It’s my most favorite time of the year EVER!!! I love to get started early on wrapping all my gifts so I can take my time and actually enjoy it instead of feeling crazy and rushed! I say NO to gift bags during Christmas time and love to use greenery, fun ribbons, and craft paper!
Here is a super easy and fun way to wrap your Christmas presents this season!
This is such an easy tutorial! It is even a fun one to let the kiddos jump in and help with! Bexley loves helping me stamp the wrapping paper.
Step 1: measure your craft paper for the specific gift you are wrapping, and cut it. Step 2: lay your cut piece on a flat/hard surface and use your stamp to randomly stamp all around the paper. You can get creative with this step!
Step 3: Let your stamp dry and then wrap your present! Step 4: Layer up some fun ribbons and wrap your present up!
Step 5: Cut off a few small pieces of the greenery and slip them under the ribbon! Step 6: Add a gift tag! You can stamp your gift tag, write on it yourself, use a sticker, or even let your kiddos draw a picture on it! Such an easy way to make your gifts look stunning this year! Remember the key is to have fun and be creative!
Check out the full DIY at Joann.com. This blog post was a paid sponsorship with JOANN, and all craft supplies were provided by them for me to create this DIY project.
It’s Thanksgiving week!!! Are you hosting this year?? If so, I have the perfect DIY for you! I have partnered with JOANN to show you how to make this adorable Pumpkin Pie Banner! It is a perfect touch to your Thanksgiving decor, and your guests will love it!
Here’s what you need…
ribbon or rope
1-2 Pieces of 12″ x 24″ corrugated cardstock (depending how many pieces of pie you want on your banner)
This post was sponsored by Kroger. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Kroger.
Snacks for DAYS in this house and I know I am not alone! Out of the 5 of us someone is always wanting a snack! It can get exhausting, and that is why I keep my fridge stocked up with smart and tasty snacks for the whole family! Eat your hearts out!
Some go-to snacks in this house are yogurt, all types of fruit, carrots and hummus, peppers, and of course CHEESE! Emphasis on the cheese!
Cracker Barrel cheese from Kroger is in my fridge ALL the time! They have so many yummy options! There are: • Dippers for a creamy meets crunchy snack! • New Pairing Boards, irresistible cheese plates for 1. • New Rich and Bold Cubes, for elegant entertaining or rich & bold portable snacking • AND my kiddos all time favorite, Sticks for deliciously different on-the-go snacking. So easy to grab and so delicious for the whole family!
While the kiddos enjoy their cheese sticks, Eric and I love to enjoy our cheese with some grapes, figs, or nuts! Such an easy go-to snack when we are in a rush out the door or just trying to hold on until bedtime!
So, do yourself and your family a favor; next time you’re at your local Kroger store make sure to grab some Cracker Barrel cheese! Find your nearest store here!
What are some of your family’s favorite and easy to grab snacks??
Our sweet little Karis Brynn will be starting Kindergarten in the fall and I really CANNOT believe it! I have so many emotions and I want her to do her very best! She sure loves to learn and is doing great in preschool, but her mind drifts to 100 different things and I’m a bit worried about her sitting at a desk for hours straight! Yikes! This is exactly why I have given Brillia a shot!
Brillia is a holistic approach that helps with, enhancing clarity, improving concentration, reducing anxiety, excitability, irritability, and hyperactivity. Brilla is safe, free of artificial colors and flavors, has NO harmful side effects, AND has showed us great results.
The Brillia program includes tips and advice on how to help you make healthy lifestyle changes that can also help your kiddos: Healthy eating habits, limited screen time, playing outside and using their imagination, getting a good night sleep and even a nap if they need it, and making sure their little bodies are relaxing! Make sure to check out Brillia’s five pillars for stronger focus! After all this TRY BRILLIA! We are loving it and seeing excellent results!
We have been practicing Brillia’s Five Pillars, and also using Brillia for about a month now! Karis is loving sitting down and working on her “homework”. She used to get sidetracked very easily, and I now see a difference in how long she is able to sit and learn a new letter of the alphabet! She is currently learning her ABCs and is having a great time. I can see that she is learning more clearly now and really grasping onto things like writing her name and a few smaller words. We will continue to use Brillia through the summer and right on into the fall in hopes that she will have a great transition into Kindergarten!
