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Dr. Brown’s Giveaway!

June 9, 2017
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Dr Brown’s products are saving the day over at the McFarland house and I am SO excited to be giving away some of my all time favorite products!

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  • Who else has a kid that carries a cup around with them 24/7?? Before kids I had no idea the struggle it would be to find a good sippy cup!! I have gone through WAY too many, and finally found some that we seriously love! Not to mention the adorable designs of them all! Mermaids, dinosaurs, monsters! TOO CUTE! My personal favorite are the Insulated cups!68 (7 of 12) 68 (6 of 12)
  • Another favorite of ours are their teethers! Poor little Bexley girl is gnawing on anything she can get her hands on! My all time favorites of Dr Brown’s are the adorable Watermelon teether and the Orthees.  They are the perfect size and shape for tiny hands and mouths!  Bexley can chew her little heart out! Total plus is, you can freeze the watermelon!
  • And my last favorite to share with you today is the infant-to-toddler toothbrush! So soft and easy for the kiddos to learn! AND it’s shaped like a cute little Elephant, which is not only adorable, but it keeps it standing upright so it doesn’t touch anything yucky! Winner!68 (5 of 12)

From bottles, cups, plates, pacifiers, and the cutest teethers!! I just love it all! Head over to my Instagram page to enter to win a fabulous bundle of all my favorites!

 

XO Ashley

Every dad needs coffee!

June 6, 2017
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It’s June and I can hardly believe it! Father’s day will be here before you know it so let’s show the dads some love! For the man who works hard for the family, spends time with the kiddos, cleans up the yard, washes the cars, puts the babies to bed every night, and if you have a keeper like me, they even do the dishes, WOOT WOOT, what better gift then coffee or tea with the push of a button!

Keurig® 250 Coffee Maker for the WIN!!!

(This post is sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain®. All opinions are 100% my own)

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In honor of Father’s Day month, Karis was so very excited to have a tea party (and hot cocoa of course) with her favorite guy!  Her beverage of choice was some delicious Swiss Miss® Milk Chocolate Cocoa with a side of strawberries and cookies! Toddler heaven! Watching my husband have a tea party with our girls, now that’s mama heaven!

Just make sure you cool the cocoa or add some milk before serving to your little ones!

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Daddy joined in on the hot cocoa fun, but on a typical day he would be reaching for some delicious Tully’s® French Roast Extra Bold Coffee K-Cup® Pods because who can resist those smokey flavors.  Another favorite of ours is Bigelow® Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea K-Cup® Pods.  A zesty lemon blend with a hint of ginger is the perfect way to unwind after a long day with the kiddos.

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Thank you Daddy for being the best and thank you Keurig® for keeping daddy going with the ease and convince of the push of a button!!

 

XO Ashley

Karis’ Zoo Party!

May 21, 2017
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Karis’ turns three next week and we celebrated a tiny bit early today with a zoo party (Karis’ choice! After asking several times, “are you sure you don’t want a princess party??”) I did NOT want to start planning and then she all of a sudden wants the good old Princess party of every three year old girls dream! haha SO a zoo party it was and it was such a blast!

Who else gets seriously carrier away with parties! UGH, I know I am not alone! Totally worth is though when you see you kiddos have the time of their lives!

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The highlight of the party was the amazing balloon twister we hired! She was seriously talented!

 

Now for the juicy details!

Karis’ Dress: Grey and Lion

Karis’s Bows: Zozu Baby

Banners and Cake Topper “3”: Glam Banners

Cake: Albertsons! Seriously, the best secret! If you are looking for a super basic cake that you can decorate yourself with a few cute toppers, 6.99 BABY!

Paper Lanterns: Oriental Trading Company

Foam Animals Masks: Amazon

Inflatable Animals: Amazon

Hanging Monkeys: Dollar Tree

Leaves on Vines: Amazon

Monkey vines: DIY with a roll of THIS

Wood Slabs: Borrowed from my bestie (she used them at her wedding, SCORE!)

Burlap Runner: Amazon

Terrariums in center of Tables: Hobby Lobby

Balloons: Alin Party Supply

Animal Figurines: Picked them up ALL over the place! BUT my favorite big ones HERE

Tiny Party Hats: DIY

 

We love you sweet girl and can NOT believe you are almost three!!! WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!

 

Thank you so so much to all our friends and family that made today so very special for miss Karis Brynn.

 

XO Ashley

 

 

 

 

 

Girls only! (and daddy)

March 29, 2017
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Our little family recently moved which means lots of new decorating for me! My favorite!! Although this room rarely actually looks like this (Karis is a flipping tornado!!) I wanted to give you a little play room tour! A place to make all the messes, imagine, create, and make memories!

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Click the photos below for all the details on where to purchase!!

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AND the dress up closet handmade by my dad, because I KNOW you all will ask!

 

XO Ashley

My little bookworms.

December 30, 2016
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Books books books. Karis loves books! SO, when I discovered Lillypost, a monthly subscription of books, I had to try it!

Here’s how Lillypost works!

  1. Choose Board Book or Picture Book Box.  Depending on your little ones age.
  2. Choose the length of your subscription.  Want to just try it out for a month?? Not a problem.  BUT you know your kiddos are going to love it so might as well go for the full year! DUH!
  3. Receive your box of books, open and enjoy!!

It’s just that easy!

It gets even better though, not only does your little get new books each month, they get individually wrapped books! Each book is wrapped like a little present in the cutest box! Karis absolutely loved opening each book and then of course had to read each one, over and over again.  Please, do yourself a favor and go check out this super fun subscription here and Canada, we totally have your back! You can get your subscription here!

Dont forget to use coupon code ASHLEYNOEL
Get 10% off any 3, 6, or 12 month subscription using the coupon code at checkout.
(Can only be used towards first time purchases.)

