spring breakers

Sponsored by Amazon.

T-Minus 10 days until Spring Break. Who’s counting? I am. We need a vacation SO bad and somehow we lucked out and Russ is coming along! Typically the boys’ school break is during his busy season, so I’ll take the kids solo somewhere. This year he lined up the work on the house so he could sneak away, too! The poor guy has been putting in 15 hour days for months now and there’s no sign of stopping until the house is finished. As hard as manual labor is on a body, being a mom solo all day isn’t easy either, hence the family-wide countdown!Safe Spring BreakWe’re flying not too far South, to Mesa Arizona where I grew up until 2nd grade! My older boys do pretty good traveling (Raleigh is anyone’s guess) except that lately they have gotten so territorial about their games. They don’t want anyone touching their “scores” or levels, but they love the SAME GAMES and it’s caused a lot of contention. They fight a lot as it is so any easy fixes I am all over! Luckily we snagged another Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet for Christmas and that has solved all our traveling issues! Safe Spring BreakIn preparation for Arizona, I’ll load up their devices with new eBooks (our favorites below!) set them up with Bluetooth headphones and they pack their own backpacks with snacks and toys for the trip and I hardly hear a peep from them! When they take breaks I can catch up on my own books and shows as all my purchases sync automatically. I love how affordable the tablets are as well — there is no way I would normally get two devices, but this felt doable. They offer a 2-year guarantee, if they break, they’ll replace it! CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE?! Safe Spring BreakI’ve talked about the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service before but I know it’s been an especially hot topic of late — how do we protect our kids from mature content?Safe Spring Break I have been so impressed with the timers that shut off when it’s been played for their allotted hour, being able to set goals (read 30 minutes before you can access games or videos), and filtering any content over a certain age limit automatically, while still touting 15,000 age appropriate titles hand picked by their team. I don’t stress about what they’re accessing at all! I love that I can review what books they’ve been reading for their 30 minutes on the Parent Dashboard and Amazon provides discussion cards to help me know how to engage with them about whatever they’re reading with questions and summaries. It really is such a stellar service!Safe Spring Break

I can’t wait to get back to the warm desert air in Mesa! I have such happy memories there and the smell is unbeatable! My brother and his family live there and my dad just recently moved back there, too! I haven’t said much on this, but I haven’t seen my dad in 4 years. Whoa! He moved to New Zealand where he worked as an anesthesiologist and with new babies and just life we never made it out for a visit before he moved back. We were bummed not to see his home for the last bit, but are super happy he’s closer to us now!

We have our favorite stops in Mesa, but would love to hear from you guys! What’s new and amazing that we can take the kids to? I am all for day trips as we’ll have a car down there so don’t be shy if there’s something a couple hours away! We have strict time limits for our devices, but traveling we are loads more lenient so my boys’ are always down for road trip. Ha!Safe Spring Break We have a baseball game on the agenda, Organ Stop (nuttiest pizza place on Earth) and maybe the Scottsdale Butterfly Wonderland? I’ve also somehow seen several friends eating at Gadzooks and that place looks like some legendary Mexican food!

I know I’ve got a lot of Arizona readers and can’t wait to hear your reccs! If you’re sold on the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet you can snag it here! And as promised here’s a few of my boys’ favorites that are either free with FreeTime Unlimited, included in the free trial for Kindle Unlimited or pretty affordable either way! 

Young Reader editions of Hidden Figures and Boys in the Boat for some historical knowledge at their level // Wacky Animal Facts and First Big Book of Why because my boys are all about animal facts lately! // 1500 Knock Knock Jokes, 2700 Animal Jokes and Riddles to keep them occupied and laughing.



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buy or diy: easter

BUY OR DIY? THE EASTER EDITION! Where I scan the web and filter out the nonsensee to give you the best in DIYs and what you should probably just BUY.



Best Easter DIYs

POTTED EGG PLANTS (I can’t link to this site because the ads displaying are freaking sketchy. But it’s called Godfather Style)EASTER DIY IDEASMODERN DECORATED COOKIESBest Easter DIYs SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMERSBest Easter DIYs BUNNY EGGSBest Easter DIYsSCANDI EASTER TREEBest Easter DIYs Best Easter DIYs RICE KRISPY NESTS (swap those eggs out for Cadbury stat!)Best Easter DIYsPOM POM WALL HANGING / WREATH – Spring Wreaths are rough for me. It’s hard to find something youthful but still sophisticated. It’s either great grandma style or too juvenile. Ya feel? Best Easter DIYsBUNNY BUM GARLAND Target sells this banner (in the carousel below) but if you’re color palette picky or want a fun craft to do together this post is awesome!Best Easter DIYs


And now for the BUYS!easter buys

Easter Themed Dessert Sprinkles (on sale today!) // Egg Molds // Easter Color Palette Fans // Speckled Egg Wreath // Olive Leaf Wreath

And a few more options!



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Easter Best with H&M

Sponsored by H&M.

Easter Best is so fun to dress the family for. Bright colors, Spring is in the air, everything is fresh and budding. I’ve got lots of outfit ideas for you, your kids (girl’s too), in today’s post with H&M. My #1 favorite place to shop for me and the kids, hands down. Check out their entire Spring Occasion shop here!Easter Best with H&MFirst and foremost, I am FAH-REAKING out about the fit on Hayes’ suit. [Jacket // Pants // Shoes ] It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m so grateful H&M has their 8-14 year section, I feel like a lot of brands forget about this age!Easter Best with H&MCal’s suit is darling as well. [Jacket // Pants // Sneakers.] It’s cuffed but not tacked so you can get lots of inches out of it when you uncuff! They both have the adjustable waist option too which is so great for these kids who are growing like weeds! (All kids?)Easter Best with H&MI love a romper on a baby boy. They always have great options! I also love these slip on sneakers. I buy them for all the boys each season because they’re so fast in a rush!Easter Best with H&MI never say no to tomato red and this dress is less than $30! With these floral mules. these amazing mod daisy earrings (major Edie Sedgwick vibes!) and this lip matches the dress pretty spot on!Easter Best with H&M So so happy with my H&M Haul! They never fail!Easter Best with H&M

MORE H&M FINDS! All day today they’re offering 20% of $50 Kids so its perfect timing to snag some Easter, Spring, Spring Break finds!

Make-up Sources: Primer, Foundation (I wear 120!), Bronzer, Highlight, Blush, Eyeliner, Palette, Lip, Setting Spray (this one is 40% off!)





budget home

Needing some good deals to spruce up your place for Spring? I found the motherload for you today!amazon home deals

Modern Light (Flush or Chandelier style)  $100 // Hey There, Take Care Mat ($20) Wire Coffee Table ($80) // Glass Top Coffee Table $186 // Window Pane Duvet Set ($50-$60) Two Velvet Club Chairs ($150 for two! $95 for one) // Black + Wood top Coffee Table ($120) Media Console ($150) // Sputnik Style Coffee Table ($150) // Gold Geo Planter ($18) // Grey Club Chair ($150) //  High Back Love Seat ($200) // Ceramic + Black Plant Stand ($25-$90) // Sets of 2 Dining Chairs Walnut + Dark + Natural

And a bunch of sales from around the web! Target has patio furniture on sale but I tell ya, patio furniture is hardy, wipeable and usually pretty minimal. AKA perfect for inside, too. Don’t look past a good outdoor chair!