Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dressing Toddler Boys for Easter.

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Target-nesia: The fog your brain immediately enters upon walking into a Target. It is often responsible for causing you to walk out with far more purchases than you intended, sometimes forgetting the single item you initially walked in for.

I fall victim to Target-nesia every single time I shop at Target. I'd like to say that coffee mugs and candles spontaneously jump into my cart every time I'm there but sadly, even my husband didn't fall for that one.  

My latest trip to Target was no exception, although I was quite proud of myself for walking away with exactly what I was looking for (and then some): stylish, coordinating and irresistibly cute Easter outfits for my boys, the middle little and littlest little. 

I also walked out with some kettle corn, k-cups, two new candles and a frame for our entryway gallery wall, but that is neither here nor there. It's just that Target is so darn convenient when it comes to finding great values for my home and my family and this last trip did not disappoint. 

If you were to map my usual jaunt through Target, it would look a lot like this: Starbucks for a latte then immediately over to the sunglasses and handbags. Conveniently, the work out clothes are just behind the sunnies and it's only natural that I swing through there. Sometimes I'll get distracted by a dress in the Juniors section and have to make a detour but then I'm certain I hear a pair of shoes calling my name. 

Luckily, Target Baby backs right up to the shoe aisles and this is typically where I spend most of my time. If nobody is melting down, I swing past the end caps filled with coffee mugs and then down along the beauty section. If everyone is really on their best behavior, I'll peruse the home decor aisles, specifically for poufs and window treatments because I love me a good Target curtain panel. 

But Target Baby, oh how you slay me. Seersucker suits and bow ties and boat shoes, oh my. Shopping for toddler boy's clothes makes this mom's job of dressing her baby boys simple, fun and most importantly, ridiculously adorable. 

For specific outfit links plus an entirely different, more casual (and coordinating) Easter ensemble (and additional ridiculously adorable pictures of the boys), head over here!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

BJ's Wholesale Club? More Like Mom's No. 1 Shopping Hub

With the birth of each baby, it's no secret that I've had less and less time to leave the house and run multiple errands throughout the course of the day. Long gone are the days where I could seamlessly flit between stores all across town, crossing errand after errand from my perfectly penned list.

Now, with three kids in tow, I practically have to start getting ready to leave the house the night before and that's only for one errand, let alone multiple, especially when you take into consideration the donning of not only shoes AND socks but also winter coats AND jackets. 

Flitting all over town to run errands would look a lot different today than it did four years ago. Not only would it look different but it would also take all the live long day and several hundred potty and snack breaks to accomplish. 
Shortly after baby number three was born, I was lucky if I remembered to change out of my pajamas before heading to the store, much less having remembered to pen the perfect list and take it along with me.

Baby Number Three 
Nowadays I'm all about precision: making the most of my time and making the least amount of stops all the while picking up the most amounts of things I need to keep the house running as cohesively as possible. This is where BJ's Wholesale Club makes my life as a busy mom of three, dare I say, easy.  

When it comes to buying all the great brands we love and trust to keep our family happy and healthy, it's BJ's to the rescue. I now have a year-long membership, thanks to BJ's Wholesale Club, and I'm so grateful for the convenience that the club offers. From baby necessities and grocery fresh produce to health, beauty and household items, there's plenty to stock up and save on and it's all under one roof. 

Can you say Mother's Dream Sequence? Shopping at BJ's is kind of like "You Carry the Baby and BJ's will Carry Everything Else." If only BJ's could babysit, too.

"You have a baby... in a BJ's!" 

Even without the draw of margaritas and childcare services (a girl can dream, right?), BJ's is our number one one-stop shopping mecca for everyday essentials such as Pampers diapers and wipes (did you know BJ's carries Pamper's Sensitive Swaddlers in sizes 2, 3 and 4?), TidePods (my absolute favorite little pod of happy that not only has detergent, but also a stain remover and brightener in one pac), Venus Swirl razors (the only razor to include "Flexiball" technology for maximum contact and a close shave, and with spring right around the corner, it's time I start de-winterizing my legs) as well as Bounty paper towels (the only paper towel strong enough to handle the messes of our three tiny-but-big mess makers).

We love BJ's Wholesale Club so much that the next time you're stumped when it comes to choosing a shower gift for the Mom Who Might Have It All? I strongly urge you to consider buying her a membership to BJ's. Seriously. Not only will she be able to pick up family essentials quickly and easily but as the kids get older she could effortlessly feed them lunch and a snack from all of the free samples they give out. 

It's a win-win all around! 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Field Mom. It's Like a Stage Mom, But Outdoors.

