Freshly Picked Moccs

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It’s that time again, a new season means new Moccs for your little one. Freshly Picked is our favorite moccasin brand. 100% genuine leather, hand made moccs. What could be better than that? We adore these sweet little moccasians. The colors are fantastic, the leather is smooth and supple. Not to mention you can’t beat the comfort.
I let each of the kids (except Arlo) choose their new colors. Josie chose Raspberry, which is a beautiful deep purple pink, the color is so delicious! Ezra chose Prince George, because blue, duh. And Finley chose Orchid because again, Purple. Her favorite color. I chose Walnut for Arlo, this color is a beautiful rich brown, perfect for fall and to go with almost every outfit.DSC_1886DSC_1899
As soon as we received our moccs, the kids had them on their feet and they were off. Finley and Ezra kept raving about how comfortable they were and they were never taking them off. I love how easy they can get them on and off, so nice for quick trips down to the bus stop or out to run errands. We get so many compliments on each pair out in public.
My one and only complaint is that Arlo’s pair came a little deformed. The stitching is off on one soul, and this mocc doesn’t stay on as well as the other, it’s constantly falling off due to this. I know not every pair can be perfect, but our previous pairs and the ones the older 3 received are all stitched consistently. So 1 out of 6, a little flawed. That’s okay. We still love them.

 

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Freshly Picked is giving a pair of Moccs to one of my lucky readers, color of their choice! Follow the rafflecopter promtps below, good luck!!!
*winner cannot have won a Freshly Picked giveaway in the last 60 days.

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Trish Scully Child

Trish Scully is a beautiful and glamorous children’s clothing line, producing superior and quality designs for your little princess. Trish scully’s vintage inspired fabrics provide luxury and whimsical details. DSC_2226

The girls were sent a couple outfits to try out, unfortunately they didn’t fit so we called a dear friend to come up and model the outfits for us! Jemma is wearing the buttery yellow and grey dress and legging ensemble . She looks so stunning in the grey and yellow floral print. The yellow poms on the leggings and tier of the dress are to die for. The little details in this outfit really make it pop and give it lots of character. The designs are soft and comfortable, making this outfit great for  play and  special occasions. DSC_2227 DSC_2236 DSC_2251

The Fancy Silver lace sweetheart neckline dress is just amazing! Once again the details are spot on. The floral embellishments on the dress belt are just gorgeous. My girls oohed and awed over this dress and it should fit Josie by Christmas time. It is the perfect Holiday dress. You can pair it with reds, greens or blues for that perfect Holiday event or photo shoot. DSC_2364DSC_2370DSC_2371DSC_2373DSC_2374

We love everything about Trish Scully and her gorgeous clothing. Trish Scully is giving away The Silver Holiday dress above to one of my lucky readers in the size of their choosing. Follow the rafflecopter prompts below. Also be sure to check out HisforHillman on IG for extra entries. (You must be public or set your profile to public on the last day of the contest for this entry to count)
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Edolette {Shop Feature and Review}

Medium Basswood Chalkboard w/Circle Wreath

 

I absolutely adore the Instagram community, I think I probably have expressed my love for Instagram before. But I’m again to tell you, it really is the best and most fun way to discover shops, meet new friends and purchase handmade goodness. I found this beautiful little shop called Edolette.

Shop owner Elizabeth is based out of Texas, she is a mama and lover of all things Lovely. And boy does she make some lovely treasures!!! Her beautiful handmade items are made of all sorts of materials including wood, burlap and chalkboard, paint and twine.

Elizabeth sent me one of her lovely Basswood Chalkboards with a gold circle wreath. We are revamping our bedroom, complete with new paint, bedding and décor. This little beauty of  a chalkboard was the perfect addition to our  gallery wall of new family photos.  DSC_1961

Who knew something so simple, could be so beautiful and add such a bright touch to our room. This chalkboard is excellent quality, easy to hang and it’s such a fun place to write little love notes to each other.DSC_1963 DSC_1964

Elizabeth’s etsy shop is full of wonderful little treasures! Go check out her shop and grab yourself some new beautiful décor to adorn your walls. You will not be disappointed, I promise!

 

 

 

 

Arlo’s summer essentails

Summer is finally here.  This past week has been so hot and it only continues from here on out.

I thought I would compile a list of our favorite baby items and brands we have been using and needing for the summer!

Arlo's summer essentails

1. Honest Company Sunscreen: This sunscreen is the safest spray sunscreen I can find out there right now. Advanced broad spectrum sun protection— NO synthetic chemical sunscreens, just pure mineral titanium dioxide. Its sprays on evenly and smooth. It is Water resistant for 40 minutes, Hypoallergenic , pH Balanced, Plant & Mineral-Based, Non-Greasy  and Non-Whitening.

