HE IS TEN!

 

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WILFRED EMMANUEL ORTIZ JR. 

Will turns the BIG TEN Today! What a cross-road we are at, he is officially in double digits. I just have to say it one – more – time, Today Our Boy turns 10! So it’s All About, Him! 

When I was 🤰🏻 pregnant with Will there was this peace that honestly surpassed my understanding. It was a new kind of peace and calm for me. There was such a solid confidence as well I could sense when I was carrying him and honestly he is every bit of that. I love him so much ya’ll! He is such a precious person truly, Golden. 

Will is a Smart, God-Fearing, Jesus Loving, Calm, Peaceable, Talented, a Humble Hustler, Kind, Shy, Loyal, Mellow, Tender Hearted, Eager, Athletic, Funny, Respectful, Deep Thinker, so well thought out about life, Super Sweet, an Amazing Big Brother, a Faithful Friend, Lover of Basketball, Player of Baseball, Peer Mediator, Artistic, Creative, Determined and just a Chill Will. I love him so much!  

Here are 10 Unique Facts about Will 

  1. He creates these amazing architectural designs. I can only imagine what his house is going to look like when He is older. I know it will be crazy amazing and totally genius! 
  2. His dad bought him a Sports Illustrated magazine subscription and He enjoys reading them. Recently he’s been on the hunt for A Basketball Player from the Gatorade ads they have been listing in there. They’ve had baseball and football, so he is eagerly waiting for a basketball one! haha, so funny. 
  3. He loves bike riding these days. Just yesterday he showed me how he can ride with no hands. I remember those days, to be young and free! Love it.
  4. He loves time with his sister, they truly are the best of friends. He told me the other day how he knows of a few friends that say they don’t like their brothers & sisters but he can’t imagine that because he just loves his sister so much. Such a sweetheart.
  5. In past he was extremely afraid of dogs. Last year in October 2017 we got Sofia Reign, a fun loving Australian Golden Labradoodle and he was in love from day one! So precious. Ever since – he has been ‘her’ person for sure!!! 
  6. Will loves to learn and is always up for adventure or a good challenge. This past year at the end of third grade, he was selected to be a Peer Mediator and was so excited to be apart of making peace and helping others!
  7. He has the funniest, heartiest laugh. There is a chuckle he has and it’s light. But his laugh is hilarious and you can not help but to smile ear to ear or join him laughing when you hear him heartily laughing! Love his joy, love his heart. 
  8. He is insanely good at the worm dance! I mean he does it really, really well! He loves to dance. He’s pretty shy in front of some people but dancing is something that is just in his soul. This past year, I spotted him in his room he didn’t know I was there watching and he was jamming out while dancing in front of the mirror! It was so funny when I said OK! Get it little man! 😉
  9. Will is naturally athletic, He has played Soccer, Football, Basketball, Baseball and was honestly great at them all. Soccer and Basketball is where he has most blown me away. I love watching this kid play! He loves Basketball the most and is very passion driven so if he isn’t that in to it, He would rather enjoy other things in life. Some kids love to play anything just to play. Well when it comes to friends, neighbors and, just playing at school, Will is all in for the fun. However when it comes to after-school activities and commitments he prefers only to commit to what he is passionate about. 
  10. He loves to cuddle still, He is 10 years old now and still loves to jump in bed with us and watch a movie. He gets a kick out of getting in between his dad and I and snuggling with the both of us, reminds us of when he was a baby! His heart for his family is genuine and pure gold. He loves us loving him and he loves loving us. 

He is an amazing person & I am privileged and honored to be his Momma! 

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Happy Golden Birthday Emmanuel!

 

 

 

xoxosteph

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2018

Hello Friends!

Today was our first day of 3rd & 4th Grade! I am so blessed to be surrounded with two of the world’s most amazing people and I am honored to be there Momma! They truly are remarkable little people.

