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Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant- Holiday Spice – $8.99
I’be been searching high and low for a natural deodorant that I like and didn’t leave a weird residue! When one of my IG mamas posted Schmidt’s brand, I had to try it! Best one I’ve ever tried and this holiday spice scent is amazing!
I’ve been reading this book to Mason since he was a baby and now I read it to Mason and Paige. One of my Christmas favorites for sure. I always feel all warm and fuzzy when I read it. One of my most favorite lines from the book is “Because it took nothing but love to begin it, it’s not really Christmas if love isn’t in it”, it reminds me how God the Father gave us Jesus and Jesus’ birth is what we are celebrating after all.
Pom Pom Beanies – $5-$15
I’ve been wearing my knit Pom Pom beanies weekly! I found mine in the Target Bullseye section, but I couldn’t find the link so I found a similar one to link up for you all. I wish I had them in all colors.
Madden Girl Brando – $39.99
These are super comfortable and a great alternative to pricey Birkenstocks. Love them!
Goody Hair Spin Pins – $5.89
I was originally sent these as part of a collaboration with Goody and these are the best for us moms. Mom buns are apart of my daily life and these make it so easy! All you do is twist into your bun and it holds it up great. No clips needed!
We’ve been so blessed to be able to collaborate with such an amazing and generous company. Hatley not only designs and creates quality products, but they give back too.
Here is an excerpt from their website that explains:
“Much of Hatley’s clothing production takes place in Tirupur, India, a city in the south of India with a booming textile industry but much poverty as well. In 2012, Hatley began supporting an orphanage in Erode called Open Door Mercy Home Trust. It houses 22 boys and girls of all ages, and they are all Christian, which is the minority in India. The teacher and owner was an orphan himself, and he and his wife have 2 helpers – the four of them take care of all 22 kids. They are all truly inspiring. The kids go to public school and all study very hard.
The children in the Open Door Mercy Home orphanage do not have much, but they are a very happy family. Hatley helps to provide funding for food, clothing, computers, school supplies, and even a new roof. We have also took them on field trips to surrounding areas the children have never been to. It’s a wonderful place to support. Pandit, one of our suppliers, supports the orphanage on a monthly basis along with several other business partners. This allows the patron, teacher and spiritual leader of the orphanage – Mr. Rajesh – to concern himself less about raising money and instead focus on the important job of educating and raising the children.”
“HATLEY’S MISSION IS TO CREATE FUN, WELL DESIGNED, NATURE-INSPIRED APPAREL AND GIFTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY IN AN ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY.”
Now, lets talk about their products! First off, rain wear. Rain has never been more exciting and fun! I’ve always loved rain, especially when we are at home all cuddled on the couch. Who’s with me? Now that we have cute rain wear, we can’t wait to go out at the first sign of a drizzle! Mason and Paige splash in the puddles wearing their rain boots every chance they get and I don’t have to worry about wet shoes and socks. Mom win!
Hatley also has women’s rain coats and just like the kids’ coats, the quality is amazing! All coats are fully lined to ensure you stay dry. My Classic Raincoat in Camo Green is available here. This raincoat is also available in Navy and Navy Grid.
Not only does Hatley make quality rain wear, they also make quality pajamas, robes and clothing as well. See some of our favorite Hatley picks below.
Who doesn’t love flannel? The dinosaurs on this button up make it extra cool. Mason is wearing the Flannel Dino button down shirt available here.
And how sweet is Paige’s dress? I love pastel colors and this dress is everything. I also, love the style of this dress so much. Unicorns in the Garden Layer Dress available here.
Robes! These robes are the softest I’ve ever felt, so perfect for keeping cozy at home. The fun prints were a hit to Mason and Paige and they are constantly snuggling up in theirs. You can get Mason’s Moose Shadows fleece robe here or Paige’s Yummy Cupcakes fleece robe here. These would make a great gift too!
Pajamas are a favorite in our house, especially during fall or winter when the air is cooler. Hatley pajamas are made with organic cotton which is a major plus in our family. Keep your little ones snug in the Blue Moose pajama set or the Birds of a Feather pajama set. They have so many other prints to so go check them out!
Method Laundry Detergent – Ginger Mango – $12.99 – Target
My favorite laundry detergent and scent (not overpowering but so good)! Before I found Method detergents, we used to use the Honest brand detergent, but my husband didn’t like it because it didn’t have smell. This Ginger Mango one smells so good AND it’s plant based. Perfect for those of you who want a “cleaner” “less toxic” detergent like our family. They have other scents too.
doTERRA On Guard – $42.67 – doTERRA
My cousin sent my sister and I a rollerball tube with this oil the last time Mason and Paige had a cold. All I can say is amazing! Usually Mason brings home some kind of bug from school, so I started applying this to him in the mornings (and also give him a teaspoon of the Elderberry syrup) and so far so good! Paige and I recently came down with a nasty cold (I wasn’t as adamant about applying to her since we hardly go anywhere, but I will now) and Mason didn’t catch what we had! That has never happened before!
Elderberry Syrup – $14.58 – iherb
See doTERRA post. Used this syrup in conjunction with the On Guard blend. Elderberry helps naturally boost the immune system.
