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Personalized Children’s Books that Write Themselves

Mitch here!

We take story time seriously in this house. No matter how manic or reckless the schedule, Kelly and I wrestle each girl down for a snuggle and a few stories at the end of each day. Story time is special for us. It’s time away from everything else; a time when we can enjoy a few moments together. It’s unlike any other part of our day.

March is the Worst

Mitch here!

It’s March in Chicago, and if you know what that means, please clue me in. I’m drawing a blank. At its best, March is “blah” and at its worst, well, March is usually the worst. There’s a reason March’s only cultural tradition involves getting drunk in the morning. ☘️ Simply put, March should bite the big one. It sticks out there like the calendar’s stubbed toe with all its wasted potential and underperformance. If I was March’s father, I’d send him (her?) to boarding school. So today,. I’m writing a sternly worded blog post to put March on notice. Screw you, March!

My Background with Garmin + Trip to Kansas City

Outfit here

Today I’m sharing my recent trip to Kansas City, Missouri with Garmin, maker of the new vívomove Luxe hybrid smartwatch! Before I get to that, though, I wanted to talk a little bit about my very interesting background with the company because it involves my dad… and it’s pretty fun!

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25 Shopbop Sale Favorites

The Shopbop sale is on! (Now through March 8th, you can take up to 25 percent off, depending on how much you spend, and free shipping when you use code “SPRING.”) If you’ve never shopped it before, you’d be surprised how many fabulous brands are included!

Before I get to my picks, I would definitely suggest browsing the following brands:

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Weekend Trip to Columbus

Mitch here!

A few weeks ago, the Larkin Family headed to Columbus, Ohio for the first time. And we LOVED it. Who knew it was so amazing?! Definitely the best-kept secret of the Midwest.

Columbus–which is totally a long weekend trip from Chicago–has the perfect mix of quality kids’ activities, top-notch restaurants and interesting neighborhoods. It’s one of the nicest cities we’ve visited in the country, and I’m so excited to share our trip with you.

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Most Relied-On February Outfit

Roadtripper Jeans (Order “Long” if you don’t want them to be cropped. TTS. Checkout the entire Roadtripper line here.) / Eyelet Top (Here’s the button-down version, too.) / Sweater Blazer (Runs very large. Size down. Less of a baby than I am when it comes to the cold? Try the Regent Blazer in camel. It’s my favorite blazer of all time!) / Leopard Headband (J.Crew carries one, too.) / Laney Pumps (TTS and total classics!)

I re-wore this outfit–or versions of it, at least–several times this month. It’s ridiculously comfy and easy, and it’s made up of classics that mix and match extremely well and that you’ll wear for years to come. Here’s everything you need to know:

2020 Amazon Purchases

Best storage baskets ever

Okay. This is about to be either a very interesting or very boring post. 😂 But I love chatting with friends about Amazon finds, and I thought it would be fun to see what the Larkin Family has purchased thus far this year, as it might lend a little insight re: what our lives are really like!

Before I start, I should mention that we use Amazon a lot. I don’t have a license… and while I could walk or take public transit to run errands, I honestly don’t have that kind of time every day. (Though it sounds SO lovely!) And to be frank, I’m just not willing to trade quality time with the girls for errands… and I’m not willing to trade what little free time I have for them, either. So say what you will about Amazon (and believe me; I was affected by that), but it makes things a lot easier on this mom. :)

On Not Keeping it Together

Mitch here!

This blog and its associated social feeds have a way of painting our lives in a rosy hue. Hardly a day goes by without somebody asking how we have it all together, which is both funny and ironic. It seems that our generation judges their lives on a scale from “being a mess” to “having it together,” and the Larkins have been mistakenly lumped in with the latter camp. So I thought it’d be fun to share a couple stories to dispel the myth that we “have it together,” once and for all.

