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10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

July 17, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

With summer in full force, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 outdoor summer activities for toddlers. If we stay inside too much, both Piper and I will go a little stir crazy. Just getting outside for an hour makes the biggest difference in our day. This has also made me realize how essential it is to have a yard space that feels groomed, managed, and safe to play in. Terminix offers so many services outside of termites, including ants, spiders, and mosquitos that you don’t want hanging around during your play time!

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1 | Baby pool. We love our little $10 baby pool purchase. On a hot summer day where’s it’s a little too miserable warm to play at the park, we’ll fill this thing with water and splash around for hours. We’ll practice putting our head under and blowing bubbles, and Piper is currently obsessed with bringing all the leaves in it too.

2 | Swimming pool. We don’t have access to a real swimming pool, but we’re highly considering a membership at the Y just for this reason. Outdoor splash park, anyone!? We have some friends with neighborhood pools, so we love when we get to meet up with them.

3 | Splash pads. When you aren’t up for a pool day, a splash pad is such a fun alternative. And they’re free!

4 | Bubbles. Piper loves when we blow bubbles outside. Given, she might not fully get the concept yet and I might have caught her trying to figure out how to drink it a time or two, but blowing bubbles always gets a good set of giggles!

5 | Play at the park. We are fortunate to have so many great parks near us, and we can switch it up often. The slide still makes me a little nervous, but Piper is so brave and always wants to climb up and go down herself.

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6 | Chalk. We found these adorable donut and ice cream shaped chalk sticks at Target, and Piper kept trying to lick the ice cream one, haha. She’ll scribble around on the pavement, in between her pool splashing.

7 | Picnic. When we’re tired of being cooped up inside, sometimes we’ll take our meal outside and turn it into a picnic! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a blanket and a solid spread of fruit and cheerios can do the trick ;)

8 | Play in the sprinkler. Do you see a pattern, and can you tell it feels like a million degrees in South Carolina this summer!? When we feel like we’ve exhausted the baby pool but are dying to go outside, we’ll run through the sprinkler together. Piper calls it “rain, rain” ;).

9 | Take a trip to the zoo. Since we’re learning all of the different animal noises right now, it’s fun to go to the zoo and let her put a live animal with the noises. This is also a great thing to meet up and do with other moms, and get a little adult conversation time in too ;)

10 | Kick the soccer ball. This simple activity is one of our favorites. Scofield grew up playing soccer, so of course he’s completely convinced she’s going to be the most stellar soccer player. I don’t doubt it. This is such an easy way to get her energy out, too. She’d chase that soccer ball around the back yard all day, I swear.

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

I’d love to know what your favorite outdoor toddler activities are!

Thank you to terminix services, inc. for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

First Ice Cream Cone

July 6, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

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While we were at the beach last week we took Piper our for her very first ice cream cone. This girl loves breads, muffins, etc. but we don’t do a lot of desserts. When she had cake at her first birthday party, she looked confused and then spit it out, so I wasn’t sure how she was going to feel about ice cream. When we ordered the ice cream cone she didn’t even reach for it or pay attention to it because she had no idea what it was, ha. Part of me felt like, ‘oh no, we are ruining her do we really want to do this.’ But the other part of me knows that she would eventually eat ice cream and it’s a delicious treat that I knew would be a fun adventure to experience together. Plus, I want to teach her that all things fit in moderation.

We got two cones to share, a strawberry and a vanilla. She’s a strawberry feign, so I thought she would love that one the most, but she was all about the vanilla.

Can’t wait for more ice cream adventures!

Beach Packing List

June 27, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle

 

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WIDE BRIM STRAW HAT // My only hope for any tan in my life is via spray tan. My skin is so fair and burns so easily, so I am all about sun protection these days. I love this one or this one hat for the beach. So cute, but also serves a very important purpose of protecting your face from harmful UV rays.

TASSLE EARRINGS // I am obsessed with these tassle earrings. It is taking so much self control to not order them in every color. They are perfect for dinner out, or they are so fun to wear on the beach! They are so much lighter than any other tassle earrings I have ever tried, and you can’t even feel them on.

