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  • 3 Ways To Make Moving Easier When You Have Children

    Moving can be a big challenge even for adults, but if there are children in the house, you can expect for it to be even more challenging. If you are dreading trying to get everything done while keeping your kids appeased, you should know that you do have options. These are some of the many ways that you can make moving a whole lot easier when you have children.


    1. Hire Professional Movers

    Even though you might be capable of packing up all of your stuff on your own, the truth is that doing so is quite a lot of work. If you hire a moving company, then you can have a whole crew of professionals who can help with packing things, moving heavy boxes and moving heavy furniture. This can take a lot of the weight off of your back — literally — and can help you get your move done a whole lot more quickly. Plus, if you have some help, you won’t be totally exhausted when you arrive at your new home.


    2. Consider Enlisting a Babysitter

    Even if you don’t normally use a babysitting service, such as if you are a stay-at-home parent who provides the sole care of your kids, you may want to think about hiring one for your big move. The truth is that seeing everything getting packed up and bagged up can be really upsetting for kids, no matter how hard you might try to calm them down. Plus, you have to worry about being able to fully supervise them and being able to keep them from being underfoot while you and the movers are trying to get your work done, which can be dangerous for everyone who is involved. Hiring a babysitter, even for a couple of hours, can make things way easier for you and can help make things less stressful for your kids, too.


    3. Get Your Kids Excited About the Move

    Focusing on getting your kids excited about the move, such as by reading books about moving with them and showing them pictures of your new destination and all of the fun things that are around for them to see and do, can help make things a lot easier on your little ones and can reduce your own stress, too.

    As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can make moving easier when you have kids, whether you are hiring long distance movers Calgary for a cross-country move or if you are just moving right down the street. Either way, if you follow these tips and work with the right moving company, you can make your move a whole lot easier for the entire family, including your children.

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  • How to Keep Costs Low When Giving Christmas Gift Baskets

    One of the most common concerns shoppers have when buying holiday gifts is the cost, and you may be wondering how you can give thoughtful Christmas gift baskets Canada on a dime. After all, you have many other expenses to contend with this season, such as holiday travel expenses, home décor expenses and countless other gifts to buy for others. The good news is that you can masterfully create gorgeous holiday gift baskets that those on your gift giving list will love when you follow a few helpful tips.

    Select Your Basket Theme With Care
    There are numerous themes that you can choose to use when creating Christmas gift baskets. These range from everything from barbecue gift sets to golfing gift baskets for men to spa day baskets and cooking gift baskets for the women. Some basket ideas are far more affordable to implement than others. A smart idea is to delve deeper into each theme you can come up with by brainstorming gift ideas that you may place in the baskets and pricing those gifts. Through this additional step, you will be able to determine which holiday gift basket ideas may be more affordable to create.

    Make the Basket One of the Gifts
    Another great way to save money on your gift basket is to choose your basket with care. The basket itself can be one of the gifts. For example, you can use a large soup mug or mixing bowl as the container for a hot cocoa basket or a cooking basket. Slippers can be used to store items for as spa day package. A popcorn bowl can be used for a family movie night basket. These are only some of the creative ways that you can make the basket a useful part of the gift. This eliminates the need to add additional cost to your gift by selecting a basket that may never be used again.

    Deliver Your Basket in Person
    While there are costs associated with creating the package or basket, there are also costs associated with delivering or shipping gift baskets. When possible, it may be best to personally deliver Christmas gift baskets. This creates a more personalized experience for the recipient, and you get the satisfaction of seeing your gifts light up the face of the recipient. More than that, you can save money by eliminating shipping and delivery costs.

    Christmas gift baskets are a wonderful option for many people on your gift giving list this year, and there are countless themes to consider. As you explore the basket ideas, consider how these tips can each be implemented to help you save money on your basket purchases. For additional info, visit Boodles of Baskets and learn more from their online references.

  • Fashion

    classic stripes with boyfriends jeans are one of my favorite style staples in any wardrobe. the refinement of the black and white stripes and ladylike peplum coupled with the distressed boyfriend jeans never gets old to me and makes such an interesting look.

    recently i had reader question about styles that work well for heavy set children. i have to say the peplum top is one of my favorites for trimming in a tummy while providing comfort and great design detail. the skirt of the shirt seems to cut a tummy right where needed and provides roominess over the largest part of the belly while letting the little ones run and play freely. for another favorite of mine for heavy set girls, check out my round up of midi shorts.

    we love these gap jeans. after looking at several tutorials i followed this DIY from Free People to get the look we wanted. I might be hooked on destressing jeans now though. I am working on pair number two this week and i think these babies are only going to get better with time.

    look for the peplum top from crew cuts here and the flats are old from target.

