Mommy is everything, so it's no surprise she's your little one's favorite Valentine. Grab yours HERE.
Everyone knows the next best thing to mom is dad... Kidding, dad's, I'm kidding! We're all equal (haha!). Get Daddy is my Valentine HERE.
A funnier, gender neutral approach to spice up your little one's Valentine's Day - Love Stinks. Get yours HERE.
Be Mine... The shirt says it all. Grab yours HERE.
Bring the humor this Valentine's Day. For your love little mister... Mr. Right, that is. Grab yours HERE.
A more gender neutral approach to Daddy is my Valentine. Grab yours HERE.
Another "Love Stinks"! Why? Because we can't resist the funny. Get yours HERE.
Well, that's a wrap! Tell us your favorite(s) in the comments below!
Another successful year for Liv & Co. is in the books. I cannot begin to explain how gracious I am, as well as my family, for your loyalty and support throughout the past 5+ years. There is nothing better than being able to stay home with my kids to design and manufacture clothing and accessories for your kiddo's!
Year in review:
2017 has been good to us. We opened up on Amazon.com and Zazzle.com , which are very new and exciting endeavors for us, added several new items to our Etsy shop and to our website store, added a new group board to our Pinterest account, finally started an email list to stay connected to you all easily, added tie dyed shirts to our shop, added a serger to our equipment to bring you our amazing baby and toddler blankets, and so much more.
On a personal note, our oldest son turned 18, our daughter turned 12, and our youngest son turned 3. (My step children; Doug's boys, turned 16 & 12).
Our oldest, Hunter, is pursuing his passion for cycling as a successful bicycle mechanic at a prestigious bike shop where he manages the repair department, builds high end bicycles and participates in local 30-60 mile group rides.
Our daughter, Hayden, continues to be a sweet, loving, child of God and A & B student in school. She will play Volleyball in the spring.
Our youngest son continues to amaze me everyday with his sweetness and his growing vocabulary. Some of my most favorite sayings of his from this past year are, "You can lay down me you want!" (You can lay down on me if you want...) and "I love you so much, doll best friend doll." (Because I often call him doll and best friend, so he combined them together. So cute!).
Doug's boys (my step-kids) are busy in sports. The youngest is a little Football star in his hometown and the oldest enjoys Football and Basketball and will be getting his license soon.
On a sad note - we lost an important member of our family, my grandfather, Ronald E. Dunegan. He survived an extremely abusive childhood at the hands of his stepfather to go on to serve his country, raise 2 daughter's (1 being my mother), enjoy 4 grandchildren, and 10 great - grandchildren. Not a day goes by that tears don't come to my eyes thinking about him. He was a rock for the girl's in our family and he will be missed beyond comprehension. He left behind the following card:
I mean, if his choice of card doesn't show the incredible heart he had for his country, I don't know what does.
"I have taken a lot from life. More than I have given. The best thing has been family. I love you one and all, Ron (dad) (Pa)
A little prayer I have said for over 20 years: God bless and keep my family and all sick people. God bless you, Judy (our grandmother, his late wife). God bless and keep the troops, first responders, the mistreated kids, and me.
P.S. I love you all."
I can tell you without a doubt that he definitely gave way more than he took from this life.
We released red, white, and blue balloons after his service...
and find comfort knowing that he was reunited with our Gram.
We were blessed to be able to visit where my heart calls home, Panama City Beach... (but really, anywhere the sun is shining, and there's salt in the air, my heart calls home.
We made memories...
Thanks to Doug's trucking business taking him all over the country, we visited Colorado as well...
We took too many pictures...
P.S. I love you, Waffle House (haha)
Gave too many hugs... (there's no such thing)
We got lots of Co-cones, as Hawkins calls them. (snow cones)
Connected with friends when we could...
and we went on adventures... (below, the Brussels Ferry)
As the years pass by and our children get older, it is getting harder and harder to ignore my personal dreams and goals, and the desire to pursue them is growing into more of a feeling of necessity.
I have a personal goal to give my children a truly all-American experience with life. I'm determined to show them that the domesticated 9-5 isn't all the bliss it's cracked up to be, and that you don't have to plant roots in life, if you'd rather, you can spread your wings and fly instead.
