Diaper bags are kind of my jam


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Over time I have realized I’m kind of obsessed with diaper bags.  Most girls have their shoe addictions but not me–diaper bags.  What’s even better is I’ve never been a purse person but when it comes to bags for baby gear, I’m all in!  I think it’s because I want something that is practical, cute and makes my life easier.  That is why I decided to do a post about my top 9 favorite mom bags, hope this helps!

 1.  What’s nice about this bag is that it can be a shoulder bag or a backpack and comes with a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through so you can grab a wipe without even having to sift through your bag.

2.  I’ve had this bag for a few years now and have never looked back.  It’s complimentary for both moms + dads and has so many compartments for all of your baby gear.  It’s easy to clean and also offers a laptop pocket.  This bag can be both a backpack and shoulder bag.

3.  I like the simplicity of this bag and how wide it opens–making it easy to see find what you need in your mess of a bag (if you’re anything like me).  It has faux leather making all of those spit up accidents an easy clean up with a simple wipe.

4.   The more reviews I’m writing, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve got a thing for backpacks.  I also love a good bag with stroller hooks and this one has just that annnd it’s cute with its neutral tones so that’s a bonus.

5.  Ok guys, I have serious love for this bag.  It’s real leather, has a laptop pocket and a side zip for you moms who need a safe place to store your cameras. This compartment even comes in handy for wipes and diapers.  I wouldn’t say it’s an everyday bag for me because I treat it like the holy grail.  I use it on trips and when I want to feel a little fancier because it’s just too good to damage.

6.  This bag offers functionality and style.  It has all the compartments you want and will zip at the top to ensure that your items won’t fall out.  It has leather details and stain resistant cotton fabric.

7.  I mean, I didn’t think this would be a thing but this bag offers a memory foam changing pad.  Whaaaattttt, so cool!  This feature makes for more comfortable changing with less of a fight.  It’s machine washable and offers crumb drains to avoid messes.

8.  I’m pretty sure anything with Rachel Zoe and Quinny will be good, real good.  This bag is so flattering that I almost don’t even care what it can do!  But, for your sake I’ll let you know that it has insulated bottle pockets to keep your bottles warm or cold and a pocket meant just for your phone.  And it can be worn as a backpack so, I’ll take two.

9.  It’s got Minnie and Mickey Mouse on it, what more do you need to know!?  As if it couldn’t get any better it offers 5 pockets in just the interior of the bag and has stroller straps.  It can also be worn as a backpack or shoulder bag and has two exterior bottle pockets.


Happy shopping friends!






This post is sponsored by AVEENO®.

Last night I flew back to find freezing cold weather and snow falling from the sky. Being an Arizona native and coming back from California where it was sunny and warm, you can imagine my response.  When the kids woke up this morning I told them that we were going to the pool, obviously a heated pool, and I wish I could have videod their reaction.  They were beyond ecstatic and honestly so was I!

Amongst the craziness of trying to find swim suits and beach towels, the one thing I had prepared was Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50. The kids were so great and helped me get everything packed up.  Well, Milo did at least.  She was the ultimate mini mom and even wanted to put Ruckus’ sunscreen on for him.  We tried the new Aveeno Baby Sunscreen and loooved it!  Luckily for Ruck, its tear free because Milo wasn’t so steady when it came to putting it on his face.  The sunscreen also contains zinc oxide which provides extra coverage from the sun.  Another thing that I love is that its hypoallergenic (which is HUGE in our house, my kids have allergies up the wazoo!), its non greasy and my very favorite is that it is formulated with oat so that it keeps my kids skin soft.  My kids both have extremely dry skin so I take advantage of the little bit of moisture wherever I can get.

I’m that mom that didn’t have a swim suit or even swim diapers for my boy because of how last-minute it was but it didn’t matter; with safe and effective sunscreen on hand, I could enjoy these tiny moments at the pool with my kids without a care in the world.  We all had way too much fun to even notice the diaper Ruckus had hanging down to his toes. 

This Aveeno Baby Sunscreen is now available at Walmart.


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Paige: DressSandals

Milo: Dress I Sandals (sold out but similar style)

Ruck: T shirt I Jeans

It’s been rainy this week and we thought it would be fun to try a new cookie recipe.  Once we finished the cookies, for one reason or another the kids insisted on feeding them to me, over and over again.  I’d like to think it’s because they think I need the extra sugar but we all know that isn’t the case.  Milo always tells me that sharing makes everyone happy so what kind of mother would I be to pass up the opportunity to indulge in her kindness?  ; )

I’ll be sharing my favorite cookie recipe next week so stay tuned!

What made the day that much better was having on the most comfortable dress.  Not only that but it’s cute!  When it comes to style I first prefer comfort and this dress is just that.  The kids and I are all wearing Old Navy and I think they would agree with me that we sure do love a good Old Navy outfit!  Be sure to shop our looks above.

This post is in partnership with Old Navy.


too soon for swimmers?


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boy swim copy

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I’ve been drooling over all of the new summer lines that have come out and because I’m still currently surrounded by snow, I figured I’d live vicariously through all of you and bring you my favorite girls and boys swimmers!  When I say I’m drooling, I literally mean drooling.  There are so many that even I wish they made them in my size.  When they’re this cute, it’s never too soon to make a purchase, right?

Happy shopping friends!


