Rethink, Restock

We’re back with our second assignment for the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target six week challenge! For this week, Target sent us into their store to stock on options that are a little better for us. We all made picks based on our goals we made last week (see the post here!) and using the Made to Matter section made it all such a breeze.

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Jenna who is our resident label translator found so many awesome options to incorporate to help us reach our goals all day long! We snagged something for every meal and in between. Here are some of our favorites for breakfast: Simply Balanced cage free organic eggs, topped with Horizon shredded cheese and Simply Balanced’s flavorful chicken sausage. For lunch: Evol quesadillas and a Plum Super Smoothie.

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For a quick dinner: Whole wheat pasta and organic pasta sauce. And for snacks we can stash in the car for on the go we found freeze-dried peaches, Blue corn chips, our boys’ favorite, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bars and Vita Coco Very Cherry Berry Coconut water.

Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter ChallengeWe found so many wonderful boxed and prepackaged options to go along with our regular fresh favorites. With items that are free of dyes, artificial flavoring, made with whole grain, Non GMO and so many things that we have come to look for as parents, really just check out this haul!

The next part of the challenge was a bigger job for some of us (cough Emily and Nicole) as we exchanged our favorite guilty snacks for these wonderful new options!

Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter ChallengeLoading up our pantries felt like a fresh new start full of possibilities!Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter Challenge

Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter ChallengeThe next few weeks we’ll be continuing this challenge with our friends at Target and individually taking on our personal goals! Check back each Monday to see how we are coming along! So far everything is going deliciously.

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Also, Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target offering an amazing limited time only coupon for $5 off $20 spent on our Facebook page, find it here!

Jenna’s photos by Eva Snider!

This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

MVPs of summer

Today’s post a is a reader request, we love getting these! We can’t believe Summer will be over this time next month, but we’re certain we’ll get lots of mileage out of all of these things! Picks for kids and for moms, coming right up! What would you add to these lists?

KIDDOS:

your must haves for summer

1. Jenna: My kids hardly get burnt, I am super diligent about sunscreen, but occasionally they get a little too much exposure. That can happen after 8 hours at the pool and park right?! This Sun Bum Cool Down is incredible. It instantly soothes their skin, cools them down and heals them almost instantly.

2. Jenna: We’ve loved these Nate Berkus for Target beach towels this Summer. No one likes a wimpy towel after getting out of the pool, not even my kiddos! It’s enormous and middle weight so it soaks up the water, gets them dry and keeps them cozy. It’s also great for laying out on the sidewalk and eating snacks and laying out on.

3. Nicole: Sometimes when the pool seems like too much work, I pull out this Melissa & Doug Sprinkler. My kids love and it and run through it for hours!

4. Emily: I have a few of these that I just keep in my trunk. They’re so great for virtually anything, a picnic, reserving seats at a parade, keeping clothes dry at the park when the grass is a little damp, or even putting down on my seat before soaking wet kids pile into the car. Ikea for the win!

5. Jenna: We’ve never owned floaties, I know that’s crazy, but generally I just like to be in the water with my kids. This Summer, I wasn’t feeling great so this Puddle Jumper quickly became a really great option for my two year old. I couldn’t believe how brave they made him! He’s since transitioned away from them, but they gave him such courage in the water and gave me that much needed peace of mind.

6. Emily: This is an age-old family secret, so it’s a big deal that I’m sharing it here! We all swear by Bull Frog  sunscreen. I have never had even the slightest sunburn after applying it! It is an absolute must for long days at Lake Powell, or the beach where the sun is extra brutal.

7. Nicole: Saltwaters! Aren’t they everyone’s summer staple? My kids never complain about discomfort like they do in all other sandals and they can get wet, no stress.

8. Emily: Hayes hit the age where he can finally handle flip-flops without the little elastic strap on his ankle. It has given us another layer of freedom this Summer! He slides them on and off no problem and having one less kid to wrestle into shoes when we’re in a rush is so great! I love Havaianas because the rubber is super soft as oppose to the cheap favorites (don’t worry we have a bunch of those too!) so they are extra comfortable.

9. Nicole: Kids size Nalgene! This is the FIRST summer my kids will drink water for me. And they drink it all day. Makes me feel a lot better about this 100 degree weather they play in! This sippy lid is great for them to handle without spills!

