Friday Faves: Backyard Fun for Toddlers under $50.

Dear Love bugs,

Today I want to talk all about Backyard fun for toddlers. Since we are all going to be spending our days at home for a little bit longer I figured this was the perfect start to my Friday faves. I picked my top five favorite things- best part is they are all under $50.

In my many years of parenting expertise aka 2 just 2 – I have quickly come to the conclusion that every kid loves to be outside. If it was up to Ollie we would never come inside as my neighbors can attest. She screams bloody murder when it is time to come in. However in Michigan it just now starting to get better and I am so happy. Mother Nature finally decided to let us enjoy something out of life haha. We are already stuck in hell from Covid and the fact that the weather took extra long to be normal was really weighing on my sanity. Any who Let us talk about fun things! Here are my TOP 5 UNDER $50: (it’s actually more than 5)

  1. Be Good Company Sandbox: Bring the beach to your backyard with this sandbox not only looks fun but its super affordable and comes in a few days with prime. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of Ollie playing in hers.
  1. Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk: I don’t know if your kid is like mine but Olive just loves chalk. At home we even made a cabinet into a chalk board for her. So when I showed her we could write on our driveway SHE WAS IN HEAVEN!

There is just something with kids and water! The next three items will all use water for fun!

  1. Step 2 Springtime Splash Water Table: This will for sure keep your little one entertained for a long long time and you can enjoy a cup of coffee. Here is a picture of Ollie Playing with her version last year. I didn’t link that one because it is not under $50.
  1. Bubble Anything: Play Day Bubble Mower & Light Up Bubble Machine It’s bubbles – who doesn’t love bubbles. However with these two toys and toys similar your toddler wont spill the bottle in 2 seconds and then cry. Also bottles of bubbles come so cheap I have seen them at the dollar tree or target for a buck so you can keep filling the machine over and over again. Olive loves pushing the mower and she loves go nuts trying to pop the bubbles from the machine.
  1. Inflatable Pool from Intext: They have so many different ones and most of them are all under $40. I got two last year for Olive and she couldn’t even walk yet but enjoyed it so much. You could also get a kiddie pool I obviously couldn’t take a picture of her in it this year because it has yet to be pool weather – hopefully this week but Michigan is very touchy. haha You can tell her excitement in this picture.

I would also like to add an honorable mention:A kiddie pool. They are so cheap I found two different ones here and here. hope this helps you guys make staying at home a little better. If you do not have a backyard I do recommend a water table and bubbles. You can use the water table for all sorts of sensory activities if you look it up on Pinterest.

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Monday Motivation: I am back! For real this time

Dear Love Bugs,

I know I took a long long super long break from blogging. The last post I did was Olives Baptism part 1 I didn’t even do the part 2. This time the longest I ever have. We all know that ever since I became pregnant with Olive I have been struggling with getting my mojo back. Everyone told me it would take time a few people even said it would take 2 years. I would look at them like what do you mean I need to feel like myself RIGHT NOW! Low and behold we are coming up to her second birthday and here I am starting to feel like myself!

A few days ago while discussing my friend Susan’s business webpage (she’s an event planner – check out her site here and instagram here– yup that’s a shameless plug for my friend hahah) with her all of a sudden I got a rush of ideas and the need to do them. So, with Ollie on my lap (she is currently sitting on my lap as I type this) I dusted off my laptop and signed into my site. It had been so long since I signed in they changed the whole set up that I was so confused I had to call someone to help me figure out how!

Had to add a pic of my family 🙂

Where do we go from here:

So, here we are a Monday motivation for ya! The day after Mother’s Day felt fitting to start this up again. I have changed tremendously since that girl who use to blog about shoes. The blog will not just be about clothes and shoes anymore but more about my life now. What interest me now. Being a mom is a huge part of it it wont be all of it but it’s a big part! To be totally honest I wondered if it was even worth it . . . is blogging dead? will anyone stick around? Then I thought – Let’s face it I never did this for anyone else but myself. What you can look for now is 2/3 post a week about mom life, hacks, cleaning, style and TODDLER LIFE!

Currently I am working out a schedule- what I am thinking goes as follows:

Monday: Motivation of any sort may it be cleaning, DIY, Room reveals etc.

Wednesday: Will be my style days. We all know I could never stop posting about style.

Friday: I will be doing Friday Faves like most bloggers do. Probably stick to a theme each week.

I have already worked on a few post that will go up later this week and next. Hopefully if you are reading this you will stick around and maybe I can give you a few ideas and you can give me a few. I love to interact in the comments or send me a DM on instgram. You can find that here.

Cheers to Monday and getting back in this!

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Ollie’s Baptism Part 1

Hello Love Bugs,

I took the fabric from my wedding dress and made it into her baptism dress. Let’s face it – she isn’t going to wear my dress. Who knows what the style will be or if she will fit in it. This however she can use even on her own babies. I did not come up with this idea to clarify I read it on facebook haha. LUCKILY! I have to take a minute to thank Zena (Sorry if I misspelled your name) from Zeeg Baby for making Ollie the dress of my dreams! It is so beautiful and well made I can not praise her enough. She was also very professional and worked quickly.

