Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Big Boy Cars Bedroom

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When designing the boys room, I wanted them to have a place that they could grow into. We were done with the nursery stage of our lives, and they both slept through the night so having their rooms upstairs was a no brainer. I researched so many bedroom and bathroom designs, and ultimately decided on a bedroom that would be big enough to fit a queen bed, desk, dresser, and a little play space. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Fun with Swimways



    This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.



    Summer is the best time of year. Living in Florida, lots of people think we can swim year round—but actually if you don’t have a heater for your pool, it gets too cold in October. We try to use it as much as possible during the summer, and cool off as much as possible in the 90 degree temps!

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Hood Calorie Countdown Cook Off


    Growing up I always pretended I was talking to a crowd when I cooked, I loved helping my mom in the kitchen and cooking for my baby dolls. When I went to high school, I took culinary and hospitality all four years. After graduating, I went to UCF to major in event management with a minor in culinary. I ended up changing my major to education, however, I love cooking and love having dinner parties where I can show off all my new recipes. 

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Going Brandless with Organic Cheese Ducks Crackers

    It doesn't matter how much I feed my kids at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they always end up hungry in between. I'm always grabbing something out of the pantry to keep them happy while I cook the next meal. Two growing boys require lots of food and I'm always on the search for budget friendly snacks that are also Non-GMO or organic. I recently came across Brandless, and was amazing as the variety of products they offered and at such a low cost. I can purchase all of my every day needs from organic to health and beauty products on one website for only $3 for each item! 


    We received a box from Brandless and the first thing my kids grabbed were the Organic Cheese Duck Crackers. These delicious crackers are certified USDA organic, and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives and are non-GMO. When I tasted the crackers, I was shocked at how great the flavor was, and new this would be an instant win with the kids. They noticed no difference from the big name brands, and actually asked for the ducks over the other cheese crackers we had. We have brought these crackers everywhere from lunches to beach trips, and they make the perfect little snack! For as fast as we go through cheese crackers in this family. I will take them at $3 and a big box delivered free right to my door! 

    Brandless has created an online marketplace for you to shop for your food and household products from the comfort of your own home. When you are shopping a national brand you have to pay a BrandTax, which is a hidden cost these brands pay. With Brandless, you eliminate that tax and just pay for the high quality item that you want--$3 will get you any item! I love that I can find anything that my family needs at Brandless and can meet any of our dietary needs including gluten free, sugar free, Non-GMO, and organic. 

    If you're ready to get your first Brandless box I have an exclusive code for you to get 30% off a years B. More Membership. Another great thing about Brandless? Every time you place a Brandless order, a meal is donated to people facing hunger through Feeding America®. In the 6 months that Brandless has been operating, they have already donated 250K meals! Find more about Brandless on their social media sites, and go shop Brandless

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Teaching Your Kids to Swim with Swimways


      This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

      It may still be spring, but it sure feels like summer. We are living it up, and are so ready for the long summer nights and weekends spent all day by the pool. I remember as a kid, we started in swim lessons and began to swim at such a young age. Our days were filled by the pool, where my sister and I would pretend to be mermaids splashing about. When my son was born I knew I had to get him involved in swim, and we did at just 3 months old!

      Monday, May 7, 2018

      Mother's Day Subscription Gift Guide

      This Mother's Day give your mom the gift that keeps on giving. 


      I know I've talked about my love for holidays before. I love giving gifts, and these are some of my favorite mother's day gifts--the ones that keep on giving. These gifts show up in the mailbox monthly to remind them how special they are, or my favorite, a grocery delivery service which comes weekly in my case. There is something for every mother, but I have rounded up my favorites. 

      Monday, April 30, 2018

      Watermelon and Feta Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

        This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.



        High temps are fast approaching, and that means pool parties and family get togethers by the pool. Bring me all the deli sandwiches, chips, and ice cold juicy fruit under the hot sun and I will call it a successful party. Recently, I've been recreating some of my favorite party foods for something new and exciting. One of my new favorites is this Watermelon and Feta Salad with Blueberry Dressing created using fruit from Fresh from Florida. 

        Wednesday, April 18, 2018

        5 Tips for a Relaxing Disney Cruise with a Baby

        When we first started planning a Disney cruise vacation, I planned on leaving our little one at home after going back and forth a couple times we decided ultimately to bring him (and the in-laws) along for the ride. 



