent leather shoes for girls, and all the pink frilly dresses at Easter time, have compounded and decided to burst now that I do have little girls to buy for.
But alas, I cannot shop willy nilly for unnecessary things. Who can these days?
Anyway- if I could, here’s what would top my list:
Lilly’s Ultimate Fall Wardrobe:
Gracie’s Ultimate Fall Wardrobe:
Everything you see came from Old Navy, Gap, Piperlime, or Tea Collection and can be found online on their websites. So go window shop for you little ones. And then tell yourself to wait for the fall sales because it will be winter before you know it!
Except those Minnetonka Mocs… I think every child needs a pair!
Something else I simply cannot resist- much like little girl’s shoes- is books. Put me in a book store and you might not see me again until next Tuesday (which is quite unfortunate considering there are two little people who kind of need me).
Here’s what my Mom and I picked up this weekend.
This is, perhaps, one of my favorite books to date- my Mom picked it up. It’s a sweet, rhyming story about a little pumpkin who is different from all the others. Spookley is different, but oh so special. It comes with a fun audio CD that we love as well.
We know all about my obsession with Harold… and here is another tale about the little fellow. Lilly loves this book because it’s about planting and growing which has been so much fun for us this summer.
Goodnight Goon… a spooky take on our favorite classic.
These little lizards are a great addition to my growing Art Ed. library.
Not sure how I didn’t know about this one, but I love S.S. and had to have this to add to our collection. Love the color illustrations.
Of course no Art library is complete without Peter H. Reynolds in the mix. These two books are great for elementary kids. We’ll see how Lilly likes them…
And we are currently having a terrible two year old sharing problem so Llama might help us learn a thing or two about being nice.