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How I Wear My Brown Brian James Booties

If you've been following for a while, you may remember my R. Riveter crossbody bag article.  What I didn't show in that post were my shoes.  The top that I was wearing in my R. Riveter post was from one of my Stitch Fix boxes and is made by Liverpoole Jeans Co.  For the photos, I wore the top as a mini shirt dress, but I've been using it as a light jacket or pairing it with black leggings for an everyday look.

Win a Trip to Australia

This post is sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program from Influence Central.  I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Australia has been on my travel bucket list for years.  From the rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef to the eateries, people, style and everything in between - Australia truly has something for everyone.  I've had family recently visit and they've had nothing but great things to say. 

I've recently teamed up with a2 Milk® to share how much I love their milk, but this time around I'm excited to share that they are offering you the chance to win a trip to Australia!  Since their specially selected cows originated in Australia, it's only fitting that this is the contest destination.

If you missed my previous a2 Milk®, you can check it out here.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

We were hosted by the Mendocino Botanical Gardens.
pretty purple flower standing alone.

When I was planning my itinerary for my latest trip to the northern California coast, the Mendocino Botanical Gardens were not on my radar, but I am so glad I was able to visit.  This is a very family-friendly activity that makes for some great photo opps.

Mother-Daughter Photos in JOEY et CHLOE Dresses

This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with JOEY et CHLOE.  As always, all opinions are my own.
Mother-Daughter Photos

Can you believe that my youngest is 19 months old and we've never done proper mother-daughter pictures?  Thankfully, the new high-end mother-daughter clothing line, JOEY et CHLOE, gave us an excuse to get outside and take some pictures this week.


JOEY et CHLOE offers "made in the USA" dresses and skirts made from quality Italian fabrics.  They also offer matching bowties for fathers and sons and matching American Girl doll dresses.

Founders and designers Daniela and Nikki come from a fashion design background and even attended the same design school in Milan, Italy without even knowing each other.  They bumped into each other at their daughters' (Joey and Chloe) music class and got to talking in the lobby about how they can bring fashion back into their lives; and JOEY et CHLOE was born!

Daniela Nardozza Potter has worked for Burberry and Alexander McQueen; and Nikki Santa-Eulalia has worked for Sweet Pea by Staci Frati, Petit Pois and Astra.  The quality of their clothing is unlike any other clothing line I've worked with.  The materials are delicate but durable and come in a variety of styles for mothers and daughters.

You can shop the JOEY et CHLOE Etsy Shop or visit www.joeyetchloe.com to learn more.

The Best Baby Pool Float

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.Swimways Baby Spring Float

I've been working on our family summer travel plans and naturally, every destination we have chosen has amazing pools.  Some resorts have designated kiddie pools and others have kid-friendly adult pools.  This means we have to brings pool floats of some kind for both girls, which can be a challenge.

My oldest, Charlotte, almost knows how to swim, but she will need a refresher course before vacation; and my youngest, Kendall, is still slightly afraid of the water.  Kendall isn't to the point where she can wear a life vest to float around yet, so I have been exploring different options for her for travel, as well as at home.

I've teamed up with SwimWays this year to help introduce my baby to the water safely with their Baby Spring Float and I'm thinking that this pool float is going to be our new summer vacation must-have.  Going into this SwimWays ambassador program, I was thinking the Spring Float would be perfect for our pool at home, but after seeing it in person, it's absolutely perfect for traveling.

10 Popular Resort Kids' Programs

10 Popular Resort Kids' Programs

I'm so excited to share this post that I did for Little Trendsetter talking about 10 popular resort kids' programs.  I pulled from my experience with these programs and also from some recommendations from others.  As you know, kids' programs vary by location, by time of year and by resort, so it's good to plan ahead and know before you go.

Read the full article here: 10 Popular Resort Kids' Programs on Little Trendsetter

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Vallarta Adventures Las Caletas Beach Hideaway

Las Caletas Beach Hideaway - Vallarta Adventures - Puerto Vallarta

I'm working on my travel plans for Puerto Vallarta this June and making a list of all of things I would like to do there this time around.  I visited Las Caletas on a Mexican Riviera cruise in 2014 with Norwegian Cruise Line with my parents and oldest daughter.  I was pregnant with my youngest at the time, so was limited with the activities I could do around Puerto Vallarta.  The Las Caletas Beach Hideaway through Vallarta Adventures came highly recommended by travel reviewers and is my number one excursion recommendation, as well.

If you're visiting Puerto Vallarta, you've got to make a special trip to Las Caletas.  This was once the private home of film director John Huston.  He considered it one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I would have to agree.  Las Caletas is nestled in a secluded nature preserve on the southern shores of Banderas Bay.  Currently run by Vallarta Adventures, this excursion is a must-visit exclusive tropical beach hideaway for the whole family.

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