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A recap of my amazing weekend at the Bloom getaway! 

Disclaimer: I was given a free ticket to attend the event.  All opinions expressed are my own! This weekend, yes- our first weekend here in Portland, Oregon, I had the opportunity to attend the Bloom weekend getaway.  I went into it with a very relaxed attitude, wanting to just have a little time for myself after the last few months leading up to the move.  I just wanted to do something for myself for a little while.  Don't get me…

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…

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…

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 shop at yard sales to maximize frugal living!

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. If I see a yard sign, I walk towards it - I always wondered where they get these signs from but since finding these sign products listed here, the mystery…

Dear new mama to two kids under 2.. (or any mama, really..)

The other day I was running around my house, organizing and purging. I ran downstairs, but was immediately stopped in my tracks. I looked out the door and saw my boys sitting on a bench, laughing and talking. They are so independent these days, we are in an entirely new season. Sawyer is potty trained, Liam is learning to read, and both are sleeping better. And as they've been sleeping better, it means that I'm also catching up on some…

Filling your day, week, umm life with inspiration.

The farther along in my motherhood journey I get, the more I realize how desperately I need to model for my children what it means to have a cheerful heart.  I need to model for them what it is like fill your days with things that glorify God and keep you focused on living out your homemaking responsibilities without feeling like a big crab.  I am guilty of letting my expectations for the day overshadow other things, more important things.…