Supporting Local Makers + LA Antler Co. Necklace Giveaway

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We love to shop small and support local makers. We run small businesses, so we know the large amount of work it takes to operate it, and what orders, followers and subscribers mean (emotionally and financially). Not only does it feel good supporting someone’s hard work and dreams, but the product is amazing, too! When we learned about antler necklaces by LA Antler Co, made in our home state of Colorado, we immediately emailed Addie to buy one. The rustic meets chic necklaces are so unique, and a fantastic new accessory for every woman’s jewelry collection.

Jessica and Addie met on a snowy spring day for coffee, and talked life and antlers. We learned that her fiancé has a passion for shed antler hunting. Every single year deer shed their antlers and grow new ones. With a piling amount of antlers in their home, Addie started creating beautiful pieces of art. She designs home accents wrapped with yarn, in addition to the necklaces.

Jessica has a necklace, and loves it! Every time she wears it, she receives many compliments. It’s a good day because LA Antler Co. is GIVING AWAY one necklace on Instagram. You don’t want to miss this – ENTER HERE.

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DIY Pool Bag: Hello Sunshine

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We love to spend our summers at the pool. We did it growing up with our mom, and we do it now with our kids. Jessica is a swim team mom, so she is at the pool earlier than she would like during the summer months, but she’ll take the summer over winter any day!

We made a DIY pool bag that just screams summer, and sunshine and tropical vibes. Tutorial for the bag is below. We’re also sharing some of our favorite summer pool essentials we fill our pool bags with.

Materials:

  • Pool Bag, Target (we found ours in Spot’s Bullseye’s Playground, but this one works)
  • Vinyl, yellow
  • Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine

Directions: 

Step 1: Find a cool file on Silhouette Software, like our pineapple one.

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Step 2: Follow Silhouette directions to cut the vinyl with your machine. If you don’t have a machine, you can find cute pre-cut vinyl on etsy.

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Step 3: If you don’t have transfer paper, line up Painter’s Tape along the pineapple cut out. Once the pineapple is covered use a straight edge over the pineapple, and then lift up the tape. Your entire pineapple should be stuck to the tape. Now, place in the exact spot you want the pineapple on the bag (tape down), and use a straight edge again to smooth out bubbles. Pull off the tape, layer by layer to reveal your pineapple. You can use a straight edge to move any bubbles, too!

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Now, on to what’s in our pool bag.

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POOL BAG ESSENTIALS

Solar Recover, Every Day Moisturizer: We can’t say enough about this spray. It smells heavenly, and it’s so cooling for the skin. We’ve used on burns, and it helps heal them. We spray our entire bodies everyday after we get out of the shower, whether we’ve been in the sun or not. It’s a must buy for the summer!

Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray SPF 30: We love the smell of this sunscreen, plus it’s fantastic brand of sunscreen. We love that it’s paraben-free, oil/PABA free, hypoallergenic, Oxybenzone free, Retinyl Palmitate Free, Vegan, Cruelty and Gluten Free. For those of your with babies or toddlers, Jenna loves this Babyganics spray sunscreen for her boys.

Sun Bum 3-In-1 Conditioner: Our hair gets so tangled after we get out of the water. This is a delicious-smelling 3-in-1 conditioner detangles, conditions and protects hair! Great for girls, too!

Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30: It’s so important to protect lips, too! This lip balm smells amazing, and feels good on the lips.

Quay Sunglasses: These aren’t in our bag, but we really want them to be. It’s on our must-buy list for summer style.

Beach Towels: Bright colors and tropical prints are what we’re loving for beach towels. If pink is your thing, try this. If cool blues are more your style, go with this towel.

Fun Pool Toys: We always keep extra pool toys in our bag for pool fun, and entertainment!

YETI Insulated Rambler: Something cold, whether it’s spike or not, is essential at the pool. Hydrate, hydrate!! We love Yeti ramblers because they can go in the dishwasher, and they keep liquids cold or hot for a long time.

Snacks: We don’t go anywhere without snacks for us and our kids. We are snackers. We are obsessed with Bobo’s Bars. They are made in our home state of Colorado, and so so yummy. Plus, they are gluten free.

Hats: Now that we are aging, we know more sun on our face means more wrinkles. So, we travel with our hats. If your more of a baseball cap lady, this is for you. If you want more coverage and style, go with this Do Not Disturb option.

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Get Ready For Swim Season With The Best Women’s Swimwear

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Whether you’re ready for swim season or not, it’s here. Our minds are so ready, but our bodies are not quite there yet. Our bodies are, as Alison from The Alison Show recently (and lovingly) said about her own body, “squishy.” Yes, we are also squishy.

As women (and moms) we are relentless on our bodies ALL THE TIME to look like the models on the cover of magazines and women we see everyday on our social media feeds. They are beautiful, but so are you!

Yes, working out is good for physical and mental health, and we highly recommend it. Eating healthy is good for our immunity, and overall health, so we do our best to make smart choices. But, at the same time, we have to accept the God-given beauty that is our own. We have curves. We have small boobs. Sometimes we love to eat potato chips after a healthy salad. We will never have long, runway ready legs. We have smile wrinkles around our eyes. We have scars. We have given birth to beautiful babies. We are amazing.

Alison continued, “So, gimme a (high-five emoji) if you promise to reassign the energy you spend hating or being hard on your body TODAY, tomorrow, hell forever, to thinking of way to make your home, neighborhood or community a more loving place. And, I promise to do the same. LOVE AND SQUISHINESS TO ALL OF YOU!”

What do you say to that? You in? We are! Work on all your self-love (and love others around you), and hopefully you’ll be more confident for swimsuit season! When you’re ready, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite swimsuits of the season.

Make a splash at the pool, or beach this year!

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Sunny Days Call For DIY Trucker Hats

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As I painted some super cool DIY trucker hats for my kids for Momtastic, I realized that I have never seen Jenna in a baseball hat. It’s a go-to for Jodi and I, and our mom has more baseball hats than shoes (maybe that’s where we get it). Jenna prefers shoes. Maybe if I make Jenna a DIY trucker hat, she will wear it?!

You can read the tutorial for DIY trucker hats here. No sewing required.

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If you’re not up for making a DIY, shop for some cute one’s below. We picked some out for the whole family.

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We Heart Stripes

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Jessica got craftsy with an H&M shirt for Momtastic. It must have been luck (or maybe she’s got style), but she transformed a blue and white striped shirt into a DIY off the shoulder top that’s currently hot and in-style.

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We love stripes of all kinds – pinstripes, seersucker, wide and thin. We’re in love with the classic stripes that scream summer, sophistication and class. If you’re not into DIYs, or don’t want to tackle this one (you can totally do it because it’s no-sew), we get it. We’ve got you covered with some fabulous finds below.