27 February 2015

Parenting Level Up & Hello California!

To be honest, I'm not a huge lover of surprises, they just aren't my thing. I have a compulsive need to prepare and be "ready" for things -- so me + surprises don't jive very well. However, I LOVE to be the giver of surprises. I find it exciting and super satisfying... in the most selfless way possible. Well, okay, maybe it's a little selfish :)

We left yesterday on our trip to California to see family, and go to Disneyland again! But the best part?? The kids had NO idea! We decided to wait and surprise them on the way to the airport!

I feel like I just earned a new parenting badge or something. I've always wanted to surprise them with a fun vacation! After we told them, Bennett was most excited about getting to see his Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins, and Easton couldn't stop talking about Disneyland.

I did get a video, I just haven't uploaded yet. It's on the agenda, though. ;-)

The funny thing, is that 3 days before we left for California, Bennett walks up to me with his Mickey ears and started talking all about our last trip to SoCal & all the things he did at Disneyland. He ended the conversation with "I loved it! And I'm gonna do it again later!" It was the cutest thing. He had no idea that "later" was only 3 days away :-)

So we're here now! I just woke up and should head downstairs to help the kids with breakfast. But I wanted to check in really quick and tell everyone to have a happy weekend!!


19 February 2015

February Coastal Getaway

Things have been quiet around here, and I feel like that's sorta been a trend lately. I'm in a place in my life where things continue to get busier and more hectic, but in the best way possible. And honestly, it's hard to find time to sit down and write. But today, here I am :)

I feel so lucky to live where I do. I mean, don't get me wrong, I whine and complain quite a bit about the grey clouds and rain that go along with living in the Seattle area. But at the same time, there is greenery everywhere, towering mountains every direction you look, lakes, cities, farms... everything. There really is something for everyone. The best part? I live only a couple of hours from the Washington Coast. I mentioned before that my Mom bought a house on the beach, and I have taken every possible opportunity to go down there with my kids. It's the kind of place that lends itself to new traditions and lifelong memories. It really doesn't get any better.

This past weekend (and monday & tuesday) we took a trip out to Ocean Shores. The first day we got there, is was windy and a tiny bit chilly. Which is to be expected throughout winter time in the pacific northwest. But toward the last half of the trip, we had ridiculously warm and sunny weather. Like, I was having a hard time believing it was actually mid-February. The boys were running around the beach in their swim trunks and bare feet. Incredible, is what it was. I was on cloud nine. It's crazy what a little warmth and sunshine will do for your sanity. ;-)

We were there with my Mom, my Sister and my Nephew and so much fun was had. We splashed around the beach, built sand castles, did some kite flying, went to the arcade, took a ride on the bumper boats, climbed rocks, went shopping, and witnessed some of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. So glad I made a point to cart around my "big girl camera" everywhere with me!!


18 February 2015

A Giveaway For Moms!! Worth $750!

I am super excited to be working with Green Scene Mom for another awesome giveaway! Each of these items received a Green Scene Mom Award, celebrating Eco-friendly product design and creative innovation. This fabulous Winter Awards Giveaway is sponsored by the winning brands, and one lucky mom will win them all!

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!!
Winter Green Scene Mom Award Winners

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Enter to Win this Amazing Gift Set, valued at $750!

FunBites Cutter of winner's choice - $12.99
b.box Essential Travel Bib - $15
BabyHome Side Light Bed Rail - $99
Pure Care Home 4-in-1 Megacare Kit - $39.99
Buttons Diapers 2 packs of Flannel or Velour Wipes - $14
Konfidence Babywarma Swimsuit - $29.99
Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband - $15
Beautiful Earth Baby Box - $59
Pack 'n Potty - $39.99
Bebe au Lait Organic Nursing Cover - $40
PacaPod Napier Diaper Bag - $170
Pacific Baby Natural Feeding Bowl & Cup - $10.99
MAM Anti-Colic Bottle - $6.99
OTO Ice Cream Truck Playhouse - $59
Yummi Pouch Reusable Food Pouches & Snack Bags - $25
Silikids $40 Assorted Gift Set
Naturalmat Fitted Organic Cotton Percale Crib Sheet - $45
Ava Anderson Baby Powder & Diaper Cream - $25

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08 February 2015

Share The Love Giveaway | $150 Cash!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so in honor of the love day, some of my favorite bloggers and I have come together for a 'share the love' giveaway! So what does that mean?? $75 for you and $75 for someone you love! Awesome, right?? You can pick whoever you want to receive the other $75, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, etc!

Share the Love Giveaway

Share the Love Giveaway

Prize: $75 PayPal cash for you and $75 PayPal cash for someone you love Co-hosts: Sarah Halstead, Crosbie Crew, A Grande Life, Our Holly Days, Behind the Camera & Dreaming, Alyson M, Little Us, Just Julie Ann, Fresh Mommy Blog, Kendall Rayburn, A Sorta Fairytale, 2 Paws Designs, Simple Stavish, and Faithfully Free.

Rules: Use the form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 2/14 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Share the Love Giveaway $75 for you & $75 for a friend