The Trick to Keeping Your Babe’s Headband ON..

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baby headband

baby headband

baby headband

Since having Blake and especially these last couple of months I’ve had tons of y’all ask me how I get her to keep a headband on. Honestly, I don’t do anything crazy now and somedays she is over it within 5 minutes. BUT, I have been consistent with one thing since the day she was born. 

When I was pregnant I had a good friend tell me to always have a headband on Blake, from day one, morning until night. She said she had done that with one of her daughters and she never minded them, but didn’t with the other and she hated wearing headbands. So, I listened to it! It might sound silly, but I love cute tiny bows and I wanted to put them on her! Obviously if she really doesn’t want it on I’m not going to force her, but I really think doing that from day one has made a big difference. That’s my trick y’all, be consistent!

Now, the second most asked question having to do with headbands! Where do I get her headbands?! Well, one of my current favorite shops is Bonnie + Harlo.

They specialize in faux leather bow headbands. Their bands are one size fits all and are available in a variety of colors but two main styles:

1. “Bonnie” bow a small hand tied knotted bow

 2. “Harlo” bow a classic style bow

We love them all and I’m a huge fan of the nylon bands! They’re soft on Blake’s little head, but stretchy enough to wear they fit for awhile!

Today, we’ve teamed up with them and get y’all a pretty sweet deal! Grab 15% off your total purchase with the code, “POSITIVELY“.

See how to organize your babe’s hair accessories, here.

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Apple Sauce Cookie Recipe..

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®. The opinions and text are all mine.
#SecretLifeOfMotts

applesauce cookie recipe

The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Blake loves Mott’s® Applesauce, that’s actually an understatement. She LOVES Mott’s® Applesauce, was that clearer? 😉 Seriously, can I just tell you something she does and it cracks me up every single time? We buy the little Mott’s Applesauce 6PK Sauce Cups and I’ll open one up, set it on her highchair tray and she will literally scoop it out with her hand to eat it. Then when it gets to the bottom she sticks her entire face in it to make sure she licks the bottom out. It’s probably one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Well, growing up my Mom always made applesauce cookies. If you’ve had them before, first—I am really impressed and second—you know what I’m talking about when I say they’re DELICIOUS. Well, last week I made some (and they’re the only cookies I can actually make without ruining, so BOOYA) for Blake and she loved them. I think between the two of us we ate the entire batch in a matter of minutes, but that’s fine because well…they’re nutritious so really it’s a win, win and a good thing we ate them 😉

applesauce cookie recipe

The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.”

applesauce cookie recipe

The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.”

applesauce cookie recipe

The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.”

applesauce cookie recipe

The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.”

 

I figured I would share the recipe with y’all since Blake loved them and they’re so easy to make that I didn’t even mess them up. I mean—there must be someone else out there that needs this right!? Plus, Mott’s (the applesauce we use) is currently partnered with The Secret Life of Pets and well…that makes it a lot more fun for all of us. Right now if you purchase 3 Mott’s Juices or Applesauce you receive a free child’s ticket* from Fandango for The Secret Life of Pets Movie (*$9 child admission, restrictions apply). And, if you purchase any 5 Mott’s Juices or Applesauce you’ll receive an additional $8 movie voucher. Now, run to Target and let’s do this!

applesauce cookie recipe

“The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.”

Okay, recipe time. Here’s what you’ll need:

  •             1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •             1 Egg
  •             3/4 TSP salt
  •             1/2 cup Mott’s Applesauce (you can use their Cinnamon flavor too for a kick)
  •             1 cup brown sugar
  •             1/4 cup butter, softened
  •             1 TBSP vanilla extract
  •             1 TBSP Mott’s Apple Juice
  •             1 1/2 TSP baking powder
  •             1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  •             Cooking spray

THE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and stir lightly
  3. Use a sieve and strain Mott’s Applesauce into a bowl (usually takes 15-20 minutes). Once done, throw away liquid and scrape applesauce into a new bowl
  4. Add butter and sugar into bowl with applesauce and mix with mixer. Once thick, add vanilla, Mott’s 100% Apple Juice and egg and continue mixing
  5. Pour dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder) into wet and mix all together with mixer
  6. Hand mix in chocolate chips
  7. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and drop small, 1-2” balls on pan
  8. Cook at 375 for 9-11 minutes

Finally, EAT. I mean—that’s the best part and they’re delicious if I do say so myself! You can even use Mott’s Cinnamon Applesauce if you want and it adds a little kick.  They’re a huge hit in our house and the perfect little nutritious snack for Blake when she isn’t licking out an applesauce cup…

applesauce cookie recipe

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And a quick play by play of how to redeem your free movie ticket,

applesauce cookie recipe

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Head over, here, to find out more deets about Mott’s and The Secret Life of Pets.

