• Food,  Recipe

    My Go-To Summer Coffee Drink: Cold Brew Mocha Iced Coffee (Easy Recipe!)

    This post is sponsored by Chameleon Cold-Brew Concentrate but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. I like coffee. Like, a lot. In all its forms, I just find it glorious. Even the smell gives me warm fuzzies! I generally love drinking it in the morning before the kids are up – with a splash of cream, a pinch of stevia and my favorite collagen. But also LOVE it anytime of day over ice! It’s the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day or if I need an extra pep in my step during a busy week.

  • Beauty

    10 Minute Makeup Routine!

    Happy Monday!! Ya’ll. These past few weeks for us have been complete chaos. G is about to graduate Pre-K (cue me crying like a baby), M’s travel schedule has been has hectic as ever, we’ve been working around the clock to wrap up house projects (if you follow me on IG – you’ve seen sneak peeks of our master bathroom refresh) and we have some big news to share pretty soon! Needless to say, we are ready for a vacation. I shared a simple makeup routine over on IG a few weeks ago and many of you have been asking for the product list. So here is the list of…

  • BRITA
    Health

    Kicking bottled water and living better with Brita!

    This post is sponsored by Brita, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. I’m a water snob. There, I said it. My husband already knows this to be true, but when it comes to water, I can be picky! Though we joke at home about my high standards for good water, really it can be boiled down to two simple things 1. I like clean tasting water, and 2. I like knowing that my water is free from contaminants that can potentially endanger mine and my family’s health.

  • Family,  Parenting

    10 Positive Affirmations to Tell Your Kids

    The other night, I was scrolling through old pictures (I do that sometimes) and I came across a video of my oldest daughter and I from a couple of years ago. She is about two years old in it – and while to her we are simply playing a “repeat after me” game, to me, it honestly brought tears to my eyes. (scroll down for video) Just as hard as it is for us to parent these days, it’s hard for kids to grow up. Thanks to the advances of technology and social media, kids are being forced to grow up faster, they are being bombarded with things that test…

  • Family,  Holiday,  Marriage

    5 Simple Ways to Wish Your Out of Town Sweetie a Happy Valentines Day

    Our Valentine’s tradition seems to be spending it apart… I think this is the 5th or 6th year in a row?… but who’s counting 😉 We’ve always made the most of it, and honestly it’s ok! Though Valentines Day is more of a family thing for us (i’m a total girl mom – think tutus, dance parties, heart coloring and cookie baking) but I will admit, sometimes I do get caught up in the romantic hype. Would it be nice to do something traditionally Valentines related ON Valentines day?? Sure. Who wouldn’t like that?! BUT, with M’s crazy schedule, it’s not always possible. So here are a few ways we’ve made…

  • Beauty,  Health

    10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

    Our bodies are exposed to thousands of chemicals and toxins on a daily basis – from our household cleaning supplies and beauty products, to environmental exposures and the food we eat. While it’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to by making cleaner choices when possible.  Many harmful chemicals are present in our beauty and skincare products and are being absorbed into our bodies through our skin, our body’s largest organ. The sad truth? The beauty industry is highly unregulated. Especially considering the types of ingredients that are passing through their system and into…

  • Health,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood

    Relaxing Routines to Promote a Restful Nights Sleep

    This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to get more sleep. And one of the ways i’m accomplishing this is by establishing relaxing nighttime routines. We’ve worked hard to find our “sweet spot” – the time the magic happens because we all know 5PM is basically “meltdown o’clock” in toddler land. We needed to move up our dinner time to make sure we were able to incorporate relaxing activities post-dinner.

  • Food,  Recipe,  Uncategorized

    Holiday Meal Ideas with Horizon Organic

    This post is sponsored by Horizon Organic, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Christmas was always a big deal in our home growing up.  My dad would sit at the top of the stairs with the video camera, waiting for all 8 of us kids to scramble up the steps, dressed in some goofy outfit as we paraded towards the living room for that first glimpse of the tree and all of the goodies Santa left us. My mom would have breakfast already in the oven, so the whole house smelled delicious. As I got older and started my own family, we still incorporate some of my…

  • Lifestyle,  Reflection

    Opening the Windows for the New Year

    Gearing up for the start of a New Year is oddly enough, one of my most favorite times of the year. It’s a chance to reevaluate and reset. For me, it’s like opening all the windows of your house and letting that first day of fresh spring air flush out all the staleness from the winter months and quite literally breathe fresh life into your home. I love it. The end of December always has me craving that fresh air – maybe it’s all those Christmas cookies or the fact that I’m still finding wrapping paper in the couches that throws me over the edge. But whatever spurs the desire…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Siblings

    Backyard Picnic Fun

    This post is sponsored by Happy Family Organics, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these pictures. Can you tell I have fun as a girl mom? With the craze of life, and the added tasks on my to-do list due to Christmas being just around the corner, I don’t always have time to take the girls places during the week. I love that with just a couple of special additions to a simple backyard picnic, we can elevate it to an experience they’ve literally been talking about all week.