• Mommyhood

    Invites Made Easy with Paperless Post

    *Compensation was given in exchange for an honest review of my experience.*

    Hard to believe that in just over two weeks it will be Ro’s third birthday! HE’LL BE THREE! What?! Anyway, we’ll also get to have his party on his actually birthDAY this year which is always fun. So, staying true to my party planning-loving self, I’m going all out. If you’ve been around here for a little bit, you know I love themed parties (check some of them out HERE) and this year is no different. The ONE part about party planning that I dislike the most, however, is sending the actual invitation. I know, I know….makes no sense but invites are a HUGE hassle for me. Printing, postage, addresses…all of it.  But this year I was able to keep all of the fun of the themed invites, plus some extras, by using Paperless Post!

  • Mommyhood

    Playing Around With pediped®

    Playing Around with pediped®

    *This product was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

    If your kids are anything like my two, they can go through some shoes. Sometimes it’s because they outgrow them within the month or it’s because they play hard. Playing is serious business so my boys need shoes that can stand up to the challenge.

    This is why I’m loving pediped®shoes. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.

    Playing Around with pediped®

    Ro’s new shoes are definitely standing up to the toddler test. Whether he’s in soccer class or on the playground, he has the support he needs. Ro is still in that clumsy stage of toddlerhood and, let’s just be honest, he falls a lot. I’ve noticed that he’s much more in control when running around at soccer and the shoes have good traction to keep up with him.

    Playing Around with pediped® Playing Around with pediped® Playing Around with pediped®

    My favorite feature of these shoes is the FLEX FIT SYSTEM™.  Both Gav and Ro have wide feet. (Gav not so much now that he’s older but both come by big feet naturally between me and my husband.) This has always limited our selection when purchasing shoes for them. I was so pleased that I could pick whichever shoe I liked for Ro because width is not an issue.  The inserts come out to custom fit your child’s foot as it grows.

    Playing Around with pediped®

    These are some of our favorite shoes and they are definitely helping Ro as his coordination and activity mature.

    *pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth). For more information, visit www.pediped.com.  LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.

  • Mommyhood

    Screen Free Week Review

    We made it through screen free week and everyone is still alive!  Hard to believe right?  (I kid…but seriously this wasn’t easy.)  But it was a great way for me to spend extra quality time with my kids and enjoy them being this little.  It ended up being a much busier week than I had anticipated but we definitely fit in some fun activities.  Here’s a break down of how the week went:


    As expected, the first thing Gav did when he woke up was ask to watch TV which is exactly why I decided to do this challenge!  The answer was, of course, no but we sat and read some of his chapter book.  And by some I mean just about 50 pages worth.  He was really into it and it was awesome!  Then we were off to the dentist.  No big deal right? As soon as we walk in, Zootopia is playing on the TV in the waiting room as well as all the screens above the chairs where they clean teeth.  *facepalm*  Gav’s eyes got pretty wide as he looked at me.  I told him that this was ok, not everyone is doing screen free week, just us, so it’s ok if it happens to be on somewhere that not our house.  He liked that rule!

    We didn’t really do much in the way of creativity and I had to work a little that night. All in all, day one went pretty well.


    The same can be said for day two as well since we were out of the house most of the day.  But one thing that was very difficult was entertaining Gav and Ro while I tried to workout.  My father is a personal trainer and trains me two days a week.  It’s been great having my mom home over the summer, she’s a school teacher, because she takes the boys down in the playroom they have for them and it’s nice and quiet and easy.  Plus, that’s usually the only time Gav has extended iPad time so he’s preoccupied.  This Tuesday, however, my mom had a doctor’s appointment and the iPad was not an option.  So I basically shot myself in the foot on that one!  But we got through it, my dad had prepared a simple, compact workout for that reason.

    Then we went to visit my new niece!  Sweet Mason was born just before we went out of town so I didn’t get to see her.  Then both boys and I had some crud going on so we couldn’t go see her for even longer!  But finally we were able to go meet the sweet little peanut.

    Luckily, we had a good amount of time between getting home and work so during rest time, which we also started this week to prep him for pre-K, I made his new “SAND” BOX.  He loves playing in it and, I’m not gonna lie, I do too!


    FINALLY!  We had a day where we didn’t have anything going on.  We headed to the store to pick out plants for Gav’s garden.  After careful consideration, we brought home a couple of cacti, a succulent and some pretty flowers that happened to be on clearance.

    We planned them in Gav’s very own pots and have been taking care of them.  We then spent the rest of the day painting, resting, and playing.


    Thursday was a fun day because I decided we would have a mini half birthday celebration for Gav.  Normally, we would just say, “Hey!  It’s your half birthday! Yay!” and then get on with the day.  But since we were smack in the middle of screen free week, I thought this would be something fun to do.  Together we baked a cake and Gav even cracked two of the eggs! (no shells!)  We also made ziploc bag ice cream which was delicious, if I do say so myself.