        We are big Disney fans, and have been pass holders for the past couple years (I actually even worked there in college)--so the Disney cruise just sounded like the next step. Even though we live so close to so many ports here in Florida, this was our first cruise and we were so excited to experience it as a family.


        Our 3 night cruise left from Port Canaveral and stopped at Nassau and the Disney Island, Castaway Cay. We decided not to get off at Nassau and spend the day on the ship while there were less people on the ship. My husband and I enjoyed a little time at the spa on this day, while our oldest played in the Oceaneer Club and the little one napped in the room with my in-laws. 



        Unfortunately, mother nature decided she would bring a cold front in--and we didn't get to stop at Castaway Cay since the wind was so powerful. Since we weren't able to dock we got to spend another day on the ship. They had all kinds of activities to do on the ship that day, including a 5K on deck 4 for those runners that were planning on running at Castaway Cay. 




        Despite not getting off the ship the entire time at sea, we had such a blast. We traveled with our 3.5 and 15 month old sons, the Disney cruise was by far the easiest vacation we we have been on with them and we have already started planning our next.

        Here are my tips that will help make your Disney cruise with toddlers or infants even more relaxing.




        1. Packing for Baby on the Disney Cruise 

        If you have multiple kiddos, try packing everything in one suitcase. Cruise rooms are small, so the less baggage you have the better. Whenever we vacation, we always unpack our belongings--this time was no different and actually was a must. After unpacking, our bags fit nicely under the bed leaving us with plenty of extra room.

        You will want to pack a day bag as your bags will not arrive to your room until after you have gotten in your room. (Ours were actually waiting at our door at 1:00PM when we were allowed in, but we also had the very first check in time.) I would plan to not have your bag any earlier than 4PM. We only brought one carry on so we wouldn't have a whole bunch of things to carry around.

        In your day bag, you will want to pack:

        Swimsuits
        Swim Diapers
        Sippy Cups
        Change of Clothes
        Sunscreen
        Diapers
        Wipes
        Water Shoes




        2. Check In Early for your Disney Cruise

        If this is your first time cruising with Disney you will be able to check in 75 days before your scheduled cruise. After going through questions about each guest in your party, you will get to the most important part of check in--port arrival time. Choose the earliest arrival time. We were one of the very first guests on board, we were able to grab something to eat and enjoy the splash pad before it got busy. We also were able to go to our room at 1PM, when the rooms were ready. 

        Another benefit of checking in online--you can register your kids for the It's a Small World Nursery or the Oceaneer's Club. When you arrive at one of these on the first day, the kids are registered and all you do is grab their magic bands and go. These special magic bands have a GPS in them so they can easily tell you what section your kiddo is in when you come pick them up. Trust me, it's needed--the place is huge! When picking them up you will need to provide a special word that you gave at check in and your Key to the World card--they will verify this information with your picture as well. 


        3. Get a Verandah!

        As first time cruisers, a verandah was a must. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel as I get sea sick on small boats so looking out on the horizon was a must. However, I didn't realize how often we would use it! It was nice to be able to go out there once the littles had gone down for a nap, or gone to bed for the night. It also made the room seem so much bigger, which is a definite plus! 

        If you do opt out of a verandah, you have a black out curtain between the couch/bunk bed area and the main sleeping area. This works as a light and sound barrier, and is great for when you want to watch the late night "live shows". 



        4. It's a Small World Nursery- The Disney Cruise Nursery

        This place was magical. The ladies looked straight out of Mary Poppins and had the sweetest voices. You could tell they loved their job, and I had no hesitation leaving Carson. We would start our dinner (early dinner begins at 5:30PM) as a family, the servers would bring the kids food out before ours and then one of us would take them to the kids club and nursery. This allowed us to have an adult only dinner, and actually enjoy each delicious course. 

        A couple things to note: the nursery does cost $9.00/hr for the first child and $8/hr for the second. They are able to contact you through the wave phone that is provided in each room, or through the app that you download on your phone. They will lay your child down for a nap/bedtime as well as feed them snacks and dinner (although we opted for dinner in our assigned dining room). They labeled everything that came in with them, so no worries if you forgot the label stickers at home. 

