Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale 2019 | Best Deals!

Good morning and happy Lilly #APS day! What a great way to start the week. I think this sale is on the short list of things I will happily get out of bed early for.

Everything You Need To Know About Early Potty Training

Go ahead and grab your Diet Coke and snack of choice, settle in, and lets get going - this is gonna be a long one!

I've been sharing our potty training journey over on Instagram for the past couple weeks and have been getting so many questions! I always get back to people on Instagram and share stuff in my stories but I think it's nice to have a fully detailed run down of everything here on the blog. Plus, maybe you're not quite ready to start right now, this will be a resource for you to revisit when the time does come.

Belated Birthday Weekend Staycation - Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Last month Brian, Avery and I had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resort for a sort of belated birthday staycation. Typical me waited until June (my birthday month) to start thinking about how I wanted to celebrate and once I decided on a weekend staycation it was too late to book anything around my actual birthday. Turns out, stretching out your celebrations is even more fun!

Aves' Favs - Best Toys For 12 - 18 Month Olds

Often on Instagram stories I share toys that Avery is loving lately but I realized I haven't done an actual post combining everything in a while! I know I always love seeing what other kids are loving when looking for something new for Avery, because there are just so many different toys available these days that it can be overwhelming! And no one wants to spend a bunch of money on something that is just going to sit there. So here we go with the toys that Avery actually plays with and enjoys!

Tips for Finding Mommy and Me Outfits Anywhere

By now you are well aware of my love for mommy and me fashion. Matching with Avery is so much fun for me and it's pretty much all my childhood dreams coming true. I was very into playing with dolls as a little girl and loved buying their clothes more than I did buying them for myself! Now I have a real life baby doll and while she is a lot more work than those dolls, she is pretty freaking cool :)

Castaway Cay with Babies

If you've ever been on a Disney Cruise you know the best day of all is Castaway Cay day! Castaway Cay is Disney's private island which is actual paradise. Although our day on the beach was not quite as long as I would have liked thanks to two little tots, it was still my favorite day of the cruise (as always) and I am more than ready to return!

How To Be Productive As A Stay At Home Mom

As a stay at home mom and blogger I consider myself a work from home mom (WFHM?). I'm often asked how I manage posting daily to social media, working with brands, and running my blog all with a little one in tow. Clearly I don't do it alone - my mom is a huge help and watches Avery for me often, I also have an extremely supportive husband who will let me attend events, work on posts, take calls, etc. whenever he's home and able to assist. But in an industry that is on 24/7 all the help in the world isn't going to eliminate the times where I have the baby and need to get something done.

When Is The Right Time For Baby #2?

The biggest question on every new mom's mind. Or at least in seems that way based on every mommy Facebook group and even amongst personal friends. Unfortunately, the answer will be different for everyone and can range anywhere from never (like for my parents) to 12 years after baby #1 (like for my husband's parents). But, at least for me, knowing that this question is thought by other moms helps me feel better somehow!

Disney Cruise | Cozumel Beach Break Excursion Review

Welcome back to my Disney Cruise blog posts! I didn't mean to have such a gap between the last one and this one, but hey that's life! But I'm excited to jump back in and share some more about our amazing trip with you!

If you haven't read my post on the first half of the cruise, check it out here. This post is going to focus on our day in Cozumel, Mexico! We originally were not going to do any excursions because with two babies we just though staying on the ship would be easier. Don't ask me how but we ended up browsing through the available excursions and decided to go for it, and *spoiler alert* we were so glad we did!

Pool Day Essentials for Under $100

Today's blog post is sponsored by Bealls Outlet. As always all opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that support Sugar Spice and Sparkle.

Summer is here (well almost) but here in Florida it certainly feels like it! Being a born and raised Florida girl, summer is of course my favorite time of year. The beach is my favorite but a day spent by the pool is a close second for me.

