ikea hack: book rack

After last week’s Ikea Hack we heard from a couple of people that they needed a better option for storing books. We all nodded along vigorously because it has proven challenging to keep our books looking neat and tidy, too! They usually end up in small stacks on the ledge in front of the bookshelf waiting to be filed back away. Luckily, Nicole had already solved this riddle with another genius Ikea Hack – their Spontan magazine racks!

Ikea Hack: Book RackYou can buy them in silver online, or white in stores. Or spray paint your silver ones white if you’re not near an Ikea, even! These racks are super easy to install an hold several (3 looks the cleanest, but 6-9 works too) books per. But, the best part is you can easily see the titles so your kiddo can grab the one he or she wants and then your kiddo can easily drop the book into the slot.

Ikea Hack: Book Rack

Have you all found a good way of organizing books? It’s definitely a good problem to have – when your kid wants to read and is messing the shelves up – but a little organization never hurt! Find your own Spontan Racks here.

TMNT Birthday Party

As promised, here is our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party for Target!  Part of the party’s agenda was to first have each kiddo decide what Turtle they wanted to “be” for the party. Then we provided the Turtle Shells and accessories for each guest and based the activities on what each Turtle (and child) is good at. It was a celebration of individuality and what makes each of them special — they loved it! Not to mention there was a life size assault van, so that always helps!

Each guest was instructed to wear the colors of his or her chosen turtle and had party favors that coordinated. It immediately added such a festive flair!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyThen a simple bakery cake with a Michelangelo action figure a top:

turt2Pizza and green snacks, of course, were on the menu:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Our awesome Ninja Turtles in their colors fully accessorized, click on each to find their dress-ups! Michelangelo (Quinn), Leonardo (Dash), Raphael (Rilo), and Donatello (Monroe).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

To get to their assault van and start their mission they first had to wade through the sewer sludge (aka streamers hung in the doorway.) How darling are these little turtle shells?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Once through, they had a blast assuming their roles and fighting crime. Donatello was especially fearsome.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party


For this van we used a big-screen TV box and a whole lot of Duct Tape! But all that work was more than worth it to see their eyes light up and watch them jump up and down with excitement. Even better, since it was taped into submission this van is pretty indestructible  and has had lots of play time outdoors with no problem.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

We got this awesome idea when Target made the most darling How-To video for their own Assault Van. Their step by step video helped us so much, see it in action below!


This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target.

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jacadi: get schooled

Earlier this Summer we fell hard for Jacadi – a French line of clothes for kids – and just when we thought it couldn’t get any cuter we stumbled upon their new Get Schooled section of their website that is devoted to teaching children about the differences and similarities of French and American culture. We sat down individually with our kids going over each lesson and they were fascinated! We love being able to broaden their horizons and teach them about other cultures. We know so many of you do too, so we had to share it with you guys! Here’s a couple examples, but find the whole series on their site here.

Get Schooled - French vs American culture


Get Schooled - French vs American culture

Check out their crazy amazing Fal

l collection while you’re at it. We might die of French charm and perfection! Joyeux vendredi tout le monde!


It’s been awhile since we’ve shared OUR latest favorites! This one is all about our Fall routines. Filled with things we won’t live without and things we wholeheartedly recommend.
Fall Favorites


1. Mohair Sweater: When I found this Zara sweater a few weeks ago my heart stopped beating. Cozy and warm yet structured and sleek? A match made in heaven. The neutral grey is so pretty with black, denim or even white. And I also discovered I like wearing it inside out, too! Try it out!

2. Brightener in Albatross: This is a multi purpose staple. There are a few places on my face I love to wear it. I’m NO makeup expert. I wear hardly any at all. But this adds the perfect amount of dew. Right above my upper lip gives a pouty effect. Above my cheek bones makes them seem higher and stronger. And on the ridges of my nose. Why? I don’t know. Cause someone told me to! ;)

3. JeansThe second I felt the slightest bite in the air I pulled out the black skinnies. They are my fall/winter #1 staple. They pair with anything and add a clean classic look. These have the perfect amount of stretch to make them comfortable for all day wear.

EMILY – (I shared all my favorite Fall fashions a couple weeks ago here, but how about some must-have beauty products?)

4. Clean hair is for the birds. I love how my hair looks best after a few days and will stretch the time between washes as long as I can. I have a whole regimen in place, but gladly added Alterna’s Bamboo Beach Dry Shampoo. It smells so incredible!

5. Oh you have perfect skin and haven’t had a zit since junior high? Sorry, we can’t be friends. Totally kidding, but I unfortunately I am not joking when I say I still battle zits at twenty-eight years old. Not cool. I’ve tried a few topical treatments for when things get serious, but relented to the fact that you can’t rush acne. It only makes it worse. But, not anymore! Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is this crazy mixture of liquid and powder and it dries zits right out. It is a must for me and my fellow pre-pubescents.

6. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap is my husband’s soap of choice. On days when I am dragging and can’t seem to wake up I’ll grab his because that hit of peppermint is like the cool side of the pillow. It is so refreshing!


7. I’ve been wanting a pair of leopard sneakers and have had my eye on these Steve Madden ones for a while. I’ve looked at knock offs for a third the cost but finally justified these as they are so beautifully made and their print is perfection. Since I’m planning to wear all black this fall, these shoes will add the perfect punch. It helps that they’re super comfy too while chasing around little kids! Tip: Order half a size up!

8. Speaking of black…I recently took to Instagram to ask about the PERFECT black legging. The resounding answer was the Zella live-in legging. I’m obsessed! They’re thick but breathable and suck my booty in which I for sure need right about now. Best of all they’re half the price of my normal go-to black legging, bonus!

9. Fall is back so now, so I have to start wearing makeup again…bummer! I can’t depend on my Summer glow anymore. But these Real Techniques brushes make it so fun. I have tried every brush from expensive Chanel to cheap e.l.f., but these ones win! It’s the perfect set that will cover most your makeup needs. They’re so well made for the right price!

What products are you loving for your Fall routine?

turtle time!

This past week we threw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party with Target (post to come soon!) and while we watched the kids play we noticed one thing that changed a life-long assumption. When we were young, we watched brothers and friends play Turtles. Each kid had their favorite character – Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael – and we always assumed that boys just had a favorite color and picked accordingly. As we watched our party guests play, we realized it was much more thoughtful than that. Each child seems to base their choice on the Turtle of choice’s skills, personality, and what unique qualities they bring to the group. We love that! We love that our kids are encouraged to look beyond the surface and find qualities they admire and want to emulate. For the party, we had each guest pick a Turtle to “be” – complete with shell and gear! – and talked about what makes us similar and different. Here’s what the kids and parents came up with!

LEONARDO & DASH by Nicole.

Turtle Time! Michaelangelo

“Something I admire so much about Dash is his ability to choose what he knows is right. To me that makes him extremely courageous! I love to watch him make these choices (or try) and have other kids see his wisdom and follow in his path. At a young age Dash I always considered Dash to be very wise. I watched him keep groups of his pals from running into the street, playing rough with their toys, and using kind words. At ages 3 and 4, that’s quite a leader! I love that he has the courage to stick to what he knows is right, even if it’s a risk. I’ve seen kids make fun of others for not following what everyone else is doing. So, I hope dash keeps this quality, always!”

RAPHAEL & RILO by Bri @collectedblogRaphael - Turtle Time!

“Rilo has recently started soccer and we’ve been amazed at how fierce and aggressive she is on the field!  She goes after the ball with everything she has.  After her first game, she came off the field and told us, “I didn’t do very good…I only scored one goal”. She’s always wanting to try her hardest and do her best at whatever she does. Apart from that, Rilo and Raphael couldn’t be more different! But, I feel like it’s always a nice conversation to have to see what behaviors we see in others that we want to mimic and avoid, right?”

But I will say this, like Raphael, Rilo has always been fiercely independent. From a very young age, she’s liked to do everything on her own. I love that about her!”

DONATELLO & MONROE by Kayti @thebeyoutybureau

Turtle Time! Donatello

“Like Donatello, Roe is very inquisitive and logical. He asks ‘why’ a million times over during the day and remembers every little detail. The other day my husband and I were discussing that we needed to see the dentist and I said jokingly, “My teeth are all going to fall out!!!” Without skipping a beat Roe said, “Then you can’t eat your food, you can just suck on it.” Yep. That’s right, little genius.

Roe already uses his logic and the lessons we’ve taught him to solve problems. The other day, we were in the car with a few of his friends who were using potty language (which we don’t allow) in our home. I asked his friends to stop and told them when at our house we don’t use those words. Roe added, “We can just say, ‘You’re so awesome dude!! Not those udder words!’” I’m so proud that he already knows how to stand up for what he’s been taught and that instead of chastising or making his friends feel stupid, he can spin it positively!”


Leonardo - Turtle Time!
“Quinn wakes up each morning and asks “What fun are we going to have today, mom?” He carries his party spirit with him everywhere he goes and is always looking for something or someone to celebrate. If he’s wandered off at the grocery store, park or really anywhere, I can almost guarantee he has found a new friend with his energetic “Hi! I’m Quinn!” He has the most infectious giggle and when he’s not laughing he’s usually saying something funny and making the rest of us laugh!”

So, after reading these little personality surveys, what Ninja Turtle would your kiddos be most like?

Find the Turtle Shell here and dress-ups for Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo all at Target.com and in stores!


This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target.

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