Back to School with OshKosh B’gosh

finally…the kids are back to school. it was no easy feat getting them ready for school this year. having a new little one and a son going into high school for the first time, left my middle boys getting less attention than previous years. as a mom, i try my best, but things don’t always go smoothly. luckily, i was able to sneak each of them out individually to do a little back-to-school shopping. they were very excited to get a few outfits for the school year…ones that show their personalities…because boy, they both have big personalities. so, i have partnered with OshKosh B’Gosh to share with you my back-to-school shopping trip with little Vann.  (make sure to enter the giveaway below!) i love OshKosh B’gosh for many reasons….first the quality, but also that they make clothing that is easy for Vann to mix and match and create stylish outfits. he loves to be fashionable with a quirky twist. graphic tees are alway his go-to. so i let him browse the tees while i picked up some of the essentials he will use all year long. i was excited to see all the jeans on sale…plus i signed up for emails. so i received a great coupon to use with my purchase. the prices are awesome. and i was happy to pick up two pair of skinny jeans…each under ten dollars! PLUS a pair for the B’gosh Jeanious campaign.

B’gosh Jeanius

in 2014, OshKosh B’gosh launched The B’gosh Jeanius Campaign as an annual effort to support their customer’s local communities with donated clothing and school supply needs. Since then, they’ve partnered with DonorsChoose.org, Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S. fashion delivers), OshKosh Moms, families and friends to collect over $1.1 million and distribute more than 66,000 articles of clothing to impact the lives of over 260,000 students. you can join the effort by donating a new pair of jeans in-store or making a cash contribution in-store or online at oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius from July 25 through September 18. And, share your “shop to give style” on social media using #BgoshJeanius. need some style tips? OshKosh B’gosh has you covered. just check out the cuteness. we left with a great new fall wardrobe…and shhhh! i couldn’t help myself from stopping by the little girls section to pick up Miss Dani Kat a few goodies. wanna see what we got? next stop was the park, for a little fashion photoshoot.  we got so many great pieces to mix and match!and not to forget Miss Dani….i am in love with her little dress. and this fall we can pair it with some leggings and a little sweater for a nice transition piece.the detail! ooops! i bought one more outfit for her. she’s celebrating back-to-school too.

OshKosh B’gosh Coupon Code

OshKosh B’gosh is one of our favorite stores. have you been lately? here is an OshKosh B’gosh Store Locator to find a store near you. and to make your shopping trip even more successful, here is an OshKosh B’gosh coupon code for 20% off! either print, or us code: OKBG3352   Happy shopping! hope your back-to-school shopping trip is as fun as our was. now we are off to school!

OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway

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How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout!!!!

This post is sponsored by Energizer.How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout

Summer is here…and passing by quickly, so it’s time to power up for a little summer fun with some outdoor adventures. and those outdoor adventures don’t have to take place far away. they can be in your very own backyard. as i have mentioned many times this summer, it has been much harder having a little baby, so we’ve had to make due with staying around our neighborhood. we haven’t gotten to go camping at all, which is sad since we usually go a ton during summer. so to make it up to the boys by having an awesome backyard camping adventure….all thanks to Energizer.

having a fun backyard campout doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot time to set up. i just grabbed a bunch of things from the house and set up a tent. i wanted to share with you some of the items i used to make the evening extra special for the whole family. we really had the best time.

first off, i set up the backyard with a tent, blankets and pillows from the house, some books, snacks and flag banners i had left over from a party.

i brought out these giant dominos that are meant to be played outdoors and layed out a quilt with pillows on the lawn. this way the kids could lay out and read books under the stars.

i made sure to have my Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights ready to brighten up our campout as soon as it started to get dark. the great thing about these Energizer lights is that they are super portable and super bright. just a few of them can light up the backyard. plus they are battery powered, which makes them easy to use anywhere. there is no need for a campfire which would be dangerous with the kids running around the backyard. they would be great for all kinds of outdoor entertaining throughout the summer—from holidays to family barbecues.

what i really like about the Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights is that you can use them in a bunch of different ways. you can use them as a regular flashlight, and they have a stand so that you can use the flashlight as a spotlight. they also have a floodlight portion that you can use to light up a tent or area of the backyard, plus they have hooks to hang them up where you need them.

once everything was set up, it was time for dinner! i decided it would be fun to have Walking Tacos. walking tacos are basically tacos in a bag of chips. it put all the taco toppings in cute bowls and set them in a tray with some bags of chips.
all you do, is open the bags of chips and put your favorite toppings into them. then, hold the top of the bag shut and shake. now you can either pour the walking tacos into you mouth to eat, or use a fork to eat them out of the bag. yum.i also bought some special sodas and lemonades for the dinner to make the dinner extra fun.

next up was crafts….

