20 July 2016

The Tooth Fairy Is Coming!

At 6 1/2 Years Old, Bennett has lost his very first tooth!!!

It's weird because I checked his teeth the end of last week and none of them were even slightly wiggly. But then today when he got off the bus (he's doing the extended school year program), his lip was a little bloody and at first I thought he split it open. But nope, turns out his tooth was just about to fall out!

At first he didn't want me to touch it, so I just left it alone. We decided to go to the beach today with some friends, and while we were there, he just said "Mom, can you pull my tooth out!?" It kind of shocked me, actually. But I was actually the baby about, lol. For some reason it was really stressing me out, I think I just didn't want to hurt him. But I went for it, and it popped right out! He was so proud, and so excited!! He immediately went and told all of his friends and he can't stop talking about the tooth fairy :)

It's kind of bittersweet. The last bit of his "babyness" is slowly starting to disappear. Such a small thing, but at the same time, such a big milestone!! Is it true what they say about once they lose one tooth, they all start falling out at once??!

This all kinda crept up on me so fast, Miss Tooth Fairy isn't ready!! Guess I better get on that... ;)

02 July 2016

Lake Chelan 2016

Wow!! It's been a while! I'm finding that it's getting harder and harder to get the motivation to blog, especially in the Summer. You know what I mean? But at the end of the day, this blog is more about my family and our memories, than anything else. So I am still going to try my hardest to update with things that I want to catalog away for later.

And our yearly trips to Lake Chelan are one of those things!! We got back from Chelan a few days ago, and seriously, it was the best trip yet!! This is the 3rd year in a row we've been there with our good family friends, and I don't see stopping this tradition any time soon. (2014 trip, 2015 trip) :) Usually we stay in a condo in this resort, but decided this year to rent a house. It was SUCH a great decision. We had more room to spread out, a decent sized yard, and of course, a beautiful view of the lake. Couldn't ask for more.

This year, we planned our trip around Philip's cycling event, the Chelan Century Challenge. The century challenge is a 105 mile bike ride that weaves in & out of the mountains surrounding Lake Chelan. It's a brutal ride with tons of intense climbs, but Philip did fantastic! And it was so fun for the boys to see their Dad involved in this event. I am so glad that they have such a great example of determination, strength, and accomplishment.

We spent most of our time in & out of the pool, taking walks along the river, hanging at the beach, paddle boarding, tie-dying shirts, and we also went to Slide Waters water park!!... which I think was my favorite part about the trip! The kids are getting to such a great age, where they can do almost everything now, and keep up for the entire day. It's so nice.
Quinley (3), Bennett (6), Dane (6), Kepler (1), Easton (4)
How cute are these tie-dye'd shirts!!!?? We made them at the beginning of the trip and the kids just loved how they turned out, and they thought it was super fun to wear them all on the same day. Such a cute idea, and we owe it all to my Husband. He was the one who thought to do it, nice job babe! :)

If you're in the PNW area, I highly highly suggest taking a trip to Lake Chelan! It's so gorgeous. The water is so blue and clear, and it's completely surrounded by mountains. A perfectly peaceful landscape, and it's very family friendly. And trust me, this is not sponsored ;-) I just LOVE this place.

Until next year, Chelan!! I can't wait!

12 June 2016

Sprucing Up Your Summer Wardrobe With PANDORA Leather Bracelets

Over the past couple of years, I have really made an effort to fill my closet with pieces that I genuinely love. And I think in the first time in my life, I'm at a point where I can say that I'm really happy with my wardrobe. One thing I struggle with, though? Jewelry and accessories. I tend to be very indecisive about jewelry, so I will just go without most of the time.

I was recently introduced to these PANDORA leather bracelet's and they are exactly what I needed to spruce up my Summertime wardrobe. They aren't too chunky, but rather, dainty & feminine.

The best part about these bracelets, is that there are hundreds of different charms available to get! Everything from charms for different occasions like birthdays, holidays, wedding anniversaries... etc. There are also charms to represent travel, pets, family, hobbies, sports, nature, and the list goes on! Anything that is meaningful to you in some way, I'm sure there is a charm to represent it. Such a fun way to display the things your lives that are important for you.