2. Zutano Striped Hoodie: Hoodies are great for cool summer nights. It gets pretty windy up here in the evenings which can produce a cool breeze. Zutano offers a nice light weight hoodie for those summer evenings around the camp fire. You can’t beat the comfort or adorable prints.

3. Aden & Anais bibs: These are our favorite bibs for feeding time. I love how they cover the shoulders and part of babies arm. I find that the straight drop down bibs don’t give as much coverage and food still gets on his shoulders and sleeves of his clothing.  These do the trick to make meal time a little less messy.

4. Ella’s Kitchen Food Pouches: We are doing a combination of Baby Led Weaning and Purees. I really like the combinations of Veggie and Fruit that Ella’s offers. Arlo seems to enjoy these as well. We do purees in the morning mixed with oatmeal and then he enjoys a meal of table food at dinner. His favorites are slices of  grilled chicken, steak or Pork and his favorites vegetables are Broccoli, Asparagus and butternut squash. He also loves watermelon and strawberries. But  When we are out and about and he isn’t eating what we are for dinner, I usually pack up a couple of these pouches and they are perfect for on the go, out to dinner, the water park and playdates.

5. Sun Hats: Sun safety is important to us, keeping Arlo’s head and face covered is a must in this heat. We love Zutano sunhats, again they are comfortable and offer adorable prints. We also love our Little sunhat sunhats. They are also light weight and comfortable and he seems to not be bothered by them as much as other sunhats we have put on him.

6. Tommee Tippee Sippy Cups: Offering water is very important in this heat, we spend a lot of time outdoors so it is important that all my children stay hydrated. I love Tommee Tippee sippy cups, they truly are leak proof and easy for Arlo to hold and drink out of.

7. Swim Trunks: Arlo has quite a few pairs of swim trunks, a few hand me downs from when Ezra was a baby and a couple I purchased on sale from Gap. Gap always has great quality and fit, great sale prices and are on top of the trends.

8. Freshly Picked Moccs: Freshly Picked Moccs are the perfect summer shoe. They keep babies feet covered and safe without overheating. Arlo is starting to crawl and we live in some rocky rugged terrain so these are so great for his feet!

9. Spoons: We have the Munchkin heat sensory spoons that can tell you if the food is too hot before feeding baby. I really like these spoons, they are BPA free and dishwasher safe. They tuck nicely in the diaper bag too!

Links are below to all these wonderful products that we love and use daily, I hope you can find these items as handy as we do.

 

 

Gracee Collection {Local Shop Feature}

Gracee Collection is a beautiful little mama run business, local to Montana! Corrina, founder of Gracee Collection, creates the most beautiful  headbands and tie backs.  She puts a lot of hard work into her creations, producing unique and quality pieces.

We were sent two of her beautiful pretties for the girls. A tieback and an Elastic headband. I have never actually owned a tieback and I absolutely love it. Tieback headbands are becoming very popular right now and make the perfect photography prop or addition to a fancy little outfit!

The Coral Antique style tieback is my favorite, the colors are so nice and the piece is so dainty and unique.

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tieback2tiebackWe also got to try an elastic style that looks like a tieback, The blue Flowered headband. its absolutely beautiful and the light dusty blue color goes with almost everything!

We are so impressed with the designs and quality of these headbands, go check out Gracee Collection and keep up to date with them on Facebook as well.

Summer in Zutano Style {Giveaway}

 

It’s finally summer here, well kind of. We have been having a little crazy weather here. It actually snowed last weekend in the mountains. It was beautiful, but cold and windy. And cold and windy in June just doesn’t cut it. Especially if you have a bunch of adorable new summer Zutano duds to wear!
Zutano recently released their new summer line, and of course it is full of cuteness, bright fun colors, and adorable prints and styles. I’m loving their new dresses, one of which Josie got the pleasure of receiving. The colors are classic and the floral print is sweet and fun. Josie received the Blaue Bluemen Tie waste dress. With matching White and Navy stripe bike shorts. Which is darling and flowly and she looks so classy in it! She also received the White Terry Toddler Bodice Jacket. Which is again, absolutely darling and so classy.

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Arlo received the Fish Friends Baby Short Sleeve screen print tee. With matching Sunfish Baby Shorts and Navy and White Reversible Stripe Hoodie. We love this outfit, the colors are great and the reversible hoodie is so nice for cool summer nights.

Zutano clothing is a go to brand for us. As most of you know my kids have been wearing Zutano from day one. The quality, comfort and styles fit our needs and desires in children’s fashion and durability. It will be a sad sad day when all my babies grow out of Zutano clothing.

