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Blog Friends Become Real Life Friends & Freshly Picked Giveaway

 Note Emery's face... her brother wanted her to swim in the "pewl"! Poor child!
 I can't stop laughing at these pictures! Maddox tugging her arm to get her in the pool, Emery's face of "what the heck is happening? S.O.S!"

I'm always so grateful when blogger friends become real life friends. It's such an odd thing, blogging. We know so much about each others lives because we share so much and make ourselves transparent and then we meet... it's like we know we are strangers, but yet we know each other so well. So weird! Katie and I started off following each others blogs over two years ago and have watched each other become mothers. To get to meet her and her daughter Charlotte on our trip to Destin was such a thrill! We spent some time at the aquarium with the kiddos.

Emery's outfit: bow || shorts || moccs c/o Freshly Picked
Maddox's outfit: similar shirt || shorts || moccs c/o Freshly Picked

We had such a great time in Destin! It was the perfect way to kick of Spring for our family. And I'm surprised at just how much fun we had with the kids. I knew we would have fun, but I was expecting it to be pretty hard. Instead it was quite relaxing! Maddox was all about the adventure of seeing the beach and going on walks and learning to swim. He couldn't get enough... he's so busy! And Emery had just started sitting up all on her own, which gave me a break from having to hold her all the time. And she just loved watching her brother and being in on all the action. I had to make sure I packed both of their Freshly Picked moccasins because they are a staple in our house. I love that the soft sole moccasins protect their tiny, tender feet when they start wanting to stand. I think Emery needs these for Spring! And I had no idea they sold hard sole moccasins for Maddox's age and up when they start walking and running and basically getting into everything. I was stoked to find that out! It should also be noted they clean up really well. Maddox gets scuff marks all over all of his shoes and a Magic Eraser will take the scuffs right off!

Today I'm teaming up with Freshly Picked to celebrate Spring with a giveaway for a pair of FP moccasins of your choice! Enter to win with the rafflecopter below! All entries will be verified.

Thank you Freshly Picked for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Strollin' At the Beach With Evenflo


Taking our Evenflo stroller with us on vacation was the most genius idea ever. We used it multiple times a day. Every single day. Maddox and his MiMi took it out in the morning for their morning walk to feed the ducks at a nearby pond. We stayed in a community on the beach, but we had about a half a mile walk to the actual beach itself. So we used it multiple times a day to tote the kids and all our beach gear to and from our house. And then we used it again at night to go to the beach and watch the sunset. We did a LOT of walking!

This stroller packs down so compact so it was easy to pack in the car along with our 5,000 other things for the kids. It even fits in my Ford Fusion and I've had such a hard time finding strollers to fit in that car, but at last, this stroller does! Plus it's so easy to break down with one pull of a handle. And it's lightweight so I can lift it into the car.

Not to mention it cleans off easily too! Our stroller was constantly covered in sand from being at the beach. And not just dry sand, but wet beach toys covered in sand. You know... the kind that you basically have to hose your kid off or dip them in the pool to get off. It wash right off with the hose and dried out in the sun. 

Now that we are back home and I the weather finally screams Spring here I am really looking forward to running again outside! I ran so much with Maddox after I had him on our local trail in town because I was looking for reasons to get out with my new baby and go somewhere other than Target (my poor wallet). Now I'm itching to run with Emery the two days a week that Maddox goes to school with my new Evenflo stroller! And maybe loose those last few pounds of baby weight while I'm at it!

this post is in collaboration with Evenflo. Thank you for supporting the brands who support The Modern Tulip.

Vacation Bums


I hate, hate, hate that this swim cover up is sold out and taken off the website. I guess it's not going to be restocked #wompwomp. Between the ombre and the different colored tassels I was in love with it the second I saw it. I typically buy the dress cover-ups, but I wanted one that would still show off some of my suit - this skirt did just that. I've linked a few others in the widget below that are very similar and super cute!

We are having such a great vacation. The trip down here was surprisingly a breeze with the kids - I always vote driving through the night with kids. They sleep like champs and the time passes quicker. The weather has been perfection and the kids are loving the water. Oh my gosh, Maddox is such a water bug. He would stay in the pool until he shriveled into a raisin if we'd let him. Papa even spoiled him by serving him his lunch poolside so he didn't even have to leave the pool to eat. Now he thinks he always has to eat his snack or lunch in the pool. #toughlife

I have to brag on my kids a bit, they are so stinking adaptable. I've just been so impressed with how they have adjusted to being here, away from home. They aren't giving us any trouble with naps or sleep. They are just fine being thrown off schedule and are totally go with the flow. I'm just super grateful because it's made vacation enjoyable for us! I may never come home.

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