5 Disney Cruise Line Secrets You Haven't Heard Before

Before our recent cruise on the Disney Magic I did a lot of research! Mostly watching YouTube videos about the ship and Disney Cruise Line in general (even though I'd been on the Magic before as well as the Dream and Wonder). A popular video title was along the lines of DCL Secrets or Things You Don't Know about the Magic. But when I watched them they were 99% things I knew, felt were common knowledge, and were all about the same things.

So I decided to make my own post in the category about things I genuinely haven't seen in other posts or videos and that are not common knowledge in my opinion. Now of course I'm sure someone, somewhere, has shared these things before, but I just haven't seem them!

Disney Cruise Disney Magic | Embark and Day at Sea

Last week we were lucky enough to be on a 5-night Disney Cruise! We sailed on the Disney Magic had the absolute best week ever. This was our first real vacation with Avery and it couldn't have been any better. I'm so excited to share all the details with you as well as some upcoming posts with tips & tricks about Disney Cruise Line and about cruising with a baby. Get ready for picture overload! 

How To Keep A Clean Car As A Mom (+ Giveaway!)

Today's post is sponsored by Mister Car Wash. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Sugar Spice and Sparkle!

To be completely transparent when a car wash company first contacted me to work together I wasn't sure that it would be the right fit for my blog. But after some thought and research I realized how great of a match we really are! Keep reading and I think you'll feel the same way! Read til the end for a giveaway!

Daily Schedule with a 14 Month Old

A few weeks ago when I asked for post ideas someone suggested sharing our daily schedule, which I actually did about a year ago, but obviously a lot has changed since them so it's time for an update!

Affordable Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

This year Easter is Sunday, April 21st (just saved you a Google search, didn't I?). It's coming up quick and it will be Avery's second Easter. I can't believe we're already on her second round of holidays! Last year she was only 2 months old on Easter so I didn't get her any gifts or a basket, but this year she is actually aware of things so I'm going to put together a few little things for her in the Easter basket I got on clearance last year!

On to the good stuff - if you've been around here long you know I'm not about spending tons of money on, well, really anything. I like to save as much as I can so everything I've shared below is all budget friendly! The image below is clickable, so if you want more details on anything, just click it and you'll be redirected to the product page (affiliate links).

Easter Outfits for Babies and Toddlers

This year Easter is Sunday, April 21st (just saved you a Google search, didn't I?). It's coming up quick and it will be Avery's second Easter. I can't believe we're already on her second round of holidays! Last year she was only 2 months old on Easter, I'll share a pic below, but she looked so precious in her little spring dress! It was also her first time wearing shoes, which everyone thought was just the cutest thing on the planet!

The image below is clickable, so to shop an item, just click the image to be directed to the product page (affiliate links).

Should You Be A Working Mom Or Stay Home With Your Kids?

Spoiler alert: Only you can answer that question. But what I can help with is sharing my thoughts and the realities of the options, having experienced both and also being a self-proclaimed giver of un-biased opinions.

#SparkleSelfLove - A Month of Self-Care and Love

February is known as the month of love because of, of course, Valentine's Day. I personally love this holiday because its an extra excuse to go out to a nice dinner or treat ourselves to a date night. And who doesn't love celebrating love?

This year I wanted to step it up a notch too though and make February the month of self-love and self-care. And I want all my friends (i.e. YOU!) to join me!

Avery's Birth Story

birth story, baby born at 36 weeks, water break at 35 weeks

Today's post is one I have been wanting to share for, well, about a year now! I'm anxious to publish it for some reason, but I'm doing it to pay it forward to all the women out there who are carefully listening to countless birth stories, waiting for their own to come. I watched so many birth stories while pregnant and I'm so grateful to everyone who shared their story before me.

Not included in the video are my biggest takeaways from the experience of pregnancy and delivery. I plan to read these back to myself if/when I'm preparing for my next labor and delivery experience.

My 2019 Word of the Year

I've never had a word of the year before, but I think I like the concept! We'll see after having to stick with it for a full year :P

It was actually harder to think of one than I thought it would be. I didn't just want to pick something willy nilly, it had to be something that was applicable through many facets of life, would work for 365 days (not just the current season), and I wanted it to help me reach my goals. Keep reading to see where I landed!