Everyday Fall Maternity Style

shopbopsale Black peacoat (or similar here) // Black Booties (or similar here) // Striped Maternity Dress (or similar here) // Cateye Sunglasses (or similar here) //  Red Wireless Maternity Bra (or similar here) // Oversized Tote (or similar here)

Black Beanie (or similar here)// Glitter Phone Case (or similar here) // Pink Sunglasses (or similar here) // Leather Backpack (or similar here) // Oversized Sweater (or similar here) // White Sneakers (or similar here) // Black Maternity Bra (or similar here) // Maternity Leggings (or similar here)

Shopbop’s Event of the Season is going on now until Saturday morning! So now is the perfect time to stock up on your fall wardrobe staples. I'm sharing a few of my favorite maternity pieces (or pieces that can be worn during your pregnancy) to create two everyday fall maternity looks that will take you through your entire pregnancy, allowing you to be both comfortable and stylish at the same time! A few of my favorites fall maternity pieces are comfortable maternity dress that show off your bump (you can find some here), fun sunglasses (a few options here), a pair of booties (a must for any fall wardrobe) and a pair of sneakers for those later months of pregnancy (these ones are classics and affordable), maternity bras (because comfortable undergarments are a necessity during pregnancy!), and an oversized sweater (love this one).  Happy shopping!!

Spend up to $500, get 25% off your entire purchase. Spend over $500, get 30% off your entire purchase.

20 Week Bump Update

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I've teamed up with Supergas and Zappos to share my favorite shoes of the moment. 

We have honestly had so much going on ever since I found out that I was pregnant that I actually had to google my due date the other day just to find out how many weeks along I was and was completely shocked to discover that I had already made it to the halfway mark! Already 20 weeks into this pregnancy and I can barely believe how fast time is flying by. We are so excited to meet this little babe of ours, but there is also so much that we need with our move and settling into our new home in order to prepare for this new hoping that time will slow down just a little bit for the last half of this pregnancy.

  1. My belly officially looks like I smuggled a basketball under my shirt these days.
  2. Sleep is almost non-existent since I am up to pee every few hours or just awake with insomnia! This has never happened in any of my previous pregnancies so any recommendations you have are definitely welcome!
  3. The baby loves to kick every night after the boys are asleep. He/She probably senses the quiet (literally the only time it's quiet in our household) and knows that its "our" time together.
  4. I oddly haven't had any cravings this pregnancy. Except for steak occasionally which is weird because I'm a vegetarian!
  5. It's getting much harder to carry Gray around all day...something that he suddenly seems to insist on...and my back knows it by the end of the day.
  6. I am definitely relying on sneakers or flats at the moment - kind of necessary when you're carrying a basketball under your shirt and chasing after two wild boys all day long. These are my current favorites from Superga because not only can I chase down two crazy boys all day long in them without my feet hurting at the end of the day, but they have surprisingly surprised quite white despite the adventuring I've done in them. After loving my Supergas so much, I ordered Holden these ones because I just can't help matching with this boy of mine. You can really never go wrong with a high-top sneaker for boys. With two boys, I honestly rarely ever make it into stores, so I almost always shop online, but sometimes it can be tricky when it comes to the boy's sizing because it seems to fluctuate so much from brand to brand. We ordered from Zappos which was super easy and their customer service was super helpful when I was trying to figure out the best sizing for Holden. The delivery was also amazingly fast which you know is super important for little boys waiting for their presents.

A Fifth Birthday and Batman Shoes

20160822_7860 I've teamed up with my friends at to share the shoes that will make your child feel like a superhero.

Today, my oldest turned 5! There is something about the number 5 that just seems so old, doesn't it? I know it's so cliche, but it honestly feels like I gave birth, blinked and here we are, celebrating his 5 years on this planet. He really is such an amazing boy, teaches me so much about life, and makes me want to be a better person every single day. He is the kindest and most caring and empathetic boy in the entire world and truly has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. I feel so proud and honored that he is a part of our family.

Since we are moving in less than a month (more on that later!), we ended up doing a small birthday party with family and a few close friends over the weekend and then celebrated with just us all day today ending the day at Corvette Diner (a place that leaves my ears ringing for hours afterwards, but makes dinnertime so much fun for the little ones).