Hatley Classic Raincoat in Camo Green – $108 – Hatley
I was so excited to receive this, and it did not disappoint! The quality is amazing (not like those plastic ones we had growing up) and I get excited every time it rains and I get to use it. Blog post coming soon for this Hatey collaboration I was blessed to be a part of.
Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – $5 – Starbucks
My go-to Starbucks holiday drink! I get excited for this every year. I order my gingerbread latte with coconut milk instead of regular milk because I try to stay away from dairy as much as possible. Growing up, I never did like milk and now that I’m older, milk doesn’t like me. 😕
Halloween is my absolute least favorite holiday, but I like to make it fun for the kids and create memories. It also sparks my creativity which is a plus. Every year (like most families) we dress up and go trick or treating together.
I usually let Mason and Paige choose what we will be and this year they decided on characters from the Disney movie “Descendants 2”. We love that movie! Mason chose to be Harry Hook (son of Captain Hook) and Paige wanted to be Uma (daughter of Ursula). My husband was Gil (son of Gaston) and I was their rival for the night, Mal (Malificent’s daughter).
Paige’s costume is the only costume we bought. We had so much fun making the rest of our outfits together. Mason’s vest and my vest were similar in the making. I took leather-like jackets, cut the sleeves off and the kids dry brushed and patted the paint on them to make it a more textured look like in the movie. We had to do two coats of paint because the leather kept soaking in the color. Once the paint was dry, I used my glue gun and glued studs on both of our vests. The vests are what took up the most work of our wearable costumes, but the kids loved being able to help with them!
Here are the kids painting Mason’s undershirt:
The hardest part of our costume was the pirate ship for the wagon (and mini ship for Mason’s school costume contest – he won!). The pirate ship is made out of cardboard. I bought wood looking contact paper and covered the entire outside of the cardboard ship. Once I had the contact paper on, we used a black sharpie to draw on the planks and nails. We then painted circles and paper towel rolls black, and attached them on the sides of the ship to look like cannons. My husband made the flag pole out of scrap wood pieces and the flag the out of a paint drop cloth. Here is the final outcome (minus my hubby who was taking the picture):
The whole get-up was a hit. We’ve received so much compliments while out trick or treating, (and had our picture taken quite a few times too). There was also two older girls dressed as Uma (about 11 or 12) fighting over Mason. They kept saying “He’s MY Harry” “No, he’s MY Harry”. Too funny! 😂 A little effort makes all the difference though, and I’m so thankful that I’m able to stay home and have the time to do things like this. DIY costume or store bought, it doesn’t matter. What matters the most is creating those memories, being a part of those moments, and spending that quality time with our loved ones.
I will say, one highlight of the night was Thomas Doherty, the actor who plays Harry Hook in the movie Descendants 2, commented on our Instagram photo! Mason was stoked! So neat, right?
A few photos from last night:
Paige wouldn’t go to any house without holding Mason’s hand.
Mason’s 7th Birthday is tomorrow (I can’t believe it) and he decided that he wanted shark themed cupcakes for his class.
The first thing I did was order 24 vanilla cupcakes from Safeway with light blue frosting. I also requested that they used the round tip for a smoother look. Not going to lie, I don’t trust my baking skills to feed other people so ordering was the easiest thing for me and 24 cupcakes for $11 isn’t bad! 🙆🏽
I then searched for images of shark warning signs on Google. Once I found one that I liked, I saved the image, resized, copy, pasted and printed on card stock paper so I could make the first of the two toppers. I then cut the images out and to make it easier I cut them side by side (shown below) so I could just fold them over. The last step was to add some hot glue in the center and the toothpick and squeeze shut.
The next step was making the fondant shark fins. The kids helped with this one and had so much fun! I used Wilton White Vanilla Fondant (there are homemade recipes for fondant too but again, I don’t trust myself baking for other people 🤣) and black food coloring to make gray. The fondant came out looking more of a purple-ish color than gray but we were fine with it.
Once the food coloring was mixed well, I rolled it out. Fondant tends to get sticky, so when it does, you just want to sprinkle powdered sugar on it. After I rolled the fondant out, the kids got to cutting the shark fins with the shark fin cookie cutter that I got off Etsy.
Now that sweater weather and pumpkin flavored everything season is here (even if it’s still hot out), that also means it’s time to bust out the boots! Living in Hawaii we don’t really NEED to wear boots, but something about fall makes us so excited to throw them on just the same. Since ankle boots are perfect for warm and cooler weather, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites that this season has to offer and want to share them with you!
1. Forever 21 Ring Detail Faux Suede, Forever 21 , $32.90
2. Lucky Brand Loreniah, Lucky Brand , $149.00
3. Vince Camuto Pimmy, Macy’s , $139.00
4. Dr. Scholl’s Brief Shooties, Macy’s , $70.00
5. Lucky Brand Basel 3, ShoeMall , $139.95
6. Vince Camuto Calley, Nordstrom , $129.95
7. 1.State Isak, Nordstrom , $70.00
8. Sam Edelman Packer, Sam Edelman , $130.00
And a real steal… the Merona Lucile Bootie, Target , $34.99 :
We’re curious, what is your favorite style of boot?