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