Embracing the little moments

We were driving down the winding, country road, my mother and I, on our way home from the store. The air conditioning was blasting on full, sending welcomed chilly surges to my otherwise sweltering body. It was about 95 degrees outside, but my pregnant body made it feel like it was 110.

It was summer in Wisconsin, and though it was hot, I was happy to be spending time at one of my favorite places in the entire world, my family’s summer home.  I was singing along to some pop hit on the radio when I saw him.

“What’s he doing?” I asked my mom. I squinted to see more clearly as the man walked on the shoulder of the road up ahead. My mom slowed the car as we passed him, and I instantly told her to turn the car around.

 

It’s Simply Lindsay: Announcement!

Hi everyone, Ginny wanted to announce something: she’s going to be a big sister!

I just had a successful 12 week appointment and am excited to share this with you all. Baby’s heartbeat was strong and fast, between 165-169. Some of you may have seen from social media, especially Instagram, that I haven’t been feeling well for quite some time – well, little did I know at the beginning that I was, indeed, pregnant and not suffering from some horrible disease like I thought. Who knew?! A much better prognosis than I anticipated when I went to the doctor.

I’m really excited to fully document this pregnancy and have lots of fun post ideas lined up, from safe and effective beauty products and dressing through all stages to dealing with sickness and sleeplessness.

If you have any topics or questions you’d like me to cover specifically, please just leave a comment and let me know.

Perfect Summertime Accessory Plus Giveaway

Thank you JORD Watch for sending me a beautiful wooden watch & for hosting this giveaway!

I tend to gravitate towards classic accessories that I can easily wear with any outfit, and I like to mix, match, and layer my classic jewelry pieces for a bit of funky flair. That’s why I was very excited to add my Zebrawood & Champagne JORD watch to my mix, and since I received it, I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day. It’s so unique, lightweight, and goes with everything, not to mention I get lots of compliments. I wear it plain for a classic look or layer on bangles and bracelets for a unique look. That’s why I’m so excited to present this giveaway so you can get your very own watch! You can enter below, and the winner will be automatically picked and notified via email at the end of the giveaway.

GIVEAWAY DATES

The contest is open from June 30 and ends July 10, 2016, and just for entering, you will still receive an e-gift card for $20 off your own JORD watch. How awesome is that??

2 Ingredient Play Dough Recipe

I try not to buy too many toys – I don’t want to overwhelm my daughter (or myself!) with a bunch of “stuff,” so we keep a small basket of toys out we use every week, and any extra toys are put away to circulate in the mix when needed. This system works really well for our family, and Ginny is never bored!

However, now that she’s an extremely active, curious toddler, I’m searching for hands-on sensory activities that she’ll enjoy that doesn’t involve stuffing our play room with the dreaded “stuff.” Can any parents relate to this?

I think you’ll all love this $2, 2 ingredient play dough recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) to make with your kiddos. You may already have these ingredients on hand, and if not, take a trip to the dollar store for the following: conditioner and corn starch. It’s really that simple!

A quick trip to your cabinet or the store and two minutes later your kids are enjoying their new play dough.

10 Protein Packed Snacks for Toddlers

My daughter has always been a good eater, sometimes even out-eating my husband at mealtimes, but we all know what inevitably happens between meals – snacking, of course.

When it comes to toddler nutrition, you should make every meal and snack count. It’s so easy to fall into the habit of grabbing endless handfuls of processed or pre-packaged snacks because, come on, we are all busy parents, am I right?

But busyness or processed food convenience shouldn’t be the reason to stuff your toddler with empty calories or bad sugars and fats. In fact, preparing healthy, protein-packed snacks takes very little effort and promotes those growing taste buds to appreciate delicious, healthy food. Plus, by making sure your toddler snacks have a protein element, they will fill up faster, getting them out of the habit of mindless snacking of carb or sugar-based snacks.

ColourPop Giveaway!

Since I heard about ColourPop last year, this Los Angeles-based makeup brand has been blowing up social media, and for good reason. While this brand is under two-years-old, it quickly established itself as a must-have among beauty bloggers, the cool kids, and the every girl alike, having as many as 2.6 million Instagram followers to date.

Why is this brand so popular? Probably because of the high quality products at a super affordable price. Their lip colors seem to be already cult-class status, with everyone from Taylor Swift and Kristin Steward rocking them.

Whether you’re already a die-hard fan or want to see what all the hype is about, now is your chance! I’ve come together with some of my favorite bloggers to present you this amazing ColourPop Giveaway – the only downside to it is that I desperately want to win it, but of course, cannot.

But best of luck to you!