Growing Little Minds with L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™

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When I was pregnant, Ian and I had lots of discussions about how we really wanted our daughter to be musically inclined. We'd see these videos of these lovely little violinists or pianists sweetly playing and just say, "Now THAT's what we want our daughter to be into."

Neither my husband nor I are particularly talented when it comes to music. He can carry a tune pretty well, and his air guitar skills are pretty well honed. I took piano lessons for one summer. But we started asking our friends about ways that we could involve Camille in music early on. We enrolled her in music classes, we bought little instruments for her, and we play a LOT of music in our home -- everything from Pachelbel to Pearl Jam.

Camille loves music class!

As Camille gets older, our hope is that she continues to fall in love with music. All we can do is provide her with the tools that she needs to hone this skill. I truly do believe that early exposure to music helps their little minds to thrive, and that is so important! We want her to accomplish big things in life. Balancing this exposure to music with healthy nutrition will help her thrive. L’il Critters™ gives kids essential nutrients they need to go on to do big things. It’s the gummy vitamin brand kids love and parents trust. L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™ are gluten-free, and are made with natural fruit flavors and colors derived from fruits, vegetables and plants. This great tasting kid’s gummy vitamin helps support your children’s healthy habits.

Camille's music teacher

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Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

Because today is the day that the Nordstrom sale opens to non-cardholders like me, here are my five picks for those of you, like me, who are still enjoying summer's warm weather! #nosuede #noboots #nomotojackets #notyet


Strappy Rib Knit Tank HERE
I love the ballerina look and color of this graceful shirt.

Expandable Tote HERE
Loving this light color of this classic tote.

Hanky Panky Undies HERE
One size fits most, love these! The watercolor floral print is lovely.

Happy Camper Tee HERE
How cute for summer cookouts.

Distressed Skinny Jeans HERE
Can't beat the price of these bright whites!

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!


My thredUP Purchases

Not long ago, I blogged about placing my first order with thredUP.

I was REALLY pleased with the three items I got!

The first item I opened is this Lilly Pulitzer beige cardigan with cream trim and shiny gold buttons. It still has the original tag attached! It was listed for $59.99 but I used a coupon code to get it for $36. I think it will look so cute with these ivory shorts (Target) and my very favorite pineapple sandals. They are from the Lilly for Target line -- and I just looked on eBay and there are several pair available for sale if you're looking for a great sandal!

I also ordered these two J. McLaughlin shirts. I used a coupon code on them, too, and got them for $18 and $20. This line uses that really nice Catalina cloth fabric which is just so cozy and high quality. 

While thredUP does have a great return policy, I ended up just ordering brands I was pretty comfortable with the sizing on so that I didn't have any major worries about them not fitting. All three items fit great and were super quality!

If you're looking to give it a shot, you can use my thredUP referral link to get $10 towards your first order. It looks like they are still honoring coupon code SUMMER for 40% off of your first order with them. Combine that with the free $10 and you can snag a real deal!


Charlotte is Three Months

Charlotte, you are three months old!

Her sweet cheeks are really starting to fill out, and she has some delicious thigh rolls that ... y'all ... I have to clean out daily. I can't even make that up. She's starting to get into toys and anything that makes a pretty little jingling sound. 

She is taking a pacifier and getting better about trying to navigate it back to her mouth when it falls out. I'm trying to encourage her to reach for things and grab them. She's great at tracking things with her eyes around the room and we've increased the tummy time we are doing.

She is still sleeping in the crib and keeping the approximate same hours of going to bed around 9:30/10 and waking between 6:30/7:30. Some evenings she's up to feed once; other nights she sleeps all the way through the night. My goal for the next few months is to start making her bedtime a little earlier.

She's still in size one diapers and 0-3 month clothes, with the exception of some sized newborn gowns and outfits.

Here are the items we are loving! Excited to see what the next month holds!

Third Month Favorites

Third Month Favorites:
1: JJ Cole Agility Wrap
2: Sassy Links
3: Wooden Clown Rattle
4: Mustela Foam Shampoo
5: Bella Tunno Paci Holder
6: Bella Tunno Peplum Diaper Bag

And a look back at second month favorite items:

Two Month Favorites

Second Month Favorites
1: FP Cradle and Swing
2: Noodle and Boo Cleansing Cloths
3: Chicco Keyfit 30
4: Snap and Go Stroller
5: Magnificent Baby Magnetic Footies
6: Stim-Mobile

And what we loved at one month old.

one month faves

First Month Favorites


"Retired" Bloggers: Who Do You Miss?

