Buy or DIY Hair Bows

Buy or DIY Hair Bows

This post may contain affiliate links Whether it's creating or buying - all little girls need to have some BOWS in their life!  I grew up with bows my mom created using ribbons, and even some crazy things like water balloons!  Check out all these ideas on creating hair bows for your little one (and even some spinoff ideas of what to do with them once they've outgrown the bow phase!) Beauty and the Beast inspired Rose Hair Tie Danielle with A Crafty Spoonful shares this DIY rose that you might recognize from one of the newest recreated movies to hit the big screen - Beauty and the … [Read more...]

Things I Never Thought I’d Worry About

things i never thought i'd worry about

This is a sponsored post. Thank you for taking the time to read and sharing in some of my worries! I remember being newly married, folding laundry on our bed, and joking about how this life I was in felt more like play than reality.  I shared with some friends and I think at that point, I had no idea the worries that would fill my mind as time passed and I got older (or maybe wiser?). I always knew Jon and I would have kids.  But after trying to have our first for what seemed like forever, I then worried that maybe we wouldn't have any. When we had our first - Aubrey - I wondered how I'd … [Read more...]

Much Needed R&R In Solvang, CA

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Thank you Kia for loaning me this Sorento to cruise around Solvang with! During a group date night in December, the girls all decided we needed a trip away to Solvang, CA for some laughs, good food, and some time away from our kids.  (We love you kids, but we also enjoy eating a hot meal!).  We flipped through our phones, found a weekend, and saved the date.  Counting down the time was exciting and eventually we were ready for our trip!  How do I prepare for a trip? Here, let me share.... The next day we packed up the Kia Sorento SXL and ventured out.  The ladies were pretty impressed … [Read more...]

My Favorite Celebrity Swag Items

Unboxing Celebrity Swag! It's Award Season!

I received some gifting suite items from Madison & Mulholland to share and enjoy.  This post can contain affiliate links Raise your hand if you're always wanting to know exactly what types of goodies are given to celebrities from local and national brands & designers?  Me!!!  I was so delighted to receive a huge bag courtesy of Madison & Mulholland and while it would take way too long to share on video everything, I do have a short 2 minute video sharing my favorite 4 things that I received! And I will be rocking that bag next weekend but I did also rock it this weekend at … [Read more...]

Multi-tasking Mama Looking for Me Time

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I'm a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam for 2017 and excited to share stories each month!  This post may contain affiliate links Being a mom to three littles, working full time, and running 2 side hustles (This blog, and Scentsy), I always had to cut down on a lot of tv time.  I'd find myself putting the kids to bed, sitting on one of our comfy recliners, and turn on the tv.  Before I knew it, it was approaching 10pm and I hadn't even made school lunches. It was on those nights that I started to feel overwhelmed with my to-do lists and I knew something had to give. Sadly, it was the tv. Of … [Read more...]

Last Minute Ideas – Astronaut Birthday Party

astronaut birthday party - last minute ideas - coloring station

This post contains affiliate links. All photos courtesy of Becca Rillo Photography - she's an amazing Los Angeles Wedding photographer. You need her. Every child of ours has an amazing first birthday party.  It's a chance for our family to see how much they've grown, and a chance for us to go all out and have our family & friends over.  Aubrey's first birthday was never shared on here (but you can catch all the details here), Luke's was an awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme (perfect for summer!) and Ryan's theme had us stumped. Of course it was already the first week of November … [Read more...]

Are You Sentimental Too?

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As I've grown up, and moved (many times), I've realized I am a bit sentimental about things. With each move, I've uncovered more boxes full of mementos of photographs (totally normal), keychains (not so normal) and baby hair.  This is totally a mom thing. I have a hard time getting rid of these objects even though our garage & closet is overflowing. Each item takes me back to a different time and place and brings back vivid pictures.  One of the keychains I have is the little photo keepsake you get at amusement parks.  I have 2 that were from an 8th grade trip with my small class.  It … [Read more...]

10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Valentine Heart Garland with Pipe Cleaners and Beads

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! While some are out shopping for wine and roses, one of my favorite parts of the holiday is making fun crafts with our kids. I've been working really hard to let go and let the mess happen.  (It's bound to happen, right?)  I love watching them hand me their finished masterpiece with their faces beaming with pride.  I also know that our home is bursting with arts & crafts from preschool, so we've started to share the love and some of these Valentine's Day Crafts will be shared with our family!  How much better does it get? I've rounded up 10 of my … [Read more...]

10 Best Soup Recipes

top 10 best soup recipes

This post contains affiliate links Now that the holidays are over, I think we can all agree that we are ready for spring. Unfortunately, we have to wait a few months for blooming flowers and spring-like weather. (And yes, it's actually going to be cold, gloomy & rainy in SoCal for a few weeks!!) The best part about having a few months of winter left is being able to eat delicious and hearty soup. I love being able to use my BlendTec  to create a warm and tasty soup for our family. Below I've rounded up 10 of my favorite soup recipes for you. Copycat Panera Bread Tomato Bisque … [Read more...]

Bringing the Past to Life – Medieval Times

bringing the past to live - medieval times - buena park

This is a sponsored post. Special thanks to Medieval Times in Buena Park for hosting our family Jon and I have been together since our young 20s.  Just before we both turned 30 - we talked about what plans we wanted to do.  Aubrey was a tiny baby and we weren't sure what to do.  All of our friends started having big celebrations but we knew with a newborn, much wasn't a possibility.  Jon's one wish was to head to Medieval Times Buena Park with all our friends.  And each year, it's pretty much been the same wish but it hasn't happened. Until now. We were invited to attend the live … [Read more...]