Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Robin's Cake Smash +Things We Love: A Little Blue Olive With A Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Robin's cake smash had been in the works for months and I had reserved one of my favorite up and coming photographers, Ashly Vos, for the gig. We picked a early October date and while I didn't love the idea of having it so early, the PNW was offering up the most amazing indian summer and we didn't want to temp mother nature by waiting too long.

The whole thing unfolded perfectly - Ashley and I saw eye to eye on all the details and the result was smashing (pun totally intended). I stayed up late the night before carefully tying a hundred pieces of streamers to twine and using inspiration from this cake smash shoot, ordered the cake from a friend of a friend who has made all of my cakes for awhile now.

It took a little while to get Robin comfortable sitting on the gravel and even longer to force him to love the cake. There were some faces and laughing and then slowly, some smashing. No hands, face first? I seriously die every time I look at that photo - It is already ordered huge for the wall.

Ashley did a perfect job capturing this memory for us! If your local to the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area I highly recommend her for your photography needs - She specializes in just about everything from birth, to babies, to families, even weddings.
Lastly, one of my most favorite parts of the whole shoot was Robin's crown from Little Blue Olive. I was already in love just scrolling through Brandy's Etsy shop but when the crown showed up in the mail I was blown away. It is crafted so well and is guaranteed to survive years of toddler abuse. The details are gorgeous and well thought of too. Her shop offers tons of fun crowns for all ages, even you dirty thirtys out there! I can't wait to order a crown for more up coming birthdays!

Little Blue Olive has generously offered to give one of my readers a $20 credit to their shop in honor of Robin's birthday!

Entering is was with the rafflecopter below - Just follow the prompts for a few ways to enter. The giveaway will run for one week until November 6th. Good luck and have fun!

And Then He Was One...

Happy birthday to the sweetest little prince I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Born between a full moon and my favorite holiday you have been nothing but the perfect addition to our family. Sensitive and sweet and wise beyond your months.

Oh what a year it has been!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Scenes From The Weekend

Whew! What a weekend - Family visiting from Minnesota, a birthday party, harvest festival, an epic brunch and enjoying fall in the pnw. We are still a little bit in recovery mode as we sleep walk through our Monday routine. Luckily it's a week of half days for confrences so there is a little effort involved when it comes to lunches and schedules.

On Thursday we got some visitors from Minnesota in the form of a Papa + Nonnie. The girls were over the moon with excitement to see them and Robin warmed up to them just in time for them to head to Tim's sister's. With them here we stayed busy shopping and crafting and getting ready for Robin's first birthday party! 

Friday after Rowan got home, Tim and I zipped her off to harvest night at her school. They had trick-or-treating at each classroom and a creepy cafeteria where Rowan willingly hugged the creepiest clown because I told her that is what she was suppose to do. I, the total freak, literally teared up every time someone recognized what her costume was. One teacher was literally shrieking with joy and asked if Rowan could come home with her, uhhh… We, I mean Rowan totally scored quite the candy loot.

Side note: What has happened to imagination in costumes? Have store bought ones gone down on quality or do I just notice more because I am older? There were at least 437 muscled super heroes and 215 kids still dressing in the costume from Scream. There was one totally original and awesome mummy costume and a teacher dressed like Katniss. 

On Saturday we filled our house to the brim with twenty-five or so of our favorite people to celebrate our little man turning one (officially on Wednesday). In my true busy-body fashion I took a total of three photos on my dslr, one being Robin's dainty attempt at murdering his slice of cake. It was lightly super hero themed, since I have decided to rebel against "the Pinterest party", and I invited friends to "dress up" if they wanted too. There was three Batmans here and I had to snag a photo of them with my Robin. Crossing my fingers as I type this, that photo turned out.

On Sunday we snuck away to a epic brunch at The Skillet in Ballard. We may have had to wait for thirty minutes for a table and then again for our food while warding off cranky waitresses, but...skillet macaroni with a funion crust + a bacon jam bloddy mary, that's all.

Last night I tackled a little bit of the left over mess, ate some cake so that the rest would fit in a tupperware and fed the kids cereal for dinner. Today I am wrapping up some favors and crafts for the girls teachers and class and putting final touches on their costumes. Still debating if I am going to throw together something for Tim and I so stay tuned. It was the perfect crazy weekend and this time of month is insane for us with all the birthdays. I can't wait to do it again!
How was your weekend? I bet a lot of you went to some great holiday parties - I can't wait to hear about them!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Meet Our Sponsers: Love, Joleen

I am so excited to kick off a new series this week! My best kept secret has been my amazing sponsors and it is high time I share them with the world!

