Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mexican Dry Rub Ribs Recipe

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Now that summer is here and the grilling season has officially begun, I wanted to have a low key BBQ and fire up the grill for family and friends before I left on another vacation. My husband's birthday is this week and we are planning to celebrate it with a big camping trip in the Smoky Mountains {It's been so long since we've gone camping together, ahh it's going to be so much fun!}.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sweet Moments Of Joy

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One of our favorite things to do while visiting my family in California is spending the day at the beach. They only live about an hour from San Diego, so we do our best to spend a majority of our time there {especially on days when it gets above 110 degrees}. I think I've lived away from the valley for too long, because I just can't brave the heat like I use to {nor can my fair skinned beauties~their faces get beet red within seconds after going outdoors}! So naturally our M.O. has been messy hair, sandy feet and salty kisses:).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Just A Few Thoughts On Marriage


Kyle and I will be celebrating nine years of marriage next month and I am so amazed at how our love and our lives have changed, expanded and evolved over the years. We were so young when we got married, and had such finite ideas of the work, sacrifice and love it would take to make a marriage work & more importantly thrive!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Entertaining

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Prior to moving to Cincinnati, I had never tried dry ribs, fast forward three years later and I am now a dry-rub convert {and can't imagine going back}!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Playroom Favorite

Ever since we've been in our new home, our girls have had their pick of three playrooms; the one in the main level floor, the one in the basement and the one in their bedrooms, which is admittedly way to many. Recently, I decided to simplify things and move all their toys to the basement {in an effort to excite them to play down there}. My plan was working pretty well until our new Lorena Canals rug arrived and I placed it in the nursery. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Milestones

Like most parents, I love snapping pictures of my kiddos little moments and documenting their milestones. It's amazing how quickly those little moments happen and if you're unprepared you might miss them! Recently I stumbled upon Milestones™, who make sets of photo cards to make it easier to capture and remember all of your special moments {from pregnancy to your kiddos early years}. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reset

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Don't you wish there was a reset button in life? I sure do! I know I could use it right around the time I have a baby. Unfortunately there's no easy fix, or magic pill that will transform you overnight, there's just the good ol' fashion way. But that doesn't mean there aren't some really great habits & tricks that help to boost your overall health! Today, I'd like to share a handful of things that help me prioritize my health and make better decisions.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hello California

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 After nine months of not wanting to leave the house (or the bathroom floor really), I'm feeling like we have lots to pack in this Summer and not nearly enough time!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Momma's BFF & Dock A Tot

We flew to California at the beginning of this week to kick off our Summer vacation. Kyle will be with us for about a week but then the girls and I will be visiting family and really just enjoying California for as long as we can:D! I was a little nervous about the prospect of having the girls by myself all day and night & being out of sync with their regular schedules{okay, mostly just Madison}. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dance

You might remember earlier this year our girls started their first Ballet class. Well this week they finished up with their classes and had their very first Ballet recital.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Favorite Date Nights & Pain Reliever

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a list of active
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The Summer before my Sophomore year in High School, I tore my ACL on my left leg, while attending a Summer Volleyball camp at my local college.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Garage Makeover & Fast Track

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One of the biggest trouble areas since we moved into our home has been our garage. Mainly because it had little to no-organization and every time we'd step foot inside it we would just add more junk to it. It essentially became a graveyard for all the things we couldn't manage to bring inside {it was chaotic for sure}. It was totally neglected and in desperate need of a makeover.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fruit Leather & SILPAT GIVEAWAY!

Have you ever made fruit leather? They're essentially homemade fruit roll-ups and they are so tasty! My kids love them! I think they're great because they're simple to make and you can use just about any fruit or fruit combination to make them.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Blooms & Berries ~ Pick Your Own Strawberries

Although, I could do without the insane allergies I get this time of year, it is still a favorite of mine. Why, you ask? Mainly because it means strawberry season has begun and they're in high supply! Oh, how I love strawberries!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kid Friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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You might be thinking, aren't all muffins kid friendly? Nope! But you'll be happy to know that these are. They have a secret ingredient that is perfect for little ones struggling to grow. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

First Taste Of Summer

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DIY Color Powder For A Color Fight!

