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Sandal weather!

I have way too many pairs of shoes.  I do.. it's a problem, but my favorite shoes in my whole closet are my salt water sandals.  I have them in them in a few colors now and they last forever.  The second it was warm enough they were the first things I pulled out of my closet to wear.  I bought them for Carly as well and they are so cute!

 I'm in Utah visiting family right now and I went to the Local Spring Market a few days ago with my sisters and came home with a Stay wear shirt.  I've seen them on instagram for a while now but jumped at the fact that they had a great deal on them at the market!  I wanted to dress it up a tad by wearing a jean skirt.. I put the skirt on and instantly felt like I was right back in jr high.  In fact, I should look back through some pictures because I'm pretty sure the only difference in this skirt and the one I wore in jr. high, is the rips in them.  I don't remember the rips and tears being as popular back then.   Writing about how long ago jr. high was for me is making me feel really old right now......
Outfit Details:

Shirt: StayWear
Skirt: Ross.. $12.99. (similar & similar)
Watch: old (similar)

Criss Cross Hair into Messy Buns

I posted my first ever hair style tutorial!  I'm still learning a how to film and edit these videos but I LOVE doing hair and my toddler, Carly is my little model.  I graduated from hair school about 9 years ago, and worked in a salon for a while until I had kids.  I still try new hair styles on my toddler and myself all the time and regularly get asked questions of how I do it.  I also get questions about how I curl my hair and hair tips, so I'm working on filming those videos as well! 

I'm going to try and upload more video's to my Youtube channel, so be sure to subscribe to it so you don't miss any videos!



Stroller Buying Guide

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no clue what things I needed.  I went to my local Babies R Us and picked out a few things I was told I needed.  I was young and I didn't do very much research and the Babies R us worker didn't have a lot of knowledge on which one was best either. I figured a stroller is a stroller and they all work the exact same, right?  They all have wheels, a car seat came with most of them, all made to put a baby in, so I just looked at the price, then looked at the color and pattern on the seat and just picked one.

It wasn't until Carter got a little older, I started to notice that my stroller didn't maneuver as well as some other peoples. It didn't push very well on grass, I couldn't take it jogging with me and it took up SO much room in my small car.  Whenever I traveled I felt like my whole trunk was taken up by his stroller.  So I started buying additional strollers.  I had one that came with his car seat, I had one that I bought for jogging, I had an umbrella stroller, and I had one that I would take to the mall and would travel with because it was more compact.  It was getting crazy that amount of strollers I had and was still frustrated that I didn't have one stroller that could work for everything.

Along comes my second baby.  This time around I wasn't going to make the same mistake.  I researched every double stroller there was on the market.  I took my kids to the store and put them in every one, I folded all of them, I lifted each one to see how heavy it was, I pushed my kids around in it, I tried pushing it with one hand. I was fed up with having so many cheap strollers and having so many cons with each one. I ended up getting rid of all of my strollers and I bought the single and double version of the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.  I cannot say enough good things about this stroller. I have owned the single and double for 2 years now and I haven't felt the need one time to use anything else.

I have had a lot of people ask me advice on strollers and what a first time Mom needs.  My biggest piece of advice is to get a good stroller, carrier, diaper bag and carseat up front.  They can be more money at first, but IT IS WORTH IT!!  You will not regret investing in better items that actually work well.

The Baby Cubby created this guide, which I REALLY recommend looking through to find a stroller that works for you.  I really wish I had this knowledge when I was having my first baby.. It would have saved me a lot of frustration.   The Baby cubby is knowledgeable and can help you find what you are looking for.  They carry everything you need for a first time Mom or even a second time mom like me that is fed up with going to store that can't help you!  They even have a track you can test out your stroller on different terrains... are you kidding me!! How awesome is that?

Their guid is a really good resourse of questions to ask yourself when you are trying to decide which stroller to buy... you can find more details about it here.

There are a couple of things that I tell people to look at when buying a new stroller.  
1. How easy and small it folds.
2. Look at the wheels (do they push on grass easily? can you jog with it? can rocks get collected on the wheels and create a bumpy ride? do the wheels go flat?  are the wheels so big that you can't fit it in a mall aisle)
3. How flat do the seats lay?
4. What is the weight limit of the seat?  (my 5 year old still likes to get in the stroller at places like Disney world or when we travel and do a lot of walking)
5.  look at the accessories that go along with the stroller.  How easy is it to attach things like the car seat attachment, cup holders,  trays, glider boards and other accessories. 
6. Does it fit through a standard door-- some double strollers don't and it's a pain. 

