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She {hearts} Tattify

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I had so much fun wearing these rad temporary tattoos from Tattify! I mean, seriously! Such a cool concept! Adult designs (and kids), that look like the real-deal, but zero commitment and zero regret!

Not only do I love these tattoos, but I really dig this company. I believe they stand out among the rest! Their web-site is so spiffy, their tattoos are gorgeous! They feature a variety of talented artists, and you can just tell, they put their heart into their designs. Plus, Tattify allows any artist to submit their work for a chance to be a sold. You, yes YOU could be the next temp-tatt artist, showing your art around the world! You’ll be paid each time your tattoo is sold and your art will be protected and remain your own. I just love that!

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I will be purchasing from Tattify! And you should too! Not only are they affordable, but have such a variety of tattoos to choose from!  You can finally rock an awesome tattoo, that won’t upset your grandma!

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She {hearts} Kiss My Face Suncare

Summer is in full swing which means the sun will be beating down on us on a daily basis (hopefully) and we will all be outside enjoying it! But don’t forget to protect the skin of those kiddos (and do’t forget yourself there to Mom!)

Kiss My Face has an entire line suncare products for the whole family. The Kids Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a thick, full coverage lotion that is paraben and phthalate free, with no artificial fragrances. I love how safe it is for my kids bodies and it certainly does the job by protecting their fair skin. My only complaint is it is almost TOO thick, and after some time in the pool you can see the white lotion on their skin. But if it keeps them covered, then I’m okay with that.

A good alternative to the Mineral Sunscreen that Kiss My Face makes is a Sun Spray Lotion. It has all the same great qualities of the Mineral Sunscreen, it is just easier to apply on to the kids. I just spray it on my hands and rub it in. Since it is a bit thinner, I can get it on the kids faces without having to work too hard, which in turn makes my life a little bit easier, and what mama doesn’t want that?!

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Visit Kiss My Face on their webpage, facebook, and twitter.

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She {hearts} Gretchen Scott Designs

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GSD_meI think I love almost everything that this designer has in their store. I’m a big fan of fun & colorful tunics, dresses, and cover-ups to add to my summertime wardrobe and everything they have is right down my alley! And to make it extra special, they have Mommy & Me clothes so my baby girl and I can match!

Gretchen Scott carries the “Laugh More Gripe Less. Ignore Critics. Say Yes. Order Dessert. Love Life” mantra and it’s tagged on every Gretchen Scott item. Known for her festive tunics and dresses, Gretchen inserts life and personality into her designs. Gretchen created a sustainable line of clothing that makes summer, holiday and warm climate dressing easy. Her clothes are about accessing a place that is chic, joyous, playful and fun. She looks at the clothing need realities of her customers: clothing that packs easily, transitions from day to night, office to dinner or cocktails, carpool to swimming pool. She said, “If you can give that, with clean lines and surprise elements – it’s a homerun.”

She finds inspriation from her travels across the world. Her designs reflect a global perspective with India being the biggest part. She feels the Indian sense of color, proportion and incredible embroidery is amazing. Hand printed, festive fabrics and vibrant inks define Gretchen Scott Designs’ look.

Gretchen Scott Designs is sold in over 1000 stores worldwide.

Check out a few of my favorite Gretchen Scott Designs that hang in my closet:
Happy Turtle Mommy & Me Tunic
Sea Not Navy Mommy & Me Tunic (featured here with my daughter and I)
Georgette Silk Tunic
Reef Tunic
Check out their website or Facebook page to see what your favorite item is!

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She {hearts} Scheduling the Summer with Kids

Today marks the first day of Summer Break for my kids and while many kids are excited to not have to answer to a teacher until school begins in the fall, my kids won’t have that option. The structure my kindergartener had during the school was a blessing. I didn’t realize how much a creature of habit he was and how much he benefited from the constant routine was astounding. He is a worrier, so knowing what to expect did him a world of good and helped him grown in confidence and maturity.

