Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is one of my favorite holidays right behind Christmas. I just love everything about it. From the whole meaning behind it which is everything we believe in, to the nicer weather, all the cute fluffy rabbits, and all the fun that comes along with it.

Over the years I've been sharing what's in my nuggets Easter baskets. I can always tell when people are starting to search for ideas because my baby's first Easter basket and my toddler Easter basket always start to get re-pinned.

Now that I have two toddlers I'm sharing what they'll both be enjoying on Easter morning along with some not so crazy candy overloaded treats.

Looking back at what we've put in their basket I've noticed a trend. I've also realized that we somehow end up going on our family vacation a few weeks after Easter which makes for a great opportunity to add in some vacation treats.

I also went with more of an outdoors theme this year because thankfully both of my nuggets love being outside. There are some nights we will have to pick them up and carry them in the house because they just won't come in. It usually results in a flailing tantrum which our neighbors probably think we are horrible parents as our kids are screaming no mommy, no daddy. Fun times.

Most of these items are from Target's dollar spot (one of the best places ever) so I don't have a direct link and they will probably vary from store to store, but you get the idea. Here's what we have in their baskets this year...

Sidewalk Chalk
Bug Nets
Bug Catchers (I might regret that later)
Mini Garden Tools
Mini Garden Gloves
Organic Seeds—Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Stuffed Animal Friend
Sand Bucket and Shovel
Mirrored Sunglasses
Flip Flops
Swimsuits and New Shorts
Band Aids 
Stonyfield Fruit Snacks
Annie's Organic Granola Bars and Cheddar Bunny Snacks

Spring Favorite Finds-And My Love Hate With a Certain Pair of Sneakers

This time of year usually puts me in a better mood and has me looking forward to all things fun. I would be lying though if I didn't say I am more than anxious for our weather to change so that I can actually enjoy this time of year. 

Alright, maybe I need to slow my roll (did I just say that?) a little bit because we're only about a week into the season. But knowing others are experiencing some nicer weather is giving me all kinds of feelings. 

For now, I'm sharing some of my favorites for spring and a mix of things I already own and some that I'm really debating on getting. Oh decisions, decisions. 

Why don't we just start with the elephant in the room, shall we? Maybe there is no elephant in the room, but for me there is. What would that be you say? Ohhh, how about a little something that I haven't been able to get my hands on which would be those coveted slip on blush sneakers from, cough, cough, Target. I'm not even going to directly link them to my post because if you know what I'm talking about, then you know.  And if you don't I'll just save you the trouble. 

Sometimes I just can't help myself from rambling on so if you're up for a little story read on, if not then skip the next two paragraphs. I've had my eye on these sneakers since I first saw them floating around in the entice everyone to buy them universe. Sad to admit, I have been stalking Target's website since I saw them and haven't been able to add them to my cart. Why would that be? Well, because they aren't anywhere within a 100 miles of me. That was until last week when it finally let me add them to my cart. I may or may not have blurted out a big old yassss, while I was in my office. Now here comes the kicker, it then asks me to select a store for pickup. Pickup? A lot of you sent me a message when you saw my frustration on my Instagram story and asked why they wouldn't just ship them to me. That's a great question, and I wish I had the answer to that. The store that came up as having them in stock wasn't horribly far from me (or so I thought), and at this point I was already making plans in my head to pick them up after work. Now that I'm typing all of this out it actually sounds kind of pathetic, because if you think about it, it's only sneakers (no judgments please). 

I got the email that my order was confirmed, only to read it further and found out there are in fact two Riverdale stores—well of course there are. Wouldn't you know the one these shoes were at was not around me but happened to be in Queens NY. Yeah, that wasn't happening. Until a light bulb went brother! Anyone who might be reading this and knows my brother wouldn't find it odd that he might randomly been in the Queens area. Sure enough he was, and I was back to doing my happy dance because he said he would pick them up for me. Well here comes the part where salt is just dumped all over this wound. On his way to go pick them up I get another email telling me that those shoes are in fact not available at that location and that I have to pick another location. Well that's not going to work because there are no other locations available or that would work for me in the area. So I'm officially done and over it. Those shoes are a thing of the past and I am moving on to doing more important things with my time. 