we took some 12 x 12″ pieces of wood and hammered 1″ nails into them making a shape. we chose to make kitty cats, but you can do any shape you would like. you want to place each nail about 3/4 to 1″ apart. next, you take string or floss and wind it around the nails to make your shape more distinct.

it’s a really easy craft, but the kids love hammering the nails and stringing their shapes…i high recommend this activity. here is how ours turned out.

you can’t have a backyard campout without s’mores

so i set up a DIY tabletop s’more station. but instead of roasting them on sticks, we had s’mores in waffle cones. just put marshmallows and chocolate in a waffle cone, wrap with foil and place on the campfire for a few minutes until warmed. in our case, we didn’t have a campfire. instead, i took terra cotta pots and lined them with foil. i then placed 5-6 charcoals in them and light them up. they stay hot enough to cook on for about an hour.

did i mention that we also roasted fruit chews?!!!!!! we did

we took fruit chews, stuck them onto wooden sticks and roasted them over the coals. then we put them onto graham crackers to eat. soooooo YUMMY. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

as it got dark, we played on the blanket just outside the tent and looked up at the stars. we had a fun app on our phone that helps fin the constellations in the sky. they we used the flashlights to read some books.

finally, it was time to head to bed in the tent. we took our lights into the tent so that we could settle down and tell some ghost stories. then it was lights out. i can’t imagine a better backyard campout…it was so fun and relaxing hanging out together.

who better to help power the busy and the fun night than Energizer®? and it definitely was a fun night….even if mom and dad didn’t get much sleep. the key to having a successful backyard campout is to just have fun, lots of snacks and food, a few games and of course a comfy place to sleep. hopefully you can have a fun backyard campout too…with these easy tips, having a family campout is just a backyard away! have fun.

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My Pink and Gold Baby Shower

This post is sponsored by Scholarshare.

in early December, my friends and sisters threw me the most beautiful baby shower. when they found out that i was expecting, a bunch of them offered to help give me a baby shower! pretty much all my friends are done having kids, so everyone was pretty excited that we would have a baby to hold and play with now. they were even more exciting when they found out i was having a girl. that meant everything at the baby shower could be PINK!!!

i never could have imagined how beautiful my baby shower could end up being. the theme was vintage pink, gold, and totally girly. i really do have the most wonderful friends and family. they created my dream baby shower and i felt like they beyond spoiled me. i don’t know what i did to deserve a party so nice, but i am so thankful for all that they did for me and the baby. when i arrived at the shower, i couldn’t believe how pretty everything was.

Pink and Gold Baby ShowerPink and Gold Baby Showerand they made sure to serve all my favorite foods. pastries, capris salad, crepes and parfaits. it all was pretty

i love all the details they added, like the mason jar party favors with gold glitter bottoms and these cute water bottles with custom wrappers.

here are some of my dearest friends who hosted the shower. they have also cheered me on during my entire pregnancy.

and here are my sweet sisters. the sister on the left, Michelle, just had a baby boy after having three girls. the opposite of me having the 3 boys and then a girl. and then my other sister Amy has twins, a boy and girl, and then another little girl.

here are a couple photos of some of my close friends also attended the baby shower. 

during the baby shower, we ate food, play games and opened gifts. of course, i received the pinkest, most adorable clothes and dresses for the baby. more pink than has ever been in my home before. everyone spoiled me and the baby. not only did i receive cute clothes, but also handmade blankets and booties from my grandma, baby essential items, and even a baby food maker! baby gear has changed so much since i had my last baby seven years ago. this is going to be so fun.

Great Baby Shower Gifts for Mom and Baby’s First Days

i wanted share in more detail some of the gifts that i received at the baby shower that have been very useful during my hospital stay and the baby’s first days. such as these Carter’s baby gowns. they make diaper changes easy since you don’t have to unbutton snaps or undo zippers to change baby. and did you know that the trick to getting baby dressed in the gowns is to pull them up from the feet instead of over the head. the lapped shoulders make it easy to dress them this way. i also love this cute robe i received. sometimes you just want to feel a little pretty while you have visitors in the hospital or when you just get home. the one i received is from Milkmaid Goods. it’s a great length, has a cute print and is super soft. i also got a matching baby swaddle so the baby and i can match! plus, every breastfeeding mom can use some Lansinoh HPA Lanolin. it’s something that many moms forget to stock up on before the baby comes, but you end up really needing it. it’s great for soothing sore or cracked nipples in those first few weeks of breastfeeding and beyond. 

