Picnic Essentials

Picnic essentials

 

 

Olivia is obsessed with eating outside.  She will always go and get our blanket and say picnic outside.  It is adorable and I hope she continues to want to hang out with me all the time.  It got me thinking though of some things that are essential to have a great picnic and thought I would gather some of our favorite products.

Picnic essentials

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Picnic Essentials

  1. A great blanket
    We are obsessed with our Gathre mat and I highly recommend investing in a good quality blanket for any occasion.  This mat gets brought out on a daily and during the winter we use it for indoor picnic as well.  I love that it is waterproof so if the grass is wet we don’t get wet and you are able to wipe off anything easily that is spilt.  Lets be honest we are eating with kids- there is going to be a lot that gets spilt.  Olivia has gotten lasagna all over this mat and it never stained- just wiped right up.
  2. A picnic basket
    We have one similar to this one– that I got from my parents house- it helps to have all of your stuff together in one spot.  Plus I think it is adorable to have a picnic basket.
  3. Umbrella
    We bought a budget friendly $20 one from Target in their seasonal area and we use it all the time- there are often times we can’t find shade so its nice to have this to protect us some.
  4. Portable speakers
    We are a family that loves to always have music playing.  Olivia also loves to dance so it helps to entertain her while the rest of us are still snacking.  We have a small bluetooth one that we got from Amazon.
  5. Easy Nutritious Food
    Obviously a picnic wouldn’t be complete without the food.  I like to keep it simple when going on a picnic so that I am not juggling a lot of things and makes clean up easy as well.  I still want the food to be nutritious for us.  That is what I love about the Papa Johns ne w gluten-free crust pizza.  They use ancient grains making this a healthier option than your regular pizza.  Whenever I am breastfeeding I try to be a little more health conscience than I normally am.  I am also the mom that gives my child fruit & veggies while I am hiding eating fast food.  I like that I don’t have to hide while eating this meal.  Try it out tonight with this PROMO CODE for a small 2-Topping Gluten-Free Crust Pizza $9.99 : GLTN2T

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Daddy Daughter Date with Jord Watch Giveaway

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Olivia loves her dad, which I don’t blame her, I do too. Often times they go out in the backyard and will hit golfballs around together. While we were on vacation we thought it would be fun to plan a special evening where we took Olivia to the putting green and had her actually trying to hit the ball into a hole. So we got her all dresses up and ready to go on her daddy daughter date.

Now we had a little surprise for daddy too. She had in the backseat a Jord wood watch waiting to give to him. She was so excited she could hardly contain herself in the backseat and daddy thought she was just excited to go golfing.  Thank goodness for diaper bags cuz I had her put it inside and while he was getting out some balls she sat down on the grass and just waited for him admiring the watch.

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Luckily I guessed his wrist size correctly and it ended up fitting perfectly. What we both commented on was how the watch came in a beautiful wooden box with a humidor compartment below to keep the wood from drying out. I think that is important to point out because I don’t know if other wood watch companies do this and since we live in Utah (the desert) this is very important to do.

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While we were on the putting green four deer came up and were eating quietly next to us. I was shocked that they would even attempt to be near us with Olivia running around all wild. Once she spotted them she did try to chase them away. Sadly I didn’t get a photo of how beautiful it was with them in the background.

We stayed as long as we could without getting eaten alive by the giant Montana mosquitos that started to swarm us but I would say that this daddy daughter date was a success. Olivia ran around having a blast and actually hit the ball in a few times and my husband not only got to make memories with his daughter but got a timepiece to remember the memory by.  If you would like to surprise someone special with a Jord watch or just spoil yourself click here to enter a $100 giveaway- GREAT NEWS!! Everyone is a winner for entering because you all will receive a $25 code that will expire October 29, 2017.

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Top 10 Parenting Advice with Mocktails

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Lets face it- there are times that we need to turn to our mom tribe for advice.  I not only have amazing friends that I can turn to but I feel very fortunate to have an amazing mother, mothers-in-law, sister and awesome sisters-in-law that I turn to more often than not for advice.  I was so excited to partner with Ocean Spray® and try their new Mocktails while sitting down with my mom and sister in law and get some parenting advice from them. Here are some top tips that I’ve been given over time.

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TOP 10 Parenting Advice

  1. Say I love you early and often.  Mean it as well.
    We have had several people hear my family members talking on the phone to each other and whenever we get off the phone we ALWAYS say I love you to each other.  They often are amazed that we speak to each other this way and complete on that we do this.  I can honestly say that I love knowing that my parents and siblings love me. You often hear people say they regret not expressing their love for people more often.  I know that my family will never have that regret & I hope to continue that tradition with my little family.
  2. Agree with your spouse in front of the children and be a united front- don’t make one parent the bad guy all the time.
    My mother has such a tender heart- whenever we misbehaved and she tried disiplining us she would often go into her room and cry about it.  It was always harder on her than us so she started using the phrase- wait till your father gets home.  She tells us all the time that she regrets ever doing that.  Not only did it not work- we would still misbehave until our father got home- but it made my dad out to be the bad guy.  Now I never thought of my father as bad but man when we got home and we were bad we would all run for it.  What kind of greeting is that a father after a hard days of work.  Come up with rules and how to discipline together and than each hold to them.
  3. Don’t Compare yourself to other parents- each child, parent and situation is different. We each come with different skills & personalities-find what works for your family.
    Easier said than done- especially with social media thrown in our faces at all times but we don’t know what is truly happening in everyones homes.  Those parents might seem to have it all together at all times but lets be honest none of us do.  We all lose our tempers, burn a meal, leave our house or chores a mess at times.  Some people are great at crafts while others are great at cooking.  We each have different strengths and weaknesses so use what you have.
  4. Be open to advice- read lots of different parenting books and articles.  You never know what might work for your child and family. 
    I use to hate when people would try giving me advice- I knew my child and that was it.  Than my child started to grow and change and I realized that being open to advice wasn’t such a bad thing.  What works for me might not work for my daughters.  Just because someone gives you advice doesn’t mean you have to follow it but one day you might use one of their tips and be grateful you were open to advice.  I also learned this with books, while pregnant I didn’t want to follow one way of parenting so I didn’t ready any books, but once I had my daughter I realized that I needed some knowledge at parenting.  I started reading all sorts of books and realized it didn’t have to be one style or the other, you pick things that work for you and your family and develop your own style.
  5. Have a family dinner daily with no technology.
    There have been studies done about how important it is to sit down as a family and have dinner together.  Not only does it get the family together on a regular basis but it gives everyone a chance to talk to one another.  It gives everyone a chance to talk about their day as well.  There are so many cute traditions that I have heard of- letting everyone talk about a high & low moment that day, talk about what they achieved that day and plan to achieve the next day.  One of my good friends that is from Central America told me that at dinner her father would quiz all of them about cities, countries, spelling, anything and everyone in her family is so smart and knowledgeable.  I know I looked forward to our family meals together- I loved sitting down and listening to my older siblings talk about their day.  This is a tradition I plan to do.
  6. Clearly define limits and expectations.
    I always knew what was expected of me growing up and at times I felt like the expectations were too high but now that I am older I respect that.  I love that my parents had high expectations of me- it means they knew I was capable to achieve them.  I also knew what was expected of me when not around my parents and I think other families appreciate that.  My parents have several friends that have commented about how much they enjoy being around not only them but their children.  I never want someone to avoid spending time with us because I don’t have my children under control.  I think this tip can relate to a lot of things as well, school, hobbies, behavior, etc.
  7. Be patient and understanding.
    One thing I have learned since having a child is to be patient.  There are times that I know it will be so much easier for me to do something on my own but that wouldn’t be teaching them how to do it.  We not only need to be patient with them growing up and learning but being patient and understanding when they make a mistake in life.  I always knew my parents loved me no matter what I did and knew I could go and talk to them about it.  It was so comforting to know they understood even if they weren’t happy with me.
  8. Don’t over structure their lives.
    This seems to be a big problem lately.  It is a competitive world and as a parent you feel that if they don’t have every second scheduled with an activity than they will fall behind.  Again there have been studies how this is hurting our children.  They need time to be bored so they can learn how to entertain themselves.  They need time to be creative and discover what their true talents and passion are.  With packed schedules they never learn these skills.
  9. Learn to say NO- what a child wants isn’t always what they need.
    I know not everyone is not going to agree with me on this one but at least hear me out.  I know there is a parenting trend that says that the word no can be damaging to a child.  I don’t agree with this because in life you are going to hear the word no at times and we need to prepare them for that.  Life is not always going to give them what they want and they need to learn to either do without or learn to work towards getting it if they really want it.  I believe that hearing the word no teaches boundaries at times as well.  Now I do agree with that we should learn to answer at times with a different word- for example if a child asks for a treat we don’t always have to say no- we can give them options or other alternatives.  “Mom can I have a treat” “right now I would like it if you had some crackers or an apple, which one would you like instead”  This technique has helped in our family so far but I will admit I am not perfect and the word no still comes out often.
  10. Give them a chore at least once a day.
    Chores teach our children how to work and be responsible.  It also gives them pride in the work that they have done.  A child will appreciate a meal so much more when they have helped prepare it.  They feel apart of the family when given family responsibilities.  It also teaches them to work at an early age. There are a lot of good lists that I have found on Pinterest that talk about age appropriate chores.

Now lets talk about how much I enjoyed these Ocean Spray® Mocktails– they seriously do taste like cocktails.  What I like is the many options you have with these drinks- you are able to drink them as is, add some sparkling water in them, or add in some alcohol to make it a true cocktail.  After us moms got together and talked about a few things the kids joined in to taste them- we all agreed that the favorite was Tropical Citrus Paradise Mocktail but I really enjoyed them all.  The Cranberry Sangria Mocktail seriously tasted like a Sangria.  These Ocean Spray® Mocktails would be perfect for hosting a baby shower, those times that you’re craving a cocktail while pregnant or just can’t/don’t drink.  I highly recommend trying them.  I am already planning several other parties that I know these would be perfect.

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Dreaming of a Romantic Cuban Vacation

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I have a passion for travel.  I almost obsess about it. Right before I got married I took off for 6 weeks on a study abroad around London, Paris, Barcelona, and all over Italy. It use to be my goal to visit 2 countries at least every year.  But of course I grew up, got married, bought a house and now have 2 children.  Traveling to 2 countries a year isn’t as easy as it once was but I can still dream about it right.  Now I’ve heard that the anticipation & planning of a vacation is more beneficial to you than the actual vacation.  There is something about having that exciting adventure to look forward to that does your body some good.

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One of the Queen’s swans in Hyde Park

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The architecture blew me away in London

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Duomo di Firenze in Florence Italy

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The Collesseum in Rome

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Now I not only haven’t been feeding this travel bug of mine but I also haven’t taken a break from my kids not once- EVER! The only time I have been apart from Olivia was when I had Ryan & was at the hospital.  This mama needs a small break from parenting to recharge my batteries.  Since the last vacation out of the country I went on was my babymoon to Turks & Caicos I thought it would be fun to plan a romantic vacation to a destination I’ve been dying to go to– CUBA!!

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Now everyone knows that if you truly want to experience a place you can’t just go and stay in a resort and never leave. I mean those vacations are nice and needed at times but when you are in a location as exciting as Cuba you want to dive into the culture.  That’s what I love about anywhere.com– it connects you with locals to help plan your trip for FREE.  Seriously head over to anywhere.com– pick a location on their list that you desire- let them know how much you want to spend, time frame, things you want to do while there & they will have locals give tips and help plan your dream vacation with you.

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How perfect does Cuba already look?  The pastel buildings, the old cars, tobacco fields, beaches- you’ll be able to plan exactly what fancies you.

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I already know my husband will want to relax on this beach, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and warmth of the sun.  I can feel my body relaxing just thinking about it.  We will also get to explore amazing locations like this waterfall below- I feel like it belongs in a fairytale.

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This almost gives you the best of both worlds- a relaxing beach setting with the amazon feeling right across to look at.

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What I love about Anywhere.com is how easy it was to use.  I went to the website, picked a location and described what I had in mind.  I put a budget, time limit, and a few activites we would be interested in.  Within 24 hours they had a local on their team draw up a plan of our ideal vacation and emailed the itinerary over to us.  We got to look it over and either agree with what they drew up or give some suggestions.  At the bottom of the email it even had a photo of the person that put the trip together and listed what hours he would be available if I had any questions about the trip.  I love the idea that this trip was perfectly planned for what we wanted to do rather than following the crowds around like a herd of cattle like some vacations can feel like.

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They have lots of other locations to choose from

CUBA

BELIZE

PERU

COSTA RICA

and more to come in the near future.

Vietnam, Bali, Myanmar, Tanzania & Chile

Remember that when booking with Anywhere.com you are getting advice and tips from locals on things that you are interested in.  You set the budget, time frame, activities of interest & get help planning your dream vacation all for FREE.

How Huggies & Family Dollar Empower Me to #HugTheMess

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Huggies at Family Dollar, Huggies Snug & dry, Huggies One & Done Wipes

Olivia is loving being a big sister- almost too often at times.  Any of you with two kids probably know that they often want to help out which is amazing but sometimes their help isn’t very helpful at all.  But one thing that I love having help with from big sister is diaper changing.  No I don’t make her change diapers- yet- hehe but she helps me change diapers by getting me a new diaper for Ryan and grabbing the wipes.

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What cracks me up is while changing a poopy diaper she always goes yuck, ewhh- it totally cracks me up every time.  I always reminder her that her poopy diapers are yuck too.  She always sticks it out though and will still help me out which I appreciate.

Now having two kids in diapers can sure add up at times but what helps to lower those costs is shopping at Family Dollar and using the Family Dollar Smart Coupon for $2 off Huggies.  Family Dollar even carries Huggies Snug & Dry which comes with new FOUR layers for reliable, long-lasting protection for up to 12 hours.  What else helps to cut some costs is the Huggies one & done refreshing wipes.  They are designed for only one wipe to come out at a time & they are also thicker.

We all know those wipes come in handy for more things than just wiping our babies cute little bums.  I am always pulling out wipes to clean Olivia after getting sticky or dirty.  She is such a girlie girl in not wanting her hands to be dirty, so being able to wipe her completely down with just one wipe is saving me money or should I say is adding towards the cute baby clothes fund.

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Now what I like about the Family Dollar Smart Coupon is it’s so easy to use.  I will go through and pick coupons I want to use either ahead of time or while in the store- once I’ve clipped them into my account by just clicking the add button- they are all together- every coupon I have clipped. Once at check out you will just enter your phone number that you used with your account and it will automatically work at the register.  No more searching your purse for coupons and holding up the line at the register.

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So if you are a Huggies fan and want to pick up a $2 off coupon click here.  Family Dollar has a Family Dollar Smart Coupon that can save you all year long and they have the products for the everyday low price as well. Click here to find the nearest Family Dollar Store near you.

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Rocking Bench

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Who hates putting furniture together? Most people do right, it is very frustrating & time consuming.

I am kind of weird and I often find it enjoyable but the last few pieces I had to put together I was really frustrated with and my hands were killing me afterwards.  Thats why I was thrilled when I heard about this local small business “A Perfect Playhouse” that makes the cutest rocking benches and playhouses that requires NO screws & tools.  Everything interlocks together.

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When my rocking chair arrived it came in 5 pieces total.  It took me a total of 1 minute-maybe 2 tops to put together.  Which honestly was a good thing because once Olivia realized what it was she wasn’t being patient with me.  She literally clapped with joy when I finished and sat in it instantly.

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I find her often lining her stuffed animals on this bench or reading books.  It has honestly been a great addition to our home.  My mom noticed it instantly when coming over to visit and commented how beautiful it was.

If you like to support small businesses and you hate to assemble furniture than A Perfect Playhouse is perfect for you.

 

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Rocking Bench: A Perfect Playhouse c/o :: Top: Target :: Jeans: Gap :: Socks: Old Navy :: Jelly Sandals: Old Navy :: Books: Amazon :: Bunny: Jellycat from Peekawho c/o

This post was sponsored by A Perfect Playhouse. Above is my honest opinion and thoughts.

PinkBlush Maternity Robe

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Maternity Robe

I have been searching for the perfect maternity clothes during this pregnancy because last time I really didn’t want to waste the money- I tried really hard to extend my normal wardrobe as far as possible.  Honestly it was the worst thing I could have done.  It made it so much more uncomfortable, I never wanted to go out because I felt fat & would rather stay home in sweats that fit my growing belly.  I don’t know if I was in denial about how big I was really stretching or if I just didn’t think it was worth the money but this time around I knew it was worth the money.  Especially since my belly already knew how to stretch and popped almost instantly.

Do you know what else I didn’t expect- the belly and hips to stay bigger once the baby was born.  I honestly thought that I would be able to fit in my fat pants.  I knew I wasn’t going to be instantly back to my original size but I thought that for sure I could fit into my fat pants.  Ya that was not happening.  I was so much harder on myself.  My husband was the one that said to me one day “It took 9 months to grow that baby inside you, why are you expecting your body to bounce back instantly.”  Thank you wise husband for reminding me and for being such a huge support.

This site I have found has amazing deals all the time, great prices to begin with, and great maternity clothes too.  One thing that I knew I wanted for sure was a great maternity robe though.  I live in a robe at home- pssst I actually call them housecoats and it dives my husband  crazy-  anyways I knew I wanted a great maternity robe not only for at home but to use and wear around the hospital.  My last pregnancy that is all I wore at the hospital but mine wasn’t cute and since you know family is going to be taking lots of photos a cute robe was a must.maternity robe, shop pinkblush, maternity clothing

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I saw this one and I was instantly in love, not only with the print and color but the length.  It was a great deal too.  My husband asked me since it’s a maternity robe am I only going to wear it during my pregnancy- Heck No- this robe is way to gorgeous and honestly it can be used during anytime.  A robe has lots of fabric naturally so any robe would have worked.  I am so happy with this product and know that it is getting lots of use during this pregnancy but will continue to get lots of use even afterwards as well.

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This post was sponsored by Shop PinkBlush.  This review is my honest opinion.

Small Shop Saturday:: Little and Mighty

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I love to support small shops & started to realize a lot of other people do to. So I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite small shops with you all.

Little & Mighty

One thing that I love about this small shop is they not sell clothing but they want to be apart of the parenting community.  They have a great blog expanded off of their shop where they bring the community together with advice, other parents stories and even feature little and mighty children.  I love being apart of something and that is one thing I love about social media. I don’t have a lot of friends that are in the same spot of life as me– as in starting a family and sometimes you have to turn to people for advice and support. I have found that with social media and small shops just like this.

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Olivia’s Outfit:: Hair Bow: Little Poppy Co :: Pear Onesie: Little & Mighty c/o :: Shorts: Babygap :: Soother: Natursutten :: Pacifier Clip: Templeton Silver c/o

Top: Charlotte and Ezra c/o :: Jeans: Anthropologie (similar) :: Socks: Woven Pear c/o

How To.. Heatless Curls with Savvy Curls

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How to curl your hair easily without heat. These are all things I love to hear.

If you know me at all you know I am hair & makeup challenged. I have always been somewhat of a Tomboy growing up, having 3 older brothers right above me.  My mom was never into hair and makeup so my sister and I weren’t really taught much in that department.  When I use to curl my hair it would honestly take me hours and it still didn’t look good. I don’t know why it has always been so difficult for me. I’m thinking I must not be the only one though with so many curling hair tutorials and how to’s on youtube. (let’s hope I’m not the only one).

Since I am beauty challenged and a new mom the top knot has been my hairstyle for more than a year now.  I’ve been wanting to change this so I have attempted tying socks on my head (flashbacks to pink curlers at night), the sock bun, twisting my hair & braids.  Nothing was working and then I found Savvy Curls.

So what is Savvy Curls?

It’s a “heat insulating material & curl forming material” that uses the heat from our scalp to produce beautiful curls.

How to use Savvy Curls:

They have instructions inside the package but I am more of a visual person so I watched their tutorials on their website.

I washed my hair & let it air dry for a couple of hours, my hair is pretty thick. After it was dry I applied mouse all over my head.  I put the savvy curls on top of my hair.

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^BEFORE^

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^AFTER^

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I then wrapped my hair in about 1 inch sections around the Savvy Curl and pulled through.  Once pulled through I combined that piece with about an inch more of hair and continued to wrap about the Savvy Curl.

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 Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Once you get to the end you leave out the last piece after wrapped once.  You move onto the other side and repeat.  Once you reach the end of that side you will combined the two ends and wrap until all wrapped around the Savvy Curler. You will then  hold the ends with bobby pins.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

After a few hours of wearing, sleeping, or a whole day of wearing for a night out you will untwist your curls.

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This is what it looked like after several hours of wearing around and taking a nap in it. Hey a mamas got to rest when the baby does.

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Easy curls without damaging my hair.  One bonus of never being able to do my hair growing up is my stylists always compliment me on my gorgeous healthy hair. Now I can style my hair and still keep the healthy locks.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls is easy to use, you get great results and its healthy for your hair as well.

Receive $2 off with code: savvyc1

What do you guys think??

Storybrook Cafe Playdate

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I feel like the worst mom ever. I never attended mommy and me classes.  Olivia isn’t in gymnastics, swim, discovery classes, ect. According to standards now a days I have failed as a mother.  That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to meet up with some mamas at a new adorable play cafe. If you guys aren’t following Sandy @sandyalamode Blakely @eloiseandme or Makelle @makelleahlin on instagram you need to. They have beautiful pictures & are beautiful themselves inside & out.

Storybrook cafe has so much character and charm the moment you walk in.  They have an adorable set up with playhouses, puppet show, ball pit, the cutest little car for kids to ride, and that’s just the first level.  You walk upstairs and there is a cafe set up there.  I was able to check a few emails while Olivia was occupied by her lemon poppyseed muffin.

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While upstairs we wanted a little bit more privacy so we escaped into a room with plenty more toys to play with and a comfy couch to lounge on. Olivia was very sick the week before and lets just say she was a little too attached to mommy so we had to have some alone time to warm up to the place.  It didn’t take long though with all the fun stuff to keep her occupied.  We ended up staying way longer than I thought we would. After grabbing some food we headed back downstairs & Olivia explored while I browsed through their little shop/boutique. They have the cutest baby clothes & accessories from small shops. I love supporting small handmade businesses & love places that support them as well.  While hanging out we met one of the owners. She told us her story of being a stay at home mom and wanting to work at a place where she could bring her child with her.  She and her business partner decided to open up this cute cafe for parents to be able to escape to and let their kids explore at the same time.  I love how places are being more kid friendly now.  With both parents working or bringing in an income we need places like this that we are able to catch up on a few emails while letting our children play.

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Before packing up we headed outside to get some fresh air on the patio. I can’t wait for summertime but how nice will it be to sit back with a snack & drink, catch up on some work while Olivia gets to play.  I can honestly say that I will be returning back to Storybrook Cafe. Not only on a regular day but they have lots of fun activities on their schedule as well.  Reptile day, princess day, brunch with the Easter Bunny, and lots more.  Go check out their website and see what fun things they have planned for the future and if you’ve been thinking about visiting this place, stop hesitating because you wont regret it.

All photos taken by: Jill Collier

Olivias outfit details below…

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Photos taken by: Jill Collier

Olivia: Jumpsuit: Everly B // Socks: Love Winnie James // Shoes: Love Winnie James // Pacifier Clip: Templeton Silver // Pacifier: Natursutten // Headband: Little Poppy Co

Michelle: Tee: Nordstroms // Jeans: Levi // Diaper Bag: Fawn Design // Socks: J Crew // Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar) // Necklace: Tiffany & Co // Ring: David Yurman