Top 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would share my top 5 Father’s Day gift ideas for that special guy we call Daddy.

Whether it’s chasing away scary monsters from under the bed, knowing how to demonstrate the perfect pillow fight, or preparing some majorly awesome pancakes…we LOVE our dads!

If your guy is not a huge fan of wallets, then look no further than the amazing selection of money clips from M-Clip.

Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas - Limited Edition Beatles Money Clip from M-Clip

Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas - Team Stripes money clip from M-Clip

Y’all these money clips are seriously amazing. My husband absolutely loves them! M-Clip has a huge selection too. You can pick anything from Team Stripes, to Mother of Pearl, and even leather. These money clips make a great Father’s Day gift!

Let’s face it…sometimes even dads need a break. These loungewear pants by Tommy John are perfect for those times dad needs to kick back and relax.

Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas

Y’all these Second Skin Lounge Pants are no joke! I mean silky buttery soft! A word of caution…you may want to order 2 pairs, because you seriously may be stealing one for yourself. 😉

For the professional on the go dads, a briefcase from Saddleback Leather is a perfect Father’s Day gift idea!

Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas

I am going to be honest here, and tell you this is definitely an investment piece. But, I can say this bag is seriously amazing!

It has a hidden compartment in the bag to hold passports or documents. It also can double as a backpack, and can fit a ton of stuff in it. And the occasional wear and tear on the bag adds character to it, so no one needs to freak out if it gets scuffed up a bit. This bag will also last FOREVER…which is a win win in my book!

So have we all embraced the fact that beards are back, and here to stay? If your husband is like mine, you better get used to it!

Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas

The Forest Floor Herbal Beard Oil by DoubleNApothecary is a must have for those dads rocking their beards. It’s nourishing for the skin, and smells great too!

And because who doesn’t need a good stiff drink every now and again…can I get an AMEN?!?

Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas

This On the Rocks Glass also comes with an ice ball mold. I have been told many times that the round ice is amazing, and is perfect for sipping on some whiskey!

So let’s all be sure to give a big hug and high fives to the Dads in our lives, and show them how much we love them!

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Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

We have all been there. Your new, sweet, amazingly wonderful baby wakes up several times during the night. As a mommy, especially a new mommy, you are completely exhausted and let’s face it…frustrated.

You love this child fiercely, but my goodness how nice it would be if they would just SLEEP! And we all know mama needs her some sleep too!

Y’all I’m so excited to introduce you to Pachi Parra. She is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, and I am happy to have her do a guest post for us today.

Pachi is also super duper sweet, and has served as a nanny for many years. She has the expertise and patience to answer any questions you may have. Pachi is also offering a free 15 minute consultation with us mommies!

Gift of sleep

Why won’t my baby sleep?

I bet you often ask this question. Maybe even in a sweet voice, or  in a pleading voice,maybe in an angry voice, but no matter how many times you asked, if you are reading this you probably never got the answer.

You may feel like you can not take it anymore. Your baby just would not stay asleep and you hit rock bottom, exhausted from waking up multiple times every night and having to soothe him back to sleep.

When our babies don’t sleep well, we tend to look for an explanation. We think it might be teething or gas. We worry that she’s too small and she needs to eat in the night, or he’s too big and he needs to eat more or he won’t feel full. The list goes on and on.

Are any of these explanations the real truth? Sometimes. But barring those times when your child has a burning fever or a new tooth coming in, the real reason most babies won’t sleep or stay asleep is that they just haven’t learned how.

We all have strategies that help us make the journey into sleep each night. We have bedtime routines that we tend to do without really thinking about it, and we do these things because they help us transition from the busyness of our day to a restful sleep.

Most of us have a favorite position on the bed that we turn to when we feel sleep about to come. Some of us need a glass of water beside the bed, some need white noise or music, others can’t sleep without the window open. Some need a cup of herbal tea, and some have to read for ten minutes…Whatever the differences might be, these are all sleep strategies, and without them we’d have trouble drifting off.

The same goes for babies. Many parents who haven’t developed a sleeping strategy for their babies will complain that their child can only fall asleep with the bottle, or while breastfeeding, or while being rocked or patted.

While this might be true, the trouble is, by offering these props, parents are creating a situation where their babies are dependent on something external to help them sleep. And that’s why they don’t sleep well.

Night waking is very common in babies who have not learned to sleep properly and are relying on a prop. When they wake up and the prop isn’t there to put them back to sleep, they have to wake up fully and cry in order to be soothed back to sleep. It’s not personal, Mom and Dad… they haven’t made it their personal mission to wake you up ten times a night. They just have no idea how to go to sleep without your help.

