Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Introducing Mr. Zachary Duke Reeder

Everyone meet Zac, Zac meet everyone!  Little Mr. joined our family on the outside June 6th at 6:51 pm and our littlest Reeder turned out to be our biggest baby yet, weighing 9 lbs. 11 oz. and 22 in. long!

The first things we noticed were his head full of blonde hair, his uncanny resemblance to Brad as a newborn and his strong set of lungs he had on him!  He came out whaling and didn't stop for a whole hour (maybe longer).  The nurses were trying to prepare me for a colicky baby and I was scared shitless.  I kept thinking this isn't right, I make calm laid back babies not loud colicky ones.  Turns out the little guy was just hungry because as soon as I fed him he never made a peep and has been our easiest baby to date!

Charlie and Brad have been the best big brothers ever. They love their baby Zac and want to be near him all the time.  Having a tiny baby around has made me see the older boys in a new light.  Charlie is so helpful and sweet and seems so much more grown up & Brad looks like a tank compared to Zac!

We are loving this time as a family of 5 and I'm trying my hardest to soak up every last drop of this newborn stage!  I'm so proud of my little family and feel so lucky to have three healthy handsome boys.  I don't know what I did to deserve all this love and happiness but I do know I won't ever take it for granted and will cherish every moment of this beautiful life we were given! 

Welcome to our family, baby Zachary.  We love you so much!  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fathers Day Gift Guide + JORD Watches Giveaway!

Happy June!  And happy littlest Reeder birth month!  I'm getting nervous for labor and delivery but feelings of excitement are overwhelming knowing we will have a tiny baby to love on any day now!  I want to say thank you to everyone who has sent a gift from our Babylist for little brother, we are definitely feeling the love from all our family and friends so thank you very much!

Since Father's day is fast approaching I've put together a gift guide for all the amazing dad's in our lives.  I get to collaborate with JORD wood watches once again to bring you an awesome giveaway!  This is the second year in a row I've used JORD in my father's day gift guide because they truly are the best!  I'm excited for Ben to have his own JORD watch because the high quality of the luxury watches mixed with the rustic wood is right up his alley.  Plus, I get to match him now with our his and hers watches!

Here's the fun part- giveaway time and everyone's a winner!  Just for entering, JORD will give you a $25 code to use toward any watch of your choice.  One lucky winner will receive $100!  Entering is easy, just click the link below to fill out your name and email. The giveaway will close June 18, 2017 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be contacted 24 hours after the giveaway has closed.  Please note that both the $100 and all $25 codes will expire on September 30, 2017.

Good Luck!

This post was sponsored by JORD watches. Watch Gift Ideas.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kids Fashion Friday Featuring SwimZip

As promised, I'm kicking off Memorial Day weekend with the best giveaway!  Head over to Instagram (@reederandco) tomorrow to enter to win a $30 store credit to SwimZip!  I remember first seeing them on Shark Tank and thinking what an awesome brand!  So when Betsy, owner, mother of two and skin cancer survivor reached out to team up for skin cancer awareness month I couldn't resist. Collaborating with an amazing family-run business working hard and bringing awareness to a serious cause was a no brainer!  I put together my favorites from the shop.  Blue is my new hue so I couldn't resist picking all the navy stripes!  And I am in love with the round beach towels!
Now is the perfect time to grab swim wear for your littles and I'm pretty sure most all the kids gear is $30 and under so if you win the giveaway..your taking it home for free:)  Good luck, friends!

Hope everyone enjoys their long holiday weekend!  We have a graduation party and a Memorial Day party to attend and I plan on finishing up packing my hospital bag and adding the final touches to little brothers nursery!  Also, thanks for baring with me these past few weeks as I try to get all my ads and collaborations in before baby arrives!  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mama & Me Maternity

Hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day weekend!  I got to hang out with my best friend home from Nashville who is also pregnant, got a mani, enjoyed my nieces dance recital and of course the best part was spending time with my boys.  I was so excited to get my Mama+Me photos last week!  I usually do my maternity photos between 29- 32 weeks but I literally forgot about doing them this pregnancy and my amazing photographer agreed to a last minute session on the fly.  We were trying to dodge the rain and had to do it during the week because #weddingseason and even though Ben couldn't make it I really love how they turned out.  I have always been open about how I don't typically enjoy being pregnant and am usually self conscious about my body during these long and grueling nine months but these are the days and they are fleeting.  So here I am in all my 35 weeks glory.  My biggest bump (and probably my biggest baby) yet.  Enjoy!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Fashion Friday Featuring Shēdo Lane

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month and I'm super excited to have teamed up with UV apparel brand, Shedo Lane!  Shēdo Lane offers the cutest kids and adult apparel that help keep our skin healthy and safe all year round!  I've put together a collection of my favorite pieces including the toddler girls swing dress! So sweet!  And just wait until you feel how buttery soft their fabric is.  You'll never want to take them off!
I'm in love with their color collections too.  Makes it super easy to coordinate mom and me, family and sibling outfits because you all know that's my jam!
Thank you to all who participated in our $30 Giveaway on Instagram! The lucky winner is Oceana (@mamaoceanlove)!  Didn't win this giveaway?  Don't worry we have another exciting one scheduled with SwimZip at the end of the month!!
Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

I mentioned awhile ago that I know so many ladies that are expecting and due around the same time as me.  Two of which are my best friends!  I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorites that would make awesome Mother's day gifts for new and expecting moms! 

Wolf + Cub has the cutest teething necklaces and starting Monday you can get free shipping  on all orders with promo code REEDERANDCO!

Covered Goods multi- use nursing covers are a must have for all moms!  Seriously.  You can you use them as a cute scarf, nursing cover, grocery card cover and my personal favorite, a car seat cover.  Not to mention a stroller blanket or blanket to lay baby on for changing or while at the park.  So functional!

I'm also loving the Sephora perfecting and brightening under eye masks right now!  Especially because Mama ain't gettin' no sleep these days.

I hope you found some fun ideas and happy Cinco De Mayo!  Have an extra margarita for me today, friends! XOXO

Friday, April 28, 2017

34 Weeks Bumpdate

How far along?  34 weeks

Total weight gain?  27 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks?  No

Sleep? Getting no sleep.  Sleep is for the weak.

Best moment this week? Little brother has a name!  Keeping it a secret though, sorry!

Worst moment this week? In general I'm in a lot of pain.  This pregnancy has been tough on my body.

Miss Anything? Cocktails 

Movement? So much pushing, especially on my ribs and bladder!

Food cravings? Coke, the hard stuff as we call it.  We don't usually drink pop.  When I'm not pregnant it tastes like syrup to me so we don't buy it or keep it in the house but lately whenever I'm out to lunch or dinner I order it and savor every sip.

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Hard boiled eggs from Easter!  Keep that shit away from me!

Have you started to show yet? Oh yeah

Gender? Little brother bear

Labor Signs? Some Braxton Hicks contractions

Belly Button in or out? In but could pop out any minute I swear.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood? Annoyed.  Mostly at how much pain I'm in.  It's getting to me.

Looking forward to?  Snuggling a tiny baby soon:)

Thanks to all who entered my Freshly Picked Giveaway on Instagram (@reederandco)!  I can't announce yet but I was super excited to see someone I know win, that usually never happens:)  If you didn't win this giveaway don't worry!  Next month is Skin Cancer Awareness month and I've teamed up with SwimZip and their sister site Shedo Lane to bring you even more fun giveaways!  Hope every has a happy weekend!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Brother Updates

It's been awhile since I've shared updates on the boys at their current ages and stages.  I kick myself sometimes because I started this blog to document my babies and lately I feel like I've been sharing everything but.  They are growing so fast and getting so big but one thing never changes, they're still babies in my heart.

