Sunday, August 2, 2015


Welcome to Sunday afternoon. Some kids are sleeping and some kids are not. One parent is sleeping and one parent is not (wild guess ... it's all yours). And while said parent was not sleeping and trying to get a certain child to sleep (success was hers ... eventually) she came across many internet gems and sharing is caring or maybe it's obnoxious, I don't know. But ... nevertheless.

Let her care!!

Funniest parenting piece I've read in a good long WHILE. 

It's been raining nonstop here (no complaints, it could be snow) so I snagged some clearance raincoats for the kids. All matching. No one was amused. 

{Phoebe is clothed, promise}

I posted this over on my Facebook page but in case you missed it ... loved this post on postpartum living.

While I heart Kidizen for (yes ... ) kid's duds ... I've been finding some everyday postpartum pieces for myself right over here. Get $20 off your first purchase using this link ... if you dare. 

The Bachelorette Conspiracy Theory. I can totally buy it. I think. 

In the never ending saga of trying to get the house out of the, "oh, did you just move in yesterday?" rut ... I sent some things (in prepaid mailers, thankyouverymuch) off to be framed here and shipped back stat because a trip to procure anything other than food just isn't happening for another couple of months. I'm more excited than I should be. 

I have to admit I've been totally sucked into Snapchat these past few days. Was my impetus for figuring it out to legally stalk Shawn and Kaitlyn? Perhaps! And I still don't get it 100% and I think I'm about 10-15 years too old for the platform but my name is: camppatton (predictable? never) if you want to see snaps of our messy house and um, that's it. 

Okay, I could type forever but duty x five calls ...

... and they are ALL smiles. 

Always. : | 


Friday, July 31, 2015

Bosco: Six Weeks Old

B's onesie - Carter's via Kidizen

P's romper - Gap via Kidizen
sweater - Carter's via Kidizen
sandals - Salt Water via Kidizen

Six weeks! Such a bittersweet age to me because while they usually start sleeping for longer stretches at night and are a little more content when awake during the day (again, usually!) ... they're starting to lose the newborn look and their little frog legs are starting to fill out. And it's time to start thinking about back-to-school shoe shopping because kindergarten starts TOMORROW. Never dramatic or nostalgic before I need to be. Never ever. 

J to the K. But, Bosco is growing up! Sort of. He's a little more alert during the day, is sleeping more at night, hates his car seat, loves being worn, and shockingly isn't a fan of being bopped on the head by his occasionally loving bully of a sister. 

Speaking of Phoebe, she wakes up every morning, looks for her shoes, looks for her power sweater (as Simon calls it), asks for, "dada?! dada?!" (thanks P!!) and then gets very serious and says, "shhhhhh" because Bosco might be sleeping somewhere in the house. Every single morning. So, I think it's safe to say she's adapted to life as an older and responsible sibling just fine. 

Simon made a (super funny) joke about Bosco only wearing one white onesie the first few weeks of his life. Funny because it was sort of true. But, my excuse was that the boys were both born during the colder months and I just think it's sort of cruel to pour him into a velour zip-up footie in July. Thankfully, my very favorite app came to the rescue and I found a grip of cute (but not too cutesie) newborn duds for Bosco which has been great because he requires multiple outfit changes a day (thanks to a whole host of bodily fluid situations). 

Kidizen is a genius app that lets you buy, list, and sell gently used kids' clothing. It's SUPER user-friendly, shipping is included in the list price, and you can find some seriously great pieces (shoes too!) that are in great shape for a fraction of the original retail price. I'd say I buy 90% of the kids' clothing there. Maybe more. 

For a long time, the app has only worked on iPhones but GOOD NEWS!!! They just released a beta version for Android users. Yep! They are working on getting it all set so that Android users can list and sell as well but for now .... get your shop on. 

Kidizen is generously giving away a $150 credit to one lucky Camp reader, right here, right now!

You know how the Rafflecopter works, by now, I hope. Best of luck!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

birth story epilogue

you thought it was over?


No, this will be the last installment. Probably.

I just had some super quality phone snaps that needed to live in blog post infamy from when the kids met Bosco.

