My kid has a speech concern.

I've been really moved by the pieces of writing circulating on the internet about children with delays in their speech.  So, I thought I would share some of my experience today. When your kid is living with any kind of speech concern, let me assure you everyone who knows it will have a story to tell you about their cousin's brother in law's daughter, who totally outgrew hers. Most of the time, it won't be treated like a legitimate concern, especially…

Jord Wood Watches Review + Giveaway!

I had such a wonderful opportunity to surprise my husband with a new luxury watch from Jord Wood Watches.  I selected the Dover style for my "bae." Let's pretend I didn't just try out the word, bae.  My husband has had an exciting year, a career transition has put him in business school and landed him a fabulous summer job opportunity.  He's always spoiling us, so I loved the opportunity to treat him to something.  For my review, I really…

The best restaurant in Astoria, Oregon!

My family had the opportunity to eat at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria, Oregon. It was so remarkable. In my opinion, the best meal I'd had in all of Oregon. I've had a very difficult time writing this post, to be honest.  There are no words to describe the quality of the atmosphere, the taste of the food, the incredible staff. Bridgewater Bistro is one of the amazing restaurants I've been in my life.  Their venue is breathtaking, but yet you…

Tillamook, Oregon

So, last week while my in laws were in town, we went on an exciting day trip to another Coast City: Tillamook, Oregon. This was the last lengthy day trip, we will be doing while we are here.  We will be driving forty hours (in two cars) in a few weeks, so time to start mentally preparing for that. We had a wonderful day in Tillamook.  Here's the easy breakdown of our day. The Tillamook Cheese Factory- This place was…

Gender Neutral Dinosaur Birthday

I'm pretty blown away that we celebrated Sawyer's second birthday over the weekend.  How did that happen?  It feels like just a couple of weeks ago, we were in the hospital welcoming him into the world. I'll be sharing the mushy gushy stuff soon, but this morning I'm talking party recap! So, we had a dinosaur pool party theme!  We obviously don't know many people here, but were thrilled that the grandparents could visit and two other families could come. …

Happy birthday, Sawyer bean!! 

Even though we've been celebrating our little soy bean all weekend, today is his actual birthday!  It's hard to believe that July 11, 2014 was two years ago.      I can't be too sure what I'm celebrating. Am I celebrating my ornery little toddler or the fact I've managed to keep two kids simulteously alive for two years. I started planning for Sawyer's arrival when Liam was fourteen months old.  I knew two kids under two wouldn't be an…

Get outdoors with Back to Nature Macaroni & Cheese.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToPlay #CollectiveBias Thank you Back to Nature Macaroni & Cheese for sponsoring this post. Try the new Back to Nature Made with Organic Macaroni & Cheese Dinners! June was National Get Outdoors month, and my family definitely made the most of the occasion!  We visited beaches, lakes, parks, we went hiking, and we picked berries! My readers know I have two young boys,…

Real life things people have said to or about my kids. 

"Is he some kind of oriental?"  "His eyes look funny."  Barista: "did you adopt him from China?" Me: "No, he's half Korean." Barista: "oh, so you adopted him from Korea." Me: "no, his dad, my husband is Korean." Barista: "oh.  I'm going to adopt from China, because I've always heard they're great students."  Interrupting Manager: "this one is on me."  "What are they?" "Does he speak his first language?" "Yes, he speaks English."  "He's really tall for an Asian. Aren't…

Toddler Birthday Must Have: Milestone cards!

So, when these Milestone Cards first became popular on the internet, I was so bummed.  My boys were just out of the stage where they were useful to my family.  I loved this concept, celebrating the little things instead of a generic months post.  Well, they've done it again!  They have created two adorable new sets of cards geared towards your kiddos one-four years old, and they're so adorable! I think these would make an amazing first birthday gift.  My…

Potty Training Sawyer with Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PottyTrainTogether #CollectiveBias Sawyer is approaching his second birthday, and we are heavy in the process of potty training! I'm kicking off Monday on the blog by talking about how we use Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® to make potty training as easy as possible!  I've created a free printable down below.  All you have to do is enlarge the picture and right click to save. …