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A Must Have Household Item

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Health is a super important topic around our household. We are trying to teach our boys at a young age how important it is to take care of their bodies so that they can live a happy & healthy lifestyle. So, we have quite a lot of conversations about what we put into our bodies as well as what we put on & around our bodies because both topics are very important, especially for young developing bodies!

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I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was when I discovered Febreze ONE! Unlike other air fresheners, Febreze ONE is gentle AND effective in cleaning away odors but has no aerosols, dyes or heavy perfumes. It comes in 3 lovely, fresh scents, Mandarin, Bamboo & Orchid that eliminate odors all over your home. Let’s be honest here, I live with 3 boys & the smells can be pretty extreme sometimes! Hence the reason I was incredibly excited when I found Febreze ONE!

All 3 scents smell amazing & I love knowing that I’m not spraying heavy fumes/strong-smelling cleaning agents into the air. If you have been on the lookout for an air freshener that you can feel good about spraying around your kids, look no further! I highly recommend giving Febreze ONE a try! & if you’ve tried it before, sound off in the comments below which scent is your favorite! I can’t seem to make up my mind on which smells the best (because they all smell amazing) but I think I’m leaning toward the Mandarin scent 🙂  All of Febreze ONE’s light, simple scents are available at most retailers nationwide for $4.99 so head to your local store to pick up your new favorite scent! There’s also a great coupon available in P&G brandSAVER: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE* starting July 29, 2018 – August 25, 2018. Click HERE to get the coupon! (*Up to $5.00)

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28 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Since I turned 28 a few weeks ago, I thought it might be fun to share 28 things you might not know about me. I’m pretty open with you guys so it was actually kind of difficult to come up with these BUT I hope you learn a little bit more about me & then I would love for you to share something about yourself in the comments below so I can get to know you all a little bit more!

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1.) I love to sleep. If I could, I would sleep 10 hours every night & take a nap during the day.

2.) I got married when I was 19 (more on that in an upcoming youtube video so make sure you’re subscribed)!

3.) I’m a certified nutritional consultant.

4.) I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember.

5.) I’m obsessed with reading & have been since I was 4 years old.

6.) I was incredibly shy as a kid. I wouldn’t speak to people & would hide behind my parents to avoid people at big gatherings.

7.) I’m afraid of the dark (& about 100 other things haha).

8.) I’m allergic to chocolate (technically cacao).

9.) I’m a pescatarian.

10.) I am the youngest of 4 kids.

11.) Giraffes are my spirit animal. I’m literally dyyying to go to Giraffe Manor to live among my people 🙂

12.) I am LDS.

13.) I would live in sweatpants if it was socially acceptable.

14.) If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Italy.

15.) I was 16 when I had my first kiss. I had a bet with my dad & if I made it until 16, he got me a car. I won!

16.) I call my husband every time I hear a siren near our apartment to make sure he’s safe. #crazyperson

17.) I HATE when people chew loudly or blow air through their teeth. It drives me insane.

18.) I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls & Friends. I could watch all of them over & over.

19.) I hate top sheets & never use them or sleep with one. I have to sleep with a comforter no matter the temperature.

20.) I’m wildly terrified of the ocean but also completely fascinated by it.

21.) I wanted to be a veterinarian until I was a teenager.

22.) I can’t deal with blood, it makes me light headed & want to pass out (the reason I didn’t become a vet)!

23.) My family is my everything.

24.) I am terrible at small talk. It’s quite embarrassing to be honest haha.

25.) I speak fluent sarcasm but unfortunately don’t speak any other languages.

26.) The sound of ticking clocks makes me crazy.

27.) I have a bad deviated septum but I’m too scared to get it fixed.

28.) I LOVE carbs & cheese! Can’t live without them guys. But you probably already knew that! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post & got to know me a little bit better! Comment below 1 thing about yourself so I can get to know you all better as well!

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Father’s Day Plans

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How is Father’s Day already here!? This year is absolutely flying by & it’s freaking me out! Although I am beyond happy that it’s finally summer so bring on the beach & pool days! Seriously though, I can’t wait for all of the summer festivities to truly begin!