I want to teach them not to be afraid to roam and enjoy this beautiful country. I want to teach them not to settle and that the minute you stop adventuring is the moment you stop truly living. It's the moment you start existing.
It has been a dream of mine for about 15 years to purchase a school bus and renovate it into cozy living quarters to travel the country. My business being online would allow us to do this, so long as everything with our bus is paid off. I'm determined to make 2018 the year of the bus, one way or another! I'm determined to break these shackles that have kept me in the Midwest and get to where my heart feels like we belong...
So what's next for Liv & Co, you ask? A lot. We have a lot in store for 2018.
For starters, I intend to make it a priority to get more personal with you all here on my blog. Let's bond! (haha... but seriously)
We are launching an exclusive t shirt line called Clothing For A Cause and 50% of the profits will go to St. Jude Children's Research.
We will be launching our NICU graduate program that will give a free baby bodysuit to little NICU graduates that finally get to go home. This project will launch in particular hospitals in the Midwest region.
We hope to have most of our products listed on Amazon in 2018, as well as on Zazzle. It is a slow process since there are only 2 of us running the show, but we hope to have both of these sites up with several products by March at the latest.
Our goal with Amazon is to ship our products to their fulfillment facilities so they may fulfill our orders as they come in and allow us more time as a family and to travel.
Lastly, we hope to expand our wholesale market and get more of our products out in brick and mortar boutique's throughout the United States. (If you're interested, contact us HERE)
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P.S. We just released our new Valentine's Day collection! Click HERE to view!
I try to be as healthy as possible at all times. This recipe isn't exactly that, but it's the perfect way to pack lots of veggies into your kiddo's without them really noticing.
So, if you've hopped off the meat eating train for a bit, but still don't mind dairy, this veggie lasagna recipe I've concocted is going to rock your world.
You might be thinking, "Ewe!", because honestly, at first, I did too, but then I made it, I ate it, and I'm never turning back. I've been subbing vegetables everywhere that I would normally put meat, and come to find out, everything still tastes almost exactly the same, so meat isn't all it's cracked up to be as far as making the flavor of a dish.
I get anxiety making lasagna in big dishes because I know it will go to waste and I hate throwing food away, so this portion size is perfect to feed a family of 4-5 for one evening (we actually fed 6-7 people with it) and still have leftovers for lunch the next day. If you'd like to make this dish in a standard 13x9 pan, just double the recipe.
What you'll need:
-7 strips of lasagna noodles (if you can find whole grain or whole wheat noodles, you'll make this lasagna healthier.)
-1 handful frozen broccoli
-1 handful frozen green beans
-1 handful frozen, crinkle cut carrots (or sliced carrots)
-1 15 oz. ricotta cheese (you'll use about half)
-1 8 oz. bag of mozzarella cheese
-1 24 oz. jar of marinara sauce (I use Newman's Own because they are an ethical company & donate 100% of their profits to charity).
(You can use whatever vegetables you want. When my kids won't be sharing with me, I'm going to try some green pepper and onion next time.)
Below is what your first layer will look like:
Pre-heat your oven at 375 degrees.
Apply a thin layer of marinara to the bottom of an 8X8 pan so noodles don't stick.
Boil your noodles for about 10-12 minutes (add salt or oil to prevent sticking). Stir occasionally.
While your noodles are boiling, put all your veggies in a pot & steam them. (I use frozen vegetables because they preserve nutrients). This takes place of the time you'd normally prep meat for a meat lasagna.
Once noodles are done, drain them. Let them cool enough to touch and layer 3 rows of noodles in your pan.
One end of your noodles will lap over your pan - don't cut them off. Let them hang over.
Apply a layer of ricotta over top of the noodles, then a layer of shredded mozzarella, then a layer of your steamed veggies.
Apply another layer of noodles over top of your veggies, but let the noodle ends drape off the opposite side of your pan than the bottom layer, then repeat layering your marinara, ricotta, mozzarella, and veggies. Fold over your noodles that lapped and apply your 7th noodle straight down the middle that is uncovered and apply a generous layer of marinara and mozzarella cheese.
Bake on 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Make sure your cheese is fully melted.
Let stand for 5 minutes & serve.
Your final product will look like this:
Have you tried this recipe? Tell us what you thought of it in the comments below! Find more recipes HERE.
