outfit inspo >> v. 1

outfit inspo 1

These are all fun ensembles, perfect for winter occasions, put together from a combination of The Littlest’s closet + items from a recent instasale. [The Littlest is a brand rep for proudfoot moccs: included in these outfits are bomber jacket moccs 1, 6, & 8; black licorice moccs 3 & 7; peanut butter moccs (similar) 2, 4, & 5.]



puffer vest | Old Navy

plaid button-up (similar) | Old Navy

jeans | Baby Gap


pullover (similar) | Baby Gap


hooded sweater (similar) | Baby Gap

plaid pants (similar) | brand unknown


button-up oxford (similar) | Old Navy


cardigan (similar) + long-sleeve tee | Baby Gap


faux-layer buffalo check (similar) | Carters


puffer vest | Old Navy [available in instashop]

plaid oxford | Chaps [available in instashop]

trousers | Baby Gap [available in instashop]


shawl-collar pull-over sweater (similar) | Gymboree



gift guide | boys age 5-8 years

I already have Christmas on the brain, and I know that I am not the only one, because I have recently seen a few blog posts around the idea of gifting your children with experiences, rather than things. I’m totally on board! But, my mind has been spinning a bit with gift ideas for my boys that will be useful and fun. My oldest has a birthday coming up soon, too. I’m hoping to do a series of posts, and started with ideas inspired by The Oldest.

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[pictured land of nod teepee] We purchased a similar teepee at Costco for a fraction of the price. We’ll be gifting this to the Three Boys at Christmas for a reading nook in the playroom. I’m sure the only thing it won’t be used for is reading… In my mind, though, I picture us snuggled up reading The Boxcar Children by flashlight. Let a momma dream, k?
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[pictured: educational insights micropro | branch & twig assorted colored pencils | cedar-wood bug house]

I’m going to go ahead and guess that it’s not unique to my kindergarten-aged boy to be completely in to all things science and bugs. Hence the microscope [which was The Oldest’s idea] and the bug house. He’s also really into art and nature and would get a total kick out of finding those colored pencils stuffed deep in to his Christmas stocking.

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[pictured: baby gap pull-on jeans | new balance sneakers]

And, because, birthday’s and holiday’s are a great time to stock up on the upcoming clothing size(s) for the boys, a couple of clothing ideas. The Oldest does not love to wear jeans, but when they have a knit waist-band with that cozy sweat pant feel, it’s a bit easier to convince him. Right now, he is also digging New Balance sneakers, and so am I.

As mentioned above, I am loving the idea of gifting my children with experiences instead of things, so we’ll probably do a very modest combination of both. An experience plus one thing they want, one thing they need, and one thing to read.

What are your favorite birthday/holiday items for children in the 5-year to 8-year age range?

harvest outfit


There were a few quiet moments at the Three Boys House yesterday & I was dressing this little gent up for a birthday party, so we snuck outside for a few quick photos. Because, this plaid blanket, mostly. It’s nothing short of perfection.


And, because, all of the autumn colors :: pumpkins + honey crisp apples.


Outfit details: [sweater : H&M | chambray : baby gap similar | jeans : baby gap similar | moccs : proudfoot]

PS: this kid has grown so much these last few months!


fun things


It’s been a little bit quiet around here, and my instashop. I tend to be a “jack of many trades, master of none” and get myself involved in quite a bit. In addition to my boys clothing boutique hobby, I am also creating + designing sugar cookies [you can check them out on the sugar & butter facebook page].

I also coordinate our local MOPS group, and with that beginning at the start of the school year, I have been busy with those details. Lovely, beautiful details. To love on momma’s and their kiddos.

And, truly trying to enjoy the last bits of summer with this brood of boys.

The boys’s closet [they all three share one, relatively small, closet] is a bit overcrowded these days, though, so you can expect to see some more action in the shop in the upcoming couple of weeks.

Blessings, my friends!

can we take a moment

Two things, really…

1) It’s truly a blessing that my husband holds me accountable to a budget, or I would buy the entire fall line at baby gap.

2) Rompers.

I tried to ignore the e-mail in my inbox, on Saturday, from baby gap. But, I didn’t. I ended up browsing the fall collection instead. I haven’t even looked beyond the 0-24 month sizes, because I have zero will-power [which is where #1 above comes in]. Here are my favorites [which is where #2 above comes in].

