Trendy Tot Tuesday: Pictures & a Giveaway

I think these posed “model pictures” for Trendy Tot Tuesday are starting to go to Guinevere’s head. Yesterday, she and I went to lunch at the bar where I used to work and she carried on full conversations with the servers like this:

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Then, my sister was in town with her kids and my parents took them all to JCPenney for cousin pictures – and my poor  niece Adie wasn’t having any of it, but leave it to Guinevere to ham it up for the camera.

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Won’t you please join us?!

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Our guest host this week is Cari from Adventures of the Roberts. She’s one of our most faithful linkers, and one of my favorites to follow on Instagram – her daughter is the same age as Guinevere and I always crush hardcore on her style!

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We also have a giveaway this week! Sandi from Good Natured Child is giving away an item of your choice. The giveaway starts at midnight and ends next Monday – we’ll announce the winner next Tuesday! Good luck :)

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  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)
  • This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself, Megan and Cari – we are in spots 1-3.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!


Trendy Tot Tuesday: Birthday

On June 14th, my stubborn, sassy, and precious child turned three. To celebrate, we had a backyard garden fairy party. I managed to snap a few pictures that I’ll share soon, but my dear friend Jess brought her camera and blew me away with the moments she captured.

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Our guest host this week is Aliya from Double the Fun. She’s a new-to-me blog, but also lives in the DC-area, so I’m excited to follow along more to see pictures of her adorable kids (irish twins!) and fun travels (she recently went to Vegas, and I’m headed there next month!). She also created a new Trendy Tot Tuesday button, which I thought was such a sweet surprise! So please go visit her blog and follow along.

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  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)
  • This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself, Megan and Aliya – we are in spots 1-3.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!


Trendy Tot Tuesday: Stripes

Guinevere has several daily chores, one of which is letting the dogs out of their crate as soon as we get home from her nanny’s house, and letting them outside to go potty. My sunshine child, regardless of the temperature (or precipitation!) then dashes out with them to run, explore, or “balance beam” on the garden beds. Which look quite sad and empty here but are currently lush and colorful thanks to several trips to Merrifield Gardens.

I love that she loves being outside. I do hate when she tries to sneak out there after I tell her “no”, but there is something wonderful watching a child being able to play for hours with sticks, dirt, rocks, flowers, and other items from nature. Particularly since she is (and always will be) an only child, it is fascinating watching her start to develop a method of independent play – creating different voices for her dolls as they talk, or inventing games for the (unwilling) dogs to participate in. That imagination is something I hope I can find more ways to foster for as long as possible.

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Our guest host today is Kelly from Walking on Sunshine. Kelly is a long-time linker (woo!) and the cutest little mama to two precious kiddos, Tinley and Crew. From monograms and smocking to super trendy pieces I’d wear, her kids are dressed to the nines!

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  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)
  • This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself, Megan and Kelly – we are in spots 1-3.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!


Trendy Tot Tuesday: Fashionista

Remember that time I blogged like a month ago and told you that really, I’m not that busy?

Well, I learned that apparently God reads my blog. Because right after that, my world imploded with real busy. The kind that has me working until midnight and skipping family dinners and cancelling plans I’d made weeks ago. I was given an incredible opportunity to advance both my career and my business (read more here about what I do and the company I started), and I jumped on it. Tyler has been super supportive, Guinevere is less understanding, and I’m terribly exhausted every day, but life feels very satisfying these days. There aren’t many people that can say they love what they do, and I really do. I never saw myself as a big business woman, but lately I’m borderline obsessed with growing my skillset and expanding my connections…and the chance that maybe, just maybe, I can make more money doing something I love? Well, that is just the cherry on top ;)

The funny thing is, I never forget about blogging. I have a dozen posts here with text – thoughts and opinions, rambling diatribes and tutorials. My life is so blessed and full, and I have so much going on. I also am constantly pulling out my camera for more pictures and photoshoots. But for some reason, the effort of editing photos and proofreading posts seems to be the hurdle I can’t pass right now. I’d like to say things will change, but who knows. I really would love to blog more often, to document this beautiful life, but maybe when I’m less busy actually living it.

However, Megan pinged me tonight all “so, Trendy Tot Tuesday? That thing we do?” and I thought YES. I have the PERFECT PICTURES.

