Tea Collection Sale - 40% Off

You know I LOVVVE a good sale, especially when I can stock up on Tea Collection. <3

This is going on right now! 

Take an Extra 40% off Sale Styles

That means you can get this swim hoodie for $17.97! I got this earlier in the season for Grace and it is not only completely adorable, but so functional for throwing on after a day at the beach. I might even have to pick one up for Brooke in a larger size so she can have it for next summer as well.

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Happy Shopping!!

5 iPhone Wallpapers for an Endless Summer

It's nearly the middle of August and I have to admit - I don't want summer to end. I want the warm summer nights, salty skin from a day of boating on the Bay, and sand all over my house. Call me crazy, but I do. Here are 5 iPhone wallpapers to save for later. You know when we're knee deep in slushy snow on the way to the car.

I'll still have an iced coffee in my hand though. Seasonal/schmeasonal.

Get Ahead of the Toy Game This Holiday Season

Want an inside track on a hot holiday toy?

Start shopping now!  I'm getting a hot tip that this is going to be the Hatchimal of 2017.

And also, how cute are these little guys?

Interactive Fingerling
Fingerling - Interactive Baby Monkeys

They're called Fingerling Baby Monkeys and are interactive (and snuggly).

  • The monkey above is called Zoe and she loves to grab onto things. . . Especially your fingers!
  • Fingerlings respond to sound, motion, and touch with blinking eyes, head turns, and silly monkey babble.
  • Blow them kisses and they will kiss you back!
  • Hang them upside-down by the tail and watch them monkey around!
  • Pet them to sleep or make a loud noise and watch them get excited!
I can't wait to get one for the girls! I'll let you know what I think :) I just ordered the little pink one called Bella.

Sleepy Baby Monkey
So sleepy!
*The links above are affiliate links and will bring you to Amazon. You have been warned! Now get on top of things this year!

Top Five Amazon Finds for Dog Lovers

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As a Professional Amazon Prime Shopper (self-designated), I'm happy to share my latest finds for your furry friend. These dog accessories are a must have for the pampered pooch. Plus, they are also just a little bit silly. Because why not?

Of these products, I will note that we recently bought the Kong Wobbler for Theo and he LOVES it. Well we think he loves it anyway. He's a Lab so I've never ever seen him upset or frustrated by anything and we love it because it gets him to slow the heck down when he eats his food.

I tried to get Matt to buy the sunglasses but he refused.

Dog Lovers
1/Perfectly practical dog sunglasses
2/Kong Wobbler for fast eaters
3/Delightful dog sun hat 
4/Dog IQ Test
5/Hide a Squirrel - Have a Laugh

*The links above are Amazon Affiliate links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase. To which I say, thank you for enabling my Amazon Prime habit. :)

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Not Again!

Guys, it just keeps getting better. Summer SALE season.

So dangerous!  I've posted about my love affair with Tea Collection before and I'm here to say that their sale items are now 40% off.

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40. Percent. Off.


*There are some affiliate links in this post. These links in no way affect my love affair with Tea Collection.

A Mantra for Focus

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Who could use a bit more focus in their life besides me? 

I find myself constantly flitting from one need to another, especially when it comes to cleaning my house. In fact, since becoming a mom 5 years ago, I swear my brain has been reprogrammed to the point where focus is nearly a distant memory. Yikes right? 

With this realization, I've committed myself to mindfulness recently. Clearly something needs to change! 

Here is a great mantra I've found to help.

mantra for increased focus

Stop Sitting All Day

Sitting down all day sucks. 

My neck and shoulders could tell you all about it, but I'll leave it to The Science to really tell the story.

Sitting is the New Smoking

By now, I'm sure you've heard that "Sitting is the new smoking." Yikes. It's pretty terrifying when you start to tally up all of the time spent sitting throughout your day. But then there's standing... who hasn't come home from a long day on their feet with sore legs?

What's the alternative? 

Focal Upright promotes a 3rd option - leaning. Leaning positions your body in a neutral position between standing and sitting that allows you to add more movement into your day. 

Focal Upright's Mogo Seat

Focal Upright is giving away one of their signature portable leaning seats. If you're new to the concept of leaning, this seat is a great way to ease into it! The Mogo Seat conveniently folds up and fits in a backpack so you can take it from the office to the soccer field. 

Easy entry for your chance to win a Mogo Seat! 

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

How would you use your new Mogo Seat?

Do me a favor? Repin this?

I Hate Grocery Shopping

What's your least favorite errand? Is it grocery shopping? It's probably grocery shopping. 

I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING! I want to get in and out of there as fast as possible.

Grocery Shopping Nightmares with Kids
Uh yes, these are my kids and this was a real grocery shopping trip. Don't try this at home folks.

Enter Pampered Chef's Everyday Tote. Now hear the angels singing. Especially if you live near a grocery store with the magic checkout wand that you can bibbidi boppity boo your way through the aisles.

How Does It Work?

Each bag has two clips on the sides that affix to your shopping cart as seen in the bottom right image.

Different Uses for Everyday Tote

So now, imagine that you've scanned all of your items and have placed them in your Everyday Tote. Simply checkout with your scanner, grab your receipt and lift these bags out of your cart. They hold an incredible amount of groceries for the record. Like 40 lbs worth. Each. I know. Seriously.

Pampered Chef Everyday Tote
Grab and go!
 Because these bags can hold an incredible amount of stuff and roll up to almost nothing, I use these for everything!

Are you sold yet? As a departing visualization, let me leave you with this. You love your reusable bags. I'm sure of it. But what if those bags had clips so they didn't keep falling over in your grocery cart AND could each hold 40 lbs with a sturdy and comfortable shoulder strap?