FOR MOMS:your must haves for summer

1. Nicole: CeraVe 50 SPF for faces is my number one pick because I’m obsessed with keeping the sun off my face! Now that I’m older and seeing the damage from all those years laying out, this is a must!

2. Jenna: My girlfriend Kayti gifted me this MAC lipstick in the color ‘Flamingo’ and it is my Summer jam! It’s the perfect punch of color. I don’t wear makeup to the pool but have this on hand for after — it’s killer with a Summer glow.

3 & 9. Nicole: Loose fitting pants have been a great addition to my Summer wardrobe! Jeans are too hot and sometimes skirts and dresses aren’t the best option! Both options Via JCrew and 40% off with “SALEFUN.”  Black Stripe // Blue Stripe

4. Emily: I am such a dry shampoo fan year ’round, but Alterna’s Coconut Mango smells so amazing, and just like a perfectly messy post-pool ‘do should in the Summertime!

5. Jenna: This Kevin Murphy Resort Spray stuff is a dream! And virtually the only hair product I’ve used this summer. I let my hair air dry, flip it upside down, spray this in and I get natural beachy waves, and my hair doesn’t have any curl to begin with! It’s fantastic and even smells like Summer. (See Jenna’s full hair tutorial here!)

6. Nicole: Moroccan Oil is another must for me in these extra dry desert Summer months. My hair is dry as a bone and this gives moisture without feeling greasy!

7. Emily: This Baby Lips in Peach Kiss has quickly become my favorite “nude” color for everyday use. I have more expensive versions that wear longer, but I love this for a quick dash of color. It looks so great with a Summer tan!

8. Emily: A good cover-up has been harder to find for me this year, and this Gap one definitely made the list! It is easily pulled-on and has pockets!

10. Jenna: These Old Navy sandals have been a staple for me this Summer. They go with me to the pool, chasing my kids and out with friends. The gold shimmering in the sun is my favorite, and the price is right!

Add your must-haves below!

FRYday : Emily

I’ve had romantic feelings toward the “Summer Live List” every time I see it pop up on whatever feed I’m scrolling through. I just love it! What a sweet idea to corral all the small and simple but quintessential things that make Summer so great into one big jar, ripe for the picking and family memory making. I have yet to make this official at my house so keep reading for the insider scoop from two of my friends who DO, and why it’s not too late!

First, Kelly @kelleyjensen has been sharing her #jensensummerlivelist via Instagram for a couple of years and doing it as a family for five+ and each photo somehow triggers such happy memories of my own.  I love that Kelly sits down with her five kids and each of them has a chance to participate and add to the list. “Jumping in the pool fully clothed” was an addition by her daughter Olive! Kelly says “This is a list of things to find LIFE in…  Magic.  Love. Gratitude.  Togetherness.  It’s about sharing time, supporting each others dreams and a way to remember what those dreams are in this season of our life.”
Summer Live List

I am so drawn to this method for three reasons: #1. I get an exuberant amount of joy over making lists. Sometimes I’ll make a list of things I already accomplished just so I can have the joy of crossing them all off. #2. Because it makes so evident what I know in my heart, which is that children don’t need anything extravagant to make a memory; they just need you! You showing them the way through something they’ve always wanted to try, or maybe even something they never knew they would like. And #3. I’ve started to see a trend in myself the last two Summers. Once the pools open and the boats are de-winterized and the heat becomes more intense, I become like the hare. You know, like the tortoise and the hare. Not wanting to waste one drop of Summer, I take off at break-neck pace, each day a different body of water to splash in, friends and family to see and a bedtime to postpone. A pool, a splash-pad a lake an advanced sprinkler system, a piece of tarp and a hose, it doesn’t really matter! We laugh and float and then we amble back to our home, peel off our soaked attire and I basically guide my boys as they tumble into bed. It is so wonderful! But then July rolls around, and I slow way down. I’ve run too hard and too fast — I am the hare! My boys however are still ready and raring to go each day. So, this live list calls to me because in my head it seems to be the perfect pacemaker. Just slow and steady!

