Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VALENTINE'S WITH UNCOMMON GOODS

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All opinions are truly my own.

Ever since Jack and I met, we always make each other's Valentine's Day cards. It's a little tradition we started ten years ago. His are usually better than mine since he's so creative! I have kept most of them and I'm trying to find a way to display them.

This year, I wanted to go above and beyond for him. He's been amazing with everything. I joined a program at work that will have me traveling six times this year which means he takes care of our kids without any help and he's happy to do it. He does so much around the house and I just really wanted to change it up this year.

He has been talking about wanting a bar cart for our home for a while now and I thought YES! that's the perfect gift for Valentine's Day this year. The actual cart will have to wait but I got a lot of pretty cool stuff for it.

Uncommon Goods offers a huge array of products for every single taste and every single person in your life. Your husband, wife, your kids or friends, especially for this special day! Also, Sunny is here to help you narrow down your options, this is so helpful if you're like me, and have no idea what to give someone, but you know some of the things they like.

BUT, besides all the really cool products they have and the amount of hours you'll spend browsing even with the help of Sunny, I love what this company is about. Sustainability is their mission, and selling products that are environmentally friendly is important to them, and it's definitely important to me. They offer creative products from artists and small manufacturers, you'll see that when you explore their site.

If you already have your Valentine's gift, you can shop for birthdays, anniversaries, even those people in your life whom you never know what to gift. There's something for everyone. :)

Jack is a beer lover, ideas for the bar cart were easy to come up. I searched for beer cart and found some pretty cool and unique items. Give me all the beer stuff! He loved everything and he already wants to start adding to it. I had to add these soap stone shot glasses. The vinyl coasters are probably my favorite thing ever, Jack loves records and record players, this was so perfect for him! The Texas beer cap holder is so freaking cool too. Now we need to get a bar cart!


Thank you Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this post!

Monday, January 22, 2018

ELLIOT'S FIFTH BIRTHDAY


As I typed in the title, it's crazy to think that Elliot is five years old. He's in Pre-K right now and only attends for three hours a day, but soon he will be in Kinder all day. That just blows my mind.

We asked him what he wanted to do this year and what the theme for his party should be, and he immediately said pirates. Perfect! He also said he wanted to go to Peter Piper Pizza and to be honest, I was so glad! I didn't have to worry about the food this time, or the entertainment. We invited just the family to celebrate and Elliot truly had the best time with his cousins. I did want more quality time with him and the family, we went back to our house to have cake and ice cream. This gave everyone the chance to talk and play and indulge in some Mexican candy!

Elliot is the most caring and loving boy. He worries so much about his feelings and those of others. If someone isn't happy, he makes sure to say the right thing to them to try to cheer them up. If Jack or I get mad at him, he says "don't be mad at me!" He will say "mama!" when I scold him and he will smile the biggest smile to make up with me. How can I say no to that! He's growing into an amazing little boy. The things he does and says everyday amaze us. He's so so smart and the most rational kid. He's just like his mama, if something doesn't make sense, he questions it till he finds out why. He needs to know the reason for things that happen, and asks a million questions about everything. I love that about him.

He hugs his brother and tells him he loves him constantly. From everything he does or says, this warms and melts my heart the most. I am so happy that he loves his brother unconditionally, I tell him that he always has to take care of him. He's the best big brother. Watching their relationship is beautiful! We love him so much!


If you need sources for anything seen, please let me know!

OLIVER'S FIRST BIRTHDAY

I am about three months late on this post, but here it is. My one year old's birthday party. We kept it to just family, as we wanted to do something super simple for him but still fun and cute. I have ALWAYS wanted to do a circus/clown party and this was the perfect opportunity since he still can't pick what he likes. ;)

I love how everything turned out and I think my favorite thing about it all was the cake!

Prepare for a photo dump of his little party. If you need sources for anything seen on here please let me know!

This little boy will eat everything and anything you put in front of him, including non-edibles, Jack and I have to be so careful and always make sure the floors are clean. We had to take his smash cake away from him, he would have probably finished it. He's so smart, when he sees that something is trash, like a big piece of paper, he's starting to throw stuff in the garbage. At almost sixteen months, he says so many words and is the funniest little boy. His big brother is the only one who can make him laugh so hard that he spits his food out.

He loves so hard especially his big brother, but will come up to Jack and I and hug us and give us his big slobbery kisses. We love this baby boy so much!



Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

FAVORITE KIDS BOOKS

This post is sponsored by Wonderbly. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

Jack and I have always been avid readers though now with two kids we hardly ever get a chance to actually read our own books and instead, we read to our kids a lot. Everywhere we go, if I see a good kid's book, I buy it. Oh how times have changed.

Some of our favorites are this one and also this one. Elliot also loves when I read him Little Owl's Night and especially Love You Forever. This book almost makes me cry every time I read it to him. We love books with meaning or a message!

When I received these books for Oliver and Elliot, I was floored, they're definitely bumped up to our top favorites. They're truly magical and so beautifully illustrated. I ordered The Little Boy Who Lost His Name for Oliver and The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home for Elliot. As soon as he saw his name on the book, he was hooked and so surprised. When ordering, you customize them with your kid's name, a character and in this case, your home address with a satellite printout of your area! I thought this was so creative and Elliot couldn't believe that the book knew where he lives.

Oliver's book is about a boy finding the letters of his name. I can't wait for him to be a little older to understand it but for now, he's happy to look at the pictures and trying to eat it too. ;)

There are some pretty amazing options and these make really thoughtful gifts for any little boy or girl. They also offer the option to get your book with a hard cover which makes it extra durable and extra special. It also lets you write a dedication on the first page and I get a knot in my throat thinking about them looking back on their books and reading what we wrote for them when they're older! We are so in love with ours! Order yours here!!



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUMMER MOM SYTLE WITH JORD WATCHES

I will admit that I am not the girliest of girls when it comes to style and being a working and busy mom doesn't help. Give me a pair of skinny jeans and a T-shirt and let's call it a day. This is why I tell people I had boys, I probably wouldn't have the patience to match and style little girl's clothes everyday! Although there are tons of cute stuff out there for girls.

This Summer, I truly want to make more of an effort and invest in a better and more stylish wardrobe and with clothes, come accessories. Enter JORD watches. I fell in love with mine as soon as I saw it. It is gorgeous and definitely one of a kind. It's a hand crafted wood watch with a sapphire crystal glass in dark sandalwood with a smoke face, it fits my style perfectly. I cannot get enough of this watch! It complements every outfit and I have been wearing it nonstop. I get complimented on it at least once a day. It is elegant, modern and timeless. I'll always have time to put on a watch. ;)

The packaging alone is stunning, my watch comes in a beautiful wooden box with the logo engraved on it. You may or may not know this, but my husband is a watch collector. The men's watches are also just as beautiful, so unique and the most perfect gift for any special occasion. He will definitely get one!

Now I have to catch up to my husband's collection and get more of these watches. Go look at all of the women's watches, you will fall in love and have a hard time picking one, and that's a good thing!


If you would like to enter to win a $100 JORD E-gift code to use toward the purchase any of these unique and gorgeous watches, click HEREEVERYONE who enters will get a $25 e-gift code. Get yours or use it towards an awesome gift for your loved ones! It's super easy to enter! The contest will close July 2nd at 11:59pm.  


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Friday, June 16, 2017

TO MY HUSBAND



Father's Day is upon us and I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about my baby daddy aka father of my children. Maybe even brag about him a little if you'll let me.

This guy has been rocking it at this parenting thing. He is the most patient (way more than I am), most loving daddy to our kids. The crazy thing is, he didn't have a father figure most of his life. Everything he does, he puts his whole heart in it, and I truly believe it is because he wants to be there for his kids, to be everything he didn't have and because he's really a wonderful man.

The way he talks about them, talks to them, tells them he loves them, tells them about life, it warms my heart so much. He really is an incredible man and father and sometimes I don't give him the credit he deserves. We have hectic schedules and lives and don't slow down often enough, so here I am, trying to make up a little for those times.

He texts me pictures almost everyday that he either took the day before or goes back through his phone and sends me the ones when Elliot was a baby or Oliver was born along with a row of crying emojis. He tells me he almost cries when he looks at videos of them being so little and it makes me want to cry just hearing about it.

He stays with them every other Friday he has off from work and he tells me how much he loves that time with them as hard as it is. Sometimes he loses it (as do I) but I know he's doing the best he can and I love him for it.

When both of our kids were born, he was there to do most of the work and still does, I also don't tell him how much I appreciate this very often, and I should.

Seeing him the way he loves our kids made me look at him and love him in an entirely different way. Their little eyes light up when they see him and I wish I could relive those moments over and over. I'm sure others mamas can agree with me. He says that he is this way because time is fleeting and he knows they will grow up before we know it, and we have to enjoy every second as hard as it is sometimes.

Thank you Jack for being the best daddy and role model for our kids and for being on this parenthood ride with me! There's no one else I would rather do this with. We love you so much!!


Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

FIVE FACE & BODY PRODUCTS THAT YOU'LL LOVE


Today I am sharing five of my favorite products that I have been using and loving for the past couple of months. Some I have used more than others but I am so glad to have found these!

As I begin making changes to my skincare routine, I've also been on the search for better products and have been hoarding a few of them trying them on to see if they work. These do, as a busy mama, I want good easy products to work with.

I've added this Collagen Repair Night Cream to my rotation and I love how my skin feels in the morning, so plump and soft. I also put this eye cream under my eyes and on my lids and it feels so rich but goes on so nice and dries quickly. These two are also completely natural and vegan!

I've been using this face mask and I can honestly say that this is my favorite one by far out of any clay masks I've tried. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean. Jack used it as soon as I bought it and he loved it! It's just so good.

This Pearlessence Coconut Rose Hydrating Face Mist face mist is so refreshing on days when my skin feels dull and when I need some refreshing. It also smells so good! The sprayer is so fine and precise. I couldn't find the exact one, but this one is pretty close.

Lavanila Sport Luxe Deodorant. This one is not a face product but it's something I needed to share. I have been on the hunt for a natural deodorant for a while and have tried a few that failed. I was a little skeptic about it, but I read blog posts and saw YouTubers rave about it and I gave it a try. I also got the men's one for Jack and we are both obsessed. He says he's never liked a deodorant so much because they work and they work so well. His is unscented which is what he likes and mine smells amazing, like a fresh perfume! I have told my mom and sister about it because with all the chemicals that companies put in products, it's scary to think what's being absorbed by our bodies especially deodorant. I am never ever going back to another one every again! It's a little pricey but it's worth it!


Have a great weekend!!
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