my morning routine

This post is sponsored by Danone; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Goooooood morning, friendssssss!!! I'm not sure about you, but that's pretty much what I hear in my head, every time I climb out of bed haha. Some people (like my husband) hate mornings, some people love them and then there's me: I'd obviously rather sleep in but since I basically have no choice in the matter, I might as well put a smile on and GET. IT. DONE. ;)

I'm also the type of person that likes to get up, immediately do my hair and makeup and throw an entire outfit on, the whole shebang.. mainly because if I don't, I will literally accomplish nothing the entire day. There's honestly just something about getting ready for the day that helps motivate me to be productive in every area: my kids, errands, around the house, chores, everything! It's kinda crazy how that works, right?? I'm sooo curious how many of you out there feel the same way! Anyways, here's the breakdown of my morning routine:

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1) Wake up, roll out of bed. Check my emails, social media and then do my devotions (I've been slacking on this lately -- need to get back on the wagon!).

2) Get the kids breakfast and set up in their highchairs with a show (we're not huge on tv but it definitely comes in handy when I need to get ready). I turn on my curling iron and hair straightener, then do my makeup while those are heating up. My entire makeup routine takes less than 10 minutes -- I'm big on the natural look so I usually just stick to moisturizer, concealer, foundation, setting powder, bronzer, blush, brows, mascara and eyeliner. Okay, that sounds like a lot haha, but I promise it's not! ;) And then mayyyybe a touch of lipstick, depending on where I'm going! A quick makeup routine is key for me and I've got this one down to a science.

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3) Okay, hair! I get a lot of questions about how I do my hair and let's just say... it's not complicated haha! It usually only takes about 10-15 minutes, so super manageable!! Just like the makeup. Are you sensing a pattern here? Ha! Also, I typically only wash my hair every 10 days or so, which helps a lot -- and I know, WHAT?! But my hair is naturally very curly and very coarse, so it really doesn't require frequent washes! So I wash, dry and straighten it once and then just curl and touch up the curls every morning for the remainder of the time. It's simple, it's quick, and it's the only way I'm actually able to get ready every morning haha.

4) After I'm done getting ready, I turn off the tv for the kids and then make myself breakfast while they play. I usually stick to something sort of light but also full of protein because I have low blood sugar -- so a protein shake or avocado toast, soft-boiled eggs and potatoes, something like that! And, of course, a big ol' cup of coffee (sometimes I do decaf if I'm jittery, but I just like having something warm to drink in the mornings). Literally, you guys... it's my favorite time of the day: the kids are pretty happy and are usually playing nicely together (afternoons are a different story haha!), and I get to just sit there with them, nursing a warm cup o' joe and just watch as they interact. It's glorious.

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It's one of the reasons I was so excited to partner with So Delicious Dairy-Free for this post about their Coconut Milk Creamer -- I love talking about the favorite part of my day haha! So Delicious is the only brand we use for regular coconut milk AND coconut milk creamer in our household. We tend to avoid dairy as much as possible and I just can't say enough positive things about this brand. And let's be honest, the fact that I can purchase it at Target (the happiest place on earth) is such a PLUS!! In fact, my coffee mug, the coffee AND my creamer are all from Target haha -- it's safe to say I might have a problem ;) 

Also, if you download and use the Cartwheel app, you can get 10% off So Delicious Dairy-Free Creamer from June 10th through July 7th! I can't wait for you guys to try this one out -- I think you'll love it as much as I do!

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Love,

B

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Danone. The opinions and text are all mine.

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spring livingroom refresh

This post is sponsored by Tarkett NA; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Springtime is one of my favorite seasons of the year (the other being all things fall/Christmas) -- mainly because it means all things fresh, new, light and airy! It's the perfect time to clear out your closets, buy homegrown blooms from the farmer's market, dust off your shelves and change out your flannel bedding and throws for their lighter counterparts. It's exciting! It's like breathing new life into dark spaces and I just LOVE it.

One of my main goals this spring was to give our living room a little refresh. It's needed a facelift for awhile now, so when Tarkett reached out about collaborating on a new rug together, I jumped at the chance! Choosing a rug can be an painstaking process (for me, at least) because I feel like it really helps set the tone for whatever room it's going in. If you've been following along for any amount of time, you know I'm a huge fan of all things neutral, so, of course, I was super happy to see that Tarkett offers so many amazing neutral options! Here are a few before photos of the space:

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And now for the AFTER!!!

