Turning homeownership from a dream to reality

There’s an unexplainable thing about homeownership you don’t realize until you look back years after walking through the door for the first time. When I think about our first house, I think about all of the wonderful memories it was the backdrop for. It was the place a couple of newlyweds first called home. It’s where we trained Watson to sit and give high-fives – and then shortly after that, Lulu. The house we turned our guest room into a nursery, painted by my mom as I sat near the door rubbing my stomach as we chatted about how excited we were to meet our sweet baby boy, Jude. From home renovations to long family walks in the neighborhood – Blake being pulled by two hyper dogs and me trying to keep up while pushing Jude in the stroller with another baby growing in my belly – to all of the lazy spaghetti nights. Our first home gave us the space to grow from a young couple into a family with two adorable little boys and a pair of crazy dogs. That home is so incredibly special to us, simply looking at photos of the life we built in our first house brings tears to my eyes. Tears of happiness and gratitude for the beautiful life this house provided.

We’re very fortunate to be able to experience the joys of homeownership, and we know the process of saving and planning financially for a home can be incredibly intimidating. However, with Bank of America’s Community Homeownership Commitment®, owning a home may become more attainable than you might think. Bank of America is committed to helping prospective homebuyers on their journey to homeownership. Owning a home means creating a legacy and building lifelong wealth for your family. I’m thrilled to partner with Bank of America and share how this program can work for you.

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Biker Shorts Forever

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-fashion-blogger-greenbelt-hike-free-people-fp-movement-hot-shot-bike-shorts-outfit-2livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-fashion-blogger-greenbelt-hike-on-cloud-running-shoes-1Last week was below freezing temperatures, this week is 70s and sunny. Austin, you always keep us guessing! I’ll admit, hiding inside for a week straight was definitely not good for my brain…I felt so yucky mentally and physically. When we finally got a day of sunshine, I knew I needed to take full advantage…and it felt SO good.

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A big thank you to Backcountry for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Four Months In: Life With Two Under Two

livvyland-life-two-under-two-austin-texas-motherhood-lifestyle-fashion-bloggerIMG_4819Four months ago we welcomed our second baby boy! Mid-pandemic, mid-lockdown, mid-two parents trying to work from home and take care of kiddos – we dove right into life with two under two. Ezra joined the fam and Jude became a big brother at 18 months old. I’ll be the first to admit that life with two babies (because an 18 month old really is still a baby!) under two years old is not for the faint at heart. But it is filled with heart exploding love and worth every second. Even the seconds crying in the car from overwhelm and exhaustion (they happened a lot with one, they’re absolutely still happening with two). Even the seconds peeing with the door open as your toddler vroom-vrooms his toy cars under your legs and your newborn rests in the lounger two feet away. The reality of taking care of two babies is not a Doen ad where you’re effortlessly put together in a beautiful billowy dress smiling in a field while your children dressed in head to toe linen jumpsuits frolic in the sunset. The reality of two under two is a combination of exhaustion and joy in the same pair of leggings you’ve worn for days and an oversized sweatshirt with a fresh sprtiz of dry shampoo in your hair. All jokes (er, that is the reality…!) aside, it’s also completely wonderful, fulfilling and an abundance of love that brings tears streaming down your face (like, I full on ugly cry often because I have never felt such a precious, pure love like this) and a chapter in life we will look back on and cherish.

Through the sleepless nights and early mornings, we snuggle our babies tight, laugh as Jude does the cutest dance moves to BTS “Dynamite” for the 1000th time, squeeze Ezra’s mushy thighs, inhale both of their absolutely delicious scents and smile so big with pride that these two miracles are ours and we get to enjoy them every single day. There is nothing like the happiness children bring into your life and we do not take a moment for granted.

I asked my Instagram followers to submit questions they have for me regarding life with two under and two and below you’ll find my answers. If you have a question I didn’t get to, please feel free to leave a comment. 🙂 Thanks so much for watching the madness that is our life unfold…! Sending big hugs to all the parents out there doing their best. Also – keep in mind that every family unit operates differently, what works for us may not work for others and that’s the beauty of parenting…it’s personal!

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Walmart+ For All Your Holiday Needs

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-walmart-plus-delivery-review-8 livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-walmart-plus-delivery-review-3Holiday shopping is in FULL swing and if you’re like me and have a to-do list a mile long on top of crossing everyone off your list…well then, I have some very exciting news for you! With a Walmart+ membership, you can receive free delivery from your local store on orders $35+ (restrictions apply) AND Walmart+ free shipping, no order minimum (excludes oversized/freight & Marketplace items) with free next-day and two-day shipping (and more, but I’ll get to that shortly!). With an infant and a toddler, this is MAJOR given that my free time is nonexistent and attempting a store run with both in tow is asking for a meltdown in the car (me, not them, ha!). Here’s how Walmart+ is making my life (and yours!) so much easier…


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15 Winter Favorites I Own & Love

Need a last minute gift idea for yourself or a loved one? Sharing 15 of my most beloved winter favorites! Casual, everyday and best of all, warm and cozy! From insulated jackets, to all weather boots and easy throw-on-and-go sweatshirts, these are all on heavy rotation this season. Click the links images to shop!

