Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Favorites....Favorite Target Beach Styles!

Happy Friday friends!!!! We have been enjoying the kids' Winter break with some warmth and sunshine!! 
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So today I am linking up with three of my favorite blogging friends, ErikaNarci & Andrea to share some of my favorite beach styles for kids!
I am partnering up with Target to share some of my favorite swimwear styles for kids. They always have such cute designs and great prices, so I can pick up a few each season. My parents have a pool, so I always leave a suit for each of the kids at their house for the Summer. With most Target suits under $20, you can grab a couple and have your kiddos looking fab by the pool this Summer.
For girls, my first choice is usually a tankini. Let's just say when they have to use the bathroom you will have that as your first choice too!
Ella loves black and white... and well I do too. Classic and chic! This tankini is just that!
Girls' Sail Away Tankini Set - Cat & Jack™ Black - image 1 of 2
A close second to black and white is navy and white.. especially in the Summertime. The gold anchors on this tankini are adorable and perfect for days on the boat or by the beach.
Girls' Sailor Girl Tankini Set - Cat & Jack™ Navy - image 1 of 2
While a tankini is my top choice due to convenience, I think a one piece is essential for beach days. If your kids love jumping the waves, a one piece keeps everything where it needs to be!
I love the bright blue tribal print on this suit! So pretty poolside.
Freestyle Girls' Tribal Sundial One Piece Swimsuit - image 1 of 2
And this one is perfect with the racerback style. No worries of straps falling down while chasing the waves.
Girls' Summer Game One Piece Swimsuit - art class™ Black - image 1 of 2
This cover up is adorable to throw on over her suit. 
Girls' Pom Pom Cover up - Cat & Jack™ Purple - image 1 of 1
Now onto some cool trunks for those little guys in your life. Me.. I am a sucker for some classic striped trunks. While patterns are cute, I just love the stripes. And these trunks in shades of blue are perfection!
Boys' Rugby Stripe Swim Trunks - Cat & Jack™ Navy - image 1 of 2
But it you have a shark loving boy like I do, these are a good compromise!
Boys' Shark Fin Stripe Swim Trunks - Cat & Jack™ Blue - image 1 of 4
Now let's get back to some stripes.....I love the pop of orange on these striped trunks.
Boys' Stripe Swim Trunks - Cat & Jack™ - image 1 of 4
Luke is rarely out in the sun without a rashguard. They are fast drying, keep him cool and protect his skin from the sun. I love them. This color block rashguard will pair well with lots of different trunks.
Boys' Ragalan Rashguard - Cat & Jack™ Blue - image 1 of 1
And back to the sharks. This rashguard would be fun with the shark trunks or the striped ones!
Boys' Shark Rash Guard - Cat & Jack™ Blue - image 1 of 3
 We have some fun posts next week... including my February Book Review. I have read a lot on vacation and cannot wait to share my favorites with you!
I hope you have the best weekend!
See you on Monday, there's always room for one more at our family table.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Talk....Kids Packing

Hi friends! I am linking up with  Erika &  Ashley for Tuesday Talk. A monthly link up where we can talk about any and everything!
Today I want to talk about packing. And you know what's funny.... a year ago this day I also talked about packing. But that post was about me and how I am an awful packer. 
My name is Genevieve and I am a terrible packer. And I hate packing. I am always the one at the airport that gets the fluorescent orange "HEAVY" sticker slapped on my suitcase, right after I pay another $50 for my bag.
But today we are not talking about that again. Today let's talk about kids & packing. Last week I was talking with a few other moms about an upcoming trip and one of them asked how old kids should be when they start packing themselves. One mom said she lets her 11 year old pack and I said my kids have been packing themselves for a few years and I got a few surprised looks! 
So I thought I would share a little about my kids and packing. 
When Ella was around 6, she started packing herself when she was having an overnight at my parents. It was pretty simple, I would tell her to pack PJ's, an outfit, a book and her toothbrush. 
She handled that like a champ. So for vacation that year, I had her pack for that as well.
I start a week or two before a trip and we write out things she will need to bring. I usually tell her what to bring and she writes the list. One list of clothing and one of things she wants in her carry on or with her in the car if it's a road trip. I have her lay out her outfits and then I take a look to make sure they are ok and in the suitcase they go.
The next year I started Luke on the same program. I will tell him what items he needs to get together (7 outfits, 3 PJs, 7 pair underwear, etc.). He lays everything out, I check it over and in the suitcase it goes. Side note...Luke has always laid out his clothes to look just like he would wear them.... and I think it's the cutest thing!
This works so well for us. Ella loves having a list of things to take and checking it off. I love that it's one less thing for me to do and it teaches them responsibility. They understand what they need to pack and it's their responsibility if they forgot something.
So am I crazy?? Are their other mamas out there that have their younger kids pack???
I would love to hear more on this topic or some other tricks for getting everyone packed and ready!
See you tomorrow...there's always room for one more at our family table. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Something New for Your Family Table #6....Butternut Squash Ravioli

Happy Monday friends! I have a really simple Meatless Monday meal to share with you today. It's a favorite in our house and a perfect meal to make mid February.
This Butternut Squash Ravioli takes your ordinary ravioli and makes is special with the butternut squash topping.
So grab the recipe here and you can have this meal on your family table in no time this week!
Hope you have the best week!
See you tomorrow for Tuesday Talk...there's always room for one more at our family table.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites...Short & Sweet

Hi friends! How the heck are we more than halfway through February??? This week just flew by... which is awesome, because today my kiddos kick off their Winter Break week and we are in search of warmth & sunshine!
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But before we take off, I am linking up with three of my favorite blogging friends, ErikaNarci & Andrea to share some of my favorites from this week. It's a short & sweet list!

My first favorite this week was watching this girl in her first every play performance. She has been practicing so hard the last 6 weeks and they put on an amazing show!! I could not have been more proud of those kids!!!

A few weeks ago I shared my Trader Joe's favorites. One of the reasons I went to TJs was for this seasoning.... that they were sold out of. I finally got my hands on some and well... I understand why they were sold out.

I could put this on everything!
If you are still celebrating Valentine's this weekend, I shared my Red Velvet cupcake recipe this week. 

And well... they are really pretty delicious. So I think you should make them this weekend😉
That rounds up my favorite things this week... pirates, spices and cupcakes! A random list of things that made me smile this week.
Hope you have the best weekend friends!
See you on Monday with another plant based meal! There's always room for one more at our family table.