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Baby Gift Guide!

November 19, 2018

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!

Toys!

  1.  Explore & More Follow-Bee Crawl Toy: My kids have all LOVED this toy! It is so fun to chase around the room when they are learning to crawl! 

  2. 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! 

  3. Ball Popper: The snail was just too adorable to pass up, and I was completely sold when I saw that it lights up too!

  4. 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!

  5. 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! 

  6. 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!)

  7. 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! 

  8. 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.

  9. Fold & Go Silicone Placemat: This is great to store in the baby bag and take to restaurants!  

  10. Premium Burp Cloths: Copper Pearl burp cloths are my all time favorite! Every mama and baby needs them! 

  11. Adorable Bibs: If you are going to wear a bib, why not make it a adorable one???

  12. Muslin Quilt Blanket:  These blankets are my FAV!  So thick, soft and the quality is amazing! It’s such a great gift that baby can use for a really long time! It also comes in so many adorable patterns.

     

  13. Hooded Towel Set: Because you can never have enough adorable bath towels around! 

    Stocking Stuffers!

  14. B. Toys Rain Glow Squeeze:  This is a adorable little rattle that lights up when you shake it!

  15. Accordion Zebra:  Squishy and cuddly, and all around CUTE! It squeaks, crinkles and lets your baby make their own music!

  16. 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!

  17. LouLou Lollipop Teether: Every baby needs a teether (OR TEN!) So why not add one of these in their stocking??

  18. Peek & Play Activity Book: I love the vibrant colors of this book mixed with the black and white.  A book, and stand up play house in one!

    HAPPY SHOPPING FRIENDS!

 

xo Ashley

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Brickyard Buffalo Guest Editor!

November 12, 2018

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!

  1. 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!

7. This “Tiny Girl Gang” sign is one of my favorite things in the girls room! I mean, look at it! It would also be such a special Christmas gift! She also has a “Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed” option!

8. This Thermal is my go-to shirt this fall and winter! So easy to throw on! It comes in this olive color and black!

9. Rompers you guys, give me all of them! This one is perfect to dress up, or down! Also, I spy some buttons, making this bad boy nursing friendly! WOOT WOOT! (it also comes in black!)

10. This button back top is so simple and adorable! I got it in this gorgeous brown color, but it also comes in black!! It’s basically a steal over on Brickyard Buffalo for $22 bucks!!!

11. Rags are some of my all time favorite outfits to put my kiddos in! They are so comfy and stylish! Snag some at 30 percent off this week!

 

Head to Brickyard Buffalo to see all of my picks for the week and make sure to snag some deals before they are gone!

 

XO Ashley

 

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Karis’ Magical 4th Birthday Party!

June 9, 2018

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!

Karis’ dress: Pleiades Designs

Karis’ Bows: A Little Lady Shop

Custom Unicorn Plates/Party Favors: The Personalized Plate

Honeycomb Ball Centerpieces: Just Artifacts

Candy: Party City and Amazon

Pink Gumball Machines: Dollar Tree

Unicorn Banner, Felt Ball Garland, Table Confetti, Star Banner: Pearl & Jane

Purple Tablecloth: Amazon

Cake Table Tablecloth: Amazon

Milk Bottles: Amazon

Crazy Straws: Target

Children Chairs: a local party rental store

Bracelet Supplies: Michael’s

Balloons: Party City

 

Summertime with Beach House Swim

May 21, 2018

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!

 

XO Ashley

End of the Year Teacher Gift!

May 1, 2018

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…

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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?!?!
  4. 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!

 

XO Ashley

Carmex for Everyone!

January 11, 2018

This is a sponsored post in paid partnership with Carmex

Winter lips are no joke around here! All of our lips get super dry in the winter and it does NOT help that cold season is going around, making our lips even worse!  That is why I am loving Carmex for the entire family!

Who else has a car lip balm, a purse lip balm, a bedside lip balm, and a bathroom lip balm?? I DO!  I literally keep it every where for whenever we might need it!

Here are some of my families personal favorites that I know your family would love to!

My husband is loving the classic stick. It is super easy to slide in his pocket, or keep in the car and it provides long lasting moisture and keeps lips hydrated so he doesn’t have to be applying it all day!

My kiddos love the Daily Care flavors. So many yummy flavors, their personal favorites are Daily Care Wintergreen.  According to Karis, if you lick your lips they taste good too! (Whatever you say kid!) I love Daily Care for them because it features SPF 15. Their second favorite is Carmex Comfort Care Mixed Berry, is has 100% natural ingredients (so it’s totally okay that they are eating more than they are putting on their lips, right??)

My personal favorite is the Cold Sore Treatment. Cold Sores be gone!

Did you know that cold sores are the most common in the winter? This is for all types of different reason, including heightened stress levels (cough cough Holidays), the cold and dry weather, and an increase in the flu.  Emphases on the flu! This flu season is INTENSE!  There is no for sure way to prevent a cold sore outbreak BUT there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of them showing up. TRY and lessen your stress. Easier said then done, trust me I know! Take the basic precautions to guard yourself against the cold or flu.  Wash your hands, drink plenty of water and clean your phone screen and keyboard regularly. SO many germs on your phone! AHHHH  And if you still feel that telltale tingle, no worries, Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment has got your back!

We are keeping our lips soft and kissable this winter and all year long thanks to Carmex!

 

XO Ashley

Surviving Cold Season!

December 31, 2017

Help! Flu season is here and with Karis in preschool this year she is brining home ALL the unwanted germs! I am trying my best to keep our hands washed and my kiddos healthy but the snot noses are bound to come! I am LOVING Dr Brown’s for creating a true life saver! Nose and Face Wipes coming in for the win! Wiping a child’s face all day long can seriously dry out their sensitive skin. These wipes moisturize as they wipe AND dissolve mucus.  I am going to call that a win, win.  Not only that but Karis actually loves using them.  She knows they make her feel better and she even asks for them. I keep a pack in my baby bag at all times, and one in the bathroom for when we are home!

