Summer Hangs At Chuck E Cheese’s

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

I am all about staying active with my kids during the summer because they tend to go crazy when stuck at home for too long. It’s hard to find something my kids both equally enjoy since there is an age gap but Chuck E Cheese’s never fails to make us all happy!

Now things just got sweeter now that they have All You Can Play! All You Can Play lets parents be the hero by giving kids free reign of Chuck E. Cheese’s to play all games as many times as they want. Just choose an amount of time and when your time is up, you’re done. It’s that easy! Or if you need a break, you can pause your time up to two times at the kiosk. It’s endless games for kids starting at $9 for 30 minutes. Talk about the endless fun that won’t break the bank!

I thought this was so brilliant because what kid doesn’t love endless play during their trips to Chuck E Cheese’s! The food and appetizers are so delicious and everything is such a great value. We really love how much fun our kids have and how comfortable we feel letting them roam around in a safe environment to play and explore.

This is also such a great activity to do during your kids breaks its always a blast, it’s indoors and cool, and it doesn’t break the bank like some other indoor activities for kids might.

Don’t forget to sign up for Chuck E. Cheese’s loyalty program, More Cheese Rewards. The more you visit, the more rewards you can earn to use on food, drinks, games, and prizes!

Sign up for More Cheese Rewards by downloading the mobile app via iTunes or Google Play!

 

 

Back To School Style Ideas For Boys-Under $50

I remember getting so excited each year as a kid to pick out new outfits to make my debut into the new school year and now that I am a Mom to boys its gotten a little trickier finding really cute boy looks.

I wanted to write this to inspire other boy moms or caregivers alike to create a fun stylish wardrobe for this upcoming 2018 school year! These are some of my favorites from this years Nordstrom sale and better yet all of these picks are under $50!

Shoes

Links: Adidas Iniki Classic Sneaker, Vans Old School Sneaker, Adidas Gazelle Sneaker

 

We all know how expensive shoes can be for kids, I really liked how stylish and functional these options were!

Bottoms

Links: 1. O’Neill Mixed Hybrid Shorts 2. O’Neill Jay Chino Shorts 3. Joe’s Brixton Stretch Jeans 4. Volcom Chino Shorts

Links: 5. Hudson Kids Jude Skinny Jeans 6. Stem Zip Jogger Pants 7. Nike Air Fleece Jogger Pants 8. Tucker + Tate Woven Jogger Pants

When I look for clothes for my boys I always go for comfort over cut and style. Jude always refuses to wear anything he isn’t comfortable in and I can’t blame him for that. Joggers and stretchy denim are major when it comes to bottoms. Also having a good selection of shorts for those warmer days is a must!

Tops

Links: 1. Tucker + Tate Print T-Shirt 2. Treasure & Bond Distressed Plaid Flannel Shirt 3. Tucker + Tate Print Foil T-Shirt 4. Vans Full Patch Graphic T-Shirt

I am really loving the trendy flannels and prints this season in the boys’ department. When you don’t have many options on how to style up your son’s wardrobe try and find subtle prints and colors he’s sure to love!

Outer Wear

Links: 1. Tucker + Tate Hooded Denim Jacket 2. Treasure & Bond Worker Hooded Jacket 3. Stem Two-Tone Hooded Jacket 4. Treasure & Bond Tie Dye Pullover

 

Although it’s still hot when school starts I’m usually buying Jude’s outerwear now when things are on major sale at Nordstroms. You can never go wrong with a denim jacket and better yet this one has a hood! I am also loving the muted colors, fluffy sweaters (if your son lets you put fluffy on him), and heavy canvas coats they make perfect staples for fall and winter!

Character Favorites

Links: 1. Jem Spider-Man Embossed Hoodie 2. J.Crew Dino Graphic T-Shirt 3. Jem Mickey Mouse T-Shirt 4. Jem Nintendo Mario® Print T-Shirt

What kid doesn’t appreciate wearing their favorite character?! Although it’s rare when I find cute and unique items with Jude’s favorite characters I do like to make him happy with a couple pieces. Nordstrom has really cute prints I’m sure will make your kids happy!

