updated favorite girl dresses under $5

Happy Saturday Everyone!

The weather is screaming summer over here and that means are dress game is going strong!

I've blogged about these favorites before (see that post here) but since there are new styles I just had to share again!

When I first blogged about these awesome dresses from H & M Cailee was my only kiddo wearing them. These dresses have quickly become Charlotte's favorites since she got some hand-me-downs from big sis and then her own too! 




I kid you not every time I check out the store they have a new print and with the $4.99 price tag I don't feel bad stocking up!


The new prints(check them out here) are perfect for summer!

Fun fact: For my mommas with multiple girls...these dresses come in sizes 1yr to 10yr!
Twinning for cheap...your welcome ;)

xoxo
Jocelyn

five on friday

Happy 1st day of June everyone!!

Let's kick this month off with a Five on Friday...

| one |

I always get so excited on the first day of this because it means its the start of my birthday month.
My birthday is June 20th and this year we will be celebrating it on vacation woo hoo!!!


| two |

Yesterday Cailee had her school Spring Concert and it was awesome! The theme was the 1950s, so all the kids went dressed up and they looked adorable! Weeks leading up to this event I would hear Cailee in her room practicing their songs. Her practicing paid off and she belted out all the songs with a big smile on her face! 


| three |

On a long solo stroll down the aisles of Target I found these Que Bella gel eye masks and love them! 
$2.99 for a pack of 3
I wear them for 20-30 minutes and I swear the bags under my eyes brighten up after each use!

| four |

We have lived at our house for 4 years now and we are finally giving our master bedroom a much needed makeover! These "You keep me safe, I'll keep you wild" printable I found while browsing Pinterest inspired the makeover! I mean I couldn't put these up in the room the way it was so obviously a makeover was the only reasonable thing to do!


PS this is how the previous owner styled the master bedroom


| five |

A few weeks ago I took Charlotte to Travel Town and we spent the morning checking out trains and riding the small train! I bought her a Thomas the train whistle she just had to have and now I completely relate to this meme! 


xoxo
Jocelyn


Introducing the bored box


Hi Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you all to the "bored box"!

My kids have moments in the day that they claim they are bored. 
It doesn't matter if we had a fun filled afternoon of outings they still get bored! 

For the sake of not wearing myself out or spreading myself to thin...I created the "bored box" for my girls!

What is the bored box, you ask!

Well its a box filled with various activities I know my kids enjoy. Whenever they claim they are bored they can get one activity out of this box to complete. All the activities are pretty easy for them to do without our help.

We tried it out today and it worked like a charm. 

The girls grabbed an activity to do and we all sat around the kitchen table tackling our various tasks and it was very enjoyable! 

So I think the "bored box" is a big win in my mommy book!

I purchased everything you see below from Michaels but will definitely be restocking this box with things I find at various stores!

The storage box with tray is currently on sale for $8.99.
The lid also comes in pink and white!


The paint tray is a steal! You can buy a 6 pack for $2. I love them because it really limits how much paint the kids use and its so easy to clean off!

The paints are Craft Smart and you can't beat the selection and price! Hello 70 cents y'all!


The various activities in the box cost less than $2 each!! 

I love the Play Pack packets and buy these whenever I see them! They are great for entertaining the kids in the car and at dinner!


Now to make myself a bored box that doesn't consist of binge watching Netflix when the kids are asleep lol

Do you have a bored box for your kiddos? and if so what do you stock them up with?!


xoxo
Jocelyn

California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2018

After celebrating Easter with our families Sister and I snuck off to Disneyland and California Adventure for a very well deserved magical escape! 
We used to go to Disneyland monthly before having kids and can you believe we haven't been to the parks without kids since 2008!


We got to the parks by 7pm and made a quick dash to California Adventure to check out the Food and  Wine Festival. 

I've been a passholder since 2005 and this was my first time ever buying the Sip and Savor Pass offered only to AP's. 

"Each Sip and Savor Pass is $45, and consists of a commemorative 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival lanyard and 8 coupons, redeemable for select food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol and souvenir items)"!


When you redeem your coupon you will get a special "ap" pin from the different food stations!

You can also get your passport booklet stamped!


We didn't have enough time to visit each food station but we plan on going back before the festival ends!

First up on the food adventure was the Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo!

I got the Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce and it was soooo good!!!

Next up was Eat Your Greens! My sister tried the Grilled Asparagus Caesar Salad!
It was good but basically you were just eating asparagus with Caesar salad dressing.


At Garlic Kissed we got the Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble!
So much yes to this dish! It was delicious! The garlic was present but not overwhelming!


At I ❤️ Artichokes we tried the Fried Artichoke Carbonara. Okay I need to start off by saying that I do like like artichokes but definitely did not like this dish. It was just to heavy! One bite and I was over it.


At Avocado Time I got the Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guacamole Burger! They only cook this medium style so that detoured my sister from getting on herself (she likes her burger well done or nothing).I tried it and really liked it but would go back for seconds to Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo for the slider!


We are so excited to go back on another solo trip to try the other carts we didn't get to hit this trip!

And because I am such a good momma I couldn't leave the park without take a picture with my kids favorite character ;P


xoxo
Jocelyn


Simple & Sweet Easter Baskets

I love putting together the Easter baskets for the girls!

I have two rules I live by when putting together their baskets...
1)Don't go overboard! 
2)Don't wait til the last minute!

I pretty much nailed it if I do say so myself!

I kept it simple and sweet :)

If I've learned anything about being the mom of two kiddos is that you keep everything equal! That means when possible the girls get the same things and so far they are still loving it!