Joleen of Love, Joleen is up first! She is one of those internet friends that lives on the other side of the planet and makes me cry real tears that we might never meet in person (ok, we probably will because she and Stella's Godparent live in close proximity!). She just gets me and our little boys are so close in age - they are guaranteed to be bff's for life.

Joleen is a very successful and talented photographer in the Atlanta area and recently had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite online businesses such as House of Mia and Sophie and Lili. You go girl!

I sent Joleen a set of, what I thought were, fun questions to pick her brain a little and get to know her a better. See what she had to say...
1. Tell us two jokes. Come on, really make us laugh! 

Everything makes me laugh but here are two that made me chuckle when I was looking for a couple to share:

Joke #1 "A newlywed couple moves into their new house. One day the husband comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, you know, in the upstairs bathroom one of the pipes is leaking, could you fix it?" The husband says, "What do I look like, Mr. Plumber?" A few days go by, and he comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, the car won't start. I think it needs a new battery. Could you change it for me?" He says: "What do I look like, Mr. Goodwrench?" Another few days go by, and it's raining pretty hard. The wife finds a leak in the roof. She says, "Honey, there's a leak on the roof! Can you please fix it?" He says, "What do I look like, Bob Vila?" The next day the husband comes home, and the roof is fixed. So is the plumbing. So is the car. He asks his wife what happened. "Oh, I had a handyman come in and fix them," she says. "Great! How much is that going to cost me?" he snarls. Wife says: "Nothing. He said he'd do it for free if I either baked him a cake or slept with him." "Uh, well, what kind of cake did you make?" asks the husband. "What do I look like," she says, "Betty Crocker?""

Joke #2 "I used to be addicted to soap. I’m clean now.…"

2. Name three of your favorite Etsy shops. 

One has to be one you're pretty sure not a lot of us know about. Ok, I tried to pick three that you might not know about: AngeliqueInk (great quality, beautifully designed return address stamps) || JulieAnnArt (hilarious/ironic office supplies and greeting cards) || ParloCosmetics (my new favorite makeup).

3. If you have $500 to spend at Target right now, what would make it into your cart? 

$500 to spend at Target would be awesome!! I would spend $250 on the boring stuff - groceries, diapers, etc. I'd spend the other half on completely random items like toys and books for Benjamin, clothing, accessories, and makeup for me!

4. Describe your perfect weekend. 

My perfect weekend these days consists of zero plans, but a spontaneous adventure with my family. We love exploring Atlanta together!

5. What is your favorite thing about being a mama? On the flip-side, what part were you not expecting to be more difficult? 

My favorite thing about being a mama to an almost toddler is that his love for me is still absolutely unconditional. I am sometimes overwhelmed by how obvious his love and need for me is. I love to cuddle and kiss him and that he's still so young he doesn't push me away.

There are definitely challenges I wasn't expecting to being a mama. You know in your head that being a parent is a huge commitment, but you really have no idea how all encompassing it is until you're in it. I can't even pee in peace! If I do manage to make it into the restroom alone, then more often than not, a little bitty hand often enters from underneath the door. HA!

6. What is your Starbucks order? 

I like coffee with my chocolate so for me it's always a choice between a Peppermint Mocha Frap or a Double Chocolaty Chip Frap.

7. Favorite movie line? Let's see if we can guess what it is from! 

"There's no crying in baseball!"

8. Describe yourself in one word. 

It used to be "Creative" but now it's "Busy".

Find Joleen on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

I can so relate to #8! I think that accurately describes any person with more then zero kids, ha!

I can't wait to share more of my wonderful sponsors with you! Stay tuned.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Things We Love: Cauliflower Kids + A Giveaway!

I am in love with this skirt! Is is weird to love a skirt? It must not be since I think Rowan is equally smitten... 

