Saturday, December 29, 2018

Kids Surprise Disney Bags

We are planning a trip to Disneyland for the first time ever and the girls have no idea. I plan on giving the girls bags filled with Disney gear and surprising them just before we leave. I have talked a little bit about it on my INSTAGRAM, and I have been asked to share what I have found for the girls for our trip.

I am going to start out by being very honest. I am told I am cheapπŸ˜‚, but when we are spending soooo much money to go to Disneyland, I would prefer not to pay high prices for souvenirs in the park. My hope is that by finding these items for less before hand we can save a little and the kids can use their money towards something they might really like that is not so common. But I guess only time will tell what they choose.

I splurged on bags. I got the girls THESE little pink bags like mine that they have been really wanting already on a 50% off sale. I was considering gifting them for Christmas but decided to wait and put their Disney goodies inside the bags. The bags will hold all of their gear.

Disney shirts are a big thing! However, I didn't want to pay a lot for tops so after looking around I found the girls THESE minnie tshirts, THIS top for myself, and my husbands top HERE

Minney Mouse Ear Headbands
I think those Minnie Mouse ear headbands are the cutest things! But not cute enough to pay $30 each for them. Maybe if I only had one daughter, but I have 3... THAT WOULD BE $90 IN HEADBANDS! Plus I am pretty sure there is a good chance that not all 3 will make it home in one piece. I searched on Etsy and found TONS of amazing high quality Minnie Mouse ear headbands. They also have ones that you can create your own! The ones I found and fell in love with (which are just as stinking cute as the ones at the park) were only $10! Yes, that is correct. I got all 3 Minnie ear head bands for $30 and saved $60. My only regret is not getting a fun pair for myself.

Stuffed Characters
Other popular Disney souvenir are stuffed characters. While I have a feeling my kids may still want more of these, I went ahead and got them each a main character plush. I was able to grab them on sale at the Disney store online for only $6 each. I asked the girls if they had favorite characters and got them each the ones they said.  Mickey, Minnie,  & Daisy.

Princess Dresses
I have zero intentions of paying $200 for the Bippity Boppity Boutique to get my kids hair in a bun and a new princess dress.
1. I have 3 girls 3 x $200= $600 No thanks.
2. I am a hairstylist and I can put my own kids hair in a bun for free.
3. There are so many cute princess dresses that cost less.
I actually let my girls look through and pick out their princess dresses that they wanted. They don't know they are for a Disney trip they were just excited for a new dress up dress. My middle daughter picked a villain costume and I have to say that I love that she did haha. These are the dresses they chose.
K's dress, Mikki's villain, LuLu's dress

Yes, We got new swimsuits for Disney in the winter but hear me out. I'm pretty sure the pools are heated and THESE swimsuits scream Minnie Mouse! Are they not the perfect swimsuits for Disneyland?! I am obsessed. Plus we swim almost everyday during the summer so I could not pass these up!

Pins and Lanyards
Apparently pin trading is a big deal. I am glad I asked what I should know about Disney on Instastories because I had never heard of pin trading but it was the most popular response I got. I was also told by many people to purchase my pins in advance on ebay (make sure to buy from someone who has a return option because if they don't have the correct Disney markings they wont be able to trade them). I found the girls cute Disney lanyards at Partycity online for $1 each! K's (My little star wars kid πŸ˜‚), Mikki's, LuLu's

I plan on recording them opening their bags and telling them we are leaving for Disneyland NOW! I am beyond excited to take the girls for the first time!


Momma Koyle 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

GIrls Gift guide

I thought I would share a quick and simple holiday gift guide with you in case you were still looking for Christmas gift ideas. I could go on all day about fun little trinkets but these are the items that my girls have specifically asked for.

Lego Friends- My girls love Legos! They aren't too picky. I could get them any set and they would be happy. Legos are one thing my kids consistently play with all year round.

Scruff a luv- This is the one thing my kids did not actually ask for but one of my friends told me about it for her daughter and I thought I needed to get one too. Basically it is a sad ratted mess of a ball. You adopt it, bathe it, brush it, and show a  little TLC to discover what your animal is.
Barbie Jeep- My youngest is dying for a barbie jeep. NOT a car, a jeep. She is very specific. πŸ˜‚

Pomsies- I don't even know if my daughter knows what this does. She just saw it in an ad and has been dead set on it ever since. After investigating I found it to be a modern day Furbie like toy.

