Five On Friday! Sand, Blouses, Springtime Fun!

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. :)

I posted a few Instastories yesterday about the kinetic sand we played with after nap. It's by National Geographic and you can Amazon Prime it HERE. Grab three bags and it will be delivered same day (at least here in Charlotte).

It comes in some really fun and funky colors and the toy molds are included. After we played with it, I put it all in a Ziploc bag to keep it from getting dirt or pollen in it since we are keeping it outside on the screened porch.

Great sensory activity, fun for all ages, and cleanup is easy because the sand sticks to itself so you can literally grab handfuls of it to put it away.

Our table is the Cra-Z-Sand brand but to be honestly you could use a large Tupperware, a rimmed baking sheet, a water table, a foil baking dish, you name it!

The girls did a wonderful job on their suppers last night and received a fun and sweet treat -- fresh strawberries, some whipped cream and a drizzle of honey. Ate it right up!

There's been a LOFT maternity top that's been sitting in my cart and haunting, taunting me. It was 40% off (and of course it's not now) and it is just SO lovely. I'm three months shy of my due date, which does give me plenty of time to get in a handful of uses, but man oh man, should I just make my Target tees and tanks cut it for this home stretch?

The front is a different material than the back (same print though), and the back has this delicious little keyhole back with a little tie at the upper neck. Ahhhdorable. 

And for post-maternity, I'm keeping THESE two items in my cart. They are my two favorites on the site now. Both are available in lots of sizes currently AND 40% off today with no code needed. 

St. Patty's day is this weekend which means that Easter Sunday is around the corner! Springtime bonnets are posted on our Tipsy Bunny Instagram page. Ready to ship NOW in time for Easter! These are also fabulous for pool days, beach trips, church, and family photos. A very sweet baby shower gift, as well. They are only $25 and come in 0-3mo, 3-6mo, 6-12mo, and 12-18mo. If you don't have Instagram but would like to purchase, just comment below with your email address!

(and yes, that's baby boy in the background!)

Time's ticking on that fabulous new customer offer from Grove Collaborative! It's a way to snag some FREE springtime household cleaning products with a $20 purchase. So, grab your toilet cleaner and your granite spray and your tile cleaner (and have them arrive on your doorstep) and enjoy these free goodies:
  • Mrs. Meyer's Spring hand soap 
  • Mrs. Meyer's Spring dish soap 
  • Mrs. Meyer's Spring multi surface spray 
  • Grove Collaborative kitchen towel
Springtime scents are lilac, peony, and MINT. That last one is calling my name. 


That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!


Spring In Your Step, Spring In Your Kitchen

Partnering with one of my FAVORITE household supply companies for this post -- y'all know I love Grove Collaborative, and they make keeping a clean house just a little more fun for me!

Spring scents from Mrs. Meyers are mint, lilac, and peony. The mint is

Partner links provided below will earn new customers some awesome freebies. But don't wait around too long, because this amazing deal ends SUNDAY!


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Lately, I've been drooling over all the bright, clean kitchens on Instagram.

Even though a full kitchen makeover isn't in my budget, I've found some affordable ways to rediscover pride in my home, so I wanted to share them with you. It’s amazing how something as simple as a good spring clean or a bouquet of fresh flowers on the counter can help you fall in love with the home you have — whether it’s a tiny apartment or your dream home.

First, grab this free set of Mrs. Meyer's spring hand soap + dish soap + multi-surface spray + spring kitchen towel with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative. You can choose from three limited-edition Mrs. Meyer’s spring scents: mint, lilac, or peony. If you're already a Grove customer, you'll receive free Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

Spending $20 to get this free bundle is easy -- go ahead and stock up on Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent (we are currently using Lavender but I also looooove their Honeysuckle scent) because goodness knows you'll be needing that anyway!

Then follow my tips to create a dreamy kitchen — just in time for spring entertaining!

Step 1: Instead of treating spring cleaning as a chore, set the tone for an enjoyable day by opening the doors to let the spring air in and brew a fresh pot of coffee. Or pour a mimosa if it's a Saturday ;)

Step 2: Start with a clean slate. Mrs. Meyer's multi-surface spray makes quick work of cleaning appliances, the inside of the fridge, countertops, and backsplashes. Plus, it leaves your kitchen smelling like a spring garden!

Step 3: To get your pots and pans ready for new spring recipes, make a paste with Bon Ami and water and apply it all over. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wipe away those scorch marks with a sponge. I prefer Grove's walnut scrubber sponges because they don't scratch your cookware!

Step 4: The sink is probably the most used area in your kitchen, but gets the least love when it's time to clean. Grab the Bon Ami again and sprinkle it on your sink and faucet, rub with a wet cloth, and then wipe clean. To freshen up your garbage disposal, squirt Mrs. Meyer's dish soap into the disposal and run the disposal with hot water. The mint scent is especially good for neutralizing odors.