The pieces I have are:
  • Blue Leather Bracelet
  • Pink Leather Bracelet 
  • Shining Elegance CZ Teal Clip
  • Flower Garden Murano Charm
  • Shimmering Droplets Pave Charm in Teal CZ
These are all from the Summer collection just released on June 3rd! This whole collection is awesome, and includes bright beautiful colors that have only now become available. Head over to Reeds to check out the Leather Bracelet event. From now until June 19th you will receive a FREE leather bracelet with a $100 PANDORA purchase.

These would make fantastic gifts as well. Something that you could continually add to as occasions and holiday's come up. Don't you think??

09 June 2016

June Stitch Fix - Summertime Perfection

Someone pinch me, it's almost Summer!! I don't believe it. I mean, I'm excited, but the year is already half over and I feel like I'm in some sort of time warp. Speaking of Summer, I'm stoked for me awesomely styled Summery Stitch Fix that arrived on my doorstep the other day. Florals, stripes, aztec... it's all perfection. :)
One thing that I really love about Stitch Fix, is how personal it feels. Nicole has been my stylist (at my request) for a long long long time. And there's a reason for it. I feel like she really pays attention to my style and considers my notes and feedback very seriously. Makes me feel warm & fuzzy.

Before I dive into the the photos where I dive in and "model" the pieces in this months box, let me tell you about Stitch Fix, you know, in case you've been living under a rock ;-)

First thing, stitchfix.com and check it out! Next, create your style profile. Also, be sure to start a Stitch Fix Style pinboard and link it to your profile so that your stylists can get a feel for your clothing tastes and preferences. Then schedule your fix!! The stylists will hand pick 5 items for you to try on. They send the clothing pieces directly to your house, you try them on and decide what to keep (if anything) and then you send back what you don't want. Super easy and convenient!
  • There's a $20 styling fee, which you can use toward your order. (that's awesome!!)
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give on the pieces sent to you, the better they get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you'll love.
This was yet another amazing fix. I don't know how I will decide... might end up keeping the entire box... again!! :)

Item #1 - Kami Mixed Material Knit Tank
Before I behind, can we just agree to ignore my Rudolph nose? I got a little sun the other day and by the time I put on sunscreen, my poor nose was already red. lol. Okay moving along....
Lately I have been trying to stray away from stripes, because for a while there, that was literally all I bought. Stripes stripes stripes. So when I first saw this I was going to just toss this one aside and move along. But then thought that would be ridiculous, might as well try it on. Plus, the soft pink color drew me in a little, since I don't have much in this color. After putting it on, I really like it, despite the stripes. It's a fun summery top, plus it's super comfy & casual. I think I might keep it afteall! :-)

Item #2 - Moreno Lace Detail Top
Well, Nicole, this is right up my alley. I have continually requested more feminine, floral tanks/tops for the Summer (since I'm straying away from stripes). And she definitely delivered. Not only does this have a pretty, dainty pattern, I love the lace detail on the front of the top. It makes it different from all of the other Summer blouses I have. 

Item #3 -Meghana Dress
First thing, a DRESS!! I haven't gotten a dress in a while. And I love the simplicity of this one. I really should have dressed this up with some cute jewelry... but I just wasn't thinking. ;) I can really see myself wearing this with a cute pair of sandals, or wedges. Thumbs up!!

Item #4 - Toluca Lattice Detail Blouse
So my stylist told me she threw this blouse in as a "wild card" item. lol. And she was right, she took a risk on this, because while I love the colors & pattern, I'm not super crazy about the style. Don't get me wrong, I think it's fun and unique, but I'm not sure how much I would wear this top? I'm torn, though. What do you think???

Item #5 - Easton Structured Crossbody Bag
This bag is called the "Easton" structored crossbody bag. It's like a sign that I'm supposed to keep it, because my son's name is Easton. So... duh. ;-) Plus, I am loving the pale green and the style of this purse. It's MINE!

Overall, another freaking amazing fix I think!! I'm still on the fence about a few of the items, and I'd love your opinions!! So bring 'em on! What do you think of these items? What would you keep, and what would you send back?

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