HIP HIP BOO RAY!

We’re SO excited to announce our FIRST (we hope the first of many) ANNUAL

HIP HIP BOO RAY!

A family-friendly Halloween Party, Monday October 31st from 4-7 pm! We will be partying at White Shanty (still time to enter their killer giveaway here!) in Provo, UT so LOCALS this is for you!! In addition to White Shanty we’re teaming up with these awesome locals shops:

BIJOU MARKET // CARAVAN SHOPPE // CHATBOOKS // FAWN DESIGN // FRESHLY PICKED // GATHRE // LITTLE SAPLING TOYS // JUNE & JANUARY // MER MAG // MT. VISTA CATERING // RAISING WILD // SWEET TOOTH FAIRY

Provo Family Halloween Party

We wanted with all our hearts for it to be free, but it became to hard to plan without any concrete numbers of guests so we’ll be selling tickets for $3 at the door and we have limited tickets so once they’re gone, we won’t be allowing anymore in. (We’ll be sure to post online if we sell out, but we don’t anticipate we will, as we said just needed a number to plan on!)

The $3 ticket will be for any kiddo who wants to participate in the fun and games! In addition to the games, we’ll have giveaways, dancing, a Smilebooth!, other photo-ops, a costume parade, food, and lots more. Something fun and safe for your fam to do before heading out to trick-or-treat or in place of trick-or-treating if you have little ones with early bedtimes!

You can buy your ticket at the door or if you want to make sure you have a spot, you can pay for your tickets here! Just put the names of the kids tickets’ your purchasing for in the “special instructions” and we’ll have your tickets reserved at the entrance for you!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

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8 baby carrier halloween costumes

Halloween with a baby and older kids can be tricky! Some parents might split up or have on stay home, but if you’re committed to trick-or-treating as a family this is the post for you! Pushing a stroller is great for Halloween night until you get to stairs, so we’ve found that baby wearing is your best bet for keeping up with your big kids. These baby carrier Halloween costumes are hilarious and so inventive!

First you need a carrier. You know we love the Ergo! I have used this nearly everyday of Raleigh’s 4 months. Russ loves it, too. It’s been such a big help with my transition to three kids and I love that he’s getting to the size where I can flip him around and look at the world since he’s constantly craning his neck anyway. 😉 Find their color selection here! We have the gray Adapt and the linen and love both.Baby Carrier Halloween Costume Ideas Baby Carrier Halloween Costume Ideas

Then you just need some felt, safety pins, glue and a killer idea. Here are EIGHT of our favorites from around the web:

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10 Baby Carrier Halloween Costumes

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10 Baby Carrier Halloween Costumes

10 Baby Carrier Halloween Costumes

10 Baby Carrier Halloween Costumes

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Presidential Debate //  Humpty Dumpty // Rosie the Riveter // Mama Bee Rounded up 35 of these babies, where we found the Rocket, Popcorn and Plane // Today’s Parent created the shark and bee keeper here!

ultimate turtle team

By Emily.

My kids are in a frenzy right now over Halloween and all the costume talk always comes back to one thing – “What are YOU gonna be mom?” We teamed up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for our team costumes (found these at Target!) and let the boys dreams come true. We became the Ultimate Turtle Team! Ready to check ‘er out?1I don’t know a ton about the show but my boys, and apparently Russ, are obsessed~ When we got the masks he said, “Dibs on Rocksteady.” I died laughing. I forget TMNT has been around a lot longer than any of us!4Doing a dry run for the big night. Is it just my kids that go absolutely limp when its time to get dressed? It’s like dressing spaghetti! 13Originally we chose Leonardo for Hayes. He is the big brother of course, the leader of the pack and works super hard each and every day. 12 And for Cal of course he had to be Mikey. The jokester, the class clown, the lazy bones that’s still good at everything. That’s our Cal! 9But, when push came to shove they wanted to swap. Im taking it as a good thing, like maybe they aspire to be like the good qualities they see in one another? Or more realistically, these brothers just tend to want what the other one has! What is a good hero story without some villains?  They probably see us that way in everyday life anyway, so let’s have Halloween mimic life, right?3We love these costumes — they are so detailed and well made and come with lots of accessory possibilities to make the costume feel extra special. I love that after trick or treating is done I can put these in the dress-up bin and they’ll get wear all year long!