Charlie Beau, 4 years old, going on 14.  I get glimpses of both a toddler and a teenager several times a day.  He is obsessed with playing hide and seek and being chased.  I swear he yells "Come find me!" or "Come get me!" a hundred times a day.  His heart of gold shines brighter and brighter with each day.  He loves Brad with all his heart and isn't afraid to show it with big hugs and kisses or a random whisper of "I love you, Brad."  He is still very into all his stuffed animals and figurines which we have dubbed as his "guys".  He literally has a million of them and he tries to sleep with every single one of them at night or bring as many as his little arms can carry when we leave the house.  I can't believe he starts pre-school this fall.  Most moms would say that they think they are more nervous than their kid about starting school but I'm pretty sure Charlie is nervous enough for the both of us so I'm trying to stay strong.  Even though we still have over 4 months before he starts, I already get teary eyed when I think about it.   I can feel his anxiety when we talk about it and it just breaks my heart.  I'm confident though that once he starts and gets used to it he will absolutely love it!  He is my little lover, he can bring me to my breaking point and put a huge smile on my face all in the same minute!

Brad Coen, 1 year and just a few months shy of 2, is at the best stage ever.  The word burst stage!  This kid is talking up a storm, repeating everything and making up his own phrases that just crack us up!  He is Charlie's little shadow and his daily struggle is not being big enough to do some of the things Charlie can.  He just loves Charlie or as he calls him "Cha-dee!" so much!  He loves any animal that can fly or swim because they're "fee-eye-yin!" or "sf-immin!"  His favorite things (in no particular order) are bath time, eating off Charlie's plate, pushing on your nose and saying BOOP!, and holding hands.  He is the stealer & hider of phones, remotes and snacks.  The first one to yell "Hi!" and lights up the room with his smile!  He's another little lover and I could just eat him up!

Both boys have THE best belly laughs, love to wrestle with daddy and snuggle up every night before bed.  They are going to be the best big brothers! We love them to infinity and beyond!

Friday, April 14, 2017

5 Favorite Easter Treats

Happy Good Friday! By now you guys know how much I love making holiday treats with the boys.  I'm no Betty Crocker so I have to keep it simple and that usually means semi-home made. Last year we made these cute bunny cookies,  they were pre-cut so all we had to do was bake and frost!  
This year we made these little bird nests!  I took the original (super easy) ingredients: 

3 tbsp. butter
1 10 oz bag of marshmallows
6 cups of rice krispies

And made them even easier by using pre-made rice Krispies treats we already had.  I'm all about using the least amount of effort to get the same result.  They turned out perfect and Charlie loved them!  His favorite was the grass and Brad's favorite was the eggs:)  We weren't able to make it to our annual Easter party that Ben's mom and aunt host this year because Charlie was still feeling crumby from a fever, runny nose and cough he had last week.  It's when we usually color our Easter eggs so we plan on doing that today!  We're glittering them this year so that should be fun and not messy/stressful at all.
Looking for a fun and easy Easter treat to make with your littles this weekend?  I've rounded up my 5 favorites!  Don't they look so yummy!?

Picture via A Kailo Chic Life

Picture via Framed Frosting

Picture via Domestic Superhero

Picture via The Curvy Carrot

Bunny Pancakes

Hope everyone has a fun weekend and a very happy Easter! TGIF! XOXO

Friday, April 7, 2017

Kids Fashion Friday Featuring This Kid Clothing Co.

It's been awhile since I've done a Fashion Friday but the Reeder boys are so excited to join the This Kid Clothing Co. family as brand reps I just had to share. This Kid Clothing Co. has the most rad kids clothes, fun adult tees and so much more.  I was originally drawn to their original "This Kid." tee but once I saw all their cute styles and accessories I was hooked!  I've rounded up some of my favorites but it's so hard to choose. #Iwantitall  and if I had girls #gimmealltheshorties!
Check out their spring 2017 collection for my favorite This Kid. tees in pastel colors and also the cutest chevron & running wild collections.  Visit them on instagram @thiskidclothingco to stay up to date on new releases and special offers too!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! XO

