Citrus Lane September Box Review (and coupon code)

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Citrus Lane is a baby-geared subscription box service. Depending on what plan you choose, it ranges from $19 (annual subscription) – $29 (monthly subscription) per month.

You head to the website, give them your child’s name, birthday and gender, and they hand pick “the best toys and products” for your child’s age. You can check out examples of products that are geared towards your child’s age group, purchase “shower boxes” and even gift subscriptions! My favorite aspect is the “add to box” where you can choose items that will ship for free with your monthly box. I was given a $10 off code when I first signed up to use towards an Add To Box purchase and bought H some stackable cups (that have quickly become his new favorite!) from Green Toys which only ended up costing me $.95 after my coupon!

This September box was my third box so far, so I’m going a little out of order, but I’m glad I didn’t cancel after the first month and continued receiving the boxes. This month we were given 4 items and 2 coupons along with a note from Citrus Lane that read “September means its officially fall here at Citrus Lane. With the days getting cooler, we tried to think about things you might need now that you’re spending more time inside. We’ve selected an adorable bodysuit from Tea Collection to start off your toddler’s fall wardrobe in style, a fun set of bath toys from Boon, and a couple of little extras for baby and mom. We hope you enjoy!”

citrus lane september box review and coupon code

Links 3D Foam Bath Pieces from Boon ($11.95): While we still shower H rather than give him baths, I anticipate switching over soon and know he’ll love these. I like that they don’t absorb water, so I don’t have to worry about mildew / mold as much, they’r soft for my teething dude to chew on, and they are great for problem solving and practicing fine motor skills.

Lemon Verbena Dish Soap from Mrs. Meyers ($1): I’ve bought the full size of this before from Target and love everything Mrs. Meyers. This will be nice to keep in our kitchenette so we don’t have to keep a full bottle on the counter and it smells so wonderful.

Happy Tot Organic Green Bean, Pear & Pea Food Pouch from Happy Family ($1.59): If you follow my Instagram, you know that we do baby led weaning, but I have scooped up a few organic pouches for long car trips and snacks on the go just in case. I like that its a combo of organic fruits and veggies and they added Chia extra omega-3s and fiber.

18-24 Month Bodysuit from Tea Collection (and a $25 of $50 purchase coupon) ($26.50): This is so ridiculously cute! I love the colors and how soft it is and it will look adorable on H. I also appreciate that they asked what size I would want in clothing and I was able to choose 18 month instead of getting a 6-12 or 9 month piece that would be far too small on him.

A $2 Coupon for Happy Child Super Nutrition Shakes: I don’t see us using these by the time the coupon or product expires, so we’ll be passing it along to a mommy friend who can take advantage of the savings.

A Coupon for a Free Box for a Friend ($29 value): I think it’s great they sent this to me to give away!

Total value of box: $41.04, $70.04 if you include the free box for a friend (not including the $25 off $50 and $2 coupon because I’m not sure if I’ll actually use those or not)

Total paid for box: $19 – totally worth it this month!

I am legitimately one of the cheapest people on the planet and hate spending money (although it may not seem like it ;)) and even on months that I haven’t loved everything, I’ve always gotten way more moneys worth than I paid for the box. I’m planning on keeping some of the toys “hidden” from H for a little while, so that I can start to rotate out what he has now and keep things “fresh” and save a few for Christmas. I also love that I’m getting “green” toys and things that don’t require batteries and make obnoxious noises. In fact Green Toys was a brand I was totally unfamiliar with pre-CL subscription, but now I’ve purchased two additional things in addition to what I’ve received in my boxes because the quality and the fact that Harrison seems to love them so much! This month for sure I would give a 10/10 if asked.

Want to try it out yourself? Head over to Citrus Lane and get 50% off your first box!

