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Our Favorite Toddler Toys

Monday, November 7th, 2016

With Christmas just around the corner we thought it would be a good time to share what our three little ladies have been loving lately.

We cannot believe how much our love of toys has grown as we watch Elizabeth, Hannah and Jane playing together and enjoying their toys so much.

Our goal with our toy collections are to be well-rounded, quality products that can be passed down, and whenever possible we try to get gender neutral colors too. These are the just a few of the products our girls enjoy again and again…

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1 | The girls love THIS collection of simple lift and flap books with baby.

2 | Do your kids love Peppa Pig as much as ours? THIS playhouse has been a huge hit with all three girls for the past year.

3 | Jane had a hard time going to the doctor until we bought her THIS set and started playing doctor at home. The girls love checking each others temperature and of course the shot is a group favorite. :)

4 | When we need the girls to sit and be still for a while THESE reusable stickers from Melissa and Doug are the go-to. Seriously, hundreds of hours playing with these.

5 | THIS is currently the girls favorite puzzle. It comes with a magnetic ‘fishing rod’ which helps build find motor skills. It doesn’t have the pictures under the puzzle pieces, making it a little more challenging and perfect for the girls puzzle level right now.

6 | THESE Corolle baby dolls are a family favorite and the brand of dolls we grew up with. We got the girls THIS set too and they LOVE feeding and taking care of their babies.

7 | We are in the early stage of play doh which means the girls will happily play with one color and one little cookie cutter for a solid fifteen minutes..then we rotate. THIS starter pack is perfect for the toddler stage.

8 | There are lots of Lego sets to choose from, but we have no regrets about choosing this Duplo All Around the World collection HERE. It’s a well rounded set and you’d be amazed at how many different games the girls come up with using these pieces.

9 | If you ask any one of our girls what they want to play with nine out ten times the response will be ‘Tea Party!”. We like THIS set from Green toys.

10 | Every home needs this Melissa and Doug basic building blocks HERE. Endless games and possibilities!

We hope this gives you a few ideas for the little ones on your Christmas list.
Time to get shopping!

We’ve Missed You!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

What we thought we be a 3 week break, quickly turn into three months…

With the shock of our brother’s death, our lives have really been shaken.

Six days after Phil’s funeral baby Ben was born.

Everything went according to plan. Emily and Ben were home within a few days, and Ben is literally piece of heaven…sleeping through the night and as good as gold.

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Within a few weeks of Ben being born Emily’s father-in-law declined rapidly and passed away. I love this picture of him with my mother-in-law at our wedding.

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The week after that our sister Helen welcomed baby boy, Ollie!

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Our little world has changed so much!

There have been many tears, prayers and contemplation. Life has become much more sacred and we’ve been grieving and celebrating by spending our days together as a family. We’ve had more family come and visit us from England than we’ve ever had before, and although it’s for sad reasons we’re soaking up this precious time and reconnecting with all those we love so much.

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Long, unhurried walks, days by the pool, toddler dance parties. Good food and just enjoying each others company.

We have been blessed to have such amazing support from those around us. Thank you, thank you for your sincere and kind messages!

The blog has been calling us! We’re coming back. We have a long list of projects, and goals and can’t wait for life to feel normal again as we wind down summer and begin our favorite time of year.

Much love, Sarah and Emily xxx

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Taking a Break…

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Last week our brother Phil was tragically taken from us in a car accident.

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(He’s the looker on the right!)

With this and then Em’s baby arriving very soon we’re unsure when we’ll be back to blogging.

Please bare with us, as we go through this difficult time.

Thanks, Sarah and Emily xxx

Refreshing Old Greenery: Em’s Gold and White Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

White has never been more popular, which is something we’re thrilled about!

Last year I liked my Christmas decor (HERE), but wished for a flocked or white tree. Before putting the tree up this year we decided to do a little DIY to ‘dust’ my tree and garlands.

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

boxwood clippings | gold and white christmas tree

boxwood clippings | gold and white christmas tree

boxwood clippings | gold and white christmas tree

boxwood clippings | gold and white christmas tree

boxwood clippings | gold and white christmas tree

We achieved this look by setting up the tree in the back yard and spray painting it white. We didn’t go too heavy, I wanted some of the green to show through. This literally took 10 minutes, and we left it to dry for a few hours before taking it back in the house.

We used Rust-oleum Painters’ Touch 2x ultracover spray paint in semi-gloss white. This is availalble at Jones Paint and Glass who recommended it as it specifically adheres to plastic. We used 1.5 cans for a 7ft tree.

So much brighter and more updated than the bland old tree!

A big thank you to Jones Paint and Glass for sponsoring the post. I’m so happy with my updated tree!

Holler Dollar Christmas Ribbon and Instagram Giveaway!!!

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We are so impressed with Target’s Dollar Spot right now…stocking stuffers, Christmas decor and wrapping to the nines, just look at these cute ribbons!

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Would you like these ribbons and a $25 Target gift card to stock up on your wrapping supplies for Christmas?

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Happy Monday everyone! We hope you have a great week!