Plus, all my Target lovers check out this Cartwheel offer:

 

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Favorite Shop Friday: Custom Jewelry

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motherhood

motherhood

Last night was long. Actually yesterday was long. Blake fought sleep the entire day, all the way through the night and didn’t end up in bed until after 11:30. Literally, she was awake from 7am until 11:30pm. I was exhausted so I don’t understand how she wasn’t. She’s cutting three teeth, running a little fever because of that and to top it all off she now has a little rash all over. Why do things always come in threes? 

So as I started writing today’s favorite shop Friday this morning I couldn’t help but realize how perfect it was. The piece from this shop that I was given is a simple, yet gorgeous necklace that reads, “Love”. My heart aches for my little babe. I hate seeing her in pain and upset. I wish I could just take it all away from her and handle it for her. The love I have got her is indescribable. It’s incredible. 

So I’m so excited to share this week’s favorite shop Friday because they touch my heart and make beautiful jewelry.

The shop: Erin Pelicano

The Deets: The Erin Pelicano Collection speaks to the sentiment in your heart. Life’s moments are worth celebrating! Keep your family and friends, near or far, close to your heart with these delicate creations. Inspired by the love between mother and daughter, across generations, and between two people, Erin’s designs transcend across all levels of sentiment. 

Erin’s designs are inspired by the deep need to commemorate the connection with those we love. When you give an Erin Pelicano design, you give the gift of love. Their pieces are made to be worn alone or layered with other jewelry, the Collection gives all of life’s moment special significance.  

The deal: Grab 10% off your entire purchase with the code, “OAKES16

The giveaway: Enter below for the chance to win a $50 shop credit!

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Moms, Stop the Jealousy Game

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I was sitting in on a webinar the other day and we got to the part about social media, stats and numbers. The instructor was talking about how important it is to have X number of likes and X number of followers, etc. etc. The webinar ended shortly after I remember going through the entire day worried about how many likes my pictures were getting, watching my following and feeling pretty crappy about myself.

Then I clicked on over to a few other pages, these Moms were gorgeous, their homes perfect and had so many followers. I was jealous, I was angry because I have worked so hard and I just kept comparing myself. I tried to figure out how I could be more like that, how I could afford to do that and wondering why I didn’t have that life. 

Then, it hit me.

They struggle. 

I struggle.

We ALL struggle. 

Each and every one of us have our own trials that we face every single day. Some that might look like they have it easier than you and some that don’t. Here’s the thing though, our individual trials are hard for us. Just because I can handle one thing doesn’t mean another person can. And this number game, oh this stupid number game. It only makes us miserable. Why in the world do we compare ourselves?

Why do we sit there and over analyze every, little thing in our life? 

Why do we stalk Pinterest for hours on end when it’s only going to make us feeing completely worthless?

It’s because we play this game. This game of looking at pictures and thinking everyone has it better than ourselves. Thinking they have it figured out, they get everything they want and our own lives suck. When in reality, if you look deep, deep into that picture you’ll see it. You’ll see the 76 tries it took to get that one perfect picture, you’ll see the tired eyes that Mom has because she was up all night with her newborn baby, you’ll see that their life isn’t perfect.

Pretty pictures don’t mean anything.

I love pretty pictures, but I’ll be the first to tell you that my life is a hot friggin’ mess. Like a BIG hot mess. I cry most days, my house is a mess, I stress about money, I worry about the future and I can’t help but feel completely overwhelmed nine times out of ten.

So it’s time to knock it off. It’s time to stop looking at the pretty pictures, looking at the numbers and instantly comparing yourself. Your life is good, you have it good–it’s just about perspective. 

