Gymboree Hop ‘N’ Roll Play Line

Posted on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Anabelle absolutely loves playing outside. In case you haven’t noticed, ever since it got warmer outside, we go outside as much as we can! In other words, every day that it is sunny and warm, we are out there… Now that she is starting to talk a lot more, it’s fun to see what she requests. “Side!” (Slide) “Chalt!” (Chalk) “Baw!” (Ball) and “Buba” (Bubbles)! Those would be her current favorites!

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Playing outside is so important. The sunshine and vitamin D, the running and exercise, the imagination and creativity, it is so healthy for a child, I definitely miss it through the winter!

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Gymboree released their new play line, Hop ‘N’ Roll, and it is every bit as perfect as all of their other lines. The difference: it is not only geared toward being stylish for the cutest kids in the sandbox, but super geared towards surviving the rythm of play! We love the line! The soft and flexible textures are perfect and super comfortable for Anabelle as she runs around and releases all that energy! And my favorite part, it’s all mix and matchable! We went towards the teal side of the line, and Anabelle being a shoe girl (literally picks out her own shoes most days) found the perfect little teal shoes to match!

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Right now through May 31, Gymboree is partnering with KaBOOM, a national non-profit organization that works to ensure that all kids have a childhood filled with active play, especially those in underserved communities. We are lucky enough to have our backyard as our favorite play spot, but if you shop the Hop ‘N’ Roll line before May 31, a percentage of proceeds from the sales will benefit KaBOOM and help meet the goal to build a place to play for 10,000 deserving kids in 2015!

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I love a good line, but I also love a good cause behind the line! So please check out Gymobree’s Hop ‘N’ Roll collection!  It doesn’t disappoint!

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In partnership with Gymboree. All opinions are my own.

Easter Sunday

Posted on: Friday, April 10, 2015

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When I was little, I would cry because I didn’t want to grow up! I knew I had it good. Not a worry in the world except how much time I had to play before my parents sent me to bed. Plus, kids just got completely spoiled on Holidays! Now, I absolutely love being a mother and spending Holidays with Anabelle! I brings back that level of magic that I miss, that playfulness, delight and excitement that eventually disappeared! Anabelle was so confused why there were eggs everywhere when she woke up! And then when she saw her basket, she was almost asking us if she was allowed to touch it. Then she realized there was something in those plastic eggs! She opened her first one, it spilled, and she looked at her Daddy and said “uh-oh!” in her high pitched little way. Then she gobbled up the candy! We told her to go look for the eggs around the room, and she searched the whole time with a piece of candy in her cheek! The first hard boiled egg she came across, she picked up, put right back down and looked at us. We couldn’t help but to crack up and told her to put it in her basket as well. And thats when she turned into a speedster. She literally started tossing the eggs in her basket, breaking about half the hardboiled eggs in the process, leaving daddy biting his nails worrying about whether or not he’d be able to eat the eggs! It was seriously the best morning! And to work off her sugar rush, she danced! Danced and ran around the house for so long! I was surprised she didn’t pass out in church!

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After a busy morning, we met my family at Church! Anabelle got to wear this adorable vintage coat and bonnet! It seriously looks brand new! I was so excited that she actually wanted to wear the bonnet too! And then when she saw that I was wearing pearls, she wanted to wear some too, so she got to wear mommy’s long strand of pearls!

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After Mass we had a delicious brunch at my parents where Anabelle got more goodies! Followed by my favorite meal of the year, our lamb Easter dinner and yet another delicious raw coconut cream cake by my sister! Easter was wonderful!

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My sister made this amazing raw vegan coconut cream pie for dessert! (Recipe here)

Free Babes Giveaway!

Posted on: Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Guys, I have found the perfect hair bow! I came across Free Babes and instantly fell in love with Hillary’s bows! Anabelle has basically graduated from headbands to hair clips since she always seems to need her hair pulled out of her eyes. And these bows are big, bold, fun, and absolutely on trend and adorable! Plus they are hand made and such a great quality!

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Hillary, the Free Babes shop owner and mother to three little ones including the most precious little newborn boy, is absolutely adorable over on Instagram. I love how she is always promoting the free spirited little ones in her bows finding adventure, embracing wonder and having fun. That is exactly what every little kid should be doing and I love seeing a shop encourage childhood!

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Today I am super excited because I have a giveaway for you! You could win a sailor bow (the style Anabelle is wearing) and a set of school girl bows! All you need to do is head over to Instagram! Entering couldn’t be easier! You will just have to follow @free_babes and @laughing_latte, like the giveaway photo, and tag however many friends you want! Giveaway ends 4/13. Good luck!

If you are like me and just need to have these bows in your daughter’s wardrobe (Which you do! Trust me!) then use the code Laughingbabes15 to get 15% off your purchase of $30 or more!

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In partnership with Free Babes. All opinions are my own.

Coloring Easter Eggs

Posted on: Monday, April 6, 2015

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I haven’t died eggs in probably 20 years. When I was little, I didn’t like hard boiled eggs and I thought that they took too long to dye so I’d get bored. My family even has their favorite Easter story of that one time that my parents told me to eat an egg before I could eat any more candy, and I ate the eggs shell and all. I really wanted that candy…. And that egg was so gross! I got about half way through it before anyone stopped me. So dying eggs was never a favorite past time. But now that I’m a mom to a little girl who I want to experience everything that makes her smile, and wife to a husband who loves hard boiled eggs (I also like them myself now too…) I thought that dying eggs this year was a must. I kept it simple. Tested a recipe on one egg and when I got it perfect the first try (I have done this a couple years ago and failed multiple times) I made 2 dozen of them! I bought food coloring and we used little plastic cups to make lots of colors! Anabelle mostly just watched, but guarded the eggs once we finished. I love her little gasps when we’d pull an egg out of the dye followed by her saying, “Moooaaa!” (More in toddler talk!)

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13/52

Posted on: Friday, April 3, 2015

Almost forgot to post this today! This picture is from an upcoming project that I will share soon, but this picture happened and just cracked me up! She gets picky about what she wears sometimes, but she was loving some new outfits and just absolutely modeled those glasses for me!

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A Portrait of my daughter every week, once a week, in 2015.

Anabelle: Sunglasses and sunny, Spring days!

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