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Since we just moved last week, we weren’t able to go on a fun adventure for Father’s Day this year BUT that didn’t stop us from living out a tropical getaway here at home. How fun are these Old Navy prints? We’re obsessed! I love the little ‘Mini Me’ moment with Adam & Hendrix, it’s so adorable I can’t handle the cuteness! I also love how much Kannon loves picking out his own clothes these days. He loves going into Old Navy & choosing his favorite pieces. Seriously, these boys melt my heart on the daily!

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With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, I thought it would be fun to share our favorite things to do on Father’s Day with you guys & hear what your traditions are in the comments below. We like to spend every holiday on some sort of adventure, whether that is on a trip or out & about here in LA. For Father’s Day this year we are embracing this warm weather & going to spend the afternoon having a picnic on the beach. To be honest, the beach is always our go-to because it’s our happy place. The boys are the most content when they’re playing in the sand & water, it amazes me how much the beach calms Hendrix (he’s our spirited little guy & always on the move)!

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If you’re still on the hunt for some fun summer clothes, don’t miss out on the sale Old Navy is having! Up to 50% off the entire store 6/11-6/19! You guys know we love Old Navy for the whole fam so we never miss out on these killer sales!

On a random note, I just pulled out a box of clothes from when Kannon was a size 2T for Hendrix & I found so many fun Old Navy pieces! It made me smile thinking of the fun memories we made with Kannon in those clothes & now we’ll be making so many more memories with Hendrix in the same pieces. My boys are growing up too fast guys, someone slow down time ASAP because Hendrix will be 2 this weekend and I’m freaking out a little!

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Enough of my random rant though, what are YOUR Father’s Day plans/traditions? Sound off in the comments!

*Special thanks to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!

Hotel Bel-Air Staycation

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It’s a rare occasion for us to have a little staycation here in LA but after our stay at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think we’re going to change that! It’s so nice to get to experience your city from a whole new perspective. Even though we live 15 minutes from Bel-Air, we felt like we were in an entirely new place & the boys loved the opportunity to “get away” without having to travel far.

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We chose the Hotel Bel-Air through Ebates & it was the most genius thing we’ve ever done! Not only was the hotel choice perfect for us (if you’ve never been, add it to your list!) but we were able to get 10% Cash Back for Travel Thursday! This was my first time using Ebates for booking travel but I’m already looking for another hotel to book today because who can resist 10% Cash Back? I’ll find any excuse for an adventure. 🙂

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As you can probably tell from the photos (& if you saw my Instagram Stories), we had the most incredible stay at the Hotel Bel-Air! This was my first time staying there & I can’t get over how incredible the hotel, staff & environment was. From the second we pulled in, every member of the staff was beyond helpful & so kind to us AND the boys (which isn’t always the case with hotels & kids). The entire property is beautiful & we loved that it felt like we were staying at a large estate. With multiple grass areas, fountains & even swans, the boys were in heaven!

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Another favorite was the food (you didn’t think you would read about one of our adventures & not hear about the food, did you?!). You guys know I’m all about the food when we travel & I’m still dreaming about the blueberry pancakes with a side of potatoes I ate. Yes, they were that good!

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I also wanted to add a few little tips for staying in hotels with kids because we get asked this quite often. The goal when staying in a hotel with kids is to make them as comfortable as possible. It’s not always easy for little ones to be out of their home environment & so making them feel as “at home” as possible is a necessity. Over the past 5 years, we’ve figured out that bringing all their special nighttime things & keeping their nighttime routine the same makes the stay so much easier. For us, that includes a sound machine, the boys’ loveys (stuffed animals they sleep with every night) as well as their small soft blankets. Your kid’s favorite things might be a bit different but bringing a little piece of home with you to the hotel can make an incredible difference in your stay & is the perfect way to get kids used to travel!

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Now to sum up our stay in a few words… It was perfect. If you’re looking to book travel anytime soon, don’t miss out on 10% Cash Back at Ebates hotels and more, today only for Travel Thursday!

