VLOG: Celebrating LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s 1st Birthday + the new Arctic Adventure – Philadelphia, PA

If you are in the Philadelphia area with kids, I’m sure you’ve heard about the amazing LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting {which is about 25 minute outside of Philadelphia!} We are HUGE fans of LEGOs in our house – the boys have recently REALLY started to get into them – and I love it! Graham will play with Duplos for a loooong time {especially the train tracks!} and Brooks is always carrying around blocks of LEGOs, his favorite are the Star Wars ones, building them up taking them apart + rebuilding. LEGOs are such great toys for kids and we love having a LEGOLAND so close by to us that all the boys LEGO dreams come to life!

We’ve actually been to LEGOLAND a few times over the past year – check out our first visit in this blog post! In fact, that was actually exactly a year ago because LEGOLAND just celebrated their One Year Birthday Celebration – which is why we got to visit last week! It was the perfect timing because we had been in the Fall for their Halloween celebrations and the boys were recently asking to go back!

The boys and I had so much fun there last week, I put together a fun little video on my YouTube Channel {be sure to Subscribe!} but you can check it out here:

 

My video showcases all the fun things there are to do at LEGOLAND and gives you a look at all the areas of LEGO play – including their Birthday celebrations and the Grand Opening of the new Arctic Adventure room! Brooks is 4 and Graham is 2.5 – and as you can see, there are TONS of things for littles of all ages to enjoy and explore.

Including a super fun ride as the very first thing you do as you enter LEGOLAND – The Imagination Express! It’s a ride and a game built into one.

We also love the 4-D movies {there are 3 to choose from} that run all day. It’s a nice little break from all that building to sit and watch a show!

This visit was super special because Emmet and Wyldstyle {from the LEGO Movie!} and Bertie {the LEGOLAND mascot} were also there to join the fun.

Along with a HUGE LEGO Birthday cake!

As you can see, we had an absolute blast. I think we were there for 6 hours – with a quick lunch break in between, the boys didn’t want to leave and are already asking to go back! So I’ll hopefully be able to come back soon!

Now I’d love to hear – are your littles into LEGOs? Have you been to LEGOLAND? 

Please share!

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Throw a Chambray On It – Easter 2018

Hello + Happy Easter Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend with family + loved ones the past few days. The hubs and I got to enjoy a whole Saturday + Sunday morning kid free, while my parents took the boys for some easter fun. It was nice to have a little break, get things done around the house and sleep in.

We also got to go out for a nice dinner { to Zahav! More on that later!} but today I wanted to share a few photos from our Easter fun, so next year when it pops up in my feed I can cry in the corner about how the boys are so big!

Before the Easter egg hunt photos – my easter look! I was OBVIOUSLY planning on wearing florals, pinks + pastels – because it’s Easter and it’s Spring and I’m ready for the sun to come out and stay. I had this Floral Maxi {similar options} in my closet for YEARS – worn it once or twice, so thought it would be fun to bring out and style for this season.

Even though its officially spring and definitely easter, the weather was a little off. It wasn’t warm, but it wasn’t cold – and it definitely wasn’t sunny. I had a hard time figuring out how to make this dress casual enough for an Easter egg hunt, but also dressed up a bit for Easter dinner with family. My new go-to fix for this problem is 100% – throw a chambray on it!

outfit details: Chambray {on sale!} / Floral Maxi {similar} /

ankle strap sandals {on sale!} /  Pixie Studs / LipStick {in Bella}

The Chambray {on sale!} dressed the black + pink floral maxi down a little, but the ankle strap sandals {also on sale!} dressed it back up, with a casual + spring feel. Also I love how the blue chambray complimented the little pops of blue in the floral dress. It wasn’t a look I had really ever experimented with before, but it was super easy and comfortable – plus it helped with the excuse to bust this dress out of the closet.

I need to throw a chambray on it more often!

Fun Fact: These Pixie Studs matched the entire look PERFECTLY and are a great addition to any spring or summer look.

