Archive for May 2016

Free and Very Brave

May 31, 2016

Hudson wanted me to point out that he's both free AND brave.

Ain't that the truth. Maybe a little too brave. 

Why can't three day weekends happen a little more often? Like....every week or so?

We spent the weekend trying to stay cool (it got HOT and HUMID) and taking care of this little lady. She has been very brave. Sadie's fine...but she's put us through the ringer with some health concerns for the past several weeks. I totally don't mean to be vague, but it's been very overwhelming for us. I'll share details soon...I think...I'm not sure. I'm still traumatized. But she could sure use some prayers for GOOD news from the doctor this week. Thanks friends! And happy Tuesday!

p.s....please bear with me as I have three sponsored posts this week. Sadie's health issue really put a damper on my blog schedule, and I apologize in advance. Thank you for your continued support and a HUGE thank you to those of you who leave comments on sponsored posts! I only promote things that I love and I know you will too. 

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Team Braverman

May 30, 2016

*This post is brought to you by UPtv, all opinions are my own. 

What, you didn't know I was a member of the Braverman family? Ha. The bag says it, so it must be true, right? If you've been following me for a while, you know one of my all time favorite shows is Parenthood. I CRIED during so many of the episodes, and totally lost it during the finale. I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Now that I'm a parent myself, I can totally relate to so many of the struggles of the charters on the show. Parenting is tough and hard and amazing...and Parenthood touched on all of those themes. 

I would imagine myself being a part of such a big, wonderful, messy, amazing family. The Bravermans were totally the best, don't you think? Adam has always been my favorite character...he's such a great man, son, husband, and father, don't you think?

I've seriously missed my show and I am SO excited that it is debuting on UPtv tonight! I can't wait to re-live all my favorite episodes again. I'll be using these goodies to help me get back in the Parenthood groove! 

Join me in tuning in to the Parenthood premier on UPtv tonight at 8pm! I'm so excited to see my favorite family back in action. 

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Boys like dressing up too

May 27, 2016

I love this boy. Having a boy means trucks, dirt, light saber fights, lots of running and jumping, and constant love and affection. One little smile and he just kills me. Hudson has me wrapped around his little finger. And he knows it. 

One thing I didn't know about boys is that they can be pretty picky about their clothes. Everything I heard about having a boy was the complete opposite. Hudson is super opinionated on his has to be comfortable, fashionable, and be either blue, green, "super cool", or have a dinosaur, rocket ship, or truck on it. I never imagined that a boy could be so particular......

So, needless to say, sometimes shopping for Hudson can be hard. There is a lot of cute stuff out there for boys but I'm a busy mom, so finding the time to shop at the mall or at a store is HARD! Especially if Hudson is with me...because he is his mama's boy and wants to buy all the things. Ha. 

We recently discovered Kidbox, a style delivery service just for kids! Kidbox is not a subscription service, but instead is a way for kids and parents to discover fun clothes and styles together, without all the drama of shopping!

Isn't that such a cool idea? Hudson received this outfit in his box and it quickly became his new favorite. 

It's blue AND it has a hood! And it's super soft. Seeing him in a sleeveless top is killing me!

How Kidbox works is you log in and tell them all about your child. What size they wear, their age, what their style is, where you typically shop, and any dislikes they may have. Then Kidbox creates a special box just for your child and sends it to them in the mail!

Each box includes 6-7 items for $98. They also send along a special surprise for your child! We got stickers, crayons, and a fun paper ball that Hudson got to unravel to reveal a prize!

He loved unwrapping the surprise ball SO much. He's still talking about it!

The best thing about our Kidbox is that Hudson approved of every single item. And put them on right away. I love that the items they sent are very high quality (we received Polo, Lucky, and 7 for All Mankind in our box). 

You can keep all of your items for $98, which is a terrific deal. Or you can send back anything you don't love. AND if you need a different size you can swap it out for free! They include a shipping envelop and pre-paid postage. This is awesome for us because it makes the whole shopping process a breeze! 

Another cool thing about Kidbox is that they teach kids to give back! Every time you purchase a box, Kidbox donates new clothing to a kid in need. Isn't that cool? You can log in to the system with your child and select a cause to donate to. They've partnered with the non-profit K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers to give back to needy families. I love this part of Kidbox because it encourages parents to talk about helping and serving others.

Here are three of the outfits we received....

And three more! We ordered a toddler box so we received 6 whole outfits (6 bottoms and 6 tops) for only $98! 

To share the joy of unpacking happiness together, Kidbox is giving away a year of clothes to one winner each month, plus they'll send outfits to an additional 5 children in need.

To Enter: Take a photo or video of your child unpacking happiness—opening their Kidbox, a special gift they received, or sharing a special gift with a friend—and share it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #UnpackHappy, #Kidbox and @Kidbox (Instagram) or @KidboxFamily (Facebook). You can enter once per day each month for extra chances to win!

This post is brought to you by The Motherhood and Kidbox, but my love for our Kidbox is all my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible. 

