Disclosure: This is an unsponsored post, but was done in collaboration with Wayfair.
Next month my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage! Say what?! It dawned on me that this is a LONG time, and many of our kitchen essentials haven’t been replaced or updated since September of 2008! I love Wayfair (they always have just what I need) 🙂 and decided to round up some of my favorite kitchen essentials that they offer below. It is time for us to update some of our key items we use in the kitchen (+ who doesn’t love cute and fun kitchen accessories when baking)? Also, with Labor Day weekend upon us they are running a summer clearance (up to 75% off select items)! Time to stock up!
Happy Friday friends! It’s a short work week for me as we are headed to the lake with friends for our annual (no kids) weekend! Be sure to follow along on IG stories! Before I go though, I wanted to share my latest must have with you!
A polka dot bandana scarf!
Chances are you have one of these around the house just waiting to be worked into your wardrobe. I’m sharing four easy ways to incorporate a bandana scarf into your next outfit!
POLKA DOT BANDANA TIED TO A PURSE
By far the easiest way to “wear” a polka dot bandana scarf is to tie one to your purse! It gives a bag a whole new look and it’s one that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you tied it right. There really is no way to mess this up, trust me!
Another way to wear your polka dot bandana scarf is to tie it like a bracelet around your wrist. You may need someone to help you (or maybe I’m just really uncoordinated) with this option, but here’s a quick tutorial for you to try:
Lay scarf on flat surface
Start rolling from one corner (making the roll widths to your desired liking)
Lightly drape the rolled scarf atop your wrist with equal parts on both sides
Wrap one side under, and then the other
Tie in a loose knot (this is the part you may need assistance with)
There are many ways to accomplish the scarf around the neck look. In this case I went for more of the western tie as I would call it. I folded the polka dot bandana scarf from one corner to the other to make a triangle and then loosely tied it in the back. It’s the perfect accessory for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit.
I often get asked the question, “how do you have the time?” This is a valid question, and I think it’s one that all women deal with on a regular basis. I am a full time working mom to two under the age of 5, a wife AND a part time blogger. As a family where both of us work outside of the home, we are always searching for ways to simplify our routines and make things easier all around. I think a large part of what makes our nightly routine work is the partnership that my husband and I have. Everything is very much a team effort. . . except on nights when he is traveling for work. On those nights only prayers and wine will get me through. And the help of family – life lesson, ACCEPT THE HELP when offered!
I realize everyone’s situations are vastly different, but I hope that me sharing our nighttime routine with you will help provide you with new ideas (or just to know that you’re not alone)!
Yes, you’re reading that right. We give our kids a snack BEFORE dinner. One of us picks the kids up from daycare around 5:30 – 5:45 and they are always super hungry when we walk through the door. The snack is light in hopes that it doesn’t spoil dinner. We try to stick to things like Cheerios, fruit strips (we love these from Target), or a granola bar.
Once snack time wraps up (typically around 6:00) we have a little play time. One of us plays (usually me), while the other preps dinner. If the weather is nice we spend time outside or going on a quick walk. If not, then we play inside and try to do activities that don’t involve screens. Our kids really love puzzles these days so we spend a few minutes doing that until dinner is ready, usually around 6:30-6:45.
Plan your meals in advance! This is something we are still striving to do better, but the simple act of just writing out what we will eat all week for dinner every night helps us to stay on track. I try to do this on Sunday’s before grocery shopping. I would love to get to a point where we are meal prepping on Sunday’s but we just aren’t there yet. #goals
Once I have our dinner meal list in order, we hit the grocery store or Walmart curbside pick up. 🙂 Download the Walmart Grocery App to see if the service is available in your area. I promise its the quickest and most convenient way to shop. It allows me to have more time for my family and to do the things that I want to do on the weekend instead of spending time in a store shopping. If it’s not a service in your area, another thing I love is that most grocery stores offer a free cookie from the bakery when shopping with kids! So if you’re shopping with your little one(s), be sure to check and see if your local grocery store offers such a treat! I promise it makes shopping easier!
We try to make 3 meals each week in order to have leftovers for dinners/lunches throughout the week. I love these glass Pyrex food storage set with lids because when we are done we just portion them out so that I can take to work for a lunch or have for dinner again one night that week. On nights where we don’t actually make something then we have something like this.
Some of our go to meals are. . .
Breakfast for dinner! The kids LOVE this! Pancakes, eggs, bacon etc!
We are an every other bath night family here. Depending on how the night is going usually determines if the kids bathe together or separately. Lately we have been on the separate schedule because Layla wants to shower more than take a bath these days. Henry typically goes to bed earlier (7:30-7:45) so we tend to do his bath first. Another tag team effort by us, one of us handles bath, while the other plays. This is typically the time of night where Layla gets a little bit of screen time before she heads up for her bath/shower.
Side note, we recently switched to Beauty Counter’s Kids Bath Collection and it has been great! The shampoo doesn’t cause tears when it’s time to rinse and it smells great too! Both kids have spent a ton of time in the pool this summer, and the conditioner has been awesome (especially for my daughter). Click the link below to shop!
