Host a Football Party That Doesn’t Stink This Year With Poo~Pourri!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheOtherBowl #CollectiveBias My readers know how much I love anything revolving around football!  I love to host parties around the varying games throughout the year, and bring friends and family together.  For me, there is so lighthearted and joyful about teasing your friends cheering for the other team over spicy wings and a really close game.  When my boys move away to…

Our under the stairs play area!

Since Christmas I've been feeling completely over ran by possessions.  I am hardly a minimalist.  I love stuff, but above all, I like order and cleanliness.  For me, having a clutter free home opens up more space for quick cleaning sessions and more family fun.  The less time we spend managing clutter, the more time we have to play outside, travel, or just pile on the couch for Friday night movie nights.  Our kids didn't get a ton of gifts…

Reclaiming Family Dinner & My COMPLETE Meal Plan For The Week!

Of all the things I mentioned from my resolutions for this year, I was most surprised by the reader interest on one of my goals: restoring the sanctity of family meals.  2017 was obviously a year of change for us, and one of those smaller changes was that I had to do away with nap time.  The time change was brutal at first, it was three hours later here.  The boys were trying to nap every morning at 11:00 am…

Oregon Coast Aquarium!

Disclosure:  We are so grateful to the Oregon Coast Aquarium for giving us complimentary admission and a darling photo package in exchange for a review of their facility.  Your support  of this blog allows me more opportunities to explore and educate my children.  Rest assured, I only promote brands I love on my site!  I don't think we have ever turned down an opportunity to check out an aquarium.  For as long as I can remember I have found them…

Setting My Intentions For 2018!

I am a goal person.  I love them.  I am that friend texting you on Sunday night, "what are your goals for the week?" I find this to be a bonding activity, working intentionally on our goals and dreams alongside one another.  No matter how small or insignificant they may seem.  With that said, I want to launch into the new year helping all of my amazing friends achieve their goals in the new year.  So, I'm launching a series on resolutions! …

My Year In Review

I know most people are feeling that 2017 went by quickly, but I'm in opposition.  This has been such a tremendous year,  so full.  We started the year hidden underneath boxes in Indiana.  We were busy looking for a place to live in Oregon, because we knew we would be leaving in May.  My husband was finishing his MBA and his Spring schedule was pretty hectic.  I kept myself busy spending time with the friends I knew I would miss…

The 10 Best Books I Read In 2017 & The 10 Books I Plan To Read In 2018!

Sisters First.  By Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush.  Before We Were Yours. By Lisa Wingate Wonder.  By R.J. Palacio The Orphan's Tale.  By Pam Jenoff The Magnolia Story.  By Chip & Joanna Gaines The Last Mrs. Parrish.  By Liv Constantine Of Mess & Moxie.  By Jen Hatmaker Knights In Training.  By Heather Haupt Strong And Kind.  By Korie Robertson Capitol Gaines.  By Chip Gaines 10 Books I Want To Read In 2018! Gospel Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothin…

The Portland Spirit of the holiday season!

Disclosure:  We received complimentary tickets to check out the Portland Spirit for their seasonal Cinnamon Bear Cruise. Since we moved away from friends and knew we also wouldn't be seeing family this year, I really wanted to lean in and try to create some special memories in our new home in Portland.  I'd heard all summer about how amazing the Portland Spirit is, but we were never able to make it work for a visit.  So when I realized they…

Our tips for leading busy lives, simply!

Thank you CAPRI SUN for sponsoring this post! You can find CAPRI SUN's four new All Natural Ingredient and No Sugar Added* drinks at most grocery retailers nationwide, including local grocery stores, mass merchandisers and club stores. As a stay at home mother, I knew I wanted to allow my kids the freedom to choose activities to involve themselves in. Careful to delicately balance between overscheduled and comfortably busy.  This semester has been a really active one for us: we…