October 27, 2016

Pure Vida

Disclaimer: I was provided bracelets to facilitate this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I feel like 95% off the packages that show up to my house are for the kids so I was beyond excited when these gorgeous bracelets showed up last week. I've seen Pure Vida in a couple of local boutiques so I looked into the company even more after they arrived.

I love the premise of them: two guys go on vacation and fall in love with the culture. They ask locals to create 400 bracelets to take home with them and the entire line is created. Each bracelet is hand crafted and amazing quality, plus each bracelet supports local artisans.

My jewelry box still holds beaded bracelets from my service trip to Belize so it got me right in the heart. 

The Pura Vida Charity Collection was created to give back to different causes all over the world. Pura Vida is partnered with over 190 charities and have donated more than $935,358 to date. Some of my favorites are Anxiety AwarenessBreast Cancer AwarenessDepression AwarenessAutism Awareness, and Mental Health AwarenessThey also donate 1% of their annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. The goal to continue to expand the charity line and support as many causes as possible.

Random Act of Kindness is one of my favorite causes. This world can get so ugly so I try once a week to do a Random act of kindness and part of me really wants to stock pile these bracelets to give away...

I am seriously so in love with the aesthetic and the message. While the company doesn't say the offer a Zen quality, for me, they remind me to slow down and ponder...

You can check out Pure Vida's full selection of bracelets on their website as well as their accessories and clothing line.

The real question just becomes, do you buy them for yourself? Or as gifts?

xo, Heather

October 25, 2016

Strolling into Fall with the Joovy ScooterX2

Disclaimer: I was provided with a stroller to facilitate a review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

It's officially Fall yall.
We had a couple of super warm days in the past week and I've really loved getting in a few more warm walks, holding on to our warmer days.

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As much as I love our VaryLight Tandem Stroller, I've been looking for a side by side stroller for our walks.  I had a jogger but it was super old and run down, even missing the front tray/bar. Not exactly perfect and when the tire started going flat, I knew it was time to upgrade.

The amazing people at Joovy sent us this gorgeous ScooterX2 and I am just in love.

Like always, Joovy offers it all in a gorgeous design.

The double stroller holds two children, each up to 45 lbs, but still offers the convenience of fitting through our doorway!
The seats recline individually and I honestly love the set up.  You simply loosen up the strap to recline and pull the strap tighter to sit the seats upright.
The front offers a footrest for my tall kids and a safety bar to help keep them in.
There is a huge canopy that keeps them completely tucked away from the sun when needed but it offers a big viewing window for me to keep an eye on them!

Each seat has a mesh cup holder that is great for storing my water bottle or my house keys while we're out. The huge basket was perfect for us when we went to the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular and brought along my purse, some blankets, diaper changes, and some snacks! I'm a huge babywearer, but this stroller is perfect when both kids need to be pushed around, like our town fair and looking at pumpkins!

My favorite part is that, like the VaryLight, the ScooterX2 offers a 1 handed fold! It's so simple to open and close and is light enough for me to lift in and out of the van. 

I love the vibrant, gorgeous color of our ScooterX2, but you'll have to check out the full listing on the Joovy page and let me know your favorite color!

xo Heather

October 17, 2016

Great Pretenders

Disclaimer: I was provided product to help facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you see our adorable Pokemon themed costume post on Instagram over the weekend?

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I'm very excited for Halloween this year, which isn't the norm for me. Both of my kids are old enough to enjoy dressing up, understand trick or treating, and are counting down to the holiday, which in turn, means I'm excited as well.

Emma has been adamant about being Misty from the Pokemon for weeks now, but a small package arrived on our doorstep this weekend and now she's not sure.

I met the Great Pretenders at Toy Fair back in February and instantly knew that Emma would love the company. The outfits themselves are such great quality, nice sturdy outfits that can handle my children playing in them.  I was torn between getting Emmalee a new Frozen Ice Queen dress or a cheerleader but she's been so into the Patriots lately, literally running around our house in a white sports bra, her blue and white striped skirt, and her Patriots bow (by McClure House Designs), cheering during each game.... I had to get the cheerleader outfit.

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I wished I had recorded her face when she opened the box. She immediately ran to her room to go put it on. What made me laugh even more was that Tyler ran to his room and came out with his Patriots jersey.

The kids loved playing in the living room, throwing a stuffed doll across the room, pretending it was a football while Emma made up the best cheers for him!

I love any toy, product, or activity that pushes them to their creative side and this costume is no exception. Minutes later, we were outside being a "Cheerleader Circus Performer" on the trapeze.

And I don't mind her being outside in it because... wait for it... it's machine washable! I'm not lying when I say it's sturdy enough for the washing machine, and comfortable enough for her to wear all day.

As much as I love her cheerleader outfit, I've already found myself back on the Great Pretenders website, picking out more outfits that I think Emma would love. A few of my favorites are the Lightning Quick Adventure Chick,  Mermaid Dress Blue & Lilac, and the Crystal Queen Dress.

There are a handful of "boy" costumes as well. I say "boy" because there's no reason a girl can't be a dragon or a doctor, but I digress... I think Ty will love the Pirate set, the Doctor set, the Bat Cape with hood, or the Fire Breathing Dragon.

While I'll be picking up a couple more costumes in time for Halloween, I love that these outfits are so durable that we can play with them all year long. I'm already picturing a cheerleader dinner, or a princess taking care of her Bitty Baby, or superheroes saving our puppy...

Great Pretenders is even offering 15% off your purchase before October 31st. Just use the coupon code: halloween2016

In addition to their website, you can find Great Pretenders on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can even check out Emma on their Instagram! You'll have to leave her a comment there and then let me know which costume is your favorite here!



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