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Child care is in our top 3 for conversation topics around here. It easily causes the most stress of being working mothers and we are in a constant state of streamlining and perfecting our systems! Every mother we know shares some level of this stress with us so anytime we hear of great options we are always excited to share them with you!the learning center
We toured the The Learning Care Group‘s, La Petite Academy which has childcare and schooling options from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm each day. They care for infants at 6 months all the way up to 12 years of age. Here are some awesome features we took note of as we toured.the learning center
 No TVs, anywhere. We couldn’t find a television, gaming device, tablet or phone anywhere in site. One thing that we often turn to in a pinch is screen time and we loved that when children are being cared for at the La Petite Academy they are having social and educational in person interactions from start to finish!the learning center
Flexibility. You can have your kiddos at La Petite Academy for 3 hours twice a week all the way up to covering for a full-time job. It can be irregular scheduling, when you just need a day off, or extra help during a holiday or busy time of year for a parent. They bus children to and from school, nap them on site, feed them delicious and healthy meals and as we saw firsthand care from them the way a loving family member would. Reading books side by side, making crafts, cuddling when they tripped and stubbed their toe.the learning center
Options. The La Petite Academy we toured was so large! It was filled with imaginative play stations, educational toys for all ages, playgrounds, sports courts, quiet rooms, nap rooms, and cubbies with special blankets and pictures of family for each child. There is so much for a child of any age to do there! Part of our conversations about child care is that we just want someone to love and care for our kids as well or better as we would do ourselves. We definitely go that feeling here!
We’d love to know for you parents, what system do you use for childcare? Do you have a regular schedule, sporadic help or is it all you and your spouse?

This post is sponsored by La Petite Academy. Visit to schedule your tour today.

Orbit Healthy Family Fun Weekend!

By Jenna:

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I was so lucky and flattered to participate recently in Orbit’s launch of the O2, their new jogging stroller. I love companies that promote healthy living as well as family time and this event was a fusion of both those things. I felt so blessed to be there and only wished Nicole + Emily were too!

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We spent the weekend at Terranea Resort which if you haven’t heard me rave about it or you have, here is one more urge to go! It is the most beautiful property overlooking the ocean in South Bay. It is SO kid friendly with hikes, slides, pools, splash pads and a kid’s club! I couldn’t have dreamt up a better location for this event.

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One of the best parts of the weekend was reconnecting with old friends. Blogging has been such a blessing in my life and I wouldn’t have relationships with any of these ladies without it! They all have taught me so much about myself, my business and the world around me.

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Jenna Outfit Sources: Top // Bottoms // New Balance Sneakers // Lolly’s PJ’s // Sunglasses

Quinn made best buddies with Chloe and they were inseparable all weekend, it was so darling! They even founded a swim club which I think had great success with the other children :)

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Juni and Lolly are 12 hours apart and you’d never know it. Juniper was trying to beat up on lady all weekend but I think they made up and are still friends.Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 4.34.54 PM

One early morning we hiked to a lighthouse with the other families. It was such a gorgeous path and the strollers did awesome! Somehow towards the end Jude got the royal treatment and got to ride in the O2.Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 4.17.16 PM

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Breathtaking right?!Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 4.21.57 PMAfter the hike we got to have a pool day which was my favorite part. Loved sitting and chatting with such inspirations as Amy and Kelly, they’re both such wonderful moms and friends. Lolly is of course sporting a June & January Crop Top here and every day this summer. That girl is getting way too big.

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Speaking of crop tops….we were dying over these two in matching ones. I LOVE Joy and wish everyone could experience her sincerity in person. She is just pure gold.

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It’s kind of embarrassing looking at these photos. Lolly really is the star of our show.Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 4.29.59 PMBoys could not be bothered to look at the camera…..because ice cream. Just so you know I don’t do this dress justice but it’s incredible and a new favorite of mine and it’s 30% off it’s existing sale price right now making it under $28.

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As you can tell it was a completely magical time and I felt so utterly spoiled and undeserving. The Orbit Team was beyond generous & it was such a thrill to see the care & love they put in to their products and in to their team.

