We’re Back!

Thank you to Little Colorado for sponsoring this post.

Ahh it feels good to be back. After a hiatus from Beach Town Blonde, I’m back. Kinsley’s almost 3 1/2 and is talking all the time (and cracking me up at the same time). Work’s good. Family’s good. House is a mess. The usual. Kinsley’s room on the other hand – it’s actually clean. It helps when your kid still sleeps in your bed but I must say I do like having at least one room in the house neat and tidy.

Parents, you know it is so hard to keep the house clean with a toddler around. You clean one room and BAM. Your toddler walked in and within seconds that neat and tidy room is in shambles. It always reminds me of the meme that goes something like this: I hate it when I get done with all the laundry and then I see my family going around wearing clothes. You can just never catch up. There’s always more laundry, more dishes, and more clothes to put away.

That’s why I’m grateful for storage. Storage bins. Storage containers. Storage cubbies. Storage is everything because as much as we all wish we could keep up what our homes looked like after the great Marie Kondo of 2019, we can’t. We came, we saw, and we bought and our houses still have a ton of stuff. When it comes to storage for Kinsley’s overflow of stuffed animals, though, there is one place I turn: Little Colorado Furniture. Okay, two because I also hit up the Goodwill donation truck, too, when that pile of stuffed animals becomes overwhelming (and irritating). No one needs that many stuffed animals, right?

Little Colorado has recently started selling the Whale, Elephant, and Train toy boxes from Bannor toys to complement their collection of wooden toy boxes available on their website. We were lucky enough to get the whale one which goes perfectly with Kinsley’s ocean-themed room. I love that Little Colorado’s toy boxes come fully assembled which is so nice when you didn’t intend on spending your afternoon IKEA-ing. It’s ready to enjoy right out of the box. It’s also really sturdy – high-quality woodwork that you know can handle toddlers crawling in and out playing make-believe.

What I really like about Little Colorado is that their products are not made overseas. Little Colorado products are made in Denver, Colorado. Shop local. Shop small. Shop USA. You know the drill -> Get your own whale toy box or check out all of their other storage solutions and furniture here.

With the holidays around the corner and the influx of toys coming your way, which toy box would you choose?

Date Night At Home

Thank you Childs & Co. for sponsoring this post. Check out top-quality, handcrafted butcher blocks by Childs & Co. on Etsy. Made in California.

date night in childs & co butcher block

As you can probably imagine, date night is few and far between when you have a new baby. Even when you have someone offer to watch the baby, the last thing I’ve wanted to do is go out to dinner. What I WANT is pizza delivered and to clean up our living room/bedroom, etc. I want to get caught up on the laundry. I want to vacuum and pick up toys. I want to make our living space less chaotic so that when we have the baby back, we aren’t tripping over things or riffling through the clothing pile to find something clean. I know my husband and I are long overdue for a night on the town, but we’re pretty happy right here at home for now.

Childs and Co butcher block wood cheese spread

Over the holiday weekend we had some time to ourselves so we decided to clean off the coffee table — wow, it’s so pretty under all the stuff piled on it — and kick back and relax with some wine and snacks, followed by a movie on the big screen. I recently managed to convince my husband that getting a dolby atmos soundbar would be a great investment and I’m yet to be proven wrong. Every time we watch anything, it’s truly like a cinematic experience because of the surround sound system, I absolutely love it. Although the last time we tried connecting the laptop to the TV, the sound lagged behind the visual display and so this time we had found a HDMI cable that was up to the task!

Childs & Co handmade wood butcher block

Let me just say, Trader Joe’s has the best cheeses and crackers. We brought popped a bottle of our Jacuzzi Prosecco leftover from our wedding and drank out of our beautiful Tiffany’s champagne glasses that were a wedding gift from a coworker. Aren’t they just beautiful? At the actual wedding, we had some engraved toasting flutes because I wanted to have some really special glasses on the day. Now that means we have two sets of fabulous glasses! Sometimes it’s hard to choose which set to use but it’s lovely to have the choice. We also received this gorgeous handmade butcher block from our friends at Childs & Co. that I used as the platter. Made from walnut, maple and cherry woods, this butcher block was the perfect centerpiece for our at-home date night.

childs and co butcher block cheese spread

Bri and Connor Childs, the husband/wife duo behind Child’s & Co., started handcrafting cutting boards and butcher blocks as gifts before realizing they should open an Etsy shop and sell them. I love supporting small businesses, especially small businesses in California. The story of this business is so familiar for many small business owners. They start giving out these handmade gifts to friends and family, and then they realize that they could be making money by selling these products. Whilst Child’s & Co. set up their online store on Etsy, that’s not the only e-commerce platform for small businesses. Another e-commerce platform that could be used is Magneto. That is similar to Etsy, but some people find Magneto easier to use. If you’re selling handmade products, you might want to make use of Magneto’s online stores. When business owners set up on Magneto, they’re also able to find companies like Victorious (learn more about them here) that can implement some search engine optimization strategies onto their online store, encouraging more people to visit the store and purchase products! Hopefully, that will help more small businesses like Child’s & Co. to become successful.