Saying hi to spring with old navy






Paige: Top I Pants I neckerchief 

Ruckus: Top I Pants I Shoes

Milo: Dress I Shoes

When Ben got back into town and the weather was finally nice, we jumped on the opportunity to be outside.  The kids had fun running around and we met some new friends with the most adorable St. Bernard puppy whose name was Brutus.  Brutus was loving on the kids and luckily they’re used to some good ol’ slobbery smooches.

Have you seen Old Navy’s new line Spring line?!  There are so many amazing looks for not only women but kids, toddlers, babies and men!  The best part is that it’s not just the tops or dresses that are good but even the accessories are great.  I’m that mom that couldn’t settle on specific items, I purchased a few full outfits for the kids.  Have a look and you will see what I mean.  The best part- everything is affordable!

Happy Shopping friends!


This post is in collaboration with Old Navy

Fridays Facts and how I embarrass Milo



  1. This is Milo’s third day in a row wearing this Alice and Ames jumper.. I think she’s taking after me.  Whenever I get something new, you know I like it if I wear it every day for a week straight.
  2. My kids have been dancing to the Trolls soundtrack and James the Mormon on repeat
  3. Milo told me that she doesn’t like when I pick her up from school wearing my pajamas and that I need to change before I come to get her.  Yep, I’m already that embarrassing mom!  I thought there was a rule that if there is snow outside you don’t have to get dressed..

Happy weekend friends!



boys boys boys

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Something I’ve had to learn quickly is that boys are just plain ol’ busy bodies!  Since I’ve had Ruckus, I’m always ten times more tired at the end of the day compared to when I only had Milo.  It’s a good kind of tired though.

Not only are boys busy but they also love to torment their siblings.  Yesterday we had to put Ruckus in time out for the very first time because he would not ease up on hitting Milo.  It doesn’t matter if he’s being a pest because to him, any attention is positive attention.

Despite all the naughty that they come packaged with, boys are truly the sweetest and most sensitive little things.  If Ruckus knows he’s in trouble he instantly gets the biggest frown and slowly crocodile sized tears begin to trickle down.  In the end what I’m trying to say is that boys are perfect.  They’re the perfect example of the Sour Patch Kids- sour then sweet commercials.  When they’re naughty, they make it up to you with a million kisses just at the right time.  Even with the crazy, I’d still take ten more of my little Ruckus!


New adventures + DANCING LIKE A FOOL

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By moving to a new and small town its encouraged the kids and I to explore a lot more.  We’ve always had a taste for it but now we do it on the daily and the kids look forward to it.

Amongst trying new things I’ve started a HIGH fitness class and I LOVE it!  When I heard about it I instantly thought it sounded like choreographed dancing and thought, “no way would I be able to do that”.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to dance but when I do I’m making up my own random moves because even if I look like a fool, it’s almost somewhat acceptable.  That’s like the “in” thing now, right?  Dance like a fool but make it look like you meant to? Orrrr maybe that’s just me.. Anyway, it’s been a great way to get my body moving again without it being a dreaded workout.  I suggest giving it a try!


Little man outfit

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Moving to the mountains made me instantly go into panic mode thinking that I needed everything warm!  I still think it was a logical decision to go on an online shopping spree but my husband may disagree..  This week I will be posting some of my favorite kid outfits so keep your eyes peeled!



Family photo’s: wardrobe tips and tricks













Family photos can either be exciting or stressful.  First, there’s the clothing.  Where do you even begin?  I put together a guide to show you that planning for family photo’s doesn’t have to be a pain but it can be fun.  You just have to know where to start!  One key thing I try to remember when putting together our outfits is that I want our photo’s to be timeless.

First things first, I think of whose outfit is the absolute priority.  To be honest, I usually start with mine or my daughters outfits.  In this case (see above), I started with the Girls wardrobe because I found these corduroy overalls and knew they were exactly what I wanted.  So, I built off of the overalls where I then found a simple sweater and made my way over to find some off white socks and black boots.

Once you have one outfit you move on to another individual but in doing so, you make sure everything will flow.  What I mean by that is in this example (see above), I decided to stick with neutrals as the color scheme of our photos.  I didn’t want anything too bright but even soft pinks, like a blush tone, would look great with this layout.  Once I finished the Girls outfit I then moved on to the Women’s wardrobe then the Dudes then the Boys.

As you can see there is not one set color or any patterns.  The reason I did this was because I didn’t want to be too matchy-matchy and I also didn’t want any obnoxious patterns to show up as too busy once we received our photo’s.  Don’t get me wrong, patterns are totally fine to have but I would suggest refraining from very tiny repeated patterns and any word use.

The point of family photo’s is to have fun and to remember that time in your families life’s.  There is no right or wrong when putting together your families outfits!  These are only helpful suggestions if you are scrambling to put together outfits like I was.

The examples shown above are not being used by my family so feel free to use any and all articles for your own shoot!  Also, if you aren’t planning on purchasing new outfits for your photo’s (which is completely normal), you can use this same method for the clothing you already own.  Start with one individual and what piece you absolutely want photographed and go from there.

Here are some examples of our family photo’s in the past.

This photo was from 2009 (so long ago when I would bleach my hair).  This is a good example of why I personally prefer neutral tones for photo’s.  Despite this photo being so long ago, it’s pretty timeless.


Hopefully this helps with planning your photo’s!