When you become a mom, you hear so often that you need to enjoy every minute because time flies by… overused advice, but oh so true! I am so grateful for all of the time and cherished moments we’ve shared together. Memories have been made, time has flown by, and though I don’t want to believe it, here we are… my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten. How can my first-born and little bestie, that I have spent every waking minute with since the day I found out we were growing our family, be starting school? I am flooded with emotions. Everything from excitement to sadness to loneliness to nervousness… but most of all, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride in who she is and who she’s becoming. If I could pass on a few important things, these would be what I would want you to take with you as you enter your Kindergarten class.
Monthly MUST Haves is a monthly recap on products, services or companies that have caught my attention, or that I have fallen in love with over the last month. A fun way for me to share random things that make me happy, in hopes that they might bring you joy as well!
For the May 2017 edition of Monthly MUST Haves I am excited to share 3 of my favorite small shops that specialize in the kiddos. Enjoy these fashionable companies!
As an Arizona girl, I am living the cactus dream… along with the triple digit nightmare! But now that summer is here, I am embracing it in full force and am stuck on the cactus trend. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite cactus inspired goodies and stylish recommendations to help bring your cactus-love to life!
Are you a FUN haver? Do you like awesome gifts and accessories? Do you want to focus less on the crappy and more on the happy? …If you answered NO to these questions, bummer! But if you answered YES to these questions, I have the best company to introduce to you!!!
Introducing Brittany Garner Design – BGD!
This online shop has everything you need to gift awesomeness to those you love! Brittany, the lady behind it all, is a #momboss getting it done and designing fun things you can’t live without! BGD is the perfect example of a company that demonstrates how you can love what you do and have fun doing so!
Brittany Garner Design recently sent over some fabulous goodies for me to test and fall in love with, and guess what, I fell hard! Each item is so unique and hilarious and allowed for me to find humor in mundane situations. Everything BGD creates is pure quality and professionally printed, otherwise why would Brittany put her name behind it? Right?!
In all seriousness, I will definitely make Brittany Garner Design one of my go-to online shops for gifts. You will find something for everyone on your list, whether you are buying swag for the cool mom, the rad dad, the foodie or the pop culture divas in your life, she has you covered!
Here are a few of the items I fell in love with! (Bonus: If you put them all together you would make one HIP gift basket!)
Wine Glass // Mother of Wildlings Unisex Tee // Tote Bag // Drink Sleeve // Art Print
So what are you waiting for… Be a rad mama who wrangles her wildlings in style, and knows the beauty of motherhood comes from a sense of humor! The BGD way!
Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so rush over to BGD and shop here for your—> COOL MOM!
This post was in collaboration with BGD. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Welcome to our special Mother’s Day Gift Guide Blog Hop!!! Thank you Jenn over at The Body Type Stylist for sharing all of your stylish Mother’s Day gifts ideas. So many pretty things!!! If you are joining me here at Espresso Ever After for the first time, WELCOME and let me tell you a little about myself.
My name is Jenna Wodiske and I’m the mommy/lifestyle blogger behind Espresso Ever After. I am having way too much fun living this mommy-hood life in sunny Arizona!! I am a Jesus lover, wifey to a fantastic husband, & a mommy to two beautiful little girls. I am a topknot-wearing, photo-obsessing, latte-loving mama … enjoying this thing called real life!
I started this blog to share all of my adventures in mommyhood & to creatively inspire others. I strive to produce quality content coupled with beautiful photos and creative delivery, and I hope you taste the supportive and encouraging flavor of Espresso Ever After. I’m glad you’re here, and hope you’ll enjoy this journey with me!
This Mother’s Day… what do you get a mom who has it all??? That is a great question, here are a few of my favorite ideas!
Easter is here! I absolutely love this time of year. From Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter… it’s all about Jesus, and its so exciting to teach my girls that He is Risen, He is Risen indeed! I also love all of the Easter festivities such as egg hunts and matching Easter dresses. When I was a little girl, my parents were intentional in teaching us all about Jesus during this wonderful and special time, and of course, they added in ridiculous amounts of candy, eggs, and bunny rabbits! A special memory I have as a little girl growing up was getting a new dress every year for Easter. Every year my mom would dress my sister and I in new fluffy tule matching dresses, while matching my little brother in his darling suspenders. Some of my favorite family photos are those taken on Easter in our Sunday best. Knowing how much I love that tradition, I have continued it with my girls and thank goodness they love to match!