this time around being pregnant, the one thing i really wanted, was a very nice carseat and stroller system. for all my other pregnancies i wasn’t picky about what i got, but this time i wanted something safe, stylish, and easy to use. after visiting lots of stores and baby fairs, the hubby and i decided that we wanted to get the UPPAbaby Mesa carseat and the UPPAbaby Vista stroller. i was gifted the set, which was just amazing. and they haven’t disappointed! the car seat installed in minutes, and is easy to get in and out of the car. it has buttons that easily adjust the straps to fit baby and install properly in the car. the Vista stroller has been amazing because you can use its frame with the car seat, the bassinet or the stroller seat. plus it has a huge storage basket underneath and an adjustable handle that extends for tall people like my husband and i. 

other favorites i received and have been getting great use out of are the Chicco Car Mirror, baby closet organizers and Joovy Silinoogie pacifiers. i had brought a bunch of pacifiers to the hospital to see which the baby would like best, and the Silinoogie was a hit. it actually has been the best pacifier i have used on all my babies. it’s the first one that the baby has kept in its mouth without assistance. its been so nice…and to my surprise, the clear ones glow in the dark. makes it easier to find at night.finally, as mom of now 4 kids, i was absolutely thrilled to receive a few Scholarshare Gift Certificates.  now, more than ever, i’ve been thinking about my kids future. saving for college is a necessity, and i want my children to have every opportunity available to them. attending college without worrying about debt is a priceless gift. family members and friends were able to purchase Scholarshare gift certificates in any dollar amount for the baby, which i then was able to deposit into her savings account. they were beyond appreciated since i did receive a lot of the baby necessities. i am grateful to have started the baby’s college account early….every little bit helps. i wish i had started my other boys 529 College Savings plans at birth. i definitely know better with this baby.  note: Scholarshare gift certificates can be purchased online or at Toys ‘R’ Us & Babies ‘R’ Us stores. (p.s. you don’t need to be a California resident to sign-up. This college saver account is available nationwide.)a baby shower isn’t complete without cake, and my friend Jenn made the cutest little cake fit for a princess. swirly pink and yummy inside. it made the perfect ending of the perfect baby shower. check out the cake table….i die! the vintage floral banner and baby clothes are too cute.

my friends and family sure know how to make a girl feel loved and special. i never dreamed of a more perfect baby shower and it was even more special to enjoy it with the ones i love. i’m very thankful to everyone who helped and attended. the baby and i are blessed to have you in our lives.Cute Pink Baby Shower

Getting Ready for the Holidays

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this year, the holiday season has been very different for our family, we’ve had to get all the shopping and decorating done extra early because our baby girl will be arriving in the beginning of the new year. and not only do we need to get everything ready for Christmas and the baby, but we also have to get our house ready to sell. we are busting out of the seams over here. we’ve tried to make our small three bedroom work, but have ultimately made the decision to find a bigger home to continue our lives in. with that comes a lot of home repairs and beautification, so i have partnered with Schlage® to share some of the things our family has done to get ready for this time in our lives.

we are expecting that a lot of visitors will be coming to our home soon, so i really wanted get the house looking nice for Christmas, and then ultimately ready to show when we sell it. the thing that’s always bugged me about our home are the doors and door knobs. but we never got around to changing them out. i hate these flat panel doors and these cheap looking antique gold door knobs. they look old and dated, and don’t match my style at all.

see…UGLY!!!!!

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so last weekend, after 13 years, we finally changed out all the doors and door knobs. WOW….what a big difference it made. now i have pretty 6-panel doors and Sacramento levers by Schlage® in polished nickel. i couldn’t be happier. just this small change has made my home look updated and fresh. i really wish i had made the change sooner.

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changing out the doors and door knobs was the finishing touch to getting our home decorated for the holidays. and i am in love! my home feels warm and cozy and full of festive cheer. and the Schlage® door hardware was the perfect finishing touch to complete our home’s look, and was a low-investment with high-impact project that was done in just a day.


trendy-door-knob-styleschristmas-mantlechristmas-mantle-ideaspretty-christmas-treesanta-christmas-ornamentchristmas-presentspretty-christmas-ornamentsmy little elf especially loves the Christmas decor and new doors!upgrade-your-home-with-door-knobseasy-christmas-decorating-ideasour family has so much to be excited for this year. before we know it, the holidays will be here and we will have a new little one to cuddle and coo over. we will also have to say goodbye to our lovely home, but i am sure that our next will be filled with fabulous memories before we know it….and hopefully pretty doors and door knobs as well!

finally, i wanted to mention that with Schlage®, you can find hundreds of different door hardware finish choices and style combinations to meet your own style needs.

