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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

O.K. so is Mother’s day like more than a month a way? Yes. However, if you are like me, everything tends to be last minute and I scramble for finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift when there’s barely time for shipping. In the spirit of 2018 being my year to get my shit together and be on top of things- I’m already starting to think about Mother’s Day and am willing to bring you in to the fold if you want to be on your game too. Here are some ideas to ponder, but don’t wait too long to order!

Does a mother ever really want more than your unconditional love? Yes? No? Maybe? Here are some ideas to help you if you’re struggling this Mother’s Day with what to get your number one cheerleader, support system, expert snuggler, personal chef, and wiper of all the tears.

Sundry’s Mother, Lover, Friend sweatshirt, because, obviously, she’s all 3.

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A pasta necklace, because, what else does everyone want for dinner? …And a cheaper version here!

The best sturdy tote to lug around all her…ahem…your, stuff.

An adorable personalized family portrait

Or some (very handy) personalized “Mom” stationary

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Perhaps something practical like this shopping cart phone holder?

Cooling Eye Orbits, 100% Finnish Soapstone

Or these Cooling Eye Orbits for a spa like treatment at home, for tired eyes

Of course you love your Mother! –so, this sweatshirt! 

A THANK YOU card, because, that’s really all she ever wanted anyway.

 

 

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Thank you notes!

Dashel recently turned 3, (holy cow! How is my baby 3?!) and we were lucky enough to be surrounded by many friends and family- who, of course- showered him with toys and gifts. We ended up opening presents the next morning in our living room after the hub-bub of the party and birthday festivities died down. This was so fun because Dash got to relive the fun of his party the next day- which also takes the post birthday sting out of the day after a bit! As he opened- we snapped pictures of each gift (and also kept notes about who gave what). I one hour photo-ed that goodness and jotted my thank you notes right on the back of each pic. Easy peasy- and so cute that each friend/family member gets to see the excited look on Dash’s face when he received their gift! Such a fun, easy way to send a thank you!

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Kaszanek family vacation part two: the flight!

Arriving at the airport! Ready to go!

So we actually did it ,and have lived to tell the tale! We flew with 2 littles from Boston to Savannah, and actually, it wasn’t that bad!!

I attribute most of the success to snacks, pacifiers, bottles/pouches, naps, and felt books that included little pieces to play with! Here are some photos from our travels!

Dash tagging our bags!

The dreaded weigh in, yes, it was more than 50lbs… 🙈

Checking the instruments, getting ready for take off 😂

Dash’s first view of a plane (plus a funny photo bomb of a guy that was struggling with something…)



Enjoying the flight ❤️

…and how I got to end my night…

Yay for vacation!
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Kaszanek family Vacation: Part One

Definitely the sign of a successful day! We drove up to my in laws house today to spend the night so they can drive us to the airport in the morning. This plan works out so perfectly for us because we are leaving our dog here- which means no boarding, yay!- and we don’t have to worry about long term parking, etc. and are hoping to do curbside check in with our bags… if you’ve been following the blog for the last few days, you know I’m a tad nervous about flying with two littles and I’m hoping this process goes as smoothly as possible! (I will keep you updated on how it goes and share my own tips soon!) 

We had about a 3 hour car ride driving up here, which went mainly well- kiddos were in pretty good spirits for the majority of the ride, and then we were able to celebrate with all of Steve’s family- aunts, uncles, and cousins, that couldn’t make it to Sailor’s bday party the other day. We had a great little pizza party, and Sailor got sung to again- she was in all her glory 😁! 

This picture was snapped on the way up to bed after Dash stayed up waaaay past his bedtime… Of course when you’re staying with grandparents, the kids get a little spoiled- which is great! At Steve’s parents house, it’s lovingly called “anything you want day” – which sounds pretty awesome… 

We leave in the am for the airport! (As Dash would say, to go up in the sky!) I’ll keep you posted on our (mis)adventures ❤️

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Best Week Ever!

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This week was the Best Week Ever! July 3-July 9th, 2017!

Sailor turned ONE and we had a killer bday party for our baby girl!

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Birthday fruit!

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Our new toddler trampoline is definitely a hit!

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The birthday girl!

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Fantastic mail day…

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This adorableness…

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Keep up the good work Breyer’s! (#normalizeveganism)

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Dash was so proud of himself for doing this puzzle! (With a little help from us, but not a ton!)

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Birthday parties with toddlers 🙂

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Making a cow mask- let the ‘Moo’ing ensue!

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Plus…

Are you watching The Nineties on CNN? So good! 

I love this bralette for layering summer wear

Without a doubt, one of the coolest small makers I’ve seen- I’m obsessed, I want everything.

Especially these.

Cute Organization! (Do you do any of these already? I’m personally mood board obsessed.

LOVE this color guide to Palm Springs & Joshua Tree

This transformation!  And the scarf wall hanging! 

Counting down the days!! 

And some eye candy- these photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sailor’s first birthday!

We threw Sailor her first birthday party today!! I can’t believe my baby is one already! She started saying the word ‘up’ and took a couple of steps on her own! I think she’s gonna be walking and talking more and more- and we can’t wait! Here’s some quick pics from our fun today! 

Yes, I do love vegan chocolate cupcakes.

The first time I’ve seen Dash dig into a cupcake!


We did a unicorn and rainbow theme- Which was almost too fun and adorable! 


My rainbow fruit platter was a major hit.


A ball pit is always a good idea!