 

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I ended up going with the Pebble Mesh area rug in the color Spun Sand (trim in Oatmeal) in a size 9 x 12. We had an 8 x 10 in the room previously, but I really felt like we could go a little bigger and it would still look good in there -- it's a rather large space anyway and it opens up to the dining room, so I liked the idea of the rug kind of setting the living room apart from the rest of the house. Plus, my kids love playing down on the floor, so I love the fact that they can spread out their toys now and really go to town. I was so impressed when we unrolled the rug and laid it out -- it truly is such high quality (meant for high-traffic areas) and so cushy (the pad that was included is also a huge bonus). One of the best parts about Tarkett and their site is the fact that you can literally customize everything -- rug color, trim color, size, all of it -- which is such an amazing feature! 

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I decided to replace our gallery wall over the couch with just a couple simple black and white prints of the kids, along with two bronze wall sconces from World Market. I got tired of the busyness of the gallery wall and really just wanted something that fit a little better with my (ever-evolving) style and it turned out even better than I hoped! In addition, we changed our couch covers from a light tan to a bright white -- which some people think is crazy since we have young kids in the house! Haha! But I actually think the white will be easier to keep clean because I can just bleach the heck out of it, if needed. Win win!

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We also updated our throw blankets, ordered a new tufted ottoman coffee table (which is STILL waiting to be shipped as I write this -- anyone else hate when things get backordered?! haha) and snagged some new end tables at our local IKEA. 

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All in all, I'm SO happy with how the makeover turned out -- everything feels so fresh and so new! It really is amazing what just a few simple changes can do for a room. If you're looking to refresh your own space or just need a new rug, head over to http://app.markerly.com/b/35598/309 and check everything out! You can also use code SPRINGBLOGGER for 25% off a rug of your own (valid through 6/30/18)!! 

Let me know what you think of our before and after -- do you like all the changes??!

Love,

B

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summer 2018 bucket list

This post is sponsored by Perrier USA; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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It's SUMMAAAATIMEEE!! Ahh! I'm so excited! To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of the whole summer season, but having kids has somehow changed all that -- I think it has to do with the fact that we get the chance to break out of our schedule and make so many fun memories together. SUMMER -- it just feels warm and fun and full of possibilities! Here are our top to-do's this summer -- some of them are personal but all of them are meant to spark excitement and adventure (plus, there's a little popsicle recipe at the end that you HAVE to try!

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BRADLEY SUMMER 2018 BUCKET LIST:

  • Go to California 
  • Visit San Diego
  • Jump off a boat into the lake 
  • Go to a splash pad
  • Visit the library 
  • Go to the zoo
  • Make popsicles 
  • Roast marshmallows/make s’mores 
  • Grill dinner one night (or more lol)
  • Wake up early and watch a sunrise 
  • Go swimming
  • Go hiking
  • Movie night with popcorn 
  • Go to the beach and build sandcastles 
  • Take a roadtrip somewhere 
  • Eat dinner at a food truck 
  • Finish The Boxcar Children, book 1 with Silas
  • Have a water balloon fight 
  • Build giant blanket fort 
  • Go get ice cream together
  • Throw a neighborhood margarita and water bounce house party 
  • Plant flowers
  • See fireworks!
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Donate all clothes/toys/items we don’t use 
  • Go see a baseball game (Silas' first one!)
  • Pay for the order behind us at a drive through 
  • Make play dough
  • Get library cards for the kids

I'd love to hear what some of your bucket list items are!! Big plans? Small outings?? Tell me everything!! I love seeing what other people come up with ;) Oh! And before I forget, the popsicle recipe!! The kids absolutely LOVED these popsicles and I love them, too -- mainly because they're delicious and super healthy... AND super simple haha! #momwin

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SPARKLING PEACH POPS:

  • 2 cups watermelon chunks
  • 3/4 can of Perrier Carbonated Mineral Water Peach Flavor
  • Big squeeze of local honey
  • Juice of 1-2 limes

Blend all the ingredients together and then pour into popsicle molds. Leave in freezer for 4 hours or until fully frozen. Enjoy!!!

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I loved using the new Peach flavor of Perrier's Carbonated Mineral Water in this recipe! It's bursting with fruit flavor and is so refreshing but has zero calories and zero sweeteners, which is super important to me -- we are pretty conscious of what we feed our kids and they rarely get anything sugary! So this was the perfect addition to our popsicles! Let me know if you try it, I'd love to hear from you!

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Find your flavor inspiration at Perrier.com/flavors and enter to win a year’s worth of Perrier flavors!

