First Day of Summer Giveaway

Happy First Day of Summer!

I can’t believe it’s only the official first day of summer today, it’s been feeling like summer for weeks to me – doesn’t hurt that I’ve already spent 3 weeks at the beach! We spent this weekend home for Father’s Day but are heading back to the beach – this time to Delaware! – later this week! Can’t wait to get back to the salt air!


To celebrate the first day of summer, today I’ve got a fun little treat for you – I’m excited to team up with one of my favorite baby brands to share some summer lovin’ with you! Babiators – our go-to summer shades for the littles! cheese

I think it’s easy to forget about sun safety with your littles – it can be hard to keep a hat on their heads, let alone sunglasses on their face! I started Brooks off with shades at a young age and he doesn’t even notice wearing them nows, which is awesome because it’s so important to protect the littles skin + eyes from the sun!


Fun Fact: Children receive 3X more sun exposure each year than adults, but their eyes are actually more sensitive to the sun.


Kids need real protection to keep their eyes safe from UV damage, and Babiators offer that protection – plus the kids look super cute while they are protected! Seriously, I won’t buy any other shades, they never seem to fit the kids face right and they don’t look as amazing. We have a few pairs and they really last – the ones Brooks is wearing in these photos are for kids aged 0-3 and he’s worn Babiators since his first summer!


Babiators feature flexible rubber frames and shatter-resistant lenses that won’t break when you bend, twist, or step on them. Not only are these fun, stylish sunglasses the coolest around, they offer 100% UVA and UVB protection and are backed by Babiators’ signature Lost & Found Guarantee™ – if you lose or break your shades within one year of purchase, Babiators will replace them for free! I know this works for a fact – Brooks has totally tossed a pair while we were out for a walk in the city one day, I had them registered and got them replaced, easy peasy!


We are still working on getting Graham used to them, he has a pair too! He’s more interested in eating them at this point – and obviously wouldn’t cooperate for pictures this day. But I know once he gets a little older and can really tell the difference the sunglasses make in being able to see and play, he will be all about them! For now, he’ll just be chewing on them! Ha!


I’m excited for the summer to really start and to spend more time at the beach and pool, out in the sun with the babes, enjoying the fresh air. Even when we are in Philly there are so many amazing things to do to take advantage of the warm weather, including ways to stay cool – we know all the splash pad spots!


And Brooks is pretty much a pro at splashing!

Now it’s time for a little first day of summer treat for YOU!


Want to win a pair of Babiators ?

Up for grabs is a color of your choosing – let me know what colors you would pick for your little!


Leave a comment below AND enter the Rafflecopter – must to both to win!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, June 26th / Winner will be notified via email

“The information, product and additional gift pack have been provided by Babiators.”

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Beach Favorites for Baby + Toddler

So still having major computer issues + using my mom’s for now, but luckily, I started this post last week so I had a little head start! I have been at the beach for the past 3 weeks, since before Memorial Day, with the two littles. It’s been amazing, so much fun, with a side of crazy. I think the crazy goes without saying with the babes in tow – but luckily, I’ve had lots of family + friends down to visit which has been great.

We have been spending our days at the beach, exploring playgrounds, hitting up the zoo and just enjoying the salt air. It’s been so much fun – I am thankful to have parents + in-laws with beautiful beach houses and I’m blessed with a flexible schedule where I can work from anywhere!

Since I’ve been blowing up everyone’s Instagram, Twitter + Facebook feeds with pictures of us enjoying the beach, I’ve had tons of questions of what we’ve been using to keep the baby + toddler happy and entertained at the beach! Here’s my current list of our favorite things for baby + toddler at the beach!