On my hunt to dress my kids in stylish one-of-a-kind items I came across Cauliflower Kids on Etsy and have been obsessed since day one. Kasey's new line is over the top amazing with items I can guarantee you'll never walk into Target and find. Made with soft quality fabrics, each item can help your little one achieve a thousand looks. In the late summer we dressed down the Pumpkin Spice skirt with a ribbed tank and on picture day we fancied it up with this polk-a-dot top and a cute bow. Rowan loves to pair it with all types of shoes too - Hunter boots, Salt waters, and even flip flops for a casual look.

It's comfy and flow-y and perfect for still sitting lady like during Kindergarten carpet time!

Kasey runs her gorgeous shop all by herself, sometimes enlisting her boyfriend when she needs an extra pair of hands. You can see the heart that goes into each pieces design - I would have argue that each and every piece is swoon worthy. Each piece is so detailed all the way down to the adorable packaging. Named after a sweet French nickname for her niece who has been like a daughter of her own. How sweet is that?
Because we're so in love - I have teamed up with Cauliflower Kids to give away one of these gorgeous Pumpkin Spice skirts (a $30 value) to one of my readers!

Entering is simple with the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run for two weeks, until the 4th of November. Good luck and have fun!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Batman + Robin

You don't see a ton of Robin stuff out there - He seems to be the very under appreciated sidekick. So you can bet when I spotted these pajamas from all the way across target I did a spastic run/walk to snag them. They were full price (which I hate paying) and one month two small but I could have cared less. If only someone had only told me that this shirt existed first! Stella's Batman hoodie is growing too small so I savor these moments when I can. 

My own personal Batman + Robin folks...
Sometime life is perfect like that.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

#dailyrowankphoto is back!

After a tumultuous finish to our #dailyrowanprek photo journey last year I was determined to pick it back up for Rowan's first year in elementary school. Who knows how many years I will keep this up - Probably till we start to run out of time in the mornings or they say stop. As of now Rowan doesn't let me forget to pull out my phone and snap a pic each day on the way to the bus stop.

We're twenty-nine days into school and haven't missed a day yet! This year we are operating under the hash tag #dailyrowankphoto while Stella took over the #stelladailyprekphoto. It has been fun playing in Rowan's wardrobe this year - She still lets me have full say other then if she wants to wear a dress/skirt or pants. I still pull rank on that one depending on the weather or if we need to throw some leggings underneath. Rowan has even been pretty nice to her clothes and shoes this year sans a lost North Face jacket that I am not thrilled about, but it is nice not seeing torn up knees and toes come home.

This first round-up I wanted to share my shopping sources and some of the brands Rowan wears. I get asked constantly and I love sharing my secrets to dressing fun on a budget! She doesn't grow at too crazy of a rate so most things last us a year or two and things like dresses live on forever with a good pair of tights or leggings!

Most of her items lately are from Hautelook - I am a little obsessed. They are a deal site for Nordstroms and really have some amazing deals from day to day. Passive Juice Motel, Hello Apparel, and Threadless are our goto for one-of-a-kind tees. Other than that a lot of her stuff is thrifted or Target! I have had really good luck on local buy/sell/trade sites on Facebook - I have scored several pairs of kids designer jeans for under $10 and recently a $20 North Face coat to replace the lost one. Thredup is a great online consignment shop - They carry every brand you can imagine and the clothes are always in near perfect condition if not new with tags. Finally, Ebay has been a goldmine for really hot items. Just this year I have scored the girls each a pair of, in perfect condition, Hunter boots for under $15 each. Not to mention I have had a ton of luck with Joe's and Seven jeans on there for the girls, which last and last and I pay less then $15 for! What are your go to deal sites or shops?

If you don't already follow us, you can find me on Instagram under @_melissarohr and you can count on a daily photo of Rowan as she heads off to school. 

