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Host A Holiday Happy Hour With Your Kids!

This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. My boys love being able to drink like the grown ups, and while sometimes it simply isn't possible, I love to make special holiday happy hours with my boys. The idea came from a mentor friend of mine who shared that her family always loved to have Sunday tea time.  We aren't huge tea people so for our family it wasn't super realistic…

A Decade Of Adventures With Our Dog! [& I Want To See Your Dog, Too!!]

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Purina. All opinions are mine alone. #FuelTheirPotential #CollectiveBias It is so hard to believe our dog recently celebrated his 10th birthday! Since we met this precious husky, we've been to many beaches across the country, lived in five states, had two kids, and so much more in between!  Since the kids have been in school this fall, I've fallen in love with sneaking out for crisp fall hikes with my…

The Honest Christmas Card Challenge!

Back in 2015, the winter before I launched this blog to go beyond friends and family and a creative space to organize my photos and recipes.  I stood on the cold lament flooring in our 1940s ranch home in Bloomington, Indiana.  I was feeling particularly grinchy this year.  My son, then three, had recently had four minor surgeries and the recovery was going very, very, very badly.  It felt as though I hadn't slept in nearly eight months, and I…

10 Completely Giftable Cookbooks!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  I can earn a small percentage if you shop through any of these links.  All opinions expressed are my own!.  Thanks for supporting my blog!  So, I like to suggest checking cookbooks out from the library.  They really empower and inspire in my kitchen, so I love having them around.  I rarely buy cookbooks, so you can trust the ones I've picked are really good ones.  You can click the photos to go straight…

Christopher Robin DVD Release!!

Congrats to our winner: Kellie C. I have been so excited for this film since we saw a preview in March!  I grew up just adoring all the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the hundred acre wood. I have passionately read the books, and I loved watching the stories brought to life through varying shows and movies.  I'm so excited for a family movie night on the couch watching this completely re-imagined story!  Christopher Robin…

Kitchen Inspiration: I’m Loving LG Black Matte Appliances Right Now!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Best Buy, all opinions expressed are my own. We are THOSE people who love looking up home design inspiration. Recently, I saw this new trend of matte black appliances, and knew I had to show my husband.  He is particularly into the matte black look, and while normally it wouldn't be my favorite look I felt like it worked SO well for kitchen appliances.  While we love linking arms with visually appealing appliances, they've…

Disney On Ice: Everything You Need To Know!

Disclaimer:  We were lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets to attend Disney on Ice in exchange for creating this post.  All opinions are my own, honest thoughts. Regular readers know that we are huge fans of Disney in our house!  We absolutely love Disney, everything.  Funnily enough though, until last week, I had never been to Disney on Ice.  Despite the fact, I went through a huge figure skating phase as a child it was just never something in our…

Take Better Pictures Of Your Family, Join My 10 Day Challenge, And Win Prizes!

You ever see photos on social media and get frustrated, because your family never cooperates?  It's cool, we've all been there. Today, as we head into Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays I wanted to take some time and share some photography tips with you guys.  The best part is that all you need is your smart phone!  Yay! My first tip-- stop focusing on only the beautiful, perfect smiling shots.  Those are wonderful and great, but it's also really beautiful to…

A Day At Roloff Farms!

Oregon continues to surprise me with incredible opportunities for families.  It truly is a place you have to visit, and you can really come to Oregon any time of the year and have an amazing experience.  Last week, the boys were out of school on a random Friday so we went on a little adventure to Roloff Farms.  You may recognize the name from the show TLC!  I had no idea they lived right down the street from us basically,…

Why You Have To Visit Sweet Tomatoes This Fall & Recipes To Create At Home

Disclosure:  Thank you Sweet Tomatoes for sponsoring today's post.   As always, we only work with brands we love and trust.  All opinions expressed are my own. We a family of people who love to eat, so naturally we were thrilled at the opportunity to partner with a favorite family friend buffet here in the Portland area:  Sweet Tomatoes!  October is such a perfect time to dive into their all you can eat soup, salad, and pasta bars and make special…