Tamagotchis- I remember playing with these (and the Giga pets) as a kid so when I saw these I knew I had to get some for the kids. I got them some green ones when Toys R us was going out of business. However, Amazon has some that are a lot cuter than the ones I got lol.

LOL doll - My girls currently only have one of these each (most because I am cheap and they are so expensive for the tiny dolls) but they keep asking for more. I chatted with Santa and I think there's a good chance he might be adding one of them to each of their stockings. But I'm just gonna throw out that the 3 pack at Target works nicely for my 3 kids 😜

Fuzzy socks-  One thing my girls got from me was my love of fuzzy socks. None of us like to be cold and there's not much better than being bundled up and having cozy socks on. These are usually on sale for $1 each at Old Navy on black Friday. I haven't checked if they will be this year so don't hold me to that price.

 Polly Pockets- I remember telling my friends a couple months ago how much I wished they would come out with Polly Pockets because I loved them as a kid. I even went as far as checking ebay to get some vintage ones for the girls, but the ebay prices were steep. I was sooooo excited when they brought them back. (Seriously, every birthday party the girls have been invited to we've been giving these as gifts) were getting the pink flamingo and the yellow sandcastle.

 Kikilu Bags- My girls love my back pack bags (as they call them). They have little purses but they really want a back pack bag. Kikilu just came out with some adorable mini bags in black, grey, and pink!

 There you have it. My list of items that the girls have been asking for this year. I may be living through them this Christmas as I give them all my favorite childhood toys...I wonder if they will let me play along with them. 😊


Momma Koyle 
Friday, June 8, 2018

Our Current Favorite Kitchen Items (Plastic Free Kitchen Part two)

It's no secret that we've been working on replacing the plastic in our kitchen with non-toxic items. We also tossed out all of our non-stick cookware. We were originally planning on getting a new set but after researching which set to get we realized all non-stick is pretty toxic, especially when scratched... Ours was missing a lot of the lining on the bottom due to scratches, so apparently we had been eating all those harmful toxins.

If you are looking for a safer/non-toxic cookware option, the top two non-toxic recommendations are stainless steel and cast iron. I recommend Lodge for cast iron. I tried a no name brand to save money and it just didn't work the same.

We use a lot of Pyrex in our house in the form of mixing bowls, casserole dishes, bread pans, and now food storage containers. We were previously using plastic containers and Tupperware items to store AND reheat our food. It is highly recommended that if you choose to store your food in plastic that you don't microwave food in them...When I found this out I talked with all my friends and apparently they had already known that microwaving in plastic was a big no, no, lol. Just in case one of you are like me and didn't know, I thought I'd mention it. You learn something new everyday right!

Pyrex has a new line called Pyrex Ultimate that has glass containers with both glass and silicone lids. Even the lids are plastic free!

Pura Stainless Waterbottles
I mentioned these before here in my kids kitchen items post. We have two different water bottles for the girls, insulated and the sport style for dance. My husband and I each have a larger one of these as well and we love them!

Get it Right Silicone utensils
I love GIR utensils! They are easy to cook with and they have soooo many fun colors to choose from! I decided to get a bright rainbow of colored utensils for my kitchen! My personal favorite is the spoonula!

Bamboo Utensils
We have a small basic set of bamboo utensils we found at ROSS.

Bamboo Cutting Board
I have been wanting a bamboo cutting board for a while. We found ours at Homegoods. I love that bamboo is considered more sanitary because there are fewer knife marks left in bamboo leaving less room for bacteria to hide!

Glass cups
Honestly we just barely got glass cups like 6 months ago at ROSS. We were using plastic cups because we were scared kids would climb cabinets and break them. My kids are slightly older now, however, we have only had one glass break but it had nothing to do with my kids lol.
(to see our kids cups and dinnerware choices check out my kid plastic free post)

Stainless Steel Strainer
We really like this one that we got at target. It's a lot smaller than our previous plastic one was but we've never had an issue with it being to small for our family of 5. Even when feeding guests.

We are still working towards being plastic free in the kitchen. But I thought I would share some of our favorite items so far. I hope this post was helpful!


Momma Koyle 
Monday, May 21, 2018

Kids Plastic Free Dinnerware

If you follow me on Instagram you may already know that we are making the switch away from plastic in our kitchen.

Ive gotten a lot of questions about why. I don't want to go into too many details of why, because that is not the main point of this post. However, long story short while searching for new cookware we learned that nonstick was actually a lot worse than I thought. I had always heard that it wasn't very good for you, but I didn't really understand or realize how bad. So we threw out all our old scratched up non stick and replaced it with safer options (I'll share more on that later.)

