// Linden Turned TWO (!!) in Florida

And just like that I have a TWO YEAR OLD! Two! I feel like that spunky little mullet-headed boy was just born yesterday. We celebrated with a whole lot of sand and salt water, then feasted on donuts from City Donut in Orange Beach. It was low key and perfect! I swear that baby bear of mine has grown so much in the past few months! He's officially off of the paci (!!!), he can count to 10 on his own, and every day he surprises me with more complex sentences or words. (Yesterday he said "I promise" when I asked him if that was a deal! Haha) His tantrums are EPIC, but luckily few and far between. His manners are incredibly adorable and his face brings me SO much joy.

Currently he stands 36 inches tall and he weighs 32 pounds! He's a chunky little bear.

xo KB

PS; Did you like the little diaper I painted on Linden in one of the above photos? Ha! He was in his birthday suit, naturally (look how empty the beach was!), but we're trying to keep it PG over here!

// Things I Love Thursday v.264

this stunning cat ♥ 
♥ this pretty makeup haul ♥ 
♥ these fun day-of-the-week pencils ♥ 
♥ this! rupi says everything best ♥ 
these cozy cats ♥ 
♥ this hilarious gif ♥ 
these flowers!!! ♥ 
♥ this is such brilliant advertising ♥ 
♥ this view! ♥ 

// "Let me remind you f**kers who I am." This is a hilarious (and so true!) parody written by "Hillary Clinton" Obviously there is some very very strong language in this one!

// I will not date you if you hate the bands that I love and I'm not sorry. Just sayin'! I need someone who can hang with my love for old pop punk (New Found Glory's Stick and Stones and Brand New FOREVER!)

// Before And After: Dog Haircuts - OMG THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!!

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// Book Club: What We're Reading on Vacation

This vacation has been the vacation of BOOKS! Since we're traveling by RV, we have a lot of lazy time to do a whole lot of nothing. Linden is usually shouting "Einsteins!" and reaching for my phone or iPad, so I wanted to bring along a few books to tide us over. Zenni Optical invited me to share what we have been reading, so it was kind of perfect timing. So far these are the four we have devoured while being in Florida! Toby brought a few more with him, but he's been mostly reading the Liz Climo comic book to Linden non-stop. Now that Toby is a pretty proficient reader, he loves to read to all of us. When it comes time for his bedtime book (yep, still rockin' our routine at 7.5!), he prefers to read to us in his bed. I love this little tradition because I feel like it helps give Toby some substance to his Summer days. Even if it's just a comic book or a Highlights magazine, I love seeing Toby be independent and really utilize his reading skills. 

If you haven't heard of Liz Climo, look her up! She's awesome! Her adorable animal comics are so sweet and full of empathy, kindness, friendship, and lighthearted life lessons. I made sure to pre-order  The Little World of Liz Climo before it was released because I just feel in love with her work. It seriously will put a smile on your face, I promise. (She's on Tumblr, too!)

Bear on a Bike is a STAPLE in our house. And by staple I mean we read it at least three times a day, everyday. I scored this book in a Citrus Lane box I ordered for Linden when he was around 6 months old. We all have this entire book memorized and I can recite it at the drop of a hat. (That may or may not be a challenge. Just sayin!) It's gotten to the point where Linden can sit with the book and recite most of the pages out loud on his own. "Bear on bike, happy can be! Where going Bear? Wait for me!" is usually how it sounds haha!

The other 2 books are mine, and ones that I've started half a dozen times or so. I finally read them cover to cover in one sitting each. That's one benefit to long distance rides I guess! The books I've read so far are Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, and Don't Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent. Both were SO GOOD! SO SO GOOD! I actually have a review post started for each one, so I'll save the run down for that, but if you are looking for some fun new reading material, pick up these! I promise you won't be disappointed!

I currently have WiFi (which is very very rare when we're in Perdido Key), so I'm downloading a couple new audiobooks for the rest of the trip. I intended on bringing Fat Girl Walking but I couldn't find my copy of it, so I'm opting to listen to the audiobook version instead. I had a whole stack of books packed, but opted to leave several at home because I thought "I probably won't have time to read these..." Pfft! I've been powering through and I'm feeling motivated to finish a few more before we get home on Sunday!

Zenni Optical encourages families to enjoy their favorite books whether it's around the campfire, at the beach or pool, in the car for a family road trip, or creating and staring in their very own play based on their favorite books. Zenni offers both prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses so families can see and experience the best of summer (and their books!) The boys and I each have a pair of snazzy sunglasses headed our way from Zenni, and I can't wait to show them off. My boys are going to look PRECIOUS!

If you have any suggestions for great audiobooks to download, or hard copies to pick up at the bookstore, please let me know! I'd love to add some new titles to my collection! Now we're headed back to the beach! Happy reading!

xo KB

This post was sponsored on behalf of Zenni Optical via One2One Network. 
All opinions are mine, of course!