Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis The Season!!!

December has to be my favorite month of the year! I love all the preparations that goes into making this season special for our families. It's so fun decking the halls and putting out all our cute decorations that remind us of the true meaning of the Christmas. 

Keep reading to see some of my favorite things I've had on display this season.

Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY Gift Basket For Jet-setters

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Can you believe we are already in December?! Where did the year go? It feels like every year the Holiday season gets here earlier & earlier. I know the Holidays can get hectic for everyone, and it's easy to forget to purchase a gift for a party/friend, so that's why this year I've put together a couple easy gift baskets in advance to have on hand. Best part is that they're incredibly practical, and useful for the Jet-setter in your life, or really anyone with a phone.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Totally Swoon-Worthy

I can't believe the difference just a couple months has made in this little girl's attitude! Miss Madison (or more commonly referred to around here as: little stinker) loved calling the shots and having her way. 

This was especially true when I'd come around with the camera! She would absolutely refuse to look in my direction and would give us her trademark stinker-face (which involves her scrunching up her little face) whenever we'd try to coerce her into looking our way:D. This girl, knew exactly what she was doing!

But lucky for us, now that she's turned 13 months she's had a bit of an attitude adjustment (hallelujah). So, she's way more relaxed now, easy to entertain and just generally happier. I'm beyond loving this little stage she's in!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

4 Steps for Surviving Winter (even if deep down you really hate it)



One thing you should know about me is that I'm a huge baby when it comes to cold weather. Part of that is due to growing up in sunny California with 100 degree weather three quarters of the year, and the second reason is that the cold just makes my bones super achy and reminds me that I'm getting old-fast (sigh).

And while I dream about picking up and moving somewhere warm like Hawaii, California or Italy, my husband's work is here, and moving really isn't in the cards for us right now. I won’t pretend that winter and I will ever become best friends forever or anything, but I’ve decided to come up with a few ways to make some peace with it and make it bearable more enjoyable for us.

4 Steps for Surviving Winter (even if deep down you really hate it)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Deal + GIVEAWAY!

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

The holidays always go by so quickly! I can't believe it's already Cyber Monday!!! This is one of the best sale days of the year, and one of my favorite. I know everyone is busy getting their shopping-on but I wanted to stop in for a second and make sure you knew about the awesome sale Freshly Picked is having. For the next 24 hours, All Freshly Picked seasonal styles will be 25% off! That's the best deal I've seen on them, so I wanted to make sure I passed it along.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Crafts & Merry Gifts

Today's post is a sponsored collaboration with KidKraft  & Halo® mandarins , two brands my kids and I thoroughly enjoy & can't get enough of! As always all opinions, exclamation points and spelling errors are all my own:)!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? We're not even close! I'm kind of a procrastinator when it comes to... well, all things really, so Today we are heading to the grocery store and getting everything we need for our Thanksgiving feast. 

But before we go, I wanted to share some fun crafts Hayden & I did last week as well as an early gift we've been enjoying.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Day-to-Night Holiday Look

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The holiday season is a busy one for everyone, but there's a simple way to transform your look without having to devote too much effort into it.

So, Today I'm teaming up with Neutrogena® & sharing an effortless Day-to-Night makeup tutorial + some tips for keeping your skin healthy & fresh through the busy Holiday season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Simple & Timeless Holiday Decor with Annie Selke + DIY Art

A special thanks to Annie Selke for sponsoring today's post! All opinions expressed are all mine!
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! This holiday season is my favorite of them all, and I have so much fun decorating for it and making it memorable for our family, but it always feels like it goes by way too quickly.  So, this year I'm resolved to make it last a little longer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Decorating: Tips For Hanging Garland Outdoors {Damage Free}

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One question I am asked a lot this time of year is: “how do you hang garland, wreaths and stockings around the house without getting holes all over the place?” 

Today, I am shedding light on that great question + sharing a tutorial for how to hang garland on your front porch.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lattice Raspberry Apple Cobbler Recipe & LE CREUSET GIVEAWAY!

If you're looking for an easy Raspberry Apple Cobbler recipe, to get your sweet cinnamon apple fix, you've come to the right place! It's kind of like all the best parts of pie, but with a fraction of the effort! 
I just love cooking with apples, especially in the fall when they're in season. They’re so juicy, crisp and delicious, plus they always give me a tasty reason to make my house smell like cinnamon. 

This past week I decided to experiment a little and combine my love for apples & raspberries into my favorite cobbler recipe. The end result was truly heavenly, so I thought I'd share this sweet, indulgent treat with you all;).  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hearty Sopes-The Ultimate Tailgaiting Appetizer

These hearty Pork Sopes are absolutely perfect for your next tailgating party. This appetizer strikes the perfect combination of fresh flavor and heat that is sure to score big with all of your guests!
These do take a little planning but let me assure you they are well worth the effort!