And now – some photos from our Easter this year with these two little chickadees. We had a fun Easter egg hunt, easter dinner with family + the easter bunny came too! Brooks is especially at the age where he’s really enjoying all the holiday fun each season.

Side Note: Can you tell I’ve been working on their smiling for the camera?! Ha.

Brooks and Graham were both totally into the egg hunt this year. My mom color coded the eggs – Blue for Brooks + Green for Graham, plus a golden egg each – so it made it super easy for the littles.

Side Note: If you are a boy mom, you need to stop what you are doing and RUN to the Target Dollar spot and grab some of these ties. The are amazing.

And adorable.

Horray for EASTER 2018!

I hope you had as much fun as we did!

An Update on My 10 Day Detox {With My Little Dog Too}

This post was sponsored by Supreme Source® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I loved sharing with you my 10-Day Detox with Jackson in my last Supreme Source® Pet Post {If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to catch up!} Jackson and I decided to step up our game this March and do a little health challenge with my friends at Supreme Source – we’ve changed up our diet and {I think!} – we are feeling better than ever.

For me, I’ve started the Keto Diet {a high protein, low carb lifestyle change} and it’s been going great. Giving up the carbs and severely cutting down the sweets has been going really well. Because of all the protein I haven’t been hungry at all, which is amazing, and I’m currently down 9 lbs. I’m hoping to up my exercise even more in the next few weeks (stay tuned)!

In terms of Jackson – we thought this season would be the perfect opportunity for a little spring cleaning, in terms of his diet! He’s been grabbing way too many scraps from the kids dropping food on the floor and he needed a little bit of a re-boot himself, just like I did after the holiday season.

The detox for Jackson focused on digestive, emotional and physical health benefits. It consistend of a 10-day plan for him to become a better eater because Supreme Source is a premium grain-free diet that’s packed with healthy enzymes and prebiotics to rejuvinate my little best friend, inside and out. We tried out the Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Recipe Dog Food for the detox.

It’s been really fun to focus on the past 10 days on my health with my little dog too. We have made an extra effort each and every day to be more active together. It’s been nice to go on long walks with Jackson – even though its been so cold, its been a great excuse to get outside together and get some fresh air.

Even on snowy days.

Jackson has been doing great with the extra love, attention and exercise he’s been getting. He’s totally got a little extra pep in his step! His energy level is through the roof and he seems to be really enjoying himself and even playing more with the boys these days. The boys have loved spoiling him with extra attention too.

I can’t say enough good things about the program. Jackson is a ‘senior dog’ at the ripe old age of 12, but when he eats right and feels good, he totally gets that young puppy vibe going and he acts like one too. It’s so nice to see him doing so well!

It only takes 10 days to Improve your pet’s mind, body {and soul!} Start your pet’s detox today – check out  www.superfoodswitch.com to save now on Supreme Source® pet food and to sign up for daily emails with tips and instructions to a better relationship with your pet. Be sure to check it out and make some extra special time for some Spring Cleaning this March and April with your loved pet too!

One Weekend, Two Easter Egg Hunts + Brunch with the Easter Bunny Style

The weekend before Easter weekend and we had all sorts of Easter fun! Two Easter egg hunts for the boys – back to back – one Saturday, one Sunday. Needless to say, by the end of the weekend – the boys were pros.

On Saturday we spent the morning in St. David’s with my parents and brother + SIL – we did a Brunch with the Easter Bunny and a hunt for the boys.  Because of all the snow this past week, we had to have the hunt inside, but it was a nice first experience for the boys – it made it lots of fun {without the cold + mud}

And they weren’t so excited to hang out with the Easter Bunny when we saw him at the mall, but eventually warmed up to him at brunch.

I think the enjoyed all the chocolate that he put in the eggs he hid! The Easter Bunny is not so bad when he brings all the treats!

On Sunday we did a Easter egg hunt with all our neighbors in Fairmount – it’s something they do every year and we really look forward to it. Unfortunately, the hunt was outside, which was still a bit of a muddy mess, but I put the boys in rainboots and they were good to go.