They both had the best first day. Will Jr. says his first day they got right to work. It was fun and he loved seeing all of his friends, he’s sitting right next to one of the best. Mackenzie says her first day was the best as well! She mentioned how it’s important to always be nice to friends you may not have always been so close to because she really loved spending time with a friend from K5 and they were buddies for everything today. They both are excited for all the goodness that awaits them this year and the energy they brought home was amazing! Here are a few snaps of their first day back as well as a capture of the sit-down interviews I held with each of them this past weekend. Hope you all enjoy 😉

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SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW WITH WILL

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SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW WITH MACKENZIE

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Will & I got the kids off to school and then enjoyed our annual 1st day of school breakfast together. I love our breakfast on this day especially as we just re-cap all of the goodness of God’s provision on our lives. And it’s always a great time to talk about what some of our laser focuses are going to be for the kids year academically. This year we enjoyed breakfast at The Blue Bear (love that place). I then headed to work for the remainder of the day and this guy hit the golf course.

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After work, I had a dental appointment. Then we enjoyed dinner & the kids helped me make Peanut Butter Rice-Krispies, a First Day of School Tradition here in Casa de Ortiz. All and all, it was a beautiful day! I hope you all enjoyed your day as well!

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BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON KICK-OFF

Hey Babes!

Tis’ the Season My Friends for Everything Back To School.

For some school has already started. We have been soaking up every single moment of summer and although we will be sad to see the freedom of our summer schedule go, we welcome the 2018-2019 school year with open arms and lots of anticipation of awesomeness! It’s been such a beautiful summer. All of the family time we have enjoyed together has really filled our hearts with such joy and is truly cherished! This summer seemed to have such a closeness of heart and for that I’m forever grateful.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

So in today’s post I’m sharing how we are kicking of back to school season. First up is my personal checklist that I created to keep me on task between the school years that have passed. I am kind of a lover of all things organization and this list I drafted a couple of years ago fosters organization during the Back to School season and helps keep me sane!

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KID STYLE INSIGHT 2018

This year is the first year that the kids had more of a firm say in their Back To School Clothing Hauls. I purchased a lot of their quality basics but we ventured into some new stores this year to explore more of their personal senses of fashion and it was fun! We all know Mackenzie loves to shop but it was nice to see Will express his vision for his own fashion sense.

Stores Shopped This Year: Gymboree, Gap, Nordstrom, J. Crew, Justice, Crazy 8, Abercrombie, H&M, Target, TJMaxx, & The North Face.

I am all about looking for ways to improve my strategies and I already found that packing both of them into one day will more than likely not happen next year. I think it will be best to focus on one of them at a time. We tagged teamed this year and knocked out the majority of it within one day. It took the entire day! Never thought I could really shop ’til I dropped but I totally did the day we were out and about shopping with the babes.

I have not found ‘short sleeve hoodies’ for my son yet, so if any of you have tips on how you shop for back to school clothes, I’m all ears!

 

LITTLE LUXURIES FOR MOM & DAD

After a full day of school & work we owe it to ourselves to have our Home Sweet Home full of life’s little luxuries. Here are a few of our favorite things. 

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Motivation in a MugHello Gorgeous Mug | Daniel Green Rave Ii Slipper in Leopard | Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Socks |Jack Black All-Over Wash | Voluspa Mandarino Cannela Candle |Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash | Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset Black Tea | Men’s Ugg Scuff Slipper

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES SHOPPING

This year I actually did 100% of our school supply shopping at Target.com with such a busy summer I planned to just sit one night and knock it all out. The cost was actually less than in years passed with the Back To School ‘Sale’ Prices and my additional 5% off with my Red Card and the Tax Free day here in Wisconsin, I scored quite a deal!

Some of my favorite Brands are Mead, FiveStar, PaperMate, Elmer’s, Expo, Sharpie, Post-It and, Yoobi. Anything vibrant and of good quality will totally get my investment. My kids have been so into pushing their water. This year we went with the SIP by Swell for Kids. They are the perfect size for my babes.

