I’m not gonna lie, traveling across the country with a toddler and an infant is not easy. But even though it was really challenging, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Getting to spend time in my hometown with my family has been the absolute best. I know many of you guys saw my blog post earlier this week saying that Kevin and I are considering moving out of California. And being home with family right now is reinforcing that even more for me (although we have sooooo much to plan and think about before/if we actually do it). We wouldn’t move back to Massachusetts. I need to be closer to a city than where my mom lives (she lives at least 3 hours away from the closest city). But it definitely got me thinking more about moving to the Chicago area to be near Kevin’s parents. And then I will only be a short two hour flight from my mom, my brother and my sister’s family.
MOLLY AND BLAKE’S OUTFIT’S
Anyway, this trip has been such a gift. Molly has gotten to spend lots of time with her little cousins. They’ve had dance parties. They’ve been playing a ton in the fall leaves that have fallen all around us! (I love the Northeast in the fall!) The kids went to a park. Molly got to visit some chickens! She calls them Hei Hei (from Moana. Ha!) And Molly is just obsessed with everything her cousins do. They were all thrilled when we put them in matching Gymboree outfits! (BTW – Their whole site is on sale right now. The prices are soooo good! Most things are 50% off – many even more! Like Riley’s Polar Bear onesie– it’s OVER 50% off!) And these smiles on their faces are absolutely perfect because this blog post is all about Gymboree’s GIVE HAPPY initiative!
The idea behind this campaign is that the holidays are the time of year to be with family, think of others, pay it forward and spread love! Overall it’s the season to – GIVE HAPPY! And the way we are doing that this week is by giving Molly and Riley the gift of family. There is truly no better gift.
But this is just one small way that we are choosing to GIVE HAPPY to our kids this week. Really the act of giving is something that goes beyond giving to our kids. We plan to give to charity throughout the holiday season and I encourage all of you to do the same! And one really easy way to do that is if you are shopping at Gymboree this holiday season (in store or online) to get any of their super cute kids clothes, while you’re there you can make a monetary donation to Baby2Baby! Even donating a dollar helps! Baby2Baby is a nonprofit that provides low income children everything from diapers to clothing to all of the basic necessities that every child needs and deserves! So Gymboree is supporting them by collecting monetary donations in store and online! So head on over to their website and get a super cute outfit as a gift for a kiddo in your life and support Baby2Baby by making a donation at the same time!
I dress my kids in their stuff all the time! In fact, Molly, Riley and their cousins (Lennon and Blake) are all wearing outfits from Gymboree! Molly and Blake are in matching sweater dresses that are sooo cute I can’t stand it! I put little red cable knit leggings underneath for warmth. Riley is looking as squishy and cute as ever in his polar bear onesie. This little polar bear with his chunky cheeks is ready for hibernating! Ha!
And Lennon’s sweater matches the girls’ sweater dresses. They wore these outfits yesterday and did NOT want to take them off at the end of the day. It seriously makes me so happy I could cry to see them bonding like this and wanting to stay dressed alike 🙂 And they all have the exact same boots on too! That’s another thing I love about Gymboree. Their clothes come in a ton of sizes so it’s easy to have your kids match. What mom doesn’t love that?! Hello photo ops! And they are just really great quality clothes.
And Molly and Riley are wearing Gymboree in the other below pictures too (the ones with the chickens and them on the swings). I will link all those clothes below the photos! Riley’s “dude” jacket might be my favorite thing he has ever worn (on sale for $22)! And Molly’s cable knit sweater is just the sweetest and on sale for under $20 right now!
Today we are taking the kids to a farm in the country to see animals. Loving every minute of this time with my family. I think all in all, it was important for us to do this trip, as challenging as it was to get here, because there is nothing more important than family. And I realize that more and more the older I get. So one day our plan is to be closer to them. Hopefully sooner than later.
Anyway, I would LOOOOVE it if you guys would comment below and tell me how you plan to GIVE HAPPY and spread love this holiday season! This is such a feel good thing to do and talk about so I can’t wait to read all your comments! I will read EVERY one and try to respond to as many as I can!!! Luv you guys!
A bunch more super adorable photos of the kiddos below!