Healthy (ish) Beet & Avocado Brownies

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Have you heard of MomsMeet? It’s an awesome online community that “empowers moms to connect, learn, and share their thoughts on raising healthy families and living green.” They also offer “exciting opportunities for moms and their friends to try and review natural, organic and eco-products and services, and share their honest feedback through the Mom Ambassador program.” So far, I have sampled Wild Veggie Frozen Purees and BeechNut baby food and have loved getting to try new products and give my personal feedback.
When I was sent the Wild Veggie pack, I knew right away I wanted to use the beet puree to make brownies. My family is so anti-beet, which just breaks my little beet loving heart, but if there’s one thing they love it’s sweets, especially when chocolates involved. I love that the purees are minimally processed, GMO free, and all the prep work is done, so all I have to do is thaw (if I so choose) and get cooking!
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You will need:
  • 10 oz Wild Veggie Beet Puree (one container)
  • 6 oz chopped unsweetened baking chocolate
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup avocado, mashed (or substitute coconut oil, vegetable oil or melted butter)
  • 1½ cups coconut sugar (or substitute raw sugar, or cane sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine Wild Veggie Beet Puree (no need to pre-thaw), baking chocolate, cocoa, oil, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Stir occasionally until melted.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to touch (too hot and it will scramble the eggs).
  5. Wisk together eggs and stir into brownie mixture.
  6. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Stir into mixture and pour into a greased 9” x 13” baking pan.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool. garnish with powdered sugar (optional).

I’d say these were a definite hit! My hubby ate a few before even asking what was in them and was shocked that beets and avocado were my secret ingredients! The consistency was similar to mochi, which we enjoyed, and they were creamy and fudgey. My health-concious mind was delighted that I was able to sneak in a few extra good-for-you vitamins and nutrients without risking the yummy and indulgent taste of brownies.

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 In the spirit of full disclosure, MomsMeet provided samples of Wild Veggie for me to try. No payment was given and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Graze.com Snack Box Review (and coupon code!)

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Graze.com is a newer subscription box for healthy (and healthy-ish) snacks delivered to your home or office every week, every two weeks, or whenever you so choose. The price per box is $6.49, which includes shipping, and you can choose from a “nibble box” and pick from over 100 different snack varieties, or a “calorie counter box” where each of your total servings is less than 150 calories. You can also go to your “dietary preference” page and “trash” (meaning you will never receive) snacks with ingredients that you don’t eat and customize your flavor preferences.

Once signed up, you can peruse the 100+ snacks which range from dried fruits and nuts to merengue and shortbread, and choose to “trash“: never send me this, “try“: happy to try, “like“: send occasionally, or “love“: send regularly, each selection. After completing your flavor profile and scheduling your first box, you will begin to receive a wonderful little 100% recyclable (my crunchy little heart just loves this aspect) box containing 4 one-serving sized snacks! Once trying your selections, you can log back into your Graze account and give feedback on the snacks you’ve just tried.

Your interest piqued yet? If so, head over to Graze and use code: ZYVPYRK2P to get your 1st (and 5th if you decide to continue the deliveries) absolutely FREE!

I am super obnoxious and made life difficult for Graze by choosing to “trash” spicy foods, foods requiring a microwave, and 99% of the snacks that contained dairy since H hasn’t grown out of his diary intolerance yet. I also “trashed” anything with white or milk chocolate or that sounded too sweet. To my surprise, with all of those contingencies, I only got rid of 60 of the 100  current options so there were still plenty of snacks to choose from. I did make a note that I loved dried fruits, especially mango, in hopes that they’d send me some in my box.

So here’s what I was sent:

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Salsa Corn Chips: Mini flax nachos and tomato salsa fresca.
Verdict: LOVE. I mean, chips and salsa? How can you go wrong? I’m glad this is a portion controlled size, because I easily could’ve eaten an embarrassing amount of these chips and the cilantro and lime salsa. Random thought for these guys: flaxseed is great for breastfeeding moms, so really, by eating these, I’m just helping out my supply!

Garden of England: mini strawberries, blackcurrants and soft apple pieces.
Verdict: LOVE. I’m an apple fiend, so no surprise that I enjoyed the dried apple, but I was happy that they were flavorful and not overly soggy or dry. The strawberries were delicious and tasted like my favorite fruit leathers. I’ve never had blackcurrant before, but I may have found a new favorite! They are slightly tangy and almost remind me of a dried cranberry / blueberry, and did I mention delicious?