So this summer, my kids will be following a semi-strict schedule, similar to the school year. Every little detail of the day isn’t going to be mapped out, but things like getting dressed, doing chores, and doing schoolwork will be done at a pre-determined time. There will be plenty of playtime and downtime as well, and we will continue to run a tight ship from dinnertime to bedtime as we do year round. This way the kids will know what comes next, what is expected of them, and it will keep me from being lazy as well.

 

Do you follow a summer schedule? How does it work for you and your family?

 

 

she {hearts} You & Me by Jessie Steele

Jessie Steele is a company known for their vintage-look aprons and kitchen accessories. Pavilion Gift Company has recently worked with Jessie Steele to produce their “You & Me by Jessie Steele” line, featuring adorable mug sets, teapots, and cookie jars.

I was provided with the “You & Me by Jessie Steele” Mommy & Me Aqua Spring Rose Bunch 3 piece mug set as well as the coordinating “Me Too” mini mug. My older daughter was ELATED to have a little tea party with her mommy. I had intended to save the “Me Too” mug (that’s cuteness overload right there) for my 6 month old daughter to use when she is a little older, but my monster-truck-obsessed 2 year old son jumped right in and insisted that he be part of the tea party. Both kids were giggling and doing “cheers!” and dumping spoonful after spoonful of sugar into their tea (and mommy’s tea, too).


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I love the sweet idea behind these “You & Me by Jessie Steele” mug sets. They are the perfect Mother’s Day gift and also recognize special grandmas, nanas, and aunts. They can be purchased through Pavilion Gift Company’s website.

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She {hearts} Morphology

Morphology LogoMy family loves playing board games, so when someone sent me a link to Morphology, I couldn’t wait to try it!  Morphology is a board game in which players must use what appears to be a random assortment of items to get their teammates to guess a particular word.  Various challenges are added as the game progresses, and everyone has to use a lot of creativity and work under the pressure of the clock!

When we received our copy of Morphology in the mail, we decided to play it with three different groups of people so that we could give it a thorough review.

Morphology Game2First, I played it with a group of women after a Bible study.  The age range was 25-50+ and the size of the group was around 8 or 9.  Everyone had a blast playing it!  Secondly, I played it with my family (my dad, my mom, and my adult brothers).  It was quite fun in this group as well, even though we had less players.  Thirdly, my husband and I played it with a bunch of teens in our youth group (ages 15-18).  They caught on quickly and had a great time too!Morphology Game

I found the game easy to explain, fun in multiple settings, and unique each time it was played.  While some party games get old rather quickly, I believe Morphology will continue to be fun because of the imagination required to complete each round successfully.

In addition to Morphology, there is also a Morphology, Jr. for younger kids.  Overall, I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun new party game to play with family or friends!

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She {hearts} Accountable Kids

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Photobucket As parents of three young kids, Keith and I have struggled to find a good way to implement a chore system.  I bought this massive book, complete with “chore packs”.  The kids loved it, for a couple of days.  But the chore packs and cards were easily lost, and there wasn’t a real sense of accountability.  It just wasn’t a good fit for us.

After some searching online, I was made aware of a program called Accountable Kids.   Using a simple progress board, it’s actually very easy to organize, and keep track of what my kids have done each day.  And since they can see it too, it gives them that sense of accomplishment and importance to the family.

Accountable Kids is designed to teach accountability and responsibility in the home.  If the kids  do their chores, they are able to use their tickets for everyday things, like going to the library, watching a TV show, playing a board game, etc.  They can also earn bonus bucks for extra chores, as well as a couple of other incentives based on learning good habits, and being on their best behavior.

The program has different phases, so you don’t jump in all at once.  This has been great for our family, as the kids are at different levels, both socially, and physically.  So while Rowan is now using the whole program, Bria is still figuring out the first few steps.

I’m so glad that I have found Accountable Kids.  There is no longer any question as to who does what, and when to do it.  It is all very clear, and the kids know what is expected of them.  I highly recommend this program for parents of small children.  It really does help them to feel important, like part of the team, and like they have some control over what they do each day.

 

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