The Best of Easter 2019: Target Version

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Full disclosure, while this is not a sponsored post, I have included affiliate links for the items I truly love. Thank you for helping me support my family.

Hey friends!

As per usual, I was walking around the aisles of Target with no real purpose other than to stress out my husband and buy chocolate to hide from my children. And with all this useless energy, I decided to make a list of all of the best Easter things that Target came out with this season.

Side note, if you didn’t already know, Target has a curbside option now and if you’re tight on time you or heavy on kids, you can place an order online and it will be ready within two hours. I’ve never actually used this service… because Target… but you know, it’s there. (It’s also pretty convenient in this circumstance to be able to get Easter Basket things without the kids seeing what you’re buying.)

So anyway, here are my Easter faves… now go shop, and be hoppy.


Home Decor

POM POMS! All of the pompoms! Don’t question it. Just do it. Pom poms for every season because they make everything a million times more festive and fun. Snatch up this one! Also a really great alternative (OR ADDITION!!) to this one, is this also super cute Decorative Egg Garland. Okay, this is my last garland related item, but these LED String lights are a must have! Add them to your kids room to make their space a little more festive and special for the occasion.

JK - this Wooden Garland is my last LAST garland related item.

In my option, one of the easiest ways to transform your space for new seasons and/or holidays, is by adding throw pillows, wreathes, and little decor accents. They have absolutely no prep time, and can be thrown into a storage bin after the holiday to be saved for next year. No muss, no fuss. Here a few of my favorites from this season: Easter Egg Wreath, Faux Daffodil Wreath, Easter Bunny in Glass Cloche, Vintage Easter Blue Truck, Bunny Lumbar Pillow, Bunny Square Pillow, and this tiny little bunny figurine.

Let’s get one thing clear RIGHT MEOW, there are few things I love more in this world than pink milk glass and believe wholeheartedly that it can AND SHOULD be enjoyed all year around. However I also acknowledge that not everyone lives in a vintage dream world but you should at least enjoy it in the spring because it’s perfect for it. Hearth & Hand has a couple really cute pieces right now: 2pk Milk Glass Cupcake Stands, Milk Glass Scalloped Bowl, and my fave, a Milk Glass Scalloped Cake Stand.

Some other really great transitional pieces from Hearth & Hand this Easter are their Egg Tray and Faux Eucalyptus Stems (think center pieces y’all!)!


Easter Basket Goodies

I have a full Easter Basket blog post coming soon, and I’ll link it here when I finish, but in the meantime, here are some great ideas from Target.

So when it comes to things like Easter baskets, I like to pack them away and save them to use again next year. It seems so wasteful not to and as much as I like shopping, I don’t like wasting money. Because of this, I like to buy semi-neutral baskets that can grow with your kids and have things added to it (if that’s your thing) for each stage.

I like this white Spritz one because it’s sturdy and only $8 for the medium sized option. It also comes in several colors. I’ve also linked this cheaper but also cute Herringbone Easter Basket, and this Wire Basket with Wooden Handle.

Don’t forget about the Easter grass! I always do. Here is a natural looking option and a fun festive option.

I’m not huge on filling their baskets with candy. I’d rather get them one or two really yummy treats (because is it really an Easter basket without a Easter Bunny chocolate), and then get fun stuff they will enjoy longer than a few seconds. I usually get them these Lindt Bunnies. This year I’ll be getting Amelia this dairy-free alternative because her minimal dairy diet has now become no-dairy diet. For those who have other dietary restrictions, these bunnies are also gluten free, nut free, and soy free.

You can never go wrong with putting books in Easter Baskets. I got two little ones for Atticus’ basket already and I’ll be getting some for the girls as well.

Here are some of my favorites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We Are The Gardeners, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and Little Joe Chickapea.

For your favorite teen or pre-teen, it can be a little more challenging to fill their baskets with things you used to, so don’t try. Instead, get them things that they actually want. I don’t know about you, but I say ‘no’ a lot during the year, so holidays I like to get them things they would really like.