I bought everything at Target and I bought it the first second I saw the items hit the shelf!



Pink wire baskets were $5.00 each
Bag of purple grass $.50 each
Large plastic eggs(3pack) $5.00
Tsum Tsum mystery bags $2.99 each
Hersheys Candy Bag $1.00 each
Sidewalk Chalk $1.00 each
Egg shaped Play-doh $2.49 each

So roughly each basket came out to less than $20 each!

Not bad!

What was in your Easter basket?!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Reading Now: The Silent Sister

all I can say is wow just wow!


A little overview found on Barnes and Nobles website:

"Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. It was a belief that helped shape her own childhood and that of her brother. It shaped her view of her family and their dynamics. It influenced her entire life. Now, more than twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina, cleaning out his house when she finds evidence that what she has always believed is not the truth. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why, exactly, was she on the run all those years ago? What secrets are being kept now, and what will happen if those secrets are revealed? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality. Told with Diane Chamberlain's powerful prose and illumination into the human heart and soul, The Silent Sister is an evocative novel of love, loss, and the bonds among siblings."

I bought this book on Wednesday afternoon and started it that night and finished it last night. I loved it! From the second I started reading I was captivated. Was it the style of writing or just a really good interesting story...either way it was sooo good! It is a mystery and just keeps you wanting/needing to know more! 


I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend!

FYI: This book is $10.10 on B&N website right now!

Have you read this book?! Did you love it or hate it?

I can't wait to get another one Diane's books!

Recommendations on a new book to read leave in comments below!

xoxo
Jocelyn


Surviving Spring Break Essentials


It is officially Day 1 of our Spring Break vacation and I made sure to stock up on some fun goodies!

My ultimate goal was to save money this spring break by purchasing things we could do at home our at the park across the street! Sure I spent more than I wanted to but all these items will last us well into summer so it was a win in my book!

Here is our family Surviving Spring Break Essentials List:

| one |
Kites
My oldest has been asking us for a kite for some time now and while I was at Target I found them for under $3 so I bought both girls their own! 

| two |
I bought this because I though it would be fun for us all to play! I am pretty sure its going to spark some competition between me and the hubby ;) So Ill let ya know who wins lol! I found it at Target for $4.99

| three |
Foam and Plastic Baseball Bats/Extra Foam Balls
Once upon a time my husband enjoyed playing baseball before he hurt his shoulder. When my oldest mentioned a little interest in the sport I just knew maybe it could be something fun for him to do with his girls! I bought Cailee a foam bat(this bat was $7.69 and came with a foam ball as well) and Charlotte a plastic bat($5.99 at Target). I bought extra foam balls (4 pack at Target for $9.99)because I knew one of the kiddos would try to just hoard them in her bag! 

| four |
It is amazing to me how entertaining bubbles are for kids! This was a no brainer when I saw  it and I made sure to buy the biggest bubble refill I could find! 
Bubble refill was $4.99 for 128fl oz!

| five |
The Take-Along 3 hole folding bean bag toss was something I had been eyeing for some time now so I decided might as well get it already! The kids and we enjoy it so its pretty much already paid for itself with one afternoon of nonstop play! I love that they fold up and we can easily take it anywhere!

Now Moms this essential isn't in the collage above but it is crucial...
I discovered these yummy drinks during my last Trader Joe's run!
Simpler Wines Italian Sparkling Wine comes in a  4-pack and only costs $3.99!
I've tried the Peach and Rose flavors. I like the Peach best!


Who else is on Spring break? How are you enjoying your week off?!?!

xoxo
Jocelyn





Family fun on the farm

We spent our Sunday afternoon at one of our favorite farms to visit!

The Underwood Family Farms always hosts the best holiday events and we try to visit at least once a season. During Spring they have animal races, the Easter bunny and egg hunts among a lot of activities.

The animal races were so fun to watch and the animals looked adorable with their little bunny ears on! The girls loved the sheep the best!


The Easter egg hunt was also a highlight of the trip! Both girls were mildly terrified of grabbing eggs that were hidden in the plants because they hate bugs.Once they got past their fears they went crazy!



We got to pick fruits and veggies! The girls picked the best strawberries and we pretty much at them all when we got home!


Cailee loves eating celery and when she saw that she could pick her own she went for it!


My kids strongly dislike carrots but were quite determined to pick their own carrots. I'll tell ya these suckers were ridiculously hard to pick! Little did we know that your suppose to use a garden tool to dig them up! 


Our little family! 

Getting pictures with the four of us is so hard but I am so glad when we do!


Days spent on the farm are always so relaxing for us and I can't wait to go back in the fall to pick our pumpkins!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Reading Now: The Woman in Cabin 10

I just finished reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware!



If you haven't read this little gem than I share with you a quick little overview of the book from Barnes and Nobles website:

"In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…"

As a family we love reading books as you can probably tell from my past posts. Normally I am reading books of the kid variety but lately I have made the time to read "mommy books". It has been the best way to spend my very little amount of "me time". 

I bought this book back in February and just finished. Which screams volumes on how much I actually liked this book! When I truly love a book I finish it within a couple of days not weeks! 
This book was definitely interesting but it was rather slow for my liking.
I struggled to read it because it was so slow in the beginning. I didn't start really getting into the book until after Chapter 9 and then I couldn't put it down!

With that being said, Would I recommend this book to a friend? Yes, I would because it was definitely a page turner towards the end and I couldn't believe the way the story panned out!

FYI: The book is currently $10.31 on B&N website!!


Have you read this book?!?! Did you like it???

Now I am off to search for a new book!!

xoxo
Jocelyn