The boys loved it – the only thing I didn’t love was the lack of chocolate! Inside all these eggs were chewy, gummy candy! What’s up with that?! Dentists + pediatricians agree – chocolate > candy {in moderation} especially when it comes to kids teeth. My kids don’t eat that stuff, so they were sort of bummed when I had to take most of it away, they literally got no chocolate. Bummer.

They did however enjoy the temporary tattoos + bubbles.

And for fun, because I love to share my #momstyle –

Here’s my look of the weekend from our brunch with the Easter Bunny!

outfit details:  open front cardigan / shift dress / OTK boots

/ chandelier earrings /  lipstick

I LOVED pairing this  open front cardigan  {which comes in a million colors} with this floral shift dress – the eggplant color matched perfectly, without being too matchy {in my opinion} and it was perfect for the season.

You need a little color for an Easter Brunch, and floral for Spring!

I kept it a little conservative with the crew neck top of the dress, added a cozy layer in the sweater + added the perfect OTK boots {which are SO comfortable} to dress it up a bit. It was easy to chase after the kids, while still looking put together for brunch, in this look.

It’s Spring Break {woohoo} for Brooks’ Pre-School this week – no idea why thats necessary, but whatever – so we have some fun things going on. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see what we are up to!

Do you have anything fun planned? Please share!

 

#LoveEarth at Benjamin Lovell Shoes

It’s no secret.

I love shoes.

I’ve loved shoes since as long as I can remember – and I’ve got a closet full of shoes to prove it.

And it’s not a small closet.

I’m always on the hunt for stylish, comfortable shoes that look fabulous and feel even better. It’s a mission I’m constantly on – because shoes are important to me. There are so many ways you can take the old saying “ Put your best foot forward,” and I take it literally because I love to be always wearing cute kicks!

That’s where Benjamin Lovell Shoes + Earth Brand Shoes come in!

I’ve partnered with Benjamin Lovell + Earth Shoes to share with you their amazing styles and selection that are in store this season.

Now I don’t know about you, but I had definitely heard about Earth Shoes before – been to their website, followed along on their social channels, totally had a wish list – but I had never tried on a pair before.

I had been to Benjamin Lovell before and had a really enjoyable experience shopping there. This time I was BLOWN AWAY by such a great selection of quality styles, brands and an incredibly knowledgeable and helpful staff.

If you are local to Ben Lovell’s MAKE SURE you stop by and check out their store. You won’t regret it!

Ok – back to my shoe try on session!

About Earth {Shoes!} Earth is characterized by authenticity, contemporary styling, original innovations that not only provide lasting comfort, but for many, important solutions that result in a sense of better well-being. Earth features an innovative cushioned footbed for all day comfort with a padded heel area to displace shock, a reinforced arch support to stabilize foot and a multi-density latex cushioning layer for extra support.

These shoes are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. It didn’t matter if the style was a sneaker, casual sandal or a more dressed up bootie or wedge – they all felt great! When Earth says they are about all day comfort, they mean it! During my try on session, I got to try SO MANY different styles, and each one was cuter and more comfortable than the next!

Now it’s time for the fun. I basically got to try on every Earth shoe in my size – it was pretty much heaven. Check it out and let me know what you think:

First up – my absolute favorite – the Sweet Pea in Blush. These come in a few other colors and they are so just much fun to wear. I love the wedge, the wrinkle detail in the front and the buckle on the side – so amazing. 

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Next up I’m loving the Intrepid in Olive. Again, they come in a few other colors but I am LOVING the olive. If you can believe it, I don’t own olive shoes – but these are so perfect for transitioning between the seasons – from winter to spring, and summer to fall – I am already planning outfits in my head! And so comfortable!

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These are the Shelly Taupe Suede – they are so cute with the opening on the side – its an elastic band that stretches and I know these would be so comfortable walking around the city all summer long!

