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Sleeping Dad Series

You can’t fall asleep with a cute baby on your
chest around here without it being documented. haha.
From these pictures you would think that ben sleeps all the time…
he is just really good at falling asleep within minutes
and the kids can’t resist a comfy dad to sit on.
It’s a new hashtag on my instagram feed…haha. #sleepingbenseries
I know I’m not the only mama who has a million photos of her hubby like this!
I think I have ONE of me sleeping with a kid on me.
Although, after this post, I might be seeing some unflattering
sleeping photos of me on my husband’s instagram feed…
He might take this as a challenge. uh oh. haha.
I can’t handle the cuteness in these photos though.. I love them.


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The most recent sneak attack photo…
and one of my very very favorites… :)

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Hope all of you are having a great week so far!
If you haven’t been on my INSTAGRAM lately… be sure to check
out the fun giveaway I have going on with some lovely ladies!
I rounded up some amazing goodies for you to win!

Our #IDANCEFORPAISLEY Video

I met Kristin via instagram..when we connected and she ended up coming over to help pack up HAPPY MOMMY BOXES in my living room. She was awesome. She is one of the two girls behind GO SHOUT LOVE. You can read more about their story on their about page.. but the goal of GO SHOUT LOVE is to create an easy and accessible way for people to help families who are walking through hard times.
It all started when they helped Nella(who was diagnosed with SMA type 1) via their personal blogs and instagrams…and had such a great response! Now they have a website where they regularly have featured families they are helping.

I couldn’t agree more with them that people should be rising up and raising their voices for these children..helping raise money for their hospital bills and help bring awareness to their cause! These sweet little ones voices can be heard through us!

GO SHOUT LOVE does a dance challenge across social media..where you can post your video dancing for whoever they are sharing at the time.. Right now the featured family is David, Katie and their daughter Paisley and their hashtag is #idanceforpaisley. More info  on their story is here.
But people can post videos on social media..or challenge people to post videos and donate if they do it. So when I was challenged by nella’s mama..oh man. it was on! ;)


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We posted PART ONE and PART TWO on Instagram
but you can see the full version below.
It made my day that paisley’s grandma commented on the video loving it.. a long with paisley’s mom. I hope that it brought a smile to their face during some days that can be long and hard. I hoe that they feel the love and joy from those posting who are gathering together to lift them up and spread their story.

I seriously am just loving what Kristin and GO SHOUT LOVE are doing
and super proud of them. Go check them out and if you do a dance video..tag me!!!

During Micah’s nap time I asked the girls if they wanted to dance in the shower.
Sienna did it once but was more interested in the bandaids and mommy’s makeup in the bathroom. Sophia…oh man she was all about it. She cracked up and begged to do it like 5 times. it was so sweet and It made my heart happy seeing how she wanted to make others happy by putting this up! We are total goofballs.

Huggies -Stop Motion- Summer Fun!

I own a few of the Huggies Clutch ‘n’ Clean Wipes and LOVE them!
They make clean ups and diaper changes so easy. Plus the cases are really cute.
It’s now my go to item for baby shower gifts. I shared these before on my blog
and had mamas e-mailing me saying they got cases of them to use as gifts! Love it!
They now have really cute designer tubs too.

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I wanted to make up a cute video to show how we use these on a daily basis…
baby bums not included ;)  I use mine daily! Super handy
and a way cuter option than a ziploc bag.
They are great at home and on the go.
Check them out!

 



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Ben’s Surprise 30th Birthday – Mustache Bash



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Ben turned 30 last week! woohoo! Two days before, I decided hmm maybe it isn’t that
crazy to try and throw a party even though we just moved here.
I REALLY wanted to make it happen for him…
so event though I didn’t have much time, I was determined to throw
this party together—without him knowing!

I called his boss and had him get in on the sneakiness. He had ben out while everyone arrived. I sent a couple ‘frustrated exhausted mom’ texts to keep things completely normal. haha. I even took a call from him with the bath tub going saying I was doing bath and then putting the kids to bed.

Thanks goodness the party came together in a couple days because I wouldn’t have been able to handle the sneakiness much longer than that. STRESSFUL! I had to sneak numbers from his phone when he was in the shower haha. I got family and a handful of our new friends to come join in celebrating ben and eat dessert with us!

These were the ONLY photos I took the whole time. A few phone shots and that was it.
Thank goodness for the amazing Charis who I had discovered via instagram!
She came and took care of capturing all the fun for me. I’m so excited to team up with her on some more projects. She has a great eye! I can’t rave about her enough!
Check her work out HERE.


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Ben had joked last week saying how all he wanted for his birthday was a mustache.
So of course.. a mustache party was a must. Grabbed up a few mustache themed items and chose some colors.. black and green!
I only had time to go to a couple stores. I had already gotten the mustache plates at target.. but I was able to go to party city and the grocery store the day before and pick up the final party details.

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Ben loves cheesecake! And I had to get the mint oreo’s with the green
filling  to match the decor ;) I used paper containers from party city to hold store bought caramel corn and puppy chow. Store bought cupcakes were jazzed up with some party city mustache toppers! For a couple bucks..it was worth my time to buy the toppers instead of make them! I also had already grabbed up a cute banner from target. It’s still up.. I love it. haha.

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Here’s a run down of the dessert table. Even with no time and no budget you can make a fun party table come together! You don’t have to go overboard with items.. having the color and theme working throughout the table will make it look planned and really pop!

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These kiddos. They were all about the “snacks” ;)

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We just moved to Charlotte a few months ago…so it was really nice seeing the friendships we’ve made be all in one place! Our town house isn’t the biggest so we couldn’t invite more than this but It was cool to see how great this community has been already!

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It’s not a party without a balloon war.


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We all gathered around the table waiting for ben to come up the steps…
He was COMPLETELY Surprised. Mission accomplished.
anddd sweaty from work haha. So he ran up and changed and then was ready to par-tay.


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Lately Micah’s been covering his eyes and counting.
he sees the girls play hide and seek. It’s prettyyy much the cutest thing ever.
“one-tee-tuu”
Also… next time you need to make punch:
7 UP + Raspberry Sherbet.
amazingness

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Next time DON’T buy the sparkling candles.
They are scarier than it sounds. haha.


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I grabbed some stick on mustaches at party city.
It was hilarious how much the kids wore them.. and the adults. ;)

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I’m in total party planning mode now…
Loved doing this for ben and excited for the girls’ birthday in august!! eek!
We are currently set on a garden fairy party.
With all things bugs for the boys. should be fun ;)
Thanks for checking out Ben’s party!

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