Last Spring we dipped our toes into the world of recreational kiddie sports. Or, rather, I should say that my husband dipped his toes into the world of recreational kiddie sports, more specifically, tot-soccer. 

When tot-soccer began, I was grotesquely pregnant and not necessarily in a position to sit on a lawn chair on the sidelines, nor was I able to take on the responsibility of chasing our then-two-year-old all over God's creation while his brother, at 4, played some semblance of an organized sport. 

After every game, if you could even call them that, I would laugh comfortably from my seat on the couch as my husband would tell me stories of passionate sideline parents, tiny discombobulated players and games that seemed to play on forever. While Carter loved playing soccer last year, this year he wanted to try something different and that's when we took the liberty of signing him up for t-ball. 

As a parent I feel like there are so many milestones to get excited about but seeing my baby pick up a glove and talk about his "baseball mitten" is one of the most exciting yet. I guess you could say I'm the boy-mom equivalent to a Stage Mom. As in, it's totally acceptable to show up to his first ball practice wearing a t-shirt with his name on the back, right? And maybe a giant button with his face on it as well?

Shortly after we got the email informing us that he's been assigned to the team "The Bats," (it's still unclear whether we're talking about the flying kind or the piece of baseball equipment), we ventured out to pick up the necessary items we would need to get him started. A variety of t-balls, a baseball tee, a helmet with a face mask, athletic shoes, two bats (one of the foam variety appropriate for a two and a half year old little brother) and two "baseball mittens" later, we were ready to hit the field. 

And by field I meant neighborhood basketball court. 

In my former life, I played softball for seven years. I started off as the right fielder picking daisies (literally) on my town's rec team "The Blue Bison," and ended my career as the starting pitcher for my high school's freshman softball team. Baseball is in my blood and as my boys get older, it's already evident that there's things they love that I'm absolutely clueless about. The distance that separates us in that sense will only get larger- so for now? We bond over baseball. Mittens included

(If anyone tries to tell my two and a half year that it's NOT a baseball mitten, I'll punch them in the face). 

On what can only be described as the quintessential second day of Spring (we're ignoring the melting snow in the background, a product of the real first day of Spring), we ventured out as a fit family of five to impart parental wisdom in the form of proper stance and fielding techniques. 

Perhaps we still have a little work to do. Although it has already been decided that I'm totally going to be that passionate sideline parent. As evidenced by the look on my face during our very first "practice." 

If you ask the boys, their sudden athletic talent stems from their cool new kicks from Rack Room Shoes. The minute my 2.5 year old slipped into his mega-awesome (his words, not mine) "Minja Ninja Turtle" sneakers, he was immediately transformed into a bad-guy-fighting, base-running, ball-catching machine. He also thought he could display his brand new ninja moves in the house which quickly bought those new sneakers a special place atop our refrigerator for a few days. Lesson learned.

All the while, my 4.5 year old couldn't run the bases fast enough, showing off his super-amazing light up TMNT sneakers. Oh yes, I said light up. Cross that off the list of "things I swore my children would never wear." 

Lesson learned here? Never say never.

As for me and my husband, his sweet pair of Asics Runners (the only pair of athletic shoes he will wear) as well as my super-fun and awesomely-bright pair of Nike FS Lite Run sneakers, gave us just what we needed: the comfort and capability to run after our own mini t-ball team. 

Whether we're hitting the pavement together for an evening run or chasing the boys around the yard, we can always count on Rack Room Shoes to offer comfortable, on-trend footwear for the entire family. After all, just because we're parents doesn't mean we have to sacrifice our sense of style! 

For a family of five (whaaaat, five!!), footwear can get expensive. Rack Room Shoes is known for it's every day "Buy One Get One 50% off" promotion on all styles which makes the process of buying sneakers for everyone just a little bit less painful. Not to mention the Rack Room Rewards program that allows customers simple, instant savings on shoes for the whole family.

Even the littlest member of our family threw on a fresh pair of infant Nike athletic shoes to join in on the family fun. 

With three boys in the house, I know that there will be many, many years of t-ball, tot-soccer and maybe even a little lacrosse ahead of me. I can only hope that the novelty of seeing them take the field doesn't wear off as time goes on. I also hope that my 2.5 year old always calls his baseball mitt his baseball mitten. That's not too much to ask, is it? 

Oh and does anyone know where I can have personalized buttons made? Maybe some water bottles, too? Okay fine, maybe a sweatshirt or twelve as well... ;)

Field Mom, Stage Mom, it's all the same... 

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I received product for free in exchange for my honest opinion, as expressed above.

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