*Special thanks to Ebates & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

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Traveling Overseas with Young Kids

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We made it to Rome all in one piece & with 2 babes in tow! Seriously though, I was so nervous to take the boys to Europe for the first time & I pictured all of the things that could possibly go wrong in my head for over a month. Dramatic? Maybe! But if you’re a parent, you know that the idea of traveling with young kids can cause all sorts of stress. I’m here to tell you that we survived though & that I’m so happy we decided to take our boys along on this adventure 🙂
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I know that at 17 months old, Hendrix is far too young to remember this trip BUT I do feel like this trip was a great starter trip to get him more used to traveling in the future. Kannon, on the other hand, was beyond excited for our trip to Rome & couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks leading up to our actual trip.
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Now for how we survived the flight with the boys! I’m not going to lie, Kannon was a breeze. He’s almost 5 so he’s at an easier age where he can walk through the airport on his own, carry his own backpack & curl up in a ball & sleep 10 hours on the plane. We gave him a little gummy melatonin to help him sleep well & everything was as smooth as can be with him! We did buy him a toddler pillow & this amazing invention to make it easier for him to sleep on the plane though!

 

Hendrix on the other hand.. Well, he’s never been the greatest sleeper. We decided that because of this, we would purchase him his own seat instead of having him fly as a lap infant. He’s nearly 18 months old & after flying to New York a couple of months ago with him on our lap, we knew it would save us the headache of trying to wrestle him the whole flight. We brought along our favorite travel car seat (it’s seriously SO light & we carry it in this travel backpack with Kannon’s travel booster seat, which makes it so much easier to carry around!) & it definitely made a difference. He watched a movie (don’t judge us for letting him watch tv before 2 ;)) & fell asleep for a couple of hours in his seat. Then the person in front of him reclined their seat & his toes hit the touchscreen on the seat back & woke him up. Not the greatest luck with that because for the next 7 hours he refused to sleep & only wanted me to hold him haha. I came prepared with lots of snacks, his favorite movies on the iPad, his carrier to bounce him in the back of the plane & a couple new hot wheels cars to hold onto. I may have also brought half of a caffeine pill for myself so that I could stay awake & keep him from crying so that he didn’t disturb everyone else trying to sleep on the plane haha. Sometimes you gotta do what you’ve gotta do, right?! I’m not going to lie & say that it was a piece of cake traveling with a 17-month-old on a 12-hour flight BUT I will say that it was completely manageable & so worth the experience & memories made. If I can do it, I know you can too!
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 Traveling isn’t always easy with young kids BUT in my honest opinion, it is worth the one million things you have to tote across the world & the lack of sleep because there is nothing like teaching your kids about the world & actually letting them experience those cultures on their own.
If you’ve traveled overseas with your babes, what are your tips for traveling overseas with young kids??

 

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Family Holiday Pajamas

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Macy's Cyber Monday Macy's Family Pajamas Adam Gregory Holiday Family Pajamas Matching Family Pajamas Macys Pajamas Macy's Pajama Sale Holiday PajamasIt’s the holiday season & I am so unbelievably excited, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! This truly is my favorite time of the year for so many reasons. This time of year we get to spend so much time with our loved ones & honestly, there is nothing better than that! Although Christmas pajamas take a very close second 🙂

Christmas pajamas have been a tradition in my family my entire life & it’s one of my favorite traditions that I’ve continued with our little family! Every Christmas Eve we sleep in our Christmas pajamas & it’s so much fun waking up Christmas morning with them on. Plus, matching pajamas makes for THE cutest photos! When we all tried these pajamas on, my heart melted seeing my two boys matching. This is Hendrix’s first Christmas & my heart nearly burst picturing my boys together for their first big holiday as brothers!

Back to these perfect matching family pajamas though! You all know Macy’s is my go-to shopping destination for every occasion if you read this post. But Macy’s has THE best pajama selection for the whole family (dogs included!) & they make finding family pajamas so easy. They have a great selection and best of all, they’re having an incredible Cyberweek promotion for 65% off when your purchase 2 or more sets & 50% off if you purchase 1 set. That is seriously such a great deal & family pajamas make the perfect gift as well. So if you’re in the market for family pajamas, head on over to Macy’s because I’m obsessed with all of the different prints & styles (hello, footie pajamas!!) & you can find these family pajamas only at Macy’s!

