Friday, April 17, 2015

Gymboree's new Hop 'n" Roll Collection

Lately I feel like I've finally found my sweet spot when it comes to my exercise routine. I love my small gym and the personalized workouts I get and I want Blair to enjoy exercising as much as I do. She loves heading to the indoor gym for tots, playing in the water feature at Starbucks, and most of all going to the park (especially for playdates!).

     Last week Blair and I hit up the park and she was ready to play in her Gymboree Hop 'N' Roll collection clothes. And I've gotta say they sure helped her to be the cutest kid in the kitty litter box sandbox. ;)  Not only was she darling but the clothes are made for her to run, jump, slide, and swing to her heart's content! The material is super thick which I like especially for those leggings that tend to tear so easily at the knees. Plus right now everything is 50% OFF!

     This collection has the most adorable patterns and prints to choose from. Think geometric, chevron, and confetti! Check out some of her cute outfits...

Geometric romper that looks like beach balls to Blair (her favorite).

Blair loves the fact that the girl on her shirt is eating ice cream at the beach!

The perfect mint green blouse to make her geometric leggings.
I LOVE this dress because it looks like confetti! The perfect party dress! PS We also got it in a blouse!

The chevron print of this blouse is definitely fun!
One thing that I appreciate about Gymboree is that they are partnering with KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization) to ensure that all kids have a childhood filled with active play. Together they will try to raise enough money to build a place to pya for 10,000 undeserving kids. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales of Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll will benefit KaBOOM!

Here is a round up of my favorite looks from Hop 'N' Roll

Make sure you follow on Facebook for exclusive giveaways and Instagram (@gymboree) for fun play and craft ideas.

Gymboree sent me a gift card to purchase these clothes to review, but did not compensate me to write this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own! Thank you for taking the time to read & support the companies that make it possible to keep my blog up & running! :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Neat Cheeks

Do your kids wrinkle their nose at the taste of wipes like mine does? Blair is always turning her head away from me when I try to get after the chocolate/boogers/milk mustache on her face.

But that has changed now that we've tried Neat Cheeks. A mama duo from Colorado sent us some face wipes that have a sweet flavor thanks to Stevia (no GMOs and Natural!). The wipes are hypoallergenic, moisturizing, and pediatrician and dermatologist tested. Plus they come in cute tiny packages!

There are only 12 wipes in a bag but I save these for the times that I'm wiping her face only. Otherwise I'm wasting the tastiness on her hands (or bottom). ;)

Apparently Blair is starting a new fashion trend.

Make sure you watch them on Shark Tank this Friday night, April 17th! You will receive more coupon codes by watching.

Starting tomorrow, you and your fans can enjoy an extra 5% off the Shark Tank Special going live at 12:01am.  You can enjoy up to 30% off a 6 pack bundle using the coupon code SWEETDEAL or 35% off a case pack of 12. Now go wipe on a smile!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Top 8 Party Essentials

With my birthday coming up at the end of the month I've had party decor on my mind. There are few things I love more than planning and styling a party. And really any party...I don't discriminate! Birthday, bridal, baby, Christmas etc. All bring me great joy. I decided to pull together a few of my party essentials... things that I pretty much use at every occasion. I often just change the colors up to match my theme and I re-use a lot of old decor that I stash save in my craft closet.

7. Fresh Flowers

What are your go-to party essentials?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

the BLOOM workshop

I mentioned yesterday that I had the privilege of attending the Bloom Workshop in the Santa Cruz mountains at Regale winery. Michaela and Ashley hosted it and did a fabulous job! I highly recommend it.

 Did I tell you that is also where my bff is probably going to get married in the fall?! The venue was gorgeous and the weather was perfect. See for yourself...

I learned a ton about blogging and how to take better pictures with my DSLR camera. I'm happy to report that I'm on the right track with blogging but man do I need a one-on-one tutorial with my camera. Luckily I have a photographer bff who I'm going to hit up for a tutoring session. (I'll pay you, Carrie!). Below are some photos I took with my DSLR. No judging...I'm learning!

Our model bride had actually just got married two weeks previous to this shoot! Isn't she beautiful?

The darling newlyweds...literally!
A little behind the scenes action!
I have a whole new respect for photographers now. Especially when photographing special moments like the bride and groom's kiss etc. It's one thing to get a still life photo on point but to catch the moment with perfect lighting is a completely different story. I'm looking forward to getting better. :)

Have any of you every been to a blogging workshop? If so, which one? And if not I suggest this one with two thumbs up! Not to mention the swag bag was legit...

