A DINNER TIME TRICK

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Everyone has that busy weeknight where putting dinner on the table feels like more of a struggle than usual. Monday nights are those nights for us. Lia has ballet right in the middle of dinner time and then bedtime follows closely after.  Monday nights just aren't always a smooth night for us.

MOTHERS DAY

Monday, May 15, 2017


I hope all mama's got to wake up to breakfast and their babes yesterday! Mine brought me breakfast in bed but of course they wanted me to eat downstairs with them. No complaints here! I mean, there was bacon. I'll eat it anywhere!


THIS WEEK

Friday, May 12, 2017


Happy Friday! This week has been all about our floor remodel. We are so close to the end and we've got a dust covered house to prove it!

It's Mother's Day weekend! Do you have any plans for the weekend ahead? We're off to get passports for the whole family and we plan on wandering through Mayfest, a local festival filled with art and food. And, Lia has been so excited to plan a surprise for me so I'm really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with!


SWIM LESSONS

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


This wild boy started swim lessons this week. The water was ice cold and he wasn't crazy about having a stranger drag him into the middle of the ice cold pool.

THIS WEEK

Friday, May 5, 2017


It's Friday and Cinco de Mayo! Who's celebrating? We have family photos scheduled tonight and then we'll probably grab some local Mexican food for dinner. Simple and low-key, which is what we need after this week. 

Here's a fun fact for you - Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the battle of Puebla (not Mexico's independence day, as many have believed) and M's family comes from the state of Puebla. We're making plans to visit this summer and I'm getting excited about indulging in some culture and history with these babes.Today was a little mental health day for our girl. We skipped our usual routine (sometimes we all need a day off from school - especially after rocking her school life with student of the month!) and did lunch and playtime with friends at Chick-Fil-A. It's unusually chilly today so we're taking a break from the pool.

FINDING OUR OWN MAGIC

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I'm suffering from a classic case of vacation blues! Do you ever end a vacation with the blues?

We were so eager to get home to our babes but I think we'd have been just as happy to fly them over to us in Hawaii and live out our days in paradise!

THIS WEEK

Friday, April 28, 2017


It's Friday, friends! I hope you've all had a week worth having. Ours was surprisingly quick! We got back to our roots with story time and Thursday evening trips to the Farmer's Market and brought home some new plants.

HAWAII

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


We went to Hawaii two weeks ago and it was amazing. We've been home for a week now and I've been slowly getting things back to normal and trying not to be too bummed that there's no one here to feed me morning, noon, and night. I really miss having someone cook for me!

THIS WEEK

Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Friday, friends! It's officially spring break here and I'm blogging from the road. We are driving the kids to their grandparents house in North Carolina before we fly off on a much-needed kids-free trip to Hawaii!


FOR THE EASTER BASKET

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's almost April! Can you believe it? April is going to be a busy month for us with a road trip to North Carolina, our anniversary trip to Hawaii, and Easter. We actually won't be with the kids on Easter morning this year. Cue all the tears from me!! But, our plane tickets just worked out to be much cheaper to stay an extra day in Hawaii. So, the kids will spend that day with their grandparents and my siblings and their kids doing all the fun things while we enjoy a quiet breakfast and maybe a hike! Of course, I still have to pack the sweetest Easter baskets for my little bunnies.

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ON THE BEACH

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

These kids belong at the beach. They take to the ocean and the sand like little fish. 

Lia runs right to the water like she belongs there. Laughing as she gets knocked down and then comes out of the water with hundreds of tiny shells embedded in her hair.

Nico is a little more cautious with the water. He holds hands with someone but begs to go our further and further. Belly laughs escape his mouth after he sucks in air as the cold water soaks his shirt. 


FOR THE VACATION // HAWAII ESSENTIALS

Monday, April 3, 2017

We're counting down the days until our Hawaiian vacation and I don't think any of us can wait much longer! I've spent the past few weeks pulling together outfits and essentials we'll need and all that's left to do is pack it all. photo OB-hawaii roundup3_zps9a46rqkm.jpg

THIS WEEK

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Friday, friends! I, for one, am so happy that this week is over. Recovering from strep has not been fun and now that I am finally feeling better, I am ready for the weekend. We're going to an egg hunt tomorrow afternoon and then playing catch-up on the house stuff that's gotten left behind in the mess of the past week.

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STREP IS FOR THE BIRDS

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I caught strep over the weekend, so there's that. I'm living off popsicles and cherry icees from the local Burger King and trying to keep the germs contained. Lia had strep two weeks ago and I'm hoping we can rid the germs soon. The pollen too, please!

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THIS WEEK

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green today? Do you have some fun ideas and tricks planned for your kiddos?

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A GIRL AND HER GLASSES...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

We let Lia pick out a new pair of frames after her recent eye check and after trying on at least 15 pairs she decided on these. She is growing up so fast and I find myself clinging to the moments where she's still a little girl. If I'm being truthful though, those moments are fleeting. So, here's to this spunky girl and those spunky frames!

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WHERE WE LIVE

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We've been living here in this charming little town for a little over 5 years now. It's the most amount of time we have lived in one place since we were married 10 years ago! I took these photos last August and never got around to posting them. We spent the evening wandering the streets of downtown and I fall in love with this place we call home a little more each time we do.


THIS WEEK

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekend links are coming to you on a Monday! Friday turned busy and we were offered up free babysitting for a date night on Saturday so all other plans went out the window!

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THIS WEEK

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy Saturday! It's been a busy one around here. The kids had so much fun spending the afternoon at a local maritime museum. And, we topped the evening off with a new scooter for Nico (after he discovered his sister's pictured above!) and grilled strawberry shortcakes for the rest of us.

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THE ZOO WITH MY CREW

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.



VALENTINE'S 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!



FUN(NY) LITTLE VALENTINES

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...

THE BOOK GUIDE | VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION

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

THIS WEEK

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.

xo.
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SEVEN

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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SEVEN!

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.
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TWO

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! 

THIS WEEK

Friday, January 20, 2017

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Happy Friday night!

It's been an emotional one, I'm sure. We're a mixed household here regarding politics but we respect each other and we continue to teach our kids the things we value. On our way to dinner tonight, Lia told me that she hopes that Donald Trump makes good decisions like Barack Obama. She told me she overhears the conversations that Manny and I have had during this election and she just wants good decisions to be made. This coming from a 7 year old who is quickly showing us that she's wise beyond her years.

My hope is just that. Let's make good decisions. Let's keep the hope and love flowing.

When the world feels too big and challenging, I stick to what's comfortable. We spent a lot of time at home this week. Cooking a few dinners, breaking up sibling fights, changing sheets, reading a good book, working on homework, playing outside. A sweet friend dropped off flowers. I watched too much Netflix and freshened up some decor switching things from one room to another.  Hunkering down weeks are good for the soul.

Twinkling lights are cozying up our house tonight. We're all home tonight watching live coverage on the inauguration. The kids are curled up underneath the desk as I write. Friday nights like these are a dream.

And a few things from this week.

Pixar Easter Eggs!
What the real Downton Abbey looked like.
Love and presidency. 
What I had to say about the inauguration and our future.
A historic with a modern touch home tour that is fresh and gorgeous.
This Is Us was renewed and I couldn't be more excited!
And, some sweet words to end the week with.

xo.