Loving Lately: Summer Fun

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer is my favorite season for a few reasons.
1 - THE BEACH
2 - THE FOOD HOLY GOD THE FOOD
3 - Being outside!
And now that I have kids, it is even more fun since we can go on adventures, walks, play at the park, the beach and even more. 






We have been enjoying walks around the block, Lego club, chalk outside (I had no clue he could draw a stick figure!) and plan to go to the beach very soon! I just need to figure out how to take a newborn and toddler to the beach at the same time without help...that will be interesting! 

My goal for the summer is less TV and more outside time. We have even had most of our meals outside in the yard.It is even better when Jon joins us for lunch.

What are your plans for summer?

Easy go-to "Momfits"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

So now that we have two kiddos (one being VERY active), one thing I need is an outfit that is easy to put together, functions well (think bending over, running, etc) and stylish. After I had Marin, I wanted to feel more put together... especially since my body this time around did not bounce back like it did with Jack (more on that later this week). Showering daily, getting dressed and putting on some blush and mascara has really helped me feel more "me" again.

I put together some of my "go-to" outfits using Polyvore (love this site) and it is an easy way to create looks (and you can totally print it out and hang in your closet for fast ideas). My fashion sense is preppy and laid back. I don't go outside of that box too often! These are looks I would wear to the park, running errands, play dates, etc.






A lot of these pieces I have myself and wear often! What is your go-to look? Also feel like you need to get out of a rut? I know I'm not alone! 

Smart and On-the-go Products via Skip Hop

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mom's and Dad's know that parks, the beach and even playdates can go from happy to a sticky mess in a heartbeat. Having products that are designed to stay clear of the mess is a blessing, and Skip Hop has done just that!

I have this and it is VERY convenient to whip out and use to keep Marin clean and comfortable while I am changing her in public places.
Now this I really want. This stroller organizer can store your phone, drinks and snacks for you so you dont even have to stop walking. Usually I store things underneath the stroller so I need to stop and get out the snack or drink for Jack. Keeps you organized and the essentials in one place.
Helloooo convenience! This can be tossed in the stroller on the way to the park or you can even wear it on your shoulder since it easily folds back into the bag. Not only that, the bag is insulated and will keep your lunch and drinks cool! And the blanket is water resistant, so spills will be an easy pick up.
Great storage to keep in the diaper bag or stroller while you are out to keep snacks and drinks cool and organized without spilling all over the place or using a few different containers. 

I'll take adorable for 500

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Minted. All opinions and lame jokes are my own.

Remember when Minted asked me to create a Birth Announcement using their website? I showed a few options that I liked and have actually picked one I didn't select before! I love the simplicity and the collage feature of this one. I could not be more pleased and I can't wait to send them out!
She sat still for about 3 minutes before she wanted me to hold her (she rarely lets me put her down). I wanted to make sure that I snapped a picture of her dainty details. I love those ten fingers and ten toes! Such a beauty and already a month old and over 10lbs. Time sure does fly, especially when you change 4,350 diapers an hour. #shartqueen #sorryfuturemarin

Loving Lately: Sun Protection

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PALE HUMANS OF THE EARTH! LEND ME YOUR SKIN! NOT LIKE HANNIBAL LECTER!
STOP WHILE YOU'RE AHAEAD, MELISSA!
I am quite creepy, aren't I?

Anyways...are you pale as all hell and passed down this cursed gene to your children? No? Irish? Norwegian? Well I am. My children are as well. (LOGIC!) We don't know where Jon's Italian genes went and yes, he is the father. So, naturally, I am a huge freakazoid when it comes to protecting the kiddos from the big yellow ball in the sky. I have had one too many sun burns from being a fool in my day, and I don't want my kids to feel the pain of a sun burn or the potential risks of skin cancer in their life.

Normally, we buy the spray sunblock, but over the last week or so, there have been articles floating around (from reliable sources) that the inhalants in the spray can cause respiratory issues in children (I always tell Jack to hold his breath...he never does and of course, chokes like a mad man). Also, average sun block has a ton of chemicals in it. I guess I did a Mom fail and never researched, just grabbed the Spiderman themed sun block off the shelf. So, Jon did his research (he is better than the FBI I swear) and found a great product by Kiss My Face.
So far, I am loving it and so is Jack! Jack hates any kind of lotions or sun block, ESPECIALLY if it touches his hair, but with this one he isn't trying to run away like Jon does when I lean in for a kiss. This spray is all natural, not tested on animals, gluten free and vegan friendly and contains no Parabens, Phthalates or SLS (anyone else feel like scientists just punch the keyboard when naming chemicals? "Yes, Andrew, this should be called "kjehgkjrsghejdgrshd"). Also, when you spray the sun block it doesn't run like most sprays which is very helpful when you need to essentially hog tie your toddler to get him to stay still.
Bada Boom Bada...skin protection.

Another product I love is the Kel-Gar Sun Dome for the youngins'. My only con is that this bad Larry is near impossible to fold back up (you get the hang of it eventually). But other than that, it was sent from the Sun God to fight off UV-Rays (blocks out 98% of UV Rays), keep them cool and keep bugs out! We use it daily for our lunch picnics and used it on the beach for Mother's Day for Marin. She stayed comfortable and cool as a cucumber!


So what do you use for protecting your family from the sun? I wear my sun block daily so I don't burn and only freckle. Fingers crossed we have no burns this year! 

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