Every year, immediately after Christmas, I start looking for darling and affordable Easter looks… terrible, I know. This year I fell for these bright floral dresses. I love going with a pop of color mixed with a cheerful pattern. Easter is such a happy and springy time, and as their momma, I believe their outfits should embody that! Enjoy these sweet Easter photos, and remember the perfect accessory this Easter is a matching or festive basket! 😉
Motherhood isn’t easy! …So why go it alone?
Finding mom friends that are in the same stage of life (i.e.. running around after littles), is the best way to get through this crazy season of life. Having mama friends that you can talk to about all of your real life day-to-day moments is not only important, but it is vital to your mama sanity! For that reason I am so thankful to have met some amazing local AZ mama bloggers to do life with.
The month of LOVE is upon us and you know what that means… time to dress up my GALentine’s!
I am CRAZY for these Valentine’s Day inspired looks from Crazy 8! Crazy 8 has the sweetest, and most love-inspired Valentine’s Day collection. Their lovely looks offer a collection of hearts, flowers and all the red and pink our little hearts desire. So much love was put into every piece and their looks are sure to be a hit this season.
As a mama to fair skinned girls who live in Arizona, I am always looking for ways to keep our skin safe from the harsh sun! I was recently introduced to Shédo Lane from the makers of SwimZip (one of our favorite sun safe swimwear companies). Shédo Lane is similar to SwimZip in that they use sun protective UPF 50+ fabrics. But, skin protection is not the only bonus from Shédo Lane clothing. It is also stylish clothing that is made from the softest material you have ever worn… no lies! Their UV sun protective apparel brings together function and fashion, so we can indulge in the sun and not worry.
And good news, Shédo Lane has us all covered (literally!). They offer clothing for the whole family; men, women, children and babies. If you know me, you know I love matching my girls. They are in prime ages where they request it and think it is fun, so I capitalize on the opportunity to match them any chance I get. Yes, I am one of those moms which makes Shédo Lane a perfect company for us! Their apparel comes in different sizes and in the same colors and patterns so I can mix and match the styles between the girls!
Matching in Shédo Lane | Stylish Sun Protective Apparel
My girls are obsessed with their striped swing dresses because they are ridiculously soft. Laid back comfort coupled with athletic style make them perfect to run around in at the zoo. The girls love these twirling dresses so much that they even ask to sleep in them, and I don’t blame them. The dresses fit true to size and come in the perfect colors to layer.
I love my striped infinity scarf, and yes the fabric matches the girl’s dresses. I love that it protects my vulnerable neck area and because it is so versatile, it can be worn multiple ways with it’s handy and stylish button up closure. Wear it completely snapped up like an infinity scarf, unsnap it to wear it casually draped around your neck, or go halvsies and leave it half snapped for a scarf/collar effect. The possibilities are endless!
I also fell in love with the women’s open back long sleeve shirt. It has become my favorite workout shirt because of it’s stylish and breathable open back and of course I love the handy thumb holes. When I am outdoors I am always looking to wear something comfortable, sun safe and this uber soft jersey knit is the winner! I am not one to show a lot of skin, so I appreciate the modestly open back, the round neckline and a moderately fitted front. Trust me, because it is so soft and cozy, you’ll want to wear it everyday… and I pretty much do!
All of these items are UPF 50+ sun protection, tag-less and machine washable. Win-Win-Win.
I also appreciate that family-run Shédo Lane believes in giving back. They donate 5% of their net profits to non-profit skin cancer fighting organizations. I love when companies give back. Let’s all support one another!
So what are you waiting for? Give Shédo Lane a try and pick out your favorite pieces from their sun safe and stylish collection. You, too, will be amazed at the soft materials and cute looks to choose from. Next up on my shopping list: kid joggers for my girls, a quarter zip for my hubby and a snuggle wrap for myself! So may great options!
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