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Tracking PixelWe hosted Ezra’s first birthday party Saturday with 30 or so of our family and friends. I’m partnering with Gold Toe Ultra Soft, Oh. So. Soft. socks on today’s sponsored post. I’m excited to share a few photos from the party and chat about taking a breather after a busy few weeks.

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The party was so relaxing as it was outside… the perks of having a summer baby! We have the most amazing people in our lives and we feel so thankful for them all. While the party was cute and fun, the most important thing was having all of these wonderful people surrounding us and our sweet baby.

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And while the party was relaxing once all the work was done, parties are so much work! Even when I keep it “chill” as I like to say, I tend to go a little overboard. I really simplified food for the party but the decor and work leading up to it took a lot out of me.

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I spent this week so far just taking a bit of a breather. I’ve had work to catch up on and instead of sitting in my office, I’ve been working out on my front porch with 75 degree days and relaxing in my Gold Toe Ultra Soft, Oh. So. Soft. socks. Read More »


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Ezra's first birthday cake smashEzra turned one this week. What a lovely year! We celebrated simply at home and we are hosting a fun party with close family and friends this weekend.

Ezra's first birthday cake smashThis first year of Ezra’s life has been truly amazing. I never expected to not only survive well, but to actually thrive after a second baby was born. I had low expectations before he was born simply because I had a hard time after my first birth, but I have been so filled with unexpected joy and peace with our two boys.

Ezra's first birthday cake smashWe are in such a great groove with our little family of four. We have things mostly figured out and we have just been enjoying life. My husband and I have grown so much this year as a couple. I honestly can’t believe how far we’ve come and how well we function as a team. Figuring out the balance/juggle together has been interesting and challenging, but also just so good for us and our marriage.

I feel like I have my priorities so straight right now. I’ve gained amazing friends this year because of my children. I’ve laughed and cried with some of them and just feel SO grateful this week.

Oh baby boy Ezra! You have changed our lives for the better in every way possible. Your infectious smile, daily belly laughs and sense of humor are such a thrill and we love you beyond words!

 

 

 


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Spending time outside this summer

With two small children, I have never spent as much time outside in the summer as I have the last four years. Bodhi has always been an outside guy. He loves to play outside and life is so much easier outside.

Spending time outside this summer

Eating dinner outside means virtually no clean up. All of the toddler food messes can stay put. Everyone is happy. We all get fresh air and since we don’t get great weather as often as say, someone living in Florida, we tend to really appreciate spring and summer. Our outdoor spaces have to work for us because we want to be able to get outside and enjoy every single day.

Spending time outside this summer

Creating a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy Summer is huge. And finding easy ways to maintain spaces is so important. I recently discovered BEHR PREMIUM DECKOVER® Coating, which can help create those beautiful summer moments we all love. Using a 100% acrylic formula, using BEHR PREMIUM DECKOVER® Coating conceals cracks and splinters up to ¼” deep. with a splatter-resistant application. It’s available in 54 solid custom colors, and new in 2015, there will be additional limited color matching.

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The result for sound wood and concrete surfaces is a rejuvenated, low maintenance deck that resists the elements, repels water and creates a smooth, slip-resistant finish that resists cracking and peeling against harsh weather conditions and is comfortable for bare feet. Read More »


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A little boy dress-up station

We’ve always had a big basket of dress-up clothes for the boys filled with costumes including a dinosaur, cheetah, doctor, fire fighter, football player and of course, super heroes and a whole lot more. But I loved adding a fabulous addition recently from South Shore Furniture and I’m thrilled to be working with them on this sponsored post sharing our little dress-up station as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

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It’s so easy to create a little spot for kids to use their imaginations. I love using hooks, a basket and this South Shore Furniture night stand to make it all work. The icing on top of the cake is the decals that make the wall and the nightstand a bit more fun and very fitting for play clothes.

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Cooper & Kid The Cooper Kit Father's Day Gift ideas

Sometimes I come across something so cool that I just have to share it. I recently learned about The Cooper Kit and am working with them today on this sponsored post because I am in LOVE with their product. 