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  • one – How cute is this little baby wagon? I had the vision that Brooks would use it to pack up the toys he wanted to take to the beach and wheel it there – that hasn’t happened yet, but he still loves playing with the wagon and all the toys that come in it!
  • two – If you are going to the beach with babies + toddlers, you need to bring a baby pool. It’s a great place to put a non walker, even without water in it – as a little safe place from sand. Brooks loves to fill this thing up with water and sand and sit there forever, splashing around, staying cool.
  • three – This wagon is amazing for the beach. The big wheels are so easy to drag it on the sand and it holds all the crap you need to haul along with you when you go to the beach with the babes. A little pricey, but worth it!
  • four – I enjoy having a sand bag like this for all the toys. Toss everything in at the end of the day and the sand drops out as you head home. Easy clean up!
  • five – Everyone needs this Bob for life and for the beach. It’s the only stroller that I’ve experienced to really be able to go through the sand on the beach. We’ve loved using this stroller even with two babes – Brooks just sits in the front section while Graham kicks him like crazy. But when you aren’t going very far, it works. The big wheels are amazing for the beach though.
  • six – The baby + toddler both love these cups – Brooks loves to fill them up with water {they drip different ways with various holes in the bottom} and fill them up with sand. Graham just loves to chew on them and knock them together – but they are an easy toy to pack that entertains everyone!
  • seven – We have a similar sun shade, couldn’t find our exact one since it’s a little old – but we LOVE it. Totally necessary for the beach with littles – we’ve even been able to score a few naps under it with Graham. Tried with Brooks, no such luck. But it’s great for snacks and a little break from the sun.
  • eight – You also don’t want to forget to bring a wet bag – I also love this one + this one, both on sale – but they are great to put your phone and keys and wallet in to keep dry and then toss in wet stuff as the day goes on.
  • nine – The Go Pod was something fun we bought when Brooks was little and I’ve been excited to use it again this season. It’s a great place for a non-walker to hang out – you can attach toys to it, set up a place for snacks and he just chills, watching the older kids play and he’s happy + not eating the sand! Winner!


What are YOUR beach favorites for baby and/or toddler?

Please share! Always looking to add to my collection! 


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Technical Difficulties + A Flash Sale

So…I had a beautiful birthday weekend with my family. Charles and the boys were there – obviously, and my parents came down to celebrate as well as my brother and sister-in-law. It was so nice to spend my birthday with my parents, this is the first year they are living in the Philadelphia area – they recently moved up here from Virginia – so it was a great treat to spend the day with them!

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Unfortunately I woke up the next morning from my birthday and my computer has all of a sudden decided not to work. The keyboard won’t function at all – not good. I can’t even log into my computer because it’s locked and you need the keyboard to unlock it for the password. I took it to the Apple Store and they wanted $850 to attempt repair – what!? A new Macbook Air is $999 – why would I spend that much on a repair?!

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So I’m a little out of the computer scene – at the moment borrowing my moms to get some stuff done. It’s just no fun not having your own computer with all the stuff on it you need! Ah! Major #firstworldproblem I know, but still frustrating none the less.

At least I had this little cutie to help me blow out the birthday candles before my computer bit the dust.

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In other news, our 3+ weeks down the shore in Avalon has come to an end. We are heading home tomorrow for a week and then I will probably be bouncing back between the NJ and DE beaches when I can. The boys love the beach and so do I so it’s a win/win!

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In other OTHER news – check out the gorgeous lace crop top {above} and floral cover-up {below} my parents brought me back from their recent trip to Spain! I love some great fashion finds in other countries!

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And as just a little heads up – there’s a awesome Stella + Dot SALE happening right now – up to 50% off some of my favorite pieces. So be sure to check that out.

And join my Facebook VIP group for some extra special deals too – check out a few posts back, I’ll still honor my birthday post for new members!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces on sale, scoop them up before they sell out!


Side Note: Every mom needs at least one of these. Great as a wet bag, snack bag, keeping your phone and keys safe at the beach or pool. Easy to throw in the stroller or diaper bag. Wipes clean. Love LOVE it!



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Send happy vibes to my computer! Maybe it will work tomorrow!

Until then I may be a little sporadic this week but will be back to regular posting next week for sure!


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Friday Favorites: Birthday Pretties

Hello + Happy Friday!

I hope you had a great week! I’ve been having a blast this week at the beach with my boys – the weather was beautiful, most days we had the beach pretty much completely to ourselves and I’m excited about the weekend coming up because it’s my birthday on Sunday! Woohoo!

I get to spend my birthday at the beach, with my family – what could be better?

For today’s Friday Favorites, I wanted to put together a little list of things I am currently crushing on – incase anyone is still shopping for my bday {hint, hint Hubs}. These are some pretties I wouldn’t mind making their way into my life! Check them out and let me know what you think!


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What do you think of my Birthday picks?

Which is your favorite? Please share! 


Don’t forget to enter my prAna giveaway for your chance to win a organic cotton piece of your choosing up to $99!



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