MOM LIFE

THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP

By on May 22, 2018

There are few things I love more than a cup of coffee. Especially first thing in the morning. Last week I decided to try a new brand since I was out of coffee at home. Perfect time to try something new if I do say so myself. I was so excited to try out 1850 Brand Coffee because it is the new premium coffee from the makers of Folger’s and can be found at Target. Score! I have been helping my Dad scoop Folger’s into a coffee pot since I was kid. I already loved Folger’s and trust the quality, but I have to say this 1850 Brand Coffee is a whole new level! Gives me just the jolt I need to conquer the day.

I’ll admit I am a two cup a day coffee drinker. (Heck sometimes three!) The first cup is the morning right when I wake up. Nothing gets me out of bed faster than the excitement of making a cup of coffee. Starting my day off with a cup of coffee can greatly alter the course of the day. Especially the type of coffee. Give me a bad cup that doesn’t hit the spot- well I might as well go back to bed. Because the day is practically ruined. (Dramatic? Barely!) But start me off with a good cup of coffee well than this day just got great. Nothing inspires me quite like a cup of coffee. And this week drinking 1850 Brand Coffee at home has inspired me everyday to get ready for the day in a positive way and get out there and do something exciting.

My second cup of coffee is usually in the afternoon around 1-2pm. I call it ‘me time’ and I like to focus on what I need to get done before Hubs comes home from work. I almost always make my afternoon coffee in a French Press, but sometimes I will use my Keurig. Which was so nice having the choice of 1850 Brand Coffee Ground or a K-Cup. I love the K-Cups on hand for when I am in a hurry and need to take it to go! But I am not gonna lie that French Press really makes you brings out rich taste and aroma of this unique blend of ground coffee. It is bold, yet smooth- and since I drink my coffee black it makes a huge difference that it’s roasted consistently and has flavor of less bitterness.

I guess you can say coffee is what helps inspire me to make bold choices. Every day starts with a morning. And in this house every morning starts with coffee. Back in 1850, J.A. Folger started something new and innovative- to help the prospectors as they sought their fortunes. I guess that’s what we are all after in a way. A new way to conquer the day and achieve our goals. Today, there’s still no better way to get after it than with a cup of coffee! 1850 Brand Coffee is a symbol of what coffee really is, which is so much more than just coffee, but a way for us to hustle. I bet most of you reading this are real hustler’s and here’s a little (cheers!) if you are drinking your afternoon cup reading this!

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TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

PRINCESS DRESS UP FOR EVERY LITTLE ADVENTURER

By on May 15, 2018

“You are magical!” Something I have been telling my little lady  multiple times a day, every day since her birth. There’s nothing quite like feeling the magic inside yourself and I think my little lady got a big taste of it when she opened a surprise package a few weeks ago. Up until then I have never let Lila dress up in any clothes other than her own. I didn’t like the idea of her wanting to wear a princess dress over her own dresses. I didn’t want to bribe her to take it off or deal with a meltdown every time we had to leave the house. So I waited a long time before letting these come into our home. We go to Disneyland a lot and I always thought that it would be the perfect place for her to wear these dresses out of the house. It would also be super fun and magical I think. So when she turned 3 I thought she was at the perfect age to handle to the magic that comes with wearing a princess dress. I wrapped them up really special and told her she had a special delivery. After she opened up them up (and believe me our whole neighborhood knew she was excited from the squeals of joy coming out of her.)

The best part of these dresses is that they are comfortable, machine washable, and play friendly. They are the current obsession at home and getting to wear a Princess Anna Dress to Disneyland last week and meet Princess Anna was all too magical.

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 Mermaid Dress with Bow  // Seashell Shoes  // Clothing Rack

Princess Dresses enter code: GRw6TPyFZp for 10% off your entire purchase

 Mermaid Dress with Bow  // Seashell Shoes  // Clothing Rack

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MOTHER'S DAY

SOMETHING SWEET (THAT SHE CAN ALSO EAT) THIS MOTHER’S DAY

By on May 8, 2018

Is it just me or can you too still not believe it’s May already? May is the month that always seems to sneak up on me. When I was in school I would hope all year for May to come faster and now that I am mom I feel like it just seems to come out of nowhere. Once it’s May then the world around me seems to go on that ‘school is out for summer’ feeling and I catch myself feeling excited even though basically my life stays the same! I first realized the time was flying when I was marking my calendar for Mother’s Day and (poof!) now it’s only days away. What are you going to get for mom this year?

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I’m thinking something sweet for my mom! And what is sweeter than a box of chocolate dipped strawberries? (Personally I can’t think of anything!) These are the Mother’s Day Berries and they come in two sizes: 12 count or 24 count. The box itself is wrapped in a Mother’s Day decorated sleeve and can be found inside a beautiful red Edible Arrangements bag with a ribbon. The presentation couldn’t be more perfect. So this Mother’s Day let’s all give mom a gift she can eat.

Enjoy 20% off with code SAVINGS20 at checkout!

