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!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mother's Day & Le Creuset Giveaway!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for all the special women in your life, you're in luck because today I'm sharing some last-minute ideas for all the mamas who love to cook & entertain {plus an awesome Giveaway};)!

Friday, April 29, 2016


 So one thing about me you may not know is that I love to dance. I've taken some classes in high school and college {everything from ballroom, Latin, and hip hop} and even though my college years are well past me, my passion for dancing remains intact. But finding the time to go to dance classes when you have kiddos is pretty tough {or at least it is for me}!

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Hi lovelies! This week has gone away from me very quickly! My mom flew into town on Monday and we've been busy catching up on everything we've missed out on these past months by living on opposite ends of the country.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Warm Days and Dutch Braid Bun

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My hair has been in dire need of some TLC this year, It's felt so damaged, dry and lifeless! So as of late I've been opting for hairstyles that are a little less harsh on my hair {basically just trying to stay away from the flat iron & curling wand}. And since Cincinnati humidity is pretty intense, I like to sport braids {in the hopes of taming my frizzy hair}, one of my favorite braids I've learned in the process is this simple Dutch braid high bun hair-do. Keep reading for this five minutes hairstyle tutorial!

DC Trip

I turned twenty nine on Sunday, and although I'm not in love with the sound of that, I sure am happy with all the things I've accomplished in my life {namely: marrying the love of my life & starting our own happily ever after}.

Monday, April 18, 2016

10 Minute Recycling Craft

Today I have a chic & super simple recycling craft for you that will have you scavenging your house for empty containers!

Kangaroo Thrills

Last year after getting back from our camping trip in Kentucky we heard about this amazing adventure zoo where the public gets to roam around & play with kangaroos. At the time I was six months pregnant and couldn't fathom getting back in the car for another 6 hours. So we postponed that outing & allowed life to settle down a bit.  Well, nine months later & life has finally "settled down" enough for us to make a trip back to Kentucky and explore this cool Australian themed park.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Picnic with PackIt

I looked out the window this morning and saw the beautiful sun peeking through the clouds and I almost jumped with joy! The past week has been a little frustrating, because the weather has been alternating between pouring rain to freezing cold & snow {okay, so it only snowed once but still I'm so over this cold weather:D}. So when I saw the beautiful sun this morning I just knew we were going to take advantage of it and go outdoors for a picnic. So I packed up some yummy fruit, yogurt, sandwiches and popsicles in my ultra chic PackIt tote bag & headed out the door.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Little Details, Big Difference-Cleaning Tips

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Even though our family is involved in many hobbies, sports and activities the majority of our time is spent at home. And, although I may have a love-hate relationship with our home {since I'm constantly renovating it & our projects seem never-ending}, I do love it & strive to make it beautiful! That's why I do my best to bring out it's natural beauty daily with quick but thorough cleaning!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Making Lunch Cooler With PackIt + GIVEAWAY!

Both my kiddos are pretty picky eaters and so, I often worry about them getting enough to eat while they're off at school. At the beginning of the school year Mallorie {our first-grader} really struggled during lunchtime. Part of that was because, she really didn't like what I was packing for her & so of course she was barely eating any of it. So, I knew I had to make her lunches just a tad bit cooler and more exciting. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Pallet Board Wall Decor

You might remember, we made this pallet board wall decor right before Madison was born, when we renovated our basement living room {you can see the transformation Here if you missed it}. And then we had baby Madison and I forgot all about the tutorial:D! Well, I stumbled upon the pictures this week and thought I should do a quick tutorial for you guys {better late then never, right?}. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter & Hayden's Fourth Birthday

 On Friday we celebrated Hayden's Fourth birthday with a huge Easter egg hunt & a slew of other Easter-themed activities. Here are a few pictures from her party.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Little Effort Lots of Benefits

Today, I woke up at the crack of dawn with a purpose. I knew the day was going to be cold & overcast all day, but I wasn't going to let that stop us from having a fun day of learning. So I headed to the store to get all the necessary ingredients to make DIY play dough. Okay, so it was mainly just to get Cream of Tartar{who the heck has that on hand, not me:D}.  Okay, so we all know Play dough is always a hit with kids, but keep reading to learn why it's such a great learning tool.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mexican Rice Pudding / Arroz Con Leche Recipe

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Little else says comfort to me like Arroz con Leche. I loved it as a kid growing up in California and I love it even more now as an adult and yet, I don't make it very often because it traditionally has copious amounts of sugar, fats and calories. That is Until now...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Easter Lawn Decor

Remember when I said I had a house full of Easter goodies? 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Comfort & Style