Which outfit is your favorite? I think mine is any time she wears those flora harem pants!
Dress + Leggings: Target, Shoes: Sanuk on Hautelook / Jacket: North Face, Jeans: Joe's Jeans from a buy/sell/trade FB site / Tee + Shoes: Target, Pants: Funkyberry on Hautelook.
Dress: Crewcuts, Shoes: Liliana/Fab Kids on Hautelook / Tee: Threadless, Shorts: Joe's Jeans on ThredUp, Shoes: Nike Free from Nordstroms.
Tee: Threadless, Shorts: Joe's Jeans on ThredUp, Shoes: DC from Journey's Kids / Tee: Passive Juice Motel, Shoes: Target / Dress: Buckleberry on Hautelook.
Dress: Jelly and the Pug on Hautelook / Jacket: Gap thrifted, Dress: Buckleberry on Hautelook, Boots: Old Navy / Tee: One Jackson NWT on ThredUP.
Tee: Hello Apparel / Tee + Lounge Pants: One Jackson NWT on ThredUp / Dress: Old Navy.
Tee: Gap thrifted / Tee: Target, Skirt: c/o Cauliflower Kids on Etsy, Shoes: Target / Tee: Target, Pants: Gap thrifted.
Sweater: Target, Dress: Handmade by Lindsay (@linkielueville) / Tee: Old Navy, Pants: Gap Thrifted / Skirt: Local Boutique.
Tee: Gap on ThredUP / Tee: Oshkosh, Skirt: Target / Tee: Passive Juice Motel, Pants: Old Navy.
Tee + Skirt: Gap thrifted / Sweater: Crewcuts / Tee: Target.
Dress: Gap, Boots: Hunter on Ebay (I linked a quick search to Hunter's for kids!)/ Leggings: Target.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Month Eleven

Month eleven was a lot like month ten other then it is the last month before o-n-e!

Ok, fine and Robin started doing a million new things this month - He was already a confident stander and cruiser but now he can stand up wherever without anything to hold on to (so weird!) and is taking steps. Then, just before the new month started he even mastered standing up from one knee. Robin can say a ton of words which is fun to watch because both Rowan and Stella took their sweet time stringing sounds into words. He is saying mama, dada, stella, nana (rowan), no no no, kitty, cup, uh oh, ouch, and tons of copying things he hears us say.

This month has brought a ton of climbing! Every time I post a new video of Robin climbing a slide or dollhouse I get a earful about how I am in for it having a boy. I think it just is really going to put my baby proofing skills to the test, I guess we shall see.

This month we phased out formula over to almond and coconut milk. I felt confident in this decision because Robin has no issues taking in whatever healthy table food we were eating so I knew he was getting adequate nutrition. We go back and forth on letting him have a formula cup before bed because it seems to help him sleep better if he didn't eat a big meal for dinner but even that will be done soon. We also mastered all types of cups as of this month. He has been bottle free since about 7-8 months but really became comfortable with the harder lid cups and cups with straws recently. It makes it much easier since I don't have to keep buying more cups he prefers. This however does mean he drinks from lots of girl flower and princess cups - Fourth kid, first boy problems.

His birthday party is planned and invites are sent! I'll be damned if I let Pinterest bully me into a crazy over the top party. We are keeping it simple and spending the day surrounded by those who have been a part of Robin's first year of life, and we are super excited that his Papa and Nonnie are making the trip from Minnesota. It is mildly super hero themed, giving Robin the perfect chance to bust out his [Batman] and Robin pajamas. 

Robin loves loves Stella, "Stella" was one of his very first words and he is always laughing at her even if she is just walking through the kitchen or telling him to get off her toys. He loves Rowan too, I think because he spends a lot more time with Stella, their bond is different and I love it. Robin also loves the kitty...a lot.

As I type this, two and a half weeks late, Robin will be one is sixteen days! This year has gone by much too fast and I hate it. On the other hand, it went so fast Robin is still so much "my baby" and that is perpetrated even more by the fact he isn't walking yet. Can i just keep him my baby forever?

I am continually surprised by how loving and sensitive Robin is. I'll admit that I had some preconceived notions about my son being rough and tumble but as I get to know him, he is quite the opposite. It really is a wonder to watch his personality emerge more and more, always dreaming about the boy he will be. I love having a son.

Happy eleven months little dude - Oh how we love you so!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Picture Keeper Review

If your anything like me then you already have planned it out in your head exactly how you would save your photos in the event your house was facing a disaster. "Things" you can replace easily but photos are what preserve those memories that you lovingly created with the people you love. I couldn't even imagine if the details of my wedding or the birth of my children or one of our many camping trips at the coast couldn't be flipped through and admired by generations to come.