Step 5: Just like a statement necklace can make an old outfit feel new, sink-side accessories can totally transform your kitchen. I love Mrs. Meyer's hand and dish soaps because they add a pop of cheerful color to my kitchen and smell amazing! I keep mine on a little white ceramic rectangular tray.

Step 6: Treat your kitchen to a fresh new towel in a spring color. I consider the Grove chef's towels an essential, since they work for everything from wiping hands, to drying spills and dishes, to grabbing hot pans. The cornflower blue color is brand new, and you'll be among the first to get one.

Step 7: Trick your guests into thinking you redecorated with strategically placed accessories like a bamboo cutting board, a wooden handle dish brush, or a stoneware tray. Little, fresh accessories can pack a punch. 

Step 8: Of course, you can never go wrong with cut flowers. Daffodils and hyacinth are currently on our kitchen island. Hyacinth smells SO good and I haven't been burning a candle recently because of how fragrant it is!

Bonus tip: I'm a huge fan of Grove Collaborative because they help me create a healthy, beautiful home I can feel proud of. When you submit your first order using my link, you'll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you'll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

I hope you will check out one of my very favorite earth-friendly companies. Grove Collaborative does it right!

** Remember, this new customer deal ends this SUNDAY! **



Several months ago we asked my parents if they could take the girls for the weekend while we had a little Charleston, SC "babymoon" getaway.

Well, then LIFE happened and we just never booked anywhere to stay and every place we looked into was either at capacity or just totally, totally expensive. We were going through a stressful time with just lots of external factors and the thought of packing, driving and battling Friday post-work traffic, paying an arm and a leg for a resort or AirBNB stay ... we just decided to SIMPLIFY.

I still took the girls down to my parents' lakehouse for the weekend and then Ian and I enjoyed what seriously turned out to be the best weekend right here in Charlotte!

Friday afternoon I treated myself to a leisurely stroll through Trader Joes without having to fend off the requests for sugary sweets from my girls. I took time reading ingredients and picking out some fun little TJ's finds.

After Ian was home from work, we refreshed and went to a favorite sushi spot in our area of town. Afterwards we got on the big comfy sectional in our playroom and watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Great movie, we both loved it. 

Saturday morning we had breakfast together at Dunkin Donuts and neither of us ended up with pink icing and sprinkles smeared on our clothes. WIN.

Afterwards we went to Home Depot, spent time picking out some new plants and items for home beautification, came home and got to work. We worked together to hang some curtains in the garage which will separate off our little home gym area project. I gave our tired front porch planters a nice little makeover with some snapdragons, creeping phlox and teeny daffodils, and Ian planted several more bulbs all over the yard. 

I packaged up a dozen LipSense orders and just crossed things off of my to-do list!

That night we shared the grilled octopus appetizer at Vivace and then had the BEST dinner (complete with carrot cake for dessert) at Dresslers. 

Sunday morning we enjoyed some coffee, waffles and bacon at home and then drove down to pick up our girls. We were SO happy to see them, and they had the best two nights away. 

So, YAY. Lovely little staycation for us, and just the perfect way to reconnect and really focus on each other with zero distractions. We are calling this weekend a total win. Marriage fist-bump!


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. :)

Thank you all so much for your reaffirmation about Charlotte's eye surgery next month. I know in my heart of hearts that it's going to be way less dramatic than I'm building it up to be in my mind, but ... it's surgery. Anesthesia. An incision into her eyeball. Poor, sweet girl. There's no doubt in my heart that we are doing the best thing ever for her, but I just honestly wish that we didn't even have to consider this option.

Luckily, my sweet friend and FOF cohostess Christina had some amazing words of affirmation for me about this procedure, and the same doctor who did her son's surgery is going to do Charlotte's procedure as well. We have it scheduled for early next month, eager to take this step forward!

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Yesterday afternoon Camille helped me make Lucky Charms Treats (just like Rice Krispies treats but with the all-green Lucky Charms that you can buy now!). We used THIS basic fail-proof recipe and I ate wayyy too many for my own good while the girls were napping.

She loves helping in the kitchen and this was the perfect, quick recipe for us!

A local friend and fellow girl mama (I have three more months to call myself that!) has the best taste in childrens' clothes and I always love when she asks me to custom-create some hairbows for her girlies. Look at this pink/navy combo she designed ... how adorable!

If you'd be interested in seeing these on our Instagram page, say the word. :) 
Pssst .... beautiful bonnets coming SOON on Insta!

The girls and I enjoyed a quick visit from my mother-in-law earlier this week and she always comes with little gifts. This time it was little glittery art kits that the girls colored with markers. They looked so cute at the little childrens table and had a fun time crafting.

Wow, twenty six weeks along! I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is flying ... warp speed. I've got that same back pain (on my right side, specifically -- feels like a horrible pinched nerve) that I had with Charlotte's pregnancy, but I'm not seeing a chiropractor yet for it. It'd probably do me wonders but I'm just trying to treat it without spending the time and money for weekly or bi-weekly chiro visits. I wonder if I can make it to 40 weeks with just my massaging pillow as my therapy!


