christmas / holiday pajamas for the whole family

One of the traditions we have started with my family (my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew) is matching Christmas pajamas on Christmas morning!!! My mom, sister, and I have matching jammies; my dad, John, and brother-in-law have matching jammies; and Raffa and Asher have matching jammies.

for the ladies
Maison du Soir Greta Top in Red/Black Stripe
Masin du Soir Madrid Leggings in Red/Black Stripe
(it is worth noting, these skiing squirrel pajamas were a close second...)

for the men
JCrew Flagstone Marled Henley in Black
JCrew Flannel Pajama Pant in Buffalo Check

for the little ones
Land of Nod Superstar Pajamas

Does your family have a Christmas/holiday pajama tradition?


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken november, 22 2014 // Denver, Colorado

I am so excited that we are entering the holiday season! It was so fun last year and this year is gearing up to be even more fun, if that is possible. We've got lots of plans for playdates and excursions to take full advantage of this cheerful time of year, starting with Thanksgiving this week.

Periods of more accelerated development and growth are certainly felt by our little ones, and can leave them feeling a little "off" as they don't totally understand these major changes that they are experiencing. I could tell that has been the case with Raffa over the past two months. He has been going through lots of changes, developmentally (constantly learning/saying new words, for example) and physically (his feet grew almost a whole size over the course of last month). I see him hitting a period of contentment for now, though, as perhaps the changes and growth have slowed for a short time.

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Just a few photos from our second breakfast at Devil's Food - we took some friends and family there this past Saturday. Raffa and Asher kept busy on the sidewalk out front while we waited for our table. That bag of toys that someone randomly left on the sidewalk didn't hurt for passing the time.

trying devil's food

Raffa and I go to a parent/toddler program one day a week at The Denver Waldorf School. We are three weeks in and we are really enjoying it. It is a great change to our routine and offers some great time with many other little ones. I get a chance to chat with the mamas there, which is nice for me too. Last week, several moms were discussing Devil's Food and how amazing it is. My ears perked up big time once I heart breakfast, brunch, organic, local, and coffee all in regards to this place. John, Raffa, and I got a chance to go on Monday morning.

Devil's Food is a cafe that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It is also a coffee and pastry shop. We sat down and enjoyed a lovely breakfast - I had a classic breakfast, which came with an amazing slice of "bread of the day" and I would say that slice of bread was the highlight of my plate. John had eggs benedict; it was amazing and, according to our waiter told us, it is what they are known for. Raffa had a pumpkin pancake; it was one of the best pancakes I have tasted in a while (what? I taste test Raffa's pancakes, okay!).

Maybe most importantly, the coffee was really, really good and that perked me up enough to jump through the hoops one must jump through to keep a toddler happy at a breakfast out.

On our way out, we picked up a few pastries to go ... a plum danish for later, a piece of banana bread for Raffa, and a pecan scone for my mom and dad. All were delicious.

With all the snow and cold here the past week, we have been getting a little cabin fever. Going out to breakfast was a good start to relieve that, but afterwards we walked up and down the block to check out the area (a little "Main Street" style restaurant and shopping street). It was pretty cold, but Raffa loved walking around (no surprise there) and burned off some energy.

We are excited to take my sister and some friends back to Devil's Food soon!

keep warm in madewell plaid flannel

I didn't put any posts up here on andchloe last week as I got caught up from getting back to Durango> Catch up after getting home from a trip is the worst. Compounding the catch up was some extremely cold weather - our highs were single digit! It was literally freezing. It also brought the first snow of the season. Luckily I had just ordered some Sorel boots (the Sorel Women's 1964 Premium Leather Boot) which made their appearance just in time for my first snow shoveling of the season.

Our weather was a wake up call that winter is here. And on those really cold and snowy days, I typically go for warmth and comfort, starting with leggings! And the Zella 'Live In' Reversible Leggings are the best. Forget Lululemon Wunder Unders, I like the Zella fabric and fit better and the price point is practically half that of Lululemon!

Consider an oversized tee my baselayer, and gray tends to be my favorite tee color. I like the simplicity of this Lightening Bolt OG Bolt Pocket tee. It's a men's tee and I recommend a size small.

Nothing beats the cold like flannel and Madewell is my go-to for cute flannel. I love the Madewell flannel cargo workshirt in buffalo check (also like this one, this one, and this one).

I have an awesome down Rab jacket that I got about six years ago. I can't find one I like as much, although I do really like the Patagonia Women's Fitz Roy Down Parka in Dark Currant (not pictured).

Also pictured above are some of my favorite socks by Balega.

Get a matching buffalo plaid shirt for your little at the GAP - I have this one for Raffa and it is so cute (and soft!). We twinned for the first time today in our plaid.

All this amounts to a great snowy, wintery outfit. Just enough style and a lot of warmth.


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken november, 15 2014 // Denver, Colorado

Every week (sometimes every day, even) brings a new milestone, accomplishment, or skill for Raffa. Last night it was eating with a fork - stabbing the food with the fork and then eating it. Prior to last night, I would stab it for him or he would place it on the fork with his other hand and guide it to his mouth. It's one of those accomplishments perhaps only a mama celebrates and appreciates. One of those simple, every day moments that makes being a mama so rewarding.

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken november, 7 2014 // Pagosa Springs, Colorado

We took a trip to Durango this past weekend. It was a pretty low key visit with lots of park time, hanging out, seeing friends, and visiting a few favorite restaurants. It was also a quicker trip. 

On the drive to Durango, Raffa was amazing. He did not make one peep of complaint, whine, or cry. He typically does well on the drive, but this was absolutely phenomenal. Granted, he was in a bit of a mood the rest of our trip; he seems to be going through something developmental as the amount of new words he has been throwing out has increased tenfold!

Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Anine Bing Winter Wish List

If some one would like to generously give me a $1,000 gift card to Anine Bing for my birthday, I would love you forever. And, I would proceed to purchase the five pieces on my Anine Bing wish list:

ANINE BING Parka with Sherling

ANINE BING Knitted Sweater in Sand // see the sweater on Anine

ANINE BING V-neck Linen Shirt // see the tee on Anine

ANINE BING Lace Bra in Black // see the bra peeking out

ANINE BING Ripped Jeans in Washed Blue // see the jeans on Anine

Oh the possibilities of these pieces together or separately... And check out Anine's instagram if you want to fall in love with her line.


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