My most favorite time of year is coming up quick, and I LOVE to look at gift guides. This was my most wanted gift guide, so here ya go! I may be adding things to my gift guides until we reach Christmas if I find some great finds that I need to share. I hope this helps anyone looking for their mamas, friends, or maybe your wife! xo.
On November 13th 2014 at 8 AM I walked in to the hospital that both my husband and I were born in ready to get induced and meet my baby boy. At this time we still had no idea what we were going to name him, or how much this tiny little boy was going to change our lives. After a day of my induction process moving very slowly I finally met my baby boy, Dekker Drew, on November 14th at 4:29 pm.
This boy is one of a kind, my everything, and as he just started saying his best friend. Every year gets a little more special with him. Year three he has blossomed soo much, and became a big brother and boy oh boy is that my favorite to watch. He is sweet and kind. He is confident and a little social butterfly. He is everything to me. Happy Birthday, I love being your mama Dekker Drew Smith
We celebrated your third birthday this weekend surrounded by family and friends.. dinosaur style. Your favorite things to play with are dinosaurs, swords, ninja turtles, and your brother. You love talking to everyone, dancing, and playing with your cousins. You can’t get enough of fruit snacks, bars, eggs, broccoli, noodles, pizza, and BURGERS.
I remember when my husband and I were dating and I would always look at mens holiday gifts. They are SO hard to buy for. Maybe it’s because most don’t always want more of something they already have. Girls would be happy with her 100th pair of boots, or watches and purses to choose from. My hubby helped me a little with this one.. the power drill was definitely him, but everyone really does need that. Also Everything is 100 or less besides the nest.Click on the photo and it will take you right to the item.
I have had two totally different babies as I have mentioned before. My oldest was a huge eater, and Kanon was tough to get him excited about starting solids. We recently started using YUMI baby foods and before I decided to share this with you I made sure that it was something we loved.
When you are starting foods for you littles it can be so intimidating. There is SO much stuff out there, and you are wondering whats going to be best because obviously you are wanting to give your littles the best nutritional diet. I also think if you are giving your babes a well rounded diet this is going to help them when they are older so they aren’t so picky. I have been constantly giving my three year old( ahh I will have a three year old in two weeks) lots of veggies since he was little and he still loves them.
Yumi is not just a baby food subscription box that comes to your door… which is so convenient, but a safe place to ask any questions if you are having trouble with this process. A community that has been so helpful for me in experimenting with my stubborn little eater. All the baby food is organic, plant-based, gluten, soy, and dairy free. From YUMI you know that these fresh blends are a healthy choice for your babes.
I can officially say this kid LOVES eating now! They offer a variety from simple purees to amazing blends. We started out with the purees and added in the blends to adjust him to a little more texture. YUMI does not disappoint you guys.
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I CAN NOT with these mini astronauts! The past two years I was not really into halloween, maybe because Dekker was too young to care but this year I told myself I needed to make it an actual thing. Plus we were going to be in our home town this year so we were able to dress up and trick or treat with cousins which made it so much fun. My next goal is to eventually do a family costume some time in my life. haha. Baby steps people.
These costumes were SO easy and turned out better than I thought.
- start out with a white romper/sleeper by Baby Breez
- bought all my patches on Amazon
- Stitched a few stitches into the patches so that I was able to remove and use the yummy white sleepers again!
DIY jet packs
1.spray pant either 2 liter bottles or normal water bottles matte silver
2. while those are drying cut felt flames out (red, orange, and yellow)
3. glue flames together with hot glue gun
4. cut a square piece of cardboard and glue the bottles on it
5. glue flames on the end of bottles
6. add shoulder straps for them to wear it
Done! And then buy the cutest NASA shoes from Freshly Picked
A simple easy makeup routine is my best friend. I am a sucker for trying new makeup, and I recently started using Makcara beauty for my everyday makeup routine. This has been saving me! I am obsessed with the creme base because it really gives me that dewy glow that I am obsessed with. First off it is really hard for me to find time to do a full face everyday and this allows for just that. Second off it is so compact you can bring it anywhere. I swear getting ready for me has cut in half.
The compact I have is so simple.. I have a highlight( basically it is your foundation), a contour, blush, and illuminator. Also this 30 second hac brush is amazing, and I use it along with Maskcara’s beauty blender. The makeup is used to not necessarily layer, obviously you can, but thats what makes it so simple and easy. I throw on my brows after with a brow pencil ,and my all time favorite drug store mascara by maybelline >here< , and finish off with the stay spray and boom I am done. I will be doing a live tomorrow on my Instagram (@blakeashlyn) to show you exactly how I do my everyday makeup routine.
