15 August 2017


Wow. Hey guys!

Remember when I used to blog??? My goodness it has been a while. I opened up the "new blog post" tab, and this blank screen popped up, and honestly, I have no idea what I'm here to say. Some part of me was just curious what would happen when I started typing. Truth is, blogging used to be such an outlet for me. A place to put down my thoughts, a place to document the failures & the victories. My blog provided a space that allowed me to be creative, and to network and meet so many amazing people... some of which I still call my good friends. I guess I missed it. I miss you all. Is anyone still out there??!?

I don't even know where to start, or if me coming to write here will even happen again. I just felt this urge, and I followed it.

My boys are 5 & 7 now. They are starting kindergarten and 2nd grade in a few short weeks. You guys, KINDERGARTEN. My baby is going into kindergarten. It honestly blows my mind, like, when did I become a Mom of big-ish kids?? It's so strange. But I have to say, I'm loving it. (maybe more on this later??) ;)

Philip and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. Makes me feel kinda old, lol. But man, TEN years, so awesome!! I look forward to the future, and seeing what it has in store for us. 

I guess this is turning into a little recap post of the past year. So while I'm at it, I have been hitting the gym hard lately. I have some pretty big fitness goals. Not much to do with weight loss or anything, but more about getting toned and strong. As some of you may know, I have been a Rizzmic instructor for 3 years, and I love it to death. But I felt like it was time to add something else to my plate, something that would push me out of my comfort zone and help me to reach my goals. So, I went through the Les Mills BodyFlow training in March, and after a grueling certification process, I am finally a BodyFlow instructor. That has been the biggest thing for me in the past year. It challenged me in ways I never imagined, and I came out the other side so much stronger.

We took the kids on their first camping trip, and it went pretty good. It's such a fun past-time for me, and I hope it can be for them as well. This Summer has just been incredible. We've spent every single second possible outside, enjoying our time together. I definitely don't take the Summer months here in the PNW for granted. I am not one of those people that wishes Summer away. If I had it my way, we'd have an extended Summer, and a much shorter school year :) One can wish.

Speaking of Summer, I better get off my butt and get outside! You know me, I can't leave a post without a picture. So... here's a recent one of the 4 of us. And who knows, maybe I'll be back soon!

02 December 2016

Personalized Holiday Cards by Minted & a Giveaway!!

Holy moly, it's been a while!!! I've missed you all. Things have been so extremely hectic, I can't begin to explain. Okay but let me try ;) Aside from the Holiday season just being busy with the usual & festive stuff, I've been working like crazy. As you can imagine, the photography industry is fluttering through the Fall, as people are gearing up for Holiday cards.

Speaking of Holiday cards, I did my best to stay ahead of the game this year. We went out a couple of weekends ago (in the pouring rain, I might add), and got a couple of family pictures to use for our cards. As I was surfing different sites to order our cards from, I kept coming back to Minted.com. Truly the best designs. Not to mention, the customer service is fantastic, and the quality of the cards is stunning.

See for yourself... 

Okay wait, before I go any further, before you go any further -- GUESS WHAT?! I have a wonderful giveaway for you all! Minted is giving not one, but 2 of my readers the chance to win $125 to spend at Minted.com! Amazing, right?! The giveaway will run from December 2nd - December 9th.

All you have to do is click here, put your first & last name, and your e-mail, and that's it! Okay so go enter real quick, and then come back and swoon with me a little more about these pretty cards. I ordered a foil-pressed flat card on signature paper. I also decided this year to print on the front and the back. The back has a brief little blurb about our year, and what the kids are enjoying these days. And the best part? This is the first year I've ordered pre-printed envelopes with our return address. Not only is it such a time-saver, but the envelopes look classy and I can avoid putting more of my bad hand writing or address stickers on them.

I just love how they turned out!

 Here are some things to know about Minted.
  • Minted has a free address assistant, that makes addressing your holiday cards super easy.
  • Minted has a find it fast option, which is a very helpful tool to find the perfect holiday card design. You simply upload your photo, then watch as it appears in hundreds of different holiday card designs. This will save you lot of time on individually clicking through and uploading photos to holiday card product pages!
  • Buying holiday cards now and personalizing them later can be a very useful option. Customers can take advantage of a promotional offer "now" and come back to finish personalizing with photos, text, or addresses "later", even after the promotion has expired.
Trust me when I say, the Minted website so so easy and efficient. I highly recommend checking them out for your holiday cards, gifts, stationary...etc!