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Shop It: Unicorn Swell for Her  | True Blue Swell for Him | Ticonderoga Erasers | Yoobi Mini Highlighters | #2 Mechanical Pencil Set for Kids | Monogram Decal Stickers

 

This year Mackenzie was due for a new backpack as she has had the same one since K5. We picked this one out from Pottery Barn Teen. I love the Pottery Barn Backpacks as they are personalized and not everyone will have the same one as the babes not to mention how well made they are and how well they wash! We’ve only ever had backpacks from Pottery Barn as they really are so worth every penny.

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I’m logging off now to get ready to enjoy a special breakfast date with my little handsome. Promised him a breakfast date if he woke up early with his momma! Wishing you all a Wonderful Wednesday!

I hope you all enjoyed this little Back to School Season Post, seen first here at http://www.stephanieraeortiz.com. Want to share any of your Back To School finds this year? I’d love to hear what you all found so comment down below!

XOXO,

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE & MACKENZIE

Hey Mama’s!

Today I’m sharing a few of our favorite picks for Mackenzie from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018. Mackenzie had so much fun in the fitting room and picking out all her own clothes to try on and put together! I have to say this little girl has quite a unique sense of fashion.

I have purchased quite a few items for back to school already, yes can you believe it – back to school talk already! 😉

First up, I would have never-ever picked this for Mackenzie. But she wanted this outfit so bad to lounge around home and for dance so since she thought it thru, I don’t know how I could say no. This was our first purchase of the STEM brand and it’s really an ‘artistic’ brand in my perspective so it’s really no wonder my little dancer was drawn to the brand! She loved this brand due to the comfort of the items. I will say they ran big on sizing so you could definitely size down.

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Stem Print Parachute Pant | Stem Crop Top

This dress, looked way better ‘on’ than it did on the hanger or even how it looks on-line. It’s a drop-waist dress with beautiful floral pops of color! A great transitional fall item.

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Tucker & Tate Drop Waist Floral Dress | Sunglasses

This dress is adorable and perfect. The Tu-Tu Dress and Sweatshirt are two different pieces and Mackenzie loved this one! It was a perfect mix of her, Girly Casual.

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Truly Me Sweatshirt & Tutu Dress Set

Mackenzie actually noticed this dress on-line and when she seen it in store she just had to try it on. I think she may be a sucker for stripes like me. 😉  She paired it with those adorable sunglasses & that cute unicorn purse.

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Dress | Unicorn Cross-body Purse | Sunglasses

Mackenzie is a lover of all things comfortable and this was every bit of that. She was feelin’ all the good vibes in this little number!

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Tucker & Tate Knit Jumper | Sunglasses

Zella kids, had quite a few great items in this sale and this little dancer loved this tank and the Zella live in leggings!

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Zella Tank | Zella Pants

She only chose this top as it somehow reminder her of her brother’s vibe, a hoodie! Haha, The thumbholes were a nice touch. Also paired with the Zella live in leggings.

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Zella Live In Leggings | Zella Hooded Longsleeve Tee

This outfit was my personal second favorite and I personally would rock this outfit because well it’s just totally adorbs! She didn’t love it, but she liked it. 😉 The pink crushed velvet tee was just darling and trendy. Paired with this lightweight bomber jacket and these trendy jeans wore so well together.

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Crushed Velvet Tee | Walking On Sunshine Floral Bomber Jacket | Jeans | Sunglasses

This top, it a white marbled top with the faintest of details. Very adorable. Doesn’t do justice in this picture or on-line but very cute. Paired again with the Hudson Jeans.

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Love On Tap Speckled Ruffle Hem Girls Blouse | Jeans

Okay so there was a navy tiger top that was styled much like this merlot floral top and I pointed it out to Mackenzie. (Tiger Top, here) and she said it was boyish for some reason. Haha! She is really developing quite her own sense of style and it’s so fun navigating through it with my sweet little girl.

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Floral Button Up Top | Unicorn Cross-Body Purse | Sunglasses | Jeans

This Tucker & Tate Top was so comfortable that I wanted it in my size. So perfect for a casual day.

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Tucker & Tate Baseball Top | Sunglasses | Jeans

This was the top that Mackenzie just had to walk away with if she didn’t walk away with anything else. She is a lover of sequin flip fun! A short-sleeve hooded sweatshirt, how could a girl go wrong.