My friend Rashelle @rashellejohansson is similar to me with this and has found that starting their Summer Bucket List at the end of the Summer is the way to go. They get all of the Summer camps, lessons, classes and scheduled activities out of the way and focus on their list the last month.

So what are their ideas? For Rashelle: things like making a day of the zoo and then surprising her kids with a night at a hotel. Going to an art museum, inviting friends over for laying on the trampoline watching a movie on the projector, or karaoke. Trying new recipes and eating new foods. And for Kelly: take Popsicles to strangers at the park on a hot day.  Write love notes to each other and hide them in each room, read books under a tree, go see the wildflowers, climb a mountain, go rollerskating, jump on the trampoline with a sprinkler on, ride a train, learn a new skill, celebrate for no reason, wear their favorite colors and make some mischief.

Aren’t those wonderful? It doesn’t matter so much it is but setting out to reach a goal and doing it all together. I asked Kelly what she has seen or felt since doing their Live List and loved her response:

“For me our Live List means a lot.  For one: it’s a part of me I get to share with my kids. An opportunity to try to teach them to be brave and happy and to look for the good in life.  But it’s not just that…  It’s about being creative. It’s about supporting each other’s ideas and doing things for our family members and others that we may not even know.  It’s about confidence.  It’s about hope and contentment.  And it’s mostly about celebrating life— specifically this very special season of life, when our kids are small and dreams are big.  This short period of time when they are just as happy sleeping in a family made fort, on the floor of the living room, than going to a tropical destination.  When laughter is easy and magic is everywhere.  Life is so special right now and it goes too fast.  I feel like we as parents are pulled in a lot of directions every day.  Challenges are real, responsibilities are heavy and life is busy.  This is just one suggestion for slowing it down and enjoying it a little more. This season of life is really, really special and absolutely worth making a list and celebrating the reasons why.”

Thanks to Kelly and Rashelle for sharing! If you dear readers have any favorite Live List items to add, please share below! I am excited to get mine together! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xo Emily

thursday threads!

Have you all seen H&M’s amazing end of Summer sale? We were blown away by how cheap everything in the kids’ section was, and at our local H&M there’s an additional percentage off sale – we walked out of there with $3 sneakers and sweaters and more! Awesome! Here’s some of our favorite picks from the site all under $10! Yep you read right. ALL UNDER $10!

FOR BOYS:

1. SFO T-Shirt  // 2. Foam Finger  // 3. Monkey Graphic T 4. Notched Pull-Over 5. Striped Shorts 6. Button-Down Shirt $7 7. Chino Shorts (in 4 different colors!) 8. High-top canvas sneakers (in 4 colors!) 9. The best pack of socks that every kid should have!H&M Sale! Nothing over $10!

FOR GIRLS:
H&M Sale! Nothing over $10
1. Jersey Dress //2. Ruffled Top // 3. Baseball Cap // 4. Chambray Clam-Diggers // 5. Classic Collared Shirt // 6. Bright Sneakers // 7. Striped Skirt

Happy (Sale) Shopping!

 

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camp lily

We’ve already shared our love for Lately Lily here, but we had to share these darling images from their new line “Camp Lily”! We love checking with with Lately Lily to see where their tiny adventurer has been, last season it was London, and this Summer Lily is off to camp! These new graphic tees have us swooning and we know you’ll love them too! We’re doing a giveaway for a 4 pack of these darling tees, stickers and activity sheets all in their amazing Yellow Suitcase!

Scout Lily (doesn’t this remind you of Troop Beverly Hills? Only the best show ever.)

Camp Lily | Lately LilyScout Lily leading the way, with a Night Hike, Gimme S’More and Lakeshore tees:
Camp Lily | Lately Lily   Camp Lily exploring:

Camp Lily | Lately LilyThis sweetie in the Lakeshore tee:

Camp Lily | Lately LilyAnd Lily herself! Camp Lily | Lately LilyWe love how these tees broaden horizons and open conversation while being seriously darling all at the same time!  To win a Sunny Yellow Travel Suitcase with 4 tees, stickers and activity pack for your own adventurer, follow @latelylily on Instagram and Facebook! Then post a picture of your gal adventuring in her favorite way, use the #latelysmall hash tag so we can see it, and we’ll pick a winner a week from today!