Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mix & Mingle: Findlay Rowe Designs {Giveaway}

We hinted with you on Friday's post that we had a huge week for you to celebrate summer, and yesterday we kicked it off with a bang with the Summer Scoop 4 Moms Giveaway. Well we aren't done! Summer is our absolute favorite and when we say we are going to celebrate in a huge way, we mean HUGE!

Today, we are SO excited to kick off a fun new series with you - Mix & Mingle!

Mix & Mingle is all about giving you a sneak peek at some of our favorite boutiques, stores, and restaurants, but with a twist.  Who better to learn inside secrets to what is currently hot and trendy than from the owners themselves? 

The hottest coats for Fall, the dreamiest cocktail to serve at your wedding, the latest health tips - we'll Mix & Mingle to give you all the info you need straight from those in the know. 


Kicking off the series for us is one of our favorite local boutiques - Findlay Rowe Designs. We absolutely adore these ladies and their fabulous gift boutique. It oozes southern charm from the moment you walk through the door, and we know you will love getting to know them. 

Findlay Rowe Designs is owned and operated by Audrey and Barbara - sisters who also happen to be best friends. They are a fun, fashionable, and an extremely talented duo.

With over 25 years of experience in the entertaining, wedding, and floral design industries, it comes as no surprise that their gift boutique, located in Roswell, GA, is filled with fabulous from floor to ceiling.

Not only do these ladies stay on top of the current trends in home, decor, and fashion - they have enough children to keep them in check when it comes to all things "in". These savvy moms even taught us a thing or two when it came to taking a selfie. Next time you pop in their store ask them to teach you the "skinny arm" pose. :)

Aside from their obvious gift of style, Audrey and Barbara like to promote giving back to the community that supports them. At every purchase you can opt to round up to the next dollar to donate to a local charity. At the end of the month, Findlay Rowe will match the donations made. Each month a new charity is selected by their customers so make sure you cast your vote for a cause near and dear to your heart!

And just for fun - we know the Findlay Rowe ladies were meant to be our friends when we learned they have their very own CarrieBeth on staff! 

Walking around the store, you have to reel yourself in. It is jam packed with amazing goodies. From home decor to gifts to date night attire - Findlay Rowe has it all! We could spend all day lavishing over all the fabulous items Barbara and Audrey have hand picked for their boutique. Every time we visit the gift shop there are new unique items to browse and tons of great seasonal merchandise. 

Check out some of our favorite finds...

We love our peachy perfect state, and Findlay Rowe has a ton of fun hometown goodies sprinkled throughout the store. Our farmhouse loving hearts swooned over this fabulous galvanized tin tray. 

They offer a wide selection of decorative throw pillows from some of our favorite designers - MudPie, Lilly Pulitzer and Cat Studio just to name a few. 

(Pardon us as we pause to say "GO DAWGS!")

Everywhere you turn there is a fabulous surprise, and we quickly realized we literally could give something for any event we had coming up. Birthday's, graduation, hostess gifts - everything could be taken care of in one visit. How fun would these Hit the Hay pillow cases be for your little one's next sleep over? SO cute!

The women's section is absolutely amazing, and is filled with darling options for any occasion. Dresses, jewelry, shoes, and accessories tastefully decorate a large amount of the space and we literally swooned over everything. 

And this tank top cracked us up! How perfect is it?!? :)

There is also a fantastic baby and child section - perfect for shower gifts, celebrating the arrival of baby, or a little something to celebrate a little one's birthday. The highly popular (and wonderfully soft) Jelly Cat line is one of our favorites. Baby Cute highly recommends this precious little lamb available. 

And we couldn't resist. :) 

We could go on and on and on. Literally everywhere you turn there is another item you fall in love with. Our husbands might revoke our Amex's next time we visit.

With school wrapping up and the official start of summer underway, we asked the ladies to give us a little insight into what would be summer's hottest must-haves. 


A stylish, yet functional pool bag. 

These Scout bags are the absolute best bags to accompany you along your summer adventures. They are durable, have tons of pockets, are easy to clean, and are seriously so stinkin' cute!

The ladies informed us that the bigger Scout totes are the most popular. After testing one out ourselves, we couldn't agree more. Being able to carry everything you need for the day in one organized spot is a mom's dream! 

Summer's second must have - keeping your drink cool and your drinkware cooler!

Summer is bright, fun, and cheery - so, why not make your drink make your mood? One of summer's hottest trends is making your drink look just as stylish as you. 

The drink cup that is flying off the shelves - the Corkcicle! Barbara informed us that they can't keep these colorful stainless steel canteens in stock. They come in a wide variety of fun colors and sizes, and Barbara said, "For a personalized touch, just add a monogram!" 
Now you're speaking our language! 