Accessories

Links: 1. Adidas Originals Santiago Backpack 2. Munki Munki x Star Wars Fitted Two-Piece Pajamas 3. 7 A.M. Enfant Dino Water Repellent Mini Backpack 4. Tucker + Tate 5-Pack Trunks

I added some back to school accessories like these cool and unique backpacks I’m sure not many kids will be sporting this year and these briefs and PJs set because they are such a good deal right now on Nordstrom.com.

Hope you enjoyed my back to school picks for boys!

The Importance Of Technology In Our Kids Schools

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CenturyLink. The opinions and text are all mine.

This school year for my son, Jude, has been an eye-opener for me as a parent. As you may have heard, thousands of educators walked out of their classrooms this year here in Arizona. This meant no school for thousands of students! I was floored when I heard the statistics on how little our teachers and schools were being funded and it really concerned me for the future of our children. I found hope in our teacher’s determination to demand more funding for our students and teachers!

When the #RedForEd movement finally came to a close and Congress found a little more funding, as parents, we were still left with questions. Like, when would we, as a community, do more for our schools and students and where would the extra funding for decent technology come from?

Technology is a huge part of our everyday lives and with things becoming more tech-driven the importance of including technology in our children’s education is common sense! Thankfully, there are companies like CenturyLink who have long supported education and the technology that fuels learning by supporting several education initiatives in Arizona communities. By providing reliable internet service to businesses, schools, and homes all across the state, they are supporting programs like STEM education and fuel superior technology in our schools.

This May, CenturyLink will be providing grants worth more than $124,000 to 27 teachers across Arizona in support of enhancing the innovative use of technology in their classrooms. Additionally, CenturyLink is providing a total of $1.4 million in Teachers & Technology grants for STEM programs nationwide.

With programs like this, there is hope for our Arizona schools. I believe helping our teachers do what they know best only helps our students grow academically and socially. As a parent, I thank you CenturyLink for funding projects that advance student success!

 

3 Buzz Worthy Skincare Products You Need

Spring is finally here!! Which means skin change is happening. My skin responds better to weather changes when I change up my skincare routine. I am always up to trying out new and trending skincare or beauty products and with so many products coming out constantly, I know I can trust shopping at Sephora inside JCPenney! They carry my favorite brands of beauty and skincare products that are worth all the buzz!

With temperatures warming up I wash my face more often because I sweat and I hate the feeling of an oily face. Around this time I like to focus on brightening and evening my skin tone and keeping it as hydrated as possible. This spring Sephora inside JCPenney released some trendy new skincare products that have made my must-have list for the season!

One of my all-time favorite skincare brands is Algenist so when I found GENIUS Liquid Collagen was being carried exclusively at Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora I had to grab a bottle! Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen is a vegan collagen-based formula that helps maintain your skins youthful vitality. This helps with skin firmness, uneven texture, elasticity, and dullness. The best part is that this can be used on all skin types!

Another skincare brand that’s been a staple for me is Ole Henriksen. When I spotted this Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Cream, which is exclusively carried in Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora too, I had to try it! This cream is a brightening, vitamin C-rich gel-cream that hydrates for up to 24 hours, firms, and targets fine lines and wrinkles. It benefits your skin by creating an Illuminizing look and delivers an energizing burst of up to 24 hours of hydration. This can also be used on all skin types!

Last but certainly not least, nothing says bright eyes like a bottle of Sunday Riley’s Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream. This eye cream packs a punch offering an instant depuffed and lifted look to the eye area all while rapidly reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles! What more can you ask for in an eye cream? You will quickly become obsessed!

These three products are staples for a great skincare routine. I am always so happy with all my new finds at Sephora inside JCPenney! Make sure to stay in the know with all the great new and trendy beauty and skincare products by visiting your local store or shopping online at JCPenney.com!

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney #SephoraInJCP 

 

 

 

 

Style Meets Function- Living Room Reveal

You guys may have noticed at the end of last year we took on updating our rental homes interior paint to white from a drab yellow. Since this home is a little dated there isn’t much natural light flowing through certain rooms, the white walls really carry the light and brighten the room.

