Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccasins Review

A few months before I had Mila, I found Freshly Picked on Pinterest. I immediately fell in love. I started coming up with all of the outfits and color moccasin combinations that I wanted for her. Seriously, dressing up a baby is one of my favorite things. Freshly Picked made it easy with all of their color options and new color drops that they have often. They are launching a new ice cream inspired line this week that I may need to beg my husband for.

The colors aren't the only thing that drew me to this company. They are made 100% in the USA, with real leather, and their background story just blows me away. You can read all about Susan and her rise to fame here. These are the only shoes I can get Mila to keep on. They slip right on but the elastic band makes it a little difficult for her to get off on her own, not that she would ever want to take them off because of how comfortable they are for her. 

If you have been contemplating ordering a pair of these, I urge you to do it. You will not be disappointed. They are worth every penny that you pay for them. Mila is wearing the Salt Water Taffy color in a size 4. Her foot is 5" and they fit PERFECT with a little room to grow!

They were the perfect shoes back when she was learning to walk and now that she a is a pro, she still loves them. So no matter the age of your child, they will love them! Here is a review we did on these moccasins last year as well!

What is your favorite color Freshly Picked Moccasins?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fathers Day Project FOR KIDS

My husband loves anything that our daughter makes. It's better than anything I could ever buy and I love that about him. Although I did buy him a few gifts this year, which I will share in a later post, I wanted him to have something special just from Mila. 

This project was perfect. Mila had so much fun, I didn't have to worry about the mess, it was very cheap, and I think it came out great, I spent $6 overall.

Things you'll need:

-Blank canvas
-Letter stickers
-Finger paint for younger kids
-Paintbrush or they can use their hands

Step one: 

Lay down stickers on blank canvas. Be creative with arrangement and what you want it to say!

Step Two:

Have children paint over the canvas and stickers. I find it best to use one color at a time, that way you don't have all the colors mixing together, creating a brown mess. I let her choose which colors she wanted to use each time. It double as a lesson on colors!

Step Three:

Cover entire canvas with paint.

Step Four:

Remove stickers before paint dries. I went back over any areas that bled with a white paint marker to make the lines a little cleaner and crisp. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Getting Snuggly with all free clear! #freetobe

I have a confession. Mila is almost two and STILL in bed with us. She always starts out in her own bed then somewhere in the middle of the night she comes and sneaks in with u, and we love it. To be honest, I can't sleep well unless she is snuggled up next to me.

 As a baby I used to have to wash her sheets and ours separately with different detergents, and it was a pain doing an entire load just to wash a single crib sheet. Thanks to all free clear, I can wash everyone's sheets together and not have to worry about harsh perfumes or dyes. In fact, it is 100% hypoallergenic. No more washing extra loads, and we are all #freetobe snuggly together as a family. It is also 60% cheaper than Dreft! They are also offering a coupon so you can try this amazing detergent for even less!

NEW From the #1 Detergent Brand Recommended by Dermatologists Allergists and Pediatricians comes all® free clear liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, OXI mighty pacs and OXI boosters. Use together to make fabrics cleaner, softer, and more comfortable against your family’s sensitive skin. 100% free of dyes and perfumes. Gentle on skin. Safe for all washing machines.

Be sure to check out all free clear's facebook page for a contest that is going on right now, involving your kid's blankies! The winner will get a year's supply of all free clear!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Strawberry Picking in Germany

We have gotten to do some amazing while living in Germany but this is one of my favorites. I mean how many people get to say they went strawberry picking in Germany? Mila is one lucky little girl. We got over 5 pounds of strawberries for 6 bucks. Needless to say we will be doing this every other week from now until the end of strawberry season. And we will be eating strawberries for every meal. Send me all of your strawberry recipes! Oh, and I also bought a bottle of homemade strawberry wine. #winning

Friday, May 29, 2015

Spread the love and get $2000 for your community with HUGGIES SNUG AND DRY ULTRA

Ever since Mila could crawl, we spend most of our time at the local parks. No matter if its snowing, sunny, and sometimes raining, we try to spend as much time outside as possible. Especially with all the technology today, I want to make sure she gets to have the type of childhood I had. One spent playing outside with friends and going on adventures.

Most days we spend more time outside than indoors, and thanks to Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers I don't have to worry about countless trips inside to change her wet diapers. The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection. No more leaks or the need to change her pants several times a day!

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

I am nominating the Harold Avenue Rec Center in my hometown, Port Charlotte. This place is near and dear to my heart as I spent most of my time there after school as a kid. I would ride my bike there everyday after school and play basketball and other sports with friends. It kept me active and away from the pressures of drinking or doing drugs like most teens are susceptible to. I hope that in the future, my children have a place like this where they go to be kids and have fun.

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest:

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.


Saturday, May 23, 2015


After living in Germany for three years, our time was supposed to come to an end last month.
We were sad but ecstatic. So ready to see our families more than twice a year, for date nights (what's that?), and all of the amenities that America has to offer.
However, due to some military circumstances out of our control, we are now here in Germany until October. As disappointed as I was at first, I am actually happy to be staying....What?! 
We have a trip to Greece planned this summer, a few more places we want to see, and what's a few more months on top of three years?

That is the thing about being uprooted to a new country...your whole perspective on things changes. You grow, you become more independent, and things that would have scared you before don't even phase you.

Do you guys remember the whole passport debacle before we were supposed to move here? My husband and I were supposed to fly here together but my passport didn't arrive on time, so I was forced to come alone. A 24 hour flying/traveling day by myself. I had never even been on an airplane alone, let alone switched three flights and flown to another country. I remember crying every night the week leading up to the trip because I was terrified. It was completely out of my comfort zone.
Since we've moved here I've made the trip 5 times, alone. 4 of those times I had a baby with me.

Europe is all I have known for the past three years. How weird is it going to be moving back to America?! I am beyond excited for Target and Olive Garden. and of course my family. The list of things I look forward to is miles long. Mila's first time living in America, getting a new house, figuring out what state we even want to live in, leaving the military, being civilians again, it could go on forever....

The sad thing is, who knows how long it will be before we get to see Europe again. We have gotten to travel to London, Rome, all over Germany, and Paris twice! How many people can say that? Its nuts!

But change is good. Nothing good ever came from comfort zones. We have to step away from them and start over again back home. And it is just as scary as it was moving here for the first time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Messes are a walk in the park with Huggies® Wipes!

Now that my toddler is becoming more independent, she wants to do everything completely on her own, including walking the dog.
Every few hours she will go over, grab the leash, put it on our dog, Monster's collar, and ask "walk, potty, outside?" like clockwork.

She has been doing great with holding on to the leash and making sure Monster doesn't get away but the two of them like to go off on their own adventures. 99% of the time these adventures involve dirt and mud. By the time we get home at least one of them needs a bath but thanks to Huggies® Wipes I can keep the messes to a minimum. After every walk all hands and paws are wipes down before we go inside.

 Huggies® Wipes are the only wipes with the Triple Clean Technology that no other brand can stand up to. They are a great way to clean up any family’s mess, not just babys!

Be sure to check out Walmart's landing page, filled with fun videos of little ones putting Huggies® Wipes to the test! 

101:  HUGGIES® Wipes, the ONLY wipes with TripleClean* layers.  Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes.* #tripleclean
Explorers:  Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun!  HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. #bestfriend
Pasta Baby:  Question: What happens when babies and pasta collide?  Answer: HUGGIES® Wipes with TripleClean* layers.
Playtime:  Playtime can be a dirty job.  HUGGIES® Wipes. Keep the play. Not the dirty.