        You can reserve the nursery online at check in; we did not do that. It was never full when we visited, and we were able to get our son right in. I'm sure it does fill up though, so if you are in need of the nursery and know the time, I'd go ahead and register. 



        5. Baby Gear to Bring on the Disney Cruise 

        Disney caters to families, so when I say they provide all the gear you need for your trip and to leave it all at home, I mean it. We only brought a small umbrella stroller, as our gear for baby--and honestly could have done without. They provide a complimentary pack n play, that the host or hostess will take down each day if you'd like. 

        They also provide bottle warmers, sterilizers, and diaper pails--as well as complimentary strollers at guest services. However, if you do want a stroller you may want to bring one as those are very limited. If you are going to Castaway Cay, they have strollers and wagons on shore for you to use! I also loved that they had high chairs ready at our dinner every night, and when they saw us carrying a baby at Cabanas, they quickly grabbed a high chair. 


        I highly recommend baby wearing on the cruise. Bringing our Ergo 360 with us was easy and allowed me to carry around my little man without waiting for elevators, or pushing my stroller through crowds. I also recommend bringing a water bottle for yourself and your kiddos. It was easier to refill their water bottles, then to continue going back and forth to the water fountain. 

        These two items were my must haves!

        We are so very excited to travel again, and we pre-booked another while on the cruise which allowed us to receive an on board credit as well as a percentage off of our next cruise. 

        Have you been on a Disney Cruise? What are some tips you have? 

        Monday, April 9, 2018

        Bartaco Date Night

        bartaco is one of my favorite restaurants in Tampa in Hyde Park. I was invited to try the secret taco and the rest of the delicious food they offer. We also love to visit the bartaco in Orlando! This is the perfect restaurant for both date nights and family dinners!
        Date nights have always been one of my favorite escapes. Even before having kids, we planned date nights to just get out and enjoy each others company. Thankfully, we have family and friends who are always excited to watch our little ones which makes these dates a little easier. Don't get me wrong we also love having date nights in, there may or may not be some food delivered for that though.

        Wednesday, April 4, 2018

        Kitchen Reveal with Libman Wonder Mop


        We have been in our house for about 2 months now. Before moving in, I made a pact with myself that I would not keep clutter, and the house would stay semi-organized because of it. Semi-organized as in I have two kids, so sometimes it means we are just making memories. I searched high and low for a post on how to organize your cabinets. I had so many questions on where things should go for the most efficient kitchen. I found nothing. Here I am today to share with you how I organize my kitchen and keep it clean.

        Tuesday, March 27, 2018

        Oven Baked Kale Chips

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        You know the saying "I betcha can't eat just one"? When making Kale chips, prepare to eat the entire batch. These are so easy to make and make for the perfect appetizer. I always have kale on hand, and simply throw these in the oven when I'm preparing dinner. It holds all of us, and doesn't fill us with unwanted carbs.

        Monday, March 26, 2018

        Easter Basket Guide for Kids

        I love Easter, it's the start of a new beginning. The first season of the year. The leaves are coming back to the trees, the snow is melting, the grass is growing--so much to look and be thankful for. I also love the candy that comes with Easter. Seriously, if I had to pick a favorite candy holiday--it would be Easter. I typically hoard enough jelly beans and peanut butter eggs to last me a very long time (that is if no one finds it.) When it comes down to Easter baskets I'm not one to put  candy in them. I honestly just forget about it. Books are definitely my go to, as well as a couple outdoor toys.

        You can find all of these on Prime, so if you're last minute don't fret. Order now and it will be here in time.  




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        Sunday, March 11, 2018

        Follow the Fresh

          This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

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          The first thing I do when shopping online, is check with small business owners before shopping the big name stores. Shopping online is only one of the ways I try to support small and local businesses; we love to visit farmers markets that pop up around town to purchase our produce for the week. Not only are you supporting the local economy when purchasing locally, there are so many other benefits. Today I'm sharing three benefits of eating local with you. 

          Wednesday, February 28, 2018

          Breakfast Popsicles


            This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


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            It's not even spring, and the warm temperatures of summer are upon us. One of my favorite snacks to make the boys are 5 minute popsicles. I love that these have no added sugar (a dash of honey in the chocolate) and are the perfect addition to any meal. During the hot summer months, I even make them to eat with their breakfast. They feel like they are getting away with something by eating a frozen treat for breakfast.

