Hello, hello, friends. I hope you are well. Popping in today just to show what our live has looked like lately. Other than school, there isn’t really much new happening around these parts. School, repeat, weekend, repeat.
Missy is starting to think like Bo. Less like a dog, and more like Scooby Doo. Here she is just hanging out with Fin at the dinner table.
Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. David like to surprise me with em from time to time. One of my favorite things in the world is getting to stare at the pretty sunflowers while making my morning coffee.
The view from our walk to the library and back never ceases to amaze me. It’s just SO pretty. EVERY time.
Fin got a nerf gun he’d wanted for his birthday (Thanks, Maddie) and I promptly got shot with it.
Otherwise, David took Fin to our local ComicCon for his birthday and they met/did photos with Jason David Frank. AKA Tommy freakin’ Oliver, the green ranger (well… really he’s all the colors but… he’s now DR Tommy Oliver)
Owen’s as odd as ever :p
For our anniversary over the summer, David surprised me with new earrings and a bracelet. I’m obsessed with both.
And Miss Madelyn is puzzle crazed lately.
And that’s that. A brief summary of what life has looked like for us lately. I hope it’s been good for you <3
This post is sponsored by Pearls® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Are you a snacker? I am. It’s bad. Boredom is when the snacking gets the worst. Tell me that I’m not alone in that….. please?! Do you love olives? We do in our house. They’re a huge staple. All flavors get eaten in various things. We love em. Especially the snackable containers. Those are MY jam for those days I’m sitting in the school pickup line for 45 minutes waiting. GOD SEND! Healthy, fun and mess-free, Pearl Olives are great for everyone in the family, providing healthier snack options and THAT in itself is a HUGE win.
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I’ve shared a few tips before about how to instill healthier habits into your kids, how to choose healthier snacks, etc etc. BUT, basically — if you have it at home, it’ll get eaten. It starts with your shoping habits, really. Shop healthier, eat healthier. Stop buying the junk food that you don’t want in your house and replace it with healthier options. *shrugs* It is THAT simple. Monkey see, Monkey do. Your kids will eat what they watch you eat, they’ll live how they watch you live. Be that role model for them. Show them how simple it is to snack healthy.
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Hi, friends! Popping in today to show you my summer outfits, what they looked like, how I wore what, and more :p Also I did my very best to find the matching products on Amazon (which is challenging because I’m a HUGE thrifter) but I did my best to provide you with links to purchase from in case you see something I’m wearing that you just NEED in your life too. The links used ARE affiliate links meaning that if you choose to order through these links, I’ll make a tiny (and I do mean TINY) commission from it.
No where in here am I claiming or pretending to be a fashion blogger. Haha. I just wear what I love, how I love to wear it and I love sharing those outfits here with y’all. (side note…. YOU ALL = y’all. NOT “ya’ll”. I have seen it spelled “ya’ll” too many times in the last few days)
Black sweater. Similar to the blue sweater I’m wearing with the floral dress. Alaska grown shirt was thrifted, but here’s a TON of similar you can purchase. Maroon dress was a Target clearance rack find, but this one is similar and now on my wishlist.
This is hard work, you guys. I dunno how fashion bloggers legit do this and remember where they’ve gotten what and when. Also, do fashion bloggers ONLY wear new clothes? If so, what happens to their last year’s clothes that are still like cute this year?! I have so many questions. This is also half the reason I thrift… If I get bored with it, it won’t hurt me to part with it because I only paid like $7 for the item. As often as I get bored with articles of clothing or shoes, thrifitng really is just perfect for me and my fashiony taste.
What about you? Stores or thrift finds? Also, Poshmark is my new BFF. An app that I can thrift from?! YES, PLEASE!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TryJohnsonsBaby #ChooseGentle #CollectiveBias
Do you have a baby in your life? Maybe not your own, but a new niece or nephew? Maybe your bestie just had a baby and you’re too far away to celebrate in person? Any of this sounding like you? Me too! Everyone that I know is having baby after baby after baby and of course we live SO far from them. My sister recently gave birth to my little niece and living so far away has made it challenging. Like, I see a ton of photos, but don’t get to give her all of my in real life love. The next best thing? …. a care package! Not just for baby, but for my poor sleep deprived sister as well.
Putting together a care package like this is a lot simpler than you’d expect. Baby gifts aren’t hard to buy. My go-to baby gift is ALWAYS an outfit, bibs or blankets, a toy, some baby bath products (JOHNSON’S® is my go-to brand and has been since my kids were babies. They have over 90% naturally derived ingredients and THAT is so important when it comes to baby’s skin), and then whatever just looks fun, or something personalized for baby. (In this case, I’d included a hand-me down baby outfit of MY daughter’s to pass to my niece). Then I like to throw in something for the parent(s). One time I threw in a coffee can, and some coffee drinking goodies because I knew the new parents were coffee lovers. In this one, however, I threw in some (late) birthday gifts for her because while I love her and her babies, I really stink at remembering to mail things out. Haha. Oops!
