Super Easy Little Boy Hair Care Routine

October 19, 2016

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy, but as always, our love for their products is all our own!

Whenever I share a photo of my son, Hudson, on Instagram, the number one question I get is about his hair. And I love that. If you know me, you know I'm straight up obsessed with his strawberry blond locks....and pray every day that his hair doesn't turn dark! I LOVE having a little redheaded side kick!

Little Boy Hair Care Routine

But the hair care routine of an active 4 year old boy can be summed up like this: load product on your hands, chase down the 4 year old, and apply product AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Seriously. Work fast. 

Little Boy Hair Care Routine

Now that Hudson is 4, I've learned a few hair care tips along the way. Here's what has been working great for Hudson (and me!) lately:

1. Use the right products at bath time. When I first had a boy, I didn't really think much about what I used to wash his hair....because obviously boy hair is 100 times easier than girl hair right? But what I now realize is that healthy and gorgeous boy hair starts with a good foundation of products. When we started using SoCozy products I immediately noticed a difference in the texture and softness of Hudson's hair. 

Little Boy Hair Care Routine

2. Save time. If you have a boy, you know time is not on your side. Boys are busy busy busy.....and don't like to constantly have mom messing with their hair. So I'm straight up obsessed with SoCozy's 3 in 1 shampoo + conditioner + body wash. Hudson doesn't want to take away from his precious playing time by waiting for me to wash him with 3 separate now we use just one product at bath time and we are done. It's a boy-mama's dream come true. 

Little Boy Hair Care Routine

3. Use a detangler. We use SoCozy's detangler and it smells so good. And I can spray it on Hudson's hair and forget about it. 

4. Let hair air dry. This is totally a given for boys, but it needs to be said. Forget the hairdryer and let that soft and gorgeous hair air dry! It doesn't take long!

Little Boy Hair Care Routine

5. Use a kid-friendly styling cream. Again, SoCozy to the rescue. In the morning I squeeze some of it in to my hands, try and corner Hudson/distract him as much as possible, and then style that hair at LIGHTNING speed. I mean it mamas....WORK FAST.

Little Boy Hair Care Routine

And that's it! Super cute boy hair! If you haven't heard about SoCozy products you need to go out and try them NOW. I'm serious! SoCozy is a line of salon formulas for the unique hair needs of kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. The products are non-toxic and made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol. They are also free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree they are safe and effective – and completely non-toxic – it’s great hair minus the harsh chemicals!

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Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

October 17, 2016

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

Guys...I'm so excited for this post. My kids both love snacks (I mean....who doesn't??) and I love mixing and matching different snacks to create something extra yummy for them to much on. We have all been chowing down on this Cocoa Bunnies snack mix and it's SOOOO good. And SOOOO cute. 

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

You can mix and match any snacks you want to create your perfect mix...but here is what I used that has been a BIG hit with everyone in my family:

Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
Yogurt covered raisins
Dried cranberries
Mini chocolate chips

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

For an extra dose of fun, I put together these super cute Trick or Treat bags for Hudson to take to his friends at pre-school. He is SO excited to share with his friends!

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

And my little helper was pretty excited too. Sadie wasted no time sampling this snack mix!

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

Both kids are obsessed with the Cocoa's the favorite by far. And my favorite too because Annie’s Homegrown Certified Organic Cocoa Bunnies Cereal is made with Fair Trade cocoa, which helps provide sustainable incomes for farmers and their families.

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

What's great about this mix is that thanks to Annie's Homegrown products, my family can eat better and more responsibly without sacrificing taste! 

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

Annie's makes a huge variety of products that everybunny can enjoy....because not only are the super delicious, they are cute too! 

Cocoa Bunnies Snack Mix

Annie's Homegrown Certified Organic products can be found at your local grocery store. Be sure to visit their site for tons of recipe ideas and more information about Annie's!

And check out this video below of how I put the mix together...featuring one excited pre-schooler at the end!

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To Find Out, or Not to Find Out

October 13, 2016

That's been the BIG question over here. Do we find out this baby's gender, or should we be surprised?

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Faithful readers may remember that when I was pregnant with Hudson, we opted to find out the gender. In my mind at the time there was just NO WAY I could not find out. I was an anxious and nervous mama-to-be and wanted to get the nursery decorating done...and wanted to get my shop on and buy ALL THE CUTE BABY CLOTHES. So when we found out we were having a boy during the anatomy ultrasound scan, we were super excited!

