lotions & potions

Okay, how cute is this new line of skin and body care from giggle!? giggle always nails it with their clothing and toys and so with every new product launch we are all just slow clapping from the sidelines. These are all free of fragrances, dyes, parabens, phthalates, made in the USA and no animal testing! Clapping continues.Giggle's Lotions & Potions Shampoo and Body Wash & Bubble Bath聽— the bubble bath is already gone. HUGE hit!Giggle's Lotions & PotionsBaby Bottle Wash聽– Lolly is still loving her bottle and this is great for quick rinses!Giggle's Lotions & Potions Insect Repellent聽— so excited to use this this Summer! Is there anything worse than standard repellent? Smells awful and like a bunch of chemicals. This one smells awesome!Giggle's Lotions & Potions Lotions and Wonder Balm. We have a few Small Fry boys with SUPER sensitive skin and the balm is heaven sent!Giggle's Lotions & PotionsAlso they have lots not pictured: Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Diaper Rash Cream, Toy & High Chair Cleaner, Room & Linen Spray.

Congrats to our friends at giggle for another slam dunk product launch!!

 

Tosan [giveaway!]

It may be Mother’s Day weekend but we have a fun giveaway today to help you get ready for Father’s Day! Since we already did lots of spoiling for moms, we’re HAPPY to shift the focus. Last month we had our husbands interviewed by the Modern Dad and you can see that their support is why we’re able to do what we do (interview here!). The balance a good dad provides to a family is unmatched so while you’re getting pampered this weekend, you can enter to win this amazing backpack for your guy for next month’s Father’s Day!Tosan Giveaway

This backpack by Tosan聽in in pre-order mode and will ship June 1st just in time! You would never guess it was for adventuring with kids but the features inside say differently. It converts from pack to tote, has three internal pockets and a detachable pouch. Really, it just looks rad, right? Our guys would love to wear this, and knowing its stashed with pacifiers and cheerios is our little swoon-worthy secret.unnamed

http://tosanknowsbest.com/products/pre-sale-tosan-convertible-adventure-pack

So enter below! You’ll also win a Pop + Tot tee set which our boys have been wearing around the clock and think it’s SO cool to match with dad. http://tosanknowsbest.com/products/pre-sale-tosan-convertible-adventure-packGood luck! Also if you want to pre-order your own backpack you can find the page here.
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summer style prep

We’re back with Zappos and this time getting ready for whatever Summer throws at us! It’s always so funny to see how different our picks are for the same purposes with these monthly challenges, here’s what we all couldn’t order fast enough in preparation for these warmer school-free months!

JENNA:

I found this fit a few months ago and had to have it in white! The holes are perfectly placed and the fit is so wonderful. For sure worth the investment!Summer Style

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EMILY:

Shopping is no longer fun at 32 weeks pregnant! I think it shows, yes? 馃槈Summer StyleBut I will always enjoy buying new shoes. The mule trend is alive and well and I looked through pages it seemed on Zappos and had the hardest time deciding! It was between these awesome Dolce Vitas, and聽these Steve Madden’s. I don’t own a single pair of gray shoes and these seemed like a great versatile option! I love that the suede extends up and around the heel a little bit for a nice surprise in design. Once I’m back into jeans I can’t wait to wear these with a dark rinse high-waisted pair (Is it weird high waists is what I miss wearing most?)Summer StyleAlso spotted this rad ring from French Connection. Everyone seems afraid of it like it’s going to puncture them, but it’s all on this elastic and it has a lot of give. Super cool piece that people love to comment on!Summer Style

NICOLE:

So ready for Summer and adventuring! I always love Zappos for activewear and even got the boys set up this time around! We’re ready for a hike, a soccer game, kite flying. Whatever it may be!Summer Style

Sunny rocking this Nike hat聽// Dash is in this one // They are also all about soccer lately and have been wearing these jerseys 聽and shorts\聽daily Dash in black and Sunny in white. Of course they need the Adidas slides which I love because they’re so easy for them to get on and off all by themselves.// 聽Sunny’s sneakers which can be dressed up or down 聽for play or even church!

 

Summer Style

I’ve been loving jogging lately so had to scoop up these shorts + jacket!聽I’ve had these awesome abstract print Nikes and love that they don’t scream run/work-out!

 

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Chicco Giveaway!

By Emily.

It has been awhile since I updated you all on this pregnancy! Happy 32 weeks! It feels and looks like I should be about 52 weeks along at this point so that’s fun! 馃槈 If this pregnancy is anything like my other boys this baby will come聽three weeks early! 聽YIKES! It’s got me simultaneously planning to have him early, and also trying to mentally prepare myself to go all 40. Who knows, right?Chicco

This time around I really want to work out the whole bottle scenario. With Hayes and Cal the memory is fuzzier 5 years down the road, but I remember neither of them being too keen on the bottle. Breastfeeding was always so much more convenient in the moment, but then of course when you’re desperate for break for a night out or even just a night feeding I was always kicking myself I didn’t make the bottle a part of our routine. Also my heart melts a little when I think about his brothers and dad giving him a bottle. It’s such a beautiful experience I want to share with all of them! Glad to have these NaturalFit Chicco bottles on hand to give it a go this time!