Whether you are a stay at home mom or a work at home mom, I'm sure you've already heard a time or 20 how lucky you are to be able to stay at home all day and that you must basically do like, nothing, right? Like, you couldn't possibly do as much as all those mom's that have to go to work everyday.
I. Don't. Think. So.
You see, I've been both, and let me tell you, being the working mom was easier. Maybe it wasn't as rewarding, necessarily, but it was easier. I could go to work and focus on the task at hand while someone else cared for my child. That's not a knock to the working mom, either. It's honestly just what my experience was.
Now, though it may be more difficult, I wouldn't trade being a work at home mom for anything, but imagine my surprise when I received these text messages from my significant other with quite the colorful choice of words (hehe)!
Good ole auto correct corrected my "nothing" to boring, so I attempted to fix it just for you (haha), but you get the drift. Before you get too mad at my dude - he was uber stressed at that particular moment, and none of us are perfect, so let's forgive him and move on.
But just to clear things up for everyone that loves to be up in my business: I am how everyone's laundry gets done, I am how people have towels to dry off with when they get out of the shower,
I'm the one who wipes people's pee off the toilet seat, I'm the one who picks up various articles of clothing on a daily basis and gets them to the laundry room, I am the one who puts food on the table (and not your run of the mill mac n' cheese or frozen pizza - I make healthy shit for my family), like my, "Make you poop Chili", Veggie Pot Pie (like chicken, but better, and vegan friendly), and my Baked Spaghetti (where I hide garlic, peppers, and other healthy stuff that the kids don't know about) which you can find in my recipes section sometime next week.
I am the one who drops off and picks up from school, I am the one who makes sure there are groceries in the house,
I am the one who makes sure kids have gifts for birthday parties and that they get there, I am almost always the one who gets the children to their sporting activities, I clean up the house at least 3 times a day ( after the toddler destroys it in the morning, after he destroys it in the afternoon, and one final time before I go to bed.)
Then, some where in between all that, I have to find time to run my business so I can pay a car payment, pay for cell phones, put lunch money in bank accounts, pay for insurance, Netflix, Internet, vehicle repairs ($2,500 was my most recent) & maintenance, clothing (even thought I shop mostly second hand or support other small shop's) and provide somewhat of a tiny cushion in the bank in case one of us is ever out of work or falls ill. Below is an example of a typical "I do nothing" type of day (haha!).
I run an Instagram account, Facebook business account & group, Pinterest account, Tumblr account, & Twitter account for my Etsy shop and my company website, LivAndCo.com , where I design and manufacture adorable clothing and accessories for your babies and children and occasionally come up with some fab adult tee's as well.
I would challenge anyone that has a problem to walk a day in my shoes. You'll die after my morning workout, I promise ;) (visit my Facebook page Live Better With Liv . It's my hobby page.), but me, that's just my warm up for getting prepared to rockstar through my day.
While my significant other (who does work his tail off to help support our brood) gets to come home as his break on a weekly basis, I do not have that luxury. Weekends mean virtually nothing to me. I'm still rocking the mom boss gig 24/7/365, and if I'm lucky, I may get a tiny vacation or 2 a year (but even then I bring my work with me because I can't afford to take off and I also cannot afford the mental stress of getting backed up on orders).
I have ZERO margin for error. When an emergency comes up, it throws everything off whack, because I literally chew up every moment of my day MOVING and getting stuff done.
So to all the mom bosses - those that are stay at home mom's, work at home mom's, or mom's that hold down that 9-5 and still come home to bathe the kids and put dinner on the table, but get told you must not do much - this one is for you!
I have to go now because I really don't even have enough time to write this post (haha). No really, I have to go give my son a bath...
We get it - shopping for little boy's isn't as easy as shopping for little girl's, and it's often not as fun! Not to mention, scouring the internet for hours in search of a fabulous birthday shirt for your boy's special day can be overwhelming! So, we went ahead and did the leg work for you and found you some of the best birthday boy shirts on the internet!
This crown boy's birthday shirt went viral on Pinterest. In fact, this whole ensemble is just the cutest, many times when people purchase it they recreate this look! What's even better - it is available in all ages! Grab yours HERE.