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Short-Sleeve Sequin Flip Hoodie | Jeans

This Tucker & Tate ensemble was every bit of comfy-cute. This top is again so amazingly comfortable as are the moto leggings and the back of this top has a cute litt

le detail also.

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Tucker & Tate LOVE Tee | Tucker & Tate Moto Leggings (run true to size) | Sunglasses

This Tee is a mix of vintage and trendy and reminded me of the Jetson’s for some reason! 🙂 She paired them with these grey jeans from Hudson and she didn’t want to take these jeans off after she tried them on!

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Far Out T-Shirt | Hudson Jeans | Sunglasses

Now this outfit was my absolute favorite and it does totally look like me on a Saturday but Mackenzie was not having it. She liked it but didn’t love it and told me she wouldn’t really wear this jacket so it would be a waste of money! How about that! The Treasure & Bond V-Neck Pocket T-Shirt was a basic staple. I just love everything about this entire outfit.

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Camo Jacket | Jeans | Sunglasses| Treasure & Bond V-Neck Pocket Tee

 

The sale ends August 5th, so hurry over to www.nordstrom.com to shop the sale as it is now open to the public.

xoxosteph

 

ANNIVERSARY #NSALE | FITTING ROOM EDIT

Hello My Beautiful Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂 This Saturday eve, I had some time so I ran to our nearest Nordstrom for a little shopping! Some of the items I wanted were already sold out on-line but they happened to have them still available in store so it worked out perfectly!  

I have to admit I am kind of a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Crazy and it truly is my favorite Sale of the year! My husband said how can you even think about Fall & Winter when summer is still here & I said ‘only for the Nordstrom Sale Babe!’ While I was there I took a few pictures of some of the items I took with me into the fitting room. I hope my fitting room diaries, help you find a few faves for the up-coming seasons!

Halogen Removable Bow Dress | Sale: $72.90

Perfect for the office and for church! Can see this worn with peep-toe booties as we transition into fall or over the knee-boots!

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Topshop Boxy Oversize Corduroy Jacket | Sale: $55.90

I’d say it’s a bit oversized, but very trendy and could be worn in so many ways! I honestly thinks this is so versatile and the boxy fit would allow it to wear perfectly over transitional sweaters. This just screamed fall as it’s one of my favorite colors!

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Patchwork Faux Fur Jacket | Sale: $129.90

Cozy luxury in patches, just so warm and cozy!

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BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover | Sale: $25.90

I could probably purchase this in every single color! I purchased a rust orange version of this sweater last year, and I kid you not it’s what I got the most compliments on. I just had to have the royal blue when I tried it on. The feel is so amazing and just so easy to wear.

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Socialite Thermal Henley Top | Sale: $24.90

This top legit felt as though I had a silk-fleece-blanket in shirt form on! Love it & the price point is perfect, well worth the quality of this item. IMG_5070

Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt | Sale:$104.90

Has the most buttery-soft fabric, You may just decide to wear this like every single day! 😉IMG_5072

BlankNYC No Limit Suede Moto Jacket| Sale: $125.90

This moto jacket is insanely comfortable and trendy! It’s honestly a timeless piece, always in style, this luscious suede jacket is a wardrobe must-have the perfect amount of hardware. My husband insisted on this one! I like how it sits at my hips also.

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(This Purple Moss Wayf Lace-Up Ruffle Cami | Sale: $38.90 has a very dramatic V-neck dressed with lace and ruffles. Would be the perfect ‘date night’ top!) IMG_5090IMG_5092

Halogen Open Front Pocket Cardigan | Sale: $42.90

This color is so lush! They had a beautiful violet also but this color just called my name. The fit is also flattering and not too much. The feel was soft as well. Wearing a Medium.

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Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater | Sale: $45.90

This has the same feel and lux of the BP V-Neck sweaters, I really like it as an easy go to layering piece and of course the color is a fave for sure!