*This post has been kindly sponsored by Edible Arrangements. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES: PINK ELEPHANT ORGANICS

By on May 7, 2018

It’s no secret that shopping for my little lady is basically a hobby for me at this point. I have always loved to shop and shopping for your little girl is not only so much fun, but also guilt free. Because do you need a new dress? Hmmm. But does baby girl need a new dress? Heck yes! One brand that I am constantly checking new arrivals for is Pink Elephant Organics. All of their pieces are sooooo soft and made with a thick 100% organic cotton. So not only but the prints and patterns adorable but they are made to last as long as they will fit your child, and then still be perfect as hand me downs.

Their collections usually contain pieces with patterns and coordinating solid colors. So there’s no need to search for pieces else where. It’s a one stop shop. Their pajamas are also some of our FAVS. I love the fit, stretch, and softness of them. We also wash them at least once a week and they hold up amazing! Most of the pieces shown are from their Winter Escape collection. Their spring collection just launched and it is sooooo good guys. If you don’t believe me see here.

I hope you guys are just obsessed with Pink Elephant Organics as I am!

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MOTHER'S DAY

THE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT THAT WILL GUARANTEE A SMILE

By on May 3, 2018

Celebrating Mother’s Day with a gift that’s sure to make mom smile. Last year for Mother’s Day my city bestie @pasadenacharm sent me a @greetabl and I was grinning ear to ear. 😁 It was just so thoughtful and the packaging was so creative. Greetabl allows you to choose 3 images from Instagram and pick up to 2 gifts to hide inside. It’s so freaking adorable I’ve been telling everyone about it for a whole year now! We agreeed it was our new tradition to exchange Greetabls. ✨ It was so fun to get a gift I knew Taryn was going to LOVE! If you sign up for Insider right now (which is $29 and includes free shipping on all of your Greetabl orders), you get a free Greetabl!

How cute is Greetabl for Mother’s Day?!

Head to www.greetabl.com/InstaInsider

*This post has been kindly sponsored by Greetabl. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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RECIPES

A FUN, FAST, AND HEALTHY BREAKFAST

By on May 1, 2018

Breakfast is served! 💁🏼‍♀️ I pretty much go to sleep every night excited for breakfast the next day. But when I wake up I want prep time to be as fast as possible. So waking up to @milkandeggscom ready at my door is my idea of perfect.

My go to breakfast is yogurt with granola and honey. Taking my first bites while smelling a fresh pot of coffee brewing☕ = just how I like to start the day. 👌🏻

In my stories I’m sharing what our breakfast counter looks like + a $20 off code to @milkandeggscom

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MOM STYLE MONDAY | SHOES FOR MOM

MOM STYLE MONDAY: FOOTWEAR FOR ALL (EVERYTHING UNDER $30)

By on April 30, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! I wanted to take a second to introduce a new series called MOM STYLE MONDAY. I know I use this space primarily to share what Lila is wearing because all my finds are usually either yoga pants or from target. But I know most of you mamas reading this are in the same boat as me so I am gonna dedicate one post a week to things I find for Mama. This week I was on the hunt for a pair of sandals to wear sometimes for a short periods of time. I got a little carried away shopping but the variety of pastels is so fun for spring I think. Also I have been low key living in these sandals and they are most favorite purchase in a long long time.

 

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PLACES IN PASADENA

TAKE MOM TO BRUNCH THIS MOTHER’S DAY

By on April 29, 2018

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I am soaking up every mama celebrated second. Jake and I have a tradition that for every holiday before we start running around to our families houses’ that we do something together first. Yesterday we did a little Mother’s Day brunch test run at Bacari GDL and it was so wonderful that I can already declare this a successful holiday.

It was our first time dining at Bacari GDL, and I was very excited to try their menu. I would describe their plates as small portioned, which is great for trying a lot of flavors. I let my husband choose the plates and he did quite an amazing job. Below is a snapshot of the menu items we ordered.

from left to right: baked cauliflower, brussel sprouts, potato hash, macchiato, dutch pancake, french toast, kids mac n cheese, kids chicken tenders, kids fries

We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the Americana at Brand. Sipping ice coffee in their grass area AKA my happy place. Since Lila was such a good girl all day we let her pick a prize from the bookstore and she picked a package of hatchimals. We opened them in the grass area and she met some friends to share them with and play. Soaking in the sun is what Saturdays are all about.

Since becoming a Mother I noticed we don’t have many Mother’s Day traditions. I think that going out to Brunch as a family of three really sets the tone for the day. Other than Brunch we visit my mom and my husbands mom and spend some time with them letting them know how much we love them. My go to gift for Mother’s Day is a hand selected box of chocolates from See’s Candies. I have gotten her this same box of chocolate from as early as I can remember. My husband is sweet and knows how much I love it so he will always hand select a box for as well.

I am really looking forward to this Mother’s Day! I can’t wait to see what my husband has planned for the morning. And as long as it’s brunch, I’ll be a happy mama.