    The half cake was pretty darn good too and, no worries, I won’t be going into cake decorating as a new career any time soon!  Although, in my defense, it took too long to bake and I didn’t quite have time to let it cool.


    Thankfully my mom didn’t have a doctors appointment on this day and she was able to entertain Gav down in the playroom while I worked out.  Then it was time to swim!  We haven’t really been able to swim all that much this summer since Gav has been pretty busy between day camps, tae kwon do, and soccer so we had a lot of fun!

    And then, that was it.  Gav woke up on Saturday morning and asked if it was still screen free week.  When he found out that it wasn’t, he smiled really big and went straight for Netflix while he drank his morning milk.  I can’t say I blame him, I know how hard it was for him to not have TV at all.  And he didn’t even have it while the grandparents watched him which was awesome!  Over all, it was a great way to challenge both Gav and myself and I’m glad we did it!

    Have you tried a screen free week/day?  How did you like it, or not?
    XO, Kelly

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    Our First Home

    Here she is folks! Well kind of…
    This is a fun piece of art I’m working on for my collage wall. (Which I cannot wait to put up!)
    It’s weird being in a house now and Hubs and I still kind of feel like we’re just visiting.  But it’s starting to feel like home now that we have unpacked most of the boxes.  Not to mention the clean workshop out back that we can now store things in.  
    So now that we’ve settled I can finally show you these lovelies!
    I have dreamed of owning a home for a while now but along with that dream, I knew I wanted moving announcements.  I know, I weird thing to dream about, but I can’t help it!  I would look at all the invitation/announcement sites and look at the ones I liked, maybe even click the favorite button on one or two.  Then, about 2 weeks from our closing date, I was contacted by Tiny Prints (a sister company of Shutterfly) to look at their collection of invites, announcements, and cards to see if there was something that struck my fancy.  Hello!? My mouse clicked straight on those moving announcements!
    But which to choose?  I knew it couldn’t be too girly or flowery since this wasn’t just for me.  It had to appeal to Hubs too.  Let me tell you, there are so many to choose from, I probably sat there for thirty minutes and favorited about eight cards.  But I was able to narrow it down to two that I liked the best and sent Hubs an email for him to make the final decision.  However, I really liked the option of ordering samples.  If you just can’t decide, you can order one of each design you like, customized with your info, and decide once you see what they actually look like.
    I also like that these are postcards.  No need for envelopes, especially if you’re still unpacking and have no idea where envelopes might be!
    Can’t wait to send these babies out!
    XO, Kelly
    **This is a compensated review.  The views expressed are 100% my own.**
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    Review // Indie Gift Box

    Recently I was given the opportunity to review the fabulous Indie Gift Box, which should be called “Indie AWESOME Box”  but we’ll get to that.  

    A little bit about IGB:
    Indie Gift Box is box of curated, handmade goods.  You may be familiar with subscription boxes such as beauty boxes, Citrus Lane, etc.  This is, essentially, the same thing.  It’s not prepaid like the other boxes but every month you can purchase your box a box full of goodies from all around that are from small, handmade businesses.
    From IGB – “Indie Gift Box curates unique, high-quality items from independent artists and small businesses every month and organizes them into themed boxes available for purchase and delivery to your door.  We envision a world in which artisanal craftsmanship is valued and accessible.  Our mission in support of that vision is to help you discover new artistic talent and handmade products, and to help the artists and companies find the success they deserve.” 

    “Unlike most box services, Indie Gift Box exposes you to the truly creative and unique, while treating you with the same warm care and careful attention as the small businesses we support.”

    “Indie Gift Box was founded in June 2012 by independent art lover and web
    designer Erin Flynn and immediately found success and favor in the indie style
    circles. When the “project” became too massive for her to manage as a hobby a
    year later, Erin handed off the baton to lovable social entrepreneur Lisa Wallace
    who has since nurtured its growth into a strong, viable small business.” 

    For more about IGB click HERE for some FAQs.
    Each month, the box has a theme.  My box’s theme? 
    “Sweet Homebody”  
    Are you ready to see what was inside?

    Someone loved the packaging.

    Smells SOOOOOY good! 
    (see what I did there?)

    My coffee just got a heck of a lot cuter!

    Chevron pillow case!

    Adorable paper goods and magnet.

    Steals and Deals!

    The retail value of this box is incredible.  You definitely get what you pay for and then some!  Speaking of payment, how much is it? 
    $20!  Their standard box is only $20 and you get the opportunity to discover artists from all over!  Want even more?  The deluxe box is only $5 more dollars!  
    Just give up your Starbucks for the week and get you a deluxe box!
     There must be a catch you say?  Yeah, there is, kinda.  
    You have to be quick!  These suckers go fast.
     I know from experience!  When the first box came out, I was ready and waiting to purchase one and it sold out within hours.  That should tell you how fab they are.

    Bonus Points:

    Eco-friendly packaging!

    Are you ready for your Indie Gift Box?
    *HINT: The answer is YES!*
    **This is a compensated review.  The views expressed are 100% my own.**
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