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The Magical Jacket from Land’s End

I bought Gabe a jacket from Land’s End a few years ago.  It fit him well and I loved the look of it.  He loved that it was comfortable (score for my sensory processing kid!).  They didn’t have any in Con’s size, but I found a similar one for him elsewhere and we were set for colder weather.   The jacket was uh-may-zing.  The outer layer repelled stains and the inner layer was soft and warm.  It lasted the season well, so I put it up for Connor to wear later down the road — or so I thought.

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Fast-forward to the next fall:  I’d just left my job, so things were tight while we re-budgeted our lifestyle.  It hit me then that the kids would need new outerwear for the upcoming winter.  To quell my curiosity, I pulled both jackets out of storage before hitting the pavement in search of new Louisiana winter gear.  I tried Connor’s first — no dice.  “If Con’s doesn’t fit, there’s no way Gabe’s will.”  But I like pushing my luck, so I gave it a go.  Thank God I did — it fit!  I couldn’t believe my luck, but I chalked it up to a fluke.  The jacket continued to impress, showing hardly any wear whatsoever.  Back in storage it went, this time I was sure for Connor.

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Things weren’t as tight the following year but, being the frugal momma that I am, I pulled the coats out, anyway.  Once again, Connor would need a new jacket — but what about Gabe??  It would be waaaay too good to be true.  Nevertheless, I tried it.  Y’all, my poor kid was all but crossing his fingers that he’d need new digs.  I was crossing mine that he wouldn’t.  EUREKA!  I felt like a winning contestant on The Price is Right.  The damned thing FIT.  I couldn’t believe it.  Poor Gabe couldn’t either but, regardless, we were set for another season with what I dubbed as, “The Magical, Hunter Green Land’s End Miracle Jacket”.

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How my kids feel when hand-me-downs fit.

By the end of the final cold snap, the jacket finally showed signs of becoming too small.  My boy would no longer be forced to don the same coat for a fourth year.  But even still, the M.H.G.L.E.M.J still looked great.  It withstood playgrounds, pizza joints, field trips, and little brother sticky hands.  So back into the closet it went — waiting on the next time it’ll get to serve its purpose.  Am I intrigued?  Y’all know I am.

Any of you guys experience the gloriousness of seemingly magical kids’ clothing?  Drop your frugal but awesome finds below.  I’d love to hear from you!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide pt. 3

There are days that us moms feel like dressing up (read: the good leggings and non-stained top) and there are days that we have to shave our legs, put on good jeans, and a nice blouse.  But I would say most of the time, for me anyway, the go-to uniform is a kitschy t-shirt, lightly distressed denim, and trusty Chucks.  I love a cute tee that expresses my mood for the day — whether that mood is light or dark is generally pretty up in the air.  But today, for lightness’ sake, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites.  You may be thinking, “Who on earth would get their mom a TEE SHIRT for Mother’s Day?!”  Trust me.  If she has toddlers, puking babies, or if she’s recently cleaned a toilet, she’d love the new top (and you!) forever.

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  1. Raising Wild Things tee
  2. Mom of Boys tee
  3. Mom of Girls tee
  4. They Whine I Wine tee
  5. Walk Across Legos tee
  6. Diet Coke Helps tee

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Gabriel Clothing Co. Mom Box
Bonus Mommin’ tee

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My Must Have Baby Items (with links!)

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It’s the day after Easter and boy am I spent.  We had a full, but great, weekend with family and I loved every minute of it.

Our boys are so blessed to have people in their lives who love them the way they do and I am so grateful!  I’m also grateful to live in an age where bringing up baby has become a bit easier thanks to helpful products — especially since we hosted one event at our home!

My boys are each four years apart from one another (the biggest gap is an eight-year difference) and I forget each time just how hard it can be to juggle little ones during any holiday season, particularly if you’re playing host(ess).  Today I am sharing with you my most favorite items for baby that have made my days run a bit more smoothly.  I hope these suggestions will come in handy for you!