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XO Ashley

Traditions!

December 5, 2016
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It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year and I am the biggest sucker for all things festive! Starting new traditions with my little family is something I looked forward to before we even had any kiddos and now that Karis actually understands what is going on (well kind of) GIVE ME ALL THE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS!!!!

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So, here are a few traditions we have done for the past couple of years and a few new traditions we are starting this year!!

Cookie baking day! One of my favorites!! Give me all the cookie dough! All the girls in the family get together a few days before Christmas and bake our hearts out literally all day!! SO fun and something I am totally looking forward to doing again this year!

Festival of Lights! Our downtown goes all out during Christmas time! Christmas lights everywhere, mini donuts that are to die for, reindeer, mechanical elves (because what’s better then a creepy elf??) Santa Clause!!! I KNOW HIM!!!! anyways…

Twas the Night Before Christmas! We read this book to Karis every Christmas eve, and Bexley will join in this year! I plan on keeping up this super simple but totally sweet tradition, ummm forever!

Matching Jammies! I mean ALL of us! This is a new tradition this year and I’m not even mad about it! Karis basically thinks it’s the best thing ever and she’s totally right! It IS the best thing ever!

Christmas Lights! We went out Christmas light hunting 2 years ago with hot coffee in hand and all bundled up and it ended up being one of the most magical evenings! We weren’t able to do it last year (due to me puking my brains out, morning sickness for the win) BUT I am good and well this year and we will definitely be starting this one up again!!

Christmas Cards! I absolutely love getting Christmas cards printed with a fun picture of the family! We always love to use Tiny Prints and I am so impressed with how they turned out this year!!

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I am DYING to hear about your Christmas traditions!!! Tell me your favorites!! What am I missing out on??

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XO Ashley

Rockets of Awesome!

November 26, 2016
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Who else feels like they are constantly shopping for new clothes for their toddler?? Is it just me that feels like a constant battle?? I have recently discovered a subscription box called Rockets of Awesome and it is just that you guys, AWESOME!  I’m on my second box and I am hooked!! No joke, it is the best quality in children’s clothes that I have ever felt, and how amazing is it to receive a box of clothes in the mail created just for your kiddos with their interests in mind.  1117_22

How the heck does it work? Easy you guys…

  1. Based on what you like or don’t like, Rockets of Awesome will hand-pick 8 to 12 items for you.
  2. You’ll receive a delivery 4 times a year. No membership fees. No shipping fees.
  3. Choose your faves, you’re only charged for what you keep.

No fees. No shipping costs.  No problem!! HOORAY!

Total bonus is that Karis thinks it’s the most fun thing ever opening up her box when it comes in the mail!

I SERIOUSLY love this company and so will you!

XO Ashley

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Keeping Baby Cozy!

November 7, 2016
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Having a baby means you are 100% responsible for keeping that baby happy, comfortable and ALIVE! Yes, it is YOUR job to keep this little human living.  NO pressure haha Anyways, I have learned with having another baby there are really just a very small list of things that a baby needs to be cozy and happy!  I have also discovered a seriously awesome online store, Baby Cubby, or if you live in Utah you can even go visit them in person! They have every baby essential you will ever need all in one place! AND the cutest of the cutest brands, which is always a plus!  Here is a super small list of just a handful of things I love for my baby! Some are seriously life savers and some are just seriously adorable and super cozy all at the same time!!

  • 1. DockATot.  I have talked about this on my blog before and I really can’t explain how much this has saved our life! Bexley is THE best sleeper at night and during her naps and I have to thank the DocATot for making my baby so cozy and for letting this mama actually feel rested! 116-19-of-612. A good soft swaddle (actually a handful of swaddles because they will constantly be needing washed) Little Unicorn Official is one of my all time favorites.  THE cutest prints, super lightweight and soft, and so easy to take anywhere! 116-7-of-613. Cozy clothes are a MUST! In my opinion a baby must be super duper cozy AND super duper cute! hehe Because of this I love Rags to Raches! No snaps, no zippers, just 100% softness! 116-21-of-614. SHOES! I LOVE baby shoes! Bexley girl wears shoes every single day, just because they are so darn cute! Obviously though for a tiny little baby I needed to find shoes that were just as cozy as they were adorable! Piper Finn was a winner for me! Super soft and super dang cute! (yes, super dang!)116-8-of-615. Now this last item only pertains to the girl mamas but I must mention it anyways! Baby Bling headbands! Made entirely of nylon! Try and tell me how that could’t be cozy on a brand new little baby head!! ALSO, they are one size fits ALL which is totally awesome! 116-16-of-61

Just a small list of things that I absolutely love and ALL super duper cozy for baby which is so important!  Everything here and SO much more good stuff can be found over at Baby Cubby.  They  are so passionate about what they do and only sell THE best, and safest for your baby! (seriously, they do hours of research so you don’t have to!)

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What are some must haves you have discovered for keeping baby cozy?

 

XO Ashley

Bundle me up!

October 30, 2016
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Unfortunately it’s still in the good old 80’s here in Southern California, BUT it will get cold soon, I just know it! When we do travel to a bit chillier places such as the mountains, or to the beach where you get that lovely ocean breeze, we LOVE our JJCole Bundleme.  SO very cozy for baby and makes me feel a lot better taking our little babe out in the colder weather! How adorable and cozy does she look; I mean come on!!

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Thank you so much for the samples JJCole! #BundlemeUp

 

XO Ashley

Darling Silhouette Portrait!

October 27, 2016
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I was SO excited to open up my email yesterday and find these absolutely gorgeous silhouettes in my inbox!! They were made with so much love by Dapper and Darling.  Seriously, they put so much thought and care in what they are doing!! I really really wanted to share them up close so you can see all the adorable little details!

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XO Ashley