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2018 Summer Reading List! (and a little giveaway!?)

I know so many of us start every year hoping to make reading more of a priority.  Summer is an excellent time to make that goal happen, because the days are longer and your kids are outside more.  It is a great time to invite friends over for a deck book club evening, or meet up poolside with all your littles and attempt to discuss some great reads.  I thought I'd share some book recommendations for the summer (some I've…

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (A Review & Free Printables!)

Disclosure:  We got to attend a complimentary advanced media screening of Solo last night.  All opinions expressed are my own! PS: tHANKS TO DISNEY FOR PROVIDING US WITH MEDIA IMAGES AND THESE AWESOME PRINTABLES TO SHARE WITH YOU GUYS! As you guys should know by now, we are a Star Wars family.  So, you better believe I jumped on the opportunity to go see the film last night with my husband before it comes out Memorial Day weekend! I don't…

The Summer Before Kindergarten: A Checklist

Disclosure: The Kindergarten Toolbox was generous enough to send us over a kit to try out and review for you guys. As always, all opinions expressed are my own & I only partner with brands I trust. I still cannot wrap my head around my BABY heading to Kindergarten this fall.  I surveyed several of my friends in more advanced seasons of life for tips and I've combined their tips with what I'm experiencing right now to give you (which…

Our 2018 Summer Bucket List (and how your family can do it all for free!)

Every year, my best friend and I make bucket lists for every season. (You can check out her summer bucket list here!)   These are never anything obnoxious or too challenging to complete, they are just intended to get us out of comfort zone and being a little more intentional with our adventures during these fleeting little years.  (plus, it is a fun way to get the kids exploring and gives them something to look forward to!)  Here is our list…

Our Guide To Visiting San Diego & Carlsbad! (Four Day Itinerary!)

Disclosure:  We are so grateful to the brands who hosted us in exchange for collecting the information we needed for our posts and reviews.  All opinions expressed are my own! This is going to be the first of a couple different posts, this one is a big jumbo overview! Before anything else, I wanted to share you can take your kids to San Diego and Carlsbad in October and take advantage of several kids visit free deals!  So our recent…

Visiting Oregon With Kids & Why You Absolutely Have To.

One year ago, we set out from the Midwest to move our family to Portland, Oregon.  My husband was in the military for several years before he went to graduate school and took the rest of us with him.  So, moving isn't something that is new to us.  Leaving the Midwest was the most challenging move we have ever made, our boys were born there and we tackled life's biggest changes there.  Above all, the community of support and great friends…

How To Help Foster Children & Families (Even if you can’t become a foster parent!)

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 As we get settled into our life after the military and life after graduate school, both filled with instability and unpredictable schedules, we've been considering our plans for the future.  My husband and all of his siblings were all brought together within their family through the beautiful gift of adoption, so for years we've envisioned bringing a child into our family the same way!  I always assumed our…