Stylish holiday greetings with Minted

Stylish holiday greetings with Minted

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I’ve always had a thing for Christmas cards. I start sometime in November and, as per Martha Stewart, they are in the mail no later than December 1st. Once I had kids, my obsession went into over time. Outfits, location, lighting, dog or no dog… It’s gotten insane. One of my favorite things about the holiday is also receiving everyone else’s cards. Every year I swoon over what my friends and family come up with– foil accents, double sided, thick card stock, collages, accordion fold!

This year I was invited to kick up my own holiday card game up a notch with Minted and I seriously cannot explain to you how excited I was. And as a person who has a very well known problem with making decisions, I knew I had to start my process as early as possible…and it STILL took me about 3 weeks to nail it down. Minted has such gorgeous and creative designs that can be customized in anyway possible so you’re guaranteed to make your card stand out in this years sea of joyous greetings.

 

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Once I got my photos narrowed down to two options, a feat in itself, I was on to the Minted website. By far the handiest feature on Minted was the ability to upload my photo and instantly see it in all the different varieties of cards. That saved me so much time that I no longer had from all the previous time I had wasted. From there I chose my card, fiddled with the fonts, colors and even the die-cut shape of my card. This year I also opted for Minted to do the labeling and addressing for me since every year I dread this process. Bonus, matching envelops and addressing is FREE. Yes, free.  So go ahead and give that hand a break this year.

Minted card come in hundreds of styles, 9 unique die-cut shapes, are made with the most luxurious high quality card stock and some styles even have gorgeous hand-pressed gold, silver or rose gold foil- all for starting at $0.60 per card.

It’s not too late! You still have time to get your own beautiful Minted holiday cards so head on over to Minted and get started now!

 

Sitting pretty with Delta Children

Sitting pretty with Delta Children

I just love finding adorable out-of-the-box gifts for kids, especially if they enhance the environment rather than just add clutter, then I’m all in. Seriously, the last damn thing my playroom needs is another toy–especially with Christmas coming up. So when I received this adorable little chair I was immediately in love.

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I was really impressed with the bright colors, adorable Paw Patrol print and sturdy construction, I was even able to sit my butt in it. But I was really taken with how much Abbey loves it. At 9 months (OMG time quit flying) she loves to do things that her big sister does, including sitting in a big girl seat and watching TV in the playroom, and this little chair is so perfect for her.

With a price point of $60 for this particular chair, and only $30 for several of their other styles of chairs, Delta Children hits the mark as the one gift your kids might not have asked Santa for but will use and love for years to come. This super cute Paw Patrol chair can be found (in store only) at Target, but you can find their whole line of Delta Children at Target.com, with characters like Frozen, Mickey, Minnie, Ninja Turtles and Cars.

I just gave you another great reason to run to Target today, you’re welcome. (Like you needed me to give you a reason at all.)

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Audrey loves the chair too, she just expresses it in weird way.

 

*I received this chair as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. 

 

Back to school with Mabel’s Labels

Back to school with Mabel’s Labels

It’s that time again. You went out, spent a whole weekend (at least) and your hard earned money on a bunch of new crap for your little darlings. Wouldn’t it be nice if they got to actually keep that beautiful new crap? If all that expensive new crap made it from point A to point B then back again?

Or scenario B: Your awesome hard working teacher sent you a list of school supplies that’s as long as you wish your patience was…and it all needs to be labeled with your darling child’s name.

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Well I’m about to save you a ton of time, energy and money: meet Mabel’s Labels.  These adorable labels are dishwasher and microwave safe, washable, and come in a large variety of sizes, colors, and packages to fit any picky child’s tastes and your budget. (PS, free shipping on all orders!)

We’ve been using these labels since Audrey was a baby and as soon as I knew what we would be naming Abbey I was online ordering hers. Shoes, back packs, diaper bags, sippy cups, bottles, toys, jackets…you name it, I have a label on it telling you who it belongs to. Mabel’s Labels also makes allergy safety bracelets and household labels so if you’re like me and you like to keep your stuff then get your self some super cute Mabel’s Labels.