As I was learning about cookware I started coming across a lot of information about plastics being harmful as well. Yes, even BPA free plastics have people questioning if they are really safe. We decided that we wanted to skip plastic all together and try to find the best and safest options out there for our family, especially our kids.

Here are the kids items that we found!

1. Pura Stainless 
Pura has stainless steel water bottles for the WHOLE family. They are also the ONLY water bottle company I have found that is 100% plastic free! I love that they have interchanging lids, from bottle tops, to sippy cups, straws, and sports lids! You can keep the same bottle for years and years and just change out the top as your kid grows! Everyone in our family has at least one of these water bottles and they are a huge hit. They have insulated and non insulated options as well! If you want to read more about it here is their FAQ page

2. Bobo & Boo
Bobo and boo is a bamboo dinnerware small shop that come in lots of fun colors! My girls love the colors and they are able to safely add color with only having .05% of food safe mineral pigment. So they are not painted or coated in anything! They are BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury free. They do have a trace amount of melamine in them which allows them to be top rack dishwasher safe. They are not microwave safe which doesn't bother me because we don't use the microwave much anyways. These bamboo sets are a very fun, cute, and affordable option. They have a very detailed FAQ page on their website that can answer all your nontoxic questions about their product!  

3. Avanchy
Avanchy is another bamboo option. They are a little higher of a price point so we only have one of each of the toddler sized plates for my girls. I like that they have separated sections for runny side dishes so food doesn't "touch" (in case you also have one of those picky eaters). These are 100% Bamboo with no fillers. They are BPA, BPS, Lead, Phthalate, and Melamine Free. They are hand wash only and not microwave safe. And of course here is their FAQ page as well, if your anything like me you like to read all about products before you buy. 

4. Snack Bags
Ok, so we haven't gotten these yet but they are on my list of things to get. The girls were bringing their lunch a lot earlier this year and I would love to have some reusable bags (esp with cute designs haha)  instead of throwing away multiple plastic sandwich and snack backs everyday. 

I hope these help you in your non plastic search. This post is obviously kid themed, but I plan to do another post soon about other/more kitchen items that we have switched out in our plastic free/ non toxic journey. 


Momma Koyle 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Beach Family Photos

I have always wanted to get family pictures by the beach. Since we don't live near any beaches we have never had that opportunity. When we decided (AKA I finally convinced my husband) to go to the California beach for vacation I knew that was my chance.

I really liked our photographer. We used Maryrose Richards Photography. She was very friendly and great with my girls. If you're in SoCal or planning a trip to SoCal I would Recommend giving her a call.

Here are some of my top favorites from our beach family photos.

I am so glad that we got family photos on our vacation. I love that I can always have these to look back on.


Momma Koyle 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Little Boys Swimwear

After doing a favorite swimwear post for little girls, I was surprised to find that people requested that I do a swimwear post for little boys.  Since I only have girls, boy land is pretty foreign to me. πŸ˜‚

After searching a bit these are what I found that I really liked for little boys.

I hope you like my picks! If I had a little boy, he would be rocking these.


Momma Koyle 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Little Girls Swimwear

The girls and I are HUGE fans of swimming. If you are new to following us on Instagram you might not know that swimsuits are kinda a big deal to us. We spend almost every day of the summer at the pool. It is our favorite activity. We get asked often where we find our swimsuits. With spring break and warmer weather around the corner, I thought now would be a great time to share some of our favorites!

The girls don't personally own all of these swimsuits but they do own about half of them. The others are ones I've had my eyes on.


We are looking forward to the warmer weather. I hope you love these swimsuit picks as much as we do!


Momma Koyle 

Monday, March 12, 2018

My Beach Vacation Must Haves

Spring break is just around the corner and I thought it might be helpful if I did a traveling necessities post before spring break hits! I personally crave warm places for vacation so my picks will be guided towards a sunny vacation.

1. Luggage
I feel like this is a given. Luggage is a must have to be able to pack. We recently got the girls THESE in the 3 different colors.  I love the bright colors. It would be hard to mix up their luggage with someone else's. Their luggage can be tipped and rolled with the handle AND they have 4 wheels!  I'm really excited about this because my girls should have no issue pushing/ pulling their own luggage now! Actually, the girls luggage is now better than ours, I'm thinking I might need to upgrade my own luggage soon.πŸ˜‚

2. Sunglasses
I found pink mommy and me aviators so you know those are on our list for traveling (or anytime) necessities.
3. Swimsuits
Swimsuits are my weakness. I plan on writing another blog post about my top favorite swimsuits a little later on. A couple of brands I am currently crushing on are KortnijeaneRAD swim, and Whimsey tails.

