11/28/17

wrapping presents with goldfish crackers



We partnered up with Goldfish crackers again to show how we incorporate our favorite snack into our holiday traditions. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Goldfish crackers helps us in making it a little extra wonderful. Classics and classics. Is there anything better!? The kids wouldn't think so. The two of them ate almost the whole bag!

Visit here for the Goldfish crackers Pinterest page for holiday activity, craft, and mix ideas to create your own Goldfish moments together as a family. For extra festivities, you can pull out a bag of colored Goldfish crackers. You can learn more about them here.



Logan tried her best in wrapping, but Jordan was on a mission to make this specific gift the best wrapped present under our tree. We decided Lo would be our official snack getter and help when Jordy needed her to. Goldfish crackers are a snack I feel good about serving to my children. They are always baked with  real cheese, they have no artificial flavors or preservatives, and their colors are sourced from plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the achiote tree.



Every year I love buying wrapping paper-- probably more than we need. I'm all about a quality thick paper that won't tear when you cut it. These plaid Christmas trees are my favorite-- and these simple tags paired with it...perfection!




We had so much fun creating this video which was set out to be, older cousin Jordan teaching Logan to wrap a present, but turned into him handling it all on his own. She didn't mind too much because goldfish crackers were still included. Also, the song in this video is pure magic.

11/24/17

north third street












 







We used to visit the city much more when we just had logan, and even more so before having her. hitting up local towns and cities has always been a favorite thing of ours, and now with the kids we love it even more— but we don’t do it nearly enough. Strolling the streets on a beautiful day, seeking out new restaurants, small shops, and good brew— always leaving refreshed and inspired...nothing better! Our recent visit into the city last week was so good for us. Strolling leaf covered streets, a quick breakfast in an old tiny cafe, a visit to the aquarium, and lunch with favorite friends.

a new snack bar jam


Lunch is my love language. It has been since becoming mama to my first baby. I always loved exploring new creative ways to implement yummy, whole, natural foods in to her diet. This seems a lot easier when she was a baby, and the only food she knew was what we had at home. As she grew older she became exposed to different foods: school lunches, birthday parties, carnivals and fairs. I find it just as important now in keeping her interested and aware of healthy, whole + natural super foods. You can see a few lunches from over the years here and here, and some baby food inspo. here.

See bars HERE.

So when I was offered to partner up with an organic brand with similar values, I couldn't turn it down. Let me just start off by saying that bar snacks are our jam. I love the little punch it gives just when you need it. A lot of them though refilled with too much unnecessary added sugar. Happy Kids fruit bars have no added sugar. No added sugar.  So I immediately knew that they would be perfect for us to try out. 


And boy are we happy we did! After her first bite, Logan exclaimed that we should buy more and try other flavors-- which we surely obliged! Logan loves the taste and has packed them in her lunch and snack a few times already since buying them. We bought ours from Walmart online, but you can also get them at Babies R Us and Amazon. 




These bars have also become a staple snack that we'll keep stocked for after school, before dance, soccer practice, play dates, etc. In fact we used them this week for a play date and there were a hit! The kids could eat them met free while finishing their painting masterpieces. :) 




Learn more about Happy Family Brands Kids Bars here.

Click here to buy your own.



9/25/17

documenting baby's first year with artifact uprising
















I don't think I have ever been so passionate about a partnership as I am about the 
one here with Artifact Uprising. Ever since I first discovered their Instagram feed, a long time ago, it's been a HUGE fan-girl crush since.  So when an opportunity to work with them came up, I was so excited to commit right away. 

The product I am showcasing is their Story of You Baby Book which just so happened to come perfectly timed. My sweet Adler's first year documentation has been neglected, because well, Baby Number Two. Amiright?? But also because of a backup error with my iPhone, and loosing so many photos from his first year kind of put me off. But this space and Instagram have served as a sacred space for documenting, and therefore not all were lost.