When Picture Keeper contacted me about reviewing their project I was totally on board. Of course I have my photos printed, burned onto cd's stored in the fire safe, and saved on a hard drive but I love the accessibility and ease of use the Picture Keeper offers. You simply "plug and save!" The USB device comes in many capacities and has built in software. It auto searches your computer for photos and even recognizes duplicates to save space. 
I was sent the PK4 which could potentially hold up to 4,000 depending on the size of your photo files. Considering that I have about 8,000 photos between the drives attached to my computer the software took a little while to run (about twenty minutes) and sort through all of the mess of photos. In the end it was able to store almost 1,200 photos. One of my favorite parts was watching it work - It shuffles through large thumbnails as it stores, giving me the chance to look back at some photos that I had honestly forgotten existed. Stella with chicken pox, my bridal shower, when Rowan was a tiny baby and more. All of these memories now safely stored away on a grab-and-go device.
After I got notice that I ran out of room pretty fast I went back in and made some adjustments to my settings so that it wasn't saving every last photo it found. Most of my files are well over 1MB so I didn't really come close to the possible 4,000 capacity. However, if you chose to purchase a second device, like the Picture Keeper Pro then the new one would pick up right where the first left off - How neat!
A great product in a small package, I would definitely recommend this for your photo storage needs!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Robin Big-Boy Room Progress

If we are friends on Instagram then you know I have been promising you Robin's room for awhile now.  Truth is, it isn't anywhere near finished. Other projects have sprung up and since it is just the details left it has gotten put on the project back list. I didn't want to break the reveal into several posts, but instead have one big one when I had plugged the final lamp in and hung the last piece of art so I have put off showing you anything.

Then today after I was done cleaning - the bed was made and the floor was free of boogers, I found myself just looking around his room with a smile on my face. It is such a blessing that Tim and I have been able to put our heads together and give our kids fun spaces on a budget that will hopefully be memory makers in their lives. It is fun working together seeing my vision become a reality and it is always such a blessing that I have a smart handy husband who isn't afraid of power tools.

Coming up, I am on the hunt for a Aztec kiln rug to layer with this soft wool one I inherited from my mom. I want to get those clear fillable lamps from Target and fill them with matchbox cars and other small toys from Tim's childhood. On my next trip to Ikea I am going to get a 2x4 white Expedit to help house Robin's growing collection of boy toys and I am sure I will find some other room must haves while I am there (read: all the sheepskins are belong to me.) I need to track down a few sets of boy sheets that he can grow with and finally I would like to get our two large Minted prints framed.

These are mostly all little things that once I sit down and focus on finishing them it should be a breeze - but with fall schedules and other looming renovations it'll just keep getting put off for now.

So I want to go ahead and show off his room in progress...
I go back and forth on loving and hating the blue, wishing I had gone with white. For the most part though I just embrace it because who are we kidding - I don't plan on trying to go from dark blue to white anytime soon. It is funny to stand in the hall and look at the kids rooms side-by-side, the girls room a pale ballerina pink and Robin's room a dark masculine blue.

I want to come back eventually with a details post on how we did his bed. In all honesty we have been throwing around the idea of redoing it now that we own the Kreg Jig. It bugs me terribly that you can see the screws and the fact that there are extra holes from mistakes. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest from a international designer. I showed it to Tim and with a little planning and math he made it a reality for me. I keep trying to convince him to build them to sell!

PS, the floor bed is going great! At almost one, Robin is finally taking advantage of being able to play and explore his room when he wakes up or isn't ready for bed. This has made for a much less stressful routine in the morning and night. He rarely ever fell out and mastered getting in and out pretty quick. We recently introduced a pillow and blanket and I think it is safe to say he is the first of four to stay in a normal sleeping position all night. 

Source list: Prints c/o Minted, Scribble building wall decals c/o Deco Mod Walls, dresser (repainted by me) and book ledges and bedding are all Ikea, and the Eames type rocking chair Zulily.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sneak Peak Of Stella's Lalaloopsy Costume + Yumbaby Discount Code

First she was going to be Edward Scissor Hands, then Batman, then Wonder Woman, get the picture.

It is right around three that I stop trying to heavily influence their costumes or just pick them outright. I just try my best to steer them away from anything too popular or store bought (unless your Robin and going as a fox). We were feeling pretty good about Wonder Woman and I had even started online shopping here and there to put the costume together. Then a few weeks ago while I was scrolling through Instagram, Stella saw the browser open to the Yumbaby hat shop IG and yelled, "LALALOOPSY! I WANT LALALOOPSY HAIR SO I CAN BE A LALALOOPSY FOR HALLOWEEN!"
She specifically was going nuts for the purple wig so we did a little searching to find a Lalaloopsy that had similar hair - That is how we found Pillow Feather Bed, owner of the most ridiculous name if you ask me. This one also happened to be one of the few dolls that had a costume for purchase this year but after looking at it in the store, I just couldn't fork over the money for something so cheap and flimsy.

