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MadeGood Granola Bars

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by MadeGood. All opinions are mine alone.
One of my favorite activities to do with my family during the spring & summer months are picnic/park hangouts! I love throwing a blanket, eating some yummy food, and watching our children play while reconnecting with Daryl after a long day of work. When it comes to picnic food I like to keep things simple. Sandwiches, water bottles, and a healthy snack are usually my go-to items. A nutritious snack our family has recently been introduced to are MadeGood granola bars! We are big fans of granola and knew these would be the perfect snack for our picnic.

I always have a MadeGood granola bar or two in my diaper bag for a quick and healthy snack! These little bars are perfect for little hands. I find that my boys are a bit wasteful when it comes to larger portions and these granola bars are the perfect portion size for them. MadeGood granola bars contain the nutrients of one full serving of veggies in each snack! Perfect for sneaking in those veggies most kids won't eat (; They are also organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO project verified, these three qualities are very hard to come across in a granola bar.

MadeGood granola bars are made in a dedicated facility free of eight common allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, wheat + gluten, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, & fish). My boys don't have any allergies that we are aware of but we have a couple friends that do. It's so nice to know I have a snack in my bag that Zaden & Adrien can share with all of their friends.

We picked up our MadeGood granola bars at our local Smiths (Kroger store). They are also available at Whole Foods or if you are an online shopper like myself, you can buy them in bulk on Amazon. I highly recommend checking them out, these little bars are essential for any summer activity.

Lily Jade Madeline in Green + A Giveaway


I'm wearing: Dress || Hat || Sandals (thrifted) || Lily Jade Bag-Madeline c/o
Z is wearing: Top || Shorts || Sandals
A is wearing: Top || Shorts || Sandals

This weekend was a busy one! Lots of photo shoots, editing, and family/friend gatherings. I unplugged from my phone as much as possible and soaked up every minute that I could with my boys. When we have busy days ahead of us, I like planning our outfits, snacks, and what I need to pack in my diaper bag ahead of time.

Speaking of outfits, I found this beautiful Free People dress on sale a couple week ago and knew I needed to have it! I used Wikibuy and it automatically applied the best coupon at checkout! Who doesn't love saving money? Also, how cute are the boys in their little matching shirts? I recently purchased these oversized t-shirts and I'm obsessed with the style and fit.

When it comes to diaper bags, I usually like to over-pack instead of under-pack, there's nothing worse than not having what you need when you are out and about! I recently received this gorgeous Lily Jade Madeline to review and the photos don't do it justice! This bag absolutely stunning and so well made.. I can tell it is going to last for years to come. 

All Lily Jade diaper bags come with a removable 12 pocket organizer and changing pad! This makes organizing and finding what you need easy and convenient. The four large exterior pockets are perfect for things I'm constantly grabbing! I love having one pocket dedicated to Adrien, one for Zaden, and one for me. The back pocket is used for my phone. In the smaller pocket I keep my tiny Thread wallet with all of my most used cards and some cash!

I love that my Lily Jade can be worn as a shoulder bag, messenger bag, or backpack! My personal favorite carry is the backpack style. Backpacks leave both your hands and arms free when chasing little ones around. I love that I will be able to use this bag throughout the years since it's stylish and cute!

Lily Jade is having their first ever Summer Clearance Sale! Unfortunately, Lily Jade sold out of the Madeline in Jade very quickly but you can score major savings on the Madeline in Red & Silver, Madeline in Navy & Gold, and all of their other bags.

I have teamed up with Lily Jade to giveaway a $350 store credit to one lucky Dearest Lou reader! You can enter either on my Instagram or by entering in the rafflecopter widget below. I will be importing all of the Instagram entries into Rafflecopter at the end of the competition and the winner will be selected at random. Giveaway is open now through 6/29/18. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
WINNER IS @ninaskye31! Rafflecopter wasn't letting me manually enter all Instagram entries so I took all of the Rafflecopter entries and entered them into Random.org to generate winner (:

Adrien Style: HOTBUNZ Leggings + Discount Code

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by HOTBUNZ. All opinions are mine alone. #EasyonEasyOff
Head in the Clouds Leggings c/o HOTBUNZ || Shirt (old, see Z styling it here) || Freshly Picked City Moccasins

I can't get over Adrien in these photos, they showcase his personality perfectly.. a little cutie on-the-go! It's near impossible to capture a still photo of Adrien since he is such a busybody. When it comes to dressing him on a day-to-day basis, I like to dress him in comfortable clothes. No one likes lounging around in clothing that is tight around the waist! I think we can all agree that leggings are much more comfortable than restricting pants or jeans.

HOTBUNZ designs cute and comfortable baby clothes. Their leggings feature a signature waistband and cuffs that are super soft, stretchy, and leave no elastic marks on tummies or calves. They are so easy to pull on and off which makes diaper changing time more pleasant for the both of us.

The Head in the Clouds leggings are my go-to-pair for everything.I love how easy it is to match and style these leggings, they go with nearly everything in Adrien's wardrobe. Monochrome, clouds, and cute little birds make for a perfect gender neutral everyday print! HOTBUNZ are comfy, practical, and I love that Adrien looks super stylish in them! We are now hooked and I definitely need to get more.

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This promo is valid now through 6/30/18