January 20, 2015

Our Time - The Couples Stroll

Thanks to Joovy for gifting us the Joovy Qool stroller which has quickly become a part of our family routine and given us "our time."

In emerging from the blinding fog that is the first few months of a baby, our family has begun to establish a bit of a routine.  It's the little things.  Kayla picks out her clothes for school the night before.  Craig packs Kayla's lunch.  I set up the coffee pot and measure water for a night time bottle.  On Sundays I prep for weeknight dinners.  Even Blake is getting with the program and working on establishing a two nap schedule.  But my most favorite routine lately has been the afternoon couples stroll.

Joovy Qool, how to find our time as parents,

December 21, 2014

Giving Back and Slowing Down

Thanks to Step2 for donating these toys to a worthy cause as part of my Step2 ambassadorship! #PlayItForward

A few months ago I surprised another mom just doing her best every day and shared it on Instagram.  It was a small gesture, but a meaningful one to me in a world where we as moms are often so quick to look for faults and differences rather than common ground.  So when my friends at Step2 offered me the opportunity to spend my last month as a Step2 Ambassador (sadly, we'll age out of the program in 2015) playing it forward by giving some brand new Step2 toys to a person or cause I felt could truly benefit from them I was elated.

Step2 Ambassador, #Playitforward

December 9, 2014

Disney FROZEN FEVER DIY Spring Wreath

Did you hear that Disney is releasing FROZEN FEVER this spring?  That's right.  If you heard the rumor that a follow up of sorts to FROZEN was coming then you're probably about as excited as Kayla.  That would be SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!  I would be lying if I said I was unaffected by this news.  Seeing the sheer joy that FROZEN has brought to my child (which I have chronicled through our DIY Ice Palace, FROZEN Popcorn, Ice Dig and Olaf Onesie) it just seemed appropriate to make something fun.  Therefore I present you with my DIY FROZEN FEVER wreath.

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December 8, 2014

Holiday Kids' Table Ideas

I'm sharing a kid-friendly holiday tablescape with you today.  Thanks to Halos for sponsoring this post so I can share more kid-friendly Christmas DIY projects! #HalosFun

This holiday season is a special one for our family because it's the first time since Kayla was an infant that we'll have my parents and all of my sisters under one roof.  When I think of the holiday season, some of my favorite memories involve the kids' table.  The kids' table is where the very silly and sometimes mischievous or "stevious" (as Kayla says) behavior amongst siblings and cousins happens.  It's where belly laughs and bonding happens.

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December 2, 2014

This Baby Is A St. Jude Baby

Last November I shared about a very special trip I took to an incredibly special place, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  It changed my life.  Literally.  Let me explain.  I published this post on Thanksgiving day of 2013.  I urge you to go read it because most of us have heard about St. Jude and have a general idea of what they do.  However, there is just SO much more to the picture than what you see in a 30 second commercial.  If you've done that, then here goes.  Blake was born in August 2014...

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November 17, 2014

The Big Gift - Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser

Thanks to Step2 for sending the Step2 Spin & GO Xtreme Cruiser ride-on toy for us to check out as part of my ambassadorship with Step2. #Step2ambassador

Considering that I recently had a baby, I think our "Christmas came early" photo should probably be the 15ish pound bundle of joy named Blake.  However, if you want to talk about joy, I think the photo below says it all.  Christmas for Kayla actually did come early because Step2 just released their new Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser.  As a child I would have traded any of my earthly possessions and most likely a sibling or two for a vehicle like this.

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