Zutano is giving one of my readers a chance to win a gift card for $75 dollars! Follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Giveaway ends 7/3/2014

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Sun Safety- Little Sunhat Feature and giveaway

 

 

Little Sun HatSun safety is a huge thing for all us mamas out there! Protecting your little ones eyes, head and skin from harmful UV rays is very important to us. Sunscreen can be a tricky subject and there is so much info out there on the interwebs. Some great, some not so great while trying to figure out what the best type of sunscreen is for you and your littles.  We try to stick with a Zinc based sunscreen and stray from those that can be filled with harmful chemicals, but we also take other precautions such as sunglasses and sunhats.

I came across this sweet little mama made company on Instagram. Have I told you lately how much I love IG and the amazing community of bloggers, shops and mama’s  there are over there consuming my feed? I love them all, very much.

 

Anyhow, Little Sunhat is totally one of those shops I adore. Such a cuuuttteee shop. Little Sunhat Has Adorable handmade sunhats and bonnets for your cuties, made up of hip prints and comfortable quality.
We are loving these hats for our little bald guy and platinum blonde gal. Both need lots of head protection as well as eye. Sunglasses are still touch and go with these two so the Hats come in handy for bright sun in the eyes.
These hats are soft, made in USA and easy to wash. So basically they are pretty perfect.

Josie Sporting her adorable bonnet

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Arlo snoozing in the park.

Little Sunhat is offering one of my readers a chance to win a lovely sunhat of your own! Follow the rafflecopter prompts below.

 

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Milk & Baby

 

With warmer weather quickly approaching a wardrobe change is in order, but being a nursing mama can make this a lot more difficult. I’m a huge fan of nursing tanks and wear them under everything, this is so much easier in cooler weather since layering is a must already. We get some pretty hot days here and the last thing I want to to be layering my clothes, but I also hate exposing my tummy and back while out and about.

Milk & Baby is a wonderful online boutique that offers many nursing styles of clothing and tanks. One of them being the Naked Nursing tank. This tank is pretty awesome, it’s a lot thinner and longer than any of my other nursing tanks I have and it also allows me to wear a nursing bra, as it doesn’t cover the breasts but hits rights below. I love how light weight this tank is, it’s perfect for layering without feeling like you are going to overheat.

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Honestly I can’t believe I’m just now hearing about these tanks. I wish I would have known about them sooner. I’m absolutely in love and excited to purchase more from Milk & Baby.

Milk & Baby offers these wonderful tanks as well as a lot of wonderful maternity and baby items.  They are amazing and wonderful and want to offer one of my readers a Naked Nursing Tank of their own. Just leave a comment here on this blog post telling me what your favorite product is on their website! Contest ends 6/10 Good luck!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: WINNER IS CORINNA. PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH YOU SIZING INFO.

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Kidorable Rain Boots

 

It’s finally spring around here, we have gotten a few sunny days but mostly rainy days and whats better than splashing, jumping and running in puddles? Nothing, except wearing the most adorable rain boots to do so!

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Kidorable rain boots are one of our favorite kids products. They are durable, comfortable and sturdy. Not to mention the designs that are offered are so stinkin’ cute and fun! Finley, Ezra and Josie all have a blast just picking them out.

Of course the girls had to match (I treasure this, because I know the teen years will be here before I know it) and they both picked the lady bugs. Ezra picked frogs. We have had lts of lady bugs around these parts lately and the girls are just in love with them. We also have a fun little pond down the way a bit so Ezra is interested in everything pond related, ducks, beavers and frogs.

We love the springs here, I love the rain. Yes I’m a pacific northwestern native so the rain is dear to my heart. I also love sunshine but in my adult years have leaned more towards spring and fall days as my favorite seasons. I no longer like the hot blistering days of summer.

When the rain falls it’s like music to my ears and the kids dance to that music in the puddles.

2 of my favorite spring/summer time recipes

Now that the weather is starting to warm up we are using the grill more and fresh spring time salads are a must. I’m a sucker for a good homemade BBQ sauce and Vinaigrette. So I wanted to share with you two of my favorite recipes right now.  One is for a beer BBQ sauce and the other a fresh strawberry Vinaigrette. Both are so flavorful and yummy.

Beer BBQ Sauce:

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  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili paste or any hot sauce of your choosing
  • 1 cup beer of choice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder

In saucepan, heat oil. Add Garlic. Once it sizzles and smells strong add your remaining ingredients. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cool and use. This is good on chicken wings, chicken on the grill, kielbasa, or really anything your heart desires. Store in airtight container in fridge.

Strawberry Vinaigrette:

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  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • juice from half a lemon or small lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch of salt & pepper

Add clean strawberries to food processor, pulse until pureed. Add remaining ingredients while pulsing. You can add more or less of any of these ingredients to get the right flavor that you want. Also this recipe can be used with any kind of berry.