Monday, April 14, 2014

Crazy for: Jeans

I love a good pair of jeans and so does my oldest son, Hudson. They can be worn almost all year round and can easily be dressed up or down. There are so many fits but I tend to stick with slim or skinny jeans on my boys. I also appreciate when jeans have an adjustable waist in them.

Here are some that I'm loving right now in all different price ranges:

1. Old Navy  2. H & M  3. GAP
4. Quiksilver  5. Mini Boden  6. Peek

Where is your favorite place to shop for jeans and what brand do you typically go for?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Insta-Friday!

My little DJ.  / Never alone.  / Love that happy face.
Racin'.  / Not ready for this.  / #superheroing
Therapy.  / Almond Dip (recipe)  /  Baby wearing.

http://liferearranged.com/

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stuck On You {review}

I briefly talked about this on Instagram but growing up with the name Summer, I never found souvenirs with my name on it. On road trips, I would always enter a new store thinking this will be the one but sadly, I was pretty much always disappointed. What I would have given to have my name on a cute little key chain, zipper pouch or water bottle.

And then I found Stuck On You. They are known for their great products like labels, lunchboxes, drink bottles, party supplies and even clothing but the greatest thing is everything can be personalized! Yes, no matter what your name is.


We got to check out their lunchbox and their drink bottle. Let's talk about the lunchbox first. You get to design it! First you choose the color, then the design (Parker really liked the robots) and of course you get to add a name. You can really tell how well it's made. I love that the outside is water repellant and made from a durable canvas. It has a little pocket on the front to add a sweet little note if you wanted. The inside has a nice lining that can be easy be wiped clean because with little ones, spills are inevitable.

The size of the lunchbox is great too. You could fit in a nice big snack for your kids while they are at summer camp or pack a hearty lunch for school. The drink bottle also fits inside perfectly.

Speaking of drink bottle, I love this thing. I'm getting my 4 year old to drink a lot more water! He loves that his name is on it and we discussed that we would just be putting water in it and that works for him. That's a win for both of us. The drink bottle can also be personalized with a design and name. He is so excited to use it at his upcoming soccer games!

As cooperative as he gets now days. :)

If you are looking for great personalized products for kids, I highly recommend Stuck On You. They will LOVE to see their name of their stuff.

These products were sent to me care of Stuck on You in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and pictures are 100% mine.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Almond Dip {recipe}


You guys, we are obsessed with this dip. It's so good with pita chips, veggies or you could even use it as a spread on sandwiches/wraps. It's really light but has such a good flavor. You could really add anything you wanted to make it your own!

Ingredients:
-1 cup of raw almonds
-1/4 cup Tahini
-juice of 1 lemon
-2 tsp vinegar
-1 tbsp minced garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup water
salt and pepper

Directions:
You can allow the raw almonds to soak over night to remove the skins or you can use them with the skin. I like to keep the skin on.

Put everything in a food processor except the olive oil. Start blending it and slowing add the olive oil in until creamy. You can serve it with a little more olive oil on top and some paprika.

It will last in the fridge for about 7 days but I bet you will want to eat it in one sitting!  :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crazy for: Stripes

I think stripes are one of my favorite things for the boys to wear. You can usually find them to match any occasion or holiday. I was recently going through their clothes and realized they have a bunch of striped tees but honestly, can you have too many? I think not!

Here are some stripes I'm loving at the moment:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Insta-Friday!

Plotting against me.  /  Being silly.
Hudson did great at the Run for Ruby.  /  Pajama Party!
Hudson at the jog-a-ton.  /  My blued eyed baby.

http://liferearranged.com/

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let's Coupon!


I'll admit, like most people, I like a good bargain. I would use coupons here or there but never out of a necessity. If I had one, great. If I didn't have one, oh well.

My thinking has changed. Mid January I watched an episode of of Extreme Couponing. I honestly never knew it was an option to coupon the way they did. Being a SAHM with only one income coming into our home, some months money is tight. Watching the show lit a fire in me that I can do more to save us money. So I started to research how I can do what the people on the show did but on a smaller scale because I don't have the storage or need a year's worth of chips.

Here are my first 5 tips I have learned in the past few months:

1. Find your coupons
-Newspaper: I now have the paper delivered every Sunday to my house so I can go through the inserts. My family also saves their inserts for me so that's a bonus.
-Coupon websites: My favorites are coupons.com and redplum.com 
-Go directly to the product's website: Need a coupon for a specific brand of toilet paper? Google it!  Sometimes you will find one on their website, sometimes you might have to sign-up for a newsletter or even fill out a product review.  That's ok! Some products even have coupons on their Facebook pages.

2. Find coupons blogs for your area.
-This is a HUGE help for me because they do most of my guess work! I just searched "Southern California coupon blogs" and found a few that I love.
-You want to find blogs in your area because each state has their own couponing rules and regulations. In California, coupons do not double! Bummer.

3. Get organized.
-Buy a coupon organizer. You can divide it up however you like so it's easy to quickly find the coupons you need. At any given time I have at least a couple hundred coupons in mine so this is key.
-Get rid of expired coupons. This is a no-brainer but I have handed over expired coupons on mistake and that's a total bummer. I go through my coupon organizer once a week to get of expired ones.

4. Learn coupon lingo.
It sounds silly but there is such a thing. Many of the coupon blogs you will come across will explain the coupon terms to help you.
Also:
-Pay attention to the expiration dates.
-Just because a coupon has a picture on it, doesn't mean you have to get that exact thing (unless it states you have to get specifically that thing).
-Read the coupon and use it only as stated.

5. Be prepared.
-You can visit your store's website and find their coupon policy.  Every store is different. One might only allow 2 like coupons while another store may allow as many as you wish.
-Pull out the coupons you will be using ahead of time like when you are making your grocery list. It gets frustrating/confusing when you have to go through your coupon organizer while at the store or in line.
-Watch the coupons being scanned. Sometimes they don't scan properly or the cashier assumes it's a wrong coupon.

You guys. I started couponing at the very beginning of February and I have already saved us $430! Yes, I keep a spreadsheet just so I can see the money we save. It just motivates me more.

Do you coupon?  If you are interested, want to know more tips?