Speaking of keeping your drink cold these fun Lilly Pulitzer neoprene koozies are definitely one of summer's must haves. Fun, stylish and easy to throw in your beach bag - the perfect addition to the must have list.   

Casual and fun southern style is the way to go this summer!
Brands like Southern Tide, Simply Southern, MudPie, and Southern Cross are dominating the closets of fashionable ladies everywhere. 

From the fun shifts to the easy cover-ups to colorful tees, life in the south is all about making your fashion comfortable and chic. 

Keeping things light, breezy and fun allows you to battle those hot and humid temps while still maintaining a lovely sense of style. 

Serving up entertainment in style!

Summer is filled with tons of fun events and holidays. From hosting pool parties to impromptu BBQs to Fourth of July celebrations (and everything in between) the ladies of Findlay Rowe say the Coton Colors line is a must have for entertaining in effortless style.

Audrey and Barbara walked us through the fun line of colorful platters, serving ware, vases, and picture frames with interchangeable theme plates. 

There is literally a plate for any occasion, making these useful for year round celebrations, but we loved seeing all of the fun summer options!

Comfy footwear is a must! 

Whether making multiple trips across the pool deck, spending your summer afternoons watching little league baseball, or traveling to your next vacation destination - you want your feet to be cool and cozy.

The ladies shared with us that these Southern Tide flip flops are one of their favorite finds (and Jen agrees!).

They also felt that FitKicks were the perfect travel shoe, with it's multi-purpose functionality.  Both great for making for a long trek through the airport as well as doing yoga on the beach, FitKicks are ones to pack in your suitcase this summer.

Keep sand out of those drinks!

Headed to the beach this summer? 
This monogrammed beach spike is the perfect way to keep sand where it belongs - off your drink! 
They make for the perfect gift for beach trips, girls getaways, bachelorette parties and more. 

Sunglasses are a must - and sunglass accessories are a must have!

These super cute and stylish "Frockies" make the must have list for summer. 
How CUTE are these???
These trendy southern inspired croakies from High Tide Clothing, with their adorable patterns and fun bow tie back, are a huge trend for the summer.

These are just a few of the preppy patterns available, and such a stylish way to keep your favorite pair of sunglasses safe for the summer. 

Summer reading!

What would summer be with out some fun books added to your reading list? There are a ton of great book options available, but we thought this little series was hilarious, and just what us mamas need to read after a grueling school year. 

Now that you've learned about some of summer's hottest trends, our lovely friends at Findlay Rowe wanted to continue the summer celebration with a fun giveaway! One lucky reader will be able to celebrate summer with this fabulous bag of goodies (a $125 value)! 

Included in the giveaway: 
Deano Scout Bag in Flamingo Road
 "Life is a Party in the South" tank by Simply Southern
"Hubba Hubba Meet Me at the Beach" Set of Lilly Pulitzer tumblers
Beach Spike in Aqua
Pair of FitKicks in Fuchsia/Orange

Two ways to win: (1) Leave a comment below, 
(2) Hop over to Instagram for an additional way to win!
Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, May 30th. All entries will be verified. Must be 18 years or older, and a U.S. resident. Winner must contact us at themagnoliamamas@gmail.com to claim prize within 48hours or another winner will be drawn.

Good luck everyone!!! We hope you enjoyed our Mix & Mingle kick off! Be sure to stop in and say hi to the ladies of Findlay Rowe Designs, and celebrate all summer long in style!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Summer Scoop 4 Moms {Giveaway}

Happy Monday! We are pretty pumped about summer around here. Preschool is officially done and there are only 3 more days of school for the big kids. Then, we'll be saying goodbye to lunch boxes and back packs and hello to the lazy days of summer. Y'all might remember that on Friday we teased about a big week we had coming up this week. Well, because we love summer SO much we thought what better way to share our excitement than with a fabulous summer giveaway!!! As much as we love summer and all of the fun this time of year brings, it can be quite a task for moms. We have teamed up with some super savvy ladies to bring you the Summer Scoop Giveaway for Moms! This giveaway has everything you need to make the most of this summer with your kids. Oh, and it is really BIG, too...like over $2,300 in prizes big. All of the details are below and you can enter to win at the bottom of this post!

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BABYBJӦRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors

Introducing the newest baby carrier from BABYBJÖRN. Designed to help you share an active, open-air lifestyle with your child, the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors ($260) is the ultimate ergonomic choice for active families. The Outdoors Carrier features a sporty design, high-quality materials and functional details, while offering all of the best features of the Baby Carrier One. The carrier has an extra-sturdy waist belt for added weight distribution and pressure relief, padded form-fitting shoulder straps to help you comfortably and safely carry a growing child from newborn up to the age of three years, and four ergonomic front and back carrying positions. Perfect for parents who want optimal comfort and functionality while they are exploring the magic of the outdoors with their children, the Baby Carrier One Outdoors is made of breathable and water-repellent materials and includes a waist belt pocket and loops on the shoulder straps for easy access to keys, credit cards, baby accessories and more. Baby Carrier One Outdoors also comes with a practical storage bag that protects the carrier when it is not in use.

