Spring 2014 Nautical Wear

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This Spring is all about the Nautical look. I’m seeing it everywhere and can’t stop buying it up for my babes

We have a Nautical themed birthday party to attend  next month so I have been looking all over for the perfect outfits. These are some of my must have Nautical items for Spring 2014!

For All the “Little Men”:

Gymboree Anchor Sweater
Gymboree Anchor Sweater
Jumping Beans Plaid Shorts from Kohls
Jumping Beans Plaid Shorts from Kohls
Cherokee Hoodie from Target
Cherokee Hoodie from Target
Rock The Boat shirt from Old Navy
Rock The Boat shirt from Old Navy
Sperry Topsiders for Boys
Sperry Topsiders for Boys
Little Man Underwear from Old Navy
Little Man Underwear from Old Navy
Chambray roll pants from Gap
Chambray roll pants from Gap

For all the Little Ladies:

Anchor Rain Boots from Crazy 8
Anchor Rain Boots from Crazy 8
Carters Anchor Skirt
Carters Anchor Skirt
H&M Chambray Jacket
H&M Chambray Jacket
Old Navy Anchor Dress
Old Navy Anchor Dress
Sperry Topsiders for Girls
Sperry Topsiders for Girls
Anchor Tunic From Carters
Anchor Tunic From Carters
Anchor Clips from Gymboree
Anchor Clips from Gymboree

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Pizza Cupcakes

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These are seriously the EASIEST dinner to throw together on a weeknight for the kids AND one that they can help make!!   I love including my son in the process of cooking dinner and he enjoys getting his hands in the mix.  This recipe is a win win!  Pizza cupcakes would be great as a make ahead meal to freeze and pull out during the week for lunch/dinner OR would be great as a “make your own pizza bar” at your next play date. I can guarantee they will be a hit!!!

I usually just make them with cheese and pepperoni but you could customize each “cupcake” for your family.  Green peppers…. olives…. banana peppers….. Hawaiian toppings….anything you would put on a pizza can go in these!  I’d love to hear what combinations you used!

To make pizza cupcakes you will need:

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  • Grands Biscuits (8 Count)- I use Butter Flavor, original would work too, just don’t use flaky
  • Mini pepperoni
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Any other seasonings you like on your pizza-I use garlic and oregano
  • Non-stick cupcake tins

First spray your cupcake tins with non stick spray so your cupcakes don’t stick.  Next cut each Grands biscuit in half lengthwise.

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Push one half of each biscuit in each muffin spot and pull the edges up so that it makes a cup for the toppings.

You will have 16 total cupcakes.

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Then fill each muffin with about a tablespoon of pizza sauce.  Add some pepperoni to each and then add any additional toppings.

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Cover each muffin with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese and then top with your desired seasonings.

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Best part about this recipe?  Bake according to the directions on the biscuits container!  I love that I don’t have to remember a temperature and a time.  I just follow what the biscuits say to do!

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Last thing to do??? Enjoy with some ranch!

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Top 10 Tips for Dressing the Littles

It’s no secret I’m into dressing my kids. I take pride when I get compliments on their appearance. Yes I try to dress them as cute as possible, but NO I do not break the bank in doing so. Here are my top 10 tips for dressing your kids on a dime.

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1.) MOM2MOM Sales. I cannot stress this enough!!! I go all the time and make sure I am lined up before the doors open for early bird. Good stuff will go quick. I have found almost new Ugg boots, Ralph Lauren shoes, baby gap clothes, and other staples for their wardrobes. I usually end up spending $1-$2 per item!!

2.) NEVER buy brand new jammies. Seriously. My kids do not leave the house in their jammies so I refuse to spend more than $1 on a sleeper. Refer to point #1. I always shop ahead at mom2mom’s. I know there is a mom out there that will sell me her hardly used sleepers for $1 a piece and when I find them I stock up. Think about it. Instead of spending anywhere between $50-$100 per size, I spend about $10 TOTAL for each of my kids to have a set of jammies. It’s a no brainer to me. Then I can turn around and be a lot more creative with the $90 I saved!

3.) Shop clearance. I’m lucky my kids have always been true to size. At the end of each season Target clearances their clothes for 70% off!!  Add that to my red card discount and any other cartwheel deals at the time and I am getting some items for under $2! If something is a good deal, I always buy it and store it away.

4.) With all the buying you need to have a good system for organizing. Each of my kids have 3 “extra bins” going at all times with 3 sizes up from their current. The tubs are clear and I use post its to mark the size on the outside. As soon as I buy something new, I go and put it in the correct size bin. Once that bin is filled to the brim, I know I need to stop with that size.