From this!
To This:
Dress: Zeegbaby Cross: Gift from her Nunni Rosary: Gift from her Nunna
Her Nunni holding her during her baptism – I love how she looks at him! She already loves him so much.
Her Nunna – She also adores her Nunna so much.
As you can tell she was so over taking pictures!
Close up of her gifts from her Godparents minus her diamond earrings from Nunna because she’s wearing them.

Hope you enjoyed some pictures of Olive and her fabulous dress! Part 2 will be of our small family gathering and Ollie’s party dress.


Friday Faves: Travel Bag/Diaper Bag

Hello Love Bugs,

Coat: Target Bag: Gaston Luga Boots: Old & I can’t find similar Glasses: Old simliar

Today I am here to do a Friday Fave! I must must talk about this amazing bag I received c/o Gaston Luga. They reached out to me and I was actually in need of a new bag. Little did I know this bag would be everything I needed. I do no think they thought I would mostly use it as a diaper bag when they asked but I do. I actually use it as a regular bag as well. I love that it can go from my everyday bag to my diaper bag in a few seconds.

I wanted to wear it for a little before I spoke about it and a few days ago on my instagram stories I went into details. I saved it as a highlight. What I really love about this bag is the ease and how much it fits. On my recent trip to New York with my baby I as able to fit all her things and some of mine. Some of her items included diapers, 2 or 3 changes of clothing, grip water, bottle, hand sanitizer, wipes, boogie wipes, dreft to go pen, FORMULA etc. -I’m a new mom I carry too much stuff I KNOW! So if I am telling you it holds a lot IT HOLDS A LOT! Another thing I loved was its ease of opening and accessibility of the things inside. I could open and grab everything while holding Ollie who is at the very squirmy stage.

It as snowing when I took these pictures that is why you see the dots on the bag.

Now for the fun part! I have a coupon code for you!! The people at Gaston Luga were kind enough to offer my love bugs 15% off! Just use the code Lifeisjustrosie at checkout.

Now I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

As Always,



I’m back!

Well Hello there!

Earrings: H&M similar Sweater: Forever 21 Old similar Jeggings: GAP

Long time no talk. Where have I been? Well lets give you the super speed version of it. . . I HAD A BABY! Her name is Olive Grace and she’s 8 months old today! So that means she was born June 20, 2018. She is a little thing always has been even though everyone swore I was having a 10 lb baby. NOPE THAT WAS JUST FAT! She was born 6 lbs 14 oz. Obviously she is bigger now but not by much haha! She little like her Mamma!

Romper : Bailey’s Blossoms Bow: Target similar also similar

It has taken me about 8 months to wrap my head around it I think. Hahaha I started this blog years ago and it was all about shoes and clothes. Now let’s face it I spend a lot of my time in leggings and t shirts, I even bought a pair of UGGs! I forgot how comfortable they are and when you are running out of the house pretty damn convenient. Any who I digress – I still dress human when I leave the house but my days mostly consist of taking care of this little Olive of mine. Now to discuss my blog, read below!

What I am hoping to bring to the blog?

Fashion & Fitness: I still do plan on doing styled shoots. Maybe Ideas for new moms with new mom bod! I also plan on bringing you along with my weight loss journey. DO NOT GET IT TWISTED though I will not be disclosing my weight until the end – I am not that girl. Hopefully I will lose weight though so I can say hey this is what I weighed, this is what I did to get to here, and this is what I wore during it.

The hair had to go up because BABIES LOVE TO PULL THINGS! OWWW!

DIY & Decor: I plan on showing more DIY. If you do not already know my husband and I are obsessed with redoing things in our house and I am forever changing my mind. My husband owns his own construction company AMIC Home Improvements (you can see how talented he is on his instagram linked here)so I take full advantage of his skill. I design he creates.

Mommyhood: Well I am a new mom I don’t know shit! What I do know I will share. What works for Ollie & I may not work for you but I will share it. I will share all about my little Olive what she likes and doesn’t like. What has worked and what was a waste of time and money FOR US.

I love her so much. She is such a trooper- she always lets me do these photo shoots and never cries. I didn’t think it was possible to love someone this much! Everyday I love her more and more!

Michigan: Spring is coming and I plan on going to a lot more places in this still very new to me state. Summer in Michigan is awesome there is so much to do or so I have heard. I was super pregnant and then brand new baby last summer so I was locked in my house for the most part. NOT THIS YEAR I WILL HAVE A 1 year old! Wow how fast time goes by hopefully by next winter I will be able to do winter things.

Now my Love Bugs I hope you still join me on this little adventure we call life! So stay tuned! Wondering what happened to all my other post? I HAVE NO IDEA! I am still working on that but OH WELL! This blog is still a work in progress but if I didn’t do this now I never will. If you want to see my everyday follow me on Instagram. I have been told I am pretty funny. Is there something you really want me to share first LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS. As always Love you guys SO VERY MUCH!


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I am working on bringing a whole new Life is just Rosie hoping you will check back soon.

xx

Rosie

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