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Babymoov Anti-UV Tent

Babymoov’s Anti-­UV Tent ($40) takes the hassle out of Baby’s beach trips by protecting Baby from the elements and blocking 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Ventilated mesh will keep Baby shielded from the sand and wind, while still providing comfortable airflow on hot days, and a built-­in mosquito net keeps the pesky bugs at bay. Tie back the tent’s mesh entrance or secure it shut when the wind starts to pick up. The tent’s large capacity gives Baby ample room to play, while still being light­weight for parents. A pop-­up system and transport bag allow for set­up in as little as three seconds, with four tent poles to anchor it securely to the ground.

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Cybex Agis M-Air3/Aton 2 Travel System

The CYBEX Agis M-Air3 Stroller & Aton 2 Infant Car Seat Travel System ($600) allows parents to have an all-in-one, on-the-go system to allow them to explore with their little one. At Cybex, safety comes first and it shows in the features of their Aton 2 Infant Car Seat. Made for children 4-35 pounds and up to 30-inches tall, this car seat has innovative Linear Side-Impact Protection, while still being one of the lightest car seats on the market, weighing in at just under 9 pounds. The accompanying stroller fits children up to 55 pounds and is the perfect way to get around the city with your Aton 2 Infant Car Seat. Moms will love that you only need one hand to operate its key features — it only takes one hand to fold it into a standing position or recline the seat for Baby.

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Lily Jade Diaper Bags

When Meggan Wood's oldest daughter, Caroline, was born, Meggan found herself frustrated by the lack of beautiful, leather diaper bags. She wanted a bag that was stunning and hardworking, and one that would last long enough to still carry all those precious memories beyond the baby years. She sketched the perfect diaper bag design to her husband, Landon, and the rest is history! The real genius behind Meggan's idea is the "Baby Bag," a removable, washable organization insert included with every Lily Jade. This amazing engineering feat allows mommies to move from diaper duty, to meetings, to date nights. Lily Jade's most popular styles convert to backpacks with the flick of a clasp, and can be worn over the shoulder and crossbody as well. Lily Jade supports its rapidly growing community of moms with by encouraging them to tell their #storyofmotherhood and giving bags away as often as possible!

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Platypus Australia Swimwear

Platypus Australia is a leading Australian UPF50+ swimwear brand for children from babies through to size 14. Designed to mix-and-match, Platypus Australia is for little ones who like to be active, comfortable and stylish yet protected from the sun. But, just because these swimsuits for babies and kids come from the other side of the world doesn’t mean you can’t get them for your own little sun worshippers. Easy shipping is available to both the U.S. and Canada… and, it’s free if you spend over $80.

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gb Child Pockit Stroller

Designed for frequent travelers, the gb Child Pockit Stroller ($250)  in Monument Black quickly folds into an ultra-compact package, shaped like a handbag, for simple transport on airplanes and more. The stroller offers a self-standing folded option for added versatility when you and Baby are dining out. When in use, the Pockit offers a height-adjustable harness that is easy to tighten or loosen to secure your little one properly. Front swivel wheels make maneuvering simple and you can lock the tires for stability when strolling along uneven paths. Easily push your little bundle of joy with one hand in this compact stroller.

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STIYA Memory Keeping App

What’s the name of that lunch place? Where was that fun park? Ever wondered why you can search any data in the world except for your own memories? You had a fun day... how can you share the details with a friend?  Meet the newest app on the block, Stiya. Stiya stands for ‘Stories In Your Attic,’ bringing those precious ​stories from the attic of your memories into your to your pocket, making us all storytellers in a click. Stiya is a silent app that is completely private, capturing your memories and experiences — such as where you dined, walked, took a photo, and more — into beautiful journals that are searchable and, if desired, shareable via text, email, Facebook, or Twitter. We can’t wait to see where you’ve been making memories! (Note: Stiya currently only available via iTunes.)

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Ubbi Snack Tweats

The Ubbi Snack Tweat ($10 each) is an innovative snack container that combines playfulness and functionality making snack time enjoyable for both parents and children. Fitted for a small child’s hand, the bird shaped Ubbi Tweat stores and seals snacks to keep them fresh. Cleverly designed, the lid remains attached when open and the weighted base leans and wobbles to prevent the container from tipping over. The Tweat opening has a practical soft spill guard and is large enough for easy snack access.