I would love to know, do you have a family pajama tradition!? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you to Macy’s and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own 🙂

Removing Negativity Life

Removing Negativity From Your Life

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ASOS TurtleneckFall Womens Style Removing negativityAs I recently shared in this post, I’ve been aspiring to remove bad or negative things from our home and lives. I want to not only raise my boys in a safe home, but also show them how to focus on the positive. There’s of course a lot of negativity that simply comes with life, but removing some of it is luckily up to us. Here are ways I’ve been trying to get rid of toxicity in my life:

Relationships

Leaving friendships or relationships can be hard — feelings are usually involved and it can even be awkward, but as I get older, I’ve realized the importance of positive relationships. I want to be surrounded by good people and ones that make me feel better about myself, not worse. I also want to show my boys what healthy, respectful friendships or relationships looks like. Dedicating my efforts to strong, happy relationships is important to me — and I’m so thankful for all the ones that I have!

Products

I have a lot of learning to do here, but I do appreciate the awareness that companies like Honest and goop are bringing out. There’s a lot of scary stuff in the products we clean our houses with, our makeup, and even what we put on our kids’ skin. Like I said, I’m still figuring out where to draw the line of safety vs. convenience as a mom (it’s hard right?!), but this is definitely more on my radar lately.

Television

This is tough because sometimes you need mindless reality TV, but I do try to limit it. A lot of the shows that I love (hello, Housewives & Kardashians) are full of negative vibes and hostile behavior, and I can’t help but notice that it’s not adding anything positive to my life. Of course I need it here and there, but I do take breaks from that type of TV if I’m feeling down or overwhelmed. I’ve been loving This Is Us though! Anyone else?

I’m excited to keep exploring toxic, negative things in my life and how to get rid of them. Do you ever feel weighed down by negativity? How are you removing negativity from your life?

Comment below with how you’re removing negativity!

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3 Ways To Revamp Your Living Room Without Breaking The Bank

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Colorful Living Room Coffee Table Decor Decorating Apartment Framebridge Custom Frames Living Room Decor Living Room Inspo Colorful Living Room DecorOkay, I’m going to start this post off by saying that I am in no way, a home decor guru. In fact, home decor is something that I seriously struggle with because it just doesn’t come easily for me. I scroll through Pinterest & see all of these beautiful spaces & think, “I want our home to look like that!” But unfortunately, whenever I try to actually execute a redesign, it never turns out exactly how I would like it too OR I never actually finish the process.

When we moved back from NYC, I knew I wanted to revamp our space. I wanted more color & I wanted to make our home feel more comfortable & “homey” since we were having another baby. Also, Kannon had a hard time moving to NYC & he really missed our home here in LA, so I wanted our living space to feel even more “ours”.

While I didn’t want to repurchase everything new, I knew that I wanted to change the look/feel of our living room. While going through the process, I found some really easy ways to completely revamp your living room without spending a fortune & without the help of an interior decorator. SO per usual, I thought I would share the little things I did to completely revamp our living room 🙂

1.) Change up your decorative pillows

While my husband absolutely hates decorative pillows, they can change the whole look of your space. Our pillows are a mix from Target & Society6. Both places have a very reasonably priced selection & Society6 has SO many options. For me, the pillows complete our living room. The bright colors make me feel happy every time I walk into the room & I personally love having a lot of pillows around 🙂

2.) Purchase a rug

We have two dogs & for some reason, our male dog loves to pee on rugs.. He must think it’s grass or something! With that gross story aside, we got rid of our ruined rug ages ago & never purchased a new one with the fear that it would be ruined once again. (FYI, we have carpet in the rest of our apartment so the kids had a comfy place to play still :)) Well, when we moved to NYC, the one thing Kannon requested was a large rug for our wood floors. The second we rolled the rug out, our place felt like home! A large rug can add so much to a room, it’s almost unbelievable! So as soon as we got home, we ordered a massive rug to fill our living room & we all love it. The dogs are no longer allowed on the rug (which is more sanitary anyways, right?!) & we love to lay on the floor playing games or cars on the daily. Plus, both the rug we purchased in NYC & this rug were SO inexpensive from Amazon. If you’re in the market, check Amazon first!

