Workout Wardrobe Refresh…Colorful Pieces For Spring

My outfit (Fabletics) | Similar Leggings, Top

With spring officially here, I have been wanting to refresh my workout wear a bit and add a few more brightly colored, warm weather pieces. I recently grabbed this green set at Fabletics and have been looking for a few more cute spring/summer workout outfits. Here’s a few fun options I’ve found…

March Buys I’m Loving

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten

One | I’m always looking for a good dupe for Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serum, and I recently came across this great alternative. It contains all of the same active ingredients and I’ve really been loving this serum.

Two | I bought some of this years ago, and just bought another jar of this affordable, hydrating eye cream.

Three | I recently got this moisturizer and I really love it. The smell is a little strange, but it is so moisturizing and works so well for my skin.

Four | Slippers are getting more wear than actual shoes these days, and I recently bought this pair. These come in so many color options and really are the perfect house shoe.

Five | I love that this cardigan looks like a structured jacket, but with a comfortable knit fabric. It’s perfect for just throwing on with jeans and a tee and instantly look polished.

Six | I just grabbed this sweet summery dress while on sale, and ended up wearing it for Easter as we had an unexpectedly warm day. I will be wearing this one all summer long.

Seven | I just grabbed this necklace in a different color way (which is no longer available), but I love this blue color. A great way to dress up the most simple of outfits.

Eight | I’ve been wanting a leopard suit and this affordable one is going to get a ton of wear this summer.

Nine | I finally caved to the hype and bought the Truff Hot Sauce. It really does live up to all the hype.

Ten | This is a really nice hair mask and it has a lovely scent.

Everything You Need To Have Your Own Easter Egg Hunt At Home

Unfortunately we are headed into our second quarantine Easter which means that community egg hunts are out again this year. Fortunately my kids have always absolutely loved having our own egg hunt at home which we have done every year in addition to a community hunt. And surprisingly they in fact prefer our annual egg hunt that is just us over a huge, crowded egg hunt with hundreds of kids. Whether it is just your immediate family, or a small gathering with a safe bubble of friends and family, you can still have a memorable and fun egg hunt that your kids are sure to love.

Signs…

Eggs…

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Baskets…

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six

Wishing you a wonderful Easter!

Best Of Beauty At The Nordstrom Spring Sale

Nordstrom is having a really great sale right now and including some of my favorite beauty/skincare products which rarely go on sale! I wanted to share some of my favorite items from the sale, and these are all products I use and love.

One | This is my all time favorite concealer and a staple in my makeup routine

Two | My favorite, go-to brow pencil

Three | I love this foundation for a full coverage look

Four | This light foundation gives my skin such a dewy appearance

Five | This is a must with all the hand sanitizing these days

Six | I recently bought a few colors of this lipstick in this formula and really like them

Seven | I’ve been using this finishing powder for years and it’s my favorite

Eight | I’ve tried so many night serums, but always come back to this one

Nine | One of my favorite mascaras

Ten | This is a really fantastic eye cream

Eleven | Another eye cream I really like, and always have a jar stashed in my skincare arsenal

Twelve | Another of my favorite mascaras

Thirteen | I’ve been using this setting spray for years and it’s a go-to for me

Fourteen | I recently bought this as I’m a fan of Estée Lauder foundation, and I really like it for daily wear

Fifteen | The best lip balm, I have a bunch of these in my purse

Sixteen | The best product for getting rid of pimples overnight

Seventeen | My favorite, go-to primer

Eighteen | This is such a great exfoliator and cleanser

Nineteen | I love to use a squirt on my face as a refresher during the day, and it can also work as a setting spray

Twenty | I recently got this moisturizer and I’m surprised by how much I love it. It does have kind of an odd smell, but it wears off quickly and isn’t too potent (and I’m very sensitive to scents). It works so well I can deal with the scent, and I’m going to buy another jar while on sale.

Twenty One | This is my very favorite eyeshadow palette

Twenty Two | My favorite new scent – I just recently started wearing this and it’s the only scent I wear now

Twenty Three | A jar of this affordable eye cream is always in my makeup arsenal

Twenty Four | I’m a fan of this sunscreen for daily wear

My Affordable Easter Tablescape

In years past I’ve always used my mother in law’s vintage Pottery Barn plates for our Easter tablescape, but I came across these darling pieces recently and decided to mix it up this year! I’m a huge fan of melamine plates for kids so I don’t have to worry about our sentimental pieces getting broken. Plus they are so affordable which makes them a great option for seasonal/holiday plates that don’t get used often. And despite being plastic, they actually look and feel very high quality! Here’s a little peek at how I will be setting our Easter table next Sunday.

