Monday: Setting yourself up for a successful week.

I will never hate Mondays.  I love them. I love the feeling of freshness, a fresh start, shiny, new opportunity. I like to spend time on Monday morning, getting organized, and attempting to set myself up for a successful, productive week of intentional parenting and homemaking. What I'm reading: The Wednesday Daughters.  This is the sequel to The Wednesday Sisters, which I loved so much. What I'm doing with my family: making sun s'mores, painting with trash, reading mouse paint,…

20 days of fun!

I've created a list of 20 days of fun activities.  Things to inspire you to have more fun! Be sure to watch out for discount days at your favorite places like the zoo, children's museum, and take advantage of kids being able to bowl for free all summer.  

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Our bacon & ice cream social with DREYERS® SLOW CHURNED® Caramel Delight Light Ice Cream

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweeterTogether #CollectiveBias We love to get together with friends, we've always been this way.  Hosting dinners, movie nights, whatever! We just enjoy the company of each other, we love the versions of ourselves we are in a crowd, and we love raising children who love others and develop hearts for hosting.  We were so lonely our first weeks in Portland, but we ended up meeting the…

Portland Diaries: Our first fishing trip!

Each Saturday we've been here, we've got to spend wonderful family days together.  We try to explore new places, expose our boys to something new, and experience something new.  Yesterday, we visited Horning's Hideout and it was so wonderful.  You pay 4.00 per person over six, and this includes your fishing gear and a license for the day.  There's no catch and release, you pay 7.00 per pound of fish you catch!  The boys loved fishing for the first time, they…

Summer Schedule

A little something to get you thinking creatively on how to spend your days this summer! Moving Monday- we head to the gym for a mama work out and do the boy's marital arts this day! Tourist Tuesday- We visit an area here that Tourists enjoy.  Try this in your hometown! Water Wednesday- Play in the water!! Library Thursday- Go to the library, maybe they have some programs on Thursdays! Field Trip Friday- get outdoors and explore.

Our Day Trip To Cannon Beach

With our housing woes, we haven't been able to relax in a while.  So, it was nice to take some time to adventure to Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is absolutely breathtaking there, the Haystack Rocks and the other rock structures along the water paired with the fog.  It felt like I was sunbathing inside of a portrait.  For us, the drive was about an hour and thirty minutes.  We stopped at a restaurant on mile marker number 18, creatively named…

At home summer camp: beach week!

This week we are tackling a beach theme in our little at home summer camp. We plan to round out this week with a trip to the beach, so it seemed like an easy and fun theme for the week.  We aren't doing everything on this list, but I thought it would give you some good ideas.  I recommend sandbox play and swimming to accompany these ideas! Celery Stamping Painting (fish) I just pulled some book suggestions from this list!…

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Fruity Creamsicles with PediaSure® Grow & Gain with Fiber

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #2PerDay #CollectiveBias I wanted to kick June off with a fun, summer recipe using PediaSure® Grow & Gain with Fiber!  It's getting warm out here in Oregon, we even went to the splash pad yesterday.  Anyone who has a child whose came below their regular point on a growth curve knows how defeating it can feel.  While it isn't a reflection on your actual parenting,…

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Real Reasons to Exercise At A Stay At Home Mom.

I've been working out this summer like a mad woman!  I'm loving spin class, HIIT work outs, and the stair climber.  I'm feeling slim, confident, and much stronger.  On the stair climber earlier this week, I was thinking: "Why do I do this to myself?!" and made this list of silly reasons to get fit this summer! As always, the best reason to work out is to get healthier and stronger. Here's some fun inspiration: 1.) So I can fit into…

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Creating more joy as a stay at home mom.

I'll be candid here, and tell you sometimes I feel burdened by motherhood.  I try so hard to focus on maintaining peace and joy in my home, but some days I feel burdened.  My kids don't listen, I'm exhausted, my dinner tastes like dirt.  I don't feel joyful and fulfilled.  I actually just feel like looking for full time employment and full time childcare.  Some days, I worry I'm ruining my children.  I even consider the possibility I have already…