Dinner Winner


By Jenna.

I’ve been loving our partnership with Target because after taking on clean eating, I’ve spent WAY more time in their grocery department then I ever have before. With Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target‘s launch, I love that I can buy my regular fresh fruits and vegetables and then also have lots of healthy pre-made options to bring it all together! I suddenly feel like Target really is my one stop shop for all my family’s needs. Which has aided me so much in my goal this summer of spending more focused time with my family, and less time in the kitchen. I find that often in my pursuit of creating these glorious experiences for them AND beautiful dinners, I spend more time away then I anticipated or wanted! The curation of naturally better for you groceries makes it easy! Simple and healthy approach to food is where it’s at.5 Minute Pasta Salad

A common activity for us is to eat our dinner outside in the Summertime, so I’m always thinking of recipes that include ALL food groups in one for easy transport out to the picnic blanket! That’s how I came up with this 5 Minute Pasta Salad and had no problem using all products and produce from the aisles of my local Target!Target Made to Matter  5 Minute Pasta Salad  5 MINUTE PASTA SALAD

1 package of Simply Balanced Organic Penne Rigate Pasta, cooked
1 lb. Pre-Cooked and sliced chicken breast
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup diced cucumbers
1/2 cup Horizon Organic Cheddar cheese sliced or cubed
1 cup Annie’s Natural Goddess dressing5 Minute Pasta Salad

Combine and stir! Trust me I was afraid to do this. This is way too simple for my normal taste but guess what it was amazing! And my kiddos loved it, so score! We paired it with these delicious Cranberry Cherry drinks and had a wonderful little Summer picnic.5 Minute Pasta Salad

This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

a lesson in individuality

One thing we learn as parents again and again is that our boys are each their own unique personality. What works for one is not always going to work for the next, and that’s what makes being a parent so crazy hard, and also incredibly rewarding. This lesson in individuality is a work in progress for all of us, but it seems everyone is most happy when as parents we honor their individuality versus trying to make them fit a mold. GapKids is all about letting kids be kids, and with their help we got a head start on back to school shopping for two of our favorite and newest Kindergartners, Quinn and Zoey!

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We showed them their options online and let them pick what they would feel most comfortable in going to school! Here’s what we all put together!

QUINN:

Individuality with Gap Kids

 

Quinn is 100% original. We are constantly cracking up at the funny questions and stories he comes up with, his love for celebrating and having a good time. Even being the consummate individual that he is, he also loves to emulate and be just like his dad. So picking a New York baseball cap, which is where his dad’s favorite team resides was super cool for him!

Quinn loves to adventure whether it’s on a trip with the family or up into the mountains near his house. This “Explore” top is perfect to represent his adventurous nature. This was also his first pair of jeans in the Gap Kids section! Usually wearing a 5T, it was nice to see that making the jump to Kids was seamless. The adjustable waist option is so nice for those tall and lean kids!

ZOEY:

We love Zoey because she is a jack of all trades. She loves sports, legos, dress-ups, and high heels equally. She gets along with everyone and is so kind. Even at 5 years old Zoey is aware and particular about what is “stylish” and getting her dressed was so fun!

Individuality with Gap Kids

Zoey loves being able to be dressed up for impromptu tea parties, but also needs to be able to run and play and cartwheel. She loves having these knit shorts under dresses and skirts so nothing can stand in her way! We love how all of these pieces can be worn so many different ways and are all season-less when added with the right layers!

Individuality with Gap Kids

Find Zoey’s Denim ShirtKnit & Mesh Hi Lo Tank topDenim Mini Skirt and unisex high to sneaker all at GapKids!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GapKids through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While we were compensated to write a post about GapKids, all opinions are our own.

Back to School Fashion Week: Shoes!

You’re racing out the door, they’ve been fed, dressed, combed and kissed, what’s left? Shoes! Here are some of our favorites from around the web to put that final finishing touch before they head out for the day! Today is our last installment of Back to School Fashion week, but find all our back to school themed posts right here!

FOR GIRLS:

Girl's Shoes1,2 & 9. Picking just one of these darling oxfords from Zuzii was much too hard. There’s so many more, find them all here! But really, these shoes go with just about anything, casual or formal, tights or jeans.

