Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

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Good morning!  Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away (May 14th!) and I wanted to share a couple of ways to treat the special women in our lives!  Over the weekend, our family lost our sweet Grandmother.  She epitomized what it meant to be a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, neighbor, teacher.  It will be so special to see all of the people she touched gather together on Tuesday to celebrate her in all of these roles.  Her love and spirit will radiate through all of us forever.

 Mothers do so much that goes unnoticed.  And I’m not just talking about the physical things they do for their children that keep them fed, clean, etc…we all know that’s a big part of it, but the real job is in those special things that mothers do.  The constant worrying, the kisses when only a mother’s kiss will do, the countless sacrifices, the pep talks.  The list goes on.

When I have good news or bad news, the first person I always want to call is my mom; she always seems to know just what to say.  Since becoming a mom, I realize just how much a mother does–it’s a 24/7/365 job that lasts forever.  And it truly is the best.  So: Mother’s Day: a day to celebrate all of the wonderful men and women in our lives who have taken on this role and given so much of themselves to us!  Listed below are some items that can be wrapped up individually for the big day or added together with a bottle of wine, box of tea/coffee, a gift card to get a mani/pedi, or a photo book like one from Chatbooks!

Monogram Pendant Necklace
Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish- Satin Slippers
Yummy Mummy Shower Cream
Sugar Lip Treatment- Poppy
Kate Spade Ear Buds and Portable Charger Set
Scallop Faux Leather Tote
Sugarfina XOXO Candy Bento Box
Jardinier Pot Holder
Lemon Recipe Book
‘All in Good Taste’ Tea Kettle
Super Mom Diner Mug

Thank you to all the mamas out there!! We can’t wait to spoil you!
Have a great start to the week, friends!
Erin

Lessons at Goldfish Swim School {3}!

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Good morning!! Eleanor has officially graduated to mini 2 classes at Goldfish Swim School!  Mini 2 classes are for ages 16 months-35 months and at 35 months she will be ready to swim on her own!  She has developed so many skills already, but the one we are the most excited about is her confidence in the water.  If anyone remembers back to that first lesson, Eleanor screamed her head off which was super embarrassing because I’ve actually never seen a child cry or even throw any kind of fit at Goldfish.  It’s the happiest place on earth.  But that first lesson was rough.  Luckily, we had a great instructor who loaned her his baby doll and we made it through.  With each lesson since she has grown to love swim lessons and her time in the water.  She happily jumps back into the water when she practices crawling out, collects the balls without any help kicking, and goes under water without freaking out and sputtering when she comes back up.

Another key part of E’s lessons that we really appreciate is how she is learning to get out of the pool.  With just a bit of a nudge, she can get herself up out of the pool.  It will obviously take some time before she can truly do this on her own, but she is learning the skills that she could use in an emergency if she needed to.  It is never too soon to start learning water safety!  The week of May 14th will be Water Safety Awareness Week at Goldfish and they will have a special focus on the skills needed to be safe in and around the water all summer long!

Has anyone else started swim lessons?  What skills has your little one mastered?  Which do you appreciate the most??
If you are interested in getting your little one signed up you can check here for a location near you to get started!  Summer will be here before we know it!
Hope you all have a great day!
Erin

*This post was sponsored by Goldfish Swim School, but all opinions, as always, are my own!

Spring Style for the Toddler Boy!

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Good morning!! As a follow up to yesterday’s post, as promised, here are some of my favorites for the boys!  Back when I thought Eleanor was going to be a boy, which now seems so so odd, I stocked up on boy clothing and many of those items remained in her wardrobe which I kind of love.   I really love boy clothing and there are some amazing pieces out for spring/summer this year!

1. How stinking cute are these sunglasses!?  AND they are only $5.

2. I just about keeled over when I saw this hat.  And again, a steal at $8.

3. For those chilly mornings and evenings, this light sweatshirt and jacket are perfect.

4. Leggings like these or these are great for transition or evenings and then SHORTS!  I like that these can be dressed down with a tee or tank or up with a linen shirt!

5. Like I mentioned in the girl post, rainboots are toddler gold–E can almost get hers on by herself!  I love these!

6. These striped shoes I actually bought before I had E and she wore them because I just love them.  So, so much.

7. I thought my love for Natives went deep and then I saw that this pair GLOWS IN THE DARK!!  They actually have several colors that do!!  How perfect for the spring and summer evenings!?!