If you've never had sopes before, then you're in for a real treat! They are essentially small crisp savory tarts with a soft interior, traditionally served with re-fried beans, shredded beef, queso fresco, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa. They're absolutely delicious and the best part is the filling possibilities are endless! 
The reason these are perfect for Game Day, is because you can do all the prep-work beforehand, allowing you more time to enjoy your guests when they arrive! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

KidKraft Grocery Marketplace - Holiday Guide

A special thanks to our favorite kids furniture & play toy company: KidKraft for sending us this darling Market to review & explore with! 

Imaginative play is one of my favorite things for kids to do, because it encourages creativity, language development, role play, and so much more! Play kitchens (or in this case: grocery marketplace) are one of the best toy investments you can make, because they help foster imagination. Plus, you know these toys will get played with on a daily basis for many years to come from kids of all ages (so quality pieces are the only way to go).

Friday, November 4, 2016

Chocolatey Chip Cookie Cups Recipe & Nestle Toll House

A few weeks ago, I noticed on Instagram that Nestle Toll House was starting a brand new campaign called Bake Some Good. They've just embarked on a 100 day journey to change the world for the better, one baked good at a time! 
They have six incredible Toll House Bakers committed to baking & delivering goodies to the under-appreciated & do-gooders, so they can spread a little kindness & raise spirits. Pretty amazing, right?!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chorizo Stuffing~Mexican Twist

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If you're looking for a new and delicious recipe to spice up your traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year, you've come to the right place! Today, I'm sharing a childhood favorite (with a bit of a twist of course), it's called chorizo con papas. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Chocolate Chip Pie

A special thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today's conversation! As always all opinions, exclamation points & spelling errors are all my own:D!
Happy National Chocolate Day! With Halloween just days away, I guess it's only natural that my mind has been gravitating towards sweets, chocolate and dessert! And if that wasn't reason enough, I also had a wonderful opportunity to visit with Nestle Toll House this week and get my hands dirty baking in their kitchen {more on this later}!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Curly Hair Solutions

Today's conversation has been a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON’S and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. As always all opinions are mine own! #TangleTalk
Are you ready for Halloween? I feel like we've been celebrating Halloween all month long with trips to the pumpkin patch, decorating pumpkins, making Halloween crafts and trunk or treating. But, the girls have yet to get their fill of the Halloween-craze! 

They have a few more events to look forward to this weekend before the 31st of October and It's going to be a blast and after staying up until the wee hours of the night putting the finishing touches on Mallorie's costumes, I'm happy to report we're all ready to party! Or will be, once we figure out what to do with their hair...

Pumpkin Patch + Fall Bucket List

Going to the pumpkin patch is something my family looks forward to each year! This year was Madison's first time and I think she really enjoyed it! It was a little cold, but she didn't mind too much, especially since her daddy held her the whole time {and he's known for being very warm all year long:)}. Visiting the pumpkin patch was the perfect activity  after a weeks-worth of rain! The girls were so ready & excited to get out to the farm and start exploring our local pumpkin patch!  

Keep reading to find out our fall bucket list:)!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Nature Scavenger Hunt Tips + Free Printable

Nature Scavenger Hunts are great for any time of year and give families a chance to explore & connect with nature. I put together a fun nature scavenger hunt printable for our little rangers and I thought I'd share it with you! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

M&M Buckeyes = Tastiest Truffles

With Halloween basically here already, I thought I'd share one of my favorite ways to use-up extra candy. For this recipe I used M&M's but you can easily modify it to garnish with your favorite chocolates! 
Have you had the chance to try buckeyes before? If you haven't, then you're in for a real treat:D! They are absolutely delicious and always leave you wanting more! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7 Tips For Nearly Effortless Photo Sessions

Taking family portraits are so exciting for me! They not only mark another year together but they help document the amazing growth of our little family! I must admit, there is something so extraordinary about seeing the joy and love of our family captured in time!

But, I know for many families, figuring out what to wear for their family portraits is the most stressful part of the whole event. Keep reading to find out 7 tips that are sure to help you plan & maximize your upcoming photo session!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Spooky Halloween Movies for Kids 7 & Under!

We love love love Halloween and spooky movies are right up our alley.
Below are a just few of our favorite Halloween movies you can watch as a family and that aren't too scary little ones! 

2 Makeovers: Office & Guest Bedroom + Tips

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We have company coming in just a couple of weeks, so I've been tying up loose ends throughout the house, making-over rooms, trying to make our home feel more cozy & inviting. 

See how it all came together below!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

And Then She Was One!

Our sweet Madison is no longer a teeny baby!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Just A Couple Freebies

Good Morning! Today, I have a couple printables for ya! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hunters Of Happiness

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In case you’re new around here, I’ll fill you in on a secret: our family loves adventure & oh yes the weekends. We spent almost every day of our summer going on family hikes, playing at parks, exploring nature, swimming, splashing in the creek and going to museums. In other words, getting our fill of untamed happiness. Family time is near and dear to our hearts. And when we have a time to all be together, like on the weekends, then we try to make the most of it and do something out of the ordinary and memorable.