Here are some of the best teen-preteen Easter basket Target has to offer: Conair Colorful Bobby Pins, Fujifilm Instax Mini, Cake Bath Bomb, The Hate U Give, and a Floral Toiletries Bag.

For your preschool and elementary school aged babes, this is such a fun age! Everything is so dang exciting and still so magical. It’s such a fun age to buy for because they just light up with joy. Amelia loves art and being outside, as do most kids I think, so here are some great picks for that.

Here are some of my favorite preschool and elementary school aged favorites: Colorful sidewalk chalk, Hatchimals, Colorful headbands, Glitter crayons, and a Gardening Set (perfect to go with the We are the Gardners book)!

The last age group I’m hunting for the best of the best for, is for your littlest babes. They don’t quite know what’s going on yet so it’s a great time to mix their basket with both fun items and items that they need, obviously adjusting more or less for their current development level.

Here are my picks for your littlest ones: Bath tub toys, the softest bunny rabbit, Egg Shakers, Baby’s First Baby doll, Some super cute body suits, a sippy cup, and a teether.


I’d love to hear what all of your favorites are! Do you have any Easter must-haves? As Amelia would say after watching way more than the appropriate amount of YouTube: Let me know in the comments below!

Xx- Leslie

House Update

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Hey guys!

Can you believe it’s been almost a year and a half since Harvey hit us and we STILL aren’t completely done with the renovations. I honestly never knew the how long getting back on your feet takes. However! That being said, we are getting so much closer! I’ve been dying to share more photos with you of how our house is transforming.

Our kitchen is one of my favorite places in the house and it’s almost done. Daniel has been working on the tile back splash and I can’t wait for it to be done. Also, just like, quick shout out to that hunky husband of mine for teaching himself how to build a house while building a house. I can’t wait to show of the home he built for us.

Here a few sneak peaks at my kitchen - although I’ll do a full kitchen reveal soon! All of my appliances, flooring, barn door, and even dry wall came from Lowe’s. I wanted to give them a huge shout out because they were one of the most supportive companies after Harvey hit us. I will never forget their kindness and support, and they will forever have my business. I hope you’ll give them yours too because their team is amazing.

If my full post I’ll link all of the specific products, but in the meantime feel free to ask!

We are SO close, y’all! But here’s to progress!

xo,

Leslie

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24 Things To Transform Your Living Room in Two Days

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I’d like to say I’m really good at saving money, but I’d be lying to you and to me, and I don’t like to lie. What I can say I’m really good at is finding a lot of cool things to spend my money on… much to my husbands dismay. Sorry babe.

So, as I was perusing Amazon like I usually do when I’m bored, I decided to share all my lovely finds that I just know you’ll love as much as me. In fact, I had so much fun with it, I think I’m going to make this into a series and do different styles and rooms in your house.

So as the title of this post says, these are 24 items you can buy from Amazon to transform your living room in two days! I say two days because PRIME. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you obviously don’t love yourself. And no this isn’t sponsored in any way. This is the God given truth and you deserve to hear it.

For this first space, I decided to do a modern living room, inspired by boho and mid century modern patterns. This is very close to how I am decorating my own living room, therefore it’s my favorite.

The great thing about this style is that it’s so versatile. You can change out the photos to incorporate something you love, or use these because they are aesthetically pleasing and calming. You can switch out colors as well, but I personally love the burnt orange and muted reds as an accent to a black and white background.

I hope you have as much fun shopping this post, as I did creating it!

What Your Baby Needs: From a Mama of Three

This blog post contains affiliate links from my Amazon account to help support my family, however, please know that all products I've listed here are items that I've chosen from my own experience. I hope you find them as useful as I have. 

This blog post contains affiliate links from my Amazon account to help support my family, however, please know that all products I've listed here are items that I've chosen from my own experience. I hope you find them as useful as I have. 

As we prepare for baby number three, my list of what we need has dramatically changed. It can be SO overwhelming for new parents to know what they will actually need. Now, here's the thing. I live by the parenting motto of, "what works for one family, works for one family." Meaning, just because something worked great for me, doesn't mean I presume to assume it would work the same for yours. 