Summer Berry Flapjack: rustic rolled oat flapjack with strawberry and raspberry-infused cranberries.
Verdict: LOVE. SO yummy! There are actually three small bars in the one container and is so incredibly moist and delicious! It reminds me of strawberries and cream granola and similar to a Chewy granola bar, but it’s softer and the perfect amount of sweet, but not overbearingly so.

Bananas Foster: fudge pieces, honey almond slivers, pumpkin seeds, and dried banana.
Verdict: LIKE. This was a little sweeter than I usually like, but the flavors were delicious. I had a nice surprise when biting into the banana coins as they were chewy rather than the hard and crunchy that I’m used to in most dried fruit mixes. With the almond slivers and pumpkin seeds, there was a nice balance of sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy. The only reason I’m giving it a like rather than love is the sweetness factor is a bit much for me, but the flavors were pretty delicious.

graze review and coupon code

I have set up another box to be delivered to my house in two weeks because I enjoyed the snacks so much. I like that they’re all individually wrapped, because that means I can throw them in my diaper bag and have a healthy snack to reach for, rather than feeling compelled to stop and pick up fast food. Want to join in on the deliciousness? Head over to Graze and use code: ZYVPYRK2P to get your 1st (and 5th if you decide to continue the deliveries) absolutely FREE!

You can cancel at any time after receiving your first box, but here’s my thinking:
– Each box is $6.49, but you only pay for 3 (box 2, 3 and 4) and get 5.
– Your total for 5 boxes is $19.47.
– Which means each box is only $3.89.
– Which means each serving is only $0.97!
I definitely couldn’t get that good of a deal at any of my local stores – especially if you factor in gas and the “emotional taxing” of wrangling an 8 month old ;).

8 Months!

H 8 months old

 Tank: Gap// Shorts: Carters // Shoes: Converse

Height: 32.25 inches
Weight: about 24.5 lbs
Wearing: 12-18m clothing, but definitely more towards the 18
Teeth: Still nothing!

What the heck?! Three quarters of a year – gone, when did that happen?

A few happenings from this month:

  • H has become an excellent napper and I’m continually pinching myself for how lucky we are that this boy loves sleep.
  • Still no crawling yet (thank goodness! I’m not ready to baby proof yet!), but in the last  few days, he has started preferring spending time on his tummy and has been kicking his legs behind him.
  • Baby led weaning is going fantastically. This kid would eat all day if it were up to him! His new favorites are raspberries, green beans, asparagus and lamb gyros.
  • He is so incredibly sturdy when sitting up it blows my mind. I remember a few months ago when he could barely sit up and now he can right himself if he starts to topple over!
  • He loves singing to music, especially while sitting in his high chair as I’m making him something to eat.
  • He still reaches for me if anyone else is holding him, and it still melts my heart into a big puddle.
  • He has started signing for “Milk” and I think he’s starting to get the hang of “All Done” – proud mama over here.
  • Our cat Healey is his new best friend, much to her chagrin ;)
  • He went to his first concert: Crosby, Stills and Nash at the local Botanical Gardens, and promptly fell asleep two songs in!
  • We took him to his first wedding, where he was ogled and loved on by everyone and sneakily ate a ton of my food.
  • We went to the aquarium with our mommy friends and H loved petting the Manta Rays and was totally captivated watching the fish swim around.
  • He now giggles for just about everyone, whereas before Zach was really the only one who could get him to laugh.
  • He started clapping purposefully! Most of the time if I start saying “yaay” and clapping my hands, H will join along with a big grin!
  • My cousin moved into the dorms at the local college and we are so so so excited to have more family living here! H accompanied us to get pedicures and after giggling at the man doing Lainey’s toes, he promptly passed out until we were done.
  • He has officially completely outgrown his infant carseat and we are in the convertible Britax carseat full time. It’s amazing how much he looks like a big kid in there!

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September 1 – 7

September 8 – 14

My first Stitch Fix box ((& Review))

I received my first StitchFix box earlier this week!

If you haven’t heard of StitchFix by now, you may or may not be living under a rock or blissfully ignorant of the rampant promoting they do on Facebook and other such websites. It is a personal shopper-esque experience, all done from the comfort of your own home! You do pay $20 for the service, but it’s credited back to you if you purchase anything from the box, and if you keep all five items they also give you a 25% “buy all” discount.