Yumbaby wanted to send Stella the wig to help put together the perfect hand-made version of the costume that she could now not stop talking about. That sealed the deal for us so I got to work. On Ebay I tracked down a pair of gently used Hanna Anderson pajamas in a similar striped pattern, I picked up some read striped fabric and the appropriate buttons at Hobby Lobby, and we are still on the hunt for a stuffed sheep! 
Grandma is going to help us piece on the red stripe fabric in the right places but I am still not sure what I am going to do about Stella's feet since the doll is technically wearing footie pajamas. If I am feeling extra crafty I want to whip up a sleep mask to match and we need to reposition the bow and add a ribbon headband to it. I haven't gotten far yet but thankfully we still have lots of time and Rowan's Eloise costume is all ready to go.

I am excited to be putting this costume together on our own but I just can't get over some of the adorable Lalaloopsy costumes floating around Etsy!

If your little one is dying to go as a Lalaloopsy this year, whether you make your own costume or purchase one you have to pair it with a Yumbaby wig hat! I can't sing enough praise to this shop - The wigs are made of TONS of soft fluffy yarn carefully knotted onto a simple knit cap. Stella loves wearing hers, she says it is so comfortable and we don't really have to struggle to get all of her real hair up into the nice fitting cap. Not to mention it is guaranteed to keep her warm on Halloween night.

The owners of Yumbaby have graciously offered my readers a discount code good through the end of the year. These wigs and hats aren't just for Halloween! For 10% off your purchase at Yumbaby, use the code: WHILEITRAINS2013.

They will be taking orders up until the week of Halloween with rush shipping available but I wouldn't wait too long. I mean, how cute are these wig hats?

Make sure and follow the Yumbaby Shop on Facebook to stay updated on new products and fun stuff they have coming up for the holidays!

Disclosure: Stella was sent a complimentary Yumbaby wig but all words and opinions are my own. I stand behind this shop and its quality product.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Mama Style + A Little Check With Reality

Yesterday morning I had to be ready early, like actually ready, something beyond yoga pants and a v-neck tee. I slipped on my go-to joe's skinny jeans and a sheer top I scored at Costco for $5. I thought, "this isn't so bad..." I'm not itchy or overly uncomfortable - maybe I can dress like a real adult.

The top was black and had a built in fitting tank so all was well on the mama rolls front and praise the lord you couldn't tell if I was sweating or not. Let's do this!

It was about two hours into our morning that reality set it - I already had two snags courtesy of my own ring and Robin's finger nails that needed to be cut two weeks ago. There was some obvious residue from the size sticker that screamed this girl has no idea what she is doing and I counted twelve unidentifiable stains that might be snot, drool, Nutrigrain bar, and splash back from the diaper sprayer.

Who was I kidding? 

I touched on the fact before that I needed to try harder and not let social media make me feel bad for my fashion choices. I once saw a girl on Instagram say she wouldn't be caught dead out in jeans let alone workout attire - I thought, oh honey, you really don't know what you're missing out on. I applaud all you ladies who really get into dressing up, carefully selecting and piecing together outfits. I am admittedly a little jealous but that just isn't me - Give me all the hoodies, leggings, and long tees. My guilty pleasure lately has been men's clothes - Urban outfitters, Target, and more all have some great styles that can look just as cute on a lady too!

(It is also totally amazing when you marry a former high school football player. You inherit, read: steal, quite the sweats collection. I win.)

I used to joke that I was going to keep a basket of pjs next to the door for immediate changing into whenever I got home from somewhere. I have four kids to chase, six if you count the two more that I just started in-home daycare for and comfort trumps style for me. that's just the truth. So here I sit in my Costco leggings, my sheer top is crumpled in the corner with the other rejects from my most recent closet rage black-out, and I am comfy as hell.

What is your go-to style? Jeans and a tee or do you find joy in trying new adventurous items out?

Now this is my kind of outfit!
Source: Polyvore

Monday, October 7, 2013

Things We Love: The Bird + Elephant With A Giveaway!

