Visiting Snow for the First Time

visiting snow for the first time - road trip tools for success

Last month, on a rather last minute decision - we packed up the kids and took a road trip to visit Reno, NV.  Yes, we could have stayed more local and seen snow in SoCal, but we have family & friends in Reno and Jon needed to meet up with some of them for a new project they're working on. Now, traveling with 3 small kids is sort of interesting.  The longest car ride they had was 4 hours to Vegas last summer. I was not about to lose my mind so we decided to split up the drive out to Reno.  Jon and I booked a hotel room just outside of Sacramento and we arrived about 11pm at night on … [Read more...]

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...]

Multi-tasking Mama Looking for Me Time

multi-tasking mama - netflix streaming binge worthy new shows

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...]

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...]