- When you sign up, you have to take a super detailed survey about your sizes, style preference, body type, etc. They ask you what feels like a million questions to get to know what your comfort zone is and if there are any colors, trends, fabrics that you want to stay away from (like my choices: orange, polyester and wool). Here you can also give them links to your Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest inspiration board – which is highly recommend to get an even better style vibe so they can choose your perfect pieces.
– After filling out your “style profile”, you can choose when you’d like your “Fix” scheduled and how often you’d like it to be delivered. I chose a one time Fix just to try things out and make sure that I would want to continue.
– 5 items are chosen for you based on your survey and shipped out to you by your requested delivery date.
– Once you receive your box, you get to try everything on and decide what you keep and what you return. You also log into your account and give them feedback on what they sent. You answer questions about the fit, pricing, and style and are given the opportunity to tell them why you did or didn’t keep each item.
– What you don’t like gets put into the pre-paid return mailer within 3 days of receiving your Fix, and that’s it!

Not gonna lie, at first I almost cancelled my service due to lack of communication from SF. I was supposed to have my box delivered on September 8th, but after two *unbeknownst to me* reschedules, I didn’t get my box until almost 2.5 weeks later. After emailing them several times, they apologized and promised me I’d have it by the 23rd. I was so excited to see what I had waited three months to receive, that I ripped it open the moment I got home and saw it on my porch.

ARK N CO Rylee Waist Twisted Maxi Skirt

ARK N CO Rylee Waist Twisted Maxi Skirt – $68

ARK N CO Rylee Waist Twisted Maxi Skirt — $68.00
This was a really hard choice for me. I loved all the details it has: the soft silky fabric, the slit, the rouched detail, and the hidden snug fitting midi skirt underneath. While it’s a beautiful skirt, it just wasn’t “wow” enough to keep for almost $70 when I have two other plain black maxi skirts.
Verdict? Return.

KUT FROM THE KLOTH Kelsie Braided Detail Belted Maxi Dress — $48.00

KUT FROM THE KLOTH Kelsie Braided Detail Belted Maxi Dress — $48.00

KUT FROM THE KLOTH Kelsie Braided Detail Belted Maxi Dress — $48.00
Im pretty sure this is the softest dress ever, so I was pretty bummed about this one. The coloring is a little too pink and it was too big on my waist and didn’t drape quite right. Once again, this one had a slit on either side of the skirt, which is usually my kryptonite.
Verdict? Return

RD STYLE Vivianna Open-Draped Knit Cardigan — $74.00

RD STYLE Vivianna Open-Draped Knit Cardigan — $74.00

RD STYLE Vivianna Open-Draped Knit Cardigan — $74.00
I love this sweater so so much and am keeping it as a birthday gift to myself. While I’m sure I could find something similar for a little less, the cut is beyond perfect. It is the first open-draped cardigan I have ever tried on that has not made me look incredibly hip heavy and unproportional and I was elated that it was long enough for my torso! My only upset on this was that it was sent to me with a red strip of tape on it, that once removed showed a little hole and a black smudge. I did contact Stitch Fix and they righted the situation, but I’m still a little upset that they would send me an item that was obviously known to be damaged and still charged me full price for it, when at a department store it would be either pulled from the display or put on the clearance rack.
Verdict? Keep!

SUSANA MONACO Santo Fitted Ruched Halter Tank — $98.00

SUSANA MONACO Santo Fitted Ruched Halter Tank — $98.00

SUSANA MONACO Santo Fitted Ruched Halter Tank — $98.00
The color is gorgeous, but I would never spend $100 on a halter top. It fit perfectly, except for the weird draping that was super unflattering on my postpartum hips and unfortunately it was too low cut for my nursing bosom and I just felt too exposed over all. Yes, I know I could wear a jacket or cardigan with it, but if I’m going to spend that much on something I don’t want to cover it up! Also, did I mention it is NINETY-EIGHT DOLLARS?! No way would I spend that on a halter top. Jeans or a dress? Sure, but not something I’ll wear mayyyyybe once or twice a year.
Verdict? Return

COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Wintor Leopard Print Cross-Front Blouse — $38.00

COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Wintor Leopard Print Cross-Front Blouse — $38.00

COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Wintor Leopard Print Cross-Front Blouse — $38.00
This is probably my favorite piece from the box! It’s a tiny tiny bit short on my torso, but I love the drape and the coloring. I never would have picked it up off the rack in the store. I love leopard, but am not a pink person and would think that the billowy drape would be incredibly unflattering, plus, my hubby hates leopard print with a passion. To my complete shock, he gave the thumbs up on this, so it was a super pleasant surprise!
Verdict? Keep!