4. Beachwear and coverups
Obviously if you are going to a beach you might not want to be in your swimwear 24/7, but being in normal clothes might seem like a bit much. I recently found Cabana Life and I am obsessed with all their cute beachwear. They are sun protection clothing and they have lots of swimsuits, coverups, and beach ready attire for the whole family.

5. Beach Toys.
I am loving this beach toy set here. My favorite is the little molds. 
6. Water bottles
I really like camelbak water bottles. They don't leak like many of the other ones do and they have some of the cutest designs. These ones are perfect styles for the beach! 
7. Beach hats
Right now Target has a bunch of fun sun hats that I have been eyeing. Like this one here.

As much as I absolutely love the beach, we don't get to go as often as I would like. I am sure I missed some things, since it has been awhile. I would love to know some of your beach favorites!


Momma Koyle 
Monday, March 5, 2018

Moana Party

March means party time once again. My oldest had her birthday and requested a Moana Party. We did a Luau Party last summer for my youngest's birthday,  so I was more than happy to throw a Moana party because I knew I could easily reuse the majority of those decorations and save some money. - I am all about saving money.

We won a giveaway contest and chose THIS Moana dress. Which I love. My daughter kept asking for a Moana dress and while I love Moana I did not love that her dress was strapless and I did not want to have to worry about my daughter accidentally flashing everyone all the time. I love that the dress we won has straps that can hold the dress up. I honestly felt like it was way softer than the ones I found at the stores we were looking at. Plus you cannot beat the price when you won the dress πŸ˜‚.

I used to decorate a lot more but I have found that I can easily get away with decorating our one wall in our dining room and everyone is still happy haha. I am also less stressed when I am not worried about decorating the entire house.

I had my husband make a lemonade stand for our youngest daughters second birthday a little over a year ago and I love any excuse to use it in my decorations. I felt like it fit in with our theme perfectly.

All of the rest of the decorations came from the dollar tree last year.

I also had a bunch of grass skirts left over from the Luau party last year that I used as party favors and the kids enjoyed dancing around to Hawaiian music.

We decorated cookies for an activity and I used the same recipe I used from our unicorn party a month ago HERE. I don't use the almond extract (we have friends with nut allergies ) or the lemon zest from the original recipe. I honestly like the way it tastes better without those two ingredients anyways. 

We did cupcakes instead of cake and to be honest I had planned on a completely different look but as I was trying to swirl I noticed it kinda looked like the heart of Tafiti and I decided I liked that idea better πŸ˜‚ I love when that happens.

My daughter had a blast and loved her special day.


Momma Koyle 
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kortni Jeane Swimmers Review.

If you followed me on instagram last summer you know that we are huge swimming pool fans. We spend almost everyday at the pool during the summer. Swimsuits are a big deal at our house. They get a lot of use.

We were really excited to try the Kortni Jeane swimwear. I am a huge fan of matching and/or coordinating my girls and any time I can join in on the fun I do! I love that Kortni Jeane has mix and match separates and styles. I was able to choose a color scheme and coordinate a look with everyone's style!

I really love the tie top. I think its a cute and unique swimsuit style.  The one thing I will say about this top is if you have a larger bust I would recommend getting a size up. I did feel that the top was a little tight in the chest area. But I love the style!

 I got the extended high waste bottoms and I am really glad that I did because my top and my bottoms meet up perfectly. If I had gotten the standard bottoms I probably would have had a couple inches showing because of the top style I chose. I think it would have looked fine. I just feel more comfortable with my midrift covered.

Top here
bottoms here

My oldest got the Black and white floral swim top with the black bottoms. One cool thing about the swing top is there is a tighter band that stays next to the skin underneath the loose flowy top layer.

top here
 bottoms here

My middle daughter picked out a white swing top with black bottoms.

 top here
bottoms here

I went with the mini peplum top for my youngest. I feel like it matches her personality perfectly.

top here
bottoms here

Overall we love our suits and my girls are begging me to go swimming. We can't wait for summer. If you need us, we will be over here doing our lucky pineapple dance, wishing for warmer weather.


Momma Koyle