Our 2016 Christmas Card

December 8, 2016

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I probably say this every year...but this year's Christmas card is my favorite! I'm in love with how it turned out! Receiving Christmas cards in the mail is one of my absolute favorite things about the holiday season....and it's Hudson's too. We are going to save the cards we receive this year and start a tradition of pulling out one card a day throughout the year and praying for the family featured. I think it will be a great way for Hudson to learn who's who and how to pray for others. I can't wait!

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This year we again turned to Tiny Prints....my go-to for Christmas cards and any type of announcement...and they did not disappoint! Gold and glitter? Yes please!!! 

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And this year I finally remembered to write on the back of the card! I always love reading these when other people send them out. So this year I put just a little update about our lives for anyone interested...short and sweet. 

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I also collaborated with Tiny Prints to create a few personalized gifts...and I love how sweet and special they are. This personalized ornament is my FAVORITE...and it's double sided with just the kids on the other side. Custom ornaments are one of my favorite gifts to give to family. Such a perfect keepsake. 

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And this custom zinc ornament is darling! Grandparents, act surprised on Christmas day! I also ordered Hudson and Sadie one of these to put on the Christmas trees they each have in the rooms. One day they will appreciate it, I'm sure. 

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After seeing how amazing our Christmas photos turned out, I couldn't help but make a few canvas prints for gifts too. The big one is 20x16 and the smaller one is 8x10. Give me all the canvases! 

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So now I need to get busy stuffing these babies and get them in the mail...so if one turns up at your door act surprised, okay? Have you sent your Christmas cards yet? There's still time to order your Christmas card from TinyPrints....they have such an amazing selection of cards this year. Plus they are on sale right now! So get to it! 

A huge thank you to Tiny Prints for making my Christmas card dreams come true!



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Mom Hacks for Surviving Winter with Little Ones

December 1, 2016

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This post is brought to you by Target up & up™ diapers.

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Being a mom of two (almost three!) is hard work...as any mom can tell you. But to make matters a little more complicated, let's throw in some bad weather, shall we? I'm not an expert by any means, but now that I've made it through a few tough winters with little ones in tow, I thought I would share some of the survival tips I've learned.

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1. Buy multiples of everything snow-gear related. The first winter Hudson was able to walk I made the mistake of having just one snow coat, one pair of snow pants etc.....but I quickly realized that was NEVER going to cut it. Little kids fall down and get wet, or want to go outside multiple times a day...and if you have wet snow gear it's zero fun for everyone. So now I've learned my lesson here's what I buy each child: 2 puffy "snow" coats, 2 pairs of snow pants (the overall style), 2 lighter weight fleece coats, 3 hats, 2 scarves, 2 pairs of warm mittens, and 2 paris of snow/water-proof mittens. With boots it's a little easier, and I usually just have one pair of rain boots and one pair of snow boots per child. It seems like a lot but trust me, it's needed. And here's another tip: buy the snow pants in two different sizes....chances are they will both fit and then the bigger pair will also fit the next year, so you only have to buy one each year. 

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2. Buy mittens that clip together. Let me repeat, buy mittens that clip together!!!! And clip those babies together as soon as your child takes them off. It always happens that whenever you are running late for something the gloves and mittens suddenly disappear. I can’t tell you how many times I sent Hudson to school last year with mis-matched gloves because I didn’t follow my own advice. So clip them together, they are much less likely to get lost!

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3. A staying organized tip: have a basket for each kid where they can keep their hats and mittens and a designated spot to hang their coat. And a separate spot where wet stuff can be put to dry out. Otherwise all the gear ends up on the floor….and with two kids and two adults that can really pile up! We have a mud room in our house and everyone has a cubby to place their things. I’m teaching Hudson to put his stuff away and Sadie is already starting to help put things in their place, just by watching us!

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It's been a warm fall for us so no snow pants yet. But Hudson is all about his scarf and rain boots anyway. 