Luckily there is hope. There are lots of ways to give your child the tools she needs to be able to sleep independently, even from a very young age. Babies are capable of sleeping through the night, and learning those skills young will help make bedtimes and nighttime relatively hassle-free.

A well-rested child is a happier, healthier child. And a well-rested parent is healthier and happier too!

Pachi

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If you would like to know more about HOW to give your child the tools I mentioned about and give YOURSELF the gift of sleep, schedule now your FREE 15 minutes evaluation call HERE: https://calendly.com/pachiconsultant/free_evaluation

or email me at pachi@pachiconsultant.com

I want to say a big thank you to Pachi! I hope this helps to ease your mind and anxiety about why your baby might not be sleeping through the night.

Much love to you mamas, and know that you got this! XO

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Unique Wedding Gifts For Every Budget- #FridayFavorites

We will be heading to a wedding in a few short weeks, and it got me thinking. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of weddings during the summer months.

Now, I’m going to be honest…sometimes I go straight to the registry, but I think that it can be really fun to do something totally unique.

I remember when my husband and I were planning our registry I knew exactly what I wanted. I was so incredibly grateful for all of the gifts that we received, but some of the most memorable gifts were not off of our registry.

I am one of those people that really like to find the ‘perfect’ gift. I enjoy the thrill of finding that unique, one of a kind thing, that the couple will just LOVE! I’m telling you …I am a real thrill seeker! 😉

So, I thought I would share with you some of the wedding gifts that I am majorly crushing on right now!

The Love Is pillow by Tori Tissell.

This pillow is so sweet, and has the classic 1 Corinthians 13 verses printed on it. I think it makes for a lovely, and heart felt gift for the happy couple.

Another unique gift is this framed wedding vows, or first dance lyrics by GraceStone Designs.

I really like the simplicity of this, and the wording and frame can be customized. I think this would make a great gift, and I know it would warm my heart to pass by it in my home daily.

If you know an adventurous couple that loves to travel, this Scratch Off Travel Map by The MapLab will make the perfect gift.

I think this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! It comes with the map covered in gold foil. The couple then scratches off the places they have visited, and beneath is a beautifully detailed and colorful map. How neat!

If the couple loves to entertain, how about these adorable appetizer forks by CrosbyandTaylor?

I love the organic design of these, and they are so eye catching. These are so perfectly adorable I just might have to grab some for myself!

And for that social media savvy couple, I think this Instagram Photo Book By Artifact Uprising are just about the coolest thing ever!

I think this is a great way to ‘merge’ the couple’s worlds into one, and it makes a fantastic coffee table book!

What are some of your favorite wedding gifts to give, or that you received? Do you like to stick with the registry, or think outside of the box? Share your thoughts with me! XO

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Rock Your Mommy Bathing Suit

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You may have seen the hilarious video of the lovely ladies at imomsohard showing the horrific bathing suit options for moms. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go watch it now…don’t worry I’ll wait.

Okay, this video seriously had me laughing so hard I was crying!

I agree with ev.er.y.th.ing in this video!

Let me say, if you can sport that string bikini, or side cut outs…please do! But, this mama CANNOT!

I am a big believer in loving the body you are in, and setting a good example for my children.

Me not loving my thighs IS NOT going to keep me from splashing in the water with my kiddos! Trust me, they aren’t going to remember my not so perfect body, but will remember the fun we had as a family. 🙂

With that being said, I still want some cute, fun, and practical bathing suit options. I mean I may have two rambunctious children, who have added very heavy bags under my eyes, and I am a total hot mess express 99% of the time, BUT I can still work it with the best of them!

I thought I would share with you some of my top picks to rock that bathing suit this summer!

I absolutely love this Bathing Beauty One Piece, do you?

Rock Your Mommy Bathing Suit

This emerald green is beyond gorgeous, and I love the coverage. It also has kind of a vintage vibe, which I think is very retro chic. This suit comes in a variety of sizes, so ladies of all shapes and sizes can rock this look!

Check out this adorable floral one piece.

Rock Your Mommy Bathing Suit

I am loving this floral print, I think it is sweetly feminine. This suit also has good coverage, and comes in multiple sizes.

I am loving this vibrant tankini.

I think it is bright, lovely, and just screams summer! I would definitely wear this suit!

If you are into sporting a two piece, I think this suit is amazing!

Rock Your Mommy Bathing Suit

This has a really neat design, and support for the girls…which let’s face it some of us really need! 😉

For the love of gingham, I just can’t even! This has got to be one of my absolute favs!

Rock Your Mommy Bathing Suit

Great coverage, and has that vintage feel! I am crushing on this so hard!

Again ladies, be fearless and love the body you have! Don’t waste any precious memories with those kiddos!