They have everything you need for your babies, toddler and kids from clothes, diaper bags, kid activites and toys and everything a Mom needs too.  They are an amazing resource for anyone that is trying to get through this crazy parenthood journey.   

For anyone that has followed my blog for a while knows I'm a thrifty shopper, so you know I would only promote things that I am very passionate about.  I am very passionate about my baby products and always getting the best price. I feel very confident that you will always be given a great price at The Baby cubby because they always price match (even Amazon!) and they have free shipping over $50.  

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Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions! 


Givaway! Giftcard to Boho and Lovely

 Today I am teaming up with the cutest Etsy shop; Boho and Lovely.  She has a variety of clothes for making you and your kiddo's look stylish this summer.  I'm personally obsessed with her "wild and free" fringe shirt.. I can totally see my daughter rocking it as soon as it warms up a little bit more outside.   Not even joking.. if I were the one that were to win.. I would have a hard time deciding on spending it on myself or my kids! ;)  Today we have teamed up to give away a $25 dollar giftcard to her shop.. Use the form below to enter or enter on my Instagram @katecrandall!  Good luck!

Cutest Video

Easter was a lot of fun. For me, I am happiest when I'm spending time with people that I love.  I had originally planned on spending Easter at home with my husband and kids in Washington, but plans changed and I ended up in Utah with some of my family. We really missed Andy, and the kids were pretty sick on Easter but we made the best of it and still had an egg hunt in our backyard.  I took a bunch of pictures and video but the quality was horrible for some reason, so I was glad I had my sister there that took some pictures of them and video so we could remember it and share it with their dad.  She made the cutest video of my kiddo's and their cousins that I posted below.
^^ It only took a few minutes for Carly to catch on to the egg hunt.  She learned pretty quickly that each egg contained a prize or candy.. so after each egg she picked up, she would open it, dump the contents into her bucket and then throw the empty egg on the ground.  It was so funny to watch. 




You can find my sister Sarah on her blog here and her Youtube here


All about comfort..

Every time I get dressed, I think to myself.. Do I look put together but feel like I'm wearing pajama's? Seriously, whenever I get home, the first thing I do is put on comfy yoga pants or sweat pants.  I hate uncomfortable clothes. I don't function well in them.  This dress is perfect.  Perfect amount of stretch and comfort..... AND it's on sale for $14.99.  Score.  
Outfit Details:

Dress: H&M
Jean Jacket: Old (similar)
Shoes: Converse
Necklace: Old (similar

Don't forget to enter the Target Gift Card giveaway!!!




Target Gift Card Giveaway!!

Anyone else love Target?? I could easily spend every penny I have in that store! Today I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Target and I made it very easy to enter!  Use the form below to enter..  You can also follow along on Instagram @katecrandall and tag some friends to enter!  I'll announce the winner on Monday the 4th!


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***** UPDATE--- Congratulations to the winner Ashley Bell*****

Easter Best

 When I was a little girl, every Easter I wore a cute hat.  My mom always had matching ones for me and my sisters.  I went to Target a few weeks ago and I was thrilled when they had these darling little hats for girls in the dollar spot.  Even better is that my daughter will keep them on her head!  I'm not even close to dressed in Easter colors.. I had a cute dress that I had planned to wear, but that morning of.. I just wasn't feeling it.

Easter turned out to be such a beautiful day.  It was spent with great people, good food and of course my two favorite little people.  Every holiday is 100x better with kids.  They understand egg hunting now and it makes it so much more fun for them and me.  I love playing the Easter bunny and surprising them with goodies.  My husband is a lot better than I am about reminding the kids.. and me..  what the holidays are really about.  I tend to get caught up in the decorating and fun side of it.  I'm grateful for my family and our Savior this Easter and that I'm lucky enough to be with them forever.  Happy Easter everyone!