Overall I was really pleasantly surprised with what they sent me, even though I only kept 2/5. I think it’s great they send you a sheet with outfit ideas for all the pieces and a little note on why they chose the items for you. Even though I’m back to pre-pregnancy weight, my clothes just fit differently and I kind of hate 90% of my closet (I know, major first world problems), plus, trying to wrangle an 8 month old to go out for a few hours of shopping and trying out outfits pretty much sounds like pure hell. Also, the downside to wearing as much of your non maternity clothing as possible during your pregnancy is that they tend to get stretched out don’t look quite right without a rotund belly.

One thing I keep hearing is that each Fix you receive should get better and better every month with the feedback you give, so it’s really important to tell them why you are or aren’t keeping each piece. I’ll definitely be scheduling another fix for sometime in October / November!

If you want to learn more about StitchFix and order yourself a box of 5 pieces, check them out and let them know I sent you! (Shameless plug, I know, but if you use my link I get a referral credit, which I would really appreciate!)

Feature Friday :: Mama Said Tees

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Mama Said Tees

I am a huge proponent of “shopping small” and  through Instagram have been able to find so many amazing “mom and pop” type stores. I would so much rather have my money go to ballet lessons or a child’s college savings than hand it over in a big box store (although I am still addicted to Target, sorryI’mnotsorry) and have it go who knows where.

I was pursuing through my ‘explore’ page on Instagram a few months ago and when I somehow found @MamaSaidTees page, I wanted H in one of their designs ASAP. I practically begged them to let me do a writeup of their new business and when I heard they were doing a brand representative search, I knew I had to enter H. I love that they put so much time and effort into not only the designs of their tees, but also the message they want to get across – with all the grim news we’re inundated with today, its so important to be reminded of the sweet and good things in life!

Colleen B and Colleen S have been amazing to work with and you can tell they are so genuinely enthusiastic about what they do! Their story of how they met makes me giggle, becoming best friends through shopping – I love it!

Can you tell me a little bit about you two ladies behind the magic?
How did you meet and what made you decide to launch Mama Said Tees together?

We are 2 Mamas named Colleen who met because Colleen B is my #1 customer on Etsy! In another world, I sell prints/stationery/invites/design logos (which can be found here)! Colleen just wouldn’t stop ordering from me. It became insane to the point where I DEMANDED she start using a 50% off coupon code! We became fast friends in dealing with personalization for her orders via Etsy convo. That turned into becoming Facebook friends, which turned into exchanging phone numbers. Her first and my second were born ONE day apart! OH! HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY ADEN! To date… we still have never met. But that is about to change next Saturday, the 27th. Colleen is coming to Indy for the Shannon Smiles 5k. I | CAN’T | WAIT!!!!!!!! It is going to be a tearjerker.

We launched MST because I wanted to do tee shirts for a while after ordering too many KNOWING I could design them myself and had actually begun working with someone else. The guy, my friend, is amazing and awesome but we just had different visions. I wanted to do something called “Just Be Tees” and do inspirational type shirts. I ran it by Colleen B and she LOVED IT! We refer to ourselves as STARS (me) and GROUND (Colleen B). You know that famous quote “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground?” Well, that’s us! Don’t get me wrong. Colleen has BIG dreams too. It’s just that… she is able to dream and be practical all at the same time! So… Colleen investigated and “Just Be Tees” was already taken. SHUCKS. But then SHE came up with “Mama Said Tees” and the whole concept was born! VIA TEXT! Same vision. New name. And it all happened for a reason <3

Who (or what) has been your biggest inspiration?

Gosh. This is tricky! For me, I would have to say my family (especially my kids) is my biggest inspiration. And when the death of Shannon (for those who don’t know, Shannon is my angel sister) fell upon us, SHE became my inspiration. Mainly because I idolized her and she was SO proud of this new venture and as a teacher, couldn’t WAIT to wear our tees!

