Friday Favorites : Holiday Weekend Edition

     So it’s been a short week here because of the holiday and I’m not complaining!

I’m linking up with Momfessionals to share my Friday Favorites. Last weekend -the official kick off to summer- we spent it at the lake with family and friends. Ari is obsessed. It truly is a magical place for him and this year to top it off? His best friend spent the weekend with us too!

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One of my favorites this summer? My Traverse with captain’s chairs! Last summer I had a Journey and had to strategically pack to fit our belongings, a cooler, and leave room for this 80lb big boy. This year Breslin can fit in between the two captain’s chairs and that allows us to use the ENTIRE back for packing!

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Sunshine & a Beach! As soon as we got to the cottage the kids suited up and headed straight to the water. It’s so amazing what a difference a year can make. Last year Giada wasn’t walking and now this year she’s right out there with Ari & Bres!

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Bon fires with your bestie! Like I said earlier Ari’s best friend’s family joined us for the weekend and it was so cute to watch them enjoy the fire!

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One more cottage favorite: the pontoon boat! When we are at the cottage we typically take a ride after dinner each night. I think Ari likes relaxing on the back just a little?

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A new favorite for Giada? The mini Frappuccino from Starbucks! Her speech teacher recommended having her drink shakes or smoothies through a straw to strengthen her mouth muscles. This was the perfect size for her as mom perused Target.

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Another favorite for Giada & me? This silicon teething necklace Trendy Baby Mama. Little miss is getting in her 2 year molars and has been a drooling mess. This is perfect for me to wear when she’s being clingy and let her chomp away. Like any chocking hazard this is intended to be used with supervision only.

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Speaking of 2 year old molars Giada is turning 2 in ONE WEEK! She took some photos last week with Birdy Boutique and I cannot get over how adorable they turned out. Birdy Boutique is offering FREE mini photo sessions (with a purchase). Michigan moms, you MUST take advantage of this! See details here.

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My current favorite Matilda Jane combo? This Love Bug knot top and landscape ruffles! OMG I can’t get enough!

 

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I think Ari hit a growth spurt because all of a sudden nothing was fitting him. I stocked up on some summer tees and tanks from Old Navy and couldn’t believe the deals I got using my gap card rewards + their offer at the time +free shipping.  This whole order averaged $5 an item!

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Last favorite is for me!! I decided to embrace the humidity and wear my hair curly. I typically straighten it each day so this has been a HUGE timesaver for me. This year I started to use salt spray before using my diffuser to blow dry and it’s been SO easy to do! My favorite salt spray is this one.

 

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Happy Friday everyone!

 

 

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You are the Key to my Success { Teacher Gift }

I cannot believe how packed our schedule is from now until the end of the school year! Seriously May is Cray. In order to get “ahead” of the game I organized Ari’s end of the year teacher gifts today on my lunch hour! I love throwing together simple (and useful!) gifts that don’t take me forever to assemble.

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I got these super cute lanyards from Trendy Stop on Etsy and they are the cutest ever! This shop has so many different colors, patterns, and has the fastest turnaround time!

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The lanyards arrived SO fast and had easy open clips on the end. I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate normal key rings. It never fails that I mess my nails up on them!

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I also picked up some Starbucks gift cards to add to the lanyard and used a hole punch so I could attach them.

Hint: make sure not to punch through the barcode!

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Ta Da! Now what teacher couldn’t use an extra lanyard & a gift card to Starbucks?

Last, every gift needs a card! I made a quick personalized little card on my favorite app ever; A Beautiful Mess (if you don’t have it, get it!) and sent it to be printed at Walgreens via their app. Less than an hour later they were ready to go!IMG_8281  I added a “From Ari” to our cards but left this blank in case anyone wanted to borrow it! Printing to Walgreens from your phone is so convenient and easy! Give it a try!

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There you have it! A teacher gift in under and hour!

Go order your lanyards from Trendy Stop and tell her I sent you!

In case you wanted some other Teacher Gift ideas here are some others I have done:

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Friday Favorites: May is Cray

I cannot believe how crazy our May is this year! Between soccer 2 nights a week, speech & gymnastics for Giada, weekends away at the cottage, and trying to prepare for the kids’ birthday party we are super busy!

I’m linking up with Momfessionals to share my favorites this week!

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Muffins with Mom! Our daycare is just precious and hosted a breakfast for the moms. I loved being able to join the babes for muffins!

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Mother’s Day was spent at one of my favorite place ever; Cherry Creek! We had our wedding & baby showers here and the food is phenomenal. It was so nice to just wake up and go out to a fancy breakfast!

