Friday Favorites; A Taste of Fall

The past week has been an unexpected taste of Fall and I’m not complaining. We finally turned the AC off, opened our windows, put on hoodies, and started fully embraced all things pumpkin.

I’m so excited to be linking up with other bloggers for Friday Favorites!

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On Monday I grabbed the babes from daycare and we did a little pumpkin shopping. Pumpkin spice anything is a favorite for me! I just love this time of year so much!

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…speaking of all things pumpkin. I’m counting down the days until the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I saw this on Instagram and loved it.

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We took our family photos this past week and as usual I am in love. I’ll share more of the pics later but our photographer Kathy Davies is one of my favorites. She’s been taking our pictures since Ari was a baby and I just how she interacts with the kids and always captures great memories for us.

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Last weekend we hit up a local fair. Cowboy boots with her Matilda Jane?! A new favorite for sure!

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We are about to embark on a road trip to Virginia for my sister in law’s wedding. The babes are standing up and I cannot get over how much of a gentleman Ari looks like. This burlap bow tie from Country Couture is def a favorite.

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The Harper tunic from Matilda Jane and a matching bow from Bow Kay!

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…and I can’t forget about Fall favorites for ME!… I have this scarf & shirt coming and I cannot wait! They are going to make the perfect pair this Fall!  Don’t forget to use code “bestdressedbabes” over at Fresh Apparel for free shipping on any order!

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They See Me Rolling { Double Stroller Tips }

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I’m in a few “mom” support groups on Facebook and I cannot tell you how often we talk about double strollers. Do I need one? Should I get a tandem? What about side by side? Does it have to be compatible with my infant seat?

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My babes are 22 months apart and for us a double stroller was 100% needed. There wasn’t any way shape or form I was going to let my 22 month old walk for any extended period of time.

After researching and hunting for nine months we decided on the Britax B-Agile double stroller. The side by side style seemed most suitable for us and it folded up so small!

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I opted to not use a car seat convertor for my double stroller and here is my reasoning…

First, the convertor was an additional $70+. I thought that was outrageous! Second I tested out the convertor bar in the store and just didn’t feel like it was a good fit. It made the stroller seem a lot bulkier and I didn’t want to have to take the bar in and out each time I used my stroller. Instead I got this newborn insert and put Giada in the stroller completely flat.

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A few tips for you to decide.

1. Acutally test out the stollers! I went to Buy Buy Baby several times before I made my final decision and walked around the store with each model I was considering. I found that the tandem strollers were a lot harder to maneuver vs the side by side strollers.

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2. Check out the storage situation. The Britax B-Agile double had easy access to the basket from the front!! So when my diaper bag was hanging I could easily get underneath!

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3. Consider if the canopy’s are individual or one large shade. You might want your infant covered, but your toddler will have other plans.

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4. Practice folding the stroller closed and fitting it in your vehicle. Buy Buy Baby is great about that and will let you! Some strollers are very large when folded and don’t fit easily in trunks.

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5. Consider buying second hand! We’ve used ours for 2 summers and are just about done with it. It’s in mint condition so I’m sure other’s will be as well!

Happy Stroller Shopping!

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Blue Cheese Chicken Wrap

 IMG_7884   It’s { almost } time for back to school!! Summer is coming to a screeching halt and it’s time for the babes to head back to school! For me that means the return of packing lunches. Womp Womp. During the school year things are very hectic in the morning and I leave the house super early. There is NO time to be playing around with lunches in the morning so I make everything the night before.

This wrap is perfect for mom & dad anddddd your babes! I can’t say enough good things about it! The flavors combine so well and it is a great make-the-night-before lunch! I would have never thought to throw an apple in a wrap, but it adds the perfect sweetness & crisp.

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Ingredients:

Diced Chicken, 1 Tablespoon of Cream Cheese, 1 Tablespoon of Blue Cheese, Whole wheat tortilla, Half of a Granny Smith Apple chopped

In a microwavable bowl combine the blue cheese and the cream cheese. Microwave for 20 seconds until the sauce has a creamy texture. Spread this on your tortilla and then add the rest of the ingredients.

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Roll it up and wrap in plastic wrap!!!

A few { time saving } tips!!

Pre portion chicken in small bags from Target (this is a great job for little hands)! I use this chicken for salads, wraps, nachos, etc. I always check the nutrition and figure out exactly how many 100 calorie servings I have and then divide accordingly. It’s a great portion control!

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Toss a little lemon juice on your diced apple to prevent it from browning!

There you have it! I hope you { and your babes } love it!

 

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