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easter Goodies

March has seriously flown by in the blink of an eye!  In the spirit of April's arrival this weekend I've rounded up some Easter goodies that will make their way into the boys baskets this year.  Honestly though, what is life without the dollar section at Target?  This is where I get 90% of everything holiday related but I always like to share my favorite non-candy ideas because these are so much harder to think of.  The boys are really into Ninja Turtles and Angry Birds right now so I found some fun related toys to add and I'm so obsessed with these "The Man" tees that are on sale right now.  I got Brad the camo (which also glows in the dark) and Charlie the red one.
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What are some of your favorite Easter traditions to do with the kids?  This year I want to plant magic jelly beans.  How fun (and easy) is that!?  I also can't wait to hide baskets and make bunny pancakes Easter morning.  I'm really just so excited to celebrate and make memories of our first holiday in our new home! 
And because he is the cutest bunny I've ever seen, here's a throw back to baby Brad last year:)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our Favorite Smoothies

Even though it doesn't feel like it now, warmer weather and even summer are right around the corner!  For us that means a lot more cold refreshing smoothies.  We typically have smoothies at least once or twice a week as a snack or even as a meal when mama doesn't feel like cooking, but when summertime rolls around we turn into smoothie monsters.  I put together our top three smoothie recipes not including this one that I shared with you a few years ago where I explained that "I just throw hand fulls of shit in it until it looks or tastes the way I want."  Which is actually still pretty accurate.

Our Tried and True Smoothie-  
This is the one we make most because it's well, the easiest.
1 cup of milk/almond milk
1 banana
1/3 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of Dole frozen mixed fruit (which contains strawberries, pineapples, mangos and peaches)

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Tastes amazing!
1 cup of milk/almond milk or soy
1 banana
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. sugar

Vitamin C Smoothie-  
A great immune booster!
1 cup of Orange Juice
2 oz. orange or peach greek yogurt
1 1/3 cups of Dole frozen mixed fruit

Signing off early for the weekend and after reading this article I've decided to deactivate FB and limit my time on all social media.  The article is so true and is actually very scary if you think about it.  Since I want to set an example for the boys (they don't have their own devices or get much "screen time") I don't want them watching me with my phone glued to my face either!

Happy Spring, Friends!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Friday!  I know I've said this before but my how different this holiday is for me.  I've traded in kegs and eggs, green beer and a drunken day downtown for shamrock pancakes, green smoothies and a day full of St. Patrick's crafts with my boys and I wouldn't have it any other way!  Today I'm off to a bump appointment to take my glucose test/blood draw, the hospital for my Rhogam shot (since I'm Rh negative) and a another blood draw. Then I'm meeting up with Ben for Rubens. Yum!  I can't believe this weekend marks the start of my third trimester.  This pregnancy is starting to fly by now and I'm almost into single digit weeks until little brother is earth side. Aaa! Hope we can pick a name before he arrives, we'll just call him Saint Patrick till then:)  Happy all green everything, friends!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend! XO

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PinkBlush Giveaway

Don't forget today is your last day to enter our  PinkBlush $75 Giveaway!  I've always been so obsessed with this cute online boutique and I was so excited to be able to bring you this fun giveaway!
I wanted to link up a few of the pieces that I have and totally recommend including this Black Diamond Knit Dress they sent! I wore it right away out to dinner with friends and paired it with ripped jeans and booties then to work with black leggings and flats. Once the weather warms up I'll be able to throw it on as is.  It really is the perfect piece and if it wasn't already the cutest thing ever I realized when I got it that it had pockets!  Because..
Make no mistake, even though they have the cutest maternity styles they also carry non-maternity clothes, shoes and accessories!  There is definitely something for everyone!  Here are a few of my most favorites...
This Floral Hi-Low Midi Maternity/Nursing Wrap Dress.  I will totally be able to wear it when I'm not pregnant which is a plus in my book!
This Solid Short Sleeve Maxi that is very transitional and can be dressed up or down.  It's a staple in my wardrobe!
The perfect White Striped Lace Trim Robe for pregnancy, nursing and beyond.  And a must for your hospital bag!

Head over to Instagram (@reederandco) for complete giveaway details and to enter!  I know you'll love PinkBlush just as much as I do!  Good Luck, Friends!

                        *I received some featured products complimentary for review and promotional purposes.  All opinions are my own.