*This post has been sponsored by See’s Candies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography
Easter is around the corner and I can hardly contain my excitement. Easter has always been my favorite holiday. (Well, second to Christmas. Let’s not be crazy.) Growing up my mom always made Easter a very special day and since my nieces were born it has been so much fun adding more and more magic for them each year. One of my favorite traditions for the girls that my sister in law has made every year is glitter confetti eggs. For like 9 years now she would drain eggs very carefully, let them dry, then fill them up with glitter. Then we would all throw them at each other! (Kinda just like super glittery water balloons.) It is so magical to me and I love that Lila is not only old enough to be active in all the festivities we have planned, but is actually really excited. She wakes up every day asking if it is Easter and I really just want to wow the pants of her on Easter day.
One way I plan on making her day as special is possible is Easter Pajamas! I found the cutest Easter PJ’s ever from Chasing Fireflies and instantly became obsessed. Besides being really freaking cute- you can also personalize them! You I had to get these for her and I personalized them with her name on them. You can see the difference here Wild Bunny Pj’s vs. Personalized. Both are seriously adorable, but I thought personalizing them would be the cherry on top to the cutest pjs. I also got her these Fluffy Bunny Slippers because one they are so perfect- how can you not get them?! And two because she actually really does need slippers, so it was partially a practical decision.
Okay, okay! Now let’s talk about her DRESS. While scrolling through and swooning over pajamas I found the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. I chose the Cottage Garden Dress because it was stunning, but also reversible. So she can wear it to another event in the future and it’s like a whole new dress. Yay! When the dress came in the mail I have to say I was in awe of all the details of the dress. It is even more stunning in person and I am going to find any excuse for her to wear this dress and often as possible. Oh and I’m already crying thinking about the day it doesn’t fit her anymore.
For her Easter basket I went with this Bunny Easter Basket mostly because of the size. I always jam pack Lila’s Easter basket so full that you almost can’t tell there’s even a basket. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of room this year and this one is just perfect. It’s also super soft. I’m obsessed. Since I was already on a personalizing kick, I added her name to the basket too. It’s this one: Personalized Bunny Easter Basket.
It’s probably no surprise to you to hear that I have a serioussweet tooth. And one of my all time favorite desserts is a root beer float. When Hubs and I started dating we used to go anywhere and everywhere for a good root beer float. When I was in college I discovered Float just a few blocks from campus here in Pasadena. Since my first visit I was hooked! I have since become a regular at this spot and I still love it just as much as day one.
They actually have an amazing menu of creative floats mixing specialty glass bottle sodas with delicious handmade ice cream. From the combinations to the the toppings, I am always amazed at the creativity. Today we tried the Neapolitan and it was seriously the best thing ever! It had strawberry chip ice cream, manhattan vanilla soda, mini chocolate donuts, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles. And that’s not all. Want to know the best part? Lila got a mini one! That’s right. Every Monday from 3-6 they offer a Mommy & Me Float. Buy one float, get a mini float for your mini me- free!
Disney Littles Doll
One of my favorite seasons is spring simply because all the cute toddler clothes! I love Easter and pastel colors so when I see my two favorite things come together and inspire endless collections of little girl clothing, swoon. Lila loves to wear dresses and I love to see her in dresses so it’s a win win for both of us. One of my favorite places to find the cutest dresses of the season is Tea Collection. You can find their styles on their website or at Nordstrom. I love shopping in store because then you can touch the material of the clothing. I love to touch things before I buy them! To save you a trip to the store all of the Tea Collection dresses Lila is wearing in this post are made with super soft,thick cotton. So you really can’t go wrong. 😉
This season I am focusing on growing Lila’s accessory stash. She loves wearing sunglasses daily but I have trouble finding pairs that I like for her. We just got a few pairs last week so I will report back with how they are working out for us soon. For shoes we are currently head over heels in love with Mini Melissa. Lila really doesn’t even want to wear any other shoe. We have a few pairs right now and I have a feeling our collection will growing rapidly because they are so cute! We just got these for our Disneyland trips and I can’t wait to squeeze her feet into them.
Our Bedtime Routine is a daily task that we are close to having mastered. I am lucky that my daughter has always loved sleep, but there are a few things we do that encourage her to get yawning at night.
The first step of our bedtime routine is bath time. Having a bath is a great way to signal it’s time to wind down for the evening. I like to introduce calming scents in and around the bath to help get my little one feeling cozy and ready for cuddles. A few weeks ago we said goodbye to baths and switched to showers. She actually really enjoys standing showers and it’s been a lot faster of a process, too.
This is the Shower Filter I shared on Instagram. It helped us SO much getting Lila to have eczema free skin. With her normal skin care routine and this filter she is doing great!