I came across a similar pair of blush slip ons that I might consider but now at this point I don't even know how I feel about this whole thing. I do already have these fun espadrilles (currently on sale) that I am just waiting to get more wear out of. 

I am already loving my blush laser cut flats so maybe that's just where I'll get my blush fix in. I'm also considering these laser cut moccasins because they look really comfortable and are really cute too. 

I'm also loving this time of year to continue wearing my stay white jeans and the gingham trend is something I might be jumping on. I'm really liking this cold shoulder top and can just envision it with my white jeans. 

I'm also loving some fun spring accessories. My friend got me a mantra bracelet that I love wearing and I'm thinking about getting this one too, because #blessed. I also enjoy a good baseball cap especially to hide those bad hair days, and in general I think they look great with a cute casual look. Now, this is another I'm not so sure if I want to purchase item but it's an all up in my face product. I'm sure you've probably seen this pom pom clutch floating around. It's really cute and very trendy, but I don't know how functional it would  be for me or how comfortable it would be carrying around that straw. I'm going to have to sleep on this one but it's so tempting, especially with our vacation coming up. 

A Visit To The Liberty Science Center

 Suspended jungle gym

 Giant light bright...can I get one?!

 Every floor had a huge number in the window so of course A had to pose with the three :)

How are we here at Monday already? I feel like we were all just so excited that it was Friday?! I know I said we were going to have a low key weekend and nothing was planned, which was true, but we decided last minute to take the nuggets for a visit to the Liberty Science Center.

I don't know about you but the weather here was not nice this weekend and didn't make any bit of sense. It was 60 something on Saturday but rainy, and then overcast and 30 something yesterday. Spring, let's get it together. 

Ok back to the science center. On our way over both of the nuggets fell asleep, so instead of waking the sleeping beauties and finding out they would wake up acting more like beasts—we decided to drive around and let them nap for awhile. I don't know about your kids (if you have them), but if mine don't get in a good nap, Lord Jesus help us! 

Eric and I found this great lookout right near the science center that had amazing views of NYC. Unfortunately because it was such a gloomy day I feel like we couldn't take it all in, so it's definitely an area I would come back to on a nicer day. 

Thankfully the nuggets got in some good rest and once we stopped off for a snack they were in good spirits. While we were walking around we came across some street art and you know what that means, photo op! 

Once we got to the science center the boys were anxious to run around and have some fun. Since none of us were ever here before we weren't exactly sure what to expect. The first exhibit we made our way to was the giant blocks. They had so much fun here and probably could have just stayed in that area the whole time. Eric helped them construct this huge house that a bunch of other kids made their way over to join in on the fun. That was until someone knocked it down which got A a little upset.

We were off for some more exploring and pretty much didn't sit down until we got back in the car. Half of my pictures aren't amazing because I still have the hardest time with low light and non-stop kids, yeahhh, I'm lucky I even got these. But pictures aside, not everything has to be a perfect captured moment and for us the memories were the important part on our visit.

Linking up with Biana today. 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Boy am I glad this work week is almost over. We had regional meetings going on which meant I had to be at work even earlier, and let's just say we are not a morning family. On top of that, I had to present multiple times this week, and overall it's just been a long week. But, we made it. In the midst of all the craziness of course I had to take time out to have a little fun and always find something to enjoy. 

This weekend we have not one thing planned and to say I am beyond excited is an understatement. After this weekend I don't think we have a free one until after Memorial Day. Yup, you read that right. We are one busy family but it's all good things and always fun times. Anyway, here is a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. First birthday brunch: if you've been visiting my little internet space here lately (always a huge thank you for stopping by!) then you might have seen I've gone to some really cute parties lately. Like seriously, each party has been better than the last and all with their own unique details. It's like Pinterest overload and I kind of love it. 