You can see the angled nipple and rounded base are really made for the transtion between bottle and breast. It mimics the same latch and has a perfect fit and flow. They’re also super affordable at $8.99 so I feel great about stocking up so I don’t have to worry about washing out our small collection in the middle of the night. 聽Can’t believe it’s already time to scrub bottles and wash blankets, eek!! Chicco GiveawayI’ll be sure to update you how it all goes, but before I let you go maybe you’d like to win your own set? Chicco is offering one lucky winner $200 in products to jumpstart your own experience.
Here’s what it includes (you can buy these products at Babies ‘R Us聽and聽buy buy baby!)Chicco Giveaway

路 1 Three-Pack Stage One 5oz Bottles ($21.99)聽路 1 Three-Pack Stage One 8oz Bottles ($21.99)聽路 1 Digital Bottle and Baby Food Warmer ($49.99)聽路 2 Transition Cups ($17.98)聽路 1 3-in-1 Modular Sterilizer ($69.99)聽路 1 Breast Pump Adapters ($5.99)路 2 Pacifier Sets ($11.98)聽路 1 Pocket Buddies Pacifier Holder – Blue ($11.99)

ENTER BELOW!
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CIRCLE with Disney

By Emily.

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. 馃槈Circle with Disney

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聽that much better. First look how pretty it is. It’s about the size of a softball!Disney Circle

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 connectionDisney Circle 聽聽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.聽Disney Circle 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. 聽Where they’re going, what they’re accessing and more.Disney Circle 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.)Disney Circle 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. 馃槈

Buy your own peace of mind here!

 

 

Fawn Design : a giveaway

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!

Jenna:

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Bag // Shoes // Sunglasses // Dress (similar)

Emily:IMG_9736

Bag // Shoes // Sunglasses // Dress

NICOLE:

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Shoes

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birch lane

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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!Birch Lane 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!Birch Lane Of course Birch Lane’s聽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 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!Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 9.49.29 PMOne of our favorite items from their launch are these awesome canvas bins with leather handles!聽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!Birch LaneAnd more from our S’more roast prep!聽Birch Lane

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This post is sponsored by聽Birch Lane Kids!

mother’s day brunch

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.Mother's Day BrunchWe 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!Acai Bowl BarIt 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!Mother's Day BrunchTo go along with the breakfast we also did an herbal tea bar. Mother's Day BrunchWe 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.Mother's Day BrunchOur favorite teas + sweeteners.聽Emily is the tea fanatic around here and here are her favorites:Mother's Day BrunchPumpkin Spice Rooibos聽// Rooibos Chai // Mint Melange聽(peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint!) // Gingerbread Tea //聽Passion Tea (awesome iced!) Sweetened with La Perruche’s Rough Cut Pure Cane Cubes!Mother's Day BrunchAs 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聽if you recreate this brunch with your own loved ones! Even if it’s just an iPhone shot!

Kayti:Mother's Day BrunchBri:Mother's Day Brunch Kim:Mother's Day Brunch Happy early Mother’s Day to all of you! Best, hardest job in the world isn’t it?

acai bowl bar

Tomorrow we’ll be sharing a peek at a fun Mother’s Day Brunch we did with friends. Our breakfast聽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!Acai Bowl BarAll 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.Acai Bowl Bar

Acai Bowl Bar 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!Acai Bowl BarIt is such a filling breakfast even with other items to eat, we were all full off these alone!Acai Bowl BarWhat are your favorite Acai bowl combos? We are always looking for more! Check back tomorrow for the rest of our brunch!

teacher appreciation week DIY

We can’t really get over the fact that we’re already in the last week of April! With May kicks off a crazy month of end of school actives and Summer weather urging it all ahead. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we teamed up with Yoobi to share a super easy idea for your kiddos to do!Teacher Appreciation IdeasDid you guys know, on average, teachers can spend up to $485 out of pocket each year? That adds up to over $1.6 billion in teacher spending annually, just to supply core items for their students to have the tools they need to learn and be creative. (So sad!) That is one reason we don’t like teacher appreciation at the end聽of the school year when they could benefit from our help long before then, but we can always pad them for next year! Teacher Appreciation IdeasSo not only does giving the gift of Yoobi benefit your actual classroom but with each item purchased Yoobi gives another supply to a school in need so it’s of double benefit! So here’s how you can turn the gift of Yoobi into a sweet little present for your kids’ teachers! First, have them color a full page drawing:聽Teacher Appreciation Ideas We are so in love with their Twister Crayons because they make zero mess and last forever. They are great for a quiet time bag for church or a road trip. Just twist them back inside and you don’t need to worry about getting residue inside your purse, they don’t break, and they never dry out!Teacher Appreciation Ideas Once they’ve drawn their picture, cut the paper into a fan shape. This will allow you to make the cone for your flowers!Teacher Appreciation Ideas Tape up the inside of the cone to hold it in place and wrap it up with all the awesome school supplies you purchased, a gift card, treat or whatever your teacher would love!Teacher Appreciation IdeasFind all their awesomely designed school and art supplies on their site! Our kids whole- heartedly recommend these layer markers. They’ve kept them busy coloring for days and they can’t get over how the white marker changes the colors. We’re loving all the sweet secret messages, too!Yoobi Marker

See some favorite ideas we’ve found around the web on our Pinterest board!