21 July 2014

Idaho Trip 2014- in a photo nutshell.

We spent a long, fabulous week in Idaho with Philip's family, but we're home now! The drive is always long, but it's definitely worth it. Both of the kids did really well on the car ride there & back. I mean, 13 hours is a long freakin' time to sit down, so I am so thankful that they are (mostly) free of complaints!

This post won't be too wordy, because I think that the pictures sort of sum up our time there. We always stay at Philip's parent's house when we visit. It's kind of cool that our kids get to see the place that Philip grew up.

We didn't go on any grand adventures, but after only a day there, I realized we didn't need to. They were perfectly entertained playing with their cousins, feeding the goats, hanging out at the local beaches, riding Jethro the donkey, cruising their bikes around the driveway, chasing the cat around the house, and playing with Philip's childhood toys.

I think I mentioned this previously, but Bennett went down a week earlier with my sister-in-law, so he and Papa get pretty close. He went out with Grandpa one day and he came back with this pair of cowboy boots & this hat. Oh my heart. SO cute.


He wore them around everywhere, and I have a feeling he will want to continue to wear them even now that we're home. He might look a little out of place wearing the boots & hat here in Seattle, but I don't care! :)

I have more thoughts & feelings to express about out trip, but for now, as usual, this is a place where I dump my photos. For memories sake, of course! :) Blogger always jacks up the color and quality of my images, but you'll get the idea :)

This is what the adults do in Idaho. Turns out I'm a pretty decent shot, actually. ;-)

18 July 2014

An Effortless Summer Look Brought to you by Marie at Candidly Marie

Happy Friday everyone!! This week has gone by so quickly, but I guess that always happens when you're on vacation!! I've made attempts to blog while I've been here, and I've been semi-successful, sort of. lol. But thankfully, I have Marie here to bring you a fun fashion post! Isn't she adorable?!

First let me introduce myself… My name is Marie Luciano and I blog over at CandidlyMarie. I have a special someone who calls me his wife and a 2 year old little man who calls me his mama.
 I'm a 27 year old California native SAHM who now owns her own wedding planning business called Littles‘n Lace Events.
Mandy was kind enough to send out a blogging guest post signal and here I am to give to you this mamas first time fashion post! {easy on me} I LOVE clothes.
Majority of my wardrobe is effortless and laid back, I like more of a coastal beach relaxed mom kind of vibe, and I believe in wearing white pants when ever you feel like it! So today I'm bringing to you an effortless summer look Enjoy!
Top | Vici {similar | similar}
Pants | Gap
Necklace | Cocktail Bling 
Bracelet | shopLUCA Earrings | Francesca's Collections {similar | similar}
Shoes | TOMS

17 July 2014

Boys Fashion - FabKids Beach Boy Outfit

It's been pretty darn hot since we've arrived here in Idaho. The other day it was close to 100 degrees outside. Although the heat here is different than in the Pacific Northwest. It's a much drier climate here in ID, so all you have to do is find some shade and it's pretty manageable. But in Seattle? 97 degrees plus the humidity... it sucks. Anyway, back on topic, I pretty much packed nothing but shorts & t-shirts for the kids.

Among those outfits was his July FabKids outfit! And today's fashion post is brought to you from my Husband's childhood home in Blackfoot, Idaho.


If you haven't heard of FabKids, or didn't catch my last few posts about them, let me give you the run down on this awesome service.
  • FabKids is JustFab's newest fashion club, started by a team of parents, including mom and actress, Christina Applegate.
  • FabKids makes it super easy & convenient for parents to shop. You get monthly selections of affordable, high-quality fashions that are personalized just for your kids.
  • Every outfit includes a  pieces for just $29.95 -- FabKids is currently available in sizes 2-12, for girls and for boys.
  • ALL FabKids outfits ship free
The next thing for you to do, is head over to the FabKids website and take a style profile quiz about your kiddo, so that they can get to know your child. And then based on those results, FabKids will give you outfit suggestions. You can buy an outfit, or not. Or just shop around the site. But I dare you not to buy something. And right now? If you join FabKids, you'll your first outfit for only $15 plus free shipping! Can't really beat that.


When I was picking out an outfit for this month, I kept getting drawn back to this Beach Boy Outfit. Loving the bright colors and the sort of 80's look to it. I'm really into retro clothing right now for some reason!

If you haven't checked out the FabKids website yet, you really should! If the outfit suggestions aren't your style, just browse around and take a look at some of the other styles & outfits, promise you'll find something you love!

16 July 2014

Checking in from the Gem State!

After a long couple of days of driving, we've made it to our final destination!

On Saturday, my Husband and some of his buddies got left at 4:45am and rode the Seattle to Portland bike race (200 miles y'all! eeeek!), while Easton and I drove down to meet him at the finish line. We made it in good time and checked into the hotel to get settled. We then headed to the park where the cyclists where coming in to start the long anticipated wait for Daddy!!

We arrived there at 5pm, and the place was buzzing with families and friends waiting for their riders to come in! It's a good thing they had this little splash pad area for the kids to play in because it was super hot and miserable outside. I can't even imagine being on my bike all day in that heat, my poor Husband. lol


 After about an hour of playing in the water, Easton was starting to get tired. I kept checking my phone for updates to find out an ETA from Philip, but obviously, it's hard to know for sure and it's not the easiest thing to text and ride. ;-) So... we waited some more. I pretty much just bought a bunch of snacks to distract him while we waited.


This really only kept him happy for about 20 minutes. I kept telling him that Daddy will be here any minute and it was almost time to leave. I was a liar because we had to wait a lot longer than I thought. Philip had originally told me he was thinking they'd be coming in around 5, then it got pushed back a little. And then we just stopped hearing from him so I figured he was on the home stretch and he couldn't get in touch with me.

So Easton and I went to the finish line and waited there... for an hour. Easton was getting increasingly angry and impossible to appease. A little before 8pm, he had a total meltdown, from the heat and exhaustion no doubt. I felt so bad for him, so at 8:00 we decided to head back to the hotel and wait for Daddy there.

Turns out, Philip crossed the finish line at 8:06pm. AH! I was kicking myself for leaving, I should have just stuck it out a little longer. There were over 11,000 cyclists in the race and most of them were doing it in two days, but a small group did it all in one day, so it was a pretty huge accomplishment for Philip. He has been training for this bike race for months so I really wanted to be there for him at the end, so I was pretty bummed out we missed him by just mere minutes.


Despite the fact that we didn't actually see him crossing the finish line, it was still a good day! And we are so proud of him! (although I did tell him not to plan for any more races anytime soon, because man, it's super time consuming to train for them and we want daddy back for a little while!) :-)

The Sunday after the race, we hopped in the car and drove 12 hours to Blackfoot, Idaho. So here I am, listening to the sounds of fresh Idaho air blowing outside and the donkey Hee-Hawing behind me. And I like it. :)