Love,

B

our trip to Arlington

This post is sponsored by Arlington CVB; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As you know by now, we are huge fans of vacationing within our own state, especially since we have young kids! There are so many amazing cities within a 5 hr drive of Houston in EVERY direction -- seriously, the possibilities of where we can go are almost endless. Last weekend, we went to Arlington and it did not disappoint! Arlington is located about 20 minutes west of Dallas and is typically know for being the home of the Texas Rangers, AT&T stadium and Six Flags Over Texas, although there are a TON more attractions and hidden gems than just those 3 things! It's only around a 4 hr and 15 min from Houston, but ended up being around a 5.5 hrs for us since we had to take some restroom and snack breaks with the kids haha!

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We stayed at the La Quinta Inn and Suites that's located on the same street as Six Flags for our trip and it turned out to be the perfect location -- pretty much everything we wanted to do was only 10-15 minutes from the hotel! We also sprung for a suite, which is the only way we'll travel from now on. Silas is pretty good about just falling asleep wherever and staying in the room next to our bed but Verity is a SUPER light sleeper and needs her own space or she keeps everyone up. So the suite with a separate living room was definitely the way to go -- and honestly, we LOVED how big it was and that the kids could run around and burn some energy off when we came back to the hotel in between our adventures. I also believe the hotel was recently renovated because it was gorgeous! The staff was very friendly and although they weren't able to secure us a crib for the stay, they went above and beyond in every other way! Also, the breakfast they provided was ridiculously delicious -- just let the record state that. Haha!

We arrived in town late on Saturday evening and crashed at the hotel. The next morning, we got up, ate breakfast and headed out to the nearby Aquarium. Silas LOVES fish/sharks/manta rays, the whole shebang and Sissy is old enough now to recognize and enjoy them, too, so it was a no-brainer! We loved getting to walk through and see all of the exhibits and displays! 

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After the aquarium, we stopped in at Rio Mambo for lunch -- y'all, it was probably the BEST TexMex we've both ever eaten. The menu had so many choices and the staff was SO amazing -- even when Silas accidentally tipped a giant glass of water over and it spilled everywhere, three staff members immediately came over with towels and cleaned it up with a smile on their faces! Just a super family-friendly place and huge portions, we highly recommend it!!

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From there, we headed to the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) for a show at the Planetarium! I've never been to a Planetarium before and HOLY COW, you guys!! The experience was seriously magical! Even the kids were absolutely speechless. I wish we could've caught more than one show while we were there -- but I'm glad that we DID end up getting to sit in and see their Spacepark 360: Infinity show, which was a simulation of some super intense roller coasters! It felt so real, I actually had to close my eyes a few times because I felt nauseous, haha! If you're ever in Arlington over a weekend, I cannot suggest enough that you pop by UTA and visit the Planetarium. 

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For dinner on Sunday night, we headed to Downtown Arlington and ate at the Mellow Mushroom, a local pizza joint! And a delicious pizza joint, I might add. Seriously y'all -- they make their own crust (from just 3 ingredients!) and have a ton of specialty pizzas that were just UNREAL, so dang flavorful. The staff was super friendly and helpful in giving us suggestions -- our faves were the Mighty Meaty pizza and the Holy Shiitake Pie! Can't go wrong with either of those two. Also, side note: downtown Arlington is SO cute and we had so much fun walking around and exploring before dinner. Their little theater was one of my favorite hidden gems of the city!

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Monday morning, we woke up and headed to River Legacy Park to feed the ducks! We grabbed some extra bread from the hotel's breakfast and set out -- unfortunately, we didn't find any ducks where we were haha. BUT we had so much fun exploring the park with the kids! The playgrounds are super safe and the landscape was just so beautiful! Lots of grassy areas for the kiddos to run around and burn off some energy before loading up and driving to the next place! Next time we will bring a picnic lunch!

After the park, we decided to pop into Bishop Arts District in Dallas before heading home and I'm so glad we did! It's the cutest little area with tons of boutiques, coffee shops and local restaurants. We grabbed some lattes and just wandered around, taking it all in. The weather was breezy and cool and the whole area was quiet and serene -- it was honestly like a dream! 

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We had the BEST time on our little getaway to Arlington, y'all! I never would've thought there would be so many amazing places to visit and explore in Arlington, but there were! In fact, we could've used an extra 2 days to fit everything in the we wanted to do haha! If you're headed up that way, make sure to check out the Arlington Visitor's Guide -- there are so many ideas and great suggestions for you to try! We had such a great time, made so many memories as a family and I'm just falling deeper in love with our weekend trips together! I can't wait to see where we go next! 

Love,

B