So excited to share this new discovery with you guys today! We are constantly worried about our kids and devices. Protecting them from mature or inappropriate content, making sure the time they spend on those devices is educational and helpful to their growth. And of course keeping everything balanced — not too much but maybe enough to get that urgent email sent off. 😉
We’ve all noticed (moreso in some kids than others) that too much screen time makes them GRUMPY! Irritable, agitated, restless. It’s so interesting to watch and seeing those reactions only makes Circle with Disney that much better. First look how pretty it is. It’s about the size of a softball!
It’s hard to explain in short in a blog post, but my job within my local church is actually to help the families in my neighborhood with this very thing. And in turn, finding the best ways to filter content in an affordable way has been something I’ve researched for a full year now. I’ve tried virtually everything, tested it out, put it on a phone or computer and this baby is far and away the most user friendly and all encompassing option.
Let’s check it out!
First you plug it right into your router. It connects to your WiFi Connection and from then on picks up any devices (phones, laptops, video game consoles) that use the connection Then you make profiles for your people. You can select which devices go under which profiles and create custom filters for all sorts of things. Like shopping for apps, filtering websites, TV channels and so much more. Also amazing is that you can see at a glance from the app on your phone how much time your family is spending on these devices. Where they’re going, what they’re accessing and more. You can set a bedtime for each as well too, so after 8:30 pm the connection is frozen until say 8 am. This one is a game changer for me because my kids get up before I do and I honestly have no clue what goes on in the mornings so at least I know they’re not trolling YouTube for more limited edition toys that no one can afford. (Dang toy reviews.)Also comparatively, there are lots and lots of apps out there and websites that might filter, monitor, report, and so on, but you’re paying a monthly fee usually $49+ for the same features and Circle with Disney is a one time purchase of $99. I have yet to find anything similar that beats this! It really is so cool. If I can answer any questions about it please comment below, it is my job after all. 😉
We have been loving on Fawn Design ever since their Kickstarter days and have felt like proud parents watching this little shop flourish and become a leader in the bag world. This backpack is much more than a diaper bag and is versatile enough for any stage of life you’re in…mom or not! We’re obsessed with it’s sleek design, finishings and gorgeous leather and we know you will be too! See how we’re all wearing Fawn & check out how to enter to win one of your very own at the end of the post!
So happy to kick off this week with a new line of kid’s home decor – Birch Lane Kids! We’ve partnered up today to share some of our favorite pieces from their 600+ item collection that’s got your kids covered from ages 3-8!They have really hit the nail on the head with these updated traditional pieces. Perfect for so many design aesthetics, high quality and super affordable! We took ours on our first backyard S’more Roast, if you’d like to see! Of course Birch Lane’s American Tee Pee was a huge hit. We love the detailing, how easy it is to set up and take down and the boys love having any reason to hide-out! They have a huge selection of options, too! Birch Lane’s Forest Pals 5 Piece Bedding Set is actually for girls but so cute for our theme. It comes with the sweetest white and green polka dot sheets which we put on the boys’ beds straightaway. This set is such a great deal but also super super soft and well made. We’ve spent the same amount and been so disappointed with the quality and softness. No complaints with these!One of our favorite items from their launch are these awesome canvas bins with leather handles! They’re so sturdy (they took a real beating when we sent the boys on a hunt for firewood!) and best of all you can get them monogrammed! Such a great option for getting each kid their own bin, or toy room organization. Everything has a place and looks so classy with these babies. They offer free shipping on everything over $49 which is so wonderful and hard to find when shipping big items like furniture and bigger decor!And more from our S’more roast prep!
As promised here is the whole Mother’s Day Brunch we threw for some friends! You can catch more details on the Acai Bowl Bar here as well.We always talk about how our friends are some of the best parents we know, they are the people we look up to so much and want to emulate, and we need each other so much since we’re all in the same season and stage of life. Since Mother’s Day is usually all about your immediate family or celebrating your own mother or sisters, we wanted to do something as friends beforehand to pamper them a little bit!It was nothing crazy. One bunch of flowers and some washi tape for the wall set the tone for our simple day. White ceramics and bright fruit was all we needed, really!To go along with the breakfast we also did an herbal tea bar. We used this Bella Housewares kettle which has water boiling in about 3 seconds. Seriously, its nice too that you don’t need to be by a stove. You just plug it in wherever you want to brew your tea and it’s good to go! Great for a party!Find them all here.Our favorite teas + sweeteners. Emily is the tea fanatic around here and here are her favorites:Pumpkin Spice Rooibos // Rooibos Chai // Mint Melange (peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint!) // Gingerbread Tea // Passion Tea (awesome iced!) Sweetened with La Perruche’s Rough Cut Pure Cane Cubes!As friends we talked about motherhood, our favorite and least favorite parts, when we feel the most fulfilled and shared why we look up to each of them. It was so nice to have nothing to do but chat and enjoy being together! Nicole is always so good about getting beautiful photos of everyone, such a nice gift to have that no one wants to ask for, an element to add if you recreate this brunch with your own loved ones! Even if it’s just an iPhone shot!
Kayti:Bri:Kim: Happy early Mother’s Day to all of you! Best, hardest job in the world isn’t it?
Tomorrow we’ll be sharing a peek at a fun Mother’s Day Brunch we did with friends. Our breakfast was all about everybody’s favorite (or maybe your rolling your eyes if you’re not a fan) the Acai Bowl! We created a “make your own” station and it was a hit! Take a look and we’ll include recipe, too!All you need are a huge variety of bowls and spoons to hold all the ingredients, a little chopping time and your favorite Acai recipe! We love using these frozen acai puree packs, a frozen banana, a cup of pressed apple juice and a scoop of your favorite protein powder. We like the acai thicker so add extra frozen banana if you’re in our boat, or thin it out with more apple juice.
We filled bowls with strawberries, kiwis, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, coconut shavings (these are amazing and so soft!) Chia seeds, Buff Bake almond butter, Honey to drizzle, and granola!It is such a filling breakfast even with other items to eat, we were all full off these alone!What are your favorite Acai bowl combos? We are always looking for more! Check back tomorrow for the rest of our brunch!