            Thursday, February 22, 2018

            All Things Swim for Moms

            Swimsuit shopping--the time everyone loves and hates all at the same time! The first warm day of the year, everyone wants to run to the beach. Until you remember its swimsuit season, and you have no idea what you're going to wear while you are lugging your two toddlers and all the beach toys around. I love a knee length coverup, a one piece (without a ton of ties), and some quick rubber flip flops

            One of my musts is a flattering suit to wear for dates to the beach or when I am with my girlfriends sans kids. I don't want my swim suit and coverup to scream MOM if I'm enjoying two seconds without my kids. These are some of my favorites! What are your favorite mom suits? 

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            Wednesday, February 7, 2018

            Banana Smoothie with Hood Calorie Countdown

            This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


            Getting my oldest to drink milk was always so difficult. He's always been a huge water drinker, and always asks for water with any of his meals. Breakfast is by far his favorite and most filling meal of the day, and if you have read my Morning Routine post you know all about what we enjoy eating in the morning. I recently discovered a drink that he will not put down, and that is Banana Smoothie using Hood Calorie Countdown.

            Tuesday, January 23, 2018

            Snacks for your Littles

            Somehow kids are always hungry. You think you've fed them enough, and they get down from their high chair and walk right over to the pantry. How is that even possible?! 

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            My little men love food. They eat three meals a day, and then usually two or three snacks in between meals. I'm telling you, it's a lot of food. I've really perfected the art of snacking for little ones though. I used to stare at the pantry and just beg for something healthy to jump out at me. Now I prepare for snacks for the week when I am meal planning and it has made it so much easier!


            Tuesday, January 16, 2018

            Morning Routine


            One thing about a morning routine is that is doesn't matter if you are a stay at home mom, working mom, single, etc. A morning routine is a great way to start the day. 



            When I started this whole mom thing, I was determined to still have my morning time. As a stay at home mom I craved the quietness of the mornings, and needed it to prepare myself for the busy day ahead while enjoying a little something to eat. I began setting my alarm for 6AM daily, and enjoying the stillness of the house. Luckily, I am the person who has always loved mornings, I've rarely slept in past 8:30AM--however, you will find me taking a quick cat nap daily. I've got three tips for you ro start a morning routine this new year.

            Thursday, January 11, 2018

            Gift Guide for Him

            One thing I love about holidays is picking out gifts for my husband. Big or small they are all on my radar. I never have a difficult time--and really any time I see something at the store I know he would love, I jot it down to give as a gift sometime throughout the year. So many of these items I have bought for gifts, and if not they will most likely be given sometime this year.  This is a gift guide that will be very useful when you are looking for the perfect gift for the guy in your life. Check out my other gift guides for him here and here

            Friday, January 5, 2018

            Five Musts When in Maui

            Living 45 minutes from the beach, I never really vacation beach side. It's just not somewhere I gravitate to. I love big cities, so naturally we have always visited one of the popular cities in the US. However, when my best friend decided she was going to get married in Maui, I couldn't say no. 


            Hawaii was one of those places that "I'd love to go someday, but it's not a MUST". Let me tell you friends, it's a must. The sites, sounds, and world is just different over there. It's gorgeous, the land just captivates you and you just feel relaxed. I've been told this by so many people, for so many years it just didn't seem possible that somewhere like that really existed. 

            Tuesday, January 2, 2018

            Carson's Space Nursery Inspiration

            Happy New Year friends! We woke up to a bitter cold on January 1st and have been loving it here in Florida. If you follow me on instagram, you saw that I'm focusing on the word "intentional" for the year 2018. Being a stay at home mom, it's easy to get side tracked and I want to be more intentional with my days and my times with and without the boys. With a big move coming for our family this month, I want to share my room inspiration with you all for the plans I have for each room. 

            Knowing we were moving shortly after Carson arrived, I chose not to go all out for his bedroom like I did Bennett's nursery. We decided to keep it as is and create a gorgeous nursery when we moved. Now the time has come and I have loved gathering ideas from all over for this gorgeous space filled room. 

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