And remember, don't forget to enter the giveaway! :)

*This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own.

23 August 2016

Recipe - Wrapped Meatballs With Marinara + A giveaway to ITALY!

Listen, my kids are picky eaters. Yes, both of them. Yay! (Do you sense the sarcasm?) ;-) They have their "things" they eat, and don't usually veer too far from them. It's always a challenge to try and find new things that they will like, I mean, I gotta try sometimes. Sometimes I have to get creative with what I make by making it fun or more "kid friendly."

I present to you an easy, fast & fun recipe the kids will love: Wrapped meatballs with marinara dipping sauce.

I figured "Hey, maybe I can get them to try meatballs if I wrap them up and give them something to dip them in??" Bingo! I think I'm onto something.

Best part about this, is that it is seriously so easy to make, the kids can help! So here are your ingredients and recipe.

  • 1 jar of Mezzetta® Marinara
    (there are SO many flavorful options, but for this recipe, I chose Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil)
  • 8 oz. refrigerated crescent dough 
  • 1 package of frozen cooked meatballs, thawed ( 16-24 meatballs)
  1. Thaw meatballs according to package instructions.
  2.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Unroll your crescent dough on a flat surface. Separate each piece (there should be 8 pieces), and cut each one in half. If you want less breading, cut each piece into thirds.
  4. Place a meatball into each triangle and roll up.
  5. Bake on a baking sheet for 12-15 minutes, or as instructed on the package of the dough.
  6. Serve with a bowl of warm Mezzetta Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil Marinara Sauce.

My Four Year Old LOVED this recipe, he gobbled up probably 6 or 7 of these bad boys. He told me he LOVED the sauce so much, which makes me happy to hear. Mezzetta® Marinara is fresh and uses the finest ingredients. It's real, all natural, with no sugar and no paste. They also have a yummy pizza sauce, which is next on my list of their sauces to try, because PIZZA. :)

He is such a cheeseball.

Okay so what do you think? Would your kids enjoy this recipe?

But before you go, I have something amazing for you! Mezzetta is currently giving away an 11 day trip to Italy. WHAT?!

Grand Prize includes:
  • Roundtrip coach airfare for 2.
  • 11 day guided tour of iconic Italy
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Hands-on cooking class, including a meal
  • Tour of tomato farm in San Marzano
  • And much much more!
Learn more and enter the sweepstakes here!! Good luck :)


18 August 2016

Little Boy In A Pink Cast

Ohhhh heyyyy! So I guess my blog is sort of going back to the basics. Almost like when I first started blogging and mostly used it as a way to document important milestones. Summer has been busy and has left little time to sit in front of the computer. That is, until my littlest reached a brand new milestone.

He broke his leg.

So, our Summer has come to a screeching halt. The other day, Easton was on his scooter and Bennett was riding his bike, and they two of them were paying no attention whatsoever and just collided right into each other. It was one of those moments where you see it coming, but can't do much to stop it. Ugh. Well Bennett's wheel slammed right into Easton's leg, right under the knee. Easton immediately collapsed and started screaming bloody murder. He couldn't put any weight or pressure on his leg, so I took him to the urgent care where they confirmed that he definitely had a fracture in his knee. We weren't sure of the severity, so they splinted him up and referred us to the Orthopedic doctor.

I was hoping the Ortho would tell us it wasn't a big deal and he would get away with a brace and taking it easy on that leg for a little bit. We had our appointment yesterday, and she told us that the fracture was right on the growth plate, and he would need a full leg cast for a minimum of 3 weeks to make sure he didn't do any more damage to the knee. Ugh, definitely not the news we wanted with only a few short weeks left of Summer. But, obviously, we want to make sure that Easton is taken care of and heals properly.

He took the news pretty well, actually. And did very well during the cast application. The technician gave him lots of color choices, and naturally, he chose pink. Which he always will admit is his very favorite color. lol. I love that about him. I think he kinda rocks the pink. Don't you?

The good news is, he seems to be in good spirits and handling the cast very well! And thankfully I kept our stroller (I have no idea why? Intuition, maybe?), so we are still able to get out and about. And honestly, I think he likes it, being strolled around like a little King. He's totally milking it. lol. I actually feel worse for Bennett, because now he's going to be a little more cooped up, and he hates being cooped up.

Our next appointment is in a week to see how the fracture is healing, hoping for good news! Keep us in your thoughts :)

Also, I think Easton just earned a new childhood badge or something with this cast, didn't he? Dude, you've leveled up.