Life Lately…

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It was so nice for the first few weeks of April! Sunshine was just what we needed.
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And then the Easter bunny came crashing down on E’s whole world.  For real, I love that the mall we had this taken at took the time to edit and frame this keeper.
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If you caught my Insta Story, egg dyeing went a lot different in my head than it did in actuality.  She thought they were golf balls so she chucked them as soon as she could get her hands on them.  Then she just dipped her fingers in all the dye.
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I posted a roundup of my favorite spring styles for the toddler girl and boy!  So much cuteness out there!!
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Gah.  This girl.  How cute are these sunnies with that smile??
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I seriously couldn’t wait for E to get her Easter basket–so much fun!!
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The egg hunt was also a total success!  This dress was so perfect for Easter!
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I shared an update on E’s swim lessons here!
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My little bestie!
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We spent an awesome day as a family in Grandview…I posted all about it here!  And there’s still time to get yourself entered to win a $25 gift card! Hurry, it ends Sunday!
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Got some extra time with family last week as we said goodbye to my sweet Grandma…
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My sister threw us the sweetest sprinkle for baby girl last weekend with our families.  Baby girl is already so loved!
I am dying over these sandals and this book!
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I am officially 36 weeks today and am getting QUITE anxious for baby to get here!  Other than the final touches–the major thing we wanted ready to go was baby girl’s room and E’s big girl room and it is officially done!!  I will be sharing pics next week!!!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Erin

Ps. If you still need ideas for that special mama in your life, I posted a gift guide here!  Just a little over a week left!

A Family-Friendly Day in Grandview + Giveaway!

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Good morning!  Today I am so excited to be partnering with Nakturnal on behalf of real estate in Columbus, Ohio to share a few family-friendly activities in Grandview!  We absolutely adore Grandview. It has that small town quaintness feel, but with TONS of activities throughout the year for all ages.

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Stauf’s Coffee is the perfect way to start your day.  I feel so fancy walking in, the aroma hitting you even before you walk in.  And then the beverages?  Artwork.
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Grab a donut at the counter at DK Diner (the sour cream donut is my absolute favorite.)  or you can sit and have an amazing brunch on the patio!  The whole atmosphere is super casual:  You can get a donut as an appetizer and they put coffee out for you to sip on while you wait for a table if you decide to stay for a full breakfast!
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Grandview is full of these little touches; so fun for the littles!! This community library is located near Stevenson Elementary!
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Lunch at Sweet Carrot!  They have an amazing indoor and outdoor dining area.  And the food is SO good.
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Stop by Little Green House Play Cafe and let the littles run around while you grab a cup of coffee.  Yes, please!  Eleanor was obsessed with the firetruck!
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Our favorite park is Wyman Woods Park.  The ground is squishy which is perfect for those toddler falls!  And then when you are on your way home, make sure you stop by Mama Mimis for a take and bake pizza and a local six pack!  You will feel like a domestic goddess when it comes out of the oven.  Fresh and gourmet and you didn’t have to do a thing.
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…and now for a fun giveaway!!  Comment below with what your favorite spot in Grandview or Columbus is and then enter your information into the Rafflecopter to get yourself entered to win a $25 gift card to Staufs Coffee!  Good luck, friends!!

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And if you are interested in checking out German Village, my friends over at Wander and Whine shared their favorite spots and are giving away a gift card to Pistacia Vera (remember how little E was on her first trip there?!)!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!
Erin

*This post was written in partnership with Nakturnal, but all opinions, as always, are my own!

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