In the shower I’ll wet her bath sponge and put a nickel size of body wash on it. I’ll rub this all over her body focusing on the skin that was exposed that day. Usually arms and legs. Then I will wash off the soap and wrap her in a towel without drying her off.
While she is all wrapped up I take her straight to her bed and lay her down. With her skin still damp I apply her eczema cream onto her applicator and rub it into her problem areas. Her areas that will flare up are her knees, behind the knees, her elbows, her left foot, and her left hand. Then I put on her pajamas and move on to her hair.
I always spray her hair with detangler and then work through it with a wet brush. Once it’s brushed and there are no tangles I’ll work about a dime size of mousse through her hair starting at the ends. It makes a huge difference in the way her hair looks the next day! We can’t get enough of this particular jelly mousse. I love that it keeps her hair in place and still feels soft to the touch. No crunchiness!
Next we brush teeth, I recently found a toothbrush for her that I really like. I’ll link it along with all my bedtime favorites at the bottom of this post.
Now that she is all ready for bed we will play in her room together for about half hour. I’ll put on her sound machine or play some calming music, in effort to keep the mood ready for sleep. When it is time to turn out the lights I will cuddle next to her and then usually she will fall asleep pretty quickly.
An Easy Toddler Bedtime Routine
Listen To Soothing Music
Put On Pajamas
Read A Book
Spend Time Cuddling
We spent yesterday getting ready for Valentine’s Day with my favorite little Galentine. I love to make holidays festive for my little lady and she loves to help pick presents for others. Especially when there is chocolate involved. We stopped at our local See’s Candies for some of their fabulous chocolates and yummy lollipops for our friends and family. It’s our go to chocolate shop for every holiday. And in my opinion it’s the best gift to receive. We picked up a few boxes of their lollipops along with some lollipop holder Valentine’s cards. They are so dang cute and the best part is Lila can put them together all by herself. She thought it was so fun and really felt ‘involved.’ She got to pick the flavor for each of her friends (vanilla for everyone!) and also scribbled a little something on each card.
We also got a few bags of their chocolate hearts to tape one to the cards Lila wants to make for a few of her cousins and special friends. That is if there are any left because I can’t stop eating them. Ha!
*This post has been sponsored by See’s Candies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I am so excited to share with you some skincare tips to help you get through the winter months. As much as I love the winter, I hate how it makes my skin feel. Things are looking up this winter since I got to hear from the amazing Dr. Barba, a dermatologist from Dove. She shared some ways to get your skin through these winter months and looking it’s best just in time for spring.
These are my top 3 tips that’ll be sticking to this winter:
- Care for your underarms.
Dr. Barba notes that underarm skin is sensitive and can easily be irritated by the textures of the garments we all use to bundle up this time of year. That’s why we need a product that keeps us hydrated and protected. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirantis formulated with moisturizers to help alleviate irritation and leave you with softer and smoother underarms, as well as 48-hour wetness protection.
I recently had a pretty bad irritation in my underarms and it had me reevaluating all the products I was using as well as my daily routine. Underarm care is something that I used to overlook completely. I had no idea how much something as simple as the texture of my clothing could irritate me. I also was using a few different deodorants and threw them all out and I am sticking with my og deodorant since the junior high locker room days, Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. Right now I am loving the beauty finish scent. Makes me smell and feel feminine all day long. Check out Dove Advanced Care online.
- Lay off the intense exfoliation.
Exfoliating feels great, but when you do it too much or too often it actually removes the essential oils from the skin, which can lead to breakouts. So get rid of those dead skin cells regularly, but don’t exfoliate so much that you’re dehydrating your skin even more. Something I am way too guilty of is over exfoliating. When I am in the shower I scrub, scrub, scrub! These past few weeks I have taken the exfoliators out of my shower and I notice my skin is already thanking me. Who would have thought less is more?
- Get into a bedtime routine.
Bedtime is the best time to hydrate your skin. If you’re looking to decrease collagen breakdown you might want to consider these three quick steps recommended by Dr. Barba before hitting the hay:
- Wash your face.
- Apply a retinol.
My bedtime routine really is key. A simple 3 steps keep it realistic for doing long term. I found myself loving my moisturizer more and more even though I hate putting creams/lotions on, my skin is really thanking me.
Thank you for reading and I hope these tips help someone else get through the winter months.
*This post has been sponsored by Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Welcome friends! I’m Celeste. I am 24 years old and live in Pasadena, California with my husband, Jake and our 3 year old red headed daughter, Lila. I am absolutely obsessed with my little family, as you can tell by one glance. I am so happy you found us and are following along on our adventures!
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