With our living room having this new found brightness, I really wanted to update my furniture to match! What I had in mind as far as inspiration was a Scandinavian and Bohemian mix that was also family friendly and functional. I wanted to make sure I kept the color palette as neutral as possible with pops of greens, pinks, and browns.

Our living room downstairs isn’t very spacious so I wanted to be intentional in picking what pieces would go where and what exactly we would need in that space. I loved the look of this Moriah geometric bookcase from Dorel Living. The soft brass finish was very pleasing to the eye and was the perfect pop against our white walls. The great thing about this piece is that it holds so many of my books and is a great way to store storage baskets for blankets and toys.

Our Moriah entertainment unit from Dorel Living is my favorite piece! It’s so beautiful with the marble textured cabinet doors and offers so much storage. I love how it sits low enough to place larger decorative items and lamps on top without disrupting our television view.

Seating in the family room needed to be ample but I didn’t want something too bulky to take away from the room to much. This Beckie Sofa and Beckie Loveseat are super cute! Unfortunatly these exact couches aren’t available until later this summer, but you can find this similar and eqaully cute Tobie Loveseat! They create that clean, bright and cozy feeling I was looking for. The fabric is easy to maintain making it family friendly, the color is neutral so adding those pops of texture and colors in the form of my throw pillow is really easy.

My family and I are so pleased with our new update and how much storage we have added to this space has made it so much more appealing and functional. This update is very budget and family friendly. These pieces arrived right to my doorstep and we got it up at set up in just a couple hours!

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Thanks to Dorel Living for sponsoring this post! Please know all opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly believe in and love!

 

Must Have This Spring: Chic Turquoise Jewelry

This post was sponsored by JTV. I was paid for this post and received JTV jewelry pieces as compensation.

With spring among us, I have decided to add to my jewelry collection and emphasize on chic turquoise items. I was thrilled to see such a great selection on JTV.com and purchasing jewelry online was a super easy experience for me. I usually get a little intimidated walking into a jewelry store and having a set budget in mind. Shopping on JTV eased any of my concerns, the prices for turquoise are unbelievable and their selection is huge!

Turquoise is a vibrant, beautiful stone that has been used for thousands of years. I love finding this ancient, Native American stone set in such modern pieces.

One of my favorite pieces was this Tehya Oyama ring which had this very vintage feel with the scalloped design and the Lapis and Turquoise stone’s sitting directly on top really makes a statement!

Turquoise really stands out on its own not needing much help from your outfit. I layered these lovely gold and turquoise necklaces to spice up my white blouse. It was a very minimalist touch of turquoise but enough to make a fun and vibrant statement! My favorite pieces this spring will definitely be this amazing gold choker by Tehya Oyama and turquoise pendant necklace. These styles are so versatile!

Turquoise looks great paired with my favorite ruffled black and white blouse.  I instantly get to add a touch of color and elegance to my looks this spring with just a selection of few versatile pieces!  My earrings, necklace, and bracelet are also designed by Tehya Oyama. I was extremely happy with JTV.com selection of turquoise jewelry, but what amazed me was the great prices they offered!

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Home Office Tour

 

This year I wanted to create a new space for me to create and keep my work organized. I thought what better way than to create a new office space here at home, away from the distractions of my kid’s toys, laundry that needs to be folded etc. I also wanted space where I had total freedom to bring on my favorite feminine touches and not have to worry about it being kid friendly.

This amazing futon from Novogratz actually doubles as a bed which is great for when we have guests but also nice for when I want to lounge or the kids want to lounge while I’m in there. (Hint: Stayed Tuned For a Giveaway!) I also like utilizing the wall space for prints that inspire me. I found these prints on Desenio, they carry a huge selection of prints and they are all on trend and affordable! Tip: If you don’t yet have frames for your prints, pick up some cute washi tape as a temporary or permanent solution! 