When you buy four single cans with Maskcara Beauty shown below you get a FREE compact, and look how cute that marble compact is?! I die! There is also bigger compacts if you buy more than four singles. You can pick and choose which singles you want from lip colors (doubles as blush), eye shadows, illuminators, highlights, and contour. Also if one runs out you do not need to get a whole new compact.. you can just get one single. Contact (@maskcarabytracy) to be color matched, and for anymore information or go to the website >Maskcara Beauty <
Who doesn’t like a good tan.. am I right?! I am not always tan but when I am these are my go to tanning supplies. Occasionally I will get a spray tan for special occasions, but for the most part I use these products when I want an easy tan at home. Everyone likes simple.I am all about the dry brush for lots of reasons not just exfoliating before a at home tan. Along with exfoliation it is going to increase the blood flow in your legs, and helps with reducing cellulite. I started using the tanning towels about a year ago and LOVE them. So easy to work with and budget friendly. You have to evenly rub the towelette wherever you want the tan. It shows up in an hour or so which is nice if you have somewhere to go and not a lot of time. I’ve used this jergens for as long as I can remember and it works great to keep a consistent light bronze. I use this right out of the shower and it doesn’t make a huge difference, but the more you use it the better tan you are going to get. Since its not a drastic change I like to use it as a basic daily moisturizer.
My favorite season around here calls for all the snuggles. It is *finally* cooling off and I am loving it. Although I like to be bundled up with my heater on. haha. I love all the activities fall brings but there is nothing like getting cozy on the couch with my boys.
Since both my boys were little they have always been blanket boys. They love a comfy blanket next to their face for comfort. When Dekker was 10 months old Cody and I went on our honeymoon, and my mother in law got Dekker hooked on that. He became attached to one specific blanket, but grew out of liking his “bubba”. I was a little sad he no longer asked me for it, but he is still a sucker for a cozy bubba. I have always brought around different blankets for Kanon and he loves to nuzzle them comfort as well. I mean really who doesn’t?! Especially this time of year.
This fall we are cozied up in our blankets by Saranoni . We LOVE these so much… they do not disappoint. There is no other blanket I would recommend than these, and they have so many options from little cozies to x large adult.. YES you read right. Your dreams of a giant baby blanket are here. Head on over to my Instagram tomorrow for an awesome GIVEAWAY with them! (@blakeashlyn)
This move is a little different than normal. Normally when we move it is to a random place we do not know, a place that is very new to us all, a place that takes weeks to adjust to some type of norm. Normally we get a call about two days (if we are lucky) in advance saying ” show up here tomorrow”. We have to scramble around trying to find some place to put our “home”, and leave behind our norm wherever it is we are coming from. We are on our sixth move in the past two and a half years, and this one is going to be very different to us all.
Today we move our “home” to our home town. The town we both were born in, raised, and hopefully will some day end up and settle in. We still call this our home even though we have not lived here for two years, because this is where we know best, where both our parents are, friends and our whole families. I never planned to move back there for at least another two years so this may seem like a tease, but a good one. My hubby is getting surgery and will not be able to work, so while he is recovering we are going to be living in our hometown for the next “two ish” months (very temporary).
Although we all wish this would be a permanent thing we are going to make the best of these months. Enjoy family and friends. Flourish in our relationships we have missed and just enjoy life and all its obstacles. We are saying BYE to Vacaville, CA. You most likely will not be missed… :/ After these months we will get moved to possibly the last stop before we are done traveling.. how crazy is that?! Always a journey with this crowd, and we are blessed for these next months with lots of time as a family of 4. This means dad gets to do all sorts of fun things with us during the week! yay!
I am someone who LOVES to try all different kinds of beauty products: hair, face, nails, body.. you name it! Just in the past year I have been trying to really take care of my hair, and try to veer away from “cheap” hair products. When I started using amazing product my hair was SO much healthier. I am not a hair stylist or anything, but I love to share whats working for me and my hair.
My shampoo and conditioner is something I switch up often. Just like your face I think that this is something that needs to be switched up every now a then. No professional.. but I feel like my hair gets “used” to a product when I use it for too long and it doesn’t give the same effect from when I first started using it. Currently I am using these Wella Products and love them! I try to go about three days in-between washings and my hair has been loving this.
If there was one thing I think is a game changer in my hair routine it is an oil! I am seriously obsessed. I love putting this in after I curl my hair it makes my hair look so much healthier. I have never used a different oil, so I can’t say this is my favorite but it works great. RUN and Buy it guys!! Obviously all of this is a lot to use just on your hair, and anyone not interested in hair products might be looking at all this like I am crazy. haha. BUT it all has played a huge part in to my healthy hair and it really isn’t that much. Like I said I wash my hair about every three days and about once or twice a week I replace my Wella Shampoo for the Shimmer lights to eliminated that brassy tone to my hair. About once a week I use a hair mask. I actually don’t use this specific one, but I couldn’t find the one I use anywhere… and I have been wanting to try this one. I think any mask for your hair can only help to improve the texture of your hair. I have really dry hair as you can see most of these products are really to help moisturize. After I wash my hair I spray its a 10 in it. LOVE this. A little goes a long way with this stuff.
For styling my hair I am a huge fan of my wet brush. This is a definite must have! I use a cheap wand that they no longer sell, so I linked two that are similar to the one I use daily. I don’t use a ton of hair spray but when I do I use the RedKen linked below. Sunday I will be doing a little tutorial via Instagram stories of how I curl my hair in 5 minutes! Stay tuned.. @blakeashlyn