BUT WAIT, there’s more! The Dr Brown’s Nose and Face Wipes are not only useful when the kiddos have runny noses, they are also great for every day use! My girls are MESSY.  I am wiping food, dirt, and mystery items (yikes) off their little faces all day.  Insert Nose and Face Wipes here…

So for sick days, and every other day, I am loving these wipes so much and I hope you all have a pack or TEN ready to roll!

XO Ashley

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge!

December 13, 2017

My family and I kicked off our Christmas season with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge! We headed there the weekend after Thanksgiving, also the weekend they were kicking off Snowland! Let me tell you, it was pure MAGIC.  Three year old and one year old mind blowing magic! The snowland activities included, snow in the main lobby all throughout the day, a holiday themed story time every night (followed by snowfall of course!), Santa’s arrival and photos with the man himself, Christmas cookies and hot cocoa, Christmas carols sung in the lobby (how did you guess?? Followed by snow fall!!), a Christmas tree and garland in our room, the BIGGEST real gingerbread house you will ever see, a fully decorated lobby, and THE best way to start our Christmas season!

Snowland was just the smallest taste of all Great Wolf Lodge has to offer, we spent two wonderful nights and I am SO positive Karis could have spend two years! She asks every single day when we will be going back!  The water park was a huge hit for every one of us.  It was something we all enjoyed, even Bexley! Karis and I loved the lazy river, who doesn’t??, Eric loved the wave rider, and Bex loved the shallow kiddy area with all type of hands on activities! It is also fully indoors and they keep it at a very comfortable temperature so no matter the weather outside, it is bathing suit weather at the water park! How fun us that???

BUT WAIT, there’s more! This place is NOT just a water park! There is a 24 hour arcade, a miniature bowling alley, a place to stuff your own stuffed animal wolf or other critter, a glitter tattoo station, interactive scavenger hunts, several restaurants and places to get treats, a dance party, forest time friend show, story time and character appearance every night, a Dunkin’ Donuts (WIN!), A candy shop, ballon twisting, face painting, crafts, and the cutest gift shop!

We ended our visit with a Character breakfast (buffet style!).  Karis was SO excited to get unlimited pancakes and meet all the characters. Violet the wolf was her favorite.  I’m sure Bexley will like the characters next time, but for now she stuck with the unlimited food option.  ONE last waterpark session (because we HAD to!) and then we hit the road.

Thank you SO much Great Wolf Lodge for one of the most fun family vacations we have ever had! We will see you SO soon!

(We visited the Southern California location, make sure to check out their website to find the location nearest you!)

XO Ashley

Christmas photos!

December 7, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Family photo time! This year we busted out the tripod and headed to a park! Tripod shoots stress me out more then anything! We win some we loose some! We got ONE with everyone looking at the camera and smiling and I would say thats a big FAT win! Here are some of my favorites this year! Make sure to scroll ALL the way to the bottom for a Snapfish 40% off coupon!

We went with Snapfish this year for our Christmas cards.  The quality is SO good and I was sold when I saw the beautiful gold foil! There are SO many cards to pick from on their website and there is still time to order before Christmas! 

Don’t forget to use code ASHLEY40 for 40% off your cards from Snapfish.  HURRY though, 18 days until Christmas! No body panic!!!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

XO Ashley

Stuffing Our Stockings With Dr. Brown’s!

November 30, 2017

It’s Christmas time! My favorite time of the year! Finding all the perfect gifts though, not my favorite time of the year! Every year I feel like the kids stocking ends up filled with a whole lot of junk they don’t need! This year will be different! I am so excited to fill their stockings with practical, and still totally fun Dr. Brown’s items! Here are a few Santa will be stuffing in Karis and Bexley’s stocking this year…

1. Baby’s First Straw Cup My all time favorite cup for Bexley! The weighted straw and handles make it super easy for her to use, and the lid keeps it clean in my baby bag!

2. Insulated Straw Sport Cup This cup is my favorite for Karis.  Perfect for a older toddler (Karis is 3 and a half) I love the lid to keep it clean and I also love that it is insulated.  I add a little bit of ice before we go out and it stays cold while at preschool, or running errands!

3. Long Spatula Spoons I feel like I can never have too many baby spoons in my house! I personally love these ones because of the flat end.  It is great for wiping good off the babies mouth while they are still eating purees and then great for cutting food into smaller bites when they have moved to solids.

4. Flexees This teether is the perfect size for little tiny hands to hold.  They are also very durable!

5. Coolees I am a sucker for a cute teether, therefore this will for sure makes its way to the stocking this year! Not only is it totally cute it is freezer safe and meant to hold in the cold to really help sooth sore gums.

6. Nawgum I love the shape of this teether.  There are so many different places for your baby to hold on to and chew on.  Perfect for all stages of teething!

7. Nose & Face Wipes These are a must in the baby bag! I feel like I am wiping both kids faces all day long.  These wipes are gentle on faces and get the job done!

8. Infant-to-Toddler Toothbrush Set Karis HATES brushing her teeth.  This elephant toothbrush makes it a little easier.  It is gentle and the toothpaste is all natural and safe to swallow.

9. Baby Lotion Filled with all natural ingredients and doesn’t leave a greasy feel.  Another baby bag must!

10. Snack-A-Pillar™ Stackable Snack & Dipping Cups I love this for the car or baby bag! Four stackable cups for different snacks on the go.

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

XO Ashley