(Round Mirror, Black Metal Shelves)

This is my favorite spot, It stores all my favorite items, my cosmetics, skin care, and hair products. Its an all in one station where I can get ready without many distractions and having everything right in front of me. I like to keep it as clutter free as possible, I opted for these cute bins from IKEA that come in various sizes which have been helpful in having plenty of storage while trying to maintain a minimalist look. I also keep some acrylic storage options for my everyday items like brushes, foundation, etc. These shelves I got from IKEA are great and go super well with my minimalist look.

I love the look of these campaign desks and this one from Hayneedle was really affordable! I had the hardest time picking a desk chair, one with wheels wouldn’t work and I really wanted something I can sit comfortably in. This chair was the perfect touch of modern/Scandinavian for my space. I love the touches of nailhead trim and texture of the lined stitched velvet, I just thought it fit so perfectly with my space! My huge fuax monstera leafs are from IKEA as well as the glass vase they are in. They have really afforadle faux florals and vases!

(Black Marble Curtain Rod, White Curtain, Rug)

My splurge item was definitely this huge brass floor mirror from CB2.  I really wanted something that would open up and bring in more light, and this mirror did just that! Its the perfect spot for outfit selfies and it looks really chic! The small bench is from HomeGoods draped with a fur piece which I also found at HomeGoods. I’ve gotten so many people asking about my little glass vase, I purchased it from Urban Outfitters last year and its no longer on thier site for me to link. I shop there often for decor items especially for vases or planters they have a great selection!

Overall I am so happy with my office space and very pleased how well my kids respect this home office as “mommy’s work room”. There is still a couple things I would like to add in the near future, specifically thinking of an inspo wall with a collage space very soon! If you work from home or just like being creative it’s important to create a space or room that will inspire you and your work. I hope I have inspired some of you to create a beautiful space or even a kid-free space for you to let those creative juices flow!

Motherhood Pure and Simple

Now that I am officially a mom of a two-year-old, I have come to appreciate the moments when my toddler is a little more independent and curious to explore and learn things on his own. Our days have changed a bit. Naps are few and far between and he asks for a snack about every 20 minutes. We have at least two or three outfit changes throughout the day, and keeping him interested in healthy foods has been fun. With his self-discovery and desire to mimic everything his older brother does, I have come to love those moments he still needs me and is so eager to help me.

Being a Mom to a two-year-old comes with its own challenges but one thing is for sure, your love keeps growing for them each day! I always strive to do whats best for my baby and still like to keep his routines simple because every day is different and Eli has days where what worked for him yesterday doesn’t work for him today (and that’s ok).

One thing has stayed the same since birth with Eli- our family’s love for Pampers diapers! I’ve trusted Pampers products with my babies since day one, through all stages of their infancy and toddlerhood. I was so excited when Pampers announced their new Pampers Pure collection!

Eli and I are in love with these diapers and their new adorable prints! You can still count on the Pampers protection and softness your baby is used to. Pampers Pure Diapers are made with plant-based fibers -the top sheet fiber blend includes a soft material that comes from sugarcane. What’s even more amazing is that 99.35% of all materials entering the planet that makes Pampers Pampers Pure products are either reused, recycled or recovered in the last year. Pampers Aqua Pure wipes are made with 99% water and contain 0% alcohol, parabens, dyes and fragrance, and are cotton enhanced. There are so many things that make me feel good about using these diapers.

With Pamper’s Pure you aren’t losing quality or protection but are gaining consciously crafted baby products for your little one! Pampers Pure diapers and Pampers Pure Aqua wipes can now be found at Sam’s Clubs nationwide, and on samsclub.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

Weekend Getaway To Flagstaff,AZ

Last weekend we hit the road and headed north to Flagstaff, AZ! We love forest greenery and chilly weather, and lucky for us we still had little snow patches the kids could enjoy. This was our first time as a family to visit Flagstaff and I am for warning you I snapped lots of photographs! The location was to perfect not to capture and the best part of this trip was we all got to pack our winter gear that we rarely ever wear.

