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What To Wear for Family Photos

It’s family photo season and while it can be quite the task to find outfits, wrangle your kids, and plan everything, isn’t the end result SO worth it? While I use this blog for memories to look back on, I hope I can share some inspiration with y’all! Our friend/photographer Deven takes our yearly photos. You can see last years (here) as well as some tips from her here.

My biggest tip is to look at your home decor. These photos will ultimately be in picture frames around the house or on a gallery wall right? Our house is very bright so we tend to stray towards colors that are light: pinks, blues, creams, whites, etc. If your home decor is more bright and spunky, bust out the hot pink sweaters and bright accessories.

My dress is on sale here for $21 and comes in 5 other styles! The rest of our outfits are below:

 

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Gift Ideas for Toddler Girls

toddler christmas tree

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included toys as compensation.

I’ve partnered up with Kohl’s to share my Holiday Gift Guide for toddler girls! When making this gift guide, I knew I wanted to include items that Ava could use now at 15 months, but also items she can use at 17 and 18 months. I sifted through tons of toys and today I’m sharing my top picks!

toddler gift ideas

It is no secret that I love Kohl’s. From clothing to toys, they have it all and at affordable prices. My favorite part about Kohl’s is the ability to by online and pickup the item in store, most of the time, in a couple hours. Plus, who doesn’t love Kohl’s cash?!

Ok, now onto the good stuff, my picks! All you must do is find the number and click the link on the number below- SO easy!

toddler gift ideas

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Some of my favorite toy brands to purchase at Kohl’s are Melissa & Doug, Fisher Price, Disney Princess, Lego, and Hot Wheels.

baby piano

toddler kitchen gifts

I’ve already started wrapping Ava’s gifts and these first two are Melissa & Doug, which is our favorite brand! They have so many fun and educational toys. She LOVES anything musical, so I can’t wait to let her play with this pink piano.

toddler christmas gifts

The next item is this plush Fisher Price bear. It features 75+ songs, shapes, counting and parts of the body.

toddler puzzles

The last item I’ve purchased is this Disney Princess puzzle. Books and puzzles are two items we don’t limit for Ava as they are such brain boosters.

toddler gift ideas

Let me know if you have any questions and hope you find some great gifts and ideas! Happy shopping!

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Any affiliate links are not associated with Kohl’s.

 

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Baby Jogger Review: City Mini Anniversary Edition

Strollers these days have gotten huge, heavy, and SO dang expensive. Not to mention there are so many to choose from – Full size, travel systems, jogging strollers…the list goes on and on.  In today’s post, I wanted to talk a little bit about our City Mini Anniversary Edition, and give you my full and honest Baby Jogger review.

When I opened our package, it was already late and dark outside, so I started using it inside my house. The first thing I noticed was how well it whipped (and nae nae’d) around corners. Our first stroller was much bulkier, so when taking Ava anywhere, I would have to put her in the car, take the seat off my stroller, fold up the frame, and was sweating bullets after all of the steps were complete. Now that Ava is over a year, I knew I wanted something more compact and lightweight.

One of my favorite features of the City Mini Anniversary Edition is being able to fold the stroller with one hand. A simple life of a strap folds the stroller down into a compact size, perfect if you have a sedan or want more space in your SUV. My other favorite feature is its generous sun canopy with two peekaboo windows. It provides great shade from the sun no matter what angle the seat is positions. Ava can get uninterrupted naps as the canopy can be opened up 1/3, 1/4 or full closed. The

Since the stroller is so light weight (at only 22 lbs), be aware that if you strap a heavy diaper bag to the handle and your child gets out, the stroller will topple over. If you want to avoid this, the storage basket below has ample room for a small to medium size bag.

With every stroller, there are accessories. These are some of my favorites for the City Mini Anniversary Edition are the parent console, child tray, and glider board.

All in all, I’m so glad we have this stroller for the next stage with Ava. It’s convenient, lightweight, and comfortable.

This post has been sponsored by Baby Jogger. I received the stroller in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation related to this review, but this review does include affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my
own.

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One Year with Ava

I’m 5 days late writing this, however, this has been in my drafts for the past couple weeks. Then, a stomach bug hit our house [which I’m still recovering from],

I can’t believe a year ago, at 8:03 am, I met Ava for the first time. I was nervous an excited at the same time. I was able to hold our daughter for about 30 minutes, and then she was taken from me. I talk more about that here. It was definitely a scary and emotional time, and some of those feelings are still with me today. But here we are, a year later, with a sassy and adorable little ONE YEAR OLD.

This will be the last month of updates, I’ll update periodically at her 15 and 18 month milestones. I’m also pretty psyched that I don’t have to take these monthly photos anymore because let me tell you, they were not easy the last couple months! If you can get a toddler to sit still for 0.5 seconds to get a non-blurry photo, you deserve a medal. I didn’t even try for 12 months because I knew that was not going to happen. If I’ve learned anything in the last year, it’s that the art of distraction is your friend as a parent.

I laid in bed the night before her birthday sobbing, full out ugly crying, wondering where the last year went, how she’s grown, and excited for the future all at once. We had plans to celebrate her birthday on the 25th with all our family, however the bug got the best of us, so I’m excited to have her party this weekend.

A few milestones from the past month:

  1. MAMAMA: She’s obsessed with me and I love it. For the longest time, she was team dada, but she made the switch where I’m the one she crawls to and wants to hold her.
  2. Meltdowns: Literally the tantrums have started.
  3. Introducing whole milk: I was hesitant to do this, as I didn’t know how she would react, but she LOVES it. She’s had it the past two nights and has slept like a baby. Legit, so great.
  4. Sippy Cups: we’ve been working on switching most feedings to sippy cups. She still has her morning and evening bottles, but for the most part, her day feedings are all with these sippy cups.
  5. Pointing: she loves to point at everything, it’s so cute. She is also fascinated with putting her pointer finger on your eyes and touching your eyelashes.

Those were a few of our favorite high moments [minus the tantrum], however the worst moment was this virus she had last week. She had a running nose on Monday and Tuesday, but we didn’t think much of it because 1. it was clear, and 2. she had no other symptoms. They called us from daycare Wednesday saying she had a fever of 100 degrees, so I went to pick her up. She was warm, but she seemed to be in typical spirits, so I gave her some medicine and knew I we would be staying home Thursday. Sean and I split the day where he was with her Thursday morning and I was with her Thursday afternoon. That’s when she took a turn for the worst. Her fever hadn’t gone down with medicine, and we took her temperature and it was 102. We took her to the urgent care and it has spiked to 104.5. I was terrified and she was miserable. They gave her a suppository of tylenol, as I wanted to make sure she got her medicine. All Friday, all she wanted to do was cuddle and sleep. She hadn’t done that since she was a tiny little thing.

I included her milestones below, you can check out Month 1-2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6, Month 7, Month 8, Month 9Month 10-11 here.

Month 10 was a fail.