Closed: Congrats to our winner Chelsea Thom!
I have been dying for months now to share this shop with you! You all know that I love a good hand-made brand and The Bird + Elephant is definitely my new favorite. They do a little bit of it all - Bibs, modern clothing, teethers, rattles, bedding, wall decorations and more!
Robin is a d r o o l e r, so any bib, especially a good one really comes in handy. I love that The Bird + Elephant bibs are two sided for switching to a clean side on the go. I was blown away by the quality and craftsmanship - The fabric is bright, soft and guaranteed to see your little one through toddler hood and all the laundry that entails. My favorite part? It is so well priced! The perfect item to add to a baby shower gift. How cute is this bib (and the baby wearing it)? 
What goes better with a bib then a teether to get it good and soaked? Made in 100% organic (GOTS certified) materials all the way down to the thread. The wooden ring is natural maple that has been coated in olive oil and a protective beeswax coating. When it needs a wash you just toss the fabric portion in the wash with a baby load. The knotted fabric is perfect for easily getting back to those painful molars - Robin was in love at first chomp. So many gorgeous fabrics to choose from!

With Christmas just around the corner this is the perfect time to stock up on fun hand-made baby stuff to give all those babies in your family! 
Beth of The Bird + Elephant and I have teamed up to give one of my readers a $20 credit to her shop!

Entering is easy - Just follow the rafflecopter instructions below. The giveaway will run for two weeks, until October 14th at 8pm PST. Good luck and have fun!

We received a bib and teether complimentary from The Bird + Elephant. All words and opinions are my own as I would never promote a brand that I did not stand behind.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Two Dollar Glitter Skulls!

Dollar store for the win - this time at least! 

I am always feverishly pinning these mythical dollar store item makeovers but can't ever find what I need to do them. So when Rowan and I randomly wandered into a Dollar Tree on Sunday and I saw the Halloween haul, I began throwing skulls and spiders and creepy webs and black birds into my cart like it was my job (and then went back again the next day). 

Thank God that there was a Joann's next door because the first pins to pop into my head were some of glittered covered skulls - Tim is gonna be so thrilled I thought, yea for glitter! Simultaneously scrolling Pinterest and my Joann's coupon app I grabbed a giant shaker of silver glitter and did a mental inventory on my glue and Mod podge supply at home. No Mod podge, no worries - here is a quick and easy recipe using Elmer's glue and water. Spray adhesive or brushing on any craft glue would work too!

I dumped my whole container of glitter into a giant bowl then went to town brushing on the adhesive, as much as I could at once. I rolled my skull around in the glitter till it was evenly covered and then let it dry on parchment paper before going back and least twice more to fill in missed spots. Tip: Spray paint your skulls with a color similar to your glitter choice. I am a perfectionist and it drove me nuts if even a speck of the skull was showing through. 

The skulls were a dollar each and the glitter was three dollars, so that works out to be about two dollars a skull and I have over two-thirds of the glitter left. I'd say that is a win over similar ones priced at $10-20 each.

What do you think?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Deal alert! The Little Mermaid DVD + Blu-ray Combo! (ENDS TOMORROW)

If you're planning on picking up Disney's The Little Mermaid this week, check this deal out that I found on! 

Before you get the Little Mermaid Blu-ray Combo pack, snag a Little Mermaid coupon for $7 off one Little Mermaid Blu-ray Combo Pack thanks to Scott Values. First you’ll need to create a Scott Values account (free) and then you’ll get a code that you enter over at Disney Rewards to access your $7 Little Mermaid coupon! 

But there is more I found out...

Download the Cartwheel by Target onto your smart phone where you'll find another coupon for an additional 10% off until tomorrow!


Use your Target Red Card for another 5% off!


Target is also offering an additional $6 off the dvd combo if you purchase the Ariel Sparkle Doll. Which right now is on sale for $10, basically making the final price of the doll $4.

I did all of the above and got the collectors edition ($24.99) and Sparkly Ariel Doll for the final price of $21.00! 

The Apronista's CROCK-tober - Slow Cooked Potato Soup

If you have a chance today, come visit me out over at The Apronista sharing one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes for CROCK-tober. My potato soup is the perfect comfort food as we transition over to this chillier weather. Only six ingredients to deliciousness!

Check it out along with all the other fun recipes she is featuring this month. Let me know what you think - you won't be disappointed!