We are going to be partnering soon to give you chance to get on some of the goodies we experienced over the weekend so stay tuned!

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La Croix Recipes + Giveaway!

Whenever I’m trying to kick my heavy Diet Coke addiction, I turn to my best friend La Croix. These bubbly flavored waters hit the spot without all the toxic ingredients. La Croix has a billion different flavors including these new ones they just released! Not pictured here is my favorite flavor, Coconut! And yes you can buy them on Amazon Prime….double score!lacroix1 lacroix2

Even though the water is flavored, I really like adding to it by infusing it with my own fruits & veggies. The recipe above I combined with the Cantaloupe & Pink Grape Fruit flavor but it would really taste good with anything!lacroix3

Added fresh Blackberry & Cucumber to the already Blackberry & Cucumber infused water giving it that much more of a kick! lacroix4 lacroix5

And if Kiwi Strawberry doesn’t remind you of the 90’s I don’t know what will. I didn’t have Kiwis on hand but added in fresh crushed Watermelon, Sliced Strawberries & Limes.lacroix6And the best news of all is we’re giving away ONE YEAR SUPPLY OF LA CROIX! Yep. Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below, good luck!

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Kids Can Decorate, too!




By Nicole:

We have gotten really into watercolor at my house, and I get CRAZY about my kids getting in the way when I’m working on a project. Then you know how it goes, mom guilt kicks in and I realize I’m being selfish. SO, I figured i’d give them a shot at some pretty water color work for the walls. Turns out, it was my very favorite piece EVER so I mounted in front and center in the living room. Here is how I (sort of) controlled the project so it didnt get out of hand, and enter up a 3 & 5 year old masterpiece.

kid-art4First, I mixed the colors myself. As I’m sure you know from experience, if you let the kids do that part, you’ll get a bunch of blacks and browns. Yuck.

Then, I blocked out the areas of the water color paper that I wanted to remain white. I gave them brushes for each color, and a couple glasses of clean water, and let them go at it.



I LOVE what they came up with, and they are beyond proud that their work is framed in the center of our home. An idea that could top it right off it letting them sign their names in the bottom corner. Monet in the making.



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Family Chores with Cottonelle

By Nicole:



When Cottonelle reached out with the chance to talk about organization and team work in the home, we jumped on the opportunity. First, because of course we love the brand. Isn’t it the truth that some toilet paper brands REALLY are better than others? YES. Take it from us moms that wipe little bums for a living (wink. but sort of not wink)

In my house, chores haven’t necessarily been implemented quite yet. Dash is 5 and Sunny is 3 and the only way I can get the dudes to help me is with a bribe. Well, I’m running out of treats in my candy drawer, and ready for them to start ENJOYING house work. However there are very few jobs their little hands, and short attention spans can handle.



We bust through rolls of toilet paper so fast with 3 of us, plus constant family, friends and guests, runny noses, spills ect. Keeping up on keeping the bathrooms stocked with toilet paper is a simple job, but the last thing on my mind when I’m picking play dough out of the carpet and gum out of Sunny’s hair. I took this opportunity to give Dash his first designated household chore. To check in on each bathroom, once in the morning and once in the evening, to be sure the toilet paper roll is full, and when it is starting to get low, to grab another off the shelf in the storage and set on back of the toilet for when it runs out completely. We don’t want to leave Grandpa in there stranded, right?






Dash has really amplified this simple, yet crucial chore. He sees its importance, it give him the responsibly, he feels accomplished and proud of himself, and can easily reach up on the shelf and run a new roll into the bathroom. When we get home from the grocery store with a new package of toilet paper rolls, he takes it from the trunk to the storage shelf, and piles them on up. He knows when we are running low, and reminds me to hit the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store. Dash had because the man of the house with this new MEGA (roll) responsibly. Im so proud of him, I feel one less things I need to worry about, which makes me a happy woman. Now I’ve got to figure out how to stop Sunny from arguing over who gets to replenish the rolls. I need more bathrooms.





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