FOURTH OF JULY

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The Beach People Roundie + that smile the melts me!98

Parker One Piece

A few photos from the weekend.  Lolli sent me this amazing one piece that I’m totally in love with.  It’s the first one piece I’ve ever owned actually!  I used to think one pieces were only for “moms”….haha.  Hey, guess what younger self, I’m a mom!  And my stomach doesn’t look exactly the same as it used to but I have two sweet babes to thank for that.  Anyway, onepieces forever! ;)

Hope you had a great 4th!  We snuck out of the house early with the kids, grabbed some donuts at our favorite spot, and headed to the beach for the morning.  Any fourth of July not spent at the beach just feels wrong.  We are so lucky we live so close.  Sam got in a surf and Cru ate some sand…..all in all, it was a great day ;)  Of course we ended it with a BBQ with some friends & fam and watched a far-off firework show from our front lawn.  Rylee is still petrified of fireworks, so she was inside on the couch with a blanket over her head crying the whole time. haha!  Apparently I was the same way when I was a kid.  Hopefully she grows out of that one soon because what is Fourth of July without fireworks!?

God bless America.

 


BEACHY WAVES with the XO STYLING IRON

My favorite go-to hair style in the summer is loose beachy waves.  I used to try to achieve this with a large barreled curling iron, but it’s become a whole lot easier (and more natural looking) with my new XO Styling Iron.  This iron was a collaborative design between Cara of A Fashion Love Affair, and the team at Mode.  What I love most about it is it’s ability to straighten or curl, depending on the look you are wanting.  My hair is as straight as it comes.  It’s pretty thin and super fine, and doesn’t tend to hold a curl very well.  So for me, beachy waves take a little work!  Needless to say, with 2 kids and a work-from-home job, this doesn’t happen every day :)  But the good part is that once I do it, it can last a few days with minor touch ups!  Below I’ve outlined the few simple steps I take to make this look stick, in case you want to give it a try!1_xo_8

What I use:

XO Styling Iron // Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray & Clean Freak Dry Shampoo // Finishing Spray // Teasing Brush

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I usually like to do these beach waves the day after I wash my hair because I like to start with it pretty dry.  I first use Clean Freak Dry Shampoo on my roots to soak up any excess oil.  This stuff works wonders and leaves my hair smelling fresh!

Then I back comb the hair at the crown of my head with my teasing brush to give it some volume.  And usually give it a few shots of hairspray to hold it in place.

Then it’s time to curl.  It is a little different technique curling your hair with a flat iron versus a round one, so it took me a few tries to get the hang of it at first.  The key is to keep it moving to avoid any weird kinks!  Separate out a small section of hair, clamp your iron down near the root, flip the iron once away from your face, and glide the iron slowly down your hair until you reach the end.  Repeat until everything is curled!

Now I run my fingers through the curls to loosen them a bit and spray in my  Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to give it more of a natural / imperfect look.  Like I jumped out of the ocean and let it air dry (i wish!).  I just scrunch up the curls and and shake it out….and there ya have it! :)

If you’ve lost some of the volume at the root by the end of all this, just go in and back brush a little more!

Perfect summer waves thanks to the XO Styling Iron!  Use code Kelli15 to get 15% off your purchase!

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I also get a lot of questions about my hair color and how I keep it so bright and white.  I have my sister to thank for that!  She’s been doing my hair for over 10 years.  I actually had her write a blog post for me about it years ago.  You can read it HERE…..and we still use the same process and products today.


d.RA
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So I’m usually not one for matchy matchy mother / daughter outfits…but when they are as good as these from dRA, I’m game.  dRA does whites so well.  Their clothes are classic and timeless…with crisp lines and tailored shapes.  I’ve always been a sucker for a good set, and this Zuben top + Heather skirt is one of my favorites from their collection.  So perfect for summer.  They also recently launched d.RA mini, which is exciting for obvious reasons!  Rylee is wearing the mini Rasalas Dress in cotton dobby.  I’ve got to admit….having a little girl is too much fun sometimes! (Rylee’s shoes are from Zuzii and mine are from Urban Outfitters)

Sam snapped these photos for us this last weekend on our mini getaway to Sedona, AZ.  We had an incredible time and enjoyed the change of scenery.  I’ll share more photos soon!


REVOLUTION FOODS
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I’m the first to admit, I’m not much of a cook.  Quick and easy meals are a must for our family and our busy schedules.  I always try to be somewhat conscious of the food I am putting into my body, and especially the food I am putting into my kids bodies.  But generally, “quick” and “healthy” don’t come hand in hand.  My aunt is the General Manager for a company called Revolution Foods, who pride themselves on healthy, fresh, REAL foods for schools and families.  She’s a master in the kitchen, and I’ve always looked to her for good recipes and food suggestions.  Knowing my hectic schedule, she recently introduced me to the ready-to-eat jet packs that her company offers (which I can conveniently buy down the street at my local Von’s grocery store!).  I had never bought any of the other “kit” lunch options for Rylee before because I knew that they were mostly filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients.  But Revolution Foods has changed all of that.  They believe that everyone deserves foods that are whole, foods made with carefully considered ingredients and foods that promote growth and development.  Yes, please!  We’ve tried every combination and Rylee loves the cheese pizza because she can build it herself (my creative little one).  I love it because it’s an easy choice and made with all natural ingredients.  These jet packs are the first high-quality, convenient meal of its kind.  And as a busy momma just trying to make good decisions, this is definitely something I can get behind.

You can learn more about the company HERE and why clean-label food in schools in important HERE

Find a store that sells Revolution Foods kits HERE

Also, they are running a contest where the prize will be a month’s worth of free lunches, snacks + $100 gift card, just in time for Mother’s Day!  You know I’ll be entering! :)


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!?