nursing notes

By Emily in partnership with ErgoBaby.

I have spent a LOT of time nursing the last couple months and while I sometimes wish for longer arms to wrangle my mischievous older two (who now have realized I am partially immobile and can get away with a lot) I am loving the time I get to spend just Raleigh and me. Depending on how wakeful Raleigh is I either get some much need work done: shoot off a few emails, put up a social media post or take my “nursing notes.” Or if he’s awake: I honestly do nothing but stare at him. He’s the most coy little smiler and if I miss a single one I am heartbroken! Nursing Notes What are nursing notes you ask? I’ve found it’s the best time for me to jot down cute, sweet, funny things that I want to remember about my life as a mother.  Here’s a couple, lately:

Hayes loves to conjecture why Raleigh is sad, “I think it’s a burp”, “He’s getting hungry!” “He’s so tired, mom.” But my favorite was when I asked how he knew he was sad and he said “His face is crumbling.” Spot on reference if you’ve seen a crying baby!

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Or, How Callum tells anyone who will listen that “This is Raleigh Rex, my brother. I named him that.” (Backstory: Since Hayes is named after Russ, Hayes Russell, and Cal is named after my maiden name, Callum Kartchner, we thought it was only fair to let the boys take a turn at naming Raleigh. They rattled off the most epic list of options. Cal’s best suggestion was “Raleigh Ay Yi Yi” and Hayes wanted “Raleigh Hayes Junior” Finally after hearing the list, one of them said T. Rex and Rex stuck! Nursing NotesErgo sent their new nursing pillow as a part of our year long partnership with them and it has been saving my bacon. Those late night feedings I can barely keep my eyes open let alone have good posture. Slowly but surely my posture was effected during the day, too. My back was just tight and felt permanently hunched. Their pillow brings the baby back up to the optimum position and takes the strain off your shoulders and back allowing for better posture. We are getting more comfortable with nursing every day, but back when he was brand new and it took four arms and a prayer to get a latch to stick the pillow was such a big help with that, too!Nursing Notes

You can buy the Ergo Nursing pillow on their site and in most major baby gear retailers! Lipstick: Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl.


Happy Fryday! Now that the Nordstrom Sale is open for all here’s a peek back at our week of coverage! GIRLS // BOYS // WOMEN //  WOMEN ACTIVE // HOME // BABY + GEAR // MEN

And some of the picks we made for ourselves are below! Check back on social media for pics of how we’re styling it all! Have a great weekend!



My favorite (most comfortable) Madewell cropped pants are on sale! Dress these up with some black pumps or down with some white converse. Where them to the pool with some sandals. I mean, can we all say it together? Versatile.

Mine really needs a bath cause I haven’t washed it in months, but, I’ve loved this white NY yankees hat I bought last fall. So classic. And with my new found concern of keeping my face out of the sun, hats have been a summer essential.

Are you always buying new kids books like we are? I cant stop, and wont. Pool is a new one. I love it mostly for its gorgeous illustrations.

I posted about some of these bronze mugs on the Nordstrom Sale, but these are equally as beautiful and nothing beats the prime 2 day free shipping!

I do a lot of my work from my couch, on my laptop, with snacks and a diet coke. This multi functional end table comes MAJORLY in handy.



Wearing: Lately I just go to an online store and type in “surplice top” because, nursing. Some of them like to be annoying and sew the cross-over shut so I bust through that thread and add on those tiny snaps (the worse on a onesie, but helpful on adult clothes.)

Here are the ones I am ordered from the Nordstrom Sale.

Surplice Top  // Crossfront Burgandy // Topshop Wrap Shirt 

Reading: For sure don’t have time to read currently, but I am a couple chapters into the Year of Magical Thinking and it’s waiting patiently by my bed.

Listening: I think if I want to get anything substantial into my brain I am gonna have to switch to audio. What are your favorite podcasts, radio shows etc?

Decorating: You guys would laugh if you saw all the decorative baskets I have around my house. Holding plants, holing magazines, holding dirty clothes, why not add another one? This one is amazing!

