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umm.. excuse me, but these years are short.

This summer Sawyer will turn three: he is a potty trained, swimming, hilarious, contrary little boy.  He stretches my patience, gives the best hugs, and just makes me proud every day.  At the end of the summer, Liam will turn five.  He is a friendly, emphatic, a master build, occasionally wild.  That means in sixteen months, I'll have a child who could attend kindergarten.  The following summer, I would have a second child eligible for kindergarten.  That means they would…

Our road trip across the country + Our first week in Oregon!

The last three weeks have been such a whirlwind for our little family.  My husband graduated from graduate school on Friday the third, the moving truck came on the following Monday and we left for Portland, Oregon on Tuesday morning.  Our journey took us Kansas City, Cheyenne, Boise, and then Portland last Sunday.  We have officially lived here for a week, and it has really been wonderful so far. Our movers arrived on Monday, which was nice.  I was not…

Join me for a mom’s getaway + a mother’s day giveaway!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary ticket to attend, and a ticket to give a reader! I can't wait to attend and you can expect a full length recap on my blog after! I'm beyond excited to get to Portland, Oregon.  In fact, I'm so excited that the first weekend we are there- I'm ditching my family to go on a mom's weekend!  Bloom is going to be amazing, and I'm really hoping to meet some moms from the Portland area.…

Graduation, packing, cross travel oh my! An intense update.

Our last week has been such a blur, filled with goodbyes, packing, a little chaos, and a lot of love.  We have been here for five years, brought both of our children home from the hospital to this house, and filled every nook and cranny with memories.  This town has such a special place in my heart, and up until this week I've felt excited about the move.  This week the sadness caught up to me, my emotions were in…

Can’t Miss Food Deals This Week!

May 2nd- Chipotle is offering educators (this include homeschoolers!) buy one, get one free burritos, bowls, salads, etc. May 5th-14th- Starbucks is starting their annual Frappuccino® happy hour from 3-6 with half price Frappuccinos.  Just in time for my cross country trip! May 2nd- Jimmy John's is offering 1.00 sandwiches betwe

Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions!

Every year I try to share my suggestions for awesome Mother's Day Gifts so my friends can share with their families or get inspired for their own mothers. Picture Books- Shutterfly has some adorable photo books, my new favorite is a photo book of your child's artwork. Spa Day- massage, manicure, pedicure. Starbucks gift card- can I get an amen?? Kitchen goods- you wouldn't normally get yourself. Fancy wine A kids free day A fancy dinner Breakfast in bed- I saw…

Have so much fun this summer for free/super cheap! (+a free printable!)

I have been seeing mama friends posting on social media, "what the H will I do with my kids this summer?!" So, I thought I would take some time to help you guys plan out your frugal summer!  A summer that is crazy fun, but doesn't break the bank.  Share this post with your friends!   I've included free bucket list printables! Read books (library!) Make New Recipes (Pinterest! Library Cookbooks) Splash Pad (Most are free through parks and recreation!)…

How to rock purchasing/selling at yard sales!

Spring is here, friends!  Our allergies are flaring, the tulips are blooming, and people are purging.  April generally kicks off the three to four months of yard sale season.  My favorite season of all.  To establish my credibility here, let me tell you I am a passionate yard sale shopper.  I come by it honestly, I have learned from generations of women before me who were not even trying to pay full for something.  My kids wear nice clothes, our…

Preparing for a long car trip with preschoolers with FRAM Fresh Breeze®

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. ##FRAMFreshBreeze #CollectiveBias With the end of grad school comes a new job for my house and comes a new house for our family!  In three weeks, my family of four will driving almost forty hours to Oregon!  It is amazing how much goes into a cross country move with two young kids, from finding a place to live, scheduling movers, purging junk,…