Wednesday, May 15, 2019

12 Adorable Kids Swimsuits Under $18

1. Gold Ruffled Bikini ($17.99)   |   2. Yellow Flounce Bikini ($17.99)   |   3. Rainbow Bikini ($12.99)   |   4. Coral Striped Swimsuit ($5.99)    |   5. Striped Ruffled Swimsuit ($12.99)   |   6. Heart One-Piece Swimsuit ($5.99)   |   7. Shark Swim Trunks ($12.99)   |   8. Turquoise Palm Swim Trunks   |   9. Red Floral Swim Trunks ($12.99)   |   10. Navy Dinosaur Swim Trunks ($5.99)   |   11. Striped Swim Trunks ($5.99)   |   12.  Navy Palm Swim Trunks ($12.99)

It doesn't quite feel like it yet, but pool and beach season is (almost) here. We are really fortunate to have an incredible pool and water park across the street from our neighborhood, and it opens next week. The kids are stoked! I realized that their current suits no longer fit them though, and am currently on the hunt for new ones for this year. I came across these styles you see above in my search, and wanted to share because they're not only adorable, they're also all under $18. Which one is your favorite?


Monday, May 13, 2019

Mixed Berry Jam (We Tried Canning!)

You may have already seen my posts about this over on Instagram, but we had so much fun with this that I wanted to briefly share here too.

A couple of weeks ago, my mama, daughter, and I all decided to try canning for the first time. We made jam out of strawberries and blackberries, and I was honestly shocked at (1) how easy it was and (2) how delicious the jam turned out. We used this recipe from Ball® jars, and while it was admittedly one of the more simple recipes I came across, I was still worried I'm mess it up. It turns out that I might actually be good at canning (or else I just chose the easiest recipe ever.) Regardless, we all really enjoyed it. 

I won't repeat the details of the process here, but you can read all about them on IG, and also see some behind the scenes in my Stories highlights there. I can't wait to do it again! If you're interested in trying canning and you're a newbie like we were, I highly suggest this recipe - it's simple but still quite delicious.

Have any of you ever tried canning?


Friday, May 10, 2019

Happy Mama's Day - In Every Definition of Mother

Mother's Day weekend is officially here, and I wanted to take a minute to say something to all of you with children, animals, babies in spirit, babies to whom you had to say goodbye, friends or other humans you nurture, as well as those of you with moms, step moms, moms-in-law, moms no longer on this earth but still in your hearts, or just people in your life who are nurturing to you... Every single one of you deserves to be recognized on Mother's Day. Mother's Day can feel like a holiday of exclusion, and it shouldn't be. Motherhood doesn't only include females who have children. It goes so far beyond that. And I wish all of you a wonderful Mama's Day.

Every single year when my husband and kids ask me what I want for Mother's Day, I say some peace and quite and time to myself. And within an hour, I miss my family and we inevitably spend the day together. I wouldn't have it any other way.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

9 Beautiful (and Practical) Baskets

9 Beautiful (and Practical) Baskets

Hi hi hi! The blog has been noticeably vacant recently compared to normal, I know. The truth is that I have been spending much more time creating content on Instagram lately, and while the Bubby and Bean blog will always be my social media mother ship, I get so much more engagement and traffic on IG these days. So if you don't yet, please give a follow over there so you're not missing out on content. And if you prefer to read here, let me know in the comments. People don't comment on blogs anymore like they do on Instagram, but it's still always nice to feel like there's a conversation going on here as well, and I'm not just talking to into an abyss. :) Don't worry, the blog isn't going anywhere. We're on our ninth year and regardless of social media shifts, our plan is to continue to create content here for years to come. And there is lots of great stuff planned here this month, so make sure to visit often.

Now that that's out of the way, how about those pretty baskets up above? We are verrrry slowly but surely starting to get our house where we want it, room by room. (Don't even get me started on the kitchen though. Anybody want to come just demo it for us and start all over?) But even the finished rooms could use some organization, so I'm in the market for some beautiful baskets that can hold random trinkets and also act as room accessories. I'm a big fan of all these you see here, but terrible at making decisions. Which ones get your vote?

More to come!