Tech will save us!

Oh man! Goldie was giddy about this project! Our pals at Tech Will Save Us sent us this Bright Creatures Kit that teaches kiddos about how electricity works, which is so hard to try to explain without hands on experience! She loves playdough already so the fact that we were able to make this "seal" creature light up by connecting the led light helpers just sent her over the edge of giddiness!  As she gets older, she'll be able to do a better job at creating the creatures herself because my talent is not making dough creatures. I could definitely pick out outfits for the dough creatures, though. HAHA. Darcy was super into it too so I guess you're never too young to sit and watch. I have a feeling he'll be building elaborate creatures before we know it. 

There are lots of different kits for kids of all ages and I think this would make such a great gift. This is the kind of gift that is fun but also sets the foundation for science education. I especially appreciate toys like the Bright Creatures Kit because I kept Goldie out of TK this year because of school district issues and it makes me feel great to feel like she's getting some good education in at home. I try to do lessons everyday so she's more prepared for Kindergarten next year.

Anyway, we really enjoyed the kit and we'll be creating lots more creatures in the future. We think you'll enjoy it as well. 

Thanks to Tech Will Save Us for sponsoring this post and providing us with an afternoon of fun and learning. All opinions are my own.

 

Xo, Coury

The Sweetest Gift.

Ok, I have to admit that I’m a terrible gift giver. Gabe and I were talking today about the fact that we are both just awful at gift giving. I may have just found a really sweet solution because I’m always telling Gabe, “When in doubt, think fancy chocolate.” After nibbling on some double chocolate chip Graeter’s ice cream I think I need to add “ice cream” to that tip. “Think fancy chocolate ICE CREAM.” I can’t think of a better surprise than pints of ice cream delivered to your door. I guess the only thing that would make it better is if it was Graeter’s ice cream. It’s obvious that they don’t mess around and really care about delivering the best product. All ice cream is not created equal and this is the good stuff, guys! They use a French pot process and only make 2.5 gallons at a time. Each pint is hand packed for a dense, creamy ice cream.

Goldie and I had a fancy ice cream social with toppings and everything and she was in hog heaven. I am always partial to Peppermint and that pint didn't last long. Oops. Too good.

There are lots of flavor options for your online order at Graeters.com and ice cream is delivered frozen anywhere in the US. There are even party packs with everything you need for an ice cream social! Get $5 off any online ice cream order now through December 13 with code Fancy-Sweets.

I know we all have those hard to buy for people who don’t really need anything. This is such a thoughtful, unique gift! 

XO, Coury

 

Thanks so much to Graeter's for sponsoring this post and giving us a reason to eat ice cream in the middle of the week. All opinions are my own. :)

Mod Squad!

Hey guys! So excited to be working with Modcloth again for Autumn! I picked out this skirt because plaid is everywhere right now and I guess it just makes you welcome fall, no matter the temperature. It actually has cooled down here and it does feel like Autumn FINALLY. I don't feel like a fool with a sweater like this on, because you know I was wearing them in 90 degree weather anyway because October is October!

I am going to start with the Christmas decorations in the next few days because I need all the Christmas I can get this year! Last year our family was separated a lot of the season and this year I am going to treasure every moment..and play dress up a lot because it makes happy days even happier! I've said it before and I'll say it again...it's ok to love clothes. :)

I also picked up this cardigan and I've been wearing it everyday..no joke. Kinda the perfect oversized interesting color combo cardi. I sized up a few sizes to make it even more oversized.

Thanks to Modcloth for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

XO COURY 

Happy living.

Hey guys! I love home decor so much but we're renting right now which is kind of a bummer because we can't make any improvements and make the place really our own. Because of this, it's even more important that I make the most of the space I have and gather pieces I love. It's so important to be creatively stimulated but also feel HAPPY in your home. For me, it has to be tidied up (not clean exactly...just no clutter) and I have to be able to see textures and color combos I love.

I got to pick out a few pieces from Lulu & Georgia and they are definitely happy makers! Shop them below (all 25% off today!). 

Pillow Throw Lamp Pouf

XO, Coury

They say folks is dying to get here.