You can look at your life and compare yourself to the Mom on Instagram with hundreds of thousands of followers, a gorgeous home and beautiful hair. Or you can appreciate the home you do have, snuggle those babies in front of you and remember the happiness that surrounds you. 

We all do it, I do it, I guarantee the cool Mom on social media does it too. It’s in our nature, but it’s a habit we HAVE to break. It’s clearly getting us no where. It’s only making the days longer and harder than they already are. 

So do your best, be inspired and enjoy the pretty pictures, feel happiness for them. 

Don’t get jealous.

Then look at your own baby(ies) and remember you have happiness right in front of you. 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – The Home Deals

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I’m all about home decor, especially when it’s on sale! So I picked out the best deals on everything home happening now at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early Access! And as always, I categorized them for y’all because I am crazy and it makes your life easier so, you’re welcome. 😉

BEDDING

PILLOWS

KITCHEN

STORAGE

RUGS

WALL DECOR

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4 Ways to Start Teaching Your Babes the act of Giving Back From a Young Age..

Helping others is such an important part of my life, it’s something that brings me pure joy and something I hope to teach Blake just like my Mom taught me. I want Blake to know the importance of kindness, of loving and helping others no matter what and giving back without even a second thought and with no expectations of something in return. That’s what life is about. Obviously since she is so young it’s a little hard to teach her those things exactly right now, but there are a few things that I try to do now so that one day she can really understand it.

1. Lead by example. Sometimes even I forget this at times, you know..life gets the best of you, but our little babes watch every single thing we do. We have to remember that. Always treat people with kindness, love others, help those that need help, protect them with all that you have and give back as much as possible. They may not understand quite yet, but they’re watching, they’re soaking it all in and they’re learning.

2. Teach them what the word “help” means. Even if it’s as simple as “Do you need help with that toy?” That sometimes in life you will need help and sometimes you’ll be offering help.

3. Do community service. This is a pretty common one, but such a big one and you can bring your little ones along! Even as a baby I brought Blake along to charity events, community service and all of that! I wore her in a carrier, took turns holding her with the husband and just made it work! It goes back to number one, lead by example, she is watching her surroundings and one day she will really understand it.

4. Make an impact. Stand up for what is right, start your own charity event and don’t be afraid to do what is right or jump in full force! You can do anything you set your mind to and we want to teach our little ones that same thing, especially when it comes to helping others!

Band Together - Hands In

One charity I am currently passionate about is Band Together by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. They are set out to donate $2 million dollars to three amazing causes. Band together with Jewelers Mutual to help decide how to disperse the record-breaking donation by voting for your choice of causes from July 11, 2016 at 11am CT – July 31, 2016 at 11pm CT.  The cause that receive the most votes by the end of July will receive a $1 million donation from Jewelers Mutual. The runner-up will receive $700,000 and $300,000 will go to the third-place winner. Plus during the three week campaign voters have a chance to win some pretty amazing prizes! Each week, one lucky winner will receive a set of 3 stacking bands (worth $450).

What causes and charities do you love? How do you help show your babes the importance of giving back, especially to our communities?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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How to Rock These Last Couple Months of Summer..

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summer time

Hat: Carter’s | Towel c/o Joann Grace Designs 

Since summer time is in full force and we’ve got oh, probably two months of it left I figured it’s time to chat all the baby pool things. Blake LOVES the water! In fact the word love is probably an understatement. I think if I let her have it her way she would be in the pool or playing with the hose, all day, everyday. I definitely have a little fish baby on my hands and I absolutely love it! Her excitement when she sees water brings so much happiness to my heart and reminds that life is really about the simple things. It’s funny how kids do that so often. The smallest little things in life bring them so much joy, while I’m over here stressing out about the fact that I just burnt dinner. They put life in perspective and remind us of the truly important things, it’s pretty great y’all.

summer time

summer time

Now, since we have approximately two more months of summer to enjoy–let’s make it the best! I’m talking personalized towels, pool everyday and cute hats best. Have you heard of Joann Grace Designs? If you have, you’re friggin’ awesome. If you haven’t, just go ahead and click on over there now. That’s the shop where you’re going to get that personalized towel I was talkin’ about. Really, just personalized everything–she’s got you covered all year long. But for serious, did you see those pictures above?! Now, the hat–clearly if we’re going to make this the best summer ever you need a good hat, you can grab that, here.

