1. Host the Perfect Backyard Picnic

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    Now that we have a backyard there’s nothing my kids love more than spending time out back in the sunshine. Whether it’s playing with bubbles, chasing each other for a game of tag, or our latest favorite, enjoying a lunch picnic, we are always finding ways to spend the afternoon out there. So I was thrilled when one of our favorite baby brand’s Munchkin wanted to partner to capture a snapshot of our latest adventure. Already a loyal user of their flip straw cups, the kiddies {and myself} quickly fell in love with their apple shaped platesjuice box holders, and endless other goodies that were perfect to take on the go.

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    To prep for our picnic I quickly got busy in the kitchen. Always looking to make a healthy spread for my kids, I decided to make whole wheat organic grilled cheese sandwiches. No crust, no problem. I love to use my cookie cutters as a guide to cut their little sandwiches into hearts and stars! Then I love Munchkins snack catcher cups for smaller snacks rather than plastic baggies which quickly spill everywhere. I filled them with yummy snacks of cut up grapes, salt-free pretzels, and raisins.

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    Then it was time to hit the green. We laid our gingham picnic blanket on a shady spot, got out our plates for our sandwiches, and we kept our waters on ice in a large ice bucket. I also threw in a few peaches because I always like for my kids to try new things {Brooks who just turned one I realized had never had a ‘whole’ peach before}. Well, after one bite he was hooked, and literally devoured the entire thing. Thankfully we were able to snatch it away before he got to the pit! Once we were done, we sat and played a game of stacking the left over plates. It is always the sweetest to watch them play together.

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    It was such a sweet afternoon and I am so glad Munchkin could be a part of it. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

    Thank you to Munchkin for sponsoring this post.

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  2. Back to School with Old Navy

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    It’s back to school time and this girl could not be more excited! The night before Reese’s first day, we got busy picking out the perfect Old Navy outfit, packing her backpack with all her new school supplies, and making a delicious lunch. Amidst the prep I decided to sit down with Reese for a little Q & A that I wanted to have as a keepsake. The answers ended up being so stinkin’ cute I had to share with you guys!! Get ready to enter the world of two and a half…

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    Q & A with Reese {Birthday 1.31.13} conducted on 8.9.15:

    What is your Favorite Food:

    Reese: Avocado {I have to say I could not be more proud of this answer although I am not surprised! This girl will literally eat anything you put in front of her and actually loves fruits and veggies.}

    What is your Favorite Book:

    Reese: Pinkalicious… no, Silverlicious… no both! {Reese has loved this book series since she was one and a half… Moms, this is the cutest for your daughters, buy them here!! We read them so often that Reese can recite nearly the entire book by memory!}

    What is your Favorite Toy:

    Reese: Bear {Bear is her stuffed animal that she takes everywhere – literally! We finally had to buy a backup because she would cry at the thought of being separated for an hour to put him in the washing machine!}

    What is your favorite Favorite Movie or TV Show:

    Reese: Danny T {aka. Daniel Tigers Neighborhood which is a sweet take off of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS Kids. It’s the only show my kids want to watch and honestly I don’t mind at all because it’s educational and has the sweetest messaging}

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    Whats your brother’s name: {This wasn’t meant to be a Question but Brooks was screaming for attention so I threw it in… and I am happy I did}

    Reese: The Bubba Baby Bookie {Hysterical because that’s what we call him all the time… I guess we should start calling him ‘Brooks’ on a more regular basis so this nick name doesn’t stick and haunt him for life.}

    What is your Favorite Activity:

    Reese: Playing with Molly {Molly is Reese’s American Doll which was actually MY American Doll once upon a time! After a recent playdate where she quickly became obsessed with her friend’s doll I called my mom to send my Molly doll that still sat in my childhood room in Miami. Ever since it arrived two weeks ago, she and Reese have become best friends.}

    What is your Favorite Vacation Spot:

    Reese: Aspen {To be honest I was shocked at this answer. It was the last trip we took as a family but I didn’t realize she paid much attention to the name of cities! Guess she really is quite the sponge.}

    What are you most excited about at school:

    Reese: Watercolors {Aw my little artist… I guess I won’t be needing to find more art for our new walls after all!}

    And last but not least what is Mommy most excited about dressing this little girl in for school? Today’s outfit to a T…. Old Navy Heart Graphic PulloverLeopard-Print Faux-Denim Leggings, and Faux-Leather Boots. This girl is officially ready for a busy year!

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    Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post.

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  3. Brooks’ Baby Haven

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    Welcome to Baby Brooks’ Nursery! We are so pleased with the finished look and you can tell by all the smiles in this post that we are loving playing in our new space! While the room started out as a teenage boy’s room with dark wallpapered walls, wooden built-in shelving, a dark rug, and gothic inspired lighting, we instantly updated the look with the sweetest Benjamin Moore paints, a light colored rug, new light fixtures, and endless baby accents in white and blue.

    For furniture we really worked with what we had in our nursery in New York city; the Alex Crib from Giggle, a grey and white rocking chair from Buy Buy Baby, and a leaning bookshelf from CB2 {similar}. We took the Madeline nightstand from Reese’s room, I purchased a ceramic Horse Lamp at the Jonathan Adler warehouse sale {they still have the ceramic statue available}, and my fun find were the white animal heads hanging on the wall from Kulture Bomb. To complete the room we wanted clean white shades that really kept the sun out {you know how important that is for babies!} so we chose white colored black out shades from ShadesOnline.com.

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    For our photo shoot, Reese wore the sweetest flutter sleeve chambray blouse from Old Navy {see the full outfit here} while Brooks ran around freely in a Huggies Little Snugglers diaper.  With all of Brooks’ walking, stumbling, and dancing, we love the flexible ‘snugfit’ waistband to help keep in mess!

    Looking forward to many more giggles and snuggles in this cozy space!

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    Room details: Paint: Benjamin Moore Blue Lace 1625 – Aura Interior, Matte Finish for walls, Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 – Aura Interior, Matte Finish for trim. Ceiling Lighting: Round Shade Pendant from Restoration Hardware. Crib: Alex Crib from Giggle. Rocking Chair: Buy Buy Baby. Leaning bookshelf: CB2 {similar}. Nightstand: Madeline nightstand from PB Kids. Horse Lamp: Jonathan Adler  {ceramic statue available}. Animal Heads: Kulture Bomb. Oversized Bear: Costco. Shades: ShadesOnline.com.
    Thank you to all the amazing brands who partnered with me on this post.

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