More Lower East Side fun. So many thanks to Alaska Air for getting us there in style. It was my first time in first class and I am so spoiled now. it was HEAVEN. I honestly could have stayed on that plane for 24 hours and been happy. Haha.

Our Airbnb was right above this alley to Freeman's. We never stopped in but the alley was just so fun and so New York-y. haha. Also, isn't that tiny iced coffee cup the cutest?

Xo, Coury

A Philadelphia morning.

A truly magical fall morning. When I visit a new city I just love to WALK WALK WALK. I woke up with the sun as I often do when traveling. The sunrise was so pink, which I knew was a sign of Philadelphia welcoming me. I had a few hours free in the morning before meeting up with the rest of the crew to head to the SEED event at the farm (which was amazing and I'll share about later) so I decided to check off as many touristy attractions as I could at 8 in the morning. I don't know when I'll be back to Philadelphia so it was a mad rush to the big spots...Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross house, and Elfreth's Alley....preceded by an iced cortado and followed by a bagel of course. 

A morning I'm so grateful for. Sometimes you need moments of discovery and freedom to remember how blessed your life really is. 

Xo Coury

SpoonfulOne: The Proactive Approach to Food Allergies

Breakfast is one of my favorite times of the day! Every morning is a fresh start and we're in Southern California so most mornings are sunny as can be!  Darcy was super hungry this morning so we put a rush on his oatmeal and berries. Goldie wasn't hungry yet so she got to play mommy and feed him a bit which happens to be her favorite thing.

It always amazes me how much changes in such short periods when it comes to raising babies. Science is the greatest. I feel like in the 3.5 years between Darcy and Goldie, so many new strides had been made and so many great new products have been developed that make life with a baby easier. It seems like food allergies in children have become so much more of a problem since I was a kid so I was so intrigued when I heard about SpoonfulOne.  The idea is to get your child's body introduced and accustomed to new foods before allergies develop. All you do is mix in the daily packet into whatever food your child is eating. The packet contains micro-servings of foods responsible for 90% of allergies. I usually mix it in Darcy's eggs or Oatmeal and it can be mixed in baby food or mashed avocado for a younger baby. 

When Goldie was a baby, many people were still waiting until 1 year to introduce certain foods and since then, it's been advised to introduce potentially allergic foods early and consistently because avoiding the foods that are potential allergens might actually increase the risk of having food allergies. Thankfully, neither of my kiddos are allergic to any foods but shellfish and nuts aren't foods that Darcy eats daily so the packets are perfect for him to keep small amounts of the foods familiar to his body and make it less likely for him to develop an allergy. SpoonfulOne was developed by a pediatrician and mother, is sourced from real food, and is super easy to use. Food is such a special thing for me, so I want to give Darcy the chance to always enjoy all food! It feels good to be proactive and this is so easy with just a spoonful of love a day! 

I’ve partnered with our friends at SpoonfulOne to give away a 12 month supply of SpoonfulOne to one lucky momma. It’s super easy to enter: Just make sure to follow the instructions on the entry form at the very bottom of this post. The winner will be chosen on 10/20! Good luck!

 

Thanks so much for reading, guys! This post was sponsored by SpoonfulOne and all opinions are my own. 

XO Coury

Falling for Modcloth.

Hi all! I'm so excited to be working with Modcloth again for fall! I got my outfit just in time to pack up for our New York trip. It worked out perfectly because NYC was SCREAMING fall. Cool and breezy days when the light somehow switches to fall tones. I did indulge in a PSL but the cortado I'm drinking below was better.

Here's a peek at our day in the city...walking all the day long....loving it. I can't believe how much I have fallen for New York. I keep imagining Goldie going to NYU in 13 years and me visiting her and seeing whatever new Broadway show we want and walking and eating and walking. :) I have always loved to dream..even if it's silly dreams like that. I love to imagine the future, and I will never lose my optimism. I love life. AND I love my husband. We have SO much fun together and my goal is to have more alone time with him in the next few years. It's such a refresher. 

Also had to mention how amazing the customer service was with my Modcloth order. It was a time crunch to get my package in time for the trip but every time I used the online chat the employees were so helpful and kind and that's something I truly appreciate. 