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Next up are the Zest in Silver {which looks more like a bronze color to me} – I am loving the slip on mule trend right now – and these are on point. Comfortable and cute – you could easily wear these all day long.

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How sweet are the Pax in this gorgeous rose gold? I love the perforated detail and obviously the color. I can see myself wearing these with jeans, shorts and dresses – all spring and summer long!

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I was blown away by the comfort of the Tayberry slip-ons – they are  so comfortable and I love the perforated details here too – along with the fun design, and color! These come in some other fun colors too – it’s so hard to pick a favorite. But another comfortable, cute + casual pair to wear all.the.time.

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There were even more styles in store that I got to see and try on, but if I showed you EVERYTHING, we would literally be here all day. So I had to pick the highlights, but if you have ever wondered about the style and comfort of these shoes and this brand – I’m here to tell you it’s all sorts of amazing.

I am definitely a customer for life and will be buying more in the future. I can’t wait to share with you how I am going to style the two pairs I took home with me – one might even be coming to Mexico on vacation with me too!

Any guesses which TWO PAIRS I kept?

 

Which Two Pairs Did I Keep?

 
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A special thanks to my new friends at Benjamin Lovell Shoes + all the lovely folks at Earth shoes. It’s been so much fun getting to know your brand and share it here on the blog. Thanks for letting me be a part of it all!

Now I’d love to know – are you a fan of Earth brand shoes? Do you have a favorite style? Please share!

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When My 2.5 Year Old Stopped Napping

So Graham, my 2.5 year old sweet little babe no longer naps.

Yes, you read that right.

No more naps {and he JUST turned 2.5 – like this week}

R.I.P. #NapLife

Seriously, it’s like I’m mourning the loss of the 1-3 hours I had to myself each afternoon. But then I remember Brooks hasn’t napped in a year, so I never really had any time to myself anyways.

But I digress.

I have been posting on my Instagram a little bit about our nap struggles + bedtime drama and I’ve had a bunch of questions about how it all went down, so I thought it might be helpful to put together a little post sharing our experience of loosing the nap, at what I believe to be a young age.

We’ve had bedtime issues for a little while now – it’s a whole other beast of a post for another day that when I eventually {fingers crossed} figure it out, I’ll let you know! But getting Graham to bed + to stay in bed was getting harder and harder each night. He has been climbing out of his crib for a few months now – like a monkey, no worries there – but just fighting sleep. He would be up until 8, 9, 10pm {!!!} some nights and then miserable the next day. He and Brooks share a room and Brooks would be sleeping away while Graham was just trolling the hallway.

It wasn’t great.

And then, to add to the fun, at least one – usually both – boys would end up in our bed or our room at some point in the night.

Because everyone was already sleeping so little, why not sleep a little less.

This basically resulting in all the coffee and me feeling like a zombie all day, erry day.

No bueno.

I finally decided that Graham wasn’t going to sleep at night because he was napping too much during the day. I did a few days of cutting the nap + powering through the day, and he was passed out in my arms, mid-story at 7:05pm, no drama.

Got to love that.

So after a few days of peaceful put-downs, it was clear that Graham no longer needed a nap, unless we wanted him partying all night with us until 10pm.

Which I don’t.

The problem now is that he was going down at 7 – 7:30pm easily {the magic hour!} but he’s still waking up either in the middle of the night, freaking out or super early in the morning – usually 4:45am, on the dot.

At least he’s consistent.

And then he would be miserable all day, without a nap.

Which has resulted in more car naps, stroller naps and even passing out in the Target shopping cart.

Savage.

To add to the fun of not sleeping, we took Grahams pacifier away from him a few weeks ago – figured we needed to do it sometime soon, Brooks stopped with his around this same time and no one was sleeping anyways, so might as well just do it.

Rip the bandaid!

The actual loss of the pacifier wasn’t so bad at all, except I think he’s replaced ME with his “bubba,” as we called the pacifier. So now he’s been very clingy, attached and wanting me to always be in sight, along with suddenly needed me to rock him to sleep at night. It’s not something I mind doing, and I’m certain it’s a phase with the loss of the nap, the loss of his pacifier and just growing up a little.

