Zoo you were saying?

April 25, 2016

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It has been years since we took a trip to the zoo. Not just our little “mini”ย local zoo but one about an hour from our house (with giraffes, elephants, exotic birds, flamingos and all kinds of CUTE MONKEY’s-monkey lover here) and boy was it needed.
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I was so excited I had to wear my new-to-me leopard print heart shaped shorts along with leopard print cross body bag for some zoo spirit (thank God there were no leopards around at the zoo).

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Now for the CUTE animals we saw and wish I could have taken home:

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Our little trip was a blast. It wore the kids out with all the walking, but it was worth it and we proceeded to the college town nearby and got some local ice cream, coffee and enjoyed our time together.

If there is one thing I have been learning lately it is that time and life is short and I need to enjoy it as much as I can.

My kids will not always be this young, will not always see and enjoy the same things now as they will later. This past week was about trying my best to be present with them. I had my failing and victory moments, but it has been about choice. This meant choosing to leave my smart phone in the other room, less cleaning and less “blog” or social media work; But to be present.

I even made a choice to spend nap time away from social media and blogging and instead with God. I can’t tell you how rejuvenating it has been to sit outside after a hot shower, sipping lemon water and reading God’s word. WOW! I don’t want to miss these moments either, but to be present in His presence.

So tell me what are you needing to be present for more often?ย 

What is your favorite animal at your zoo?

Outfit details: Shorts: c/o Forever 21 via thredUp (get 21% off your first order with the code BHX21), similar, similar//Coral top: JC Penny, similar for $15//Chambray shirt dress: c/o New Chic, similar//Crossbody purse: ifchic, similar, $95 Michael Kors version// Hat: similar under $12//Sandals: Target//Necklace: similar Diane Von Furstenburg for under $100

  • jess April 25, 2016 at 4:52 am

    love how the kids clearly had a blast with this! nice outfit, very safari ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Abby April 25, 2016 at 8:25 am

    How fun are these photos! I haven’t been to a zoo in a while!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Laura April 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Love this post and so glad you’re finding time for what’s most important! I haven’t been to the zoo in years sadly because I love it! Every single thing about it!!! Happy you had fun and that’s such a cute outfit – you look great in a hat!!

    Laura
    http://www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

  • Amy Arnold April 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I loved going to the zoo as a kid! So fun.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Rachel Trampel April 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Cute outfit! AND OMG the alligator looks so real it scared me at first lol! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great week!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom April 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I try hard to be present in my kids life, but sometimes I have so many other demands that it is hard and I get really stressed out about it. I am hoping to have some great time with this summer when they are home form school, they only have a few more weeks of school left. I got us a zoo membership at the St. Louis zoo and I plan to take them every week and we will explore a different area of the zoo. You outfit is SO perfect for the zoo, I love those shorts and that hat is super cute on you!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Shauna April 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I love going to the zoo, it’s the most fun day. Looks like a great time, and that giraffe is so cute! I wish I could have him as a pet ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Becky @ bybmg April 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Giraffes are my favorite at the zoo for sure! I can’t wait to hit up our local zoo soon!

  • Shannon April 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Aw what a fun day at the zoo! It looks like the kiddos had a blast!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Shea April 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    This is such a great reminder that I need to take Jona to our zoo–he’s never been!! (He’s been to other zoos, just not ours.) I love the big cats the most. It looks like you all had such a fun time!

  • Della Preston April 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I love the zoo and I can’t wait to take Raylan! I loved your outfit too. It looks like the kids had a wonderful time.

    Della
    http://www.delladevoted.com

  • Brooke of Passport Couture April 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Love the animal print shorts! ๐Ÿ™‚ And, I also think it’s great you remind people to take a break from blogging, being online, working, etc. to get out and enjoy the day and relax.

  • Kathleen April 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Such a fun, weekend look – loving your chic chambray. You’ve styled it beautifully!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  • Darcy April 25, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    What fun pictures! I haven’t been to the zoo in forever, I really need to get back!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Tif @ Bright on a Budget April 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Perfect outfit for the zoo! It looks like you all had a great time. I really want to take Kane in the next couple of weeks.

    Tif
    http://www.brightonabudget.com

  • Michelle April 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    COOL! What an awesome day! To this day, I still love visiting the zoo & checking out all the different animals ๐Ÿ˜‰

    http://michellespaige.com

  • Luci April 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    These are all such beautiful photos. What a fun find!

    Luciโ€™s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Ana Luiza May 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Love the zoo! It’s always a great day trip!
    – Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde