DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

November 16, 2017

This post is sponsored by Kelley Blue Book; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

The calendar may say November, but my heart says CHRISTMAS! I can't help but start to get in to the Christmas spirit a little early....especially when my kids are SO excited for the holiday season! Especially Hudson, my five year old. He has been counting down the days until to Christmas all year long. He's so ready!

So when I asked him if he wanted to make a super special ugly Christmas sweater with me, of course he said YES! Except I didn't call it "ugly"...because that would just break his little five-year-old heart. So we called it a "super fun and silly" Christmas sweater instead. If you're strapped for time to make one of these on your own, Kelley Blue Book is a running fantastic sweepstake where you could win a snazzy KBB Holiday Sweater, read on to find out how!

This is such a fun activity to do with your kids! Hudson loved the one-on-one time with me and we were able to whip up his sweater during his sister's nap time. Here's what you'll need to make one for yourself:

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

- A solid colored sweater (or in sweatshirt) I ordered this one on Amazon.
- pom poms
- felt
- marker 
- fabric scissors
- fabric glue

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

I asked Hudson if he wanted to make a Christmas tree, reindeer, or snowman (mostly because those are the only things I can kind of draw....I am by no means an artist!) and thankfully he chose a Christmas tree! I had him sketch it out with marker on to the felt.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

He's only five and most definitely inherited my drawing skills. So I had to help him out a lot with this step. He old me what to draw (presents of course!) and I helped/guided him. And then I cut the felt out too (because nobody has time for childproof scissors). 

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

After I cut out all of the pieces (while he had a snack of course) Hudson started placing them on the sweater where he wanted. He could have just played with the felt pieces all afternoon!

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

I loved watching his creativity in action. Once he had everything lined up just how he wanted, he took a break while I glued everything down. 

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

And here's how it turned out! Isn't it adorable? I'm obsessed.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

And this guy was pretty proud of his work!

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

He's excited to wear his sweater to school during his holiday party! He thinks it's cool that no one else with have a sweater like his. 

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

I asked him to do the Home Alone face and this is what I got. Priceless. And priceless memories made with my sweet boy. 

Do you have an ugly holiday sweater? Or a cute one? I'm thinking I just might need to make one for myself too. 

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater For Kids

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The Tale of the Lost Stuffed Kitty

November 13, 2017






In some ways, it's hard being the middle child. Although I never quite understood how any child could feel left out, from a parent's perspective, it sometimes is the middle child who slips through the cracks. Our days are structured around two major things: our oldest child's school schedule and our youngest child's nap schedule. Sadie the middle child just has to go with the flow. 


Luckily, she doesn't seem to mind. Except when something major happens. Like loosing her favorite stuffed kitty "kiki". When Hudson, our first born, started showing signs that he was really attached to a stuffed puppy, I immediately went out and bought another one as a back up. It saved us from many toddler meltdowns! If we couldn't find his puppy, we just busted out the backup and he was none the wiser. We made a point not to take puppy with us in the car so that he wouldn't accidentally get lost somewhere. He caught on one day that there were two puppies and demanded both of them at the same time. And now, at five years old, Hudson still sleeps with both of his pups at night. 

But that was our first child. 


With Sadie, we weren't as diligent. She didn't attach to the pink bunny lovey I purchased for her as a baby (one I knew I could easily buy a back up for). She fell in love with a black and white kitty she named "kiki" that we randomly picked up while shopping together one day. We thought it was cute and that it would pass. But it didn't. Kiki became her most favorite toy. And before I knew it, I was pregnant with baby number three....and totally forgot to purchase a back up kiki. Until it was too late. 



So kiki is a treasured pet in our house! There is NO substitute! Now that I have three kids, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of their things. The coats, the shoes, the clothes, the socks, the toys. One day Sadie brought kiki with us for a busy morning of errands and I didn't realize it...until it was too late. 


Thankfully, I did do one smart thing. I purchased a Tile for kiki. And it has to be one of my top ten parenting moves. All you have to do is attach Tile to anything you don't want to lose and keep track of it with the Tile app.


Once we realized kiki was missing, I simply opened up my Tile app and located kiki right away! Kiki was left in the grocery store bakery....and we were still in the parking lot. Yes! Parenting win!  See that map? It's showing me kiki's exact location!


You can put Tile on anything you don't want to loose! Your camera, a special toy, wallet, keys...you name it! If your Tile is within the 100 foot Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it! This has helped us countless times when kiki is simply buried under other toys in our house and Sadie needs her RIGHT NOW. If you keep your tile app running in the background (which I do!) it will remember the last place and time you had your item. Isn't that a lifesaver? 

I can also press the button on our Tile to find my phone! I won't admit to how many times I've had to do this....


Tile is the world's best-selling Bluetooth tracker! You can use Tile and the Tile app to connect you to the world’s largest lost-and-found community, where friends and strangers come together to find everything that matters. Tile and the community of Tile users helps locate two million items every day.

I'm buying getting some more as Christmas presents! It's something everyone can love!

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Look What You Made Me Do

November 8, 2017



Sponsored by Zappos.

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A few weeks ago I put a call out to my mom tribe of friends with a very important question. “Am I cool enough to wear gold shoes?” And much to my surprise, the overwhelming response was YES!!!! Who knew?

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So, look what you made me do. I’m wearing gold shoes. And I kind of love it! Here is my go-to momiform in the fall: jeans, tank top (for nursing), flannel shirt, and cute shoes. Plus a stylish little sidekick who steals the show.

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My momiform is pretty simple these days. I spend my days wrangling three little ones, so it’s important that I wear something comfortable, soft, and easy to move in. And something that allows me to go from playing on the rug with my baby to going to pre-school pick up. Most days you’ll find me in either yoga pants and a tunic or comfy sweater, or this outfit.

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But I always wonder what shoes should I wear? I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair…something comfortable, easy to get on and off, yet still stylish. I’ve had my eye on these Blair shoes from the Cushionology Collection by Foot Pedals. They are exactly the type of shoes that I need as a busy mom….cute and comfortable! After the nudge from my friends I pulled the trigger and ordered them. And I’m so glad I did!

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Because they are GOLD! Plus, I get to match with this little lady. So obviously I’m winning the shoe game.

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These shoes have a spandex fabric lining that provides a flexible fit and additional comfort. And gold is pretty much a neutral these days…so they go with everything.

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The Cushionology Collection by Foot Pedals features gel cushion towers that adapt to your foot’s unique shape and pressures to deliver maximum support and individualized comfort. They are perfect for running errands, playing chauffer to my crazy crew, and going on playdates. I love them!

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My wardrobe these days is pretty simple…but I love it. And I like still feeling put together. What does your momiform look like?

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Life with Three

November 1, 2017


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.


I’m still getting the hang of this “three kids” thing. I think the secret is to just embrace and expect the chaos. Knowing that it’s going to get crazy the minute those little feet hit the floor in the morning sure helps me re-evaluate and set my expectations low. And expect the unexpected. I know that for every minute of a game of tag around the kitchen island, or for every spill I clean up there will be a point during the night where THEY ARE ALL ASLEEP AT THE SAME TIME and I will miss them. It’s crazy but it’s true. And as soon as I start missing them at least one will wake up. And we’ll start our crazy get to bed routine all over again.

But really, most days are fun. And busy. And messy. But I love it. And on days when I’m not feeling the love so much I ship one of them off to grandma and grandpa’s house for a little relief. And all of a sudden having one less kid to deal with is basically like having no kids. Kind of. Almost.

Don’t even get me started on what it’s like when one kid is at his grandparent’s house and one kid is napping. When I have just one sidekick with me it’s like I’m on a mini vacation! Isn’t it crazy how your perspective changes so much? I remember thinking having just one kid was HARD. And it was. You just adapt and change with each child. You learn what works and what doesn’t, and eventually find your groove. I’m still working on that part. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to run errands with all three of my kids without sweating through my clothes and nearly hyperventilating. Ha!


The other day Hudson went to grandma and grandpa’s house so I had a girls day with my best gals. I painted Sadie’s nails, we had a picnic, and then we played with all of her favorite toys. It was so sweet and cute! I can’t wait for Belle to be big enough to join in on the fun.


This little lady is pretty content as long as I’m holding her. Thankfully she goes with the flow of our crazy house and just takes it all in. She’s constantly being entertained by someone!


On days where I need an extra pick me up (lately, that’s every day) I’ve started making my own cold brew coffee! I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker before kids, but now I have seen the light and love it as a special treat. I frequently enjoy a cold brew coffee any time of the year, even in the fall!


I can’t always pack up all three kids and run out to get my favorite drink so I’ve been making it at home thanks to the new Dunkin’ Donuts® Cold Brew! Freshly brewed cold brew packs allow you to get the same fresh, crafted cold brew taste with a simple at-home process.


You simply add the cold brew packs to three cups of water and brew it in your refrigerator for 8-12 hours (I do mine overnight) and then add more water once it’s done.


Then the fun part begins! Customize the cold brew coffee to your liking! I like to keep things simple and quick with just a little chocolate syrup and creamer.


Drizzle a little chocolate syrup inside the top rim of your glass.


Next add your coffee and your creamer.


It comes out so professional looking, don’t you think? I’ve never been that great at making coffee but really feel like I knocked it out of the park with this drink! It is SO good! And so easy to make. Doesn’t it look yummy? Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew is available at Meijer in the coffee aisle! Check out this page to learn more and find mperks savings from 11/5-12/2. Be sure to pick some up and try it for yourself…you’ll thank me!

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Christmas Pajama Roundup

October 30, 2017

If you know me, you know how much I LOVE Christmas pajamas for my kids. And yes...it's still October...but trust me, you'll want to shop early for Christmas pajamas. Because I promise you, they WILL sell out, and fast! Buy them now while you can still get your choice of pattern and sizes...plus most of these are already on SALE!!! I've taken the hard work out of finding the perfect Christmas pjs for you and I've rounded up some of my favorites for boys and girls....and some adorable slippers too! 

So many of these will work for both boys and girls! The holidays are the perfect time to get your kids coordinating or matching jams! 



That Christmas bear pair in the middle is my hands down favorite! It works for boys and girls so I buy a set every year and am SO excited to have all three kids matching this year! They are the CUTEST and I always get lots of questions about them. Buy them now before they sell out! 


My kids have the green santa and pink santa coordinating sets this year...and the fair isle pair in the middle too. What can I say, I LOVE matching pajamas. 

And of course you'll need some cute slippers too! Hudson has the green monster feet and Sadie has the bears...and they are our favorites! I'm thinking all of my kids need the moose pair too!

Be sure to like and follow my Facebook page! I'll be highlighting and featuring the best Christmas pajama sales all season long! 

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Kid-Approved Snack Ideas

October 25, 2017

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Today’s post is sponsored by Stonyfield® Organic YoKids®.


My kids can be picky eaters….and snack time is no exception. If they like a certain snack on a Monday I can almost guarantee you that by Wednesday they will not even touch it. So I try to mix it up at snack time as much as I can! I’ve also learned through the years that my kids like their options…so at snack time I try and give them a little bit of a few different things…and I try to make it fun too!


I know some Pinterest moms make beautifully designed food landscapes for their kids to enjoy….and the truth is, I just don’t have time for that. I have three kids who all tend to need me at the exact same time. So I can make a grape flower or caterpillar…but that is about as creative as I get.


I love seeing what other moms prepare for their kids at snack time, so I thought I’d share a few simple and easy snack ideas that have been a big hit in my house. We use these ideas for after school, after nap time, or really just any time!


Grape Flower – Corn Puffs – Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® Yogurt Pouch


Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® Yogurt – Breakfast Bar - Grapes


Cheese Cubes - Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® Squeezers – Trail Mix


Tomatoes – Goldfish Crackers - Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® Yogurt Pouch


Bunny Crackers - Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® Yogurt – Peach Slices


I’ve been trying to introduce fun and healthy snacks to the kids so that they develop healthy habits. They don’t always eat everything I offer them, and that’s fine.


I use what I have on hand each day and try to introduce new things while still sticking to some of their favorites. My kids are much more willing to try a new snack food if it’s just a few little bites surrounded by foods they love!


Lately Sadie loves these Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt pouches…and I love that they are a convenient and delicious grab-and-go snack that can be enjoyed anywhere – they come in pouches, tubes, smoothies, and cups! Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® is the #1 organic kids yogurt brand. They recently announced a sugar reduction across their yogurt varieties which means
25% - 40% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt!


Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurts are certified organic, which means that each cup is made without the use of pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs. I love that I can feel good about offering them to my kids at snack time. I also love that yogurt helps fill them…otherwise both kids are all over me begging for a snack while I’m trying to get dinner ready. So there you have it! What kinds of snacks to your kids enjoy?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® Organic YoKids®.

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