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bear sweater hat | checkered shirt | chambray one-piece | puffer vest | stripe pocket one-piece

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gingham button-up one-piece | color block bike one-piece | stripe sweater one-piece

scenes from three boys’s weekend >> vol. 1

We had one of those weekends where we were busy just being. We had an impromptu backyard tent camp-out, complete with roasted marshmallows. You know what’s yummy? Using chocolate chip cookies for your s’mores instead of graham crackers + chocolate bars. We learned that by default.
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Saturday we went to a parade, where these two collected gobs of candy. side note: The Middlest seems to fall a lot, because he walks distracted, as pictured.

[chambray pop-over | red shorts: old navy similar | perforated shoes // button-up: cotton on via @ettabugloved | shorts: baby gap similar | sandals]


We ended our weekend with Sunday-Funday and spent a good portion of our afternoon enjoying the sunshine and some pool-time. The Littlest was livin’ the dream.

[tee | hat: old navy similar]

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and, he let me get some snuggles in.

[cloche hat: target similar + forever 21 similar]

to the library

photo 4(1)camo tee [cotton on via @shop_chloe :: similar]

hoodie [ralph lauren via garage sale :: similar]

navy jeans [baby gap via instagram]

converse [via @raceboutique :: similar]




We took a post-swimming lesson trip to the library last week. This one took home allthebooks about construction equipment and spiders [well, not all of them, but the basket of the stroller was full // he asked today to go back and get the “leftovers”]

You might see his outfits on the blog more often than the other two boys, because The Oldest rarely obliges me for a photo and The Littlest moves too quickly.


let freedom ring

We hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating Independence Day!
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We celebrated a birthday for our not-so-little firecracker [which, really, describes his personality, still].

[shirt | we also love this one | oh, this romper]

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We celebrated with some picnicking and of course dressing in the red, white, & blue.

[turquoise stripes | striped shirt, jeans, proudfoot moccs similar | crewcuts tee, gap cutoffs similar, genuine kids camo shorts, tee tagged above]


A bit of my patriotic littles inspiration.

[saltwaters | baby gap tank similar | shorts and striped tee tagged above]

boy basics // wardrobe staples

If I had to choose just a handful of items for my boys’ day-to-day, below would be the items that I consider year-round basics:

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v-neck tee [american apparel | old navy] ::: raglan tee [crewcuts | american apparel] ::: cardigan [gap | american apparel]

denim shorts [gap] ::: slim-fit jeans [crewcuts | gap] ::: bright shorts [gap | target]

wayfarer sunglasses [gap] ::: sneakers [saucony ‘jazz’ | puma for crewcuts] ::: baseball cap [crewcuts]




current favorites

1) Basic tanks // Little boys in tanks; need I say more? [gap / old navy]

2) Baby Gap denim cut-offs // Normally, denim cut-off shorts are not something I’d find myself drawn to. I saw the look several times on instagram and couldn’t help myself. These are always on sale, too. And really, I have made two pair [from various washes of denim] out of jeans purchased for pennies on the dollar at Goodwill. I list Baby Gap in the description only because I ADORE the way Baby Gap clothing fits my boys.

3) Native Jefferson Shoes [on sale! at REI] // I discovered our first pair of native’s via consignment and quickly snagged another pair via instagram. Similar [old navy | ruum | gap]. It’s really all I can do not to buy these in allthecolors. I love that the boys can slip them on themselves, that they  are stinkin’ adorable, and that I can hose them off quickly. They are just safer for outdoor play than flip flops. [I do prefer the texture of the Native’s to the texture of Old Navy, for what it’s worth.]

4) The Original Salt Water sandal by Hoy Shoes // these are supremely classic. I love putting my boys in these for church on Sunday morning, and purchased them originally for their Easter outfits. I would put these with every outfit, but my boys do not enjoy wearing them as much as I enjoy putting them in them. Except the baby, he obliges me with his sea wees. We have these sandals in tan and navy. They are available all over instagram, especially following the account @saltwaterstrade.

5) Wayfarer sunnies // My favorites are the woodgrain sunglasses from Target [similar] & the traditional wayfarer from Baby Gap.