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Giada started gymnastics this month and I’m pretty sure I have died and gone to heaven. Growing up I was a cheerleader and loved gymnastics. (Hey I can even still do a backhandspring!) This is her first “organized” activity and she is loving the one on one time.

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Instead of investing in a leotard right away I decided to get her some “work out” clothes from Old Navy. Little girl yoga pants? OMG.

Check out their “activewear” selection. There are some great deals right now!

Little man started outdoor soccer this past week and seeing his excitement is one of my favorite things ever.  I thought his cheeks were going to hurt at the end of his first practice because he was smiling so much.

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Matching pearl necklaces from AK’s Hidden Gems?! Perfect addition to our Mother’s Day ensembles! We got so many compliments!

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As far as hairbows go, I tend to get on kicks putting Giada in certain styles.  Now that she is getting older (she will be 2 in less than a month!), I’ve become obessed with these giant flowers from Bow Kay. They are the perfect headband to jazz up any outfit!

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On the agenda this weekend!? Installing our swing set! I cannot wait! Make sure you are following on instagram for updates! @bestdressedbabes

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Bright Design Studios

  I’m so excited to share this shop with all of you!! Not only does Bright Design Studios make stuff for the babes, they also make stuff for us moms too! I found this shop a few weeks back when I was looking for some personalized plastic plates.

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I just loved all the bright colors and designs they had to offer! We went with a floral pattern for Giada and a batman one for Ari. When they arrived I was very impressed with how vibrant the colors were!

The babes LOVED the plates! Instead of the same ole plates, these jazz up our dinnertime!

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Not only do the plates look cute, but they are made of break resistant, durable melamine and are 10 inches in diameter! Thay left plenty of room for a full dinner without anything touching. I put these to the test and sent them through the dishwasher several times. They looks as good as new still!

Sometimes kids these days have SO many toys and clothes I just don’t know what to buy for birthday gifts….these would make a GREAT personalized gift for a little one! Head over to etsy to browse the many designs offered. If there isn’t something exactly as you like Bright Design Studio offers custom options as well!

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Check out all these other great options! Platters, plates, placemats…..and for Mama- Cosmetic Bags!

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FullSizeRender4 I was so PUMPED to get these cosmetic bags with my monogram on them!  They were SO much larger than I expected and again the colors were so vibrant!

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These bags are the PERFECT gift. Think moms, teachers, graduates…what lady wouldn’t want a cute new monogrammed cosmetic bag?! I would absolutely love to get one of these as a gift!

Make sure you are following Bright Design Studios on Facebook for discount codes AND a special giveaway coming later this week!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Babes! I don’t know about you but I am SO ready for this weekend! I’m linking up with Momfessionals again this week sharing my Friday favorites!

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It seems like we’ve spent a lot of time at the Wolcott Mill Farm this Spring. They are always hosting events and the babes LOVE it there! Ari’s preschool all went to the Babies, Babies, Babies day and we had so much fun.

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 Giada just loved all the animals. She wasn’t afraid at all and just got right in there to check them out!

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I got these monogrammed cosmetic bags rom Bright Design Studio and I am IN LOVE. I can’t believe how large they are and how much I can fit in them! The colors are so bright and I can’t wait to fill them up with lots of goodies. These would make a PERFECT gift. I’m thinking Mother’s Day, end of the year teacher gift, or even a highschool graduation gift! What incoming freshman girl wouldn’t want one of these?! Go check out her etsy shop, there are lots of other goodies there!

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I’m not a huge fan of sweet drinks, so Summer Shandy isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But Grapefruit Shandy?! OMG. It is the perfect combination of tart and sweet and is SO refreshing on a warm day. I highly recommend it!   IMG_6077Our pics are IN and I am in full fledge party planning mode! I met with Bethany from The Paper Prince this week and I cannot wait for this Luau to happen!

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Taco Salad. I don’t think I need to say more. Not only is it a favorite for Mike and I, but now we got Giada on the Taco Salad wagon.  It’s a perfect weeknight dinner and lunch for the next day!

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Last weekend we went to our family cottage but the weather was a little chilly for us to play outside. We had no cell service, no internet, and no TV….SO we found a new FAVORITE activity; COLORING! I forgot how much I loved coloring. It doesn’t get much better than a fresh coloring book and a brand new box of crayons!

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Target has out their Patriotic gear! So of course this mama had to get Memorial Day outfits ready! How cute are these getups?

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Last, don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY going on Facebook for this adorable set of pacifier clips from Trendy Stop!

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