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When I was pregnant with Sadie, Jon and I both decided that it would be fun to not find out the gender until the baby was born. And it was SO fun. But so hard too. Decorating the nursery and picking out baby names was tough. We went in to the delivery room with 5 boy names and 5 girl was hard! But it was so exciting at the same time. You can see Sadie's gender neutral nursery here. I love how it turned out. And you can read about how exciting it was to meet our baby GIRL here.

So with baby #3, I just assumed we would wait to find out again. But it turns out Jon had different plans. As much as we both loved being surprised, he preferred knowing in advance. And I preferred not knowing. 

So....what to do???

Jon said he could find out and I could be surprised. Simple. But not really. It took a lot of resolve to not peak during that gender ultrasound scan with baby #2. And without each other I don't think we could have done it. 

Also, if you know Jon, you know there is a big problem with his idea. He will either 1. tease me to death and drive me crazy with slip ups of "it's a boy", or "no, it's a girl." Or he will 2. actually slip up. or 3. tell someone else because he can't keep a secret. And that's just not happening.

So.....needless to say, we are finding out the gender this time! And I'm SO excited. My ultrasound is next week and we plan to do the whole be-suprised-by-a-cake thing this time around. 

So what are your guesses? I keep going back and forth....yesterday I was team girl but today I'm team boy. So we'll see!!!

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Pumpkin Patchin'

October 10, 2016

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This weekend Jon and I got away for a few days to celebrate our anniversary...and it was heavenly. We slept in until 8am (#momproblems) and ate lots of yummy food. Can we do that every weekend?

We came back to two sweet kiddos who were over the moon excited to see us. You can't beat that, right? 

We also managed a trip to the pumpkin patch! 

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Sadie was in awe of all the pumpkins. This is the third or fourth year we've gone to this pumpkin patch and we love how simple and fun it is!

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But she was a little scared of the tractor that would go by.

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Sadie and daddy. Melt my heart. 

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Sadie loved carrying around her own pumpkin...turns out girl has some strong muscles! 

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Picking the perfect pumpkins to take home.

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And even though he wanted to bring home ALL THE PUMPKINS, Hudson eventually settled on the perfect four. And he can't wait to carve and decorate them!

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The Best Meal to Bring to a New Mama

October 7, 2016

Sausage Tortellini Pasta

I think one of the best things you can do for a new mama to help make her transition in to motherhood a little easier is to make her and her family some food. Preferably something yummy that everyone in her family will eat and enjoy...and something that will make her feel good! I know as a new mom I LOVED when people would bring food. Especially when they would drop off the food, hold my baby while they insisted I take a shower or a nap, and then LEAVE. Moms, can I get an AMEN? 

Sausage Tortellini Pasta

So today I'm sharing my favorite new mama meal....Sausage Tortellini Pasta. It's perfect for fall and my entire family loves this dish! Plus it's easy to make but makes you look like you know what you are doing in the kitchen. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 links Italian sausage (I use mild)
4 cloves pressed garlic
1 onion, diced
½ c. water
2 cans chicken broth...or that big carton of broth...I usually use the whole thing.
½ c. apple cider (don’t leave this out!)
1 16-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 c. sliced carrots
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated (use your cheese grater or food processor!)
15 oz. package cheese tortellini
½ Tbsp. dried parsley

In a large pot, cook sausage
Chop onions and garlic and add to the sausage.
Continue cooking until onions are translucent and your sausage is cooked.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, juice, water, chicken broth, carrots, oregano, and basil.
Cover and simmer for ½ hour.
Add parsley and zucchini and simmer for another 15 minutes or so.
Add the tortellini and cook until tender, and then serve with bread and freshly-grated Parmesan and some Italian bread.

Sausage Tortellini Pasta

This is a fantastic meal to take to a new mom and her family and it re-heats perfectly. My new favorite way to package up food for a family is with these awesome Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers I found at Walmart. They don't take up a ton of space and are a great alternative to plastic because they are made with plant fibers! Yay!

Sausage Tortellini Pasta

Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers are perfect for the need to clean them, just eat and toss! What new mom wouldn't love that? 

Sausage Tortellini Pasta

You can find these awesome Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat Containers at your local Walmart store in the food storage aisle. And I found TWO great coupons for you! You can save $1.00 on one pack of Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers here and also use these coupons to save even more on Reynolds™ products

Do you need some more meal inspiration? Check out Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat recipes! And don’t forget to grab your coupons here and here before heading to Walmart to purchase your new Heat & Eat containers!

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October 5, 2016

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Eight years. Two (almost three!) babies. One dog. Two houses. Several cars. A ton of bikes and more toys than any family needs.

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 So much love. 

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And two nights away from the kids! That's right, I repeat, TWO nights! Happy anniversary babe.

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