American Good Legs Ripped Crop Skinny Jeans | Regular Price: $159.00

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Halogen Skinny Ribbed Sweater Midi Skirt | Sale: $45.90

I don’t know what it was but when I seen this skirt, I just had to have it. The length is perfection, the fit is flattering and I paired it with an oversized BP V-Neck Sweater which is yet another jewel tone! I just love this outfit! Can see this paired with a black or nude sock bootie!

Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover in Pink | Sale: $25.90

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Topshop Ribbed Body-Con Midi Dress | Sale: $25.90

The perfect long-sleeve, light-weight knit ribbed dress is very versatile and priced perfect for the anniversary sale. I love a good black dress.

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Topshop Stripe Duster Jacket| Sale: $69.90

I noticed these silky stripes next to this black dress and thought it may be paired well together. Would also be paired well with a black sock bootie!

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Make + Model Sleepy High Rise Lounge Jogger Pants | Sale: $25.90

All I can say is amazing, I will be wearing these as much as possible because well they are comfortable. I can see these worn with Running Shoes or with your fave UGG boot!

Caslon Rounded V-Neck Tee | Sale: $17.90

This top is affordably priced for a quality tee. Quality basics are totally one of my things!

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Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Circle Cardigan | Sale: $76.90

This makes great gifts, this is like a blanket and cardigan all in one. I will say here in Wisconsin I live for days in the winter, to lounge all day in outfits like these indoors and running some errands from time to time in all this comfiness! Pair with your favorite UGG‘s .

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xoxosteph

#NSALE EARLY ACCESS 2018

Hello Gorgeous!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year, The First day of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you are a Nordstrom Card Holder you are able to shop the sale with me today! If you are not a card holder, don’t fret, you can shop the sale on July 20th. Being a card holder is such an advantage because some of the great items sell out quickly and may or may not re-stock (If you want to know more about becoming a card holder see this post from last year). My moto for this sale is purchase it and if you don’t love it they have free returns so it’s really a win-win!

This sale is my favorite hands down as it’s when you can shop all of the brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices! The Sale then carries on through August 5th which is fantastic as it will give you a chance to find new items as they add them daily and maybe the opportunity for items you are eyeing to come back in stock. Prices go up August 6th so cheers to the… #NSALE2018

 

Today I’m sharing my first picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Things that I already purchased and some that are in my cart! I may do a try on haul on my Instagram once they arrive but today I wanted to share my favorite finds so far so cheers to round one!!!

 

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  1. UGG Daelynn Boot $124.90
  2. Steve Madden Trace Studded Mule $49.90
  3. Topshop Popper Crew Sweater $25.90
  4. Vince Camuto Movinta Bootie $99.90
  5. Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot  $149.90
  6. Topshop Elbow Sleeve Turtleneck Top $15.90
  7. Halogen Removable Bow Dress $72.90
  8. Bp. Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee $18.90
  9. Bp. Plaid Shirt $31.90
  10. Zella Street Style High Waist Leggings $49.90
  11. Sarto By Franco Sarto Lowe Genuine Calf Hair Leopard Bootie 1$14.90
  12. Kensie Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat $149.90
  13. BP Balloon Sleeve Sweater $31.90
  14. BCBGENERATION Mixed Faux Fur Jacket $106.90
  15. BP Lace Trim Satin Camisole $22.90 
  16. BP Raw Edge V-Neck Tee $11.90 
  17. LeSpecs Air Heart 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses $58.90
  18. BP Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover $25.90
  19. Socialite Thermal Henley Top  $24.90
  20. Vigoss Marley Tulip Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans $44.90
  21. Louise Et Cie Cela Bow Slide $84.90
  22. BP. Twist Front Sweater $31.90
  23. Make + Model Sleepy High Rise Lounge Jogger Pants $25.90
  24. Jeffrey Campbell Coma Stretch Bootie $82.90
  25. BP Tonya Open Toe Mule $49.90
  26. Sam Edelman Faux Shearling Zip Front Jacket $145.90
  27. Sam Edelman Faux Shearling Moto Jacket $109.90

I’m really looking forward to all the items I purchased. I will be covering the #NSALE a lot these next few weeks, so stay in touch!!!

 

xoxosteph

 

NORDSTROM BRONZERS