Sassy Pants

Carly turned 2 recently and all of the sudden she thinks she is 16.  She loves dresses, princesses, dressing up and sunglasses.  She checks out everyone's shoes around us and always points out the shoes she loves to me.  I seriously adore that sassy little girl.  It has been so much fun having a girl around the house.   

Daylights savings time last week... uggghh.  I didn't think it would be that big of a deal.  I planned on just getting my kids up an hour earlier than normal, so that she would nap an hour earlier and then go to bed an hour earlier... then we would stay on our normal routine.  Easy right?  No.  Not only has my toddler been off ALLLLLL week, but I have too.  It threw me off way more than I thought it would.  It feels like the middle of the day, yet it's somehow dinner time??    The past 3 nights, Carly has been staying up until midnight.. (tired face emoji).  I woke her up early this morning and I'm having to just stay strong through all of the tired tantrums so that tonight she will sleep tonight!  Wish me luck!! 


St. Patricks Day.. as festive as we're getting..

I have to say that St. Patricks Day is my least looked forward to holiday.  I don't drink and I don't party.. isn't that what most people do on this holiday anyways?  I didn't put up any decor for it and didn't do any little pinterest leprechaun feet around my house.  I also had to dig very deep into our closets to find anything green that could pass as festive for today.  Don't get me wrong.. I love any reason like a holiday to do something fun for my family.. but St. Patrick's day just really isn't my holiday.  As long as we are wearing green, I think we are just as festive as everyone else. :)






KravePac

I actually really enjoy going to the gym, it has become therapeutic for me.  One thing that is annoying for me going though is that I carry my keys and phone around with me. I never remember to bring a lock for a locker and I do not trust leaving my keys and phone in an unlocked locker.  I have a arm band that I used to put my phone in but it was really annoying.. I would always sweat really bad where it was on my arm, and it was annoying to fit my phone in and get it out of.  I have been taking my pac with me and it is super convenient and comfortable... I call it my gym bag ;).   Trust me.. you need one. 


Workout Outfit Details:

Pac: c/o Kravepac
Long Sleeve workout top: Nike
Pants: Nike
Shoes: Nike

Anchors Away

I feel like the only thing missing from this Momiform picture is my two kids.  When I am out running errands, this would be a pretty typical outfit for me.  Jeans that have a little bit of stretch in them are a must for me. I found these jeans at H & M and they are easily my favorite pair.. I can wear them all day without counting down the minutes until I can change into yoga pants.  Also this tee... If there were more colors available, I would have bought them alllllll.   (huge plus right now.. these shirts are buy 1 get on 50% off)

  I've had a few people ask about the pro's and con's of the Fawn Design Diaper bag, so I'll be posting a review of it soon.. so watch for that! 
Outfit Details:

Anchor Tee: Target
Jean Jacket: Target
Jeans: H & M 
Shoes: Vans
Diaper Bag: Fawn Design 


Excited

I'm am super excited to be a featured blogger today on The Red Closet Diary's blog!  I have followed her blog and Instagram for a while and was thrilled when I was her featured blogger.  Every week she has a link up so you can share you blog and style with others. Don't miss her blog and link up with us below!





3 Simple Link-Up ‘Rules’

1. Follow your hosts on Bloglovin’: The Red Closet Diary & Twenties Girl Style
2. Follow the featured blogger on Bloglovin': The Student's Wife
3. Link back to our site from your post!
   

PNW

Have I mentioned how much I love living in the Pacific Northwest?  It is BEAUTIFUL here.  I live at the base of Mount Rainer and I have really loved hiking and camping in the gorgeous place.  It's been pretty cold the further you get into the mountain but when my sisters were here I took them up to show them how pretty it is.  I'm planning a few camping trip this summer.. my kids and husband love it as much as I do.    

I also broke down and bought a pair of Albion fit yoga pants. I have been following them on Instagram for a long time and finally got a pair.  If you want a review on them, I'll tell you a bit about them.  They are very high quality.. thick material and seem to hold up really well..(for the price they definitely should).. the only thing that bugged me a little is that they are a little loose around the ankle.  They are really comfortable and I can't wait to wear them hiking this summer. 
Outfit Details: 

Shirt: Albion Fit
Yoga Pants: Albion Fit
Shoes: Nike via Nordstrom Rack (same ones here)