(Note: There’s a LOT more of this; these are just a few examples that come to mind first. If you’d like to hear more, let me know! 😜)

Hitting Pause

Sarah Flint Bow Flats c/o (So comfy! TTS.) / Baybala Lace Top c/o / White Skinny Jeans (They’re actually from Spanx! SO flattering.) / Baybala Children’s Top + Lace Joggers / Serena & Lily Shore Bench, Gray Pillow and Navy Pillow / Emma’s Headbands / Cane Dining Chairs (Similar here + original inspiration here.) / Jute Rug / Dining Table / Gold Mirror (We also have this one!) / Similar Ginger Jar / Old Pie Plate, but try Blue Rose Pottery. It’s beautiful! / Dinner Plates: Same. Try Blue Rose Pottery or the Kate Spade Charlotte Street line! / Picture Light / Buffet Hardware / Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Ivory White / Walnut Plate Stands

Hello! 👋🏻

Friends and family have started reaching out to see if I’m okay, so jumping on to check in, haha!

Disney in 2 Days with 2 Littles

Disney World in 2 Days with 2 Littles

Guys! I’m so excited about today’s post, which details our recent trip to Disney World with Emma (age 3) and Lucy (9 months). I’ll admit that I was a little nervous going into it considering how young our daughters are, and I wondered whether it would be better to go when the girls were two or three years older. But it was amazing. It was everything we could have hoped and more. So many amazing memories made, and a whole lot of happy tears shed.

Because there’s so much information to cover, I thought I would handle this post in an FAQ-like manner. Right under this, you’ll find our most-requested topics along with some favorite iPhone photos. (Didn’t bring my actual camera because I wanted to be present. The quality isn’t the best but they hold the most wonderful memories! ♥️) If you still have questions or want more pics, though, please don’t hesitate to drop requests into the comment section at the bottom of this post, and either Mitch or I will be sure to respond. I’m sure I missed some stuff! ;)

Okay, let’s get to it!

Franklin Park Conservatory

Rollneck Sweater (Also love the new solid scoop roll neck sweater and the striped one, too.) / High-Rise Jeans (Here they are in a darker wash. I love them! One of my most-worn pairs of jeans.) / Ugg Boots (These are her waterproof Uggs, btw. Worth every penny if you live in Chicago!) / Girls’ Dachshund Dresses (Sold out, but this is the newer version, which Emma and Lucy have as well. So cozy!) / Emma’s Glitter Uggs / Lucy’s Baby Uggs / Girls’ Cable-Knit Bear Tights / Mitch’s Bean Boots / Mitch’s Buffalo Check Shirt (Similar) / Bruni the Fire-Breathing Salamander

One of our favorite parts of our trip to Columbus was walking through/playing in the Franklin Park Conservatory. It was stunning… and frankly, it blew Lincoln Park’s conservatory out of the water. ;)

I will say that the night before our visit, Mitch and I essentially pulled an all-nighter because Lucy wouldn’t sleep. (Teething probs.) So I definitely look like I’m about to die; sorry about that. 😂 (Love how Lucy is totally unfazed, though, haha. Just napped her way through the day and was fine.)

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Long Weekend Sales You Can Still Shop

J.Crew Everyday Long Black Tee (So soft and such a good deal! Use code “WEEKEND.”) / J.Crew Factory “Cozy Jeans” (Under $40! Check out the white pair, too. They’re fantastic.) / J.Crew Sweater Blazer (Use code “WEEKEND” to take 30 percent off.) / Tuckernuck Red Tote / Rothy’s Leopard Washable Loafers / Tde. Phone Case

In case you missed the long weekend sales, here are a few can’t-miss ones that are still going on!

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Tutorial: Breville Oracle Touch

Mitch here!

Regarding this recent coffee post, we had a number of requests for a Breville Oracle Touch tutorial, which works out doubly because A: I love talking about this machine and B: We’re traveling and I’m trying to help Kelly out with the blog. So consider today’s post a sequel, or that last post a prequel. Either way, let’s talk coffee! 🙌