This time it was a first birthday brunch and the prettiest brunch I may have ever seen. Ok, I know it was the prettiest brunch I have ever seen and really could have been someone's wedding. If you saw my instagram stories then you might remember I posted this pic of me with my nuggets who wanted nothing to do with smiling for a picture, typical #momproblems. A also got his face painted for the first time and loved it so much that he did not want to wash it off.

first birthday party ideas
2. Beauty and the Beast: you may also remember me mentioning my Mom, sister and I had tickets to see Beauty and the Beast over the weekend. My brother also came along so it was a nice little family outing. We all loved the movie! I think it brought everyone back to a time when we first enjoyed it as kids. The special effects were amazing, the singing was great, and for the most part it was pretty dead on from the cartoon version.

They did switch a few things up, such as giving more of the back story about the beast, which I happened to really like getting a better picture of him, and a few other things that I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say though, I had a slight disappointment with the prince. I guess since he transforms from this big powerful beast I was just expecting someone a little more, rugged and muscular, perhaps. And then we see, him. Not a bad prince by any means—just not what I was expecting. Even in the cartoon he had a little more girth to him. This is going to sound weird but I kind of enjoyed him better as the beast. There I said it. I guess I have a thing for the beast.

Overall, it was a great movie. If you're planning on taking young kids with you to see it, to be honest, I would say it's probably more appropriate for children seven plus. We did see some younger kids in the theater that during the kill the beast scenes started to get a little scared. You just have to remember things are bigger and louder in a theater, and in general the purpose of those scenes are a little more intense. Then again, you know your children best and their maturity level and what they can handle, so use your best judgement.

3. Brunch: if I could brunch all day every day I would, but then again who wouldn't?! With my Mom and sister around of course we had to take advantage of going out and getting our brunch on. Eric and I have been to Tavern 5 before with friends for dinner but never got a chance to check it out for brunch.

I love places that have a good atmosphere and even better when they have good food. I wouldn't say it was the best brunch I've ever had but it didn't disappoint by any means. When my Mom's plate came out with her cornflake crusted french toast I immediately regretted my decision and wanted to dive into hers. Not because mine was bad at all, but hers was really, really good! Like all Mom's who usually end up eating last, she was nice enough to share with us and enjoy in her tasty meal :)  

4. Science fair: let's just continue on the trips down memory lane here, shall we? Remember how I mentioned my mom fail with A's science project last week? Well last night was their actual science fair. All of the classes did such a great job, and I love seeing the nuggets get excited about learning and having fun.

5. 5 ways to spring clean your blog: in case you missed my post from earlier this week, a lot of you have been giving me some great feedback and seemed to find the tips I shared to be helpful. That makes me so happy because when you put together a post hoping to reach your readers and provide resources for them, the last thing you want to feel is like you missed the mark or that you failed. If you get a chance to check it out, you can read the full post here.

I hope everyone has a fun filled weekend! As always I'm linking with some of my favorite bloggers for all of the link up fun.

Hello Jumpsuit Season

spring style
Now that it's officially spring I'm anxious for all things spring fashion. I love cuddling up in a big sweater, but after months of that bulky wear it's nice to shed some layers. 

One of the things I love for spring is a fun jumpsuit. With tricky temps in early spring, a lighter piece yet still warm enough to wear during cooler mornings is great to have in your wardrobe. What I love about this jumpsuit from Zaful is the sleeve length and being able to wear it multiple ways. You can take it from long sleeve to 3/4 sleeve on those warmer days. I also have my eye on a few others like this one and this one, because how much fun are they?! 

My only bone to pick with jumpsuits are the ability to go to the bathroom in them. There has to be an easier way?! But, even with the hassle of that, the look ends up outweighing the few minutes of basically striping down ;) 

The versatility of this piece allows me to wear it to the office yet easily transition it for a night out. I just love pieces like this that actually get some wear. When I saw the model in the picture wearing it with a gold belt I knew I had to have this. Lucky for me I already had the perfect belt to go with it so it was easy to see the whole thing put together. I also love that you can switch it up with different belts or accessories to really give it a different look each time.

Jumpsuit- c/o Zaful (here) | Belt- old similar (here) | shoes- old similar (here) | Sunglasses- (here) | Earrings- (here
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