 

Links to Modcloth pieces:

Thanks for reading, guys! This post was kindly sponsored by Modcloth with all opinions belonging to me. I feel so grateful that I get to do fun things like this that I could just cry. 

 

XO Coury

The Bronx is up and the Battery's down.

Walking walking walking in New York. The architecture in Manhattan is breathtaking. As I get older, I appreciate such things more and more. I hope to instill appreciation for such things in my kids but I guess I need to bring them with me next time to start that process. That scares the heck outta me! How do you do kids in the city...seems so impossible to me yet I see kids everywhere so people do it. Teach me your ways. It makes LA life seem so easy.

Anyway, we visited a hundred donut and bagel shops. Gabe wanted to walk through Times Square and I wanted to see all the theaters and complain how I can't see Dear Evan Hansen. we stumbled on the Hamilton store and I was in heaven. Broadway, you have my heart.

We walked all the way from the Lower East side to Central Park. Walking is my favorite thing and you don't get to do much of it in LA so I really got my fill! 

I knew I had to wear this dress on my trip because it happens to be me personified. I'm also giving berets a whirl. It's nice to have a new hat option..I have a small head (don't tell anyone) so it's hard for me to make certain hats work but I think the beret is a go for me. Alert the authorities! Lol.

Ok, please enjoy a story of an afternoon in NYC....

XO, COURY

I LOVE LA.

Well, the weather isn't really crisp yet but something about the light has changed to "fall". Gabe's schedule has been all over the place the last few months and every time we get settled into a nice routine, it changes and we get scrambled up again. He was working graveyard last month and we made some fun memories even though that schedule is quite rough. Some mornings he surprised us with a pink box of donuts. He got home around 7am just when the sun was starting to shine through the windows. The kids would be waiting on the couch with their swollen sleepy eyes, warm squishy bodies, and soft jammies.  Darcy started to recognize the box and squeal with delight when he saw it. I want those little details ingrained in my brain forever.

Anyway, #OOTD time.

Fall Kidboxing!

Home from New York and debriefing about some trends with my favorite 4 year old fashionista as she tries on looks from her latest KIDBOX. Haha. I can't wait to actually share fashion with her someday, but for now she's really serving up the poses. Skinny jeans aren't going anywhere and Goldie is glad because she looks pretty cool in them. Statement sleeves are also sticking around, which I'm glad about because I pretty much love statement anything. Sue me! 

I'm so excited to have fashion as a shared interest with Goldie as she grows up. I know her style will change and we definitely won't agree on most things (it's already happening) but she  has so much passion about what she wears. I love it so very much.

I want to mention again that KIDBOX is giving back by donating clothing to someone who needs it with every box you purchase. Also, In light of recent hurricanes in the U.S., KIDBOX have added in a 'Hurricane Relief' option into their quiz and are currently donating over $460K worth of new clothes to help aid those affected in both Texas and Florida. Good stuff!

You can read more about the service in my last Kidbox post. :)

This post is sponsored by Kidbox and all opinions are all me. :)

 

XO, 

Coury

Organic snacking.

Hey guys! It's way too ridiculously hot for a picnic outside at the moment so we've been having indoor picnics. Snack picnics, I suppose. Our friends at Pure Growth Organic sent us some treats to snack on and we've been loving it.

But really, these treats are so perfect for on the go snacking you don't have to feel guilty about. One thing I've learned is to ALWAYS have plenty of snacks and water when you go anywhere with kids. This is especially true with young toddlers like Darcy. If he has something to snack on, he's golden. The kids like all the snacks we tried but they're favorite were the mini breakfast biscuits. I'll definitely be picking those up on my next grocery run. I have to admit, moms are better moms when they have a snack too. Hehe. Pure Growth Organic snacks are made in the US, have no artificial colors of flavors, and no trans fat.

Did I mention they have cute Disney character on the packaging? I still remember little things like that being a factor in what I would eat when I was a kid because food is an experience, right? At least to us it is. I like to make everything fun, and what's more fun than Mickey Mouse on your popcorn bag, AMIRIGHT?

Thanks to Pure Growth Organic for sponsoring this post! All opinions are obviously my own! :)

 

XO, COURY