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Disclaimer: I received an Ultimate back-to-school combo pack from Mabel’s Labels as part of my BTS Savvy Sassy Scout box but I’ve been a loyal Mabel’s Labels user for years. :)

Hello happy teeth!

Hello happy teeth!

Back to school means back to morning hallway rush-hour where screaming will be heard, arguments will be had and shoes will be lost. All in hopes of making it out the door on time and presenting ourselves to the outside world as clean, well groomed, matching, productive members of elementary school society. (Hopefully.)

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For us, one of the things that seems to be the most difficult (either before bed of before school) was the daunting chore of brushing the teeth. Is it the toothpaste? The back and forth action? Or is it the spitting? I’m not sure but whatever it is, my five-year-old is not a fan.

So when I opened this months Savvy Sassy Scout box for back to school season, I was so so happy to see three tubes of Hello Products toothpaste for kids. With all the fanfare in their debut it was hard to miss when this awesome line came to stores but I hadn’t had a chance yet to try them out. I can see now what everyone was raving about since they taste good (which kids love) coming in delicious flavors like bubblegum, blueberry, green apple and mango mint and yet are free from artificial sweeteners, flavors or dyes.  On top of all that they have now been awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, which means it’s clinically proven to fight cavities and strengthen enamel.

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All of this means happy kids and happy moms.

I am happy to report that it now only takes me yelling “Go brush your teeth!” once to get the job done. Progress! We’ve even made a game out of it, Audrey will go brush her teeth and when she comes back I have to smell her breath and guess which toothpaste she used. It’s win-win all over the place.

What fun tricks do you use to get your kids to do what you want?

 

 

 

 

Easy and healthy back to school lunch box favorites

Easy and healthy back to school lunch box favorites

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!!! ::insert happy dance:: But along with new clothes, new shoes and new teachers are some of the same old pains in the butt. Namely making a lunch every day that’s worthy of being traded for Oreo’s.

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I don’t know why making Audrey’s snack to take to school is such a thorn in my parenting side. Like seriously, it’s my job to keep her alive and feeding her is an intergril part of that, so what gives? Maybe it’s because when I go all out chopping and slicing her lunch box comes home looking untouched, but when I throw in a Fruit Roll-Up and cookies it’s been licked clean like I hadn’t fed her in a week. And now she says that she hates peanut butter! I don’t even know if that’s legal!

Thankfully this month’s Savvy Sassy Scout box is all about Back To School and it came full of great stuff to make lunch boxing easy and healthy, all in single-serving pouches that don’t make me look like that ONE mom in the pick-up line. (Don’t act like you don’t know who I’m talking about. There’s always one.)

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First up is Jammy Sammy’s by Plum Organic. These tasty little treats are 100% whole grain, organic, have zero HFCS, and come in apple, blueberry, strawberry and grape. Did I also mention they are tasty? Even the worlds pickiest five-year-old had nothing but rave reviews and that’s saying something. She voted these a thumbs up and must buy again.

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Next up are Mash Ups also by Plum Organic. Now these were a bit harder to put by my taste tester because somehow she got it in her little head that purees in pouches are for babies and she’s FIVE and therefore too big for such childish antics. I made her try it anyway and she loved it and now they are a lunch box staple. Not to say I told you so, but I SO told you so. Mash Ups are a great source of fiber, have zero added sugar, are full of vitamin C and come in too many flavors to list (some even sneak in vegetables, but I won’t tell if you won’t).

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Rounding out our list are an old favorite here in the house: Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies. Oh the cuteness and the yummy. Non-GMO, certified organic, and free of anything else gross and unpronounceable, we are rarely out of bunnies in our house. If cheddar is not your bag try out the graham cracker or the sour cream & onion. ::drool::

Would you want to win a Savvy Sassy Scout Box filled with all this and more of your very own? Of course you do! Well hurry up and head on over to Savvy Sassy Moms and enter to win! And while you’re there check out all the other stuff going on, like my post on the best baby gear to beat the heat or meet my new favorite appliance!

 

Side note: Audrey has started kindergarten this year and since it’s half day she only goes from 12-4, meaning she’s had actual lunch before she’s even left the house. What I pack in her lunch box is a snack they give the kids later in the day.