For his birthday this year, all Holden wanted was a Batman outfit. I have never introduced him to any of the super heroes and since we don't even own a TV, I'm not quite sure how he even discovered Batman - but he suddenly seems to be into ALL of the real boy stuff and well, Batman is at the top of his list right now.

I almost always shy away from dressing my boys in character t-shirts, shorts, and shoes, but I do think that every kid needs a costume or two in his closet for impromptu dress-up. I found a Batman costume at Costco and then when I saw these Stride Rite Leepz, I knew they would be the perfect way to complete Holden's Batman ensemble.

We ordered them from Zappos and they arrived the very next day (at no additional cost!), which was amazing since Holden asked me every five minutes after I ordered them when they were going to arrive ha! I was a little nervous about ordering online and not getting the correct size, but you really can't beat their 365 day return policy. Thankfully, I didn't have to worry because they fit and haven't left Holden's feet since they showed up on our doorstep.

Holden has wanted light up shoes for the longest time and I've always convinced him out of them because I didn't consider them "cool" or "in style" and when he was younger, he didn't have the strongest opinions about what he wanted to wear, so it really wasn't a big deal. But I have gotten to the point now that he's older that all that matters to me is that he is confident and feels "cool" in what he wears (not what I think)...and you guys, you can tell that he feels like he is the coolest kid on the planet when he is walking around in these shoes. And you know what, I really love them too!

The Stride Rite Leepz light-up this neon green on the sides every time he walks or jumps or runs and people stop him everywhere we go to comment on them. I'm pretty sure (if you can't tell from the photos ^^^) that Holden thinks that these shoes give him real-life super hero powers. At night, they look pretty incredible when he's running around in the dark and all you see is a flash of green light. They aren't gimmecky or cheesy, but are a really well-made shoe that will last until he grows out of them (despite the fact that he will probably wear them every single day until he can no longer fit his feet into them). So if you're boy needs a pair of Batman shoes, or just a really cool pair of light-up shoes that you will both love, then these are the ones you need.


















Let's Unite In Motherhood

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At 6 weeks old, Holden began having severe breath holding spells. A handful of these resulted in prolonged seizures because he held his breath too long and after that first time, I worried he would have a seizure with every single spell.

With breath holding spells, there is no real diagnosis. You basically rule out everything else with cardiology and neurology and then say if it's not this or that, it must be breath holding. In the back of my mind, I always worried it was something more serious. Of course I spent so much time researching that I found some scary stuff when googling and some of those stories that I read I just couldn't ever get out of my head. There are no experts on breath holding spells and most pediatricians aren't particularly educated on them because children out grow them between 4 and 6 years of age and there are no true or prolonged real health risks. I found it hard to find and trust a pediatrician because I always felt like I knew so much more about what was going on with Holden than the Doctors themselves did.

Sometimes when I told people that he held his breath, they would laugh and say nonchalantly, oh ya I know so-and-so who did that and it was so funny because every time he/she would get upset, she would throw a temper tantrum and turn blue. This was not the same as Holden's spells. His were severe. He would turn blue, his eyes widen in fear like a person drowning but in mid-air as he desperately gasped, he would claw and scratch my face as he tried to take a breath until his body would collapse and he would pass out. We would shake him and say Holden, wake up! and after a few seconds he would regain consciousness and then begin crying again.

I didn't ever leave him, I put him to sleep every single night, I didn't take my eyes off of him no matter where we were, I had to avoid anyone that has even the slightest cold (getting sick made his spells 100x worse), and it was that way until he outgrew them at 4 years old. If I left him, all I did was worry about him so I could never enjoy anything when I was apart with him. It was terrifying and overwhelming when we were going through it. It dictated my life.

And yet, although a very traumatic experience, it shaped and molded who I am as a mother. My child turned blue and stopped breathing ten times or more a day for four years and every time I would wonder if he would take that breath again. This has made me grateful for every single breath and every single moment I have with him (and Gray). It has given me patience during the tough times because instead of getting upset over the fact that he was crying in the middle of the night, I would think to myself, at least he is crying, and remind myself how grateful I was to have the ability to hold him while he was crying. It doesn't matter what the experience is, I just feel happy that I get to be able to experience every little thing with my children, even the tears, the late nights and the early mornings. I definitely look at life differently because of it.