If you have a kiddo who has a hard time concentrating or gets anxious easily, I encourage you to give Brillia a shot!
Solvang, California here we come! We took a quick little road trip to Solvang last month for my 30th birthday. I hadn’t been since I was a kid! If you’ve never been, it is a very small (and VERY adorable) Danish town filled with darling shops, yummy restaurants, and THE best Danish pastries. If you have the option, I would recommend visiting during Christmas time. The streets are lined with Christmas lights and all the store fronts are filled with magical Christmas displays!
On our way we stopped in Santa Barbara and spent the morning/afternoon at the Santa Barbara zoo. Santa Barbara is about 45 minutes from Solvang and it was a good way for us to break up the drive for the kiddos! This zoo only takes a few hours to see it all, it was very peaceful AND you can pay extra to feed the giraffes! They also have a great play area for the kids. Adding this to the trip was great since Solvang doesn’t have a TON to offer for kids.
SUCH a fun park! We spent at least 2 hours here! It’s not walking distance from the town, but it was a very quick (maybe 4 minute) drive. We were having way too much fun to remember to take any photos (OOPS) but let all the photos on Yelp speak for themselves!
THIS place you guys! I could not stop laughing while we were there. It costs $5 dollars to enter and an additional $1 to get a pan of food for the giant crazy birds. There were SO many of them and as soon as you walk out with the food you see all their long necks start popping up and it is HILARIOUS! So worth it! They are pretty aggressive though, which scared Karis a bit. There are also Emus that you are able to feed and they were gentle so Karis stuck with them!
This is a small little ranch that raises and sells mini horses. I can’t speak for myself on this one since it was raining when we wanted to head over and because of that a lot of the horses were put away. We were able to see a few roaming around the grass though and that made Karis and Bexley happy enough. On a day with better weather there are a lot more to see and the owner enjoys coming out and chatting with visitors as well. This is NOT a all day activity, its just a few minutes of fun for younger aged kids. We actually did it on our way out and it was a fun little way to end the trip.
Explore the Streets:
Walking the streets with a hot coco or coffee in hand was my favorite part of the trip! The streets are just adorable, the storefronts were all decorated with Danish decor and A LOT to look at and explore. There are a few fun toyshops that the kids loved (beware they are SUPER overpriced) but we were suckers anyways. There are fountains, windmills and a grass area in the center of the city to run around and play. We didn’t end up renting a Surrey because of the weather, but there was a rental shop we walked by and it seemed like a super fun option for a additional thing to do!
Eat all the yummy treats:
There are so many bakeries and restaurants to try but these were our 3 favorites! Paula’s Pancake House was a cozy and delicious place to eat breakfast. Just head to their website and drool for a second. The next morning we checked out Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery. Just vision EVERY Danish pastry you can dream of! Last, but NOT least. You can’t leave Solvang without a Aebleskiver, we got ours at Solvang Restaurant (yes, the place is called Solvang Restaurant, very creative! haha) and they did not disappoint!
Where we stayed:
The Landsby, A gorgeous inn with a beautiful courtyard with cozy seating and fire pits. The location was perfect, right in the middle of town and walking distance to pretty much everything you need! The staff was kind and helpful, and you can’t beat the beautiful decor! Karis and Bexley’s highlight, the hot coco bar! We were worried about all 5 of us in ONE room but we survived! We got a room with 2 beds. Bexley slept in a pack and play, Jovie slept with me in one bed and Karis slept with Eric in the other bed, and we survived!
It’s that time of the year again when you have no idea what to buy anyone! Hooray! In honor of Jovie babes first Christmas, I have put together a baby gift guide for all those cute little babies in your life!
Fill and Spill Beaver: This is adorable and perfect for any baby who loves to take stuff out and put it back in all day long!
Ball Popper: The snail was just too adorable to pass up, and I was completely sold when I saw that it lights up too!
Roly Poly Owl: Another adorable toy that I couldn’t pass up. This toy is perfect for when baby is just starting to sit up (and beyond) It also lights up!
Silver Lining Cloud Baby’s View Activity Center: This is Jovie’s “large” gift this year from Santa! I wanted to think of something she actually needed and when I saw this activity center I totally loved the clouds and rainbow! SO cute and practical!