4. Have your kids go to the bathroom before gearing up. Trust me on this. It’ s zero fun for everyone to put on snow pants, and a snow coat, and mittens, and gloves just to have to come back inside ten minutes later to frantically strip your toddler down to use the potty. And then put back on ALL THE THINGS. So the rule is, whenever we have snow gear involved, you must sit on the potty first.

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5. Have a great indoor plan to keep kids entertained. Some of our favorites are painting, coloring, watching a movie, playing play doh, baking cookies, cleaning the house (both of my kids LOVE to help with this so I totally take advantage!), and playing in the basement. Our basement is large and unfinished, so it’s the perfect spot to use all of our normal “ourdoor” toys like bikes, scooters, ride on cars, etc. I have my eye on a little bounce house that would be perfect to help the kids burn some energy….but Santa (aka my husband, isn’t convinced yet).

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6. Stock up on supplies. If you live where the weather can get bad….or really anywhere, it’s important to sock up on supplies, just in case there is a storm and the roads are bad. You don’t want to run out of snacks, wipes, or heaven forbid diapers! I’ve planned ahead for the winter months and stock piled our favorite go-to diaper: up & up™ diapers from Target. We love these diapers because they are a great value and their new breathable outer cover is so soft and cozy!  And now the enhanced breathability helps your baby’s skin to stay drier and healthier, too.

The up & up™ diapers also have a new quilted ultra-absorbent core that provides enhanced softness and fit for your little one. The unique design channels wetness and keeps it locked away to help support healthy, dry skin.....perfect for any time of the year. The up & up™ diapers have up to 12 hours of protection for sizes 3 to 6! Want to try them for yourself? Free product samples in sizes 3, 4, and 5 are available if you register here.

So what do you do to surive the winter months with littles?

This is post is brought to you by Target up & up™ Diapers, but all opinions are my own. 


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Christmas Pajama Party!

November 30, 2016

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Because Christmas jammies are the best, right? Look at my babies last year! Oh. My. Word. They are so little! Good thing I'm pregnant because Sadie's cheeks are giving me baby fever. 

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Join me and some blogging friends for a Christmas pajama party....link up style! I can't wait to see what jammies your little ones are rocking this year. Mine are totally rocking those bear jams again...because they are my favorite and we have them in almost every size thanks to Gap making them year after year. This was actually the first year I didn't have to buy them new...because Hudson's were a little too big last year they still fit this year....and Sadie is wearing the pair Hudson wore in 2013. Dying. And also I'm already trying to figure out what to do next year because Hudson will be too big for toddler sizes....come on Gap! Make these in a kid version please!

Anyway, the link up starts December 15 right here....and runs until the 22nd! Yay! So excited! Who's joining us?



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Oh hey there Friday

November 18, 2016

Hey there Friday.....it's nice to see you! It's been a while since I've done a 5 on Friday post...so here goes nothing.

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{one}  This girl has been talking up a storm lately. Mostly "no!" and "mine!"....but still. It's crazy to me how much she comprehends what we say...and how much she knows the rules but still breaks them. She's trouble! Here she is scolding Wrigley or as she says "Re-Re" (just like Hudson did when he was little!) because he wouldn't bring the ball back to her. that little finger is killing me. So are the skinny jeans and hands on her hip. 

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And don't get me started on that belly!

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There is seriously nothing cuter. I just want to bottle her up and keep her forever. 

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{two} This month's POPSUGAR Must Have Box was hands down my absolute favorite box so far! If you are looking for a gift for someone who has everything, this is the perfect solution! When I saw the Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold bracelet I totally squealed! Also in the box, a chambray runner by Pehr, Dawn to Dusk Palette by Stowaway Cosmetics, a super cute wire bowl by AJ Goods, star party picks by Meri Meri, and the yummiest toffee butter popcorn by Oogie's Snacks. I seriously love everything in this box...they totally nailed it. Use code "SHOP5" for $5 off your first Must Have Box here. #MustHaveBox #ad

{three} I need your help. I'm about to head to California for a work trip which means I get to READ!!!!!! I haven't read a book in.....I can't remember the last time honestly. So, I'm super rusty. What should I pick up? What have been your favorite reads lately? Please share in the comments because I am so out of the loop!  