And it changed the way we parented, choosing to do things that worked for us and our family even if they were outside the norm. I opted for extended breastfeeding and we co-slept with Holden until he decided he wanted to sleep in his big boy bed, amongst a lot of other parenting choices that I might not have considered if it hadn't been for our experience with breath holding.

We all have different experiences and backgrounds that make us who we are as mothers, determine the decisions we make, and change the way we see the world, but just because they are different from one mother to the next doesn't mean they are wrong. You won't hear me complaining about a rough day or that motherhood is difficult because my experience raising Holden has forced me to be overwhelming grateful for it all...every single piece of it. And that's just me and my experience. Breastfed/bottle fed, co-sleep/crib, rock to sleep/cry it out, stay-at-home/working, etc.

We may all do things differently but we are all just trying to raise these tiny humans to be happy and healthy the best way we know how and we should celebrate motherhood no matter what it looks like.

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Cotton On Kids Giveaway


Photos by Reality & Retrospect (instagram)

Living by the beach, we live in beach attire and swimwear year-round. Living in Southern California, we are really lucky that the temperature is pretty temperate throughout the entire year (I don't know if my kids will ever understand seasons ha!) and we are able to enjoy the sand, surf, and sea almost every single day of the year. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that I am constantly looking for new swimwear for the boys as they grow, that is not only cute and unique, but also protects their skin against the sun's harsh rays.

Well Cotton On Kids just released their new swim collection for children and it is to die for!! They have board shorts, rash guards, sandals, and more, for your little ones and each piece is just so cute and unique.

It’s your lucky day because I’m partnering with the Cotton On Kids USA team to giveaway $100 store credit to Cotton On Kids Stores to one lucky winner!  

To enter...

  1. Head over to Cotton On Kids, browse for a bit and then comment back which item you would choose if you won!!
  2. Follow myself (@belandbeau) and Cotton On Kids USA (@cottononkidsusa) on instagram.

There are also additional entry options available via the widget below which I am using to track all entries...

$100 Store Credit to Cotton On Kids Stores













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Outfits: Womens Floral Playsuit, Brave the Wave Rashguard, Tropical Swim Trunks, Waves Swim Trunks, Palm Tree Polka Dot Swim Trunks

Mom + Me Halloween Costumes with Pottery Barn Kids


Photography: Chrissy PowersHair/Makeup: 1011 Makeup

The boys and I were asked by our friends Cassidy and Riley to share some Mom + Me Halloween costume ideas in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids because really is there anything cuter than a coordinating family costume concept for Halloween?

I mean, as parents we obviously can't participate in the trick-or-treating, so why not be one of the fun parents and dress up with your little one. After four years of coordinating costumes (super heroes, pumpkins, Curious George characters, Mickey Mouse and friends), I would consider us to be almost pros at family-coordinating Halloween costumes by now, but I think this year might just take the cake since it's not only a kid concept, but something adults can totally get as well.

Mother of Dragons and Dragon Entourage...



So in all honesty, when Cassidy told me what she wanted me to be, my first thought was "oh cute"  a mom and baby dragons. My mind did not immediately go to the Emmy-winning television show Game of Thrones (gasp! I know...let's blame it on the sleepless nights or mommy brain or something like that). And then, I realized that I was Khaleesi with my own little entourage of dragons and I decided it was the coolest "mommy" costume for the moment because it's relevant for the adults, but a concept kids love as well for an entirely different reason.








If you can't tell from the images, Holden LOVES his dragon costume. Since this photoshoot Holden has basically lived in it, wearing it the grocery store, the playground, museums...everywhere....despite the heat wave we have been experiencing in Southern California. He even won a costume contest with it!  And it's not even Halloween yet.

 Mother of Dragons Costume: A Little Bundle t-shirt (you can also find a bunch of options here) // Bel & Beau skirt 

Toddler Dragon Costume // Baby Dragon Costume