However, I do love to share tidbits, when wanted, so that other mamas can get feedback on things they've been considering. After all, it takes a village and if my experience can help at all, I'm all for it.  

So, when I'm talking about 'what you actually need,' I mean what has made my life as a mom easier. Lord knows that being a parent has enough challenges, so for me, need means what makes the process easier. This isn't the "you'll need 5 of this kind of outfit, and 6 of this kind" type of post. 

This is a "this item helped keep me sane and I recommend for your sanity, trying it out" type of post. 

So let's jump into it! 

1. Zip Up Onesies

Let me say this one with emphasis. ZIP UP ONESIES. Do you know how many diapers a baby goes through? SO MANY. By the second diaper of the day (or better yet at 2 am) you will not want to spend an extra 5 minutes on buttoning 17 buttons per onesie. My favorite ones are from Boody Baby. You can grab them here

2. Diaper Pail

I don't care what anyone says, having a diaper pail was clutch with Amelia and it's the first gift I sent to my BFF when I found out she was pregnant. Why? Because nobody has time to take every diaper out to the dumpster and I don't want to waste garbage bags by having to take unfull ones out every night. Put those stinkers in a diaper pail and save yourself some time and energy. 

I used the Diaper Genie with Amelia and it worked well, especially for the price. There are several options out there though. 

Get yours here, here or here

3. Owlet Baby Monitor

This isn't your typical baby monitor, so don't let the name fool you. There aren't other products out there like this one, and it's worth the investment. While I still use a traditional baby monitor for viewing my little one when I'm not in the room, there is no comfort like Owlet comfort. Let me tell you why. 

If you're a first-time parent, you might not realize this yet, but you're going to lose a lot of sleep - and no I'm not talking about all of those precious middle of the night feedings. I'm talking about all of the other times when your sweet little baby is fast asleep and you, my friend, will be awake checking to make sure your baby is still breathing. 

I know it sounds absurd now, but SIDS is real, and so are the horror stories of babies who stopped breathing because they covered their face, somehow rolled over, or just stopped for no known reason. There are times I still check to make sure Amelia is breathing. And you know what, there isn't a mom I've spoken to that doesn't do the same. 

With baby boy, I don't want to be up when I could be sleeping. I love this product so much that I'll be doing a full review of it soon, but in the meantime, what you need to know is this. It's a little sock that goes on baby's foot, and it tracks their oxygen levels and heart rate. If something isn't right, it will notify you immediately.

Worth. Every. Penny.

Get yours here.

Also be sure to check out their disclaimer before purchasing. 

4. Snuggle Me Organic Sensory Lounger

So here's the thing about babies. They are used to being tucked all warm and cozy in mama's belly, and they like that security. If you take them straight from the womb and move them to a crib or bassinet without any other comfort, you're going to have a bad time. 

Enter a baby sensory lounger. Don't roll your eyes at me. That's what they are called, and as a mama with a child who has sensory issues, I'm all for starting them out feeling as comfortable as possible. It's basically a little pillow like lounger designed to hug your baby, keeping him or her feeling safe and secure like they were being held. 

Get yours here

5. Foldable Baby Tub

With my first baby, I wanted the coolest tub I could find. I thought it would be so cute to see her sitting in a little tub all of her own, and it would save water! Y'all. They are SO fricken impractical. What actually happens is you have a big piece of junk that 96% of the time you don't know what to do with or where to store and the pros absolutely do not outweigh the cons. 

Do yourself a solid and buy a foldable baby tub that can easily be stored when not being used. There are so many options out there. You can get them with a little plastic that still folds semi-decently, or you can get ones that you can just put in your sink and fold away when you're done. 

Check out some options here, here, and here

7. A Crib

I know some parents choose to co-sleep, and you won't find any judgment from me on that. Again, I'm a do-what's-right-for-your-family type of gal. That being said, I think even for the co-sleeping fams, a crib you love is essential.  There will be times that baby needs to sleep during your non-sleeping hours and you'll want to get things done in peace without fearing that they will roll off the bed. 

