Monday, February 5, 2018

BACKYARD DREAMIN’

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We’ve had a dirt backyard since we moved into our home in May.  Anyone with small kids knows that’s not an ideal situation to have for long and we are more than ready to have a usable yard.  Our new yard is small but we hope to be able to get everything we’re looking for and have been backyard dreamin’ for quite awhile.

Our home has a good sized covered patio perfect for a table and plenty of chairs for meals outside.  In our actual yard, we plan to put in a pool and grill and the rest is still up in the air.  We’ve been busy pinning backyards we like (you can follow along here) so we have some ideas when we talk with landscapers to come up with the backyard we’ve been dreaming about.

I’m excited to finally have a space to eat outside.  Eating lunch or dinner and playing in the pool outside with the kids are some of my favorite memories from previous summers.  They loved it when we brought food down to the pool and ate and swam but it wasn’t the most convenient thing to do at our old condo.  I’m so excited to do this in our new house and cannot wait to pick up some outdoor entertaining essentials.   I’ve had my eye on Crate and Barrel’s galvanized outdoor trays and acrylic dishes for a couple of years and can’t wait to have a use for them!  Dreaming of our new backyard has me almost (not quite since Arizona summers are LONG and HOT) missing summer.backyard entertaining

melamine dishes | water jug | three tier stand | tray | flatware caddy

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

THERE’S A TEE FOR THAT

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Peek Kids has been one of my favorite places to shop for the kids since Dylan was a baby.  Their graphic tees are  some of the best around.  If there’s a holiday, there’s a Peek Kids tee for  it!  It seriously makes dressing the kids for holidays so easy and fun.

Today was the 100th day of school and the first thing Dylan asked me this morning was if he had a 100 days of school shirt. Sadly, we don’t but I wouldn’t be mad if there was a Peek tee for that too!

Here are a few of my current favorites:

There's a Tee For That

JFK tee | Pi for her | Pi for him | St. Patrick’s Day for her | St. Patrick’s Day for him

And a few current favorite baseball tee’s too.  Peek Kids baseball tee’s were the first graphic tee’s I bought for Dylan when he was just an infant and they remain some of our favorite tee’s that they release each year.  The no place like home tee for Lexi would be so cute with denim shorts and converse at the ball fields.  She’s there for the snacks and the chance to hit a ball or two after a practice or game. The girls in the concession stand called her their best customer last year and I wouldn’t doubt that she was.

I love that we can generally get at least two years out of all of our Peek Kids tee’s.  Dylan’s baseball tee’s are all too small and I know he would love the swing for the fences and the eat, sleep, baseball shirts and wear them often.  There's a Tee for That

for her: one | two    for him: one | two | three

Friday, January 5, 2018

VW BUS HOLIDAY PHOTOS

Call it a Christmas wish come true or just pure luck.  I stumbled onto Holli Horton Photography on Instagram this Fall and when I saw her holiday mini set up with a vintage VW Bus, it was a dream come true.  I couldn’t sign up for a session fast enough.  I’ve wanted holiday pictures of the kids with a VW Bus for the longest time and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

They both loved the VW Bus and were so excited to check it out.  Dylan wanted to know where the keys were – sorry buddy, we generally don’t let six year olds drive real cars. When Holli pulled out the mistletoe, I knew it would be one of my favorite pictures ever and it is.

When I booked this session, I intended to use these for our Christmas cards but that didn’t quite happen this year so just pretend you received one in the mail. 😉

Thank you Holli for perfectly capturing my children and making my VW Bus photo dreams come true.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

PEYPER KIDS HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Happy November 1st!  We had such a great Halloween this year that I’m kind of sad to see it go; but SUPER excited for the holidays.  A Christmas explosion will be happening in my house over the next week or so (sorry hubby).  I’ve already washed and put away the kids Christmas pajamas and have had at least three requests to leave out cookies and milk for Santa.  It’s safe to say, we’re excited for Christmas over here!

I am so excited to kick off the holiday season with one of my favorite small shops, Peyper Kids.  Peyper Kids is releasing the first part of the holiday collection tonight at 8pm CST and it’s super cute!  I love the tree top and plaid bloomers.  Lexi is hoping for the purple Rifle Paper co fabric dress.12 Days of Christmas - Day 1: Peyper Kids

photo courtesy of Peyper Kids

Tiffany, the mama behind Peyper Kids is one of the nicest shop owners you will find.  Her attention to detail, like the scoop back and wood button (my favorite!) on the tree top make her pieces extra special.  She makes everything herself in addition to raising two girls and is seriously super woman.  I’ve gotten to know her a little bit and she is just the nicest person ever!  I love shopping handmade shops that have really wonderful owners.  I also like it when I buy something Lexi loves to wear because she has lots of opinions about what she’s going to wear these days.  She was SO excited to put this outfit on and my husband complemented it too, which is a huge win in my book!12 Days of Christmas - Day 1: Peyper Kids 12 Days of Christmas - Day 1: Peyper Kids 12 Days of Christmas - Day 1: Peyper Kids 12 Days of Christmas - Day 1: Peyper KidsHow cute would this top be with skinny jeans and boots?  Or the bloomers with a cozy sweater and tights? These are two pieces Lexi will get a lot of use out of over the holiday season.

Monday, October 30, 2017

HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED

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’tis the season for holiday cards!  I know, it’s not even Halloween yet but if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards.  Sending and receiving holiday cards is one of my favorite holiday traditions and photo cards are always the best.  I love everything about them from choosing just the right outfits, planning the photo session to choosing which cards to send.  Minted has been my go to for cards for years and this year is no different.  I’ve already favorited 40 cards!  They are all so good it’s going to be hard to choose just one!

Minted offers a wide variety of cards making it easy to find something that suits the style of card you like to send.  I like sending a flat card with one large photo and maybe something on the back. I’ve done both a plain back and a photo back depending on the card and year.  I love both the simple and fancy fonts and the foiled cards are gorgeous.   It’s nice that you can change the color of the font on most cards in order to coordinate with your photo.  Here are a few of my current favorites.

Minted holiday cards

This foiled card is gorgeous and available here.

Minted Holiday Cards

I love the script on this one, it’s available here.

Minted holiday cards

I love the pretty script and the oversized Merry on this card.  It’s available here.

Minted Holiday cards

I love the very simple Merry Christmas wish on this one.  You can find it here.

This was our card last year.  It is available here.

Holiday cards with minted

My favorite thing about ordering holiday cards from Minted might just be that in addition to the gorgeous cards; the envelopes match the cards AND they will address them for you free of charge.  Game changer for sure.  Simply upload your address book to Minted.com and you can choose to have the envelopes addressed for you.  I uploaded my address book last year after hand addressing them for the last time.  It’s such a great service and time saver this time of year!