So, thank you, Artifact Uprising for getting me pumped to document Adler's first year, and for lighting a necessary fire to get it done. This book literally, could not be anymore perfect! Not only is it gorgeous in design and simplicity but it is also timeless in style-- a beautiful book to dress up any shelf.  I had the hardest time choosing a color because they all are so, so good. Color options include: orchidee, pacific blue, smoke, or olive. We ended up choosing smoke, but I seriously would have been happy with any! The fabric cover is such a great quality, but came as no surprise, because all of their products are of great quality. And as usual, everything comes so beautifully packaged. I truly enjoy thought out packaging, and Artifact Uprising is 100% in design.

I also love that the pages inside are realistic and keep busy parents in mind. I loved not having to rack my brain trying to remember things that I clearly didn't care to recall. For example: what tooth came in when, the exact day baby first smiled, rolled over, was with a sitter, etc. BUT, if documenting those type of things is your jam, this book also includes extra sheets so you can easily do so. 

I am going to post some product info below because it's such a beautiful package, and one you'll want to consider.


  • The Story of You Baby Book is the first product from Artifact Uprising that is customized after purchase – making it the perfect gift. It’s thoughtful, personable, and yet requires no building upfront.
  • The Story of You Baby Book includes a pen and adhesive and is bound with 4 metal rings to make it easy to remove or rearrange pages.
  • The Story of You Baby Book includes print credit for your first set of Everyday prints (1 set has 25 prints). These prints can be created on the Artifact Uprising App seamlessly from your phone – making your mobile camera the perfect tool to document   HOW AWESOME IS THIS!!?
  • Price point: $120 FIND DISCOUNT CODE BELOW :)
  • Page count: 100 pages, 50 individual sheets 
  • Premium fabric cover with foil stamped title, "Here Begins The Story of You"
  •  Available colors: Orchidee or Pacific Blue with copper foil, Smoke or Olive with gold foil
  • Holds 47 Everyday Prints; recommended sizes include 3.25 x 3.25", 3.25 x 4.25" and 4.25 x 3.25"

I loved putting this book together and remembering his first year as I filled it out. I hope someday Adler will love paging through this book with us. Every now and again Logan will pull her book out and we'll talk about life before her, when she was a baby, and what she'll be when she grows up-- so much conversation from this documented piece. I still have my baby book, and though it's not filled out much (Baby Number 4 Problems--HAHAH) I love seeing my mom's writing and knowing how much that book meant to her at one point in time. 

I don't push products, but this one I am totally pushing. I am SO incredibly happy with it, and I know you will be too. To buy your own book, or to gift one for a friend, you can use this code THESTORYOFYOU10 to get 10% off your order. Code is good through 10/31/17.

Happy documenting, friends!


9/19/17

Best cereal EVER at ShopRite




Grocery shopping is not a task I hate to do. I actually quite enjoy it. We have our go-to brands that we are very loyal to, but we always factor a little extra into our budget for new brands to explore. In doing so we have found new favorites. We typically strive for things that are natural, organic, fresh, and have little to no preservatives. But we also factor in the fact that we are human and that all things are okay in moderation. ShopRite never lets us down when it comes to both quality and quantity, and so we shop there often.

 We are so lucky to have a great ShopRite right up the street from us. 
Find a store near you here.


Our most recent trip to ShopRite we picked up Post Cereal's Honey Maid S'mores cereal, and It just might be the best cereal ever. We bought it to bring to or camping trip to have for breakfast, because well, S'MORES! Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and our trip got postponed, but that didn't keep us from eating this delicious cereal outside.


We even shot a quick little video to capture our experience.





Seriously, look at this goodness. 


And it should be noted that this little lady finished off the entire bowl. That says a lot because she is so weird with cereal, often leaving her cereal to turn soggy.


We are going camping THIS weekend and are so excited to bring along our new favorite breakfast cereal as previously planned. I think we are going to have to pick up another box though.