For the JOHNSON’S® baby products, I headed to my local Safeway and stocked up there on a few of my personal favorite things (things my kids loved, needed, etc etc). And if you purchase $40 of participating baby products, you get $5 back! JOHNSON’S® is 100% gentle, and free of parabens, and phthalates. Being a mom of three older kids has it’s benefits – I have all the knowledge of what worked for us, what we loved, what we didn’t, etc etc and I love getting to share that information/advice/whatever you want to call it with my siblings and my friends that are just starting their parenting journeys.
Not only is JOHNSON’S the # 1 choice of Hospitals, it is now more gentle than ever. In addition to that, JOHNSON’S products are dye free, and sulfate free! Simpler, gentler products that 9 out of 10 parents would recommend. And they now come with a pump top making it easier for mom or dad to utilize when he or she has full hands!
Is there a go-to that you have when it comes to gift giving for babies or new parents?
This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Back to school season is upon us. I don’t know about you guys, but here … that means life gets messier. With back to school comes Fall and seasonl changes, to include rainy days & muddy adventures. That makes me so so grateful for the simplicity of my favorite mop –> The Libman Wonder Mop. The Libman Company knows their way around cleaning products: for 120 years, the family-owned business has made quality their priority, offering the finest USA-made brooms, brushes, mops, and cleaning tools.
The kids alone are messy as can be, but y’all…. these pets. WOW. They are messy. They’re messier than the three kids. Missy’s favorite activity is to play in the dirt while waiting for the neighborhood squirrel to arrive for the day. Bo loves to nap in the sun and doesn’t get as messy and Missy, but he loves a good run around the yard and with them big paws, he picks up all the dirt. Cat doesn’t go outside (despite all the several times he’s tried and then freaked himself out once out there), but cats are pretty gross too. Hairballs. . . ugh.
In order to keep up with clean up (which is basically impossible) I grabbed a Libman Wonder Mop from Walmart (the Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS™ sold me in choosing which mop to go with, they lift up to 20% more dirt) put it to the dirty floor test. I also sang into it while dancing around the living room and kitchen, but that’s neither here nor there really. Who doesn’t at some point break out into a little song and/or dance while cleaning?
The power wringer lets me remove more water from the mop head, no excess water, faster floor drying time and with these fools running around, we can’t be having wet floors for very long. They’ll trip and fall all over the place . . . . or . . . . make it messy again faster than they normally would. It works on all surfaces and when I’m done, I just pop the head into the washing mashion. (It can be washed up to 50 times). That’s so easy! And I’m all about the simple life.
So, if you’re like me… standing in the mop aisle of the store looking at the mops in utter confusion trying to just pick one… pick a Libman Wonder Mop(the green handled one) y’all. I just saved you a lot of time. ha There’s also a coupon for you if you sign up for their newsletter —> Libman <----
Hi, friends! We’re back from our trip to Oklahoma. We make a yearly trip to visit the McCain family. I figured I’d pop in with a few photos from our trip and fourth of July. I hope you all have had a nice few weeks. I’m still trying to get back into the swing of HOME life. David headed back to class today (and thank goodness for it, it was Mexican food day! YUM!) We’ve restocked the refridgerator and cabinets. We’ve already been to the library and have a zoo trip planned. We’re normalling out again and it’s pretty nice.
You should know, Bo is just the best driver! *wink wink* In reality, he’s just quick to steal your seat when you move your butt from it. I get out to stretch and this happens. Haha.
Also, we stopped at a Super Target somewhere while in Oklahoma and spotted this fella. The kids had fun with him.
Owen says he’s Yoda.
David and the kids lit off some smoke bombs. They’re gross and will temporarily dye your feet if you hold your foot over em long enough. Haha! Maddie almost went to our pedicure trip with a pink foot.
Cicada shells. Eww. The boys were obsessed with finding these suckers all over the yard. I remember our first trip out to Oklahoma, they CRIED over having to touch a shell and now they’re chasing each other around the yard with them. They even convinced Pa to decorate his beard with shells. haha. It was gross.
Great Grandma, GiGi.
The amount of times we woke up to “Get off of me” and to see them LITERALLY shoving each other’s faces over because air mattresses deflate and you end up on top of whoever is next to you. haha. I laughed but felt their pain because been there, done that.
This one is from the 4th, but their faces crack me up in it and Owen’s little movement made me laugh. I wonder what they were side-eying.
Also, brownies as big as his head make him very happy.
We basically spent a lot of our time swimming, making whirlpools, playing ‘monkey in the middle’ and hanging out. It was really nice to just be out of the city for a while.
Every year, Maddie & Ma (grandma) go for pedicures. I got the invite this year and loved every minute of it. We meant to get a group picture, but food became a priority after Renee’s (My MIL) manicure and our pedicures.
And that’s that. We’re home now like I said and settling in again. It was a nice trip, but it’s nice to be home.