COSTUME LINKS:

Toddler Raphael // Youth Leonardo // Youth Michelangelo // Bebop // Rocksteady // Sword // Nunchucks

jcrew sale

Jcrew’s additional 40% off sale + 30% off some tops, outerwear and accessories is here! Some of our favorites to check out:

 FOR YOUTassel Jewelry galore, class up a ponytail for less than $10, our favorite sailor pant for $50, the cocoon coat of your dreams in an updated fall hue and more:

FOR GIRLS — Why isn’t this sweater in our size?! Best deals on puffers and wool coats, leopard flats for tights and dresses or jeans and tees. Easiest skirt for any season and a sweet little overall dress to name a few.

FOR BOYS$15 button ups, stripes galore (favorite!), Pocket Tees in Short Sleeve and Long, Suede lace-ups for 60% off, amazing beach towel that we need like 8 of. Vans and New Balances for 40% off

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white shanty [giveaway!]

Congratulations to Candice S. for winning this giveaway!

Today’s giveaway with White Shanty is so exciting and the biggest giveaway we’ve done all year! You can win  a $1200 toward one of their gorgeous sliding barn doors OR a night’s rental at White Shanty’s new venue. What does this all mean? Let us show you!White Shanty Door or Venue Night GiveawayWhite Shanty is a Modern, Farmhouse, Industrial and more, furniture and hardware company that is located right here in Provo, Utah! They make the most beautiful pieces. Anywhere from tables and chairs, to beautiful sliding barn doors on metal casters. They slay it in the home decor department but they also recently renovated their warehouse to include the most beautiful space for parties and events!White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway They rent this space out for $2000+ a day and look at just some of their imagery. Drop dead gorgeous! What will you pick if you win, that is the question. White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway  White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway White Shanty Door or Venue Night Giveaway White Shanty Door or Venue Night GiveawayReady to enter? Note: When reposting an image to your Instagram feed make sure your account is public the day you post it as well as the day we pick a winner (next Saturday!) Good luck and happy weekend!!

Fryday – Thursday Style

By Emily.

Things are getting wild over here, talking about Fryday on a Thursday! We have a super great giveaway tomorrow and an exciting announcement the day after that so Fryday is getting pushed up a bit this week!em

Wearing: Perfect Fall outfit alert! Our girl Corrine at Mint Arrow has raved about these jeans several times and I finally listened and love them! They’re so slimming! And price matched at $40, which is crazy cheap. Size up like she says, for sure. See them styled on my tab! // Topped with these rad laced sweater and these look alike boots! A few of you asked for these after the ones I’ve been wearing around sold out. 30% off too!

Using: I finally invested in some decent make up brushes with this Sigma set. I can’t believe it took me this long, I see such a difference between the set I had been using (a few Mac and a random Kirkland Signatures set) My favorite brushes from the set are the Kabuki for foundation, the Large Powder brush for loose powder and this eye shader for a super precise application.

Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything. It is not an easy read, but if you’re like me and feel like you’re definitely not smarter than a 5th grader I am learning and re-learning SO much! The book is exactly as it’s titled, an overview and explanation of everything. Atoms, Elements, Space, and more but in a digestible interesting way.

Listening: I need an audiobook for a road trip that both me and my man will enjoy. Got any recs? When Breath Becomes Air is high on my list but not sure if he’ll dig it? Maybe something more like The Psychopath Test?

Watching: I watched Suffragette a few weeks ago (came out last year I think?) and sobbed. Like ten minutes after the movie was over I was still crying. That has never happened to me! My history education was seriously lacking in Women’s Rights especially Women’s Suffrage. Every person should see this movie, but especially every woman. I will never take my right to vote for granted again!  It has changed my perspective on so much and what I am willing and unwilling to tolerate in my leadership.

Feeling: Like I got away with something! I got this handheld vac for quick clean-ups in the car and my house and my boy are obsessed with it and are vacuuming anything they can get their hands on. My house has never been more crumb-free!

 

trick or cheese

By Emily. This post is sponsored by Mini Babybel®, as always all opinions are our own!

