Much Needed R&R In Solvang, CA

Solvang ca sunset

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...]

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...]

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...]

Being Thankful This Week

We're heading into Thanksgiving (and black friday, cyber monday...) but after last week, finding thanks is easier.  Last week was a bit chaotic and I'm thankful for a flexible job because I was at home all week with Ryan since my mom was super sick.  She takes care of him while I am at work, and so when she's down, I have to step in. I'm thankful for the week as we were heading into his first birthday (another post for another day).  I got to spend so much time with him, and he was such a big helper as we prepped for his party.  He's the sweetest thing and I laughed each time Aubrey asked … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween!

happy halloween - annual traditions

This post may contain affiliate links Growing up, I loved Halloween.  My mom usually made all our costumes and we'd dress up at school and usually trick or treat with friends at the nearby malls.  Sometimes we'd venture out to other neighborhoods with friends.  It was fun to dress up - and also fun to NOT wear our uniform to school.  Aubrey was born about 2 weeks before Halloween and I had put up a Facebook update saying how I totally forgot it was a holiday until I started seeing all my friends going out to parties that night. When Aubrey had her first official Halloween the next year, we … [Read more...]

Building Your Tribe – New Mom Edition

building your tribe - new mom edition

This is a sponsored post and might contain affiliate links. Building a tribe is always an important aspect of Adulting.  You need to find friends/strangers/family that are in your life stage and can help assist with tips - or just provide you with encouraging words to keep you going forward.  When I was wedding planning (and shortly after), I found myself in a tribe talking with other newlyweds and chatted about our china patterns we liked, what shoes to wear for the day, and if a second dress was a good idea.  That tribe moved from an online chatroom into a private email thread, and … [Read more...]