I was a tiny TINY bit worried about Julia's reaction because she really, really wanted a girl and at the logical age of four ... I wasn't sure if her heartstrings would be pulled in the direction of even the cutest newborn baby boy. But! She was great. And so were the rest of the kids ... minus Phoebe who is still 50% air kiss/gentle hair stroke and 50% scratch his eyes out/hit his face when it comes to bebe B. She'll come around.


Here we go ...

Theo still asks to hold "Bowl!!" a lot. But only lasts about four seconds .. if we're lucky.

Please appreciate poor Cinderella's view.

Here we have Cinderella in a more comfy position ...

... sporting the headband (as a necklace ... or a noose?) Julia had brought for a potential lady baby.

Sebastian still occasionally calls Bosco, "her" ....

we're working on it.

This might be my favorite ...

... Theo engrossed in the fancy wall mounted screen.

And then we have Phoebe who had just hit her head on the hospital bed but looks to be muy devastated by Bosco's arrival ...


And again with the glow of the screen ...

... precious.

There was a little tiny miscommunication about getting a gyn (the service Simon was on the last month) surgery covered while I was still in the hospital so Simon had to leave all of our offspring in my hospital room for a few hours while he covered the case ...

... which was juuuuuust fine. Clearly.

Those poor postpartum nurses. Phoebe kept pulling a certain cord that meant EMERGENCY .... I don't think they were very amused. Ooooops again.

And 30 seconds of footage ...

... that's it. For Now.

#tbt complete

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

if only they came with free refills.

I'm blatantly copycatting Essie because I love when she does these empty bottles posts and am I not just as savvy of a beauty guru as she is? I am.


But, until I get my YouTube channel full of beauty tutorials galore ("how to look like hell all day long" or "how to not get your hair cut for 2+ years" or "how to botch your husbands hair every three weeks" you know -- funions) all set up ... humor me. Or click out. I'll never know.

But I hope you'll stay and let me pepper you with my Caboodle of knowledge.

1. Paula's Choice Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer - I'm a big Paula's Choice loyalist mostly because it's the only thing that's ever effectively treated my crazy first trimester breakout situations and I ordered this on a whim and love it. It goes on thick so I like to mix it with tinted moisturizer or #6 below but it isn't greasy and doesn't make my breakout like other face sunscreens do/have.

2. Amika Un.Done Texture Spray - When Kate sings the praise of any product ... I listen because she's never ever steered me wrong. I only got a travel size but wish I would've just gotten the full size to begin with. I use this instead of dry shampoo because I use a lot less of it and it's less intense, if that makes sense? And it smells so good. It's also great to use before braiding your hair to give it some texture.

3. Big Sexy Hair Powder - How many times do I have to blog about this before everyone tries it? One hundred? Fine. I'll do it. The key is to only use a LITTLE BIT ... after you're done blowdrying/curling/whatevering your hair to give it a little lift. It's a total game changer for limp haired gals of the world. We've got it rough.

4. Paula's Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster - Told you, loyalist. You can add this to your moisturizer or throw it on solo ... no rules. I've been on the lowest maintence of regimens the past several weeks but if I can at least get this on at night ... I feel good. It really makes a huge difference in the wrinkle department. Quickly! {$10 off your first Paula's Choice order using my link ... if you vant}

5. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat - I take the time to paint my nails because it's a fun thing for Julia and I do together and I don't know ... I just do. It really does keep the chips at bay even through bathing the kids and multiple daily hand washes and the OCCASIONAL dish wash ;). I use it over regular nail polish ... it doesn't seem to discriminate.

6. Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Translucent Illuminator - I bought this during the winter when someone mistook me for Mrs. Casper and even my tinted moisturizer was just sort of eh. It just gives a nice little glow (that might be too generous -- I don't think I ever really glow)

7. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant - Someone told me this helped with acne scarring and it does! It has smoothed my skin out a lot and it isn't drying at all - which is key. I use this religiously night and day because I love the way it makes my skin feel. Deep and profound review, I know.

And that's all! For today at least.

I always love hearing your favorites too if you're in a generous mood.