MAUI JIM SUNGLASSES // I love my pair of maui jim sunglasses. I’ve always been one to snag a pair of cheap sunglasses, but these are so worth the investment. If you’re going to be out in the sun, especially on the water where sunlight is reflecting, I highly recommend something polarized.

THE LIGHT WE LOST BOOK // I always take an easy read to the beach. Something you don’t have to focus too much on (it is vacation after all!), and that is fun to read. I’ve heard if you loved the movie ‘One Day’ with Anne Hathaway, that you’ll love this book. I saw that movie in college when I was engaged, and ended the movie crying hysterically. I probably have to be careful with this book, but I’ve heard good things!

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL EGG CREAM MASK // Being in the sun can really dry out your skin, and this mask replaces moisture like no other. Love to add it to my regimen when I’m at the beach.

BLACK RUFFLE SUIT // I can’t get enough ruffles lately, and find myself gravitating towards all suits black.

STRAW BEACH TOTE // I love the selection at Target. Super affordable and great quality (in my opinion). My beach bag is currently going on year 3 and good as new.

COOLA SPF 30 SETTING SPRAY // I normally go to the beach bare faced, but if I’m going to put on any makeup I have to have a setting spray if I have any hope of keeping it in on my face during the day. Whether I’m wearing makeup or not, I use this setting spray as sunscreen for my face. My skin is so sensitive and easily gets oily or breaks out with sunscreen. I love that this provides the protection, but is easy and light on my skin.

There you have it, my beach packing list for a fun, stylish, sun-protected beach vacation!

The Importance of Getting Away With Your Spouse

June 16, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Style - Travel

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Dress: Goodnight Macaroon | Sunglasses: Le Spec | Earrings: Hart | Lips: Stila in ‘Patina’ | Hair products: Wilson’s on Washington

There’s no doubt about it, marriage is tough. I remember as a young 20 year old, newly engaged, looking at my mom and telling her “Scofield and I will never fight.” ha!!!! So young. So naive. As hard as marriage is, though, it gets better and better as the days and years go by. We are 5 years in, and I’ve never been more in love with him.

Whether it’s a smooth or bumpy season, we’ve learned a few tricks over the years that have made all the difference in our relationship.

One non-negotiable is that we take a trip away 4x/year (so, once a quarter). Now that we have Piper, they aren’t always by ourselves, but we make two trips just the two of us. Taking one of those trips at our anniversary in May, and another one around my birthday in November has worked really well for us. Even if we run out of time, or can’t fit a full getaway into our budget, we’ll opt for an overnight staycation at a fun hotel or airnb. The goal is to get out of the house, just the two of us, and really focus on each other and our marriage.

We recently spent our anniversary out on the lake and spent upward of our 48 hours away on the screened in porch. We both came home refreshed, re-energized, and united.

It can be hard to make time to get away, but it’s worth every ounce of energy. Here are some tips that have helped us commit to, and get the most out of our getaways…

1 | Plan ahead. We are so bad about planning things last minutes, but have found its so much easier when we plan ahead. We’ve been trying to look at the entire year before us and pick a date and place well in advance. It gives us something to look forward to, and keeps us committed!

2 | Find childcare. I had so much guilt the first time I left Piper, but it ended up being so good for both us and her. She had the best time with her grandparents, they loved having her, and we loved getting a break ;). As hard as it can be to leave Piper, I firmly believe it helps me be a better mom.

3 | Come with an agenda. This one might not be for everyone, but we always come with a list of things to discuss regarding our marriage, personal growth, and family. Areas we feel like we need to improve, goals we’d like to set, and action steps to get there. This might sound a little exhausting, and in some ways it is ;), but its worth the return.

4 | Make room for spontaneity. Even though we have a list of things we want to make sure we talk about, we make sure to leave part of our trip unplanned. This allows us to decide if we’re in the mood for going to dinner, eating in, watching a movie, or sleeping in, etc.

5 | Embrace adventure. One of the values for our family is “adventure.” We love to take trips, go on hikes, explore our town, and its a value we want to teach Piper. We have a ‘bucket list,’ so to speak, of places we’d like to visit and trips we’d like to take. This aspect of adventure makes allows us to create memories we’ll never forget and cherish together forever.

I hope this is helpful! I’d love to hear about your favorite getaways!!

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