LEADER BAG CO.
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Stroller – Nuna IVVI // Diaper Bag – Leader Bag Co. // Fox Softie – Petit Pippin // Ry’s DressLadida

There are A LOT of overpriced diaper bags on the market, most of which I would never consider investing in.  But when I discovered Leader Bag Co….my mind changed.  They combined every element I’d want in a diaper bag, into one stylish and functional everyday backpack.  I LOVE that this diaper bag is a backpack.  From a design standpoint, it’s the best I’ve come across.  With it’s multiple pockets, durable fabric and classic style.  It’s made of water repellent 14oz duck canvas, vegetable tanned leather, and a wipe clean 210 denier nylon interior.  It also comes with a matching leather change pouch and padded, wipe-clean change mat.  It might come with a price tag, but when you think about how much use this will get (I use mine EVERY day), the fact that it is sourced and manufactured here in the states, and the care and quality integrated into each bag, the price really is justified.  And I love that it was created by 3 sisters (and moms).  Moms know what moms need, and they hit the nail on the head with this one.  Each bag comes with 2 stroller straps as well, so mine clips perfectly on my Nuna IVVI stroller.  This stroller has a big roomy storage basket underneath, which made shopping with two kids this holiday season just a little bit easier!  I also have the Nuna Pipa carseat, so when Cru passes out in the car, I can just click it right on to the stroller wheels and we are good to go.  It’s funny how my shopping experience has completely changed as a mom.  It used to be a little therapudic for me.  But now with kids, it’s a mission!  Usually I try to plan the best route to get us in and out of the mall as quickly and productively as possible.  Before anyone melts down or spits up or needs to eat!  So much for leasurely strolls and window shopping! Oy!  Thankfully, well designed products like these make life as a mama just a little bit easier :)

And I can’t not mention that sweet little handmade fox by Petit Pippin!  How cute is he!?


ARTIFACT UPRISING Holiday Card Giveaway
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Can you believe December is right around the corner!?  Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet!?  I’m always so busy helping other people design their Christmas cards, that I tend to put off creating my own!  Thankfully, Artifact Uprising made it easy for me this year with their beautifully designed holiday photo cards.  I chose an instagram friendly template for our cards this year, but I also love the new 3-in-1 card :  it’s a card, a photo print and gift tag – all in one.   Family & friends can tear away the photo print for year-round display and use the gift tag for holiday gift-giving.  How smart, right!?  I have been a long time advocate for this company, their mission, and the quality behind everything they do!  Their products always impress!

Today, we’ve teamed up for a giveaway, offering up a free pack of 25 holiday cards!  Simply type in your email address below to enter!  A winner will be chosen on Sunday, 11/30! Good luck!

 


Rose & Fitzgerald
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Introducing Rose & Fitzgerald.   A beautiful collection of  hand made jewelry and home goods.  My friend Courtney and her husband Laren moved from California to Africa several years ago seeking out beauty and talent in a part of the world brimming with intrigue, untapped potential and age-old artistic methods.  What they found there was inspiration behind the birth of Rose & Fitzgerald, a design-and-craft studio based in Kampala, Uganda.  They work with master hand-craftsmen there to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces mixing traditional craft with a stylish flair.  What I love about these products is that they are unique….with the highest level of quality, making them not just a great product, but something you’ll want to hang on to for years to come.

If you’re anything like me and have a hard time finding a great gift for the guys in your life, there are a few options here that are perfect.  Especially those whisky tumblers!  And of course, unique handmade jewelry for women is always a win.  Never too early to start Christmas shopping! ;)

Pictured above:  Dipped Geometric Candle Holders // Raw Wood Charcuterie Board // Cow Horn Spoon Set // Edison Bulb Lamp // Golden Spikes Necklace // Hammored Brass Gladiator Ring // Whisky Tumbler Set


LARSON FAMILY GRANOLA RECIPE
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I posted this photo on instagram last week and was surprised at how many people were interested in having me share the recipe to this granola!  It’s a family recipe, passed down to me from my mother-in-law.  Every year when Sam and I go to visit his mom and dad, either in Minnesota or Wisconsin, we devour this stuff.  I finally wised up and got the recipe to make for ourselves.  Sam’s been eating it since he was a kid, and he still asks me to make it for him!  And to be totally honest, it’s the best granola I’ve ever had too! (and I’ve tried a lot of granola! haha).  This recipe makes A TON….so it will last you a good while.   It’s made up of simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make.  And if you are constantly buying granola like we were, it’s a whole lot cheaper to make it this way!   Just pop a couple bags in the freezer and save it for when you want it.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 large cylinder of Quaker Oats
2 cups sunflower seads
2 cups nuts *of choice (soy nuts, pecans, walnuts)
2 cups bran flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups canola oil
2 cups honey
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups dried fruits *of choice (cranberries, cherries, apricots)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Spray roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray
Pour oats in and heat in oven for 10 minutes
Remove oats from oven and stir in everything else except for the dried fruits
Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool
Mix in dried fruits

Store in Ziploc gallon bag in your refrigerator or freezer!


TRUE SUCCESS
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A motto to live by.

I’ve been a long time fan of The Shine Project (and Ashley, the amazing girl behind it all) and the work they do to improve the lives of at-risk teens.  This tee is part of their 7 week campaign, where each week they highlight a different student employee by sharing their story and life motto.  You can purchase Brianna’s tee here, and read her story here.  A portion of this sale will go to Brianna’s scholarship fund.