Archive for August 2016

So it's been a while....

August 22, 2016

We're still here! Why is it so dang hard to blog during the summer? I even enrolled Hudson in summer "school" at a local gymnastics center, just to have a little routine. But still...the summer flew by in a flurry of gymnastics and swim lessons and you hardly heard a peep from me. So sorry my friends! The good news is Hudson wants to be an olympic gymnast, or swimmer, or diver. He can't decide. And Sadie is sort of obsessed with the music from the synchronized swimming routines. And I just had to google how to spell synchronized. So there's that. So our summer was well spent. 

This past week was straight up bananas at our house. Jon had the nerve to take off on a week long business trip and leave me alone with two crazy kiddos. AND then he came home on Friday night with presents for the kids and a big old case of the flu. So that's been fun! Thank God my mom lives next door to help me! 

This is Hudson's last week of gymnastics summer school and then we have week off before farm school starts back up again!

I hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I honestly can't wait for fall. It's my most favorite time of the year....and I'm totally over the heat of the summer and can't wait for cozy sweaters and boots. BRING IT!

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Back to School with Mini Boden $750 Giveaway

August 15, 2016

Hip, hip, hooray it's time for back to school! Moms all over rejoice and cry and the same time! Hudson is going back to pre-school and is so excited to see his teachers and friends! He LOVES school and it makes my heart so happy. 

And as you know, my favorite part about back to school is the shopping! Bring on the cute kid's clothes! This year we got some absolutely adorable clothes from Mini Boden. Hudson is smitten with his new clothes and so am I!

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When did he get so big? My heart can't handle it. 

I am teaming up with some blogger friends and Mini Boden to bring you an awesome giveaway to help get your kiddos ready for school and for fall. We are giving away $750 to Mini Boden. Yep, you read that right....$750!!!! Hudson and I huge fans of Mini Boden and I absolutely LOVE the quality. The items hold up to my rough and tumble boy...which is saying a lot. They wash great and don't wear out. 

The fall collection is so much fun for boys and girls too! Hudson is in love with this pig wordle t-shirt and didn't want to take it off!

To enter to win $750 to spend at Boden, enter below. Good luck!

We hope you take some time to browse the awesome Back to School collection from Boden.  For our readers, we are excited to share a coupon code: 7P6R that will give you 15% off.  Plus, we are super excited to kick off a HUGE giveaway from Boden where one lucky winner will receive a $750 Boden gift credit!  All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.  We're excited to host this giveaway with 7 other awesome blogs! Be sure to visit their sites to see the great Mini Boden Back to School outfits they put together for their children. By visiting all of the blogs, you'll have a chance to see over 20 ways to style the adorable clothes Boden has this season. This post is brought to you by Boden, but all opinions are my own. #BacktoSchoolwithBoden

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Being a Mom, the Second Time Around Featuring mamaRoo Infant Seat

August 9, 2016

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It's true what they say...there is something special about your second baby. The second time around you allow yourself to see what you didn't see with your first baby. You know how quickly babies grow up so you tell yourself to remember every little detail. Remember their soft squishy cheeks, their tight grip on your finger, their soft sweet sighs. Remember the first time they smile and the first time their eyes light up when they see you.

The second baby is your reminder that these days don't last forever. That time isn't on your side. A reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things.

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Second babies are pure sweetness and joy wrapped up in a tiny little body.

It's heartbreaking how quickly babies turn in to toddlers, then kids, then teenagers, isn't it? But with that second baby you know this. You remind yourself frequently to bury your face in those chubby arm rolls, kiss that fuzzy head, and just hold that baby for hours. Because it doesn't last forever. You blink, and it's over. 

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When you have your first baby you are desperate for some time to yourself. If you are anything like me, you shed a few tears over the life you use to wouldn't change things for the world but you mourn the "old" you. The you that could stay out late and sleep in. The you that could eat whatever she wanted and take a nap when she felt like it. But with that second baby you know none of those things really matter. You don't mourn your old embrace the time you have with this sweet little baby.....a baby grows up so much more quickly then you ever could have imagined. Something that I wished I would have had with my first baby is the 4moms mamaRoo infant seat.

