Five Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I’ve mentioned before how my husband can be tough to shop for when it comes time for all gift-giving holidays so I often try to get creative with my gifts for him. It can be tough shopping for the other dads in my life, too, though, so Father’s Day can be a challenge in that department. You know, guys always complain that women are hard to shop for but they’re not much easier, am I right? Well, if you’re in my boat, perhaps these five unique Father’s Day gift ideas will be helpful!

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What’s in My Toddler Bag

I’m in this weird in-between stage of life where I don’t need a full diaper bag but I also have to keep a good amount of kid stuff with me at all times. While I no longer carry an actual diaper bag, I do keep one in my car at all times. In it is a change of clothes for both of my girls, extra diapers, bug spray, sunscreen, and other random things I may need at a moment’s notice but don’t actually need at all times, if that makes sense. I usually carry a tote-sized purse to hold my stuff along with my toddler’s. We’re on-the-go a lot these days, so I’ve become a pro at grabbing the must-haves as we run out the door. Here’s what’s in my toddler bag:

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I Looked at Job Postings Today

It’s 3:15 PM. My kids are napping. I just took a shower and brushed my teeth for the first time today and am currently eating a Hot Pocket for lunch. Wait, did I eat breakfast today? It’s been a rough one. Today was another one of those days.

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Give Him the Gift of Experience: The Xtreme Xperience

My husband is one of the hardest people in the world to shop for. He’s not a complicated guy, quite the opposite actually; he’s pretty simple (not in the dumb sense, in the low-maintenance sense). Fancy things are lost on him unless said fancy things are firearms or fishing rods, neither of which he needs. Real talk. So when I ask what he wants for [insert all gift-giving holidays] he literally always says, “nothing”. I mean, we’re the kind of people who just go out and buy whatever we need. And, before I left my job, we always went out and bought what we wanted (within reason), too. What I love about Todd, though, is that he values experiences over things any day of the week. So when I caught wind of the Xtreme Xperience, I knew that he would love it. And I was right. Although our day at the track was just this past weekend, Todd actually received the Xtreme Xperience as his birthday gift back in March and he could barely contain himself, having to wait so long to use it. Xtreme Xperience travels a circuit around the US so they’re always somewhere different. So, we had to wait awhile for them to come back to Atlanta. Here’s how our day unfolded.

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How to Be a #Basic Instagram Mom

Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram and found yourself thinking, Man, I sure wish I could be super #basic like all of the Instagram Moms I love, but I don’t know where to start? Well, you’re in luck! Having been in the blogging/Instagram game for one year now, I’ve picked up a thing or two. And, because I’m such a kind-hearted, generous, #BasicAndProud gal, I’ve decided to share my learnings with you. Stick with me and you’ll be a #Basic Instagram Mom in no time.

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My Blogiversary: It’s Been One Year Since I Hit Publish

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of when I hit “publish” on my first blog post here in this little spot of the web. My blogiversary. In some ways it feels like I started a few weeks ago. In other ways I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. But life is so different now. So much has changed.

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Summer Survival Essentials for Moms

This year will be my first summer at home with my girls and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited but kinda nervous at the same time. I mean, what the heck are we going to do all summer? I live in Georgia and in case you haven’t heard, let me tell you – it is H-O-T here. They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing (by the way, no one who actually lives here calls in that). I’m originally a FL girl (where it’s even hotter) but definitely prefer the comfort of AC inside over the blazing outdoors. My kids, on the other hand, well… that’s a different story. Summer for them means one thing: water. We like to set up what we fondly refer to as “Bennett Beach” in our driveway and let the girls loose. The problem with that is they’re not old enough to be out there unsupervised, which means I have to sit out there with them. So today I’m going to share what I consider to be a mom’s essentials to surviving the summer with kids.

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Playing in Fountains and Thoughts on Motherhood

A few weeks ago, a friend and I decided to get together one morning and snap a few blog photos for each other. The plan was to stop at this cute little plaza not too far from my house and then take the kids to the library. Since the plan was mostly indoor-fun, I dressed my girls up in sweet matching outfits and their “good” mary jane sneakers (with ruffle socks, of course). I had 3 outfits to shoot, each taking about 5 minutes plus a few minutes in between to change. About two minutes in, my girls were playing in the fountain (that I didn’t know was there until we arrived). I shouted for them to not get wet, “Hands only, girls! Don’t get wet!” to which they agreed, “Yes, Mommy! Okay!” but then, of course, they got wet.

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