I love my new puppy!

Party = success! Thanks for celebrating our special day!

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Getting ready for Summer Vacation!

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Are you going away on vacation this summer? We leave for South Carolina in a week and I’m equal parts excited and overwhelmed! The idea of packing for a family of four- yes, I will probably micromanage my husband’s luggage as well, and flying with 2 little ones- ages one and two, is definitely a little bananas. (Especially since we also have Sailor’s first birthday party on Saturday and I have a to- do list a mile long before leave.. eeek)

We will be heading down to Hilton Head for two weeks with my parents- which will definitely be a huge help, AND Steve and I are going to escape to Charleston, SC for a night to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary! This is where we just booked our night away! (I’m dying!)

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The Mills House
So, I’ve basically been reading all about tips to travel with kids, since we’ve never flown with them before. And also reading up on all the best of Charleston. (I grew up vacationing in Hilton Head, so I’m pretty prepped for that area already, and besides, we’re all just really excited about the pool and straight chillin..)

Here’s a round-up of some of the tips I’ve been scouting:

Traveling with kiddos!

Rough Guides tips for traveling with children 

15 must know tips for traveling with kids (from Babble)

Flying with Kids from Parenting  and their ultimate guide to traveling with kids (this includes car trips and flying!)

The Guardian’s top 50 tips for traveling with littles

Love these tips from Wired!

and of course, our getaway!

A Beautiful Mess’ guide to Charleston 

Southern Living’s Guide to Charleston

Spending 2 perfect days in Charleston

The cool girl’s guide to Charleston

and all the vegan friendly restaurants in Charleston!

 

 

 

 

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An (incredibly) meaningful gift for your child

Our kiddos just finished their (first for Sailor and second for Dashel) year of daycare. I can’t believe how fast their (school) year went… and I can’t help but be so grateful for the daycare they attend. As a working mom, it’s hard to leave your kiddos for the day- there’s a lot of missing them, and sometimes, early on, some guilt, about not being able to stay home with them. But honestly, I couldn’t love their daycare more. The teachers and staff are thoughtful, sweet, and engaging. Everything is always safe and clean, and my kids are learning so much, including sharing, manners, their letters/colors/numbers, even Spanish! It’s a long road of school ahead of them, and I’m glad that this is the start of their student careers….

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With the end of the school year here, and summer swinging in, I got to thinking a lot about graduations, moving on and growing up. (My kiddos will be in new rooms with new teachers when they come back in the fall!) Although their high school graduation seems like eons away (…and the thought of it seriously starts to bring tears to my eyes…) I started a graduation gift for each of them to give them on the day they finish their high school careers. (Hold on to your hats, this is a gift in the making, that takes quite a while…) I purchased two books, a different one for each of them, and had their teacher’s write personalized notes (with the dates) in each book. I plan on getting every teacher to write a note to them for each of their school years; they will be able to go back and see what their teacher’s thought of them from the time they were 6 months old to the time they were 18. (I’ve already read some of the notes and they are so sweet!!)

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Of course “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess is a timeless classic that many people give as graduation gifts, but if you want to branch out, here are the two I chose. (They have the sweetest stories/messages). Do you have a long term gift for your child?

The Wonderful Things You Will Be
I Wish You More
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Car shopping …

Car shopping is something that sounds like it should be fun- a new car! Captain’s chairs! All the cup holders you could want! How exciting! But in reality it’s a bear. The part where you get to look at cars and test drive is fun… but the financial part is the worst! It’s a whole lot of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, sometimes with the sun in your eyes, feeling hungry and thirsty, and the waiting… oh the waiting… while you go back and forth and quibble about mileage and money down and monthly payments.. ugh… it’s enough to make your head spin…

Steve and I also have very similar personalities when it comes to wheeling and dealing… neither of us like it. I’m not a super pushy person and feel uncomfortable in situations where confrontation is involved… so even though everyone is supposed to be making everyone feel like family, it’s actually an incredibly awkward situation. Steve’s aunt, on the other hand, is super confident when it comes to car shopping. She literally comes in, tells them what she wants, and what she’s going to pay, and that’s it! Boom! She makes it happen. We should have brought her tonight. Ha!

How about you and your partner? Is one of you more the take charge deal maker? How do you deal in situations where you are making major purchases? The whole thing feels so heavy and important and I feel way too much like an adult…

but… we got a new car!! With a third row of seats! And it’s a big, juicy, van! (I’m totally embracing #momlife amiright?!)

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A great trick to calm your toddler

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So, we have officially reached the stage of toddlerdom where Dash will sometimes get so upset about something that he’s in tears and cannot catch his breath, and therefore cannot articulate what’s wrong- although I’m fully aware that there may not be anything wrong except for the fact that he’s 2 and the world is a tough place… I started using this little phrase to help him calm down and catch his breath…

Smell the flowers & blow out the birthday candles. 

I say this little phrase to him and then demonstrate a nice deep breath through my nose (smelling the flowers) and a nice deep exhale through my mouth (blowing out the birthday candles.) I only have to do it a few times while rubbing his back before I start to hear his breath slow and the tears start to subside. I love this little trick! It really helps to get your child focused and relaxed and gives them a moment to regroup. I can’t remember where I first heard this little trick, but apparently it’s totally a thing because I googled it and found this.  Have you used this trick before? What tips do you have about calming your little one down when they are seemingly inconsolable? I’d love to hear- every little trick to add to our toolboxes helps!