Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer 2012 Memories



We have been planning our summer beach trip and 
I came across my favorite pictures of John Ryman. 
His first trip to the beach was so special- can't wait to take Bauer! (taken in Rosemary Beach, FL)



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Grove Collaborative



 So for the past several months we have been trying out a new company called Grove.
I used to buy my cleaning supplies and home products from mainly Target and Honest Company and then I would of course forget something and pick up extras at the grocery.  Knowing that our shopping cart was about to get a lot fuller (baby-wearing is really the only option- how else do y'all fit 3 kids and anything else in a cart at one time?!) I started looking into the most cost effective, time saving & practical options for our family.  Thanks to The Nester sharing a coupon code, I thought I would try one order and then cancel once I received my $10 off, but I ended up loving the new products, customer service & free gifts on my doorstep!  It's been several months now and I don't buy cleaning or laundry supplies any other way! 
I still get our shampoo & some toiletries from Honest because it works best for our sensitive skin & I can bundle for a good price our favorite shave oil & healing balm (Have you smelled their new shampoo scent- Apricot Kiss?! Delish!)  Every other household product from Grove gets shipped for free to our door whenever I want!  You can do recurring shipments if you prefer if you know how long certain products last for your family (they offer text reminders that I found very helpful) but I usually just do a few orders a month in no particular rhythm when I notice we are running low on something.  The free shipping makes that super helpful because with Honest I felt like I would do a monthly order and forget one item and have to make a trip to the store again- defeating the purpose of home delivery!
I have found that I spend less money on household items since I started using Grove! For example, Mrs. Meyer's cleaners may only be 25 cents cheaper on Grove than Target, but we all know we pick up extra stuff that is not on our list when we run into an actual store!!  Extra cart space when at the grocery & no Target dollar bin additions that aren't really a dollar make it totally worth it for me. They also give free items & credit for friends that sign up- I've received a glass bottle, large hand sanitizer, chapstick and lots of $ credit just in the last two months!

If you want to try it out and get $10 off this month plus a free gift of your own... {CLICK HERE}

My top favorites:
Mrs. Meyer's Basil Dish Soap
Grove Candle in Eucalyptus & Spearmint
Grove Kitchen Towels- the best!
Acure Facial Scrub


A few ideas...
-If you use essential oils, I love their glass spray bottle mixed with Thieves (or any oil!) to clean the kitchen.
-I just ordered a set of my favorites for a wedding shower (you could do baby shower items too!)  and I got $10 off and free shipping.  Wrap it all up or put them in a cute basket and its the perfect gift!
-When their candles are on sale, add an extra to your order because they are the perfect gift to have on hand when you need something last minute. And they smell amazing!
-Follow The Nester on Instagram because sometimes she will post free gifts for an existing Grove member or a new scent she recommends!

Mother's Day & End of the School Year


Vera made the cutest flower pot in her Mom's Morning Out class!  The flower has already died but I'll treasure that colorful art forever :)  And I hadn't even seen her gift to me when I dressed her that morning- maybe it was her inspiration for the art haha! (This is our favorite reversible pinafore from {junebugtennessee})


JR and Vera were both in MMO one day a week this past year.  Even though JR started out pretty quiet and observant & Vera struggled some days during drop-off, they always came home with lots of fun stories wishing they could go back the next day!  They both had the sweetest teachers and learned so much this year!  It's amazing to see how much they have grown since their first day in the fall. 

 (above) first day right after getting home from Sadie's Wedding!
(below) last day of school...
John Ryman painted me a beautiful pot with a handmade flower- I just don't have a photo.  He also filled out this classic paper that I especially loved :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mini Photographers

On our way home from Mom's Morning Out, we pulled over into a field and hopped out to take some photos.  I happened to have my "real" camera in the car, it was a little overcast & Bauer was asleep in the carseat!  After I snapped a couple, John Ryman asked if he could take some of Vera and then of course she wanted to take a few photos!  All I did was adjust the camera settings & stand close so the camera didn't fall -they did the rest, including telling each other where to stand :) We were all so excited to get home and see how they turned out!  Can you guess who took which photos?





1, 6, 7, 9 - Me
2, 3, 4, 8- JR
5- Vera

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Introducing baby Bauer!

 Bauer Stone Garcia
March 24, 2016 at 2:34am
7lbs 6oz     21.5 in.

Welcomed by very proud siblings- John Ryman and Vera :)





Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baby Essentials (Part 2- Pretty Things for Mama)



1- Blanc Micro Leather Mat from Gathre for diaper changes or wipe-able placemat
2- Striped Backpack from Target - I'm using this as my diaper bag
3- Coin Purse from K.Slade for gathering all the little things in a big diaper bag
4- Bunny in small from JellyCat for something soft and cuddly that still fits in a diaper bag
5- Infinity Scarf from Everyday Pitter Patter for quick accessorizing and nursing cover
... and my favorite Franco Sarto sunglasses from TJMaxx of course ;)


Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Photoshoot Tips


I know I'm not the only mother who wants a sweet Easter photo every year of the family. Well, I'll even just settle for one good photo of the kids on Easter! But I've learned that I will never get the photo I want on the actual day :) Patrick is usually headed off to church super early. I'm usually (always) running late getting the kids and myself ready, so a photo before church with their messy Easter baskets is pretty chaotic.


Then by the time we leave Easter service everyone is hungry and it's nap time. Dresses are wrinkled, stained or like last year one of them throws up on the way home!!! Haha Needless to say, I have decided to not worry myself with any Easter Day photos unless they just "happen". I set aside my camera and their outfits the week before and on the first sunny day that week when everyone is happy, we head outside to "play" while I snap away! No stress! Their outfits have time to be washed if the inevitable grass stain or spill happens. No timeline and pressure to have everyone smiling posing for one shot- just carefree play captured! And then all of us mamas have those holiday photos to glance at each year. We see how much they've grown or remember their favorite toy that year that never left their side. Sweet moments captured without the frazzled chaos or the forced photo as we left for church and attempted one posed photo by the front door.


So have your cameras or Iphones ready for a laid back Easter photoshoot this week.  And don't hesitate to pass out some Easter candy for even bigger smiles :)