Has turning two years old ever looked so cute? I don't think so! There really isn't a better 2nd birthday shirt to celebrate your little guy turning two years old than this personalized 2 mustache shirt! It is so hard to find cute, customized boy shirts, but then we stumbled upon this little gem! Kill'in it! This one is also available for all ages. Grab yours HERE.
What better way to say, "I'm two!" than with a shirt that not only holds up 2 finger's to say so, but also coincidentally is the peace symbol! Not only is this available on this amazing raglan, but it is also available on solid color tee's as well. Grab the raglan HERE.
You'll want to be sure to re-pin, re-tweet, and/or Facebook share this post to come back to it later as I compile the ultimate boy birthday shirt go-to article!
Not in the market for a birthday shirt quite yet? Head HERE to shop the most unique, handmade boys t shirt apparel.
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It's almost Memorial Day Weekend! To me, that is the beginning of Summer. For some, school is already out, and for others- it's right around the corner. Summer time is such an awesome time of year. Full of pool parties, barbecues, vacations, relaxation + so much more. We rounded up some of our favorite items for Summer this year! These products will help make your Summer more enjoyable + fun!
Sunscreen: http://www.supergoop.com/shop/day-to-day-tote/ . This Supergoop! suncreen is our favorite for summer. It's fun to put on, lightweight, and lasts a long time! We love this little carrying case they sell! Perfect for traveling!
Beach hair: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Your-Mothers-Texturizing-8-ounce/dp/B004UL0GTK?th=1 . The beach is perfect for giving you those textured waves. But sometimes we need a little product to enhance the effect. We love this texturizing spray for creating that beachy look!
Summer tanks: http://www.livandco.com/store/c8/Women_%2F_Maternity_%2F_Pregnancy_TShirts.html . Our brand new summer tanks are perfect for lounging at the beach or on vacation! They are super comfy + go with everything!
Swim Suit: https://www.cupshe.com/products/cupshe-time-slips-away-floral-bikini-set?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=cyy833-awa&utm_content=awareness&pp=0 . This suit is one of our favorites! We love the tropical look of it paired with the stripes! Even if you don't have any vacations planned, this swim suit will make you feel like you're in paradise!
Flamingo pool float: https://www.amazon.com/Original-Giant-Flamingo-Inflatable-Inches/dp/B00TYU97FG . These things are ALL over instagram. And we LOVE it. You have to have a sweet pool float this summer. They are SO much fun. And surprisingly comfy.
Instax Mini Camera: https://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Instax-Mini-Instant-Pink/dp/B009ZM9R4O . This camera is perfect for your summer getaway! It's a mini polaroid camera that helps you capture your summer memories in such a fun way! Your pictures print out instantly- helping you remember your vacation forever!
Pineapple Cup: https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/1642142/ankit-home-pineapple-coffee-tumbler?color=MULTI&crlt.pid=camp.ep46TClky7Nx . Whether you are sipping coffee for an early morning sunrise on the beach, or you prefer an ice cold margarita on the boat, this tumbler is perfect for keeping any drink hot or cold!
Towel: https://henryandbros.com/collections/bed-to-beach-towel-blanket/products/bed-to-beach-towel-blanket . A great towel is a must-have for summer. We love this colorful one from Henry and Bros. Goes with everything!
Sun Hat : https://www.etsy.com/shop/KindredandKid . Kindred and Kid has tons of different sun hats with adorable phrases! We love this one for summer!
Choosing a theme for your baby's first birthday party can be hard! There are so many different options, and you want the first birthday to be so special. We're going to be sharing some of our favorite first birthday themes with you to help you with your party planning! Today's theme we will be sharing is Lumberjack! What's cuter than buffalo plaid, a woodsy feel, and red & black all over!?
The buffalo plaid 1st birthday bodysuit is from our shop: www.livandco.com . We have tons of first birthday outfits, but this one fits the lumberjack theme PERFECT.
Other lumberjack themed items & ideas can be found here:
Lumberjack cake: http://www.creativemornings.blogspot.com
Lumberjack sign: gatheringeventscompany.com
Lumberjack leggings: www.etsy.com/shop/midbestthreads
Buffalo plaid hat: www.etsy.com/shop/partydecorandmoore
ONE letters: www.catchmyparty.com
High chair banner: www.etsy.com/shop/lilcraftychickadee
Proud Mom of 3 beautiful children. Creator, designer, & owner of Liv & Co.
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