Along with the items pictured we also received a water bottle, bip and bop initial necklaces, benefit make-up, pencils, a tote bag, quote art prints, hand drawn prints, wooden decor signs, and more! Needless to say I would definitely go again. :)

Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs
Table Rentals, Flatware, Dishes, etc: Pieces by Violet
Venue: Regale Winery / 
Makeup and Hair: Camille Monique Beauty
Gown: Sarah Seven

Monday, April 13, 2015

Say Yes to the Dress

I had a great time in San Jose this weekend. I was able to attend the Bloom Workshop (more details soon) and go dress shopping with my best friend. Killing two birds with one stone flight was money. :)

She's narrowed it down to two GORGEOUS gowns so either way she's going to look stunning. Lucky girl has the body of a super model at 5'10 and won't have to have her dress hemmed. Must be nice!

What about you guys? What did you do this weekend?

Friday, April 10, 2015

(In)Fertility Fridays

I'm currently in Los Gatos for the In Bloom blogging workshop. Woot woot! I am beyond excited to meet new friends and learn some new blogging tricks too! Along with that I get to go wedding dress shopping with my best this weekend. It's going to be a blast!

I thought I would give you a little update on our infertility journey.

My body is whack. The hormones have completely flipped me upside down and I literally have no idea what day I am on in my cycle. I am definitely frustrated but determined to give it time since the doctor says this is all normal and happens to all his patients when they go on hormones. He told me to wait 9 months to a year. Sigh. I did that last year. I was hoping this would be a quick fix but I should have known better than that! Since I can't pinpoint when I'm ovulating we are quite busy over here!;) Now you're welcome.

Oh, and I got my thyroid blood test back. After one month of being on it my thyroid is perfect. Yay for that! 

Like I said I'm a bit frustrated at the obscurity of my cycle BUT I have a friend who was also diagnosed PCOS and never had a period. She ended up prego three months after being on the same treatment I am on. That's a good sign. I've also had the pleasure of talking to quite a few friends who have friends with PCOS who got prego on their own or with the meds I'm on. It definitely gives me hope!

One of the hardest things is still hearing people tell us we need to "hurry up and have another one" or "Are you guys done?" Um no. Working on it. It happens all the time and often from strangers. I know they don't know any better or mean any harm and I try to have grace but it's still annoying. I guess people just assume that since we have one we can have more. Sigh. Secondary infertility needs more publicity.

The Lord has given me strength and much comfort. I can't say I'm at peace with the trial (are we ever?!) but I know that this is where He has us right now and I'm moving toward peace daily. I am constantly reminding myself of His power and control over my life which helps with my anxiety. I've been really encouraged by a devotional appropriately called, "Streams in the Desert." Here's what I loved this week,

"Get into the habit of looking at the silver lining of the cloud, and when you have found it, continue to look at it rather than at the leaden gray in the middle. Do not yield to out God's promises...The very instant you wholeheartedly turn away from every symptom of distrust and discouragement,  the blessed Holy Spirit will quicken your faith and breath divine strength into your soul."

Along with that I am 100% obsessed with these French Press Morning prints. They are SO beautiful and encouraging!

I bought this one.
But I also LOVE these...

My life verse. :)

So cute for a gallery wall. These would be awesome gifts! And look at birthday is just around the corner! Hint hint friends and family. #shameless ;)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blair's Trip to the Dentist

As always thanks for your input yesterday. You guys are so sweet and make my day. :)

Blair braved her first dentist appointment yesterday. I think it went well for two reasons: a) her Gramma is her dental hygienist b) there's a Peppasode in which Peppa goes to the dentist. Either way I'm glad she was so brave! It went 100% better than I had anticipated that's for sure!

The ladies who work in the office were SO sweet to her and picked out all the orange and purple (her favorite colors) toothbrushes/floss etc. She passed with no cavities and of course Baby had a check up too. :)

Smiling before her teeth get cleaned because she doesn't know the dentist is HORRIBLE. Sorry, Linda.

Learning about the tools from Gramma. Oh and no it wasn't raining...

Rocking her cute shades while her pearly whites get polished up.

Ironically the last 4 pictures I asked her to "show me her clean teeth" and we finally got one of her actual teeth at the end. Who smiles close lipped after the dentist?! Silly girl.

I could not get over how BIG she looked in that chair. Ugh my babe is growing up at warp speed!!! I'm going to need that to stop. :/
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