3. Where we live there’s a pretty hefty winter, but those of you in more mild climates these Avarcas could be worn all year ’round! They’re so durable, comfortable and easy to slip right on.

4. A classic slip-on sneaker is a must, and this denim stripe is so versatile! Via Cotton On.

5. Umi Shoes Color-blocked ballet flat is a nice pop of color on an otherwise neutral pair of flats!

6. We’ll refrain from any cat-puns, but these little kitty flats are pretty perfect.

7. For days your girl wants to dress-up Janie and Jack makes the sweetest sigh-worthy shoes! These French-inspired T-straps are slaying us!

8. Slip-ons are so great when you just can’t lace (or re-lace) one more shoe. These ones from Old Navy are on sale ($10! + 25% more off) and come in cheetah and leopard, too!

Boys' Shoes

1. We’re going into our third season of buying Polarn rain boots! They’re so great for any weather and it’s comforting to know they’ll be dry if rain or snow strikes!

2. Are you a Cotton On fan? It sees like it’s a hidden gem for the most part, go and be amazed at their awesome deals and darling designs! We love these leather-look sneakers.

3. We found these Umi shoes several months ago, and they hold up their shape so well. Some sneakers start to droop over time, but these look good as new all this time later!

4. Colorful sneakers are such a great way to amp up a boys’ wardrobe. Simple tees and jeans look so fun when paired with these from H&M.

5. We love seeing the styles of our youth come back in fashion. Hellloooo 90’s! Perfect for your soccer star. Via Jcrew.

6. This is such a great retro style sneaker! The upper is plastic so it’s so easy to clean off and looks as good as new! Via Gap.

7. We all love these H&M sneakers! The price is so right, and they’re just the perfect most classic high-tops for boys or girls! They come in so many great colors, too so your kiddo can pick his favorite!

We hope you enjoyed our Back to School Fashion Week! Best of luck on your own hunts! Have a great weekend, we’ll see you Monday!

Back to School Fashion Week: Deals!

Next up for our Back to School Fashion Week, we had to share a couple of the awesome sales that are going on right now! Nothing is better than stocking up (seriously it gives us butterflies and we’ve been graduated for…awhile) for the school year and getting amazing deals while you’re at it! Gap is running a 40% off full priced items for card members (35% if not) sale while Jcrew is an additional 40% off sale items. Not bad at all! Here’s some of our favorite deals, and below you can shop them – plus a ton more! – in the carousels below!

For Boys
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For Girls:

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Have you all found any awesome back to school deals? JcPenney, Zara, Nordstrom all have great sales going on now, too!

Back to School Fashion Week: Picture Day!

Next up in our Back to School Fashion Week is our favorite finds for picture day! We did a little research across the web for the best Picture Day tips (at the bottom of this post!) and put them all together for you here! Whether you dress up or keep it casual, here are some great options that go along with what we’ve read!

FOR BOYS:

Picture Day | Back to School Shopping

1. For a more formal picture try this white button down, with a extra comfortable knit blazer, and a classic striped tie!

2. Going the other direction with something extra casual (but still picture appropriate!) like this  Chambray Shirt with Polarn O Pyret’s perfect Striped long sleeve top as an undershirt! The stripe is wide enough to be photographed just right! Boys don’t get too many accessory options that are picture friendly, but we love this smart little Neff watch to add a little something extra!

3. For a middle of the road look we love a Short Sleeved Plaid button down with a contrasting pop of color underneath like this Simple pocket tee!

FOR GIRLS:
Picture Day | Back to School Shopping

1. For something colorful and cute we love the pattern mixing this dress and Polka Dot Headband combo create! Dress it up a little bit with this cute denim Moto Jacket!

2. For something a little bit more formal how cute is this (on sale!) chiffon jumper with the always beautiful Tipped Blazer and a pair of brown riding boots?

3. For something easy and comfortable with just a hint of interest, this Chambray Two Tone Dress is so great! Just top it with a sweet little Floral Headband and you’re set!

And now, here’s our Back to School Picture Day Tips!schoolpic Read more