Woven Chargers | Plaid Plates | Bunny Plates | Napkins (similar) | Napkin Rings (similar) | Tumblers (similar) | Flatware | Vase (similar) | Cake Stand | Salt & Pepper Shakers | Ceramic Bunny | Egg Candle | Berry Bowl | Eggs | Deviled Egg Tray (similar)

What’s In My Kids’ Easter Baskets

Easter is just over a week away, and if you are still needing to fill your kids’ Easter baskets, today I wanted to share what each of my boys are getting this year. To help keep shopping simple, I tend to stick to a theme of activities that get the kids outdoors, some art projects, books, and pajamas.

Cole…

One | Giant bubbles are always so fun for kids and a great way to get them outside

Two | This combines an art project with getting the kids outside and working in the garden

Three | Cole had a tie dye day at school one year ago that was an absolute blast for him. I was thinking this would be a really fun activity we can do outside on a warm day.

Four | It can be hard to find books that he really loves, and I recently bought Cole the first book in this series after hearing these books are hugely popular with tween boys. He absolutely loves it so he’ll be getting a few more books from the series.

Five | When we go for bike rides we often throw a frisbee in the bike cart so we can stop for some games in the park. They always seem to end up going missing, so I wanted to make sure he has one and this one seems to be a big step above your basic frisbee.

Six | I love the idea of having the kids paint these cute little wooden Easter figures which we can put on our Easter table for years to come

Seven | Another fun park game option

Eight | This fun glider comes in a two pack, so you could split them up for multiple kids

Nine | I always love giving my kids something to plant in our garden each year as one of their Easter basket gifts

Ten | Sunny days are upon us and you can never have too many sunglasses

Eleven | I shared some of my favorite spring pajamas for kids in a recent post, but for my tween boy I definitely have to find that balance of things that I think are cute and things he will actually like. He’s really into video games so I felt that these gamer pajamas in a cheerful color are a good compromise.

Twelve | A chocolate bunny is a must, and they always get one in their basket

Thirteen | Another pajama compromise. My kiddo is obsessed with Fortnite (fellow tween parents I’m sure you feel my pain!) and I like that these are a fun spring color and don’t scream “video game themed.”

Fourteen | Evan received a really cute kids gardening set last year for Easter (similar to this) so we really don’t need more gardening tools. However Cole did need some gardening gloves so I’m tossing a pair in his basket.

Evan…

One | I got both kids a stepping stone so they can each decorate their own and put in our garden area

Two | Another gift I got for both kids so they can each make their own Easter decorations

Three | Chocolate is a must

Four | Sidewalk chalk is a great outdoor activity and I love to gift egg shaped chalk in Easter baskets

Five | Bubble guns are always a hit and I know he’s going to go crazy for this shark one

Six | An Easter themed cup is fun for younger kids and you could include a favorite beverage too

Seven | I love that this car is designed for outdoor use and exploring with it’s built in magnifying glass

Eight | These farm themed hand puppets will be great for imaginative play and storytelling

Nine | A bug catching kit is always a great way to get kids outside and exploring

Ten | Last year Evan got a Minecraft sheep which he loves, so this year he’s getting a Minecraft pig. It’s a cute way to do a traditional stuffed animal for the little Minecraft lover.

Eleven | I got Evan a little flower growing kit so he can grow something for our garden this spring

Twelve | Hot Wheels make a great basket filler for any little boy

Thirteen | I knew that Evan would want video game pajamas to be like big brother, so I found him these cheery Minecraft ones

Fourteen | Evan loves the Llama Llama books so I’m sure he’ll enjoy this Easter version

Fifteen | I grabbed this little palm pet on a whim so I’m not sure if it will be a hit or not but it sure looks cute as a little basket filler

Sixteen | Slime is always fun for any kid

Seventeen | We have 2 other books from this series and they are so silly and fun for kids. I’m excited to give Evan the Easter version

Eighteen | These eggs are decorated by chalk and will be a cute decoration he can make year after year

An Activity A Day – 7 Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy During Spring Break

This week is spring break (boy has this year flown by) and I’m in a bit of scramble mode coming up with some ideas for our spring break staycation. Most years we would go skiing in Sun Valley, but due to Covid and Evan’s ongoing recovery we will be staying home. I wanted to come up with a few ideas to keep the kids engaged for a bit each day so we don’t get sucked in to a week of endless screen time, and have put together a list of daily activities. If you are looking for ideas for your own spring break staycation, I hope you find this post helpful!

Feed The Birds

In this post I made a few months back, I shared this simple bird feeder activity to do with the kids. The birds have finished off what we made for them, so it’s time to make some new feeders and thought it would also be fun to perhaps assemble a little birdhouse too.

Take a Hike

A few years back we spent the majority of our spring break at home, and to keep the kids busy we did several nature walks and easy hikes. This hike pictured was taken on the Oregon Trail which is just down the street from us. Cole studied the Oregon Trail this year in school so he’s got a renewed interest in it, and we are going to take this hike again over spring break as we haven’t done it in a few years. It’s got lots of educational markers posted along the trail and it’s pretty neat & very educational! Even just a simple nature walk is always fun for kids, and you can make it more engaging by adding in a scavenger hunt.