8. And don’t forget about my post on Swimwear for the Littles!

Happy shopping and a very happy Thursday!
Erin

Spring Style for the Toddler Girl!

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Spring has sprung, people!  Here in Ohio, the temps have stayed at a fairly steady 60-70 degrees and the little person in our house is loving it.  I think there would be riots if there was even a hint of snow in the forecast.  With all the baby prep, spring kind of snuck up on me this year.  E loves to get outside and all of sudden I found that her plentiful wardrobe really didn’t contain many warmer temperature pieces.  I think we’ve finally reached the point in her life/growth that we have to actually shop every season.  Before, she just had tons of stuff that were a wide range fit (think 6-12 months) that we got at showers, hand me downs, or that I bought when I saw a good deal, etc…and I just mixed and matched to fit the season.  Now, she is growing like a weed and is now a healthy 2T.  Plus, last year she didn’t really play much outside so I could get away with less summer specific items.  She has a lot of sweatshirts and sneakers that fit, but she was lacking in sandals that fit, spring dresses, and short sleeves.  Leggings will make a great transition piece, but soon it will be all shorts all day!

There are so many great pieces out there for girls right now (and don’t worry boy mamas–I have a post coming next on toddler boys!) so let’s get to it!

1. Eleanor has these sunglasses in blue and they are by far my favorite thing ever.  She doesn’t keep them on long, but I think she’ll grow to love them like her bows which she now tries to put on herself. 🙂

2. These bows are seriously darling.  I also love her June and January knotted headbands.

3.  It’s still pretty chilly in the mornings and in the evenings so a jacket is a must.  This one would also double nicely as a rain jacket!

4. Off the Shoulder Top

5. This dress would be perfect with a cardigan and can be worn well into the summer.  I’m thinking this would be a perfect dress for Memorial Day and/or Fourth of July!  And at $13?!  It’s a steal.

6.  Love these linen shorts and these striped shorts, I actually kinda want them to come in my size?

7. E has these Native shoes in multiple colors and sizes.  They are the same texture as Crocs, but closed in which I think is great for this age!

8. Just ordered these rainboots in the next size E will need so they are ready to go when she outgrows her yellow Hunter boots!  Rainboots are solid gold in toddler world.

9.  I mentioned these sandals in last week’s favorite’s post and I cannot wait to get them!! Gah, baby toes!!

10.  A couple of weeks ago I also posted a roundup of Swimwear for the Littles!

Happy shopping and wahoo for warmer temps!!
Happy Wednesday!
Erin

Friday Favorites!

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Holy happy Friday!! Yowza it’s been a long week.  I decided it might be time for a little retail therapy.  I mean, was this week seriously long for anyone else??  Maybe it’s because Ohio experienced all four seasons this week?!  Either way, I’m treating myself.  Here’s what I’m loving this week!!

  1. How cute is this list pad?! Neeeeeed!
  2. I’ve been thinking for awhile that I need a keychain that’s on the brighter side.  Finding my keys has become a really annoying struggle lately.  A struggle that feels unnecessary.  This bright keychain is amazing.
  3. Ok.  Has anyone tried Glossier Cloud Paint??  I keep reading that it is best thing since sliced bread.  Anyone local wanna go in on the 2/$30 deal with me??
  4. I know I would never actually light this candle because it’s just so pretty.  So, so pretty.
  5. I will be posting what’s going in my hospital bag this time around here in a few weeks and I’m realllllllly thinking this hair tie needs to be in there.  So Darling.
  6. I couldn’t help myself, I bought Phoebe Fawn for Eleanor’s Easter basket in addition to everything else.  She’s just too cute, plus all Hazel Village dolls are 20% with code SPRINGFLING20 at Baby Cubby!
  7. The prettiest spring polish.
  8. I will be doing a whole spring/summer toddler clothing post next week, but I’m ordering these shoes for E as we speak.  Her sweet toes in these sparkly shoes is more than my heart can handle.  I can’t wait.
  9. My sister got me these shoes for my birthday and I was finally able to bust them out yesterday, you know, before it started it snowing today.  I absolutely love these shoes (I also have them in the brown color) and bonus…all shoes at Target are buy one get one 50% off right now!
  10. E is going through a sticker phase and it keeps her little fingers busy at restaurants, church, etc…I have been saving stickers for her for years because I knew if she was anything like me she would be sticker obsessed, but we are already running low so I am officially stocking up!!

Ok. So, what else do I need?  Give me all the things!

Hope you lovelies have a great weekend!
Erin