The family-owned and operated Child’s & Co. wooden blocks make the perfect gift for weddings, holidays, housewarmings, or for foodies. Don’t forget to order one for yourself here! Follow them on Instagram and see their newest projects @childs.co.

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Another thanks to Childs & Co. for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are absolutely my own.

Our Winter Toolkit + Family Snow Trip

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The Johnson family in the snow winter 2016

This mama returned to work yesterday after three months of maternity leave taking care of my little girl, Kinsley. Even though we got out of the house a fair amount of time during my leave, my family and I didn’t get any of the fall bugs that were going around. We went to the doctor’s office multiple times for checkups. We went on walks outside, sometimes when it was wet out. We evn hung out with a 5-year old who was just starting to get sick. Still we all remained pretty healthy.

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5 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Go

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I am currently 26 weeks pregnant and always on the hunt for what is going to make my life easier, especially as the third trimester is inching closer. Over the holiday weekend, I did some gardening outside as the weather was nice. I’m not used to lugging around this extra weight and getting worn out so easily, though. After a few hours of yard work, I was beat and starving! Good thing we had elevAte Salads in the fridge from Costco, which make for the perfect healthy lunch.

elevate salad nutty cranberry from costco

elevAte Salads are made from natural ingredients that are full of flavor and deliver clean and functional nutrition in every bite, a meal a mom growing a baby in her belly really needs!

The prepackaged salads are perfect anytime, but especially when you’re on the go, don’t feel like doing dishes, or just want a healthy meal. The packages are portable and so convenient. They have everything you need: bowl (check), fork (check), tasty salad with delicious ingredients and yummy dressing (check).

elevate salad nutty cranberry

What really stands out to me about elevate salads is the quality of the ingredients. Oftentimes you buy a store brand prepackaged salad, only to find that that a majority of the lettuce went bad and you have to throw out half of it. It’s such a waste when that happens and I always regret my purchase. The quality of elevAte Salads beats out the prepackaged salads I’ve tried before. I picked up elevAte Salads‘ Organic Nutty Cranberry salad with organic spring mix lettuce, cranberries, creamy feta cheese, walnuts and almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. elevAte Salads are Non-GMO Project Verified, Organic or Gluten Free and they never use antibiotics in their chicken.

elevAte Salads superfood line-up has recipes featuring ingredients like ancient grains, plant-based proteins, nutrient-dense greens, nuts, legumes, and seeds that are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and full of naturally occurring vitamins and antioxidants. A meal to feel good about eating or serving!

I can’t wait to try all 8 ready-to-eat superfood salads, which I plan to over the rest of my pregnancy and beyond. If I’m tired now, I can only imagine how life will be once our little one is here. Easy, portable elevAte Salads are now my go-to healthy meal choice. Get them at Costco in the Fresh Produce section.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Go (or at Home)

  1. Meal plan. Now this is something I have yet to master, but I’m working on it! If you take an hour each Sunday night to plan out your meals for the week, you’ll save money and can use that time to plan meals for the week to eat while on the go.
  2. Don’t wait until you’re hungry to decide what to eat. Every time I do this, I end up eating unhealthy and crave fried food or sweets.
  3. Stay motivated. If you forgot your meal at home or didn’t have time to pack one, don’t cave in and run to the nearest fast food joint.
  4. Encourage your friend or co-worker to eat clean with you! When you’ve got someone else in the same boat, you can rely on the to keep you honest.
  5. Pack your meals ahead of time. elevAte Salads are ready-to-eat, portable meals that come with everything you need to enjoy it on the go. These are an obvious choice for lunchtime when you’re at work, but are great for any time you want to eat clean.

elevate salads in store at costco

elevAte salad at costco fresh produce aisle

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What are your tips for eating healthy while on-the-go, or just too tired to cook? This soon-to-be mama can use all the tips she can get!