Winter Hike

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-hike-patagonia-nano-puff-hooded-insulated-jacket-9livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-hike-patagonia-nano-puff-hooded-insulated-jacket-1With the holidays in full swing, making time for myself has been very…tricky…to say the least! Blake and I juggle kiddos and work and house projects…the list goes on and on. When I’m feeling the weight of my responsibilities and the overwhelm of life starts hitting too hard, that’s when I know I need to get outside and hit the reset button. Just a simple walk around the block can work wonders, but this week I had Blake watch the boys so I could get a couple hours to myself and go hike around the Austin greenbelt with my sister. It was so beautiful out and I came back home feeling energized, happy and ready to tackle my day ahead (…the coffee run on our way home helped, too, ha!). I know firsthand it can feel intimidating when winter weather is right outside your door – but with the proper gear to keep you warm and comfortable, that mid-week hike may just become routine. 😉

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The Best Black Friday Sales

‘Tis the weekend for shopping and saving! This year the sales are amazing! …Hey, that’s one good thing to come from 2020, ha. 😉 Grab your second helping of turkey dinner, throw on your elastic waistband sweatpants (umm, yes!) and have fun shopping the best of the best sales! My favorite of the weekend is Madewell with up to 50% off best sellers – it is truly SO. GOOD. Sharing my top picks below and a list of other retailers with killer deals below! XO

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URBAN OUTFITTERS – Buy One Get One 50% Off Site-Wide

NORDSTROM – Up to 60% Off (Ray-Ban, UGG, Zella, Nike and more!)

BACKCOUNTRY – Up to 50% Cyber Sale (Patagonia, North Face, Sorel and more!)

LULU & GEORGIA – 25% off with code THANKFUL

ANTHROPOLOGIE – 30% off site-wide!


How I’m Taking Better Care of Myself

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-mom-lifestyle-fashion-blogger-meology-shaklee-personalized-wellness-postpartum-vitamins-3livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-mom-lifestyle-fashion-blogger-meology-shaklee-personalized-wellness-postpartum-vitamins-7If you follow me on Instagram and watch my IG Stories, you likely know that my nursing journey with Ezra came to an end just eight weeks in. Behind the screen, it’s been an emotional and challenging time (throw in those postpartum hormones, too, ha)…as my expectation and dream to nurse for a year was very quickly cut short when I realized I wasn’t producing enough milk. While I’ll admit I was pretty devastated, it has honestly been so nice to finally have my body to myself after three years of being either pregnant or breastfeeding. I can finally drink an abundance of coffee, order a margarita when we grab dinner and only consider myself now when choosing what to eat – which has honestly been the biggest adjustment! I’ve been eating with a baby in mind (pregnancy and nursing) for SO long that it was a strange first week to eat without considering every bit of nutrition intake in order to keep a baby growing and thriving. As my fellow moms know, we tend to let our needs fall to the wayside given keeping tiny humans alive! So this whole “thinking of myself” mentality had to be relearned a bit, which also meant it was time to start taking good care of myself again – just for me.

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Staying Warm At Home (Plus, Sale News!)

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-fashion-mom-blog-north-face-heritage-crew-sweatshirtLife with an infant and toddler means staying home a LOT. Like, pretty much 24/7. Jude is active from six in the morning until 8pm (not even joking, he is a wild man, ha!), so we spend loads of time in our backyard! Honestly, what sold us on our new house was the backyard…we knew we’d want to have space for the boys to run around, play and get all their energy out. It was the best decision we’ve ever made…we basically live back here from sunrise to sunset! And like most folks in the time of Covid, spending more time at home has simply been a must. As the weather changes and temperatures drop, I’m reaching for cozy layers and weather-proof shoes to keep me warm – and to keep up with my lil man as I chase him all over the yard!

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Happy Mama Lactation Cookies

A big thank you to Happy Family Organics for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

I think every nursing journey has its ups and downs. I am thankful to be able to breastfeed, but it comes with its own set of challenges, both mental and physical. With Jude, I ended up getting Thrush nine months in and had to stop nursing cold turkey. With Ezra, we’re six weeks in and already down to one boob (he’s like Jude, he prefers a side and sticks to it, ha). With a toddler to care for and a newborn, I am trying my absolute best to make sure I eat three healthy meals a day that provide quality nutrition to me and Ezra – but it’s definitely hard to keep up being this busy! Since I’m on the move 90% of my day (did I mention we have a toddler?), reaching for quick snacks like the Happy Organics Happy Mama Lactation Cookies between meals is a nice way to add an extra nutrient boost to help support breastfeeding throughout the day!

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