Pretend Camping

It is way too cold here in Idaho for real camping right now, but why not set up a campsite indoors?! My kids get a kick out of this activity and it can be made to feel as realistic as possible with indoor s’mores, campfire stories, and sleeping in a sleeping bag under the “stars.” You can read more about this in a previous post here.

Cook Something Together

My kids always have fun getting in the kitchen so every so often I’ll try to get the kids involved with making something. This past summer we made homemade ice cream which was a ton of fun (you can see my post here), but the options are endless. You could have them make personal pizzas, teach them how to make one of their favorite meals, or even give them a cookbook they can browse and choose something they want to make.

Do An Art Project

A few years ago I found this super cool cardboard rocket ship that the kids got to decorate and then play with. You could literally let kids decorate some old boxes and make them into a fort which would be just as fun, but a kit like this makes for extra convenience. You could also have the kids paint rocks, garden stones, or get a head start on creating a gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Photography Contest

Photography is one of my favorite hobbies and I think it would be so fun to teach my kids a few of the basics and see the world through their eyes. Give them a camera for a day and see what they come up with!

A Day Of Giving

This past year has been a tough year for everyone. Many people have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. Many have lost their jobs and are struggling financially. Having spent the past year dealing with a child having a life threatening medical emergency and a difficult subsequent recovery…I know these times are not easy. Donating food to a local food bank, donating toys to a children’s hospital, or even just doing a random act of kindness is a wonderful way to make the world a little brighter and teach your kids about giving back.

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The Prettiest Spring And Easter Dresses

Even though we will be staying home for another quarantine Easter this year, I really love the idea of dressing up and celebrating big. Last year at this time, my son Evan was in the pediatric intensive care unit fighting for his life. And while Easter has always been a special time of year, it now holds extra special significance for us. On Easter Sunday last year Evan had finally stabilized and improved after six weeks of intensive care, and was able to be transferred to the regular pediatric unit as he began his recovery. Spring is truly a time of hope, rebirth, and renewal. And Easter is a reminder of God’s never ending grace. He still performs miracles today.

I’ve been on the hunt for a few options for Easter dresses and settled on these two. I’ll probably wear the longer sleeve option as the spring weather here in Boise is still cool, but I love this other dress so much I’m keeping it as well. Today I wanted to share some of the prettiest spring and Easter dresses I’ve come across in my search.

Dress (also here) | Booties | Hat (Rag & Bone, old – similar)
Dress (sold out in this style – similar) | Shoes

Under $500…

Under $250…

Under $150…

Under $50…

One (use code FLASH) | Two | Three | Four

The Cutest Spring Pajamas For Kids

I’m a sucker for cute pajamas for my kids and I especially love themed holiday and seasonal pajamas. My kids really love pajamas too which also makes them a great gift option (my kids pretty much always get a set of pjs as one of their holiday or birthday gifts). I’m looking to grab the kids each a set or two of pajamas for their Easter baskets, and today I wanted to round up some of the cutest options I’ve seen.

Transitional Coats And Jackets To Wear For Spring

Tee | Jeans | Sneakers | Coat (old – similar here, here, here, here ) | Bag | Earrings

The days are starting to become sunnier and warmer, and there’s definitely a feel of spring in the air. That said, spring in Idaho can be 60 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next day (or the next hour for that matter), so a mid weight jacket is a must have clothing item this time of year. I tend to gravitate towards lighter colors to give my outfit a more “spring” look and feel, and a water resistant jacket is another wonderful wardrobe addition for those rainy spring days. The “shacket” trend is still going strong, and in lighter fabrics and colors, they make for another stylish and fun option for a spring jacket. My absolute favorite jacket for spring is my classic Burberry trench coat which I’ve had for about 10 years. It is definitely one of those pieces that is worth splurging on as it will never go out of style, and is such a versatile piece.

One | I love the sweater material of this shacket

Two | A classic trench in a plaid print

Three | This pretty pink raincoat also comes in a few other colors

Four | This green color is so unique, but this classic raincoat comes in a few other colors as well

Five | This classic silhouette but in a sweater material makes for a comfortable layering piece

Six | Such a pretty blush colored shacket

Seven | This classic neutral colored moto jacket is on major sale

Eight | A classic denim jacket is pretty much a must have spring wardrobe piece

Nine | This tweed knit blazer is so unique and could be dressed up or down

Ten | This oversize plaid shacket comes in a few other great spring colors too

Eleven | This under $50 trench looks so much more expensive than it is. I love this blush but it comes in a really pretty white option too

Twelve | Such a versatile jacket that will go with anything

Thirteen | A fun updated twist on a tweed jacket

Fourteen | This light blue moto jacket feels so fresh

Fifteen | A more casual trench coat option

Sixteen | This classic blazer can be dressed up or down