Summertime Dreaming + my bucket lists! (general&portland editions)

Since Christmas, I've been feeling for the next season of our lives.  I've been feeling the shift of my relationships, walls going up knowing that I'll be leaving soon.  Perhaps, it is the opposite, and I am the one feeling vulnerable about saying goodbye to so many friends and heading across the country.  To be honest, I've been feeling sad about leaving and in an effort to remedy that, I've been focusing on the summer we are going to have.  We…

Our first time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago!

Disclaimer:  We received free admission to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in exchange for an honest review of the place.  All opinions are my own! On our way back from our fabulous weekend trip to Gurnie, IL we stopped off at LEGOLAND Discovery Center.  After celebrating a LEGO Christmas this year, this was really the highlight of the trip for our four and two year old sons.  (and let's be real, their engineer dad.) We went on a Sunday, and arrived when…

Shedd Aquarium with preschoolers + tips & tricks for a successful trip!

Disclaimer:  I received complimentary admission for my family of four in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and ideas within in the post are my own! We had the opportunity to visit Chicago this weekend, and what a treat!  We didn't do any traveling this year over the holidays, but since we are moving to the West Coast in only 13 weeks (we found out we are moving sooner than expected) we wanted to get away to Chicago one…

Baby Cubby- not just for babies! Amazing Educational Toys!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary gift card to choose products to test.  All opinions expressed are my own. I am so thrilled to have recently discovered Baby Cubby!  I originally ignored what they were doing, because I'm out of the baby stage.  However, once I got on their site I was surprised to see they do way more than *just* baby items.  Since I started formally homeschooling my kids, especially Liam, last week.  I wanted to focus on things that…

We are moving in 16 weeks + other life updates.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary Dock a Tot in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. It just occurred to me we are moving in 16 weeks!  Seriously,  I don't know where the last five months have gone.  We are beginning to purge through our belongings and truly evaluate what we want to transport across the country.  It all feels really surreal!  2017 is off to a fabulous start in our house. My husband is wrapping…

Our New Homeschool Adventure!

Liam is almost four and half now, and we are beginning to consider our school options for next year.  He goes to the most amazing preschool program now, they've sat the bar far too high.  We just love it!  Liam is also an August birthday, which is a struggle I was not prepared for.  The cut off for school is September 1 in some places and August 1 in other places.  Will we send him to Kindergarten?  Will we hold…

Belated Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  It is probably no mystery to my readers that I adore the Christmas season. I take great pleasure in decorating my house, creating and receiving family holiday cards, and savoring the stillness of a dreary winter day serving as a backdrop to a beautiful illuminated Christmas tree.  My heart was swelling out of my chest as I listened to my four year old discover the gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. It feels beyond cliché…

Meal Plan Monday

Our family arrives on Wednesday!  I'm so excited to see them.  I'm keeping our meals light and easy this week so we can focus on eating together, rather than the stress of meal preparation and planning! On Wednesday, we have to drive an hour to pick up our family.  So, I'm going to throw my favorite soup into the slow cooker.  It'll be warm and ready for us when we return home. Thursday- we will be celebrating my husband's post…

Our trip to Jingle Rails!

Disclosure:  We received complimentary admission to review our experience at Eiteljorg Museum and their Jingle Rails exhibit. Sawyer loves trains so much.  I couldn't wait to take him to the Jingle Rails exhibit at the Indianapolis Eiteljorg Museum.  The museum itself was a little mature for my loud, active two little boys.  There was some interactive parts downstairs for the boys, which we were really fun.  They went along perfectly with pioneer books we've been reading as we head into…