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Do all the things...except walk

May 26, 2016

It's happened. We've reach that point where Sadie wants to be everywhere and do everything that Hudson does....except minus one important skill: Walking. Girlfriend wants to do all the things...but could care less about actually walking while doing them. 

I didn't go through this with Hudson. First, he was our only child so he didn't have anyone to follow around like a puppy dog. Except, the actual puppy dog. Second, he was walking before he turned 11 months old, so it was basically a non issue.

But Sadie is perfectly content to crawl, scoot, and climb through just about anything. Dirt, a public street, mud, grass, through old leaves, up stairs, on furniture. times! She does not mind getting dirty one bit. And I've become accustomed to her wearing out the knees in all her leggings and pajamas.

I know she'll walk when she's ready...but she better wise up because it's now official shorts season and banged up crawler's knees are totally out.

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Toddler Approved Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

May 23, 2016

This is a project of The Women Bloggers and Kendal King Group on behalf of Gerber, but my love for their products is all my own!

I did it. I finally managed to create a somewhat healthy cookie that the whole family loves! 

These cookies are soft, sweet, and packed with some good stuff. I certainly don't mind letting my kids have one...or two...or three! Want to know my secret ingredient?

It's chocolate chips.

I know....that's not healthy....but I'm a fun mom, so I had to do it, right? I only used a small amount and they really give the cookies the extra kick to take them over the top. So, it was worth it.

My other secret ingredient? Gerber Oatmeal Cereal. Yep, you read that right! I put some baby cereal in these cookies and NOBODY noticed. 

I gave one cookie to Sadie (her first ever!) and she was all about it.

Look at that face! I wish you could see the rapid bouncing up and down that followed. This girl was in heaven. 

And Wrigley was pretty happy to clean up the mess for me.

So here's what you'll need to make these yummy oatmeal cookies:
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup Gerber Oatmeal Cereal
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy
3. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well
4. Add combined flour, oatmeal cereal, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix well
5. Add oats and chocolate chips
6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto engrossed cookie sheet
7. Bake 10 minute sort until light golden brown
8. Cool 1 minute then remove to wire rack to cool completely. 

After my husband ate a cookie I told him there was Gerber Oatmeal Cereal in it and he didn't believe me! It's totally not just for babies! I simply shaped out some of the flour for the cereal. It's iron-fortified, which is a key to healthy growth and development. Plus Gerber Oatmeal Cereal packs in vitamins B, E, C, zinc, and calcium. So I feel good about feeding it to my baby...and my whole family!

Want to win a $50 pre-paid credit card to make your own delicious oatmeal cookies? Or go shopping, you choose. Enter below! Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends 5/31/16.

I've always turned to Gerber for products that help my kids get the best possible start. You can find Gerber products at Walmart. 

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Home Tour: Kitchen

May 19, 2016

Now that we are somewhat settled in our new house, I'm going to be sharing several of the rooms with all of you....and since the kitchen is the ONLY room that is done, let's start there! (sources at the bottom)

When we started the design process I knew four things: 
1. I wanted a white kitchen
2. I wanted a subway tile backsplash
3. I wanted stainless steel appliances....even though they are a pain to keep clean
4. I wanted a farmhouse sink

I absolutely LOVE my white cabinets. We painted the cabinets at our previous house white and I knew it was the look I wanted. I also wanted the cabinets to extend to the ceiling, because in my experience the top of them is wasted space. I chose glass doors for the top cabinets so I can display some of my antique glassware.

I absolutely LOVE having large drawers in my kitchen. They are on both sides of the stove and I wish I had more!

Designing the kitchen was pretty easy for me...I knew what I liked right away...the only things that took a little longer were the lighting and the hardware. I couldn't decide if I wanted black fixtures and hardware or chrome. In our previous house we had black so I decided it was time or a change! And I fell in love with our pendant lights. Plus I love the lightness the chrome brings to the space!

The original plans for the kitchen ended here and the counter did not extend out on the right. But after seeing it I knew having another large counter space would be a good use of the space. 

And I thought it could add a little more seating if we needed it, so I had them overhang the countertop. Eventually I'd like to shiplap this blank space to give it some more character!

The countertops are quartz and have held up so well so far!  They are super easy to clean. 

I chose grey for the island to mix things up and I love how it turned out! And everyone who comes over mentions how nice it looks!

My farmhouse sink is another favorite! I love it so much.

So that's my kitchen!  The sources are below. If I left anything out please let me know in the comments!

Paint (walls): Grey Owl by Sherwin Williams
Cabinet Paint: Standard from our cabinet maker "Maple White" and "Flint"
Countertops: LG Quartz in "Rococo"
Appliances: Kitchenaid
Hood: Zephyr
Pendant lights: Capital Pendants
Backsplash tile: 2x8 Adex Neri in white
Farmhouse Sink: Kohler
Faucet: Delta Cassidy Pull Down Spray Arctic Stainless
Hardware: Local shop Modern Hardware
Island chairs: Carlisle Wood Barstools
Island stools: Hampden Instustrial Wood Top
Flooring: Laminate Timberline Trailing Road
Numbered canisters: Ikea (I added the vinyl numbers)

* some affliate links used

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