Preparing for a Super Easter

The Easter Bunny is prepping baskets for Easter already. Mostly because he’s crazy busy at work and now has three little baskets to fill. The other day he found these amazing books. Their perfect because our three-year old son needs to learn that bedtime shouldn’t be a 45-minute ordeal. And our six-year old daughter needs to feel empowered to take over the world! So, by the look of things, it appears our Bunny is leaning towards Super Hero baskets this year. Pow!

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Teacher Gift Ideas

Magenta Sip Coffee Gift Ideas

Magenta Sip Coffee Mug

I actually made these for my direct reports, and as I was walking out the door, Ryan said, “Who are those for? The kids teachers?” To which I thought that would have been a great idea. So, I’m sharing with you. I bought these Magenta “Sip” coffee mugs (that I just adore so much! The little grooves in the cup fit so comfortably in your hand) along with some caramel corn clusters from Target.

Oh, and a Starbucks gift card too. Super simple. Super easy. And who doesn’t love a cute mug? Enjoy!

Birthstone Art for your Kids

MInted art I started redesigning my home – room by room – to make it feel more like ‘us’. The kids’ playroom is next so naturally I have been scouting different places to get artwork for the blank walls. Sure, I could go to Target and spend $17 on a nice print – but there’s something so special about ordering from independent artists.

I think that’s why I love Minted Art so much. You can customize your own prints, shop by artist or style, or just browse their website for inspiration. That’s what I did. And I landed on these birthstone prints. September, February and December. Done. Done. And done. I’ve had my eye on them for a while and I’m glad I finally ordered them. Check out Minted.com, you may find some great art for your home too.

Before you purchase, check out Minted Offers because you can always find great deals. Happy shopping (and decorating)! 

A New Travel Product I love

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Crane USA

As a mom, I love it when I find a company who cares for our babies as much as we do. Crane USA just invented a new product – a mini, travel humidifier that you can literally take anywhere. I love this idea!

My family and I travel a lot and I can see us toting this little machine around with ease. It’s small enough to put in my purse. After last week’s scare in the hospital with baby Nolan, I am thankful for products (and companies like Crane USA) that create and innovate to make our daily lives more comfortable.

Thank you to Crane for sending us this fantastic new invention. We will use it all the time when we travel. Get yours here! 

Magformers Discount + a Giveaway!

Magformers Giveaway

Now that Kelsey is in kindergarten, Ryan and I have gotten more snooty when it comes to her education. We want to make sure she’s getting the best education that she can – and with that comes the responsibility to make learning fun.

Kelsey loves playing with toys that allow her to build, construct and make things happen. Add that to the fact that my husband is pro “we need more women engineers in this world” and I introduce to you Magformers.

To me, Magformers is like a blend between building blocks, magnets and Legos, and they are designed to help kids with brain development. What a cool concept! Apparently, parents already know about these toys and I’m the last to the party because when I talked to some mom friends of mine they said, “My kids love those things!”

With that affirmation, Kelsey and I just had to try them out.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys

We were given the Magformers 100 piece Inspire set (with LED lights) for review. My daughter is a bit picky so I was hesitant at first, but this set is available in pretty pastel colors – colors that attract girls to them. You know, attracts, like magnets. Bad pun?

In all seriousness, I picked up Kelsey from school the other day and I had this box of Magformers waiting for her in the car. She immediately picked up the box, pointed to the front cover and shouted, “Wow! Mom, this looks like Elsa’s castle!”

When we started digging in, we realized 100 pieces is just the right amount. Some for Kelsey to play with and some to set aside for her two-year old brother to keep busy while she builds.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys for Girls

This particular set comes with two LED lights too so you can attach them to what you build and watch your construction light up (trust me, this is a really cool kid feature). The package comes with a easy-to-read idea booklet with cool things to build – from castles, to a hot air balloon, to Cinderella’s slipper! That one is my favorite.

Don’t worry if you have boys though – Magformers come in a rainbow-colored set that I’m sure has different building options inside that are more gender neutral. In fact, we’re giving away one of these rainbow sets to a lucky reader. More on that as you scroll down.