Father's Day gift idea

I first found out about this product a couple of months ago and got to chatting with Nichole, the owner of Cooper & Kid, the parent company of The Cooper Kit. She and her company are located here in Minneapolis. She sent me a kit to test out with my son and I can’t wait to tell you all about it right now just in time for Father’s Day and for Summer fun! Ready?! Read More »


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FIVE cheap (and still chic) birthday party dessert ideas

I love planning birthdays and sharing my birthday party ideas. I don’t bake for my children’s parties. I find the pressure of it at the last minute to be too much. I love buying inexpensive things though and am happy to share five of my favorite cheap yet completely chic birthday party dessert ideas with you today! And if you’re looking for more ideas, check out this post with birthday cake ideas boys will LOVE!

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Adventures with baby. Fun foods for active babies and toddlers.

We love Plum Organics® Mighty products because they make our fun-filled adventures easy. I’m so happy to be working with Plum Organics® on today’s sponsored post. 

Adventures with baby. Fun foods for active babies and toddlers.

Ezra is just one week from hitting the one year mark and I’m so excited to have him experience summer as a toddler. This has been the fastest year of our lives.

Adventures with baby. Fun foods for active babies and toddlers.

From the beginning, Mr. Ezra has been a pretty content baby but he is also one really determined little man. We started him on solids at six months and he slowly began to really enjoy eating more than just nursing.

Adventures with baby. Fun foods for active babies and toddlers.

As a super active crawling (and now walking) baby, I’m always working hard to make sure that his diet is full of nutritious foods. I LOVE Plum Organics® for a variety of reasons and am so excited to use Plum’s Mighty products (p.s. Here is a coupon) as Ezra becomes a toddler.

Life is busy and I love being on the go with my boys. Plum’s Mighty products are the perfect diaper bag snacks for my boys. Bodhi enjoys the Mighty 4 Bars and the Nutritional shakes, while Ezra does really well with the Mighty 4 pouches. Read More »


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A Father's Day fun day with Cold Stone Creamery

I love Cold Stone Creamery for all of our favorite celebrations and I’m thrilled to be working with them on today’s sponsored post. 

Father's Day celebration with Cold Stone Creamery

Father’s Day is less than a week away and we have a fun way to celebrate. June is the perfect month to celebrate dad with an ice cream cake.

Father's Day celebration with Cold Stone Creamery

Ice cream just happens to be my husband’s favorite treat and ice cream cake is even better.  Read More »


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Summer fun with Neutrogena

After a long Minnesota Winter, we are SO ready for days in the sun, our swimming pools, water table and sprinklers set up, homemade fruit pops, watermelon, ice cream, grilling and loads and loads of sunscreen. Just add friends and we are ready for a day of fun in the sun.

Fun in the Summer sun with Neutrogena Sunscreen

Ezra is an explorer and is going to be everywhere this year. He is crawling, climbing stairs and walking some. We plan to slather him with sunscreen this summer and let him go wild enjoying the outdoors. Bodhi is definitely an outdoor kid and summer is his element. Being outside is our favorite way to spend a summer day.

Summer fun with Neutrogena

We love a day in the sun. Every spring we take a good look at our mudroom and get it ready for summer by removing winter gear and adding in all of the important elements of summer. Neutrogena sunscreen goes in a bin in our mudroom for easy access. Towels are on hooks for impromptu pool parties. Bugspray, sunglasses, sidewalk chalk and bubbles also have a place. Read More »


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I’m talking about Summer a lot here this week. With June being here, it truly is time to think Summer. I am on a mission to make my every day routine easy. Easy laid-back fashion. Easy hair. Easy makeup. Comfortable shoes to chase my little dudes.

A laid back summer look for mama. #ohsofamous #sponsored http://clvr.li/1E5UZvTFor my wardrobe, I’m sticking with soft cotton skirts, comfortable skinny jeans, denim shorts, light loose blouses and chambray. Loads of chambray. :)

A laid back summer look for mama. #ohsofamous #sponsored http://clvr.li/1E5UZvT

I love my new Sperry Top-Sider Shoresider shoes from Famous Footwear and Bodhi got a pair of adorable Vans. I love that my shoes are comfortable and as an added bonus, they make a great teething toy. ;)

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