That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!


Big Appointments This Week

I wrote this post yesterday morning and then we ran out of the door before I had time to proofread and publish. So, it's a day old, and Charlotte is going to need the surgery. -A.


Good morning! Checking in today with some real life updates. We have two big appointments this week that I have been really anticipating.

The first one is this morning to follow up on the eyepatching we have been doing for Charlotte’s weaker eye. We started noticing a slight crossing in mid-December and were able to get in with a great pediatric ophthalmologist at the first part of January. Since then, we have been religiously patching one of her eyes for two hours daily the last two months. To be quite honest, I have not seen a huge shift in the alignment — and if anything, it just looks a little worse. This morning is our follow up where we will find out the next course of action which may actually be surgery. That terrifies me. I would appreciate any thoughts or prayers!

Secondly, those of you who have been reading here for a while may remember that I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy two years ago. This week I am 26 weeks along, and my glucose test is Thursday! I am pretty much expecting to receive a diagnosis again and will not be surprised if that is the case. Gestational diabetes is a pain — but not impossible to manage, and I just tell myself I can do anything for 14 weeks. Anything! But I would love any warm thoughts you could send my way!


Weekend Fun: SLIME Recipe

Not every moment in every weekend is a "winning at mom-ing" moment, but I did feel pretty fun when I offered to help the girls make slime on Saturday!

This activity takes three ingredients and only a slight eagle eye to make sure it doesn't end up between your couch cushions or in your washing machine. 

What we used:
1/2 bottle of Elmers Glitter Glue (on Amazon)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon contact solution

(we added in extra glitter too, but I'll skip that next time)

We added the contact solution last and ended up adding in a squirt or two more to make the consistency less gluey and more rubbery. Just add small amounts until it doesn't stick to your fingers and has more of a bouncy texture. 

The girlies loved stretching it, rolling it, and bouncing it!

Prime in that glue so that you can be a fun mom this coming weekend! 


Five On Friday: March Along!

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. :)

Good morning everyone, and I'm sorry it's been a little quiet around these parts this week! We've been quite busy and Friday sort of snuck up on me like whoa. In fact, laying in bed last night Ian said "what do you want to do tomorrow night?" and it sort made me do a mental double-take that it was a Friday night and I had no sort of plans or even awareness of it -- whoops!

We did go out to eat as a family on Wednesday night so will probably hang around the house!

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I've been really busy this week with hairbow orders! I'm selling some on our Instagram page (here) but I have also been doing a lot of custom orders and local sales on a moms' Facebook page. I'm excited to be doing the cross bows again for Easter and definitely had my monogram machine going last night.

Anyone have any Poshmark tips? I just signed up for it recently and haven't posted anything yet, BUT hopefully will be doing so today! My username is APRIL8228 and I believe if you put that in as your referral name, we both get gifted a $5 credit. 

Anyway, I'm totally interested in it and would love to hear your Poshmark tips and successes!

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I think I've mentioned a little bit that Charlotte has recently started a mother's morning out on a day that Camille doesn't have preschool, so it gives us one day a week that it's just me and my big girl. WOW, how important! She really seems to love these days when we get to do "big girl things" and spend some quality time together. I try to have a fun little outing planned and this past week it was a quick treat at TCBY after we had leftovers for lunch at home. Look at that grin -- it says it all.

It's been an exceptionally exciting week for me LipSense-wise because (excuse my proud brag!) I found out that I was the #3 gal in the ENTIRE COMPANY ... which is 225,000+ ... for my personal team growth in January.


I was definitely not expecting that and was so excited to hear it!

And PS ... our. team. rocks. 

I'm still working today toward my weekly sales goal, so if there's anything you've had your eye on, I'd love to help you get it in your mailbox! Shipping's just $3 and I would love to introduce you to some products I've truly fallen in love with!


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That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!


Maternity Leggings FIND

I've decided that this third pregnancy is the "era of the maternity legging." I have the jeans, I have the dresses, but throwing on leggings and a tee is easy peasy and that's what I'm going for.

I was wearing some Liz Lange maternity leggings from two years ago that I found at Target and wanted to go back to see about scooping up a second pair. I ended up grabbing a different brand that I'm actually loving even more!

These Isabel Maternity leggings are legit! Super-dee-duper wonderful and comfortable! They have 13% Spandex for lots of stretch and are really thick without being hot at all. Just thick enough to conceal what you're wearing underneath. 

Right at twenty bucks and they fit true to size. I'm in an XS but I'm also 5'2" so needed a shorter length. Machine wash and dry for ease. Just love everything about them. 

I'm also a big maternity leggings wearer after baby is here. The full panel is nice and forgiving and helps to suck in some of that extra skin that you have going on for a while. So yay for getting postpartum wear out of these as well!

Two big thumbs up if you're in the market for some quality leggings! You can find them HERE

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