*Thank you to the Americana at Brand for kindly hosting us at Bacari GDL. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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FAVORITE TODDLER TOYS

FUN FINDS FOR TODDLERS THIS SPRING

By on April 24, 2018

Lately I have been on the hunt for a few new things to keep Lila occupied. I feel like she is growing up so fast and her imagination is getting bigger everyday. I wanted to find things that could be ready to take outdoors but also be played with inside. My main goal is to keep her excited and always have fun things around that encourage her to use her imagination and get big ideas. I love it when she comes to me and says, “Mom I have an idea!” It makes me want to do everything in my power to get her vision to come true. Now without further ado here are some fun finds for spring time. Everything is linked at the bottom of the post.

The Snazaroo Brush Pen is a two-in-one brush applicator and liquid face paint. I was pleasantly surprised how easy these pens were to use. The applicator was so easy even Lila could do it herself without getting frustrated. Snazaroo Brush Pens are also approved to use on sensitive skin- which is the first thing that caught my eye when finding this product. Most face paints can get really irritating, so finding a mess free, sensitive skin, face paint felt like a major mom win! Lila obviously was obsessed with these pens and instantly requested a butterfly. I have a feeling we will be using these every day.

Lila is on a serious dinosaur kick right now so when I found these beautifully illustrated books, they got my attention. Dinosaurs Living In My Hair encourages children to color outside-the-lines and embrace their creative, imaginative spirit. I love the message these books and they gave me and my girl a great talk about imagination. Lila’s favorite part about the books was that they were written in rhyme. She would giggle through practically the whole story. I am now hooked on finding more children’s poetry books for her little library.

Raise your hand if you already have at least one PEZ dispenser at home! (Everyone, right?) Well as I mentioned earlier Lila is loving dinosaurs right now so when she saw these Jurassic World Collection PEZ dispensers she thought they were the coolest thing ever. I don’t think she has a favorite because they all get equal attention. It’s so cute to see her play with PEZ since I totally used to collect them when I was younger. In the collection they have available T-Rex, Blue the Raptor, and Dilophosaurus. Okay, now who is excited to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?

Packing healthy toddler snacks to take on the go is HARD. I am always struggling to find new things so when I found these Sprout Crispy Chews I knew they were going to be a hit. I picked up two flavors, because why not- Orchard Fruit & Carrot and Red Fruit Beet & Berry. Really they both sounded so good I wanted to sneak a few bites for myself. Made with a full serving of REAL fruits & veggies so my job of preparing snacks just got really easy. Lila love love loves the Red Fruit Beet & Berry flavor so I think I’ll be stocking up on these plant powered toddler snacks.

Both of Lila’s grandmas wear glasses so she has developed a fascination to putting on their frames. I am not gonna lie I get a little chill every time she puts on their glasses because I know it’s not good for her. So these Zenni Optical Kids Glasses were very necessary. They are flexible kid glasses for toddlers and kids. So to Lila she can tell they are real glasses and have become quite a hit. They are designed to be played in with no hinges, no metal parts, and an adjustable/detachable strap. There is no perscieption in the lenses so she can play in them for short periods of time and is totally fine. I think they might be her favorite box she ever opened!

*This post has been kindly sponsored by Babbleboxx.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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MOM LIFE

SPRING CLEANING WITH CLOROX

By on April 20, 2018
This post has been kindly sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s that time of year… Spring Cleaning! I don’t love and I don’t hate it, but every year I do it. There’s something so calming about a clean, decluttered house. It feels like there is more room to breathe! All year I am shoving things into drawers and closets and now it’s time to go through and sort all of the stuff that has piled up. It’s like little mini time capsules spread around the house. Haha, am I right?

When it comes to cleaning products I like to know I’ll be killing all the germs. That’s why I have used Clorox for as long as I can remember. Their products kill 99.9% of germs and I don’t know about you but I can’t live with a number any lower than that. Especially with my little one in the house.

This year I got a little festive and decided to try Clorox’s new Scentiva product line. I chose the Pacific Breeze and Coconut scent for all the products since I wanted one universal scent. And how heavenly does Pacific Breeze and Coconut and sound?! I’m relaxed just thinking about it. Do yourself a favor and next time you are in the cleaning isle, look out for it because there is a scratch a sniff on the bottle and with one sniff you’ll want to take it home.

These are the products I picked up and why:

CLOROX SCENTIVA FOAM CLEANER – I bought this cleaner for our tub/shower. It removes soap scum 15x’s faster for a spotless tub. This product is always under the bathroom sink for quick, powerful cleaning.

CLOROX SCENTIVA MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER – I think this product might be my favorite cleaning product, like ever. I seriously use it everyday in every room of the house. It’s my little powerhouse cleaner cutting tough grease and grime while killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Talk about a special helper!

CLOROX SCENTIVA TOILETWAND SYSTEM – I have had one of these wands in my bathroom since I was a kid. Just clean the bowl, then toss the head away. Killing 99.9% of germs, my mom was all about them! I was so excited when I saw they had these in the Pacific Breeze and Coconut scent too.

CLOROX SCENTIVA TOILET CLEANING GEL – I like to have this gel on hand for a deeper clean. The wands are great but every few times I like to switch it up and get in there to dissolve hard water and lime scale stains.

So now you know my top 4 bathroom picks. Do you have a favorite that you think I am missing? Leave me a comment below to let me know.

This post has been kindly sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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