In other news – when we said goodbye to the pacifier, we took him to Build a Bear and he got to put his pacifier into his new bear’s chest with the heart you add in before they sew the toy up. He did it all on his own, so that was pretty neat.

Highly recommend.

Back to the nap!

So we had our 2.5 year doctors appointment this week and I was telling our doctor how Graham no longer naps. She said thats great, but he needs to go to bed earlier – which again, made so much sense.

I had thought about putting him down sooner, because at the end of a busy day he’s just SPENT – and keeping him up until 7-7:30 was getting a little crazy. But he and Brooks share a room – so putting them down at different times seemed crazy. And my husband doesn’t get home until 6:30ish and the boys like to see dad a bit before bed. But them doing bedtime at the same time, gets them both rowdy and they feed off each others energy – separating it a bit for more chill time before bed might make sense.

I decided to try it out this week and wouldn’t you know it, doctors orders WORKED!

I’ve been doing dinner a bit earlier for Graham, sometimes Brooks waits and eats with my husband and I when he gets home, bath time + into PJs around 5:30. Then I send Brooks downstairs to watch a show quietly, while I read a few books to Graham and get him ready for bed.

The past few nights, Graham has been passed out, snoring by 6:15pm.

Win.

And I feel so good about that because he clearly needs it.

The first day or two he woke up at his regular time – around 5am – but I didn’t feel so bad about it because he got an extra 1.5 hours of sleep going to bed early the night before.

And last night he slept in until 6:45am – SO I’m crossing my fingers we are onto something, folks!

Without a nap, the days seem to go by so much faster! We can jam pack so much fun + so many things to do into each day now that they are so tired at the end, happily ready for bed. And I sort of like having to not stop my day and plan around a huge chunk of the afternoon where he may or may not nap.

Now we go full steam ahead into the day, and if the boys catch some Zzz’s in the car for 15 minutes or so, that’s cool and that hasn’t affected anything {so far!} But I don’t let them sleep much longer than that, because its way more worth it to me to have a comfortable + quiet bedtime than an hour to myself during the day. I’d rather them get the rest they need, so we can have all the fun during the day.

And of course, I’d love to hear from you:

When did your child give up the nap? How did it go?

Please share!

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Style Favorite: V-neck Eyelet Crochet Top {under $15}

I don’t know about you, but I am DREAMING of Spring!

And this v-neck eyelet crochet top is the reason why!

outfit details:   v-neck eyelet crochet top /  denim /

3 in 1 necklacebooties / lipstick

How fun is this top? I am loving the crochet detail and the fun pop of yellow. It also comes in a white, which looks absolutely gorgeous – just wouldn’t stay white long with my boys. Plus, yellow is such a fun color for spring + summer.

It’s actually my happy color, so I couldn’t say no.

This is a One Size on the website, and it’s described as a cover up, but I’m too tall for that – its a perfect spring or summer top over a fun bralette, some ripped jeans or even a easy look with leggings + a jean jacket. It’s a nice length with the hemming + crochet detail at the bottom.

I think it’s going to be so cute with shorts in the summer, or over a bathing suit on the way to the pool {I’d wear it with shorts then too}.

Basically I’m over here dreaming about summer, wearing spring clothes, while there is still snow on the ground.

I need a vacation, somewhere warm ASAP.

In other news – only 37 days until I’m laying on a beach in Mexico – but who’s counting.

Oh wait me – I’m totally counting.

And I’ll definitely be packing this top with me when we head South in search of warmer weather.

Can’t you just picture this top looking extra amazing next to some palm trees, against a backdrop of a beautiful blue ocean, with the sun shining down…

Possibly a Piña Colada in my hand. Or something along those lines..

Can you see it?

I totally can.

And the best part – it’s under $15! Can’t love that price point any more for such a beautiful piece with great detail.

Do you love it as much as I do?

What do you like better – yellow or white?

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