Before we even start story time, I always lay out an outfit for each kiddo to wear the next day. It’s one less thing to do in the morning, and if Dad is the one getting them ready in the a.m. then this is helpful to EVERYONE! 😉 .
Exhale, you made it! Now you are rewarded with endless amounts of mindless TV, wine, working on your side hustle, whatever YOUR heart desires!
For me, I usually spend the 8:30-9:30 time frame sitting in front of my computer either in our office or parked on the couch with the hubs. I realize to some this may sound strange, but my blog is MY outlet and my passion and I truly look forward to the time I get to work on it. Whatever your passion is, find it and make sure you spend some time to yourself doing it.
I find it super helpful to prep for the next day. For me, it is making sure my daughters dance bag is packed and ready on Tuesday nights because dance is on Wednesday right after daycare. Maybe you have an important meeting at work the next day, plan your outfit the night before to avoid outfit frustration in the morning.
Lastly, something I’ve been doing even before kids, shower at night! I love this because I can sleep a few extra winks in the morning and not have to mess with blow drying my hair! I shower at night and then let it air dry and style it in the morning. I think this is a win win because I’m avoiding the damaging heat of a blow dryer – woot woot! I also don’t wash my hair every night. I’m an every other and on nights where I don’t wash it, I just throw on a cute lil shower cap like this!
NIGHTLY ROUTINE TAKEAWAYS
Moral of the story, try to plan ahead as much as you can. If you can do something ahead of time that will make the actual moment easier, then why not do it? I summed up my 5 key takeaways to a smoother nightly routine below! Be sure to pin this and save it for later when you need a reminder!
What works for you? I would love to hear! Comment below.
Also, if you’re in search of an easy breakfast for your toddlers, be sure to check out this post!
Jewelry + shopping + cocktails = the perfect girls night out! I was in my local Kendra Scott store a few months ago and I randomly dropped my business card into the fish bowl for a chance to win a Color Bar Party. Since I don’t normally win anything, I really didn’t think this time would be any different but to my surprise I was wrong! I won a party for a few of my girlfriends and I, complete with champagne, snacks, and all of the pretty baubles surrounding us!
What is the Color Bar?
The Kendra Scott Color Bar is an interactive tool that allows you to customize your own pieces in store AND online! Choose from 50+ styles and 30+ stones to create pieces that are exactly what YOU want! Maybe it’s the digital marketer in me, but I totally geek out over fun and interactive things like this. I could spend hours playing with this tool and creating and recreating ideas. I am kind of known for being indecisive, so with this many options we were bound to be there all night 😉
A Color Bar Party allows you and your closest gal pals to have a fun night out playing with around with the interactive touchscreen, and putting together your own creations. You can choose from earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings! The store associates were so helpful in bringing out cases of stones and popping them in and out of various pieces for us. If you want to host your very own party, call your local store to set up a time. It’s a great idea for a girls night!
It’s fun to see what everyone creates and how it is unique to each individual. Scroll on to see what I got, and what some of my gal pals chose!
Remember how I said I was super indecisive? So instead of creating something from the Color Bar, I ended up going with a pre-made necklace! I didn’t own any KS necklaces until now, and I love that this one will go with literally everything!
The last time I visited the Color Bar, I left with two pairs of earrings. I wear both of these all of the time! I am actually surprised at how often I come across things in my closet that the green stones go with.
If you’re indecisive like me, the Shelia Earring is a great option because when you design your own you can choose a couple of different colored stones, or you can stick with all one color. This is such a fun statement earring! This cat’s eye blue with the gold looks so pretty!
Insider tip, sign up for Kendra Scott emails if you haven’t already, and in your birthday month you will receive 50% off! Now that is something to look forward to! We had such a fun evening, I highly recommend having your next gals night at KS!
I rounded up my top picks from Kendra’s new Fall Line too! What’s your go to KS piece? Tell me below!
This post is sponsored by Wooden Ships, but the content and opinions are my own.
Another weekend has come and gone, but I’m sharing one of my new fave brands that I have discovered through my content creation journey! I’m so excited to introduce you to Wooden Ships! This family owned brand has a love for casual and cool styles, and is passionate about our planet and giving back to the community.
A NEW COLLECTION
Wooden Ships recently released their new collection, “Sporty Chic” and they were kind enough to gift me with the Mini Soccer Ball Crewneck in the pout/black color combo. Soccer is a big part of our family, my husband is a huge Premier League fan (Tottenham to be exact). We are traveling to Europe this fall and have plans to attend a game at Tottenham’s new stadium. I’m excited to already have my outfit planned, haha! This crewneck is lightweight and super soft which will be perfect for the time of year. It has the perfect drape, and I love that the shoulder falls slightly off of your shoulder. It’s not too over-sized and allows you to do the perfect front tuck.
Besides the new Sporty Chic collection, Wooden Ships offers a ton of variety with something for everyone. I love their Words Collection because you can say some of your favorite things on a sweater. These are lightweight and perfect for chilly summer evenings or as a swim cover up on a breezy day!
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