When I was younger my mom was notorious for giving out non-candy items at Halloween. In fact I think she still does! It took me until my early teenage years to realize because I did   my own trick-or-treating and didn’t think to pillage my own house’s supply. But, when I realized I of course was like, so embarrassed. Thirteen year olds are so delightful, right? babybel3Since then I’ve seen her give away whole apples, bags of popcorn, plastic dracula teeth and other cheap party store trinkets. And now that I’m a mom I totally get it. Kids don’t need MORE candy, man. My younger self would be seriously shaking her head at me. This is definitely not the first or last thing my mom did that I swore I wouldn’t do. But, here I am sharing and stoked about a Halloween snack to help balance that candy diet. (Now I sound like her, too!)

Mini Babybel® has new festive packaging just in time for your next party or lunch box or afternoon snack! Lately my kids are loving a cheese plate after school so I surprised them with this.babybel2They were obsessed with these limited edition Mini Babybel® cheeses and you better think twice if you think of unwrapping the red-wax packaging for them. 😉 I love how they’re perfectly portioned too, with other cheeses we waste so much because they can’t quite get the right serving size for their preference.babybelFind all seven flavors on their site and check your local grocer for their festive Halloween wrappers, too!babybel4

 

oat power balls

By Emily.  This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own. 

Keeping with our theme of on-the-go snacks for us moms we knew we wanted to try out the popular power ball trend. Basically a mixture of grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and something to bind it all together so you can store them in the fridge or freezer and pop some in your mouth in a rush.Peanut Butter + Oat Power BallsI am still making my chocolate peanut butter protein shake every single morning and now that its been a full year, I can safely say peanut butter and chocolate are just my jam. We already make the overnight oat version here, and now here’s a take on that flavor profile, but in ball form!

Peanut Butter + Oat Power BallsPeanut Butter + Oat Power Balls

1 Cup Quaker Original Old Fashioned Oats

2/3 Cup Coconut Flakes (toasted is even better!)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Oat Power Balls

NEXT:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Once they’re cold enough roll into balls –get your kiddos hands extra clean and let them at it, mine loved it! Peanut Butter Oat Power BallsThis recipe should make at least 20 one inch balls! If you’re looking for more protein you can easily add a protein powder, you’ll just need more honey and peanut butter to keep the right consistency!

Rockin’ Baby

We are so excited to introduce the kids clothing brand Rockin Baby! Not only are their clothes fashion forward and will look so killer on your little ones, they’re a company that gives back. They use with the child fund organization to supply clothing and slings every time you buy. We can’t get enough of companies who provide an awesome product and use that reach to impact the lives of those struggling, it’s a win win. We love it all but see our favorite selects below. And get shopping rockin baby!

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Umbrella Footies | Fur Bobble Hat | Pink Stripe Wellies | Borg Gillet Vest | Striped Woven Back Tee | Blue Stripe Wellie | Multi Printed Sweatshirt | Camel Trousers

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FRYDAY!!

Jenna:

reading

READING: Alli Webb’s new book! If you’ve EVER been to the DryBar you’ll love it, if you’ve ever wanted good hair you’ll love it, if you love incredible images you’ll love it, if you love beauty you’ll love it. Trust me, you’ll love it. She is one of the best stylists in the business and gives ALL her hair secrets in this beautifully laid out book. Available for pre order now!

WATCHING: Tonight we’ll all be glued to our televisions watching Shark Tank!! It’s always a fun show to watch but tonight some of our very dearest and best girls Shelly & Kara will be debuting their swimsuit, Raising Wild. The Utah girls will be partying with them and I”ll be all alone on my California couch rooting them on!!! Also they’re having a killer Shark Tank Sale so get them before the whole world wants a piece of this action.

WEARING: I’ve been posting all over the damn Internet about these sunglasses for months but now they’re on sale for $66!! They’re sunglasses so nice I’ve bought them twice. For real! I have the Black Matte and Matte and either one are incredible. You won’t see them this cheap again or for very long.

Obviously flannel is always the rage in the Fall but man oh man amazon is killing it with this selection. EVERY color imaginable and only $9-12 depending. Unreal. Order all the colors.

Have you seen Sarah Jessica Parker’s new line? It’s insane awesome. And while a higher price point, it’s flawless as all SJP things are. This bootie is unreal and I’m LIVING for this Olive color for Fall.

These jeans I wear every day. Thats NOT an exaggeration. They’re so perfect because they/re high rise, distressed and the perfect cropped ankle. Nuff said.

DECORATING: I wasn’t going to decorate for Fall (who am I kidding) and then I went to Target. Mic drop on ALL their fall decor. 

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