Enter to win the Summer Scoop grand prize

One winner will receive all of the products in the #SummerScoop4Moms:

BABYBJӦRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors in Turquoise or Black ($260 value)
Babymoov Anti-UV Tent ($40 value)
CYBEX Agis M-Air3/Aton 2 Travel System in Moon Dust ($600 value)
Lily Jade Bag of Your Choice (Up to $375 value)
Platypus Gift Certificate ($100 value)
gb Child Pockit Stroller ($250 value)
iPhone 6s from STIYA ($649 value)
Ubbi Snack Tweat Collection ($50 value)

Total prize value: $2324

Please enter using the Gleam form below. You must be a U.S. resident and at least 18-years-old to enter and win. Winner will be contacted via email after the close of the giveaway. Please allow 4-6 weeks for prizes to arrive. All entries will be verified.

Summer Scoop

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites: End of School Year Edition

YES!!! We have officially called a wrap on the 2015/2016 school year! And this is how we feel about it...

Well that's how mommy feels about it. My kids love school, but summer means swimming, going to the beach, water balloons, and playing with their friends all day everyday - so they are are excited too.

Bye-bye alarm clock - see you in August!

Now to end the week with some of our favorites lately. Linking up as usual with some of our favorite bloggers today, and hold on because I've had a lot of favorites this week!

Cute graduated from pre-K! Oh my, wasn't he just born yesterday?? I've been ignoring the fact that he has gotten so big, but it hit me this week. We were able to participate in his end of the year party, where he and his friends played games, built legos, and generally ran around like the crazy boys that they are. Following the party we were able to watch a little graduation ceremony. I can't believe my sweet baby boy will be in kindergarten next year! 

While it makes me sad to see how fast he is growing up, it definitely was one of my favorite moments this week. 

Normally at the end of the year I make fun little themed gift baskets for the teachers, complete with a well coordinated printable. Well this year mama didn't have time for that!  I did find these super adorable stainless steel water bottles, and attached a gift card. 

Seriously, how cute are these???
If I didn't live in the land of five million cups, and continuously have to battle my husband's Yeti obsession I totally would have grabbed one of these for myself. They had a ton of fun colors and patterns for summer. 

Like the end of most school years, things have been crazy these last few weeks. Even though everything is fun, it is exhausting! It's been hard to sneak in even a few minutes of "me time" in anywhere to rejuvenate, but this week I made a conscience effort to do a little something here and there - even if it is just for a few minutes. I realize my sanity depends on it, and there is only so much wine drinking that is acceptable.

One of my favorite new finds is this Barre3 app. We've professed our love for barre classes before, but sometimes it's hard for me to work a class into my schedule. The app has some fabulous mini workouts, and most can be done in just minutes.

 I love the kitchen ones!

Last week, Mr. Cute decided our house needed a technology upgrade. With that we switch cable providers, and I am absolutely clueless as to what any channels are, and long gone are some of my recorded shows. Everything is complicated and voice activated and completely overwhelming right now - not that I have much time to sit and actually watch TV. However, this little technology bump ended up causing one of my favorite moments this week.

Late the other night, I decided to sneak in a quick walk on the treadmill. Once I finally figured out how to turn on the TV, the first thing that popped up was one of my all time favorite movies - Sweet Home Alabama! I was able to catch the last 20 minutes of it, and I completely forgot how much I love that movie!

Fun fact: Part of the movie was filmed at the college I graduated from during my Freshman year. The white mansion throughout the movie was on our campus, and several students were even able to be extras during filming.

Second fun fact: It's also where Remember the Titans was filmed. 

Monday was particularly a crazy day. Normally this is my grocery shopping day, but last minute I had to take Baby Cute to the doctors and it took up a good portion of our free time. On our way home from our excursion, I was all prepared to order some pizza delivery when I pulled into the driveway and saw this...

(Hi Max! We see you!)
I thought I had paused our HelloFresh box for the week, knowing how crazy it would be, but I have never been so glad to be scatter brained in my life.

(Sausage Bolognese - with hidden veggies! The kids were clueless.)
Such a lifesaver, and so yummy! 
I was totally able to put off my pizza delivery ordering until Wednesday. ;)

Our weather has been finicky here lately, but that hasn't stopped me from breaking out all the summer gear. For Mother's Day, Mr. Cute and the kids gave me these adorable flip flops

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They were so excited because they were pink (my favorite color), but I'm so excited because they are SO comfortable! They feel and wear very similar to Rainbow flip flops. I usually wear a 6.5 and my husband grabbed these in a 7 and they are perfect! They also come in a ton of fun colors. Definitely my new favorite!

Ok, now to officially kick off our summer with a fun weekend ahead!

And we have some HUGE things for you next week to celebrate with us.
Seriously - HUGE!!!

We are so excited! Until then - Happy Weekend!!

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