Although the drive is short in comparison to other trips we got to ride in this fun weekend car, 2017 Lexus NX 200t, it was roomy and a smooth ride! The boys loved this sporty body and cool blue color!

We also had this amazing opportunity to stay at Pine Canyon, which is a gorgeous luxury cabin resort surrounded by beautiful forest and golf course. We stayed in their two-story club cabin, which we literally wished we were moving into, it was a luxury cabin dream! Once I got the kids past the snow piles near the door we got inside to the coziest cabin and a really sweet welcome from the Pine Canyon staff!

We were welcomed with a delicious cheese board and crackers with a bag of their really yummy granola. I was amazed how kid friendly the staff and community was, our dear friend over at Pine Canyon even had a little scavenger hunt set up for Jude when we arrived. I mean for us as parents when we travel as a family, these little gestures are a huge deal, It’s so awesome!

The club cabin came fully stocked with everything you would need to cook and do laundry, even though the community is fully staffed and housekeeping makes my life so much easier. I have to be honest my favorite part of this whole cabin was this spacious family room with the huge fireplace! The cabin was even stocked with games we could enjoy as a family, It was a blast!

Ok, so the bathrooms and bedrooms were awesome! They looked so modern and the design was dreamy! The bed was super comfortable and the views were so beautiful. I was actually really happy that the weather was a bit rainy and overcast, It was the perfect wintery cozy stay we were looking for. A part of me would have been fine hanging in bed all day!

This bathroom was major #goals, The marble counters, and subway tile shower, I mean can it get any prettier?! Also, this may be totally random, but more places should offer black towels for when you wash your make up off, I mean it makes perfect sense! The community also offers a full-service spa, gym, and restaurant!

Their oversized deck was a beautiful place to sip on my morning coffee and take in the fresh air. Luckily we got to enjoy it the first morning before it started to rain.

Pine Canyon has a gorgeous view from their clubhouse, It overlooks this pretty golf course. During dinner on our first night, the Elk came out to graze the grass near the pound it was such an amazing sight I was totally bummed I hadn’t brought my camera! We also got to see this beautiful large bald eagle flying around as we toured the resort. This trip although a short one, it was something we definitely will always remember.

We really enjoyed the City of Flagstaff, AZ eating at local markets and doing some local shopping. It really is a peaceful little city and its surrounded by so much beauty!

A special thanks to Pine Canyon for our stay!

 

 

Monochrome Boys Room Makeover

With my ever-growing need for a home office, and the boy’s desire to always play together in what was ‘Judes’ room, I moved Eli and Jude into the same room. I was so overwhelmed thinking about this process because both kids had so much ‘stuff’ in their own rooms that I had a hard time picturing how I would manage it.

I opted for a loft style bed from Ikea since Jude was old enough to trust at this height. It left so much more room for them to play and eventually I will be getting a proper bed for Eli when he sleeps on his own but for now Its a crib mattress on the floor which makes a great lounger! I added lights from under the top bunk to double as a night light for Jude and create a cozy space for the kids to enjoy.

One of the key factors in planning a kids room is storage space, you can never have too many storage options. I found those cute wooden bins at target and they work great for easy cleanup and placing them on the bookshelf creates a more organized shelving space.

I decided to utilize some wall space for Jude’s more prized lego builds that he didn’t want his little brother to be able to get and these round wire wall shelves I picked up at Target were perfect. Although they only came in gold which didn’t match it was super easy to spray paint them a matte black.

I am still on the hunt for the perfect kid-friendly media console for under their television that offers more storage and isn’t too bulky. In the meantime, I placed these nightstands together to function as a console. I nice big area rug with a pattern that pops makes a great statement in any room. I loved this Moroccan shag rug, at first I was a little hesitant because of the lighter color but it has been so easy to maintain and clean up with my vacuum and limiting the kids snacking upstairs!

Its been so fun creating a space for both boys and it’s been so rewarding seeing them actually enjoying sharing a room together! Thanks for taking the time to check out my boy room makeover, I will be sure to update this post once I completely finish it!

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below!

 

xo,

Cassie

 

 

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