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whether you love Farmhouse & Country Chic with its dark-toned wood, lighter wood finishes and softer color schemes – where you can incorporate Industrial style products, particularly in light fixtures and exposed plumbing. or Mid-Century Modern style, with the trend of using modern blues, grays, and black. or even the Hollywood Regency style, with the recent rise of geometric designs seen in light fixtures, small furniture and accent pieces. there is a style that you will fall in love with. when it comes to beautifying your home. it’s all in the details. Schlage has recently launched a campaign called “Open Possibilities,” that brings door hardware to the forefront – as an accessory that can complete or enhance the look of any room.  Schlage® will open the possibilities to a whole new world of door decor.

are you ready to make this easy upgrade and change out your knobs? Schlage products are available online at Amazon.com and Build.com, as well as in retail locations including Home Depot and Lowe’s. to learn more about Schlage and its product offering, visit www.Schlage.com. or you can join the conversation online: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

pretty-door-knobsThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schlage®.

10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Will Love

10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Will Love

with a fourth baby on the way, i often get asked what items i would recommend getting a new mom for her new arrival. since my youngest is six, it’s been a LONG time since i bought anything for a baby. in fact, i mostly used items i already had on -hand for my last two children, so its practically been fourteen years since i looked at baby gear. there are so many new and amazing baby products out there….so many things you can buy a baby – from clothes to strollers. so i wanted to come up with a list of items that might be a little extra special for a mom to receive at a baby shower – things that she might not buy herself. so i partnered with ScholarShare to create this list of 10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Will Love!

i think all of these items are pretty neat! i didn’t have them with any of my other babies because they either weren’t available yet, or they weren’t necessities. but sometimes its fun to get things that you wouldn’t always splurge on. let me share them with you.10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Will Love

 

10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Will Love

my number 1 on the list….
1) Scholarshare Gift Certificate – more than ever, i’ve been thinking about my kids future. now that i will have four children to care for, saving for college is going to be a necessity. i want my children to have every opportunity available to them. attending college without worrying about debt would be a wonderful gift to each of them. family members and friends can purchase Scholarshare gift certificates in any dollar amount for the baby. this would be one of the most appreciated gifts, especially since they will probably already receive a lot of the baby necessities. why not get their college accounts started early….every little bit helps. i wish i had started my other boys 529 College Savings plans at birth. i definitely know better with this baby.  (p.s. you don’t need to be a California resident to sign-up. This college saver account is available nationwide.)

and then there are also these great gifts.

2) Mommy Teething Necklace – i love chunky jewelry, and these teething necklaces would be perfect for a mama to wear when she has a baby who is going to try and grab her jewelry and suck on it. these necklaces are made with silicone and natural wood beads that are teething and baby-friendly!

3) Joovy Boob bottles – i recently fell in love with the Boob bottles. they come in PPSU (Polyphenylsulphone), PP (Polypropylene) and glass! i am especially excited about the glass ones…they have a optional silicone sleeve you can pair with them to prevent breaks. Boobs are BPS, BPA, phthalate and lead free and offer the safe delivery of formula or milk.  The new nipple design has a CleanFlow® Vent System, and they have an ergonomic shape that fits nicely in your hand.

4) Jujube Diaper Bag – i’ve never had a fancy diaper bag before…and this time around, i am going to go for it. i recently learned about the JuJube bags, and i think one would make the perfect diaper bag. they are stylish, have lots of great colors and features, have a compartment for you to keep your phone and money, plus they are durable and easy to clean. everything you would want in a diaper bag.

5) Joovy New Nook Highchair – this is a fantastic highchair made by Joovy. it features a large swing-open tray that can operates using only one-hand motion…two hands are not needed! plus, you don’t have to line up cumbersome rails. there is no need to remove dishes from the tray before taking the child out of the chair – simply swing the tray open, unbuckle your child.

6) Honest Diapers – OMG!!! i just love the patterns. all my other kids just got plain white diapers, but i am excited to splurge on some of these cuties this time around.

7) Mist Wipe Warmer – i know many people think a wipe warmer is totally unnecessary, but i did have one with all my babies and loved it. super convenient to use, especially on newborns because the wipes are warm and not cold. anything to keep a baby calm and happy. right!

8) Milkmaid Goods Nursing Poncho – i’ve always used a blanket if i needed to cover-up while nursing. but i just love these nursing ponchos from Milkmaid Goods. the prints are super cute and stylish, and you can also use them as a blanket, or a carseat/shopping cart cover. psst…they also have the most adorable baby swaddle sets.

9) Playtex Diaper Genie Complete – never had a Diaper Genie or any kind of fancy diaper pail, but i heard they are awesome. this one comes in pink!

10) Freshly Picked Moccasins –these little leather baby and toddler shoes became all the rage just after my youngest was too big for them, so i am so excited to get a couple pairs for the baby. they are great because they stay on baby feet and you don’t have to worry about ties and buckles.

and there you have it – 10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Will Love! i’m sure any of these baby items would make any mom feel special to receive. i can not wait for my little one to arrive in just a few months. i just love babies…and their gear is just so darn cute too.

 

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}