Carter’s Preemie Clothing Line- They Were There for Us

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Carter’s. All opinions are my own. 



Our NICU journey was anything but easy. Is anyone’s? A lot of baby gear and clothing is not designed with preemies in mind. But does that mean they should be forgotten about? Should it be so hard to find preemie clothing and gear?

When Oliver came 6 weeks early, we were unprepared. Of course we were! No one plans on having a premature baby. We had a closet full of clothes in preparation, none of it preemie sized. So when he was born and rushed to the NICU, we had nothing to dress him in. The hospital issued us a few plain white bodysuits, but other than that, we had nothing.

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hyatt regency scottsdale resort and spa review featured by top Denver travel blog, All Things Lovely

The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa

Disclaimer: We were hosted by the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. All opinions are my own.

During our recent trip to Phoenix, we had the amazing opportunity to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. It was incredible. We have never stayed anywhere so darn near perfect! They Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is perfect for everyone! Family vacations, girls trips, couples weekends, or even a honeymoon. It’s romantic, relaxing, and family friendly all in one. We can’t wait to go back!

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas with Incredibundles featured by top Denver lifestyle blog, All Things Lovely

Baby Shower Gift Ideas with Incredibundles

Disclaimer: This baby shower gift ideas post is sponsored by Incredibundles. All opinions are my own. 

I think we all can agree that the first year of motherhood is incredibly hard. It goes without even saying that it’s exhausting, frustrating, surprising, and expensive. Whenever I get invited to a baby shower my first thought is, what can I get for her that she actually needs? 

At my baby shower I got a lot of cute baby clothes, cute little toys, bath products, and a few select “gear” items for the nursery. For my second, my Mother in Law threw us a diaper bomb once Oliver was out of the NICU. And to be honest, the diaper bomb was where it was at! Diapers are so expensive! If I ever do it over again, a diaper bomb is all I’ll need.

So when thinking about what to give a new mom that will really be helpful to her in the long run, diapers and wipes definitely come to mind. But how can you buy enough diapers and wipes that it can actually be significant?

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| The Best Phoenix Travel Guide featured by top Denver travel guide, All Things Lovely

The Best Phoenix Travel Guide for your Family

Hello, friends! I’m so excited to bring you this travel guide to Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding areas today! We traveled there last week and had the best time!

My little sister goes to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and it was family weekend so we decided to make the trip out to see her and the campus. My grandparents also live out there and it had been years since we’d seen them, and they had yet to meet Oliver so we were long overdue for an Arizona visit!

We were all over the place during our visit. Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Gilbert, all the in general “Phoenix area” and there was so much to do!

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Disneyland Cars Land tips featured by top Denver travel blog, All Things Lovely

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Disneyland Cars Land

Disneyland Cars Land is one of our favorite stops in California Adventure! Sawyer, our 3 year old has been obsessed with Lightning McQueen and all the Cars movies for over a year so taking him to Cars Land over the summer was a dream come true.

Cars Land opened in 2012 and is still one of the most popular attractions in the park over 6 years later. Kurtis and I visited Cars Land the day we got engaged in 2013 and thought it was spectacular. We had been to Disneyland a handful of times since, but hadn’t ventured over to Cars Land again and we were so excited to show Sawyer!

Even though Cars Land is only a small fraction of the wonderful things you can do in California Adventure, there is so much to do there. Sawyer was mesmerized so we spent quite a few hours there and had a blast!

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The Time of the Month Struggles featuring U by Kotex, by top Denver lifestyle blog, All Things Lovely

The Time of the Month Struggles

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

That time of the month is something that all women deal with for the majority of their lifetime. It’s messy, it’s uncomfortable, it’s inconvenient, and…it’s costly. Although it’s doesn’t seem like much to most people, 1 in 4 women struggle to access period products!

There are millions of women living in poverty who miss out on daily life because they don’t have access to period supplies during that time of the month.

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REI adventure in Colorado featured by top Denver travel blog, All Things Lovely

Experience Adventure with REI

This post is sponsored by REI but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Being active always clears my head and puts me in a better mind space. Sitting at home for too long not only makes me go stir crazy, but can really put me in a funk and trigger my anxiety and sometimes even depression. When I was in the height of dealing with postpartum depression after the birth of my second son last year, I started to recognize this as a trigger. The days I was stuck at home all day and didn’t get out to run errands, see a friend, or even just take the kids to the park, were the days I felt the worst. Not having anything to do made me feel lazy, and being in a small space with two children for too long wasn’t doing any good for my mental or emotional health.

The days I got out of the house I felt so much better. Even just going to the grocery store could lift my mood. Being busy and going outside, hiking, traveling, etc really improved my mood. It’s like when I was active I was myself again. I was happier and my kids were too.

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

 

 

 

Did you know September is Healthy Kids Month? One of the hardest parts about parenting is the pressure in how to feed them. Especially now, in the age of millennial parenting, we have a wealth of information about what’s in our food and what’s no longer considered good for us. There’s pressure to eat clean and feed our kids complex meals with all the good things they need and without all the bad things they don’t.

Let’s toss out the first problem…kids are notoriously picky! I can be hard to find good, clean recipes and snacks that they actually like. And second, eating clean can also be very expensive. Buying junk food is tempting because it’s no much easier and less expensive.

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OdorKlenz review featured by popular Denver lifestyle blogger, All Things Lovely

A Working Mom’s Laundry Tips with OdorKlenz

OdorKlenz review featured by popular Denver lifestyle blogger, All Things Lovely

A few months ago, I took a poll on my Instagram stories asking you guys if you did laundry specifically on one day of the week or if you did just a little bit every day. I was SHOCKED at how many of you do laundry every single day. I can’t imagine doing laundry that often, it must be terrible! My theory is this: Laundry is the worst. If you get all your laundry done on specified “laundry days” then you’ll do less laundry. That’s just math!

My schedule is as follows. I wash and dry all the clothes every Monday. Then, I fold it all every Tuesday night after the kids are asleep. It really doesn’t even take up too much of my day since laundry is such a thoughtless chore. And then, I’m only doing laundry 2 days per week and have 5, glorious, laundry free days!

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The Best Things to Do in Keystone CO featured by popular Denver travel blogger, All Things Lovely

The Best Things to Do in Keystone CO – A Complete Travel Guide

Disclaimer: Thank you to Springs 8857 and Keystone Resort for hosting us  for this post! All opinions are my own. 

If you’ve been following along on the blog and social media, you know we had an amazing getaway to Keystone next weekend. I hope it inspired you to take a mountain getaway or ski trip with your family sometime soon, and if so, I think you should consider Keystone, Colorado!

Keystone is the quaintest little ski resort town. Living in Denver, we’re just a few hours away from some of the best ski resorts, and love visiting a few times per year. They make for great weekends away both with and without the kids. Keystone is one of my favorites. A family friend owned a condo in Keystone when I was growing up so we used to visit all the time! However, the last time I went I believe I was 18 so it’s been quite a while and I was excited to be back. Here’s everything you need to know about all the best things to do in Keystone CO!

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