Don't be SHELLFISH... Share! ‪#‎lilly5x5‬:

I was driving around yesterday thinking about a blogger I used to follow, wondering what was new in her life. Luckily, she and I can keep up via Facebook, so I can get my answer pretty easily. But what about all of the others I used to follow? I would check into their blogs daily -- before fancy blogreaders, before Instagram (!!!), before Snapchat. I felt invested in their lives and (selfishly) a little gypped when they stopped blogging about their day-to-day adventures. Of course I respected their decision to stop blogging, but I missed them!

I had an idea. I'd love to reach out to a few "retired" bloggers to see if they would do a little life update post here for me and all of you. I thought it would be fun for all of us ... and for them, too! So, hit me up with who you'd love to hear from. What bloggers do you miss? Let me see what kind of strings I can pull!


Monday Notes

We had a good weekend. I mean, good -- but not incredibly exciting or anything. Saturday night we did have dinner out at Brio with some of my family members which was nice (and their gorgonzola beef medallions are a delicious menu choice!) but other than that, it was filled with normal family-type stuff. 

I did get time to freshen up my toesies, and used one of my very favorite Essie shades. The perfect fuschia with a little iridescent sheen. This color always reminds me of my college bestie Ashley that lives down in Miami now :) And not even for the name of the shade! 

Essie - Miami Nice ($8.50 here)
Essie - Gel Setter ($9.99 here)

I cleaned my nice jewelry this weekend which got me out of the rut of wearing my diamond stud earrings on the daily. I'm in love with these turquoise KS earrings and I wore them all day Sunday. Minus a few earring grabs by Baby Charlotte, they were comfortable to wear all day long. That's why I like KS earrings ... they definitely make a bold statement but without the heft. Nothing is more uncomfy than earrings that tug your lobes down, ouch!

Kendra Scott - Alex Earrings ($55 here)

Lastly, our home has been smelling wonderful recently thanks to my new Voluspa candle. I picked mine up from Nordstrom. When the sale goes live to the public on Friday, I am going to pick up this trio of candles because the price is awesome. I paid $16 for mine just for reference, and you can now pick up a 3-pack for $29.50.
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Voluspa Candles
Two Wick Candles ($29.50 here) - this is the size I have and love.
Mini Candles ($15.90 here) - I have also owned this size and it's perfect for stocking stuffers


Saturday Sip and Shop: Baby Shower Time

Today I am focusing on an awesome punch recipe and some really nice gift ideas for baby showers! Seems like this time of year, invitations are popping up left and right. I rarely turn down an invitation to go celebrate a mama-to-be. These are some of my favorite parties to attend!


Pineapple Lemonade Punch is the perfect non-alcoholic beverage for any event.:

Recipe HERE from The Melrose Family
This punch is non-alcoholic which is really nice for baby showers!


A special baby shower gift is not hard to find, it just takes a little more effort sometimes! Camille's silver rattle from Ian's grandmother is so special to us. And both of these blankets are currently part of the Nordstrom sale (opens to non-cardholders on July 22 ... obviously open now to those who have a credit or debit card with them). My friend Beth gave Charlotte the Little Giraffe lovie and had it monogrammed. Such a sweet idea, and it's the softest, coziest blanket!

Special Baby Shower Gifts

monogrammed stroller blanket (Nordstrom - on sale)
sterling silver rattle (Amazon)
little giraffe luxe baby blanket (Nordstrom - on sale)


Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)


Citrus jalapeno sauce. We don't have dinner plans tonight, but it might just involve some oven-baked fries and THIS sauce (recipe here)! Yum! 

Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce - The easiest 5 min sauce ever. And you can use this on anything - from grilled meats to fries and even chips for dipping!:

Did you know that a little store called Nordstrom is having a sale? Yeah, me neither.

Well anyway, I do follow a few fashion bloggers and really enjoy seeing their posts about upcoming trends. Here are my four picks from the sale -- all items I will genuinely be trying on for size. They're good prices, a heckuva deal with the sale going on. And all are trends that I would love to embrace this fall (sayonara, maternity yoga pants ... it's been real).

Pre-sale is open for cardholders now (not me) and the sale event opens July 22 for everyone else (me). I've got my calendar marked! This girl is ready to embrace some fall trends. I'M A COOL MOM ;)

Nordstrom Sale Picks

So Camille has decided that she would like a purple bedroom. We're currently looking at lavender colors for her! Anyone have experience with Sherwin Williams paint in those hues? This one is called Enchant and it looks pretty. I'd love to hear your ideas if you know any good paint colors.

Speaking of purple rooms, look how pretty this color scheme is! Love light-colored walls with furniture in the same hue, but darker.

Love the paint color! And love the purple, olive green & white color combo!:

I recently made these big fluffy boutique bows in Lilly's print called Lobstah Roll. A few have already sold -- if you'd like one, please email me or comment here!

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!

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