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A few weeks ago, we got together as a family to discuss our summer "LIVE" list. Have you heard of this concept? It's similar to a bucket list in that you have a list of things you want to do, but instead of just having a master list you're trying to accomplish before you die, the live list is comprised of really fun, messy, and exciting activities you want to do every day to enrich your life. Our list has things like; make your own colorful powder {for a color fight}, make large scale sensory tables{think sand, rice, water in various colors}, to having a beach luau party.We also have a bunch of smaller scale activities on our list that we can do from day to day but it's basically ways that we can let our kids {and ourselves} truly live. Children don't stay little for long, and we want to make sure that our kiddos soak up & savor every moment of their childhood {as well as know that they are loved}! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Extraordinary Baby Gifts & $50 Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

Happy Wednesday friends! Today, I'm excited to share with you a fun new site I've discovered full of extraordinary baby gifts.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Carne Asada Kabobs Recipe

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I love when the weather warms up enough so that we can enjoy the outdoors again! We love spending time on our patio and watching the water pass through the creek in our backyard, but mostly we love all the yummy food & entertaining we get to do once Spring rolls in! Hello yummy grilled food!

Staying Connected With Family

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Every year around this time, I get incredibly home sick and want to fly back to my hometown in California and visit family. It might have something to do with the insane amount of rain that goes on here in Ohio and my longing for sunshine, or maybe it's just my moms cooking:), whatever the reason, I sure am thankful we have a great mobile plan that helps keep us connected while we are thousands of miles apart!

But we all really look forward to our annual California trip, so we are definitely still going back this year. And now that Mallorie gets done with school this week, we will have endless possibilities for fun family time together(can't wait to kick off Summer)!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cuddle + Kind Dolls


Today I’d like to share with you one of my new favorite Brands for kids: Cuddle + Kind. They make the cutest, plush, handcrafted, knitted dolls I've ever seen. But what sets them apart from the rest is their mission to help children. For every doll sold they donate 10 meals to children in need. They have a goal of providing 1 million meals this year and are well on their way to meeting it! I am absolutely in love with the work they are doing, so I was happy to join in & do my part!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Growing & Diapers Gift Card!

This weekend it finally hit me that my baby Madison is no longer a teeny tiny baby anymore. Maybe it's from a moment of clarity from a goodnight's rest or from visiting a friend who just brought home her day-old newborn baby. But in either case, I know it's not all bad {I particularly enjoy the part where I get to sleep through the night again :D}. I really do adore this little stage of life she's in; she is so incredibly alert, social, and smiley!
With Madison's newborn phase coming to a close it's had me thinking a lot about the things that worked well for her and our family. And, while there were definitely some things that I'd worry less about {if I could do it over}, there are a handful of things that were super helpful & we were glad we implemented. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Goals + 4 Tried & True Laundering Hacks

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Many of you may already know that I just completed my first 10K since having our youngest, and it was rough! I had lofty goals of being in shape enough to complete it with a great pace, but then my gym randomly closed & I was left with running outdoors. And if you know something about the Cincinnati area it's that the weather can be quite erratic {It rains just about every other day}! So, I didn't get in as many miles as I had hoped for and spent a bigger portion of my time Latin dancing. Which I can't complain too much about, because it's been so much fun & the whole family loves it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DIY Floral Headboard Tutorial

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I have a confession to make...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Motherhood & Struggles

I feel so blessed to be a mother to these three lively, funny, sweet girly girls of mine! They are all so unique and truly amazing in their own special way! They make every day more memorable, exciting and most definitely louder:D! I am so grateful for them! I'm also incredibly grateful for my mother and for the wonderful influence she has had in my life! I feel like I've had an outpouring of wonderful strong beautiful women in my life that have been such great role models for me and have encouraged me to become the person that I am today! I'm so thankful for each and every one of you!