BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING MADE EASY

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Like it or not, back to school is here! Which means back to school shopping. We do the majority of our shopping online so when we found out about Giving Assistant it was kind of a no brainer. Shop at the stores you love AND get a percentage of your money back? Why not?!

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I loved that Giving Assistant has such a great selection of stores you can shop. Just log in to Giving Assistant and select the store you want to shop. You are automatically routed to the online shop and the percentage you get back is saved automatically. No need to enter a code! I went with Target and bought all of Elliott's school supplies. It was so easy and I just love knowing that I am getting a percentage back. Some other online stores we visit often are also included in Giving Assistant's selection. Walmart, Amazon, and Journeys (which has up to 8% cash back!) I honestly don't think online shopping will ever be the same for us.

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This post was sponsored by the wonderful site, Giving Assistant. All opinions are our own, we really do love them! 

WE LOVE: OWLET

We are over the moon to be working with Owlet today! (you'll see why as you continue reading) They are an awesome company and are kind enough to offer you lovely readers $25 off of their amazing product! If you are a parent, hope to be a parent or know a parent - you need to read on and see what all the hype is about. Also, there are some pretty cute Pepper pictures!

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When Elliott was a born, we lucked out and that boy started to sleep through the night at three weeks. However, with that great miracle also came stress. I was constantly checking him to see if he was breathing. He always was, but as a new mom that was always on my mind. Fast forward to Pepper's birth. When she was born, she had a few medical issues and needed to spend a little time in the NICU. Thankfully it was not a long stay, though going home without my brand new baby girl was the hardest thing I have ever done. She was hooked up to all of these big machines that were loud but told us she was ok. Once we got her home I felt like I could finally relax. She was home and healthy. What more could I ask for? When it came for us to settle down for the night, I was at ease and for only one reason; Owlet. This sweet little sock monitor that does the job of those big loud machines in the NICU by telling me she breathing and sleeping soundly. It is seriously heaven sent. Of course, nothing beats your own eyes, checking on your baby, but Owlet gives us some peace of mind.

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The best thing to happen to a new parent. Click through to see what you're missing!

It's really easy to use and is comfortable for her little foot. Every night, we put it on her, set it up and even though it has a pretty loud alarm that will go off if needed, we still like to check in before we go to sleep just to check. And when she is moving around and the Owlet can't get a good reading, it says "Pepper is wiggling" which I think is the cutest thing. Then, after our good nights sleep, we turn it off, pick her up, take off the sock and plug it in to charge for the next use. It's seriously a dream come true for a parent with a new little one, and in my opinion, absolutely worth every penny. Also, it comes with several different sock sizes so you can start with the smallest and as your little one grows, change out the sock size to continue your peace of mind.

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A huge thanks to Owlet for sponsoring this post - we really love their product and know you will too! 

ELLIOTT + PEPPER'S SHARED ROOM

We are currently renters in an cute little house. Little being the key word for this post! Elliott's room was really small to begin with, but when we found out we were adding Pepper to our little family, we quickly started brainstorming ways to make this space work for both of our kids. We teamed up with Hayneedle to make the perfect tiny shared space! Check it out!

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We knew we would need some kind of loft bed for Elliott to free up the space underneath for Pepper's mini nursery. Hayneedle had the perfect one to match our aesthetic! I wanted the room to be white with fun pops of color so a white bed was the perfect thing. Pepper's crib is that same brilliant white and it's a mini crib, so it fits just perfectly underneath the loft bed. Going with the mini crib is great too, because we can wheel it from room to room. And because the crib is smaller, there was plenty of space under the loft bed for a minimal glider, which I was skeptical about if I would actually like. But it turns out it is super comfortable, minimal in style and size so it fits our needs just perfectly. I also love the grey color! The pink rug is a DIY from right here. We just followed the instructions to the letter and it turned out perfectly. The only thing I dislike about the space is the carpet. But hey! We're renters! The silver ottoman was a gift is from right here and we just love it.

Small shared room for kids | And We Play
Small shared room for kids | And We Play
Small shared room for kids | And We Play

We had this little vintage shelf from a yard sale, slapped on a new coat of paint and viola! Cute little bookshelf! The colorful ball lights are from Bright Lab and we adore them. I think we might need some for every room of the house!

Small Shared Room For Kids | And We Play
Small shared room for kids | And We Play
Small Shared Room For Kids | And We Play
Small shared room for kids | And We Play

I mean, just look at that sweet scene! My heart can barely take it.

4TH OF JULY TIE DYE SHIRT

4th Of July DIY Tie Die Shirt | And We Play
4th Of July DIY Tie Die Shirt | And We Play

Get your sparklers and BBQ ready, it's almost the 4th of July! We love the 4th and everything that comes with it. So Elliott and I thought it would be a swell idea to make some festive tshirts to celebrate! This shirt is unbelievably easy to make and I love the simple dip dye look. You can see all of the details on how to make your own right here. I'm telling you, EASY. Go forth and dye!

