Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I've been busy around here with my business and designing a birthday party for a friend! And, between all that, trying to catch up around the house, and mixing up my days (thank you holiday!), I haven't been documenting here. It's a huge bummer! So, I thought I'd share our day at the zoo from last weekend.

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The zoo is a bit of a drive from us, but we bought season passes last year so we can pop in on weekends when we have nothing going on and explore a bit. Having passes lightens the stress of "must see and do it all". While the zoo is small enough to see most everything in one day, we like letting the kids do more of what they like there and less of what they don't.

Lia's favorites this trip were the flamingos (because of her shirt, of course!), the giant checkers game, and a giant slushy.

Nico's favorites included digging in the dinosaur play area, stealing his sister's giant slushy, and climbing any and all fences and walls and displays that he could, of course.

We brought along a picnic, fed the giraffes, explored the fun children's area (hello tree house and giant outdoor games), and shared funnel cake fries.

After we were all happily exhausted, we attempted an early dinner in a funky little downtown restaurant. I spent most of the meal walking Nico down side alleys but that's how the cookie crumbles lately.

But, it was a really really good family day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Our guy surprised us by staying home to spend more time with us yesterday morning! Waking up to the smell of bacon is always a good way to start the morning. We picked up a baby cake from our favorite bakery for the kids, spend the morning picking daffodils with Nico, and celebrated with L's class at her school valentine party.

The evening ended with heart-shaped pizza, a little playdoh fun, and our annual viewing of Valentine's Day.

It was a good one!

Monday, February 13, 2017


L's school is a healthy-choice school. On top of that, her class is FULL of allergies. So, we always stick with non-treat valentines to be on the super safe side. I like the fun touch that a homemade valentine brings and she's never really been the one to want to pick out her own from the store.

So, homemade and simple it is! We put these together quickly last night after bath time. I cut the cards out but she handled the rest.

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I found the printable over here!

And, if you still need valentine ideas, here's a few others we love...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Valentine's Day is in a week! My girl excitedly reminded me of this yesterday morning on the way to school and now my head is full of all things love and hearts and pink and red.

My go-to gift for my babes, for any holiday, is a good book. It's a real struggle to walk out of a bookstore without buying something. Which is why we're the biggest fans of public libraries!

In case you're in need of a feel-good, perfect for Valentine's Day book, I rounded up a few our our favorites!

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Enjoy! XO

Saturday, January 28, 2017


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Happy Saturday! It's been a doozy full of grocery shopping, running errands, and trying to keep up with our wild ones. I was all set tonight to grab some popcorn and catch up on a few episodes of House of Cards with my guy until he was called into work. So, the kids are tucked into bed and I'm flying solo with popcorn and Scandal. The made-up political drama in Scandal is a little break from the too-real political drama clouding our days.

Some days I need a "political-filter" on social media so I can ignore it all for awhile. It's just too much. But, I try to find the balance between listening so that I can learn from it and not listening so it doesn't eat away at me.

And, a few things from this week.

Some amazing from the Women's March.
And, another equally honorable view on the march.
Anne Frank was a refugee, too.
A to-do list I can always be up for.
Parenting missed connections.
A colorful puzzle.
A fun throw pillow.
And, a book I'm adding to my list to read.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017


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She's been my gal pal for seven years now. It's been a wild ride.

She's in the 1st grade now and she loves to learn. She's learning to read and my heart soars each night that she makes her way through a book.

She's into all things girly like make-up and painting her nails and wearing dresses and skirts every chance she gets.

She's into playing games on her iPad, crafting up art projects and little drawings that she spreads around the house, she's recently come to love macaroons, and she loves American Girl books.

She's growing up so quickly and it shows, but at the same time she wants us to remember that she's still little. It's a delicate balance that we strive to reach every day with her.

She's the best big sister. She's the best daughter. She's the best everything.

Monday, January 23, 2017


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This sweet handsome boy turned two earlier this month! I can't remember the days before he was a part of our little clan. He brightens our days with his smile and big belly laughs. He's the most lovable little boy - always at the ready to dish out hugs and kisses and high fives.

He just learned where his nose, eyes, and ears are! It's a fun new trick we are having so much fun with. He's the pickiest little eater and he's convinced he can survive on applesauce, yogurt, and pretzels. Bunny is his sidekick and he's been so loved in the past year that his nose is rubbing off. He loves Mickey Mouse, Doc McStuffins, and Paw Patrol. He loves to dance and jump. And, he loves to chase his sister around and drive her crazy.

He's the best little thing and we love him so!