Watching: Have you guys seen Alone on the History Channel? We are just tuning into season 2 and we are HOOKED! It’s like Survivor except no tribe, 10 contestants get dropped at various parts of an island with only 10 survival items of their choice and whoever lasts the longest wins. They film themselves and it’s the craziest!

Feeling: At the beginning of the Summer I was heartbroken to think about both my kids in school most of the day. Now that we’re ending July I am ready, haha! I can’t help but think of all the things I can get done that I haven’t had time for since Raleigh was born once those mornings are freed up a bit! Although I am still anxious to have Hayes gone ALL day and told him that he said “It’s okay we can call each other when we want to talk!” Crushed. He’s the sweetest.


i’m still over the moon for the nordstrom sale so here are the things i bought that you absolutely can not pass up:

1-So far I’ve bought THIS SHIRT in three colors and am about to order the rest cause #duh. $15 and a killer fit. I ordered a medium and it’s baggy on purpose just as a size reference.
2-I know I know these dang Zella leggings. I buy them every year and love them – for $25 they’re such a great staple for you workout wardrobe.
3-I have been really wanting to invest in a good leather jacket and the fit of this one is KILLER. The panels in the sleeves make it super flattering and it’s over $100 off with the sale!! I bought the black but omg that Grey Nickel is calling my name too.
4-It’s not clothing, but it is a freaking rose gold swan. Sorry Ands, I had to.
5-This Nike Bra! Such a killer price, comfortable and good padding. I love love love it.


how to talk so kids will listen // round 2 of this.let’s just say we’re struggling, but I love this book and know it gives me tools to push through!

leaders eat last // if you’re in any kind of leadership role you NEED this book. life changing – even just the title tells you how absolutely awesome it is.


just binged caught up on New Girl. Schmidt is my world. And when will Jess and Nick just finally end up together?!

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#nsale – Men’s!

You thought we forgot you guys? Never. Here’s our favorites from the men’s section:


And the sale goes live for everyone tomorrow so catch our favorites from the whole week here in case you missed it!



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city select SALE!

The City Select was the very first high end stroller that I purchased after Sunny was born. My friends and online reviews raved about it. And now, I’m the one preaching! This stroller is fantastic. I went with black, because I think it looks chic for a double stroller (which trust me, that’s HARD to find). I started with it as a double since both my boys were little. They LOVED that the seats could both face me as I pushed them. As they grew, they wanted to face each other. When the giggling and playing got to be too much for me, I flipped Dash to face forward. It was nice having him in the front as he started to get older and want to hop in and out of the seat. With Sunny still up top, I felt secure and safe.

With all that being said, how excited are we that the City Select fam is all on sale at The Baby Cubby? Pretty! Even better, they have free shipping!

Find the single here. The double here. And all the amazing accessories you can add on to customize it just so, here!Untitled-5If you’re not sure if the City Select is the perfect fit for you, check out The Baby Cubby’s Stroller Guide to find your best match!

Mini Olympic Games

The Olympic games are in the air. Seriously, we aan feel it all the way up here in America! (Rio isn’t THAT far away). We wish we could travel to Brazil to cheer on the athletes, for now, our own little athletes in our own living rooms will have to suffice.NCC_2969All three of us love to culture our babies, and we ourselves have been watching the Olympics our entire lives. Its been so fun to watch these kids get older, and to see them getting inspired by the talented and strong athletes that have been training since they themselves were our little ones age to be able to participate in the Olympic games.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 4.29.52 PM

With the help of Zurchers Party Store, we put together some mini Olympic Games for our tots. It was so simple. Gather up some little games, click here for the anthem, and you’ll tear right up. We promise.

1 Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 4.32.42 PMTossing some balls into buckets (make the older kids stand a few feet back)Untitled-6Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 4.33.22 PMHopping on one foot across the room.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 4.37.18 PMCreate an obstacle corse with cones, plastic dishes, or cups!NCC_2972 Zurchers has a ton of country and state flags for $8.00 in store and online! Check out all their International party supplies for your own Olympic party here!NCC_3008Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 4.29.20 PMTreats in the end, of course. Along with those gold medals.NCC_3024

Hayes’ forefather tee from Wee Rascals. Check out there other patriotic options here! This patriotic posse tee is hilarious!