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MOTHER'S DAY FLOWER TAGS

Printable Flower Tags For Mother's Day | And We Play
Printable Flower Tags For Mother's Day | And We Play

Are you ready for Mother's Day? I can't believe it's already that time. Chocolates, cards, handmade gifts and of course, flowers! Just in case you need an easy last minute idea,how about some flower tags? Give some to mom, grandma, auntie, and your bestie! The "to, from" tags are great for any occasion too. To make them, just download the tags right here, cut them out and use some double sided tape to attach them. So easy a child could do it. And should do it! Right, moms? Happy Mother's Day!

Printable Flower Tags For Mother's Day | And We Play
Printable Flower Tags For Mother's Day | And We Play

BABY BIRTHDAY CAKE TOPPERS

DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play
DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play

If you have a baby birthday coming up, this might be the easiest and most fun way to decorate the cake for your little guest of honor. I mean, what little one doesn't love looking at themselves! All you need to make these toppers is right here and I promise, it takes just minutes to make. You should put your focus into more pressing things like the balloons instead! Because what baby doesn't adore balloons? 

DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play
DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play

Happy partying!

DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play

UPDATE!

Baby announcement!

I realized the other day that I have shared our family updates on social media, but not here! So for anyone who didn't already know...I'm pregnant! AND! It's a girl!! We're thrilled and can't wait for May to get here. Elliott was hoping for a brother, but he's getting more and more excited to help out and do fun stuff with the baby. Which of course makes my heart nearly explode from joy! So now you're all caught up and I promise to be better about any other future updates, but just in case, follow me on social media, k? Happy weekend!

DIY CONFETTI EGGS

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DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play

How fun and festive are these eggs?! I searched high and low for eggs with clear plastic tops to try out this idea and I am so glad I found them. They look like they are filled with confetti, but really there is plenty of room for candy or small toys. That's what I call a win, win! These will be so much fun to use on Easter both in baskets and for an egg hunt!

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These are SUPER easy to make. All you need is some confetti, eggs with clear tops, mod podge and a paint brush of some kind. You can probably guess the creative process here, but just in case I'll tell you anyway. Dip your brush in the mod podge and brush on a coat on the inside of the clear top from the egg. Then sprinkle in some confetti! Use your fingers to push the confetti in there nice and tight to create the look you want and let it dry. So easy and fun. This is totally a project that could be done binge watching some Netflix. Once they are dry they are ready to be filled with Easter goodness! 

DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play

SIMPLE EASTER BASKET IDEAS

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I am the first to admit it, sometimes with holidays like Easter I can get a bit carried away. This year I thought it would be fun/a good idea to put together a basket of a few simple ideas that your kiddo will love and you won't go broke buying things that are Easter themed sure, but your kids will likely lose interest in the next day. 

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Peep bubbles - great for having fun with the day of! I got these at CVS, but I hear they are at Target too. Adorable!

Notebooks - these are the best thing ever. Elliott just loves them! Each book has a different theme (swirls, lines, scribbles) and they are great for igniting your little one's imagination and drawing skills.

Straw pinwheel - I found these in the dollar section at Target. They came in a pack of different colors and added bonus, they actually work!

Candy - It just wouldn't be an Easter basket without some candy! Throw in some chocolate carrots, some egg shaped gum, and whatever else you want in a few plastic eggs. These confetti peeps though. They are killing me. SO cute.

DIY EASTER ERASERS

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DIY Easter erasers for kids - the perfect basket filler!

I was walking the isles of a store I had no need to be in and I found these adorable mini cookie cutters for Easter. So of course I instantly started thinking up ways to use them and this was my favorite idea. Easter erasers! They are the perfect thing to fill those plastic eggs for your kids' baskets, or better yet, make them with the kids so they can have some fun too!

DIY Easter erasers for kids | And We Play

To make them you'll need eraser clay, I love this brand. Then just treat it like regular clay (knead it, roll it out and cut it) For the color-blocked ones, you will want to make sure they are about the same thickness and join them together with two flat edges. Also, before you cut, flip them over and get rid of the crease that keeps them separate by gently pushing the clay colors together. This will help them become one without ruining the look on the front! For the marbled ones, just take a little bit of that color and a little of this color and lightly mix them together. Mix them too much and the marble effect won't work. Then use the cutters to cut out the shapes! I cut mine directly onto a cookie sheet so I don't have to move them before baking. Follow the instructions that come with your clay and you'll be just fine!

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After baking (again, follow those instructions!) you should be good to go! Stick them in eggs, baskets, hand them out at school, it's all good and highly encouraged. Have fun!

DIY Easter erasers - great basket fillers!
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Make your own Easter erasers with this easy tutorial | And We Play