A lot can change in a family in one year. For us this last year, we welcomed a new baby boy, our baby girl turned 2 and our toddler turned 4. We enjoyed some family trips and hikes and lots of play dates with friends. The holidays are the perfect time to review your year, celebrate family, and share the highlights of your year with family. Some families send out updates through a Christmas letter, while others send a personalized holiday card. I appreciate receiving cute holiday photo cards that we can put up on our fridge and think about our friends near and far. It's also fun to design and send out our own family Christmas card, which is an easy project to accomplish thorough Minted.com. I'm amazed by the hundreds of card designs offered by Minted, each designed by uniquely talented artists and featuring a wide variety of styles. I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite Minted card designs!
Glamour is even more attractive when achieved naturally with wholesome and rejuvenating products. For kids especially, it's important to teach habits that limit chemical intake and that nourish naturally. Skip the soda and make drinking water a daily healthy habit. Read the labels and don't buy products with pore-clogging ingredients such as petrolatum and mineral oil. Make homemade lemonade and smoothies, rather than enjoying sugary drinks that include high fructose corn syrup. Establishing healthy habits within your family can go a long way toward encouraging your kids and yourself to live a healthy lifestyle. I've rounded up a few of my recent favorite skincare products to share with you!
Winter is just around the corner! My kids have already started asking when it's going to snow, and my daughter requested to listen to Christmas music this morning, because she said, "Christmas is almost here!" I've already organized my kids' closets and purchased last minute items like snow boots and warm gloves. My girls will love building snow forts and igloos in the backyard with daddy this year! We are also excited to bring you a fun winter themed giveaway featuring lots of products valued at $480 to keep your family warm, healthy, and equipped for cold weather.
We are very excited to announce our 2016 Fall Green Scene Mom Award Winners, celebrating Eco-friendly product design and creative innovation. This fall's line up includes natural body products, universal baby gear, moms essentials, and items for improving your home, solving a problem, and making life easier for families with kids.
I'm kind of obsessed with glitter, sparkles, color, ruffles and shoes. Put all those things on a cute little girl and I'm in mommy heaven. Of course I teach our girls that they are most beautiful when they are kind, gentle, and generous, but it's lots of fun to dress them up too! Here are some of our latest findings for little girl fall fashion!
The TYME Iron is one of the best inventions in hair care that I have ever had the pleasure of using. It's efficient, multipurpose, and (once you get the hang of it) easy to use. All of which are important components for a morning beauty and hair care routine, especially for us moms! The TYME Iron is such a simple, yet brilliant ergonomic design for a universal hair care tool. I didn't even realize when I first used my TYME Iron that it is not only a curling iron, but also a hair straightener. And not only that, but the best hair straightener I have ever used! The TYME Iron actually straightened my naturally curly hair the first time around, without me having to blow dry it first. Win!
On busy days is definitely tempting to throw a bunch of junk food in your grocery cart that doesn't require cooking or peeling. It's also tempting to buy your baby those tiny tubs of baby food, and I have bought them on several occasions. The other day I loaded 10 tiny tubs of baby food into my shopping basket, only to look down and evaluate the small amount of baby food I was paying $12 for. I put the baby food tubs back, went to the produce aisle, and instead spent about $15 on a whole acorn squash, a bunch of bananas, several sweet potatoes, apples, and whole carrots. I got a lot of fresh produce for my $15 and best of all, my baby got to enjoy healthy baby food purees that were straight from raw fruits and veggies packed with nutrients and even a little fiber. Happy baby!
We recently celebrated our little 2 year old's birthday, complete with cupcakes, twinkle lights, and fairies. No one ever needs to convince me to whip up a cute little birthday party, I kind of love it. Fortunately my two girls' birthdays are spaced out in the Summer and Fall, and my little guy made his entrance into the world between Christmas and the new year, so I get to plan a fun little birthday party every few months. This time around we kept it fairly simple; cupcakes, a tiny birthday cake that my daughter helped me decorate during nap time, and pretzels dipped in candy melts. We had a blast! Happy 2nd Birthday, baby girl!
Fixer Upper designer Joanna Gaines has partnered with Matilda Jane Clothing for the upcoming Sweet Girls' Collection release. She might as well, since her daughters, 6-year-old Emmie and 9-year-old Ella, seem to have wardrobes comprised of mostly Matilda Jane. Isn't that what the collections are all about though? Timeless farmhouse style with a touch of modern twirl, loved by little girls? I especially love the new color palettes featured in the Once Upon a Time Matilda Jane clothing collection (Fall 2016); rosey hues, lavenders, dusty aquas, and pinks. LOVE
If you're a football fan, you've most likely caught your fair share of games this season. I couldn't tell you many of the rules of football, but I've even watched a game or two, mostly for the social interaction and delicious food of course. Good games usually accompany good food but you don't have to bend over backwards to score a touchdown with your game day appetizers. Here are some of my favorite football snacks that are pretty easy to make!
With school back in session and the weather turning colder, it's tempting to refresh your wardrobe. Somehow when you have kids though, it's a lot easier to spend money on clothes for your kids than yourself! I justify buying clothes for my oldest girl because she has a younger sister, and I'm tempted to buy clothes for my little girl because she rarely gets anything new. Let's just be honest, mommies love buying clothes for their little girls! I recently discovered some adorable casual outfits that are perfect for dressing up to play. My girls LOVE to dress up, especially when they dress up together. My baby girl just turned 2 and she's just now able to play with her big sister. These beautiful outfits from L'ENFANT D'OR are stylish and perfect for running around the backyard or dressing up for an outing. I love the beautiful fabrics and gorgeous lace trim and edging on these L'ENFANT D'OR dresses for girls.
Do you ever wonder what your little one is thinking? #ConfessionsOfaWeeOne combines hilarious photos with babies' proposed internal thoughts about life.
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