Magformers Kids Toys

Kids Toys
She was building the hot air balloon. Super cool because you attach the LED light to the “basket” at the bottom and watch it rotate between red, blue, green, purple and white colors. I think the light is the best part. She is so serious when she is thinking hard.

Magformers Kids Toys we love

They tell me this toy is good for ages 6 and up, but my daughter is 5 and loved it! When she started playing with Magformers she immediately said, “Mom. I’m going to do this every day.” I giggled. If only … Below are some perks just for following along. Please enjoy this promotion code when you shop on the Magformers website and a little product giveaway, all courtesy of Magformers.

20% discount, just for you!

I would 100% recommend this toy for others. In fact, I’m super pleased to share that Magformers is giving you 20% off whichever set you like! You just have to purchase by 9/3 and use BLOG20 discount code at checkout. Here’s a link to shop on their website. Discount code expires 9/3/15 and is only valid on the Magformers.com website.

Giveaway! Enter to win a 62 piece Rainbow Set ($99 value)

 

Magformers Rainbow Set

This is what the 62 piece rainbow set looks like and retails for $99. Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be entered to win the Rainbow Magformers. Enter with your email address or Facebook log in (this is only required so I can contact you if you win). Get bonus entry points for commenting on this blog post!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update 9/1: Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner, who was chosen randomly in partnership with Rafflecopter is TABITHA!! A huge shout out to Magformers for sponsoring this post and product giveaway. 

Children’s Travel Book

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Childrens Travel Books
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Since I work for a hotel company, it was perfectly fitting that my co-workers surprised me with this children’s travel book for Nolan. It’s a book on New York City, one of my favorite places.

All of my co-workers wrote a note to Nolan on the inside cover. The sweetest messages such as, “without travel, we would have never met your mom …” along with words like, “someday when you are older, I bet your mom will take you here with your brother and sister so you can see the city for yourself” and “hopefully this book inspires you to travel and explore new places.”

I can’t wait to read this book (and these sweet notes) to Nolan. I know his sister and brother are going to love pointing to all of the pictures and helping him read it too. This book gets me so excited for all of the places we’ll go as a family of five.

Thank you to my Starwood family for being so thoughtful!

Best. Banners. Ever.

Banners
If the large “Best Day Banner” wasn’t $250, I would totally buy it. My husband would kill me, but how cool would that be for an outdoor birthday party, bring-home-baby banner, or just because.

I’m actually debating on purchasing this $55 Adventure Felt Banner for Nolan’s baby nursery. I’ll sit on it a while and see if it ends up in my shopping cart. I’m trying to not be so impulsive. But, dang, it’s cute!

Images and link to all products available on JuneyHouseShop.com. You can also follow her on instagram at /juneyhouse.

IT’S TIME TO START THINKING OF HOLIDAY CARDS

Where do you purchase your holiday cards? Do you send cards out with pictures or without? I like to mail my Christmas cards with one family photo on the front and one family photo on the back. Sending Christmas cards is a great excuse to step in front of the camera with my family. Plus, it’s fun to see the little ones grow with each passing year.

Do you remember my holiday cards from last year? I ordered my cards from Minted.com for the very first time. I was so impressed! From start to finish the process was easy, fast and perfectly designed. Here’s our card to jog your memory – can you believe Colton was so itty bitty … and bald … and not tan.

MINTED CHRISTMAS CARDS
If you haven’t done so already, start planning your family photo sessions with a local photographer. Make sure you color coordinate and choose a time when your kids are apt to be on their best behavior (but, really … is there a such time?).

There are a lot of online stationary sites, but what I love most about minted.com is their amazing selection, great quality and the “Find it Fast” feature. You upload your photo and instantly see all of their designs mocked up with your photo on them – it looks like this. See Kelsey & Colton?

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Let’s talk envelops for a second because this is where you’ll fall in love. Minted has matching envelop designs and recipient addressing (you ready for this?) – FREE for a limited time. Click here to see the designs and more details.

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I partnered with Minted.com to bring you some of my favorite holiday cards from their website. I’m crushing on the foil stamped cards and the cute designs that are in store! Here are some of my favorite holiday card designs from Minted.

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Shop their whole holiday card store here. Good luck choosing … can you believe it’s almost the holiday season? I say … bring it on (I’m clearly a Christmas geek).