I’m working on a top secret project right now with my internet BFF for life, Lindsay (who just had the most BEAUTIFUL and squishy baby girl), and for that I was shooting video, a bit out of my normal skillset. And while I was there, with a cute kid on site, I had to switch to Manual mode and grab some still shots as well. What can I say about this top secret project? Lets just say that Lindsay and I are cultivating the next Sophia Grace and Rosie times ten. Its gonna be huge. Internet sensations. Or at least I might hit like 50 likes on Facebook. Its the same thing in my world :)

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And then this…

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I know. Your ovaries just fell out, didn’t they?

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Won’t you please join us?!

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  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)
  • This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself and Megan– we are in spots 1-2.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!


Weekend via iPhone

Another busy-but-not-really-busy weekend, and I want to start writing about them to remember these days…and because I have no idea where else to put all the dang pictures I take.

On Friday I had to go to the office, so I left and fought NOVA traffic to grab Guinevere from the nanny, and then we headed back to Herndon (right by my office – sigh) to pick up Tyler and head to the Herndon Festival. As we were walking in, we had a serious talk with Guinevere about how we’d ride all the rides she was tall enough for, and she would get to pick a treat to eat, and we could play a game on the way out, but she had to be patient – there might be lines, we had to figure out where the ticket booths were hidden, stuff like that. And in true 3 year old fashion, she immediately forgot everything we said and had meltdown after meltdown from excitement overload – she wanted to do everything RIGHT FREAKING NOW OMG.

But man, was she happy in each of the moments – pure glee while on the rides. And that was worth with tantrums.

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On Saturday, Guinevere and I headed to Target. We ran into Tyler’s Aunt Carol, which was super fun – and while I do have pictures of her that Guinevere took on my phone, they are blurry and awkward angles so I’ll spare Carol ;)

Target has always been our happy place, and we can spend hours there. We love to go to the candle aisle and smell all of the candles. Try on all the sunglasses in the accessories section. Stock up on new clothes for her (and maybe some for me). We snag a free cookie in the bakery and test out all the chairs in the patio furniture section. Its pretty fun and she’s always in a great mood when we are there. Minus the moment that she got pissed when I was talking to Carol and ignoring her so she spat at me. She was just lucky we were in Target and not home, holy hell.

In the car on the way home, she pipes up, “Mommy, are you ready to apologize?” and I asked what she thought I needed to apologize for. “For yelling at me. It made me really sad.” I reminded her that she was lectured for being disrespectful, and talked about why that behavior isn’t acceptable, and asked her to explain back to me what she did wrong, only I realized I used a poor choice of words when I asked her “And why did Mommy lecture you?” and she replied, “Because you’re really mean.”

I failed the mom test and laughed, so there went any authority I tried to command.

We then headed to a local playground for a bit, where she went down the slide once and spent the other 40 minutes walking on the “balance beam” around the playground.

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This playground was right next to a pool, and Guinevere desperately wanted to go in. Unfortunately, we don’t belong to one. When our neighborhood was built, there were a lot of issues with builders going bankrupt and selling lots to other builders, who went against original intents of the community – tot lots, pool, etc – and just built more houses. We were promised when signing the documents that we’d be allowed to join the pools of the surrounding neighborhoods but we weren’t. Last summer I hunted down contact information for the HOAs of every single pool in Bristow and Gainesville (thank you, Google Maps, for letting me find them!) and asking to join. I would pay an absurd amount of money at this point. And they all said no.

That day, I remembered that a bit behind our house was a new development, and thought I’d see if they had a pool. They did! And they weren’t checking pool passes all weekend so we could get in for free!!

We rushed home to eat lunch and take a nap, and then I tapped my foot impatiently waiting until I could wake her up. And we were off!

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The main pool was fantastic, with a wading area and little fountain jets and a large mushroom structure that spilled water down around the edges, but I loved the baby pool – I could lounge and sunbathe and be close enough to reach over and grab her if I needed to.

We got home and took a bath and Tyler wandered in with a popsicle from the ice cream truck – she’s been a little obsessed with “Inja Ninja Turtles” lately. The bath seemed like a good place to manage a messy treat, until she dunked it and it became a melty mess and stained her face and hands and she howled as I scrubbed her with a loofah. So thanks, daddy ;)

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Sunday morning we ran to Walgreens to get some pool toys and headed back to – you guessed it – the pool.

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Then it was home for naps while I did 38 loads of laundry and ironed two baskets of clothes and waited for her to wake up. The evening was spent playing around the house and then some running around in the backyard – in matching shoes. Because of course.

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And with that, I’m chalking it up to another glorious weekend in the Johnson house.

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