Looky-Looky Crawl Along Mirror: This is so cute when baby is learning to crawl! Non-Toys! (Because sometimes it is nice to buy some things that baby actually needs, they don’t know either way!)
Skip Hop Zoo Tuck-Away Bib: This is perfect for the baby bag or to keep in the back of the high chair, and comes in SO MANY adorable animals!
Skip Hop Zoo Silicone Bib: This is another great bib! I love these because they have a pouch to catch food AND they are so easy to wipe or wash clean.
Accordion Zebra: Squishy and cuddly, and all around CUTE! It squeaks, crinkles and lets your baby make their own music!
Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy: These come in so many different cute animals to pick from and have several different activities on them for baby. These are great to hook to the carseat or stroller!
Hi guys! How is everyone surviving the beginning of the Holiday season?? Can you even believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT week!! Yep, I said it! Let the Christmas shopping begin! To help you get a head start I have teamed up with Brickyard Buffalo to hook you up with some deals on a few of my favorite things!
How perfect is this dress?? The perfect earth tone colors for family gatherings or photos! You will definitely be seeing me in this on Thanksgiving! AND it’s 30% off this week!
2. Jovie lives in this Nomad Kids Honey Romper! Its so simple, soft, cozy and just perfect! AND it’s 20% off this week!
3. I am a BIG fan of Felt Ball Garland, and these Christmas options are too cute! I mean, LOOK at those tiny reindeer! Head over to Brickyard Buffalo for even more adorable garlands to pick from!
4. Christmas Jammies, DUH!!! We have been rocking Christmas Pjs since November 1st and this Buffalo Checkered print is so good all winter long!
5. It gets even better!! YOU can match your little with these Women’s size PJs! Also a really great Christmas gift! Only $19.99, SAY WHAT??
6. My house is filled with ALL the bows, and Zozu bows is one of my all time favorite bow brands and has been for YEARS! How beautiful is this pink color?? Make sure to head over to Brickyard to see a couple other color options! They are a KILLER deal with week! $7.99, regular $12!
Karis is 4. YES, my baby is FOUR! What better way to celebrate then by throwing her a UNICORN party! I let her pick her theme this year and was not at all surprised when she wanted unicorns! Balloons, Unicorns, face painting, a jumper, and bracelet making! What else does a 4 year old need??? Here are some photos from the party and all the details!
Summertime is JUST around the corner and you will find me and my family at the beach all season long! My new accessory this year, a growing baby bump! Finding a flattering swimsuit is hard and I have fully embraced the “suns out, bumps out” motto! Baby need some vitamin D and she will be getting it thanks to Beach House Swim!
Click HERE for my swimsuit from Beach House Swim! It is the cutest swimsuit AND doubles as active wear for outside of the water! Can you say PERFECT for chasing the kiddos around??
I would love to know what YOUR favorite summertime activity is! Leave me a comment and let me know!
The end of the school year is just around the corner; can you believe it??? Karis is wrapping up her first year as a big ol’ preschool kid and her teacher has sure made a impact on her (a REALLY good one, don’t worry!) Karis has loved every minute of school and is so sad to hear she has to take a break in the summer. So how on earth do I thank her teacher for all she has done?? I have teamed up with Snapfish to show you all our end of the year gift for Mrs. Jamison.
Snapfish is always my go to for personalized gifts, and this time was no different. They make it easy and affordable to customize and turn an ordinary gift into something special! I am a big sucker for a cute gift basket; who isn’t???
Here is what’s in our end of the year teacher gift basket…
A personalized hardcover journal with “Mrs. Jamison” on the front and “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.” on the back. You are able to make the journal say whatever you want, and I thought that quote was just the sweetest!
Personalized Stationary I thought this was a perfect gift to add to the basket since Karis’ teacher is always sending out little notes to her students.
A personalized “thank you” card. Mainly because I thought putting Karis’ face on a card was the cutest thing ever! Her teacher will totally think the same, right?!?!
A few extra goodies were chocolate, chapstick and a little plant! Some other ideas would be a coffee gift card, your teacher’s favorite candy or snacks, or a cute water bottle they can use in the summertime!
This is such a small token of gratitude for all that teachers do for our children all year long! I know she will love the personalized touches and thoughtfulness that was put into it! If you love this idea for a teacher, or even to get a gift for a graduate in your life please use code YAYGRAD for 40% your order at Snapfish.com!