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    as you know we are a girl malnourished family. with seventeen (yes i said it) cousins on my side of the family there are only FIVE girls (feels so good to say that, just last week my sister adopted her two year old  girl foster child. more on that to come. yay gracie! we upped our numbers) and out of the thirteen cousins on the hus’ side there are only THREE girls. it is no wonder why camping and surfing and dirt bikes are part of our family fun rotation.  but what we lack in numbers we make up for pure, girly raddness. enter ruby’s two nine year old BFF’s, Saylor (which she calls Sayla) and Emma Jane.

    they are fun loving and silly and thoughtful, kind and smart and creative. they treat ruby as though she always belongs with them in their little tween huddle. they give her parts in their dances and laugh when she makes them play hide and seek in the confounds of her four bedroom walls, talk about creative.

    if ruby is not gonna get a sister of her own these two definitely make up for it.  what could warm a mama’s heart more then hearing her  daughter name all her girl cousins when you ask who her best friends are? nothin it tell ya. we couldn’t have asked for better examples to our little one.

    c/o forever 21 girls pink ringer tee / c/o floral dress sold out but similar here and i love this romper too

    white lace top / blue floral jeans (sold out but very similar here)

  • Fashion

    military vest / distressed jeans / mlb hat / chambray shirt / arrow necklace / converse / gold sandals

    as i said in my this post dodger hats are mandatory in this house.

    it has literally become my favorite accessory.

    especially when worn with unexpected twists like this winter when i wore this to a clippers game.
    chambray shirt / leather jacket  and another good one here/ fur vest (have to wait until fall again for a good one) / leggings / hat / bag / boots

    okay now bare with me. you have to wear the layers accordingly or you are seriously encroaching on biker chick territory. be careful. this chambray shirt hangs longer in the back, making it appropriate for lady like myself to wear with “liquid leggings”.  yep, i said it, “liquid leggings”. completely doable peeps. then when you add the leather jacket you have the peekaboo of the denim shirt dividing the leggings from the leather and you are gold.  the effect of the leather sleeves through the vest is rad. just plain R-A-D.

    and i also mixed this same outfit up like this, adding a black blazer in exchange for the leather jacket.

    many of you have been asking me for my own outfits and as i work up the courage to do real nice selfies i will leave you with these iphone photos for now. forgive me.

  • Fashion

    eight of the best, most adorable swimsuits for babies

    gap mint dot / anchor hat / floral swim bloomers / palm suit / orange animal print / navy button ruffle suit/ mini rodini stripe / chambray hat / purple floral suit / orange two piece suit

    please note, if you purchase items by linking through my site, I may earn a small fee. nothing to pay for a college, more like enough to buy more diet coke to keep me up late  at night, creating more posts I hope you love.  I will always link to products that I really truly love or that I really truly would love to have.

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    when i wanted to start this blog i called this woman because she knows a thing or two or one million about the blogging world.

    she is so smart, insightful and HONEST.

    she has been one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders.

    I love having inspiring friends.

    Creative friends.

    Successful friends.

    Happy friends.

    Imperfect friends.

    Friends who lead.

    Friends who need you to lead sometimes.

    Friends who know who they are.

    Friends who are trying to figure out who they are.

    Friends who look for the good around them.

    Friends that laugh at the bad.

    Friends who are different from me.

    Friends who are similar to me.

    Am i officially rambling now?  Yes, I am.

    Ashley is quickly becoming a good friend and she embodies so many of these things I love in a friendship.

    today i am over on her blog, little miss momma, talking about one of my favorite and most affordable spring accessories…BRIGHT PINK LIPS!

  • Fashion

    toddler boy style…

    new era hat / h&m shirt / target button up (old but similar here and here)

    if you follow me on insta, you know we are BIG dodgers fan.

    a new era dodger hat is a must in this house. you can’t spit without hitting one here. i have this one and i am pretty sure it goes with everything.

    you must also love lions. mandatory. double points if your name means “lion”, which his does.

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  • what to wear in family photos… peaches and cream

    for my most often asked question, what should we wear in our family photos here is a little color story i have been thinking of. peaches and cream.  everywhere i look there is peach. pretty, soft, simple and great layered with lots of cream accents.

    white top / jcrew shorts / topshop cardigan / herringbone throw / necklace / sandals / teepee image via pinterest

    men’s timex watch / vintage skateboard / vans / striped shirt / gray pants / modern home

    stripe shirt / peach toddler sweatshirt / burlap toms / bone colored khakis / youth ringer tee / gray hoodie / coral native shoes / ikat tunic for girls / ball necklace /

    here are what i think pairs well with peach

    and just in case you didn’t see enough peaches and cream, here are some more ideas to fit every style:

    pair this gingham bowtie  for boys with a khaki suit or cuffed chinos and rolled up sleeves on their oxford

    are you a little bit of a hipster family? pair this colorblock cardigan with a striped tee.

    pair this sweet tulle skirt with a white tee, denim jacket, knee highs and the ballet flats below for a classic look.

    floral flats

    catch her riding on her beach cruiser in this fun peplum top, denim shorts and slide on sneakers around a beach city for a carefree and relaxed portrait.

    have an art lover? let her express herself with this quirky rendering top on top. high top sneaks on the bottom. this is just enough graphic to be interesting, not distracting.

    anthropologie not available online

    club monaco sweater

    similar at anthropologie

    joy folie flats

    crew cuts leggings.

    these would be great under a long slouchy sweater for a casual look or layer a button up with a sweeter and ballet flats. or  try them peeking out of the bottom of a trench coat.

    for a field or rustic shoot i would keep this floral sundress simple with soft leather sandals and put everyone else in khaki and shell colored clothing.



    pretty floral cardigan by boden


    stella mccartney polka dot tulle skirt.

    i would pair this with a simple cardigan (or the one above) and metallic flats to let the ombre polka dots be the star of the outfit.

    convinced you can’t get the older boys in peach? i know my hus wouldn’t go for it. i would layer mine in creams and grays. BUT if the guys in your life are more daring here are some fun pieces to try.


    quiksilver coral chino


    perfect for the beach shots this super casual flannel will help him relax in front of the camera. and it comes in sizes from little boys to mens.





    suede studded flats


    next pull on coral chinos. a great update from just plain blue denim. these would work great for baby and toddlers.