Pampered Chef's Everyday Tote.

*Please note, I'm a Pampered Chef Consultant and this link will take you directly to my site. I wouldn't promote anything that I don't LOVE 110%. Contact me anytime if you have further questions.

New Pineapple iPhone Wallpaper Freebie

Happy June!

The sun is shining, the backyard barbecues are heating up and the pineapple love it flowing! I have a brand new pineapple iPhone wallpaper styles to share with you.

Prepare to right click (and then pin.)

pineapple iPhone wallpaper

There, doesn't your lock screen feel better?

A darling new Target Collection

Cloud Island Baby Nursery

Target's new Cloud Island Collection is here and it is adorable! Are you looking to outfit a nursery or fulfill the best Baby Shower gift this summer? Personally, I have a brand new nephew on the way and he will be the first boy in the family in a LONG time. 

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Luckily for my nephew, he gets to shop for new nursery duds - because everything I own is pink. pink. pink.

What I really love about this Collection is the modern aesthetic. The products look like something you would find at Land of Nod, but not spend an arm and a leg for!
Cloud Island Baby Nursery
Black and White Collection

Cloud Island Baby Nursery

Cloud Island Baby Nursery

Cloud Island Baby Nursery

Here are some of my favorites from the Collection. I love the mint + floral accents of the Floral Fields Collection.
Hello Rug $59.99

Floral Playmat $24.99 

Floral Wall Decal $29.99

The Unofficial Start to Summer πŸ•Ά️

It's hard to believe that the "unofficial start to summer" is a mere hours away. As I type this, it's back to April Showers, as I feel it has been for the past few weeks. We had a really cold May -grrr. If you know me, I take personal offense to this type of thing.

I've been dying to get outside and make use of our new patio, now complete with fence to keep my two children and chocolate lab puppy from running into the street while I sip my Sauvignon Blanc.

What Else is Going on This Weekend?

Memorial Day Weekend is always a great shopping weekend. Here are a few sales from around the inter webs I've unearthed for you:

My Fav spot for summer dresses - Tea Collection! I've scooped up a few that I know will last all summer and beyond.

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Janie and Jack Sale on Now

Gymboree Sale On Now!


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Spring Styles for Sisters

It's finally feeling as though Spring has sprung after a very drawn out "Sprinter". I've had my eye on these outfits from Tea Collection for weeks (so many weeks) but I couldn't even bring myself to purchase them until the sun came out. And luckily I did wait!! Tea Collection is currently having a 25% off sale on select items and my Spring picks made the list! Check it out for yourself :)

Here are the outfits I got for the girls:

Size 5

Retail Price: $29.50
You Save: $7.55
Size 2

Retail Price: $29.50
You Save: $7.55
Size 5

Retail Price: $35.50
You Save: $10.55
Size 18-24 mo

Retail Price: $29.50
You Save: $5.55
from: Tea Collection

*This post contains affiliate links but my love for Tea Collection is real <3

10 Things Your New Puppy Needs

Gear for New Puppies

What does a new puppy need? Here are our Top 10 suggestions for the latest in must-have puppy gear.

Puppies need love, a clean bed, and tiny little morsels of dog food. They also require a lot of other things that were completely foreign to us! When my husband and I decided to get a puppy, we really didn't know what we were in for. Matt didn't grow up with dogs, and while I did, I had no idea what was really involved because apparently my poor mother bore the brunt of the dog duty. We brought home our little bundle of fur on the day before Halloween. Our daughter decided his name would be Theodore Barkley Carrier, and we agreed because honestly, it was adorable the way she said Feodore (still working on that tricky "th" sound.) Now six months old, our "little" Theo has acquired quite the collection of puppy gear and I'm happy to share it with you!

Chocolate Lab Puppy
Our little chocolate guy.

(Spoiler alert: The links below are affiliate links)

1. Carlson Secure and Compact Single Door Metal Dog Crate, Small
Crate Training worked really well for us. Theo quickly outgrew his puppy crate (shown here) and now we have two giant crates, one for each floor.
dog crate for puppy

2. KONG Classic Dog Toy, Medium, Red
We stuff this bad boy with kibble and peanut butter (or sun butter) to keep him busy!
Dog Toy

3.Pet Shedding Tool
Theo hasn't started shedding badly yet, but Spring is right around the corner so we're ready for it with this tool that came highly recommended from a Golden Retriever owner.
Pet Shedding Tool

4. KONG Cozie Ali the Alligator Medium Dog Toy, Green
In a house full of stuffies, Theo gets his own alligator.
Aligator dog toy

5.Gear Aid Tenacious Tape for Fabric Repair, Black
I have had to use this for a total of 4 rips in our down jackets now. It works like a charm.

Fabric repair tape

6.Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags for Cat and Dog
Must have for your pet! This is inexpensive AND fast! #win
Dog ID tag

7. Midwest Quiet Time Pet Bed (Fleece/24" x 18"). Washable, Bed, Heavy duty, Crate, Blanket, Chew.
You'll need multiples of theses little fleece beds. Trust us. There is always one in the wash at our house.
Bed for Puppy

8.Realtree Football Dog Toy, Medium
Stuff with treats and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Puppy dog toy

9. Gentle Leader Quick Release Headcollar: Large, Fawn
If you're having trouble with your puppy on a leash, we highly recommend the Gentle Leader. It was a huge help in getting him to not pull on the leash during walks!
Gentle Leader for puppies

10.Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner - Corded
Um yeah. I wish we didn't have to include this carpet cleaner, but trust me. You will eventually need it. I'll spare you the details.

Spot cleaner for pet stains
Must-have Puppy Gear

What would you add to this list?