Friday, February 17, 2017


I can officially say our kids aren't sick anymore! Also, I got to go out for a girls night last night- always good for the soul! Aaannd my bestie is coming to stay the weekend! Aaannnd our California trip is less than a month away. Things are definitely looking up.

I know I shared this already on Instagram (for those that follow) but I feel like my kids are finally at the age where they enjoy playing together and have a lot of fun. They always seem to miss each other when they are apart. Of course, I have to break up 20 million little squabbles a day, but when they're being sweet, it really is the best!

Nick and I were texting during the day yesterday and we were both saying that we miss having a home project. I think we are going to tackle our laundry room. I've been pinning pretty images and Nick is all about the functionality but I think it will be a fun project and something that might make that dreaded chore more fun. Here's my favorite laundry image that I'm hoping to borrow from for our own space.

There are some serious President's Day sales going on this weekend if you're in the market for anything home related... I actually got 2 area rugs because we've been living with too small ones in the kids' rooms and I want the pretty hardwood to stay pretty... I got 2 rugs for around $300 which is pretty amazing for 8x10. Check out Wayfair and RugsUSA. Both shipped fast and I've had really positive experiences with both companies.

After an indulgent Valentine's Day, I made this "detox" soup that is actually really tasty.  I've been eating it for lunch or dinner the last few days.

Hope you have a great weekend!! 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Tips for a Healthier Year

1. Drink tons of water. I have my giant water bottle with me at all time and I try to drink at least 3 full bottles a day (plus an extra bottle when I work out).
2. Schedule your workout... It's easy to run out of time to work out but if it's in your daily schedule instead of some vague goal for the day, you're much more likely to do it. I look at the gym schedule each week and decide which classes I want to do and when is the best time each day to work out.
3. Be positive... That being said, life gets in the way! My kids have been sick since New Year's and so a lot of times we can't make it to the gym more than 1 or 2 times a week. Instead of getting frustrated or giving up, give yourself grace for those days when things don't go as planned.
4. Give up sugar! I made this a resolution for 2017 because I'm definitely a sugar addict. I decided to give myself 1 day a month to eat sugar and then try and steer clear the rest of the month. I'm not so vigilant that I will refuse food at someone else's house. I make 95% of the food I eat so it's easy for me to make sure I'm avoiding sugar.
5. Find something you love... for me this is Barre Class. My gym has it twice a week and it's my favorite workout. I try to make it to every class that I can. After going pretty regularly for the last year, I can tell that my body is stronger and more flexible. I still mix it up with other workouts but this one always gets me excited to go to the gym.

What do you do to stay motivated and healthy??

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Homemade Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone! How are you celebrating? We had our brunch over the weekend so we are just celebrating small with the kids today. I wanted to pop over to share some homemade valentines that we made this year. Pinterest is a gold mine for crafty Valentines and I couldn't decide on just one type so we ended up making 3 different kinds.

These cute popcorn ball valentines were for Hayden's teachers, office staff, and Charlotte's babysitter.

inspiration found here

These s'mores valentines are for our neighborhood friends.

inspiration found here

Finally, we made these animal valentines for Hayden to pass out as his class party.

inspiration found here
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