Cribs are one of those baby items that are super versatile because there are so many options out there to fit your families needs. Maybe you want one that can transition into a toddler bed. Or maybe you just want a super cute bassinet to start out with. Or maybe you want a mini crib to put beside your bed in your room. There are so many options. Find one that is right for you. 

You can check out some options here, here, and here

There you have it! My must-have items from a mama of three. You'll absolutely be finding all of these items in my home shortly (as soon as we are done rebuilding - womp, womp). But don't get it twisted, I have a whole other list of items I just really want that I'll be sharing too. Hey, even mamas of three like fun little non-necessity things. 

Until next time, 

Leslie

Six Months Later: Hurricane Harvey

Today is February 28th. Exactly six months since water entered our home and tore apart our lives. 

These last six months have been rough, to say the least. We have had to say goodbye to the life we knew, along with everything we'd ever owned. We had to get really comfortable with being uncomfortable. We had to figure out how to navigate this while trying to assure our children that the worst was over and now it was just a matter of keeping our grit about us and rebuilding with dignity. We learned that sometimes dignity meant setting our pride aside and accepting help. We also learned that setting aside your ego sucks. 

Here are some things I've learned in the last six months:

1. People who say "it's just stuff," most likely haven't lost every single thing they owned. 

In the last six months, we've gotten comfortable with having less but that hasn't erased the hurt of the things we loved and lost. Every day I'm grateful that almost all of us made it out okay (our sweet Olive girl got an infection from the flood water and didn't make it). Our losses would have been unbearable had we lost each other in this, but that doesn't negate the sadness of losing drawings my daughters have made me, or our vow books from our wedding, or the love notes we passed in college and saved for the last 7-8 years. The stuff matters too and mourning shouldn't bring shame. 

2. The aftermath of a disaster lingers wayyy longer than the media coverage. 

I mean, this is something we all 'know,' but how could anyone really understand without going through it? When the rest of the world is ready to move on, you're still there stuck in the muck with your hands dirty and trying to pick up the pieces of your life. I think about this now anytime I see anything on the news - from natural disasters to mass shootings. And the feeling of knowing that these people will never be the same (the latter especially) makes me physically sick. 

3. My husband is the strongest person I've ever met. 

I mean, this guy. He easily works 60+ hour weeks every single week, often times outdoors in awful weather. When he gets home, he comes to give each of his girls a hug and then he goes straight into the house to work on the rebuild. If you were to ask him to do anything else, he'd politely decline because his 'only priority right now is getting his girls back in their house.' He never complains. He never thinks about himself or his own needs. I had so much respect for his character before this flood, but it's grown impossibly more in the last six months. 

4. It can happen to anyone.

Daniel and I never imagined that 13 days after we bought our new home, we'd lose it. We never imagined that the flood insurance we purchased wouldn't help us because it takes 30 days to be active even though we just bought a new house. We never imagined that even though we did everything "right," we were going to still lose everything and be at the mercy of others to help us get through. We have learned in the process that our egos have no place in rebuilding. 

5. We can get through anything. 

When this is all said and down, Daniel and I want to renew our vows. Not because we forgot them along the way or lost each other in this mess, but because at the end of this, we will be different people. We are grittier, tested, and pushed so far past our limits that it's a straight-up miracle we haven't lost each other in this quite frankly. We have learned what we are made of in these last six months, and in the end, if we can look at each other and be proud of how we handled it, I know every little thing will be okay. 

There are so many other little lessons I've learned along the way. Like some people are truly amazing and others really suck. Like how my father-in-law is probably one of my favorite people and it's easy to see why my husband has such a strong work ethic and devotion to his family. Like how when I'm feeling really low, my sister's voice will still pick me up and a visit from my mom still comforts me like I'm a kid again. Like how my best friend, Bea, who was displaced from Harvey still will try to be here for me when she's in the thick of it too. Like how resilient my kids are. And how I am stronger than I ever gave myself credit for and I'm finally okay acknowledging it. 

Please stay tuned to see how our story continues to unfold... it's only up from here.