Also, I got y’all a pretty sweet deal. Grab 10% off any purchase from Joann Grace Designs with the code “OAKS10″. 

Now, who’s ready to rock these last two months of summer? US, WE ARE!

This post was in collaboration with Joann Grace Designs

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Organize All the Hair Accessories…

organization tips

organization tips

In case you haven’t noticed by the pictures on Instagram, I might have an addiction to buying headbands for Blake. Really, just hair accessories all around…I can’t resist. I need ALL the bows! Well..with buying all the bows comes trying to find a place to organize them and in a way that I can actually find them and see them. So I set out to find a solution. First stop, I hit up Hobby Lobby (seriously–just shop there, you’ll fall in love with everything). Somehow though I only walked out with the one thing I came for; the ultimate storage box from Creative Options and it just happened to be cute and pink too.

organization tips

I took it home, put Blake down for her nap and then pulled out every, single, one, of her headbands, hair clips, tiny little hair ties and I let the organizing begin! I got everything in piles of how I wanted them and then pulled out each little plastic container to keep them in their little “groups”. During this entire process of finding a solution to keep her hair accessories organized, I set three rules/tips for myself. The organization tips are as follows:

1. Find a storage container or solution that you love and is practical. By doing so you’ll have more of a want and desire to keep organized! I recommend looking into the Creative Options pieces, here.

2. If you take one out, put it back exactly how you found it. Otherwise there’s no point in being organized and well, you know how it’s going to end…with 50 headbands in a drawer stuffed somewhere.

3. Keep it out of reach. You know what I’m talking about…most of our little babes want to be extra great helpers which can sometimes turn into more of a mess than help. So I store our container in her closet on a shelf only I can reach!

organization tips

organization tips

I organized each of my three boxes by elastic headbands, fabric headbands and then clips/rubber bands in the third. Then in the very top part of the container that opens I store our brushes, comb, detangler and a little toy she gets while I do her hair. It’s pretty much the perfect set up and I’m obsessed. In fact I pulled it out yesterday and she was so excited. She helped me pull out the little container, grabbed her toy and watched as I picked out her headband.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Creative Options, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Storagewithstyle  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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Nordstrom SALE — Baby Version

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The Nordstrom sale is SO good this year y’all, that well–obviously I had to get in on it. I can’t stop shopping (don’t tell the husband), but I mean when Freshly Picked Moccs are only $40, HOW CAN YOU NOT?! 

I’ve put together a list of all my favorite baby items that are on mega sale right here and by category because well you know, the organize freak in me is coming out!

GET SHOPPIN’

SHOES

CLOTHES FOR BOYS

CLOTHES FOR GIRLS

BABY GEAR

BAGS & ACCESSORIES

 

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Favorite Shop Friday: THE Book to Read Your Babes

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mommy and daughter reading

mommy and daughter reading

mommy and daughter reading

Today’s favorite shop Friday means so much to me, not only is this gal a friend, but her book hits close to my heart and is one of Blake’s favorites. In fact if I am being totally honest we read it every single night…so there’s that. She loves all the colors, turning the pages and well..I love the snuggles that come along with it.

The Book: Before There Was You

The Details: What first began, in 2013, as Chelsie’s (the author) personal & intimate online journal (her blog) to document her pregnancy journey & growing family, eventually evolved as my forum to reach out & befriend people of all ages, locations, and interests! Shortly after, she was inspired by the idea of reflecting on the impact & significance certain people hold on our lives, Before There Was You is an imaginative tale of companionship, gratitude, and above all else, love. Before There Was You is the inspiring debut work of writer/artist Chelsie Wood. Readers can take a walk on the affectionate side, as the snappy rhyme perfectly captures just how their heart feels. It’s created for children ages 0-110 and is sure to be an instant classic at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how beautiful life can be with those we love in it. It’s seriously so perfect y’all.

The Deal: I always get y’all a deal, 😉 Grab 15% off your purchase of her book with the code, “OAKES15″ at checkout. Purchase, here.

The Giveaway: Lucky you..we’re giving away a copy of the book right here, right now! Here’s how to enter:

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