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. 


9/18/17

august back yard hangs










Summer is extra sweet with these two. Logan continues to wow us as the best big sister we could have asked for our little guy. She loves him so much, and feels are mutual. Also, twinning siblings in cut off denim foreverrr.  

7/27/17

simple healthy kid eats pt. 2

^ Apple slices, pickles, pistachios, organic yogurt, and cherry tomatoes.

^ Sharp cheddar cheese sticks, apple slices, carrots, blue corn chips, and verde salsa.

^ Mini pancakes with syrup, child chopped fruit salad, ice water, and mama's morning coffee :)

^ A Valentine's day treat: heart shaped pancakes topped with powered sugar. A handmade card, and fresh flowers.

Ice cream scooped watermelon.

^ Pancakes topped with blueberries and whipped cream.

^ Pulled pork, asparagus, shell noodled, and peas.

^ Cantaloupe, whole wheat waffle minis, and organic yogurt.

^ Grapes, apple slices, organic yogurt, french fries with ketchup.

^ Chipotle quesadilla leftovers, asparagus, and watermelon.



Life in the kitchen lately includes introducing new foods to the most open-minded baby I've ever come across and a seven year old who suddenly refers to foods as "bitter" and "gritty" and complains about specific "textures." She's testing us and that's okay. Hey, if we could, we would eat all the junk all the time too.  And also, it's developmentally appropriate-- kids will test limits and see what they can get away with. I can't blame her for trying. We're standing firm with the healthy foods first though, and continuing to switch it up with new and old favorites. But some days we do fries, because well, we're human, and also, fries are delicious.

It's been a while since I shared these here. See pt. 1 HERE.

I intend to include some of Adler's eats soon. He literally is the BEST eater there ever was. And I find that this time around with Baby #2, I'm introducing him to so much more than I did with Logan.

If baby eats are your type of thing, stay tunned!

7/20/17

Back-to-School with Goldfish Crackers

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by the Goldfish brand but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


One of my absolute favorite things about being a mom is watching my children grow up loving some of the same things that once brought me a similar joy as a child. One of those things we're experiencing right now is back-to-school shopping. I still vividly remember the excitement that came each year, from kindergarten all the way into college-- those mid-summer trips to the store to get little bits here and there to fill my hip and stylish new backpack. Some of my favorite scents come from the stationary aisle: the smell of a brand new composition book, a fresh box of crayons, those faux leather zip pencil pouches. All the feels!

Now I get to live it all over again through my babes, and Logan is proving once again to be much like her mama. In the store with her little list checking things off as we put them in our cart. She picked out a new backpack and has been in back-to-school mode since. We added some favorites snacks to our list, Goldfish® being one of them.  Some for then and some for now.


She has already placed some Goldfish® bags in with her school stuff. Goldfish® crackers have always been her afternoon go to snack when she gets home from school. If you are looking for a simple, fun, and classic snack for your kids., Goldfish® crackers are the way to go. I like the snack bag size because they are pre-portioned, and our little miss tends to over indulge in snacks. She's already looking forward to chowing down on them after school,  and I'm pretty sure she's conspiring to use her new bag to transport them when we go to the beach.

If you're looking for other ways to get ready for the school year with Goldfish, check out their social media channels below.


Though it's still summer, we are doing a lot of talking about the upcoming new school year. I printed out this little selfie sheet that I found on Pinterest and we worked on that this afternoon. It was fun listening to her debate what she would pen in as her favorite.


And of course we had to pour ourselves a little bowl of Goldfish® to snack on, because thinking is hard work. ;  )

If you're interested in more ideas on back-to-school and snack ideas....

visit Goldfish on YouTube here.
visit Goldfish on Pinterest here.
Visit Goldfish's home page here.

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7/10/17

first beach day of the season









We waited out the storm and drove towards the coast to sun, salt, and sand. It turned out to be such a beautiful day. We even got on the beach without paying because of the unpredictable weather earlier in the day, the beach was free. Logan initially requested we go to a different beach, because our last time there, as high tide came in; a little pool formed on the beach. It was one of our favorite beach days to date-- see here. It ended up working out that we got lucky with one again. Literally, right in front of our blanket the beach filled with water and we had a little pool, made just for us. Logan's day was made, completely and totally. We looked up and down the beach and nowhere else was there one. I kind of feel it was meant to be-- you know that feeling, when you feel like you are right where you are meant to be in that moment?  We thanked our angels in heaven and ended our day just feeling really good. Looking forward to many more days like it.