What are some of your favorite bathing suits? Are you more of a one piece or two piece gal? Leave me a comment below!

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Grocery Shopping Game Changer

Okay confession time…I HATE grocery shopping! I know, I know…this was a deep dark secret held close to the vest for a very long time. But then I started talking with other moms, and guess what ALOT of them HATE it too!

Don’t get me wrong, I used to love to walk the aisles, take in all of the beautiful produce, sweetly smell each delicious fruit. Sweet memories! Now it’s a whirlwind of grabby hands, silent prayers that my children do not have a complete meltdown, rushing through the aisles with lightning speed, and inevitably forgetting something because I am just trying to make it through the chaos unscathed. Seriously, I feel the anxiety of a shopping trip just typing this! #Momhood

Well, let me tell you, I have discovered a total game changer! Kroger ClickList!!! (Insert angels singing a beautiful chorus)

Y’all this is genuinely the best thing ever for grocery shopping. You simply place your order online, select a pick up time, and the lovely employees bring it to your car! What?!?

You mean I don’t have to take my wonderfully crazed children into the store? You mean I can order my groceries from the convenience of my own home? You mean I don’t have to put groceries in my car, while simultaneously figuring out the best way load the kiddos, and dodge that car that ALWAYS wants the parking spot next to mine while all of my car doors are open? Yes!

Here is how it works:

Kroger ClickList will cost you a $5 charge for the service. I firmly believe this is well worth the cost, but still wanted to share. 🙂

First you will need to Sign In or Register an account with Kroger.

Next, you will need to find your store. Then, you will select ClickList.

Select all of the items that you need, and add them to your cart. There are over 40,000 items to select from, and searching for them is very user friendly. Also, the more you use ClickList you will have your most frequently purchased items listed for you!

Another great feature of ClickList, is that the website allows you to leave notes on any of your items. For instance, I want to purchase avocados, but I won’t be using them immediately. The website allows me to leave a note, stating that I would like the avocados to not be too ripe.

Once you are finished, you will select your pick up date and time, and submit your order. Another great feature of ClickList is that if you forget something, you will have until midnight the day before your pick up to make any updates. Isn’t that awesome?

Now you just wait for your pick up time, and then head to Kroger. There will be a special ClickList section of parking spaces. Pull into a space, and then call the number listed. The lovely employee will bring your groceries, and you will pay for them at that time.

As a very busy mommy I am always looking for tips and tricks to help ease my load. Kroger ClickList has genuinely saved me so much time, and removed all dread from my life of going grocery shopping! It has also taken away impulse shopping, because I’m not actually in the store with all of the shiny things staring at me…we see you M&M’s!

Let me know if you try the ClickList service, and if you love it as much as I do!

XOXO

 

 

#FridayFavorites – This Mommy’s Must Haves For The Beach

It is starting to get H-O-T outside, and that means one thing…Summer is coming.

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With the upcoming summer season I thought it would be fun to focus on some of my favorite beach themed #FridayFavorites. I am really excited about this list, and hope that you enjoy it too! So, let’s dive in! (Pun totally intended 😉 )

One of my beach must-have’s is a beach caddy stake. If you have never heard of them, they are an absolutely ingenious invention of a one stop beverage, phone, and sunglass holder that you spike into the sand.

Y’all, they are seriously amazing! So simple, but a total game changer. No longer do you have to worry about your drink spilling or rolling, and no sand getting into your phone.

You can get your hands on one of these amazing caddy stakes here.

I need to take a time out to admit that I love Pottery Barn Kids…I mean like obsession level love Pottery Barn Kids! Please tell me that I am not alone…no really please so I can convince my husband that I am in fact not the only one!

I #lovemyPBK for so many reasons, but staying on the beach topic, have you seen their beach towels? I mean, come on!!! So stinking cute!

Since PB Kids is super awesome, you can even personalize the towels with your precious kiddo’s name! They have a ton of perfectly sweet and cute options, so shop your heart out.


We all need sunscreen to keep our skin protected from those rays. When it comes to my babes I really try to do my research on what will work best, and have the safest ingredients for our family. Here are some of my favorites.

California Baby Super Sensitive SPF +30 Sunscreen Fragrance Free

This sunscreen is thick, so you only need a little, and it truly is fragrance free. I absolutely love its coverage, and it is great for the whole family.

Sunology Kid’s and Baby Safe Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

I seriously love this sunscreen! It is super safe for the whole family, and has excellent coverage. It is also fragrance free, and works great with sensitive skin…which is perfect for my little girl’s super sensitive skin.

What are some of your beach time favorites? I would love to hear from you, so please share!  Leave me a comment below!

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