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  1. Skip Hop Pronto Baby Changing Station & Diaper Clutch

  2. Munchkin Formula Dispenser
  3. BooginHead Pacifier Clip
  4. Johnson’s Take Along Travel Pack
  5. Munchkin Arm & Hammer Bag Dispenser
  6. Aden + Anais Burpy Bib

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  1. Nuk Simply Natural Bottles
  2. Beaba Food Storage Containers
  3. Munchkin Steam Guard Sterilizer
  4. Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons
  5. Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 High Chair

 

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  1. Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
  2. Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard
  3. Bright Starts Tummy Time Mat
  4. Evenflo ExerSaucer Fold + Go
  5. Eddie Bauer Alpine 4 LX Travel System

 

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  1. VTech® Camera – VM3251-2
  2. Aden + Anais Swaddles
  3. SwaddleMe Slumber Buddies Soother
  4. SwaddleDesigns® Cotton Muslin Sleeping Sack
  5. SwaddleMe® Original Swaddle 2pk

 

DISCLOSURE: I am not receiving any compensation from any of these brands.  The items on this list are things I, personally, have used and recommend. 

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Our Favorite Easter Books (with links!)

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We love reading in our house; I have read to my boys from the time they were born.  So naturally, every holiday, they each receive a book.  I love that there are so many titles these days that encompass various holidays, and Easter is no different.  Today I am sharing with you my very favorite books for this upcoming Easter, complete with links to each title.  I hope you will find something for your littles that will be pure magic for them.

Board Books (baby – 3)

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  1. P is for Peter
  2. Llama Llama Easter Egg
  3. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime
  4. Happy Easter, Mouse!
  5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colors

Picture Books (4 – 8)

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  1. How to Catch the Easter Bunny
  2. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
  3. Happy Easter Curious George
  4. Tiny the Louisiana Easter Bunny (there are other state titles, too!)
  5. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick

 

Chapter Books (9-12)

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  1. Bunny Double We’re in Trouble
  2. Heidi Hecklebeck and the Tie-Dyed Bunny
  3. Galaxy Zack: A Galactic Easter
  4. Junie B. Jones: Dumb Bunny
  5. Captain Awesome and the Easter Egg Bandit
Parenting

Check Yo’Self

I hate shopping. I especially hate shopping when there are only four lanes open, three of which are loaded to the brim and the fourth is being operated by the store newbie. So when the self-checkout lanes became a reality, I was over the moon. I could get in, grab my stuff, check out, bag my items how I wanted them bagged, and get the hell out of Dodge.
But lately, it seems like the self-checkout has become a haven for the technologically disadvantaged and/or perpetually slow shoppers and I’ve had it, damnit! However, the other day as I was waiting to check out with all three kids in tow, it occurred to me that there should be a MOM’S ONLY self-checkout lane. And I’m not just talking about the moms who seemingly have it all together, all the while screaming internally. No, no. I’m talking about all moms.
You got it together? You wearing a scrunchie from 1984 with a baby clutching to your chest? Are you talking at your kids through your teeth, “just-you-wait-til-your-father-gets-home” for the millionth time in ten minutes? No problem. At this self-service line, you’re all welcome. Enjoy complimentary chocolate and a carry-out cup of wine or coffee, courtesy of the house. Kids screaming? Here’s some melatonin. Caught judging another mom’s mom fail? You’re banned for life, Mindy McJudgerson. And you can leave the coffee.angry screen poke
Adding to that, the penalty for going through the Moms Only checkout lane without any children is pretty strict. Even more so than going to a family restroom with no kids. Well, maybe not more strict; they’re both pretty on par with one another. Even still, the rules on both those issues should be relatively sizeable given the offenses. We’re talking members-only line, y’heard?
Listen, I’m not implying that a childless person’s time isn’t just as valuable as someone who does have ankle biters. But let’s be real for a moment, shall we? If it takes a childless adult 45 minutes to check out with a gallon of milk and a package of Orbit gum, then they CLEARLY have bigger fish to fry. And there’s no way on God’s green earth that you need an 8×8 bathroom space to relieve yourself. Saddle up in a cubicle style stall like the rest of us, ma’am. Just saying.
I’m not saying that I’d live at a checkout like that, but I’d probably have a regular reservation. Ditto on that whole family bathroom thing. I can’t be squeezin’ all of this plus three kids into a glorified closet and expect us all to come out having not been peed on. So, Target? WalMart? Marshalls? Maybe consider us dry-shampoo using, spit-up smelling, kids-are-whining-because-we’re-not-at-the-zoo moms. I think you guys will find the rewards would be pretty fantastic.