Colleen B would say Aden. Other kids all over the world. Her hubby. Her family!

As for us as a team, we have followed and ordered from DOZENS of IG shops and modeled after their positivity, branding and amazing customer service: Beau Hudson (Sasha), Boco Baby (Chandler), Baby Jules Boutique (Karissa), Opposite of Far (Jessica), Shelby Chic Boutique (Veronica) just to name a few.

People have been SO kind in aiding us to figure this whole IG thing out and we hope to be able to return the favor when we HOPEFULLY become really big!!! (ME… STARS :)

Have you always been interested in fashion?

This is a fun question. I like to think I have always maintained a fairly good fashion sense. I try! But when it comes to my kids… whole different story. And “fashioning” them has encouraged me to become more fashionable myself! Don’t even get me started about Maddie. We literally do not leave the house unless she has a big fat bow on her head, and looks 100% more darling than myself.

As for Colleen B, she declares that: “No!” I’m the person who finds something she likes and buys every color. My wardrobe consists of yoga pants, tanks and tees”. Hahahah!!! LOVE HER!

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How do you balance everything?!

It’s not easy. Poor Colleen B. She really didn’t know what she signed up for when we did our long distance handshake that symbolized the beginning of this AMAZING partnership. But she does the majority of the work with poise and grace all while raising Aden. She handles all of the orders, the ordering, the picking up of the shirts, the packaging/filling orders, and dealing with everything that comes with behind the scenes stuff. I just don’t know what I would do without her. I am crying. TRUE STORY! What a sap I am.

I do know that what I do is important, just wish I could do more! I am merely the designer :) But I also have a LOT of fun trying to be in charge of Instagram as much as possible, and that is a lot of fun work. And stuff like this. I LIVE FOR IT! On the other end of things, I still have my Etsy shop, which is still very successful, and I am always proofing, printing, packaging, etc. My kids are 3 & 1 and they are in “school” part time so that helps. Soon my family is moving to Indiana and we are adopting my sister’s boys. So my whole outlook on “balancing” life & work might change gears here pretty soon!

We both work at night. A LOT. And sleep? Well you can just forget about that! But neither one of us would change a thing!

When you’re not busy being super moms, where can you be found?

Colleen B can be found dancing in her dance studio (yes. She teaches dance, too!) or up in Wisconsin at the lake. At Starbucks. With her family. I can be found wherever my mom is. Having dance parties with my kids. At McDonalds getting my daily diet coke. Hanging with my friends… my family. Target. Anthropologie. Nordstrom. I have issues.

I’d love to have you share a little about the Shannon smiles tees and why they were created:

Colleen B, aka “The Ground” aka “AN ANGEL on EARTH” decided we should do a shirt benefiting Connor and Danny just days after Shannon was killed. We didn’t DREAM it would take off like it did. With our tees alone, we have raised over $15,000 for my new sons. Here I go crying again. But really. What a dream come true. My husband and I really don’t want them to be burdened financially as a result of this horrible tragedy and so what a great start to saving for their college.

The actual words “Let your smile change the world” was one of the 25 suggestions Colleen B had for me when I told her it HAD to be something about a smile/smiling. Shannon had the most beautiful smile in the world. She was such a light to so many people and her smile was her logo, if you will.

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What has been your favorite tee to date? 

THIS IS HARD! We released “Love one Another” first because it is kind of how we wanted to kick off the whole thing. We wanted to be remembered for something that is positive, world changing even. But personally, my favorite is the “Kind is the New Cool” tee. Might have something to do with how much Shannon loved it. She couldn’t WAIT to wear one in the classroom. And now, to celebrate her birthday on Oct 9, the whole staff will wear one in her honor.

We know it’s corny, but we really believe and hope that people not only put their kids in the shirts, but talk to them about what they say, what they mean, and how they can personify kindness and love to REALLY make a difference. We will not put a shirt out that we don’t both LOVE for one reason or another!

Any sneak peaks or hints to new designs you’re thinking of?

