When it comes to raising babies, there are several items you just have to have in BULK! Diapers, wipes, and puffs were some of the staples around our house. When it came to purchasing these necessities, I always attempt to find the largest supply at the best price I can. Without memberships to any of the warehouse wholesale “clubs,” we would usually buy from a brick and mortar or online retailer that might not be offering the best value. My life has officially changed for the better now that I know about Boxed.
The end of the school year is almost here, and it’s bringing out so many emotions in me. I can hardly even believe Walt is moving to a new school next year and will be going FIVE days a week (tears). I’ve been looking through pictures I took of him throughout the school year, and I came across the one I took of all of us on his first day of school. I love this picture because it brings back so many memories of his first day, with us dropping him off as a family. I wanted to find a special way to remember it and I came across Snapfish while searching. Snapfish is an online photo store where you can purchase prints, canvas prints, home decor, photo gifts, cards, photo books, and many more items. Scanning their website, I found this Acrylic Photo Desk Set. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect way to remember the occasion. The set is a super clear acrylic photo block magnetically attached to a matching pen holder. The photo block is 5x5x3/4 inches and then pen holder is 1.75×1.75×5 inches so it’s a great size for a desk.
Even though the school year is ending which means my baby is growing up, I have so many special memories of all of the changes he has made this year. I’m thankful for unique items like this one from Snapfish so that I have a ton of ways to document his school year to keep forever. If you’re on the hunt for a graduation gift or graduation cards Snapfish is such a great place to search. If you use code YAYGRAD you can get 40% off your entire purchase!
It’s no secret that I LOVE for my house to be white, bright, and clean! One of my most frequently asked questions is how do I keep my house clean with it being so white. Cleaning for me is therapeutic so I do it daily while listening to my music, and that helps a lot. We have taught Walt and Oliver to eat in the kitchen, so I don’t have to worry about their sticky hands all over our sofa. However, I do have to worry about our rugs and the beating they take from our drooly baby, dirty shoed toddler, messy hubby, two tiny dogs, and the walking dirt and hair factory that is our lovable golden retriever, Nala. We live in one of the rainiest cities in the United States, so our dogs end up with muddy paws from the wet ground on a regular basis. Nala LOVES to play in the rain, but once she’s ready to come inside it’s usually a battle to keep her off of our rugs. She almost always gets a paw print or two on our rug by our backdoor. My cure for that: the Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Plus Upright Carpet Cleaner.
Walt had a birthday last week, and I am still trying to get over the fact that my once teenie baby is now THREE! This year is going to be the last year that I host a birthday party at home for him for awhile, so it was my last chance to go all out decorating my house with cute kids decor until Oliver gets older. Walt is obsessed with superheroes, particularly Batman, so I knew right away that would be the perfect theme. Utilizing Batman’s color scheme allowed me to keep the decor monochrome. We learned the hard way on his first birthday not to spend a ton of money on decor, as it rained the entire time and ruined everything! I was thrilled that we were blessed with great weather (minus the BLAZING heat that day with 100% humidity), but this time I was able to find all of his decorations, including invitations, shipped from my favorite new company in Austrailia for under $200!
OREOs are my all time favorite, so when the opportunity came for me to partner with them on their My OREO Creation campaign I immediately said yes! Mondelēz, the makers of OREO cookies, is inviting Walmart shoppers to come join in the fun of their in-store demos and try some of their unique OREO flavors. Davis and I always love trying out the new flavors OREO comes out with, so we had to go check out the flavors with our little “shnack king”. It was also a pretty perfect way to kick off Walt’s birthday week!
I get a lot of questions about how I get pictures with both of my boys paying attention to the camera at the same time. Here are a few things that have worked for me. Let me start off by saying this: I’m not above bribery! It’s no easy task getting the picture I envision if Walt is having a “toddler” day, but with a lot of trial and error, I’ve figured out a few things that work amazingly (most of the time).
This recipe is so easy, healthy, and good! I can prepare it and have it ready to eat in about 45 minutes. Fast, healthy meals for my family? Yes, please! I’m no chef, so I’m very proud to say that I came up with this one completely on my own, with no added help from Pinterest.
I started making this when Walt was first starting solids. He had a hard time adjusting to certain textures. He would eat ground meats, but not sliced meats. He would eat rice but didn’t want any kind of traditional pasta. I tried orzo, a pasta which looks like a rice, and he loved it. Mom win! This recipe is also only 320 calories per serving and packed with protein. Perfect for bikini season, haha. I added a nutrition chart at the end of this post. Hope you guys like it! It’s certainly a favorite around my house!
I have had a TON of questions about my blog. Not just about how I created it, but why I created it as well. I decided to write a post to explain a few things.
Taking this blogging journey was scary, to say the least, but so worth it. Being a stay at home mama is seriously something that I’m so passionate about. I truly feel blessed that Davis works as hard as he does for us to be able to do that. I know being a stay at home mom isn’t for everyone, but for me, it’s a dream come true. Being a mommy is my passion. My life revolves around my kids and I live every day for them and Davis. With that being said, a stay at home mama is, at times, also a very lonely job. Having no adult contact some days can drive me crazy. Thankfully Walt is starting to have full conversations so I can give the birds a rest (JK). My goal with this blog is to inspire other mamas to see the fun side of mom life. I love being inspired by other mamas through social media, and I hope that I can inspire people as well.
Bathing suit season is just around the corner (or already here where I live), but I just can’t help myself when Easter rolls around and those delicious Reese’s peanut butter eggs come out. I truly have an addiction to them! When we pass the display at Target that ALWAYS has bags of Reese’s in it, Walt likes to yell out as loud as he can “there’s mommy’s snack”. Haha, embarrassing. I know. Instead of buying a (giant) pack this year, I decided to try to make some myself. These turned out so good. I mean seriously… they are SO good! I already had every ingredient I needed for the recipe at home except for one, so it was super easy! They also take very little prep work time, which is a big win for busy mamas like me.