Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Desserts

June 30, 2017


The simpler, the better these days. I love making strawberry shortcake or a good strawberry pie, but many times, gatherings are last minute! These are really easy grab and go 4th of July dessert ideas to serve up or bring to a party.


How we met Pt. 1: Dolphins, premonitions, and land line phones

June 29, 2017

I’ve talked in bits and pieces about my marriage and dating years to Gabe, and how he has impacted my life in big ways. I don’t think it really can be accurately described unless you understand the beginning of it all. Back when I was miss independent with no plans in the near future to get into a relationship or have kids. Back when Gabe had just bet his friend $50 that he wouldn’t date anyone that semester because he was sure that Rugby and school would be his only focus. But see we aren’t really always in control of how our lives pan out are we? Says the gal with 5 kids scratching her head wondering how that happened so fast…

This could probably be its own book of comical short stories. Maybe we will get around to recording it soon, but for now here is my best attempt in writing.


City Guide: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

June 27, 2017

(dress from UO)

We have lived in Atlanta for about 8 years now, and still have so much we have yet to see and do. It is a very large city with a good deal of options for families to take advantage of. May usually offers prime weather, so we headed to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for a day trip adventure over Mother’s Day weekend because our kids have never been!



Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Looks 1-7

June 26, 2017

Look 1: Striped muslin dress (similar for less), straw bag, soludos
Side notes: Soludos run a tad small, so go up a half size. Super comfortable!

What happened to June?! It is supposed to be good and long, and it disintegrated into thin air it seems! I owe you all an update on the Summer Capsule Wardrobe. Here are what I have found to be the pros and cons of the capsule, and the first 7 looks!


Backyard Campout.

June 24, 2017


Before the summer humidity arrived, we wanted to take advantage of the cooler evenings. My kids have been requesting a backyard campout all year so we finally gave in. 🙂 When we told them we were camping out in the backyard I don’t think I had seen that level of excitement since Christmas morning.  We bought our home mainly for its big backyard so we take advantage of it as much as possible!


Summer Glow Makeup Routine

June 23, 2017



I confess I used to use tanning oil in high school to chase that summer tan. (And dare I say baby oil anyone? I know. What in the actual heck was I thinking??) After losing a loved one to skin cancer, I had a sobering wake up call to take better care of protecting my skin. I usually wear hats and sunscreen, but doesn’t mean I don’t still love a good summer tan.

I’m probably most excited to share this post with you today, because these are some of my favorite products in my makeup bag. Here is my step by step makeup routine for a sunless summer glow!


Clean Beauty Week: Skin + Body Care Favorites

June 22, 2017


I started converting over most of our household and baby products to safe ingredients last year, and was so hesitant to dig into my makeup bag and skin care routines because ignorance is bliss right? Well after reading/hearing some eye opening facts about the effects of toxins on our health, I knew I couldn’t ignore it any longer. I wasn’t expecting to find many clean ingredient products I loved, but thankfully with some recommendations from friends, I feel like I hit the jackpot when I discovered BeautyCounter. I ended up joining the company since I loved how effective the products were on my skin and hair and wanted to share my honest experience when I could.

Here is a round up of some of my wow-factor faves for skin and body care…


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