SURE :) We had a really cool contest… “What if a t-shirt could change the world” and long story short, this was the winner. We kind of can’t wait to release this raglan option VERY soon! Also… we are pretty pumped that our Mother’s / Father’s Day tee shirt will read “Cause I’ve Been Watching You” (Rodney Adkins). I have already begun that design!

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Anything else you’d like us to know?

We really do have a LOT in store. Oh, and we really love and appreciate every single person who believes in our message. You can all help us make a difference!

And just for fun, if you were to try out for American Idol or the Voice, what song would you pick to sing?

Colleen B has informed me that she would sing Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Sara Evans… some big country ballad! And that people would then cry in agony. And me. Well I’m actually the biggest country fan ever and my 2 favorite songs are “The Good Stuff” by Kenny Chesney and “A Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley. But right now, my teenage self CANNOT get enough of “You Look So Perfect” by 5SOS!!!!!!!! I would of course change the words to reflect that I am a girl singing to a dude ;) OMG!!!!!!!!!!! It just came on!!!!! Thank you SPOTIFY!

H and I are so fortunate to be working with Colleen B and Colleen S. They are the sweetest mamas, and as you can tell, they have hearts of gold! MamaSaidTees has already grown so much since H and I joined the team and I can’t wait to watch them expand and reach ultra super stardom in the coming months!
Make sure to follow Mama Said Tees on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date on sales, and giveaways, and their online store for preorders and new designs (plus as an added bonus, you’ll get to see H’s cute mug plastered all over)!

7 Months!

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 Tee: Slyfoxthreads // Shorts: Carters // Moccasins: Freshly Picked

Height: 31 inches
Weight: about 22.5 pounds
Wearing: 12-18m clothing
Teeth: None so far

Six months was a little rough around the edges for us here in the LPG household. H’s teeth have decided to channel their inner whack-a-mole characters and keeping popping out under the skin and then receding back into his gums, leaving my little dude a little fussy, and rightly so!

A few happenings from this month:

  • H has decided napping by himself is actually the super cool new thing to do, and is taking 2 beautiful naps a day in his crib! I seriously never thought this day would come, and while there are still some rough days, he generally never fights them, hallelujah. I love the fact that I’m now getting 2-3 hours a day of ‘me time’ to get things done around the house (oh yeah, and eat breakfast, that’s pretty awesome too), but the downside is that I have really missed all the sleepy cuddles.
  • He is a rolling machine! No crawling in sight, but my goodness – when he wants a toy that’s just out of his reach, he knows just how to maneuver himself in a roly-poly fashion in order to get it.
  • He has started doing this backwards inch-worm move – he’ll be laying flat on his back and then lift up like he’s bridging from his head to his but and he scoots forward that way! It is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen and it totally freaks my parents out, but he loves doing it!
  • We have started solids! We’re doing baby led weaning and foregoing rice cereals and purees. (If you haven’t heard of BLW, mosey on over to http://www.babyledweaning.com to see what it’s all about) I love that he has control over how and what he eats and that I don’t have to take any extra time to make his food – he eats what I eat (for the most part)! So far his favorites are dried mango, salmon, and avocado :)
  • He went to both his first real pool and his first real water park and had so, so much fun. While he’s a little hesitant at first, he loves spacing and talking to the water and is a total fish baby!
  • He rode in a shopping cart for the first time, (at where else but Target) and loved being able to look around and talk to everyone he saw!
  • H was chosen as a brand rep for MamaSaidTees – an amazing company who is trying to spread love and kindness through clothing. It’s funny, but every time he wears his “Love One Another” tee, he instantly cheers up and we always have a great day!
  • We had our “6 month” photoshoot with the wonderful Laken Fulton Photography!
  • He is sitting up like a boss! I still have to sit him up, but once he’s stable he’s good to go and can right himself if he starts falling over. It’s incredible to watch him learn all these new tricks!
  • He loves loves loves to read!
  • I don’t have to constantly be holding him anymore, I can usually get a good 10 minutes of semi-independent play out of him before he needs me again.
  • He is a constant chatterbox! Currently he loves making the “t” noise, saying “mama”, “dada” and “baba”, and loves screeching when he gets really excited. 

July 15 – 20

July 21 – 27

July 28 – August 3

August 4 – 10

Aug 11 – 14