5.) LAYER! My son wears button down shirts almost everyday. I pair his shirts under sweaters for a preppy look or rolled under t-shirts for a more hipster look. He even wears his button downs in the summer with shorts. I can make them last longer this way too. Sleeves are too short? Doesn’t matter because they are rolled anyways. Same goes for my little girl. If I buy dresses for her I’m not at all concerned with the season.  She can pretty much wear any dress in colder weather just by adding tights and a cardigan.

6.) DO NOT treat carters as a one stop shop!! Sure they have adorable little getups but every toddler on the block wears them. Mix and match brands for a more authentic look.

7.) Invest in a few nice pairs of shoes. As kids get older its hard to buy shoes second hand. I use the money I save in other areas to buy my kids a couple of pairs of nice shoes because they last longer.

8.) Shop all over! You’d be surprised what you can find at Kohls, Meijer, H&M, even Salvation Army. I am literally always scanning the kid’s departments for cool items for my kids.

9.) Instagram. There is a whole community on IG that buys and sells new and used kid’s clothes. The moms out there are very fashion forward and inspire a lot of my outfits. I have bought a ton of cute second hand items from moms on IG!

10.) Last tip, and probably my number one rule I live by? Dress them like a mini adult!! I always ask myself “would my husband wear this?” If the answer is no, then I won’t put my son in it!

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**follow my instagram account @bestdressedbabes for plenty of clothing ideas!

Dude, wait for it.

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I’m convinced my children’s generation will no longer understand the meaning of the word wait.  My son literally expects to wait for nothing.  In his world everything happens (or should) in an instant.  For example as soon as we get in the car it never fails “Timber!! Timber!! I want Timber!!” After I ignore his impolite request then I get “Please mumma, can I have some Timber?”.  I try to tell him that Timber isn’t on the radio at that moment, we need to WAIT for it to come on.  “Just play it on your phone”.  And just like that my son will never know what it used to be like when you had to catch your favorite song on the radio.  Oh really, you want Timber?  Give me .03 seconds and it’s on my man.  Want it played 10 times in a row?  Anything for you.

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Same goes for TV.  Growing up we had to come in from outside at a specific time if we wanted to catch Doug aka Quail Man’s latest adventures.  AND wait for it… sit through commercials?!?!?!  What’s a commercial?  Every single day Ari needs to watch Mickey Mouse and lucky for him I have 10 episodes dvr’d at all times so when he says “Meeska, Mouska, Mickey MOUSE” its on in .02 seconds flat.  Oh yea and he has to have a fruit snack while he watches.  He doesn’t understand how he can watch Mickey without them.

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Don’t even get me started on how the video monitor now works to his advantage.  Sometimes he reminds me of Will Pharrell in Wedding Crashers “MOMMMMM, turn the camera” “MOM! Bring me my baby” “MOM!! Sing me Twinkle Twinkle THROUGH the camera”.  This dude knows we are there on the other end and if we want him to stay in his bed we are going to do whatever he asks us to do. Immediately.

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I can’t blame the little man for his behavior, though.  I’m the one that’s fueling his fire.  But, after listening to Timber entirely too many times recently, I am on a mission to teach him the meaning of the word wait.  I’m starting with dinner.  Every night we sit and eat dinner as a family, and if he wants to get down for whatever reason he has concocted, I’ve decided he’s going to learn to wait.  This week I have given him 2 choices when he’s finished 1.  sit and talk with us and just wait or 2. read a book at the table while the rest of us finish.  He’s chosen the book each time and you know what?  He has been learning to “wait” for the rest of us.

Hands Down { Teacher Gift }

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Love is in the air….ALREADY?!  Man OH Man it just seems like we are busy shuffling from one holiday to the next.  Christmas is finally ALL put away around here and now Valentine’s Day is just over a week away!!  With our busy schedules during the week I didn’t want the holiday to sneak up on me so I decided to get a jump on some gifts for the kids’ teachers.  I decided to do something simple this year and I am super happy with the results!

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I found these adorable printable gift tags at Eighteen25’s Blog and knew I wanted to find something that would fit the theme.  The kids and I headed over to Bath & Bodyworks one afternoon and we settled on hand soap. {You could also use hand lotion or hand sanitizer to fit the theme as well!}  The cashier was super friendly and when I told her these were a gift she gave me free ribbon as well! Yes!!

Next I traced Ari’s hand on a scrap piece of cardstock to use a template for the hand cutouts.  I used the template to trace his hand several times on a large piece of black cardstock.

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That was probably the hardest part of the entire project! Next I added a little piece of scrapbook tape to the back of the hand so it would stay sticking out behind the gift tag.  Finally I signed the kids’ names and tied them up with my free ribbon.  Super easy gift and everyone can use a fresh new hand soap!!!

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