Author Archives: Graceful Mommy

PLAYDATE PARTY WITH BRAWNY

Playdate Party with Brawny!

Thank you Brawny® Tear-A-Square® for sponsoring this post. Think of all the ways you can Put a Square There!

Playdate Party with Brawny!

My favorite way to break up the long summer days is by hosting playdates at the house! It’s so fun to surprise Donovan and Gracie by telling them they’re having a friend party! They love it! Plus, I love it because I get to catch up with all of my mom friends. It’s a win-win. Days like these always go by super fast for me. I guess it’s true what they say – time flies when you’re having fun! 

Playdate Party with Brawny!

When inviting the kids’ friends over for a playdate party, I always like to have a snack for them! We also like to do a craft.For this party we did donuts, pizza, and a craft. One thing I love to have for our play-date parties is the new Brawny® Tear-A-Square® paper towels. These brand new paper towels are genius- especially if you have kids! The new Brawny® Tear-A-Square® now has quarter sheet sizes so you can use just what you need! So when the kids have something pretty messy, you can use the full sheet or half sheet. And when they have something that makes just a little mess, a quarter sheet is the perfect solution! 

Playdate Party with Brawny!

This is such a game-changer for us because now our paper towels will last so much longer! There are so many uses for the quarter sheet including: 

+cleaning up a small mess

+to hold a popsicle 

+the perfect size for a small snack 

+to use in place of a coaster 

+for a child to dry their hands on 

+cleaning fridge spills 

+cleaning a messy kid’s face 

Playdate Party with Brawny!

The Brawny® Tear-A-Square® paper towels are literally perfect if you have kids because you can easily just tear a little quarter off for most things. And then when you do have a bigger mess to clean, you can use the full sheet.

Playdate Party with Brawny!

The kids had so much fun coming over for our impromptu playdate party! We ate pizza and donuts and did crafts… and I didn’t have any of the guilt about wasting all of the paper towels that normally happens with get-togethers! 

Playdate Party with Brawny!
Playdate Party with Brawny!


Also, did I mention how durable these are? They are definitely not the flimsy kind of paper towel. They are super absorbent and work really well for all sorts of uses including big clean-up jobs. Definitely check out the new Brawny® Tear-A-Square® paper towels! Let me know how you like them!

MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

Thank you Vacasa for sponsoring this post. Find your Vacasa home for the Summer today!

Summertime is here, which means it’s time to plan that weekend getaway you’ve been waiting for! When we travel, we love to stay in rental homes – it just makes our trip experience that much better! Vacasa is North America’s largest full-service vacation rental management company with over 13,000 homes across 30 U.S. states and 16 countries. They have some amazing properties to check out this summer! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Vacasa properties that are available in Miami, FL! 

Booking a Vacasa home makes the perfect Summer getaway. On Vacasa.com, you can find the best vacation rentals and Vacasa-managed homes in your area! Dave and I recently visited Miami, FL and now are planning on taking the kids back to stay in one of the Vacasa rentals! 

MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA
MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA
MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

Here are the three best Miami Vacasa Home rentals I found! 

  1. THE MODERN OCEAN DRIVE CONDO
MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

This one has so much space for the kids to play! Not to mention, the gorgeous lighting in here! 

2. THE SECRET GARDEN

This home just screams Miami! I love the decor and the gorgeous high ceilings. I definitely would take a million photos in this one. 

MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA
MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

My favorite thing about this Vacasa rental is the outdoor space! OMGOSH. I could spend the whole day here. 

Okay and the last rental is right here.

MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

This one just feels so cozy. The main reason I love staying in home rentals is because you get that comfort of home while on vacation. Vacationing with kids in a home is SOOO enjoyable. 

When you book with Vacasa, you get more than a vacation rental, you get professional service you can count on. The Vacasa team will be there for you throughout your entire vacation, with a 24/7 customer care team and local staff who are here for you when you need them. 

MIAMI GETAWAY WITH VACASA

I also love Vacasa.com because they share fun articles and trends on there. Check out this recent article all about this summer’s trends! Totally on point! 

Browse rentals, book confidently, and always get the guaranteed best price on Vacasa.com. And, if you or someone you know owns a vacation rental, consider having Vacasa professionally manage your home.

PACKING TIPS WITH THE CONTAINER STORE

PACKING TIPS WITH THE CONTAINER STORE

PACKING TIPS WITH THE CONTAINER STORE

This post is sponsored by The Container Store, but all opinions are mine :).

YAY! It’s finally summertime! And with that, comes tons of travel. We love to travel all year, but traveling in the Summer just feels right. I have to admit, I haven’t always been the best packer. I used to pack last minute which usually meant my clothes just got shoved into my bag and then I would constantly add stuff to the suitcase making it completely full to the point of having to sit on it to close it. Another horrible habit I had was at the end of the vacation, I would just throw my dirty clothes into my bag so when I got home, everything in my suitcase was dirty. It made coming home from vacation way not fun because I ended up doing more laundry than I needed to. Anyways, I started researching some fun packing hacks and tips and I landed right on The Container Store.

PACKING TIPS WITH THE CONTAINER STORE

The Container Store is one of my favorite stores. They have everything you need for organizing and storage. But did you know they also have a whole TRAVEL section!? And guess what?! The Container Store’s Make Space for Summer Sale is happening now – (but ends this Sunday, June 30th!). A lot of their items are 25% off , especially items from the travel accessories and travel bags line! 

Here are a few of my favorite items from The Container Store and they are all 25% off! 

1// This set of 6 packing cubes actually makes packing fun and easy. 

Seriously, how CUTE are these packing cubes??! Using these for our recent trip was SO fun. I will never not pack with these. Having the cubes labeled seems silly, but it was honestly so helpful. It made me plan out my outfits better by making sure I had enough shirts and pants for the whole trip. 

I love that the set comes with a charger bag. We have forgotten our chargers SO. MANY. TIMES. But now, we’ll always have them safe in their place. 

I also love how this set comes with a shoe organizer! It’s so much better to keep the shoes enclosed so they don’t get everything in your suitcase all grimy!

2// Make sure you have good luggage

The ultimate packing hack is to make sure you have a great suitcase. My favorite is the Eagle Creek 4-Wheeled luggage (PS: it’s 25% off until Sunday!). This luggage is so lightweight and incredibly easy to move around. It also is expandable, has the 4-wheel spinners, and the interior makes it easy to keep your things organized! 

3// Put the heavy things near the bottom

It might seem obvious, but a great packing tip is to keep the heavy items on the bottom of the suitcase. This way, when you’re navigating your way through the airport, the bag is easy to maneuver. 

4// Take a bag for laundry!

In the packing cube set I mentioned above, it has a laundry bag – which is a lifesaver! Now, I have the perfect place to put our dirty clothes on vacation and it makes the unpack job so much easier! 

5// Less is more 

Are you an over-packer? A great packing hack is simply to just pack less. I always lay out my items before packing them and pull out things I know I won’t wear.  I always leave room in my suitcase for a souvenir 🙂 

Don’t forget!! There are tons of travel items currently 25% off at The Container Store until Sunday, June 30th! Click here to shop the sale