go crocs!

When Zappos and Crocs asked us if we wanted to review some of Crocs’ new Summer shoes we were admittedly hesitant. Historically, we have yet to purchase any for our kids, Crocs has picked up a bad wrap along the way for these fashion-loving (vain) mamas, but when thought twice we saw these amazing rain boots and slip-on style sneakers! Go, Crocs! Crocs! The rainboots are that super light-weight Croc material which we have yet to find in another rainboot. Typically our boys boots have been clunky and thick soled, which really isn’t necessary for a romp in a rain puddle! These are easier for them to manage and don’t hinder them from getting all those wiggles out.crocs3They come in all these fun colors too, so each kiddo gets to pick their very favorite. Find them in BLUE // RED // GREEN // the classic YELLOW and PINK too! The style is minimal and totally functional which we love. We have to also note that we got one of our kids’ sizes wrong on this and they were so sad to not be able to wear them. With Zappos crazy amazing return policy (365 days, seriously?) they actually floated our exchange for us. Meaning, they overnighted the new pair of shoes, and instead of charging us for them they gave us two weeks to get the wrong size mailed back in – on them! A true exchange. The only downsize to online shopping for us has been waiting for funds to come back to us when we do returns, so this feature is so incredible!!Crocs!The next style we love are the Bump-It Shoe! This slip-on style is so great for the pool, beach, or any activity where you’re going in an out of different elements. It breathes wonderfully and is soft so it won’t cause irritation or blisters. BLUE // GREYCrocs!So if you’ve been like us and counted Crocs out, don’t go too far! These styles won us over and our kids couldn’t be more excited to rock them all through the sprinklers, puddles, pools, beaches, hikes, parks, playgrounds, night games and whatever other excitements this Summer has in store for them! Thanks to Crocs at Zappos for working with us on this review!

sandwiching

By Emily, in partnership with Baskin-Robbins.

With a new baby on the way we are really thinking ahead on ways to make both boys feel at ease with the transition. For five years it’s been just the four of us and getting one on one time with them hasn’t been too challenging. Each week Russ and I would take Cal or Hayes one on one to run a fun errand, sit side by side while we were doing chores, even bedtimes they get ample time with each of us solo. But now that we’ll be outnumbered, we know we need to be more intentional about this, it won’t come as easily for sure. NCC_7799 Baskin-Robbins recently launched their Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches and we partnered together to test them out (when have I ever turned down a baked good, never)! They cleverly called the campaign #sandwiching and thus our new plan was born!  "Sandwich" Date Russ and I decided that each week we’ll take one of our kids out just the three of us, a “sandwich” date if you will, with our kiddo in the middle. With mom and dad focusing on just one kid at a time it feels extra, extra special, right? It doesn’t have to be crazy or elaborate just intentional time focused on them. "Sandwich" Date Hayes hasn’t really known what it’s like to be an only child, Callum was born when he was only 16 months old, so the non-stop smiles we got from our date were priceless. He’s such a good boy, a wonderful brother and an even better son, I want to give him the world, and a Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with sprinkles felt just as good from where he was sitting."Sandwich" Date You can try these Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches out now at all Baskin-Robbins locations! It is customizable from top to bottom. Hayes mixed and matched with a Dark Chocolate Chunk cookie on top, strawberry ice cream with sprinkles for the middle and a warm Double Fudge cookie for the bottom! The cookie is warm and gooey and it’s such a fun treat, especially for a cookie lovers like us!"Sandwich" Date Read all about The Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich and #sandwiching on their site!

Munchkin Diaper Pail

By Jenna:

Did you know that you change something like 3360 diapers in a year? Mind BLOWN. So even after a zillion diapers, three kids and a lot of smells I’ve been unable to commit to a diaper pail mostly because I could never find one that didn’t stick out like a complete sore thumb in my house!munchkindiaper (2 of 8)

When I discovered the Munchkin Step Diaper Pail I was thrilled. Look how pretty it is!! It fits right in to the corner of my messy living space and no one notices it and if they do they just notice it’s so pretty!munchkindiaper (3 of 8)

On the top part of the lid is a Diaper Pail Baking Soda Cartridge by Arm & Hammer so odor seriously does not stand a chance.munchkindiaper (4 of 8)

Also I found that at Target when you buy online you will receive a $15 gift card back when you purchase the Munchkin Step Diaper Pail! What’s super cool too is that for every diaper pail sold Munchkin will plant a tree, yes!munchkindiaper (8 of 8)

Buy your Munchkin Step Diaper Pail here.

This post is sponsored but as always all our opinions are our own and we only promote what we love!

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family photo tips

By Lily of Lily Glass Photography. Catch her Mother’s Day Special right here!
Preparing for In-Home Family Portrait Sessions / How to Take a Family Portrait and Actually Enjoy It 

Family photos. Just the mention of it can cause your heart to race and your mind to spin. We all want lovely images of our family laughing and playing peacefully together, but is it really possible to get those pictures without threatening “stand still or no ice cream” through gritted teeth? As someone who gets to capture these moments, I assure you, it is. And my favorite place to photograph a family is in their home. Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo TipsI know what you’re thinking: it’s hard enough to get the entire family ready by a certain time not to mention clean my house! But it’s within that space that your love has grown. Where the hard work is done. Where you argue and makeup and teach and gently guide and snuggle and wipe noses. It’s the everyday love that I want to remember as a mother and so as a photographer, it is hands down my favorite thing to document for other families. So today I’ll be sharing a few tips to keep in mind when having portraits taken inside your home while maybe even enjoying the process. Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips1. Dress mom first. Choose something comfortable that makes you feel confident. Then coordinate the little one’s outfits and lastly dad. Keep things casual like it’s a day in your home and try to avoid that matchy-matchy look.

2. Embrace the chaos. At some point a bed is going to be ruffled and the lego bin tipped over. Let it happen. Heck, be the one to make it happen! People live here, remember?Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips
3. Let go of “cheese.” Remember that the point of this session is to capture your love-filled daily life. The more the kiddos forget that there is a camera nearby, the more genuine the final images will be. So tickle and chase away but resist the urge to say “look at the camera!”Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips
4. Trust your photographer. I know that when I ask you to sit on the couch the only thing you’re thinking about is that dying plant in the corner. I see it. And I chose this spot because the light is extra magical. Choose a photographer that is experienced in this kind of portraiture and you’ll feel more relaxed in the confidence that they want to capture your family in it’s best light (quite literally).Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips
5. Have a few activities in your back pocket. Nothing over the top — a run through the sprinkler in the backyard or a few minutes baking together in the kitchen can add variety to your photos and document some of your favorite family activities.
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Thanks so much, Lily! Aren’t these great tips?
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