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{four} We recently tried out some Munk Pack, which is an oatmeal fruit squeeze snack for adults on the go....but I quickly found out Hudson likes them too. We both like peach chia vanilla and the apple quinoa cinnamon the most! Plus they are all gluten free, kosher, vegan, and contain no GMO's. 

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{five} I'm off to do my glucose test this morning. Here's hoping that this will be the last time I ever have to chug that nasty orange drink. And actually, as I learned with Sadie, the orange is not quite as bad as the clear drink. The clear drink is AWFUL. And the orange is slightly better. But still gross. Wish me luck!

Happy Friday!

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Personalized Christmas Gift Idea

November 17, 2016

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Raise your hand if you are almost done with Christmas shopping.......anyone? I'm totally not. I always have big plans to be done by Black Friday, and it never happens. This year I'm on the hunt for unique gifts you can't find everywhere.....and today I'm sharing two of my absolute favorite new gift ideas.

I've been blog friends with Julie (hey! Great name!) for a few years now and she recently opened up the most adorable shop, 3 Daughters Designs, where she makes custom silhouettes! 

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I sent Julie a few profile photos of Sadie and Hudson and she went to work...and the results are just darling! Julie made an ornament for both Hudson and Sadie with their customer silhouette. Hudson is already obsessed with his and recognized it as him right away!

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And look at these silhouettes! They are precious and I will cherish them forever....and they would make a PERFECT grandparent gift, don't you think? I can't wait to have Julie make one more once baby girl is here. 

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Look how she captured Hudson's hair. Dying. Julie sent me some drafts via email before she made the final products, just so I could look them over. LOVE!

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And she can do one of your pet too! Isn't this sweet? Wrigley might need an ornament next. 

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Julie offers all types of sizes of silhouettes in a variety of colors....on paper, ornaments, even mugs!  They are just too cute for words and make a great gift or keepsake. Right now you can save 10% off your 3 Daughters Designs order with code "GIRLINTHEREDSHOES" at checkout. And be sure to order right away so you can enjoy your ornaments and silhouettes during Christmas! Keep in mind the deadline to order in time for Christmas delivery is December 6th. 

You can find out more information on 3 Daughters Designs Etsy shop, Facebook, or Instagram


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Christmas Fashion for Littles

November 11, 2016

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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It's the holiday season and I don't know about you, but I am pumped!

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And so are Hudson and Sadie. These two are non stop and can't get enough of each other. And I can't get enough of their coordinating holiday outfits. I mean....so much cute. 

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This holiday season I'm looking forward to taking the kids to meet Santa, sending out Christmas cards, baking cookies, looking at Christmas lights, drinking hot chocolate, decorating the tree.....gosh the list goes on and on!

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Lately Sadie wants to do EVERYTHING that Hudson does. She's become his little shadow, and it's the sweetest thing ever. He let's her tag along most of the time. And when she gets distracted and moves on to the next thing he always seeks her out and brings her back to him. Such a good big brother. 

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So, needless to say Hudson cannot wait to teach Sadie all about Christmas this year! And I'm excited to watch everything through their eyes. It's all so much fun.

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I'm always on the hunt for coordinating outfits for the kids, especially for the holidays. I was THRILLED to mix and match these styles together for such a fun holiday look! Both kids are dressed head to toe in OshKosh B'gosh clothing.....which holds up so well to our rough and tumble life. 

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I know I'm biased but aren't they the cutest? OshKosh B'gosh is our  go-to source for stylish, age-appropriate holiday outfits. And I'm dying over how adorable they look!

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Seriously, having kids makes the holiday season so magical and fun!

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Be sure to check out OshKosh B'gosh this holiday season online or click here to find a store near you!

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Now through the end of the year, you can save 25% off your $30 purchase at OshKosh B'gosh with the above coupon. Use code "OKBG3223" online or "036108" in store. Happy shopping!

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