3.) Add custom photo frames

There is nothing that makes a space feel more like “home” than photos of you & your loved ones. We had some of our favorite photos custom framed from Framebridge & when we received them in the mail, I might have shed a tear (& by might, I mean I 100% did, don’t judge me :)). These gold frames are the perfect accent for our room & the photo quality is incredible. I love nothing more than to look up at these shelves & see these beautiful photos of the people I love the most. Also, a custom frame would make THE perfect holiday gift for literally anyone! The process of making these was SO easy & Framebridge has a great feature where you can print cute square frames with Instagram photos as well! We bought a couple square frames for the boys room & we love them!

So, if you’re having trouble coming up with a great gift, have a photo custom framed. A beautiful framed photo is such a lovely gift! Plus, I have a special promo code where you all can save 15% off your first Framebridge purchase!! Just use code: BLUEEYEDFINCH15 — Make sure you don’t miss the holiday deadlines though! The deadline for mail in physical items is 12/4 & the deadline for print and frame orders is 12/18. Just in case you guys want to order for Christmas 🙂

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While there are definitely a few things that I would like to change (new accent chairs eventually), we are loving our new living room. It feels so bright & comfortable for all of us! I would like to quickly add that we are well aware that our shelves are a bit too high haha. With two young kids, we were afraid to put them too low where they could possibly pull things off the shelves or climb & injure themselves. Sometimes you have to sacrifice some things for the kids, right?! 😉

Pieces Featured:

Custom Gold Frames – Gold Coffee TableTufted Sofa – Braided Hemp PoufWool Wrap PoufFaux Fur Rug (used over chair) – Turquoise Rug – Black & Cream Tassel PillowOther Pillows

Staying Organized

How To Stay Organized As A Blogger

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Blogging Tips Free People Floral DressSomething I’m always interested in learning from other bloggers or small business owners is how they stay organized. Running your own business comes with a handful of responsibilities that make organization a must, and I rely on certain techniques to make it easier on myself. I definitely notice that when I have things together, life just runs more smoothly in general. My mood is better, I have more time for the boys, and I’m definitely less stressed. Since some of these techniques have been so helpful for me, I wanted to share them with you. I hope they work for you!

The 2-minute rule

I can’t remember where I learned this, but basically the rule suggests taking 2 minutes at the end of each work day/session to clean up. Pick up your desk, take the coffee mugs back to the kitchen, put your computer away, whatever. Then, when I start working the next day, I can get right into work rather than clean.

Editorial calendar

When I’m really prioritizing organization with work, I’m sticking to an editorial calendar. I hate the feeling of not knowing what I’m posting the following week and just throwing together a post, so instead I’ll take the time to plan out the next couple weeks. Also, if I get to a day where I either don’t feel like writing about that planned subject, I have a list of others to choose from. Having a short- and long-term idea of what’s coming next is incredibly beneficial for my brand.

Daily to-do list

On top of an editorial cal, I’ll make a list of what I need to do—for work and life in general—each morning. I put a star by the 3 most important things that I have to get done, and if the boys’ schedule works out, I do those first. If not, I plan out the day to make sure those 3 things will be done for sure. Having an idea of what I need to do each day helps significantly, plus it feels good to get it all out of my brain. Whatever I don’t get done, I move to a list for the next day.

Pre-schedule posts

Planning posts—for Twitter, Facebook, etc.—in advance is great. This way I don’t have to post randomly throughout the day while I’m taking care of other things, and I can assure that I have social posts to match a blog post when one goes live. Spending an extra 5 minutes or so after I write up a blog post seems to be the best way to do this.

All of these are pretty simple, but they are definitely effective! Do you have any organization tips?

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016 Recap

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Max Where the Wild Things Are Baby Costume Toddler Ninja Costume Where the wild things are costume Kids Halloween Costumes Sheridan GregoryWe spent the past week in Utah for Halloween & to spend time with family. Every time we are up there, we never want to leave! There really isn’t anything better than spending time with family & friends! Hope you enjoy our Halloween photos (even though they are so late :)).

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