Have more fun, spend less money! 

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post! Groupon compensated me, but all thoughts are my own. I only collaborate with companies I support and authentically recommend! As most of you know, we enjoy travel. We love to try new things, and we fancy spending as little on these experiences as possible!  Which is why I love Groupon!! Groupon is a daily deal website that offers deep discounts on just about everything!  When I'm planning a ladies night, date night, or looking for…

Reclaim your kitchen & prepare for a new school year with Scotch-Brite®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias As we attempt to settle back in our home after being away for three months, I decided to jump right in and get organized for the approaching school year. When I'm cleaning and organizing, I like to start with our main rooms.  I like the spaces people spend the most time in to be clutter free and clean.  However, our kitchen just feels so…

Rock back to school with Crazy 8 + a giveaway!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Crazy 8.  All opinions expressed are my own. How can it be August already?  It is so still so hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact school is starting for Liam in three weeks.  His second year of preschool, time seriously flies.  One thing I have learned over time is that Crazy 8 has the most stylish kid clothes at the best prices.  I also want the record to state that…

Meal Plan Monday! Recipes for the school year! 

As we head into the busy season of the first weeks of school, or even just because it's the last weeks of summer and no one wants to waste precious sunshine -indoors preparing food.  I'm going to be some crazy easy meal ideas. Korean Bulgogi.  You'll need to get 2 lbs of Chuck Roast, and cut it have the butcher cut into 1/8 inch super thin tiny pieces.  Marinade- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, cover the meat in soy sauce,…

Mamas Night Out with OREO Thins + Kroger Sweepstakes!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOTHINSideStory #CollectiveBias I'm a very social person, a real outgoing extrovert. As you guys know my family left our home for a three month trip in Portland, Oregon.  I have been missing my incredible friends and the wonderful village we've built in the Midwest over the last four years.  The first weeks here were a bit lonely, but I eventually made two remarkable friends.  We've had…

Head back to school with ThredUP!!!

  It is so believe that it's time to start getting ready for another school year.  Liam is gearing up for his second in preschool and he's so excited! Thred Up sent me some credit to try out their company, and write a review on my experience. I loved this company, and look forward to shopping with them again very, very soon.  I wanted to focus on acquiring clothing for the school year, and they didn't let me down.  Here's…

Remember that time I got to write for a subscription box!?

Good morning, mamas.  This one is for you!  The MAMA B U box is a bi-monthly subscription box for mamas to support self care.  Each box has a theme with fun products inside that encourage you to take a little time for your mama self! In July, I had the opportunity to write for the insert that goes out with this monthly subscription box. It was a really experience for me. Having my words and picture sent out to mamas…

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…