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The mamaRoo infant seat has five unique motions to help soothe your baby. It's the only infant seat that can replicate a parent's natural moments. It moves up and down and sways side to side just like a parent does when soothing their baby. Sadie's favorite motion is the Tree Swing. The mamaRoo infant seat weight limit is 25 pounds. 

The mamaRoo would make a perfect gift for any first or second time mom-to-be who is looking for a way to ensure their baby is comforted and soothed the way only mommy knows best! Visit the 4moms website to learn more about the mamaRoo infant seat and check out their subscription site for more information. 

And see how Sadie loves the mamaRoo infant seat in the video below!

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Back to School and Back to Cool

August 2, 2016

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

It's my most favorite time of year....back to school shopping! When I was a kid it was always such an exciting time! And now I get to do it with my kids. Thankfully Hudson is totally into clothes....and he also is willing to wear whatever I pick out for him. I know I only have a few years left of that, so I'm taking advantage while I can!

Hudson has grown so much this year so of course all of his stuff from last fall is way too small. The perfect excuse to go shopping! 

This year we turned to OshKosh B'gosh, my go-to trusted brand for cute, high quality, comfortable, and stylish kid's clothes! And they never disappoint! The best part is so many of their pieces can be mixed together to create adorable outfits. 

And the best part is Hudson approved of every single item I bought. His most favorite being the grey henley tee you see him wearing under this shirt. He said it's soft and snuggly. Two very important things in this guy's book. 

New clothes make him wanna jump, jump!

I love that everything from OshKosh can be mixed and matched together...making for a ton of outfits for my budding style guru here. 

Hudson is straight up obsessed with his new clothes. He even asked to wear them to bed!

He's so handsome, I can't take it. 

Hudson is wearing these canvas joggers in all of these photos and I LOVE them. It's so hard to find pants that fit him in the waist and are long enough. I buy them in every color because they are comfy and go with everything. And, most importantly, they hold up to the wear and tear of my crazy almost 4-year-old! And every boy mom knows just how important that is!

Right now you can use this coupon for 25% off your purchase of $30 or more at OshKosh.You can use it online or in store. Click here to find an OshKosh store near you. 

Have you started your back to school shopping yet?

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Preparing for Back to School

August 1, 2016

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We've been soaking up every last bit of summer before school starts. Isn't it crazy how quickly the summer goes by? I thought it seemed short when I was in school, but now that I have kids of my own it literally flies by. 

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We've got one month left of lazy mornings, hanging out in our swim suits all day, and waiting to see just how long we can stretch out Hudson's spring time hair cut before he starts looking like a hippy. 

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And popsicles for lunch. And sometimes dinner too. 

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We are spending some extra time this month checking off all of our before school starts bucket list items. And of course Hudson choose to make cookies together first. Typical. 

I'm excited for Hudson to go back to school this year. He absolutely loved his teachers and friends last year and he learned SO MUCH. I know that this year he'll learn even more and be even more confident being away from mommy for a few hours each day. 

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Look at how much he grew in one year. I can't take it!

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This year we are learning all about Box Tops for Education and I can't wait to start earning money for Hudson's school. We built our house in our neighborhood just so that we could stay in such an amazing school system. I feel good about sending my son to a school where I know he'll receive the education he needs to succeed in life. And I like knowing that Hudson's school will have the best supplies and access to resources, thanks to a great community, wonderful family involvement, and a great program like Box Tops for Education. 

Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools just by making your normal everyday purchases. All you have to do is look for the Box Tops label when you shop General Mills products at Walmart. Your school will receive $.10 for every box top you clip and send in! In addition to the $0.10 per Box Top, right now there is a special 5-for-1 deal where you earn 4 bonus Box Tops for every 1 product you purchase at Walmart. That's an extra 50 cents...and that can add up quickly!

I picked up a few of our favorite snacks with Box Tops on them and Hudson is excited to start collecting them for his school! Schools can use the money from Box Tops to purchase much-need supplies for their classroom. Be sure to pick up your Box Top items at your local Walmart so you can take advantage of the 5-for-1 deal and send some money for your school!

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