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Weekend Wants

feeling muted and neutral tones lately. and stoked to see tenoverten at target!

Ready for Summer with Pottery Barn Kids

this post is sponsored by PBK but the words and opinions expressed are my own.

With our annual Boca Grande trip, I wanted to make sure we were ready with both kids in tow. Lots more to bring, think about and general logistics when you have an active 4 year old who LOVES everything about the beach and then a 4 month old, who really hates the heat. Thankfully Pottery Barn Kids came to our rescue and gave us the ultimate summer pack.

Boca Grande’s coastline is so dreamy and in the early(ish) morning it’s calm, not very crowded and not as hot. I grabbed the tent and chairs and put them over one shoulder and then stuffed our new monogrammed extra large tote with everything else and made the short trek down to the water.

I set up camp before the boys came down (so much easier that way) and had their towels, sunscreen, snacks and toys ready to go.

We’ve always been a huge fan PBK – the nursery furniture we’ve used now with both our boys was such a great investment! Half of our other furniture is from Pottery Barn so I was ELATED when they wanted to work together. It’s a brand I trust and use everyday and all their PBK summer goodies made our annual trip that much sweeter.

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Palmer – 4 Months

It’s kinda hard to believe that we have a 4 month old on our hands!

This kid is growing like a weed. Literally. All 16.5 lbs (75%!) and 27.4 in (97%) of him! He’s a pound heavier and 1 inch taller than Hudson when he was 4 months.

This big kid is all smiles, giggles and squeals. He’s only fussy when he’s super tired which happens – being the second kid and all you kinda have to roll with the punches.

He’s constantly chewing/sucking his fingers. Or mine. Or Nick’s. His teething game has started and he’s a not a fan of it. He goes through at least 1-2 outfit changes a day because of drool. We have the amber necklace but I don’t put it on him consistently enough.

We’re still learning a ton about him though – like his dislike for Florida summers. He hates being hot, being outside when it’s hot and has a short tolerance with the sun.

He does, however, like rattles, crinkle books, bibs pacifiers, his brother, silly faces, the staircase chandelier (always looks up!), looking at himself in the mirror and FaceTime/selfies.

We’re still working on tummy time and sleeping through the night. #exhaustedmama

Overall, he can use his core to sit up, has rolled over 2 times on his own over the past couple weeks, can pick up things like his pacifier and put it in his mouth, tries to hold his bottle, loves to stand with assistance and is just about ready to start solid foods! Weeee!

Elevate Every Cup with Chameleon Cold-Brew

this post is sponsored by Chameleon Cold-Brew but the words and opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve been eyeing these cold-brew concentrates for months now. Living with a coffee enthusiast though I’m spoiled but only with a hot cup early in the morning. So when I need an extra boost (who else needs a second cup a day?!) or something on the go, I don’t turn to my husband’s expensive coffee equipment, but lately Chameleon Cold-Brew Concentrate.

I typically have oat milk on hand so it’s been a lovely (non-dairy) coffee treat on these 85 degree+ mornings. Now, that I’m back to work it’s nice to whip up a cold-brew in a good ol’ mason jar and take it with me. Rather than stopping at a local coffee shop, I can save a few bucks and make it exactly how I like it. I’ve been adding a teaspoon of honey – it’s a weakness.

A nice 32oz bottle of Chameleon Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee Concentrate will last a while and can be found at your local Publix. They have 3 flavors – black coffee, espresso and vanilla coffee.

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Stock Your Freezer for Summer with Nestlé®

This post is sponsored by Nestlé® Ice Creams but the thoughts and opinions are of my own.

In Florida, Summer comes quick. We’ve been in the mid-high 90s for weeks now so we enjoy relief wherever and whenever we can get it. Most weekends are spent out by our pool and more often than not we’ll have a cold ice cream after dinner.

We went to our local Target and got all of our favorites in one quick trip! It didn’t take us long to find ice cream and cold snacks for the whole family and we filled up a Target basket in no time.

Hudson’s favorite are the Outshine® Fruit Bars which is great because they are made with real ingredients. A tasty, refreshing snack for this hot weather but just as good for a 4 year old reward with friends. We honestly all enjoy these – so we get multiple flavors. Their new dipped chocolate fruit bars are SO good.

The Edy’s® Slow Churned Cookie Dough was dad’s pick! Nick loves batter type ice creams and this one is super creamy with delicious chunks of cookie dough. Ice cream doesn’t last long in our house so the tub was necessary.

For me, I try to stay away from dairy but on occasion I just want a creamy indulgence so these Skinny Cow® low fat ice cream sandwiches are the answer. They are a perfect size, come in multiple flavors and I don’t feel guilty eating one every so often. Trying to lose baby weight is always a challenge but that doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself from time to time. The mint flavor is my favorite!

So don’t forget when you roam through Target next to stock up on some summer goodness – have happy on hand from the freezer aisle!

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